September 15, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-Sept 15th, 2020

ALL STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

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ELECTION 

 

Blaine Higgs gamble has paid off. The Progressive Conservatives are returning to power with a majority government after capturing 27 of 49 ridings in Monday’s election. The Liberals captured just 17 seats, the Greens 3 and the People’s Alliance two. The PC’s took most of the Moncton area ridings and then swept the rest of the anglophone Southeast. The Liberals did manage to maintain their stronghold in francophone ridings in the North and northeast.

However, Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers political career may have been cut short after he failed to capture his own seat in Miramichi, losing to People’s Alliance incumbent Michelle Conroy.

In local results… the big race of the night was in the riding of Miramichi where Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers lost to Michelle Conroy. It wasn’t particularly close either, with the People’s Alliance incumbent winning by nearly 1300 votes. Charles Barry of the PCs finished third – about  700 votes behind Vickers. There were no surprises in the other local ridings; with Lisa Harris holding off strong showing by Robert Trevors of the PCs’ and winning re-election in Miramichi Bay-Neguac; while the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Jake Stewart easily won re-election for the PC’s in Southwest Miramichi -Bay du Vin. The Liberals did manage to sweep the Bathurst area ridings and the Acadian Peninsula but failed to make significant in-roads elsewhere and will now form the official opposition.

 

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STABBING 

 

An 18-year-old from Maisonnette has been charged after a stabbing in the community Sunday morning.

Caraquet RCMP were called shortly after 1:00am to a house on Chaleur Street where a 51-year-old man was found with non-life-threatening stab wounds andtaken to hospital.

The suspect initially refused to comply with police, but after two hours finally came out and was arrested.

18-year-old Louis Remi Cormier has been charged with aggravated assault and mischief. He has been sent for a 30-day psychiatric assessment and is due back in court October 9th.

 

 

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ACCIDENT   

 

Flags in the village of Blackville re flying at half mast as the community tries to come to grips with the deadly accident that claimed the lives of three teens on the weeked. Theywere killed when their car hit a retaining wall on Main Street (Route 8) through the village.

Grief councillors will be back at the school today where two of the victims were in grade 12. The other was a recent graduate.

 

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NEW CASE 

A new case of Covid-19 has was reported in New Brusnwick yesterday.

Public Health says the new case involves an individual in their twenties in the Moncton region.

The infection is travel related and public health say the person is self isolating. That bring the total number of active cases in New Brunswick up to three.

Nationally numbers continue to spike with Ontario warning of closing things back down if they cant’ get the virus under control.

Yesterday, we added over 13-hundred cases and surpassed 138-thousand overall with more than 76-hundred active.