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OTTAWA - Why would more than two dozen patient advocacy groups want to stop Health Canada from trying to lower prescription drug prices in Canada?  The coalition of 28 groups argues that lower drug prices could be bad for patients because it would prompt drug companies to stop selling new drugs in Canada and to pull research out of Canada, which could mean fewer clinical trials.  This coalition and other Canadian patient advocacy groups receive funding from the pharmaceutical industry - an issue that made headlines this week after a US senator revealed links between opioid manufacturers and patient advocacy groups.   (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   War on Legal Drugs

RELATED:   Value of lobbying $950M 

 

Real estate money laundering

 

VICTORIA - BC's attorney general says the province will look into how fentanyl, real estate and money laundering fit together in BC.  David Eby said that Peter German, who is already looking into the prevalence of money laundering in BC casinos, will also look into the role money laundering plays in other areas of the province's economy.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Real estate money laundering

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC 

RELATED:   ICBC recommendations revealed

 

Privacy strikes again

 

Mya Prouty, Mason Grant

Jayla Kennedy, Winston Prouty

 

HALIFAX - The NS government is refusing to release the findings of the fire marshal's investigation into a blaze last month that claimed the lives of 4 children.  Municipal Affairs spokeswoman Krista Higdon confirmed that the investigation into the Jan. 7 fire in Pubnico Head has been completed, but she said the cause of the fire would not be released 'due to privacy laws.'    (CP)

 

PREVIOUS:   Credibility   CYA 

 

Fish market attack

 

BORNO - Suspected Boko Haram bombers attacked a crowded Fish Market at 9pm and detonated IEDs, killing 18 civilians and injuring 70 people. 3 female suicide bombers also died during the attack. (Sahara Reporters)

 

MORE:   Market bombing 

 

Helicopter crashes

 

OAXACA - A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground.  The chopper crashed into a group of people who had been spending the night in an open field after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the area. Aftershocks had caused people to flee their homes for fear they would collapse.  (AP) 

 

Serial killer confesses

 

     

Parrish          Domece             Fourniret

 

PARIS - Jailed for life in 2008 for killing 7 girls and young women, Michel Fourniret was dubbed the Ogre of the Ardennes.  He was interviewed last week by 2 instructing magistrates in Paris and, according to lawyer Didier Seban, admitted murdering Joanna Parrish, 20, a student at Leeds University, and French teenager Marie-Angele Domece.  (AFP)

 

MORE:   Confesses

PREVIOUS:   PTC: Michel Fourniret    Victims

 

A cost too far

 

CALGARY - Overwhelming costs and public discontent have made finding a city to host the Olympic Games a challenge.  Bidding for the 2022 and 2026 Winter Games has been met with hesitancy and reluctance from potential host cities, prompting the IOC to consider ways to reduce the exorbitant price tag that comes with hosting.  (Global) 

 

Year of the dog

 

BEIJING - With the start of the Lunar New Year Friday, it is a time for the Chinese to reunite with their families, often after lengthy journeys, to eat, watch the most popular television show in the world and exchange lucky money.  As they welcome the Year of the Dog, here are 5 things to know about the celebrations.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:   Chinese New Year 

 

Company conquered

 

SAIPAN - Saipan is US soil, with US dollars, US mail, and US laws.  But the place has seemed less and less like America since 2014, when a Chinese casino operator arrived and - with near-total impunity - turned Saipan into a back door to the US financial system.  At a temporary storefront, the company, Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd., was somehow handling more than $2B a month in VIP bets. And at the construction site, it was building a gargantuan casino with a crew of hundreds of Chinese, scores of them working illegally on tourist visas.  (Bloomberg)

 

Senate deal

 

CBC

 

OTTAWA - Canadians will have to wait until at least early August - and maybe as late as early Sept - to legally purchase recreational marijuana.  That's the bottom line now that senators have struck a deal to hold a final vote by June 7 on the legislation that will usher in the legal cannabis regime.  (CP)

 

MORE:   Politics leads to delay   4 groups to sell pot in MB   AB rules for pot sales

COMMENT:  Unelected hacks delay

PREVIOUS:   MORE:   Down the drain   Sin tax small part of government windfall    Cities want at least half the money   6 companies announce deals to supply Quebec   Shopify to supply Ontario online 

RELATED:   Trudeau names 2 more Senators

 

Private school subsidies

 

EDMONTON - Alberta spent $27.4M of public funds on subsidies to the province's 15 most expensive private schools last year.  Progress Alberta said that funds that currently go toward the province's most elite private schools could instead pay for 6 new schools, 109 new playgrounds or 272 teachers' salaries.  All of the schools listed charge more than $10,000 per year in tuition.   (CBC) 

 

Guilty

 

Barry Bennell

 

LIVERPOOL - Barry Bennell, who worked at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, was found guilty of abusing 11 boys aged 8 to 15.  It is understood 86 others have come forward to say they were victims.  He was found guilty of 36 charges on Tuesday, and a further 7 counts on Thursday.  It was the fourth time Bennell had been convicted of abusing boys.  The jury was told he had previously received jail sentences in the UK and in the US in 1995, 1998 and 2015.  (BBC)

 

MORE:   Pied Piper who made stars   UK football sexual abuse scandal   There will be hundreds more   Clubs accused   Manchester City ignored warnings     

 

Twin brothers arrested

 

Christian Toro and Tyler Toro

 

NEW YORK - A former teacher and his twin brother kept more than 30 pounds of bomb-making materials in their Bronx home, along with a note suggesting they were planning to slaughter children.  Federal officials arrested Christian and Tyler Toro, 27, in an early morning raid at their Pelham Parkway apartment and uncovered the material, along with notes and a diary referring to a plan called 'Operation Code Name Flash,' authorities said.  (NY Daily News) 

 

Bank fraud

 

NEW DELHI - Companies owned by diamond merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are alleged to have swindled Punjab National Bank (PNB) of over $1.77B.  (Quartz)

 

MORE:   Raids live   Billionaire diamond dealer suspected

 

Election tampering charges

 

WASHINGTON - The US Justice Department has filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian groups for interfering with the 2016 presidential election.  In an indictment released on Friday the Justice Department called out the Internet Research Agency, a notorious group behind the Russian propaganda effort across social media. Employees for the agency created troll accounts and used bots to prop up arguments and sow political chaos during the 2016 presidential campaign.  (Cnet)

 

RECORD:   DoJ indictment  .pdf 

 

Stolen tire ring bust

 

HARRIS COUNTY - 4 people have been arrested and at least 8 others are wanted for felony charges after investigators uncovered a crime ring responsible for the thefts of hundreds of vehicle tires and wheels.  The suspects are charged with felony theft and engaging in organized crime. Investigators said the group targeted vehicle - mainly truck - owners in several Houston area counties.  Deputies had recovered thousands of stolen tires and wheels from Martinez Wheel Connection.  Officers arrested Jose Martinez-Garcia, 53, and his son Pierre Martinez, 28, during the raid.  (CW39)

 

High school shooting

 

Nikolas Cruz

 

PARKLAND - At least 17 people were killed in a high school shooting rampage Wednesday afternoon in Parkland, Florida and more than a dozen others were injured.  The lone gunman, identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, was a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was taken into custody without incident shortly after the attack.  (AJC)

 

MORE:   High School shooting   Six minutes    Victims   Student videos   Sun-Sentinel: shooting   FBI warned 

 

CRA raids

 

OTTAWA - Canada Revenue Agency officers, backed up by police, raided locations in 3 provinces Wednesday as part of a criminal tax-evasion probe stemming from the Panama Papers, the agency said.  About 30 criminal investigators from the CRA executed 3 search warrants in the Toronto area, Calgary and West Vancouver.  (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   Global meltdown-wealth 

 

Plastic gift

 

OTTAWA - The Liberal government gave $35M to Nova Chemicals, a chemical company that makes plastic resins just one day before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to use Canada's G7 presidency to get other nations to commit to reducing or phasing out single-use plastics.  (Toronto Star)

 

Zuma resigns under pressure

 

SOUTH AFRICA - Embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after pressure from his party.  The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.  The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader.  Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.   (BBC)

 

MORE:   Ramsphosa new president 

 

PM resigns

 

Hailemariam Desalegn

 

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia's prime minister has submitted a letter of resignation in a surprise move that comes amid protracted anti-government protests.  The resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn, who has been in power since 2012 follows a nationwide state of emergency last year. His stepping down is unprecedented in the east African country.  (Guardian UK)  

 

MORE:   Resignation 

 

Ministers banned from staff sex

 

CANBERRA - Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will move to ban sexual relationships between ministers and their staff, in response to a scandal which has engulfed the deputy prime minister and leader of the National party, Barnaby Joyce.   (Guardian UK)

 

MORE:   PM goes to war with deputy

COMMENT:  Joyce a hypocrite

 

Snow washing

 

Canada is one the world's most opaque jurisdictions when it comes to identifying the owners of private companies and trusts, according to anti-corruption campaigners who say that more rigorous checks are required to obtain a library card than to set up a company in the country.  While publicly traded firms in Canada are required to disclose major shareholders, private companies need only note their directors, allowing those who own, control or benefit from the firm to remain in the shadows.   (Guardian UK)

 

REPORT:   Secret entities   .pdf

 

Officer shot

 

              

       Paul Bauer                    Shomari Legghette

 

CHICAGO - A member of the Chicago Police Department's administration was fatally shot at the James R Thompson Center around 2:30pm Tuesday while confronting an armed suspect.  Paul Bauer, 53, commander of the 18th Police District, heard a bulletin describing a suspicious individual who had run away from tactical officers.  Bauer engaged with the suspect, who shot him several times, fatally injuring him. A suspect is in custody and a weapon has been recovered.   (CBS)  

 

MORE:   Police commander shot   Officer shot   Legghette's criminal record    Felon in body armor executed Police Commander  

 

Body found in freezer

 

Joanna Demafelis

 

KUWAIT - The body of a murdered Filipino house worker has been discovered stuffed into a freezer in Kuwait as police say she was tortured or strangled to death.  Joanna Demafelis, 29, was sent to work for a married couple (Mona Hassoun, from Syria, and her Lebanese husband Nader Essam Assaf) in 2014 and dropped out of contact with her family in 2016.  Her body was discovered last week as the deaths of 7 other Filipino workers in the Arab nation are also investigated.  The spate of deaths led to President Rodrigo Duterte banning workers from being sent to Kuwait and offering free flights home to those already there.  (Daily Mail)

 

Pocket money

 

Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels

 

WASHINGTON - Michael D Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr Trump.  In the most detailed explanation of the 2016 payment made to the actress, Stephanie Clifford, Mr. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment. (NY Times) 

 

MORE:   Stormy believes she's now free to discuss    Stormy's full interview  Trump, a Playboy model and a system for concealing

 

Charity hushed up sex abuse

 

LONDON - Government ministers froze funding to a charity led by David Miliband after it silenced 37 sex abuse, fraud and bribery allegations.  The International Rescue Committee, which is headed by the former Labour foreign secretary, was given millions in taxpayers' cash before the allegations were made.  A leaked report from the Department for International Developmenthows the funding to the charity was cut after 'direct reporting of sexual harassment and fraud'.  (Daily Mail) 

 

Undersea cable data

 

The CCP may be intercepting communications from undersea cables, placing at risk all phone and internet data passing through major networks in the Asia-Pacific region.  A leaked report citing intelligence sources in the US, Japan, and Australia shows additional research on possible Chinese front companies with mysterious finances and questionable ties at key data chokepoints.  It states that while China has a 'well-deserved reputation for sophisticated cyberespionage,' its attempts to tap into undersea cables carrying large amounts of data are often overlooked. It details an alleged operation in the Pacific, centering on the Marshall Islands and Nauru.  (Epoch Times) 

 

RELATED:    Hauwei phone warning   Chinese operatives active at US universities

 

Value of trademark law

 

CALGARY - According to the letter dated Feb 8, 2018, Blanco Cantina must stop promoting its food and restaurant with the phrase 'Taco Tuesday' as the term was trademarked by MTY Food Group, the franchisor of the Taco Time Mexican food outlets, on May 21, 1997.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Canadian trademark law   Best laws money can buy

 

Shooting

 

VANCOUVER - One person was shot dead in Coquitlam Friday night.  The shooting happened at around 9pm near Sylan Place. Fire crews also responded to a car on fire near Mariner Way. It's believed the vehicle is linked to the shooting.  (Vancouver Sun) 

 

MORE:    IHIT called in 

 

Shooting

 

Kaminder Rai    

 

VANCOUVER - Surrey realtor Kaminder Rai, 32, was the victim of the targeted Marguerite St shooting about 1pm Thursday.  (Vancouver Sun)

 

MORE:   Shooting   Victim was realtor   Shooting   Targeted shooting   Realtor shot 

 

Victim identified

 

Layla Wilke

 

MISSISSAUGA - Police have identified Layla Wilke, 61, as the victim in a fatal fail to remain pedestrian collision that occurred in Mississauga on Thursday, Feb. 15.  As she was crossing into the southbound lane of Mavis, she was struck by a vehicle driving southbound. She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police are still searching for the driver who failed to remain at the scene. The suspect was driving a small white car.  (Mississauga News)

 

MORE:   Identified   Suspect may have panicked

PREVIOUS:   Hit-and-run 

 

Charge laid

 

WINNIPEG - Police said at around 2:30am Wednesday a deceased male was found stabbed in the 500-block of Furby St.   The victim has been identified Joseph Moise Francois, 45.  Police the victim had been socializing at his residence when the stabbing occurred.  Charged with manslaughter is Joseph Allan Ballantyne, 55.   (CTV)

 

MORE:   Arrest   Man charged   Stabbing  

 

Arrest

 

WINNIPEG - St Theresa Point resident Conrad Flett, 27, died in hospital after being stabbed in the 100-block of Charles Walk on Valentine's Day.  Police believe Flett was staying with a female he had recently started a relationship with when a male broke in.  Jarryd Rocky Harper, 25, has been charged with second degree murder.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Police make arrest   Man in custody  

 

4 charged

 

Kevin Dean Yellowbird

 

EDMONTON - The body of Kevin Dean Yellowbird, 27, was found on Oct 17, in rural Sturgeon County.  Sterling Devon Martin McGilvery, 24, Skylar Taurus McGilvary, 21, Tyler Edmonton Fischer, 31, and Cougar Dominique Fafard, 24, are jointly charged with one count of first degree murder.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   4 men charged   Charges laid

PREVIOUS:   Man found dead   Suspicious death   Found dead  

 

Convicted

 

VANCOUVER - Russell Atma Bidesi charged in the fatal shooting of Bradley McPherson, 28, who was killed at an after-hours party at a Surrey home on Christmas Eve in 2011, has been convicted of second-degree murder.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Shot for standing up to a bully   House party shooting   Victim identified 

 

Dentist guilty

 

EDMONTON - Dr William Mather, an Edmonton dentist whose 4-year-old patient Amber Athwal suffered permanent brain damage is guilty of failing to provide appropriate care during treatment that involved anesthesia.  Mather, who has since retired, was accused of 5 counts of unprofessional conduct and a number of other administrative infractions.   (CBC) 

 

Battle in Ontario

 

TORONTO - A fierce gang war between the Hells Angels and the Mafia has been raging in the lucrative market of Ontario with half a dozen attacks on Hells Angels turf in Ontario and the Gatineau area of Quebec over the past month.  But all that hasn’t affected any gang equation here in BC.  (Voice online)

 

Assault death

 

SCARBOROUGH - Officers were called to the area of Old Kingston Road and Military Trail at around 1:30am Thursday and found a 21-year-old male suffering from very serious injuries.  He was taken to a trauma centre via emergency run in life-threatening condition where he succumbed to his injuries.  Police later said the victim - identified at Toronto-resident Anik Stewart - was injured as a result of an assault.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Fatal assault 

 

Homicide

 

         

James Chaisson     Brandin Cole Brick

 

SASKATOON - Around 4:30am Wednesday, police responding to reports of an injured man discovered the body of James Chaisson, 28, on Ave P S, between 21 St and 22 St.  An arrest warrant had been issued for Brandin Cole Brick, 26, in connection with his death.  (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

 

MORE:   Homicide investigation

PREVIOUS:   Police investigating  

 

Identified  

 

WINDSOR - Police have identified the victim who was found dead of a gunshot wound Wednesday on the 900-block of Church St as Chance Gauthier, 16.  (Windsor Star)

 

MORE:   Shooting      Teen killed 

 

Charged man dies

 

Elmer Higgins

 

DARTMOUTH - A man charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of 2 men at a cabin in 2012 has died.  He had a terminal illness and police are not investigating his death.  Elmer Percy Higgins, 65, and Karen Marie Higgins, 49, were accused in the deaths of Matthew Allan Hebb, 22, and Earle Clayton Stewart, 59.  His trial was set to begin Thursday.  The charges against Karen Marie Higgins were dropped last week.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   PTC murder 

 

Seizure of clothing questioned

 

WINNIPEG - The report into the death of Christopher Chastellaine says he was arrested after he was caught on camera spitting on the worker in 2014.  Chastellaine was in custody for 5 hours when officers came into his holding cell and told him they were seizing his clothing as evidence.  Chastellaine got upset and head-butted one of the officers.  The report says 6 officers helped take the man down onto the floor, handcuffed him and put a hood over his head so he couldn't spit at them. He became unresponsive and died a few days later in hospital from what a pathologist said was brain damage stemming from a heart attack caused by excited delirium.  (CP) 

 

Gang war highlighted

 

VANCOUVER - Kevin LeClair had just left the Browns Socialhouse on a cold Friday afternoon 9 years ago.  He got into his pickup truck and began to drive off, when 2 gunmen started blasting him. LeClair, a Red Scorpion gangster who was once aligned with the rival United Nations gang, died later in hospital.  And now a BC Supreme Court judge will decide whether alleged UN hitman Cory Vallee was one of LeClair's killers that day.  (Vancouver Sun) 

 

Try to save a life, be investigated

 

TORONTO - In a strongly worded letter Thursday, the director of the SIU said the agency would not back down on its expectation that it be notified in cases where a civilian is injured or dies after an officer administers naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  The message comes in response to a request from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police that the SIU dispense with its expectation that it be notified when the drug is administered by officers but a death or injury nonetheless occurs.   (Toronto Star) 

 

Arrest

 

KAMLOOPS - In Nov 2014, RCMP attended Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre after receiving a report of a sudden death of Dylan Levi Judd, 20. In the summer of 2015, police received new information that led them to believe criminal actions may have been involved in the death, and an investigation was launched.  Nathaniel Jessup, 30, has been arrested and charged with second degree murder.  (Infotel) 

 

25 years

 

CASTOR - Joshua Frank and Jason Klaus had been sentenced to serve their 3 life sentences concurrently - meaning they will not be eligible for parole for 25 years.  The sentencing hearing for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank started after the pair was found guilty of planning and then killing Klaus' parents Gordon and Sandra and his sister Monica in 2013. The family's home was then burned, with the bodies inside.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Murder of Klaus family 

 

EPS officer charged

 

EDMONTON - On Sept 9, 2016, its alleged Sgt. Kevin Fald attended an Emergency Protection Order hearing at family court and misrepresented the status of a police investigation he was not involved in - his testimony led to the imposition of a protection order against one of the parties involved in the court proceedings.  After that, ASIRT said Fald attempted to obstruct an investigation into his conduct by the EPS Professional Standards Branch, it's alleged he accessed two databases as he did that.  (CTV)

 

Police lay charges 

 

OTTAWA - Police say Maria Desousa, 81, was already dead when she was taken to the hospital at about 3:30pm on Feb 10.  Police have charged Paolo Desousa, 40, the victim's son and Danielle Leblanc, 36, with first degree murder.  Police said later that the death occurred at a residence on Parkrose Private in Orleans.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Couple charged      

PREVIOUS:   Homicide  

 

Found guilty

 

Kassisi Coyle

 

BARRIE - A man has been found guilty in Barrie, ON, of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman who killed herself before the case got to trial.  Shawn Roy's victim, Kassidi Coyle, 20, took her own life 4 months after the incident in 2016.   (CP)

 

Homicide

 

LLOYDMINSTER - Just after midnight Monday, RCMP officers responded to a call for assistance at a residence.  Shane Victor Lynas, 47, died shortly after police arrived on the scene.  2 people were taken into custody.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   2 arrested 

 

Identified  

 

SAULT STE MARIE - Christopher Swanson, 23, was shot during a confrontation early Saturday on Morin St.  Swanson died of his injuries shortly after.  Joshua McCabe, 30, is charged with second-degree murder.  (Sun Media)

 

MORE:   Shooting   Names released 

 

Son charged

 

GATINEAU - Claire Hebert, 58, was found in her apartment on rue Napoleon-Groulx  in Gatineau on Jan 30.  An autopsy showed that the victim died of head trauma on Jan 28.   On Monday, police announced they had charged her son, Denis Junior Dompierre, 38, with second-degree murder.   (Ottawa Citizen)

 

MORE:   Son charged

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death  

 

Body found

 

Egal Daud

 

OTTAWA - Police have identified the man found dead inside a vehicle in Nepean Sunday as Egal Daud, 30, and say he was fatally shot.  Daud's body was found inside a parked car on Northview Road, around 10am.  Police said his body may have been there since Saturday.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Homicide 

 

Shooting victim dies

 

Isahaq Omar

 

TORONTO - Police say 2 men were parked in an SUV in the area of Canary Crescent and Burbank Drive shortly after 11pm Thursday when one of the men was thrown from the vehicle.  When officers arrived on scene, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.  The victim Isahaq Omar, 36, was rushed to hospital but died Sunday from his injuries.  The suspect was last seen driving a black 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the licence plate # CADN 350.   (CP24) 

 

Altercation victim dies in hospital

 

VANCOUVER - A man in medical distress was found in front of the Astoria Hotel at about 11:30pm Feb 6.  The man was rushed to the hospital where he remained in critical condition before passing away Feb 10.  The victim has been identified as Coquitlam resident Martin James MacDonald, 51.  It appears Mr. MacDonald had been in a physical altercation prior to being found at a bus stop.  A 42-year-old Vancouver man, was arrested at the scene and released as the investigation continues.  (News1130) 

 

Wore a wire

 

TORONTO - Criminal justice insiders are hailing an undercover agent's involvement in four murder convictions as an important breakthrough as Toronto police and Crown attorneys face the notoriously difficult challenge of convincing witnesses in gun and drug crimes to come to court.  (Toronto Star)

 

Identified

 

VANCOUVER - RCMP responded to shots fired at a townhouse in the 8200 block of 204B St, Langley, just after 9:00pm Friday.  Officers found Tarek Ali Al-Romeshi, 23, inside a vehicle with gunshot wounds. He later died in hospital.  IHIT says the victim was targeted.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   IHIT investigating   Homicide   Identified   IHIT investigating   Shooting

PREVIOUS:   IHIT called in

 

Mr Big sting

 

It seemed like a perfect way to get the cops off his tail.  Five months after killing a Pickering woman in a calculated murder-for-hire, handyman Graham MacDonald was convinced the police were on to him.  So he turned to a provocative solution offered up by a new group of friends: get a dying man to confess to the murder instead.  All MacDonald had to do was reveal precisely how he killed 39-year-old mother of two Carmela Knight in her home in Sept 2014, providing as much detail as possible so the man's deathbed confession would be believable.  And unleash the disturbing account MacDonald did - to an undercover police officer posing as a cancer patient, complete with a wheelchair, an IV bag hooked to his arm, and makeup to mask his health.  (Toronto Star)

 

Victim identified

 

THUNDER BAY - Police have identified the victim of a Feb 5 homicide at a motel on North Cumberland St as Nicholas Wendal Baxter, 28.  Christopher Achneepineskum, 45, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.  Rachel Mary Moonias, 36, is facing an accessory after the fact to murder charge.   (TB News Watch)

 

MORE:   Identified 

 

Stolen pickup hit-and-run

 

Christina Smith

 

LONDON, ON - Christina Smith, 32, died of her injuries after she tried to stop a Chevrolet Silverado from being stolen.  The Silverado was found unoccupied Friday.  Police are still looking for the driver.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Hit-and-run   Suspect stole 2 vehicles

 

Acquitted

 

         

Colten Boushie      Gerald Stanley

 

BATTLEFORD - A Saskatchewan jury found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of killing Colten Boushie, 22.  Stanley was charged with second-degree murder in the August 2016 death.  Boushie and four other young people from the Red Pheasant FN reserve drove onto Stanley's rural property in an SUV on Aug. 9, 2016.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Not guilty verdict   Outrage   Bring drums   What happened on the farm   Again raising concerns over rural crime

PREVIOUS:   Murder charge laid   Racist and hate-filled comments   Farm shooting   Farmyard shooting  

 

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