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Kourtny Audette waved to her friends and family at the end of her brief court appearance on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Wallaceburg woman has been charged with first degree murder. Audette’s lawyer Laura Joy still needs time to review disclosure in the case. The matter will return to court on Tuesday, June 5. Evidence heard in the bail portion of the case is protected by publication ban. As previously released by the Chatham-Kent Police Service, police officials allege that on April 18 at around 6:30 p.m. emergency crews responded to a residence on Book Street where a man was found without vital signs. Nicholas Laprise, 24-years-old from Dover Township, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Major Crime Unit continues to investigate.

The Liberals have selected their candidate in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex for the upcoming provincial election. Strathroy resident Mike Radan, a small business owner and local volunteer, will carry the Liberal torch once again. He ran provincially in 2014, placing 3rd in the voting behind incumbent MPP Monte McNaughton of the PC’s and Joe Hill of the NDP. Radan replaces Ryan O’Hagan, who had announced his intention to run in the riding. However, reports say the vetting process for Liberal candidates led to the change. Radan says he can’t stand by and watch Doug Ford’s Conservatives slash services and supports in the region, shutting people out of Ontario’s growth.

McNaughton is running for the PC’s once again, Todd Case is running for the NDP, Brian Everaert is the Trillium Party of Ontario candidate, Brad Greulich, will represent the Ontario Libertarian Party, and Anthony Li is running for the Green Party.

The province goes to the polls on June 7.

Two more people have put their names in the hat and are running for council in Ward 5 – Wallaceburg.

Aaron Hall, a lifelong resident of Wallaceburg, has filed his nomination papers and is running for one of two council spots in Ward 5. Hall, the co-owner of the Sydenham Current, says he would be honoured to represent his hometown, adding that he wants to hear what his fellow residents loves about the community, what they want addressed and what impacts them and their family.

Chris Glassford has also filed his nominations papers for Ward 5. Born and raised in Chatham, Glassford moved to Wallaceburg five years ago. He says the sommunity has been through many hardships over the past few years and he wants to see Wallaceburg rise up and thrive in a new light in 2018 and for years to come.

Hall and Glassford join Carmen McGregor and Nick Cadotte as the candidates in Ward 5 – Wallaceburg. Current Councillor Jeff Wesley says he is not running in this year’s election.

Shifting over to Ward 4 – North Kent, Tuperville’s Dylan McLay is the first person to file in the Ward, which includes Dresden and Mitchell’s Bay. McLay says he is running in order to be part of the leadership that will drive to make Chatham-Kent a destination to live, work and play. He says growing community programs for children and seniors is important.

Darrin Canniff and Alysson Storey are the only two people to enter the mayoral race so far in CHatham-Kent. Incumbent Mayor Randy Hope says he plans on running and will file his papers in July.

Election Day is October 22.