Monday, July 16, 2012

Border Cats Game Cancelled Today

Thunder Bay's Border Cats are playing a double header tomorrow.  Today's game was cancelled because the field was too wet.  They'll play two games against Duluth at 6:05 Tuesday. 

Court Documents Reveal Government Role

The provincial government is not standing in the way of the sale of a north shore mill to a company from India. Court documents show that the McGuinty government is forgiving a nearly 25 million dollar loan to Terrace Bay Pulp, something Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle says will help with the sale of the mill, and will help creditors get paid more money. The new company plans to convert the mill to make rayon.

Arson Update

Thunder Bay Police continue to investigate a rash of arsons from over the weekend.  The first incident on Saturday saw a travel trailer and car burned in the 100 block of Bethune Street.  On Sunday, Police responded to a suspicious fire at the intersection of Alice Avenue and Paquette Road. A front end loader was damaged as a result of the blaze.  Police are looking for a vehicle they spotted in the area, a yellow Nissan Frontier pickup truck.  Anyone with information on these incidents should contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Cargo North Buys New Aircraft

Cargo North is buying a new Basler Turbo 67 aircraft. The investment group is teaming up with Nakina Air Service and North Star Air to provide the new transport craft that will be able to hold 11-thousand pounds of cargo. It will be in service by November.

Police Warn Of Winners Scam

Put your wallets away, you aren't winning 10 thousand dollars.  That's what residents in the area have been told by a phone-scam artist.  The person claims to be from Winners and is doing customer appreciation calls, saying they will send you 10 grand. But in order to do so, they need your credit card information. Police want to remind people that if they get this call, hang up, and to never give your credit card information if you have won a prize.

South Side Crash Hurts One

Police have now cleared up the scene of a  two vehicle collision at the corner of Franklin and Ridgeway just before 1 o'clock this afternoon.  Police can't immediately confirm that one woman was sent to hospital, but based on an early report, they didn't believe any injuries were serious.

NOSM Researcher Studying First Nation Disease

A Northern Ontario School of Medicine researcher is looking into what's causing a deadly new infection to hit area native communities.  Dr. Marina Ulanova says the new strain of the disease is impacting mostly First Nations.  Ulanova and her team are taking blood samples looking for antibodies to create a vaccine to eradicate the disease.

Probe Into Minaki Explosion

Both the Ministries of Labour and Environment are investigating an explosion on a boat at the Minaki marina.   Ontario Provincial Police say that it took place early in the weekend and involved a boat that was being refueled.   They say the explosion took place when the boat was started after some fuel spilled inside from a broken hose.  Two people remain in hospital in Kenora with second degree burns.

Police Report Second City Fatality

City Police are confirming a second fatal accident this morning, this one on John Street Road.  Spokesperson Chris Adams says a 50 year old man was driving his pick up truck when he left the road and hit a tree.  He died as a result of his injuries.

Facelift For 527

The road to Armstrong is under construction. The Ontario government is rebuilding 25 kilometres of Highway 527 north of Thunder Bay. Pioneer Construction is the contractor and is creating about 70 jobs.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In The City

A pedestrian is dead following a collision outside the main entrance at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.   Spokesperson Chris Adams says the 60 year old patient died shortly after the accident occured around 9 this morning.  Police say the man threw himself under a truck which was driving near the main entrance of the building.

Adam Leon Back In Court In October

Adam Leon is heading back to court in October.  The ex-Confederation College student is charged with theft following an incident where a Cessna was taken from the college flight school and flown into the United States.  His lawyer Neil McCartney feels Leon shouldn't be tried in Canada since he was already charged and served time in the United States.  McCartney is asking the court to consider Leon's situation as "double jeopardy."

Police Seek Arsonist

City police are investigating what they believe is an arson overnight. Thunder Bay Police officers noticed a vehicle on fire in a car lot located on 11th Avenue just after 3:00 a.m. Members of the Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. 3 vehicles in total were destroyed. Police are seeking the public's help for information.

68 Forest Fires Now Burning

Firefighters in our region have their hands full with a rash of new forest fires. 13 new fires were reported all over the Northwest district bring the total number of active fires up to 68. The largest fire is burning in the Red Lake district inside Caribou Provincial Park. That fire is measured at 934 hectares. The Sioux Lookout district is also dealing with a large fire measuring more than 400 hectares in size. None of the active forest fires are threatening any residents.

Camp Quality Kicks Off

Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario is gearing up for another fun-filled week. Children living with cancer will set off on a 6 day adventure starting today as they get picked up at the Landmark Inn this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Around the World". Campers ranging in ages between 5 and 17 will be shuttled out to camp Duncan on East Loon Lake. Activities planned throughout the week include the annual soccer game between campers and the Police Association and a planned afternoon of fishing.

Cats Lose Opener In Duluth

The Thunder Bay Border Cats dropped the opener of their five game series with the Duluth Huskies last night 5-2. The series now switches to Subway field for a pair of games starting tonight at 7:05 before returning to Duluth for the last two. The Border Cats now have a record of 5-6 in the second half and are 2 games back of Willmar for first place.