Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Whalen Building Hit By Lightning

Lightning hit the Whalen Building Wednesday afternoon after a brief storm.  Bricks came crushing down onto the street and caused the road to be closed during clean up. 

Reggie Bushie Inquest Adjourned

The pre-inquest into the death of 15 year old Reggie Bushie is over.  It was adjourned today after the Nishnawbe Aski Nation applied to have the case sent to Ontario's Chief Coroner.  A Regional Coroners Spokesperson says the joint inquest would examine the deaths of Reggie Bushie as well as six other teens who died while attending high school in Thunder Bay.

Police Release 67 Year Old's Name

City Police are naming the 67-year old man who died in a motor vehicle collision on Saturday night on Northern Avenue.  Martin John Amos died in the crash. The Special Investigations Unit is in charge of the case because city police were trying to pull over a reported stolen vehicle that eventually hit Martin's vehicle.

CP Rail Strike

150 CP Rail Workers are on strike here in Thunder Bay.  Union Spokesperson Randy Mior says there's been several stumbling blocks in contract negotiations including cuts to pensions.  The two sides are continuing to negotiate but Mior says they're prepared to stay out on the picket line for as long as it takes.  A picket line is set up on Syndicate Avenue.

OPP Find Missing Couple

OPP are happy to report they found a missing elderly couple. The Minnesota couple went boating on Lac Des Milles Lake and didn't return to their campsite at Pine Point Resort on Monday. The North West Region Emergency Response Team with the assistance of a Ministry of Natural Resources Helicopter Unit found the couple on the lake later that evening. They had experienced trouble with the boat motor.

Pets Pass Away In Fire

Several family pets passed away this morning in a fire at a two story home on East Donald Street.  Thunder Bay Fire Platoon Chief Les Newman says there's heavy smoke and fire damage to the main and second floors.  Investigators will be on the scene later today looking for the cause of the fire.

City & Workers New Agreement

The City and its workers have a new collective agreement.  600 unionized Municipal Workers approved an agreement that includes a modest wage increase in each year of the four-year agreement.  They've been without a contract since 2011.

Cats Ink 10 Players

The Thunder Bay Border Cats signed 10 players to their upcoming roster. Notables coming to the team are: Infielder Adam Landecker from USC, Outfielder James Bonds from Santa Clarita, CA, Chad Richie, a pitcher from Kentucky's Georgetown College and Second baseman Philip Lyons from Lousiana's Nicholls State University. The Cats have also signed outfielder Omar Cotto Lozada from USC. In addition, the Cats have added pitchers Blake Fonfara, Kacy Kemmer, Mitch McQueen, Jordan McCoy, and outfielder Justin Higley. Thunder Bay's home opener is Monday, June 4th, at Subway Field versus Alexandria at 7:05 p.m.