99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – APRIL 11/18

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April 11, 2018 | by: johnoshea

(ALL NEWS STORIES PROVIDED BY MBS NEWSROOM)

BRIDGE BREIFING

The province is expected to release more details this week on the massive
refurbishment project of the Centennial Bridge. The bridge is expected to
close, possibly for two straight summers, when major work on the
83-million-dollar project gets underway as early as 2019. Transportation and
Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser tells the LEader that his staff are
expected to provide city officials with a technical briefing on Friday. The
briefing should provide further clarity one what work will be done and when –
and what else might be done to help deal with traffic issues resulting from
the closure of the bridge.

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MAN FINED FOR MAKING A MESS IN CELL

A Miramichi man has been fined more than 600-dollars for smearing his feces
all over a Miramichi Police jail cell. The Leader reports that 59-year-old
Charles Edward McMahon was also place on one year’s probation after pleading
guilty on Monday. McMahon had been detained from Dooley’s on Duke Street in
Decemeber after police responded to an intoxicated person complaint. He was
placed in a cell at the Miramichi Police Detention Centre where he proceeded
to smear his feces around the cell. McMahon’s lawyer says his client had made
the mistake of mixing his medication with alcohol and couldn’t remember
anything from that night.

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DRUGS SEIZED AT ATLANTIC INSTITUTION

Police and Correctional Service Canada are investigating after drugs were
seized at the Atlantic Institution in Renous last week. Staff at the prison
seized a package on April 3rd containing over 27 grams of shatter, a
marijuana derivitive. The Maximum Security prison says the drugs had an
institutional value of roughly 11-thousand-dollars.

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ROAD MONEY

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser has announced details
of $6-million worth of road work. It’s part of the larger $30-million
earmarked for roads in the Miramichi region this year.

This work includes resurfacing a 7.7 kilometer section of route 8 from the
weigh scales to the highway near Williamstown Road. A pair of sections of
Route 108 will be also be re-paved, starting from areas where work finished
last year. Another section of route 108, along with sections of Route 420,
Brophy Road, South Renous Road and Williamstown Road will be chip sealed. 1.7
kilometres of Lockstead Road and 2.6 kilometres of South Cains River Road in
Blackville will also see levelling and resealing work this summer.

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DREDGING

Local politicians say they’re encouraged by an offer from a pair of private
companies to dredge the mouth of the Miramichi river free of charge.

Miramichi-Grand Lake MP Pat Finnigan tells the Leader he’s spoken to
Petro-Nav about its desire to dredge sediment from a natural channel from Fox
Island to Loggieville. The plan would also involve Shediac-based Regal
Shipping Canada. The dredging would allow for larger, year-round shipments to
the Valero fuel terminal in Chatham and would also open up the river to
visits by tallships and smaller cruise ships.

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PARKING LOT ARGUMENT

Miramichi Police are investigating after a dispute over a Water Street
parking spot reportedly turned violent.

Police were called about two men arguing over the parking spot Friday
afternoon. A 75-year-old man is alleged to have assaulted the other vehicle’s
driver, a 51-year-old man. No charges have been laid but Police say they are
still investigating.

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COLON SCREENING

The provincial government is spending 1-million-dollars to expand screening
for colon cancer in the province. The program, first introduced in 2014, is
now being expanded to Miramichi, Bathurst and Fredericton. Individuals can
access screening for colon cancer by requesing a simple at-home test and by
answering a short eligibility questionnaire. Anyone between the ages of 50
and 74 is being invited to participate in the program.

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MVI STICKERS

Miramichi Police are issuing a warning to the public after finding a high
number of fraudulent inspection stickers on motor vehicles in the area.

Police say they’re is zero tolerance for fake or fraudulent motor vehicle
inspection stickers. Not only are tickets issued and vehicles immediately
towed away, it could also prompt a criminal investigation..
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Finnigan Information Session

Miramichi-Grand lake MP Pat Finnigan will don another hat friday…job
counsellor.

Finnigan told the Leader that over the years he has heard many questions from
constituients s to how they can get a federal job. There are almost a hundred
job openings right now in the province…not only at the Pay Centre but in
other federal operations as well.

Finnigan wants to ensure as many people in the area are equipped with the
tools on how the process works, what evaluators are looking for and that job
applications are filled out right. So and officials will hold four
information sessions at the Rodd Miamichi River Hotel friday…three in
English and one in French.

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SPORTS

In the Q-League playoffs…The Titans shut down Sherbrooke 5-0 to take a
three game to nothing lead.

In baseball…The Blue Jays edged the Orioles 2-1. The Red Sox humiliated
the Yankees 14-1 at Fenway.

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