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Richmond Co. man charged following threatening email

Police say a man from Richmond Co. was transported to Halifax on Friday to face charges in relation to threats he made against a lawyer.

Adam Roger Joseph Cormier has been charged with intimidation, intimidation of a justice participant, uttering threats and a breach after a Halifax-area lawyer contacted police after receiving a threatening email.

The lawyer knows Cormier through previous court proceedings.

Cormier, a 35-year-old St. Peter's native, was arrested in Sydney Thursday morning.

He appeared in Halifax Provincial Court Friday afternoon, and is scheduled to return on Tuesday.

He is also facing charges for drug offences in relation to a 2014 arrest.

RCMP say that in April 2014, Cormier told officers he would shoot at them if he saw them near his property.

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

That trial continues on March 24.


Antigonish cafe theft case adjourned

A 21-year-old Antigonish woman arrested in connection with a robbery at a town business is expected to return to court later in February.

The owners of The Tall and Small Cafe on Main Street uploaded security video from the November break-in to social media.

They said two women stole a large amount of money from their register.

Police only charged one person in the case.

Carolyn Stewart faces a count of break, enter and theft.

Stewart made her first appearance in the case in Antigonish Provincial Court on Wednesday.

Her lawyer asked to have the matter adjourned.

It is scheduled to resume on Feb. 24.

Stewart was released on conditions shortly after her arrest, and remains free on conditions.


Richmond Co. man has drug case adjourned

A man arrested in relation to a drug bust in Richmond Co. has had his case adjourned.

RCMP say officers arrested David William Kennedy after they seized illicit drugs in St. Peter's in November 2014.

They say the 25-year-old French Cove man had roughly three ounces of marijuana, several grams of hash, and a number of prescription pills.

Police say they also seized some cash, scales, and other drug-trafficking paraphernalia.

Kennedy faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and prescription pills.

He pleaded not guilty in September.

He was expected to have a trial date set in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on Thursday, but the hearing was adjourned until Feb. 29.


Pump prices drop more than four cents

The price of gas is the lowest it's been in years.

Pump prices fell as much as 4.2 cents a litre during the regular price adjustment; that means the new range for a litre of regular self-serve in the Quad Counties is 85.3 cents on the low end, and 88.2 cents on the high end.

It's been six weeks since there was an increase in the price of gas.

Diesel is down 2.1 cents; the new range in the Quad Counties is 88.3 and 91.2 cents a litre.


Acting warden says municipal officials won't pursue mayoral issue

The acting warden of Richmond Co. says he accepts the fact he and his fellow councillors were late applying to switch to a mayoral system.

Malcolm Beaton cast the tiebreaking vote in favour of the move at a council meeting Feb. 1; however, the Municipal Government Act dictates the deadline for making such a change was Jan. 15, nine months before the Oct. 15 municipal elections.

Beaton tells The Hawk councillors can always revisit this issue in the future.

"We'll be up for an election again in 2020," he says. "They can prepare themselves for that, if that's the wish of the council (of the day)."

Beaton says they didn't want to make a move earlier, because they were waiting for the result of the appeal of the ruling by members of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to reduce the number of councillors in the municipality from 10 to five.

Three judges with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal unanimously rejected that appeal Jan. 28.

Beaton says councillors will be busy enough preparing for the upcoming election and boundary changes without worrying if a mayor or warden will be at the head of the municipality.

"They've got a lot of work ahead of them for the next eight months, just getting things ready for the next election, and knowing where the lines are going to be drawn," he says. "They will have enough to concentrate on."

Beaton says he favours the mayoral system, because it allows for a different set of eyes to watch the municipality as a whole.

Councillors are scheduled to reconvene for their regular monthly meeting Feb. 22.

Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting was cancelled, and officials with the Department of Municipal Affairs were expected to start an intervention in an effort to improve council communication and productivity.


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