On September 17th Espanola Police received information that Facebook Posts were circulating around the Espanola community concerning a potential threat to a local High School, and as a result, the schools in the Espanola area implemented a “hold and secure,” while the Espanola Police, assisted by the OPP, investigated the origin of the posts.  The original threat suggested a “drive by shooting” at either Espanola High School or Manitoulin Secondary School after an incident at MSS on September 14th.  Police determined the threats were just rumours being posted and circulated on social media.  Police were present at both schools during the day.

 

A gathering in Sudbury to remember a departed friend turned doubly tragic on the weekend when another death occurred.  A Celebration of Life on Friday ended tragically after a stabbing fatality.  About 50 people were present when violence broke out shortly after midnight.  Three people were stabbed, one of them fatally.  Tyler Sels, a 21-year old, was arrested and charged with murder.  The deceased is Charles St. Jean, 27.  The accused was not connected to the group of friends but crashed the party from a neighbouring home.

 

An Ontario drug dealer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a man who believed he was buying cocaine ended up getting fentanyl instead -- and died from an overdose.  Brantford, Ont., drug dealer Andrew Allison, 35, accidentally gave a bag of powdered fentanyl to Anthony Mirco, 56, last fall, court heard.  Mirco thought he had purchased cocaine and he went into a coma after snorting some of the powder, court heard. He died in hospital four days later.

 

The Ontario government will be in court today seeking a stay of a court decision that upended the province's plans to cut Toronto city council nearly in half in the middle of an election campaign.  Last week Justice Edward Belobaba ruled that Bill 5, which slashed Toronto's council to 25 seats from 47, violated freedom of expression rights for candidates and voters.  Premier Doug Ford has since reintroduced the bill and invoked a constitutional provision known as the notwithstanding clause to forge ahead with the council-cutting plan.

 

The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world's danger zones.  Up to 30,000 refugees will be allowed into the country next year, down from a cap of 45,000 this year. It will be the lowest ceiling on admissions since the program began in 1980. The announcement Monday came despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year's cap of 45,000 was too low.  The 30,000 cap is the maximum number of refugees the U.S. will admit during the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. The actual number allowed in could be lower.

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In major league baseball, the Baltimore Orioles managed only three hits in falling to Toronto 5-0 on Monday night and tied an Orioles record for losses in a season.  Rookie Ryan Borucki pitched eight sharp innings for the Blue Jays, who have won 13 of 17 games between the two bottom teams in the AL East.  Up next, Aaron Sanchez makes his 20th start, the 5th since returning from the 60-day DL with a finger injury.

 

And in curling, reigning world women's curling champion Jennifer Jones will have a former teammate guiding her and the rest of Team North America at the Continental Cup in Las Vegas in January.  Winnipeg's Jill Officer, who stepped away from full-time curling last season, will serve as an assistant coach at the Jan. 17-20 competition at Orleans Arena.  The North American squad features Jones, from Shanty Bay, Ont., Calgary's Kevin Koe, Rachel Homan of St. Paul, Alta., Brad Gushue of St. John's, and American skips John Shuster and Jamie Sinclair. Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton will handle head coaching duties and American Pete Fenson will serve as captain.

 

And in the NOJHL, Cade Herd’s goal with 38 seconds remaining in overtime was the difference as the Powassan Voodoos rallied to defeat the French River Rapids 3-2 Monday in a well-played contest at the Powassan Sportsplex.