Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Major roadway off limits

A major roadway in Thunder Bay is going to be off limits this weekend. Golf Links Road between Central Avenue and the Harbour Expressway will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Crews will be working on the watermain and road restoration.

Police nab robbery suspects

City police have two people in custody after a woman was robbed in a grocery store parking lot at Arthur and James Streets. Police spokesperson Chris Adams says she was knocked down by a man and her purse was stolen. The thug then sped away in a car. Police later caught up with the vehicle at Balsam Street and the Expressway where a man and a woman from out of town, were arrested.

DFC eyes student residence

New students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School may soon have a residence to stay at. Jennifer Manitowabi is heading the effort to raise 5 million dollars for the project. She says the plan is to build the 100 unit residence right next to the school at Edward and Churchill. It would be to accommodate grade nine First Nations students who come to Thunder Bay to attend the school.

Family of four charged

A family of four is charged with a number of drug related offences after police searched a Cameron Street home. Police originally arrested the father for driving while disqualified and found a half a pound of marihuana. Further investigation led the arrest of 3 other family members. The total street value of the drugs is 71-thousands dollars.

Four people rescued on Lake Superior

The Canadian Coast guard were involved in a water rescue on the east of Sleeping Giant this morning.  A vessel ran aground near Edward Island and had to be rescued.  Maritime Coordinator Robert Bradbury says they received a distress call at 7:43 this morning and sent out a May-Day call shortly after.  It was a 45 foot commercial fishing boat owned by Thunder Bay's Glen Dawson who was one of four people rescued after the boat began taking on water.  The four were rescued by a different boat in the area and  were taken to shore injury free. 

Heritage Fund boss touts tourism

The new Executive Director of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation is targeting the tourism business.   Bruce Strapp says that he's looking to get the word out on what kind of grants are available to the tourism sector to help it grow.

Thunder Bay North Stars

A new ownership group has been confirmed for the Thunder Bay North Stars.  A group of local investors have banded together in an effort to improve the business fortunes of the SIJHL team.  David Dubinsky will serve as the first President of the now community-owned franchise.  Marvin Pelletier will serve as Treasurer and Ken Perrier will act as Secretary.  Jeremy Adduono has been brought aboard as Director of Hockey Operations.

Drug Bust in Kenora

A major drug bust in Kenora.  OPP have arrested 8-people after searching a Scramble Avenue home.  Police seized 9-pounds of marihuana, 43-marihuana plants and over 16-thousand dollars cash.  The street value of the drugs is estimated at over 123-thousand dollars.  OPP say the investigation is continuing and further charges are pending.

Port Stats released

It's been a slow month for Thunder Bay's Port Authority. Monthly statistics were released showing almost 623 thousand tonnes of cargo came through the port last month. That's down from October 2009, where 790 thousand tonnes of cargo was shipped.

Crime Prevention Council Coordinator announced

Amy Siciliano is the new Crime Prevention Council Coordinator.  Siciliano says she's starting to look for people to sit on the council.  Siciliano will be formally introduced to Council and the public on Monday.

LU Classes resume

Lakehead University is up and running after a watermain break last night caused the school to cancel classes.  Construction crews working in the area ruptured a water line yesterday afternoon.  Classes and normal day to day operations are resuming today.

Police looking for escaped teen

Thunder Bay police are on the look out for a girl who escaped the McKitrick centre.  The 15 year old escaped from the centre on Oliver Road just before 10 last night and is described as 5 foot 6 with long dark hair.  Police are looking for the public's help in finding the girl.