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Arrested not charged

It’s all over the news. Four and a half years later there has been an arrest in the Paula Gallant murder.

On Tuesday morning, police arrested Jason Wayne MacRae, 37, the husband of Timberlea schoolteacher Paula Gallant, who was killed on Dec. 27, 2005. … [CH]

As yet there is no charge.  It doesn’t always follow.

MacRae was previously arrested in February 2006 and questioned for several hours but was released without being charged.

But perhaps this latest arrest in the Gallant case will result in a charge that will stick.

The two sisters worked tirelessly to rally community support to solve the killing and to improve victims’ rights in Nova Scotia, especially to allow more access to counselling. Many area residents took part in memorial events for Gallant, marched to protest violence against women and put bumper stickers on their cars to keep the case in the public eye.

Is that what is required for a result, even if it is several years later? We wonder if there ever will be a charge as a result of the investigation into the Leslie Conrad murder.

Melanson Checkpoint – update

The CH has more information this morning which makes this whole exercise by the authorities even more puzzling.Is this the “information” they will be passing out for only half an hour this afternoon?

The RCMP is releasing new information in the investigation of a Kings County woman’s murder two years ago.

Leslie Ann Conrad of Lower Wolfville was reported missing Oct. 5, 2006, after one of her children contacted Ms. Conrad’s parents. Her body was found Nov. 22 in a shallow grave off a woods road in Robinson Corner, about seven kilometres south of her home.

Police say forensic evidence has determined the body of the 45-year-old mother of four was placed there within 24 hours of the last reported sighting of her.

Const. Les Kakonyi said investigators are asking anyone who saw any people or vehicles on Melanson Mountain Road in the afternoon or evening of Oct. 5 or early on Oct. 6, 2006, to contact Kings RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

The RCMP are setting up this checkpoint on or near the anniversary of her body being found, not on the anniversary of when the body was apparently buried according to the forensics, which to us would have made more sense. But this case is senseless from every point of view you can think of.

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We see in today’s Register that the Kings RCMP, SW Nova Major crime Unit, and Annapolis Valley Traffic unit, will put up a checkpoint tomorrow from 1 pm to 1:30 near Wolfville in the Melanson Mountain road area.

Their goal is to increase awareness of the ongoing homicide investigation into the murder of Leslie Ann Conrad.

A handout will be provided to motorists which will explain what investigators are looking for.

It has been over two years since Leslie was murdered and two years in which not much has happened in the case.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation isasked to contact the RCMP Southwest Nova Major Crime Unit, 902-679-5561; or NS Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477). The Nova Scotia Department of Justice is offering cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for specified major unsolved crimes.

We can always hope this will lead to something but what needed to be done two years ago cannot be done now.

One Year later

It’s been a year. Hard to believe isn’t it? But while families gather to spend Thanksgiving [unacknowledged by any stores who fear to offend the nameless but thereby succeed in offending everyone else] there is one family which has an empty chair at the table.

It’s been a year since Leslie Conrad disappeared from her home in Lower Wolfville, and police are hoping someone will come forward with information that will help catch her killer. …

RCMP in Nova Scotia hope to hear from anyone with a tip. Continue reading