Regional Police are looking for a suspect after an armed robbery at the Petro Canada gas station in Sydney Mines, last night. Police say they got the call to 821 Main Street, shortly before 9:00. They add a man with his face covered and armed with a weapon demanded money from the clerk. He then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Police say there were no injuries.
Halifax RCMP say they have a man in custody after two bodies were found following a house fire on Old Guysborough Road, last night. Emergency crews got the call to blaze just before 5:00, yesterday evening. Police say at least two bodies were found inside the home, but add they’re still working to find out the number of people who may have been in the house when the fire started. Shortly before 1:00 this morning, the RCMP say they arrested a man after he rammed two police vehicles with his car in the Milford area. They add none of the officers suffered injuries and the man has been taken into custody for questioning. Police say officers remained at the scene of the fire overnight.
A Sydney man was sentenced today in relation to a fraud case in which thousands of dollars were misappropriated from a veteran in New Waterford. 58 year-old Lawrence Frederick Borden was found guilty of fraud in October after having received 38,000 dollars from the victim, who was told that he would get double his investment plus interest. Borden was given a 10-month prison term today, plus a year’s probation and has been ordered to pay over 800 dollars in restitution.
A bail hearing was adjourned today for a 33-year-old Alberta man who’s facing a number of charges after three men were assaulted in Coxheath. Stephen Andrew MacIsaac, of Leduc, faces a single count of Assault, two counts of Aggravated Assault and 2 counts of Assault with a Weapon as well as charges of Uttering Threats, and a number of Breaches. MacIsaac was arrested after police were called to a home on Waterview Drive on December 27th to investigate a complaint of an assault. Three other men at the home were taken to the Regional Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the four men know each other and had been socializing prior to the incident. They add that there was a weapon involved in the assault, but it was not a firearm. MacIsaac remains on remand to await a bail hearing that’s scheduled for a week from today.
The Cape Breton District Health Authority says that the Emergency Department at the Northside General Hospital is closed until further notice because the facility is at patient capacity. The district says that the Northside ER can’t safely treat any more patients at this time, and adds that staff are working to resolve the issue and will provide an update when the ER is able to accept more patients. Today’s announcement is part of a series of problems that have affected the Northside ER in recent months. The facility had to close because of a busted water pipe in November. In addition to closures caused by shortages of available nurses or physicians, the ER was also forced to close for a period in late September because of the same overcapacity issue that’s behind the current closure. Continuing ER closures have caused some Northside residents to worry about the hospital’s future, and Provincial Health Minister Leo Glavine addressed those worries when he toured the facility last month. Glavine says that the hospital will continue to be in operation for years to come, though some changes are expected to be made in its day to day operations.