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Police homicides by the numbers


Police officers across the country handle some of the most dangerous situations in our society on a daily basis. Since 1975, a total of 284 police officers have died on the job. Of these, 101 were homicide victims, while 88 were killed in vehicle accidents.  (CBC)


Assault on city


GHAZNI - Afghan forces were still battling the Taliban in parts of Ghazni on Saturday, a day after the insurgents launched a multi-pronged assault on the eastern city.  The Taliban claim to have seized parts of the city and to have killed local officials.  The city of about 140,000 people was in lockdown for the second day as residents stayed indoors and reported sporadic gunfire. The highway from Kabul to Afghanistan’s southern provinces, which runs through Ghazni, is still closed.  (AP) 


MORE:   3rd day of fight


Passenger plane stolen


Horizon Air Q400


SEA-TAC AIRPORT - At about 8pm Friday Sea-Tac Airport officials said an airline employee conducted the unauthorized takeoff with no passengers onboard.   Alaska Airlines officials said this involved a Horizon Air Q400.  Pierce County deputies tweeted that the plane had crashed into Ketron Island. Two military F-15s chased the plane but was they were not involved in the crash.  Police said the man in the plane was a 29-year-old Pierce County resident who acted alone.  (KIRO 7)


MORE:   Suicidal worker stole commercial plane    Horizon Air Q400 incident   Identified   Just a broken guy with a few screws loose


Inmate charged


Alexander Christopher Ewing


AURORA - Local and state law enforcement officials said DNA evidence ties Alexander Christopher Ewing to the slayings of Patricia Louise Smith, 50, in Lakewood and 3 members of the Bennett family in Aurora in 1984.  A hammer was used to kill Smith on Jan. 10, 1984. About a week later, a different hammer was used to kill Bruce and Debra Bennett and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa in Aurora. A 3-year-old daughter, Vanessa, was injured and survived.  The two cases were tied together by DNA evidence.  (AP) 


MORE:   Inmate charged in cold case 


Weed killer lawsuit


SAN FRANCISCO - A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289M in damages.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Monsanto legal cases    Caner ruling




KERALA - Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 26 people in flooding, landslides and house collapses in the southern Indian state of Kerala with more than 15,500 people taking shelter in state-run relief camps.  (AP)


Erdogan speaks, Trump tweets


Turkey's lira hit record lows Friday as President Recep Tayip Erdogan urged Turks to sell their foreign currency and US President Donald Trump said he was doubling aluminum and steel tariffs 'with respect to Turkey'.   (AFP)


MORE:   Turkish debt crisis 2018   Turkey's currency drops


Guilty plea


Dwaine Caraway


DALLAS - Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway has pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.  The 66-year-old Caraway, who has also served as the city's interim mayor, admitted to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from 2 key figures in the scandal that last year brought down the school bus agency Dallas County Schools; Bob Leonard, who owned the stop-arm camera company that took millions from DCS; and Slater Swartwood Sr, an associate of Leonard's.   (Dallas News)


Record breaking


Brazil has broken its own record for the number of murders in a single year after the South American country saw 63,880 people slain in 2017, according to new report.  The shocking number - a rise of 3% on the previous year - was revealed by the BFPS, an independent organization that tracks national crime statistics. (Independent UK)  




Ravi Karkara


UNITED NATIONS - A senior adviser for the UN Women is under investigation for sexual misconduct. At least 8 men have accused Ravi Karkara, senior adviser to a former UN assistant secretary-general, of using his prestige and position to sexually harass them.  (Newsweek)


MORE:   UN must not lose funding


Bad Canadians


WASHINGTON - More than 700,000 foreigners who legally entered the US by sea or air last year stayed past the expiration of their visas and the top country of origin for those visa overstays was Canada, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.    (CTV)


REPORT:   2017 overstay report   .pdf 




OTTAWA - The first device set to be approved by the federal government for roadside saliva tests to determine marijuana impairment isn't suited for cold weather, and has been found to give 'fairly large proportions of false-positive or false-negative results.'  (CTV) 


Promoting hate and intolerance


OTTAWA - The CRA has revoked the charitable status of the Ottawa Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque over allegations it promoted 'hate and intolerance.'  The tax agency also identified problems with the organization's books and its failure to file an information return.  (CBC)    


Trading fire


GAZA - Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired more than 180 rockets and mortars into southern Israel and the Israeli military has launched 150 airstrikes as weeks of on-off violence came to a head.  3 Palestinians were killed, including a pregnant woman, a toddler and a Hamas fighter. Several Israelis were wounded.  (Guardian UK) 


PREVIOUS:   1 killed in Friday protests   War on terror  


Death toll increase


The government of Puerto Rico has quietly admitted that the death toll from Hurricane Maria may be far higher than its official estimate of 64.  In a report to Congress the government says documents show that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the 4 months after the storm than 'normal,' compared with deaths that occurred the previous 4 years.   (CNN)


REPORT:   In the wake of devastation   .pdf

MORE:   US government said 64 died 


Border altercation


CALGARY - A man who was to be deported from Canada died following an altercation with Canada Border Services Agency officers on a plane.  Regional director Nina Patel said in a statement that the foreign national was on a Tuesday flight departing from Calgary.  (CP)


 MORE:   Nigerian man dies after altercation with CBSA officers    Cause of death undetermined


Removing statue


VICTORIA - The City of Victoria is set to remove a statue of John A Macdonald from the steps of city hall on Aug 11.  City Family's Witness Reconciliation Program - a group created last year to pursue issues of reconciliation with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations - denounced the first prime minister of Canada as 'a leader of violence against Indigenous peoples.'  (Huffington Post)


MORE:   Statue removed 

COMMENT:   Legacy can't be erased

RELATED:   Edmonton's Talus Dome art vandalized  City of Vaughan says complaints led to abrupt cancellation of event


Not photo radar


VICTORIA - Red-light cameras are now up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 140 locations across BC.   Motorists will get tickets for excessive speeding even on a green light. Alleged offenders will be mailed both a photo and a speed recorded by radar.  BC Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the cameras are not like photo radar, the unpopular program implemented by the NDP government in the 1990s.  (Global) 


Selling Canadian assets


Saudi government-linked Twitter account


RIYADH - Saudi Arabia is selling Canadian assets in an escalating row after Ottawa criticized the arrest of a female activist.  The Saudi central bank and state pension funds have instructed their overseas asset managers to dispose of their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings 'no matter the cost.'  The sell-off began on Tuesday and underlines how the Saudi government is flexing its financial and political muscle to warn foreign powers against what it regards as interference in its sovereign affairs.  (CTV)


MORE:   Saudi Arabia pulls medical patients   Saudi official says oil sales unaffected    Propaganda campaign against Canada

PREVIOUS:   Saudi Arabia threatens Canada  Saudi airlines suspends Canadian operation    Saudi students withdrawing   Diplomatic rift deepens   Saudi Arabia suspends trade   Campaign against women's rights defenders 


Harassment has escalated


CALGARY - When Kim Prodaniuk, a 10-year veteran of the CPS, reported a supervisor for a sexist comment, she hoped it would be dealt with swiftly.  Instead, it touched off a cascade of retaliation and harassment - and each time Prodaniuk asked for help, she said, it got worse.  (Toronto Star)


RELATED:   Tokyo medical school admits changing results to exclude women  


Rape kit blowback


OTTAWA - Across Canada, only 33 in every 1,000 cases of sexual assault are reported to the police; 6 lead to prosecution, of which 3 end in a conviction, says the study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal.  As part of the Ottawa Hospital program, sexual assault victims are offered the opportunity to undergo a rape kit - the collection of evidence that includes bodily fluids, fingernail scrapings and DNA samples, such as those left on clothing.  Yet many victims decline to go through the process, which can take 8 to 10 hours and may feel like a second violation.  (CP) 


Thanks for the data


Since the launch of its DNA testing service in 2007, genomics giant 23andMe has convinced more than 5M people to fill a plastic tube with half a teaspoon of saliva. In return for all that spit (and some cash too), customers get insights into their biological inheritance.  What 23andMe gets is an ever-expanding supply of valuable behavioral, health, and genetic information from the 80% of its customers who consent to having their data used for research.  So last week's announcement that GlaxoSmithKline is gaining exclusive rights to mine 23andMe's customer data for drug targets should come as no surprise. (Neither should GSK's $300M investment in the company). (Wired)


PREVIOUS:   War on Legal Drugs 


Buck-a-beer plan


TORONTO - Ontario launched its buck-a-beer plan Tuesday by offering 'non-financial incentives' to brewers who sell their beer for $1.  The Tories have said a return to buck a beer would see more competition in the beer market without affecting the province's revenues from beer and wine taxes, which government documents show brought in roughly $589M in 2016-2017.  (CP)


MORE:   Canadian businesses blaming US tariffs for price increases   How booze influences politics


Long gun from elevated position



Robb Costello        Sara Burns


FREDERICTON - Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, is facing 4 charges of first-degree murder allegedly used a long gun and fired from an elevated position, in the Friday attack that killed 2 police officers and 2 civilians at an apartment complex on the 200 block of Brookside Drive.  The victims have been identified as Fredericton officers Const. Sara Burns, 43, and Const Robb Costello, 45, as well as Donald Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32. (StarMetro)


MORE:   Shooting victims    Very difficult day   Fredericton shootings   Charged   Identified   4 dead including 2 police    What we know so far   Identified  


Body found


Amanda McClaskin


MUSKOKA LAKES - Amanda McClaskin, 36, of Britt-Byng Inlet, was last seen on Aug 3 walking away from her home.  She was found Aug 11 in a wooded area near Lake Joseph Road in Muskoka Lakes Township.  Charged with second degree murder and indignity to a dead body is Mark St. Amand, 39.  (Parry Sound North Star)


MORE:   Body of missing found   Body found




SASKATOON - At 10:40am Saturday, police went to an apartment in the 200-block of Ave V S. There they found a 23-year-old injured man who was taken to hospital.  He died in hospital of his injury.  (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)




SASKATOON - Police and ambulance responded to a call to an apartment on the 200-block of 5th Ave N at about 10:40pm Friday.  They found a man injured in a hallway. He was taken to hospital but died of his injury.   (CBC)


MORE:   Investigated as a homicide 




ST ANDREWS - At 11:45pm on Aug 10, two 15-year old boys were riding their bikes on the shoulder of the road when a vehicle veered off the road and struck them near Donald Road and Highway 9.  One of the teenagers, a 15-year-old from the RM of St Andrews was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police said the driver fled the scene by foot after his vehicle ended up in the ditch. The vehicle involved in the crash was determined to have been stolen from Winnipeg.  The suspect, a 29-year-old Calgary man, is facing multiple charges.   (CTV)


MORE:   Hit-and-run    Teen killed 




MISSISSAUGA - Police were called to the Hillcrest Ave and Hurontario St area at around 8pm Aug 10 after receiving a report about an altercation between 3 individuals.  A 24-year-old man was stabbed during the course of that altercation and was transported to hospital. He succumbed to his injuries overnight.  Wladyslaw Habas, 66, of no fixed address, has been charged with second degree murder.  (CP24)


MORE:   Stabbing   Arrest  


Road rage victim  


VANCOUVER - The victim of what police say was a fatal incident of road rage has been identified.  Police say Willis Charles Hunt, 33, died following a shooting near Bridgeway St, just under the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge just after 1:30am on Friday.  (Global)


MORE:   Identified    Police identify victim   Identified


Hit-and-fun suspect


Marc Laurin


TORONTO - Police say that a 71-year-old man was riding a motorcycle westbound on Brimorton Drive at around 9pm Friday when he was struck by a black Dodge Challenger that was headed northbound on Bellamy Road.  The man was pronounced dead on scene.  The driver of the Dodge Challenger, meanwhile, fled the scene on foot.  Police identified the suspect as Marc Laurin, 29.  (CP24)


MORE:   Driver sought   Wanted 


Youth charged


BUFFALO LAKE - A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in an incident on the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement.  The incident happened on Aug 7 at 10pm, when Brandon Ladouceur, 22, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.  The youth is accused of assaulting the man with a weapon.  The next day, Ladouceur was declared dead and an autopsy determined the manner of death was homicide.   (CTV)


MORE:   Teen charged   Charged 




BRAMPTON - Police were called to the area of Middleton Way and MacKay St at around 2:15pm on April 8, where Valentino Pauletto, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene.  John Albert Lopez, 36, was charged with accessory after the fact to murder.  Colin Sookram, 23, has been charged with second-degree murder.  (CP24)


PREVIOUS:   Homicide   Death a homicide  




MONTREAL - A man died in hospital after he was stabbed numerous times in the upper body after an overnight brawl Parc Emilie Gamelin.  Several witnesses contacted 911 just before 3am Thursday to report that a fight had broken out.  The victim, a 30-year-old man eventually collapsing on Saint Hubert St. The victim was known to police. (CTV)


MORE:   Stabbing 




Brielle Morrison


CARDSTON - Craig Morrison said when his 2-year-old daughter, Brielle, was injured, she was in the middle of a two-week stint with her mother, Christy Melvin - a woman who Alberta Justice confirmed was convicted years earlier after throwing a newborn baby in the trash.  Morrison said his ex told him she was at work when the girl was injured, and her boyfriend was babysitting.  Brielle was airlifted to hospital on Aug 2.  She died Aug 6, after being taken off life support. (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Major crimes investigation 




VANCOUVER - Police have identified the victim of a knife fight in Surrey as Leonardo Ngo, 20.  The IHIT said Ngo arrived at a hospital Monday afternoon with serious injuries, shortly after another male victim with stab wounds had arrived from a reported stabbing at a townhouse complex near 152 St and 108 Ave.  Ngo later died in hospital and IHIT said they believe both victims are related to the same incident.  (CBC)


MORE:   IHIT seeks help   Victim ID'd   Victim's vehicle found burnt 




Luke Strimbold


BURNS LAKE - A special prosecutor in BC has approved 29 sex-related charges against Luke Strimbold, the former mayor of Burns Lake.  (Global) 


7 inmates OD


LONDON, ON - Police say 7 inmates overdosed within minutes of each other on Thursday afternoon at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.  Police say nobody died as a result of the incident.   (CP) 




VANCOUVER - A major Vancouver police investigation has led to dozens of charges against members of the notorious Kang gang and their Red Scorpion associates.  (PostMedia)


2 found dead


WINNIPEG - 2 men are dead in what police say was a domestic incident.  But police are refusing to call it a murder-suicide.  Police converged on Wordsworth Way just after 3pm Tuesday.   (CBC)


MORE:   2 dead 


1 dead, 3 injured  


HAMILTON - Michael Campbell, 34, was killed and 2 men and a woman in their late 20s and early 30s, suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds on King St E and Emerald St S at 1:30am Wednesday.  A person or persons opened fire into a group of about half a dozen people that had gathered on a sidewalk.  (Hamilton Spectator)


MORE:     Homicide investigation   1 dead, 3 wounded    Shooting  


Charges laid


VANDERHOOF - Allie Leslie, 24, has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of a 59-year-old man that occurred at the Hillview Motel on May 16, 2018.  (Vanderhoof Omineca Express) 


New trial ordered


REGINA - A new trial has been ordered in Saskatchewan for Angela Nicholson and Curtis Vey, who were convicted of conspiring to murder their respective spouses.  Both were convicted in June 2016 of planning to kill Curtis Vey's wife, Brigitte Vey, and Nicholson's husband, Jim Taylor.  (Global) 


Officer cleared


CALGARY - The Calgary police officer who shot and killed Jessica Patterson, 27, in Sunalta in 2016 will not face charges after being cleared of wrongdoing by the ASIRT.   Only 17 seconds elapsed between the time Calgary police arrived to find Patterson acting frantically and wielding two knives to the moment she was shot.  Patterson had methadone and cocaine in her system.   (CBC) 


Paramedics fired


HAMILTON - 2 Hamilton paramedics accused of failing to respond properly to a dying teenager's pleas for help have been fired.  In a statement, the president of their local said the city had informed Chris Marchant and Steve Snively of their firing effective immediately - a week after they were charged with failure to provide the necessaries of life. The case arose after Yosif Al-Hasnawi, 19, was shot while trying to help an older man, who was accosted outside his mosque by two other men in December 2017.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Criminal charges   Paramedics charged   2 charged   Paramedics identified


Gunman shot by police


MONTREAL - A 911 call was made at 1:45pm Tuesday reporting a fight between several people and that firearms were involved.  Two police officers arrived at the scene, where they met a witness who told them an armed man was in an alley.  The police fired at the man in the alleyway, hitting him at least once.  The man was taken to hospital, but the BEI said his life is not in danger.  (CTV)


Biker Bonanza




SAINT-HYACINTHE - More than 500 full patch and supporting members of the Hells Angels from across Canada will descend on St-Hyacinthe this weekend for their annual Canada Run event.  (CTV)


MORE:   Hundreds expected   1 arrest, 300 tickets issued


Rage and revenge


CORNER BROOK - A 'well-respected' 79-year-old businessman has been sentenced to house arrest after hunting down and fatally shooting a dog in revenge for attacking his own pet.  George Payne had no criminal record before he shot the dog, named Sammy, twice in tiny Parson's Pond, NL.  The local newspaper reported in May that Sammy had attacked Trooper previously, and killed another of Payne's dogs. (CP)



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