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RCMP at 'unfolding situation' in New Minas

Police work at a property on Lockhart Drive in New Minas on Sunday. They were called there shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday.
Police work at a property on Lockhart Drive in New Minas on Sunday. They were called there shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday.

NEW MINAS, NS - Several RCMP officers were at a property in New Minas that was cordoned off with police tape Sunday.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, RCMP spokeswoman, said Sunday at about 11:15 a.m. that officers were dealing with an “unfolding situation” at an address on Lockhart Drive, but she was unable to provide any details.

Clarke said she hoped to be able to issue a news release within a couple of hours.

“It’s something you will be interested in, but I can’t release details at this time,” she said.

Neighbours said there was an incident at a house at 77 Lockhart Dr. on Sunday morning. 

They said they heard loud voices in the front yard of the home shortly after 9 a.m. before Mounties and paramedics arrived.

Derrick and Donna Salsman own the home and a piece of property next to it.

Neighbours said the husband is a retired Nova Scotia Power employee and sells blueberries and pumpkins that he grows in his own garden.

They said the couple have an adult son who also lives at the house.

An RCMP officer stood inside the police tape at the west end of the two properties, where a rough driveway appears to lead down to a two-bay garage.

The house itself was hidden from view by trees and shrubs. 

RCMP called in Transportation Department employees around lunchtime to block off part of Lockhart Drive and nearby Cornwallis Avenue.

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