Ontario’s police watchdog says it has concluded
its investigation into the death of a 72-year-old Guelph man and
that no charges will be laid against any officers with the city’s
police force. The Special Investigations Unit says Robert McGee died in March
after police were called to his home by his wife, who said he had
threatened to kill her with either a baseball bat or a knife.
The SIU says six officers responded to the call and some of them
used a “breach and hold” technique to apprehend McGee, adding it’s
“probable” he struck his head when he was taken to the ground.
He was taken to hospital and held overnight, then released the
next day into the care of his wife with medical records indicating
he had minor cuts to his wrist and hands _ presumably from the
handcuffs _ and a small abrasion to his forehead.
The SIU says about a week later, McGee was found unconscious
after falling in his bathroom, and was confirmed dead after arrival
at hospital. A post-mortem showed that McGee died due to post-traumatic
seizure disorder and SIU director Ian Scott says the man’s death was
unrelated to his apprehension by police officers.
Around 5:30 this morning, an accident occured in the Eastbound lanes of University Avenue in Waterloo. The accident involved a bicyclist, and Waterloo Regional Police are looking for what they described as a large vehicle, missing a side mirror. A 60 year old man from Waterloo was treated for non life threatening injuries.
A 17 year old youth is charged with tresspassing by night, theft, and possession of stolen property, after Guelph Police were called around 1:30 this morning to the Janefield Avenue area. They responded to reports of a man looking into cars. The Canine Unit assisted in the search for the culprit, who was apprehended, along wth some stolen property.
A thief, trying to take the screen off a window in the backyard of a property on Country Club Drive, was interupted by the homeowner yesterday morning. The suspect ran past the resident and is described as a black male with a slim build, possibly in his 20s.
Since 1991, Canada’s Crime Severity Index and shown a steady downward trend. Last year, it dropped another 3 percent, to 75. The national crime rate was also down 3 percent.
About 2 million criminal incidents were recorded by police departments across the country in 2012.
Ontario had the lowest crime severity index among provinces, led, again, by Guelph.
Among metropolitan areas, Guelph had the second lowest rate in the county, 50.52. That’s up a tick from the score of 47, in 2011.
But the slight increase isn’t a big concern to Police Chief Bryan Larkin, although he’s a little disappointed that Guelph dropped from first to second. Larkin says his police service will now analyze some areas where they have seen slight changes. They’ll try and find the root causes of those changes, to see if something new is happening in Guelph, that way police can respond to the changes. Quebec City was best last year, at just under 48.
Waterloo region comes in at 58.34. London was 74.49.
Regina recorded the worst crime severity index at 116.
The General Manager of Guelph Transit has been let go of his duties.
Transit and Emergency Services Executive Director Derek McCaughan says they can confirm that
Michael Anders is no longer with the city of Guelph.
Anders, who joined Guelph Transit in late 2009, was let go of his duties Tuesday.
Guelph’s Executive Director of Human Resources, Mark Amorosi, says he did not receive a severance package.
Anders oversaw the move of buses from St. George’s Square to the new Guelph Central Station on Carden Street, as well as a number of changes to bus routes.
Longtime transit employee, Fred Gerierre has been asked to provide some leadership at Guelph Transit
for the next 2 and a half weeks.
And as of August 12th, Phil Mahar will join the city as manager of operations. Mahar will fill the role of
acting transit G.M., until a replacement is found.
BlackBerry has laid off 250
workers in its new product testing facility.
The employees, who supported the company’s manufacturing,
research and development efforts, were apparently given notice on
BlackBerry is in the midst of trying to recover a stronger
position in the highly competitive smartphone market with its new
line of phones and operating system.
About 5,000 employees were laid off last year in restructuring
At the company’s annual general meeting earlier this month, it’s CEO
told shareholders that BlackBerry is in the midst of
a “complex transition.”
A 27-year-old Guelph man has won one-hundred thousand dollars on a lottery scratch ticket.
The OLG says Darryl Wimbush bought the 5-dollar Instant Crossword Tripler at Willow Convenience on
He plans to pay off some bills, help family and get his own apartment with his winnings.
A Guelph-based company has won two American Residential Design awards.
Murray Arnott design, which also has offices in the United States, has been designing log and timber structures for almost 30 years.
The handcrafted log post and beam home is located in North Carolina.
It won a custom luxury home award and another for conceptual design.
The owner of the Algo Centre Mall returns to the stand today
after testifying that a contractor had used a jack-hammer on the
rooftop parking deck.
Bob Nazarian told the Elliot Lake inquiry he never wanted the
Instead, he claimed a conspiracy between his mall manager and the
contractor for the fiasco surrounding the attempted fixes in 2008.
Nazarian also denied signing a bogus contract as one of a series
of desperate measures aimed at dealing with the roof.
Two women were killed and several others injured when the roof of
the Elliot Lake mall collapsed in June, 2012.
A pregnant cat in Niagara region that was repeatedly shot with a
crossbow has been adopted by the animal hospital that saved her
The Lincoln County Humane Society society where ”Cinnamon” was
recovering says the clinic is the obvious choice for the cat.
It says Cinnamon has been handed over to the clinic since the cat
couldn’t be matched with a new owner.
The humane society says Cinnamon was pregnant when she was shot,
but her six unborn kittens did not survive.
In sports, Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant says he
aggravated a foot injury during Sunday’s win over Hamilton, and is
back wearing a walking boot. Durant says the foot swelled up a bit
over the past couple of days, and he went back to wearing the boot
in an attempt to give his foot added support. Saskatchewan is the
C-F-L’s only unbeaten team at 4-and-0. They visit Alumni Stadium Saturday evening.
Brandon Isaac wasn’t unemployed long. The veteran linebacker has
signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The move comes a day after
Isaac was released by the Toronto Argonauts.