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The day everyone has been waiting for, and some have been dreading, has arrived: the closure of the Princess Margaret Bridge. Officials with the Department of Transportation tell us that the bridge will be closed by 2 PM this afternoon. It is expected that there will be delays on the Westmorland Street Bridge and across the downtown, so you are asked to use caution and expect to take longer to get to where you’re going. Police will monitor the bridge for any accidents that may happen. The City of Fredericton has a link on their homepage, where you can look at traffic cameras on the bridge and check to see if there are any delays. Just visit www.fredericton.ca. From there, click “Princess Margaret Bridge Closure”. You can also check in with Information Radio 93.3 FM to get up-to-the-minute traffic delays. Motorists are advised to beware of the speed limit on the Westmorland Street Bridge and to drive with care.

A fire that destroyed an unoccupied home in Geary was deliberately set. The house, located at 46 Clarence Street, went up in flames early Friday morning, leaving the residence scorched. In a news release issued Friday afternoon, the Oromocto Fire Department confirmed there was foul play. The fire department responded to a 9-1-1 call that came in shortly after 6 a.m. Deputy Chief Richard Cummings said it's unusual for an unoccupied home to catch fire. There was no one inside the house, and there were no injuries. Cummings said the fire resulted in the loss of the residence.

A New Brunswick man is dead following a single-vehicle accident Friday in the Sussex area. The 26-year-old from Smiths Creek, about eight kilometres north of Sussex, was killed when his vehicle ran off Knightville Road and hit several trees around 1:30 p.m. Police have not released the victim's name.

Alcohol likely played a role in a single-vehicle crash last weekend that killed a teenage girl. Constable Trevor Jones, a collision reconstruction expert with the Saint John Police said there were several open liquor bottles at the scene where 15-year-old Kylee Wallace died last Saturday night in east-end Saint John. Jones said only two of the teens in the car were of legal drinking age. Wallace, a Grade 10 student at Saint John High, was in a car with five other teens that veered off Hillcrest Road and down a nine-metre embankment. She was thrown from the vehicle. The five other teens walked away with scrapes and bruises. Jones also believes the vehicle was going faster than the posted speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour. He said police are waiting for forensic lab results before deciding whether any charges will be laid.

A 67-year-old man and 66-year-old woman are facing charges after an illegal tobacco bust in the Neguac area of northern New Brunswick. Acadian Peninsula RCMP officers, the Mounties' street crime unit and the Bathurst Customs and Excise Section seized more than 100,000 illegal cigarettes this week at a home in Covedell. The unstamped cigarettes were found in 57 cartons. The search also turned up unsecured firearms and a small quantity of marijuana. The pair is scheduled to appear in court in Tracadie-Sheila in September. The investigation is ongoing.

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