Kenora Jail Hostage Suspect Back Behind Bars


(DRYDEN, ON) – After being released on a $15,000 bail and two sureties, 35-year-old Waylon Morton has found his way back into the inside of a jail cell. Officers with the Dryden Police Service arrested him on September 27th, 2019.
He appeared in front of Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons this morning in a Thunder Bay court room. His appearance happened via a telephone call from the Dryden Police Service station. Federal Crown Misbah Haque, Provincial Crown Derrick “The Hammer” Silvestro and duty counsel lawyer Robert Habjan were also present.
Morton is alleged to have been in possession of some cocaine and left his residence. A bail condition he had was not to leave his residence, at all, unless for medical or court purposes. His list of new charges are:

  • Possession of cocaine.
  • Breaching probation conditions (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
  • Breaching bail conditions (remain in your residence at all times, 200 block McClellan Road) (roast me if I spelt the street name wrong).
  • Breaching bail conditions (not to possess or consume alcohol or drugs.

Federal Crown Haque tells the court that Morton was released on a $15,000 bail  which involved two sureties. Further this is a reverse-onus situation, and he intends to put him to that onus. Provincial Crown Attorney Silvestro brings down the hammer and tells the courts that Morton has 27 outstanding charges in Kenora that need to be dealt with. He echoes the Federal Crown’s position.
Duty counsel Habjan tells the court that Morton’s lawyer left instructions with him to schedule Morton to Monday by video. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace informs the court that there is no court in Dryden on Monday and the next available date is Wednesday. Her Worship schedules Morton to appear in court on Wednesday in Dryden and for him to remain in jail until then.
Our article below dated September 14th, 2018.
(KENORA, ON) – A few Kenora residents have reached out to TRCCTB.COM to inform us of a serious event unfolding at the Kenora District Jail.
Around 3:00 pm this afternoon roughly 8 prisoners have taken a correctional officer hostage using a home made knife. Kenora Ontario Provincial Police were seen arriving at the jail to help sort out the situation. They are attempting to negotiate with the prisoners.
We called the Kenora District Jail about what’s going on, but all they could confirm was that the jail was on lockdown, and not why.
*** UPDATE: The corrections officer has been released and sent to hospital.
*** UPDATE: The Correctional Officer taken hostage has been identified as John Tsentouros.
Our article below dated October 3rd, 2018.

(KENORA, ON) – On Friday September 14, 2018 at approximately 1:19 p.m., members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) at a jail in Kenora 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.

Source: OPP


3 Replies to “Kenora Jail Hostage Suspect Back Behind Bars”

  1. These dimwitted, shortsighted punks who pull hostage taking incidents are pretty much ensuring that they’ll be spending the majority of their pathetic lives in prison. Seems that they simply can’t connect the dots for acceptable social behaviour.
    Is our society disintegrating at a faster than normal rate resulting in so many young rejects ending up in jail? Seems that the incarceration rate in this part of the province is growing and, unfortunately the preponderance of criminals are FN. That’s understandable because living on a reserve isn’t quite the same a living in mainstream society. Many FN youth have little to no understanding of self discipline, acceptable social behaviour and abidance of the law. That’s why so many of them end up in jail. Both male and female.
    The reserve system is nothing more than a fetid breeding ground of discontent and hatred for white society. For progress to be made, the reserves system needs to be dismantled. In the meantime, more and bigger jails need to be built.

    1. Rex I agree with you the reserves and the Indian Act need to be abolish in order for any significant progress to be made in this country to end inequalities related to quality of life as well as racism and escalating crime. However I do not agree we need more jails. On the contrary I think we need to make the present jails as the most inhospitable places on the face of this planet. Like in Iran or Russia where prison is no day at the beach. Many of those losers presently in jail in Canada never had it so good on the streets. In jail they have a nice clean warm bed, delicous meals, free dental, excellent health care, (no waiting 5 hours in the ER when they go there) activities, education. All wonderful perks paid for by the taxpayer who gets to pay out of pocket for those same perks themselves. Instead of building more jails spend the money on more guards and better monitoring systems to watch those losers do themselves in. Crowded jail cell? Suck it up buttercup cause this aint the Hilton. Maybe next time if you dont want to do the time ,you wont do the crime. Such a simple solution to save billions of dollars currently being wasted on a speeding mery-go-round.

    2. GB:
      You have a good point about prison conditions and I agree. With near luxury conditions compared to many countries, there’s little to dissuade criminals from going back in.
      However, the authorities are simply hot bunking criminals right now. There are far more criminals on the streets than actually incarcerated because the system doesn’t have the space to accommodate them. Accordingly, we need more, bigger and more importantly much nastier jails.
      Prisons in Canada are no more than a compulsory “Club Med” for these lowlife scum bags.

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