News Briefs

News Briefs
Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau attracted close to 100 people to a rally at the Mildred Hall School in downtown Yellowknife Friday evening, Oct. 9. After a 10-minute speech highlighting the Liberal platform that pinpointed the pledge to raise Northern tax deductions, Trudeau patiently circled the room and posed with anyone who wanted a “selfie.” The brief, boisterous rally was in support of NWT Liberal hopeful Michael McLeod. Also on hand was Nunavut candidate Hunter Tootoo.Photo: Bill Braden.

Briefs include: ‘Tuktoyaktuk man arrested in online child luring, extortion case’, ‘Three critical after ingesting “noxious substance”’ and ‘Man runs in cuffs after jail dope bust’.

Tuktoyaktuk man arrested in online child luring, extortion case
A 35-year-old man from Tuktoyaktuk has been arrested in connection with an online child luring case. Charges of luring and extortion are pending for the man after a search warrant was executed at a residence in the NWT hamlet. It was the result of an investigation launched in March. “At least five other victims have been identified, all approached by an unknown profile through social media,” according to the RCMP, who said the investigation is ongoing. The suspect was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

Three critical after ingesting ‘noxious substance’
Three people were flown to hospital in critical condition after ingesting a “noxious substance” in Tuktoyaktuk. Two adult males were brought to the local health centre, one unconscious and the other appearing intoxicated but their condition quickly worsened, so they were sent to Edmonton for further treatment. The RCMP traced the noxious substance, believed to have contained ethylene glycol, back to a bootlegger. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the RCMP at 867-977-1111.

Man runs in cuffs after jail dope bust
The RCMP service dog in Yellowknife saw some action last week when a 20 year-old tried to escape police custody while still in handcuffs. On Oct. 6 the man was caught allegedly smuggling contraband into the North Slave Correctional Centre (NSCC). At about 5 p.m. officers arrested a man on NSCC property and found “a quantity of marijuana and tobacco.” “While handcuffed and in police custody, the suspect fled from police in an attempt to escape,” the RCMP reported. Charges are pending for possession for the purpose of trafficking, obstruction, and escape lawful custody.

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