Thursday, January 27, 2011

Retired cop makes a take down

A retired city police officer and his wife are not hurt after he managed to thwart a break and enter to his Murray Street home this morning. Peter Toohey was awakened by a the sounds of breaking glass. He managed to run down one of the suspects.  Police caught another man nearby and charged both of them.

Police get cash for guns and gangs

Thunder Bay's Police Department is getting over 600 thousand dollars in provincial funds.  The money goes towards the City's guns and gang rapid response team.  Chief Bob Herman welcomes the cash noting it's money the force wouldn't normally have.

Atikokan stays with OPP

The township of Atikokan will continue to have the Ontario Provincial Police patrol its streets.  Town council has agreed to renew a five-year policing contract with the O-P-P with costs to come in just under one-point-five million dollars. That's about one-hundred thousand dollars more than what the town expected to pay in 2010.

Lim disagress with Greenpeace

Greenpeace might think the Forest Industry is getting away scot-free from the Endangered Species Act; but the Ontario Forest Industry Association disagrees.  President Jamie Lim says they were promised the industry would be exempt from Caribou habitat legislation but it just hasn't happened.  Meawhile, P.C Finance Critic Norm Miller is throwing his support behind the OFIA.  The Province recently posted changes to the act on the Environmental Bill of Rights website.

Busy time at Fort Frances Border

A busy month of December for Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Fort Frances border. Statistics released show more than 42-thousand people passed through the border last month.  Among them a Canadian who attempted to avoid paying additional fees on more than a thousand dollars worth of items purchased in the U-S.  The agency says the individual was asked to report inside, but left the property first to drop off the undeclared goods at a nearby parking.  Both the goods and the person's vehicle were seized, and later returned, but not before the individual coffed over 15-hundred dollars in penalties.

Children died of smoke inhalation

Two children killed in a fire in a remote Northwestern Ontario First Nations community earlier this month died of smoke inhalation. Both children, boys aged two and three, died in a house fire in the community on January 13th.  Nishnawbe-Aski police say a third child, a six-month-old girl, is reported to be doing well in the pediatric unit in London. Police say the cause of the fire is determined to be accidental with no foul play suspected.  The children's parents suffered no major injuries in the fire.

Gilbert seeks Tory nod

The Progressive Conservatives in Thunder Bay-Atikokan may have a bit of star power to put up against MPP Bill Mauro. Former Lakehead University president Fred Gilbert is seeking the Tory nomination for the October provincial election. That nomination meeting in Tbunder Bay is scheduled for March 20th.

L-U Library renovations complete

Lakehead University is showing off it's library these days. It's because the facility, known as the Chancellor Paterson Library, has undergone some 1.2 million dollars worth of renovations thanks to Ontario taxpayers. The institution held a media event to help highlight the improvements which include finally having wi-fi access.

See Us, Hear Us launched

Ginoogaming and Long Lake First Nation teens are taking part in an unusual photo assignment.  Dilico Children's Foundation is launching the See Us, Hear Us Project in the two communities.  Spokesperson Celeste Pedri says the teens will train to be photographers and take pictures of their communities.  The teens will be taking pictures of healthy and unhealthy relationships in their communities.  The Ontario Trillium Foundation provided 65-thousand dollars towards the project.

2 arrested after morning break in

The next time you try to break into a house make sure it isn't a retired police officer's.  Thats the case of a man and a woman who are behind bars after an early morning break in.  Just before 4 this morning the pair broke into the house on Murray Avenue.  The 74 year old retired officer woke up and managed to apprehend the woman. The Man was picked up by police close to the house a short time later.