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Cash calendar winners

Glenn Boyda of Atikokan won the $500 up for grabs for Father's Day in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for June 17-23 were Lana Sherwood (Welland, Ont.), Simone Dejardins (Fort Frances), Jim Mills (Thunder Bay), Emily Esselink (Devlin), Rochelle Duchnicki (Fort Frances), Ron Cameron (Atikokan), and Ed Pearson (Sleeman).

School playgrounds funded

The Northwest Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the award of playground equipment improvement tenders at Sacred Heart School in Sioux Lookout and St. Patrick's School in Atikokan to Playgrounds-R-Us, funded with Ministry of Education School Condition Improvement and School Renewal funding.

Lightning sparks fires

On the hunt for new lightning-caused fires, OMNR detection aircraft had spotted five new blazes in the Northwest Region by late yesterday afternoon.

Forest fuels have proven receptive to at least a few of the roughly 44,000 lightning strikes to occur in the region over the past five days.

Sioux Lookout Fire #28 was spotted about 80 km southwest of Pickle Lake.

Fire hazard on the rise

Two new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake Fire #49, located near Guest Lake, was listed as “being held” at 0.5 hectares in size at last report.

Kenora Fire #64, located near Crowduck Lake, has been declared “out” at 0.1 ha.

Two fires were sparked in Fort Frances District on Thursday.

Five new fires sparked

Five new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

Sioux Lookout Fire #22, located in the far north near Windigo Lake, was listed as “being observed” at 30 hectares in size.

Sioux Lookout Fire #23, burning near Opakopa Lake, 20 km southwest of Weagamow Lake First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at 40 ha at last report.

Charge laid in stabbing here

Just after midnight on June 11, members of the Rainy River District OPP were dispatched to a report of an altercation on Third Street East in Fort Frances.

Two male parties received minor injuries as a result of the incident.

As a result of the police investigation, a 21-year-old Fort Frances man is facing a charge of assault with a weapon.

Charged upped to murder

On Feb. 26, 2018, shortly after 8 a.m., members of the Kenora OPP responded to a report of a sudden death at a residence on the 800 block of Railway Street in Kenora.

The female victim, identified as 77-year-old Brenda Richardson of Fort Frances, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trenton Richardson, 26, a former Kenora resident, was charged with assault causing bodily harm.

Driver facing charges

On June 11 around 5 a.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP received a call of a stolen vehicle in the Town of Fort Frances.

Officers commenced an investigation and located a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Central Avenue and Third Street West.

Fake jewellery being sold

The Kenora OPP has been made aware of fraud regarding fake gold jewellery being sold in the Kenora area.

Police have been told that individuals driving a small grey hatchback have approached Kenora residents trying to sell fake gold jewellery that is stamped “18K” with a story that they are trying to get back to Montreal.

Fire hazard on the rise

Despite an escalating forest fire hazard in the Northwest Region, no new fires were reported by yesterday afternoon.

A late fire start on the evening of June 18 was found near the far north community of Webequie.

Nipigon Fire #12, which escaped a trench at the community's dump site, was listed as “being held” at 0.1 hectares in size at last report.