Fire, explosion rocks Thorndale marijuana producer
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Fire, explosion rocks Thorndale marijuana producer

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Firefighters from three departments battled a “sustained fire” that broke out at a marijuana facility in Thorndale on Monday evening.

Thames Centre firefighters responded to a call at 7:20 p.m. to JC Green Cannabis Co. on Evelyn Drive regarding a fire with an explosion, the Thames Centre said in a news release.

Fire departments from Zorra Township and London joined the fight.

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“Crews battled the persistent fire into the early hours of the night, using heavy equipment to fully extinguish it,” the Thames Centre said.

Most of the structure was saved and no one was injured. The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating the fire, the municipality said.

“We would like to emphasize that the fire does not pose any environmental or health risks in the area,” the release reads.

JC Green is a licensed cannabis producer. Its facility is located in the former Leesboro Central School.

London woman charged after replica gun pointed at city centre drivers

A 52-year-old London woman has been charged after police said drivers reported someone pointing a gun at them as they drove near the city centre.

London Police say they were contacted at around 7pm on Monday and told that a woman was pointing a gun at a location near Wellington and Horton Streets, just south of the city centre.

One person was arrested and a replica weapon was confiscated, police said.

The woman was charged with possession of a firearm and using an imitation firearm during the commission of a crime, police said. She was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 21.

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Teen charged after stealing items from city centre vendor

A 17-year-old London man has been charged after police say a shop assistant was attacked in the city centre.

Police say a group of youths were at a party downtown on Wellington Street and Dufferin Avenue on Sunday and property was stolen from a vendor. Police say the vendor confronted them and one person in the group showed them a knife.

Police were called and a suspect was arrested nearby. Police confiscated a knife but declined to say whether the incident took place at Sunfest.

Teenager, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with possession of stolen property worth under $5,000 and possession of a firearm. He is due to appear in court in London on August 12.

Police said the stolen property was recovered, adding that no one was injured.

Londoner charged after driver falls asleep at wheel at junction

A London man has been charged after St. Thomas police found the driver asleep at the wheel of his car with its engine running in the middle of an intersection.

St. Thomas Police said officers were called to the north end of town where they located the vehicle. After investigating, officers determined they had reason to believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The driver was arrested and taken to a police station, where a drug recognition expert determined he was under the influence of drugs, police said.

The 38-year-old Londoner was charged with drink-driving and possession of cocaine. He was released on an agreement to set a future court date.

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