Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Health Unit Puts Beaches Under Advisories

Bad news yet again for swimmers.  Thunder Bay's Health Unit has placed Boulevard Lake's main beach, Chippewa Park's Main and Sandy Beaches under swimming advisories.  Swimming advisories don't close the beach or stop people from swimming.  It just warns people swimming in e-coli could cause skin, eye, nose and throat infections.

Emergency Crews Head To Waterfront

Thunder Bay emergency crews including the coast guard are at the Marina after someone called in a report saying they saw a shiny object beyond the break wall.  They weren't able to identify what it was.  Fire Captain Bill Kruse says so far no one has been able to spot anything.  It's not known how long the search will continue.

Regional Coroner To Investigate Hospital Death

The Regional Coroner's Office is launching an investigation into the death of a 60 year old man who died Monday in front of the hospital. Police say he threw himself under a truck and later died as a result of his injuries. Coroner Dr. Michael Wilson says they'll be looking into how the patient got outside of the hospital. Wilson says they're hoping to determine if the death was a suicide or an accident.

Chocolate Milk Case Put Over

A 38 year old Thunder Bay man is due back in court next month in connection with last  month's anti-abortion protest. Brian Hamilton is charged with assault after a group of anti-abortionist protesters had chocolate milk poured on them. The incident took place in the Bay and Algoma area and was captured on video and posted on YouTube. The case came up briefly in court today and was put over until August 20th.

Pioneer Ridge Seeks Liquor Licence

A city run home for the aged is applying for a liquor licence. Pioneer Ridge wants it so they can run special programing for the residents according to acting administrator Lee Mesic. She says they are at the public input stage of their application

Forest Fire Update

The forest fire hazard remains at "High" to "Extreme" in northern parts of the region. Information Officer Deb McLean says crews have been able to extinguish some fires but are battling a total of 70 fires right now across the northwest district. A crew of 20 fire fighters are coming in from Minnesota today to help provide some relief to weary crews across the district.

Wesway Continues In Two Districts

A Thunder Bay agency that provides respite support services is extending a program it has had in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts the past two years. Wesway Manager Carol Ness says they weren't exactly sure what the response would be when they expanded into this area. The program provides funding for caregivers who need a break from taking care of Seniors living at home.

Police Charge Another Person With Drunk Driving

Thunder Bay Police are charging a 34 year old man with a variety of drunk driving related offences.  Police arrested the man early this morning after he allegedly hit a light pole at the intersection of High and Red River.  He's charged with impaired driving, operating the vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in his system and causing a collision.

Former T.Bay Police Officer Charged

A former Thunder Bay Police officer is facing several weapons charges in Southern Ontario.  Winston Wong was a constable with the local police from 1995 to 2000.  Peel Regional Police Spokesperson Thomas Ruttan says they were called to a domestic incident when they found weapons improperly put away. Wong is charged with 49 firearms and related offences. The 39 year old Wong is now a resident of Mississauga.

Marc Staal Talks Hockey

Chris Prystanski recently interviewed New York Ranger Defencemen Marc Staal.  He was in town to take part in a variety of charity events along with other local NHL players. 

Drug Arrest At Airport

A 37 year old woman from Thunder Bay is facing drug trafficking charges. Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Police arrested the woman yesterday at Thunder Bay Airport with approximately $4,800 of Oxycodone Pills. Police officials believe the pills were destined for Marten Falls First Nation which is located about 450 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.

Kompon Lands With Blackhawks

Jamie Kompon from Thunder Bay who won a Stanley Cup as an Assistant Coach with the Los Angeles Kings this year, has landed a new job in Chicago. Kompon will now work with Thunder Bay's Patrick Sharp and be reunited with Head Coach Joel Quenneville, with whom he worked with for 9 years.

Border Cats Lose Both At Home

The Thunder Bay Border Cats lost both games of a twin bill last night at home to Duluth. They were edged 1-0 and 3-1 respectively. Still the Border Cats are just 3 1/2 games out of first place in the North division as they continue play on the road tonight in Duluth.