There are still few details this morning about yesterday’s fatal fire on Lingan Road. Regional Police and the Fire Marshall’s Office are investigating the blaze in the single story home at 911 Lingan Road that was reported at around 3:30 in the morning. Police say one person died in the fire but add they can’t confirm their identity or gender or the cause of death. Security was placed on the scene, yesterday. Neighbours say a couple in their 40’s lived in the house but note their grey car was not in the driveway, yesterday.
A bail hearing has been adjourned for one of six people charged in the beating of a homeless man in North Sydney this summer. 25 year-old Kyle William Nichol is facing single counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, wearing a disguise in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders in the case. He’s been remanded back into custody to await a bail hearing that’s been scheduled for January 30th. Meanwhile, 48 year-old Shawn Curtis Jack continues to undergo treatment in Halifax for serious head injuries that he suffered in the July 14th attack.
As predicted the price of gas went down, overnight. Gas fell by 2.8 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of 90.5 cents a litre in Cape Breton. Diesel also went down by 2.8 cents a litre and now costs a minimum of $1.04.5.
The mother of Clayton Miller says someone is finally listening after the province’s police watchdog announced yesterday it’s investigating an allegation surrounding the death of the New Waterford teen. The Serious Incident Response Team says it’s looking into a report that a current member of the Cape Breton Regional Police may have undisclosed information regarding Miller’s death. The 17 year-old’s body was found at the site of an outdoor teen party in 1990. Since that time, his parents, Maureen and Gervase, have been keeping up a campaign arguing that their son died under suspicious circumstances and that there was a cover-up. SIRT director Ron MacDonald say he and the province’s chief medical examiner, who’s also looking into the case, will meet with the Millers next Thursday to gather any information the couple might have. Regional Police spokesperson Desiree Vassallo says the force will not be commenting on the SIRT investigation while it’s underway.
A Glace Bay man apologized to the family of Laura Jessome as he was sentenced yesterday for being an accessory after the fact in her murder. 51 year-old Robert Edwin Matheson was given a 3 and a half year sentence after pleading guilty to the charge in September. However, he’ll only likely spend four and a half months in a provincial jail after being given credit for time served in custody. Two other Glace Bay men, 39 year-old Thomas Ted Barrett and 23 year-old Morgan James MacNeil are charged with second-degree murder in the Bras d’Or woman’s death. In an agreed statement of facts, Matheson says he had several visits from Barrett who was his neighbour in May of 2012. He claims Barrett told him McNeil had picked a girl up from detox and killed her after she refused to have sex with him. Matheson went on to say Barrett asked to borrow his car in order to move Jessome’s body which was later found in a hockey bag in the Mira River. Matheson says he later agreed to act as the driver because he was afraid Barrett might smash his car and the police would find the body and implicate him. Matheson also says he was afraid of Barrett who he describes as a dangerous man.