(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On April 28th, 2019, hardworking officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service once again responded to a call for service at the Midtown Inn, located at 61 South Cumberland Street.
Allegations are that a 38-year-old Crystal Marie Towegishig became unruly and smashed a window in the business. Towegishig as put on a probation order from an earlier criminal matter and was ordered to ‘keep the peace and be of good behaviour’ at the time this offence is alleged to have taken place.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Crystal Towegishig. She was located and arrested within the last 24 hours after a while of presumed hiding. Police held her in custody at the Balmoral Street TBPS station. She appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via video link while in police custody. Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro and the ever talented duty counsel lawyer Stella Vallelungo.
Towegishig is facing the following charges stemming from the April 28th, 2019 incident at the Midtown Inn:
- Mischief causing damage under $5000 (window).
- Breaching probation (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
Court hears that Towegishig has matters still ongoing in court and these new charges will add to that list. The Crown is not consenting to her release today and states that Towegishig is in a reverse-onus situation, meaning she carries the burden of showing the courts why she should be released. Further, the Crown indicates that they are concerned about whether or not Towegishig would return to court should she be released. More concerns are raised about whether she would re-offend or become a public safety concern, should she be released.
Duty counsel tells the court that they will inform Towegishig’s lawyer of choice, the incredible Tyler Woods, about the status of his client. Towegishig is ordered to remain in jail until at least Monday, where she will have another swing at being released from jail.
HISTORY via Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition
GUILTY CONVICTIONS ON TWO WOMEN WHO VICIOUSLY ASSAULTED A YOUNG INDIGENOUS CROWN WITNESS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE COURTHOUSE.
CHARGES AGAINST THIRD WOMAN, BARBARA KENTNER WERE DROPPED DUE TO HER DEATH.
FARRAH JOHNSON was sentenced on April 4, 2017 to 8 months in jail plus 12 months probation and 200$ victim surcharge fine for her role in the vicious group assault of a young woman who was a Crown witness at a trial. The violent assault caused the witness to be in fear and caused her to refuse to testify. Charges 2 & 7 against Johnson were withdrawn by the Crown.
CRYSTAL TOWEGISHIG was also found guilty of the same charges. Crystal will be sentenced on March 8, 2018. Crystal’s boyfriend Nicholas Necan was convicted of 2nd degree murder by a jury last week in the death of George Gerard. He’s facing a life sentence.
Charges against BARBARA KENTNER were withdrawn after Barbara died. Brayden Bushby has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of Kentner.
There has been rumour and speculation that the alleged trailer hitch attack on Kentner was a retaliation for Kentner’s alleged vicious assault on this young native woman. That has not been proven in court.