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A scary situation in Sussex yesterday afternoon. Callers to our newsroom say that the top of a propane tank blew off just outside of the Wal-Mart. The store was evacuated, as well as some of the surrounding stores. No word yet as to a possible cause, or any injuries.

Day 2 of a heat alert in effect in the capital region. The Level 2 Heat Alert was issued yesterday after humidex readings soared to the low 40’s. Environment Canada expects those readings to continue today. A humidex and health advisory is also in effect, warning people to be careful when out in this heat.

As temperatures begin to creep over the 30-degree mark this week, the executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick is urging people to consider energy-efficient ways to cool down. David Coon said there are several things New Brunswickers can do to beat the heat this summer without having a major impact on the environment. He said the most obvious tried and true suggestion is to open your windows when it's cooler in the evening and close them during the day. As long as your house is well insulated and relatively airtight, it will stay cool for much of the day, assuming you pull some shades down over the south-facing windows. Coon said a ground source heat pump is the best way to provide both heating and cooling to a house. He said it's the ideal way for New Brunswickers to regulate their indoor temperatures in an environmentally friendly way. If people feel the need to use cooling devices to avoid the heat, Coon said he recommends fans as a greener alternative to air conditioners. He said traditionally New Brunswickers have been more concerned with heating their homes in the winter than keeping cool in the warmer months, but said he anticipates a change in that mindset in the years ahead. For more energy efficient cooling tips, visit www.allthingsefficient.ca.

Police are looking for a suspect after a Charlottetown man was shot in the face with a pellet gun while riding a bicycle. City police received a call at 4:30 p.m. Saturday about the incident on University Avenue. The victim, in his 40s, had the pellet removed in the hospital. Police say they're looking to speak to several persons of interest in order to identify the shooter, who could face a charge of assault with a weapon.

Sixteen people from the Bouctouche area came to Moncton on Wednesday to claim a $12-million prize from the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. The lucky crowd shared in the June fifth Lotto 6/49 jackpot.

A scary scene in Sackville. Early Wednesday morning, a young couple was surrounded by four young men who demanded money from them. The thugs fled the scene empty-handed when one of the victims quickly dialed 911 with a cell phone. This happened on York Street. If you have any information that may be helpful to police, call the District Four RCMP at 533-5151 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. That’s 1-800-222-8477.

Police say an Ohio woman pretended to be a 14-year-old boy so she could have a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. Authorities say 31-year-old Patricia Dye of Franklin used the alias Matt Abrams as the girl's boyfriend, and that the girl did not know Dye was a woman. Dye was arrested June 30, and Springboro police Sgt. Bob Marchiny says she admitted the deception. Her lawyer, William Robert Kaufman, says she has not entered a plea but is assumed not guilty. Dye is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A Warren County judge sent the case to a grand jury Tuesday. Dye is being held in the Butler County jail on $100,000 bond.

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