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Richmond County RCMP Officer Charged

A local RCMP officer is facing charges after an incident on Wednesday.

Richmond County RCMP received a complaint about a male officer threatening another man.

During that investigation, it was alleged the officer had also damaged property in a separate incident.

36-year old Shawn Donald James Greene was arrested without incident and charged with uttering threats and mischief.

He appeared in port hawkesbury provincial court on thursday and was released; he'll return to court on november 4th.

Greene is an 8-year member of the RCMP and is currently stationed at the St. Peter's detachment.... he's been suspended with pay.

Nova Scotia RCMP will conduct an internal investigation into the incidents.


Guysborough Co. stabbing suspect sentenced to prison time

A man found guilty of two charges in relation to a stabbing in Guysborough Co. has been sentenced to time behind bars.

Guysborough RCMP say a man suffered multiple stab wounds at a party in Sunnyville in June 2013.

They say he arrived at Guysborough Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and was transferred to St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish.

Police say officers arrested another man the next day; they charged John Arthur Borden, 43, with attempted murder, aggravated assault, uttering threats and possession of a weapon.

Borden, who has been held in custody since his arrest, was denied bail; he was committed to stand trial by judge and jury in Nova Scotia Supreme Court after his preliminary hearing wrapped up in Dec. 2013.

Nine days were set aside for his trial, which took place in Guysborough in June 2015.

Jurors found Borden guilty of aggravated assault and weapon possession, but not guilty of attempted murder and uttering threats.

His sentencing hearing took place in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Guysborough Thursday.

A judge sentenced to Borden to five years in a federal prison on the aggravated assault charge, and one year in prison for the weapons charge; he'll serve both sentences concurrently, meaning his total time in prison is five years.

He has less than 21 months left behind bars after he received more than 39 months credit for time already served.

He was also sentenced to 12 months probation and a lifetime firearms ban.

Borden, who is originally from Sunnyville, had spent the last few years before the incident living in Halifax.


Gas prices up almost six cents

The price at the pump has shot up in a big way.

Gas prices increased 5.8 cents a litre during the regular price adjustment at midnight.

That means the new range for a litre of regular self-serve in the Quad Counties, depending on where you fill up, sits somewhere between a minimum of a $1.05.6 and a maximum of $1.08.5.

The price of gas had been dropping steadily; this is just the second increase in the last 11 weeks.

Diesel is also higher; it's up 1.4 cents to a new range between $0.99.6 and $1.02.5.

The price of diesel increased seven-point-nine cents a litre in 48 hours; members of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board invoked the interrupter clause to raise it six-and-a-half cents Wednesday.


StFX officials announce first chancellor who isn't bishop

There's a new chancellor in town.

Susan Crocker has been announced as the ninth chancellor of StFX.

The bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish had automatically been appointed university chancellor until a change in provincial legislation in 2014.

Crocker says it's now an expanded role, and she'll provide more support to university officials.

"StFX, in some ways, has been lacking some of the leadership resource that other universities have had," she says. "I think, in many ways, this is about the president and his team getting more firepower in terms of volunteer leadership support around meeting their objectives."

Crocker says the university should be on the radar of potential students across the country, and she'll help spread that message.

Kent MacDonald, the university's president, says the legislation creates the position of Vicker of the Founder, which will help keep the bishop involved.

"It allows us to ensure that we honour the Catholic heritage and character of the university."

MacDonald says Bishop Brian Dunn is already serving in that role.

He says the bishop, who has a lot on his plate, was effective in ceremonial roles, but times have changed.

MacDonald says they need to re-think how they position themselves when it comes to higher education.

Crocker, who has spent her career in the financial sector, served on the StFX Board of Governors and as chair of the Coady International Institute in the past.

She received a honourary doctorate from the university in 2012.


Police say to be extra careful as students return to school

Summer vacation is officially in the books.

It's the first day of the 2015-16 school year for the Strait and Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Boards; students at other schools in the Quad Counties are also heading back to class Thursday.

RCMP Cst. Mark Skinner tells The Hawk that means you need to watch for students returning from summer holidays if you're on the road, especially for the first few days of the new school year.

"Sometimes we find that children get distracted (because) there (are) all kinds of things going on the first day of school- we get to see our friends we haven't seen all summer long, there (are) all kinds of exciting stories to share, and we have new things we want to show," he says. "Sometimes we have to watch out for children who aren't necessarily watching out for themselves."

Skinner says it's a two-way street involving shared responsibility- parents also need to remind their kids to pay attention.

He says students should always use sidewalks and crosswalks if they're available.

Skinner says officers will be keeping an eye out to make sure everyone stays safe.

"It's (a) case of the members being on duty, specifically, being aware of what's going on within their communities, and certainly following up and spending some extra time around the schools on those particular days."

Skinner says students should put their cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices away while they're walking to school, or getting on and off school buses.

He says motorists seem to be getting the message when it comes to school bus safety, including not passing a stopped bus.


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