News

 Drug raid in Huron Twp.

A 54-year-old Huron Twp. man is facing numerous charges after police executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a Concession 10, Huron Twp. property on June 6.

Members of the OPP Community Street Crimes Unit, West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine Unit and South-Bruce OPP officers executed the warrant. As a result, police seized cannabis marijuana, oxycodone, Percocet, morphine and nabilone. The estimated, combined value of the seized drugs is more than $3,000.

In addition, police also seized offence-related property that consisted of drug trafficking paraphernalia, prohibited weapons and ammunition.

The man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and careless storage of a firearm.

He was held in custody pending the result of a bail hearing scheduled for June 6.


 Body recovered at beach

It is a sad ending to the story of Todd Walker, but it is an ending.

People were sick with unanswered questions ever since the 37-year-old was reported missing at 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday, May 30.

Walker's body was discovered this morning (Friday) at 9:09 a.m. on a Kincardine beach, according to the OPP.

Police said foul play is not suspected and that the investigation is now complete. The OPP didn't specify where on the Lake Huron shoreline his body was found, or by whom.

Walker was last seen near his home at Russell Meadows on Campbell Ave. in Kincardine at 11:45 p.m., May 30. Police acted quickly, but numerous searches failed to locate Walker. Family and friends held their own searches, while the South-Bruce OPP accepted help form the tactical response team, the Underwater Search and Rescue Unit, the South-Bruce OPP Marine Unit, the OPP Aviation Unit, police divers and an OPP helicopter.


Shuffle off to...Tiverton

Marty Gebel of Modern Hipster Antiques shows off a buffalo head Sunday afternoon at the Tiverton Antique Show at the Whitney Crawford Memorial Centre. Gebel si also the co-host of a Cottage Life Network reality series Backroad Bounty. (Josh Howald photo)


 Looking for Todd Walker

By Josh Howald

The search continues for Kincardine's Todd Walker.

Todd Walker

 

Police and civilian efforts to locate Walker have been unsuccessful as of Monday afternoon.

His family had a group search planned for last night (Tuesday) at Station Beach in Kincardine.

Walker, 37, was reported missing last Wednesday. When police first issued a release regarding his disappearance, they said he had last been seen at 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. The next day, they were able to update the last sighting of him to 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night.


 Minimum wage increase seen as a mixed blessing

By Barb McKay

The Ontario government’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the next year has caught small businesses by surprise and is receiving mixed reactions.

The province announced unexpectedly last Tuesday that it would introduce legislation to hike the minimum wage to ensure pay equity between part-time and full-time workers. The plan is to increase bottom end wages to $14 per hour by Jan. 1, 2018, and $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2019.

The move is being applauded by unions and labour organizations across the province, including the Grey Bruce Labour Council.


 Australian missing after canoe capsized

The Bruce Peninsula OPP is continuing a search for a 22-year-old Australian man whose canoe capsized just before 3 p.m., June 1 near the Grotto in Georgian Bay

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) assisted with the search on the weekend, and planned to continue the search Monday, along with the Bruce Peninsula OPP Marine Unit and the Bruce Peninsula National Park Wardens.

A second man in the canoe, a 25-year-old from Windsor, swam to shore. He was transported by Bruce County Emergency Services to a local hospital with hypothermia and has since been released.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket.


Rousing rendition

Allard Eisen, left, perfors Jack was every inch a sailor with Jared Petrie and Bob Geddes, supported by the rest of the Kincardine Community Singers choir at a recent rehearsal. The Canada Concert will be performed at the pavilion June 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and June 11 at 3 p.m. (Barb McKay photo)


 Municipality urges beachgoers to use walkways at Macpherson Park

By Barb McKay

A section of Macpherson Park, between the boardwalk and the beach has been cordoned off with caution tape while municipal workers fill in gaps between stones along the embankment.

Armour stone was installed along the embankment from the north pier to the washrooms at Dunsmoor Park earlier in the spring to address a problem with erosion along the shoreline that forced the removal of a section of boardwalk. The boardwalk has since been reinstalled and the warm weather has drawn plenty of walkers down to the park.

Material was placed between the stones when the project was being completed but holes have developed in some areas. Caution tape and signage were put up last week as the municipality works to fill the gaps.


Jorie Elliott receives Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarship

Kincardine and District Seconday School (KDSS) graduate Jorie Elliott is one of 10 post-secondary students to receive Hydro One’s 2017 Women in Engineering Scholarship.

The Huron-Kinloss Township resident is currently enrolled in an electrical engineering program at the University of Western Ontario. Recipients of the scholarship not only receive a financial award but also the opportunity work for Hydro One in a paid developmental student placement.

“I am grateful for the financial support of Hydro One through the Women in Engineering Scholarship but more importantly, Hydro One’s commitment to my learning and development as an electrical engineer through my summer position is invaluable,” Elliott said in a media release. “The combination of the two demonstrates the commitment of Hydro One to addressing the gender gap in engineering.”


Relay

Taking part in the KDSS Relay for Life last week was, from left, Grace Brousseau, Julia McGregor, Dwight the Knight, Lily Freiberger and Tatiana Bumba. For a full page of photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)