Shots Heard From Hunters Had Students Dismissed

By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-10-24 06:49:16

A report of hearing shots fired near a school yesterday had students and teachers dismissed.
RCMP were called to the Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre Academy in Terre Noire around 3:15pm. RCMP found that the shots came from two hunters and that there was no danger to the school.
Students were taken home by bus and students who don't usually take the boss were dropped off at a local gas station.

Weekly Gas Prices Update

By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-10-24 06:25:58

The price of gasoline is unchanged this week. The NSUARB left the minimum price of regular, self-serve gasoline at $1.239. Diesel prices rose by 1.1 cents per liter over last week. The new price is $1.275.

Glace Bay Man Released On Conditions

By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-10-24 06:25:20

A Glace Bay man is to enter pleas following an incident earlier this month. 26-year-old Mason Stephen Boutilier faces charges of assault, assault with a weapon (a knife), and escaping custody. The offences are alleged to have occured October 8. Boutilier left the Glace Bay Hospital while still in handcuffs.
Boutilier has been released on conditions including living in a residence on the Donkin highway, staying away from a Glace Bay address, and abiding by a curfew. He will return to court on November 8.

Man Arrested and Firearm Recovered in Halifax

By The Canadian Press. Last updated: 2014-10-24 06:24:45

Police arrested a man in Halifax and recovered a firearm on a nearby public transit bus this morning after receiving a report of someone carrying what appeared to be a rifle wrapped in fabric in the city's downtown. Constable Pierre Bourdages of Halifax Regional Police says a bus driver found the firearm and called police at about 11 a-m. He says a man is alleged to have left the gun on the bus and then walked down Argyle Street, where the 25-year-old man was arrested. The arrest came after police received a single report at 8:36 a-m of a man with a rifle on Duke and Brunswick streets. Bourdages says it's too early to determine if the initial complaint and the gun found on the bus are connected. Police say they have no information to suggest the events in Halifax are linked to the deaths of soldiers this week in Quebec and Ottawa. Premier Stephen McNeil says he's asked for a security review of all provincial government buildings after the events of this week.

Proposed Changes to NS Graduated Licensing Program

By The Canadian Press. Last updated: 2014-10-24 06:24:24

An N-D-P member of the legislature says proposed legislated changes to the province's graduated licensing system have a major hole. Sterling Belliveau says there is no provision requiring supervisory drivers to be sober and that should be addressed before the bill is passed. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says the government received legal advice that it could be problematic to get blood alcohol readings from a passenger. But he says the issue will be considered as the government ponders more changes to graduated licensing in the future. Under the changes it would take a year instead of six months for new drivers to become fully licensed and those drivers would not be allowed to have any alcohol in their system for two years. As well, supervisory drivers would have to be fully licensed for at least two years after they complete the program instead of being immediately eligible to supervise a beginning driver as they are now.

Heating Rebate Program To Start

By The Canadian Press. Last updated: 2014-10-24 06:23:56

The government of Nova Scotia is inviting people to start applying for the government's heating rebate program. The 2014-15 Heating Assistance Rebate Program will launch on October 30th. The rebate provides up to 200 dollars to help with the cost of purchasing oil, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, propane, electricity, or coal. To qualify, applicants must be a household with a net annual income of 42-thousand dollars or less or a single person earning 27-thousand dollars or less annually.

In Sports

By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-10-24 06:23:34

NFL Denver Broncos 35 San Diego Chargers 21 --- NHL Vancouver 4 St. Louis 1 Calgary 5 Carolina 0
N.Y. Islanders 3 Boston 2 Detroit 4 Pittsburgh 3 (OT) Nashville 3 Chicago 2 --- QMJHL The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles lost to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5-4 in a shootout.

News stories from 2014-10-23.