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Quad County politicians react to the loss of Myles MacPherson

Tributes are pouring in for a councillor in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.

District three councillor, Myles MacPherson passed away late Wednesday afternoon.

The representative for Boylston-Melford spent 29 years on council.

25 of those years were spent with Lloyd Hines, the former councillor and warden left council when he won the riding of Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie in the last provincial election.

Hines tells The Hawk he felt shock and disbelief when he heard MacPherson died.

"He was just a great guy, both inside and outside of council," he says. "He was very kind and compassionate, it going to leave a big hole in the community to lose a guy like that."

Cape Breton-Canso MP, Rodger Cuzner, says MacPherson was a gentleman, a great councillor, and a citizen who cared deeply for his community.

"He wanted to find a way to get things done, (he'd do what he could to avoid confrontation and to try to find a way to resolve a situation)," he says. "He worked hard at that, and he was successful at it on many counts."

A statement from municipal officials says they are heartbroken by the loss of their dear friend and colleague.


Trial for Richmond Co. man facing multiple drug charges will continue in March

The trial of a Richmond Co. man charged with various drug offences has been adjourned.

Adam Roger Joseph Cormier, 34, of L'Ardoise has been charged with possession of marijuana and hash for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of cocaine.

Cormier's trial got underway in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court in July, it was scheduled to resume last month but it was adjourned.

It was also adjourned Thursday, it's expected to resume March 2.

RCMP say a man told officers he would shoot at them if he saw them near his property in April.

They say they searched his home the next day and they seized marijuana, hash, and cocaine.

Uttering threats and weapon possession charges have already been dealt with in court.


Cheticamp home destroyed by fire


Photos courtesy of Michel Soucy

Members of the Cheticamp Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire.

The fire was at a home in the downtown area of the Inverness Co. community Thursday afternoon.

No one was seriously hurt, but two cats died in the fire.

The home is considered a total loss.


Price of gas up for the second week in a row

Pump prices have increased for the second straight week.

The price of gas climbed two cents a litre when the regulated price reset at midnight.

That means you'll be paying anywhere from 94.5 cents to 97.4 cents for a litre of regular self-serve, depending on where you fill up in the Quad Counties.

The price of diesel also increased, jumping 2.8 cents a litre; the new range falls between a minimum of $1.06.5 and a maximum of $1.09.4.

The latest gas price increase comes after a 2.8 cent a litre hike the previous Friday.


The lawyer for Joseph James Landry says there are grounds for appealing his sentence

The attorney for a man found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Phillip Boudreau says he was disappointed by the sentence given to his client.

Joseph James Landry, 67, was found guilty of the included offence of manslaughter during his trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in November.

During the trial the court heard that Landry and crew members on the Twin Maggies carried out a prolonged attack on Boudreau, eventually leading to his death in Petit-de-Grat Harbour.

During his sentencing hearing Thursday, Boudreau's sister, Rose, delivered a victim impact statement.

She said she trusted Landry, and he shattered her life, and the lives of others in their small community.

Nova Scotia Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy sentenced Landry to 14 years in prison, minus 900 days’ worth of time served.

Crown attorney Shane Russell said Justice Kennedy got it right by imposing a 14 year prison term.

"One of the factors that had to be considered is a message had to be very clear that it’s not appropriate and our courts will not tolerate people taking the law into their own hands."

Landry's attorney, Luke Craggs said he's disappointed by the harsh and excessive sentence.

"I wouldn't say I'm surprised, I'm disappointed but I believe there are grounds of appeal which will need to be looked at," he said. "Just because I believe them walking out of the courtroom doesn't mean I'm still going to believe them in a week's time."

Craggs said notice of appeal would need to be filed within 30 days.

He said the Landry's presentence report showed he was behaving well in custody and working to upgrade his education.

Three other people are charged in the case, including Landry's daughter, and her husband.


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