Thunder Bay mayor Keith Hobbs, 2 others charged with extortion

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Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs and his wife have been charged with extortion and obstructing justice in the same investigation that led to the arrest of the city's police chief less than three months ago, according to the Ontario Provincial Police.

OPP issued a media release this morning concerning the charges against Hobbs, 65, his wife Marissa, 53, and Mary Voss, 46, concerning "allegations of criminal wrongdoing that include a municipal official and a local resident". Hobbs had previously stated earlier this year he would not be seeking a third term.

Mary Voss, 46, has also been charged with extortion.

The OPP said it would not comment further in order to "protect the integrity of the investigation" and the ongoing court proceedings.

The three are scheduled to appear in a Thunder Bay courtroom on September 26.

Levesque was charged in May with obstructing justice and breach of trust for allegedly disclosing confidential information about Hobbs following a lengthy investigation by OPP that was requested by the RCMP.

The City of Thunder Bay has called a news conference on the subject at 11 a.m.

This is a developing story.

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