The case of a 30 year-old man charged with unlawful confinement after an incident in Richmond County is due back in court, today. The trial for Justin Daniel MacLeod was adjourned in December after he fired his lawyer. The matter was put over again last month after MacLeod said he was still searching for a new lawyer. MacLeod pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawful confinement as well as a breach of conditions in June of last year. RCMP say he met a woman at a party in April and offered her a ride home. However, they add instead he brought her to a secluded area of Richmond County and locked her in his family cabin. Police go on to say the woman escaped after MacLeod left. Regional Police arrested MacLeod the next day. He’s been released on strict conditions.
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Donations are pouring in for a couple and their newborn son who were forced from their Victoria Mines home by fire on the weekend. Fire officials say the Saturday blaze at 2915 Highway 28 was caused by an outdoor hot tub. They add all three were lucky to safely escape the fire because the blaze started about only ten feet from the outside door. Much of what was inside the baby’s nursery was destroyed in the fire but some of the firefighters gathered some baby items to donate to the family. The Red Cross is putting the family up in a hotel and providing the couple and their baby with everyday items.
Environment Canada says heavy rain and strong winds could lead to flooding in parts of the province. All four counties in Cape Breton are under a rainfall warning. Environment Canada says despite the warm temperatures the frozen ground could lead to flooding in low-lying area as the snow melts. 25 mm of rain is expected to fall by tomorrow morning. Winds are expected to go to as high as 110 km/h in Inverness county tonight.
As predicted, the price of gas went down, overnight. Gas dropped by 1.2 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.05.8 in Cape Breton. The price of diesel remains unchanged at a minimum of $1.09.5 cents a litre on the Island.
An early thaw has prompted the provincial government to impose weight restrictions on gravel roads.
The Department of Transportation says gravel roads will be limited to a maximum of 15,000 kilograms until further notice beginning at noon, today.
It adds the weight restrictions are needed because unseasonably warm weather is softening the roads.
The department goes on to say it’ll continue to monitor road and weather conditions to determine when it’s safe to lift the restrictions.