Top-10 stories of 2015
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.
4. Stone Jug:
3. Bombs scares:
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.
Sherry Gambin-Walsh swears an oath at Government House in St. John’s to become the new minister of Child, Youth and Family Services.