March 2018

Ben Murray Takes Home Respect Award

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:52 AM

A musician and film makers is the City's RESPECT award winner for 2018. 

Ben Murray was selected for his work teaching youth in remote Indigenous communities.

"Even if they aren't going to be an artist, it gives them a sense of accomplishment, that there is something else out there." 

The 29 year old hopes to open up a youth centre where he can help city kids foster their artistic side.

Murray also created a film that tells the story of a man who lost his friend to a drug overdose and hopes others will learn from the movie. (Photo by Sheri Leviski Kotyk)

Austin Bomber Is Dead

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 06:33 AM

Breaking news out of Austin, Texas this morning where residents are breathing a huge sigh of relief.   

Police confirm the man responsible for a series of bombs over the last few weeks is dead.

However, there are conflicting media reports out of the US, some say he was shot by police as they closed in on him, others say he blew himself up.

The identity of the 24-year old man is not known yet.


Lindstrom Sentenced To 90 Days For Assault

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 15:39 PM

Thunder Bay's Eric Lindstrom is sentenced to 90 days in jail on an assault charge.

He will not be able to own a weapon for five years and he will be on probation for twelve months.

His sentence came Monday after court dropped his kidnapping and uttering threats charges.

He also had a breach of probation to which he was sentenced 30 days in jail concurrently with the sentence he already served.


Warrant Out For Contractor's Arrest

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 15:33 PM

A warrant is out for the arrest of local contractor Richard Belbas.

Belbas was set to be in court yesterday and failed to appear.

He is facing 11 fraud charges for home renovations he promised to complete but never got done.

Belbas is also still awaiting sentencing on another set of similar fraud charges. (File photo)

6 Months Jail For Child Porn Charge

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 15:31 PM

A 2016 investigation into child porn has ended in six months jail time for a local man.

James Brown was also sentenced to probation for twenty four months and will be on the sex offenders registry for the rest of his life.

The 39 year old man was charged with possession and distributing child pornography.

Brown was also ordered to avoid being areas where children are present.

Police say Brown turned himself into police after he was told that charges were pending as a result of an exam conducted on items seized in April of that year. 

Council Asked To Not Support Power Line Bid

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 15:30 PM

City Councillors will be asked not to support Hydro One's bid to build a power line from Wawa to Thunder Bay. 

Councillor Iain Angus says that next Monday, they'll vote whether to officially stand with a lobby group that feels Hydro One should be focusing on other projects in our region. 

The group Common Voice Northwest supports the company NextBridge's bid to build the transmission line.

Common Voice Northwest has previously stated Hydro One needs to upgrade the power lines to Greenstone, Ear Falls, and Red Lake. (File Photo)

Project Dolphin Trial In June

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 15:28 PM

One of the men charged in city police's 2015 major drug bust dubbed "Project Dolphin" is sentenced to time served. 

Rory Pelletier recently was sentenced to four years but has already served that time while awaiting trial. 

He was convicted on conspiracy to import drugs on March 9th. 

His co-accused, Jason Stokaluk, Keith Ritchie, Alain Gallant and Fortunato Colistro have a trial set for June 4th. 

The police investigation involved the alleged importation of cannabis resin from the United States into Canada in 2009. 

Metro Workers Vote To Strike

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 14:04 PM

Employees at Thunder Bay's Metro grocery stores are one step closer to going on strike.

They have joined their company colleagues across the province in voting in favour of a walkout in an effort to back their demands in a new contract. 

The workers are still not close to going on strike since there several legal steps that are required before they start hoisting picket signs. 

So far no date has been set for contract talks, but the union is asking for a provincial conciliator. 

Surveys Collect Data On Local Police Force

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 13:15 PM

City police are trying to diversify their work force after a recent survey showed the average Thunder Bay police officer is a white married man between the age of 45 and 55.   

Consultant Leisa Desmoulins explains they'll be looking at providing more representation in the force.

"It's important that the Police Service reflects the diversity of the community because people who live in the community have trust if they see other people who look like them in the police service and they feel that's reflective of them and it's important for recruitment."  

VIDEO: LU Students Win Engineering Challenge

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:47 PM

A team of Lakehead University Engineering students have won a national design competition. 

Third-year Mechanical Engineering student Graham Robertshaw explains he and three teammates faced plenty of challenges building a robot to launch ping-pong balls at targets. 

"We were only given eight hours to, for some of us, learn how to use all the components in our design," Robertshaw notes.