Thursday, June 30, 2011
Mayor Keith Hobbs hasn't filed his statement of defence against a lawsuit issued by The Chief of Police. Bob Herman filed the defamation suit last Friday, and Hobbs has 30 days to file his defence. The lawsuit centres on remarks Hobbs made during a spring news conference. Herman is seeking damages of 700 thousand dollars. The claims have not been proven in court. Hobbs declined to comment and Herman could not be reached.
A Fort Frances man has been fined 17-hundred dollars for keeping live snapping turtles in his home. Donald Cameron was charged back in February after Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers, acting on a public tip, found the reptiles hidden in the tank of a toilet. Cameron had been convicted of a similar offence back in 2010. Snapping turtles are a special concern species under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act.