RCMP say a 19-year-old man from Howie Centre was the victim of a fatal crash between a car and a sewage vacuum truck in Howie Centre, yesterday afternoon. Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck and a passenger suffered minor injuries. The RCMP says the car crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the truck at around 1:40 in the afternoon. The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
A group in North Sydney is speaking out against plans to sell Archibald Wharf to a marine services company. Members of the North Sydney Business Improvement Development Association say the Regional Municipality entered into talks with Canadian Maritime Engineering without consulting the public. Association chairperson Dan Bunbury says they’re not anti-development or anti-jobs. However, he adds there are many other locations along the North Sydney waterfront where the company could expand. The Association says the green space, performance area and playground at Archibald Wharf serve as a town square for local festivities and an attraction for tourists. Members say they’d like to sit down with the CBRM to discuss plans for the Wharf.
One of the people charged after a brutal assault on a homeless man in North Sydney is due back in court today to be sentenced. 34 year-old James Darren Clarke from North Sydney was found guilty earlier this month of obstruction of justice in the case for hiding a wrench that police say was used in the attack. A charge of attempted murder against Clarke was withdrawn. He’s been remanded while he awaits sentencing. Clarke is among six people who’ve been charged in relation to the July attack on 48-year-old Shawn Curtis Jack. Jack suffered serious head injuries and was sent to hospital in Halifax for treatment.
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is in discussions with a company that wants to buy Archibald Wharf in North Sydney. Mayor Cecil Clarke says Canadian Maritime Engineering wants to use the wharf under an expansion plan to carry out more marine services, supply and repair. Northside Councillor Clarence Prince says he understands the expansion could create between 50 and 100 good paying jobs. Mayor Clarke says he knows people are raising concerns about the green space around the Wharf. However, he adds the CBRM is looking at moving playground equipment to Munro Park and or Indian Beach if it’s affected by the expansion. Clarke says Canadian Maritime Engineering is working on a business plan that will be presented to council.
Jurors are expected to hear from a key witness and see dramatic evidence when the second-degree murder trial of Joseph James Landry continues today. The 67-year-old is the first of four to be tried in the death of 43 year-old Phillip Boudreau. In an unusual move, the proceedings will shift briefly to a vehicle bay at the Port Hawkesbury court house where jurors will view Boudreau’s badly damaged speedboat. The Crown says that the crew of the Twin Maggies fishing boat shot at Boudreau several times, rammed his boat and dragged his body out to sea. Boudreau’s body has never been found. The jury is also due to hear testimony from Twin Maggies deckhand Craig Landry, today.