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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Appeal Court won't overturn acquittal in SMU groundskeeper sex assault case

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to have former Saint Mary’s University groundskeeper Matthew Percy face a second trial on a charge of sexual assault.

Court reserves decision in appeal of Nicholas Butcher's murder conviction

A three-member panel of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal heard an appeal Wednesday in the second-degree murder conviction of Nicholas Jordan Butcher. Butcher was found guilty in the 2016 killing of Kristin Johnston in her home on Purcells Cove Road in Halifax.

Man found not criminally responsible for killing wife gets her life insurance

A Nova Scotia judge has ruled a Cape Breton man found not criminally responsible in the 2017 killing of his wife is entitled to her life insurance.

Habitual drunk driver headed to jury trial on new charges

A habitual drunk driver from Nova Scotia who's been banned for life from operating a motor vehicle is headed to a judge and jury trial on new impaired driving charges.

N.S. RCMP charge 95-year-old man in historical sexual assault case

Nova Scotia RCMP are appealing for the public’s help in tracking down potential victims of sexual assault involving a 95-year-old man from Nictaux Falls in the Annapolis Valley. Leonard Gaudet faces a charge of sexual assault relating to an alleged offence that happened sometime between 1967 and 1969.

6 inmates accused in N.S. jail beating make first court appearances

Six of the 15 men accused in a brutal attack at a Nova Scotia jail last month made court appearances Thursday. They were each brought into court separately and under tight security.

Faulty furnace caused fire that destroyed Tangiers fish plant

A fire broke out at Abriel Fisheries late on the morning of Dec. 18, 2019. Fire crews battled the flames for several hours, but the building was a total loss. The fire started in the furnace room.

Charges laid against 15 people in Burnside jail beating where inmates formed human wall

Halifax Regional Police have laid charges against 15 people in connection with a vicious beating earlier this month at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in the Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth.

Halifax police officer pleads guilty to assault

Det. Const. Joseph Farrow, 51, has pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault in relation to an incident in Hammonds Plains in September while he was off-duty.

Dangerous offender hearing for Jimmy Melvin Jr. back on track

The sentencing hearing for notorious crime Halifax figure Jimmy Melvin Jr. appears to be back on track, now that he has retained a new lawyer.

N.S. murder case headed to Supreme Court of Canada

The case of a Nova Scotia man found guilty of murdering another man in Dartmouth, N.S., in October 2010 is on its way to the Supreme Court of Canada as he seeks to have his conviction overturned.

Serial fraudster who stole puppies, vehicles and storage sheds denied parole

A 44-year-old Windsor, N.S. man has been denied day parole as he nears the end of a 40-month sentence for 20 offences, including theft and fraud.

Former youth pastor convicted of sexual assault, sexual interference

A former youth pastor at a Halifax-area Baptist church has been found guilty of sex charges involving a victim who was 17 at the time of the crimes. She is 29 now and testified against Michael Oliver Fisher.

Ontario man fined $1,000 for soliciting sex from underage girl in Halifax

Paul Christopher Coburn, 48, has been fined $1,000 by a Nova Scotia judge for soliciting sex from a 15-year-old while staying at a downtown Halifax hotel.

Parole Board decision sheds light on notorious criminal's behaviour

The Parole Board of Canada says Jimmy Melvin Jr. "demonstrated a substantial degree of indifference to the victims of [his] violent offending."