Hal­i­fax po­lice in­ves­ti­gate week­end rave af­ter young woman found un­con­scious

Cape Breton Post - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX (CP) — Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice raided a po­ten­tially danger­ous party in­side the York Re­doubt Na­tional His­toric Site late Satur­day.

The party, or rave, was held in­side an aban­doned bunker in Hal­i­fax af­ter a pad­lock was bro­ken to get in­side, Const. Brian Pal­me­ter, a po­lice spokesman, said Mon­day.

One male was charged with pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion and a passed­out, teenaged woman had to be hauled away from the scene on a sled.

Po­lice found about 120 peo­ple, be­tween the ages of 15 and 20, at the site. The bunker — a ce­ment struc­ture with a roof — is perched near a cliff with a 15-me­tre drop.

“ That’s very danger­ous,” Pal­me­ter said.

An­other dan­ger came from the use of gen­er­a­tors that pow­ered the party sound sys­tem. Al­though the gen­er­a­tors were out­side, they af­fected air qual­ity in the bunker to the point of­fi­cers couldn’t stay in­side, Pal­me­ter said.

“ They were over­come by the car­bon monox­ide in there,” he said.

Po­lice know the names of the or­ga­niz­ers and are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he said, adding that they knew be­fore­hand a party was sched­uled for Satur­day night.

“Orig­i­nally we be­lieved the rave was to take place in a li­censed es­tab­lish­ment in Hal­i­fax,” he said. “How­ever, that lo­ca­tion was can­celled.”

Po­lice kept track of the sit­u­a­tion and later learned the party was hit­ting the road, he said.

Par­ty­go­ers were told to “meet at a cer­tain bus sta­tion and take a cer­tain bus out to that lo­ca­tion at a cer­tain time,” he said.

“ That’s how we were able to fol­low the trail out to that lo­ca­tion.”

Po­lice ar­rived at the site at 11 p.m. and fol­lowed tracks in the snow to the party. It’s be­lieved that the party was to go through­out the night and par­ty­go­ers would re­turn on the first bus in the morn­ing.

Hal­i­fax fire­fight­ers were called to ven­ti­late the bunker and re­move the un­con­scious woman.

Many of the par­ty­go­ers fled on see­ing the po­lice and of­fi­cers later de­stroyed some aban­doned al­co­hol and found some drug para­pher­na­lia. Some sound sys­tem equip­ment was left be­hind, but po­lice re­turned it to the rental agency that owns it. ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (CP) — New­found­land and Labrador Premier Danny Wil­liams has left the prov­ince for heart surgery later this week, but his of­fice wouldn’t say Mon­day whether it will be done in Canada or the United States.

Spokes­woman El­iz­a­beth Matthews didn’t dis­close the de­tails of the pro­ce­dure or say ex­actly when or where it will oc­cur.

“I can con­firm that Premier Wil­liams did leave the prov­ince this morn­ing and will be un­der­go­ing heart surgery later this week,” she said in an email.

The CBC re­ported that Wil­liams would un­dergo the pro­ce­dure in the U.S. but didn’t cite a source.

Deputy premier Kathy Dun­derdale is ex­pected to release more de­tails early to­day at a news con­fer­ence.

Wil­liams, 59, is a hockey buff who played in a recre­ational league un­til re­cently. He met re­porters Fri­day af­ter a meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper and looked re­laxed and fit.

The fa­ther of four grown chil­dren has four grand­chil­dren.

Wi l l i ams, who en­joys by far the high­est ap­proval rat­ings of any Cana­dian premier, has tan­gled in re­cent months with Hy­dro-Que­bec and New Premier Shawn Brunswick Gra­ham.

He has spo­ken pas­sion­ately against a planned $3.2-bil­lion takeover by Hy­dro-Que­bec of some NB Power as­sets — a move he fears could ham­per his own plans to harness Lower Churchill hy­dro­elec­tric power in Labrador.

Wil­liams also spoke can­didly last year in an in­ter­view about the stresses and frus­tra­tions of the job he has held since 2003.

The in­de­pen­dently wealthy for­mer lawyer and busi­ness­man openly mused about his oc­cu­pa­tional choice. Still, Wil­liams has said re­peat­edly in re­cent months that he has ev­ery in­ten­tion of run­ning in the next pro­vin­cial elec­tion slated for 2011.

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