January 6, 2020 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – Jan 6, 2020

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

SHIPPIGAN FIRE

A weekend fire in Shippigan has displaced a family of three.

The Fire Department responded to the fire at a bungalow on Second Street at
2:00pm Saturday afternoon. The fire was confined mostly to the basement,
however there was smoke damage throughout the house.

The Red Cross is assisting a woman and her two adult children who were
renting the home. No one was injured and the cause of the blaze is under
investigation.

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Snowmobile accident

A Miramichi man was taken to hospital after a snowmobiling accident near
Rogers Lake Campsite off Route 430 northwest of Miramichi.

The 23-year-old man was taken to Chaleur Regional Hospital with serious
injuries, but not life-threatening, injuries after his machine left a trail
around mid-morning Saturday.

RCMP said alcohol did not play a role in the crash.

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Suspicious-Deaths-Vigil

A candlelight vigil was held yesterday evening in Rothesay where a
seven-year-old girl was killed by her mother, who then took her own life.

43-year-old Louise Cassie-Laflamme and her daughter Solange were found dead
in their apartment last Monday. Police say they have received information
from a number of people but haven’t been able to nail down a motive yet.

Before Christmas, there was a custody hearing where her estranged husband,
Marcel Laflamme who now lives in B-C, was granted increased access to his
daughter during summer vacations and certain holidays…but Cassie LaFlamme
would maintain full custody.

She never showed up in court..and the judge granted increased access to the
father. His lawyer tells CBC her mental health was never an issue during the
proceedings…no red flags whatsoever.

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FOOD BANK BREAK IN

Food, tools, and household supplies were stolen from the Oromocto food bank
late last week.

Executive Director Jane Buckley tells CBC they discovered the break-in to
three storage sheds early Friday morning.

Buckely says the missing items and damage caused by the thieves amounts to
about 8-hundred-dollars.

She says she was initially very angry and now she’s disheartened that someone
would steal from a food bank. RCMP are investigating.

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Jet-Disabled

A passenger jet skidded off the end of a runway at the Halifax airport during
yesterday’s storm. There were no injuries but the Westjet 737 was disabled.

Flight 248 was en route from Toronto to Halifax and had landed just after
noon when the jet slid off the runway with 172 passengers and seven crew
aboard.

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IRAN/CANADA

The U-S airstrike that killed an Iranian general in Baghdad has left much of
the globe wondering what’s next.

The skyrocketing tensions are now being felt in Canada, with reports that
dozens of Iranians and Iranian-Americans were detained on their way back to
Washington state, crossing at the Peace Arch.

This according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which says the
group had been attending an Iranian pop concert in Vancouver over the
weekend.

A spokesman for Border Security Minister Bill Blair says the Canada Border
Services Agency — quote — “has no involvement in the matter.”

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WILDFIRE UPDATE

Australian officials are hoping a change in weather conditions will give them
a respite as they try to contain the wildfires devastating large parts of the
country.

Officials are expecting some relief from cooler temperatures and lighter
winds as firefighters battle the blazes.

The wildfires have ravaged three Australian states, claimed 24 lives, and
prompted Prime Minister Scott Morrison to summon three-thousand reservists to
help with firefighting efforts.

Morrison is facing widespread criticism for his handling of the situation and
perceived slowness in deploying resources, but says now is not the time to
cast blame.

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Pennsylvania-Turnpike-Crash

Five people were killed in a massive crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike….and
60 others ended up in hospital, including young children.

Police say the crash involved a passenger bus, two tractor-trailers and a
number of cars. The crash closed a 140-kilometre stretch of the turnpike for
several hours.

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Iran

The U-S airstrike that killed an Iranian general in Baghdad has left much of
the globe wondering what’s next.

The skyrocketing tensions are now being felt in Canada, with reports that
dozens of Iranians and Iranian-Americans were detained on their way back to
Washington state, crossing at the Peace Arch. The Council on
American-Islamic Relations says the group had been attending an Iranian pop
concert in Vancouver on the weekend.

Border Security Minister Bill Blair says the Canada Border Services Agency
had no involvement in the matter.

Neither side is backing down in the escalation of the rhetoric. Esmail
Ghaani, the Iranian general replacing the assassinated Qassem Soleimani, is
vowing to take revenge. President Donald Trump tweeted that his
administration has already identified 52 targets that could be struck if Iran
retaliates.

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SPORTS

Canada won gold in a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Russians at
the World Juniors.

In the NHL… The Flames came from behind to beat the Wild 5-4 in a
shootout. (Panthers downed the Penguins 4-1)

In the NFL playoffs…the Seahawks won their NFC wildcard game 17-9 against
the Eagles. Vikings needed overtime to win theirs against the Saints 26-20.