Hamilton man faces weapons offenses

A Hamilton man is facing weapons offenses following his arrest outside Casino Rama. Police say a passenger on a charter bus was causing problems inside the vehicle and had reportedly brandished a pocketknife. Members of the OPP and the Rama Police Service were called to the bus ramp at the casino, and arrested a 75-year-old man. He was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and unauthorized possession of a weapon. There were no injuries. The suspect is to appear in court on May 12.


Arena pro shop contract awarded

A recorded vote secured a new contract for the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex’s pro shop, which was awarded to George’s Arena Sports Monday night. Deputy Mayor Rick Milne was acting mayor for the night and asked for the recorded vote. As Coun. Richard Norcross operates the Hornet’s Nest at the complex and Coun. Jess Prothero works at the Hornet’s Nest, both declared a conflict of interest on the item. Milne was the only member of council opposed to awarding the contract to George’s Arena Sports. George’s Arena Sports is owned by Glenn Tilson, who lives in Tottenham and has operated a similar business in Bolton for about 10 years. At last week’s committee of the whole meeting, Milne raised questions about the pro shop contract and said the town might lose the Basic Hockey Skills camps ice time if the pro shop contract didn’t go to C and C Sports, owned by Clay Birkett and Chris Pilon. C and C had also tendered for the pro shop contract. Manger of Parks, Recreation and Culture Joyce Epstein said she had a request from another private hockey school looking for ice time should Basic Hockey Skills pull out. The pro shop contract is for four years, with the Tilson paying $10,000 plus GST each year for the space. Improvements to the space are expected over June and July and the pro shop is expected to by fully operational for the start of the regular ice season in August. The pro shop was occupied by Hutchinson Sports from October 2007 until this past January.


Pressure crack poses danger, police warn

Snowmobilers are being warned by Southern Georgian Bay OPP about a large pressure crack in Midland Bay. The detachment’s snowmobile patrol unit ventured out onto the ice on Thursday. Officers have confirmed the crack runs northeast from the Midland water filtration plant for a distance of 6.5 kilometres to Quarry Island. The crack in this area measures close to a metre in height. Police note the overall height could fluctuate significantly if the wind shifts out of the south as expected. The crack also branches northwest from a point midway between Snake and Present islands toward the southern tip of Beausoleil Island. The OPP is warning snowmobilers in this area to exercise extreme caution. With milder weather making a return, ice conditions will continue to change, and may even deteriorate rapidly.


Shooting decoy costs $1,500 bucks

A Mississauga man has been fined $1,500 for charges related to careless hunting. Zlatko Lemut, 60, was convicted of careless hunting, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, discharging a firearm across a roadway, and trespassing to hunt. He is prohibited from hunting for one year and must successfully complete the hunter education course. His rifle was confiscated and will be returned once the fines are paid. Court heard that on November 5, 2008, Lemut fired four shots at a deer decoy that had been placed on private property by Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers. The decoy had been placed there in response to public complaints about people shooting from vehicles and trespassing. Lemut was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle at the 7B Sideroad, Municipality of Grey Highlands, when the shots were fired. Justice of the Peace David Stafford heard the case in Ontario Court of Justice, Owen Sound, on February 23, 2009.