Neil Bowen, Sarnia Observer

Neil Bowen has spent 27 years as a reporter with the Sarnia Observer covering all aspects of the community including health care, education, county council, business and industry. He is currently assigned to the Sarnia courts informing the public of cases in provincial offences court, the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.


PC Leader Doug Ford shares a laugh will Linda and Bill Reid at their Plympton-Wyoming farm during a campaign stop Wednesday. NDP leader Andrea Horwath was also scheduled to visit the Sarnia-Lambton riding later that day. (Tyler Kula/Sarnia Observer)

Tory and NDP leaders sparring in Sarnia-Lambton

The battle for Southwestern Ontario erupted into a verbal slug match between the front-running Progressive Conservative and New Democrat leaders Wednesday as they sparred on hotly- contested turf that could be up for grabs with the election a week away.

Detective Inspector Chris Avery speaks at a press conference at the Petrolia, Ontario OPP detachment. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)

Sarnia police pursuing four unsolved homicides

Police never stop following up leads on cold cases, a veteran Sarnia investigator said as OPP announced new details in their bid to solve the death of Karen Caughlin, one of Southwestern Ontario’s most stubborn cold cases.

Sarnia police crest

Drunk driver says he was just trying to prove Jesus right

An Ontario man said he wasn’t drunk behind the wheel. Heck no. He just poured alcohol into his ears — testing his theory about how Jesus healed the deaf — and that must have set off the Breathalyzer.