Some family members and friends of a St. John’s man who has been missing for more than a week are upset because of how they say they’ve been treated by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
Darren Gibbons, 38, has not been seen since last Tuesday.
His car was discovered in a parking lot on Marine Lab Road in Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Thursday. A ground, air and marine search was conducted in the area that evening and into early Friday morning.
The large-scale search included the RNC, Rovers Ground Search and Rescue, The St. John’s Regional Fire Department, the Coast Guard and a search and rescue helicopter from Universal.
Gibbons has yet to be found.
His immediate family told The Telegram they are upset over how the whole situation has unfolded in terms of their dealings with police.
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Wednesday’s print edition of The Telegram, on the other hand, contains much, much more, from news to opinion to our expanded Business section.
Inside Wednesday’s print edition:
• The City of St. John’s has voted against a resolution that aimed to put pressure on the provincial government to end it’s roadside herbicide spraying program.
Coun. Sheilagh O’Leary, an outspoken opponent of the initiative, sponsored the resolution and encouraged her counterparts to support it. But they didn’t go for it, defeating the resolution by a vote.
• The helpless cries of her friend’s little dog as it was being savagely torn apart by a pit bull haunts Sandra Walsh to this day.
“It was the scariest moment of my life,” she testified Tuesday at provincial court during the trial of the pit bull’s owner, Jason English.
Walsh was one of several people from the neighbourhood who took the stand to describe the vicious attack that happened Oct. 6, 2011, on Hayward Avenue in the Georgestown area of St. John’s.
“(The pit bull) was just flailing on (the small dog),” she said.
After a full day of proceedings, English was found guilty of breaching the city’s Dog Act by failing to safely pen or tether his dog. As a result, the 32-year-old — who was convicted of a serious assault in 2010 — was also found guilty of breaching a probation order for failing to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
• Telegram editorial page editor Russell Wangersky has been named to the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist — for the second time — for “Whirl Away,” a collection of short stories published by Thomas Allen Publishers.
“It takes a while to sink in,” Wangersky said. “One of the problems is it’s such a key part of publishing in Canada. It’s a blessing and a curse — but mostly a blessing.”
The Giller Prize is among the most prestigious and lucrative literary prizes in Canada.
• The helicopters ferrying workers to and from Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oilfields will soon have a new owner, if the bank and regulators sign off.
Bristow has reached an agreement with VIH Aviation Group Ltd., the parent company of Cougar Helicopters, to pick up a minority interest in Cougar “and certain aircraft and facilities used by Cougar in its operations,” according to a statement issued Tuesday morning by Bristow.
Specifically, Bristow’s purchase includes eight Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and its facilities in St. John’s and Halifax.
Following the sale, the aircraft will be leased by Bristow back to Cougar “on a long-term basis,” the statement reads.
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