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Publication ban


France Charbonneau


MONTREAL - Quebec's corruption inquiry has resumed sitting, with the entire hearings taking place under a publication ban.  (CP)


MORE:   'Blame' under publication ban

PREVIOUS:   Charbonneau Commission   Guilty plea   Greed & Corruption Quebec


Auditing the auditors


OTTAWA - A CTV investigation has revealed the Auditor General's office spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on questionable employee events that appear to violate federal rules.  (CTV)


RELATED:   Parliament Hill's extra Mounties rack up pricey hotel bill   Governor General's flight cost $175K


Maple syrup regulator


FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick Court of Appeal says in a written decision released last week that Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers' limits on the amount of sap and syrup Etienne St-Pierre can buy don't apply in the East Coast province.  (CP)


JUDGEMENT:   2015 NBCA 30   .pdf


Spying on you


Your new car is probably spying on you.  Modern vehicles are powerful data-scraping machines, warns a group of BC privacy advocates, and Canada urgently needs to regulate what companies can do with the information cars send them.  The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) published a 123-page report (.pdf) Wednesday, detailing what your vehicle might know about you and who can access that information.  (CTV)


India cracks down on NGOs


DELHI - India's government has cracked down on non-governmental organizations, including Greenpeace.  In a massive clampdown against NGOs, the Ministry of Home Affairs recently cancelled the licenses of 8,975 organizations for allegedly failing to file annual returns.  (Jazeera) 


RELATE:   Heat wave claims over 800 lives


Prison riot


FEIRA DE SANTANA - The prison riot that broke out over the weekend in the Brazilian state of Bahia ended Monday with 9 inmates slain, 4 injured and about 70 people freed who had been held hostage by the prisoners.  (EFE)


Closing arguments coming


John Nuttall & Amanda Korody


VANCOUVER - Crown and defence lawyers were expected to make their closing arguments this week to the jury hearing the case of 2 people accused of plotting to set off homemade bombs on the lawn of the BC legislature.  John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were charged after an elaborate, months-long RCMP sting operation.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Trial to hear closing arguments

PREVIOUS:   Bumbling idiots or jihadi warriors?    


Rejected by Muslims - and biker gang


Man Haron Monis


SYDNEY - The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday.  (AP)


MORE:   Rejected by bikie gang as weird

PREVIOUS:   2014 Sydney hostage crisis


Border security


OTTAWA - Most travellers are meant to be processed in under a minute by front-line border agents, who don't have access to the Canadian Police Information Centre database.  CPIC contains criminal records, outstanding arrest warrants and other security information compiled by police.  It may seem ironic, but American border agents use CPIC at the primary inspection line to help screen travellers, while visitors to Canada aren't all screened with this Canadian tool.  (CBC) 


Family swatting victims


TORONTO - Vincent Yan's family was asleep in their Richmond Hill, ON, home early this morning when they were awoken by loud bangs on the front door.  Yan walked downstairs, peeked through the eye hole of the door and saw something unexpected: a police ETF team, commonly called a SWAT team, in full tactical regalia. It was a terrifying and traumatic few minutes for Yan and his family. Eventually it became clear that they were the victims of a cruel prank known as swatting.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Swatting call released  

RELATED:   Canadian admits to swatting


Walking away from clean up 


YELLOWKNIFE - 2 companies hired by the federal government to clean up a contaminated gold mine NE of Yellowknife have walked away from the project, with the government's consent.  In 2010, the government awarded a $43M contract for remediating the Tundra mine site to two companies owned by the Tlicho Investment Corporation.  (CBC) 


Exit strategy 'over-subscribed'


Peter MacKay


ESQUIMALT - There are more groups than money available for the government's proposed $20M plan to get sex workers out of the industry, Justice Minister Peter MacKay said Friday.  The plan is an off-shoot of the government's Bill C-36, which became law last year and makes it an offence to buy sexual services or communicate for that purpose.  It was created after the SCC struck down the country's prostitution laws.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Sex Crimes    


Mass deaths reported


IS victory parade


PALMYRA - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing IS militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.  The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by Islamic State fighters, have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the ground to local forces in both countries.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   IS slaughters 400   IS purges Palmyra of loyalists 

PREVIOUS:   Last Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to IS   Gaping holes in US jihadi strategy   IS controls 50% of Syria   War on terror 


Calm returns


CLEVELAND - Streets in Cleveland were largely calm Sunday morning after a number of people were arrested in protests after a police officer was acquitted Saturday in the shooting deaths of 2 unarmed black suspects.  Michael Brelo, a white officer, was found not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, after a high-speed chase in November 2012.  (USA Today)


RULING:   State of Ohio v Michael Brelo   .pdf

MORE:   71 arrested in protests   


More graves


PERLIS - Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.  The finding follows a similar discovery earlier this month by police in Thailand who unearthed at least 33 bodies from shallow graves on the Thai side of the border.  (AP)


MORE:   Mass graves found    'It was like a killing field in the sea'   The Rohingya   Police find 139 graves   Graves, barbed wire pens

PREVIOUS:   Migrants  


Trapped on a beach




KAGUNGA - 60,000 refugees are trapped on a Tanzanian beach amid a serious cholera outbreak, as opponents of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza flee violence and retaliation after the failed coup.  An estimated 60,000 people are trapped on Kagunga beach, a narrow strip of sooty sand and a collection of mud brick houses hemmed in by vertiginous cliffs and the lapping waters of Lake Tanganyika.  (Telegraph UK)


MORE:   Cholera hits refugees   Refugees move   Opposition goes into hiding after killing

PREVIOUS:   2015 Burundian unrest    






TANHUATO - Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday.  Government officials said the 42 killed by security forces near the town of Tanhuato were suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, a gang based in the neighboring state.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   Gun battle   Questions


Vietnam children


LONDON - An estimated 3,000 Vietnamese children are in forced labour in the UK, used for financial gain by criminal gangs running cannabis factories, nail bars, garment factories, brothels and private homes. British authorities are unable to keep up with the speed at which UK-based Vietnamese gangs are recruiting and exploiting children for use in other criminal enterprise.  (Guardian UK)  


Patriot Act snooping powers


WASHINGTON - FBI agents can't point to any major terrorism cases they've cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report Thursday.  Inspector General Michael E Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents.  (Washington Times)


REPORT:   Review of FBI's use of Section 215   .pdf

PREVIOUS:   There is an app for that   Plan to hijack app store   Big Brother surveillance  

RELATED:   US Senate blocks bill to end NSA phone data collection   US Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act   NSA program ruled illegal, so why is Congress still fighting?


Report changed 7 times


Mike Duffy


OTTAWA - A Conservative-dominated Senate committee changed a report into Senator Mike Duffy's expense claims at least 7 times, documents obtained by Global News reveal.  At the time, the Senate subcommittee on internal economy, budgets and administration comprised of two Tory senators - David Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart-Olsen - and Liberal George Furey.  The report was based on the findings of a Deloitte audit into Duffy's expense.  (Global)


PREVIOUS:   10 more senators   No more pricey flights   Battle over privilege   Senate expenses scandal 


Suicide bomber




QATIF - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, killing around 20 people and wounding more than 50.  More than 150 people were praying at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh.    (Reuters)





Savopoulos family             Daron Wint


WASHINGTON DC - Police have captured the man suspected of torturing and killing a wealthy family and their housekeeper before setting their mansion alight a week ago.  Daron Wint, 34, had been wanted in the murders of American Iron Works CEO Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, who were all found murdered in their Washington DC home on May 14.  Wint was identified as the suspect on Wednesday night after police found his DNA on a pizza crust at the scene. (Daily Mail)


MORE:   Pizza crust leads to arrest    


Man sought


James Barton Horn Jr


SEDALIA - Sandra Kay Sutton, 46, and her son, Zachary Wade Sutton, 17, were found dead early Thursday morning in a relative's home in Clinton. Both victims appear to have been shot.  Police have been searching for her former boyfriend, James Barton Horn Jr., since he was charged with kidnapping 3 weeks ago.  Investigators allege he kept Sandra Sutton in a wooden box off-and-on for 4 months at the same home they searched Thursday in Sedalia.  (AP)


Former CSIS informant suing


Roland Eid


OTTAWA - An alleged former informant for Canada's spy service says he may have to reveal classified information about the country's security agencies in order to clear his name as part of a $23M lawsuit against the federal government, the CSIS and the RCMP.   (Global)  


Bills pile up


Sid Ryan


TORONTO - The Ontario Federation of Labour is so cash-strapped that is has been assigned a financial administrator to oversee its affairs.  With millions of dollars in dues lost because of complaints about the way the umbrella labour group is being run, the OFL is barely able to keep its head above water as the bills pile up.  The 3 unions no longer paying dues are: Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).   OFL President Sid Ryan, who is running for re-election in November, said the release of the internal OFL documents 'is obviously mischief-making' by people trying to derail his re-election bid.  (Toronto Star)


SCC orders new trial


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial in the case of two Edmonton men who made child pornography after videotaping two 14-year-old girls performing sex acts. The high court ruled that the trial judge focused too much on the question of consent, and not the broader issue of whether the girls were exploited. (CP) 


JUDGMENT:   2015 SCC 29

MORE:  New trial


Conviction upheld


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the manslaughter conviction of an Ontario aboriginal man should not be overturned because of a lack of aboriginal jurors.  By a 5-2 margin, the high court found that a northern Ontario community made reasonable efforts to ensure the jury in a manslaughter case had adequate aboriginal representation.   (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2015 SCC 28

COMMENT:   How many is enough   


Use of force report


OTTAWA - Most Canadian police forces still do not collect the right kind of in-depth data on when they resort to pulling their weapons or using force, nor do they receive sufficient mental health training to de-escalate confrontations that may turn deadly, a new report says.  Its main conclusion is that, despite years of high-profile and critical inquiries into police actions a consistent national approach is needed towards documenting when and why cops use force against citizens.   (Toronto Star)


Utterly insignificant


BC's carbon tax has been described by admirers as among the best in the world for fighting climate change.  According to the BC government's own figures, it will reduce provincial emissions by 3 megatonnes annually by 2020.  By comparison, China, the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter, emits 10,552 Mt annually.  That means it takes China 2.5 hours to cancel out all of the BC carbon tax's projected emissions savings.   (Sun Media)  


Cab driver guilty



Randy Johnson       Anis Abid Sardar


LONDON - A cab driver has been found guilty of the murder of a US soldier in Iraq, in a roadside bombing, 8 years ago.  Anis Sardar, 38, from Wembley in NW London, built bombs as part of a conspiracy to kill Americans fighting in the country.  One caused the death of 34-year-old Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson, of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment.  Sardar was caught about 7 years after the attack when FBI officials found his fingerprints on some of the bombs.  (BBC)


MORE:   Guilty    Bomb maker guilty    


Illegal working bill


LONDON - David Cameron will try to brush off embarrassing net migration figures on Thursday by announcing details of a new immigration bill to be included in the Queen's speech, which will propose a new criminal offence of illegal working that will allow police to seize the wages of anyone employed unlawfully.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Who are the thousands fleeing Britain each year?


10 arrested


MONTREAL - RCMP arrested 10 Montreal youth they believe were trying to leave the country to join jihadists in Turkey and Syria.  The force confirmed its Integrated National Security Enforcement Team made a series of arrests at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport last weekend.  RCMP said investigators have met with the friends and families of the people trying to leave Canada.  (CBC)




Kun Huang


VANCOUVER - Kun Huang was released from prison and deported from China in July 2014 after about 3 years' detention.  A BC Supreme Court judge recently decided courts in BC, rather than courts in China, are the appropriate place for Huang, a 38-year-old UBC business graduate, to sue Vancouver-based mining company Silvercorp Metals Inc. over his imprisonment.  Last week a BC Securities Commission panel dismissed fraud allegations connected to Huang's work in China.   In a civil claim not proven in court, Huang claims Silvercorp paid, directed, corrupted and conspired with police in China in order to mastermind a plan to falsely imprison him and funnel defamatory information back to Canada.  (Vancouver Province)


Care homes antipsychotics use


TORONTO - A study of 604 long-term-care homes in Ontario found that anywhere from 0 to 67% of residents over the age of 65 are treated with antipsychotics after a diagnosis of psychosis, dementia or other conditions that can leave them highly agitated.  (Globe & Mail)


REPORT:   Looking for balance


Market rigging


WASHINGTON - 6 of the world's biggest banks will pay $5.8B and 5 of them agreed to plead guilty to charges tied to a currency-rigging probe.  Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Plc agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of US dollars and euros in settlements with the DOJ announced in Washington. The main banking unit of UBS Group AG agreed to plead guilty to charges related to interest-rate manipulation.  (Bloomberg)


COMMENT:   Fines for currency market fix

PREVIOUS:   Forex scandal   Libor scandal   Global meltdown


Conflicts becoming more deadly


Tens of thousands more people are dying in armed conflicts around the world, even as the number of conflicts falls, according to an authoritative study that attributes the rising death toll to an 'inexorable intensification of violence'.  63 armed conflicts led to 56,000 fatalities in 2008, whereas 180,000 people - more than 3 times as many - died in 42 conflicts last year.  (Guardian UK)


REPORT:  Armed conflict survey 2015

PREVIOUS:   International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)


Operation Hydrant update




LONDON - Police across the country are investigating more than 1,400 men - including 261 high-profile individuals - over allegations of child abuse in the past  Figures from police forces in England and Wales published on Wednesday reveal that 1,433 men have been identified in reports of alleged abuse by victims, since the operation was set up in 2014.   (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   NPCC press release   1400 child abuse suspects


Booking 170+ slow and tedious




WACO - As law enforcement struggled to process the nearly 175 new inmates in the wake of a Sunday brawl and shootout at Twin Peaks that killed 9 and injured 18, more information was released about the nature of the shooting among 5 rival biker gangs.  Those arrested were all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and taken to the McLennan County Jail, where they remained Monday evening on $1M bonds.  (Waco Tribune-Herald)


MORE:   Waco bikers held    Bulletin warned

PREVIOUS:   2015 Waco shootout   Shootout arrests   Most Dangerous OMGs   OMGs  


Positive use for big data


It can be easy for digital criminals to hide in plain sight - posting escort ads for under-aged individuals brazenly online - knowing that there are millions of these ads already with more created every day.  Pedro Szekely and Craig Knoblock of the USC Viterbi Information Sciences Institute treated it as a big data problem, and created a tool that combs through escort ads.  The tool, called DIG, allows officers to search by phone number, location, alias - even by photo - and pin down a way to reach them.  (USC)    


Military equipment to police restrictions


Wall Street Journal


WASHINGTON - President Obama has banned the sale of some kinds of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.  In doing so, Obama put his stamp on the recommendations of a multi-agency federal working group that endorsed a ban on sales of some military equipment and providing more training, supervision and oversight of others.   (USA Today)


REPORT:   Recommendations pursuant to Executive Order 13688   .pdf   

MORE:   Restricting military gear   Obama's ban a 'publicity stunt'

PREVIOUS:   Executive Order 13688   .pdf    Executive order   Militarization of police


Body found in park


TORONTO - Police are investigating a suspicious death after a man's body was found in a Toronto park Monday morning.  The man, believed to be in his 30s, appeared to have multiple stab wounds.  His body was found in McCowan Park at approximately 10am.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Death suspicious 


Grandson charged


TORONTO - A 23-year-old Waterloo man has been charged with second-degree murder following the death of his grandmother.  The discovery was made after a man walked into a hospital with injuries. Police say information then led them to an apartment at 45 Baif Blvd in Richmond Hill.  The woman has been identified as Herma Parkes, 71.  Police have charged her grandson Cameron Alexander Mossaddad with second-degree murder.  (Sun Media)  


MORE:   Man charged 

PREVIOUS:   Woman found dead


Accused had history of assault


Celeste Yamney


REGINA - The man accused of killing Celeste Yawney, 33, is an ex-boyfriend who was previously convicted of assaulting her.  Information from officials shows Duran Redwood, 26, pleaded guilty in January to assaulting Yawney with a weapon in July 2014. He'd been in custody for 5 months and was released on a conditional sentence.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Charged laid   Homicide  Police investigating death  




GUELPH - The man fatally shot by police inside Guelph General Hospital on Wednesday was likely well-known to many staffers at the institution, according to friends and associates of Brandon Scott Duncan.  He was also an individual who had had previous encounters with the Guelph Police Service and a long history of physical and mental illness.  (Waterloo Region Record)  


MORE:  Man shot identified     

PREVIOUS:   Police shooting   Man shot by police  Police shoot man   




Sandro Duquette


SAINT-HIPPOLYTE - The murder of a young man of 23 years on Monday night has all the appearance of a settling of accounts.  The SQ has launched an investigation after a homicide occurred in the early evening Monday on Clermont St.  The victim, Sandro Duquette, 23, was known to the police.   (Journal de Montreal)


PREVIOUS:   Death deemed suspicious      


Drug lab


Comox Valley Record


COURTENAY - An explosive fire at a house in Courtenay, BC, on Friday that sent 3 men to hospital with serious injuries was caused by illegal hash oil production, said RCMP.  At about 5pm on Friday, several explosions shook neighbouring homes on the 2000-block of 1 St, and witnesses reported hearing screams before 3 men fled the burning house.  The following day, police obtained a search warrant and found evidence of an illegal drug lab.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Suspicious   3 men in hospital   House explosion    Possible explosion     




TORONTO - An Ontario judge says the provincial government must face trial in a lawsuit filed by the family of a two-year-old girl who died in an unlicensed daycare three years ago.  Eva Ravikovich's parents launched a $3.5M lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and the owners and operators of the daycare in Vaughan, Ont.  (CP) 


MORE:  Lawsuit can go to trial

PREVIOUS:   Daycare crisis      


Chief Palmer officially takes over


Adam Palmer


Vancouverites probably won't notice much change as the baton was officially passed to new police Chief Adam Palmer on Monday.  Palmer and Mayor Gregor Robertson indicated it will be stay-the-course on policies initiated by outgoing chief Jim Chu.  (Vancouver Province)    


More charges


Graham James


SWIFT CURRENT - Convicted pedophile and former junior hockey coach Graham James is facing more sex assault-related charges just weeks before his scheduled statutory release from prison.  RCMP say James is facing criminal charges of repeated sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred when he was coaching the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League in the early 1990s.  (CP)


Man found dead


REGINA - Police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old man whose body was discovered early Monday morning.  Around 2:30am, police and EMS were dispatched to the 900-block of Athol St, where they found the man dead.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Found dead   Police investigating cause of death


Mining accident


BLACK RIVER-MATHESON - A woman has died after a mining accident at St. Andrew Goldfields' Holt Mine located near Black River-Matheson.  The accident occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2015, when a company employee, Alexie Dallaire-Vincent, 22, was involved in an underground rail haulage accident which fatally injured her.  The accident reportedly occurred somewhere around the 900- to 925-foot level.   (Sun Media)


MORE:   Mine incident


Rave death


VANCOUVER - Despite revellers at a late-night party in Stanley Park being warned of a dangerous cliff nearby, one young man apparently fell to his death early Sunday.  Vancouver police are probing the incident after being called to the seawall near Siwash Rock at about 4:20am. They found a 23-year-old man dead at the scene.  (Vancouver Province)


State of emergency




CACHE CREEK - The small BC Interior town of Cache Creek declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon after torrential rain caused a flash flood on Saturday which sent raging water and debris through downtown streets and closed two highways.   (CBC) 


MORE:   Town declares state of emergency   No insurance help   Eligible for disaster relief  

RELATED:   Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma


Hydro One complaints


TORONTO - Ontario's ombudsman says Hydro One 'lost sight of its public interest purpose' and failed to consider the impact on its customers of a new information system that resulted in massive billing errors for about 100,000 households.  Marin also warns his office and Ontario's auditor general will lose oversight of Hydro One once the Liberal government's budget bill passes, approving the privatization of up to 60% of the electrical utility.  (CP)


REPORT:   In the dark

MORE:  Deflection, deception   Deceit


Suspect jailed in 2002


Salim Damji


TORONTO - More than a decade ago Salim Damji convinced thousands of Ismaili Muslims to invest in his fake teeth whitening product - a $100M scam dubbed at the time to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history.  The judge sentenced him to 6+ years in prison in 2002.  York Regional Police now allege that the 45-year-old Stouffville resident is the mastermind behind a romance and investment Ponzi scheme in which at least 20 victims lost $1.2M.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   He's at it again

PREVIOUS: Damji-Cooperman Investment Fraud


Police involved shooting


MORINVILLE - ASIRT have been called in to investigate after a man was fatal shoot by a RCMP member in Morinville.  Officials said police responded to a call of a person in distress Friday around 8:40pm in a remote rural area of Morinville, near Range Road 263.  During the incident a RCMP member fatally shot the male suspect.  (CTV)


MORE:   Police shooting


 Impaired driving charges dropped


Stacey Snider


MONTREAL - A Quebec Court judge has ruled evidence gathered by police in an emergency room is inadmissible in the case of Stacey Snider, who was accused of impaired driving in the Dorval crash that killed her mother and a bus driver.  Her mother, passenger Janet Stoddard Snider, 61, and STM bus driver Sylvain Ferland, 49, were both killed when the BMW Snider was driving smashed into an STM bus in August 2012.  (CBC)


MORE:   Dropped    Charges dropped

PREVIOUS:   Charges




BRAMPTON - Prashant Tiwari fashioned a noose out of a hospital gown, tied it to a ceiling vent and hanged himself in a psychiatric ward when his nurses left him alone for hours to attend a 'potluck lunch,' according to a statement of claim.  The 20-year-old was on suicide watch when he took his own life in the washroom at Brampton Civic Hospital on June 26, 2014.   His grieving family launched a $12.5M lawsuit against the hospital in February, for wrongful death and breach of privacy.  (Toronto Star)


Smoke grenade


VANCOVUER - A man was arrested after a smoke grenade was thrown into the Vancouver Police headquarters Saturday morning.  Officials say the 28-year-old threw the grenade into the lobby of Cambie St station just after 11:30am and was quickly taken into custody.  (CTV)  


MORE:   VPD HQ attacked


11 years


Terry Roy Levy


BRIDGEWATER - Terry Roy Levy was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Terry Green, 47, his daughter's boyfriend.  Green's body was found in a field on Little Tancook Island on July 8, 2014.   (CTV)


MORE:   Life sentence

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty     Homicide    


13 years



Kurlan Joseph        Haden Didier


CALGARY - Haden Didier has been sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 13 years in connection to the 2013 stabbing death of Kurlan Rick Joseph at the couple's apartment.  In the early morning hours of May 1, 2013, police and EMS responded to an apartment building in the 6400-block of Travois Place NW following a 911 call and discovered the body of the 25-year-old man. An autopsy determined Joseph's death was the result of stabbing and Didier, Joseph's partner, was charged with second degree murder.  (CTV)


MORE:    Sentenced   Life sentence

PREVIOUS:   Police lay charges   Domestic stabbing   Charged    


No charges


COLD LAKE - There will be no charges laid in a 2013 RCMP officer-involved shooting on Cold Lake First Nations.  ASIRT concluded that 'the officer was lawfully placed and the force used was reasonable in light of the circumstances presented, notwithstanding the tragic consequences of the loss of a life.'   (Sun Media) 


MORE:   Officer cleared


Guards commit suicide


RED DEER - Guarding Alberta's convicts can be a tough, thankless job. The work can leave lasting physical and mental scars for the corrections officers who do it, and it's leading some guards to take their own lives.  Colleagues and family members say 3 correctional officers have committed suicide in just over a year. The latest - Red Deer Remand Centre officer Jeff Duncan - took his own life on Mother's Day.  (CBC) 


Investigated as homicide


Paul Ventura


TORONTO - A fire that broke out in a home on Dupont St. on Sunday morning and left a man in his 40s dead is now being investigated as a homicide, according to Toronto Police.  Emergency crews were called at around 12:20am to 1569 Dupont St.  The man was identified as Paul Ventura.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Fire deemed homicide

PREVIOUS:   House fire claims life




Marlon Lennox Mason


TORONTO - A birthday celebration in Toronto ended with a murder after shots rang out Wednesday night, killing a father of five.  Marlon Lennox Mason, 33, was shot as he was getting into his vehicle that was parked in front of a home on Campbell Ave at approximately 10:30pm Wednesday.  Mason was taken to hospital by a friend. He later died of his injuries.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Man dead


Woman mourned


Kathleen Leary


WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg youth is behind bars, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kathleen Leary.  She had recently retired after spending most of her life working to help others.  The mother of four was killed on Tuesday evening.  Emergency crews found Leary inside her Cheltenham Cove home with serious upper body injuries and she later died.  A youth known to the victim has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.  (CTV)


MORE:   Youth charged


Victim ID'd



Dorothy Dykens           Melissa Joyce Gabriel


WINNIPEG - Dorothy Dykens, 89, was the victim of a homicide in the 400-block of Tremblay St last weekend.  Dykens was stabbed multiple times throughout her body.  The accused then returned home where she attacked Dykens' dog, Dottie. The 16-year-old chihuahua mix survived.  Melissa Joyce Gabriel, 35, has been charged with manslaughter, with killing or injuring animals and two counts of failing to comply with her probation order.  (Sun Media)  


MORE:   Victim identified   Accused had troubled past

PREVIOUS:   Arrest   Charged


Suspects named



Jesse James     Isak Adams & Elvira Krstic


LONDON, ON - 2 suspects are being sought by police in connection with the Richmond Street stabbing of Jesse Scott James, 23.  Officers responded to Richmond St at 11:30pm on Friday and found James suffering from several stab wounds. He later died in hospital.  Police now say they are looking for 20-year-old Isak 'Strapz' Adams and 18-year-old Elvira 'Maya' Krstic.  (CTV) 


MORE:  Wanted

PREVIOUS:   Victim identified


Guilty plea


Julie Paskall


VANCOUVER - The man accused of killing a mom of 3 outside a Surrey hockey arena in late 2013 has pleaded guilty.  Yosef Jomo Gopaul, 27, was initially charged with second-degree murder in connection with Julie Paskall's death, but on  May 22, entered a guilty plea in to the lesser charge of manslaughter.  (Surrey Leader)


MORE:   Husband reacts to plea   12 years

COMMENT:   Arrest a remarkable feat  

PREVIOUS:   High risk to reoffend   Charged   Mom dies after attack 


Son sought


Darwin Lescano


VANCOUVER - The son of a 62-year-old woman found dead in Richmond Tuesday afternoon has been named as a suspect in her killing.  The IHIT said officers are searching for Darwin Lescano, 38, in connection with the death of his mother Redelma Belisario.  Family members found Belisario's body in a home on Woodhead Road around 3:30pm.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Son sought    Son a suspect


Assault victim dies


William McConville


HAMILTON - Police have arrested 2 men in connection with the beating death of a Hamilton man.  Gordon O'Hara, 33, and Joshua O'Hara, 27, both of Hamilton, face second degree murder charges in relation to the killing of William McConville.  The 40-year-old was beaten in broad daylight last Tuesday in front of his apartment on Stinson St at Victoria Ave S and died in hospital 3 days later.  (CHML) 


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Victim identified


Abdiweli Mohamed Yusuf


TORONTO - Abdiweli Mohamed Yusuf, 21, was shot in the doorway of the Rotana Cafe on Danforth Ave at approximately 1:30am on Tuesday.  He was rushed to Hospital in life-threatening condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries.  (CTV)  


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Driver charged


EDMONTON - Police report they have charged David Gershon Bookhalter, 60, with two counts in connection with a fatal hit and run.  The collision occurred at about 8:15pm on Monday, May 11 on 122 St at the Whitemud Dr intersection.  A man and woman on the bike were southbound on 122 St when they were struck by a left-turning silver Infiniti.  The 26-year old woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.  (Beacon)  


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Guilty plea


Michelle Demers-Kennedy


PORT HAWKESBURY - A 32-year-old Cape Breton man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his mother, who disappeared two years ago.  Michelle Demers-Kennedy, 58, was reported missing on May 12, 2013.  Michelles' son, Merlin Demers-Kennedy, was charged with second-degree murder in January 2014.  He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter Wednesday morning.  The court heard that Demers-Kennedy has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.  (CTV)


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Industrial incident


MARKHAM - One person has died and another was rushed to hospital in serious condition after an industrial accident in Markham Thursday morning.   (CBC)


Pushing ahead


VICTORIA - The prospect of a liquefied natural gas industry in BC would be a game-changer for aboriginal communities, Premier Christy Clark said on Wednesday. But she sidestepped the question of what happens if some of those communities continue to say no to the developments.  Instead, Ms. Clark's announcement about a major step along the path toward securing the Pacific NorthWest LNG plant - a proposal already rejected by the Lax Kw'alaams - left the door open to pushing the project through.  (Globe & Mail)


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Luka Gordic


WHISTLER - Luka Gordic, 19, was killed during an altercation in an alley near a nightclub on Main St between two groups spending the long weekend in the resort city.  Homicide investigators say three 17-year-olds are charged with manslaughter, and a fourth 18-year-old man is also facing charges.  (CTV)


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ASIRT investigating


EDMONTON - Police said it all started Monday at about 9:30pm, when a concerned citizen reported a possible impaired driver to police - and officers conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.  EPS said a confrontation occurred - and the suspect was fatally shot, and EPS member Jeff Park wounded.  ASIRT said the suspect, and driver, was a 31-year-old man, who had a sawed-off shotgun with him.  (CTV)


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