Firearm stolen from local vehicle

Police briefs

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Over the night of October 26, 2021 and into the early hours of October 27, 2021 in the areas of Victoria Avenue North and Christie Avenue North in Fort Frances, Ontario some person(s) entered multiple vehicles and stole multiple items. Of concern, the person(s) stole a hunting firearm from one of those vehicles. Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are currently investigating the theft of the firearm and are asking for assistance from the public. 

The Rainy River District OPP are seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. If anyone has any information; security camera footage; cell phone footage; or observed any suspicious activity during the mentioned time, they are being asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.


(MARATHON, ON) -On Saturday October 23, 2021 approximately 01:20 pm, officers of the Marathon/Manitouwadge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision (MVC), involving a single motor vehicle (MV) on Highway 17, approximately 30km west of White River near White Lake Narrows Bridge.

Officers, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and White River Fire Department (WRFD) arrived on scene to find a silver car on the west bound shoulder of the highway. The MV had been traveling west when it left the roadway coming in contact with a rock. A male was walking around on the roadway and one other male was laying on the roadway.

Both occupants of the vehicle were transported to a local hospital for further treatments.

Jonathan WARD, age 28 of Pic Mobert was treated and later released with minor injuries. The other occupant, Shane DESJARDINS, age 27 of Batchewana First Nation was transferred via Air Orange to the Thunder Bay Regional Science Center in critical condition to receive further treatments.

Highway 17 was closed at the MVC while OPP Technical Traffic Control Investigators (TTCI) conduct their investigation. After approximately 3 ½ hours one lane was able to be opened to intermediate traffic. The road was completely open by 07:30 pm approximately 6 hours after the MVC occurred. The investigation is ongoing at this time as to the cause of the MVC.

The Marathon and White River Fire Department, as well as the Marathon and White River Emergency Medical Services (EMS), responded to the call to assist.


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Shortly before 10:00 pm on October 22, 2021 members of the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to reports of a robbery at a business in Nolalu.

Officers are requesting the assistance of members of the public in identifying the suspect and vehicle involved in this incident.

The suspect was wearing a camouflage long sleeve hooded shirt with bib style pants a face covering and toque.

The car is described as a white 4 door sedan with a bike rack and pedal bike on the back.

Members of the public with information regarding this investigation are urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Those who want to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On the 21 October, 2021 at approximately 11:41 a.m. officers from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Oliver Paipoonge Volunteer Fire Department, Thunder Bay Fire Department and Superior North Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 11-17 near Mapleward Road.

Investigation revealed that a red SUV travelling eastbound had crossed the centre line and struck a westbound Commercial Vacuum Truck. The driver of the Commercial Vacuum Truck was transported to hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the SUV was declared deceased at the scene.

Police have identified the driver as 43 year old Annabella ZWADA of Thunder Bay.

Police would like to thank those members of the public that stopped to assist at the scene.

The OPP Highway Safety Division (HSD) and Traffic Collision Investigators (TCI) are assisting with the investigation. Any person with information regarding this investigation should contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.