Blair Rhodes


Blair Rhodes has been a journalist for more than 35 years, the last 27 with CBC. His primary focus is on stories of crime and public safety. He can be reached at

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2 Halifax murder trials postponed by search for lawyers

Two murder trials scheduled for Halifax later this year have been knocked off course by the search for new lawyers. Devlin Tyson Glasgow and Owen Patrick Nelson appeared separately by video in court Thursday morning to discuss their cases.

Parole board imposes conditions on man who admitted to shooting outside IWK hospital

A Halifax-area man who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a high-profile shooting outside a children's hospital is due to be released from prison later this year. Aaron Gregory Marriott, 30, has served almost his entire sentence for the attempted murder of Jason Hallett more than 12 years ago. 

Former doctor's accuser speaks out about sexual assault allegation

A woman who has accused a former Dartmouth, N.S., doctor of sexual assault says she wants to tell her story in hopes of empowering victims of abuse to come forward. The woman, whose name is protected by a publication ban, alleges Graeme Bethune sexually assaulted her during house calls in the mid-2000s.

Former pediatrician William Vitale fails to keep name off sex offender registry

A former Halifax pediatrician has failed in his bid to keep his name off the national sex offender registry. William Richard Vitale pleaded guilty in September 2018 to two counts of possession of child pornography.

Cape Breton police cleared in Joneil Hanna fatal crash investigation

Nova Scotia’s Police Review Board has determined that Cape Breton Regional Police Service made no error in their investigation of a 2018 crash that claimed the life of Joneil Hannah, 17.

18-year-old accused of multiple drunk-driving offences denied bail

An 18-year-old Nova Scotia man who is facing multiple drunk-driving charges has been denied bail. Judge Rickcola Brinton handed down her decision against Brandon James Crombie in Dartmouth provincial court.

New sex assault charge laid against Halifax-area tattoo artist

A Halifax-area tattoo artist is facing new allegations of sexual assault. Andrew Thomas Stones, 30, is accused of sexual assault and sexual interference in connection with an incident in 2015 in Lower Sackville, N.S.

Woman convicted in murder of Jennifer Horne denied day passes from prison

A Nova Scotia woman who participated in the torture and murder of another woman more than 13 years ago has been denied temporary releases from prison. Ashley Elizabeth Haley, 33, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the December 2007 death of Jennifer Horne.

Halifax dangerous offender hearing ends without defence calling evidence

Sem Paul Obed has opted to call no evidence in his own defence, bringing his dangerous offender hearing in Nova Scotia Supreme Court to an abrupt and early end.

Halifax man admits to sexually assaulting 3 young girls

A 66-year-old Halifax man has admitted to sexually assaulting three very young girls and sharing child pornography with them. William James Martin entered guilty pleas during a video appearance in Nova Scotia Provincial Court Thursday morning.