99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – FEB 5/18

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February 5, 2018 | by: johnoshea

(ALL NEWS STORIES PROVIDED BY MBS NEWSROOM)

CURLING

Miramichi is gearing up to play host to the province’s top curlers this week.
The 2018 New Brunswick Papa John’s Pizza Men’s Tankard Championship gets
underway on Wednesday at the Miramichi Curling Club. At stake is a chance to
represent New Brunswick at the Time Hortons Brier National Men’s
Championship. Opening ceremonies take place Wednesday evening at 5:45.

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MIRAMICHI POLICE WEEKEND RECAP

Miramichi Police were kept busy over the weekend. On Friday morning police
removed a 39-year-old woman from a local hotel who was causing a drug induced
disturbance. Police are also investigating a report that a man assaulted a
33-year-old woman at the Lord Beaverbrook Arena on Friday. Police say neither
the victim or the suspect are from the Miramichi area. On Saturday, police
arrested a 28-year-old woman for impaired driving on Pleasant street…and on
Sunday an intoxicated 70-year-old man was detained after police responded to
a domestic dispute.

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ANIMAL CRUELTY UPDATE

The provincial SPCA has been called in to help investigate what Miramichi
Police have called one of the worst cases of animal neglect they’ve ever
seen. Police and animal control were called to a mini-home on Lakeside Drive
where a number of animals had been left uncared for over an extended period.
They were forced to call in firefighters to enter the mini-home with
breathing apartuses due to the stench. 13 animals including cats, dogs, a
rabbit and a dead hamster were removed from the home. The New Brunswick SPCA
is now conducting its won investigation alonside the Miramichi Police. So
far, no charges have been laid.

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FATAL ACCIDENT

A two vehicle crash in Renous on Saturday left one person dead and four
others in hospital. RCMP say the crash occurred on highway 8 between
Miramichi and Blackville shortly before 3:30pm. It’s believed a number of
deer on the road caused one vehicle to hit the breaks. It was then heavily
rear-ended by another vehicle. A 52-year-old man from Miramichi sitting in
the back seat of the rear-ended vehicle was killed in the collision. Four
other people in both vehicles were taken to the Miramichi Regional Hospital
with non-life threatening injuries – one, an 8-year-old gir, was later
transported the IWK in Halifax for further treatment

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GALLANT TRAVEL

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is heading to Washington, D-C, this week
to meet with U-S Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross about trade and softwood
lumber.

Gallant will be joined by Maine Governor Paul LePage to make the case for
exempting New Brunswick from U-S tariffs on softwood lumber.

The premier says the integration between New Brunswick’s and Maine’s lumber
industries shows how the trade dispute will hurt the American economy.

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NB FLU

A particularly nasty flu season is taking a toll on the province. Health
officials say there have been at least 13 flu realted deaths in New Brunswick
so far this year and 207 hospitalizations as of late last week.
Unfortunately, the flu shot is turning out to only be 10-20 percent effective
against an especially nasty and dominant H3N2 strain – though it’s
effectiveness is said to be better against another Influenza B strain making
the rounds. Health officials are asking those who are sick to avoid going
around the most vulnerable, mainly young children and the elderly.

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SPORTS

The Philadelphia Eagles captured their first superbowl in franchise history
with a 41-33 win over the PAtriots on Sunday. Unheralded QB Nick Fowles was
named superbowl MVP.

…and in the NHL;
Montreal won 4-1 over Ottawa; Vegas downed Washington 4-3; and the Sharks won
3-1 over Carolina.

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