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Richmond Co. RCMP respond to calls about people in distress on the water

RCMP in Richmond Co. are reminding the public to exercise caution when on the water or in the woods this season.

Sgt. Mark MacPherson says police got two calls on Sunday about people in distress on the water.

Police say they got a call regarding a 31-year-old man who got caught in the current while surfing near Rocky Bay around 1:30 p.m.

MacPherson tells The Hawk volunteer firefighters and a helicopter from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre responded.

"The volunteer firefighters were able to get out on some rocks and get some ropes down to the surfer," he says. "(He) was exhausted from fighting the current."

MacPherson says they also received a missing person’s call regarding two canoeists in the Port Royal area on Sunday evening.

"They were expected in at around 4:30," he says. "Shortly after 8 p.m. we got the call that they hadn't returned."

MacPherson says first responders were called in, but the two men, ages 19 and 24, were able to make it back to shore safely.

He says both of these incidents serve has a good reminder to make a plan when heading outdoors, let someone know where exactly you're going and when you expect to return.


Police identify man killed in Richmond Co. crash

RCMP have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash in Richmond Co.

Police say Shane Michael Sampson, 42, was driving a truck that went off the County Line Rd. at roughly 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

They say the Louisdale man was ejected from his truck; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say officers, paramedics and members of the West Bay Rd. and Port Hawkesbury volunteer fire departments responded.

The County Line Rd., which connects Cleveland and West Bay, was shut down for roughly 10 hours while a traffic analyst investigated.

RCMP say they're still trying to determine the cause of the crash.


RCMP arrest two men for impaired driving following single-vehicle crash

Police say they made two impaired driving-related arrests following a single-vehicle crash in Richmond Co.

RCMP say officers were called to a crash in the Potlotek First Nation at roughly 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

They say they found an impaired man trying to get the vehicle out of the ditch, and residents told them it was actually another man who put it off the road.

Police say they took both men into custody; they were held and released.

One faces a pair of drunk-driving related charges, while the second faces one count of impaired driving and a count of refusing the breathalyzer.

They're scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court to enter a plea in Dec. 3.


Fraud suspect scheduled to return to court

A Toronto man charged with 70 fraud-related offences is scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Monday.

Xie Huang, 29, is expected for a focus hearing.

He made his first court appearance in the case in Aug. 2013; he was released from custody on $35,000 bail and several conditions.

Port Hawkesbury RCMP say they were notified someone tried to buy prepaid credit cards from local businesses with different types of credit cards in July 2013; they say they were also told some businesses owners in Richmond Co. had already been victimized.

Police say stolen credit card information was used on counterfeit cards to buy electronics and prepaid credit cards.


Operation Hakon suspects scheduled for trial

Two Inverness Co. men charged in connection with Operation Hakon are expected to return to court Monday.

Eugene Gerard Basker, 64, of Inverness and Shandy Aucoin, 28, of Cheticamp are scheduled for trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Port Hawkesbury.

Both men originally faced the same three cocaine-related charges- trafficking, conspiracy to traffic, and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Basker, who elected a Nova Scotia Supreme Court trial by judge and jury in April 2013, was committed to stand trial on the possession charge following a preliminary inquiry in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court in Oct. 2013, while his other charges were dropped; he also faces an additional obstruction charge.

Aucoin, who elected a similar trial in June 2013, was committed to stand trial for trafficking in Oct. 2013 as well; his remaining charges were also dropped.

Police originally laid 130 charges against 24 people in Jan. 2013; they say they searched 11 homes in Antigonish, Inverness and Victoria counties.


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