Fire caused $50,000 in damage to Spring Vacuum and Furniture at the corner of Dunlop Street and Ferndale Drive on Thursday night, says the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, which received the call just before 9:40 p.m. City fire crews thought it might be suspicious. The blaze is being investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management. No damage is visible from the building's exterior, although there is a burned small garbage bin out back. There's red tape across the store's front doorway and a 'Going Out of Business Sale' sign in the window. BOB BRUTON PHOTO

Fire in store

Fire caused $50,000 in damage to Spring Vacuum and Furniture at the corner of Dunlop Street and Ferndale Drive on Thursday night, says the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service.


On the agenda

City councillors will consider a motion to prohibit the use or display of wildlife or exotic animals, as part of its business licensing bylaw. It would allow a circus to obtain a business licence if it didn't incorporate wildlife and/or exotic animals.

Vodka theft

Security guards were struck while trying to arrest a man after two vodka bottles were lifted from Barrie's downtown liquor store Saturday.

Trudeau handed royal snub

The British media honed in on what one outlet described as an “awkward” encounter between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the young Prince George in reports on the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Victoria.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge after they arrive by sea plane at the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince William, Kate Middleton charm Vancouver

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s promise to meet with all kinds of Canadians took them to Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside Sunday, where they met with mothers recovering from addiction who said the visit helped show them they are respected, despite their struggles.

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, appears in adult criminal court for his arraignment, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Miami. Wabafiyebazu, son of a Canadian diplomat, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in a Miami drug-related shootout that killed his older brother. (Walter Michot/The Miami Herald via AP, Pool)

Diplomat’s teen son deported back to Canada

A teenager caught up in a double shooting in Florida that left his older brother dead has been quietly deported to Canada following a remarkable standoff between U.S. federal authorities and the state judge who sentenced him, The Canadian Press has learned.

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Boy started blaze that killed siblings

A report from a New York fire department says a 12-year-old boy set paper on fire in his home this month, igniting a blaze that killed his 8-year-old brother and 4-year-old sister.

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Tourist allegedly bites off man’s ear

Berlin police say a 43-year-old Norwegian tourist is in custody after biting off part of the ear of a man who tried to break up a fight between him and a dark-skinned German passenger he’d allegedly taunted.

This Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 frame from surveillance video provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the suspect in a shooting rampage at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash. (Washington State Patrol via AP)

Suspect: ’Creepy,’ multiple arrests

The 20-year-old man suspected of killing five people with a rifle at a Macy’s makeup counter had a string of run-ins with the law in recent years, including charges he assaulted his stepfather, and was described by a neighbour as so “creepy, rude and obnoxious” that she kept a Taser by her front door.

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