Jukasa News Update Wednesday, March 22, 2016
Funeral arrangements have been made for this Friday for seven year old Nathan Dumas.
The child was killed by his stepfather, 43 year old Justin Kuijer — who was arrested in Kenora Tuesday evening.
Kuijer is charged with second degree murder in Nathan’s death and with the attempted murder of an RBC bank employee Friday afternoon. She is now in stable condition.
An obituary for Nathan says he was a “kind, loving boy with a big heart, full of compassion for everyone and everything.”
His family has asked for privacy from the media.
Provincial police say distracted driving deaths are on the rise.
OPP-investigated collisions involving an inattentive driver have claimed 11 lives so far this year. That is nearly triple last years count.
Police say deaths linked to distracted driving in 2017 continue to outpace those due to speed, alcohol, drugs and not using seat belts.
OPP say officers laid more than 2,400 distraction-related charges during their annual distracted driving campaign, which ran from March 13 to 19.
Police are calling on the public to uphold zero tolerance toward drivers who text, talk on their cellphones, or engage in other distractions.
Six Nations Elected Council decided to forgive the loan of $35,000 given to the Six Nations Agricultural Society on Tuesday.
The Society runs the Six Nations Fall Fair and was asking Elected Council for a fresh start to celebrate this year’s fair anniversary.
Also on the elected council agenda for the upcoming meeting is a $2,000 donation requested for an Aboriginal Hockey Team.
Council said the decision will be made after all questions are answered and affiliated council members are present.
An April 17 vigil has been announced for Azraya Ackabee-Kokopenace, a 12-year old-girl from Grassy Narrows First Nation who disappeared from police custody at a Kenora hospital last year and was found dead two days later.
Azraya had been apprehended from her home in Grassy Narrows and was living in the care of Child Protection Services at the time of her disappearance.
Despite a requirement for a mandatory coroner’s inquest in any case involving an in-custody death, Azraya’s parents and her community have received no information from any government agency about when, or if there will be an inquest into their daughter’s death, despite repeated public calls from elected and grassroots leaders.
The wait continues to compound damage in the community.
A preliminary hearing began Tuesday for a 27-year-old Glanbrook man charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of 29-year-old Jon Styres of Ohsweken in February 2016.
A publication ban prevents evidences presented in court to be printed until after the trial is complete.
The accused, 27-year-old Peter Khill [pronounced Kay-Hill], was charged and placed into custody in the early morning of Feb, 4, 2016 but was released on bail shortly after. He was in Hamilton court Tuesday, March 21, 2017, for preliminary hearings that will take place for the rest of the week.
Witnesses claimed Styres was in the process of stealing the accused’s pickup truck from Khill’s driveway at 3 a.m. Styres was shot and pronounced dead on the scene.
There were a large number of friends, family members and supporters for both Khill and Styres in the gallery on Tuesday.