Port Colborne resident fined $750 for disabling smoke alarm
The tenant of a Port Colborne apartment building has been fined $750 after pleading guilty to disabling a smoke alarm to make it inoperable. On July 2 at 45 Victoria St., the day of the fire, Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services Chief Tom Cartwright told The Tribune there were no working smoke alarms in the unit. In a release issued on Thursday, the department stated a subsequent investigation revealed the smoke alarm unit had been taken down from the ceiling of the third-floor apartment. On Oct. 4, the tenant appeared in Provincial Offences Court and pled guilty to disabling the alarm. There was no loss of human life because of the incident, but a cat died in the fire. In the release, Cartwright reminded people the Ontario Fire Code requires homes to have working smoke alarms on every level and outside of sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms are required if the residence has a fuel fired appliance or attached garage. He says in the release violations of the fire code will not be tolerated. Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm, 650 Read Rd. The first 500 families will receive free pumpkins to use in the pumpkin-carving contests, courtesy of Meridian Credit Union. Carving tools will also be supplied. Judging begins at 1:30 p.m. The Niagara IceDogs will host the scarecrow-building stations. Stakes, straw and clothing will be provided, but families are encouraged to bring their own old clothing and other accessories to dress up their scarecrows. Parking is limited at the site but free parking will be available at select nearby businesses. Signs for the free lots will be posted. A free shuttle bus is running from Grantham Lions Club at 732 Niagara St. to Happy Rolph’s from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free but the city advises that some activities such as family photos in the barn and food and beverages have a small fee. wouldn’t release how many councillors were targeted “in order to maintain the integrity of the case.” Police did say a city councillor received several emails that were threatening in nature over a two-week period. The nature of the threats was not released by police. The Niagara man was arrested Thursday for criminal harassment with the assistance of Niagara Regional Police. The man’s name has not been released by police. Hamilton police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Det.-Const. Andrea Kuruc at 1-905-546-4861.