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Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Karen Edwards reports on court and crime under the Local Journalism initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada. She's originally from southern Ontario where she obtained a print and broadcast journalism diploma from Durham College. Shortly after graduating, Karen worked at local newspaper in a small northern Alberta town. She joined the TbNewsWatch team in 2020 after spending nearly two years covering court and general news for an online news publication in B.C.'s Southern Interior.

Twitter: @tbnewskaren

Recent Work by Karen

Man accused of armed robbery of pizza delivery driver sentenced on fraud charges

Man accused of armed robbery of pizza delivery driver sentenced on fraud charges

Colton Herneshuhta, 21, appeared in court on Thursday, Nov. 26, and pleaded guilty to 13 counts relating to fraud and forgery from earlier this year.
Man sentenced to 11 months for having explosives, modified shotgun

Man sentenced to 11 months for having explosives, modified shotgun

Steven Mahoney, 38, was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police in April after police obtained a search warrant to enter his house where officers found three shock tube detonators, various chemicals, and a sawed-off shotgun.
Disbarred Thunder Bay lawyer gets 18-month conditional sentence for fraud, forgery

Disbarred Thunder Bay lawyer gets 18-month conditional sentence for fraud, forgery

Crown counsel had asked for a six-month custodial sentence for former lawyer Daniel James William Matson while defence counsel argued a conditional sentence order of 12 to 18 months was more appropriate.
Police continue search for second suspect wanted in connection to Picton Avenue standoff

Police continue search for second suspect wanted in connection to Picton Avenue standoff

Owen John Boyce, 23, appeared in bail court on Monday, Nov. 23, and was charged with eight firearm-related offences. His co-accused, Brianna Lynn Netemegesic, 21, remains at large and is wanted by Thunder Bay Police Service.
Bail hearing postponed for alleged Nipigon kidnapper

Bail hearing postponed for alleged Nipigon kidnapper

Andrew Otway, 29, of Thunder Bay is one of four men facing charges connected to an alleged violent kidnapping in Nipigon from Sept. 14.
Murder suspect wanted in connection to Picton Avenue standoff (3 photos)

Murder suspect wanted in connection to Picton Avenue standoff (3 photos)

Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating two suspects in connection to a Thursday evening incident involving a firearm.
Man convicted of 2001 manslaughter jailed for six months for break and enter

Man convicted of 2001 manslaughter jailed for six months for break and enter

“When we speak about aboriginal offenders and trying to rehabilitate them and trying to give them appropriate sentences to give them a chance. It would be my respectful submission that the justice system really failed Neil Thompson."
Thunder Bay police chief calls for more ‘proactive policing’

Thunder Bay police chief calls for more ‘proactive policing’

In the first three quarters of 2020, the Thunder Bay Police Service responded to more than 42,000 incidents, or 156 incidents per day on average, according to a report prepared for the Thunder Bay Police Services Board meeting on Nov. 17.
Province-wide gang investigation shows ‘strong connection’ between Thunder Bay and GTA

Province-wide gang investigation shows ‘strong connection’ between Thunder Bay and GTA

“It really shines the light not only with us just us saying 'hey we are here' but Toronto really acknowledging our role and our contribution to this really big project.”
Thunder Bay police chief supportive of automated speed cameras in city

Thunder Bay police chief supportive of automated speed cameras in city

“Communities that have already implemented these types of automated camera have seen impacts in reductions in speed and seen impacts in terms of community safety.”