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Latest omnibus budget bill


OTTAWA - The Conservative government has introduced another mammoth omnibus budget bill that includes a grab-bag of measures, ranging from tax breaks for beekeepers to provisions banning cable companies from charging for paper bills.  (AP)


DOCUMENT:   Bill C-41


'Very developed criminality'



Nathan Cirillo             Kevin Vickers


OTTAWA - RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Michale Zehaf-Bibeau had a history of 'violence, drugs and mental instability' before he killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and stormed inside Parliament's Centre Block Wednesday.   (CTV)


MORE:   RCMP statement about shootings   Shooter tried to rob McDonald's with a stick  

PREVIOUS:  Parliament Hill shooting    Sergeant at arms stopped shooter

RELATED:   Vet new Islamic converts


Man attacks cops with hatchet


Attacker caught on camera


NEW YORK - A man charged at 4 New York police officers with a metal hatchet Thursday, hitting 2 of them.  He struck one officer in the right arm and another in the head. The 2 officers who weren't hit then shot at and killed the attacker.  (CNN)  


MORE:   Suspect Zale Thompson shot dead   Islam convert shot dead  


NYC Ebola case


NEW YORK - A 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea was rushed in an ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday.  Craig Spencer, who was was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms spent Wednesday night bowling in Williamsburg. He used Uber taxis to get there and back.  (NY Post)


MORE:  Timeline of NY Ebola case   City jitters   Ebola case in Mali

PREVIOUS:   West Africa Ebola outbreak   Bio related events    


Car bomb


SHEIKH ZUWEID - At least 26 soldiers have been killed and 27 injured after a car bomb targeted a military checkpoint in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid.  According to initial reports, a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a military checkpoint, killing the soldiers that had been stationed at the Karm Al-Qawadees checkpoint.  (Egyptian Streets)  


MORE:   Dozens killed   Sinai bomb

PREVIOUS:   Sinai insurgency     


Lawyer & wife killed


MOSCOW - Police say that Vitaly Moiseyev and his wife were found dead with gunshot wounds in a car near Moscow on October 24.  Moiseyev was representing Sergei Zhurba, an alleged victim of the Orekhovo gang and a key witness in a case against one of the gang's leaders Dmitry Belkin.  Last month, another of Zhurba's lawyers, Tatyana Akimtseva, was shot dead by unknown individuals.   (RFE/RL)


MORE:   Attorney and wife killed  


2 hotels seized 


Alexei Juznetsov


COURCHEVEL - A French court has ordered the seizure of 2 hotels in France's Courchevel ski resort that, Russian law enforcement agencies believe, were purchased by the Moscow region's former Finance Minister Alexei Kuznetsov with criminal proceeds.  (Interfax)  


PREVIOUS:   Russian Mafia  


UK rejects EU demand


BRUSSELS - David Cameron has angrily insisted the UK will not pay $2.73B being demanded by the EU by next month.  Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the proposal should not have come as a surprise to the UK.  He said it was made under a system agreed by all the member states and based on data provided by them.  EU finance ministers have agreed to the UK's request for emergency talks about the top-up payment, which would add about a fifth to the UK's annual net EU contribution of $13.8B.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Why the UK is being asked for more 


Orlandi code  


Emanuela Orlandi


ROME - For the first Sunday mass of his pontificate, on a cloudy day in March 2013, Pope Francis gave a sermon on the healing wonders of mercy, what he called 'the Lord's most powerful message.'  In the Pope's presence that Sunday at Sant'Anna Maria Orlandi and her son Pietro shared in the great expectations. Maria's 15-year-old daughter, Emanuela, disappeared in 1983, the victim of one of Italy's most enduring mysteries.  (Toronto Star)  


PREVIOUS:   Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi


Air strikes




KOBANE - The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said 553 people had been killed since the air strikes began Sept 23, including 32 civilians.  The group said it has documented the deaths of 464 IS fighters, adding that the real number could be much higher. (Guardian UK) 


PREVIOUS:   Siege of Kobane   Military intervention against IS   Syrian Civil War   PTC: War on Terror    




Liberty and Heard

Slough and Slatten


WASHINGTON - A jury in Washington has found - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - guilty of a total of 13 charges of voluntary manslaughter and a total of 17 charges of attempted manslaughter.  A fourth, Nicholas Slatten, was found guilty of one charge of first-degree murder. The Nisour Square massacre in 2007 left 17 people dead and 20 seriously injured after the guards working for the US State Department fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers from their armoured convoy in the mistaken belief they were under attack by insurgents.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Blackwater Baghdad shootings

PREVIOUS:   Security guards face prison 




QUETTA - At least 10 people have been killed in two attacks in the SW Pakistani city of Quetta.  The first attack took place early on Thursday morning when 8 Shias were killed by gunmen who opened fire on a bus at a market.  Later a bomb hit a rally held by one of Pakistan's biggest religious parties, the JUI-F.  (BBC) 


MORE:   Gun down in bus attack     Bombing


Mayor linked to attack


Maria Pineda & Jose Abarca


IGUALA - Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste.  The Guerreros Unidos cartel's deep connections with local officials in Iguala came to a head Sept 26 when the mayor ordered city police to detain protesting students, who were then turned over to the drug gang.  (Daily Mail)  


MORE:   March to protest disappearance

PREVIOUS:   Crime boss kills himself   Gang leader arrested   Clashes   Violence flares   Protesters burn government offices   Cartels, corruption and missing students   2014 Iguala massacre   


Next phase of anti-spam law


TORONTO - Canada's controversial anti-spam law has already forced businesses to change how they communicate with consumers by email.  Early next year, the law will also start targeting software makers.  Starting on Jan. 15, 2015, companies will have to get consent before installing a program on a person's computer if the software has the ability to covertly send electronic messages or has other functionality outlined in the legislation.  (CP)


RELATED:   Government's weak response    Corporate Canada rejected plan


Military executes civilians


TLATLAYA - 8 Mexican soldiers executed 15 of the 22 civilians who were killed in a violent incident in the central state of Tlatlaya last June, according to a report published by the Mexican National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).  According to the official version of the case, on June 30 a military patrol in Tlatlaya clashed with an organized crime group which left 22 civilians dead.  However, Plascencia revealed that according to the final investigation, it was confirmed that 15 of the victims were killed by 8 soldiers in a storehouse.  (EFE)


MORE:   Ombudsman concedes that military executed 15    Attempted cover-up


5 years


Reeva Steenkamp & Oscar Pistorius


PRETORIA - Olympic and Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to a maximum of 5 years in jail in connection with the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, although he could serve less than a year behind bars.  (CBC)  


PREVIOUS:   Trial of Oscar Pistorius    


CEO killed


Christophe de Margerie


MOSCOW - The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed at a Moscow airport when his corporate jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.  Total confirmed that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash at Moscow's Vnukoko airport.  (AP)  


MORE:   Criminal negligence   'Negligence' behind death   Total names new CEO   French investigators in Moscow


Investigators review cases  


Darren Vann


GARY - Investigators in two states are reviewing unsolved murders and missing person reports after the arrest of an Indiana man who police say confessed to killing 7 women and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span.  But determining whether others have fallen prey to Darren Vann, 43, a former Marine convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009, could take years.   (Fox)  


MORE:   Suspected serial killer   Charged with another murder  

PREVIOUS:   7 bodies found   Bodies found


Activists use faulty data


EDMONTON - Here we are, a decade later, and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), in conjunction with the Pembina Institute's damning report 'A Costly Diagnosis', uses the ICAP model, as well as faulty data, to falsely accuse Alberta's coal-fired power generation industry of crimes it does not commit.  Thanks to Dr. Ross McKitrick who was kind enough to do the math again on this faulty model, found that over half of ALL deaths in Alberta, based on Pembina's reckoning, were being attributed to asthma or coal-fired power plant emissions.  (Beacon)  


Acid attacks


ISFAHAN - A series of acid attacks on women in the historic Iranian city of Isfahan has raised fears and prompted rumours that the victims were targeted for not being properly veiled.  (AFP)  


MORE:   Iran vows full force of law on acid attackers    Concerns of veil vigilantes 


Strategy is failing


WASHINGTON - For the last decade, the US has spent $7.6B in a massive effort to combat Afghanistan's lucrative opium trade. But after a record harvest last year, the US inspector general for Afghanistan has concluded that the counter-narcotics strategy is failing badly.  (LA Times)


REPORT:   Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan

MORE:   Opium poppies thrive


Class action lawsuit


TORONTO - An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams 'conspired' to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws.  (Toronto Star) 


Tax union holds out


OTTAWA - The Conservative government is facing a showdown with employees at Canada's tax agency over two hot-button issues for public servants: giving up severance pay, and banked sick leave.  The Union of Taxation Employees stands out as the only federal union that has yet to give up severance benefits for public servants who quit voluntarily.   (PostMedia)


Reconnecting with dad


Kate Comella knew the day would come when she learned that her biological father was dead.  In the early 1970s, he was William 'Zeke' Zimmerman. But that was before he testified against the very Rochester mob members who knew him so well, before police hustled him out of town and placed him in the federal witness protection program. (Democrat Chronicle)


Suspects connected to other murders


Andre Gay & Richard Wilson


FULTON COUNTY - Investigators have painted a disturbing pattern of violence in connection with 2 men arrested for kidnapping and killing a pregnant DeKalb County woman and her boyfriend last August.  Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said on Friday that Brianna Brooks and Jeronta Brown were just 2 of Andre Gay and Richard 'Fathead' Wilson's victims.  Howard says both men are responsible for at least 7 deaths since 1990, one of which was unsolved.  (WXIA)  


MORE:   Men may face death penalty  


Evidence is wrong


Aaron Kosminski


LONDON - Scientists have said evidence which claimed to have unmasked Jack the Ripper is wrong because a decimal point may have been put in the wrong place during calculations to match the killer's delay with his descendants.  (Daily Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Jack the Ripper    Jack the Ripper unmasked    


Hack the border


WASHINGTON - Frustrated by costly delays at the Canada-US border, the business community is urging governments to seek solutions from private-sector whiz kids.  The national governments are being pressed to adopt a model popularized by high-tech startups during the original boom in the 1990s: gather a bunch of software engineers in one room, give them a problem to solve, and promise a prize. They call it a hackathon.  (CP)


Another attack


NORTH KIVU - Attackers killed 10 women, 8 children and 4 men in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Saturday. The assault occurred 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Beni, in North Kivu province, where more than 25 people died in a similar attack on Thursday.  (DW)  


MORE:   Violence in DRC   Children 'hacked to death'    2nd massacre   Massive jail break



Violence flares again





HONG KONG - Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardizing talks aimed at ending a political stalemate.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Activists regroup   Endgame 'nowhere in sight'   Triads behind spike in violence 

PREVIOUS:   2014 protests   Triad  


Cases continue to climb


VANCOUVER - Under Section 28 of BC's Mental Health Act, a police officer can immediately take a person to a physician if the officer believes that person has a mental illness and could be a safety risk to that person or others. In Vancouver, these apprehensions have grown year after year to 2,872 in 2013.  As of this week, there have been more than 2,400 Section 28 apprehensions in Vancouver this year.  A spokesman for the Vancouver police department, emphasized that these figures account only for Section 28 apprehensions - the most serious of such calls.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Mental health decision on hold   TPS postpone standard   Coverage of mental health week


Wiretaps can be used in civil trials


OTTAWA - Judges are allowed to release private wiretaps that were obtained during criminal investigations for the purposes of civil trials, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.  (QMI)


JUDGMENT:   2014 SCC 66

MORE:   Wiretap evidence to be used in class action lawsuit  


RCMP track activist 


OTTAWA - According to the documents, the RCMP considers IEN an 'extremist' group and a trip by an IEN member to a direct action camp in July of that year created a flurry of database activity involving RCMP officers with the force's national security operations in BC and Ottawa.   (APTN) 




HALIFAX - Lawyers who spent years handling the case of people who allege they were abused at a defunct orphanage have been awarded $5.78M in legal fees by a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge.   (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Lawyers must justify fees    


Costs skyrocket


OTTAWA - Despite a decreasing crime rate over a 10-year-period, the costs associated with fighting and punishing illegal activity has increased dramatically, according to a report by public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute.  Between 2002 and 2012, Canada's crime rate declined 27% while costs associated to the justice system increased 36%.  The report's authors point to actions by the Supreme Court of Canada as directly affecting the cost of justice.   (QMI)


REPORT:   Cost of crime in Canada 2014   COMMENT:   Questions about public sector efficiency


More power to CSIS


Blaney, Coulombe & Paulson


OTTAWA - The federal government will unveil new measures Thursday to give federal security agents more power to track suspected terrorists.   (PostMedia)  


MORE:   Lawyers oppose legislation   Court hindering CSIS's ability

PREVIOUS:    RCMP investigating   63 potential terrorism cases    IS discussed attacks on US targets in Canada   Too slow to take on radicalized Canadians


Greed, incompetence, neglect  


Algo Centre Mall


ELLIOT LAKE - Decades of incompetence, neglect, greed and dishonesty by a succession of owners, engineers and municipal officials led to the deadly cave-in of a northern Ontario mall two years ago, a judicial inquiry reported Wednesday.  (CP)


REPORT:   Elliot Lake Inquiry

MORE:   Human failure

COMMENT:   Human failure     


Bankers got away with it


WASHINGTON - The Governor of the Bank of England last night launched a stinging attack on the bankers who caused the financial crisis and 'got away without sanction'.  Mark Carney said the bosses of the banks behind the 2008 global financial crash should have paid a higher price for their errors.  Instead - despite facing limited social embarrassment - they were still on the 'best golf courses'.  (Daily Mail)    


PREVIOUS:   Global Meltdown


World's wealthiest


If you have $3,650, you're among the wealthiest half of people in the world, according to Credit Suisse's new report on global wealth.  (Telegraph UK)


REPORT:   Global wealth report 2014   .pdf  

MORE:   Richest 1% own nearly half of global wealth


Still paying too much


OTTAWA - A new study has found that Canadians are still paying far more than other industrialized countries for generic drugs, despite recent efforts by the provinces and territories to bulk buy six particularly costly medications.  It adds that while Canadians are saving some money under the bulk-purchasing scheme, they're still spending much more than those in the UK, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and the US.  (CP)  


MORE:   Paying more than double


Core secrets


The NSA has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use 'physical subversion' to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents.  The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used 'under cover' operatives to gain access to sensitive data and systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret agents may have even dealt with American firms. (Intercept) 


COMMENT:   World without investigative journalism   Soviet Criminal Act v US Patriot Act

PREVIOUS:   Automatic police access   RIPA   Police snooping scandal   Big brother surveillance         


2 arrested


Rene Sortolovo


THUNDER BAY - City police say a 17-year-old female and 22-year-old male, both from Thunder Bay, were both charged with second-degree murder in the death of Rene Sortolovo, 51.  The victim's body was discovered on Oct. 19 in his Marks St N home and a post-mortem revealed Sortolovo' death was a homicide.  (TB News Watch) 


MORE:   2 charged  


Impaired charge


PINCHER CREEK - RCMP have charged Joseph Jean-Rene Richard, 40, following a Sept 6 fatal collision near Pincher Creek that claimed the life of Shelly Lee Dunbar, 49.  Dunbar was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision.  (Beacon)  


MORE:   Man charged


Attack may have been random  




LONGUEUIL - A member of the victim's family said not all of her relatives have been reached for the time being, and that's why they don't want to release her name publicly.  Police now confirm the 23-year-old victim was attacked with an unusual level of violence, and they now think it was a completely random attack against a woman who was simply walking to her nearby home after work.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Beaten woman dies   Woman assaulted   


Publication ban


HALIFAX - The lawyers for Glen Eugene Assoun and the federal Justice Department argued last week against allowing the public to hear or see details from the initial federal review of Assoun's second-degree murder conviction.  The Justice Department said the recently completed assessment shows there may have been a miscarriage of justice and a more in-depth investigation has been launched.  (CP)


MORE:   1999 conviction under review

PREVIOUS:   Michael Wayne McGray  


Toll on jurors 



Lin Jun                Luka Magnotta


MONTREAL - Jurors were warned weeks in advance that they were coming and that they'd be hard to watch, but the videos played at the Luka Magnotta murder trial this week and last still came as a shock to some in the Montreal courtroom, and the scenes of dismemberment, macabre sex acts and violent death they showed could end up taking their toll.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Gruesome package   Murder page 6    


Witness foils kidnapping


HAMILTON - Police have launched an investigation after a man tried to kidnap a child from a local elementary school Thursday.  According to police, a kindergarten student was led away from the playground at Earl Kitchener Elementary School by a man he didn't know around 12:10pm.  The man walked away from the school with the child, when a witness in the area saw the child crying. The witness stepped in and the man ran off.  (CBC)    


Funds not accounted for


SQUAMISH - 2 members of the Squamish Nation's elected council have been stripped of their authority over financial matters after an independent investigation revealed a significant portion of $1.5M from the band's 'emergency fund' was not properly accounted for over the past 2 years.  (North Shore News)


Terror lie 


EDMONTON - Hana Bedhiafi, 23, had been charged with committing a hoax regarding terrorist activity, but was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of public mischief for reporting a crime which had not been committed.  Bedhiafi was so opposed to her sister's romantic engagement that she contacted the Canadian military and claimed 'he was a member of a new terrorist organization and was planning to blow up buildings in Edmonton.'  (QMI)  


Lawyer admits 



Muhammad-Danish Munir


TORONTO - A local criminal defence lawyer, who once boasted he's one of the city's best, admitted he tried to fleece a client by soliciting money to bribe the police.  The ploy backfired when the client's sister phoned Toronto Police, who set up a sting operation that led to the arrest of Muhammad-Danish Munir.  (QMI)




Theoren Gregory Poitras


VANCOUVER - A man who was killed near a Richmond elementary school earlier this month has been identified as a 25-year-old who was known to police for gang activity in Alberta.  Theoren Gregory Poitras was living in Richmond when he was found unresponsive on a field by RC Talmey Elementary school just after midnight on Oct 2.   (CTV)     


MORE:   IHIT identified murder victim  Victim known for AB gang activity

PREVIOUS:   Shooting    




EDMONTON - Police report that Michael McNeill, 22, the young man whose body was found in a 116 St NW apartment suite just after 8am on Saturday, Oct 18, died as a result of a stab wound.  Cody Ross Larson, 23, of Edmonton has been charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon in connection with the death of McNeill.   (Beacon)


PREVIOUS:   Charged   Witness   Man charged   Suspicious death     




Allen Wilson


STONY PLAIN - RCMP Major Crimes Unit have charged a man in connection with the death of Allen Wilson, 18, whose remains were discovered outside of Stony Plain in Sept.  Garrett Michael Oshvalda, 55, was arrested and is facing a charge of second degree murder.   (Beacon)  


MORE:   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Investigating    Friends mourn loss     


Woman charged


WINNIPEG - Police say they have charged a woman following the discovery of several dead infants in a Winnipeg storage unit.  Police say Andrea Giesbrecht, who is 40, faces 6 charges of concealing a body.  Police say Giesbrecht is also known as Andrea Naworynski.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Woman charged with concealing 6 dead infants   Arrest in dead infants case  

PREVIOUS:   Dead babies   Dead infants




Robert Barletta


LONDON, ON - The decision by the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal to strip Robert Barletta's strip club, Famous Flesh Gordon's, of its licence was revealed last week, but the written reasons and supporting facts were only obtained Tuesday.  They reveal a dozen full-patch Hells Angels and 3 'hangarounds' with 105 criminal convictions between them, as well as a new support club of at least 4 members, with 17 convictions between them.  (QMI)  


PREVIOUS:   Biker can be denied a liquor licence   Liquor licence revoked    Strip club closes 


Charged with extortion


TORONTO - An Ontario Ministry of Labour inspector conducted a safety audit of a business in the area, and found a number of items that were not in compliance with provincial standards.  The inspector left, telling the owners to fix the items, then returned and made a request for money from the owner.  Joseph Ah-Hone, 55, was arrested and charged.   (CTV)  


Parties panic


SAINT JOHN - Elections New Brunswick's attempt to add a 'None of the above' option to next month's Saint John East byelection ballot is likely dead after 4 political parties said more time is needed to explore the option.  (CBC)


Foul play suspected


Larry Mizen


VANCOUVER - A 54-year-old man found dead in a Surrey home Sunday night is believed to have met with foul play.  Police found Larry Robert Mizen's body in a basement suite after responding to calls of a disturbance at 136 St and 110A Ave around 8:30pm.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Enforcer found dead   Enforcer meets bloody end   





Patrice Vincent         Martin Rouleau


MONTREAL - One of two soldiers wounded in a hit and run involving a 'radicalized' 25-year-old man in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, has died.  Martin Rouleau, the 25-year-old suspect, was fatally shot on Monday after hitting two soldiers in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Suspected terror attack  Linked to terrorist ideology    Can't prevent attacks   Political motives questioned  


Murders - suicide


BRAMPTON - Homicide investigators have concluded their investigation and determined Hashmukhial Mistry, 61, killed his wife Manjulaben Mistry, 57, and his father Dewabhai Mistry, 91, then himself sometime between Oct 11, and Oct 12.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   2 identified   Identified   3 dead   3 dead  


Woman found dead


MOOSONEE - OPP said the woman was found unresponsive Saturday morning in Moosonee with clear signs of trauma.  She has been identified as Angel Matthews, 27, of Moosonee.  (CBC) 


MORE:   Suspicious death 




MASKWACIS - Charmaine Louis-Crier, 35 of Maskwacis, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 19-year old woman last August.  RCMP says at about 10:30pm, on August 8, 2013, Hobbema RCMP responded to a call concerning the stabbing of a woman on the Hobbema town site.  When emergency crews arrived, they discovered the victim, a 19-year old woman suffering from serious wounds.  She was rushed to hospital, however, she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  (Beacon)


MORE:   Woman charged

PREVIOUS:   Community healing after murder 


Cop charged


VANCOUVER - A Delta police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in the high-profile shooting death of an armed man near a New Westminster casino in 2012.  Crown prosecutors announced Monday that Delta Police Const. Jordan MacWilliams is charged with the second-degree murder of Merhdad Bayrami, 48, who died in hospital several days after being shot in a five-hour standoff near the Starlight Casino on Nov. 8, 2012.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Officer charged


Mounties, suspect hurt


REGINA - What began as a routine call for a disturbance escalated to a disturbing hit and run that injured 2 Mounties - one seriously - as well as the man they were arresting, and had police shoot at an SUV.  (Regina StarPhoenix) 


Honoured by TPS


TORONTO - 29 members of the community were recognized for their acts of bravery, courage and assistance to the Toronto Police Service on Sunday.  Chief Bill Blair and police board chair Alok Mukherjee presented the Community Member Awards at an afternoon ceremony at the College St headquarters.  (CityNews)


Suspicious death


CAMPBELL RIVER - RCMP responded to a 911 call Saturday at 8:26am to assist an ambulance with an unresponsive male outside a residence on Alpine Road at Dogwood St.  RCMP and BC Ambulance Service attended and found the male was deceased.   (Campbell River Mirror)  


MORE:   Suspicious death       


3 arrested 


Zack Jelovsek


MISSISSAUGA - 3 people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing at a weekend house party in Mississauga that ended with one man dead and another injured.  The 2 men were stabbed during a fight outside a home at 136 Rainbow Crescent around 1:30am on Saturday.  Zack Jelovsek, 19, has been identified as the deceased victim.  Hamza Othman, 19, and Ilir Memedovski, 20, have been charged with second-degree murder. Neil Patel, 20, was charged with accessory after the fact.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Arrests made    3 arrested   Teen slain defending pal 


Man found NCR



Jeannine Ross-Armstrong


TORONTO - Jonathon Ross killed his sister brutally, bludgeoning and stabbing her as she lay in bed. When police arrived at Ross's Richmond Hill condo, his socks were drenched in blood.  It was the early morning of Feb. 2, 2013. As a Newmarket court would later hear, Ross was having a psychotic episode likely brought on by undiagnosed schizophrenia.  Last week, a judge found Ross, 38, not criminally responsible for the homicide.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Identify released   Man charged   Woman killed  




Stephanie Laderoute


EDMONTON - Police have arrested and charged Stephanie Laderoute, 34, with second degree murder and accessory after the fact in the stabbing death of Ashley Macneil last March.  Ashley John George Macneil, 34, died from a stab wound he suffered during an alleged altercation with another man in a parking lot in the area of 168 St and 118 Ave during the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 12, 2014.  On October 2, EPS charged Daryle Victor Kidder, 36 in connection with Macneil's death.  (Beacon)  


MORE:   2nd suspect charged

PREVIOUS:   Warrant issued   Woman wanted   2 charged   Homicide   Stabbed to death   Stabbing victim      




VANCOUVER - Charges have been dropped against the 23-year-old man previously accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Surrey after police determined that he did not commit the crime.  Surrey RCMP now say that Cory Schaumleffel, 28, has been charged in connection to the August incident.  Police requested a stay of proceedings in the case against the previous suspect on Oct. 10, saying the man confessed to a crime he didn't commit.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Calls for better public safety in Surrey   Police debunk confession   Police arrest wrong person  


Pastor charged


Richard John Docekal


EDMONTON - ALERT said their Internet Child Exploitation Unit had charged Richard John Docekal, 58, with possession and distribution of child pornography.  (CTV)  


MORE:   'Hand-drawn' child porn offences 


Leniency ill advised


VANCOUVER - You launch a savage, unprovoked attack, chopping another person over the head several times with a meat cleaver, but it's not called attempted murder, only aggravated assault.  And although you have a mile-long record, you're just out of prison, and you're on a drunken binge seeking drugs, you get off with another short stretch in your second home and a hearty 'I wish you the best'?  (Vancouver Sun)  


Crown reviewing cops' conduct  


WINNIPEG - An internal investigation into the two officers who made contact with 15-year-old Tina Fontaine hours before she was last seen alive is complete and has been turned over to the Crown for review, Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis said on Friday. Tina Fontaine, 15, was reported missing in early August. The two officers made contact with Fontaine and chose not to apprehend her despite her status as a high-risk runaway. Her body, wrapped in a plastic bag, was pulled from the Red River a week later. (QMI)     


MORE:   Investigations not linked

PREVIOUS:   Officer mired in sex probe    Recent murder


Parents accused of murder



Jaelin Roberto Colley      Colley & Roberto


TORONTO - Police say the parents arrested in the death of a 4-year-old North York boy have been charged with first-degree murder.  On Monday, paramedics were called to a townhouse complex in the Finch Ave E area where they found Jaelin Roberto Colley not breathing and were unable to resuscitate him.  Joel Roberto, 27, and Ravyn Colley, 24, both of Toronto, were each initially charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life but that offence was upgraded to first-degree murder.  (CityNews)


MORE:   Family shocked  

PREVIOUS:   Father, woman charged   Boy found dead  





Shou Quan Chen


TORONTO - Wednesday Xian Xu Liu, 65, left the brick duplex she shares with her family, wandered down her quiet residential street, then into a grassy park behind the Wallace Emerson Community Centre.  Police confirmed that Liu was the victim of a fatal assault in the park Wednesday morning.  After canvassing the area and reviewing surveillance tapes of the incident, investigators arrested and charged Shou Quan Chen, 70, with second-degree murder.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Man arrested    Arrest made    

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Altercation with police


OAKVILLE - A 41-year-old man is dead after getting into an altercation with police inside an Oakville hotel.  The man, whose name has not been publicly released, was shot by a Halton police officer at around 5:30am inside the Monte Carlo Inn according to the province's SIU.  The man was rushed to Hamilton General hospital with life-threatening injuries but didn't survive.  (CP24)  


MORE:   SIU investigating   Police shooting


Human trafficking case


HAMILTON - A Hamilton man is facing 38 human trafficking, guns and assault charges after a sex trade worker came to York police last month 'badly assaulted by her suspected pimp,' police say.  The next day, officers arrested 27-year-old Jerome Hines, also known as 'Shyst' or 'Shiest.'  (CBC)





Zaid Yousif             Michael Menjivar


TORONTO - Police have arrested a teenager in connection with a shooting that killed Zaid Athir Youssef, 17, and Michael Menjivar,15, on Oct. 6   The suspect cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.  Police have released photos and video footage of several persons of interest in the case.  Police removed 4 of the images Tuesday evening after identifying the individuals portrayed in them as young persons.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Arrest made   Arrest

PREVIOUS:   5 sought   TPS release images   2 more persons of interest   Victims identified   Overcome with grief   Wrong place at the wrong time   Hunt for suspects   





Evelyn Castillo        Niran Murray


MISSISSAUGA - Peel police have arrested Niran Vade Murray, 32, of Toronto, in connection with the death of a Thornhill woman in Mississauga on Saturday.  Evelyn Bumatay Castillo, 43, was found without vital signs after crews put out a fire at a Quality Inn on Britannia Road E.  (CityNews)  


MORE:   Arrest made   Sex trade worker killed by client   

PREVIOUS:   Death a homicide   Autopsy deems death a homicide 


Victim identified


Tyrell Preston Soosay


MASKWACIS -  RCMP have identified Tyrell Preston Soosay, 18, as the man whose remains were found near a home on the Samson Cree Nation this past Sunday.  Tyrell Soosay and the accused, Walter Louis, were cousins and both lived on the Samson Cree Nation.  (Beacon)   


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