Peel police ask for tips in puppy abuse case

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/7/2012 6:11:00 PM

Peel Regional Police are asking for tips from the public to help them solve a disturbing case of animal abuse. 

A dead puppy was found mutilated in Mississauga's Deerwood Park last Friday. 

The animal was burned and beaten so badly that police and the SPCA were not sure what kind of animal it was. 

An autopsy has since revealed it was a pinscher. 

Cst. George Tudos believes the case is an isolated incident but acknowledges it is upsetting for dog owners in the area.

"We know that it was an intentional act and criminal in nature and that is how we are investigating it," he says. 

Tudos says anyone with information should call Peel Police or Crime Stoppers.

Stolen car hops curb, hits pedestrian during police chase

Posted By: James Moore · 12/7/2012 4:52:00 PM

A woman was taken to hospital on Friday afternoon after being hit by a stolen vehicle that came barrelling down the sidewalk on Yonge Street near Eglinton Avenue.

She was walking on the east side of Yonge Street when the commotion started around 2:15pm on Friday afternoon.

Witnesses say a black Mercedes hopped the curb after police officers approached the car and told the driver to get out of the vehicle.

About 45 minutes before, police had responded to reports of a theft on Laird Avenue and had pursued the car to the Yonge-Eglinton area.

Officers were seen drawing their guns as the Mercedes started to drive away.

People were forced to jump out of the way as the car bounded down the sidewalk.

The woman, who has not been identified, was hit by the car.

Police describe her injuries as serious but she is expected to recover.

The driver was able to ...

Police say Elementary School Lunchroom Supervisor Assaulted Students

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 12/7/2012 2:09:00 PM

A lunchroom supervisor at a Toronto elementary school has been charged after police allege that five students were assaulted on school grounds during the lunch hour.

Police were called to Essex Public School at 50 Essex Street near Ossington and Dupont Thursday just after noon.

None of the children required medical attention and there's no word on how old they were, although the school has students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8.

34 year-old Kayla Martinez faces five counts of assault and had a court appearance scheduled for Friday.

AUDIO: Holiday Food Drive off to a slow start

Posted By: James Moore · 12/7/2012 11:17:00 AM

The Holiday Food Drive at the Daily Bread Food Bank is off to a slow start.  The campaign is about 2 weeks in and usually by this time, the warehouse floor is stacked to the ceiling with crates of food but it seems there is a little more elbow room this year.

Daily Bread Food Bank director Gail Nyberg says donations of food are sagging slightly.

Volunteers are typically busy sorting about 100,000 lbs. of food by now but as of this week the food bank has only collected about 85,000 lbs.

"December is our big time so we expect those numbers to climb," says Nyberg.

Sagging contributions from big food labels could be partly to blame.

Bill Laidlaw, Director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, says those companies are cutting production in light of the slow economy.

"Those companies would much rather be more efficient and sell (their ...

UPDATE: Hospital Nurse Who Transfered Prank Call Dies in Suspected Suicide

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/7/2012 1:48:00 PM

The two Australian radio hosts who made a prank phone call that allegedly led to the suicide of a hospital worker have closed their Twitter accounts and left the airwaves for now.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian of '2Day FM' radio have yet to comment after news broke that Jacintha Saldanha, a receptionist at King Edward VII hospital in London, had committed suicide.

But a statement posted on the Facebook page of Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the station behind the prank, says the hosts have removed themselves from the air.

The statement reads as follows:

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and all that have been affected by this situation around the world.

Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran ...

Gender mix-up with pandas coming to Toronto

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/7/2012 5:47:00 AM

Next Spring, the Toronto Zoo will receive two pandas from China for a breeding program. There's just one problem, they are both female.

The good news is, Chinese officials were aware of that possibility so they took blood samples of the pair last month.

One of the females will be swapped out for an "age-appropriate" male panda selected by the Chinese government.

Dr. William Rapley, the zoo's executive director of conservation, education and wildlife says, it's easy to mistaken the gender of pandas when they're young, mainly because the body parts used to identify the gender, aren't very large at that point. Both the male and female genitalia are pretty similar in size.

The pandas will stay at the Toronto Zoo for five years, then they will be moved to the Calgary Zoo for another five years.

UPDATE: 7.3 Magnitude Quake Rocks Japan, Triggers Tsunami Warning

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/7/2012 5:15:00 AM

A strong earthquake struck Friday off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. Tokyo high-rises swayed for several minutes, one city reported a small tsunami and at least two people were reportedly injured.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. The epicentre was 10 kilometres beneath the seabed and 240 kilometres offshore.

After the quake, authorities issued a warning that a tsunami potentially as high as two metres could hit. Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi, reported that a tsunami of one metre hit at 6:02 p.m.

Miyagi police said there were no immediate reports of damage from the quake or tsunami, although traffic was being stopped in some places to check on roads. Sirens whooped along ...

UPDATE: Man Shot Dead in Mississauga Home Invasion

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/7/2012 5:12:00 PM

Police in Peel are investigating the death of a man during a home invasion in Mississauga.

One person was shot dead at a home on Corkstone Glade, near Rathburn and Dixie Road.

Peel police say the man was found inside the home, shot multiple times. It started out as as a call for a home invasion and robbery around 12:30 a.m on Friday.

A woman and two children, described as infants, were said to also be in the house at the time of the incident.

Police say the man killed is alleged to have broken into the home with two other suspects. There was a confrontation and struggle that led to the death of 22-year old Ibrahim Abukar. Police say there is no information connecting the man to the homeowner.

Police are searching for at least, two suspects described as black males wearing dark colored clothing.

No charges have been ...

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