Canada briefs – August 16

Two pieces of fuselage recovered off Cape Breton are thought to be from a twin-engine plane that disappeared from radar while approaching the Sydney airport more than a week ago, RCMP said Sunday.

Debris believed to be from missing Cessna

SYDNEY, N.S. — Two pieces of fuselage recovered off Cape Breton are thought to be from a twin-engine plane that disappeared from radar while approaching the Sydney airport more than a week ago, RCMP said Sunday.

“That’s the only plane crash that we have in the area,” said Const. Meredith Darrah.

“It’s being investigated to … confirm that’s what the debris is from.”

The pieces were found Saturday afternoon by a couple sailing near Scatarie Island, about three kilometres off the eastern coast of Cape Breton.

The location where the debris was found is about 20 kilometres south of where officials had initially searched for the eight-seat Cessna 414.

Sydney native Dennis Forgeron and pilot Ronald David Johnston of Calgary were aboard the aircraft when it went missing in heavy rain and thick fog on Aug. 5. Forgeron, 43, and Johnston, 57, are presumed dead.

Nearly naked biker arrested, charged for failing to wear helmet

HAMILTON, Ont. — A Hamilton, Ont. man is facing several charges after taking an early-morning motorcycle ride wearing nothing but a T-shirt.

Police spotted the nearly-nude 40-year-old going down a city street dotted with shops and homes at around 4 a.m. on Sunday.

Police caught up with the nearly nude man a short time later. He tried to flee on foot, but was arrested close to his home after a brief struggle.

Acting Staff Sgt. David Hennick said the man had been drinking, but was not impaired.

Despite his nudity, the pants-free rider was not charged with indecent exposure..

The man faces several charges, including flight from police, dangerous driving and failing to wear a helmet.

Dynamite found near New Brunswick house destroyed by explosion and fire

SUSSEX CORNER, N.B. — Investigators have yet to determine what caused a blast Friday that destroyed the back of a home in central New Brunswick, but they have confirmed the home’s owner, whose remains were found inside, had worked with explosives in the past.

Police say James Harvey Goddard, 53, worked with explosives as a construction worker.

RCMP Sgt. Bruce Reid said his remains were found Saturday at the back of the property in Sussex Corner, a village about 80 kilometres northeast of Saint John.

Earlier, police said they found a stick of dynamite and detonating wires only metres from where the two-storey house once stood.

Ottawa police charge man arrested outside Harper’s residence

OTTAWA, Ont. — Charges have been laid against a man who allegedly set a small fire outside Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s official residence.

Daniel Skahan, a 29-year-old from Ottawa, has been charged with mischief under $5000, possession of incendiary material and failure to comply with conditions of an assessment order.

Police say Skahan has mental health issues and is known to them. He has been referred to the mental health court.

Skahan allegedly poured a small quantity of flammable liquid on the sidewalk outside the gates to 24 Sussex Dr. and set it alight Saturday night.

There were no injuries or significant property damage.

Police won’t say whether the Harpers were at home at the time of the incident — shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday — but they have said neither the prime minister nor members of his family were at any risk.

Police haven’t found any specific motivation for the incident and the Prime Minister’s Office is refusing to comment.