(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Yesterday, a multi-unit building located at 115 May Street South was broken into and then a fire alarm was pulled.
Firefighters from the Thunder Bay Fire & Rescue (TBFR) responded to the scene and their investigation revealed there was no fire. Further investigation revealed that the building was broken into.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) were called to the scene and as a result of their investigation, 31-year-old Russel Dusty Fiddler was arrested and charged regarding the incident.
Fiddler appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning in front of Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon. Also working the justice system this morning was Crown Attorney Manon Arbour and duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy. Fiddler is facing a single charge of Break and Enter to commit the offense of false fire alarm.
The Crown tells the court that Fiddler is in a Crown-onus situation, which means the Crown carries the burden to show the courts why he should remain in jail. Court hears that the Crown intends to satisfy that onus. Further, due to his criminal record, they are not willing to release him today. There are secondary concerns regarding his release which means the Crown believes that should Fiddler be released, he is a substantial risk to either re-offend, become a public safety concern, or both.
Duty counsel tells the courts that there is a bail plan being crafted and requests the matter return to court tomorrow for that plan to be presented. Fiddler is ordered to remain in jail for now, he will have another swing at bail tomorrow and will likely be released.
Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon tells Fiddler that hopefully his bail plan is in place tomorrow and that he gets released as his hearing ends.