On Friday September 14, at approximately 1:19 p.m., members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police assisted the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services at the Kenora jail with a hostage situation.

As a result of the investigation by the Kenora OPP Crime Unit seven men have been arrested.

Patrick Kanate, 27-years-old, of North Caribou Lake First Nation (FN), Ontario
Waylon Morton, 35-years-old of Dryden, Ontario
Ryan Nickel, 31-years-old, of Dryden, Ontario
Travis Polkinghorne, 27-years-old, of Wabigoon, Ontario
Joshua Pitchenese, 27-years-old, of Wabigoon Lake FN, Ontario
Garnet Sumner, 30-years-old, of Peguis F/N, Manitoba
Drayson Waswa, 19-years-old, of Sioux Lookout, Ontario

They are charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

Hostage Taking, section 279.1(2)(b);
Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon, section 270.01(1)(a) (12 counts);
Disarming a Peace Officer section 270.1(1);
Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon section 91(2);
Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose section 88;
Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime section 96(a);
and with Uttering Threats-Cause Death or Bodily Harm section 264.1(1)(a).

All accused have been scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora at a later date.

For more information:

Kenora jail guard speaks out after hostage-taking

Hostage released from Kenora Jail

More Local News

OPP investigating Pikangikum homicide

The OPP is continuing to investigate a homicide in Pikangikum First Nation, 10 years following the death. On March 22, 2009, 33-year-old Judy Ann Quill of Pikangikum was last seen leaving a family…

Council won't be twinning the Rec Centre rink this term

Kenora Council have decided to hold off on plans to twin the rec centre rink. Council directed administration, at their last council meeting, to cease the needs assessment of a twinned ice surface at…

Aerial truck purchase pays off for city, firefighters

It was a tough first test for the City of Kenora’s new $1.2 million aerial firetruck. The vehicle was used on its first fire on Sunday, as emergency responders fought the Main Street fire – which led…

Police target, charge distracted drivers

Police are reminding residents to focus on the roads, not their phones. OPP officers across the North West Region recently completed a distracted driving enforcement blitz, taking place between March…

Pothole season is here

Spring is in the air, and with the shift from winter snow plowing to snow melting, conditions are perfect for potholes to form. Moisture seeps into the pavement and sub-base, freezes, expands and…

Main Street in Kenora open

Main Street in Kenora has opened to vehicles and pedestrians. The CIBC building, demolition site, and Bargin shop remain blocked off by police, as they continue to investigate the cause of Sunday's…

City approves 2019 budget

Kenora city concil officially passed their budget for 2019. “This budget was a particularly difficult one for council," said Mayor Dan Reynard. From the city's perspective, the 3.55 per cent increase…

Suspect apprehended

Police have apprehended a man, following a hold and secure at Kenora schools this afternoon. At around 2:10 p.m. members of the Kenora OPP detachment responded to an incident in the north side of the…

Hold and secure in Kenora

A hold and secure was been put in place for students in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, as well as the Kenora Catholic District School Board. Senior staff from both school boards are…

CIBC branch manager provides update for customers

CIBC Branch manager Jackie Hailstone said Sunday's fire on Main St didn't impact the inside of the building too badly. "The inside is actually not too bad. We have more concerns around the outside of…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.