August 2017

No Injuries In North Side Fire

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 17:08 PM

City fire crews have made quick work of a small blaze at 313 Winnipeg Avenue which was called in by a passerby just after 4 o'clock this afternoon. 

Fire captain Rick Lahaye says it wasn't big and it was quickly extinguished and damage was minor.

No one was hurt in the fire. 

A small woodpile was pulled from the side of the house. 

The cause is unknown.(Staff photo)

Gas Prices Up In The City

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 15:28 PM

Gas prices in the city have shot up this week and one observer thinks they could go even higher. 

The price at the pump in Thunder Bay has jumped to a $1.20 a litre.

Dan McTeague, of, doesn't believe it's over yet saying we're likley to see more increases in the days to come.

He does think however, prices won't go higher until the Labour Day long weekend is over.

Sandy Lake First Nation Lawyer Speaks At Tribunal

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 15:15 PM

Sandy Lake First Nation is getting its chance to tell its side of the story.

It's all part of a human rights tribunal looking into a woman's claim she was unfairly kicked out of the community.

Asha James is the lawyer for Sandy Lake and says the community has the right to follow their own traditional laws dealing with guests in their community.

"Sandy Lake First Nation is a sovereign nation and they have traditional and customary laws which they are entitled to implement, follow and have community members adhere to."  

New Court Date For Chapais

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 13:35 PM

23 year old Jessie Chapais will be back in court on September 19th. 

She appeared in video court this afternoon on her assault and murder charges. 

She was charged in relation to the death of Kevin Roundhead in July of this year. 

The 31 year old victim was discovered near McVicar Creek. 

She is co-accused with two other people, 43 year old Emma Massakayash and 23 year old Skylar Masakayash who faces a second degree murder charge.  (File photo)

Tbaytel Service Outage

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 13:04 PM

Tbaytel is reporting an outage on Lakeshore Drive for home and business phone and cell customers. 

They say it's a damaged telephone pole causing the issue. 

Technicians are working on restoring service. 

Questions Raised Over Bomb Scare

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:37 PM

City police and the Ontario Provincial Police are in the public eye over the bomb scare on the city's north side.

On Tuesday, OPP explosives experts had to be called in from Kenora to deal with the problem of an abandoned metal box, which turned out to be harmless.

City police constable Julie Tilbury says the local force only has one person trained to deal with bomb disposal, and he wasn't available. 

When that happens they have an agreement to ask the OPP for their help, and in this case the help was six hours away. 

Crash At John & Algoma

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:32 AM

City police are on the scene of a two vehicle crash at John Street and Algoma. 

Officers say they'll be closing the intersection for an unknown time since one of the vehicles is leaking gas. 

They add to drive carefully around collisions. 

The call came in just after 10:30 this morning. (Staff photo)

Man Charged In Pikangikum Death

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 09:28 AM

Provincial Police have arrested a 32-year-old Pikangikum man following the death of a man on the remote First Nation.  

OPP say right now Kurri Turtle has been charged with assault.

Police say 34-year-old Bronson Lee Strang died at the Pikangikum nursing station on August 19th after he was found unconscious on Airport Road.

The cause of death and circumstances behind it are still under investigation.