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Prison population at all-time high


OTTAWA - Canada's prison population is now at its highest level ever, even though the crime rate has been decreasing over the past 2 decades. 10 years ago, the number of inmates in federal prisons was close to 12,000. It's now more than 15,000.  These are just some of the statistics expected to be examined, when the annual report of Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers is tabled in Parliament.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Crime rate continued downward trend in 2013   Police-reported crime statistics, 2013   CSI   Sex crimes against children up  

RELATED:   Disciplinary measures against prison guards skyrockets    Un-deportable man jailed for 8 years   Bail system set up to punish   Set up to fail   .pdf     


Lethal force report


TORONTO - A report by Frank Iacobucci, a former Supreme Court of Canada justice, into the use of lethal force by Toronto police has made 84 sweeping recommendations which, if implemented, would mean far more training and support for officers dealing with those in crisis.  (CP)


REPORT:   Police encounters with people in crisis   .pdf

MORE:   Give officers body cameras and Tasers  


Support amid political audit


OTTAWA - PEN Canada got a boost in new members and donations after news broke that the national freedom-of-expression charity is facing a government audit probing political activities.  Canada Revenue Agency auditors were at the small Toronto-based charity to review the organization's books. One auditor is focused on financial accounting issues, while the other is examining whether any of Pen Canada's activities meet the government's definition of political activity - work that is allowed but restricted in the charitable sector.  (Globe & Mail) 


COMMENT:   PEN and the politics of charity   Soft targets

MORE:   Some CRA charity audits   Pen Canada under investigation


10 years


Mohamed Hersi


BRAMPTON - Mohamed Hersi, the first Canadian convicted of attempting to fight with a terrorist group abroad, was given the maximum sentence of 10 years Thursday morning in a Brampton courtroom.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Guilty   Found guilty   Canadian precedent   Court appearance   War in Somalia     


Suicide on a train track


HAMILTON - In the early evening hours of June 10, Janos Acs walked onto train tracks in central Hamilton and lay down to die.  The 60-year-old's suicide ended a troubled life that authorities thought they had saved.  Acs was among more than 20 people the RCMP rescued in 2009 from human traffickers who lured them from their native Hungary on the false promise of work. The now infamous Domotor-Kolompar criminal organization was dismantled in 2010 and stands as the largest human trafficking case in Canadian history.   (Toronto Star)    


Calling in former cops


MONTREAL - Since the Charbonneau Commission began its state-mandated inquiry into the construction industry in 2012, complaints brought to the Quebec Order of Engineers have increased by 500%.  Toward the end of 2013 the Order hired GJB, a firm staffed with former RCMP and SQ detectives who specialize in financial crimes.  (Montreal Gazette)    


PREVIOUS:   City Hall searched by UPAC   Picture of party financing   Quebec Liberal Party   UPAC workload to increase    Greed & Corruption Quebec  


Rehab clinic fined


TORONTO - The Ontario Court of Justice has found a Toronto rehab clinic guilty of participating in staged auto collisions and ordered it to pay $200,000 in fines.  The Financial Services Commission of Ontario says the court also ordered Ontario Rehab Centre to pay $609,000 in restitution to insurer State Farm.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:    Real money in staged collisions 


Twitter harassment trail



Stephanie Guthrie   Gregory Alan Elliott


TORONTO - Stephanie Guthrie and Gregory Alan Elliott have decidedly different social and political views. That much is clear from the hundreds of tweets that have been presented at Elliot's trial on charges that he criminally harassed Guthrie and two other women on Twitter - possibly the first case in Canada to deal solely with harassment-by-tweet.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Guthrie wasn't 'perfect victim'  


Detectives on the case


NY Post


NEW YORK - Cops have identified suspects in the mysterious flag-swapping infiltration at the Brooklyn Bridge in which trespassers slipped past anti-terror patrols and planted white banners at the top of the towers.  Elite investigators were yanked from homicide, counterterrorism, intel and transit to hunt down the infiltrators, who went unnoticed as they climbed atop the bridge's 276-foot towers on Tuesday.  (NY Post)  


MORE:   No likely terror connection


Plane crash


ALGIERS - An Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers has crashed with 116 people on board, including 5 Canadians, officials said on Thursday.  Swiftair, the private Spanish company that owns the aircraft, confirmed it had lost contact with the MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Air Algerie Flight 5017  Wreckage found in Mali  


Train hits bus




TELANGANA - A passenger train hit a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana's Medak district on Thursday killing at least 20 children and injuring 15 with fears the death toll could rise further.  (Hindustan Times)


MORE:   Train hits school bus   Children dead in Indian train crash    Driver on phone

RELATED:   7-year-old girl found hanged    


Bus attacked




BAGHDAD - A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and 9 policemen on Thursday.  The bus was transporting prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji to Baghdad when it was hit by roadside bombs. Gunmen then opened fire.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Deadly ambush on prison convoy  


Ceasefire efforts continue


IDF twitter


GAZA - The 16-day conflict has claimed the lives of 736 Palestinians. Israel has lost 32 soldiers.  2 Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel have also been killed.  More than 2,000 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since July 8, and the Israeli military says it has uncovered more than 30 tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel, some of which have been used by Hamas to carry out attacks.  (AP)  


MORE:   Hamas says no end to fighting      Canadians in IDF   UN shelter stuck

COMMENT:   No one is winning - yet  

PREVIOUS:   Operation Protective Edge   Palestinian rocket attacks   Gaza-Israel conflict   Gaza Strip smuggling tunnels     


Airport battle continues





TRIPOLI - For over a week, rival Libyan militias have been locked in a deadly battle for control of the capital Tripoli's international airport.  Islamist-led militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libya's main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the health ministry said had left at least 47 dead in a week.  (AFP)


PREVIOUS:   Renewed fighting   Shock   Rocket attack closes airport  


Plane crash




MAGONG - A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.  Another 11 people were injured after the plane crashed and caught fire while making a second landing attempt.  (AP)  


MORE:   Deadly emergency landing   Plane crash toll reaches 48 


Bodies start arriving in Netherlands




EINDHOVEN - The bodies of the first victims of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 tragedy have been returned to the Netherlands.  Two military aircraft, one from the Netherlands carrying 16 bodies and the others from Australia carrying 24, touched down at the Eindhoven air base around 3:50pm.  (CBC)  


MORE:   2 Ukraine fighter jets shot down    US discloses intelligence on MH17   Ukrainian PM resigns  

COMMENT:   Web of lies 

PREVIOUS:   Malaysia Airlines Flight 17   Ukrainian revolution   Pro-Russian conflict   Rebels release bodies, black boxes   Russian officer pushed the button  


Scores killed




KADUNA - Two explosions struck northern Nigeria's Kaduna city on Wednesday.  The first blast occurred after a bomb was tossed off of the back of a motorcycle at Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, a prominent Muslim cleric in Nigeria.  Shortly afterwards, a second blast went off in the city's bustling Kawo market.  Media reports put the death toll from the first bomb at around 32, while the second was said to have claimed the lives of at least 25 people.  (AFP)  


MORE:   Deadly explosions   At least 82 killed

PREVIOUS:   Boko Haram   Boko Haram attacks hometown of missing girls   Islamists control town  


Canadian charged


VANCOUVER - The RCMP has laid its first terrorism charges against a Canadian suspect for allegedly taking up arms in Syria.  'On July 17, 2014, the RCMP INSET in BC charged Hasibullah Yusufzai, 25, a resident of Burnaby, BC, for leaving Canada to take part in terrorist activity.'  (Globe & Mail)  


MORE:   Dreamed of joining the RCMP


Gov't small print 


OTTAWA - 'We will harmonize our duty and tax exemptions for 24-and 48-hour trips to match levels for US citizens,' Conservatives said in their throne speech in 2012.  As far as CBSA is concerned, the spouse next to you in the minivan and the kids in the back seat might as well be strangers.  Because unlike Americans, Canadian families aren't allowed to pool shopping exemptions to bring back tax-free, big-ticket items like televisions - even when they'll be used by the whole family.  (QMI)  


PREVIOUS:   A legal jurisdiction too far 


Squatters evicted




CARACAS - The beginning of the end came for the world’s tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Centro Financiero Confinanzas.  Ernesto Villegas, the government minister overseeing Caracas' redevelopment, told reporters the residents could not be allowed to stay indefinitely because the 45-story building in the heart of the capital is unsafe.  (AP)   


MORE:   'Vertical slum'


Foreign guards killed


KABUL - A Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed 5 foreign guards in Kabul on Tuesday, the latest blast to rock the Afghan capital during an impasse over presidential election results.    (AFP)  


MORE:   Suicide bomber     


Commission update


WASHINGTON - The authors of the seminal 9/11 Commission report have produced a new study, a decade after the first, painting an often alarming picture of the country’s vulnerability to another terrorist attack.  (Huffington Post)


REPORT:   Today's rising terrorist threat and the danger to the US

MORE:   Bureaucracy undermining war


Death toll


SILIGURI - The death toll from Encephalitis outbreak in north Bengal has climbed to 102 while the disease has spread its tentacles to Assam as well taking 43 lives there.  (Indian Express)  


MORE:   Outbreak

RELATED:   China city sealed off after plague death    


Ferry boss death confirmed


Yoo Byung-eun 


SEOUL - Police in South Korea have said that a body they found in June is that of the fugitive boss of the operator of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people.  The billionaire businessman Yoo Byung-eun went missing shortly after the disaster, sparking a massive manhunt.   (BBC)  


MORE:   Police confirm Sewol owner's death    Strange saga

PREVIOUS:   Sinking of the MV Sewol  




Mike Duffy


OTTAWA - The RCMP served Mike Duffy's lawyer with the official charge sheet early Monday, outlining the criminal code violations the senator is accused of committing.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Breaking down the $200K

PREVIOUS:   Charges   31 charges   Duffy faces charges   Canadian politics    


Teachers held


JAKARTA - 2 Canadian teachers are being detained in Indonesia in connection with a child sexual assault case.  Jakarta police named former Calgary teacher Neil Bantleman, 45, and his Indonesian colleague, teaching assistant Ferdinand Tijong, as suspects in a case involving the alleged sexual abuse of 3 young students at Jakarta International School, where Bantleman is an administrator.  (QMI)  


MORE:   Teacher detained    Family pleads for release


Grassroots database


A community-led online database documenting the brutal deaths and disappearances of indigenous women in Canada has been launched.  The website - an initiative of 3 groups, No More Silence, Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network - is called It starts with us - MMIW.   (CBC)  


Foreign exchange trading investigation


Mark Carney


LONDON - The Serious Fraud Office has launched a criminal investigation into alleged rigging of the $5.3T-a-day foreign exchange markets.  The move comes after around 15 authorities around the world said they were investigating allegations of collusion and price manipulation in the largely unregulated currency market - allegations that the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has said could prove to be a bigger scandal than the manipulation of the Libor interest rate, which has cost investment banks billions in fines.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Forex investigation   SFO investigates price rigging   Criminal probe   Forex rigging probe    


Government agents directly involved


WASHINGTON - Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the US since 9/11 featured the 'direct involvement' of government agents or informants, a new report says.  Some of the controversial 'sting' operations 'were proposed or led by informants', bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.  Out of the 494 cases related to terrorism the US has tried since 9/11, the plurality of convictions - 18% overall - are not for thwarted plots but for 'material support' charges, a broad category expanded further by the 2001 Patriot Act that permits prosecutors to pursue charges with tenuous connections to a terrorist act or group. (Guardian UK) 


REPORT:   Illusion of Justice

MORE:   FBI informants


Charged for delivering packages


SAN FRANCISCO - US federal authorities charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.  The indictment filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges that FedEx Corp. conspired with two related online pharmacies for 10 years ending in 2010.   (AP)


MORE:   FedEx indicted   FedEx's don't shoot the messenger gamble


19 suffocate


LAMPEDUSA - 19 migrants have died, reportedly by suffocating, aboard a crowded boat travelling from North Africa to Italy.  The migrants are thought to have choked on fumes from an old engine while they were confined below deck.  Rescuers found 18 people in a tangle of bodies. Another person is said to have died during the evacuation. The boat was carrying some 600 people.  EU border agency Frontex says almost 60,000 migrants have already landed in southern Italy this year.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Migrants suffocate 


Bus crash


HUNAN - At least 38 people have been killed when a lorry carrying flammable liquid collided with a long-distance bus in the southern Chinese province of Hunan.   The official Xinhua news agency said the lorry drove into the back of the bus on a motorway early on Saturday causing a fire and an explosion.  5 vehicles in all were involved in the accident.  (BBC)  


MORE:  Highway accident  


'Sniper van' found


Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office


METAIRIE - Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies found a racketeer and a riddle when they pulled over a van in Metairie two months ago. The racketeer was Joe Gagliano, the 55-year-old son of a reputed New Orleans mob underboss. The riddle was what he was doing in a van outfitted with what appeared to be gun ports, with a sniper rifle and silencer inside.  (New Orleans Times-Picayune)  


MORE:   Killer ride  


Middle class being hit


This week, new figures from Statistics Canada show annual inflation hit 2.4%. That's up from 2.3% last month, the ninth month in a row of a rising inflation rate. And while the things you buy are more than 2% dearer (3% if you live in Ontario) than they were a year ago, wages have not been keeping pace.  (CBC)  


Passport fraud


TORONTO - RCMP arrested Aline Rozeline Zeitoune, 50, a former passport processing officer with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), on Thursday at her parents' home in Toronto.  The woman faces a total of 97 charges in the case, including one count of breach of trust and multiple charges related to the production and distribution of fraudulent travel documents.  (CBC)


Gas field attack


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 


HOMS - Militant group Islamic State seized a Syrian gas field and killed at least 90 people on Thursday in one of the bloodiest clashes between the al Qaeda offshoot and President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a monitoring group said.  Islamic State has made rapid gains in Syria in recent weeks, mostly by seizing territory from rival rebel groups, using weaponry brought in from Iraq where last month it managed to take large areas from government forces.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   IS orders all women to undergo FGM   IS deny ordering FGM on all girls   FGM

COMMENT:   Myth of the caliphate   How to turn off the ISIS tap

PREVIOUS:   Convert or die   IS confiscate belongings as Christians flee   Leader demands Muslim obedience   Northern Iraq offensive   Iraqi insurgency   ISIS   Syrian Civil War  


To stay in Federal prison


Omar Khadr


EDMONTON - Omar Khadr has agreed to remain in a federal prison - for now.  Lawyers for the former Guantanamo Bay detainee consented Thursday to a stay of a recent decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal that ordered he be transferred to a provincial jail.  But they didn't waive another part of the decision that ruled he should be serving his sentence in Canada as a youth.  (CP)


MORE:   Khadr seeking to tell his story

PREVIOUS:    Khadr loses US appeal   Youth sentence     


Free in Canada


Rachel & Sophie


TORONTO - Sarah Augustine allegedly stabbed her daughters, Rachel, 5, and Sophie, 2-and-a-half months, dozens of times each on September 16, 2010.  Immediately following the alleged crimes, the distraught mother tried unsuccessfully to end her own life.  Augustine was charged with 2 counts of murder, but was never tried.  Despite the gravity of her alleged crimes, her trial in Dominica was discontinued after the government said it didn't have the expertise to deal with her psychiatric issues.  She was handed over to her brother in Canada.  Dennis says in early 2012 his sister returned to Canada with no monitoring and no record here of the alleged crime in Dominica.  (CityNews)  


MORE:   2 children murdered  


Investigated as homicide


PEGUIS - The death of a little girl from the Peguis First Nation is being investigated as a homicide.  RCMP said they were contacted by Percy E. Moore Hospital in Hodgson after a 21-month-old girl was transported to hospital via ambulance in medical distress around 3pm on July 17, 2014.  The girl died from injuries later that day in hospital.  (CTV)


Suspicious death




CALGARY - Police are at the scene of a NE eatery after a man was found dead outside.  They were called by EMS earlier on Thursday morning after they found the man near a Humpty's Family Restaurant in Montgomery.  The Medical Examiner has attended the scene and is considering the man's death to be suspicious.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Man found dead   Police on scene  


Guilty plea


Christian O'Neail


WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg teen has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after admitting to a single "sucker punch" that killed another teen at a high school football party.  Christian O'Neail, 18, died Aug. 31, 2013, after he was assaulted leaving a party.  (QMI) 


MORE:   Teen takes responsibility

PREVIOUS:   Charges laid   Teen killed  


Murder in Muskoka


BRACEBRIDGE - For 3 years, Ian Borbely told everyone that his girlfriend, Samantha Collins, had abandoned him and their young son. Then a cottager found a mysterious crate hidden beneath his floorboards.  (Toronto Life)    


Discreditable conduct


KENORA - A NW Ontario OPP officer charged under the Police Services Act after a fatal collision 2 years ago has pleaded guilty.  Constable Troy Bender was charged in connection with an incident in which a woman died after the police cruiser she was in collided with a tractor-trailer near Kenora.  Bender pleaded guilty to careless driving and was fined about $1,100.  Last month he pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.  (CBC)  


No criminal charges


EDMONTON - More than a year after Edmonton Police Service officers were called to a weapons complaint, and ended up going after the fleeing suspect - a chase that ended in shots being fired by police - investigators say charges will not be laid against the officers.  (CTV)    


Defence statement


VANCOUVER - A high-profile BC Mountie is firing back against claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour against a fellow RCMP officer.  Inspector Tim Shields, who worked as the communications staff sergeant for the BC force's E Division, filed a statement of defence in BC Supreme Court denying he made sexual advances to one of his former charges.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   2nd woman files suit   Faces 2nd lawsuit   Alleged sexual assault   Number now 336   RCMP harassment scandal      


Salary boost


Susan Fennell


BRAMPTON - Mayor Susan Fennell, whose salary of $213,000 was widely criticized for making her Canada's highest paid mayor in 2012, is set to earn $19,000 more than that this year. Fennell’s overall compensation is going up thanks to a raise based on 'market adjustment increases' and a boost in pension contributions. Both were approved by council for all council members.  (Toronto Star) 




THUNDER BAY - Police have arrested 3 people from Thunder Bay on charges of second degree murder, in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in the Field Street area last weekend.  Police identify the accused as Keith Mishenene, 21, Felton Sakanee, 26, and Larissa Shingabis, 20.  Police also revealed that a post-mortem has enabled them to confirm the identity of the dead man, however they are withholding his name pending notification of family.   (CBC) 


PREVIOUS:   Body found   Police still on the scene    


'One big lie'


Rashida Samji


VANCOUVER - A former notary lied about her connection to a prominent wine distributor to bilk hundreds of investors out of $110M as part of an elaborate Ponzi scheme being called 'a monumental lie.'  BC's securities watchdog ruled that Rashida Samji collected the fortune from 218 different investors between 2003 and 2012.  Samji declared bankruptcy in 2013.   (CTV)  


MORE:   $100M fraud     Woman ran a Ponzi scheme


Investigating police shooting


INUKJUAK - On July 17, a man was shot during an altercation with the Kativik Regional Police Force in Inukjuak.  He later died from his injuries.  Agents from the SQ arrived the following day.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Man dies 


Police shooting


NEWMARKET - York regional police officers responded to a 911 call about shots being fired near an apartment building at 260 Davis Dr just after midnight on Tuesday.  When officers arrived on the scene, 'they were confronted by a man who was armed with a handgun and that man advanced on the officers, [and] the officers discharged their firearms.'  The man was transported to hospital with serious injuries, and was conscious when he arrived.  (CityNews) 


Missing woman, child


Jian Ping Li and her son


BROSSARD - It has been more than 80 days since Jian Ping Li, 42, and her 6-month-old son Xiao Feng Lu disappeared without a trace from their Brossard, QC, home.  According to Longueuil police, Li left behind her ID, money and other personal effects, as well as the baby stroller. It's believed she left on foot, was picked up or was taken.  Brother Jian Jun Li and sister Jian Ying Li came to Montreal from their home in China one week after the disappearance to try to find their sister and nephew.  Jun Li is a police officer in China.  (CBC)    


Mayor dies


LA PRAIRIE - The mayor of La Prairie, QC, has died after suffering multiple wasp stings at her cabin.  Lucie Roussel was in Stratford, QC, when she stepped on a wasp nest Sunday. She was reportedly stung by more than 15 wasps and died later in hospital.  Roussel, 51, had been the mayor of La Prairie, a Montreal-area community, since 2005.  (CTV)   


TransLink shutdown




VANCOUVER - For the second time in five days, the entire SkyTrain light-rail system covering much of the Vancouver region was off line - blamed on a computer glitch that left cars stalled between stations and thousands stranded across Canada's third-largest transit system.  Monday's 5-hour shutdown, blamed on a 'technical issue' by a spokesperson for the region’s transit authority TransLink, prompted dozens of passengers on the 68-kilometre system to get out of stalled trains and dangerously walk near electrified tracks, some elevated, to stations.  (Globe & Mail)  


MORE:   SkyTrain reopens


Taken off life support



Narinder Kaur Kalsi     Baldev Singh Kalsi


VANCOUVER - Narinder Kaur Kalsi, the wife of a Surrey Sikh temple president who was taken into custody July 14 and later charged with attempted murder, was taken off life support Sunday afternoon.  RCMP were called to a home in the 19400-block of 32 Ave in Surrey July 13, where they found Kalsi suffering from life-threatening injuries.  One day later, they charged Baldev Singh Kalsi, 66, with aggravated assault in relation to the incident.   (Vancouver Sun)  


MORE:   Victim is dead    Victim dies   Charged with wife's murder   

PREVIOUS:   Husband charged   Removed as president      


Gunned down


Dan Markel


TALLAHASSEE - Police say Daniel Markel, a 42-year-old father of two and law professor at Florida State University, was gunned down at his home in Tallahassee at around 11am on Friday.  Markel, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001, was raised in Toronto. He began teaching criminal law at Florida State University in 2005.  Investigators said they are treating Markel's death as a homicide but have released few details about the case. They have yet to identify any suspects in connection to the case.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Lack of information   Law professor dead   PrawfsBlawg    Gunned down at his home   Targeted attack  


Suspicious death


DORVAL - Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 47-year-old man.  His body was found in an apartment on Roy St in Dorval on Sunday afternoon.  Officers say they have had encounters with the man before, but are not sure what caused his death.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Man found dead    


RCMP shooting




NORWAY HOUSE - A young man is in a Winnipeg hospital after being shot by RCMP in Norway House Sunday afternoon during a children's baseball game.  RCMP confirmed in a release late Sunday an officer discharged a firearm and a Norway House resident suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Both Ron Evans, chief of Norway House Cree Nation, and a witness to the shooting identified the wounded man as Evan Cromarty, who they said is about 20 years old and lives in Norway House.  (Winnipeg Free Press)  


MORE:   Man shot at baseball tournament   ASIRT to investigate shooting   Shot man was wanted  


Charges dropped


TORONTO - Criminal charges have been dropped against 4 people arrested in the sweeping Project Traveller investigation, including those laid against a man who tried to broker the sale of the first Rob Ford crack video.  The Crown decided to withdraw charges against Mohamed Farah, 34, Nicholas Obeng, Muhideen Jama and Halima Said.  Both Mr. Jama and Ms. Said were accused of participating in a criminal organization.   (Globe & Mail)


RELATED:    How to make city mayors 'responsible'




PEMBERTON - Police have identified the man found dead in the campground at the Pemberton Music Festival as Nick Phongsavath, 21, of Regina, SK.   (CBC)


MORE:    Death not foul play 





Lorie Maureen Bearbull


WINNIPEG - The female victim of a stabbing on Salter St Friday morning has been identified.  Lorie Bearbull, 37, suffered multiple stab wounds and was transported to hospital in critical condition around 4:15am on Friday. She later succumbed to her injuries in hospital.  (Winnipeg Free Press)  


MORE:    Stabbing   Woman stabbed   Victim stabbed stalker   Victim remembered


 2 charged


CALGARY - Ojullo Mark Ojullo, 20, and Shannoh Jabet, 19, have both been charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of Ayuen Ajak Goot, also known as Devon Goot.  (Beacon)


MORE:   2 facing murder charges    


Car ad


Alhaji Kabba


TORONTO - Police say 4 men who answered an online car ad were stripped naked, beaten and forced to call friends and family for money to secure their release.  Police say an 18-year-old man and 3 friends met another man in an underground garage last Monday in northwest Toronto and were shown the car.  Investigators say they were surrounded by a group of men with a machete and a gun and they were robbed, stripped and beaten with rocks.  Alhaji Kabba, 18, of Toronto is wanted for a number of charges.  (CTV)


RELATED:    Teen found naked, shot after alleged abduction    


Lawyers threaten


EDMONTON - Defence lawyers are threatening job action if Alberta doesn't increase legal aid funding.    (QMI)


PREVIOUS:   BC lawyers to withhold legal aid in protest


2 charged


Rala Federick


TORONTO - 2 Toronto men are facing murder charges in connection with a downtown shooting earlier this month.  Police say 36-year-old Rala Federick was standing with another man (near Dundas St East and George St) in the morning of July 6 when a third man approached and shot them both.  Federick, who was shot in the abdomen, died of his injuries in hospital.  Shaqwan Kawano and Alton Grant, both 19, are charged with first-degree murder.  (CP)  


MORE:   2 charged   Police charge 2 men

PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Double shooting   Man dies   Victim remembered       


State of emergency


BC wildfire management


KELOWNA - The mayor has declared a state of emergency in Kelowna, BC, as a growing wildfire threatens homes and residents in the Okanagan community.  An evacuation order in the area has now been expanded three times, and now covers 1,100 homes and more than 3,000 residents.  The Smith Creek fire was sparked Thursday afternoon and grew 200 hectares overnight. It is totally uncontained and forestry official believe it is human-caused.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Wildfire evacuation   BC Bluesky air quality    BC wildfires of note

RELATED:   State of emergency, town evacuated after blaze destroys ON food plant


Husband charged


Andra Ghiorghita


VANCOUVER - IHIT said Irinei Catalin Ghiorghita was taken into custody Tuesday after walking into the Coquitlam RCMP detachment 'to advise the police that his wife was fatally wounded at their home.'  Police went to the home in the 2400-block of Davies Ave and found an unresponsive woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and a shotgun was seized from the townhome.  He is now charged with one count of second-degree murder. The victim has been identified as his wife, Andra Ghiorghita, 38.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Man turns himself in   Husband charged    





Mimi Khonsari          Clare Spiers


TORONTO - The man convicted of murdering Mimi Khonsari in Barrie 10 years ago has been sentenced.  This marked the second time Claire Spiers has been sentenced for Khonari's murder, but unlike the first time there will be no appeal.  Spiers was first convicted in 2008 for first-degree murder but the case was thrown out by the court of appeal. (CTV)  


MORE:   Killer sentenced   Sentenced again

COMMENT:   Justice system collateral damage    Serial criminal

PREVIOUS:   Verdict tossed because of jury vetting


Brothers sentenced


Dustan Preeper & Joshua Preeper


HALIFAX - Dustan Preeper, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Dawn Peacock in court Wednesday morning.  Joshua Preeper, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.  Dustan also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Ben Hare of Truro.  Both men received automatic life sentences. Dustan won’t be eligible for parole for 25 years, while Joshua can apply for parole in 12 years.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Preeper brothers handed life sentences   Brothers sentenced

PREVIOUS:   Chronicle Herald: Melisa Dawn Peacock   


Mother pleads guilty


EDMONTON - The 36-year-old woman, who cannot be named under a publication ban protecting the identity of the children, also entered guilty pleas on charges of aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessaries of life.  According to an agreed statement of facts, the woman admits she and her husband - who was handed a 15-year prison sentence on June 11 after earlier pleading guilty to the same charges - were solely responsible for the abuse and neglect of the two young girls, the endangerment of the surviving twin and the death of her sister.  (QMI)   




Ken Barker


WINNIPEG - One of the first police officers on the scene of the beheading of a young man aboard a Greyhound bus on a Manitoba highway 6 years ago has taken his own life.  Ken Barker, a recently retired RCMP corporal who was a dog handler, died by suicide last weekend after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder for years.  Family and former colleagues say the 51-year-old had already seen almost two decades of horrific crimes when he witnessed the grisly scene on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg in 2008.   (CP)  


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MLAs can't deal with paying rent


FREDERICTON - New Brunswick MLAs will no longer be responsible for paying for their rent after an internal legislative committee approved a new policy that all future office payments be made directly by the legislature.  MLAs will still get to decide on the location of their constituency office, but they will no longer be ones paying the monthly bill.  (CBC)


Bus shelter beating




TORONTO - Police were called for 'unknown trouble' and found Duane Small, 44, of Toronto, suffering from serious head injuries inside a bus shelter on the corner of Victoria Park Ave and Clydesdale Dr around 2:30am.  Raymond McCurdy, 39, of Toronto, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with one count of manslaughter.  (Toronto Star)   


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Douglas Garland


CALGARY - Douglas Garland was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Calgary residents Kathy and Alvin Liknes, as well as second-degree murder in the death of the couple's 5-year-old grandson Nathan O'Brien.  The charges come a day after police announced that the search for the family had become a triple murder investigation. Police believe there is enough evidence to say they have been murdered, but their bodies have not been recovered.   (CBC)


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