February 2015

Charges Now Laid In Domestic Assault

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 14:49 PM

A 43 year old man is now charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault in connection with this week's violent domestic dispute at a South James Street house.  

Police aren't releasing the man's name in order to protect the identities of the victims, a 29 year old mother and her 7 year old daughter. Emergency officials say both of them suffered stab wounds.

 The accused has been identified as being an ex-husband of the woman.  He was arrested at the house and was treated in hospital with self-inflicted injuries.

Man Killed In Fort Hope Fight

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 12:19 PM

Police are investigating the death of a Fort Hope First Nation man.

They say they were responding to a report of a fight between two men in the community.

One of the men was transported to the local nursing station and was pronounced dead.

The deceased has been identified as 52 year old Donald Sugarhead.

The other man was identified as 48 year old Norman Yellowhead and has been charged with Manslaughter.

Rafferty Calls Vet Situation "Callous"

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 11:58 AM

Thunder Bay NDP MP John Rafferty is going to bat for a Canadian veteran in the House of Commons.  

He brought up the story of Master Corporal Paul Franklin who lost both his legs in Afghanistan and is struggling with Veterans Affairs to hang on to his benefits which is asking him every year to prove he's disabled.   Rafferty called it "callous incompetence".

 Pierre Lemieux, the Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans Affairs, says they've already reached out to Franklin and as the result of veteran feedback,  the process is going to be reviewed. (File Photo)

Thunder Bay Man Jailed For Possessing Kiddie Porn

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 09:47 AM

A Thunder Bay man has been sentenced 90 days in jail after being convicted of possessing child pornography.

A computer, flash drives and a number of DVD's were seized.

Analysis of the seized items confirmed the existence of child pornography images.  

Jason Repay was originally charged in April of last year.  He was also sentenced to one year of probation.  

Driver In Fatal Crash Had Suspended Licence

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 15:20 PM

City police say the driver who died in last Friday's two vehicle collision on Oliver Road had a suspended licence.

They say 22 year old Natasha Campbell of Barrie had not advanced beyond the novice (G-1) stage of her drivers licence.

Police add Campbell was driving near the posted speed limit, however she lost of control of her Honda Civic and it spun out of control and slid into the path of an oncoming Ford Escape.  Her passenger also died in the crash.  

Police say no charges will be laid.   

Feds Tout Local Contributions

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 14:29 PM

The Harper Government is taking some of the credit for several recent local road and sewer upgrades in the city.  

They include the water-main improvements to Cornwall Avenue and Edward Street along with repaving work to Leslie Avenue, Lithium Drive and Arthur Street.  

The government says it contributed $1.7 million towards the total $4.4 million cost of the projects through the federal gas tax fund.  

LHIN Gets Its Share Of $28 Million

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:08 PM

The provincial government is putting $28 million into mental health and addictions services. 

The funding is meant to help Ontario's local health authorities provide care closer to home for people who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges.

The North West LHIN has received $2 million of this funding, and CEO Laura Kokocinski says it'll enhance and expand access to community mental health services across Northwestern Ontario. 

Loblaw's Recalls Blue Menu Bran Flakes

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:16 AM

Loblaw's chain of supermarkets is recalling a brand of cereal they sell.

They are worried President's Choice Blue Menu Bran Flakes could contain plastic pieces.

The cereal has a best before date of August 26th through January 7th of this year.  

It's sold at Extra Foods, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore and the Real Canadian Wholesale Club.

Loblaw says they've removed all questionable boxes from store shelves in the country. 

Update: Mother, Daughter Will Survive, Suffered Serious Domestic Violence

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 09:51 AM

A mother and daughter are expected to survive, following an incident of domestic assault very early this morning.

Police say a 7-year-old girl and her 29-year-old mother are currently receiving medical care, and that responding officers played an instrumental role in their survival. A baby boy found at the James Street South home was unharmed. 

A 43-year-old man was arrested at the house, and is also being treated in hospital for self-inflicted injuries. He's identified as being an ex-spouse of the woman, and is believed to have lived with them.