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Mariam Mueen, left, shares a moment with Eleanor Raynor at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Saturday. Mueen joined other members of the Barrie Muslim Youth Club at the hospital bringing gifts and companionship to patients. ZACH MACPHERSON PHOTO

Special visit

Mariam Mueen, left, shares a moment with Eleanor Raynor at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Saturday. Mueen joined other members of the Barrie Muslim Youth Club at the hospital bringing gifts and companionship to patients.

Man punches out window

A 25-year-old Barrie man has been charged with mischief after police say he had too much to drink and punched out a window.

Michael Simonds, grandson of Viola Simonds, with his cousin Sue McConnell leave Barrie court, Friday. They told the court how their hearts were broken when Simonds disappeared and how they were crushed when she was found starving and living in squalor. TRACY MCLAUGHLIN/PHOTO

'She was a shadow of her former self'

The daughter who kept her elderly mother in filth, squalor and starvation in a dark room was “heartless” and “mean- spirited,” a Crown attorney said during a sentencing hearing on Friday.

Nathan Francisty, 28, of Orillia, pictured here while working on a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean. Francisty died while swimming off the south coast of Saint Thomas last Saturday when he was struck by a rogue wave. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

'It's just a terrible tragedy'

Search crews are scrambling to retrieve the body of a local man who died while swimming in a treacherous area off the coast of the small Caribbean Island of Saint Thomas, last week.

Restaurant window smashed

A male is facing charges after police say he smashed the window of a downtown restaurant after being evicted from a night club.