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OPP Media Relations
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FORT FRANCES, ONTARIO  ~~~~~   July 5, 2022  (LSNews)  Allison Lawrence,   A/Media Relations Coordinator,OPP is reporting  On June 22, 2022 at approximately 12:45 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Rainy River District Detachment officers were conducting patrol in the city of Fort Frances when they observed a rental car parked in a parking lot.

After approaching the vehicle, the two occupants fled. Further investigation revealed evidence of drug activity.

A search of the personal motor vehicle was conducted, and Rainy River District OPP officers seized:

  • approximately 580 grams of cocaine/crack cocaine;
  • over $19,000 in Canadian currency;
  • three cell phones; and,
  • scales and other evidence of drug trafficking.

Richard RONMARK, 43 of Fort Frances and Diane SMITH, 46 of Naicatchewenin First Nation were arrested and charged with:

·      possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to sec. 5(2) of the Drugs and Substances Act

·      possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000, contrary to sec. 345(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Richard RONMARK appeared before an Ontario Court of Justice in Fort Frances on July 1, 2022 to answer to the charges. Diane SMITH will appear before an Ontario Court of Justice in Fort Frances on August 15, 2022 to answer to the charges.

Members of the public who have information regarding this investigation are urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


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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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