Alabama Hostage Taking Over

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/4/2013 5:39:00 PM

Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy's abductor dead, officials said Monday.

Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man neighbours described as an isolated loner. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said.

Officers stormed the bunker just after 3 p.m. CST to rescue the child, who was taken to a hospital in nearby Dothan. Officials have said the child has Asperger's syndrome.

However, it was not immediately clear how Dykes died.    

Melissa Nighton, the city clerk in Midland City, said a woman had been praying in the town centre Monday afternoon. Not long after, the mayor called her with news ...

VIDEO: Kachkar's 'State of Mind' Key in Murder Trial

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/4/2013 7:49:00 PM

The mental state of a man who hit and killed a Toronto cop with a stolen snowplow and then shouted about the Taliban, Chinese technology and a microchip in his body will be at the centre of his trial, court heard Monday.

Richard Kachkar, 46, has pleaded not guilty to charges offirst-degree murder and dangerous driving in the death of Sgt. Ryan Russell.

``There will be no dispute that Mr. Kachkar was the person who was driving the truck,'' Ontario Superior Court Justice Ian MacDonnell told jurors on the opening day of the trial. ``That is, this case is not a whodunit.''

The Crown alleges that Kachkar, barefoot and wearing no jacket, purposely drove in the wrong lane toward Russell's marked cruiser, with its lights flashing, in the early morning of Jan. 12, 2011.

After Russell got out of his car and fired three shots at the snowplow Kachkar accelerated ...

5th Murder Victim of 2013 Was Strangled

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/4/2013 4:44:00 PM

Police say a woman who died in hospital after being found by officers called to a north Toronto home on the weekend was

Police said Monday that a post-mortem examination determined the cause of death to be manual strangulation.

The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of next-of-kin.

18 year old Mohamed Adam Bharwani, of Toronto, is charged with first-degree murder.


*UPDATE* NDP Wants Auto Insurance Rates Dropped By 15%

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/4/2013 11:49:00 AM

Ontario's New Democrats want the government to order auto insurance companies to cut their rates by 15 per cent within
one year.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the government introduced changes in 2010 that ``dramatically'' lowered benefits for drivers while also cutting statutory benefit pay outs in half for insurance companies.

However, Horwath says premiums still jumped by an average of five per cent in 2011, so she wants the provincial regulator to mandate a cut in rates.

She says if the industry is not willing to pass along savings from the changes, then the government should force them to do it.

But the Insurance Brokers of Ontario says they'd love to drop rates by 15%, but they can't. They claim insurance fraud is rampant and costing them millions.

Presiden of the Association Debbie Thompson says instead of forcing them to cut rates, the government and opposition should work together ...

Snow squall warnings in effect, including GTA

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/4/2013 6:09:00 AM

There is a snow squall warning in effect for parts of the Greater Toronto Area and farther north.

It starts in Newmarket and extends into Uxbridge and Beaverton. It includes Innisfil, Barrie, Collingwood, Kitchener, Cambridge, up into Owen Sound, the Bruce and over into Stratford, Goderich and Kincardine.

There are several squalls blowing in from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and they are expected to weaken as the day progresses. There could be localized accumulations in the area of 15 centimetres.

Radar shows one long streamer from Georgian Bay to Bowmanville.

Driving conditions will be dangerous at times mainly because of zero visibility. the primary hazards associated with snow squalls are very poor and fluctuating visibilities due to narrow bands of heavy snow and blowing snow, along with rapidly accumulating snow on roads, resulting in dangerous driving conditions.

(with files by D. Agar)

Poll: Canadians to save more money this year

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/4/2013 5:55:00 AM

A poll shows that Canadians (on average) are planning to save almost 10-thousand dollars this year.

That's an increase of about 600 dollars over last year. But the BMO Household Savings Report says the problem is that two-thirds of these saving-minded Canucks are tucking the money away to later blow on vacations, luxury items and entertainment.

Saving for retirement and emergencies, the poll noted, were secondary priorities.

The survey also found the average total savings among Canadians was just over 122-thousand dollars.

The online survey was conducted between January 10th and 15th and polled one thousand people.

(The Canadian Press)

Several arrested in illegal gambling ring bust

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/4/2013 1:12:00 PM

More than 2300 people got an unexpected surprise Sunday night at the Le Parc Banquet Hall, near Leslie and Regional Road 7 in Thornhill as the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit broke up what police are calling an illegal gambling Superbowl bash.

2.5 million dollars in cash was seized during the raid along with 20 computers police believe were being used for illegal gambling.

6 people were arrested, but most of the people at the party were allowed to go free, without any charges.

Officers from the York Regional Police and the RCMP suggest that's because they were going after the 'big fish'.

The Platinum Sports Book websites have also been seized by police.

Cops suggest the party at the banquet hall was not open to the public, and the only way to get in, was to have an invitation. Officers say you only got that invite, if you knew ...

*UPDATE* Trial of Man Accused in Death of Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell Begins

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/4/2013 12:10:00 PM

The jury in the trial of a man accused of killing a Toronto police officer is hearing that the case will focus on the man's state of mind.

Richard Kachkar has pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder and one count of dangerous driving in the death
of Sgt. Ryan Russell.

Russell, 35, died after being struck while trying to stop a snow plow during a chase through snowy city streets on January 12 of 2011.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Ian MacDonnell is telling the jury in his opening instructions that the case is not a whodunit.

He says there won't be a dispute that Kachkar was driving the vehicle.

MacDonnell says the issues in this trial, which gets underway today, will centre around Kachkar's state of mind at the time of
Ryan's death.

(with files from Russ Courtney)

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