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RODNEY CONSTANTINE TURNED HIMSELF IN VIA A COMMENT ON  RNC’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Rodney Constantine was wanted on charges of assault and court breaches – so naturally, the RNC issued a warrant for his arrest. But they also mentioned on their Facebook page they were looking for him, hoping the public could help by keeping an eye out for him. Instead, Rodney, an avid Facebooker, saw their post. In learning they were looking for him, Rodney earnestly commented, “See you Monday morn.” Naturally, the ordeal went viral, but Rodney – a product of generation Facebook – didn’t see the humour in it. How else would one turn himself in if not in the virtual world? His follow up comment was,  “Look just letting everyone know this ain’t a joke or intended !!!! I was just being honest about turning in Monday morn that’s all!!!!”

ONE MORE REASON NOT TO TRUST POLITICIANS: TOWN COUNCILLOR JAILED FOR THEFT

Patricia Anne Cullihall, a town councillor in Rocky Harbour, wanted a free wad of money, so she went ahead stole nearly eight grand from the Bonne Bay Health Centre in Norris Point where she worked as an administrative assistant for nearly two decades – note the past tense, workED. She was convicted and sentenced to 90 days in jail and 12 months probation. The judge called her sentence both lenient but suitable. From Cullihall’s point of view, she was only “borrowing the money,” as she re-financed her mortgage. Plus her son was facing some potentially drug-related money troubles.

YOUNG BLOOD VERSUS THE EXPERIENCED SHOE-IN: CHRIS BRUCE TO RUN FOR NDP LEADERSHIP.

Chris Bruce left the NDP a while back, citing differences with Lorraine Michael’s leadership. Now that she’s stepping down, he’s stepping up: as of February 1st, he’s the only person running against Earle McCurdy in the upcoming NDP Leadership race. Pretty ambitious for a 26 year old, some will say,
as it is a generally well accepted rule that to be in politics you need to be so old you don’t believe in things like climate change or Twitter accounts. Bruce says that during the caucus fallout – in which people like Dale Kirby jumped ship (to the Liberals) – it was never about policy bickering: he is clear the party has always been united and steadfast in their values. Just not in how the ship should be captained, or “branded” as Chris puts it. Things Chris Bruce is big on: solid education and healthcare systems, seniors being looked after, and respect + admiration for the working class.

LABRADOR LADY RECEIVES COMPLIMENTARY REPTILE HEAD WITH HER FROZEN VEGGIES

Most people in this province only see reptiles in pet stores, aquariums, or southern vacations. But Labrador’s Cassandra Marshall found one in her bag of frozen veggies, and it was just the head. The thing with reptiles is they tend to be the colour of frozen veggies, so she’s lucky she noticed it before forking it into her mouth. If you’re interested in finding your very own complimentary lizard head with your supper’s side dish this week, buy Green Giant’s frozen broccoli. That’s where Marshall found hers. After thinking it was certainly a strange looking piece of produce, she realizes there was a spine and pair of eyes attached to the thing. Whether or not she ate the body remains a sad and upsetting mystery for Marshall.

HOCKEY LEGEND THEO FLEURY LAUNCHED HIS NEW BOOK HERE AT … HER MAJESTY’S PENITENTIARY

Fleury recently spent about two hours in Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, but not for holding up a gas station with a syringe or anything else bizarre like that that’s been going around. Fleury was here in support of his latest book, Conversations with a Rattlesnake. In hopes of communicating with prisoners that a man can turn his life around, Theo was very open about his own struggles with addiction and sexual abuse at the hands of a former coach.

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