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RCMP say they're confident remains are that of missing Framboise woman

RCMP say they've found what they believe are the remains of a missing Richmond Co. woman.

Michelle Demers-Kennedy, 58, went missing from her home on Three Rivers Road in Framboise in May 2013.

Police say they found a burial site in North Framboise earlier this week.

Sgt. Al LeBlanc says he can't say what led investigators to the burial site.

LeBlanc tells The Hawk the discovery will provide some closure, once the remains are identified.

"Our investigators are tenacious; they just don't give up, and this was important," he says. "Obviously we've got to be careful here; the remains have not been identified, but we're very confident that these are her remains."

LeBlanc says officials with the medical examiner’s office will be assisting with the investigation.

"Once the remains are excavated RCMP will continue to work closely with (officials from) the medical examiner’s office to obviously confirm the identity."

RCMP originally charged Merlin Demers-Kennedy, 32, with second-degree murder in the death of his mother; he pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week.

He's scheduled for sentencing June 19.

 

Mabou receives Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award

A community in the Quad Counties will be recognized for civic and community spirit.

Mabou is one of four communities that will be awarded this year's Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award.

The Inverness Co. community will be honoured at an upcoming community celebration with Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant.

Washabuck in Victoria Co., River John in Pictou Co., and Spryfield in the Halifax area are the other winners.

Ballantynes Cove-Cape George, South Mountain Arm of Gold, St. Andrew's, St. Peter's, Paq'tnkek, and Canso-Eastern Guysborough Co. are other local communities that have received the award in the past.

 

RCMP say they believe they've located the remains of missing Framboise women

RCMP say they've found what they believe are the remains of a missing Richmond Co. woman.

Michelle Demers-Kennedy, 58, went missing from her home on Three Rivers Road in Framboise in May 2013.

Police say they found a burial site in North Framboise earlier this week.

They say they'll work with the medical examiner to confirm the identity once the remains are excavated.

RCMP originally charged Merlin Demers-Kennedy, 32, with second-degree murder in the death of his mother; he pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week.

He's scheduled for sentencing June 19.

   

Goldboro LNG officials say design phase will accelerate in next few months

Officials behind a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Guysborough Co. say their latest approval is one of three very important permits.

Mark Brown, the project development director for Pieridae Energy Ltd., says the proposed Goldboro LNG facility has received approval for an export permit from officials with the US Department of Energy.

He says the permit will allow them to export natural gas for use in our country, and export natural gas produced here to countries who have entered into free trade agreements with the US.

Brown tells The Hawk it's positive news, but they're still waiting on other important applications.

"It's one of the three significant approvals," he says. "The other ones (are) the non-FTA permit application and the application to export LNG under a long-term order from the National Energy Board in Canada."

Brown says the latest approval means work on the project will move a bit quicker.

"The project is going to start to accelerate (with) front-end engineering and design," he says. (The goal is) to get to final investment decision at the end of the second quarter of 2016."

Brown says officials would enter into the construction cycle right away if they decide to invest in the project.

He says the goal is to be fully operational by the end of 2020.

 

Five local paramedics receive long service awards

Communications Nova Scotia 

Five paramedics from the Quad Counties have been recognized for their service.


A total of 52 paramedics with more than 20 year experience each were given Paramedic Long Service Awards Tuesday.

Donald Campbell of Inverness has worked as a paramedic for 35 years; Douglas Fleet of Guysborough Co., Derek LeBlanc of Antigonish Co., Lorraine LeBlanc of Cheticamp, and Linus Roach of Cheticamp have all been on the job for 25 years.

Provincial officials say paramedics have taken on an expanded role in the past few years, providing primary care in some communities alongside family physicians and nurses.

There are more than 800 paramedics working across the province.

   

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