Tantramar Report: suspicious fire in Upper Sackville, two charged with first degree murder and vaccine rates

A house is seen across a field. The house is on fire with four vehicles parked in front. It stands next to a grey garage and grey smoke billows from the house and to the right
A home in Upper Sackville was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning. Photo by Jeff Long.
Erica Butler - CHMA - SackvilleNB | 07-06-2021

On today's Tantramar Report:

A fire destroyed a home in Upper Sackville on Saturday morning. No one was injured, and the RCMP say the fire is suspicious and under investigation.

Two men have been charged in connection with the death of Jamie Leard.  The New Brunswick RCMP released a statement Sunday saying they charged Henry Alexander Joseph Pottie and Sean Patrick Patterson with first degree murder.  The two will appear again in court on Wednesday.

69 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers have received a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine… But 41,600 more will need to get their first shot before reaching the first goalpost in the province’s Path the Green plan. An update is expected later today.

There were three new cases of COVID-19 in the province today.  All three were traced to travel or previous cases. New Brunswick now has 133 active cases of COVID-19, with four of those in people isolating outside the province.

Sackville’s new mayor and town council will be sworn in tonight in a small ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. at town hall. The event will be livestreamed on the town’s Youtube channel.

And finally, we chat with astronomer and Mount Allison professor Catherine Lovekin about how to watch Thursday’s solar eclipse safely.