Thursday, November 24, 2011

Prisoner escapes police at court house

A prisoner is back in Police custody after a short taste of freedom this afternoon.  Officials say the man escaped from a police van at the Arthur Street Court House just after 3:30.  The man was in handcuffs and was picked up on Selkirk Avenue a short time later. 

Global Sticks releases statement

Global Sticks has released a statement about the closure of their Oliver Paipoonge facility.  The statement says the company is restructuring and is hopeful to reopen soon.  The company says it is working hard with the provincial government to secure an adequate access to Birch wood fibre.

SIU absolves OPP in Kakabeka Falls incident

The Province's Special Investigations Unit has finished its investigation into an incident at Kakabeka Falls where a 22 year man died last month. SIU Officials say they have found no wrong doings by OPP officers involved in the incident that saw Kurtis McVittie fall over the falls and die.

Police release the name of man charged in yesterday's robbery

Thunder Bay Police have released the name of the 22 year old charged in connection to yesterday's Mac's Mart.  Constable Julie Tilbury says Ryan Deluney appeared in court this morning and is facing several charges.  Tilbury says officers received a tip about his whereabouts yesterday and arrested him without incident at Victoriaville Mall early in the afternoon.

Attawapiskat cries for help

More people are calling for help for the Attawapiskat First Nation.  The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario are calling on Premier McGuinty and Prime Minister Harper to intervene in the housing crisis on the Northern reserve.  They say some of the living conditions in Attawapiskat are deplorable and dangerous.  Chief Theresa Spence asked last month that her community be evacuated before winter because lives were at risk.  Area MP Charlie Angus says five families are living in tents, while another 19 families are living in sheds without running water.

Shelter House about to fundraise

Shelter House is about to launch its holiday fundraising campaign. This year the goal is set at 150 thousand dollars. The money goes towards the shelter's everyday expenses in helping to house its homeless clients. The shelter says it requires about 400 thousand dollars in donations every year

United Way says it's on track

The United Way's campaign goal remains in reach. Co-chair Jules Tupker says there are 40 days left, but there are no concerns the objective won't be achieved. As of today 1.2 million dollars has been raised....the goal is 2 and a half million.

Gastrointestinal outbreak

The Health Unit is reporting a gastrointestinal outbreak at Roseview Manor.  All admissions, transfers and discharges are cancelled until further notice.  Visitors are also restricted to family members and caregivers only.

Dog fight leads to fines

Two dog owners are facing four thousand dollars in fines after letting their German Shepherd and Boxer run free.  City Licensing and Enforcement Manager Ron Bourret says the fines were brought down in Provincial Offenses Court.  The two large dogs entered private property and attacked a Papillon.  The injured dog's owner is paying four thousand dollars in vet bills. 

22 year old charged

Police have charged the 22 year old man who was arrested as a person of interest in connection with a Mac's Mart robbery yesterday. He's appearing in court this morning. Spokesperson Chris Adams says more information will be made available later today.

A record breaking Thursday in NWO

It's another nice day in Thunder Bay today, just like yesterday was.  However at 7 degrees we stopped short of breaking the record for November 23rd set in 1942.  There were temperature records set elsewhere in Northwestern Ontario. Dryden, Ear Falls and Kenora all set new marks.

Immigration Portal update on Monday

Northwestern Ontario's Immigration Portal has been operating out of Thunder Bay for over a year.  The organization will be providing an update to City Council on Monday.  The web portal has drawn interest from across the world. 

Resolute Fort Frances Mill down

Resolute Forest Products is curtailing its paper-making operations in Fort Frances for the rest of the year.  The company cites poor market conditions for the five-week shutdown of its paper machines that starts next week.  About 100 employees will be impacted.  Operations at the kraft mill are not effected.  It's the third work stoppage at the paper mill this year.