SPCA Nova Scotia sees increase in animal cruelty convictions in 2016
HALIFAX, N.S. - The Nova Scotia SPCA is reporting that it has seen a major spike in animal cruelty charges and convictions in 2015 and 2016 across the province.
KENTVILLE, NS - An RCMP officer charged with refusing the breathalyser and impaired driving will stand trial in September.
Cpl. Scott Frederick MacMillan, 47, of Kentville, was not present in Kentville provincial court on Feb. 14. His defence lawyer, Chris Manning, entered not guilty pleas to the charges on MacMillan’s behalf. The matters were adjourned to Sept. 20 for trial.
According to a Jan. 9 news release from the RCMP, a member of the Kings District RCMP initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 101 in Auburn on Dec. 24, 2016. The driver was MacMillan, an off-duty member of the RCMP.
MacMillan, a member of the RCMP Southwest Nova Major Crimes Unit, was released from custody on Dec. 24. On Jan. 4, he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and failing without reasonable excuse to comply with a demand made to him by a police officer to provide samples of his breath for analysis to determine the concentration, if any, of alcohol in his blood.
MacMillan, who has 26 years of service, is currently on administrative leave. The RCMP initiated an internal Code of Conduct investigation in relation to MacMillan’s conduct in January.
Charges against MacMillan have not been proven in court.