Sunday, December 12, 2010

Double death in Oliver-Paipoonge

A tragedy in the community of Murillo where police are investigating an apparent  murder suicide.  They say that the bodies of a 69 year old man and woman were found in a home on the 4 thousand block of Oliver Road.  The discovery was made when police entered the home at around 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon.   The names of the victims are not being released until relatives are told.   Police say they'll have more details in the coming days.

Curfew vote tomorrow

Mayor Keith Hobbs idea for a youth curfew to help combat crime will be facing its first test at Monday night’s Council meeting as a motion for a feasibility report is put to a vote.

Hobbs says a curfew could help address social issues by helping to identify kids who would benefit from intervention and that it would need to be enforced with a lot of discretion by police.

The new Mayor feels a curfew would protect young people from being the victims of crime in addition to preventing them from being perpetrators.

Current River Ward Councilor Andrew Foulds isn’t in favour of the curfew and says the statistics he's seen don't point to youth as being a huge source of crime in the city.

Foulds says he believes that there are better ways to address the issues of young people.

If the motion is passed, a report on the curfew would be presented to Council by April.

Annual Salvation Army Christmas dinner

The Salvation Army's Annual Christmas Dinner is happening at noon today at the Salvation Army Booth Centre on Cumberland Street North. Major Mervyn Halvorsen says the dinner is for anyone who is feeling lonely or isn't able to put on a dinner of their own. In addition to Christmas dinner, there will be some gifts for kids. Around 300 are expected to attend; dinner is being cooked and served by the staff of the Valhalla Inn.

Hyer consults students

Bruce Hyer is enlisting the help of some unlikely new policy advisors. The Thunder Bay-Superior North MP is asking high school students in his riding to submit ideas for legislation. A panel of judges will pick the best entries in the Create Your Canada contest which will then be introduced in the House of Commons. Hyer says it's important to find creative ways to involve young people in the political process. The contest ends June 25th.

Wharton Road fire

Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue are putting out the remains of a home fire on 160 Wharton Road. District Chief Joe Grzelewski says while there's no danger of the fire spreading, they'll be there for a while. Grzelewski says as far as he knows there were no injuries.

Another Mac's robbery

Police say a man armed with a stick robbed the Mac's Mart on May Street around 2:30 this morning and left with a small amount of money and some cigarettes. The suspect is described as Native Canadian, about six feet tall and wearing a black leather jacket with a picture of a bulldog on the back and red and white stripes on the sleeves. No one was injured in the incident.