(WHITESAND FIRST NATION, ON) – Officers with the Armstrong detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have once again arrested a male suspect who is believed to be involved in a violent home invasion who is also accused of uttering threats with a gun being involved.
26-year-old Lance Wanakamik and 24-year-old Dawn Currie were both arrested by police yesterday on September 7th. Allegations are that the two were found having contact with each other even tho they were both released on bail conditions which included an order that they not contact each other at all. Currie is supposed to be residing on Cumming Street in Thunder Bay and was located at the address in Whitesand in which she was court ordered not to be and in contact with Wanakamik, allegedly.
Wanakamik is facing a single charge of breaching his bail condition of not contacting Currie. His previous charges from the violent home invasion incident and more:
- Break and enter then commit an indictable offence.
- Breaching bail conditions.
- Assault with a weapon.
- Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose.
- Careless use of a firearm.
- Criminal Harassment.
Currie is facing the following new criminal charges which stem from her being located by police in Whitesand First Nation, in clear violation of her bail conditions to reside in Thunder Bay and not be in contact with Wanakamik as well as previous court matters:
- Breaching bail conditions (no contact with Lance Wanakamik).
- Breaching bail conditions (not to attend a certain address in Whitesand).
- Breaching bail conditions (reside on Cumming Street in Thunder Bay).
- Failure to appear for court.
- Breaching bail conditions.
Currie also has these previous court matters still working through the system:
- Assault x2.
- Breaching bail conditions x3.
Regarding Wanakamik, the Crown is opposed to his release today stating that his charges stem from a violent home invasion which included an assault and that a firearm was used during the course of some of his offences. A surety would need to be proposed along with a supervision plan in order to consider his release.
Duty counsel lawyer Golphy canvasses Wanakamik about which lawyer he prefers and Wanakamik tells the courts that Tyler Woods is his lawyer of choice. There is some discussion about how difficult it is for Wanakamik to have the courts contact his proposed surety due to them not having a telephone. Golphy asks the OPP officer at the Armstrong detachment if they could pass along a message to Wanakamik’s proposed surety for them to contact the legal aid office in the courthouse. The officer responds by saying that they will try.
Golphy requests that Wanakamik’s matter gets remanded until Tuesday to allow time for the proposed surety to make contact with Tyler Woods or the legal aid office at the courthouse. Wanakamik will sit in jail until at least Tuesday. He will be transported to the already overflowing Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. The Algoma Bed & Breakfast) where he will await his Tuesday appearance.
Regarding Currie, the Crown is opposed to her release stating that this is not the first breach charge she is facing for being at the residence in which she is ordered not to be at. The Crown presses that she is supposed to be living in an entirely different community.
Duty counsel lawyer Golphy requests her matter be remanded until Tuesday so that she has time to begin sorting out her legal matters. Currie is ordered to remain behind bars until at least Tuesday. She will be transported to the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre where she will wait for her scheduled Tuesday appearance.
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