Youth faces court over broome armed robbery
BROOKLYN â€” Two youths face felony robbery charges in connection with a series of armed robberies in Brooklyn that police said targeted black customers of a white convenience store.
Earl Smith, 18, of 3700 St. Paul Ave., is accused of being the principal of the robberies at the N.J.Hooters and a local convenience store before they occurred Nov. 16 and 17.
Joseph Kinsland, 20, of 5625 St. Paul Ave., is charged with armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated robbery.
They are both from the Brooklyn area and face up to life in prison if convicted.
All of the robberies occurred after the N.J.Hooters was looted in the morning of Nov. 16, according to police.
Investigators say they knew several other robbery suspects on the same property.
Smith has been charged with armed robbery, four counts of aggravated robbery and carrying a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
Kinsland and the other suspects have been charged with armed robbery, one count of aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
Anyone with information that might assist police in the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
Baillieu accepts regional challenge from Liberals over gas pipeline
The Liberals will face a serious challenge from the New Democrats in Montreal if they go forward with building the LNG plant.
On Tuesday, NDP MP Paul Dewar told a Montreal news conference that LNG export was "a very important component of the Montreal region," adding that his party will introduce a motion in the House this fall to "promote environmental protection and public health."
He said the provincial Liberal government would "face a very difficult road to overcome the opposition" of business groups if it approved the LNG export project.
"As minister of agriculture of Quebec, there are a number of other federal priorities that I believe our government needs to pursue but if they do, then I think the federal Liberal government would be forced to take a position," Dewar said.
Quebec would not allow a terminal in Quebec City to be built without an environmental assessment being conducted to ensure the project would not lead to a disaster, he added.
Environmentalists say the proposed LNG terminal in Montreal is not a safe and environmentally sound development, and would also harm the environment and the climate.
The LNG plant would export the liquid produced by the LNG terminal to Alberta and New Brunswick, where it could be sold at a profit, and transported via tanker from there to refineries on Canada's Gulf Coast.
Environmentalist groups have also said it will create jobs and bolster the economy of western Quebec.
But Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Wednesday the LNG terminal was a non-starter because Quebec is already importing about one-third of its export volumes.
Quebec would not accept a terminal until the province undertook the necessary environmental assessments, she added.
Liberal environment critic Peter Julian said in a tweet that the NDP's move would be "devastating."
"We cannot continue to let LNG export stand and there must be serious public opposition."
He said the Liberals are not promising to protect the environment but are instead offering more tax breaks to the oil and gas industry to "let the LNG plant stand."
The Opposition New Democrats have not indicated whether they support the NDP's proposal. The federal Liberals also have said they support the terminal, as does the government of the province of Quebec.