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POLICE WARN HALIFAX RESIDENTS ABOUT RELEASE OF ELDERLY CONVICT

Halifax residents are being warned about the release of an 80-year-old woman known as the "Black Widow."

Police say Melissa Ann Shepard, who was released from a federal women's jail in Truro, Nova Scotia, today, has a history of violent criminal convictions and is considered a high risk to reoffend.

She completed a sentence of just under three years for spiking her new husband's drink with tranquilizers and police say her other convictions -- including one for manslaughter -- date back to 1992.

Many of her victims were elderly men she became romantically involved with. 

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL WON'T MAKE CHANGES TO PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE IN N.S.

There won't be any immediate changes to parliamentary privilege in Nova Scotia, following a months-long review.

Attorney General Diana Whalen launched the review after former Liberal member of the legislature Andrew Younger invoked his privilege to avoid testifying at the trial of a woman who was accused of assaulting him.

Whalen says in a letter to the chief clerk of the house that while rarely used, testimonial immunity is recognized as a parliamentary privilege across the Commonwealth.

She says her review shows privilege is still relevant in Nova Scotia, and that the case involving Younger is the only time in recent memory that it has been questioned. 

 

N.B. MURDER SUSPECT SENT FOR PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENT

A 20-year-old New Brunswick woman charged in a murder and arson case will be back in court next month after a 30-day psychiatric assessment.

Authorities say Marissa Shephard was on the run for more than two months before being arrested on March 1 in Moncton.

She and two teens are all facing charges of first-degree murder and arson in the death of 18-year-old Baylee Wylie.

Wylie's body was found in a burned-out Moncton triplex in December. 

 

COURT DOCUMENTS ALLEGE MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING COP CONFESSED

A court affadavit filed by police states that a Nova Scotia man charged in the death of a police officer allegedly confessed to being responsible for her death.

Twenty-eight-year-old Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged with second-degree murder and indecently interfering with a dead body in the death of 36-year-old Catherine Campbell.

A sworn affidavit filed by RCMP to obtain a warrant for Garnier's DNA says Garnier told two officers he punched Campbell several times in the face and then strangled her -- although none of the allegations have been proven in court.

Campbell's body was discovered in September near the bridge between Halifax and Dartmouth, two days after she failed to show up for work with the Truro Police Service.

 

PSYCHIATRIST CLAIMS N.L. MAN INVOLVED IN MURDER BREACHED CONDITIONS

A man deemed not criminally responsible for murder almost a decade ago has been accused of breaching orders of the Mental Health Review Board.

Neil Lockyer stabbed his daughter's boyfriend to death in 2006 and was found not criminally responsible after a trial at Supreme Court in Corner Brook.

He was ordered to reside at the Waterford Hospital until the Mental Health Review Board determined when or if he could reintegrate back into society, but a psychiatrist filed a complaint yesterday saying Lockyer had breached his conditions.

Details of the alleged breach are not known and the 63-year-old has not been charged with any criminal offences.

 

P.E.I. POLICE CHARGE TWO MEN IN CONNECTION WITH NINE VEHICLE THEFTS

Two Prince Edward Island men are facing charges in a rash of vehicle thefts in the Lower Montague area.

RCMP say nine vehicles were stolen after being left unlocked with the keys inside and most were abandoned not far from where they were taken.

None of the vehicles were damaged but police say items were stolen from inside, including about $2,500 worth of camera equipment, which has been recovered.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, face nine charges of theft of a motor vehicle and police say more charges may be laid. 

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