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Man dies in blaze in Kenora

Yesterday around 11:50 a.m., the Kenora OPP was dispatched to a building on fire in the 100 block on Main Street South in the downtown core.

Police arrived on scene shortly after, along with Kenora Fire and Ambulance.

A single deceased male was located inside the structure.

No other victims are known at this point and details will be made available as they come in.

Beware of slush on lakes

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is advising the public to plan ahead when it comes to recreational snowmobiling. In the past few weeks there has been a surge in calls for help from stranded sledders on local lakes.

The substantial snowfall this winter has produced extreme slush conditions wreaking havoc on area lakes.

Fire victim identified

Members of the Kenora OPP, the Marine and Trails Unit (MTU), and the Forensic Identification Unit are investigating a fatal fire on Lake of the Woods.

On Monday, Feb. 18 around 1 p.m., the Kenora OPP was advised of a structure on fire on Kendal Inlet Road on Lake of the Woods.

OPP warning of slushy ice

Due to a high volume of snow, and changes in the temperature in Fort Frances and surrounding areas, there is a significant amount of slush and high snow drifts on Rainy Lake.

The OPP is advising the public to plan ahead when it comes to recreational snowmobiling.

In the past few weeks, there has been a surge in calls for help from stranded sledders on local lakes.

Several facing charges

Shortly before 3 a.m. on Feb. 24, members of the Rainy River District OPP were called to investigate a traffic complaint on Portage Avenue North.

As a result, a 20-year-old Fort Frances male was charged with operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level over .08 mg and operating a vehicle while impaired.

He also was charged with resisting a police officer.

Woman attacked by animal

On Feb. 7 around 7:05 p.m., the Red Lake OPP received a report of an animal attack from staff at the Red Lake Margaret-Cochenour Memorial Hospital in Red Lake.

A 38-year-old female had attended the hospital with wounds to her legs, indicating she had been attacked by a “large black dog-like animal.”

Police name crash victim

On Monday around 2:30 p.m., the Kenora OPP received a report of a three-vehicle collision at the junction of Highway 17 and Highway 596.

The driver of the passenger vehicle, who was the lone occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The female driver was identified as Katherine Pidgursky, 38, of Buchanan, Sask.

Suspect nabbed

During the early-morning hours of today, the Rainy River District OPP responded to a complaint in Fort Frances.

A motor vehicle was entered and items were taken.

Officers arrived within minutes and due to fresh snow, they located and arrested a 38-year-old Couchiching First Nation man, who currently is in custody facing numerous charges.