Friday, February 28, 2014

MNR Lays Fines

A Thunder Bay man is pleading guilty to firing a weapon while on a road.  Eugenio Berardi is banned from hunting in Ontario for a year and was fined fifteen hundred dollars under the fish and wildlife conservation act.  Berardi was contacted by The Ministry of Natural Resources early November for shooting a deer on Silver Falls Road near Kaministiqua.

NWO Man Dead In Snowobile Accident

A 43 year old Ear Falls man is dead following a fatal snowmachine accident 3 kilometres north of that community last night. OPP say that Robert Boucha was in a group of three snowmobilers travelling along a hydro line trail when he came into contact with a guide wire.

Police Seize Drugs

Thunder Bay Police are laying several drug related charges on a man and woman following a search of a home on Chippewa Road on Wednesday. That afternoon police found over 300 grams on marijuana, 100 ecstasy tabs, 4-ounces of crack cocaine and 2-ounces of powder cocaine for a combined street value of over 60-thousand dollars. 26-year old Richard Martin and 29-year Clara Girard will appear in court March 2014.

Hospital Receives Substantial Rebate

The hospital is receiving $597 554 from Thunder Bay Hydro, as part of its Retrofit Program. The program offers incentives for businesses that install new equipment to reduce energy consumption. Anne-Marie Heron is Executive Director of Operations at the hospital and says the money will go towards covering costs associated with the hospitals newly installed equipment. Heron adds that the hospital will see a twenty-two percent reduction in energy consumption on a yearly basis. Those savings will then be passed on to patient care. The hospital is expected to save 5 288 093 kilowatts annually. Enough to power 550 homes.

T.Bay Company Joins International Corporation

YULEYS features diagramYULEYS Protective Footwear of Thunder Bay is being bought up by a bigger international company. They'll now be part of HexArmor of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Business Manager Nicole Reid says she's excited to bring her product to an established corporation. The deal means the US company can extend their line of safety equipment beyond gloves to include footwear.

200 Customers Still Without Heat

200 homes are still without heat in the community of Longlac. Union Gas Spokesperson Dave Sword says they're relighting pilot lights throughout the afternoon.  Yesterday some 800 customers were without heat causing the municipality to declare a state of emergency.

Hunters Nabbed In Licence Scam

Don't try to fool the MNR. A Thunder Bay man and his hunting partner from Slovakia have been fined close to 3 thousand dollars for a licencing violation. The Ministry of Natural Resources says that the man from Thunder Bay pretended to be the Solvakian in order to obtain a hunting licence for his friend. The incident happened sometime last year. 

Crews Investigate Morning House Fire

Thunder Bay Fire crews are currently investigating the cause of an early morning house fire at 707 John Street. Platoon Chief Larry Warner says one woman was inside the home at the time, she is being treated in hospital. The blaze is believed to of started in the basement. The two adjoining homes are not believed to of sustained any damage from the fire.

Westgate High School Open

School is back on today at Westgate High School following a water main break that closed the building on Thursday.  However, Westgate will be under a temporary boil water advisory.  All drinking fountains will be out of service, but bottled water will be available for students and staff.  Due to the boil water advisory, the school's cafeteria will be closed today. All buses will run as usual.

Bob Barker Praises Mayor

The former host of The Price Is Right is hoping Thunder Bay City council will reverse it's decision on allowing the province to conduct a spring bear hunt in the region.  Bob Barker is speaking out against the hunt this week calling it a slaughter.  He agrees that any councillor who voted for it should be voted out in the next election.  When told by our newsroom that Mayor Keith Hobbs is against the hunt as well, Barker replied that the mayor has a friend in Hollywood.