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Missing aircraft


DELHI - India has launched a massive search and rescue operation for an Indian air force plane that went missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal.  (AFP) 


IMF head faces court


Christine Lagarde


PARIS - IMF head Christine Lagarde must stand trial in France over a payment of 403M euros ($444M) to tycoon Bernard Tapie, a French appeals court has ruled.  France's court rejected Lagarde's appeal against the decision to try her for negligence in her handling of the affair, which saw Bernard Tapie walk away with a massive payment in taxpayer money in 2008.  (Independent UK)  


MORE:   To stand trial 


Enabling entitlements


WHITHORSE - There's a constitutional showdown brewing over beer, wine and spirits and it's causing headaches for some premiers who are eager to protect provincial liquor monopolies.  While the leaders in Whitehorse for an annual summit are inching toward a comprehensive deal on interprovincial trade - an agreement that would knock down trade barriers that hamper the flow of goods and services across provincial boundaries - alcohol remains a stumbling block.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Buying beer in NB   Competitive pricing start   Regulators   AB's beer markup 


Judges can ban


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says judges can ban convicted sexual predators from using the Internet.   (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2016 SCC 31 


Mandatory meeting



OTTAWA - More than 700 Hells Angels and affiliate members are expected to party in Ottawa all weekend long, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their Ontario chapter. Every four years, they hold a mandatory-attendance meeting, and this year Ottawa won the bid to host.  (CTV)


RELATED:   Member arrested   Ex-Angel facing new charges 


Rates out of control


TORONTO - Ontarians aren't just imagining it: Electricity prices in the province are soaring.  Prices jumped by 15.7% over the past year, according to Statistics Canada's consumer price index, about 8 times faster than overall inflation.  'In Ontario, only 3 other categories in the CPI have risen faster than electricity since 2002 - water charges, home insurance and cigarettes. But in the past 7 years, nothing has risen faster than electricity prices.'  (Huffington Post)  


Lawmakers give new powers


Recep Erdogan  


ANKARA - Lawmakers convened Thursday to endorse sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that would allow him to expand a crackdown in the wake of last week's failed coup.  The 550-member parliament is set to approve Erdogan's request for a 3-month state of emergency. (AP)


MORE:   Emergency measures

COMMENT:   Turkey's new sultan

PREVIOUS:   Turkish coup d'etat attempt   Coup attempt   Erdogan's house    President has been good to me


Police-reported crime stats, 2015


OTTAWA - Police-reported crime in Canada, as measured by both the Crime Severity Index (CSI) and the crime rate, increased in 2015. This marked the first rise in police-reported crime in 12 years. The CSI grew 5% from 2014 to 2015, but was 31% lower than it was a decade earlier in 2005.  The rise in the CSI was primarily a result of more incidents of fraud, breaking and entering, robbery, and homicide. A notable increase in crime reported in AB and smaller increases in BC, ON and SK also contributed to the upward movement of the national CSI.  (Stat Can)  


MORE:   Violent crime up   Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2014


Stabbing justified


TORONTO - An Ontario judge has ruled that a provincial inmate was justified in stabbing another prisoner at Toronto East Detention Centre last year on account of the facility's abysmal security conditions.   (Globe & Mail)


JUDGMENT:   2016 ONSC 4594 


Charges dismissed


PARIS - French investigating magistrates have dismissed charges against 2 elite officers who were sensationally accused of raping a Canadian tourist at Paris police headquarters in 2014.  The 34-year-old woman claimed she was gang-raped by 2 policemen she met in a pub across the Seine river from the headquarters of the police department.  (AFP)


MORE:   Canadian woman speaks out

PREVIOUS:   2 officers charged    BRI 


CSE censors documents


OTTAWA - Canada's electronic spy agency won't say how often it shares information that could lead to someone being tortured in an overseas prison.  The CSE has censored documents that spell out the figures, even though the RCMP and CSIS have revealed such numbers in the past.  (CP)


Military base attacked


NAMPALARI - At least 17 soldiers have been killed and 30 wounded in an attack on a military base in Mali.  Heavily armed men overran the base, in the central town of Nampala, and set parts of it on fire.  Two separate groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Islamist militants attack base 


Officer shot


Robert David Melton


KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Kan. police officer was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while responding to a reported drive-by shooting.  Capt. Robert David Melton, 46, was pronounced dead at Hospital at 2:55pm.  Authorities said the suspected shooter was caught about a block away from where Melton was shot.   (Fox)  


MORE:   Police captain shot   Officer killed 


Car bomb


Pavel Sheremet


KYIV - Journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car explosion in Kyiv on the morning of July 20, reported Ukrainska Pravda. Sheremet worked in Ukrainska Pravda, a popular online news outlet.  The car exploded when Sheremet was driving it at 7.45am in the central part of Kyiv. The car belonged to Olena Prytula, a founding editor of Ukrainska Pravda.  (Kyiv Post)  


MORE:   Car bomb 


King of inmates killed


Byron Lima


FRAIJANES - A former army captain who was convicted in the murder of a bishop and later became known as the 'king' of Guatemala's infamous and dangerous prison system was killed in a surprise attack.  Lima was killed during a disturbance at Pavon prison reported to have left at least 12 others dead and 25 injured.  (Insight Crime) 




GUJARAT - Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in the western Indian state of Gujarat after an attack on low-caste villagers by cow protection vigilantes.  In violent clashes on Tuesday, a police officer was killed and several others were injured.  (Guardian UK)


US seeks to recover $1B


WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than $1B in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.  According to the complaints, from 2009 through 2015, more than $3.5B in funds belonging to 1MDB was allegedly misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates. (DOJ PR)  


MORE:   US probe veers close to Najib family   Wolf of Wall Street money laundering   Wolf of Wall Street film

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC 


Banker arrested


NEW YORK - Federal agents surprised an HSBC Holdings Plc executive as he prepared to fly out of New York's Kennedy airport, arresting him for an alleged front-running scheme involving a $3.5B currency transaction,  Mark Johnson, HSBC's global head of foreign exchange cash trading in London, was held in jail overnight and will appear in court Wednesday. The US unsealed charges against him and Stuart Scott, the bank's former head of currency trading in Europe, making them the first individuals to be charged.  (Bloomberg)  


MORE:   DOJ:  Head of HSBC's foreign exchange arrested

PREVIOUS:   Global meltdown   Forex scandal  


Tourist bus fire




TAIPEI - A tour bus carrying visitors from China has caught fire on a busy highway killing all 26 people on board.  The accident took place on the No 2 national highway in Taoyuan county, south of Taipei.  24 of those on board were visitors from Liaoning province who had been scheduled to fly home on Tuesday afternoon. The others killed were the driver and a tour guide, both Taiwanese.  (AP) 


Train attack


Muhammad Riyad


WUERZBURG - The so-called Islamic State has released a video purporting to show an Afghan asylum seeker making threats before attacking a German train.  The 17-year-old injured 4 people with an axe and knife, one critically, in the attack in Wuerzburg on Monday evening. He was shot dead by police.   (BBC)


MORE:   Refugee attack train passengers

RELATED:   Man stabs woman and 3 daughters at French resort 


Impaired flying


GLASGOW - Authorities say 2 commercial airline pilots have been arrested at Glasgow Airport on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol, shortly before they were due to take off on a trans-Atlantic flight.  Canadian airline Air Transat says the 2 crew members were arrested before a Glasgow to Toronto flight on Monday.  (AP) 


MORE:   8-hour bottle to throttle rule 


'Tourist' flood




CUCUTA - More than 100,000 Venezuelans crossed the border into Colombia over the weekend after the frontier was temporarily opened to allow them to buy food, basic items and medicines that are scarce in their country.  Authorities opened the border so that about 44,000 people could cross into the neighboring country on Saturday and about 63,000 on Sunday, according to figures compiled by the Colombian Foreign Ministry.  (EFE)


PREVIOUS:   Venezuelan protests   Cartels


Cleared of plunder charge


Gloria Macapagal Arroyo


MANILA - The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder charge against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after nearly five years of hospital detention.  The case involved the alleged misuse of 366M pesos ($7.8M) from the state lottery agency, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.  (AP)


PREVIOUS:   Presidency of Arroyo   Arroyo plunder case 


Ex-minister and bundles of cash




BUENOS AIRES - The sight of a middle-aged man throwing sacks of cash over the walls of a convent before dawn was always likely to attract attention in the quiet Buenos Aires suburb of General Rodriguez.  Jose Lopez - the former public works secretary in the Fernandez administration - was with the nuns - in their 80s and 90s - and surrounded by the bags he had thrown over the fence. These, and a red carry-on bag, turned out to be filled with wads of plastic-wrapped dollar bills and other valuables. In all, he had $8.9M.  (Guardian UK)


PREVIOUS:   Corruption in Argentina


Policemen shot


Garafola    Gerald           Jackson   


BATON ROUGE - 1 East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputy, Brad Garafola, and 2 Baton Rouge Police Department officers, Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald, were killed during a Sunday morning shooting near the Hammond Aire Plaza.  3 other officers were wounded with one on life support as of Monday morning.  Authorities confirmed the gunman was Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, who was killed.  (WBRZ)


MORE:   Shooting of police officers   Trained killer    

PREVIOUS:   Policemen shot

RELATED:   US police shootings     US police officers killed in 2016   List of US police officers killed    Guardian: The Counted




Yerxzhan Koshaeva


ALMATY - A gunman killed 3 policemen and 1 civilian in Almaty on Monday.  The 27-year-old attacker, who was detained, also wounded 2 more policemen and is suspected of committing another murder last weekend.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Terror attack  Attacker identified 


Another acquittal


BALTIMORE - Prosecutors in Baltimore have failed for the fourth time to secure a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitting Lt. Brian Rice of all charges related to Gray's arrest and death.  (Baltimore Sun)


PREVIOUS:   Death of Freddie Gray 


Gang raped, again


HANYANA - An Indian student is recovering in hospital after being gang-raped by a group of men, including some charged with sexually assaulting her 3 years earlier.  Police in Haryana state were hunting for 5 men accused of abducting the 21-year-old student from outside her college before drugging and raping her in a car.  The student has identified all 5 men - 2 of whom are currently on bail awaiting trial for raping her in 2013.  (Guardian UK)


State-sponsored cheating


TORONTO - An independent investigation led by a Canadian law professor has confirmed evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian sports.   (CBC)


REPORT:   Independent investigations report

MORE:   State-sponsored doping cover-up   Russia fails to overturn ban

PREVIOUS:   Richard McLaren   WADA   OC in sports 

RELATED:   IOC announces another 45 failed drug tests from 2008 and 2012 Olympics


Mercury enough to impact


The level of mercury found in the umbilical cords of babies in Grassy Narrows First Nation was high enough to affect their brain development.  Between 1978 and 1994 Health Canada tested the umbilical cord blood of 139 infants in Grassy Narrows.   (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Bio related events


Another police float


Cop lives don't matter


VANCOUVER - Black Lives Matter Vancouver is asking police to voluntarily withdraw their float from the upcoming Pride Parade, as a 'show of solidarity and understanding' that officer involvement in the march creates an unsafe atmosphere for some communities.  The open letter published by the activist group on Friday comes weeks after its Toronto counterparts halted the city's parade until organizers signed off on a list of demands including banning police floats from future marches.  (CP)  


US releases secret chapter


WASHINGTON - Under wraps for 13 years, the US on Friday released once-top secret pages from a congressional report into 9/11 that questioned whether Saudis who were in contact with the hijackers after they arrived in the US knew what they were planning.  15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals and several were not fluent in English and had little experience living in the West. (AP)


REPORT:   Full text 9-11 secret chapter   

MORE:   No top Saudi link    28 pages released    911 report secret pages released

PREVIOUS:    War on terror


Honour killing


Qandeel Baloch


ISLAMABAD - Pakistani fashion model Qandeel Baloch, who recently stirred controversy by posting pictures of herself with a Muslim cleric on social media, was strangled to death by her brother.  Her parents told police 1 of her 6 brothers strangled her to death as she slept in the family's home in Multan.   (AP)  


MORE:   Brother confesses     




WASHINGTON - A new lawsuit alleges that the US Department of Justice intentionally conducts inadequate searches of its records using a decades-old computer system when queried by citizens looking for records that should be available to the public.  Freedom of Information Act (Foia) researcher Ryan Shapiro alleges 'failure by design' in the DoJ's protocols for responding to public requests. The Foia law states that agencies must 'make reasonable efforts to search for the records in electronic form or format'.   (Guardian)


Unions take gov't to court


OTTAWA - Thousands of Canadian public servants have missed paycheques, been over- or underpaid, or have been denied health benefits since the roll-out of the government's new pay system, Phoenix, which went live in February.  13 public service unions are now taking the government to Federal Court over the matter, seeking a ruling that will force the government to pay public servants properly and punctually.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Phoenix, your new pay system 

RELATED:   Liberal appointments   


New strata tribunal


VANCOUVER - BC has started up the world's only online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) that allows condo owners in heated disputes to file claims over their smart phones avoiding the onerous cost and process of court. The CRT is aimed at educating people in disputes, using plain language and encouraging condo owners to resolve issues, even enabling initial access from an iPhone.  Strata properties are a popular housing choice created in 1965 in BC allowing people to share common property. More than 1.5M people live within 31,000 stratas in the province, governed by the Strata Property Act.  (CBC)


RELATED:    City Hall's latest cash grab


Truck attack



EPA                               Bouhlel   


NICE - A large truck plowed through revellers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing at least 84 people as it bore down for 2 kilometres along the French Riviera city's famed waterfront promenade.  The driver was killed by police.  Of the 202 wounded, 25 are on life-support and 52 are in critical condition.  (AP)


MORE:   2016 Nice attack   Bisexual Muslim hustler     Details of Bouhlel's life

COMMENT:   Authorities quick to deem attacks Islamic terrorism




WASHINGTON - Never before in modern US history have so many voters thought both presidential nominees were dishonest. More than 8 in 10 Americans say they are fearful at the prospect of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (or either them) being their country's president.  (Toronto Star)  


PREVIOUS:   US presidential election 2016


Real estate probe


VANCOUVER - The CRA has launched an investigation into the red-hot housing market in Metro Vancouver, where rampant speculation, unscrupulous dealings and foreign investment are being blamed for driving up the cost of homes and helping to create an affordability crisis.  A sensitive government briefing document leaked to media outlets states that 50 income-tax auditors, 20 GST auditors and 15 workload-development officers are now investigating real estate tax issues in the Pacific region.  (Globe & Mail) 


MORE:   Leak heats debate   Lifestyle audits   Vested interests will prevent cleanup

PREVIOUS:   Vancouver crimes


Police warning


Pokemon Go


VANCOUVER - The new Pokemon Go smartphone game has become so popular and distracting that it's triggered a safety warning from Vancouver police.  Pokemon Go uses the camera on your smartphone to combine the world of the game with the area people are actually living and working in. Players have to travel to real locations to capture Pokemon characters with their phones.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Saudi Arabia issues fatwa against   GO elsewhere    List of Pokemon creatures




SAINT JOHN -  Police have identified the victim of a homicide as Tammy Boratynec, 43.  The body of Boratynec was discovered in the backyard of a residence on Melrose St on July 17.   (CBC)


MORE:   Police release identity 




Cynder Lynn Robinson


PIERCELAND - Cynder Robinson, from Taber, AB, was involved in a physical altercation at house party on July 15.  Brandy Arnelle Benson, 21, from the Big Island Lake First Nation was arrested and charged with manslaughter.  (CBC)


MORE:   Charges laid 


Not being inspected properly


WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Auditor General's latest report found weaknesses in how Manitoba's Department of Infrastructure manages bridges.  The report found 616 bridges weren't inspected at all.  Another 288 were not being inspected because the Department of Infrastructure considered other government departments to be responsible for them.  The department manages about 3,000 bridges and large culverts.  The report looked at provincial bridges, not municipal or city bridges.   (CTV) 


Legal saga


TORONTO - In the latest development in years-long legal saga, a Toronto divisional court has struck down an appeal by Toronto police to prevent Kofi Patrong, 31, from suing the force for its alleged role in devastating case of mistaken identity - a 2004 gang-related shooting that left him with a debilitating leg injury.  (Toronto Star) 


Rape it was


TORONTO - York University student Mustafa Ururyar has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his fellow PhD student, Mandi Gray.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Guilty   I didn't win the rape lottery




PELICAN NARROWS - At around 8:10pm on July 9, police were called to the Pelican Narrows Health Center for a report of an unresponsive man.   Attempts to resuscitate Jordan Bedard, 19, from Sandy Bay, SK, were unsuccessful.  RCMP arrested Brett Napoleon Michel, 19, and charged him with second-degree murder.   (CTV) 





Jason Antoinio   Taylor Zanoni


CALGARY - According to the Police the shooting deaths of Jason Quinn Antonio, 39, in Marlborough Park and Taylor John Zanoni, 23, in an office building in Willow Park are connected to drug activity.  Gursharanjit Parmar, 32, and Joshua Lloyd Okabe, 30, have been charged with 2 counts of first degree murder.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Meth kingpin   Homicide investigating   Shooting    Meth bust    Victim identified   Identified   Shooting victim     


2nd teen arrested


Joseph Douglas Cameron


HALIFAX - Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Ave and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth around 5:20am on March 29.  When officers arrived, they found the body of Joseph Douglas Cameron, 20, on the sidewalk. Police say they arrested a 15-year-old boy.  The arrest comes less than two weeks after police charged a 17-year-old with first-degree murder.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Teen arrested   17-year-old charged   Charged   Victim identified   Shooting   


More charges


TORONTO - A Toronto police officer, already accused of planting heroin in a 2014 drug investigation, is facing fresh charges after police scrutinized his past cases.  Const Benjamin Elliot, 33, with 9 years experience, will be in court Thursday on charges of perjury and 2 counts of obstruction of justice, police said. The charges are on top of 7 perjury and obstruction of justice charges laid against Elliot in January for allegedly sprinkling heroin in a suspect's car to justify a search.  (National Post)


Body found


ST JEAN BAPTISTE - RCMP were called to the apartment on Caron St on July 17, around 8pm and found the body of a 54-year-old woman.  Danny Vanoosten, 56, from St. Jean Baptiste, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with second-degree murder.  (CTV)


MORE:   Murder   Found dead   Charged


Charge in homeless fight


TORONTO - One person has been charged with manslaughter after a man was killed during a fight involving 5 or 6 people at Front St E on Monday night.  Levon Jolen Gammon, 43, of no fixed address, has been charged with manslaughter.  The victim has been identified as Paul Crombie, 50, of no fixed address.   (CBC)


MORE:   Fight death   Charge 




WATSON LAKE - Travis Dennis, 22, has been charged with second degree murder, and dismembering a body.  The partial human remains were found Saturday afternoon on an industrial property outside Watson Lake.  The court has ordered a ban on publishing the name of the deceased.   (CBC) 





Carol King             David Caissie


HERSCHEL - Carol King's ex-partner, David Caissie, 53, has been charged with first-degree murder and indignity to human remains over her death in 2011.   (CBC)


MORE:   Charged

PREVIOUS:   Missing woman found dead   Remains are King's   Remains found    


Still a force


VANCOUVER - As BC Hells Angels mourn the recent death of a member of the West Point chapter, police say the biker gang remains a significant criminal force in the province.  Bjorn Sylvest died July 3 while on a houseboat on the Shuswap Lake, the BC Coroners Service, confirmed.  (Vancouver Sun)  


Impaired driver charged


THORNLEA - Jane Newhook, 83, of Norman's Cove-Long Cove was killed Friday when her car collided with another vehicle after travelling to Thornlea for supper with friends and family.  George Malcolm Whalen, 67, of Thornlea is facing several charges connected to the fatal crash, including impaired driving causing death.  He is also charged with refusal of demand for sample of breath, driving while disqualified and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Driver in custody

PREVIOUS:   Driver charged  


Support worker accused


Soja Zadeh


NEWMARKET - Police are yet again accusing Soja Zadeh, a Newmarket man, of sexually assaulting a senior that was under his care.  The suspect, who already faces accusations from 5 elderly women, is now being accused of committing a similar offence against an elderly man.  (CTV)


Firefighter dies


Patrick Pidgeon


AMHERSTVIEW - Firefighters were called to an apartment complex in the community late Saturday afternoon.  A firefighter was badly hurt at the scene and later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.  The deceased has been identified as Patrick Pidgeon, 45, a husband, father and veteran.  (CP)  


MORE:   Firefighter remembered     

RELATED:   Firefighter rescues woman, dog




Brent Donio


THUNDER BAY - Brent Donio, 18, was killed in a vicious assault outside a Windsor St housing complex just after midnight on Wednesday.  A charge of second-degree murder has been laid against Clinton Nicholas Netemegesic, 26, who turned himself into police.  Police had previously arrested Cecil Todd Matinet, 18.  (TB News Watch)


MORE:   2 charged

PREVIOUS:   18-year-old dead  


Health warning


VANCOUVER - Health-care workers and the RCMP on Sunday canvassed Surrey's Whalley area warning people of a disturbing new trend in which crack cocaine is being laced with the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.  With 36 overdoses over the weekend in Whalley, Mounties, health-care and social workers walked through the gritty area putting up warning notices, handing out pamphlets and talking to drug addicts and the homeless about the critical situation.  (Vancouver Province)  


MORE:   Overdoses

COMMENT:   Make that 43 


Daughter, mother dead


VANCOUVER - Emergency crews responded to a 911 call of a woman in distress to the Coquitlam townhouse on Eagleridge Drive Friday evening.  Paramedics found Ivy, 22, dead inside the home, and police suspected foul play.  Officers identified a female suspect, Lisa Wei, who had fled before they got there. She was missing for about 12 hours before police found her car in Buntzen Lake Saturday morning at about 6am, and recovered her body from the water.  (CTV)


MORE:   Murder-suicide    Suspect found dead   Murder-suicide 


Suspicious death


SAINT JOHN - Police were called at 8am to a high-rise apartment building on Ellerdale St.  A 61-year-old woman was found dead at the scene.  Police have yet to determine the cause of death or whether it was suspicious.   (CTV) 


Man charged after body found


SHAMATTAWA - Police said they received notice late on July 13 that the 37-year-old victim had gone missing. They determined that she was last seen on July 12.  Around noon on Thursday, July 14, police got word that a local fisherman had found a body in a nearby river. Police confirmed it was the missing woman.  Police charged Philip Miles, 37, from Shamattawa, on Saturday. Police said Miles and the victim knew each other.  (CTV)


MORE:   Man charged 




CONKLIN - Trevor Powder, 21, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Tyler David McDermid, 20.  Both the victim and the perpetrator were from Conklin, AB.  The shooting occurred on Aug. 11, 2015 at a residence in Conklin.   (Sun Media)


MORE:   Arrest

PREVIOUS:   Victim identified 





Tyler Sanderson        Lori Ann Heavenfire


CALGARY - In the evening hours of May 15, emergency crews responded to the 5500-block of Maddock Drive NE following reports of a disturbance. A severely injured Tyler Sanderson, 24, was located and transported by ambulance to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Police identified Lori Ann Heavenfire, 34, as a person of interest in connection with the death.  Police confirm Heavenfire has been arrested and charged in connection with Sanderson's death.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Woman wanted   Victim ID'd


Suspects arrested


David McKay and Cydnie Markel-Rempel


VANCOUVER - IHIT had been searching for David James 'Yoda' McKay, 37, and Cydnie Markel-Rempel, 21, since Thursday.  IHIT said the pair fled a home in the 8900 block of Glenwood St, Chilliwack, shortly before noon on Wednesday where a man was found badly beaten and later died of his injuries.  John Robert Oliver Anderson, 40, was identified as the victim. (CBC)


MORE:   Homicide    2 arrested


Police shooting


CALGARY - ASIRT is investigating an officer-involved shooting by Calgary police on Friday that has left one person dead.  Police responded around 8pm to 63 Inglewood Park SE to a call of 4 people in a secured underground parking lot. They blocked exits and began to search the area when the suspects entered what was later determined to be a stolen vehicle.  The incident 'escalated quickly' and an officer shot the driver of the vehicle, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, while 3 were taken into custody uninjured.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Officer involved shooting   Sanjai Prasad identified   Criminal past    




LONDON, ON - A priest in has been charged with fraud in the alleged theft of more than $500,000 meant for refugees.  Police say Amer Saka of the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church allegedly obtained the money from over 20 people under the guise of a sponsorship program to bring refugee families into Canada.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Priest gambled away refugee aid

PREVIOUS:   Money lost


Body found



Taliyah Marsman      Sara Baillie


CALGARY - Police have charged Edward Delten Downey, 46, with 2 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Taliyah Leigh Marsman and her mother, Sara Baillie, 34.  The charges come after Calgary police said a body believed to be that of 5-year-old Marsman, the subject of an Alberta-wide Amber Alert, was located near Chestermere, AB, on Thursday.  Investigators believe Marsman was dead by the time police were called.   (Global)


MORE:   Career criminal 

PREVIOUS:   Amber Alert   Mom found dead


Victim identified


Abdirizak Hersi


TORONTO - Police were called to the scene of Laura Road and Sheppard Ave W just before 5pm after reports of people in two cars shooting at each other while driving. Officers arrived to find a car with bullet holes with 2 men injured inside and later confirmed the shots in fact came from just one car. Abdirizak Hersi, 20, the driver of the bullet-ridden car, and another man that police believe to be his cousin, were both rushed to hospital, where Hersi was pronounced dead.   (CBC)


MORE:   Police release name   Victim identified 




CALGARY - Provincial court Judge Sean Dunnigan convicted Stanislaw Maguder, 72, of hit and run knowing a death occurred, in the case of Tyla Chipaway, 16, in March 2015.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Charges laid   Taxi driver charged   Charged taxi driver   Hit-and-run   Woman killed 


Guilty plea


VICTORIA - A former BC government employee accused of making false statements to mislead the provincial privacy commissioner has pleaded guilty in a Victoria court.  George Gretes' lawyer told the court his client wants to apologize to his former employer and the people of BC.  Provincial court Judge Lisa Mrozinski said Gretes showed obvious remorse for his decision to lie under oath and gave him one year to pay $2,500 in restitution.  (CP)


MORE:   Trust and political staffers  

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC




Cyril Quentin Weenusk


WINNIPEG - Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man wanted in connection with the homicide of Cyril Quentin Weenusk, 26.  Geordie Douglas Wood, 22, from Oxford House faces a second degree murder charge in connection with the incident. In the early morning hours of July 5, police were called to the area of the MTS Centre for a report of an injured person.  An investigation revealed Weenusk had a violent altercation with a group of people. He was taken to hospital where he later died.   (CTV)  


MORE:  Wanted arrested at Remand Centre  

PREVIOUS:   Identified   Serious incident


SIU investigating


THUNDER BAY - The province's SIU is now asking the public for help as they investigate a man's death following a standoff in Thunder Bay on Tuesday night.  Investigators arrived yesterday to look into the death of a 33-year-old man inside a room at the Kingsway Inn.  (CTV) 


Seeking to ID'd


SIU seeking assistance


TORONTO - The SIU wants the public's help to identify a man who was fatally shot in June along a rail corridor in Toronto's west end.  The 42-year-old man was fatally shot after getting into a confrontation with police on June 17 around 6:40am.  (CTV)


Nameless deaths


FREDERICTON - The NB government will start telling the public when a person dies inside a provincial jail, but officials say the public isn't allowed to know how they died.  13 people have died in custody of provincial jails since 2004.  Only 4 cases have been subject to a public coroner's inquest, while details about the rest remain veiled in secrecy.  Charles Murray said the privacy concerns used to protect details about inmate deaths is protecting the justice system more than deceased inmates.  (CBC) 


Cities want a %


VICTORIA - Some BC municipalities say Ottawa should share eventual tax revenues from the legalization of marijuana and are looking to put the issue on the political agenda through the annual gathering of BC municipalities.  A share of marijuana revenues could be a lucrative source of revenue for municipalities looking beyond such traditional sources as property taxes.  (Globe & Mail)    


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$44M for non strike


TORONTO - The Liberal government has publicly said it spent $8.5M on training and renovating spaces in the province's jails in the event that managers had to run the facilities on a 24-hour basis during a strike.  But an itemized list of strike preparation expenditures shows the estimated total is actually $44,380,472.45.  A 3-year deal reached Jan. 9 with 6,000 correctional and probation officers averted a threatened strike.   (CP)


Husband charged




VANCOUVER - A mother of 6 who suffered extensive third-degree burns, died of her injuries several hours after fire broke out Sunday afternoon. She has been identified as Nga Vu, also known as Ivory.  Her husband, who goes by Bay Khac Luu or James, is accused of setting fire to the 3300-block of Dewdney Trunk Road family home with his wife and children inside. Luu has been charged with second-degree murder.   (CTV)


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Tarique Leger


OTTAWA - Police were called to an apartment in the 200-block of St Andrew St shortly before 4am Sunday, after reports a man had been shot.  The victim was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The man has since been identified as Tarique Leger, 19, of Montreal.   (CTV)  


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Victims identified


WINNIPEG - Police have identified the two victims killed in a suspicious fire at a rooming house in the 100-block of Austin St N on Thursday.  Brenda Campbell, 51, and John McKinnon Bendon, 61, both died after the three-storey house caught fire in the early morning hours.    (CTV) 


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Recycle lawsuit


CALGARY - Representatives of the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC) have filed lawsuits against 3 southern Alberta bottle depots and 9 former ABCRC employees over alleged fraud.  According to the statement of claim, the ABCRC paid privately run bottle depots in High River, Strathmore and Cochrane more than $16M collectively between 2009 and 2014 for beverage containers that were never delivered.   (CTV)


Standoff ends in gunfire


JONQUIERE - A 16-hour standoff in Jonquiere ended Saturday afternoon after provincial police opened fire on a man wielding what looked to be a homemade bomb.  The 27-year-old man was rushed to hospital, where died later Saturday afternoon.  He had been locked inside the apartment since Friday night, when police arrived after bystanders tracked him from the scene of a robbery.  The man is believed to have held up a pharmacy with a knife.   (CBC)


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EDMONTON - A senior lawyer's employment lawsuit against the Alberta Human Rights Commission has exposed both a deep dysfunction and a no-holds-barred power struggle within the organization.  (CBC) 


Paper doctors


TORONTO - Ontario's workers compensation board (WSIB) is standing by its controversial practice of using consultants to provide medical opinions on injured workers without actually examining them, saying the doctors it contracts to weigh in on benefits claims are being used 'appropriately.'  (Toronto Star)




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