Monday, April 8, 2013

Treaty 3 Has Big Crime Problem

Financial pressure is hurting the Treaty 3 Police Service in their battle with high crime rates. The Treaty 3 Police service area currently has the worst crime severity index in the province. Terry Armstrong is the Deputy Chief of Police in charge of operations, and says they are doing everything they can to lower the numbers.  Armstrong says the force has also seen a 41 percent increase in calls for service.

NWO Man Charged In Website Hacking

Dryden Police have charged an 18-year-old Ear Falls man after the website of a local business was hacked.The business contacted police in February, and told them that someone had targeted their website, causing it to crash, and threatened the employees and their family members. With the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police Intelligence Unit and Red Lake O.P.P, police arrested the man. He is charged with Mischief to Data and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. He was released from custody, and is due in court next month.

New Strategy Gets FedNor $

The Harper government is helping the city and the Fort William First Nation with the newly minted Mining Readiness Strategy.   FedNor minister Tony Clement announcing a grant of 75 thousand dollars today in support of the strategy. 

Badanai's Hair Raiser For Camp Quality

A Thunder Bay business man hopes to raise 20-thousand dollars for Camp Quality.  George Badanai of Badanai Motors is going to auction off the rights to his hair to the highest bidder.  Badanai says he'll rock any hair style for a good cause.

OPP Charging 18 Year Old

OPP are charging an 18 year old man with a number of traffic act offences after a collision on the Harbour Expressway.  On Saturday, a Kia was south bound attempting to change lanes when the driver lost control and struck a north bound Ford Explorer.   Three people were transported to the hospital.  Both vehicles were badly damaged.

Two Stabbings This Past Weekend

Thunder Bay Police are reporting two separate stabbings and a close call with a knife this past weekend.  Just after 12:30 in the morning April 6th, Police investigated a fight involving 20 people on the bike  path behind Georgina Bay.  A 20 year old man was sent to the hospital in that incident.  At 2 in the morning Saturday, Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a Lawrence Avenue home.  The 21 year old man was a victim of a stabbing after a fight broke out with three unwanted party guests.  On Sunday, Police were called to a Manitou Street home for a call about someone using a knife as a weapon.  A 30 year old man is charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

Council Presentations

It's a night full of presentations. City Council will hear from former Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins. Collins will be providing a farewell speech. Council will also hear about Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation's Mining Readiness Strategy.

Fort William First Nations Election Results

We'll find out later today who the new Chief of Fort William First Nation is. Yesterday was Election Day in the community. Ballots will start to be counted at 9 am today and is expected to take several hours. 5 people were running for the top job, and 59 people are looking to win a Council seat.

City Could Award 18 Million In Contracts

City Council could dole out tons of cash tonight.  Several road repair projects are up for debate.  City Councillor Rebecca Johnson says it's a historical night for spending with 18 million dollars on the table.  Almost 7-million dollars is expected to be spent on the first phase of improving Golf Links Road.

OTF Gives Money To Nordic Trails

Thunder Bay's Nordic Trails is 37 thousand dollars richer.  The group is on the receiving end of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.  The money will be used to provide better trails.

Spring MIA

We could get some relief from snow starting tomorrow afternoon.  Environment Canada Meterologist Geoff Coulson says we'll have to suffer through snowfall for the rest of today.  Coulson says we should have sunny days for the rest of the week starting Wednesday.

Slippery Roads Drive Slow

Thunder Bay Police are reminding the public to use common sense when driving this morning and slow down on slippery roads. Police say area roads are quite slippery today with the overnight snowfall.  Drivers are encouraged to drive carefully and to allow for extra time to get to work this morning.