The Mayflower Mall is due to open as scheduled at 10:00 this morning after it was evacuated yesterday because of a safety concern. Regional Police were called to the mall at around 1:00 yesterday afternoon to help with a security incident. The decision to evacuate the mall came at 3:00 in the afternoon. Police says they searched the mall and concluded there was no credible threat. They add their investigation is continuing.
The mother of Donald Marshall Junior has died. Caroline Marshall-Hobbs died on Christmas Eve at the age of 86. Her son spent 11 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1971. He died in 2009 from kidney failure following a double lung transplant. Marshall-Hobbs is remembered as a fluent Mi’kmaq speaker with a talent for traditional crafts. She had been in declining health over the past year because of dementia and diabetes. Her funeral mass will take place at 10:30 tomorrow morning at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Sydney.
The lawyers behind a lawsuit related to contamination from the Sydney Steel plant are looking to appeal the awarding of costs in the rejection of the suit to the Supreme Court of Canada. Earlier this year, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ordered that the four plaintiffs in the class action suit pay more than $700,000 in costs to the provincial and federal governments. The law firms involved say they’ll pay that amount. However, in their appeal, they argue that the court’s awarding of costs contradicts its rejection of the class action in favour of individual actions. They go on to say that the court’s ruling that a class proceeding offers only minor cost advantages doesn’t hold up with the awarding of costs. The plaintiffs in the case were looking for compensation and a medical monitoring fund for contamination from the steel plant between 1967 and 2000.
Regional Police are looking for the public’s help in the search for a missing Sydney girl. They say 17-year-old Farrah Dawn Roach has not returned to her home since leaving there on November 20th. They add there are reports of her being seen in various locations throughout the CBRM. Roach is described as 5’ 8” tall, weighing150 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. Police are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call them or Crime Stoppers.
An Eskasoni woman who was reported missing this fall is expected to arrive back home today. Chrisma Ann Joy Denny was found living in a women’s shelter in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday. She flew from Knoxville to Maine yesterday where her cousin met her for the drive home to Cape Breton. Denny was first reported missing in early November. Police discovered Denny was first spotted in Knoxville on Sept. 19, where she stayed at a homeless shelter for two days. It’s still not clear why she left Cape Breton for the southern U-S.