Citizen’s group wants CGH site for $1



Death not suspicious Cornwall police will not be releasing any information regarding a person found dead in an area or brush north of Mon- treal Road east of St. Lawrence College on Sunday. Cornwall police spokeswoman said the death was not suspicious in nature and the investigation is completed. $10,000 in drugs Cornwall police seized $10,000 worth of methamphetamine pills, marijuana and an electroshock weapon during a traffic stop on McConnell Avenue early Satur- day morning. Cornwall Community Police Service Street Crime Unit arrested three men in the traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. Pierre Godard, 20 of Cornwall was charged with possession of a controlled substance- methamphetamine, posses- sion for the purpose of trafficking, pos- session of property obtained by crime un- der $5,000 and unauthorized possession of weapon. He was held in custody until court later that day. David Gervais, 19 of Cornwall was charged with unauthorized possession of a weapon and released to appear in court on March 26. Anthony Marini, 21 of Cornwall was charged with possession of a controlled substance - marijuana and released to ap- pear in court on March 26. Broke into ex’s home A 23-year-old Cornwall man faces charges after he was accused of break- ing into the residence of his 24-year-old ex-girlfriend. It is alleged that since Feb. 25, he con- tinuously contacted his old ex-girlfriend. It is also alleged that on Friday, he unlaw- fully gained access to her residence and police were contacted. He was charged with criminal harass- ment, break and enter and three counts of breach of a probation order.

There isn’t toomuch you can buy for a dol- lar today, but a local group is hoping that is all it will take to purchase the former Cornwall General Hospital from the Corn- wall Community Hospital board. A crowd of about 50 people voted unani- mously in favour of the proposal outlined by group spokesman Mark MacDonald at the RCAFA Wing 424 in Cornwall Thursday evening. The offer – contingent on the province re- imbursing the $2 million the hospital board will lose from the sale -- was presented to agents from Re/Max in Cornwall. They in turn will present the proposal to the hos- pital board which is set to receive offers for the Second Street site at a meeting tomor- row (Thursday). The procedure for acquiring the hospital site is being modeled after a process suc- cessfully used by the city of Barrie, whose mayor Janice Laking spearheaded a conver- sion of the old Royal Victoria Hospital to a multi-use, seniors-focused facility. “They did a similar thing to a hospital in Barrie 10 years ago,” MacDonald said, ex- plaining why he thinks the conversion of the former Cornwall General site to a multi- use, seniors’-focused facility is possible. “They did it in Barrie and they went through a process. We’re following the same process,” he said. The successful conversion was recently detailed in an exclusive story in The Journal

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Mark MacDonald, spokesman for the Concerned Citizens Coalition in Cornwall, de- tails a proposal to acquire the former Cornwall General Hospital site for $1 during a public meeting at RCAFAWing 424 this evening in Cornwall.

on Feb 13 quoting the former mayor, an ad- ministrative assistant at Victoria Village and a report detailing the success story which was presented to the Association of Munici- palities of Ontario. MacDonald said it is essential the whole community come together to back the pro- posal if it is to be successful. “If all these steps fall into place, every- thing will come together. We have to get together as a group.” Laking, in a recent email to The Journal , to Cornwall police. He is charged with robbery with firearm, possession of weapon for dangerous pur- pose and five counts of failing to comply with a recognizance. He was held in custody until court later that day. He was bound by a Conditional Sentence Order with the relevant condition of keep the peace and be of good behaviour. He was also bound by a Recognizance with the

said she would be willing to help the citi- zen’s group with its plan if called upon. “Since the hospital was built with public money, the hospital board should be re- quired to seriously consider any proposal that would keep the hospital, and or hos- pital property, in public hands, or in a use needed by the community.” “It can happen - we made it happen - and I hope the community group in Cornwall is successful. If I can help in any way I would be pleased to do so.”

A 32-year-old Akwesasne man has been charged in connection with an armed rob- bery at a Fourteenth Street West conve- nience store early Friday morning. Christopher Benedict is accused of de- manding money and cigarettes from the store clerk around 2:15 a.m. after threaten- ing that he was carrying a concealed weap- on. Benedict was later located under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according relevant conditions, keep the peace and be of good behaviour, be at his address in Akwesasne, Ontario between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., except for work purposes, formally abstain from consuming any alco- holic beverages, having in his possession or using drugs or other controlled substances, and having in his possession or carrying for any purpose whatsoever offensive or re- stricted use weapons or imitation weapons. Akwesasne man charged in armed convenience store robbery

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