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• She had to read the email twice in order for it to sink in.  “I couldn’t believe it,” said a sheriff’s officer in St. John’s, who didn’t want to be identified.

She was one of about 20 officers in St. John’s to receive an email Monday from their supervisor — who was relaying a message from the High Sheriff’s office — asking them to work overtime on weekends at provincial court.

The message requested volunteers to work a minimum of three hours on Saturdays and Sundays, at an overtime rate of time-and-a-half. If no one volunteers, the email indicated management would have the right to force the issue.

 

• A St. John’s lawyer says budget cuts may mean more people in this province will wind up in jail when they don’t need to be there.

Randy Piercey said Tuesday that the loss of probation officers and the use of electronic monitoring will affect the justice system’s ability to keep track of offenders who have been handed conditional sentences, meaning they serve their sentences in the community.

Since the electronic monitoring bracelets are often a requirement in serving house arrest — with the use of a home landline telephone — their elimination could mean those convicted of less serious crimes get jail time instead, Piercey said.

 

• It’s one of the few post-budget announcements that managed to produce a crowd of smiles.

Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien met with a slew of pleased politicians at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay Tuesday to outline just what the 2013 budget has in store for municipalities.

There are some big changes in store and the overall agreement at the gathering was that they’re potentially for the better.

 

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Organizations: Breaking News

Geographic location: Torbay

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