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New leader



Akhtar Mansour    Haibatullah Akhundzada


AHMAD WAL - The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor - a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.  The Taliban said their new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of Mansour's two deputies.  (AP)


MORE:   Suicide bomber hits minibus in Kabul

COMMENT:   Don't cry for the Taliban 

PREVIOUS:   Taliban leader killed   Leader killed


Not a security threat


Mahmoud Jaballah


TORONTO - The Canadian government's designation of an Egyptian man as a threat to national security is unreasonable, a federal court judge has ruled.  The decision in favour of Mahmoud Jaballah, could see the end of an ordeal that first saw Canada brand him as a terrorist more than 16 years ago.  (CP) 




Victor Dahdaleh


The huge leak of offshore financial records reveals Canadian tycoon Victor Dahdaleh, a 72-year-old Jordanian-born metals magnate, is indeed, as long suspected, the mysterious middleman known in US court documents as 'Consultant A' - described as having handed out tens of millions of dollars in inducements to officials at a Persian Gulf smelting company in exchange for supplier contracts that went to one of the world's biggest aluminum conglomerates.   (CBC)


MORE:   Middleman in corruption scheme

PREVIOUS:   Alcoa to pay $384M to settle Bahrain bribery charges     SEC charges Alcoa with FCPA violations    Mystery of Victor Dahdaleh    Global meltdown-wealth   SZ - Panama papers   ICIJ Panama Papers   Star - Panama papers    


Bodies found


EVERETT - The bodies believed to be Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude are now with the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office.  Two brothers, John and Tony Reed, are charged with the murders, which occurred sometime around April 11 at or near the couple's Arlington home. Tony Reed turned himself in last week, but John Reed remains on the run and is believed to be in Mexico.  Tony Reed helped pinpoint the exact location of the bodies.  (Fox)  


MORE:   Bodies found


Mirra had CTE


Dave Mirra


TORONTO - Dave Mirra, the star American BMX rider who killed himself in February, had CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease linked to head trauma.  The condition was diagnosed by neuropathologists at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto's Western Hospital, where Mirra's brain was examined after his death.  (NY Times)


PREVIOUS:   BMX legend shot himself 


Order to stand trial


Bill Cosby


NORRISTOWN - Bill Cosby entered the Montgomery County Courthouse Tuesday for his preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges with an entourage of lawyers and assistants.  His accuser, Toronto's Andrea Constand, was a no-show - her right under state law.  District Judge Elizabeth A. McHugh rendered her decision that Cosby should stand trial.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Cosby to stand trial

PREVIOUS:   Cosby sexual assault allegations


How to victimize murder victims


VANCOUVER - A policy shift has meant the agency that investigates killings in all Lower Mainland RCMP and some municipal police jurisdictions is no longer routinely telling citizens the names of people who have died violently in their communities.   (Vancouver Sun) 


PREVIOUS:  Personal name    Anonymity   Nameless     How to cover up a murder    


Hit 'record'


OTTAWA - Mounties wearing tiny video cameras must hit the record button when there is 'a high likelihood' they'll use force against someone, says an interim RCMP policy on use of the devices.   In general, officers have discretion as to when to turn on the body-worn cameras that clip on a uniform, or may be embedded in glasses or a helmet.  But RCMP members should not record every public encounter or conversation, according to the interim policy. And when 'tactically feasible,' officers are supposed to inform citizens when they are being recorded.  (CP) 


Not tracking money laundering


VANCOUVER - At least 85 real estate companies have not implemented a plan showing how they are trying to detect money laundering and other suspicious transactions, nearly 15 years after they were required to do so.  Fintrac, the federal anti-money laundering agency received 337 compliance reports from roughly 1,000 companies in the real estate sector it surveyed - including brokers, sales representatives and developers - between Jan 1, 2013, and Feb 8, 2016.  (CBC) 


TED trademark


Here's a news bulletin for anybody in Canada calling themselves 'Ted': the Canada Revenue Agency owns your name.  Or rather, the Canada Revenue Agency is the official registered owner of the trademark TED.  Anyone planning to use that name commercially needs to come cap-in-hand to the taxman for written permission to put TED on a product or a service, or in an advertisement.  (CBC)


Prison guard exam


ROME - Investigators are examining claims that the Naples-based Camorra may have tried to infiltrate the system.  Officials say 88 people were caught at the exam with bracelets or mobile phone covers with the correct answers.  Some of them wore earpieces through which the answers could have been fed.  The Camorra is also suspected of selling the answers to applicants for as much as $27,900.  Nearly 8,000 people - mostly young Italians - competed for just 400 jobs as prison guards.  (BBC)


Plot to topple president


Romero Juca   Michel Temer 


RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's interim president, Michel Temer, on Monday suffered a major setback in his campaign to win over the country when a report of recordings surfaced suggesting that one of his ministers had plotted to head off the huge Petrobras corruption investigation by pursuing the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.  The minister, Romero Juca, an influential leader in the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, though denying accusations of wrongdoing, said he would step down on Tuesday and return to the Senate. (NY Times)


PREVIOUS:   Impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff   How Brazil lost its way  Government meltdown  Petrobras   Operation Car Wash 


Plane crash


CAIRO - An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete early Thursday morning.  (AP)  


MORE:   EgyptAir MS804   Almost certain a terror attack   1 Canadian ID'd   Debris found   MORE:   2nd Canadian ID'd


Multiple bombs




TARTUS - Simultaneous car bombs and suicide bombers hit bus stations, hospitals and elsewhere in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh in Latakia province on Monday, appearing to severely breach government defences.  More than 120 people have been killed in multiple attacks claimed by the IS in areas controlled by the Syrian government, a monitoring group said.  Syrian state TV also reported the attacks, putting the death toll at 78.  (Jazeera)


MORE:   Blasts near Russian military bases

PREVIOUS:   War on Terror 


Suicide attacks


ADEN - A pair of bombings carried out by IS killed at least 45 people in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday, targeting young men seeking to join the army who gathered at two recruitment centres.  One suicide car bomber killed at least 20, while a second bomber on foot detonated an explosives vest at the other recruitment centre, killing at least 25.  (AP)


 PREVIOUS:   War on Terror 


School dormitory fire


CHIANG RAI - A nighttime fire at a dormitory of a primary school in northern Thailand killed 18 girls, many of whom had been roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a prank, officials and the girl who sounded the alarm said Monday. The victims were between 5 and 12 years old.  (AP) 


Found not guilty


BALTIMORE - Freddie Gray arresting officer Edward Nero was found not guilty on all counts by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams Monday morning.  Gray, a 25-year-old black man from the Sandtown area of Baltimore, died on April 19, 2015 of a spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody.  His death set off more than a week of protests followed by looting, rioting and arson that prompted a citywide curfew.  Nero is one of 6 officers who was charged in relation to Gray's death, and the second to be tried. Officer William Porter's trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in December.  (WJZ)


PREVIOUS:   Death of Freddie Gray 


ATMs looted


TOYKO - A total of $12.7M in cash has been stolen from some 1,400 automated teller machines in convenience stores across Japan in the space of 2 hours earlier this month.  Police suspect that the cash was withdrawn at ATMs using counterfeit credit cards containing account information leaked from a South African bank.  The theft at convenience store ATMs took place in the morning of May 15 in Tokyo and 16 prefectures across the country, and police believe over 100 people might have coordinated in the unlawful withdrawal.  (Mainichi Japan) 


Power restored


FORT MAC - With crews working around the clock to restore power and natural gas to the fire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray, the province announced Sunday afternoon ATCO employees had restored critical utilities to about 90% of undamaged structures in the community.  However, officials urged residents to check the ATCO Utility Restoration Map online for more specific information.  The blaze, still considered out of control, was last estimated to cover over 522,000 hectares, including more than 740 hectares in SK.  (CTV)   


MORE:   Man charged after impersonating evacuee

PREVIOUS:    Fort McMurray wildfire   CHED: Wildfire   CTV: Fort McMurray   CBC: Live blog    Google crisis map   Wildfire scams  


Reporting questioned


OTTAWA - A federal watchdog is looking into claims that Canada's spy agency had only one serious privacy violation in 2015.  The CSIS reported just one privacy breach in 2015, and only after the spy agency was urged to by an independent review body.  Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said he'll be contacting CSIS to ensure they're following government-wide rules to report all serious breaches to his office.  Documents recently tabled in Parliament revealed federal departments and agencies logged 5,853 privacy and data breaches in 2015. Taken together, the breaches involved 45,892 individual Canadians.  (Toronto Star) 


PREVIOUS:   Surveillance on journalists   CSIS leak


Too successful to stay illegal


TORONTO - Quebec's Charbonneau Commission revealed the intertwined relationships are between organized crime, business and politics and it would be folly not to expect similar links in Ontario.  Antonio Nicaso says Ontario is a safe haven for criminal organizations. While moving large sums of money and keeping low profiles, people on the whole aren't afraid or perceive a problem - a perfect scenario to conduct business.   (Sun Media)


Value of deal makers




TORONTO - Newly unearthed documents suggest Ontario's Liberal government could have saved hydro customers $1.5B by terminating an agreement with Samsung, but decided against it.  The papers relate to the 2009 Samsung green energy agreement that would take $10.5B from Ontario hydro bills, and pay it to a Samsung consortium over 20 years.  4 years into the deal, however, a confidential document from staff at the Ministry of Energy advised the government it could save hydro customers $5.2B by terminating the agreement.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Political donations surge   Campaign finance bill fails   Life in a banana republic    


Underfunded and underpaid


QUEBEC - The funding model that pays for policing in 43 of Quebec's aboriginal communities is dangerously inadequate, unfair and needs revision, according to sources in the provincial, federal and First Nations governments.  Though on-reserve police budgets come from a joint agreement between Quebec, Ottawa and individual First Nations, at least 3 aboriginal communities met privately with the federal government last month in an effort to secure a deal that would exclude the province. (PostMedia)


Little heroin


VANCOUVER - As government data tracks a spike of fentanyl across Canada, people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside say there is virtually no heroin left on the street after it has been pushed out by the cheaper and more potent fentanyl.  (CP) 


Gunman fires into crowd


NENZING - A gunman fired shots early Sunday into a small crowd attending an open air concert organized by a local motorcycle club, killing 2 people and wounding 11 others before shooting himself to death.   (AP)


MORE:   Concert shooting


Cyclone moves into Bangladesh 


CHITTAGONG DISTRICT - At least 24 people were killed and 100 others injured when Cyclone Roanu hit the coastal regions of Bangladesh on Saturday noon.  (IBT)


MORE:   Cyclone Roanu

PREVIOUS:   73 dead, missing   Landslides  


Volcano erupts


Mount Sinabung


NORTH SUMATRA - The death toll in the eruption of a volcano in western Indonesia rose to 7 on Sunday, with 2 other people in critical condition, as an official warned of more eruptions.  Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 3 kilometres into the sky on Saturday.  (AP)


RELATED:   Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupts   Turrialba Volcano 


Blue lives matter


NEW ORLEANS - While hate-crime laws often refer to ethnicity or disability or gender, Louisiana is about to do something different. The state is poised to become the first in the nation where public-safety personnel will be a protected class under hate-crime law - a move that comes amid a simmering national debate about police shootings and whether that debate has given rise to an anti-law-enforcement climate.  (Washington Post) 


PREVIOUS:   US states corruption ranking


Pentagon punished whistleblowers


WASHINGTON - Long before Edward Snowden went public, John Crane was a top Pentagon official fighting to protect NSA whistleblowers. Instead their lives were ruined - and so was his.  (Guardian UK)


RELATED:   Politician tells all in manifesto  


US drops murder charges


Joaquin Guzman


NEW YORK - American authorities preparing for the extradition of the alleged drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to stand trial in the US appear to have quietly scrapped plans to prosecute him for a series of brutal murders committed inside Mexico. (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Mexico approves extradition to US   Drug boss to fight extradition  


Green Zone clashes


BAGHDAD - Funerals have taken place in Baghdad for 2 people killed when protesters stormed the city's fortified government district, the Green Zone on Friday.  At least 60 people were injured when Iraqi troops drove back thousands of mainly Shia Muslims protesting against corruption and security failures.  Soldiers fired real and rubber bullets at the protesters, as well as tear gas.  Some reports, citing hospital sources, said 4 people had been killed and 90 injured in the clashes.   (BBC)


MORE:   Forces kill protesters 


Attempted suicide by cop


WASHINGTON - Jesse Oliveri, from Ashland, Pennsylvania, said he 'wanted to die' as he walked towards the checkpoint carrying his weapon in plain sight and refused to drop it, law enforcement sources said.  Agents shot him once in the stomach as he tried to march through the checkpoint one block west of the White House at 3pm on Friday, sparking chaos at the presidential compound as it was placed on lockdown.  Oliveri remains in a critical condition in hospital.   (Daily Mail)


18 months


Robert Poirier


BOISBRIAND - The former mayor of Boisbriand, Robert Poirier, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail in connection with the awarding of a contract for the expansion of a water-purification plant in the town north of Montreal.  Robert Poirier, who was mayor of Boisbriand between 1998 and 2005, was convicted of fraud, conspiracy and breach of trust last Sept, alongside the one-time vice-president of the Roche engineering firm, France Michaud.  (CBC)


MORE:   Former mayor sentenced

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption Quebec


Crown withdraws charges


Mac Harb


OTTAWA - The charges for fraud and breach of trust against retired Sen' Mac Harb have been fully withdrawn.  The Crown withdrew the charges on Friday, citing no reasonable prospect of conviction.   (CTV) 


PREVIOUS:    Life in a banana republic    


No charges


Pamela Wallin


OTTAWA - The RCMP won't press criminal charges against Senator Pamela Wallin for irregularities in her Senate expenses.   (CBC) 


PREVIOUS:    Life in a banana republic    


Workplace harassment


OTTAWA - The RCMP is facing more allegations of workplace harassment, this time in the unit that oversees the federal witness protection program at the force's national headquarters in Ottawa.  An internal report about the unit recommends an immediate investigation into long-standing allegations of bullying and harassment.  3 female psychologists complained to Assistant Commissioner Todd Shean about the behaviour of the RCMP officer in charge of the unit.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   1st annual report of Witness Protection Program Advisory Committee


Frozen food recall


It's one of the largest food recalls in recent memory, with well over 400 products from CRF Frozen Foods in Pasco, Washington, sold under more than 40 different brand names at major retailers like Costco, Target, Trader Joe's and Safeway.  (AP)


REPORT:   CRF Frozen Foods recall 


NEB recommendation


CALGARY - The federal government now has 7 months to make a decision on the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, after the national regulator gave its support to the proposed project.  The NEB is recommending the multi-billion dollar pipeline be constructed if 157 conditions are met, including 49 environmental requirements.  (CBC)


REPORT:   NEB recommends conditional approval

MORE:   Clark in the hot seat   FN say they have the power to stop expansion 


Possible murder-suicide


CANORA - The bodies of a 51-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man were discovered inside a home on the 100-block of Whitesand Drive on Tuesday afternoon.  Mounties say the deceased are known to each other. RCMP say there is no risk to public safety and they are not seeking any suspects.   (CTV)   


MORE:   2 found dead 





Nicholas Kim            Jonathan Ranger


OTTAWA - Police are searching for Jonathan Ranger, 32, a suspect considered armed and dangerous after a man was shot to death and a woman was injured Tuesday night.  The shooting happened just after 9:30pm at 2750 Farriers Lane.  A woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s were both shot and taken to hospital by paramedics.  Nicholas Kim, 30, was listed in critical condition and succumbed to his injuries in hospital.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Identified   Suspect wanted 




CALGARY - Police were called to a home in the 6900-block of Rundlehorn Drive NE at about 12:15am for reports of shots fired.  Hue Ngoc Nguyen, 41, was found deceased at the home and a 15-year-old girl was taken to hospital where she is being treated for her injuries.  Hien Tuan Lam, 43, of Calgar, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Husband charged   Domestic incident    




Matthew de Grood


CALGARY - Matthew de Grood has been found not criminally responsible (NCR) on all 5 counts of first-degree murder in relation to the fatal stabbings at a Calgary house party in 2014.  De Grood admitted to killing Lawrence Hong, Joshua Hunter, Kaitlin Perras, Zackariah Rathwell and Jordan Segura as they celebrated the end of classes at the University of Calgary.   (CBC)


MORE:   Found not criminally responsible    Found NCR

PREVIOUS:   2014 Calgary stabbing   Families suffer life of shame    


10 years


Mario Wint


NEWMARKET - An Ontario father who lost his temper and hit his toddler so hard the child died of his injuries has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Mario Wint pleaded guilty to manslaughter in April after originally being charged with second-degree murder in the January 2015 death of his 2-year-old son, Ty.  (CP) 


PREVIOUS:   Charged   Father charged   Dad charged  


Murder plot


PRINCE ALBERT - A 3-hour tape recorded surreptitiously at a farm kitchen table is going to clearly show Curtis Vey, 52 and Angela Nicholson, 51 plotting to kill their spouses, says Crown prosecutor.  Brigitte Vey hid her iPod under the table on July 1, 2013, believing that her husband was having an affair.    (CBC) 


MORE:   Wife's suspicion

RELATED:   Woman accused of arranging hit on estranged husband in India 


Officer involved shooting


VANCOUVER - A pair of investigations have been launched into a car fire and a police shooting in east Vancouver's Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood on Tuesday afternoon.  The Vancouver Police major crime unit will probe the actions of a man who allegedly confronted police with a knife near the car fire.  The IIO of BC will review the police response that resulted in the man being shot and sent to hospital.   (Vancouver Province) 


Another crash


VICTORIA - A man implicated in the crash that killed RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett last month was injured in a weekend rollover in the Langford area.  Jake Fenton was injured after a vehicle failed to stop for West Shore RCMP on Sunday, shortly before 1am.  Police said they'd tried to perform a road check, but the vehicle did not stop for them. They later found the vehicle rolled over, with 2 injured people inside.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   IIO investigate crash   Driver ID'd   BC Police


Another stabbing


Erick Tello Arias


WASAGA BEACH - Another man has been pronounced dead in what became the second fatal stabbing at Wasaga Beach over the long weekend.  OPP say the stabbing occurred at around 3:30am on Main St. near the Skull Island miniature golf course on Monday.  A source identified him as Erick Tello Arias, 23, of Bolton. The source said the victim was stabbed while in Wasaga Beach attending the Electric Elements music festival.  (Toronto Star) 




REGINA - Police were called to a home in the 200-block of Upland Drive around 4:23am on Sunday to check on the welfare of the occupants.  When they arrived, they found the body of Sandeep Kaur Tehara, 38.  The victim's husband Jagdish Singh Tehara, 39, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.  (CTV) 


PREVIOUS:   Body found   Homicide 


Man found dead


SYDNEY - At 11:40am on Sunday, officers found the deceased 45-year-old man inside the residence at 70 Gunn St in Sydney.  (Halifax Chronicle Herald)  


MORE:   Body found 


Teen identified


Francesco Molinaro


WASAGA BEACH - OPP responded to a call about an altercation at the Pizza Pizza on Mosley St around 10:35pm Saturday.  Francesco Molinaro, 18, of Bolton, was found stabbed.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Teenager killed 

PREVIOUS:   Beach stabbing   Stabbing 


Street gang presence


Victoria Times Colonist


VICTORIA - A controversial tent city for the homeless in Victoria has been invaded by street gangs and become unsafe for many occupants and service providers - and challenging for police, says the city's acting police chief.   (Globe & Mail)    


PREVIOUS:   More calls for police 


Secret to business success


Jennilyn Morris


EDMONTON - At first blush, Jennilyn Morris, 46, seems the quintessential immigrant success story.  Morris came to Canada in 1998 from the Philippines under Canada's live-in caregiver visa program. She built 2 successful businesses: a restaurant, Smokey Joe's Hickory Smoke House and Demot Cleaning.  But her Canadian dream was built on the backs of dozens of Filipino foreign workers she exploited, manipulated and abused.  Morris was sentenced Friday to 2-1/2 years in prison, after pleading guilty to two counts under Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.   (Edmonton Journal)


Human remains


ARELEE - RCMP are investigating the discovery of human remains at a rural property near Arelee, SK.  A local resident found, what RCMP say appear to be human remains, late Friday afternoon.   (CTV) 


Drugs, speed


FORT SASKATCHEWAN - According to RCMP, at about 10pm Friday witnesses observed a man driving a Mercedes C 240 at, what they described as, 'a high rate of speed' westbound on Highway 15 near 94 St - before running into the back of a Mazda SUV travelling in the same direction.  The driver of the SUV, a 43-year-old woman, was taken to Hospital where she later died.  The 47-year-old driver of the Mercedes was arrested for impaired driving.  (CTV)


RELATED:   Collision near Leduc   Crash near Thorsby




Jimmy Denis and Christine Gagliardi


SEYCHELLES - A West Island newlywed woman is mourning after her new husband was murdered in the Seychelles Islands.  Jimmy Denis, 35, was attacked and died on Wednesday night.  Denis and Christine Gagliardi were married on March 20. After the wedding, while his family had returned to Canada, he stayed behind to sell some assets he owned on the islands.   (CTV) 


Suspicious death


EDMONTON - Officers were called to the apartment, located near 82 St and 123 Ave NW, after 11pm Thursday.  A man was found dead in an apartment.  Police said the death of the male was considered suspicious.   (CTV)


MORE:   Homicide investigation   Suspicious death 




VANCOUVER - Police have identified the victim of Monday night's fatal shooting as Kennith King-Lok Leung, 23, of Vancouver.  Leung was shot multiple times in what police believe was a targeted attack.  Police say they were called to the 500-block of West 27 Ave around 10:30pm after receiving multiple 911 calls of gunshots.  Officers arrived to find Leung in a silver Kia SUV. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  (Metro)  


MORE:   Victim known to police  

PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Targeted shooting  


Warrant issued


Wacey Dillon Boudreau


EDMONTON - Police said Nikita Lee Healy, 26, was found dead in a suite located in the area of 110 Ave and 84 St NW on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  An autopsy determined Healy died from a gunshot wound.  A warrant was issued for Wacey Dillon Boudreau, 22.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Wanted   Warrant issued

PREVIOUS:   Identified   Suspicious death  


5th man charged


EDMONTON - A fifth man had been charged in connection to the 2015 stabbing death of Deng Mathew Garang Tong.  Police said Keith James Phillips, 31, was arrested Thursday, May 19.  Also charged in this case are Jonathan Piche, 32, Clinton Robert Kailek, 26, Billy Joe Nelson, 37, and Tyler Strathdee, 27.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Charges laid   Stabbing victim identified   Victim identified   Stabbings   


Death linked to W-18


CALGARY - The Medical Examiner has confirmed that a man who was found dead in a hotel in south Calgary died from an overdose of a lethal combination of drugs, including W-18, a highly toxic opioid.  At about 10:40pm on March 7, 2016, police and EMS were called to a hotel in south Calgary for reports of a man in medical distress.  A 35-year-old man was found at the scene and confirmed dead by paramedics.   (CTV) 


Charges took 20 years


TORONTO - Allegation that Joe Schacter was a sexual predator was not new to police and certainly not to many in Toronto's Orthodox Jewish community. According to documents and interviews with community members, Mr. Schacter has been accused multiple times over a 23-year period of sexually assaulting little boys. In the early nineties, criminal charges were laid, then withdrawn. A decade later, after more allegations, the Ontario College of Teachers ordered a disciplinary hearing. It was cancelled and Mr. Schacter continued to teach until he retired in 2013.   (Globe & Mail) 


IIO investigating its own investigation


VANCOUVER - A probe by BC's IIO into the Nov 2012 shooting at the Starlight Casino in New Westminster is under scrutiny.  (Global)


PREVIOUS:   Starlight Casino shooting  


Suspicious incident


VANCOUVER - 2 men are in custody and a woman - who was found naked by police - is being treated in hospital following a bizarre standoff at a downtown Vancouver cellphone shop.    (Vancouver Province)


In custody death


EDMONTON - ASIRT said Thursday that their officials were investigating the death of a man who was in the custody of Edmonton police early Thursday morning.  Details released by ASIRT said a 47-year-old man, who was drunk, was arrested on charges of theft under $5,000, and two bail condition breaches.  ASIRT said he was booked and placed in a cell block.  At 3am, he was found lying on the floor of his cell, unresponsive.   (CTV) 


SIU investigating crash


SMITH FALLS - The province's SIU is investigating a fatal crash near Smiths Falls that claimed the life of an 18-year-old.  The fatal collision happened just before 8:30pm on May 19 on Kitley Line 2 outside Smiths Falls.  An OPP officer was travelling southbound on County Road 17 when he spotted a speeding car in the northbound lane. Shortly after the office turned around and started following the car, it drove off the road and into nearby trees.  Police say the 18-year-old driver was ejected from his vehicle upon impact.  (CTV) 




EDMONTON - Police said Brian Joseph Boysis, 34, was arrested by officers from Gleichen RCMP on Monday, May 16 on the Siksika First Nation.  Boysis has been charged in connection to the death of Sabrina Papin, 27 - she died May 3 after arriving at an Edmonton hospital with gunshot wounds.  Also charged is Chad Neville Boysis, 29. Police laid charges against him on May 6.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Charges laid   1 charged, another on the run   Suspect arrested   




EDMONTON - Police arrested Miguel Gomez on Thursday. The 20-year-old was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for second-degree murder in connection to the April 16 stabbing death of Matthew Herman.  Herman, 22, died after a fight in a parking lot at Assiniboine Drive.  He was trying to defend a friend when the stabbing occurred.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Victim identified    Warrant issued   Stabbing   Fight stabbing 


RCMP members robbed




AIRDRIE - The 2 BC officers were in Airdrie and were on their way back to BC after helping with the wildfires in Fort McMurray.  They stayed Tuesday night at the Ramada Inn, just off the QE II Highway, and parked their RCMP vehicles in the parking lot.  Overnight, someone broke into the vehicles and stole equipment.   (CTV)


RELATED:   Officers not properly protected police association says   Ottawa cop suspended after gun and car stolen 


Union loses appeal


Chantal Racette


MONTREAL - Union president Chantal Racette told a meeting of members (SCFP-CUPE 301) that Superior Court Justice Danielle Grenier, who had just ordered the union to pay $2M in punitive damages for an illegal 2004 walkout that turned downtown sidewalks into skating rinks, was a 'crisse de folle.' The slur is the equivalent of 'f-ing idiot' in English.  Court of Appeal Justice Marie-France Bich found that when awarding damages, Grenier was justified to take into consideration the union's behaviour after it lost the class-action lawsuit brought by people who injured themselves on icy sidewalks.  (PostMedia)


2 arrested


Nancy Beaulieu & Martin Belair


SAINT-HYACINTHE - 2 men are due in court Thursday to be arraigned on charges of double murder.  The bodies of Martin Belair and Nancy Beaulieu were discovered in January 2015 in a pickup truck near the train station in Mascouche.  They had been missing for several days after disappearing from Saint Hyacinthe.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Francis Yergeau, 37, and Giuseppe De Leto, 34, charged   Identify of the accused

PREVIOUS:   Double murder   Bodies are missing persons   Bodies found    Police seek clues     




Ramsey Whitefish


TORONTO - Ramsey Whitefish, 42, was found on Gloucester St at around midnight after officers received a report that a man had collapsed outside a highrise apartment building. He was found suffering from obvious signs of trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Trevor Severin, 24, of Toronto, is charged with second-degree murder.  (CTV) 


MORE:   Victim was once key witness   Arrest   Man charged  

PREVIOUS:   Man found dead   Murdered  




Nikkolas Steenhuisen


GRANDE PRAIRIE - On Saturday, May 14, Nikkolas Steenhuisen, 34, of BC left the Home Hardware store, and reportedly saw a man he didn't know in his truck.  RCMP said Steenhuisen confronted the man, who fled to another truck and tried to get away - as Steenhuisen attempted to stop the suspect, police said he ended up on the running board of the suspect was trying to flee in, when it collided with a parked vehicle, pinning Steenhuisen.  He succumbed to his injuries.  Michael Ginter, 30, is facing a charge of second degree murder.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Identified   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Car thief confrontation


5+ years


CALGARY - A Calgary woman is going to jail for five-and-a-half years for the 2012 death of a toddler in her care.  Caitlin Jarosz pleaded guilty to manslaughter last November. Mackenzy Woolfsmith's lifeless body was discovered in Jarosz's private Mackenzie Towne dayhome on May 2.  (Global)


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MONTREAL - A deputy minister has been fired and Transport Quebec is going to be thoroughly examined after allegations of cost overruns and corrupt contracts.  Transportation Minister Jacques Daoust abruptly fired Dominique Savoie on Thursday, the day after she denied trying to hide irregularities in how contacts were awarded from former Transport Minister Robert Poeti.  Daoust also dismissed his chief of staff.  (CTV)


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David Delaney      Shayne McGenn


VANCOUVER - Shayne Daniel Duncan McGenn, 33, has been arrested in Penticton and charged with second-degree murder in relation to the death of David Delaney, 63.  The body of Delaney was discovered on Feb 23 in his suite in the Aspen Court apartment building on Center St in Abbotsford after tenants complained about a horrid smell on the fourth floor.  (Abbey News)


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Missing case treated as homicide


Ashley Simpson


SALMON ARM - Ashley Simpson, 32, has been missing from Salmon Arm, BC, where she was working for the winter season, since April 28. Her father said the RCMP has changed her status from a missing person to a victim of homicide.  (PostMedia)


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