For the first time since its inception, the province's murder rewards program has actually helped solve a murder. A tipster provided police with some kind of information that's led them to charging yesterday two brothers with first degree murder in the death of 20 year old Melissa Dawn Peacock. The Dartmouth woman went missing in early November. Her body was found just this week in a wooded area near Rawdon. Dustan Preeper and brother Joshua made their first court appearance yeterday in Truro. The reward program offers up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for for a list of murders. The Justice Department needs to handle this one with kid gloves to make sure its first victory will perhaps convince others now to step forward with information about the many unsolved murders in this province.
24 year old Dustan Preeper has also been charged with second degree murder in the July 2010 murder of Ben Hare in Truro. He spat at a newspaper photographer as he was led into court yesterday.
Ex-Tory MLA Richard Hurlburt learns his fate today in a Yarmouth court. Hurlburt's the second of the 4 MLA's, current and former, facing charges in connection with the MLA expenses scandal. He's already pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and breach of trust and today he's being sentenced. Metro Halifax columnist Stephen Kimber says he doesn't think Hurlburt would get any jail time if he wasn't a politician but will he be held to a higher standard since he is. Yes he should. The breach of trust charge is why. We elected him to uphold our laws and represent our interests. Hurlburt failed on both counts. Dave Wilson, the former Liberal from Glace Bay, got 9 months in jail for his role in the scandal. Hurlburt's crimes, though not as serious, deserve some time in jail.
No kidding, there's an election around the corner?? Those blaming politics for the decision by King's County Council this week to ban large-scale wind famrs are right on. October's election was certainly a factor in the decision. But the squeaky wheel does get the grease as the saying goes, and a significant number of very vocal wind farm opponents had their voices heard. I say good for them.
The wind farm ban still must be approved by Service Nova Scotia but if the premier's comments are any indication, the province won't reject King's County Council's request. While the province is counting on wind-generated power to reach its goal of 25% of our power from renewable energy sources by 2015. Premier Dexter says even with the King's County ban there are still other projects underway elsewhere that will help do that. He understands why council made the decision and he knows it will be after October's municipal vote before any further decisions are made. Hmmm..could there be a provincial election coming as well??
Parise and Suter to Minnesota??? Yikes. I thought the Penguins had those two in the bag. And Nash to the Lakers? Come on Steve. You should have finished your career in Canada as a Raptor.
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