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RCMP continue to investigate commercial shed break-ins in Grand Falls-Windsor

The RCMP say their investigation into commercial shed break-ins in Grand Falls-Windsor is continuing, and not all those responsible have been caught.

Colleen Lewis has more.

Anna’s Story: Using Ukrainian food to bridge cultures

Music and food are two of the staples of human life that can reach across borders to bring unity and understanding. NTV’s Glen Carter and Mariia Kavatsiuk speak with Anastasia Yarova, a Ukrainian refugee who uses food to bring us together.

Missing 13-year-old Amber Courtney found safe

Police in Corner Brook have located missing teenager Amber Courtney and confirmed her safety.

Courtney is 13 years old, about 5-foot-2, weighing 121 pounds. She has dark brown eyes and mid-length red-brown hair and a pale complexion. She was last seen wearing black pants with red dragon designs on the front of the legs, a black hoodie and red and black high-top Nike sneakers.  

The RNC has concerns for Courtney’s safety and wellbeing, and ask that anyone with information on COURTNEY’s whereabouts contact the RNC Corner Brook Region at 637-4100 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers: #SayItHere 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit www.nlcrimestoppers.com or use the P3Tips app.

Glenwood man dies in early morning house fire

An elderly man died in house fire at his residence in Glenwood Thursday morning.

Gander RCMP and the Glenwood Fire Department responded to the scene after a 911 call was received just before 4:30 a.m. The man was the lone occupant of the house. His body was found as firefighters entered the home, which was engulfed in flames. Fire crews and police remain on scene at this time.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have been engaged in the investigation. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Gander RCMP acknowledges the heroic efforts of the Glenwood Fire Department and paramedics and extends deepest condolences to the elderly man’s loved ones.

Police search for wanted man Craig Lynch

Police are asking for public’s help in locating wanted man Craig Lynch of Paradise.

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, at approximately 1:40 a.m., the RNC Operational Patrol Services (OPS) responded to a report of a suspicious activity in the area of McNamara Drive, Paradise. It was reported that an individual was observed through CCTV, who was acting suspicious on private property.  

A member of RNC Operational Patrol Services (OPS) arrived and located the suspect on the property, who was identified as 46-year-old Craig Lynch. A patrol officer intervened and attempted to stop Lynch, advising him he was under arrest. The patrol officer was subsequently assaulted by Lynch, who then fled the area on an ATV. The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries as a result of the assault.

A warrant of arrest has been issued for Lynch including the following criminal charges:

–       Assaulting peace officer with weapon, causing bodily harm

–       Resisting a Peace Officer

–       Failure to Comply with Release Order 

–       Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance

–       Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident

Additional charges have been laid under the Highway Traffic Act and Off-Road Vehicles Act.

Investigators are seeking assistance from the community with locating Lynch. If you know his whereabouts or have observed him in the community, contact the RNC immediately and do not approach him

Investigators are asking the public to review CCTV and dash camera footage in the areas and times listed below for pedestrian foot traffic, ATV operations or any suspicious activity on Nov. 30, 2022.

  1. The area of Topsail Road between Octagon Pond Elementary and Paradise Road, between the hours of 1:00 am and 2:30 am
  2. The area of McNamara Drive to Kenmount Road, including the railway trail, between the hours of 1:00 am and 2:30 am
  3. The area of Paradise Road to Camrose Drive, including Inwood Crescent, Venton Place, Virden Place and Clarke’s Hillview, between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am

Anyone who has information which may assist the investigation is asked to call the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at: www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

Keith Sullivan stepping down as FFAW president

FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan announced Thursday he is stepping down as head of the Union.

Sullivan has served as President since 2014 and has no immediate employment plans. Since the vacancy is occurring between an election period, an election will be held among the FFAW’s Joint Council to elect a new President.

“I’m proud of the difference this organization has made for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The NL commercial fishery is now valued at over $1 billion each year,” Sullivan said in a statement. “This value is due in no small part to the collective action of fish harvesters, who stood in solidarity for a fair fishery and a better life 51 years ago, and those who have continued to do it every year and every day since. Thank you to the members who fight to make their workplaces and their communities better. We have tremendous leadership throughout our province and talented, dedicated staff who will ensure the FFAW continues to grow and a be a strong voice for workers and our coastal communities.”  

Sullivan will complete a one-month transition period before he leaves FFAW-Unifor permanently.

The election dates are as follows:

Nomination Period Opens – December 15, 2022

Nomination Period Closes – December 29, 2022

Election at Joint Council Meeting – January 5, 2023

The next general election takes place in 2024, at which time if the position is contested, a full membership election will take place.

Police locate missing 13-year-old girl in St. John’s

Police have located missing teenager Shelby Yetman-Morgan and confirmed her safety.

On Tuesday, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary received a missing person report concerning the 13-year-old girl. Shelby was last seen in the area of Burger King on Topsail Road, St. John’s, sometime on Nov 29.

Yetman-Morgan is described as being 5-foot-4, 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair with highlights. When last seen, she was wearing a white cropped hoodie, ash coloured pants and Blundtstone boots.

The RNC Major Crime Unit is continuing the search and is seeking the assistance of the general public. Anyone who has any information pertaining to the whereabouts of Shelby Yetman-Morgan is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

Pedestrian struck, taken to hospital, following mid-afternoon collision

A pedestrian was taken to hospital Wednesday afternoon following the latest in a string of recent vehicle-pedestrian collisions in the metro region.

Emergency crews were called to Queen’s Road at Victoria Street at about 2:00 p.m. following a collision involving a pedestrian and a westbound vehicle. The force of the collision caused damage to the hood and windshield of the vehicle, and left the pedestrian laying in the road a short distance away.

Paramedics took the individual to hospital with injuries described as non life-threatening. Queen’s Road was closed for over an hour as the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary investigated.

Jennifer Hillier-Penney’s disappearance remains unsolved six years later

It has been six years since the disappearance of Jennifer Hillier Penney. The Northern Peninsula woman’s missing persons case has long been deemed suspicious by RCMP but throughout the years, they’re yet to make an arrest and believe there is more information out there that could lead to one.

NTV’s Jodi Cooke has this report.

Stephenville mayor defends free flight on John Risley’s private jet

The Mayor of Stephenville is defending his decision to fly on John Risleys private jet.

Mayor Tom Rose, who was joined by a hand full of town staff and councillors, says the flight provided an opportunity to talk business. NTV’s Ben Cleary reports. 

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