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Brothers’ bail decision set for today

The two men accused in a cross-burning incident on the front lawn of aninterracial couple’s home in Newport, Hants Co. last week should findout today if they’ll be getting out on bail.

The two men accused in a cross-burning incident on the front lawn of an interracial couple’s home in Newport, Hants Co. last week should find out today if they’ll be getting out on bail.

Justin Rehberg, 19, and Nathan Rehberg, 20, are from Avondale, Hants Co., and were arrested on Thursday.

The Rehbergs, who are brothers, are charged with mischief, uttering threats and public incitement of hatred in relation to the incident in the early morning hours of Feb. 21. Shayne Howe, who is black, and his fiancée, Michelle Lyons, who is white, say they looked outside their window and saw a roughly two-metre high burning cross on their front lawn, with a noose tied around it. Howe also alleges racial slurs were shouted at him as he came out to investigate.

The Rehbergs, who are second cousins of Lyons, appeared in court Thursday but were eventually denied bail to their mother’s house. The judge ruled the proposed bail amount insufficient but the family has until a court appearance this morning to raise more money.

 
 
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