Teacher faces sexual assault charges in Deer Lake
The Nishnawbe Aski Police are investigating a sexual assault case in Deer Lake First Nation.
A 40-year-old Toronto man, who had been working as a ninth-grade teacher for summer students, is facing charges of sexual assault.
Police say the assault victim is an adult woman and not a student.
The suspect has been released from custody, but the chief and council are arranging to have him removed.
Hudson woman charged with fraud in Sioux Lookout
A 43-year-old woman from Hudson has been charged with fraud.
Last month, OPP received reports of unauthorized debit card transactions from bank accounts in Dryden, Wabigoon and Sioux Lookout.
Police have tracked down the suspect in Sioux Lookout, who was given three counts of fraudulent use of a debit card and possession obtained by crime under $5,000.
The accused has been released from custody and will appear in court in Sioux Lookout in August.
Cocaine trafficking bust in Big Trout Lake
An arrest was made in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation after a police investigation led to a cocaine trafficking bust.
The search warrant was executed on July 1st after Ontario Provincial Police received information about illicit drugs was being trafficked into the community from Thunder Bay.
The investigation led to the seizure of the following items:
- Prohibited alcohol
- A rifle and ammunition
- Cell phones
- Canadian currency
- An ATM
A 28-year-old resident of the community was also arrested and faces various drug trafficking charges, as well as careless storage of a firearm, and unauthorized possession of a firearm.
The accused has been remanded into custody following a bail hearing, and the OPP continues their investigation.
Grassy Narrows youth faces aggravated assault charges
A youth in Grassy Narrows First Nation is facing three charges of aggravated assault after an attack on Friday.
Treaty Three Police are investigating the incident, and say there is no danger to the community.
On top of the aggravated assault charges, the youth has also been charged with failing to comply with a release order.
The victim remains in hospital in stable condition.
Drug bust in Sioux Lookout leads to Toronto man’s arrest
A drug bust in Sioux Lookout has led to the arrest of two individuals, with one of them from Toronto.
On Wednesday June 21, Sioux Lookout OPP were joined by Crime Units from Kenora, Ignace and Dryden, as well as officers from the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, to execute a search warrant on a home in Sioux Lookout,
Cocaine and oxycodone were seized by police, as well as Canadian currency and other drug trafficking paraphernalia.
A 24-year-old man from Toronto and a 29-year-old from Sioux Lookout were arrested and face multiple drug trafficking charges, as well as charges possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and property obtained by crime.
The accused were remanded into custody and are scheduled to appear in Sioux Lookout court at a later date.
Fatal bus crash in Manitoba leaves 15 dead
At least 15 people are dead and 10 are in hospital with serious injuries after a tractor trailer collided with a bus in rural Manitoba.
According to RCMP, the collision occurred just before noon local time at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 5 near Carberry, approximately 200 km west of Winnipeg.
The bus, which was mostly carrying senior citizens from Dauphin and surrounding areas, was headed southbound on Highway 5, and the tractor trailer unit was going eastbound on Highway 1.
Twelve ambulances, including air ambulance, responded to the collision scene. The Mounties say this incident is eerily reminiscent of the Humboldt crash back in 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges the tragedy on Twitter:
“The news from Carberry, Manitoba is incredibly tragic. I’m sending my deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones today, and I’m keeping the injured in my thoughts. I cannot imagine the pain those affected are feeling – but Canadians are here for you.”
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate.
Cocaine and handgun seized by police in Lakeside
A 40-year-old man in Kenora faces multiple charges for possession of drugs and a firearm after being arrested in Lakeside.
On June 8, an OPP officer conducted a traffic stop on a suspended driver in the Lakeside area. Further investigation led to the discovery of cocaine and a .22 calibre handgun.
As a result, the individual faces the following charges:
- Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
- Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime
- Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon
- Possession of a firearm while prohibited
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- Occupying a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm
The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing on June 13.
Thief arrested in Rainy River district
Rainy River District OPP have arrested an alleged “habitual” property crime offender.
Officers received a complaint about a theft in the Rainy River district on June 3, along with a description of the suspect.
Police searched the area for a considerable amount of time and were initially unsuccessful, but caught a lead after being alerted that the suspect was trespassing in a rural cottage area by a nearby resident.
Police caught up with the suspect, and after a brief foot pursuit they finally apprehended them. Various stolen property was also recovered after further investigation.
The 44-year-old woman from Rainy River faces charges of Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and failing to comply with a probation order.
The suspect has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 27.
Redditt Road incident leads to firearm charges
A 64-year-old man is facing firearm charges after an incident took place on Reddit Road on Tuesday.
Around 11:30 AM, police responded to reports of a man pointing a firearm on Highway 658 near Jack Lake and uttering threats. The individual was taken into custody after a thorough search was executed by the Emergency Response Team.
The suspect faces several firearm related charges and has been remanded into custody. He will appear in court in Kenora at a later date.
Drug trafficking charges laid in Kashechewan First Nation
The Nishnawbe Aski Police, OPP, and First Nations police executed a search warrant on Wednesday, May 31st, which resulted in two Kashechewan residents being arrested for drug trafficking.
A quantity of methamphetamine and Canadian currency was seized, and two women, a 21-year-old and a 39-year-old, are facing charges of drug trafficking and possession of property obtain by crime under $5,000.
Both suspects have been released from custody and are due to appear in court in August.