Célina Ip / Daily Observer: Township of Laurentian Valley's newest member to join the council, George Hodgkinson, poses with Mayor Steve Bennett following his inauguration during a sepcial council meeting held on Dec. 6. The veteran councillor who served three terms with the Township from 2003 until 2014 will be rejoining his council mates to fill the seat left vacant by (former councillor) Jim Sheedy for the remainder of the 2014 to 2018 term of office. Pictured here (left to right) Hodgkinson shakes hands with Mayor Steve Bennett.

Hodgkinson back on LV council

LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Former Township of Laurentian Valley Coun. George Hodgkinson rejoined his former council during his official inauguration ceremony on Dec. 6.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa at Queen's Park. (The Canadian Press)

Wynne sued over Hydro One sale

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and two of her senior ministers are alleged to have committed “misfeasance in public office” when they sold off Hydro One shares and used the public sale to enrich the Liberal Party, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

This undated file photo from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, shows Clarence Dean, a convicted sex offender. It's been almost a decade since a prostitute's battered body was discovered under a bed in a Times Square budget hotel. Now jurors are about to weigh in on the murder case, which became a forum for debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence. Deliberations are set to start Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in the case against Dean, whom prosecutors say brutally killed Kristine Yitref, while Dean says he was defending himself. (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP, File)

Quick conviction in Times Square hotel murder

NEW YORK — It took nearly a decade after a prostitute’s battered body was found under a Times Square budget hotel bed for the case to go to trial. But it took only about two hours for jurors to convict the suspect in a prosecution that became a forum for debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence.

Paula Sinclair. (Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office photo)

Texas special-needs teens locked in closet

A sheriff says seven special-needs teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old have been removed from “deplorable” conditions at a Houston-area home where they were locked for long periods in a closet.

New Jersey State Troopers and police officers work the scene of a crash where a vehicle crashed into a state trooper's vehicle in Millville, N.J., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. New Jersey State Trooper Frankie Williams, who was injured in the head-on crash, died after he was flown to a hospital. State police said an unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene. (WPVI-TV via AP)

Head-on crash claims New Jersey trooper, man

A rookie state trooper responding to a call for help was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when a car travelling in the opposite direction crossed a grassy median and slammed into his cruiser head-on, authorities said.