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Dead of old age


Charles Manson


LOS ANGELES - Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and 6 others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.   (AP) 


Uncooperative countries


OTTAWA - More than 15,000 foreign nationals are on Canada's deportation list, but some can't be removed because their home country won't take them back.  Canada's no-naming approach is in stark contrast to the US, which publicly identifies, and in some cases, sanctions, countries that delay or refuse to repatriate their citizens.  (CBC)


Training death


Nolan Caribou


CFB SHILO - A soldier died during a training exercise at CFB Shilo Saturday.  Nolan Caribou, an infantryman with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, which is based in Winnipeg, was found dead at the Shilo base around 7pm Saturday.   (CTV)


Police officer wraps bomber


Sayed Pacha


KABUL - A brave Afghan police officer sacrificed himself to save countless lives by wrapping his arms around a suicide bomber.  Lieutenant Sayed Pacha, 25, saw a man wearing a suicide vest running toward a crowd in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He shouted 'stop' but when the man carried on he wrapped him in a bear hug.  The bomb exploded and the pair were blown to pieces. 14 were killed and 18 injured but the toll would have been higher without Pacha's bravery.  (Daily Mail) 


Food stampede


SIDI BOULAALAM - At least 15 people have been killed in a stampede in Morocco while food aid was being handed out.  The incident occurred in the town of Sidi Boulaalam in Essaouira province. The aid was being distributed by a private charity. Some reports indicate that up to 40 people were injured in the crush. Local media reported that most of the victims were women and elderly people.   (BBC)


MORE:   Crush 


Killing spree


SARCELLES -   A 31-year-old French police officer shot 3 people dead before turning his gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend.  The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin, finished his shift on Saturday evening and went to meet his girlfriend in Sarcelles, to discuss ending their relationship.  But after an argument broke out, Martin shot the young woman in the face and killed two men who were nearby, aged 30 and 44, one of whom had tried to intervene.  He then went to his girlfriend's home just a few yards away, where he killed the girl's father and seriously injured her mother.  He also shot the woman's sister in the leg and killed the family dog.  The attacker was later found 'dead from a gunshot wound to the head, his gun in his hand, in the back of the garden.'    (AFP) 




Brent Luyster


CLARK COUNTY - A jury found Brent Luyster, 37, guilty of triple aggravated murder.  The convictions stem from the July 15, 2016, shooting deaths of Joseph LaMar, 38; LaMar's partner, Janell Renee Knight, 43; and Luyster's best friend Zachary David Thompson, 36, at LaMar's home. Thompson's partner, Leigh, then 32, was shot in the face but escaped. She identified Luyster as the shooter.   (Columbian)


MORE:   Neo-Nazi guilty of murder of skinhead pals


Sacked as leader


Robert Mugabe   Grace Mugabe


HARARE - Zimbabwe's ruling party has sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader, as pressure intensifies for him to step down as president.  Zanu-PF appointed ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago, in his place.  The party has given Mr Mugabe, 93, until Monday to resign as president, or face impeachment.  The military intervened last week, in an apparent attempt to block him from installing his wife as his successor.  The first lady, Grace Mugabe, and several other senior officials have been expelled from the party altogether.   (BBC)


MORE:   Mugabe ignores party deadline

PREVIOUS:   2017 Zimbabwean coup   Vast wealth exposed 


$327M to fight violence


SURREY - The federal government will allocate up to $327.6M over 5 years and $100M a year after that to fight gun and gang violence.   In March, the federal government also plans to host a summit on criminal guns and gangs, bringing together experts, front-line police, provincial, territorial and municipal government officials and community and Indigenous leaders to discuss the issue.  (CP)


Mistakes in report


VICTORIA - The BC Utilities Commission says it has discovered errors in some price forecast calculations made in its preliminary report on the Site C dam but maintains 'the corrections do not change the panel's findings.'   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC 


Officer shot


Brian Shaw


NEW KENSINGTON - A police officer hired in June was shot and killed Friday night during a traffic stop in New Kensington.  Brian Shaw, 25, was shot when he pulled over an SUV along Leishman Ave.  The gunman is still at large.  (Tribune-Review)  


MORE:   Search for suspect    Manhunt


Missing sub


USHUAIA - The Argentine navy is stepping up its search in the South Atlantic for a 44-crew submarine that has been out of radio contact for three days.  President Mauricio Macri said all national and international resources were being deployed to help find the ARA San Juan as quickly as possible.    (BBC)  


MORE:   Satellite signals detected 


Penis in the sky




NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND - Residents of Washington State turned their eyes to a clear blue sky Thursday and found themselves staring at a cartoonish rendering of male genitalia, sketched in airplane exhaust by at least one Navy EA-18G Growler jet.  (Washington Post)  


Saudi Arabia Sunni vs Iran Shia


Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but it's all recently got a lot more tense. Here's why.  (BBC) 


Getting out of jail


RIO DE JANEIRO - The Rio de Janeiro state legislature's vote on Friday to order the release of 3 of its members jailed earlier this week on corruption charges fed Brazilians' perception that well-connected politicians can break the law with impunity.  Assembly speaker Jorge Picciani and two other prominent members of the body, Paulo Melo and Edson Albertassi, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of racketeering, money laundering, tax evasion and accepting bribes.  All three belong to the PMDB, the same party as Brazilian President Michel Temer.  (EFE)  


PREVIOUS:   Great & Corruption


Database now public


The public will get a glimpse at the tens of thousands of names - including those of more than 3,000 Canadians and Canadian companies - in the Paradise Papers starting today.  Key information from the huge leak of tax-haven financial records, including the names of offshore companies and the people behind them, is being made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.  (CBC)


REPORT:   ICIJ offshore database

MORE:    Help search the Paradise Papers

PREVIOUS:   Paradise Papers   Global meltdown-wealth   Political party funding


Mistrial declared


Tony Accurso


MONTREAL - Superior Court Justice James Brunton has just declared a mistrial in the jury trial of Antonio Accurso.  The judge made the decision after a serious problem arose with a member of the jury.  The construction entrepreneur was charged with taking part in a system of collusion and kickbacks through which the city of Laval awarded contracts for years.  (Montreal Gazette)  


MORE:   Mistrial

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption Quebec 

RELATED:   Vaillancourt gets day parole


Reintegration support


Canadian jihadis in Iraq and Syria face a concerted effort to kill them by the Syrian, Iraqi, US, Russian and Turkish governments, as well as numerous local and foreign-backed militias. But they have so far had little to fear from their own government, either at home or abroad.   At the end of 2015 the government said it was aware of about 180 'individuals with a nexus to Canada' who had travelled overseas to join such groups, and of another 60 who had returned to Canada.  (CBC)


RELATED:   Spies have infiltrated IS sleeper cells


What's next?


OTTAWA - Among the questions this process has opened for governments and law enforcement is one that has yet to be answered - what will legalization mean for police canines trained to treat pot as illegal? At this point, no one really knows. (Global)


Officer shot


Sean Suiter


BALTIMORE - A veteran Baltimore police detective died in the hospital Thursday, one day after he was shot in the head by an unknown gunman.  Homicide detective Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was conducting a follow-up to a homicide investigation around 5pm Wednesday when he saw a man engaging in suspicious activity.  Suiter approached the man and was shot in the head shortly after.  (ABC)


MORE:   Detective killed    Search for shooter   Shelter-in-place for neighborhood   309th homicide of the year 


Boss of bosses dead


Salvatore Riina


PARMA - Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina died early Friday in a hospital while serving multiple life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra. He was 87.  (AP)


RELATED:   1957 meeting forced the FBI to recognize the Mafia    Apalachin meeting 




Bob Menendez


NEWARK - The corruption trial of New Jersey's Democratic US Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges. Menendez, 63, was accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors.   (Reuters) 


IIO complaint


THE HAGUE - Ousted Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz filed on Thursday a complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague regarding alleged human rights abuses carried out by Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.   She said more than 1,000 pieces of evidence, gathered from medical reports, inspections, and interviews, have been turned over to ICC prosecutors.  Ortega Diaz said that some 8,000 people had been assassinated in Venezuela on the orders of the government, between 2015 and 2017.  As well as implicating Maduro, the former Attorney General filed complaints against Vladimir Padrino Lopez, Nestor Reverol, Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez and Antonio Benavides Torres.  (EFE) 


PREVIOUS:   No strategy   Rating agencies declare default   Debt restructuring   Beginning of end-game    US sanctions more    Crisis in Venezuela     Cartels


Olympic spirit


MOSCOW - A top Russian Olympic official has said Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who alleged the country ran a systematic doping programme, should be executed. 'Rodchenkov should be shot for lying, like Stalin would have done,' said Leonid Tyagachev, who was the head of Russia's Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2010 and remains its honorary president.  (Guardian UK)


Half the world's wealth


The world's richest people have seen their share of the globe's total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to 50.1% in 2017, or $140T, according to Credit Suisse's global wealth report.  (Guardian UK)


REPORT:   Global wealth 2017 

MORE:   High-income trends among Canadian tax filers, 2015    Income increases




 John Davidson 


ABBOTSFORD - Const John Davidson was killed during a shootout on Nov 6.  Davidson's celebration of life at the Abbotsford Centre will be proceeded by a procession of uniformed law enforcement officers through the city. Thousands of first responders from across North America are expected to attend, while citizens are encouraged to line the route in honour of a fallen hero. The funeral will be open to the public.  The procession will begin at 11:30am Sunday (Nov. 19).  Police expect between 6,000 to 8,000 first responders to attend.  (PostMedia)  


MORE:   Mourning a fallen officer   Thousands pay their respects   Memorial for fallen officer

COMMENT:   The Bond

PREVIOUS:   BC Police 


Family dispute


MONTREAL - A 21-year-old man has died after being shot during what police say appears to have been a family argument that went out of control.  Police received a call at 1:50pm about an armed assault at an apartment building on 18e Ave.  They immediately arrested the suspect, a 75-year-old man, outside of the building. Police say the suspect is the victim's stepfather.   (CTV)


MORE:   Stepfather arrested    Shooting


Deal gone bad


Adrian Johnson


OTTAWA - Adrian Johnson, 45, was stabbed to death outside the Shepherds of Good Hope Saturday morning.  He was known to peddle dope, and the woman said Johnson ended up dead after an early Saturday morning drug deal went bad.   (Ottawa Citizen) 




Tammy Avery, nee Lefebvre


STURGEON FALLS - Marc Pierre Gauthier, 52, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Tammy Avery, nee Lefebvre, 39.  The accused and victim were in a relationship and lived together in the apartment where the incident occurred.   (Bay Today)


MORE:   Charged   Identified    Man charged




David Blacquiere   


TORONTO - David Blacquiere, 54, was fatally stabbed outside of a Shopper's Drug Mart on Weston Road on the morning of Nov 14.  Investigators believe that Blacquiere was in the company of Christopher Enrique Gordon, 18, when the pair arrived at the plaza in the same vehicle.  Blacquiere was then stabbed during the course of an altercation that began inside the vehicle.  Gordon is wanted for second-degree murder in connection with the homicide.  Demetrius McFarquhar, is wanted on charges of accessory after the fact of murder.   (CP24)


PREVIOUS:   Identified   Police identify victim   Victim ID'd   Identified 


Guilty plea


MONTREAL - Darius Brown, 17, was found dead outside an apartment building at the corner of Westminster and Westhaven on Nov 17, 2016.  An 18-year-old suspect originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, but changed his plea to manslaughter.    (CTV)


MORE:   Guilty plea 


3 years


Ryan   Tamara Lovett


CALGARY - A woman who failed to take her son Ryan, 7, to the doctor for a strep infection has been sentenced to 3 years in prison.  Tamara Lovett, 48, was convicted in January of criminal negligence causing death.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Mom guilty   Tamara Lovett   Guilty of negligence  


Overdose death


Michael Thompson


TORONTO - Const Michael Thompson, 37, was found in medical distress at his home in Durham Region on April 10, police say. He was rushed to hospital, where he died 3 days later.  Toronto police released a statement about the officer's death Thursday - more than 7 months after it happened.  Police started a sudden death investigation back in April. The results of that investigation came back in July, concluding Thompson died of a fentanyl overdose.  Police said the quantity of fentanyl in his system was too large to have been caused by casual contact with the drug.  (CBC)


MORE:   Drug squad officer died 


2nd man charged


Cody Gionet


NEWMARKET - Officers responded to calls of gunshots at a residence near Sheldon Ave shortly before 10pm on Oct 21.  Police arrived to find Cody Gionet, 30, suffering from gunshot wounds.   Cheikh Ngom, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder.  Travis Whitman, 21, was previously charged with second-degree murder.  (York Region)


MORE:   2nd man charged

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Murder rap laid   Man arrested   


Youth pleads guilty


SASKATOON - A 15-year-old Saskatoon boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death last year of Dylan Phillips, 26.  Phillips was beaten with a fence board and then shot at his home on Ave G N on Oct 14, 2016.  Two other accused are charged with first-degree murder.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Charged   2 more charged   15-year-old charged   Victim identified    


Hit-and-run video


TORONTO - In the hope of identifying the driver, Toronto police have released a shocking video showing the moment a woman was hit by a car while crossing the street.  The 61-year-old was making her way across Steeles Ave E at the pedestrian crossing on the morning of Oct 31 when a car turning left hit her.  She was sent to hospital with serious injuries.   (CBC) 




Harvey William Leroux


EDMONTON - Police received reports of 2 separate occasions during this past summer where Harvey William Leroux, 49, allegedly sexually assaulted a 6-year-old child at his Edmonton home. Leroux was taken into custody on Oct 24 and is now facing sexual assault and sexual interference charges.  Police believe Leroux may have had similar contact with other children.   (CTV)


MORE:   Police look for other victims    Befriends moms


Homicide, pepper spray attack


Deibi 'David' Salazar


CALGARY - Shortly after noon Wednesday, officers were called to a home in the 1800-block of 38 St SE, following a report indicating a man was in medical distress.  Officers entered the home and 'experienced the impacts of pepper spray'.   The subsequent search of the home resulted in the discovery of the remains of a man.  Police have identified Deibi 'David' Francisco Monterroso Salazar, 29, as the suspect.  (CTV) 


MORE:   Salazar arrested


Youth to be charged 


Leslie Sunwalk


CALGARY - Police were called at about 5am Wednesday to the 5500-block of Maddock Drive NE.  The victim, who has been identified as Leslie Sunwalk, was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries. A suspect was arrested at the scene and a second-degree murder charge is pending.  The suspect and victim were known to each other.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Teen killed   Stabbing    Teen dead


6 months



James Enright           Taitusi Vikiani


VANCOUVER - Taitusi Vikilani, 20, who was convicted of manslaughter for his part in a deadly attack outside a Burnaby, BC SkyTrain station has been sentenced to spend less than 6 months behind bars.  The court heard James Enright, 27, was killed after standing up for a woman late at night in a parking lot back in Feb 2015.  Jesse Sellam, stabbed him in the heart and Vikilani punched him in the face.  While Vikilani didn't deal the fatal blow, the court found him partially responsible for Enright's death.  Sellam was sentenced to 4+ years in prison for the stabbing.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Murder 2015


Suspect shot


ST LAURENT - Police said an RCMP officer was assaulted on Hwy. 6 near St. Laurent at about 8:30 on Tuesday night.  The officer's police van and sidearm were taken during the assault.  RCMP officials said that at 12:50am on Wednesday, officers located the stolen vehicle and the male suspect on Highway 417, near Lake Manitoba FN.  During the course of the arrest, the suspect was shot and pronounced deceased on scene.  (CTV)


MORE:   Suspect dead   Police shooting   Suspect identified   


Stabbing victim dies


VANCOUVER - Police says its homicide team is investigating a death following an assault that happened on Halloween night.  Police were called to the area of 8 St and Columbia St, New Westminster, just before midnight and found a man suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds.  The unnamed man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.  Police aren't saying when he died.  2 suspects were taken into custody.   (Global)


PREVIOUS:    Man wounded in stabbing




SIX-ROADS - RCMP said they received a 911 call just before 1:30am Sunday about the fire at a two-storey home in Six Roads on Route 150.  When police arrived, the building was in flames. One man was able to escape the blaze and was taken to hospital in critical condition.  During a search of the burned-out house the next day, police found the bodies of a man and a woman.  Benoit Bertin, 19, is accused of murdering Leona Boudreau and Jacques Brideau and attempting to murder Michel Boudreau.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death   Suspicious death  




Kegan McCallum


MEADOW LAKE - Kegan McCallum, 17, died in hospital from gunshot wounds after he was shot at a friend's house at about 10:30am Monday.  Police are still looking for the suspect in the shooting.  (CBC)


MORE:   Shooting

PREVIOUS:   Serious incident  




Stuart Ellis


EAST GWILLIMBURY - Stuart Ellis, 28, was travelling south on Highway 48 near Davis Drive shortly before 6am on Monday when a northbound vehicle reportedly drifted into his lane and struck him head-on.  A suspect identified as Tyler Neilsen, 20, has been charged with impaired driving causing death, taking a vehicle without consent and driving on a disqualified license.  (CTV)


MORE:   Identified    Heart's in a million pieces


Victim remembered


Julia Pieroway


NIAGARA FALLS - Julia Pieroway, 20, was confirmed by friends to be killed in a Sunday morning crash that occurred around 2:15am in Niagara Falls on Biggar Road.  Jake Pirson, 22, has been charged with impaired driving causing death.  (Niagara This Week)


PREVIOUS:   Impaired




Victoria Head


ST JOHN'S - The body found near O'Brien Farm Road on Nov 11 is Victoria Head, a 36-year-old woman from St. John's.  They are investigating her death as a homicide.   (CBC)


MORE:   Police warn sex workers   Woman was murdered 




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