News Briefs

News Briefs
Ice Pilots NWT fans Russ Bell, left, Bruce Bigelow and Mike Fawbush drove approximately 3,900 miles over 10 days to Yellowknife, just to get a ride on a Buffalo Airways flight. The men, who hail from the state of Kentucky, flew from Yellowknife to Hay River and back on the airline’s July 16 and 17 flights. It’s not unusual for the trio to hit the roads on their hogs; previously, they have taken extensive tours around the Maritime provinces and along the Mississippi River. As they make their journey home, the group will be touring through British Columbia and the northwest states of the U.S. “These are just the things we do,” says Bigelow with a laugh. “We’re really just looking for a good place to eat!”Photo: Paul Bannister.

Briefs include: police investigate sudden death in Inuvik, Yellowknife Bay houseboat goes down in flames, and seven arrested as a result of 856 Gang investigation.

Police investigate sudden death in Inuvik

Inuvik RCMP have completed a preliminary investigation into the death of a female community member, though a cause of death has not yet been determined. The woman was found deceased inside a residence on Boot Lake Road some time before 12:00 p.m. on July 15, when police received a call for service. RCMP have been working on the investigation with the Office of the Chief Coroner of the NWT. Out of respect for the deceased, the woman’s name is being withheld by police.

Yellowknife Bay houseboat goes down in flames

A houseboat moored next to Joliffe Island in Yellowknife went up in flames last weekend and, though its resident was able to escape without injury, the floating home was left destroyed. According to the police report, the local fire department received a call to attend the fire around 5:30 a.m. on July 17. Emergency crews used a boat to transport fire fighters between the public dock and the island and flew police to the site with assistance from Air Tindi. The fire is suspected to have been caused by a propane heater.

Seven arrested as a result of 856 Gang investigation

Seven suspects have been arrested in connection to an investigation into the 856 Gang in Yellowknife. Four suspects were apprehended when RCMP executed two warrants on July 16 for crimes including drug trafficking and possession, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of property obtained by crime. Later that day, three more were arrested during a traffic stop. Criminal charges have been laid against six of the seven individuals, all of whom have been remanded to custody until a later court date.

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