Crime

  • Got tickets to Saturday’s Bruno Mars show? The guy sitting...
    A seven-month Toronto Star/CBC analysis of box office sales for Mars’s concert reveals the hidden tricks of the ticketing trade that allow manipulation of seat prices, create the appearance of scarcity and maximize revenues. ... more
    TheStar -Investigation2 days ago
  • Buffalo mob playing role in deadly Ontario dispute, sources ...
    Sources believe New York state mobsters are backing one Ontario crime faction over another in the dispute. ... more
    TheStar -Crime2 days ago
  • On Monday, IHIT will shed some light on Boston Bar murder of...
    Homicide investigators will provide some details on the murder of Boston Bar victim Amelie Sakkalis on Monday. RE: Homicide investigation of Amelie Sakkalis. There will be media availability Monday morning at 10am at BC RCMP HQ. No further details at this time. — IHIT (@HomicideTeam) September 16, 2018… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 days ago
  • Driver who skipped border checkpoint arrested following poli...
    A driver in his 20s faces charges after passing through the U.S.-Canada border Saturday without stopping and then crashing his truck following a police chase through Vancouver. Around 8:20 a.m., Vancouver police received a report from Surrey RCMP that a man driving a blue pickup with Oregon plates had crossed… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 days ago
  • Large turnout for Vancouver court appearance of man accused ...
    Several dozen people showed up in court Friday for the first appearance of the man accused in the murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen. The proceedings for Ibrahim Ali, who is charged with the first-degree murder of the Burnaby girl, were initially delayed to await the arrival of an Arabic interpreter.… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime5 days ago
  • Whitehorse man, 73, arrested in relation to Vancouver Island...
    WHITEHORSE — Police have arrested a 73-year-old Whitehorse man in relation to a mail bombing in Port Alice earlier this week. Whitehorse RCMP made the arrest Thursday and also asked residents of an apartment building to evacuate while they conducted a search, “out of an abundance of caution.” Residents were… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime5 days ago
  • Vancouver police dog assists in arrest of convicted sex offe...
    A convicted sex offender who failed to return to a Vancouver halfway house on Monday night is back behind bars. Vancouver police dog Griffin. Vancouver police arrested James Allan Pike, 46, Thursday night in the city’s West End. The VPD says Pike ran from officers after being spotted near Jervis Street… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime5 days ago
  • Daphne Bramham: Canada should learn from, but not copy, Port...
    In the 1990s Portugal was in the throes of a national crisis, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths a year in a country of 10 million. Today, it has one of Europe’s lowest rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and the number of overdose deaths in 2016 was 26. In a weeklong… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime5 days ago
  • Police release security images of man wanted in downtown sex...
    Toronto police are asking the public for assistance in locating a man wanted in a sexual assault investigation near Cumberland Street and Bay Street ... more
    TheStar -Crime5 days ago
  • More than 5,800 Canadian kids have died by suicide in the pa...
    Children as young as 8 have taken their own lives. While governments have acknowledged the crisis — and responded with millions in funding and programs — there have been few signs the crisis is abating. ... more
    TheStar -Investigation6 days ago
  • Police charge man with murder over fatal shooting near CNE
    Andrew Douglas, 25, of Toronto, was arrested on Thursday with the assistance of the Gun and Gang Task Force. He is charged with first-degree murder. ... more
    TheStar -Crime6 days ago
  • She was convicted of feeding her son cocaine. No one told he...
    Twenty years ago Joyce was jailed, due in part to evidence from Motherisk’s discredited lab. Her headline-making case was missed by reviewers tasked with uncovering injustices. The Star unearthed her story. ... more
    TheStar -Investigation6 days ago
  • Richmond man convicted in fatal fire should get 18 years: Cr...
    A Richmond man who was convicted of killing his son and mother-in-law after setting the family home on fire should receive an 18-year jail term, a prosecutor argued Thursday. In July, Surjit Singh Dosanjh, 40, was found guilty of the April 2015 manslaughter of his 13-year-old son, who can only… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime6 days ago
  • Daphne Bramham: Portugal’s addictions treatment ranges...
    In the 1990s, Portugal was in the throes of a national crisis, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths a year in a country of 10 million. Today, it has one of Europe’s lowest rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and the number of overdose deaths in 2016 was 26. In a weeklong series… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime6 days ago
  • Toronto police release pictures of subway sexual assault sus...
    As reported on Sept. 1, a 40-year-old unconscious woman was lying on the ground outside the station when a man sexually assault her as numerous people walked by. ... more
    TheStar -Crime7 days ago
  • Daphne Bramham: Harm reduction promotes path to recovery for...
    In the 1990s, Portugal was in the throes of a national crisis, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths a year in a country of 10 million. Today, it has one of Europe’s lowest rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and the number of overdose deaths in 2016 was 26. In a weeklong… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Vancouver Island man’s fingertips ‘blown offR...
    A Port Alice man suffered serious injuries after a mail bomb exploded in his hands yesterday. RCMP believe it was a targeted incident. The victim, identified as Roger Nepper, was taken to hospital. Nepper’s wife, Shirley Bowick, told CHEK News that the package exploded when her husband opened it in… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Board finds man unfit for trial in fatal stabbing of Abbotsf...
    The British Columbia Review Board has again found Gabriel Klein unfit to stand trial on account of a mental disorder for the murder of an Abbotsford high school student. The board released its decision saying Klein will continue to be detained at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam. Klein’s lawyer,… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Convicted rapist walks away from Vancouver halfway house
    A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a convicted sex offender after he failed to return to a Vancouver halfway house Monday night. James Allan Pike, 46, is serving a long-term supervision order following a violent sexual assault of a Penticton woman in 2001. In 2007, after finishing his prison… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Thief steals 150 wigs set aside for cancer patients at B.C. ...
    Vancouver police say $375,000 worth of wigs, set aside for children battling cancer, were stolen last Friday during an early-morning break-in at a Vancouver wig store. Police were called to Eva and Company Wigs at 950 West Broadway just after 3:30 a.m. after an intruder alarm was tripped. At least 150 wigs,… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Sun Life ‘deceitfully’ concealed ‘sales misrepresentat...
    Ontario’s Court of Appeal certified a class action against Sun Life alleging the company breached its contracts with fee increases on life insurance policies. ... more
    TheStar -Investigation1 week ago
  • Daphne Bramham: Harm reduction just one part of PortugalR...
    In the 1990s, Portugal was in the throes of a national crisis, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths a year in a country of 10 million. Today, it has one of Europe’s lowest rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and the number of overdose deaths in 2016 was 26. In a weeklong… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Bail hearing for Hells Angel charged in murders adjourned
    A bail hearing for a Hells Angel charged in connection with two murders was adjourned on Tuesday. Larry Amero, who is accused of conspiracy to commit the 2012 murders of rival gangsters Sandip Duhre and Sukh Dhak, appeared in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver Tuesday for the first day of… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Two homes in Bella Coola damaged by deliberately set fires
    BELLA COOLA — RCMP on British Columbia’s central coast hope someone has information that could help them crack an arson investigation. Bella Coola RCMP say four separate fires are believed to have been deliberately set in a subdivision on the Nuxalk Nation lands. The fires were set between June 10… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Ibrahim Ali, 28, charged with first-degree murder of Burnaby...
    The man arrested and charged with the 2017 murder of Burnaby teen Marrisa Shen arrived in Canada as a refugee from Syria just months before she was killed, say police. Ibrahim Ali, 28, was arrested without incident Friday in Burnaby, where he lives, and later charged with first-degree murder, according… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • ‘The whole thing raises big issues of security’:...
    More than a year after Marrisa Shen’s body was found in Burnaby’s Central Park, her presence is still felt. Three small memorials adorned with flowers, stuffed animals and Shen’s photo, remain in the southeast corner of the park — a reminder of the 13-year-old who disappeared one summer night in… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • ‘I kill wife,’ accused tells 911 operator in cal...
    A dramatic 911 recording of a Burnaby man confessing to killing his wife was played at the opening of the accused’s trial in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday. Parveen Maan, 48, has pleaded not guilty to the February 2017 second-degree murder of his wife, Parveen “Goldie” Maan, 45, at the… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Gang-related tips to Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers on the r...
    Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers has received almost 1,500 tips about gang-related crimes and activity so far this year, according to statistics released on Monday. The organization said the numbers show the success of its World Without Gangs and illegal-gun-reporting campaigns, which began in 2015. “Inspiring the public to get engaged,… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Daphne Bramham: Portugal’s goal is setting drug users ...
    In the 1990s, Portugal was in the throes of a national crisis, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths a year in a country of 10 million. Today, it has one of Europe’s lowest rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and the number of overdose deaths in 2016 was 26. In a week-long… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime1 week ago
  • Vancouver police nab East Van arson suspect
    Vancouver police have arrested a local man suspected of causing $100,000 in damage after setting fire to a hedge in an East Vancouver laneway. Officers tracked down Vancouver resident Jason Acoose, 46, just before noon Friday near Commercial Drive and East 12th Avenue, Sgt. Jason Robillard said in a news… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Province seeks to seize cars, cash from Metro gangsters
    The B.C. government has filed civil forfeiture challenges against gangsters alleged to be involved in a violent Lower Mainland conflict. Last month, the director of civil forfeiture filed a lawsuit again Amandeep Kang, of the Brothers Keepers, seeking to seize over $2,000 in Kang’s possession when he was stopped by… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Daphne Bramham: Decriminalization is no silver bullet, says ...
    In the 1990s, Portugal was in the throes of a national crisis, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths a year in a country of 10 million. Today, it has one of Europe’s lowest rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and the number of overdose deaths in 2016 was 26. In a weeklong… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Man accused of stabbing Abbotsford teen says he hears voices...
    A man with schizophrenia accused of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old girl inside a high school in Abbotsford says he’s eager to face the charges against him but he still hears voices. Gabriel Klein, 22, mumbled short answers to questions during a review board hearing Thursday at a forensic psychiatric hospital… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • U.S. man arrested in violation of deportation orders gets si...
    An American man who tried to enter Canada in violation of deportation orders and later spat in the face of a Canadian immigration officer has been sentenced to six months in jail. Ronald Dosson was initially deported from Ontario in January 2017 due to a criminal conviction in the U.S. On… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Warrant issued for Surrey man charged with murder of Nichola...
    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 27-year-old Brandon Nathan Teixeira who has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Nicholas Khabra in Surrey. Khabra was gunned down on Oct. 23 outside a residence in the 14300 block of Crescent Road. He later died in… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Ian Mulgrew: B.C. Mountie cleared after two years under IIO ...
    The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. keeps shooting itself in the foot when it comes to its relationship with provincial police agencies. Two years ago the IIO recommended charges against RCMP Const. David Buchanan after his “slow-speed pursuit” of an unlicensed moped being driven erratically by a suspected thief breaking… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Boston Bar murder victim identified as Belgian tourist
    Homicide detectives have identified the woman whose body was found north of Boston Bar last month as 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis. Police say Sakkalis was a Belgian tourist travelling through Canada. Her body was found Aug. 22 at around 7:25 p.m. near Highway 1. Investigators believe she was hitchhiking from the Penticton… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Two men arrested following TTC streetcar stabbing
    Assault on 510 Spadina streetcar early Saturday morning at around 3:40 a.m. almost turned deadly. ... more
    TheStar -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Man arrested nearly two weeks after deadly assault in Scarbo...
    Two men were allegedly involved in an altercation near Finch Ave. E. and Markham Rd. on Aug. 24. ... more
    TheStar -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Man convicted of 2009 Vancouver murder dies inside Pacific I...
    Colin Victor Stewart, a 36-year-old inmate serving time for first degree murder, died Saturday inside Pacific Institution, Correctional Service Canada said Tuesday in a news release. The cause of death was not released, but the CSC says the police and the coroner have been contacted. Stewart and Kevin James Jones were convicted by… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Convicted killer who disappeared from Mission Institute now ...
    Update (09/04/18): The convicted killer who disappeared from Mission Institute over the weekend has been arrested. Michael Douglas Sheets has been re-captured. However, the search for another inmate, John Mackenzie, continues. Mackenzie has been missing since Aug. 7 when he did not appear for a head count. Mackenzie was serving… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Man arrested under suspicion of sexually assaulting woman, s...
    Ronald Peter Tibando is facing seven charges including breaking and entering with intent, sexual assault with a weapon and forcible confinement. ... more
    TheStar -Crime2 weeks ago
  • Ontario still has not pursued punishment against Costco afte...
    Costco pharmacy directors have already admitted misconduct after a secretly recorded phone call captured the company demanding illegal payments, but Ontario government says its years-long investigation still isn’t finished. ... more
    TheStar -Investigation2 weeks ago
  • Two dead in ‘targeted’ Brampton shootings
    Two men killed, woman in life-threatening condition, according to Peel police. ... more
    TheStar -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Police identify man killed in Scarborough double shooting on...
    Rudolph Augustus Tyrell’s death marks Toronto’s 72nd homicide of 2018. ... more
    TheStar -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Suspect in Washington state murder faces possible extraditio...
    A suspect in a 2010 Washington state murder who was arrested Thursday in Vancouver faces possible extradition back to the United States. Juvenal Moreno-Garcia, a Mexican citizen, was taken into custody pursuant to an arrest warrant issued under the Extradition Act and made his first appearance in B.C. Supreme Court… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Hornby Island school fire was suspicious: police
    A fire that destroyed much of the Hornby Island School and Community Centre was suspicious, and a person connected to the fire has been identified, say Comox Valley RCMP. Alarms sounded at 2:48 a.m. Sunday when Hornby Island Volunteer Fire Department firefighters rushed to the scene. They battled the stubborn… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Former Surrey RCMP constable caught in Creep Catchers sting ...
    A former Surrey RCMP constable caught in an online vigilante group’s sting in 2016 pleaded guilty Thursday to breach of trust. Dario Devic was charged Sept. 16, 2016, with one count of communicating with a person under the age of 16 for the purpose of sexual interference or sexual touching,… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Police issue safety advisory after string of overnight robbe...
    Police are investigating after a string of about 15 robberies in Halton, Peel and Toronto. ... more
    TheStar -Crime3 weeks ago
  • B.C. casinos claim revenue down because of new anti-money la...
    B.C.’s new anti-money laundering rules have negatively affected revenues at the River Rock and Parq casinos. According to financial results released in August, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation saw a fall in B.C. revenues in the first six months of 2018 due in part to declines in money earned at gaming… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Man who tried to murder Hells Angel at YVR gets 11 years
    A Hamilton man who tried to kill a member of the Hells Angels at the Vancouver airport has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Knowah Ferguson, 21, pleaded guilty to the April 2015 attempted murder of Damion Ryan and to a conspiracy several months later to murder a Surrey… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Burnaby RCMP warn of sextortion scams using explicit videos
    Police are warning the public after a rise in incidents in Burnaby involving so-called sextortion. The RCMP say they’ve seen two different scenarios of what it calls sextortion so far. One is where victims receive unsolicited friend requests on social media and prompts for video chats, and the second involves… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Teen charged with first-degree murder in Toronto stabbing
    Boy, 17, accused of stabbing Kafi Abshir, 30, before robbing a gas station in Aurora hours later, police from Toronto and York region say. ... more
    TheStar -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Vancouver teen who murdered father over Ferrari denied bail ...
    A young Vancouver man who murdered his elderly father after a dispute over the purchase of a Ferrari has been denied bail pending his appeal. In June, a B.C. Supreme Court jury found Alexander Shevalev, 22, guilty of the March 2015 second-degree murder of Vladimir Shevalev, 80. The son, who… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Richmond man who possessed 220,000 images of child porn lose...
    A Richmond man who was convicted of possessing tens of thousands of images of child pornography has lost his appeal of a one-year jail term. Alan Kenneth Watson, 72, was arrested after Microsoft advised investigators that child porn had been uploaded to a Microsoft storage service by a user associated… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Richmond man pleads guilty following major heroin bust at YV...
    A second man who was arrested in connection with a major heroin bust at the Vancouver airport pleaded guilty Monday to possession for the purpose of trafficking. In June 2014, Tenny Guon Lim, 34, was one of two men charged after police seized 35 kilograms of heroin that was found… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Metro Vancouver transit police find credit card skimmers on ...
    Metro Vancouver transit police have released photos of a man wanted in connection with the installation of credit card skimmers at three Compass Card vending machines along the Canada Line. Three identical devices were found July 11 on two Compass machines at Vancouver International Airport and another at Vancouver City Centre Station.… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime3 weeks ago
  • Gang murders linked to internal disputes, conflicts in priso...
    The night before Matthew Navas-Rivas was shot to death in east Vancouver last month, he was enjoying himself with other members of the Brothers Keepers gang on a boat cruise around the Vancouver waterfront. Postmedia has obtained photos of the cruise, where Navas-Rivas chatted up other gang members and guests,… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Six arrested in Williams Lake after seizure of weapons, fent...
    WILLIAMS LAKE — RCMP say six people have been arrested following the seizure of drugs, firearms and a large amount of cash at a home in Williams Lake. Police say they seized drugs include fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and testosterone as well as miscellaneous pills and drug paraphernalia. Insp. Jeff Pelley… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Ridge Meadows Mountie charged with sex crime against minor
    Criminal charges were laid Wednesday against a Ridge Meadows RCMP member accused of a sexual offence against a minor. Const. Gregory Scott Bakker has been charged with one count of touching a person under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose and one count of breach of trust. The B.C.… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Man who tried to murder Hells Angel at YVR should get 12 yea...
    A young man from Hamilton who tried to murder a member of the Hells Angels at the Vancouver airport and conspired to murder another person should spend 12 years behind bars, a prosecutor argued Thursday. In May, Knowah Ferguson, 21, pleaded guilty to the April 2015 attempt on Damion Ryan’s… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Charges upgraded for man accused in murder of Marpole couple
    Charges have been upgraded for a man accused in the shocking murder of a couple in their home in Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood. In November, Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam, 25, was initially charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the September 2017 slayings of Richard Jones and… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Surrey man charged after police hit with bear spray
    A young Surrey man is facing several charges after officers from B.C.’s anti-gang agency spotted a stolen car in Surrey and attempted to pull it over. Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said the officers saw the vehicle on the evening of Aug. 17 and followed… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Vancouver man charged with murder of Minh Huu Dam
    A 48-year-old Vancouver man faces a murder charge in connection with the April 22nd death of Minh Huu Dam. The 55-year-old Dam was injured — and later died in hospital — following an early-morning fight outside a restaurant at 2250 Kingsway near Nanaimo Street. Related Vancouver man murdered early Sunday,… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Williams Lake woman charged with defrauding Special Olympics
    The former treasurer of the Williams Lake chapter of Special Olympics is facing 13 criminals charges for allegedly defrauding the charitable organization of thousands of dollars. Williams Lake RCMP say an investigation into the Williams Lake Special Olympic revealed that between August 2016 and August 2017, the chapter’s treasurer forged signatures… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Durham police officer charged with sexual assault
    Jack Stelwagen, 40, has been suspended from duty. ... more
    TheStar -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Two men charged in Port Coquitlam home invasion
    Two men have been charged in connection with a home invasion that occurred in Port Coquitlam on Aug. 16. The incident happened just after 1:30 p.m. at a house in the 4000 block of Liverpool Street. Two people were inside the home at the time and police say one of… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Vancouver escort pleads guilty to fatally stabbing another w...
    A Vancouver escort has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing another woman during an altercation in a West End home that was used by sex trade workers to service their clients. Brooklyn Amira Golar, 21, was initially charged with the October 2017 second-degree murder of Marline Mars, 34, inside the three-story… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Businesses in Surrey’s Whalley district believe area i...
    For the decade that Isaac Kofi Takyi and his wife have owned a small African grocery and restaurant in Whalley, crime and safety have been issues. In spite of the bars on Taste of Africa’s storefront and their alarm system, they have had four break-ins over the years, and the… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
  • Serial bank robber gets two years in prison
    A man who committed seven bank robberies in the span of three weeks in Vancouver and Burnaby has been sentenced to two years in prison. Eranga De Silva, who was 24 at the time of the robberies in January and February 2016, typically handed the bank teller a note that… ... more
    Vancouversun -Crime4 weeks ago
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