Friday, July 15, 2011

Fort Hope man going to trial for murder

A 29 year old Fort Hope man is going to stand trial for the stabbing death of a man in Fort Hope last year.   Following a 5 day preliminary hearing in Thunder Bay this week William Oskineegish was ordered to face trial on a charge of second degree murder.   The incident took place in September of last year. 

Police seize oxy's and cash in bust

A 57 year old city man is in custody following drug bust on the 400 block of Ambrose on Thursday. Police Staff Sgt. Murray Brown says it involved over 90 thousand dollars worth of Oxycodone tablets. The man faces drug and proceeds of crime charges after almost the same amount of cash was discovered. The man, who recently moved here from Quebec, will make another court appearance on Monday.

NAN talks water quality

Nishnawbe Aski Nation feels a recent water quality report confirms what they've known all along; that there's a lack of infrastructure in their communities.  NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose says they don't need more studies to confirm what they already know; they need action.

Council tackles Birthday certificates

A Thunder Bay City Councillor doesn't think age should be an issue.  Ken Boshcoff is asking for a review of their Commemorative Gift Policy.  Boshcoff wants the review because several residents celebrated 80th Birthdays and the City wouldn't give them a certificiate.  You need to be 85 to receive a certificate from the City.

Social Assistance Review on the way

A review of the welfare system is underway.  The Social Assistance Review Commission will be in Thunder Bay this week for two public sessions.  Commissioner Frances Lankin will hear from front line staff and social service workers.

Northern Lights School starts in the fall

The Northern Lights Alternative School will be open this fall.  The temporary school will house 15 students until the public board starts its own alternative education program.  Organizers have yet to select a location for the school.

Drug bust in Sioux Lookout

Three Thunder Bay residents are charged after a drug bust in Sioux Lookout.  The Combined Forces Organized Crime unit searched a local hotel and seized a quantity of Oxy's, Marijuana, and cash.  A 36 year old man, 28 year old woman and 15 year old were charged.

MNR kepts busy with fires

Nine new fires have been reported in northwestern Ontario, bringing the total to 81 raging in the region. One of the new blazes is in the Dryden District, two in the Nipigon District, four are in the Red Lake District and two in the Sioux Lookout District.  The Fire Chief in Sioux Lookout has suspended all burning permits and open air burning including campfires and fireworks until further notice.

Accident near Fort Frances

At least two people have been taken to hospital in Fort Frances following a two-vehicle accident on Highway 502 this morning.  It happened at around 9:30 this morning in the area of the Crow Rock Bridge, about 7 kilometres north of Highway 11.  Police say the two people were from one  vehicle and sustained injuries that are described as serious.  The highway is open to one lane while officers continue to investigate.

Walmart finishes expansion

Big box powerhouse Walmart is even bigger.  Store Manager Ryan Holomego says the store has finished its expansion and now offers a full grocery area.  He says he's been hearing nothing but good feedback from customers.  The construction took 16 months to complete.

Kakabeka resident wins 50 K

A Kakabeka Falls resident is 50 thousand dollars richer thanks to a game of Instant Super Bingo.  Evelyn Otto won the cash on an OLG scratch ticket that she bought at the Good Luck Lottery Shoppe in Thunder Bay.