Monday, October 20, 2014


Teen missing

The Rainy River District OPP is seeking public assistance in locating a missing Fort Frances teen.
Adrianna Copenace, 16, was last seen Oct. 15 leaving a Third Street East residence in Fort Frances.
She is described as a First Nations’ female, 5’3” and weighing 118 pounds, with long brown hair.
She was wearing a grey sweater with pink leggings.

Numbers up at border here

In August, Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Fort Frances port of entry processed 101,462 travellers in 48,670 vehicles, which represents a one-percent increase in travellers and a two-percent rise in vehicles from last August.
More than 368 international travellers entered by bus.

Two schools land funding

Students and staff at both Rainy River High School and Atikokan High School received great news at the Rainy River District School Board’s regular meeting last Tuesday night in Rainy River.
The board approved, in principle, spending $1.5 million on renovations for the two schools.
Of that, RRHS will receive about half the funds.

Riverside losing CEO

The board of directors of Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. met Sept. 24 to discuss the current president and CEO’s employment agreement, which expires on March 31, 2015.
After a thorough discussion, including a review of his recent performance appraisal, the board decided to enter into contract re-negotiations with Allan Katz.

‘Human Library’ planned

Every person has a story.
But instead of reading about those stories in the pages of a book, the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, in partnership with the local Celebrating Diversity committee, is giving people an opportunity to hear these stories face-to-face during its first “Human Library” event there this Monday (Oct. 20) from 6-8 p.m.

‘Kids & Co.’ set to go

The “Kids & Company” entertainment series is gearing up for its 2014-15 season, which will feature five shows.
Season passes and individual show tickets are going on sale soon.
“I’m really excited about this season,” enthused new committee chair Tara Tolley.
“I think we have a really great variety of shows that both children and adults will enjoy,” she noted.

Docudrama recounts ‘hot stove’ murder

A project more than two years in the making, a docudrama re-enacting what’s known locally as the “hot stove” murder has been completed and is now available for purchase.
Focused on a woman named Viola Jamieson, who died as a result of being tortured on a hot stove in Flanders in 1944, the project was a collaboration of local playwright Tracy Gibson and videographer Tom Foley.

Police recover body from river

On Saturday around 5:55 p.m., the Rainy River District OPP was advised of a missing Fort Frances male.
Family became concerned when the male didn’t return home and told police he was last seen in the area of the Sorting Gap Marina.

Teen killed

On Saturday around 1:20 p.m., the Rainy River District OPP, Rainy River District Emergency Medical Services, and Emo Fire Department responded to a serious single motor-vehicle crash on Barnhart Road near Emo.
The driver, Jessica Sunshine Johnson, 17, of Emo, died as a result.

Atikokan break-ins probed

Shortly after 7 a.m. last Wednesday (Oct. 1), Rainy River District OPP officers were dispatched to a break and enter in the Maple Crescent area of Atikokan.
The investigation at the scene revealed that the break-in had happened the previous night.
Officers also made note of a second residence in the area that had been broken into.

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