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Former Judique resident's fraud sentencing adjourned

A 49-year-old woman originally from Judique will return to court in June for sentencing on fraud-related charges.

RCMP say independent audits showed an administrator stole more than $600,000 over three and a half years from the H
alifax Regional Police Dedication to Duty Fund and a Halifax Regional Police Association account.

Mary Louise MacDonald was originally charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, one count of forgery and one count of uttering a forged document.

MacDonald, who now lives in Dartmouth, pleaded guilty to the fraud charges as her trial was set to get underway in September.

She was scheduled for sentencing in Dartmouth Provincial Court Tuesday, but it was adjourned until June 17.

Her sentencing hearing was previously adjourned in April.


St. Peter's RCMP officer given conditional discharge for mischief, breach

An RCMP officer facing charges in relation to a Richmond Co. incident has been granted a conditional discharge.

Police say they got a call about an officer threatening a man in September.

They say the same officer was also accused of damaging property in a separate incident.

Shawn Greene was originally charged with uttering threats, mischief and a pair of breaches.

The 36-year-old is an eight-year member of the force who was stationed at the St. Peter's detachment.

He was suspended with pay.

Greene entered guilty pleas to the count of mischief and one of his breaches, and received a conditional discharge in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Monday; the Crown withdrew the other two charges.

Greene also faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in Newfoundland; his trial is scheduled for June.


Former Judique resident scheduled for sentencing on fraud charges in Halifax

A former resident of the Quad Counties who pleaded guilty to a pair of fraud-related charges in Halifax is expected to return to court Tuesday.

RCMP say independent audits of the Halifax Regional Police Dedication to Duty Fund, an independent employee social account, and Halifax Regional Police Association account revealed an administrator who co-managed the fund and account stole more than $600,000 in a three-and-a-half year period.

Halifax Regional Police referred the matter to the RCMP Federal Policing Financial Crime Section in July 2013.

Mary Louise MacDonald, 49, pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000, one count of forgery and one count of uttering a forged document in June 2014.

The Dartmouth resident, who is formerly from Judique, changed her plea to guilty on the fraud counts as her trial was set to get underway in September.

MacDonald is scheduled for sentencing in Dartmouth Provincial Court; the hearing was adjourned in April.

Trustees of the fund filed a lawsuit in an attempt to recoup some of the money in 2013; in the suit, they say MacDonald developed a gambling addiction, and forged signatures and set up an unauthorized bank account to steal the money.


Port Hood native says fighting Fort McMurray wildfire was eye-opening experience

An Inverness Co. man who battled the wildfire in Fort McMurray says there are many people beyond firefighters who deserve praise for their efforts.

Jerron Hawley, who works with the Fort McMurray Fire Department, says he and his colleagues worked for roughly 36 hours straight when wind first blew the fire toward the city.

The Port Hood native says he and four other firefighters were given the job of getting people out of Beacon Hill, a neighbourhood badly damaged by the fire.

He says they barely managed to get a mother and her son out of a home before it was engulfed in flames in one case.

Hawley told The Hawk Morning Show it was an eye-opening moment.

"My experience level was minimal compared to a lot of other firefighters on our department or departments around Canada," he said. "At that particular moment, that was the moment where I said 'OK this is nothing to be playing around with anymore- we need to get these people out'."

Hawley, who graduated from firefighting school in 2011, took an 18-day break with family, then flew back to Fort McMurray Monday.

He said his home is still standing, but it was just 200 metres south of the fire line.

Hawley said he's confident the city will rebuild, and he'll be there to help with those efforts.

He said he and his colleagues greatly appreciate all the support they get across the country.

"The people that have to be recognized for this are the people that supported us," he said. "There's children on Rte. 19 here that are setting up lemonade stands- that means so much to our community, and so much to Fort McMurray and myself, and our department."

Hawley said his neighbours opened their homes to other firefighters, and a homeless Fort McMurray man cooked for others forced from their homes because of the wildfire.


Driver in fatal crash has case adjourned

The case of a Mulgrave man charged following a fatal single-vehicle crash in Inverness Co. has opened in court.

James Daniel Poirier, 19, of Port Hawkesbury died in the crash on Rte. 19 in Newtown in October.

RCMP say he was sitting in the rear of the cab of a pick-up truck when the truck left the road and hit a power pole.

They say a 19-year-old from Port Hastings, who was in the passenger seat, was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Scott Nicholas Lundrigan, 21, who was driving and was taken to hospital with minor injuries, faces six charges in the case, including dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death.

Lundrigan had an arraignment hearing in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Monday morning; he wasn't in court, but his case was adjourned until an election-and-plea hearing July 13.


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