The Manitou Department of Public Safety spokesperson Officer Beatdon released a statement at half past three today concerning the incident at the South Promenade Metro Transit station in downtown Manitou, GCG.
"At 1:03 pm our 9-1-1 service received a call from an individual at the Transit centre to report an individual that was threatening passengers with a knife or a gun. The facility was already in lock-down mode as per anti-terrorism procedures when we arrived on scene at 1:05 pm. The first detachment to respond is located in downtown Manitou about half a block from the centre....
The responding officers witnessed the individual on the sidewalk near the doors of a bus. The suspect was waving a knife around and screaming obscenities at onlookers and officers could see one victim laying on the ground near the front bus tires...
M.D.P.S. officers instructed the suspect to drop the knife several times. The suspect refused to comply with the orders of the officers and lunged toward the victim nearby. At this time Officer Pikeme fired his service revolver at the suspect. The suspect was shot and died as a result of his injuries. The victim was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was released a short time ago...
Public Safety officers from detachments in Manitou, GCG and Midland, GCG secured the scene and conducted a search of the area to ensure public safety. The area was released from lock-down at 2 pm and the nearby street re-opened shortly afterward...
We have identified the suspect as twenty-four year old Ikila Lotapeple. Mr. Lotapeple was wanted in connection with a domestic dispute that resulted in the stabbing death of his spouse twenty-year old Victovia Lotapeple, last week in Othertown. This was not an act of terrorism as previously reported, it was a tragic domestic dispute that carried into our community. While the investigation will continue we do not believe there is any further threat to our city".
This is the first substantial incident of violence in the R.M. of Manitou, GCG since the robbery in Mud River, GCG on March 13 of this year that resulted in two deaths.
"Manitou Department of Public Safety members and emergency services personnel are on scene following what appears to be an knife attack at the South Promenade Metro station approximately twenty minutes ago. Around 12:55 pm an unidentified male approached bus passengers and threatened them with a knife while uttering verbal threats. Police were called by transit officials and the area was locked down around 1 pm. The suspect refused to comply with police demands to disarm and was subsequently shot and killed after he attempted to continue their attack on observers. Police remain on the scene investigating the incident and making sure the area is safe to re-open. The Terminal Road section in the District is closed in both directions at this time. Transit services to the downtown area are disrupted at this time, all other terminals remain open. We will have more details when they are available and a full report on tonight's KMTV-7 News broadcast.... this is Maria Gonabegon reporting for KMTV-7 News from downtown Manitou........"
The historical Lloydminster Abbey is for rent as a residential parcel. The Regional Municipality of Manitou purchased the building from the Catholic Church last fall during a liquidation of surplus church owned properties. The municipality renovated the building to updated building code standards while preserving its landmark title.
The Manitoulin Historical Society published the history of this location last year when it was named to the list of historical buildings in Manitou. "1874 The Lloydminster Abbey is built in Midland. It is originally used to house nuns of the Saint Francis parish. It plays a pivotal role during World War II as a hospital for injured soldiers. It received Historical Landmark designation in 2016."
The two storey building and 2,704 square metre grounds include 1,000 personal prims for only MC$ 100 per week. Contact Winter Silversmith for a copy of the Covenant and to rent this location today.
A minor electrical fire closed two streets in Midland and caused a power outage in Midland and Muskoka regions for approximately half an hour this afternoon. Fire services from Midland and Manitou responded to the alarm. No one was injured in the incident and power was restored this evening.
You may have noticed the special Canada 150 flags and signage appearing across the Manitou regions this month. The Regional Municipality of Manitou is marking the 150th Birthday of the nation of Canada with authorized logo signage.
"You can not just use the logo wherever you want, it is a copyrighted logo" Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism told the Corran Journal this afternoon "I had to submit an application to the Government of Canada (on behalf of the reallife Kevin M. Klerks) to use the logo in the virtual platform of the Great Canadian Grid on flags and signs". The good news of an approval to use the logo was received last Friday via email.
The application approval grants the use of the logo on virtual flags and signage on the Regional Municipality of Manitou, GCG regions only and only by Kevin M. Klerks (avatar Winter Silversmith). "Anyone else who wants to use the logo must complete the application form with the Government of Canada" Winter said.
For your convenience you may click on COMPLETE AN APPLICATION to file for use of the logo in the Great Canadian Grid or anywhere else. You must complete the application using your real life information and it is bound by law.
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