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Compass Camera Time Lapse

In May 2005 one of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation COMPASS camera’s on the Garden City Skyway got stuck and wound up pointing at the Queenston Street drawbridge over the Welland Canal. Here is a nice time lapse video from that day.

Have You Seen This Man?

On November 19th 2008, an unknown male entered the ATM at the First Ontario Credit Union at 600 Ontario Street in St. Catharines. He can be seen on camera installing an Overlay Skimming Device and pin-hole camera. The devices are designed to capture magnetic card information and the corresponding PIN.

Police are looking to identify the man seen in this video in order to speak with him in relation to this occurrence. If you know this person, call police.

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Grand Opera House Fire

43-45-47-49-51 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, Ontario
This row of shops on Ontario St., known as the Grand Opera House, was also home to a broker and a print shop. Access to the Opera House theatre could be made by walking down a long entrance through 47 Ontario Street. The theatre opened in 1877 and had had several fires before it was demolished in 1998. Here is some video footage of the most recent fire at the location.

Breaking Into The Thoth

Someone actually posted a video on You Tube showing them breaking into The Thoth in St. Catharines. For those of you who have not heard of The Thoth, it is a dark tunnel-like space located under the 406 highway between the Geneva Street and Fourth Avenue exits.

The Book Depot Internal Theft

Between June and December of 2007, The Book Depot noticed a significant decline in cash sales occurring at the store on Welland Avenue in St. Catharines. After an internal audit was completed, it was revealed that $70,000.00 in cash sales were suspiciously unaccounted for.

As a result to a police investigation, 43 year old Kerry-Anne Leclerc and Lynn Matthews, 39, are jointly charged with one count of Theft Over $5000.00, Contrary to S. 334(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 12

Part 12 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal.

In this video, you can faintly hear what is presumed to be a child recorded on tape. It is in the background as the guy says the word nothing. EVP’s are not always clear when using your computer speakers. Use a good pair of headphones and see if you can hear it.

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 9

Part 9 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

Here is a very bizarre short film shot at the Blue Ghost Tunnel called Slaughter Mind.

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

St. Catharines Dry Cleaners Robbed

On Thursday February 7, 2008, at approximately 5:10 p.m., a male suspect entered York Cleaners, located at 179 York Street in St. Catharines. The male approached a female employee and sprayed her in the face with an aerosol spray. The female victim was immediately disoriented from the effects of the spray. The male ran to the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area of the store on foot. The victim managed to secure a telephone and ran outside the front of the store and began yelling for help.

Several area residents heard the woman’s cries for help and came to her assistance until police and ambulance arrived minutes later. The victim was transported to hospital by ambulance, where she treated and released. Based on an examination of the scene, investigators believe the victim was sprayed with Oleoresin Capsicum spray, commonly known as pepper spray.

As a result of information received from witnesses and residents in the area of the robbery, detectives from the #1 District Street Crime Unit were able to identify the suspect. Police subsequently located the suspect at a residence approximately 1 kilometer from the scene.

A 16-year-old male was arrested without incident and is charged with armed robbery. A quantity of cash was recovered. In accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the suspect cannot be identified.

The male suspect remains in custody pending a Bail Hearing.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 8

Part 8 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

Below are some letters to the editor in response to the St. Catharines Standard article titled “Black Hole Into History“.

Name: Amanda
Date: 10/4/2005
Comment: This is feedback in response to the article that was published on Friday, September 30, 2005: “Black Hole into History” about the Blue Ghost Tunnel. I just found out yesterday from my sister that the tunnel is being sealed up. When asked why, she said that there was an article in the paper about it. Today I read the article and it blew my mind because it talks about making it a park, and going to museums and other things to preserve this piece of history for the people of Niagara. I know this is not true, for the construction to seal off of the blue Ghost Tunnel began yesterday. That is not fair to people who wish to fight the Seaway’s decision and find a way to save history, and the fact that it has not even been a week angers me. I have taken pictures there, and I used a shot of the tunnel in my portfolio for an interview for the Creative Photography program at Humber College which I am now enrolled in. The Blue Ghost
Tunnel is a beautiful place and having it sealed up breaks my heart, as I am in Toronto and cannot even be home to help fight to preserve the Blue Ghost Tunnel, which is an amazing piece of Niagara’s history. Why couldn’t they have given more time for the citizens of Niagara to fight for it?

Name: Stephanie Murray
Date: 10/4/2005
Comment: In regards to your article “Black Hole into History” about the Blue Ghost Tunnel: I find it extremely offensive that your article was published on Friday September 30th, and the Seaway started sealing up the Tunnel on Monday morning, leaving anyone who wanted to offer alternate solutions or a chance to try and save the historic tunnel less than three days in which to protest. As someone who has hiked down to the tunnel on various occasions, I must say that a hike in the Niagara Gorge is far more dangerous even during the day than the hike to the Blue Ghost Tunnel is at night, but no-one seems to be sealing up the Niagara Gorge. I understand that it is an issue of liability, but what happened to the plans of Bruce Timms? Wasn’t he going to pitch an idea to Ottawa about giving all of the old canal lands in Niagara a federal historical designation? Did he manage to do that in the three days before the Seaway started walling up the Blue Ghost Tunnel? The Seaway is sealing off a beatiful piece of Niagara’s history, and hasn’t even given the citizens of Niagara a chance to state their opinions on the matter. While blocking up the Tunnel is a quick-fix, cheap solution for the St. Lawrence Seaway, I can’t see them getting sued in a period of three days. Couldn’t they have waited a little longer? With the pitch and a detailed report by the Niagara regional council still a few months away, the Seaway has already negated any attempts on the part of Niagara to save the historical site of the Blue Ghost Tunnel. So basically if the idea gets pitched and the federal government accepts, it will essentially be pointless, because I doubt that the beautiful structure of the Blue Ghost Tunnel would stand up very well to having the concrete seal broken down if the debate turns in favour of preserving it. But then again, it’s probably cheaper and faster to be small-minded, and to just wall it up and not let people in.