*UPDATE* Reports of a Downtown Sydney Fire

By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-07-24 11:03:41

Cape Breton Regional Fire Service was on site early this morning of a house fire on Townsend Street.
The call came in at about 2am. The street was blocked off while fire crews responded to the scene.
The cause is being determined. The building was vacant at the time.

Increase To M-S-I Coverage For Travellers

By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-07-24 10:37:21

For those planning a long vacation outside the province this year, there is good news. Starting August 1st, Nova Scotians can travel out of the province for a total of seven months per year without losing their M-S-I coverage. Anyone who uses provincial Pharmacare programs will also be able to get up to three 90-day refills of their medications before they leave. Vacationers planning a long trip will have to let M-S-I know in advance. About 900 Nova Scotians register temporary absences with M-S-I each year.

Sydney Man To Return To Court To Enter Pleas

By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-07-24 06:12:53

A Sydney man is to return to provincial court on August 20 to enter pleas. Twenty-three year-old, Daniel Kurt Luther, is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm, two counts of breaching court orders and a single count of uttering a threat. The offenses are alleged to have occurred in December in Albert Bridge and involve two male complainants the accused is alleged to have attacked with a pipe.

Pit Bull Owner Defending Her Dog

By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-07-24 06:12:05

The owner of the pit bull involved in biting incident is defending her dog.
Katlyn MacLeod says that if her dog was a danger to people and attacked for no reason, then she would agree with the request to put the dog down. However, MacLeod says that her dog is around people a lot and that the night in question, Corry MacPhee-Morrison was acting boisterous after a night out, and the owners' dogs are not used to seeing that kind of activity. As MacLeod separated the dogs and asked MacPhee-Morrison to leave, she states that the one dog was acting in a defensive manner and bit into MacPhee-Morrison.
MacLeod's boyfriend, and the brother of MacPhee-Morrison, William 'Paddy' MacPhee agreed with his girlfriend's side of the story. The Nova Scotia SPCA, Cape Breton branch is investigating the incident with assistance from the Cape Breton Regional Police. No charges have been filed as of yet.

News stories from 2014-07-23.