Monday, May 6, 2013

Another City Mac's Robbery

The Mac’s store at Balsam and River Streets was the scene of an early morning robbery.  Police say a man entered the store at approximately 3 a.m.. The suspect demanded money and was armed with knife. There were no injuries and the man made off with a small amount of money and cigarettes.

Man In Critical Condition After Assault

A 36 year old man is in critical condition after he was beaten and robbed Sunday night.  Police say they found him lying in front of a home on McNaughton Street.  4 youths and an 18 year old man are charged with aggravated assault and robbery with violence.  Alcohol is thought to be one of the factors in the incident and the victim and the accused are all known to each other.

Cameron Street Bridge Under Repairs

The Cameron Street Bridge is down for repairs.  City spokesperson Mike Vogrig says that while the repairs will last until September, they shouldn't affect traffic too badly. The repairs will end up extending the bridge's lifespan.

Festival Breaks Attendance Record

Organizers of the annual Folklore Festival are basking in the glow of a successful weekend event.  They say all records have been thrown out the window with over 16 thousand people attending the 40th anniversary edition of the festival.

Councillor Looks To Keep Kids Safe

Councillor Brian McKinnon is going to ask staff to find ways of keeping kids safe at the intersection of Junot Avenue and Blucher Crescent. McKinnon says he'll present the matter at tonight's meeting. Staff will be tasked with looking for short term options for calming traffic.

Upgrades Coming To City Arena And Stadium

City Council is formalizing an agreement with FedNor over a million dollars in upgrades to the Delaney Arena and Fort William Stadium.Councillor Paul Pugh says the improvements are needed.The City's share of the million dollar project is 500-thousand.

SIU Looking Into OPP After Weekend Incident

The Special Investigations Unit is looking into an incident this weekend where a man was injured during an altercation with OPP.  OPP were called to deal with a suspected drunk driver on Highway 61 when they approached the driver he didn't listen to police when they asked him to leave the vehicle.  An altercation broke out and the suspect was taken to hospital for treatment of what the SIU says was a broken eye socket.  

City To Approve Construction Contracts

City lawmakers are set to put their stamp of approval on several construction contracts at their meeting this evening. Councillor Rebecca Johnson doesn't see any problem with councillors approving the five million dollars worth of work. Johnson says the work has already been approved during budget deliberations.

Thunder Bay Hosts Evacuees

Mayor Hobbs signs emergency
Thunder Bay is hosting about 150 evacuees from the Kashechewan First Nation on the James Bay coast.   The community declared a state of emergency due to spring flooding along the Albany River.   Those who were flown out are considered the most vulnerable, that is, the elderly and the young.  It's not known how long their stay will take.