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Fatality in tragic house fire; three youths safe

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(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) - The Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sioux Lookout Fire Department, and Sioux Lookout Emergency Medical Services responded to an early morning fire that has left one individual deceased. 

At approximately 6:00 am on November 19, 2020, emergency services responded to a house fire at an apartment on First Avenue, in the Municipality of Sioux Lookout. Three youths were extracted from the building and neighbouring units were safely evacuated. One individual was located by firefighters, deceased.

Next of kin notifications will be made upon confirmation of the deceased's identity, and the Fire Marshall has been called in to investigate the cause of the blaze.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH

(GRASSY NARROWS, ON) - On November 10, 2020 the Treaty Three Police (T3PS) contacted the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to assist with a death investigation of a Grassy Narrows First Nation resident.  

The deceased has been identified as 39 year old Wesley Pahpasay. Mr. Pahpasay died on November 2, 2020 at the Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora. Police believe foul play may have been a factor in his death. 

As part of the ongoing investigation, on November 13, 2020 OPP arrested and charged 27 Year old Griffen Keesick and 35 year old Eldon Languedoc, both of Grassy Narrows First Nation for Aggravated Assault contrary to section 268 of the Criminal Code. Both accused have been remanded into custody.

OPP North West Region Crime Unit and T3PS continue to investigate this death under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario is also engaged and working in cooperation with the OPP.

Members of the public who have information regarding this investigation are urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Crime Stoppers tips can also be submitted on-line at https://www.tipshelp.com/contact/ . You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

DRUG ARREST

(FORT FRANCES, ON) - In the afternoon of Sunday November 15, 2020 members of the Fort Frances Detachment conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of Scott Street in the Town of Fort Frances, Ontario.

As a result of this investigation a 25-year-old Collingwood man has been charged with multiple Criminal and Drug offences.

He has been charged with multiple offences including Possession of Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking-Methamphetamine contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; Possession of Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking-Cocaine contrary top section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; Possession of Property obtained by Crime contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code; Having Care and Control of Motor Vehicle with open Cannabis contrary to section 12(1) of the Cannabis Control Act.

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Fort Frances Ontario Court of Justice on December 14, 2020.

DRUG TRAFFICKING

(KENORA, ON) The OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Organized Crime & Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and Kenora OPP Detachment members have executed a search warrant at a Heenan Place residence in the City of Kenora.

On November 10, 2020 at 5:34 p.m. Police executed a search warrant as part of an on- going investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in the North West region. As a result, officers seized drugs, cash, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

Police have charged two men, one 50 and one 20 years old and a 44 year-old woman, each with the following charges: Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking; Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Careless Storage of a Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition. All of the accused were released to attend the Kenora Courthouse on December 3, 2020 to answer to the charges.

NEW LEADERSHIP

(THUNDER BAY, ON) -  The Ontario Provincial Police have announced new leadership for several communities in the North West Region. After recently competing in the new OPP promotional process, two successful candidates have been selected.

The new Detachment Commander in Marathon is Sergeant Cam Ducharme. Sergeant Ducharme began his career in 2005 as a Cadet with the Sudbury OPP Detachment. He was hired as an OPP Constable working at Horne Payne and Upper Ottawa Valley Detachments prior to transferring to the Schreiber Detachment in 2013. Cam was promoted to Sergeant in 2014 remaining at Schreiber Detachment.

The following is quote from one of his peers.

"Cam leads by example with respect to honesty, compassion, courage and integrity in both his professional and personal life, which in turn allows others to do the same."

The new Detachment Commander in Greenstone is Sergeant Brent Genereux. Sergeant Genereux began his career with the Ontario Provincial Police in 2002 in Ignace before transferring to Thunder Bay in 2008. From 2007 to 2010 he served as a member of the North West Region Emergency Response Team.

He went on to serve as a Platoon Sergeant, Provincial Communications Centre Sergeant, Critical Incident Stress Response/Peer Support Sergeant, Acting Detachment Commander in Pikangikum and Acting Staff Sergeant of Business Planning and Process at North West Region Headquarters.

Sergeant Genereux is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts Degree in policing from Sir Wilford Laurier University. Brent was raised in Atikokan and has spent the majority of his life in Northwestern Ontario.

The following is quote from one of his peers.

"Brent is extremely fair and has a lot of empathy for others and their situations. He has great managerial skills and is definitely a "people person". He is genuine and a great leader within the organization."

Regional Commander Chief Superintendent Dave Lucas, "I want to congratulate Brent Genereux for being selected as the Commander for Greenstone Detachment and Cam Ducharme who has been selected as the Commander for Marathon Detachment. They will be promoted to Staff Sergeant and take command in their respective locations effective November 30. Both Staff Sergeant Genereux and Staff Sergeant Ducharme will provide strong leadership in support of our OPP members and the communities of Greenstone and Marathon."

UNSAFE VEHICLES

(PICKLE LAKE, ON) - Officers from the Pickle Lake Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment would like to remind commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers that it is their responsibility to ensure their vehicles are safe and in proper working order prior to beginning their shift.

On October 20, 2020, Pickle Lake OPP officers responded to a report of a disabled CMV. Upon further investigation, police discovered five tires on the CMV that were unfit for the roadway. As a result, the vehicle was taken out of service until the tires were replaced, and the driver has been charged with the following Highway Traffic Act (HTA) offences: Drive Commercial Motor Vehicle with a Major Defect in it or in drawn vehicle and Fail to enter defect in daily inspection report.

Members of the Pickle Lake OPP have a zero tolerance when it comes to unsafe CMVs. CMVs can weigh in excess of 60,000 kg (123,277 lbs), and transport a huge variety of materials. Due to their size, weight, and loads, CMVs generate significant momentum and have the potential to cause extensive loss of life, injuries, and property damage when involved in a collision. 

Heading into the winter season and the opening of the seasonal ice roads, roadways within the Township of Pickle Lake and Mishkeegogamang First Nation area are beginning to see a considerable increase in the presence of CMVs. Officers would like to thank the many safe and professional CMV drivers who keep their vehicles mechanically fit and drive according to road and weather conditions, which in turn helps to ensure road safety for everyone. Should you see an unsafe vehicle on the road, you can report to police by calling 1-888-310-1122.

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