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Deadly blast

 

AP

 

KABUL - An explosion struck a large demonstration march in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 61 people and wounding some 200 others.  The marchers were ethnic Hazaras demanding that a major regional electric power line be routed through their impoverished home province.  207 people were wounded by the blast, which was claimed by the IS.  (AP)  

 

MORE:   Protest bombing    Suicide bombers   Death toll 80+ 

 

Shooting rampage

 

Ali David Sonboly

 

MUNICH - Police say at least 10 people, including the gunman, were killed after a shooting spree at a McDonald' restaurant before killing himself.  Named as Ali Sonboly, 18, the killer is suspected of having used a fake Facebook account to lure young people to the shopping centre with the promise of buying them free gifts.   (Telegraph UK)  

 

MORE:   Munich shooting   Munich maniac    Shooter obsessed with rampages  Victims 

 

Floods

 

Xinhua

 

HEBEI - Floods in north and central China have killed at least 150 people, with scores missing and hundreds of thousands forced from homes.  Hebei and Henan provinces are the worst hit by the flash floods and landslides.  At least 114 people have been killed in Hebei, with 111 missing and 53,000 houses destroyed.  (BBC)  

 

MORE:   Hebei storms 

 

State of emergency

 

Recep Erdogan  

  

ANKARA - President Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup.  A restructuring of Turkey's once untouchable military also drew close.  Turkish authorities have already launched a series of mass purges of the armed forces, police, judiciary and education system, targeting followers of US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who operates an extensive network of schools and charitable foundations.  (Reuters) 

 

COMMENT:   Turkey's new sultan

PREVIOUS:   Coup d'etat attempt   President has been good to me   Lawmakers give new powers 

 

Cadaver dogs

 

Not only can these dogs detect the scent of human remains under 30 metres of water, some can also detect traces as small as a shard of bone or drop of blood. They can also tell the difference between, say, a dead raccoon and a dead hiker.  And yet scientists still aren't 100% sure how they do it and the training community is still figuring out how to train them most effectively.  (CBC)

 

No laughing

 

MONTREAL - When the Quebec Human Rights Commission ordered comedian Mike Ward to pay $35,000 to Jeremy Gabriel for making fun of the former child star with a disability, the reactions were fierce and polarized.  Whichever camp you fall in, it's worth noting that the Ward/Gabriel controversy is not an isolated incident, but the most extreme example of the battle that has been brewing in comedy circles for a while.  Some of the biggest names in comedy, including John Cleese, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, have publicly complained that the climate of political correctness is stifling their art form.  (CBC) 

 

$1B lawsuit

 

COLUMBUS - After 12 years of litigation, a US federal judge on Friday ruled against the plaintiff's in a $1B lawsuit against Venezuela in a case that included allegations of fraud, the mafia, international criminal conspiracy, bribes, diamonds, junk bonds and a mysterious house fire in Switzerland that resulted in the death of one of those involved.  At issue were hundreds of millions of dollars in promissory notes issued by a Venezuelan government-backed agricultural development bank called Bandagro  in 1981 that a Columbus, Ohio investment group called Skye Ventures bought in 2004 for $100M.  The only problem was that the notes were never actually issued by Bandagro.   (EFE)

 

JUDGMENT:   Skye Ventures v Venezuela opinion 

 

DNC emails

 

22 July 2016 WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee.  The leaks come from the accounts of 7 key figures in the DNC.  The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.  (WikiLeaks)

 

PREVIOUS:   Electionophobia   US presidential election 2016

 

Missing aircraft

 

DELHI - India has launched a massive search and rescue operation for an Indian air force plane that went missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal.  (AFP) 

 

IMF head faces court

 

Christine Lagarde

 

PARIS - IMF head Christine Lagarde must stand trial in France over a payment of 403M euros ($444M) to tycoon Bernard Tapie, a French appeals court has ruled.  France's court rejected Lagarde's appeal against the decision to try her for negligence in her handling of the affair, which saw Bernard Tapie walk away with a massive payment in taxpayer money in 2008.  (Independent UK)  

 

MORE:   To stand trial 

RELATED:   IMF calls for more government spending

 

Enabling entitlements

 

WHITHORSE - There's a constitutional showdown brewing over beer, wine and spirits and it's causing headaches for some premiers who are eager to protect provincial liquor monopolies.  While the leaders in Whitehorse for an annual summit are inching toward a comprehensive deal on interprovincial trade - an agreement that would knock down trade barriers that hamper the flow of goods and services across provincial boundaries - alcohol remains a stumbling block.   (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   Buying beer in NB   Competitive pricing start   Regulators   AB's beer markup 

 

Judges can ban

 

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says judges can ban convicted sexual predators from using the Internet.   (CP)

 

JUDGMENT:   2016 SCC 31 

 

Mandatory meeting

 

 

OTTAWA - More than 700 Hells Angels and affiliate members are expected to party in Ottawa all weekend long, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their Ontario chapter. Every four years, they hold a mandatory-attendance meeting, and this year Ottawa won the bid to host.  (CTV)

 

RELATED:   Member arrested   Ex-Angel facing new charges 

 

Rates out of control

 

TORONTO - Ontarians aren't just imagining it: Electricity prices in the province are soaring.  Prices jumped by 15.7% over the past year, according to Statistics Canada's consumer price index, about 8 times faster than overall inflation.  'In Ontario, only 3 other categories in the CPI have risen faster than electricity since 2002 - water charges, home insurance and cigarettes. But in the past 7 years, nothing has risen faster than electricity prices.'  (Huffington Post)  

 

Police-reported crime stats, 2015

 

OTTAWA - Police-reported crime in Canada, as measured by both the Crime Severity Index (CSI) and the crime rate, increased in 2015. This marked the first rise in police-reported crime in 12 years. The CSI grew 5% from 2014 to 2015, but was 31% lower than it was a decade earlier in 2005.  The rise in the CSI was primarily a result of more incidents of fraud, breaking and entering, robbery, and homicide. A notable increase in crime reported in AB and smaller increases in BC, ON and SK also contributed to the upward movement of the national CSI.  (Stat Can)  

 

MORE:   Violent crime up   Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2014

 

Stabbing justified

 

TORONTO - An Ontario judge has ruled that a provincial inmate was justified in stabbing another prisoner at Toronto East Detention Centre last year on account of the facility's abysmal security conditions.   (Globe & Mail)

 

JUDGMENT:   2016 ONSC 4594 

 

Charges dismissed

 

PARIS - French investigating magistrates have dismissed charges against 2 elite officers who were sensationally accused of raping a Canadian tourist at Paris police headquarters in 2014.  The 34-year-old woman claimed she was gang-raped by 2 policemen she met in a pub across the Seine river from the headquarters of the police department.  (AFP)

    

MORE:   Canadian woman speaks out

PREVIOUS:   2 officers charged    BRI 

 

CSE censors documents

 

OTTAWA - Canada's electronic spy agency won't say how often it shares information that could lead to someone being tortured in an overseas prison.  The CSE has censored documents that spell out the figures, even though the RCMP and CSIS have revealed such numbers in the past.  (CP)

 

Military base attacked

 

NAMPALARI - At least 17 soldiers have been killed and 30 wounded in an attack on a military base in Mali.  Heavily armed men overran the base, in the central town of Nampala, and set parts of it on fire.  Two separate groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.  (BBC)  

 

MORE:   Islamist militants attack base 

 

Officer shot

 

Robert David Melton

 

KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Kan. police officer was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while responding to a reported drive-by shooting.  Capt. Robert David Melton, 46, was pronounced dead at Hospital at 2:55pm.  Authorities said the suspected shooter was caught about a block away from where Melton was shot.   (Fox)  

 

MORE:   Police captain shot   Officer killed   Men charged  

 

Car bomb

 

Pavel Sheremet

 

KYIV - Journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car explosion in Kyiv on the morning of July 20, reported Ukrainska Pravda. Sheremet worked in Ukrainska Pravda, a popular online news outlet.  The car exploded when Sheremet was driving it at 7.45am in the central part of Kyiv. The car belonged to Olena Prytula, a founding editor of Ukrainska Pravda.  (Kyiv Post)  

 

MORE:   Car bomb 

 

King of inmates killed

 

Byron Lima

 

FRAIJANES - A former army captain who was convicted in the murder of a bishop and later became known as the 'king' of Guatemala's infamous and dangerous prison system was killed in a surprise attack.  Lima was killed during a disturbance at Pavon prison reported to have left at least 12 others dead and 25 injured.  (Insight Crime) 

 

Clashes

 

GUJARAT - Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in the western Indian state of Gujarat after an attack on low-caste villagers by cow protection vigilantes.  In violent clashes on Tuesday, a police officer was killed and several others were injured.  (Guardian UK)

 

US seeks to recover $1B

 

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than $1B in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.  According to the complaints, from 2009 through 2015, more than $3.5B in funds belonging to 1MDB was allegedly misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates. (DOJ PR)  

 

MORE:   US probe veers close to Najib family   Wolf of Wall Street money laundering   Wolf of Wall Street film   Police seize paintings

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC 

 

Banker arrested

 

NEW YORK - Federal agents surprised an HSBC Holdings Plc executive as he prepared to fly out of New York's Kennedy airport, arresting him for an alleged front-running scheme involving a $3.5B currency transaction,  Mark Johnson, HSBC's global head of foreign exchange cash trading in London, was held in jail overnight and will appear in court Wednesday. The US unsealed charges against him and Stuart Scott, the bank's former head of currency trading in Europe, making them the first individuals to be charged.  (Bloomberg)  

 

MORE:   DOJ:  Head of HSBC's foreign exchange arrested

PREVIOUS:   Global meltdown   Forex scandal  

  

Tourist bus fire

  

EPA

  

TAIPEI - A tour bus carrying visitors from China has caught fire on a busy highway killing all 26 people on board.  The accident took place on the No 2 national highway in Taoyuan county, south of Taipei.  24 of those on board were visitors from Liaoning province who had been scheduled to fly home on Tuesday afternoon. The others killed were the driver and a tour guide, both Taiwanese.  (AP) 

  

Train attack

  

Muhammad Riyad

  

WUERZBURG - The so-called Islamic State has released a video purporting to show an Afghan asylum seeker making threats before attacking a German train.  The 17-year-old injured 4 people with an axe and knife, one critically, in the attack in Wuerzburg on Monday evening. He was shot dead by police.   (BBC)

  

MORE:   Refugee attack train passengers

RELATED:   Man stabs woman and 3 daughters at French resort 

  

Impaired flying

  

GLASGOW - Authorities say 2 commercial airline pilots have been arrested at Glasgow Airport on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol, shortly before they were due to take off on a trans-Atlantic flight.  Canadian airline Air Transat says the 2 crew members were arrested before a Glasgow to Toronto flight on Monday.  (AP) 

 

MORE:   8-hour bottle to throttle rule 

  

'Tourist' flood

  

EPA

 

CUCUTA - More than 100,000 Venezuelans crossed the border into Colombia over the weekend after the frontier was temporarily opened to allow them to buy food, basic items and medicines that are scarce in their country.  Authorities opened the border so that about 44,000 people could cross into the neighboring country on Saturday and about 63,000 on Sunday, according to figures compiled by the Colombian Foreign Ministry.  (EFE)

  

PREVIOUS:   Venezuelan protests   Cartels

  

Cleared of plunder charge

  

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

  

MANILA - The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder charge against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after nearly five years of hospital detention.  The case involved the alleged misuse of 366M pesos ($7.8M) from the state lottery agency, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.  (AP)

  

PREVIOUS:   Presidency of Arroyo   Arroyo plunder case 

  

Ex-minister and bundles of cash

  

AFP

  

BUENOS AIRES - The sight of a middle-aged man throwing sacks of cash over the walls of a convent before dawn was always likely to attract attention in the quiet Buenos Aires suburb of General Rodriguez.  Jose Lopez - the former public works secretary in the Fernandez administration - was with the nuns - in their 80s and 90s - and surrounded by the bags he had thrown over the fence. These, and a red carry-on bag, turned out to be filled with wads of plastic-wrapped dollar bills and other valuables. In all, he had $8.9M.  (Guardian UK)

 

PREVIOUS:   Corruption in Argentina

 

Policemen shot

 

Garafola    Gerald           Jackson   

 

BATON ROUGE - 1 East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputy, Brad Garafola, and 2 Baton Rouge Police Department officers, Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald, were killed during a Sunday morning shooting near the Hammond Aire Plaza.  3 other officers were wounded with one on life support as of Monday morning.  Authorities confirmed the gunman was Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, who was killed.  (WBRZ)

 

MORE:   Shooting of police officers   Trained killer    

PREVIOUS:   Policemen shot

RELATED:   US police shootings     US police officers killed in 2016   List of US police officers killed    Guardian: The Counted

     

Another acquittal

  

BALTIMORE - Prosecutors in Baltimore have failed for the fourth time to secure a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitting Lt. Brian Rice of all charges related to Gray's arrest and death.  (Baltimore Sun)

  

PREVIOUS:   Death of Freddie Gray 

  

Gang raped, again

  

HANYANA - An Indian student is recovering in hospital after being gang-raped by a group of men, including some charged with sexually assaulting her 3 years earlier.  Police in Haryana state were hunting for 5 men accused of abducting the 21-year-old student from outside her college before drugging and raping her in a car.  The student has identified all 5 men - 2 of whom are currently on bail awaiting trial for raping her in 2013.  (Guardian UK)

 

State-sponsored cheating

  

TORONTO - An independent investigation led by a Canadian law professor has confirmed evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian sports.   (CBC)

  

REPORT:   Independent investigations report

MORE:   State-sponsored doping cover-up   Russia fails to overturn ban

PREVIOUS:   Richard McLaren   WADA   OC in sports 

RELATED:   IOC announces another 45 failed drug tests from 2008 and 2012 Olympics

 

Mercury enough to impact

  

The level of mercury found in the umbilical cords of babies in Grassy Narrows First Nation was high enough to affect their brain development.  Between 1978 and 1994 Health Canada tested the umbilical cord blood of 139 infants in Grassy Narrows.   (Toronto Star)

  

PREVIOUS:   Bio related events

 

Another police float

 

Cop lives don't matter

 

VANCOUVER - Black Lives Matter Vancouver is asking police to voluntarily withdraw their float from the upcoming Pride Parade, as a 'show of solidarity and understanding' that officer involvement in the march creates an unsafe atmosphere for some communities.  The open letter published by the activist group on Friday comes weeks after its Toronto counterparts halted the city's parade until organizers signed off on a list of demands including banning police floats from future marches.  (CP)  

  

US releases secret chapter

 

WASHINGTON - Under wraps for 13 years, the US on Friday released once-top secret pages from a congressional report into 9/11 that questioned whether Saudis who were in contact with the hijackers after they arrived in the US knew what they were planning.  15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals and several were not fluent in English and had little experience living in the West. (AP)

 

REPORT:   Full text 9-11 secret chapter   

MORE:   No top Saudi link    28 pages released    911 report secret pages released

PREVIOUS:   28pages.org    War on terror

      

Truck attack

 

       

EPA                               Bouhlel   

 

NICE - A large truck plowed through revellers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing at least 84 people as it bore down for 2 kilometres along the French Riviera city's famed waterfront promenade.  The driver was killed by police.  Of the 202 wounded, 25 are on life-support and 52 are in critical condition.  (AP)

 

MORE:   2016 Nice attack   Bisexual Muslim hustler     Details of Bouhlel's life

COMMENT:   Authorities quick to deem attacks Islamic terrorism

 

Grandparents charged

 

       

Eneas Perdomo    Allan & Carolina Perdomo

 

CALGARY - Eneas Emilio Perdomo, 5, was taken to the Alberta Children's Hospital on July 10, 2015 with injuries that family members claimed were due to numerous accidents.  Allan Perdomo Lopez and Carolina Del Carmen Perdomo were arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with Perdomo's death. (CTV)  

 

MORE:  Grandparents charged

PREVIOUS:   Homicide investigating   Family being questioned   Death deemed suspicious   Boy just arrived in Canada 

 

Traffic fine revenue

 

CALGARY - CPS will ask City Council to approve its proposed plan to hire 50 new officers but the salaries of the additions to the force will not be funded through tax dollars.  In the proposal, traffic fine revenue will supply the $7.5M required to cover the salaries of the recruits.  It's not actually an increase in tickets at all, it's an increase of revenue because the province last year increased the fines 35%.  (CTV)

 

Identified

 

SAINT JOHN -  Police have identified the victim of a homicide as Tammy Boratynec, 43.  The body of Boratynec was discovered in the backyard of a residence on Melrose St on July 17.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Police release identity 

 

Arrest

 

Cynder Lynn Robinson

 

PIERCELAND - Cynder Robinson, from Taber, AB, was involved in a physical altercation at house party on July 15.  Brandy Arnelle Benson, 21, from the Big Island Lake First Nation was arrested and charged with manslaughter.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Charges laid 

 

Not being inspected properly

 

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Auditor General's latest report found weaknesses in how Manitoba's Department of Infrastructure manages bridges.  The report found 616 bridges weren't inspected at all.  Another 288 were not being inspected because the Department of Infrastructure considered other government departments to be responsible for them.  The department manages about 3,000 bridges and large culverts.  The report looked at provincial bridges, not municipal or city bridges.   (CTV) 

 

Legal saga

 

TORONTO - In the latest development in years-long legal saga, a Toronto divisional court has struck down an appeal by Toronto police to prevent Kofi Patrong, 31, from suing the force for its alleged role in devastating case of mistaken identity - a 2004 gang-related shooting that left him with a debilitating leg injury.  (Toronto Star) 

 

Rape it was

 

TORONTO - York University student Mustafa Ururyar has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his fellow PhD student, Mandi Gray.   (Toronto Star)  

 

MORE:   Guilty   I didn't win the rape lottery

 

Charged

 

PELICAN NARROWS - At around 8:10pm on July 9, police were called to the Pelican Narrows Health Center for a report of an unresponsive man.   Attempts to resuscitate Jordan Bedard, 19, from Sandy Bay, SK, were unsuccessful.  RCMP arrested Brett Napoleon Michel, 19, and charged him with second-degree murder.   (CTV) 

 

Charged

 

       

Jason Antoinio   Taylor Zanoni

 

CALGARY - According to the Police the shooting deaths of Jason Quinn Antonio, 39, in Marlborough Park and Taylor John Zanoni, 23, in an office building in Willow Park are connected to drug activity.  Gursharanjit Parmar, 32, and Joshua Lloyd Okabe, 30, have been charged with 2 counts of first degree murder.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Meth kingpin   Homicide investigating   Shooting    Meth bust    Victim identified   Identified   Shooting victim     

 

2nd teen arrested

 

Joseph Douglas Cameron

 

HALIFAX - Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Ave and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth around 5:20am on March 29.  When officers arrived, they found the body of Joseph Douglas Cameron, 20, on the sidewalk. Police say they arrested a 15-year-old boy.  The arrest comes less than two weeks after police charged a 17-year-old with first-degree murder.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Teen arrested   17-year-old charged   Charged   Victim identified   Shooting   

 

More charges

 

TORONTO - A Toronto police officer, already accused of planting heroin in a 2014 drug investigation, is facing fresh charges after police scrutinized his past cases.  Const Benjamin Elliot, 33, with 9 years experience, will be in court Thursday on charges of perjury and 2 counts of obstruction of justice, police said. The charges are on top of 7 perjury and obstruction of justice charges laid against Elliot in January for allegedly sprinkling heroin in a suspect's car to justify a search.  (National Post)

 

Body found

 

ST JEAN BAPTISTE - RCMP were called to the apartment on Caron St on July 17, around 8pm and found the body of a 54-year-old woman.  Danny Vanoosten, 56, from St. Jean Baptiste, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with second-degree murder.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Murder   Found dead   Charged

 

Charge in homeless fight

 

TORONTO - One person has been charged with manslaughter after a man was killed during a fight involving 5 or 6 people at Front St E on Monday night.  Levon Jolen Gammon, 43, of no fixed address, has been charged with manslaughter.  The victim has been identified as Paul Crombie, 50, of no fixed address.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Fight death   Charge 

 

Charged

 

WATSON LAKE - Travis Dennis, 22, has been charged with second degree murder, and dismembering a body.  The partial human remains were found Saturday afternoon on an industrial property outside Watson Lake.  The court has ordered a ban on publishing the name of the deceased.   (CBC) 

 

Charged

 

       

Carol King             David Caissie

 

HERSCHEL - Carol King's ex-partner, David Caissie, 53, has been charged with first-degree murder and indignity to human remains over her death in 2011.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Charged

PREVIOUS:   Missing woman found dead   Remains are King's   Remains found    

 

Still a force

 

VANCOUVER - As BC Hells Angels mourn the recent death of a member of the West Point chapter, police say the biker gang remains a significant criminal force in the province.  Bjorn Sylvest died July 3 while on a houseboat on the Shuswap Lake, the BC Coroners Service, confirmed.  (Vancouver Sun)  

  

Impaired driver charged

  

THORNLEA - Jane Newhook, 83, of Norman's Cove-Long Cove was killed Friday when her car collided with another vehicle after travelling to Thornlea for supper with friends and family.  George Malcolm Whalen, 67, of Thornlea is facing several charges connected to the fatal crash, including impaired driving causing death.  He is also charged with refusal of demand for sample of breath, driving while disqualified and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.  (CBC)  

  

MORE:   Driver in custody

PREVIOUS:   Driver charged  

  

Support worker accused

  

Soja Zadeh

  

NEWMARKET - Police are yet again accusing Soja Zadeh, a Newmarket man, of sexually assaulting a senior that was under his care.  The suspect, who already faces accusations from 5 elderly women, is now being accused of committing a similar offence against an elderly man.  (CTV)

  

Firefighter dies

  

Patrick Pidgeon

  

AMHERSTVIEW - Firefighters were called to an apartment complex in the community late Saturday afternoon.  A firefighter was badly hurt at the scene and later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.  The deceased has been identified as Patrick Pidgeon, 45, a husband, father and veteran.  (CP)  

  

MORE:   Firefighter remembered     

RELATED:   Firefighter rescues woman, dog

  

Identified

  

Brent Donio

  

THUNDER BAY - Brent Donio, 18, was killed in a vicious assault outside a Windsor St housing complex just after midnight on Wednesday.  A charge of second-degree murder has been laid against Clinton Nicholas Netemegesic, 26, who turned himself into police.  Police had previously arrested Cecil Todd Matinet, 18.  (TB News Watch)

  

MORE:   2 charged

PREVIOUS:   18-year-old dead  

  

Health warning

  

VANCOUVER - Health-care workers and the RCMP on Sunday canvassed Surrey's Whalley area warning people of a disturbing new trend in which crack cocaine is being laced with the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.  With 36 overdoses over the weekend in Whalley, Mounties, health-care and social workers walked through the gritty area putting up warning notices, handing out pamphlets and talking to drug addicts and the homeless about the critical situation.  (Vancouver Province)  

  

MORE:   Overdoses

COMMENT:   Make that 43 

 

Daughter, mother dead

 

VANCOUVER - Emergency crews responded to a 911 call of a woman in distress to the Coquitlam townhouse on Eagleridge Drive Friday evening.  Paramedics found Ivy, 22, dead inside the home, and police suspected foul play.  Officers identified a female suspect, Lisa Wei, who had fled before they got there. She was missing for about 12 hours before police found her car in Buntzen Lake Saturday morning at about 6am, and recovered her body from the water.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Murder-suicide    Suspect found dead   Murder-suicide 

 

Suspicious death

 

SAINT JOHN - Police were called at 8am to a high-rise apartment building on Ellerdale St.  A 61-year-old woman was found dead at the scene.  Police have yet to determine the cause of death or whether it was suspicious.   (CTV) 

 

Man charged after body found

 

SHAMATTAWA - Police said they received notice late on July 13 that the 37-year-old victim had gone missing. They determined that she was last seen on July 12.  Around noon on Thursday, July 14, police got word that a local fisherman had found a body in a nearby river. Police confirmed it was the missing woman.  Police charged Philip Miles, 37, from Shamattawa, on Saturday. Police said Miles and the victim knew each other.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Man charged 

 

Arrest

 

CONKLIN - Trevor Powder, 21, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Tyler David McDermid, 20.  Both the victim and the perpetrator were from Conklin, AB.  The shooting occurred on Aug. 11, 2015 at a residence in Conklin.   (Sun Media)

 

MORE:   Arrest

PREVIOUS:   Victim identified 

 

Arrested

 

       

Tyler Sanderson        Lori Ann Heavenfire

 

CALGARY - In the evening hours of May 15, emergency crews responded to the 5500-block of Maddock Drive NE following reports of a disturbance. A severely injured Tyler Sanderson, 24, was located and transported by ambulance to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Police identified Lori Ann Heavenfire, 34, as a person of interest in connection with the death.  Police confirm Heavenfire has been arrested and charged in connection with Sanderson's death.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Woman wanted   Victim ID'd

   

Suspects arrested

 

David McKay and Cydnie Markel-Rempel

 

VANCOUVER - IHIT had been searching for David James 'Yoda' McKay, 37, and Cydnie Markel-Rempel, 21, since Thursday.  IHIT said the pair fled a home in the 8900 block of Glenwood St, Chilliwack, shortly before noon on Wednesday where a man was found badly beaten and later died of his injuries.  John Robert Oliver Anderson, 40, was identified as the victim. (CBC)

 

MORE:   Homicide    2 arrested

 

Police shooting

 

CALGARY - ASIRT is investigating an officer-involved shooting by Calgary police on Friday that has left one person dead.  Police responded around 8pm to 63 Inglewood Park SE to a call of 4 people in a secured underground parking lot. They blocked exits and began to search the area when the suspects entered what was later determined to be a stolen vehicle.  The incident 'escalated quickly' and an officer shot the driver of the vehicle, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, while 3 were taken into custody uninjured.  (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Officer involved shooting   Sanjai Prasad identified   Criminal past    

 

Charged

 

LONDON, ON - A priest in has been charged with fraud in the alleged theft of more than $500,000 meant for refugees.  Police say Amer Saka of the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church allegedly obtained the money from over 20 people under the guise of a sponsorship program to bring refugee families into Canada.  (Toronto Star)  

 

MORE:   Priest gambled away refugee aid

PREVIOUS:   Money lost

 

Body found

 

    

Taliyah Marsman      Sara Baillie

 

CALGARY - Police have charged Edward Delten Downey, 46, with 2 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Taliyah Leigh Marsman and her mother, Sara Baillie, 34.  The charges come after Calgary police said a body believed to be that of 5-year-old Marsman, the subject of an Alberta-wide Amber Alert, was located near Chestermere, AB, on Thursday.  Investigators believe Marsman was dead by the time police were called.   (Global)

  

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Victim identified

 

Abdirizak Hersi

 

TORONTO - Police were called to the scene of Laura Road and Sheppard Ave W just before 5pm after reports of people in two cars shooting at each other while driving. Officers arrived to find a car with bullet holes with 2 men injured inside and later confirmed the shots in fact came from just one car. Abdirizak Hersi, 20, the driver of the bullet-ridden car, and another man that police believe to be his cousin, were both rushed to hospital, where Hersi was pronounced dead.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Police release name   Victim identified 

 

Guilty

 

CALGARY - Provincial court Judge Sean Dunnigan convicted Stanislaw Maguder, 72, of hit and run knowing a death occurred, in the case of Tyla Chipaway, 16, in March 2015.  (CBC)

 

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Guilty plea

 

VICTORIA - A former BC government employee accused of making false statements to mislead the provincial privacy commissioner has pleaded guilty in a Victoria court.  George Gretes' lawyer told the court his client wants to apologize to his former employer and the people of BC.  Provincial court Judge Lisa Mrozinski said Gretes showed obvious remorse for his decision to lie under oath and gave him one year to pay $2,500 in restitution.  (CP)

 

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Wanted

 

Cyril Quentin Weenusk

 

WINNIPEG - Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man wanted in connection with the homicide of Cyril Quentin Weenusk, 26.  Geordie Douglas Wood, 22, from Oxford House faces a second degree murder charge in connection with the incident. In the early morning hours of July 5, police were called to the area of the MTS Centre for a report of an injured person.  An investigation revealed Weenusk had a violent altercation with a group of people. He was taken to hospital where he later died.   (CTV)  

 

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PREVIOUS:   Identified   Serious incident

 

SIU investigating

 

THUNDER BAY - The province's SIU is now asking the public for help as they investigate a man's death following a standoff in Thunder Bay on Tuesday night.  Investigators arrived yesterday to look into the death of a 33-year-old man inside a room at the Kingsway Inn.  (CTV) 

 

Seeking to ID'd

 

SIU seeking assistance

 

TORONTO - The SIU wants the public's help to identify a man who was fatally shot in June along a rail corridor in Toronto's west end.  The 42-year-old man was fatally shot after getting into a confrontation with police on June 17 around 6:40am.  (CTV)

 

Nameless deaths

 

FREDERICTON - The NB government will start telling the public when a person dies inside a provincial jail, but officials say the public isn't allowed to know how they died.  13 people have died in custody of provincial jails since 2004.  Only 4 cases have been subject to a public coroner's inquest, while details about the rest remain veiled in secrecy.  Charles Murray said the privacy concerns used to protect details about inmate deaths is protecting the justice system more than deceased inmates.  (CBC) 

 

Cities want a %

 

VICTORIA - Some BC municipalities say Ottawa should share eventual tax revenues from the legalization of marijuana and are looking to put the issue on the political agenda through the annual gathering of BC municipalities.  A share of marijuana revenues could be a lucrative source of revenue for municipalities looking beyond such traditional sources as property taxes.  (Globe & Mail)    

 

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$44M for non strike

 

TORONTO - The Liberal government has publicly said it spent $8.5M on training and renovating spaces in the province's jails in the event that managers had to run the facilities on a 24-hour basis during a strike.  But an itemized list of strike preparation expenditures shows the estimated total is actually $44,380,472.45.  A 3-year deal reached Jan. 9 with 6,000 correctional and probation officers averted a threatened strike.   (CP)

 

Husband charged

 

PNG

 

VANCOUVER - A mother of 6 who suffered extensive third-degree burns, died of her injuries several hours after fire broke out Sunday afternoon. She has been identified as Nga Vu, also known as Ivory.  Her husband, who goes by Bay Khac Luu or James, is accused of setting fire to the 3300-block of Dewdney Trunk Road family home with his wife and children inside. Luu has been charged with second-degree murder.   (CTV)

 

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PREVIOUS:   House fire death   Man in handcuffs

 

Homicide

 

Tarique Leger

 

OTTAWA - Police were called to an apartment in the 200-block of St Andrew St shortly before 4am Sunday, after reports a man had been shot.  The victim was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The man has since been identified as Tarique Leger, 19, of Montreal.   (CTV)  

 

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Victims identified

 

WINNIPEG - Police have identified the two victims killed in a suspicious fire at a rooming house in the 100-block of Austin St N on Thursday.  Brenda Campbell, 51, and John McKinnon Bendon, 61, both died after the three-storey house caught fire in the early morning hours.    (CTV) 

 

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PREVIOUS:   Fire deliberately set   

 

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