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Meteorologist predicts warmer-than-normal summer in Quad Counties

The senior climatologist with Environment Canada says it should be a fine summer in the Quad Counties.

The first day of summer was June 20.

Dave Phillips with Environment Canada says it could be wetter than usual, but one or two rainy days could lead to higher-than-normal precipitation levels.

Phillips tells The Hawk summer is looking good in terms of the temperature.

"Temperatures in July and right through to Labour Day tend to favour a warmer-than-normal (trend)," he says, "and we feel confident in the temperature forecast because both the American forecast, the European one, even the private weather services---they're all singing from the same song sheet."

Phillips also says we should be ready for severe weather.

He says peak season for thunderstorms is from July to early August, and that the Quad Counties get an average of 21 days of thunderstorms a year.

 

Construction of Pomquet community centre a matter of when, not if- chair

The chair of a committee working to build a new community centre in Pomquet says the construction start date depends entirely on fundraising.

Clarence DeYoung says the $112,000 recently pledged by provincial officials is a huge help, but they're still about halfway from their goal.

He says the provincial contribution took them to a little more than $800,000.

DeYoung tells The Hawk construction could start sooner rather than later if they're lucky with fundraisers.

"Our Chase the Ace, if we're lucky enough to have anywhere close to the luck that Sydney or Inverness had, we could have shovels in the ground by the fall; if we don't, it's going to be longer, of course," he says. "It's all right now based on funding- we're committed to making it happen, so it's a matter of when, not if."

DeYoung says municipal officials have donated the land at the site of the former Pomquet school for the centre, and they'll make a financial contribution as well.

He says contractors have told them the centre's construction would take eight or nine months.

DeYoung says fundraising started a year-and-a-half ago, because they decided from the start not to wait for government funding.

"We took the attitude on this right from the beginning that it was better for us to raise a good portion of the money on our own so that when we went to speak to all three levels of government, we could show them we were serious," he says. "So that's what we did."

DeYoung says committee members have not asked federal officials for a specific amount, but they expect to hear back from them soon.

 

Pair charged in Port Hawkesbury drug bust expected back in court in July

Two people arrested following a drug bust in Port Hawkesbury have had their cases adjourned.

Walter Hinkley, 41, of Port Hawkesbury has been charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of stolen property.

Crystal Timmons, 38, of Port Hawkesbury faces charges of trafficking cocaine and hydromorphone, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of oxycodone.

Police say officers and members of sheriff services searched a home in the town and seized cocaine, oxycodone, hydromorphone and marijuana in March.

Hinkley and Timmons, who made their first appearances in the case in April, were expected for an election-and-plea hearing in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Monday; it was adjourned until July 25.

   

Suspect in Whycocomagh bust has case adjourned

A teen facing drug charges after a search of a home in Inverness Co. is scheduled to return to court in July.

RCMP say officers dismantled a marijuana grow operation when they searched a Whycocomagh home in February.

They say they seized live plants, dried marijuana, growing equipment and shatter, which is a highly-potent marijuana derivative.

Police say officers arrested Christian Brendan Wray, 19, at the home; he's been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and cultivation of marijuana.

Wray was in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court for election-and-plea Monday; instead, the hearing was adjourned until July 25.

 

December trial set for Richmond Co. unlawful confinement case

The case of a suspect charged with unlawful confinement in Richmond Co. is scheduled to go to trial in December.

RCMP say Justin Daniel MacLeod met a woman at a party and offered her a ride home one Friday night in April.

They say that the 30-year-old took her to a secluded area and locked her in his family cabin instead.

Police say he left, then the woman escaped and broke into another cabin to hide.

They say she eventually fled and was not hurt.

MacLeod was arrested on one count each of unlawful confinement and breach of conditions the next day.

He was released on strict conditions.

His case returned to Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Monday morning.

His trial was set for Dec. 8.

   

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