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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Health officials hoping to re-open beaches for long weekend

Grey-Bruce-Health-Unit-logoWith the long weekend fast approaching… local health officials are hoping to drop their bacteria warning at a number of grey county beaches… Grey Bruce Health Unit spokesperson Andrew Barton says while the beaches are posted as unsafe… it’s not against the law to swim in a posted area… but people need to realize why their health is at risk if they enter the water.

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Barton says health officials do the best they can to keep track of all beaches in the region with ongoing testing…

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Barton says there are several reasons why the beaches are not suitable for swimming.

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Barton says he hopes to have favourable test results for Kelso Beach in Owen Sound,  Northwinds Beach in the Town of Blue Mountains and Little River Beach Park in Thornbury before the weekend… but there is no guarntee…. A posting was put up at Lion’s Head Beach yesterday and that is not expected to change in time for the weekend…


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Drunk driver goes on wild ride in Owen Sound

OwenSoundPoliceAn Owen Sound senior will be walking for a while and has lost his car, after a drunken drive in the city last night.

City police say a 75 year old man was spotted driving through the construction zone on 2nd Ave East, crashing into equipment and flattening his two front tires.

Witnesses tried to stop the driver, but he carried on and drove to his home on 4the Ave. East.

Officers found the man, barricaded in his garage and being uncooperative, but he was eventually taken into custody.

The suspect had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Hanover crime spree results in 14 charges

hanover policeA busy day for a Guelph man in Hanover on Tuesday has resulted in 14 charges being laid.

Hanover police say around noon a 52 year old… targeting several specific locations…  drove his truck across a sidewalk… leaving skid marks across several lawns… than stopped by a number of businesses, including a dentist office and the Hanover Civic centre, to throw eggs at yell obscenities at employees and patrons…

He was later arrested… then released on bail with a future court date…

In total the Guelph native racked up charges including, 9 counts of mischief, 3 counts of causing a disturbance and 2 counts of dangerous driving…

He’s also been ordered to stay out of Grey and Bruce Counties…


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Old markdale fire hall sold

The 102 Year old Fire Hall in Markdale finally has a new owner.

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Local resident, Chris Steele, who also owns the eCulture store, bought the building for five thousand dollars.

Council approved the sale of the heritage building this week.

CAO Dan Best says it took time to make sure the community’s interests were addressed but the rest came together quickly.

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Best Says, ultimately, council felt good about Mr.Steele’s offer.

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The CAO says he sees the fire hall returning to its former glory.

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Best says while the major work inside will likely take some time, they do expect to see some changes to the outside right away, including to the exterior doors and hording being taken down.

Best says he sees the building once again becoming a key part of Markdale’s downtown.

No word on when the project is expected to be complete.


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Owen Sound police nab drunk senior

 

An Owen Sound senior will be walking for a while and has lost his car, after a drunken drive in the city last night.

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City police say a 75 year old man was spotted driving through the construction zone on 2nd Ave East, crashing into equipment and flattening his two front tires.

Witnesses tried to stop the driver, but he carried on and drove to his home on 4the Ave. East.

Officers found the man, barricaded in his garage and being uncooperative, but he was eventually taken into custody.

The suspect had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Meaford outlines new Waterfront Strategy

meafordFollowing a public meeting this week, Meaford is finally ready to move forward with their new plans for the waterfront…. Deputy Mayor Harley Greenfield says the new Waterfront Strategy has been a long time coming and he’s excited for work to begin…

Greenfield says the plan will eventually add more green space… fix parking area and add a board walk among many other things…  Greenfield says the process is going to be a slow one but is should be a major spark to the economy…

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Greenfield says while nothing is imminent… he does expect things to start happening after the 2015 budget is passed…

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Greenfield say there are a few key projects in his mind…

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The main areas of focus for the improvements include the open space and harbour lands along Bayfield Street, the Old Harbour walls, the Bighead River mouth, the beaches, and the New Harbour…

Full details can be found at www.meaford.ca


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

OPP searching for stolen ATV’s

OPPGrey County OPP are looking for two side by side ATVs that were stolen from Springmount RV Centre in Georgian Bluffs.

OPP say the thieves struck sometime between 6 Monday night and 9 Tuesday morning… removing the ATV’s from a trailer parked on the Shane Street property.

Both machines were un-plated and worth about twenty three thousand dollars.

The serial numbers are as follows:

2013, 800 cc Liangzi UTV, s/n L6FBGNA04D0000125
2013, 800 cc Liangzi UTV, s/n L6FBGNA09D0000444

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Meaford man charged for ATV infractions

OPPA Meaford Man faces a slew of charges after he was stopped on his ATV for not wearing a helmet in Georgian Bluffs.

Police say yesterday afternoon they noticed the 20 year old not wearing a helmet… and after a little more digging they also found out he was a suspended driver… had no ATV insurance, plates or license.

He is scheduled to appear in court next month…


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Owen Sound Police issue warning about scammers

OwenSoundPoliceOwen Sound Police have issued a warning about a man who they say may be targeting the elderly in a scam.

According to police the unknown man has contacted several elderly residents posing as their grandson who’s been in an accident. The man then asks for money to pay for repairs.

Police are cautioning the public to always double check with other family members and to never give out any family names to the caller.

Police say you should always be careful when people call asking for money in a wire transfer…


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Lion’s Head added to list of unsafe beaches

Grey-Bruce-Health-Unit-logoThe Grey Bruce Health unit has added another name to the list of unsafe beaches … They say after recent tests… the Lion’s Head Beach in Northern Bruce Peninsula shows levels that exceed ministry standards for bacteria levels.

Earlier this week,  Kelso Beach in Owen Sound, Northwinds Beach in the Town of the Blue Mountains and Little River Beach Park in Thornbury were also deemed unsafe for swimming…

All of the affected beaches will remain posted until the warnings are lifted.