Arrest Made In Homicide:
A boy, 15, is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Manyok Akol, 18.
Akol was shot and killed at an Air BnB rental on Gilmour Street around 7:30 am of January 8.
The boy arrested Thursday, whose name can not be released under the youth justice act, is also charged with three counts of of attempted murder.
There’s been another spike in COVID-19-related deaths in our city.
Ottawa Public Health is reporting 7 new deaths, and 24 new confirmed cases. 1603 cases have been confirmed in our city, with 148 deaths.
Ontario is reporting 477 new COVID-19 cases in the province and 63 more deaths.
That brings the total number of cases to 19,598, including more than 1,500 deaths and nearly 14,000 resolved cases. The new total represents an increase of 2.5 per cent over Thursday.
Federal Government Promises More Help For Businesses:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government’s emergency wage-subsidy program will be extended beyond its early-June endpoint.
The program covers 75 per cent of worker pay up to $847/week to try to help employers keep staff on the job in the face of steep declines in revenue due to the pandemic.
More details are expected next week. The Canadian economy lost almost two million jobs in April, a record high, as the closure of non-essential services to slow the spread of COVID-19 forced businesses to shutter temporarily.
Exam Thieves Sought:
Ottawa Police are trying to identify a couple of suspects in connection with a theft of exams at Carleton University.
Investigators say two separate men entered buildings off of Colonel By Drive and took off with a stack of exams that were being administered back on the evening of January 17, and the afternoon of January 19.
Anyone with more information is asked to call police at 613-236-1222, at ext. 4203 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Click here to see photos of the suspects.