Philip Croucher

Video: Air Canada flight delayed after escaped cat gets cosy in the cockpit

Forget about snakes on a plane. A pesky feline left airport officials in Halifax scratching their heads Wednesday morning.An Air Canada flight from Halifax to Toronto scheduled to depart at 5:30 a.m. was delayed for more than four hours after a cat escaped from its owner's carrier prior to take off...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 4:56 PM

Overflow of talent expected at camp

The Halifax Rainmen will kick off training camp on Oct. 7 at the Canada Games Centre in Clayton Park, team owner Andre Levingston said yesterday.And he predicts it will be “very, very intense”“This is probably going to be the most talent we’ve ever had in camp, to be totally honest,” Levingston...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 5:27 AM

Former NBAers Eddie Robinson, Rodney Buford join Rainmen

Eddie Robinson admits he had never heard of Halifax until talk of him playing basketball in the city began to surface.“I actually thought it was closer to Toronto,” grinned the former NBAer. “I Googled it on the map and was like, wait a minute.“But it’s always fun to go to a different place and...

Monday, September 19, 2011, 5:02 PM

May coming to Halifax to hold democracy rally

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be in Halifax on Saturday tohost what is called Rallying For Democracy. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at Sackville Landing on Lower Water Street. The rally is one of five to take place across Canada between Thursday and nextMonday as May...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4:59 PM

MacRae sentenced life in prison, no parole for 15 years

Jason MacRae has admitted in court to killing his wife PaulaGallant, a Timberlea elementary school teacher and mother of one, over a $700 gambling debt. MacRae pleaded guilty Wednesday morning at Nova ScotiaSupreme Court in Halifaxto second-degree murder in the death of Gallant, found dead in the...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 3:11 PM

Cole Harbour man charged with sexually assaulting teen

A 44-year-old Cole Harbour man is facing several charges including sexual assault against a female under the age of 16. Halifax police say James Ping Wong is facing a total of four charges - sexual assault, sexual interference, luring a child via a computer and possession of child pornography....

Monday, February 14, 2011, 8:28 PM

Hundreds of parkers dinged $50 a pop

It seems the message to not park on the street overnight isn’t getting across to some people.Through Sunday, close to 800 tickets have been issued since HRM’s overnight winter parking ban took effect on Dec. 15.The exact figure released yesterday is 795 — at $50 per ticket — sees at least $39,750...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:00 AM

Five minutes with Rainmen owner Andre Levingston

He’s the face of the Halifax Rainmen, so, obviously, a conversation with Andre Levingston will focus on basketball. But the Premier Basketball League club’s owner is also known for being one well-dressed man, so there's some time to talk fashion with Metro Halifax.The team is gearing up for its...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 10:05 PM

Cemetery shot up with rifle

A cemetery in Middle Sackville was a shooting gallery Wednesday night as the main building and items inside were fired at repeatedly. Halifax RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae says it’s believed a .22-calibre rifle was the weapon used in the shooting at Oakridge Memory Gardens Cemetery on Old...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 6:25 AM

Busy weekend for Mounties

Halifax RCMP say they dealt with 14 separate incidents involving impaired drivers over the weekend, most during police conducted checkpoints.“For a weekend, I’d say that’s high,” said Cpl. Scott MacRae. “As a police agency, we’re definitely concerned.”In one instance, police say a 28-year-old...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 5:37 AM

Police still seek info in year-old shooting death

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the murder of Timothy John Kelly to come forward.It was one year ago yesterday the partially clad 44-year-old was found lying on the ground by a passerby in a west-end Halifax neighbourhood. Police were called to 7051 Abbott St. near the Halifax...

Monday, December 13, 2010, 7:30 AM

Deputy sheriff to go on trial

A deputy sheriff accused of trying to smuggle drugs into the Central Nova Correctional Facility in Burnside is going to trial.Defence lawyer Pat Atherton confirmed his client Tyrone David consented to be committed to stand trial this week as a preliminary hearing into his case was still ongoing....

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 5:31 AM

HRM’s overnight winter parking ban begins in two weeks

Police say there are no free passes when it comes to HRM’s overnight winter parking ban.Rules are rules and must be obeyed — police proclaim — no matter what the weather conditions may be when the ban is in place.“Once the ban comes into effect, any vehicle left on the street in those overnight...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 5:17 AM

Charge laid in elderly man’s death

A 24-year-old facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of an elderly man in Lower Sackville will make his first court appearance today.Nicholas Edward White, who turns 25 on Dec. 20, was charged with murder on Saturday, one day after police were called to an apartment building at 70...

Monday, November 29, 2010, 6:41 AM

Police defuse standoff

A standoff with police in Spryfield ended peacefully early yesterday evening.Halifax Regional Police said a 62-year-old Halifax man was taken into custody without incident just after 6 p.m., following a four-hour standoff with officers outside a home.Police said that just before 2 p.m. they were...

Thursday, November 25, 2010, 5:54 AM

Police tight-lipped on suspicious death

Police are giving few details on what they are calling the suspicious death of a woman in Dartmouth.Police were called to assist paramedics regarding the death of a woman believed to be in her 50s at 6 Princeton Lane in Portland Estates yesterday afternoon.Staff Sgt. Reid McCoombs gave little...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 6:57 AM

5 minutes with: Johnny Reid

Johnny Reid is coming back to Halifax — but this time, he’s doing what he loves indoors. The award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter is performing a sold-out show at the Halifax Metro Centre on Wednesday, three months after taking to the stage for Country Rocks 2010 on the Halifax Common. The show...

Friday, November 19, 2010, 5:30 AM

Police still waiting on autopsy

Police still have no definitive timeframe on when results into the autopsy of a man who died from being shot in late September will be known.Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said yesterday they’re still awaiting tests to be completed from the autopsy and that he wasn’t sure...

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:29 AM

No peak-period toll rise on way for bridges

A new study suggests for peak-period tolling to substantially cut down congestion on one of the two Halifax harbour bridges, toll prices would need to increase by 1,000 per cent.But commuters, rest easy, Halifax Harbour Bridges says it isn’t going down this road.In fact, peak-period tolling is off...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:02 AM

Police still awaiting slain man’s autopsy

Police still don’t have the results of an autopsy regarding a 33-year-old man who was shot in late September and died of his injuries over the weekend.Halifax Regional Police were hoping to get the results yesterday, but spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said the autopsy that began Sunday was still...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:22 AM