October 2017

Crash On 102 Claims Two Lives

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 09:12 AM

Two men have lost their lives following a serious three vehicle crash on Highway 102 at the Kam River Bridge.  

Police were called to the area last night around 9pm, to find two west bound vehicles, a pickup and SUV had collided, and then an east bound car got involved.  

The driver of the car died at the scene, while the driver of the SUV died en route to hospital.  

Five people in the SUV went to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver of the pickup was not hurt.

Red Lake Death Investigated

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 08:31 AM

OPP are investigating the death of a man in Red Lake.

He was found Sunday morning in the area of Howey Street.

A post mortem exam was scheduled for Monday in Kenora to help determine his cause of death.

No name has been released.


Leatherface To Greet You At Pine And River

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:05 AM

Expect to see Leatherface and plenty of dead people at the corner of Pine and River Streets tonight.  

Ed and Linda Ryma are ready to scare people for the 25th year with their elaborate set-up.

They normally get about a thousand kids to the door, but expect much more tonight.

Linda says Leatherface is ready to scare people, chasing them down the road.... one year a woman kept running to High Street, she was so scared.

She says it all started with her husband, who she calls a Halloween freak.

This is also the last year they'll be doing it.


Common Sense Needed For Tonight: Police

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 06:38 AM

Thunder Bay police are asking that common sense be top of mind with all trick or treaters tonight, as well as drivers.  

Constable Julie Tilbury is asking for drivers to slow down a bit, as you never know if and when an excited youngster may dart out onto the road.

She's asking parents make sure your kids costumes fit well, and teenagers let your parents know where you'll be.

Police also report no incidents related to Devil's Night.





City Maintaining Neighbourhood Parkettes

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 01:13 AM

There was applause in City Council chambers at the decision to keep some neighbourhood parkettes. 

City Councillors voted not to sell properties on Black Bay Road and Thistle Crescent, hearing from residents like Garry Grgurich that they've enjoyed their local park for 60 years. 

Grgurich says getting rid of the Thistle Crescent parkette wouldn't help the community, noting it's served as a skating rink, baseball field, and numerous other roles over the decades. 

A third parkette on Holly Crescent was also not recommended to be put up for sale. (File Photo)

Small Budget Surplus Predicted

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 01:07 AM

It looks like the city will end the year with a little extra money. 

However, City Manager Norm Gale explains that while they're predicting a $2.8 million surplus in the tax-supported budget, that doesn't mean the city can go on a spending spree. 

"Relative to the size of our operating budget, $2.8 million represents 1.8% of our operating budget," Gale notes. 

The city is also projecting an extra $965,900 in the portion of the budget supported by rates like boating fees. 

Drug Strategy Dealing With Opioid Crisis

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 01:00 AM

Thunder Bay has the highest rate of opioid-related deaths in the province, according to the city's Drug Strategy. 

Drug Strategy Co-Ordinator Cynthia Olsen tells City Council they're dealing with a crisis, adding this city also has the seventh-highest rate of hospitalizations related to opioid poisoning in Canada. 

Presenting Councillors with the Drug Strategy's plan for 2017 to 2021, Olsen says they're hoping for more government funding to let them respond to the situation as it develops.

Arrest Made Relating To Multiple Robberies

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 20:24 PM

A man has been arrested in Ignace in connection with a string of bank robberies. 

Ontario Provincial Police say a man was taken into custody after they used a spike belt to stop a vehicle on Highway 17 Monday morning. 

Charged is 37-year-old Jeffery Gorsline, related to outstanding warrants in Southern Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. 

The investigation involved the Dryden and Ignace OPP, the Northwest Region Crime Unit, Northwest Region Emergency Response Team, and the Dryden Police Service. (File Photo)