Pikangikum Evacuee Arrested After Woman Assaulted

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) โ€“ The city of Thunder Bay declined to take more evacuees earlier this month while stating that first responders were being taxed to the point the safety of the public was of concern.

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46-year-old Leroy Dunsford of Pikangikum First Nation, an evacuee in town, was arrested by officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service after allegations arose that he assaulted a woman. Dunsford is currently on probation and one of his conditions are to โ€œkeep the peace and be of good behaviourโ€.

Dunsford is facing the following charges stemming from a July 17th incident:

  • Assault on a woman.
  • Failure to comply with probation (Keep the peace and be of good behaviour).

Dunsford appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning in front of Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill via video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station A.K.A. โ€œHotel Balmoralโ€. Crown Attorney VanKessel was also present along with a duty counsel representative.

Dunsford is no stranger to the criminal justice system and has a extensive criminal record. He is denied bail today and ordered to remain in jail until at least his next court appearance which is scheduled tomorrow.

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He is escorted back to his jail cell at the Thunder Bay Police Service station where he will await prisoner transport to the Thunder Bay District Jail A.K.A. โ€œThe Algoma Bed & Breakfastโ€ where he will appear by video for his court appearance tomorrow.

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