5 Things You Need to Know Today: August 5, 2016

Today's top stories

$400k Seized During Innisfil Drug Raid

drug bust

South Simcoe Police seized over 400 plants and a loaded handgun from a former garden centre turned grow-op at Yonge and 14th line. A Brampton man faces drug and weapons charges. Read more here.

Springwater Fire Smoldered For Weeks Before Igniting in Ravine

Springwater Fire Truck

Officials believe the fire started as the result of an open air burn in June that continued to smolder underground for a few weeks. Yesterday’s wind and humidity provided for just the right conditions to ignite the fire. Read more here.

A Forced Walk Around Alcona For a Young Boy

South Simcoe Cruiser

South Simcoe Police say a man approached the boy and threatened to kill his family if the child didn’t go with him. A 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with Threatening Death, Intimidation, and Theft. The boy wasn’t physically harmed. Read more here.

Summer Games Begin Today


(Photo by Olympic.ca)

Opening ceremonies for perhaps the most controversial Summer Games yet are tonight in Rio. Read more here.

Beach Advisories

Barrie Centennial Beach 2 (Dan)

Before heading to the beach, make sure it’s safe to swim in your area! Get the full list here.

Main image via Jean-Marc Astesana