January 3, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – JAN 3, 2019

REXTON SEARCH

A man and a woman are facing charges after polcie executed a search warrant
in Rexton on Wednesday. RCMP say they seized restricted firearms and
methamphetamine pills from the home – along with stolen property that
included tools and an all terrain vehicle. 33-year-old Maclom Tyler Hannay
and 35-year-old Zabrina Augustine were arrested at the scene and charged
Thursday with numerous charges related to the weapons, drugs and stolen
property. Both Hannay and Augustine remain in custody and will appear for a
bail hearing on Friday.

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PAY CENTRE LAND

A judge has ruled the case alleging wrongdoing in the site seletcion of the
Miramichi Pay Centre can continue. Probilt Industries was the runner up of
two offers of land for the new federal pay centre and brought the case
against the Federal Government, City of Miramichi and three people involved
in the planning and site selction process.

The Federal government at the time advertised it was looking for roughly 8.6
acres for the pay centre. CBC reports it eventually settled on the site near
the NBCC campus, owned by the Miramichi Agricultural Exhibition Association,
and purchased roughly 12 acres there for more than 1.5 million-dollars. That
site also required rezoning and more land to be purchased to extend the
street. Probilt alleges it had offered 9.6 acres near the Miramichi Hospital
and reduced the price to just over 400-thousand – yet the the other site was
chosen at a cost of more than a million dollars more to tax payers. Ottawa
had asked the courts to throw out the case but that has now been denied by a
judge – who ruled the case can now proceed to the discovery phase.

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FIRE

No one was hurt but a house on Wellington Street suffered significant damage
in a fire on Wednesday afternoon. The LEader reports traffic was diverted as
siox fire trucks repsonded to the scene in Chatham around 3pm. Noboday was
home at the time. Officials say it appears the fire started near the rear of
the house and spread. There’s no word yet on the cause.

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED

A 60-year-old man was killed after being struck by a vehicle in Tremblay,
roughly 20 kilometers north of Bathurst, on New Years Eve. RCMP responded to
the scene on Route 315 around 11pm on Monday night. Police believe the man
walking along the road towards his home when he was truck by an oncoming
vehicle. he was pronoucned dead at the scene. Mounties are still
investigating the fatal incident and have yet to say if the driver will be
facing any charges.

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TRAIN STATION FIRE UPDATE

Investigators still aren’t commenting on what may have caused the fire that
burned down the historic former Train Station in Chatham in October.

The Leader reports the Provincial Fire Marshall, Miramichi Fire Department
and city police have all refused to comment on the investigation.

The building, most recently home to the Choo-Choo-night club, opened as the
CN Rail station in 1912.

More than two months have passed since the fire and the building remains a
burned out shell with a hole in the roof exposing whats left of it to the
elements.

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NB FLOOD HOMELESS

The Red Cross says 33 people still remain homeless following the last
spring’s flood. 10 family homes, mostly in the Fredericton area, remain
uninhabitable following the record setting flood eight months ago that had
forced more than 2500 people from their homes. A handfull of the 33 people
still displaced are expecting to get back into their homes soon but others
could be waiting months longer for repairs to be finished.

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NB BABY NUMBERS

The number of babies being born in New Brunswick continues to decline.
Already facing a shrinking population, the provincial Vital Statistics Office
says only 5,448 babies wre bornin New Brunswick in 2018. That ‘s a drop of
more than a thousand births from 2017 – a decline of 17-percent. Some of the
dceline is attributed to parents waiting until later in life to have
children, which then reduces their window for having larger families. While
the trend is felt in other provinces and countires, its of particular concern
in New Brunwick where the number of deaths have been far out-pacing the
number of births in recent years.