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Old friends hope to lead Nationals to Junior B glory

Hockey roommates Noah Tooke and Riley MacRae have a lot in common.

They both were drafted by the OHL’s Erie Otters.

They both have Type I diabetes, using insulin pumps to regulate blood sugar.

And at the moment, they are the highest-scoring defenceman and goal-getter respectively on the unbeaten London Nationals, which faces Sarnia in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night at Western Fair.

Three area players named to Football Canada's under-18 roster

Running back Cameron Guest, offensive lineman Erik Andersen and defensive back Keegan Vanek — all of London and area — were named to Football Canada’s roster for the under-18 national team that will face the United States at the 2019 International Bowl Series in January.

They will also be evaluated for the roster of Canada’s under-19 team in 2020, when they will pursue a third straight IFAF world title. This past summer, Canada beat host Mexico 13-7 in the title game before close to 25,000 people at Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium.

Buyers' privacy top priority, says Ontario's online pot retailer

Ontario’s government-run cannabis retailer is assuring its future customers that their privacy is the top priority, an issue ranked as a major concern for marijuana users in a recent report.

Critics have raised concerns about how Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) customers’ data will be used and stored after the online delivery service launches on Oct. 17. There are worries the data may be stored in the United States, where American border agents could access it and ban travellers from entering the U.S. for using a drug that’s illegal there under federal law.

Man pleads guilty to punching teen at daughter's pool party

STRATFORD — A Stratford business owner who pleaded guilty to assaulting a 17-year-old boy during his daughter’s pool party received a conditional discharge and probation.

Manfred Loerzel, a 47-year-old Perth East resident who owns a heavy-truck repair business in Stratford and a collision and body shop in St. Marys, said he was remorseful and had “no excuse” for his actions shortly after entering a guilty plea in a Stratford courtroom.

During sentencing, Ontario Court Justice Wayne Rabley said everybody does something stupid at some point in their lives.

VOTE WATCH: When a high rise becomes a campaign wedge issue

You campaign in poetry and govern in prose. And sometimes you have to do both at the same time — as Coun. Maureen Cassidy is finding out.

The expected incumbent advantage became a kind of burden this week for Cassidy, seeking a second term in north-end Ward 5, when a highrise proposal — the kind of intensification city hall says it wants near its bus rapid transit routes — morphed from neighbourhood concern to election wedge.

Couple charged with harvesting cannabis

A London couple have been charged with illegally harvesting cannabis, after they were caught by police leaving a farm field in the Municipality of Thames Centres with a large plastic bag filled with marijuana plants.

Middlesex County OPP said a police officer was patrolling around Elginfield Road Sunday, when the officer spotted a vehicle parked near a farm field in the area.

The officer then saw a person walk out from the field holding the bag and made a traffic stop, police said.

Man, 24, charged after stolen vehicle hits police cruiser

A 24-year-old man has been charged with a string of mischief, driving and drug-related offences after he hit a marked police cruiser with a stolen vehicle while fleeing police.

London police said they received a report that a vehicle had been stolen from a driveway at a Talbot Street address Sunday at around 6:30 a.m.

The vehicle was spotted by an officer at 9:50 a.m. on Grosvenor Street near Gibbons Park.

'A death without explanation': Sentencing looms in Woodstock murder

WOODSTOCK — It’s an automatic life sentence for Flavius Miron, who admitted to murdering 48-year-old Jed Klassen in his Tecumseh Street home here in 2016.

But what Superior Court Justice Kirk Munroe will decide Tuesday afternoon is whether parole eligibility for the 26-year-old will be 12 years, as suggested by Crown attorney Andre Rajna, or the minimum of 10 years that Miron’s former defence counsel, Alison Craig, wants.

The maximum amount of parole ineligibility is 25 years.

Watchdog: Local OPP did nothing wrong after cruisers rammed in arrest

Ontario’s police watchdog has cleared a Perth County OPP officer of any wrongdoing after a 34-year-old man who rammed two police cruisers was injured during his arrest last year.

Police responded to reports of a suspicious person at a Tim Hortons in Mitchell at around 12:30 a.m. on April 25, 2017, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said. When the officer arrived at the scene, the man had left the area in his vehicle.

The vehicle was later located and was stopped and boxed between two police cruisers on Highway 23 between Mitchell and Monkton.

Brews News: Forget pumpkin beers, let's blend beer with cider

It’s autumn, which means innumerable craft breweries are celebrating with pumpkin beers.

Greeted with smiles and sneers, pumpkin seasonals are hotly debated by craft-beer fans. Those who like them exalt the flavour blend of what typically starts as an English pale ale with added spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, or ginger, added along with brown sugar and, yes, pumpkins or squash.

Those who despise them decry pumpkin beers as the ultimate insult to the German Beer Purity Law.

Duo charged as local police seize cache of guns, drugs

Two people face multiple charges after police seized a cache of guns and drugs from an Indigenous community southwest of London.

The OPP carried out two search warrants on Friday at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, police said Tuesday.

Investigators seized high-power rifles, semi-automatic handguns, a large amount of ammunition, $160,000 in cash, 250 grams of cannabis and luxury watches, police said.

St. Thomas police detail biggest drug seizure in city history

St. Thomas police have seized a record amount of drugs, weapons and cash in a months-long drug project.

Nineteen people, ranging in age from 26 to 59, have been arrested and charged with several offences in relation to the project that started in March.

Over four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and almost 60 grams of each purple fentanyl and powder fentanyl — a deadly prescription drug that’s sparked widespread warnings to illegal drug users — were seized alongside several other drugs in about 20 busts.