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Baxter          Howard                 Miller


KISSIMMEE - Police arrested Everett Glenn Miller, 45, Saturday morning on charges of first-degree murder, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.  Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sgt Richard 'Sam' Howard was shot and is in grave condition.  The Sheriff's Office recently took Miller into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows involuntary commitment of people in mental health crises.  (Orlando Sentinel)


MORE:   Officers hot   Timeline    Fast facts 


Terror cell




BARCELONA - A cell of at least 9 extremists meticulously plotted to combine vehicles and explosives in a direct hit on tourists, and managed to carry off most of their deadly plan, killing 14 people, including 1 Canadian.  Only flawed bomb construction avoided a more devastating attack, authorities said after taking a closer look at a blast Wednesday evening in the town of Alcanar.   18 hours later, a rented van veered into Barcelona's crowded Las Ramblas promenade, swerving along the walkway Thursday and killing 13 people.  Armed with an axe, knives and false explosives belts, attackers then drove a second vehicle to the boardwalk in the resort town of Cambrils early Friday, fatally injuring 1 person. 5 of those attackers were shot to death, among them Moussa Oukabir, 17.  Oukabir was the driver of the van in Barcelona.  (AP)


MORE:   VPD officer's father killed   Victims identified

PREVIOUS:   2017 attack   Guide to attacks   Barcelona terror attacks  


Terror attack


TURKU - An 18-year-old Moroccan man suspected of carrying out Friday's deadly knife attack in Finland appeared to have targeted women as his victims.  Officers are treating the attack in Turku, in which 2 people were killed and 8 injured, as a terrorist act.  The suspect arrived in Finland in 2016 and had been 'part of the asylum process.'  Officers arrested 5 people - 4 of whom were Moroccan - in a Turku apartment on Friday night as part of their investigation.   (Guardian UK)


PREVIOUS:   Stabbing attacks


Knife attack


SURGUT - A teenage knifeman wearing a fake suicide belt wounded at least 8 people in an attack Saturday morning.   The attacker, named locally as Artur Gadzhiev, 19, was shot dead by police in a busy main street in Surgut at about 11.20am.  (Daily Mail) 


Landslide toll rising


TORA - A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged.  The landslide struck the village of Tora on Thursday.  (Reuters)


Removal not the only way


As momentum builds to tear down monuments and rename buildings that are deemed racist relics of the past, some historians say offensive memorials should remain intact to deepen education and even bridge divides.  Similar disputes have erupted in Canada over commemorative names and statues of historic figures who had a role in the cultural oppression of Indigenous peoples.  But leading historian and author Jack Granatstein said that rather than allowing these sites to become flashpoints for racial divisions, they should be displayed with contextual information to help people understand, interpret and learn from the past.  (CBC)


MORE:   Buildings renamed, monuments fall   Should Mount Rushmore come down?

PREVIOUS:   Historical negationism 


Dueling protests


QUEBEC CITY - An anti-fascist group is organizing a counter-protest against a demonstration in Quebec City on Sunday that is being planned by a far-right group.  Montreal Antifasciste says in a statement it's calling on anti-fascist and anti-racist groups to head to the provincial capital to oppose La Meute's demonstration.  (CP)  


RELATED:   Calls for Vancouver to stop anti-immigration rally   City clarifies its position


Ship maintenance privatization deal


OTTAWA - The Liberal government will announce Thursday a $5.2B deal to privatize maintenance of new navy ships despite concerns the plan puts key portions of Canada's military capability in the hands of a private firm.  A Canadian subsidiary of the French defence firm, Thales, will be awarded the contract.  (PostMedia)


MORE:   Private company gets ship service contract     Years before true value of contract is known 




MONTREAL - More than 3,700 asylum seekers crossed the border illegally in Quebec during the 2 weeks spanning Aug 1-15, the RCMP is reporting.  According to CBSA figures, the RCMP also intercepted 2,996 asylum seekers crossing illegally into Quebec in July.  As of Wednesday 3,307 asylum seekers were in temporary residences across Quebec. More than 1,000 are waiting to be processed at the border.   (CBC)


MORE:   Migrants


20 years


BUFFALO - Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, a Brampton man has been sentenced to 20 years in a US prison for his part in an international conspiracy to smuggle $120M worth of cocaine into Canada from the US.  In pleading guilty, Dhaliwal, a truck driver, admitted he helped traffick more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine in transport trucks crossing several international bridges. 6 others - Ravinder Arora, Michael Bagri, Parminder Sidhu, Alvin Randhawa, Gursharan Singh, and Huy Hoang Nguyen - have already been convicted.  (Brampton Guardian)


PREVIOUS:   Canadian pleads guilty


Left thugs v right thugs


CHARLOTTESVILLE - The clashes that broke out over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va, have become a new touchstone in the nation's long-running debate over racism, free speech and violence.  One woman was killed and many more injured when a car, allegedly driven by a rally participant, sped into a crowd of anti-racism protesters. Two state troopers monitoring the action died in a helicopter crash later in the day.  (LA Times)


MORE:   Antifa   White supremacy   Digital vigilantism

PREVIOUS:   Protesters mowed down   2 dead in police helicopter crash


Suicide bomber


MAIDUGURI - A woman blew herself up and killed 27 other people at a market in NE Nigeria on Tuesday in an attack bearing the hallmark of Boko Haram militants.  2 more suicide bombers detonated their devices at the gates to a nearby refugee camp, wounding many more people.  In all, 83 people were wounded in the 3 explosions near the city of Maiduguri.  (Reuters) 


Bloody night


MANILA - Police in the Philippines have killed 32 people in a series of raids near Manila, in the bloodiest night yet of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.  Supt Romeo Caramat said 67 police operations in various parts of Bulacan, a province north of the capital, had left 32 'drug personalities' dead and more than 100 others in custody.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   60 killed in 3 days   Philippine Drug War 


11 found dead


ACAPULCO - Mexican security forces found on Tuesday 11 people dead from violence in the tourist city of Acapulco, in southern Mexico, and the bodies of 6 of them were discovered in clandestine graves near the Diamond Zone.   (EFE) 


Writer arrested


HUZHOU - Chinese writer Liu Yongbiao revealed he had already started work on a follow-up he hoped would prove a literary sensation: a suspense-filled, cold-case detective drama about a ravishing female author who evades capture despite committing a string of grisly murders.  This week he was taken into custody for allegedly bludgeoning 4 people to death more than two decades ago.  (Guardian UK) 


Fund doesn't work


OTTAWA - Sue O'Sullivan, the federal ombudsman for victims of crime is calling on the government to make changes to a barely used fund designed to help parents of murdered or missing children.  The report is the result of years of questions into why only a few dozen people have received help from a $10M a year fund that federal officials originally envisioned would support about 1,000 families annually.   (Global)


REPORT:   Federal program not meeting its objectives


Canadians identified



Tammy Chen        Bilel Diffalah


OUAGADOUGOU - Tammy Chen, a former Toronto teacher, and Bilel Diffalah, a volunteer with the Montreal-based Centre for International Studies and Co-operation, died after assailants arriving on motorcycles shot at the restaurant crowd in Ouagadougou.  No one has yet claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack that left 18 dead.  (CBC)  


PREVIOUS:   Terror attack 


Ordered released


Ordering the immediate release of immigration detainee Ricardo Scotland, who has spent the last 10 months in maximum-security jail despite not having any criminal charges or convictions, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Morgan was unequivocal in his condemnation of federal immigration authorities.  Morgan could not believe, for instance, that the first breach alleged by immigration authorities was the fact Scotland did not inform them of a change of address after he had been arrested.  'What rational person would conceive of police custody prior to receiving bail as a change of address?'   (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Detention Kafkaesque 


Company moves to seize holdings


DELAWARE - Crystallex - owed $1.4B for the expropriation of its Venezuela mining subsidiary - has moved US Federal Court in Delaware to seize Petroleos de Venezuela Holding, the parent company of PDVSA's American unit Citgo Holding.  On August 9, the US Federal District Court in Washington, DC denied Venezuela's request for a stay of enforcement pending its appeal to the US Court of Appeals. (EFE) 


PREVIOUS:   Canadian company closer to $1.4B award

RELATED:  PDVSA profit disappears


Tree falls


MADEIRA - A falling tree has killed at least 12 people and injured 50 more at a religious ceremony on the Portuguese island of Madeira.  Reports suggest the tree which fell was an oak that was about 200 years old.   (BBC)


MORE:   Video


Attacks on due process


Once you deprive accused individuals of the presumption of innocence, of fair notice of the claims made against them and of the right to present evidence in their own defence, then every one of us becomes vulnerable to mob justice.   (CBC) 




OTTAWA - A significant shortage of RCMP officers is raising concerns about their safety and the safety of the communities in which they work, according to several Mounties speaking out from across Canada.  With more than 12% of positions unfilled, RCMP members, speaking on the record and on background, say that they're worried about the number of vacancies.  The lack of front-line officers is leading to stress, burnout and even to departures for other police forces, these members say.  (CTV)


RELATED:   TPS plan to hire 80 officers


Hundreds feared dead


FREETOWN - More than 300 people have been killed in a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, the Red Cross said Monday, as state TV showed footage of relatives digging through mud in search of their loved ones.  (AFP)  


MORE:   400 bodies recovered, 600 still missing


9 dead, 33 wounded


CHICAGO - Shootings in Chicago over the weekend have claimed the lives of 9 people and wounded more than 30 others, according to police.  (NBC)


MORE:   Heyjackass   Tribune homicides   Sun Times homicide watch   DNA info Chicago murders 


3 shot dead


UNION GROVE - 3 people were shot at the Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove Sunday, August 13th. The male victims were standing near a food vendor when a suspect approached and shot them.  The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s, wearing cut-off blue jean shorts and a black hoodie, with hair on the top of his head and shaved sides.  (Fox)


MORE:   Victims were known gang members 


Enforcers jailed


SUI COUNTY - A gang of 14 middle-aged women in northern China has been jailed for using strong-arm tactics to force people to move out of their homes to make way for property developments or to pay up their debts.  The women, who were either unemployed or subsisted on low incomes, were hired by a property developer to harass and abuse residents who refused to relocate.  They were also employed by small firms to help recover money from debtors.  (South China Post) 


Bags of cash


SYDNEY - In a run-down mall in one of Sydney's biggest Chinese neighborhoods in 2015, Jizhang Lu, 29, showed up at the top-floor offices of a meat export company carrying a carrier bag stuffed with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.  Each time a CC&B employee would hand him a receipt showing a different company had bought tens of thousands of kilograms of meat.  The cash was then deposited at a CBA branch.  The police case against Lu is now one of several being cited by financial intelligence agency AUSTRAC in its statement of claim against CBA, the largest civil court action of its kind in Australian corporate history. (Reuters)


Sexual harassment allegations


Darshan Kang


OTTAWA - The House chief human resources officer Pierre Parent is conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against rookie Liberal MP Darshan Kang, 66.  The sexual harassment allegations were made by a female staffer in Mr. Kang's (Calgary Skyview) constituency office.   (Hill Times)  


MORE:   MP accursed


Return of the strongman


For a fleeting moment in the spring of 2011, democrats rejoiced as citizens in the Arab world rose up against oppressive regimes.  If democracy could gain a foothold in a region that had resisted it for so long, the possibilities appeared endless.  Today, with the exception of Tunisia, the nations looked to with optimism have returned to their authoritarian ways. Far from the hoped-for democratic wave, authoritarian regimes are becoming more oppressive, and the world is seeing a rise of strongmen leaders in such countries as Turkey, Philippines, Venezuela and Hungary, where it was thought democracy was taking hold.  (PostMedia)


REPORT:   Freedom in the world 2017  




Daniel Handrahan


STEWIACKE - RCMP were called to a home at 216 Main St E in Stewiacke at 3:30am Friday, after receiving a report of a disturbance there. When they arrived, they found a man with life-threatening injuries.  The man's wife identified him as Daniel Handrahan, 46.  A 17-year-old is in police custody in connection with the death.   (CBC)


MORE:   Homicide   Police investigating 


Son charged


Rachel Mair


OTTAWA - Patrol officers discovered the body of Rachel Mair in an apartment building at 85 Range Road, after a 5:30am call to police about a 'disturbance.'  Her son, Steven Mair, 29, has been charged with second-degree murder.   (Sun Media)  


MORE:  Man in custody    Son charged 


Guilty plea


VANCOUVER - On May 10, 2015, just after 11pm, Giuseppe Bengey Zecca, 38, suffered a head injury during an assault. He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.  Andre Provencal, 26, of Abbotsford was arrested on May 12, 2015, and later pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a weapon, and one count of uttering threats.   On May 13, 2016, police arrested Shiloh Davidson, 31, also of Abbotsford. He was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.  Davidson pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  (Vancouver Sun)


PREVIOUS:    2 charged   Suspicious death   


Wounded victim identified


TORONTO - Mark Peretz, 49, was shot at around 7pm Wednesday in the area outside a sporting goods store, suffering life-threatening injuries.  Peretz was one of 4 men convicted in a shooting that took place at a California Sandwich shop on April 21, 2004.  The shooting left an innocent bystander Louise Russo, who was 45 years old at the time, paralyzed from the waist down.  Peter Scarcella, Paris Christoforou and Peretz were released in April 2012 and Antonio Borrelli was eligible for release in Dec of the same year.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Mafia headlines


Mafia figure killed


Antonio De Blasio


MONTREAL - Mafia member Antonio De Blasio, 45, was killed in a drive-by shooting at 8:30pm Wednesday in Laduversiere Park while children were playing football.  He was a member of the Mafia who had allegedly been involved in several murder plots in the past, something which had prompted police to warn him about threats to his life. (CTV)


MORE:   Man with ties killed   Mafia executioner murdered

PREVIOUS:   Shooting    Fatal shooting 




COCHRANE - Tristan Wesley, 29, from Morley, received a 3-and-a-half year sentence after pleading guilty in connection with his father's death and an attack on his sister.  On July 1, 2015, Myles McLean, 55, body was found along the Trans-Canada Highway following a vicious beating at the hands of his son.   (CTV) 


Guilty plea


DAUPHIN - Payton Saari, 24, has entered a guilty plea to 2 counts of second-degree murder for the killings of Elsie Steppa, 81, and her nephew, Clarence Thornton, 50. The bodies of the 2 victims were found in Jan 2013 inside and outside their residence in Ethelbert.  An autopsy, along with an eventual confession from Saari, revealed they had actually been killed nearly a month earlier without anyone noticing.  (Winnipeg Free Press)


PREVIOUS:   Deaths ruled homicides   Another body found 


Man dies after use of force arrest


WINNIPEG - A 44-year-old man arrested on August 9 died days after police used force during his arrest, the IIU said.  Prior to his death police said the man was charged with multiple weapon related charges as well assaulting an officer and unauthorized possession of prohibited firearm. (CTV) 


Daycare operator broke law


VANCOUVER - In Feb, CTV revealed that the operator of the unlicensed East Vancouver daycare where 16-month-old Macallan Wayne Saini, known as Baby Mac, died had been visited by health officers following a complaint.  Now, documents show that operator, Yasmine Saad, had been previously investigated 4 times, at 4 different addresses, in the 7 years before Baby Mac's death. (CTV)


Daycare owners defends kids 


PRINCE GEORGE - Chelsi Sabbe, the owner of a licensed daycare in Prince George, said she was concerned when she saw a man approaching 2 children playing in a park. When a 4-year-old boy was snatched, she began screaming and leaped on the man's back to try to pull the child away.  Sabbe said she managed to free the boy and urged him and the other children to safety, but the man then grasped the arm of a second boy. He punched her as she rushed forward again, she said.  She said she pulled the man by the hair, kneed him in the face and then held him in a headlock until she was certain the children were safe.  (CP)


MORE:   Kenneth Jim John arrested

PREVIOUS:   Abduction attempts   Man arrested


Hangarounds arrested


CHARLOTTETOWN - 9 Island men who police believe to be affiliated with a criminal biker gang were charged Thursday under Criminal Code organized crime legislation.  All 9 men are from PEI, and were each charged with 4 counts related to lotteries and games of chance, including participating in any activity of the criminal organization and committing an offence for a criminal organization related to a lottery scheme.  Police believe the men charged are all members of what they call the PEI Hells Angels hangaround club, which they say is linked to the Hells Angels chapter in Woodbridge, ON. (CBC)


RELATED:   Satan's choice reappears in Ontario 


Drug bust


HAMILTON - Police say 80 people are facing charges in a drug trafficking and firearms investigation.  They say the operation - dubbed Project Phoenix - began in July and saw 44 search warrants executed across Hamilton.  Investigators say 79 adults and a youth - all from the Hamilton area - are facing a total of 412 charges.  (CP) 


Defamation lawsuit


VICTORIA - Former BC Liberal leader Gordon Wilson filed a $5M defamation lawsuit Thursday against Premier John Horgan, Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston and NDP MP Rachel Blaney.  The new NDP government fired Wilson as the province's $150,000-a-year 'LNG Advocate' on Aug 1, alleging he did little for the money he was paid over three-and-a-half years.  Horgan and Ralston retracted their comments and apologized to Wilson last week. On Thursday, Blaney also issued an apology and retraction.  (Vancouver Province) 


Dental fee guide


EDMONTON - On Thursday, the Alberta Dental Association and College released the new Alberta dental fee guide, which includes recommended fees for specific dental procedures.  But some of the fees are nearly double those recommended in BC.   Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said she was 'disappointed' with the fee guide and is examining 'rather extreme measures' if the ADA&C doesn't make dental services more affordable.  (CBC)


2 charged


Nicole Robar


SLAVE LAKE - RCMP charged a Warren Kyle Warren, 34, and Jessica Melinda Davis, 27, with second-degree murder and indignity to human remains in the killing of Nicole Robar, 21. Robar's body was discovered in the river near Slave Lake Aug 5.    (Sun Media)


MORE:   2 charged    2 charged

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death   Body identified   Body pulled from river  


Inmate found dead


LONDON, ON - An inmate was found dead in his cell at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre Thursday morning.  This is the 3rd death at the London jail in the last 3 months.  (CBC)


MORE:   Possible overdose 


SIU called in




BRAMPTON - The SIU has been called in to investigate a crash involving a Peel Regional Police cruiser that took place in Brampton on Wednesday evening.  Ontario's police watchdog responded to the scene in the area of Queen and Main streets after the police cruiser flipped over onto its roof at around 5pm.  According to officials, two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries following the collision.   (CP24)


RELATED:   Impaired NS man strikes RCMP vehicles 


Gang jewelry


KELOWNA - 2 of the 3 men accused of killing gangster Jonathan Bacon had beads associating them with the gang leader who allegedly ordered the hit on two other gangsters who were in the car with Bacon at the time of the shooting, a Kelowna court heard Wednesday.  Jason McBride, Jujhar Khun-Khun and Michael Jones are on trial for the murder of Bacon and the attempted murder of Hells Angel Larry Amero and two women who were also in a Porsche Cayenne that was shot up the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2011, outside the Delta Grand hotel in downtown Kelowna.  (Kelowna Daily Couier)  




TWEED - OPP responded to a rural property on Kinlin Road, west of Tweed, at 7:45am on Aug 14.   Upon arrival, the body of Dartt MacPherson, 53, was discovered.  A man arrested at the scene, Samuel Koch, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder.   (Global)


MORE:   Body found

PREVIOUS:   Man in custody  


Suspects arrested 


WINNIPEG - Mustafa Peyawary, 29, was found not breathing in an apartment at 100 Killarney Ave around 10pm Sunday.  Damir Kuli, 27, of Vancouver and Ahamed Althaaf Ismail, 29, of Edmonton have been charged with first degree murder.   (Global)  


MORE:   2 arrested   Man beaten to death 


In custody death


Deanna Noname


EDMONTON - Deanna Noname opted to leave her oxygen tank behind when she left her brother's home for the last time that Sunday morning.  The next time family members saw Noname, she was dying in a bed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  During the intervening 36 hours, Noname, 55, was arrested and spent the night in Edmonton police custody.  According to her family, Deanna Noname suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  When she didn't get enough oxygen, they said, she became confused and slurred her words.  (CBC)


2 men charged


Blaine Katz


REGINA - Officers were called to the 2100-block of Cornwall St around 11:30pm Saturday.  Blaine Katz, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Gerald McDormand, 44, of Regina and Steven Saint Pierre, 39, of Moose Jaw have been charged with second-degree murder.   (CTV) 


MORE:   Man found dead    2 charged 




Clarence John Crothers


VANCOUVER - Jeffrey Charles Halicki, 50, has been arrested and charged in the murder of Clarence John Crothers, 62, who was found dead in the 33000-block of Braun Ave in Abbotsford on July 4.  (CTV)


MORE:   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Victim identified   IHIT investigating 


Plea bargain


SYDNEY - Brandon Berthiaume, 26, pleaded guilty on Monday to a lesser charge of second-degree murder in the death of Brandon Kelly.  Police were called to a residence in Reserve Mines, NS, on June 25, 2015. Officers found Brandon Kelly, 24, suffering from gunshot wounds.   (CTV) 


MORE:   Guilty plea

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Shooting drug related   Charged   Man charged    


Bomb threat suspect




TORONTO - Police have released a photo of a man wanted for making a bomb threat on board a crowded subway train in downtown Toronto Sunday.  Police allege a man was on a 'crowded' southbound train on the Yonge line when he announced that he had a bomb and would 'blow up the train' around 1:55pm Aug 13.  (Inside Toronto)


MORE:   Police seek suspect    Police release more photos   


Taunting message


Lindsay Buziak


SAANICH - Real estate agent Lindsay Buziak, 24, died in a second-floor bedroom of an empty executive house in Saanich, BC, on Feb. 2, 2008, the victim of multiple stab wounds to her head and chest. Police said she was lured into a complex, organized trap.  Her father, Jeff Buziak, has grown increasingly frustrated at the stalled investigation. He has offered a $500,000 reward and supports a website to help unmask her killers.  On Aug 6, that website received an unusual public posting.  (PostMedia)


MORE:   Comment posting

PREVIOUS:   Lindsay Buziak murder   Years without justice 




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