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Suspect charged with attempted murder due for election-and-plea hearing

A suspect facing an attempted murder charge in a stabbing that sent a Richmond Co. man to hospital with serious injuries is expected back in court Monday.

Police say officers responded to a call in Louisdale in January.

They say a 21-year-old man from Louisdale had been stabbed a number of times by four other men.

The victim was taken to hospital in Antigonish.

Richard David Polchies has an election-and-plea hearing in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Monday afternoon.

The 18-year-old from Potlotek was released from custody in February.

Two other men also face attempted murder charges; a third pleaded guilty to aggravated assault last week, he's expected for sentencing Wednesday.


Municipal officials say Sable Wind running at full capacity

The warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough says Sable Wind has been very beneficial to the area so far.

The wind energy project near Canso cost between $27 million and $30 million; the municipality has a majority stake- 51 per cent- while Nova Scotia Power owns the other 49 per cent.

Vernon Pitts, the warden of the municipality, says the last of six turbines came online Wednesday.

Pitts tells The Hawk the project has benefitted the municipality since construction got underway.

"There was quite a work force down there at times," he says. "A vast majority of those employed on site were from Canso and area, which was good; they purchased a lot of goods and services."

Pitts says the 2.3 megawatt turbines have already been generating significant power since December, when the turbines started coming online, although the contract didn't officially start until April 22.

He says municipal officials had some money in their reserves, and decided to invest in green energy.

Pitts says it will be a wise investment.

"We also have to look at it like a strategic investment," he says. "This is going to reap benefits for all our residents for the next 20 years."

Pitts says they'll use the money they earn from Sable Wind to provide more goods and services to residents.


Two local MPs share differing opinions on federal budget's impact in our region

The Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso says the latest federal budget is more sizzle than steak.

Finance Minister, Joe Oliver, delivered the 2015/16 federal budget in the House of Commons this week.

Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner says there are some positives, including extending EI benefits for compassionate care.

Cuzner tells The Hawk there's not a lot in the budget for our region.

"The word Atlantic didn't even appear in the budget, (so there's nothing about regional economic development)," he says. "I think they really missed an opportunity here with tourism."

Central Nova MP and federal Justice Minister, Peter MacKay, says there are several aspects that will benefit the region.

Mackay tells The Hawk the budget includes record-high equalization funding for our province.

"That money is going up, not being cut as it was under the previous government," he says. "So this good news for our province, we balanced the budget without slashing those transfer payments as did the previous government, (and our province in particular stands) to gain from those investments."

MacKay also says the extension of EI benefits for compassionate care is one budget highlight especially relevant in a province with an aging population like ours.

But Cuzner says the Conservatives are rolling the dice by reducing the federal contingency fund from $3 billion to $1 billion in order to balance the budget.

He says he's not sure we could have responded to previous events like SARS and mad cow without that money.


Port Hawkesbury women has fraud charges dismissed

A Port Hawkesbury woman arrested in a fraud case has had her charges dismissed.

RCMP say their investigation started following alleged offences in two separate jurisdictions.

Sabine Ursula Kampa Brousseau, 45, was charged with uttering a forged document, and fraud over $5,000 following alleged offences involving TD Bank in Sydney in August 2013.

Kampa Brousseau had her charges dismissed earlier this month.

She was found not guilty of identical charges involving the TD branch in Port Hawkesbury following a trial in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court in November.

Those allegations were also from August 2013.


Louisdale stabbing suspect pleads guilty to aggravated assault

One of four suspects in a stabbing in Richmond Co. that sent a man to hospital with serious injuries has pleaded guilty.

Police say officers responded to a call late one Friday night in January.

They say a 21-year-old man from Louisdale had been stabbed a number of times by four people; he was taken to St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish.

Cleveland Stephen Nicholas, 28, of Potlotek made his first appearance in the case in January; he was originally charged with attempted murder.

Nicholas, who has been in custody since his arrest, entered a guilty plea to a count of aggravated assault during an election-and-plea hearing in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Thursday.

The Crown withdrew the original charge of attempted murder, as well as counts of assault with a weapon and attempted robbery.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place Wednesday.

Three other suspects- Levi Bradley Marshall, 22, Richard David Polchies, 18, and a 17-year-old boy who can't be named because of his age- have been charged with attempted murder in the case.

Polchies has been released on bail, and is expected for arraignment April 27, Marshall, who is in custody, is scheduled for a bail hearing May 15, and the 17-year-old, who has been released on bail, has his trial July 15.


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