Friday, July 8, 2011

Grenade found by gardener

A old rusted grenade is now destroyed after causing some excitement on the city's south side. It was found by a man gardening on Victor Street according to city police Staff Sgt. Bill Boote. He says it was discovered Thursday by the man who then took it to the shore of the Kam River. He then called city police who called the OPP who, even though they have their own bomb squad, had to call the Canadian Military from Winnipeg to dispose of the devise.

Complex discovers "hidden" art

The saying goes everything old is new again and for the Canada Games Complex that holds true. During renovations a ceramic mural was discovered after one of the walls was taken down. It turns out it's a mural made by the Thunder Bay Potter's Guild back in the day. It's now hanging in the reception area for everyone to see.

City jobless rate drops

A shot in the arm for the city's economy as Thunder Bay's unemployment rate for the month of June was down from May.   Statistics Canada says the June rate was 6.7 per cent compared to 7.2 per cent the month before.

Organizers pumped about Bluesfest

It's time to sing the blues at Marina Park for the 10th annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival. Organizer Trevor Hurtig says out of the over two dozen acts there was only one switch that had to be made due to legal problems at the border.  As an added bonus anyone who has a Blues Festival ticket can ride any city transit bus for free this weekend.

ONWA opens new location

The Ontario Native Women's Association is now in it's new digs at the old St. John School on Ray Blvd. President Dawn Harvard says it symbolizes 30 years of hard work on behalf of native women in the province. Harvard says the new location was paid for with some belt tightening, fundraising and government money.

47 thousand dollars worth of drugs seized

Cocaine, Magic Mushrooms, Codeine and cash are in the hands of the Combined Forces Organized Crime Unit after a search of a Thunder Bay home.  The street value of the drugs is 47 thousand dollars.  A 29 year old woman and a 42 year old man are charged with various drug related offences.

Missing 22 year old woman

Thunder Bay Police are looking for a 22year old woman.  Geraldine Blackhawk is missing and is 5'10 with black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is asked to call 684-1200.

Two fatalities on NWO Highways

A Thunder Bay teen is dead after a fatal accident on Highway 71 in Sioux Narrows.  Early yesterday morning, a southbound vehicle lost control and ejected the driver.  The vehicle came to rest in the west side ditch.  In another fatal accident reported yesterday on Highway 17, a west bound truck left the highway and struck a rock cut near Kenora. 40 year old Colin Duguay of Kenora was transported to Hospital where he died as a result of the injuries.

Thunder Bay man found dead in Illinois

Police say the search for 69 year old Ed Spakowski of Thunder Bay has ended tragically.  They say that Illinois State Police confirm that both Spakowski and his dog were found dead. The circumstances surrounding the death aren't known but police do not suspect it was foul play. Spakowski disappeared last week after he picked up an RV in Elkhart, Indiana to drive back to Thunder Bay.

Deer Lake Evacuated

500 people from Deer Lake are fleeing their remote community because of nearby forest fires.  Two Canadian Forces Hercules aircraft from Winnipeg flew the Deer Lake residents to Greenstone.  The blazes are sending heavy smoke into the area.