January 13, 2021 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-Jan 13th, 2021






A Tim Hortons in Tracadie-Shelia went up in flames yesterday morning.

RCMP tell the Leader a patrolling officer first noticed smoke coming from the building around 8:45 and called the fire department. The coffee shop was evacuated and no one was hurt; however the Tim Hortons itself was gutted by the flames. No word yet on the cause.






Five people were forced out of their home in Quarryville (southwest of Miramichi) yesterday evening. None of the five members of an extended family were injured when flamesripped through their two satorey home on Route 108.

The Red Cross is helping the couple, an adult son and two grandchildren with emergency lodging and supplies.

No word on the cause.




Serial killer Allan Legere, known as “the Monster of the Miramichi” is scheduled for a parole hearing today (wed).

However, some who lived through his terrifying rampage 31 years ago — when he escaped custody and killed four people — warn that he cannot be rehabilitated.

The 73-year-old has the right, up until the last minute, to waive the hearing before the Parole Board but it appears as though it will proceed.

Rick MacLean — co-author of two books on the killer — says the 72-year-old is a psychopath who can’t be trusted not to return to violence.





RCMP say there will be no criminal cages laid in the suicide of a teen last fall.

Richibucto RCMP Corporal Eric Friel tells the Leader they determined there was no criminalty involved in the death of the 14 year old in South Nelson.

The boy, whom police have not named, has been identified by family as Randy Coughlan who was the victim of bullying at school and online day after day by homophobes.

Anglophone School District North spokesperson Meredith Caissie tells the Leader reported acts of bullying within a school or acts that are brought to the attention of the school are not tolerated and dealt with. Cassie said the school district is aware this matter, which was investigated, but can’t comment further.





Two residents of a long term care home in Saint John have passedin COVID-related deaths.

Officials say the individuals at the Shannex nursing home, one in their seventies and the other in their eighties, had underlying health issues…but also tested positive for the virus which contributed to their deaths. The province has now recorded 11 people dying because of the virus.

Dr. Jennifer Russell also announced 17 more cases yesterday as the second wave continues to surge around the province with 219 active cases in every region except the Miramichi. There have also been a number of possible exposure sites and times….you can see a list on the government website gnb.ca.





With all the COVID-19 restrictions in place, pressure continues on food banks around the province…but they are hoping a new computer system linking them,

will help ease that pressure. Chantal Senecal, director of Moncton’s Food Depot Alimentaire, tells the Times and Transcript it’s a huge thing that will give them an accurate picture of what’s working and not working…and where the numbers are when it comes to demand.

That demand was up initially at many food baks because of the pandemic because so many people lost work. Things have eased a little after people starting receiving the federal CERB benefits…and food bank usage was evendown a little for the last three months of the year compared to the same period in 2019….but there’s still an average of over 17,000 people relying on food banks in the province.









Some New Brunswickers are being asked to provide blood samples for Coronavirus research

Stats Canada are sending around 3,600 test kits for a study to identify how many people have been infected its hoped the tests will provide a better understanding of Covid-19 antibodies across the country, and to understand trends and risk factors.

Co-Chair of Canada’s Covid-19 immunity task force, Dr. Cate Hankins tells the leader the data could also explain the publics response to the vaccine in

different areas and aid in immunization strategies