RCMP say two women have been arrested on drug trafficking charges in Port Hawkesbury and Antigonish.
On Tuesday, members of the Inverness/Richmond County Street Crime Enforcement Unit arrested the pair as part of an opioid trafficking investigation in the Port Hawkesbury area. The investigation was launched in February.
54-year-old Darlene Lorraine Bowen of Embree Island has been charged with Trafficking Oxycodone. 47-year-old Carol Bouchie of Aulds Cove faces two counts of Trafficking Oxycodone and two counts of Trafficking Hydromorphone. Bouchie has been released from custody and will appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on September 18th. Bowen has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Thursday.
Police have released the photo of a person believed to be involved in the theft of a delivery
Police photo of a person RCMP believed to be involved in the theft of a delivery truck
A release form the RCMP states a commercial delivery truck was taken from the parking lot of a mall on Reeves Street in Port Hawkesbury on July 19. People spotted the truck at a gas station in Waycobah a short time later and police noticed a person believed to be involved on security footage.
Police recovered the vehicle on July 21 near Sydney, where they arrested one person. Police have now released the photo in hopes of identifying the second person.
Anyone with information about the person in the photo can call the Port Hawkesbury RCMP office at 902-625-2220, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.
RCMP say three people were arrested following several incidents of theft and attempted theft in Port Hawkesbury, Inverness, Cheticamp and Ingonish. Police say the alleged incidents occurred Monday and Tuesday.
Charged are Sami Anghel and Ion (Kvec, both 25 and 19-year-old Ion Rostas, all of Scarborough, Ontario. All face two counts of theft under $5,000 and five counts of Attempted Theft.
There were remanded into custody and appeared in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Wednesday. All three remain in jail and will return to court on Monday.
The Town of Antigonish will officially join the Eastern District Planning Commission on July 3rd.
The announcement was made in a joint release by the town and the commission this morning.
The commission provides planning, subdivision and building inspection services for the town of Port Hawkesbury and the counties of Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Antigonish.
The town began exploring the move to the district planning commission several months ago.
The town partners with a number of regional organizations that involve members of the District Planning Commission, including the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, and Eastern Regional Solid Waste Management.
The town will host a meet and greet with Eastern District Planning Commission staff on July 3rd in the Council Chambers from 2 to 5 p.m.
During Tuesday’s meeting of Port Hawkesbury Town Council, NSCC Strait Campus principal Tom Gunn thanked council for the active transportation greenway trail the town is going to build to connect the NSCC and Embree’s Island to the downtown core.
Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton said building the trail is something that probably should have been done a long time ago, calling it a safe connection to the downtown and the school. She also said the NSCC is an important asset to the town.
Following the passing of its tax rates and operating budget, Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm Beaton said this is the first time in a long time they’ve had a significant capital plan for the town.
The Mayor said the 7.88 million dollar capital plan has a strategic focus with regards to growth, noting they’re doing work on waste water, roads, active transportation and recreation.
Chisholm Beaton said the town was also able to reduce its debt level in the last eight years. In 2010, the town carried a debt level of around seven point four million dollars and in 2018, they are at three point seven million dollars, for 59 per cent reduction.
The mayor said she expects the debt level will be reduced even further next year.
Council for the Town of Port Hawkesbury unanimously passed its annual budget and tax rates Tuesday night. The residential rates remain at one dollar and 80 cents per one hundred dollars of assessment while the commercial rates also stay the same at four dollars and 38 cents per one hundred dollars of assessment.
Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton said assessments for residential remain flat and the assessments for commercial declined about seven per cent, noting maintaining the tax rates is “a little bit of a challenge”. Less assessment dollars means fewer dollars to provide to the town for services.
The mayor said the operating budget is around seven point eight million dollars.
A well-known Port Hawkesbury area businessman has died. Kenzie Jones, who was the owner-operator of the MacPuffin Motel and MacKenzie Inn in Port Hastings for number of years, died this week at age 78. MacKenzie was also owner of a number of MacPuffin gift shops in the province.
MacKenzie was also known for his volunteer work, including five mission trips to the Dominican Republic. MacKenzie’s funeral is Monday.
RCMP say three men have been charged with drug related offences. Police say on Friday, members of the Inverness/Richmond Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched a home near Port Hawkesbury.
RCMP arrested 31-year-old Joshua Nicholson, 24-year-old Steven MacEachern and 26-year-old Brendan MacAskill, all of Sugar Camp. All three have been charged with four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, and one count of Possession of Equipment to Assist in the Trafficking of Cocaine.
During the search, police seized a significant quantity of cocaine, marijuana, hashish, scales, cocaine presses, packaging, packaging equipment, cash and other drug paraphernalia. The three men have been held in custody and will appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court today.
The RCMP are currently investigating an incident in Port Hawkesbury where a young girl was approached by a man in a car, who asked her to get inside. The incident occured on February 14th, and it is alleged that a man drove up to a 12 year old girl and asked her twice if she wanted a ride.
She told police the man didn’t leave right away, but did leave the area and she continued to walk. The incident occurred near Elm Court in the Tamarac Heights subdivision.
The man is described as a white 30-35 year old with a deep voice. He had no facial hair and was driving a small four-door grey car with tinted back windows. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Inverness District RCMP at 902-625-2220 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.