Toronto Police Solve Sex Assault Cold Case

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/7/2013 8:57:00 PM

Toronto police say a tip helped them make an arrest in connection with two sexual assaults dating back two decades.

Police say evidence has linked the suspect to the alleged crimes that took place eight months apart, one in 1993 and the other in 1994.

In one incident, police say a 19-year-old woman was pulled under a parked tractor-trailer where she was sexually assaulted and then robbed by a man armed with a knife.

In the other, police say a man climbed up to a second-storey apartment and sexually assaulted a 46-year-old woman at knifepoint before stealing her purse.

The arrest comes more than a year after police offered a $50,000-reward for information that led to the identification or capture of the suspect.

Toronto police Det. Ali Ansari says 43-year-old Steven John McGuire is charged with sexual assault and robbery in the 1993 incident, and breaking and entering, sexual assault ...

Vaughan Teen Arrested for Pointing Laser at York Police Helicopter

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/7/2013 8:09:00 PM

A Vaughan teenager is facing charges after he allegedly directed a laser pointer at a York police helicopter.

York investigators say on Friday the helicopter was out helping officers on the ground who were assisting in a break and enter call.  The pilot says while looking for suspects, he encountered a bright green light and took action to find its source.

Police say the pilot found the area where the source originated from, (near Pine Valley Drive and Rutherford Road) but was unable to find anyone responsible.

On Sunday a 17-year-old turned himself into police and was arrested.

The boy is scheduled to be in court on February 6th, 2013.

Ford's Political Fate Now Rests With Appeal Panel

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/7/2013 7:24:00 PM

Rob Ford's fate as mayor of Toronto rests in the hands of three judges after a day of largely technical arguments for and against a court ruling that he should be removed from office for conflict of interest.

he mayor's lawyer told the Divisional Court panel on Monday that Ford was an open and honest politician ordered to forfeit his job by a judge who had misinterpreted the law.

Ford's opponents countered the mayor had deliberately floutedconflict-of-interest rules, and the judge's ruling requires deference as long as it was reasonable.

In calling for Divisional Court to overturn Ford's ouster, lawyer Alan Lenczner said there never was any case against the mayor. Ford, Lenczner said, gained no financial benefit from fundraising for his private football foundation, and was upfront when he spoke during a council vote that he was only trying to help disadvantaged youth.

``He was perfectly plain and honest,'' ...

Teen hit by bus near Dufferin and Lawrence

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/7/2013 4:31:00 PM

A boy is being rushed to a trauma centre after he was hit by a bus.

The accident happened near Dufferin St and Lawrence Ave late this afternoon.

Paramedics tell Newstalk 1010 the boy is in his mid-teens. His injuries are serious but not life threatening.

He is being taken to Sick Kids hospital.

Accused in hit and run appears in court

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/7/2013 3:21:00 PM

The man accused in the New  Year's Day hit and run was back in court on Monday.

A 7-year-old boy was killed when his family van was rear-ended by a Hummer on Hwy 401. The driver of the Hummer took off.

30-year-old Jose Renteria was arrested by the OPP on Friday near Cobourg. He has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Renteria made a brief court appearance on Monday. He stood behind the glass of the prisoner box  wearing jeans and a vest.

He will stay in police custody until a special bail hearing, expected to take place later this week.

Police Still Hunting For Man Considered Armed and Dangerous.

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/7/2013 3:09:00 PM

Toronto Police are still looking for a man, they consider to be armed and dangerous.

Cops say 20 year old Ashton Bell is wanted for allegedly firing off a gun, outside of a club in the College and Grace Street area back on the 29th of December.

Police say it all started when Bell was allegedly spotted smoking a cigarette on the dance floor of the club. When he was told he couldn't do that, he started lashing out, hitting a number of other people.

Once outside is when he allegedly fired off the gun.

Nobody was hurt.

He's described as black, 6', 250-270 lbs, with black hair. Cops say he has family in the GTA.

If you see him, don't approach him, call 9-1-1.

UPDATE: TDSB Calls Special Meeting, Chair Writes To Broten

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/7/2013 5:01:00 PM

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has called a special meeting this Wednesday to discuss what it calls the "implications of the provincial government decision relating to employee group contracts".

Chair Chris Bolton says there hasn't been an opportunity since teaching assistants negotiated contract with the province and since teachers had a deal imposed on them to meet with board members and the public.

Bolton says the TDSB  had no part in the ratification or input into the teaching assistants contract since it was between the province and their union, so they want to figure out the impact of that deal.

He says there will also be a question and answer session so both trustees and the public will get a better understanding of everything that may happen over the next months of the school year.

The province's special assistance team that will be looking over the board's books will ...

Jury selection to begin in case of Sgt Russell's murder

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/7/2013 1:49:00 PM

Almost two years after Sgt Ryan Russell was killed when he was hit by a stolen snow plow, jury selection will begin in the case against the accused.

46-year-old Richard Kachkar is charged with first-degree murder.

He made a court appearance Monday as the court discussed administrative details to get ready for the jury selection.

Kachkar sat quietly as the judge and lawyers went over details. He was wearing beige pants and a navy sweatshirt. With a beard and short hair, he slouched in his seat and only looked up every couple of minutes.

Jury selection will begin on Thursday and the Crown expects it to last two to three days.

Kachkar's defence lawyer says about 500 people are expected to come through the courtroom. Twelve of them will be chosen to sit on the jury and two others will be chosen as alternates.

The trial is expected to start ...

Toronto Man Arrested After Police Officer Assaulted

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/7/2013 1:36:00 PM

A 39 year old Toronto man is facing 9 charges, including assaulting a peace officer, after allegedly breaking a police officer's leg.

It happened Monday in the Scarborough Golf Club Road and Ellesmere Road area.

Cops were trying to investigate him, when the man took off with the officers giving chase.

Police then say the suspect allegedly charged at one of the officers, knocking him to the ground. That officer suffered a broken leg.

The suspect then allegedly tried to nab the officer’s gun, before being arrested.

The second officer also suffered a leg injury.

39 year old Richard Clarke of Toronto has been charged with Obstruct Peace Officer, Assault, Threatening Bodily Harm, Aggravated Assault, Disarming Peace Officer, Assault with intent to resist arrest, Assaulting a peace officer, Carry Concealed Weapon and Weapons Dangerous.

UPDATE: School Boards Look For Answers

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/7/2013 5:00:00 PM

It's the first day back at school for kids but that doesn't mean things are back to normal.

The week after the province imposed contracts on all of its teachers without one, it looks as though they will be continuing to refuse to help out with extra curricular activities as union heads meet with their executives this week to discuss their next steps.

There are still many questions to be answered according to Toronto District School Board chair Chris Bolton. He says the board's Human Resources department has been emailing the ministry for guidance with the imposed contracts but so far has received none.

Bolton also says they'll be monitoring the situation closely when it comes to what will happen with extra curriculars and have conversations with the unions to figure out what's next. However, he underlines now that contracts are in place, any strike action is illegal.

The Ministry ...

SIU To Reopen Investigation Into Arrest Of Tyrone Phillips

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/7/2013 12:35:00 PM

The Province's Special Investigations Unit will be re-opening an investigation into the arrest of 27 year old Tyrone Phillips.

It was back in July that Phillips says he was badly beaten, allegedly to the point of unconsciousness, while being arrested.

The case was the centre of controversy last week, when the SIU announced they'd be closing the investigation, because they couldn't get the original statement from Toronto Police.

However, Phillips submitted the original complaint to the Office of the Independent Review Director, who then forwarded it on to the Toronto Police.

Because of the serious nature of the complaint, the case was forwarded to the SIU.

When neither the TPS or the OIPRD would hand over the statement, the case was closed.

However, on Monday, the SIU announced they'd received a copy of that original statement from Mr. Phillips and would reopen the investigation.

Puck expected to drop soon on shortened NHL season

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/7/2013 4:59:00 AM

The wheels are in motion to get a shortened NHL season under way sometime next week after a tentative deal was reached to end the 113-day lockout.

The owners and players will vote on the 10-year deal over the next couple of days, and if it's ratified -- as it's expected it
will be -- the regular 82-game season will be shortened to 48 or 50 games.

The puck would likely drop on a 50-game season on Tuesday of next week, while a 48-game season would probably start on Saturday the 19th.

Montreal Canadiens forward Travis Moen says a short training camp won't be a big problem.

Moen says NHL players are pros, and should have stayed in shape during the lockout.

However, Vancouver Canucks centre Manny Malhotra says no matter how hard a player works to stay in shape, ``there's no substitute for actual game action.''

(The Canadian Press)

Students return to class but questions surround extracurriculars

Posted By: James Moore · 1/7/2013 5:26:00 AM

The two-week reprieve from Toronto's typical morning rush hour traffic is over.

Commuters will notice the roads will be a lot busier on Monday morning.

Students are set to get back in class after the winter break.

Police are reminding drivers to be particularly cautious, especially around crosswalks, buses and school zones.

Inside the classroom, many teachers are sour over the new contract forced on them last week by Education Minister Laurel Broten and the Ontario Liberals.

The 2-year contract cut benefits and froze most teachers' wages.

It is not clear whether teachers will ignore Premier Dalton McGuinty's plea to get back to voluntary activities like running sports teams and clubs.

5 suspects in India gang-rape arrive for pre-trial hearing

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/7/2013 4:30:00 AM

An Indian magistrate has barred the media from the pre-trial hearings or the trial of the five men accused of raping and killing a young student in New Delhi last month.

Hundreds of journalists, lawyers and onlookers had jammed the courtroom where the five appeared.

The hearing is expected to result in the case being sent to a special ``fast-track'' court.

Authorities have charged the men with murder, rape and other crimes that could bring them the death penalty.

A sixth suspect, who is 17 years old, is expected to be tried in a juvenile court, where the maximum sentence would be three years in a reform facility.

The crime caused countrywide outrage, leading to massive protests.

(The Associated Press)

Accused Colorado theatre shooter back in court

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/7/2013 12:36:00 AM

A preliminary hearing is due to begin Monday for James Holmes, the suspect in last July's massacre in a suburban Denver theatre.

Holmes hasn't entered a plea to charges of killing 12 people and wounding 70.

The hearing will be the first public disclosure of the prosecution's evidence.

When the hearing is over, the judge will decide whether to send the case to trial.

(The Canadian Press)

Rob Ford's appeal to be heard Monday

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/7/2013 5:00:00 AM

Mayor Rob Ford will be back in court Monday fighting for his job.

An appeal of the conflict of interest ruling against him will be heard at Osgoode Hall in courtroom 3.

In November, Justice Charles Hackland ruled that Ford violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act last February, by voting that he not have to repay over $3150 he raised for his football foundation.  The donations were solicited using city letter head.


Before a 3-judge panel, Ford's lawyer Alan Lenczner will argue Hackland made 4 errors of law in coming up with his ruling.

The key is what municipal law expert John Mascarin calls the "fruit from the poisonous tree argument".

Council's code of conduct spells out that if someone breaks rules of the City of Toronto Act, council can do 1 of 2 things--publicly reprimand them or suspend their pay. Lenczner will contend council had no right ...

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