Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Churchill Drive robbery

A young man says he was robbed on Churchill Drive Wednesday morning. Police say a 20 year old approached the teen and asked for cigarettes and when he refused took the youth's personal items. The suspect is described as being six feet tall and weighing between 180 to 200 pounds. He was seen wearing a black and white jacket with a large feather and the word Golden Eagle on the back.

Dew Drop Inn holds another Thanksgiving meal

The Dew Drop Inn Soup Kitchen is expecting up to 300 people for Thanksgiving dinner on Monday.  Director Terri Favreau says 25 volunteers will be helping her carryout the large meal. It takes six 30 pound turkeys, four large hams and many pounds of potatoes to feed the masses.  Volunteers started preparing the dinner two days before the actual feast on the holiday Monday. 

Fort Frances hunter missing

A missing Hunter in the Fort Frances area is home safe and sound. Police says 53-year-old Patrick O'Connell was found around noon today. He had gone hunting in the bush yesterday afternoon, but failed to return home.

Adam and The Amethysts release second album

Thunder Bay musician Adam Waito has released his second album.  Waito now lives in Montreal and says the new album Flickering Flashlight is slightly influenced by the Lakehead.  You can listen to parts of the album at Adam and The Amethysts dot com.

OPP launch Operation Impact

Thunder Bay OPP will be joining tens of thousands of Canadian police partners over the Thanksgiving long weekend for Operation Impact.  Local police services will be targeting impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.  Police will also check for seat belts and child restraints.

Hammarskjold teen suspended

A Hammarskjold High School student is suspended after threatening another student with a knife.  Constable Julie Tilbury says a boy and girl were fighting in the hallway of the school, when a third student pulled a knife and threatened the girl.  A 17 year old is charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats. 

How living in drug dens impact kids

Local police and social service organizations are learning how they can better care for children living in drug infested homes.  Retired American Commander Lori Moriarty says drugs like Oxycontin have a significant effect on kids.  Moriarty was one of the key speakers at Thunder Bay's first ever Drug Endangered Children conference. 

Stabbing on city's south side

A 34 year old man is in hospital after being stabbed.  Police received the call just before 9:30 about a fight on Simpson Street.  Officers say two men got into an argument and the 34 year old was stabbed several times but managed to knock out his assailant.  When police arrived both men were unconscious.  The victim is in fair condition. 

Marc Staal is out with post concussion symptoms

Marc Staal could be out for a month due to a concussion.  TSN's Bob McKenzie is tweeting that the Rangers have shut down Staal's rehab and say he could be out of action for a month.  McKenzie says the bottom line is Staal isn't progressing and has had setbacks and sounds like he shut down rehab completely while getting more medical opinions.  Marc suffered a concussion February 22nd of last season from a hit from his brother Eric.

Rafferty talks suicide prevention

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty is calling suicide among First Nation youth a national crisis. He made the comments as the House debates a Liberal proposal for a national suicide prevention strategy. Rafferty also called on government to react to recommendations coming out of a rash of deaths in Thunder Bay and Pikangikum First Nation.

LU Prez goes travelling

After years of neglect, Lakehead University is beginning to reach out to communities across Northwestern Ontario. Brian Stevenson is touring the area and says while their finances are limited, they are willing to work with community partners to expand their programs beyond Thunder Bay.  Stevenson says there is some cutting edge technology that could soon bring students from communities across Northwestern Ontario into Lakehead's classrooms.

No injuries in 2 vehicle smash up

No one was hurt after a two vehicle collision this morning.  The crash happened on the corner of Algoma and Argyle just before 9 o'clock.  A pick up truck hit a car as it attempted to turn onto Algoma.