Fort Erie man 38 arrested after altercation at Pen Centre

A 38-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly drove a vehicle while impaired and then assaulted a security guard.Niagara Regional police officers were called to the Pen Centre on Glendale Ave. on Nov. 30.A security guard had suffered minor injuries while attempting to apprehend a man who was allegedly driving while impaired.Dustin Picov, of Fort Erie, was arrested and charged with assault, uttering threats, assault with intent to resist arrest, causing a disturbance, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to leave private property when directed.“Police reviewed CCTV footage from the Pen Centre at which time it was determined that security personnel acted within their legal authority and did not exercise excessive force,” said Niagara Police in a news release.Investigators say they believe several people witnessed the altercation and are asking anyone who wishes to provide police with footage of the incident to contact Det. Chris Morin at 905-688-4111, ext. 39671. read more

Brock Meridian team up to help others with Badgers Care

For Brock Sports, it’s more than just a game.Established in 2015, the Badgers Care program encourages Brock varsity teams, coaches and student-athletes to be good community citizens through outreach, leadership and volunteerism. The unique program co-ordinated through Brock Sports is beneficial to the Niagara community, as well as everyone involved from Brock.“Badgers Care allows these student-athletes and their coaches to use their passion for athletics to foster their own personal development beyond academics and sports,” said Neil Lumsden, Director, Brock Sports. “At the same time, they’re working alongside the community to make Niagara a better place to live, work and play.”To strengthen the community outreach through the program, Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, is joining Badgers Care as a community partner.The partnership was officially announced Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Badgers’ home basketball games against the Guelph Gryphons at Bob Davis Gymnasium.Wade Stayzer, Meridian Vice-President, Retail said the relationship is a natural fit since both Brock and Meridian have a long history of collaborating to help build stronger communities.With the new agreement, Badgers Care, Powered by Meridian, will receive additional funding to extend its programming reach in Niagara.“Both organizations aim to recognize and enhance the leadership potential in people,” Stayzer said. “At Brock, student-athletes find time between school, training and playing to volunteer and bring to life the Badgers Care program. At Meridian, employees build people’s lives through advice and fulfilment of financial services and we, too, volunteer and demonstrate our passions through our commitment to building strong communities.” read more