Six charges laid in fatal bear attack

Six charges have been laid against Aurora Geosciences Ltd. for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to a man who died…

Six charges have been laid against Aurora Geosciences Ltd. for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to a man who died while staking claims near Ross River in April 2006.

Jean-Francois Pagé unknowingly approached a den containing two grizzly cubs when he was attacked by a mother grizzly trying to protect her young, said reports at the time of his death.

The charges stem from a Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety board investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Aurora is charged with failing to ensure the worker was properly trained and adequately supervised, according to court documents.

It’s charged with failing to tell the worker of dangers and ensuring that the worker had the necessary equipment and protective devices.

Reps from Aurora were unable to comment before press time.

The charges are scheduled to be heard in court in June. (LC)

Gas station hit in third theft this year

Police found about 40 cigarette packs in the back seat of a car speeding away from Bernie’s Race Trac Gas after an alarm sounded at the station early on Friday morning.

Thirty-five-year-old Alfred Shane Broeren and 42-year-old Jeffery Wayne Bone were both charged with one count of break and enter, one count of possession of property obtained by crime, one count of possessing break-in tools and disguise with intent.

Broeren was also charged with impaired driving.

This is the third time the gas station has been hit in the past three months.

On April 11, a man threatened the clerk with a weapon and demanded money before fleeing the scene. Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Jonathan Dale Cornell was charged with robbery and disguise with intent.

And on March 15, a man entered the store with a firearm and demanded money. That matter remains under investigation.

It’s not known if the incidents are related.

Whitehorse RCMP ask anyone with information on the crime to call the detachment at 667-5555, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (LC)

Fashion conscious thieves target Sandor’s

Police are looking for thieves who dislodged a glass door and stole a bunch of brand-name clothing from Sandor’s store at the Chilkoot Mall.

Police received report of the break-in at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

The fashion-conscious robbers took G-Unit and ECHO brand-name clothing, a white shiny tracksuit and several Sean John brand button-up shirts.

Whitehorse RCMP ask anyone with information on the crime to call the detachment at 667-5555, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (LC)

Residential school

abuse claim filed

An unnamed victim is claiming they were sexually assaulted while attending Carcross Residential School between 1956 and 1962, according to documents filed in Yukon Supreme Court last week.

The victim filed claims against the Queen, the minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, the local and national diocese of the Anglican Church and Jane Doe — a student at the school who allegedly committed the assault.

The defendants failed to stop the assaults, failed to notify the victim’s parents or guardians of the assaults and failed to provide counselling and psychological treatment for the victim, according to the documents.

The victim is claiming pain and suffering, lost income, lost opportunities, lost traditional culture and language, lost enjoyment of life and requires ongoing medical care and attention. (LC)

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