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Driver faces charges

An Atikokan man is facing impaired driving charges following an incident around 2:15 a.m. today.

Rainy River District OPP officers on patrol located a motor vehicle in the ditch of Highway 11B, near Highway 622, within the Township of Atikokan.

A 36-year-old male was arrested at the scene and taken to the OPP detachment for breath tests.

Child killed by truck

Officers from the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) detachment of the OPP were dispatched to the scene of a fatal motor-vehicle collision involving a truck and a pedestrian around 9:20 p.m. yesterday on Sakeetawanakak Road.

The pedestrian, a two-and-a-half year-old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene.

OPP hiring two students

Rainy River District OPP has received funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to hire two students for the Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI).

Successful applicants will assist the community services officer with delivery of public safety programs within the district.

The students also will be seen as ambassadors for the OPP and the Town of Fort Frances.

ATV driver faces charge

At 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, the Ear Falls OPP responded to a single motor-vehicle collision involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

Upon speaking to the driver, officers suspected alcohol was a factor and administered a roadside screening device.

Upon failing the device, the driver was arrested and taken to the Ear Falls detachment for further breath tests.

Practise safe cycling: OPP

Spring finally has arrived and that means it’s time to go cycling.

The OPP wants to remind all cyclists of bicycle safety for injury and crime prevention.

A bicycle is a vehicle as defined in the Highway Traffic Act and cyclists are responsible to follow the rules of the road.

That means obeying all traffic laws and regulations as other road users.

Help sought

The Rainy River District OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in speaking with anyone who may have had dealings with a young male cyclist/pedestrian on Highway 11, about two km east of Emo, yesterday around 6 p.m.

Anybody having any such dealings is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Trio facing 20 charges

On Sunday at 1:15 p.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP responded to a report of an assault in the west end of Fort Frances.

Local detachment members, assisted by members of the North West Region Emergency Response Team, Fort Frances Crime Unit, and K-9 Unit, attended to assist with the investigation.

Survey running

Between early May and late June, expect to see Statistics Canada employees surveying your neighbourhood.

OPP are reminding residents that about 35,000 Statistics Canada employees will be working within neighbourhoods and communities across the country this spring to conduct the census.