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Dispute suspect has case adjourned

Murray Pattingale, 53, faces charges of uttering threats, unsafe storage of a firearm and causing a disturbance; the Pleasant Bay man, whose case opened in court in January, was expected for election-and-plea in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court after the hearing was adjourned in February, March, April and May.

Pattingale didn't appear; he's expected to enter into a peace bond agreement- he's scheduled for a status update Dec. 19.

Cheticamp RCMP say officers were called to a threats complaint in Pleasant Bay in December.

They say they arrested one man at a home and seized a number of unsafely stored firearms; they arrested another man later that same day.

Wayne MacKinnon, 70 of Pleasant Bay has been charged with uttering threats; his lawyer pleaded not guilty to the charge on his behalf in January, and his trial was set for Sept. 5.

Both men were released on conditions shortly after their arrests.

 

Inverness Co. drug bust suspect pleads not guilty

A suspect arrested in relation to a drug bust in Inverness Co. has entered not guilty pleas.

Police say they stopped a vehicle on Rte. 19 in July.

Shea Slaunwhite, 26, pleaded not guilty to charges of trafficking and possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking.

He made his first appearance in the case in September; he elected a supreme court, judge and jury trial.

Slaunwhite is expected for a preliminary inquiry Feb. 20.

 

Installation of traffic lights behind schedule

The mayor of Antigonish says a new set of traffic lights at a busy intersection in the town are behind schedule.

Town councillors approved the money for the lights at West St. and Highland Dr. as part of their 2017-2018 budget.

The cost of the project is close to $120, 000; it was scheduled to be done by the end of last month.

After Monday night's regular town council meeting, Laurie Boucher, Mayor, said there's a hold-up with some of the parts.

"Some of the products come from the states (have) to go through duty- once it passes there, it has to go to the province and they have to be inspected and let go from there, back to us," she says. "That process is taking a little bit more time because some pieces were on back order."

Boucher said the lights should be up and running by the end of this month, possibly into next month.

   

Municpal staff in Town of Antigonish have new deputy mayor

There's a new deputy mayor in the Town of Antigonish.

Diane Roberts assumed the role at Monday night's monthly town council meeting; she replaces Willie Cormier.

After the meeting, Laurie Boucher, Mayor, said she's excited to work with Roberts.

"I've known Diane for quite a while," she says. "I know that she'll do a great job; she takes her job very seriously and (is) very knowledgeable as well."

Roberts spent 18 years as a councillor during her first stint.

She didn't re-offer following her fifth term in 2012; she returned to the council table in last year's municipal elections.

 

Police investigating Inverness Co. theft

Police say thieves stole 19 sheets of plywood from the building site of the new L'Arche Cape Breton Gathering Place in Inverness Co.

It took place at the site- on Hwy 105 in Iron Mines between 6 p.m. Monday and midnight.

RCMP say they're still investigating; you're ask to call Crime Stoppers or police if you have any information.

   

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