Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating a fatal shooting that involved Toronto police. The Special Investigations Unit says that just after midnight Friday officers were investigating a man on a streetcar when there was an altercation. Several shots were fired and a man who was wounded later died in hospital. The streetcar had been on Dundas Street west of Bathurst in the city’s west end.
One of four Mounties accused of lying during testimony at a public inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant
Robert Dziekanski will learn his fate Monday. Const. Bill Bentley’s trial last month was the first of four perjury cases against the officers who confronted Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport in October 2007, stunning him several times with a taser. He died on the floor of the terminal.
The driver of a speeding train that derailed in Spain, killing 78 people, said minutes after the crash
that he had been going fast and couldn’t brake. The drive said this to a local resident who had rushed to the scene of the accident. Evaristo Iglesias told Antena 3 television that he and another person accompanied the blood-soaked Francisco Jose Garzon Amo to a stretch of flat ground where other injured people were being laid out, waiting for emergency services to arrive. Garzon will appear before a judge today, he is accused of negligent homicide.
Libyan security officials say more than one-thousand detainees have escaped from a prison near the eastern city of Benghazi. A government security official says the jailbreak happened as protesters stormed the offices of Islamist-allied parties in Libya’s main cities. It’s not clear if the jailbreak was part of the protests or if inmates received outside help.
Authorities in South Florida are trying to figure out what set off a man who went on a shooting rampage at the apartment complex where he lived with his mother. Police in Hialeah, north of Miami, say 42-year-old Pedro Vargas set his own unit on fire before killing six people. He took two hostages before a SWAT team killed him. Authorities say Vargas had no criminal record or history of irrational behaviour.
A staggering $53 million worth of jewels and diamonds have been stolen from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, in one of the biggest French jewelry heists in recent years. The French Riviera hotel was hosting a temporary jewelry exhibit over the summer from the prestigious Leviev diamond house. A police spokesman said the theft took place around noon in broad daylight, but he could not confirm local media reports that the robber was a single gunman who stuffed a suitcase with the gems. This is the 3rd high profile jewellery heist in Cannes since may. There were 2 robberies during the Famous Cannes film festival totalling over 3.5 million dollars.
Five women who attempted to swim the length of Lake Ontario are still looking to raise 300-thousand dollars for charity. The women had to cut their marathon relay swim a little short for safety reasons. They set out to swim the 305-kilometres from Kingston to Burlington, but called it quits at Whitby yesterday because of bad weather, after completing 242-kilometres. So far the women have raised 18-thousand dollars for Plan International’s ‘Because I am a girl’ campaign, a charity that promotes opportunities for women
Halton police say 2 men arrested in connection with a bank robbery are believed to be brothers. Police one of the suspects entered an RBC branch with a mask and fake beard, he pulled a gun – which turned out to be plastic – and demanded money. He fled to a waiting car driven by his brother. As they fled they were involved in a fender bender and subsequently arrested at the scene. Both suspects are from Mississagua and both have been charged with robbery.
Guelph plays host to Ontario bantam girls’ softball championship tournament is weekend but the home side hasn’t been very hospitable to their visitors, The Guelph Gators are undefeated as they go into Sunday’s playoff round the Guelph Lake Sports Fields.
The Gators won three games Saturday to secure top spot in their pool.
Brandt Snedeker has the advantage on the final day of the R-B-C Canadian Open. He fired a blistering 63 yesterday at Glen Abbey for a one-stroke lead atop the leaderboard. But he’s not the biggest story, going into play yesterday Hunter Mayhan had the lead but he dropped out before teeing off, his wife had gone into labour in Texas.
The Toronto Blue Jays finish a four-game series at home this afternoon with the Houston Astros. Toronto has won two of three games so far and sends Todd Redmond to the mound to face Astros starter Jarred Cosart. It’s Redmond’s fourth start of the season.
Yesterday, baseball honoured former Blue Jays announcer the Late Tom Cheek. He was inducted into the baseball hall of fame as this years winner of the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence. Cheek called the Blue Jays first game in 1977 and every subsequent game until he fell ill with cancer in 2005, a total of 4,306 straight games.
The Guelph Royals fought hard and it paid off with 8-4 doubling of the Hamilton Cardinals. A 5 run 8th inning was the topper, the royals next action is Monday in Barrie.