Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Accident claims life on Highway 11/17

One person is dead following a traffic accident on highway 11/17 just east of highway 527 Wednesday afternoon. OPP Constable Diana Cole says it was a collision between a pick-up truck and a dump truck. She says when they collided both trucks burst into flames.  The driver of the pick up was pronounced dead at the scene, the driver of the dump truck was taken to hospital, but was not seriously injured.  Police are hoping any witnesses to the crash come forward. 

Search turns up no results

Thunder Bay Police have yet to find any traces of missing teen Jordan Wabasse.  An extensive search of the Kaministiquia River banks in the area of the James Street Bridge provided no clues.  The R.C.M.P. also used their boats to search the water around the shoreline.

The Alpaca's are ok

The Alpaca's are ok.  Thunder Bay OPP responded yesterday to a two vehicle collision on Highway 11/17 and the Harbour Expressway.  A vehicle was parked on the northbound side of the highway, when it pulled out and collided with a Dodge truck pulling a livestock trailer loaded with 10 Alpaca's.  Everyone involved is safe and injury free.

Roberto wants more bike friendly city

City Councillor Aldo Roberto wants to create a more bike friendly Thunder Bay.  Roberto plans on introducing a motion he says could be controversial.  He would like to close two lanes of traffic on a main road for bike traffic.  It would be a trial for the summer months and still needs to come to council for approval.  Roberto also wants to close one lane of car traffic around Boulevard Lake for the summer.

Multi-Plex locations to be discussed

City Council is considering six locations for a proposed multi-million dollar multi-plex on Monday night. Councillor Iain Angus expects a lengthy discussion about the suggested site locations.  Some of the proposed sites the city owns and others would require the city to purchase additional property.  Monday night's report is part of the feasibility study and doesn't mean the City is going ahead with a Multi-plex.

Highway construction closes Trowbridge

One of Thunder Bay's more popular campgrounds will not be open for the summer. Because of the highway construction work taking place on the Thunder Bay Expressway, Trowbridge Falls will be closed for the entire camping season.

Aboriginal housing issues addressed

More roofs are needed for homeless aboriginals in Thunder Bay. A variety of aboriginal groups met in the City to discuss housing strategies. Strategy planner Francis Wesley says this is an urgent issue because there are many aboriginals living in poverty in Thunder Bay. The forum held at the Prince Arthur Hotel helped shed some light on the subject. Wesley says they will be working closely with the Federal Government to provide more housing.

OPP lay mischief charge

Lying has led to a 43 year old Sioux Lookout man being charged with public mischief.  Two witnesses came forward to Greenstone OPP saying they picked up a hitch hiker who told them he was robbed at gun point by four white men in a red truck.  OPP investigated and found that none of the man's story was true.

Single vehicle accident in Sunshine

A 59 year old Kaministiqua man is being treated at the Thunder Bay hospital after a single vehicle accident in Sunshine.  Police say he was driving west bound and crossed into the east bound lane.  The investigation is continuing.

Residents weigh in on Whalen

After word that it will cost the city millions of dollars to refurbish the Whalen building, we gve residents a chance to give their two cents on whether the historic building should be saved or scrapped.

No injuries in Westfort fire

No one was hurt after a house fire on the south side.  Fire crews responded to the fire on Home Avenue just after 10 last night and found smoke and flames coming out of the back of the house.  Officials say it took about 2 hours to get the blaze under control and heavy damage was done to the home.