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.