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Police nab escapee

On Friday around 2 p.m., Kenora OPP officers were at the Kenora Courthouse transporting several people in custody to the Kenora District Jail when a 31-year-old male escaped.

The male fled to the Kenora Bay waterfront, where he crossed the ice making his way to Treaty Island.

Teen still missing

The Kenora OPP is continuing to ask for the public’s assistance in locating a 16-year-old girl from there who was reported missing Feb. 28.

Delaine Copenace was last seen in the downtown area the previous evening.

She is described as First Nation, 5’10”, with long black hair and brown eyes.

Driver faces charges

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Rainy River District OPP officers were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call of a motor vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner on Highway 11 in the Gehl Lake area.

Officers located the vehicle in question and conducted an investigation.

A 31-year-old Thunder Bay man subsequently was charged with:

Driver faces charge

A Winnipeg driver has been charged with failing to provide a breath sample.

During routine patrol on March 4, Rainy River District OPP officers stopped a 2011 pickup truck on the 500 block of King’s Highway in Fort Frances just after 1:30 a.m.

The 28-year-old driver failed the roadside tests.

He was arrested at the scene and taken to the OPP detachment for breath tests.

Pot bust

Yesterday at 3:20 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted by members of the Rainy River District OPP on Highway 11 at Couchiching as a result of an ongoing investigation.

A 19-year-old male from Emo subsequently was arrested after 5.5 pounds of marijuana was located and seized.

Driver charged

A charge has been laid in connection with a collision involving a school bus and a motor vehicle yesterday morning in Chapple Township.

An investigation determined the bus was carrying six students at the time of the collision around 8:20 a.m. but no injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained damage.

Drugs seized

On Feb. 5 at 1:30 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted by members of the Rainy River District OPP in the Town of Fort Frances as a result of an on-going investigation.

Three people subsequently were arrested.

Roughly 33 grams of cocaine and a quantity of cash also was located and seized.

Safer Internet Day supported

The OPP is supporting International Safer Internet Day and cyber safety awareness by encouraging young people and their families to T.H.I.N.K b4 U Send to ensure their safety in the online world.

International Safer Internet Day is Feb. 9.

It was created to promote safer and more responsible use of technology, especially among children and young people around the world.

Driver facing charges

On Feb. 4 around at 12:50 p.m., Rainy River District OPP officers received a complaint of a possible impaired driver on Highway 11 east of Fort Frances.

Officers located the motor vehicle within the Town of Fort Frances.

The driver, a 31-year-old Thunder Bay man, was showing signs of impairment.

Stop for school buses

The OPP has been receiving an increasing number of complaints from local bus drivers and concerned citizens regarding vehicles not stopping for school buses that are stopped with their overhead red signal-lights flashing.

There also are complaints about drivers failing to wait until pedestrians fully cross at crosswalks before driving on.