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Nellie Angutiguluk's death ruled a homicide

The suspicious death of a 29-year-old woman in May has now been ruled a homicide.

The body of Nellie Angutiguluk, an Inuit woman originally from Nunavik, was found inside an apartment in Côte-des-Neiges on May 18. 

"Investigators are reaching out to the public in order to connect with anyone who has information about the victim, Miss Angutiguluk," said Montreal Police Const. Abdullah Emran.

Angutiguluk was a regular visitor at The Open Door, a drop-in centre in downtown Montreal. 

The organization's director, Caleb Clark, said staff members were shocked when she died, because despite problems with addiction, she wasn't living on the street and seemed to be doing well. 

Pamunkey Tribe Gains Federal Recognition; First in Virginia

INDIAN TOWN, VIRGINIA – The Pamunkey Tribe has become the first federally recognized tribe in the state of Virginia.

On Thursday,  Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today issued the final determination that allows the Pamunkey to become a federally recongized tribe. With Thursday’s acknowledgement there will be 567 federally recognized tribes.

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe, located 40 miles east of Virginia, was found to have met all seven mandatory criteria for Federal acknowledgment as set forth in 25 CFR Part 83.7. This is the second federal acknowledgement to take place during the Obama Administration.

“This work reflects the most solemn responsibilities of the United States,” Washburn said. “Our professional historians, anthropologists, and genealogists spent thousands of hours of staff time researching and applying our rigorous acknowledgment criteria to these petitions.”

Hokah's code talker of WWII

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the great freedoms we have in America, and perhaps reflect on those who fight and fought to keep America free. So many have suffered much for the sake of our freedom and some are ones we so often overlook, like minorities, who also answered the call to duty and did what they could to preserve the great freedoms of our country. Some gave their all.

Consider the five Littlejohn brothers from the Hokah /Brownsville area during World War II. They were of the Winnebago tribe, also known as the Ho-Chunk Nation, which is the name they originally called themselves. It means “People of the first voice,” or “People of the big voice.” The tribe was native to the Green Bay area and points west and south in Wisconsin for many centuries until they were ever pushed west of the Mississippi River and to other places.




What happens to the price of a Big Mac if the fast-food minimum wage increases to $15?

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The cost of a Big Mac likely will increase in New York if the state decides to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour or more.

In Seattle, where the minimum wage for all workers is being increased to $15 an hour, $5 footlongs at Subway are no more, said Matt Haller, of the International Franchise Association. They are $6 or more, he said.

Haller said studies show that menu prices would increase about 22 percent with a $15 an hour wage.

Members of a New York wage board weighing the increase all agreed that some of the economic ripple created by the raise would not be positive: Jobs would be lost at the margins and the price of food would rise at the McDonald's, Burger King and other chains targeted by the increase.

NY prison escape: Son claims Richard Matt's body, says cops wrongfully killed him

The son of a convicted killer who escaped from an Upstate New York prison is claiming his body for burial, according to multiple reports.

Nick Harris, 23, tells WIVB in Buffalo that he'll take Richard Matt's body. Matt was fatally shot last Friday by a Border Patrol agent from Vermont during the manhunt that involved more than 1,000 law enforcement officials searching for him and David Sweat after they broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6.

The Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone tells WPTZ that Matt's family decided late Wednesday to give him a private burial. CNN added that a Franklin County coroner said the body will be transported to a Tioga County funeral home, where arrangements are being made with Harris.

Police: 13-year-old boy accused of sex crimes in Oswego County

SCHROEPPEL, N.Y. -- A teenager is accused of sexual abuse in incidents that occurred in May, the Oswego County Sheriff's Office said.

A 13-year-old boy from the town of Schroeppel was charged Thursday with juvenile delinquency. If the acts were committed by an adult, they would constitute two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, the sheriff's office said.

The 13-year-old boy is accused of having sexual contact with a victim in Schroeppel during the month of May.

The sheriff's office said the boy and a parent were issued juvenile appearance tickets directing them to the county probation department.


DWI crackdown in effect Fourth of July weekend

Jefferson and St. Lawrence county police agencies will be ramping up patrols this holiday weekend as part of a statewide STOP-DWI initiative.

The crackdown effort, designed to reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents, will start Friday and continue through Monday.

The Fourth of July weekend initiative is one of many statewide campaigns promoted by the state STOP-DWI Association with funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation and a grant from the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

For more information about the program, visit www.stopdwi.org.


Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) –– A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state’s coastal waters.

A hospital spokeswoman had no report of his condition Wednesday afternoon.

The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the animal, said Justin Gibbs, the director of emergency services in Hyde County. The attack happened around noon on a beach on Ocracoke Island, right in front of a lifeguard tower, he said.

“He was pulled under by the shark,” said Gibbs, who said witnesses reported the animal was about 7 feet long.

Griffo: Prisoners are being coddled in state correctional facilities

Every day the two despicable inmates from the Dannemora prison facility were on the run brought yet another day of fears that the worst was yet to come from these violent and desperate individuals. Yet, more than three weeks later, it is with great relief and satisfaction that the bitter fates of these two escaped prisoners brought no further bloodshed than their own.

There was much that could have gone wrong during this manhunt. But the outstanding and professional members of our law enforcement agencies made it their mission to bring this chase to a safe conclusion, and we should all be proud and grateful that they ultimately fulfilled their duty. No matter the weather nor hardship, they never gave up. No matter the risks of scouring wooded areas where unknown dangers lurked, their courage never wavered. We thank these men and women of the law for their tireless dedication, and their assurance that our welfare will always be in good hands.

Newly elected St. Regis Mohawk Tribe leaders sworn in

AKWESASNE — Three tribal leaders were sworn into their new positions on Wednesday, as dozens of tribal members came out to support the new officials.

Tribal Chief Eric Thompson, Sub-Chief Cheryl Jacobs and Clerk Betty Roundpoint each took their turn to recite their oaths and address the members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

Tribal Council Communications Director Brendan White introduced Chief Thompson, whom he credited with championing the interests of the tribe in Albany and Washington during his term as a sub-chief.

“Sovereignty is the most paramount concept that we have to protect and that we have to exercise in all our doings with one another and outside governments,” said Mr. Thompson, the nephew of outgoing Tribal Chief Paul Thompson, who had served as a tribal chief for 10 years.

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