Sunday, July 23, 2017

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau Resigns After Fatal Shooting of Justine Diamond

The Minneapolis police chief has resigned less than a week after a city officer shot and killed an Australian woman who had called officers for help. Chief Janee Harteau stepped down Friday, just a day after making her first remarks on the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond. Damond was shot by an officer responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house. Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who was in the passenger seat shot and killed the unarmed Ruszczyk.

A statement from the city says Harteau quit at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Mohamed Noor
Mohamed Noor is the precinct's first Somali-American officer. Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015 and was from the city’s accelerated police cadet program — a way to attract more 'diverse' officers. He completed field training in 2016. He already has three complaints filed against him and was reportedly under federal investigation. He has refused to cooperate in the investigation.
Harteau joined the Minneapolis Police Department as an officer in 1987, at age 22. She was the department's first female and openly gay chief. Harteau was on vacation outside the city during the shooting and received criticism for her delayed response. Five days later, she publicly addressed the shooting for the first time and defended Noor's training. Harteau served as the department head during the highly controversial shooting deaths of Jamar Clark in 2015 and Philando Castile in 2016.
JaneƩ Harteau married Holly Keegel also a city cop.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

74 year-old cyclist beaten with club in road rage incident

In the video, a man can be seen striking a cyclist at least four times with a small club as he pins him to the ground beside a black Dodge Ram pickup truck. When the driver realizes that he’s being filmed, he quickly gets up, pockets the club and shouts, “I tried to walk away!”

A witness said the two men had been arguing before the driver of the truck started clubbing the cyclist. “I felt like the man in the truck had every opportunity to leave,” the witness said. “Instead he got out of his vehicle.” The witness said that a few people tried to keep the driver of the truck from leaving until police came, “but he slammed his door, scoffed at everyone and drove away.”
Police arrested David Fox, 65, of Peterborough, and charged him with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. He is scheduled to appear in court in August. CTV Toronto attempted to speak with Fox at his home.

Although a black Dodge Ram pickup truck was in the driveway, there was no answer at the door on Friday.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs and wife charged with extortion

Keith Hobbs and wife Marisa
Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs and his wife have been charged with extortion and obstructing justice in the same investigation that led to the arrest of the city’s police chief less than three months ago, according to the Ontario Provincial Police. The OPP said in a release Friday the mayor, 65, his wife Marisa Hobbs, 53, and a third woman identified as 46-year-old Mary Voss had been arrested.

Hobbs will remain on paid leave for an undetermined amount of time. After the last election Hobbs claimed his victory was "for the small people". "I'm looking forward to four years of looking after our social needs in this city," he said. "We're going to beat down crime."
Meanwhile court proceedings involving Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque have been put over for another month. Levesque, 53, was charged in May by Ontario Provincial Police with breach of trust and obstruction of justice. The charges stem from allegations that he disclosed confidential information concerning Hobbs.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Burglar wearing goalie gear wanted in heinous Manitoba beer heist

Police in Manitoba are searching for two men wanted in a beer store robbery in which one of the suspects used an unusual disguise. RCMP in Russell, Manitoba say one of the men was dressed up as a hockey goalie, “wearing a blocker, trapper and carrying a goalie stick.”

Surveillance video shows the two suspects stickhandling up to the establishment. They smash a door and make their way to the cooler where they grab several cases of beer before making their getaway.
“He may have been a defenceman or forward in disguise as he was wearing jersey #17 – a non-traditional number for goalies,” read a description from eagle-eyed police.

“Anyone with information about this theft or has played against a goalie matching this description is asked to call Russell RCMP.”

Two men sentenced to jail for assaulting Kamloops RCMP officer after appeal

Const. Paul Koester
Two men who initially avoided jail after being convicted of assaulting a police officer have had jail sentences imposed on them following an appeal by the Crown.

In January, Leon Francis Leclerc, 47, and Jerry Lee Lamar, 52, received conditional sentences of two years less a day and two years probation after pleading guilty to the July 2014 assault of Kamloops RCMP Const. Paul Koester. Koester was knocked unconscious and left on the side of the road as his two assailants got into their truck and ran away. The officer, who suffered a concussion in the attack, was helped by a passerby within a minute or two.
In imposing conditional sentences on the two men, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley found there were exceptional circumstances that tipped the balance away from a jail sentence.

A three-judge panel of the B.C. Court of Appeal found that the judge erred many times. Dley erred in his consideration of the aggravating factors in the case, which included that it was an assault of a police officer in the lawful execution of his duties, that it was a two-on-one attack and that the two men left the scene knowing the officer was injured and unattended in a rural area. The court substituted a sentence of 12 months in jail for Lamar and 15 months in jail Leclerc.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Suspended Toronto lawyer who solicited bikers disbarred

Suspended Toronto lawyer Joel A. Sumner, who threatened to shoot a California prosecutor in the head and exhorted two rival biker gangs to harm him has been disbarred. Sumner “embarked on a campaign of vigilante justice” against San Bernardino District Attorney John Kochis and solicited Hells Angels and Devils Diciples gang members to detain him, and if he resisted, to kill him.

Sumner was disbarred in California in December 2014 after a lengthy vitriolic stream of threatening emails and communications. Sumner, 40, is facing criminal charges for uttering threats and harassment in Toronto and 27 charges in California.
The dispute arose from domestic allegations involving Sumner and his roommate in 2007. Those charges were dismissed in early 2008 (in exchange for a $300 charitable donation to a shelter). Kochis only worked with Sumner and his lawyer on a declaration of Sumner’s factual innocence.

Sumner became enraged over the charitable donation and for several years through the spring of 2016, sent bizarre e-mails and messages to Kochis and the Law Society prosecutor’s office.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Diamond in the Ruff: K9 Eats $16K Ring

A British couple took their nine-month-old dog, Bear, to a vet, whose x-ray image confirmed the worst: nestled in the black labrador’s gut was the outline of the precious jewel. The pooch had grabbed the GIA-graded, brilliant-cut, 1.3-carat, G-color, VVS1-clarity diamond from a bedside table and swallowed it.

The diamond eventually came out in the dog's poop. It's being cleaned, and that's a baaaaad doggie.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mice Chow Down at Meli Baklava & Chocolate Bar in Toronto

The historical Queen St. W. building housing a baklava shop where mice were captured on video chowing down on treats in the window has been closed. Meli Baklava and Chocolate Bar co-owner Julie Kyriakaki told the Toronto Sun that the building’s management, landlord and health inspectors were on the scene as of Monday afternoon.

A green Toronto Public Health “pass” sign is prominently displayed in the front window. The pass was given to the store on Feb. 6.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Darwin ATM heist goes slightly bad

A man who blew up a cash machine in the Darwin suburb of Winnellie ran into trouble. The man's thongs were blown off his feet and he fled barefoot. The ATM was a tangled mess of electronics and broken metal when police arrived, alerted by an alarm triggered at about 3:45am.

Jane Elizabeth Moore arrested on scads of fraud charges — again

Jane Elizabeth Moore, 42, was recently charged with two counts of uttering threats, two counts of fraud over $5,000 and 78 counts of fraud under $5,000. The fraudster had used a fake bank letter to convince some victims to give her money. She pleaded guilty to 102 charges of fraud and received a two-year sentence in 2010.

Police noted that Moore has also used the following names as aliases in the past: Jane Seaman,Elizabeth Seaman, Jane Norman, Jane Plimmer, JJ O'Conner, and Jane Smith. RCMP are "aware of her previous history" and encouraged anyone else who believes they have been victimized to contact police.

Friday, July 14, 2017

$8M fraud against Alberta Motor Association leads to charges

James Gladden
Edmonton police have charged a former vice president at the Alberta Motor Association. Investigators determined more than $8 million had allegedly been stolen between March 2011 and June 2016. Gladden bought lavish homes and vehicles.

A lawsuit also names Gladden’s wife, Dana, and several companies he was involved in.
James Gladden, Dana Gladden
Gladden's home in EdmontonA judge had granted an injunction freezing Gladden’s properties and assets, including a home in Arizona, a boat, two Porsches and a Maserati. Gladden authorized fake invoices and wired payments to various banks in the United States and China.

The suit also claims Gladden bought an extravagant home in southwest Edmonton and a downtown office building with the embezzled money.

Gladden's Scottsdale House
Gladden was allowed to work from home in August 2015 because of a leg injury. He did not recover quickly, remained away from his office for many months and failed to show up for meetings. He was asked to go on disability leave but refused. He was ordered to take disability and, after being replaced, questions surfaced about his invoices. Gladden was fired.

The Alberta Motor Association has more than 973,000 members and advocates for traffic safety, travel, consumer protection and crime prevention. The AMA said in a statement that insurance will cover any financial losses and customer information has not been compromised. It added that additional controls have been put in place to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Unflushed toilet not an emergency: Toronto police

Toronto police say they declined to come out to a local restaurant when a man there was accused of failing to flush the toilet after using it. Police say the call was particularly egregious, since the alleged incident took place about eight hours before it was reported.

Police acknowledge failing to flush a toilet isn’t polite, but say calling the cops to report it keeps emergency dispatchers from attending to more pressing matters.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Woman charged for running down Flagperson

Brenda Ouma Aregay, 38, of Surrey, was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of fail to stop at the scene of an accident and two counts of assault.

The charges relate to the hit and run of two flaggers in Burnaby. The first was caught on video, which went viral and has caused widespread outrage.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Man jailed for proposing to woman with stolen wedding ring

Police in the UK say a thief who robbed a 91-year-old woman of her jewelry and then used her wedding ring for a marriage proposal has been jailed.

That woman later recognized the ring after a police appeal for the return of the stolen jewelry and contacted police. Reid received a four-year, nine-month sentence at Birmingham Crown Court for burglary.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Man accused of butchering villagers fights Canada's attempt to strip citizenship

Orantes in 2011
A man accused of slaughtering villagers in Guatemala using a grenade, gun and sledgehammer is fighting Canada's attempt to revoke his citizenship. Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes denies he concealed participation in a 1982 massacre by the Guatemalan military when he obtained Canadian citizenship a decade later.

He paints himself as an upstanding instructor at a military training school during the period in question, working with local communities in Guatemala to build good relations. Sosa Orantes, 59, is serving a 10-year sentence for immigration fraud in the United States, where he also held citizenship until it was revoked in 2014.
In the early 1980s, the Guatemalan military junta began a ruthless campaign against guerrilla groups that wiped out 440 villages, killing over 75,000 people. Canada says Sosa Orantes was a senior member of a military special forces group that led a mission to Las Dos Erres in December 1982. Military members killed at least 162 civilians, including 67 children. Women were raped and children were thrown into an 18-metre dry well.

"The members of the special forces group killed their victims by hitting them on the head with a sledgehammer, by hitting their heads on a tree, by shooting them, or by slitting their throats," the federal submission says.
Sosa Orantes is representing himself in the Federal Court case from a Phoenix, Arizona prison cell. "I was not in Las Dos Erres," he writes. Sosa Orantes says that in late 1982 and early 1983 he was busy travelling to several towns as part of a goodwill effort, handing out notebooks, pens, chalk, educational games and sports equipment for children.

Sosa Orantes married an American woman and attained U.S. citizenship in September 2008. In 2010, the U.S. discovered he had committed immigration fraud by concealing his past. He was arrested the following year in Canada. In ordering his extradition to the U.S. to face trial, the Alberta Court said the evidence establishes Sosa Orantes was one of the commanding officers who decided to murder the villagers and that he "actively participated in the killings with a sledgehammer, with a firearm and a grenade."

Anita Krajnc found not guilty of mischief charge for giving water to pigs

On May 3rd Judge David Harris dismissed a charge against Anita Krajnc, the 49-year-old founder of Toronto Pig Save. Krajnc was charged after she poured water into the openings of a metal trailer outside Fearman's Pork Inc. in Burlington, Ont., in June 2015. The trial began last year and included five days of testimony. If convicted, Krajnc could have been fined and sent to jail for six months. It was clear Krajnc was giving the pigs water, Harris said, and not an "unknown liquid" as police alleged. And the pigs were slaughtered anyway, which means she didn't obstruct their "lawful use."
Two years for 'justice' to be served and a body REALLY has to wonder what cops, crooked farmers, and the prosecution are using for grey material as the taxpayer takes it up the anus for zero reason.
It'll be at least March before the Anita Krajnc pig trial is resolved – a year and a half after the animal rights activist was charged with mischief for giving water to pigs en route to slaughter. The Burlington trial went on for six days of testimony this fall. Now it'll be March 9 before the two sides make their final arguments. And even longer before Justice David Harris renders his verdict. It's a long ordeal for a simple mischief trial for giving water to pigs.

Anita Krajnc
The trial for an Ontario animal rights activist begins Wednesday as she fights a mischief charge after giving water to pigs on their way to a slaughterhouse last summer.

Anita Krajnc was charged after the pigs' owner, Eric Van Boekel, filed a complaint with police shortly after the incident that occurred in June 2015. Van Boekel vowed he “will go to the full extent of the law to stop them.”
In December the Crown announced it intended to proceed by summary conviction, which would carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both. She was initially charged with criminal mischief after clashing with the driver of a tractor-trailer carrying pigs to an Ontario pork processing plant.

Krajnc tried to give the pigs water as the vehicle was stopped at a traffic light on the way to the Fearmans Pork processing facility, about 45 miles south-west of Toronto.

Jeffery Veldjesgraaf
A video of the incident shows the driver, identified in court documents as Jeffery Veldjesgraaf, climbing from the vehicle to confront Krajnc. “Jesus said, ‘If they are thirsty, give them water,’” she tells him.

Veldjesgraaf responds: “You know what? These are not humans, you dumb frickin’ broad.”

Ontario hog farmer Eric Van Boekel, who owned the pigs, filed a police complaint the next day.
"Oxford County hog farmer Eric Van Boekel is required to pay $120,000 in fines after pleading guilty to charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act, stemming from incidents on two separate farms in the county. Van Boekel was originally charged in 2007 after manure from a spill at a hog farm operated by Van Boekel Holdings Inc. on Braemar Sideroad in the Township of East-Zora Tavistock made its way into the Thames River.

Two days later it was discovered that manure on a farm operated by Van Boekel Hog Farms Inc. on Maple Dell Road in Norwich Township had been seeping into Sweets Creek as well. Van Boekel and each of the two companies, of which Van Boekel is director, were found guilty in January 2012 of charges under the Environmental Protection Act, the Nutrient Management Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act, and sentenced to 30 days in jail and a total of $345,000 in fines."
Hog manure discharges frequently cause serious adverse effects on neighbours and the environment. Van Boekel was fined for the same offense in 1994.

Van Boekel Hog Farms
245455 Milldale
Otterville, ON, N0J 1R0, Phone: (519) 879-9898

(519) 469-9187

Eric Van Boekel said he felt he'd been the focus of "a witch hunt" by the Ministry of the Environment.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Gangster babies: California CalGang® database slammed

The CalGang® system is a State of California funded, law enforcement maintained and controlled 'criminal intelligence system' that targets "Members and Criminal Associates of Criminal Street Gangs".

CalGang was supposed to only be accessed by law enforcement, and used to add people to gang injunctions, court sentencing, and used to disqualify families from living in public housing.

A new audit of the program, however, finds that problems run deep; it found that some in law enforcement appeared to be extremely worried about gangster babies.
The audit found 42 individuals in CalGang® whose birthdates indicated that they were less than one year old at the time their information was entered, 28 of whom were entered into the system in part because they admitted to being gang members.

While scientists generally agree most babies utter their first coherent words around 12 months old, the state agency apparently felt those words were "I'm a gangsta, pig".
It was reported that in 2015, nearly 15,000 names were added to the system while over 33,000 were removed. The database is disproportionately minority with 64.9 percent Latino and 20.5 percent black. Other problems included adding individuals without evidence; difficulty in purging individuals; the illegal use of the database as an employment screening tool, and misuse entering juveniles.