Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Two people from Ohsweken have been arrested in connection to the hit and run death of 23 year old Alexander Dalton.
The Mississaugas of the Credit man was driving his motorcycle in Hagersville on April 23 just after 9pm on Highway 6 when a blue Chevy Tahoe hit him from behind and fled the scene.
Dalton suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
25 year old Dakota Davis was arrested and is charged with being an accessory after the fact and 25 year old Acacia Emery was also arrested and is facing charges of public mischief.
Dalton’s parents and OPP are now asking the public for help in identifying the suspects involved in the hit and run.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or may have dash cam footage is asked to contact OPP. Anonymous tips can also be sent to Crimstoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.
The Highway 6 bypass has reopened after weeks of some Six Nations residents shutting down the roadway in solidarity with a BC First Nation protesting an oil pipeline.
Officials with the MTO inspected the bridge crossing the Grand River Tuesday and said it is safe to resume travel across the bridge.
The blockade was originally put in place to put political pressure on RCMP in BC to release imprisoned land defenders after arrests at the camps along the CGL pipeline pathway on Wetsuweten territory.
Those land defenders were released, but the road blockade was not cleared following their release.
Members of the Six Nations community expressed frustration toward local land defenders for needlessly carrying on the road blockade longer than necessary to impact positive change for the Wetsuweten and said the blockade was negatively impacting Six Nations residents.
The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte held elections on December 4 and have re-elected Chief Donald Maracle for another term.
Out of the 977 ballots cast for chief, 908 were counted for Donald Maracle and just 69 votes for his opponent Karoniakeshon Andrew Miracle. A total of 43 ballots for chief were counted as rejected.
Serving as elected councillors for the band will be Carl ‘Ted’ Maracle, Josh Hill, Stacia Loft and Chris Maracle.
There were 1006 ballots counted for councillors with 14 ballots rejected.
Carl ‘Ted’ Maracle received 629 votes, Stacia Loft received 597 votes, Josh Hill received 599 votes and Chris Maracle received 587 votes.
Those in the running who were unsuccessful in their bid for a council seat include Erin Leigh Ferrante with 551 votes, Kurtis ‘Chip’ Brant with 484 votes and Manson Loft with 208 votes.
Six Nations Health Services is urging the community to take COVID precautions seriously as cases of the Omicron variant spread across the province.
Six Nations is currently facing a Delta driven outbreak and the community currently has the highest case rate per capita positive and the lowest vaccination rate in the province.
Six Nations Health Services Director Lori Hill says new variants of concern are announced because they have a higher transmissibility or cause more severe illness.
Currently there is not enough data about Omicron to confirm that it can evade protection from immunizations — but it is quickly becoming the main strain of COVID in South Africa, where it was first identified — making up about 80% of cases there.
To date there have been over 830 cases of COVID on Six Nations. Currently there are 42 confirmed cases and 4 people in hospital. 204 people are in self isolation. 15 people have died.
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