Top-10 sto­ries of 2015

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The Com­pass’ ed­i­to­rial team sin­gled out the fol­low­ing sto­ries from 2015 in a vote. Ev­ery­one’s list was a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent, making for an in­ter­est­ing top ten.

1.

Provin­cial

4. Stone Jug:

elec­tion

3. Bombs scares:

out­come:

Steve Crocker, Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh, Betty Pars­ley and Pam Par­sons are in. Say­ing good­bye ( for now) are Felix Collins, Glenn Littlejohn, Tom Hed­der­son, Judy Man­ning, Calvin Peach and Sam Slade.

2. Con­struc­tion starts on sta­dium & con­trac­tor sues Har­bour Grace, prov­ince:

In the same year work started on the new sta­dium in Har­bour Grace, a con­trac­tor claimed the ten­der­ing process was in­ap­pro­pri­ately han­dled.

First there was a sus­pi­cious pack­age at the post of­fice in Har­bour Grace. Then the RCMP de­tach­ment in the same town had a visit from a man who found an old ex­plo­sive de­vice that was ul­ti­mately in­ac­tive. And a threat was called in at the Pla­cen­tia Mall while a cam­paign­ing Dwight Ball vis­ited the lo­cal Lib­eral can­di­date.

At times it seemed like the planned restau­rant would never open, with a num­ber of ob­sta­cles in the way to get the nec­es­sary per­mits. But by the end of the year, Bruce Branan was able to see the project through to com­ple­tion in the his­toric struc­ture, which is over 150 years old.

5. Failed search for miss­ing Car­bon­ear woman:

It was an ag­o­niz­ing few days in Au­gust as divers and boats scoured the wa­ters near Crocker’s Cove in the search for Christine Crum­mey, who was ul­ti­mately never lo­cated.

6. Bur­ton sen­tenced to over 6 years

for home in­va­sion:

A home in­va­sion in Bay Roberts in­volv­ing an el­derly vic­tim shocked res­i­dents of Bay Roberts. Joshua Wal­ter Bur­ton, 23, was sen­tenced to six years and four months in a fed­eral prison. A trail re­sumes in Jan­uary for the co-ac­cused, Evan James Fry.

7. For­mer Pla­cen­tia town man­ager charged with fraud:

Mar­garet Hat­field, for­mer man­ager of pub­lic af­fairs for the Town of Pla­cen­tia, was charged with 20 counts of fraud and four counts of forgery fol­low­ing a lengthy RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tion that fol­lowed-up on a com­plaint from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

In Har­bour Grace, coun­cil ap­proved changes to the town plan that would al­low for the de­vel­op­ment of a multi-mil­lion dol­lar marine in­dus­trial park. Next door in Spa­niard’s Bay, Coun. Brenda Sey­mour (also a fire­fighter) in­tro­duced a mo­tion call­ing for the dis­missal or sus­pen­sion of fire chief Vic­tor His­cock.

9. Prime min­is­ter cam­paigns in Bay Roberts:

In what might prove to be his fi­nal visit to New­found­land and Labrador, for­mer prime min­is­ter Stephen Harper chose to de­liver a speech in Bay Roberts. It was his only ap­pear­ance in the prov­ince dur­ing the 11-week cam­paign.

10 (tie). Child ab­duc­tion at­tempt in Sibley’s Cove/LPN ac­cused of steal­ing from hos­pi­tal:

In June, a 10-year-old boy ran away af­ter a man driv­ing a truck asked him to get in­side. Else­where, Char­maine Hud­son, a li­censed prac­ti­cal nurse, pleaded not guilty to theft un­der $5,000 and fal­si­fy­ing doc­u­ments in re­la­tion to her em­ploy­ment at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. Her two-day trial is in April.

PHOTO BY JOE GIB­BONS/TC ME­DIA

Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh swears an oath at Gov­ern­ment House in St. John’s to be­come the new min­is­ter of Child, Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices.

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