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The riding of Grand Lake-Gagetown has a new Liberal Party representative. Barry Armstrong was voted in Thursday night in a very crowded Chipman Arena. A total of 748 votes were cast, with Armstrong taking 473 of them. He tells CHSR News, that if he’s elected in the fall, he will make sure that a deal is finally settled in the Gagetown ferry dispute. “I think we have to settle the ferry deal, those people are down there. They’ve got their ferries back but it’s not the way they want it. It’s something we have to look into again and that has to be considered. It’s one of the things I’ll take forward.” Meanwhile, Premier Graham touched on the issue of Highway 10 that runs between Fredericton and Sussex, a large part of that being through that riding. “The road today that connects Minto and Chipman to Fredericton, Route 10, has seen significant upgrades over the past few years. In fact, the most upgrades that have been put into that road over the last 20 year period. This year, we’re paving approximately 9 kilometres on that road, and we recognize the continuing improvements that are needed in Cumberland Bay.” Armstrong beat out competitor Bruce Hogg by over 100 votes.

The closure of King Street in downtown Fredericton will continue Friday and Saturday night, after a successful first weekend left police feeling encouraged. Sergeant Tim Durling of the Fredericton Police Force said four members were on foot patrol with one police vehicle in the area last weekend. King Street closed from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and blockades were placed on the street to curb problems caused by people leaving bars. After bars in the Tannery area closed at 2 a.m., crowds of people headed to nearby York Street and Kings Place to catch a ride, instead of pouring onto King Street. Some traffic problems caused by taxis and crowds on York Street didn't result in any major incidents. The King Street closure is part of a pilot project implemented by city hall and Downtown Fredericton Inc. The project will continue until the end of the month, when it will be reviewed again.

A 22-year-old St. Mary's First Nation man has until today to figure out if his former lawyer Ron Morris will give evidence about a supposed plea bargain he had with the Crown. John Richard Paul was due to be sentenced in provincial court yesterday, but defence counsel Sylvain Pelletier said Paul wanted to change his guilty pleas on assault charges because he thought he had an agreement on sentencing in place with the Crown when Morris was his lawyer. Provincial court Judge Mary Jane Richards gave Paul until today to figure out what he's going to do. He's been out on bail since facing charges of stabbing two men and assaulting another following a May 2009 incident that sent two men to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Richards said Paul evidently received legal advice from Morris because he was originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault and a third more serious charge, but when he pleaded guilty, it was to the lesser offences of causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon. Richards said that in order for Paul to make a case before her on his application to withdraw his guilty pleas, she would expect Morris to testify as a witness.

A man has been killed in a two-vehicle crash in Cocagne. It happened Wednesday night just after 10:00 on Route 535. RCMP say it appears an eastbound car lost control on a turn and collided head-on with a minivan. The driver of the eastbound vehicle, a 54-year-old man from Grande-Digue, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe he was not wearing a seat-belt. The people in the van were not hurt.

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