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Judge returns fire



Joseph J Bruzese      Nathaniel Richmond


STEUBENVILLE - An Ohio judge was shot Monday morning outside his courthouse in an ambush attack that ended when the judge and a probation officer returned fire, killing the attacker.  Police said Nathaniel Richmond ran up to Judge Joseph J Bruzzese Jr, and began shooting when he approached the courthouse.  Bruzzese drew a gun and fired at least 5 rounds at the shooter, possibly hitting the attacker.  (Washington Post)


MORE:   Judge shot suspect    Judge presiding over shooter's civil litigation    Fast facts 


Torso found



Kim Wall                    Peter Madsen


COPENHAGEN - The headless torso was spotted by a passer-by in the Baltic Sea, where Swedish journalist Kim Wall is believed to have died onboard Peter Madsen's home-made submarine.    (Independent UK) 


Asylum seeker suspect


Abderrahman Mechkah


TURKU - The 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker, suspected of carrying out the terror attack in Turku on Friday, was known to the country's intelligence service as a suspected extremist but was not being monitored.  Abderrahman Mechkah was shot in the leg and arrested after allegedly stabbing 2 people to death and injuring 8 in Turku's city centre.  Mechkah had lived in Turku's immigration centre after arriving in Finland last year, but had reportedly recently had his asylum application denied.  (Daily Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Terror attack 


Migrants stopped


SABRATHA - Arrivals in Italy from North Africa, the main route for migration to Europe this year, dropped by more than 50% in July from a year earlier, and August arrivals so far are down even further. July and August are peak months for migrant boats because of favorable sea conditions.  Sources in Sabratha said the sudden drop had been caused by a new force in the seaside city, which is preventing migrants from leaving.  The group is made up of several hundred 'civilians, policemen, army figures.'  It is conducting a 'very strong campaign' that was launched by a 'former mafia boss'.  (Reuters) 




Widespread floods have killed more than 800 people and displaced over a million in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with aid workers warning of severe food shortages and water-borne diseases as rains continue to lash the affected areas.  Seasonal monsoon rains, a lifeline for farmers across South Asia, typically cause loss of life and property every year between July and September, but officials say this year's flooding is the worst in several years.  (AFP)


Thugs v thugs in Canada  


QUEBEC CITY - Tensions boiled over in Quebec City on Sunday, as police were pelted by beer bottles and smoke bombs set off in garbage cans in an ugly end to a weekend of pro- and anti-immigrant rallies across the country.  The Quebec group La Meute, which is associated with the far right, called for a rally Sunday to protest against the federal and provincial government's handling of the border crossers, but ended up having its members pinned inside a garage while counter-protesters demonstrated outside.  Once the counter-protesters turned violent, the Quebec City police declared the protest illegal. (CP)


MORE:   Anti-fascist clash with police

PREVIOUS:   Dueling protests   Antifasciste 


Profits to Canada


India's Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved a 'letter of request', under the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act, seeking details of properties owned by the accused in Punjab's multi-crore synthetic drug racket in Canada and UK.  In the letter of request, the ED also provided a list of the persons who are suspected of having bought properties in Canada and UK from the proceeds of the crime.  About 40 Indo-Canadians are named in connection with the investigations.  (South Asian Post) 


Another collision


USS John S McCain


SINGAPORE - The US Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after an early morning collision between the USS John S McCain and an oil tanker in SE Asian waters left 10 US sailors missing and others injured.  It was the second major collision in the last two months involving the Navy's 7th Fleet. 7 sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided in waters off Japan.  (AP)


MORE:   Destroyer collides with tanker   Remains found   Divers find bodies  


9 dead, 54 wounded


CHICAGO - 9 people were killed and at least 54 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning.  (Chicago Sun-Times)


MORE:   Heyjackass   Tribune homicides   Sun Times homicide watch   DNA info Chicago murders  


Hundreds feared dead


FREETOWN - More than 300 people have been killed in a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, the Red Cross said Monday, as state TV showed footage of relatives digging through mud in search of their loved ones.  (AFP)  


MORE:   500 dead, 600 missing  

COMMENT:   Caused by neglect


75 years after


DIEPPE - By early 1942, in one of the bleakest periods of the Second World War, Germany occupied most of Europe. The Allies were desperate for a foothold on the continent and a chance to stop Hitler's war machine.  So 75 years ago, the Royal Regiment of Canada was tapped to be part of the star-crossed Raid on Dieppe, in occupied France, in the early hours of Aug 19.  Canadians accounted for almost 5,000 of the 6,100 troops involved in the raid, code-named Operation Jubilee. More than 900 Canadian soldiers were killed and thousands more wounded and taken prisoner.  (Toronto Star) 


MORE:   It was a bad day   Canadians mark 75 years since    Remembering doomed raid

PREVIOUS:   Dieppe Raid

RELATED:   USS Indianapolis wreckage found     Wreck of US warship found 


Train derailed




MUZAFFARNAGAR - At least 23 people were killed and 40 injured when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday, sending coaches ramming into each other as well as a house close to the tracks.  It derailed near Khatauli station around 5.45pm.  (Hindustan Times)  


MORE:   Train accident    Express derail 


Terror cell


Younes Abouyaaqoub


BARCELONA - A 12-strong terror cell carried out 2 attacks.  Killed: 5 suspected jihadists shot dead by police in Cambrils - Moussa Oukabir, 17, Said Aallaa, 18, Mohamed Hychami, 24, Omar Hychami and Houssaine Abouyaaqoub.  Arrested: Driss Oukabir, 28, Sahal el-Karib, 34; Mohammed Aallaa, 27 and Mohamed Houli Chemlal who was arrested in Alcanar following the house explosion there.  Hunted: Younes Abouyaaqoub, suspected to be the driver in the Las Ramblas attack. Youssef Aallaa and Abdelbaki Es Satty, an imam of Ripoll. However, the latter pair may have died in the house explosion in Alcanar.  (BBC)


MORE:   Terror suspect reported shot dead   Suspects   Next target   Cell was planning bigger attacks

PREVIOUS:   2017 attack   Guide to attacks   Barcelona terror attacks   VPD officer's father killed   Victims identified


Officers shot



Baxter          Howard                 Miller


KISSIMMEE - Police arrested Everett Glenn Miller, 45, Saturday morning on charges of first-degree murder, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.  Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sgt Richard 'Sam' Howard was shot and is in grave condition.  The Sheriff's Office recently took Miller into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows involuntary commitment of people in mental health crises.  (Orlando Sentinel)


MORE:   Officers hot   Timeline    Fast facts   2nd officer dies


Knife attack


SURGUT - A teenage knifeman wearing a fake suicide belt wounded at least 8 people in an attack Saturday morning.   The attacker, named locally as Artur Gadzhiev, 19, was shot dead by police in a busy main street in Surgut at about 11.20am.  (Daily Mail) 


Landslide toll rising


TORA - A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged.  The landslide struck the village of Tora on Thursday.  (Reuters)


Removal not the only way


As momentum builds to tear down monuments and rename buildings that are deemed racist relics of the past, some historians say offensive memorials should remain intact to deepen education and even bridge divides.  Similar disputes have erupted in Canada over commemorative names and statues of historic figures who had a role in the cultural oppression of Indigenous peoples.  But leading historian and author Jack Granatstein said that rather than allowing these sites to become flashpoints for racial divisions, they should be displayed with contextual information to help people understand, interpret and learn from the past.  (CBC)


MORE:   Buildings renamed, monuments fall   Should Mount Rushmore come down?

COMMENT:   Context not shouting matches

PREVIOUS:   Historical negationism 


Ship maintenance privatization deal


OTTAWA - The Liberal government will announce Thursday a $5.2B deal to privatize maintenance of new navy ships despite concerns the plan puts key portions of Canada's military capability in the hands of a private firm.  A Canadian subsidiary of the French defence firm, Thales, will be awarded the contract.  (PostMedia)


MORE:   Private company gets ship service contract     Years before true value of contract is known 




MONTREAL - More than 3,700 asylum seekers crossed the border illegally in Quebec during the 2 weeks spanning Aug 1-15, the RCMP is reporting.  According to CBSA figures, the RCMP also intercepted 2,996 asylum seekers crossing illegally into Quebec in July.  As of Wednesday 3,307 asylum seekers were in temporary residences across Quebec. More than 1,000 are waiting to be processed at the border.   (CBC)


MORE:   Migrants


20 years


BUFFALO - Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, a Brampton man has been sentenced to 20 years in a US prison for his part in an international conspiracy to smuggle $120M worth of cocaine into Canada from the US.  In pleading guilty, Dhaliwal, a truck driver, admitted he helped traffick more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine in transport trucks crossing several international bridges. 6 others - Ravinder Arora, Michael Bagri, Parminder Sidhu, Alvin Randhawa, Gursharan Singh, and Huy Hoang Nguyen - have already been convicted.  (Brampton Guardian)


PREVIOUS:   Canadian pleads guilty


Left thugs v right thugs


CHARLOTTESVILLE - The clashes that broke out over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va, have become a new touchstone in the nation's long-running debate over racism, free speech and violence.  One woman was killed and many more injured when a car, allegedly driven by a rally participant, sped into a crowd of anti-racism protesters. Two state troopers monitoring the action died in a helicopter crash later in the day.  (LA Times)


MORE:   Antifa   White supremacy   Digital vigilantism

PREVIOUS:   Protesters mowed down   2 dead in police helicopter crash


Suicide bomber


MAIDUGURI - A woman blew herself up and killed 27 other people at a market in NE Nigeria on Tuesday in an attack bearing the hallmark of Boko Haram militants.  2 more suicide bombers detonated their devices at the gates to a nearby refugee camp, wounding many more people.  In all, 83 people were wounded in the 3 explosions near the city of Maiduguri.  (Reuters) 


Bloody night


MANILA - Police in the Philippines have killed 32 people in a series of raids near Manila, in the bloodiest night yet of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.  Supt Romeo Caramat said 67 police operations in various parts of Bulacan, a province north of the capital, had left 32 'drug personalities' dead and more than 100 others in custody.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   60 killed in 3 days   Philippine Drug War 


Fund doesn't work


OTTAWA - Sue O'Sullivan, the federal ombudsman for victims of crime is calling on the government to make changes to a barely used fund designed to help parents of murdered or missing children.  The report is the result of years of questions into why only a few dozen people have received help from a $10M a year fund that federal officials originally envisioned would support about 1,000 families annually.   (Global)


REPORT:   Federal program not meeting its objectives


Canadians identified



Tammy Chen        Bilel Diffalah


OUAGADOUGOU - Tammy Chen, a former Toronto teacher, and Bilel Diffalah, a volunteer with the Montreal-based Centre for International Studies and Co-operation, died after assailants arriving on motorcycles shot at the restaurant crowd in Ouagadougou.  No one has yet claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack that left 18 dead.  (CBC)  


PREVIOUS:   Terror attack 


Ordered released


Ordering the immediate release of immigration detainee Ricardo Scotland, who has spent the last 10 months in maximum-security jail despite not having any criminal charges or convictions, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Morgan was unequivocal in his condemnation of federal immigration authorities.  Morgan could not believe, for instance, that the first breach alleged by immigration authorities was the fact Scotland did not inform them of a change of address after he had been arrested.  'What rational person would conceive of police custody prior to receiving bail as a change of address?'   (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Detention Kafkaesque 




TORONTO - One man is dead following a stabbing early Tuesday morning.  The stabbing occurred at an apartment building on Eddystone Ave shortly before 6am.  A fight broke out between two roommates in a ground floor unit of the building and a man in his 20s was stabbed in the neck.  The suspect, who is believed to be in his 40s, has been taken into custody.  (CP24)


MORE:   Stabbing   Man in custody 




Tanner Krupa   


VANCOUVER - RCMP were called to the 6900-block of 127A St, Surrey, around 5:30am Sunday and found a deceased man who had suffered injuries consistent with homicide.  On Monday, IHIT identified the victim as Tanner Krupa, 19, of Edmonton.  (Global)  


MORE:   Police identify victim    Victim identified   Altercation 




Khadr Mohamed


TORONTO - Khadr Mohamed, 22, of Toronto, died from a gunshot wound to the torso. His body was found near a commercial building around 8am on Sunday at Lippincott St.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Police identify body

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death   Homicide 


Officers cleared


RED DEER - Officials with the ASIRT released the report on an officer involved shooting dating back to Christmas Day, 2015.   (CTV)


REPORT:   ASIRT officers' actions justified  .pdf 




Virgil Jack


TORONTO - Police have identified a Toronto woman who was found dead in Derrydowns Park with multiple stab wounds yesterday.  A woman walking in the park discovered the body half-submerged in a stream at around 12:45pm on Aug 19 and called police.  The victim, identified as Virgil Jack, 31, was declared dead at the scene.  (CP24)


MORE:   Victim ID d

PREVIOUS:   Body found




Daniel Handrahan


STEWIACKE - RCMP were called to a home at 216 Main St E in Stewiacke at 3:30am Friday, after receiving a report of a disturbance there. When they arrived, they found a man with life-threatening injuries.  The man's wife identified him as Daniel Handrahan, 46.  A 17-year-old is in police custody in connection with the death.   (CBC)


MORE:   Homicide   Police investigating 


Son charged


Rachel Mair


OTTAWA - Patrol officers discovered the body of Rachel Mair in an apartment building at 85 Range Road, after a 5:30am call to police about a 'disturbance.'  Her son, Steven Mair, 29, has been charged with second-degree murder.   (Sun Media)  


MORE:  Man in custody    Son charged 


Guilty plea


VANCOUVER - On May 10, 2015, just after 11pm, Giuseppe Bengey Zecca, 38, suffered a head injury during an assault. He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.  Andre Provencal, 26, of Abbotsford was arrested on May 12, 2015, and later pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a weapon, and one count of uttering threats.   On May 13, 2016, police arrested Shiloh Davidson, 31, also of Abbotsford. He was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.  Davidson pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  (Vancouver Sun)


PREVIOUS:    2 charged   Suspicious death   


Wounded victim identified


TORONTO - Mark Peretz, 49, was shot at around 7pm Wednesday in the area outside a sporting goods store, suffering life-threatening injuries.  Peretz was one of 4 men convicted in a shooting that took place at a California Sandwich shop on April 21, 2004.  The shooting left an innocent bystander Louise Russo, who was 45 years old at the time, paralyzed from the waist down.  Peter Scarcella, Paris Christoforou and Peretz were released in April 2012 and Antonio Borrelli was eligible for release in Dec of the same year.  (CTV)


MORE:   Hells Angels enforcer also survived

PREVIOUS:   Mafia headlines


Mafia figure killed


Antonio De Blasio


MONTREAL - Mafia member Antonio De Blasio, 45, was killed in a drive-by shooting at 8:30pm Wednesday in Laduversiere Park while children were playing football.  He was a member of the Mafia who had allegedly been involved in several murder plots in the past, something which had prompted police to warn him about threats to his life. (CTV)


MORE:   Man with ties killed   Mafia executioner murdered

PREVIOUS:   Shooting    Fatal shooting 




COCHRANE - Tristan Wesley, 29, from Morley, received a 3-and-a-half year sentence after pleading guilty in connection with his father's death and an attack on his sister.  On July 1, 2015, Myles McLean, 55, body was found along the Trans-Canada Highway following a vicious beating at the hands of his son.   (CTV) 


Guilty plea


DAUPHIN - Payton Saari, 24, has entered a guilty plea to 2 counts of second-degree murder for the killings of Elsie Steppa, 81, and her nephew, Clarence Thornton, 50. The bodies of the 2 victims were found in Jan 2013 inside and outside their residence in Ethelbert.  An autopsy, along with an eventual confession from Saari, revealed they had actually been killed nearly a month earlier without anyone noticing.  (Winnipeg Free Press)


PREVIOUS:   Deaths ruled homicides   Another body found 


Man dies after use of force arrest


WINNIPEG - A 44-year-old man arrested on August 9 died days after police used force during his arrest, the IIU said.  Prior to his death police said the man was charged with multiple weapon related charges as well assaulting an officer and unauthorized possession of prohibited firearm. (CTV) 


Daycare operator broke law


VANCOUVER - In Feb, CTV revealed that the operator of the unlicensed East Vancouver daycare where 16-month-old Macallan Wayne Saini, known as Baby Mac, died had been visited by health officers following a complaint.  Now, documents show that operator, Yasmine Saad, had been previously investigated 4 times, at 4 different addresses, in the 7 years before Baby Mac's death. (CTV)


Daycare owners defends kids 


PRINCE GEORGE - Chelsi Sabbe, the owner of a licensed daycare in Prince George, said she was concerned when she saw a man approaching 2 children playing in a park. When a 4-year-old boy was snatched, she began screaming and leaped on the man's back to try to pull the child away.  Sabbe said she managed to free the boy and urged him and the other children to safety, but the man then grasped the arm of a second boy. He punched her as she rushed forward again, she said.  She said she pulled the man by the hair, kneed him in the face and then held him in a headlock until she was certain the children were safe.  (CP)


MORE:   Kenneth Jim John arrested

PREVIOUS:   Abduction attempts   Man arrested


Hangarounds arrested


CHARLOTTETOWN - 9 Island men who police believe to be affiliated with a criminal biker gang were charged Thursday under Criminal Code organized crime legislation.  All 9 men are from PEI, and were each charged with 4 counts related to lotteries and games of chance, including participating in any activity of the criminal organization and committing an offence for a criminal organization related to a lottery scheme.  Police believe the men charged are all members of what they call the PEI Hells Angels hangaround club, which they say is linked to the Hells Angels chapter in Woodbridge, ON. (CBC)


RELATED:   Satan's choice reappears in Ontario 


Drug bust


HAMILTON - Police say 80 people are facing charges in a drug trafficking and firearms investigation.  They say the operation - dubbed Project Phoenix - began in July and saw 44 search warrants executed across Hamilton.  Investigators say 79 adults and a youth - all from the Hamilton area - are facing a total of 412 charges.  (CP) 


Defamation lawsuit


VICTORIA - Former BC Liberal leader Gordon Wilson filed a $5M defamation lawsuit Thursday against Premier John Horgan, Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston and NDP MP Rachel Blaney.  The new NDP government fired Wilson as the province's $150,000-a-year 'LNG Advocate' on Aug 1, alleging he did little for the money he was paid over three-and-a-half years.  Horgan and Ralston retracted their comments and apologized to Wilson last week. On Thursday, Blaney also issued an apology and retraction.  (Vancouver Province) 


Dental fee guide


EDMONTON - On Thursday, the Alberta Dental Association and College released the new Alberta dental fee guide, which includes recommended fees for specific dental procedures.  But some of the fees are nearly double those recommended in BC.   Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said she was 'disappointed' with the fee guide and is examining 'rather extreme measures' if the ADA&C doesn't make dental services more affordable.  (CBC)


2 charged


Nicole Robar


SLAVE LAKE - RCMP charged a Warren Kyle Warren, 34, and Jessica Melinda Davis, 27, with second-degree murder and indignity to human remains in the killing of Nicole Robar, 21. Robar's body was discovered in the river near Slave Lake Aug 5.    (Sun Media)


MORE:   2 charged    2 charged

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death   Body identified   Body pulled from river  


Inmate found dead


LONDON, ON - An inmate was found dead in his cell at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre Thursday morning.  This is the 3rd death at the London jail in the last 3 months.  (CBC)


MORE:   Possible overdose 


SIU called in




BRAMPTON - The SIU has been called in to investigate a crash involving a Peel Regional Police cruiser that took place in Brampton on Wednesday evening.  Ontario's police watchdog responded to the scene in the area of Queen and Main streets after the police cruiser flipped over onto its roof at around 5pm.  According to officials, two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries following the collision.   (CP24)


RELATED:   Impaired NS man strikes RCMP vehicles 




TWEED - OPP responded to a rural property on Kinlin Road, west of Tweed, at 7:45am on Aug 14.   Upon arrival, the body of Dartt MacPherson, 53, was discovered.  A man arrested at the scene, Samuel Koch, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder.   (Global)


MORE:   Body found

PREVIOUS:   Man in custody  


Suspects arrested 


WINNIPEG - Mustafa Peyawary, 29, was found not breathing in an apartment at 100 Killarney Ave around 10pm Sunday.  Damir Kuli, 27, of Vancouver and Ahamed Althaaf Ismail, 29, of Edmonton have been charged with first degree murder.   (Global)  


MORE:   2 arrested   Man beaten to death 


In custody death


Deanna Noname


EDMONTON - Deanna Noname opted to leave her oxygen tank behind when she left her brother's home for the last time that Sunday morning.  The next time family members saw Noname, she was dying in a bed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  During the intervening 36 hours, Noname, 55, was arrested and spent the night in Edmonton police custody.  According to her family, Deanna Noname suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  When she didn't get enough oxygen, they said, she became confused and slurred her words.  (CBC)


2 men charged


Blaine Katz


REGINA - Officers were called to the 2100-block of Cornwall St around 11:30pm Saturday.  Blaine Katz, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Gerald McDormand, 44, of Regina and Steven Saint Pierre, 39, of Moose Jaw have been charged with second-degree murder.   (CTV) 


MORE:   Man found dead    2 charged 




Clarence John Crothers


VANCOUVER - Jeffrey Charles Halicki, 50, has been arrested and charged in the murder of Clarence John Crothers, 62, who was found dead in the 33000-block of Braun Ave in Abbotsford on July 4.  (CTV)


MORE:   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Victim identified   IHIT investigating 




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