Police have issued an Amber Alert for a nine-year-old
boy who is believed to have been abducted in the Niagara Region.
Joseluis Resendiz is described as Hispanic, four-foot-six, 65
pounds with dark hair and was last seen wearing a blue soccer
t-shirt (Messi-Barcelona), blue plaid shorts and blue Adidas running
shoes. He has a birthmark on his left wrist and a metallic
replacement tooth on the right side of his mouth.
Niagara Regional police are trying to find the boy’s mother,
identified as Tivisay Rojas-Castano, and his uncle, identified as
Police say both adults are believed to have fled the City of
Niagara Falls with Joseluis in a grey four-door 2007 Mazda sedan
with the Ontario licence plate BRAV 280.
They say the three may be in either Toronto or Hamilton.
Const. Derek Watson says the boy and his father are U.S. citizens
who live in Georgia and were in Niagara Falls for a family visit to
A Guelph constable who died on the job was
driving at more than double the speed limit on an icy road without
her seatbelt when she lost control of her cruiser and plowed into a
city bus, police said Wednesday.
Const. Jennifer Kovach, 26, died March 14 as she responded to a
colleague’s call for assistance around 12:30 a.m., roughly an hour
into her shift.
Police released the findings of their investigation into her
death at a news conference, saying they had ruled out driver
distraction and mechanical failure.
And though Kovach wasn’t wearing her seatbelt as required, it
likely wouldn’t have saved her life if she had, given the “extreme
and severe” nature of the crash, Guelph Police Chief Bryan Larkin
She died in hospital after sustaining “significant trauma to her
torso and head,” he said.
Larkin described how Kovach was travelling at 115 kilometres per
hour when her cruiser spun out _ just one kilometre per hour shy of
the critical curve speed for that stretch of road at the time, or
the maximum speed a car can reach without losing traction.
However, the speed limit in the area is 50 km/h, police said.
The Highway Traffic Act allows on-duty officers to speed while
responding to calls from colleagues or the public, but how fast they
go is left to their discretion, said Guelph police spokesman Const.
Kovach initially managed to slow down the cruiser and straighten
it, but then hit a patch of ice and spun out again before sliding
into the bus’s path, Larkin said.
“Speed is the primary factor in this collision,” Larkin said in
a news conference.
“Const. Kovach possessed the abilities and skills to recover
from the initial rotation, however, the roadway condition _ wet,
combined with the ice _ created a significant counter-clockwise
rotation followed by a slide that was not recoverable in time prior
to impact with the transit bus.”
The bus involved in the crash had no passengers at the time and
the bus driver had only minor injuries.
Kovach had joined the force four years earlier, fulfilling what
relatives have said was her lifelong dream.
Her funeral in late March drew thousands to the Sleeman Centre in
Guelph, many of them police officers who praised her devotion to the
job they said she considered her calling.
Her parents, Bill and Gloria Kovach, described her as a daredevil
who never failed to “live loud,” as was her motto, and loved to
ride dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.
As Kovach’s relatives and colleagues continue to grieve, Larkin
said the force must do what it can to prevent similar tragedies in
“Obviously there’s lessons to be learned from this collision. I
do not, as chief, ever want to see another family endure what the
Kovachs have had to endure,” he said.
Collisions involving cruisers have long been a concern, he said,
noting there have been 20 in the city so far this year, compared
with 17 for all of 2012.
Many questions remain about what happened that fateful night,
including why Kovach wasn’t buckled up and whether having a cruiser
with all-wheel drive _ such as the force’s newer models _ would have
prevented the crash, he said.
In the months since the collision, Larkin said he has emphasized
the importance of wearing seatbelts.
At the same time, the chief said he doesn’t want Kovach to be
remembered for the circumstances of her death, or the questions it
“Her legacy will be how she united the community because she’s a
homegrown police officer, she volunteered in the community, she did
Today is a judgment day of sorts for Kathleen Wynne’s record as
Ontario premier as voters in five provincial byelections head to the
The byelections — in Windsor, London, Ottawa and two Toronto
ridings — are all former Liberal seats.
The Tories haven’t elected a Toronto-based M-P-P since 1999, but
are pinning their hopes on deputy mayor Doug Holyday to break
through in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
Regardless of today’s by-election outcomes, however, Wynne will
still be leading a minority government at Queen’s Park.
The Toronto police officer at the center of the controversy
surrounding the shooting of Sammy Yatim has been receiving threats
online, according to the Head of the Toronto Police Association.
Mike McCormack says Constable James Forcillo who
has been suspended from duty, is getting threats through social
media ever since being named named as the subject officer in the
McCormack says those who have crossed the line on social media
are being monitored by police.
Meanwhile, a funeral for 18-year-old Yatim will be held at 11 a-m
in Toronto’s east end.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she would not tolerate anyone
form her office putting undue pressure on the impartial Speaker of
the legislature to influence his decisions.
Recently recovered emails suggest senior aides in former premier
Dalton McGuinty’s office tried to get the Speaker to change his
preliminary finding that the then-energy minister was in contempt
for not releasing all documents on two cancelled gas plants.
The opposition parties are accusing the Liberals of trying to
bully the Speaker, saying it’s akin to trying to influence a judge
on a court decision.
Five provincial by-elections being held today are being trumpeted
by many as a litmus test for how well Wynne has been dealing with
scandals left over from the McGuinty government.
A violent knifepoint robbery in Windsor early yesterday has
Windsor police asking the public for assistance.
A 19-year-old man walking down a street when a male and female
asked him for a cigarette sometime before 1:45 a-m.
The male suspect tripped the victim and held an approximately 23
centimetre long knife to his throat and rummaged through his
pockets, stealing a backpack, cellphone and money before escaping on
Police are looking for a suspect described as five-foot-10 with a
medium build between 19 and 22 years of age with short black hair.
The female suspect may go by the name Taylor.
The police in Huntsville are warning the public about a large,
exotic cat that could be on the prowl in the area.
There have been multiple reports of a large cat in the area to
the O-P-P and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Police warn that people in the area should keep an eye on their
small animals as they would if there had been reported bear
The O-P-P and the Ministry of Natural Resources are monitoring
the situation, any sightings of the beast should be reported to
An accused school bus thief was in court Wednesday thanks to the
efforts of a police helicopter and its crew.
The helicopter guided officers on the ground during the pursuit
of an allegedly stolen school bus in the town of Richmond Hill.
When the bus began moving too quickly the on-ground officers
halted their pursuit but the helicopter maintained its eye in the
A man was later arrested and charged with possession of property
obtained by crime, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous
operation to evade police as well as mischief and theft over $5,000.
The Guelph Royals will make up last nights game against the Majors in London next week.
All intercounty action was postponed due to rain.
The Royals travel to Barrie tonight.