Friday, April 25 2014
Third cheque-fraud suspect to be tried
The third person caught up in a fraud scheme is scheduled to be tried in territorial court July 23.
The 31-year-old man appeared in court Tuesday to set a date for the trial. On April 1, he pleaded not guilty to using a $3,852 fake cheque.
Two other men, both unemployed and one homeless, were convicted this month on similar charges and ordered to pay back the money.
Two unknown men are alleged to have targeted the impoverished men, using them to cash the cheques while pocketing at least $16,000 before leaving town.
- Daniel Campbell
Violent crime numbers released
The Northwest Territories has some of the highest rates of victims of violent crime in Canada, according to numbers released by Statistics Canada Wednesday.
In 2012, there were 3,074 victims of violent crime in the NWT. That's compared with 3,006 in Nunavut and 1,252 in the Yukon.
Victims of attacks involving firearms in the NWT numbered 17, with the territory's rate at 40 per 100,000 people being the second highest in the country, behind Nunavut.
- Daniel Campbell
328 new parking meters proposed
A city councillor called out administration's plans to add an extra 328 parking meters in the downtown core as "a money grab" during a municipal services committee meeting on Monday.
The new meters are expected to cost approximately $1,000 each to install and will bring in a estimated total of $287,000 in revenue for the city per year.
Supported by Coun. Phil Moon Son, Bob Brooks spoke against the proposal, saying that it would increase the cost of living, contrary to council's goals.
However, Couns Niels Konge, Adrian Bell and Rebecca Alty said they were all in favour of adding the meters, with Konge and Bell saying they have been approached by residents and businesses downtown to advocate on their behalf.
The city also plans to provide complementary parking passes to residents and businesses with parking meters in front of their properties.
Council will vote on the proposal Monday.
- Cody Punter