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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  March 22, 2022 (LSNews)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers have made an arrest in relation to a disturbing rape that occurred in Northwood in July 2021.  

An intruder broke into a woman’s home while she was sleeping and raped her.  Her children were also sleeping in the house. The intruder allegedly choked her & threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone. 

A white male suspect was arrested early this morning, Tuesday March 22,2022 and held  at Balmoral Police Station for Bail Court. 

A 43 year old white male MICHAEL PETEL has been criminally charged with:

  • -sexual assault
  • -break and enter
  • -utter threats to cause death 
  • -unlawful confinement 
  • -choking 

PETEL has numerous outstanding criminal charges and a lengthy criminal record. 

PETEL was ordered released this morning by Justice of Peace Nancy Tulloch on a $1000 no deposit bail with conditions:

  • -reside at Salvation Army on Cumberland Street 
  • -no contact with victim
  • -no weapons 

PETEL has another court appearance on April 8,2022

TBPS Media Relations Coordinator Scott Paradis never told the public about this violent Northwood home invasion rape. It would seem he doesn’t care much about the safety of women in our community. Police Chief Sylvie Hauth has done little to oversee the communications department. 

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Murders Thunder Bay vs other Ontario Cities

Thunder Bay maintained its title as the murder capital of Canada in 2018,  For the third consecutive year - and the fourth time in the last five years

 It has been announced again that Thunder Bay is the Murder Capital of Canada for 2018 in Canada for CMAs with populations between 100,000 to less than 500,000 people

Thunder Bay had the highest rate in that category with 6.38 homicides per 100,000.
Barrie with zero
St. Catharines–Niagara  Region with 0.42


Thunder Bay has the highest Opiod death Rate in Ontario

Path 525 Thunder Bay Drug Injection Site  Lake Superior NewsIn 2018, 44 people died of opioid overdose in Thunder Bay.

It’s made Thunder Bay the highest per capita opioid death rate in Ontario.

The 44 deaths were a 40 per cent increase from 2017, a year in which Thunder Bay also held the highest provincial rate.

Between July 2017 and June 2018, nearly 3,900 naloxone kits were handed out by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and local pharmacies, 



Thunder Bay is that the homicide rate for 2017 is down from 2016 when it stood at 6.62 per 100,000

Greater Sudbury's murder rate is  remains one of the lowest in Canada. murder rate was 0.61 per 100,000 people

Thunder Bay as the only Legal Injeciton site in Northern Ontario 

Murders by Ward 2019

  • Homicide #1  Leo Chiodo  Westfort Ward 108th Avenue Mission Island 
  • Homicide #2  Tanya Andy  McIntrye Ward Behind Landmark Inn
  • Homicide #3  Claude Justin KISHIQUEB Current River Ward Cumberland Street
  • Homicide #4  Robenson St Jean McIntrye Ward Hilldale and Melbourne
  • Homicide #5  Andrew Ayre McKellar Ward,  Victoria Ave East
  • Homicide #6  Nazareth Andrew KWANDIBENS Current River Ward  Arundel Street

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