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2013-12-20 at 16:28

Look back: May

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Crane collapses - No one was injured after a crane collapsed at the still-under-construction consolidated courthouse on the city's south side. The twisted crane appeared to have tipped over, its boom crashing into the lower section of the new building. Brodie Street was closed as officials ensured the scene was safe and the crane removed. The Ministry of Labour is investigating.

Man fatally stabbed - Travis Vaughn Cutfeet, 30, was stabbed to death while walking down May Street near Violet Street in early May. Police arrested 35-year-old Shawn Joseph Henderson, who knew Cutfeet, and charged him with second-degree murder. The matter is still before the courts.

Waterlogged - Fort William First Nation declared a state of emergency after flooding forced up to 170 people from their homes. Around 60 millimetres of rain in 24 hours washed out roads in the area, especially around Squaw Bay and Carp River.

Evacuees arrive - The city took in 150 evacuees from Kashechewan after the remote first nation community flooded. Thunder Bay was one of several cities in the province to take people in after a state of emergency was declared. They were in the city for about a week before 260 people arrived from Attawapiskat.

Fire guts business - A massive blaze destroyed Rizzo's Cabinets on Alloy Place. Police blocked off portions of Central Avenue and Alloy Place as family members watched and sobbed as the business, started by Nicola Rizzo in 1971, burned to the ground.

Rae with Matawa - Bob Rae took the lead for Matawa Tribal Council's negotiations with the province over the Ring of Fire. The former Ontario Premier and interim federal Liberal leader stepped down as MP for Toronto Centre a month after taking on the position to focus on the negotiations full-time.

Wolf attack - A seven-year-old boxer was expected to make a full recovery after it was attacked by a pack of wolves in Kakabeka. The dog's owner chased the wolves away with a stick, then carried the dog on his shoulders back home. The dog suffered punctures and lacerations to his hind legs.

South-side ghetto - A local councillor worried that the city's south side would turn into a ghetto if an alcohol management program expanded. Coun. Joe Virdiramo made the comment and was the only one to vote against the Shelter House plan. An overabundance of social services in the area might create a ghetto he said.  

Folklore breaks records - The annual Folklore festival broke attendance records within two hours of opening the gates. With 16 nations and 21 food booths on display thousands flocked to the Fort William Gardens to take in sights, smells and sounds from around the globe.

Dew Drop million - A local soup kitchen served its one millionth meal in May but it was no cause for celebration. The Dew Drop Inn has been serving a mid-day meal in the city every day since it opened its doors in February of 1981. In 2005 the kitchen served 36,000 meals. Last year that number climbed to 59,000 and was expected to serve 3,000 more than that in 2013.

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