Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fire kills over a hundred cows

A barn fire in Olver Paipoonge has left a large amount of cattle dead.  Farm Owner Peter Aalbers says over 120 cows were killed in the fire that destroyed his barn.  Aalbers says by the time they noticed the fire black smoke was coming out the windows and nothing could be done to save the animals.  No word on what the cause of the blaze could be.

Oliver avoids protest, talks EAP

Local protesters are disappointed they didn't get to greet federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver when he arrived for a speech at the Valhalla Inn. Oliver managed to make it through a back entrance saying he wanted to avoid the demonstrators, who were upset over various Harper government policies. Meantime, while in Thunder Bay, Oliver defended the Harper government's decision to streamline the environmental approval process in Canada. He says it will help to get many important projects on track without the long wait. Earlier in the day Oliver toured a mineral testing lab.


Mauro demoted

Sgt. James Mauro is going to be demoted to the rank of first class Constable.  The demotion will last twelve months.  The verdict came down this morning in the Police Service Act hearing being held at the Valhalla Inn.

Possible DMTS Tbay Tel team up

The City of Dryden is speaking with TBay Tel about a possible deal to purchase the municipal telephone service.  Mayor Craig Nuttall has confirmed that the two have been in discussions.  However, Nuttall notes that they are keeping an open mind.  Nuttall says they are looking at the best possible deal for the citizens of Dryden and they want to make sure their telephone service is still operating.

Racing crash update

Thunder Bay Police are charging the driver involved in a drag race around North James Street yesterday afternoon.  The driver of a blue Volkswagen lost control of the vehicle as it took the corner and collided with a tree on the boulevard. The 17 year old driver and his 20 year old passenger were treated for their injuries and are reported to be in good condition.  Six charges are being laid including racing, careless driving, driving while suspended, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, failing to notify a change of address, and using an unauthorized license plate.  Police are still looking for the other vehicle involved in the race.

Jobless rates released

Thunder Bay's jobless rate is on the decline.  March's rate went down point 3 percent to sit at 5.3.  The national unemployment rate was 7.2 per cent in March.

Garage fire on Regina Avenue

Police are looking for a suspect in a case of arson this morning on Regina Avenue.  Fire Crews were called to a shed fire just after 6:50 this morning.  A snow blower and lawn furniture were damaged.  Fire Fighters were also called to a grass fire around four this morning in the same area where witnesses say they saw a suspicious male leaving the area.  The suspect is described as being a 20 year old man, 5'9" with a thin build and dark hair.  He was wearing jeans and a dark coat with a hood and white running shoes.