City vehicle takes up a handicapped parking spot at Costco; not part of the brand.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

February 2, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

These photographs appeared on the Facebook page of a Gazette reader.

City car 2

An electric car, parked in a handicapped space with no permit in the window.

City car 1

… and it is a city owned car. Ouch! Will the city look into this?

The comments that were sent to us read as follows:

Parking enforcement parking in handicap spot at Costco Burlington.

This was on my Facebook. Pics were posted at 2:57pm yesterday. No handicap sticker.

This is what I mean with there is a lot of work to do to clean up the city. The sense of entitlement is overwhelming with City staff, their abuse of power and the continued waste of our tax dollars

Will this person be disciplined or another wipe under the rug?

Not much we can add to that other than that the city now knows.

Related news story:

More on the Burlington Brand.

city car 3

Tough for the driver of the car to miss the markings on the parking spot and the sign – given that they backed into the space. Penalty should be whatever the fine is for this infraction plus a note in their HR file.

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Impaired Driving Offences Within Halton Region

Crime 100By Staff

January 31st, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If you have been named in a police report and after going through the judicial procedure and were found not guilty of what you were charged with, or the police dropped the charge, be in touch with the Publisher of the Gazette and we will pull the original report and publish the results of the trial if you wish.

On January 28, 2020, just before 4:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint in the area of Main Street East and Thompson Road in Milton. As a result of an investigation, Cory Mowers (32) of Milton was charged with operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 29, 2020, just before 10:30 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint in the area of Hinchey Crescent and Landsborough Avenue in Milton. As a result of an investigation, Kimberley Lalonde (46) of Milton was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 30, 2020 just before 10:00 am, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of Trafalgar Road and River Oaks Boulevard in Oakville. As a result of an investigation, Andrej Kilinger (34) of Oakville was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 30, 2020 just after 4:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of Queen Street East and Tanners Drive in Halton Hills. As a result of an investigation, Martin Williams (37) of Georgetown was charged with operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 30, 2020 just before 8:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of James Snow Parkway and Highway 401 in Milton. As a result of an investigation, Bogumil Sasko (48) of Mississauga was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

The Halton Regional Police Service remains committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.

Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver.

The Service’s Twitter and Facebook accounts should not be used for this purpose as they are not monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Naming people who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

News 100 blueBy Staff

January 27th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The information set out below is provided to media by the Halton Regional Police who are committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.

The Gazette takes the position that an informed society can make informed decisions. Which leads us to a bit of a predicament: for those who are found not guilty of an offence or for whom the charges are dropped there is no public record because the police do not report on what happens to a case that they turn over to the Crown prosecutor.

That is why we stopped publishing the information the police provide.

The police would prefer to have the information published and suggested we work with the Crown prosecutors. Our editorial resources are stretch to the limit as it is. We just don’t have the time to chase after Crown Prosecutors.

We are going to take different approach and put a statement at the top of each media release that will read as follows;

If you have been named in a police report and after going through the judicial procedure and were found not guilty of what you were charged with, or the police dropped the charge, be in touch with the Publisher of the Gazette and we will pull the original report and publish the results of the trial if you wish.

On January 24, 2020 just before 7:00 pm, Halton Police officers investigated a collision in the area of Royal Windsor Drive and Ford Drive in Oakville. As a result of an investigation, Michael Borre (25) of Lindsay was charged with operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 25, 2020, just before 5:00 am, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint in the area of Upper Middle Road and Trafalgar Road in Oakville. As a result of an investigation, Zivko Kovacevic (42) of Oakville was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 25, 2020, just before 10:00 am, Halton Police officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Queen Street and Wellington Street in Acton. As a result of an investigation, Donald Reavely (48) of Kitchener was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 26, 2020, just before 1:00 am, Halton Police officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Wilson Street and Rebecca Street in Oakville. As a result of an investigation, Donna Hoffman (64) of Toronto was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 26, 2020, just after 1:00 am, Halton Police officers were conducting a R.I.D.E. initiative in the area of Guelph Line and No.15 Side Road in Milton. As a result of this initiative, Laiju Kazhuthamalayil Paulose (37) of Scarborough was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 26, 2020, just after 9:00 pm, Halton Police officers were conducting a R.I.D.E. initiative in the area of Mill Street East and Main Street North in Acton. As a result of this initiative, Kyle Gorda (32) of Burlington was charged with dangerous operation, operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 26, 2020, just after 10:00 pm, Halton Police officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Mountainview Road South and Sinclair Avenue in Georgetown. As a result of an investigation, Thomas Diardichuck (45) of Georgetown was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On January 26, 2020 just after 11:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of River Glen Boulevard and Towne Boulevard in Oakville. As a result of an investigation, Kelly-Ann Cassidy (22) of Oakville was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver.

The Service’s Twitter and Facebook accounts should not be used for this purpose as they are not monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Crime spree - four robberies in a single day - brought to a quick end by sharp eyed police officers.

Crime 100By Staff

January 26th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They seemed to be on a robbery spree – three robberies in a single day.

HRPS crestA joint effort involving police from all three districts of the Halton Regional Police Service led to the arrest of four adult males.

Charged is:
Liban Guedi, 19 years old of Etobicoke is charged with three (3) counts of robbery and possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.00.

Hasan Abdihafid Hassan, 18 years old of Etobicoke is charged with three (3) counts of robbery, wearing a disguise and possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.00.

Dahir Kheyre, 19 years old of Brampton is charged with three (3) counts of robbery, wearing a disguise and property obtained by crime under $5000.00.

Ilyas Kheyre, 20 years old of Brampton is charged with three (3) counts of robbery and property obtained by crime under $5000.00.

It began with the robbery atRabba Fine Foods on Derry Road, Milton, confronted the clerk and demanded cash. The accused males indicated they had a firearm but one was not observed by the clerk. The accused males fled the store on foot with cash and ciagettes in hand. They were last seen exiting the parking lot in a black vehicle.

Esso logoA short time later at 1:03 am on the 26th of January 2020 the same crew attended the Esso gas station at 1170 Guelph Line, Burlington. The males again indicated to the clerk they were in possession of a firearm and demanded cash. No firearm was observed. The accused males fled with a small amount of money.

The males quickly struck again at 1:13 am on the 26th of January 2020. This time hitting the Esso gas station located at 5539 Harvester Road, Burlington. Cash and cigarettes were demanded of the clerk however the accused’ were interrupted by an unsuspecting patron and they quickly fled the scene.

Uniform patrols utilizing suspect and vehicle information relayed to them from the visual evidence captured at QEW corridor ramps. The accused males were located within minutes of the last robbery by a sharp eyed two district patrol officer who observed the suspect vehicle entering onto the QEW at Dorval Drive. The officer conducted a traffic stop and the driver pulled over without incident.

The cameras that help media report on road traffic were used to watch for suspected vehicles.

Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the four males the recovery of stolen property from inside the vehicle including cash and cigarettes.

No one was hurt or injured during the robberies.  The investigation is ongoing and Police are asking anyone with additional information about the robberies to contact the Halton Regional Police Service Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905 825 4747 ext. 2316.

Crime stoppers logoTips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court

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Halton Regional Police Service Announces Regional Robbery Task Force

Crime 100By Staff

January 23rd, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service has created a Regional Robbery Task Force. The formation of this new Task Force is in response to a recent spike in bank robberies throughout the region. These crimes have been escalating in both frequency and violence.

Two bank robberies took place in Halton in December 2019 and there have been four thus far in the month of January 2020.

Halton police - good angleThe striking of this Task Force ensures effective and efficient coordination of our internal investigative resources, provides enhanced connectivity with neighbouring police services, and facilitates sharing of critical information pertaining to these crimes and those who perpetrate them. Our officers are deeply committed to community safety and well-being and continue to relentlessly investigate each of the incidents in our jurisdiction.

Police are also asking residents to be extra vigilant when attending a bank and report any suspicious activity to police. If residents witness a crime in progress, they are asked to call 911.

Police recognize that the nature of these crimes can have a deep impact on bank staff and its customers. We want those who have been victimized to know that the Victim Services Unit of the Halton Regional Police Service remains available to provide support and assistance to those affected.

More information on this service can be found HERE

Any tips or questions on this task force can be directed to Detective Sergeant Ellie Bale, Case Manager, Regional Robbery Task Force at 905-825-4747 ext. 2415.

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Body found submerged under the ice in a viaduct at Grahams Lane and Legion Road

News 100 blackBy Staff

January 21st, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Earlier this afternoon, the body of a deceased individual was located submerged under the ice in a viaduct in the area of Grahams Lane and Legion Road in Burlington.

Expect a significant police presence in the area as our officers investigate.

There is no ongoing, related public safety threat.

Graham Lane - Legion

The location and the circumstances sound like a homeless person who might have crawled into the space.

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Baird to return to Court on February 18th

News 100 blueBy Staff

January 21, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Sean Baird had another day in Court – he didn’t attend, his lawyer Caroline McKenna, a Hamilton based lawyer stood before the Judge representing Baird.

Caroline McKenna

Caroline McKenna represented Sean Baird in Milton Courthouse where numerous criminal charges will be heard.

McKenna is with Paquette –Wilhelm, a small firm with a strong criminal law reputation.

Baird did not appear, just the lawyer. He was not required to be in the Court room. The purpose of the hearing was to begin the process of the defence getting the discovery documents which is basically the case that the Crown believes it has against Baird.

The lawyers now look at the documents and prepare for a trial, assuming Baird decides a trial is what he wants.

They will be back in Court on February 18th. One can expect the lawyers to have figured out how long a trial might take so that a trial date can be set.

Baird is reported to do a lot of business with Hamilton area restaurants.

Baird is facing the following criminal charges:

Uttering a Forged Document – Contrary to section 368(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

· Fraud over $5000 – Contrary to section 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

· Corrupt Practice (four counts) – Contrary to the Municipal Elections Act.

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Wundeba has both environmental issue and ownership problems

News 100 redBy Staff

January 17th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The people in the Mt Nemo community have shared some news.

A restaurant on Guelph Line that has been doing great business, bus loads from Burlington arrive for lunch in the good weather, at times it is difficult to place a reservation,

The Wundeba was a very welcome addition to restaurants out of town.

The news from the community was disturbing. The details are set out below.

Wondeba letter

Philippe St-Cyr
5123 Mount Nemo Cres Burlington, Ontario, L7M 0T7 Canada

Sjonum Sristi Awalia 5123 Mount Nemo Cres
Burlington, Ontario, L7M 0T7 Canada

Site
4448 Guelph Line
Burlington, Regional Municipality of Halton

1. Authority to Issue Order

I have authority to issue orders under the EPA and the OWRA to further the purpose of the EPA and OWRA, namely to provide for the protection and conservation of the natural environment.

This Order is being issued pursuant to section 16(1) of the OWRA and section 157(1) of the EPA.

I reasonably believe that the Company has contravened or is contravening these sections of the OWRA and the EPA as outlined in the Suspected Violations/Offences section of this Provincial Code Act applies.

Description of Site and Orderees
The Site is located at the address municipally know as 4448 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ontario. The Site is operating as Wundeba Restaurant and is located in a rural area, on the west side of Guelph Line, south of #2 Side Road, Burlington. Residential properties are located south and north of the Site and a retirement home is also located to the north of the Site. A. pond is located on the southern portion of the Site which has been designated by Conservation Halton as part of the Grindstone Creek Headwaters Wetland Complex, a “Provincially Significant Wetland .”

The Company was incorporated in Ontario on February 13, 2012 and has as its registered mailing address: 5123 Mount Nemo Crescent, Burlington, Ontario, L7M 0T7. The Company purchased the August 2014 and therefore is responsible for compliance with conditions of the ECA.

The Directors are named as Orderees because they have management and control of the Company and the Site. In the Ontario public corporate records, the Director’s names are listed as: “Sjonum Sristi Awalia” and “Philippe St-Cyr”. The Ministry of Transportation Drivers License information records the Director’s names as: “Awalia St-Cyr, Sjonum S” and “St-Cyr Diotte , Philippe”.

Wundeba sign

Can’t miss the place on Guelph Line.

Historical Information re: Environmental Compliance Approval# 5131-757NNN In 2007, the Ministry received an application from the engineering firm of Kenneth Youngs Engineering which had been retained by the previous owner of the Site- Frank Moser Investments Incorporated. The engineering firm submitted an application to the Ministry to replace the two existing Class IV septic systems. Both were old clay tile drainage systems which were failing.The Ministry’s engineering assessment report which supports the current ECA, concluded that the holding tank was the only feasible option for the Site as follows:

The Consultant has carried out the design for a replacement sewage works using tertiary treatment and shallow buried trenches and concluded that housed on the type of soil, size of lot, setback requirements for wetland and building/parking requirements, there is not adequate space to construct an on-site sewage disposal system even with tertiary treatment.

ECA # 513l-757NNN was issued to Frank Moser Investments Incorporated on July 26, 2007. The ECA lists the equipment that has been approved for the handling and storage of sewage at the Site as the 40,000 litre storage tank and related equipment. This is the only equipment that is documented on the ECA for installation and use at the Site.

Summary of Events
The following provides a summary of the significant events relating to the Site and the ECA.

On August 9, 2011, the Ministry received a letter by Kenneth Youngs Engineering Incorporated signed by an engineer confirming that the 40,000 litre storage tank, alarm system and works had been installed in accordance with their submissions.

On February 9, 2015, the Ministry received a letter from a representative of 1866252 Ontario Limited advising the Ministry that the Company was the new owner of the Site as of August 8, 2014 and requested that the ownership of the ECA be transferred to 1866252 Ontario Limited.

On July 21, 2015, the Ministry forwarded a letter to 1866252 Ontario Limited acknowledging receipt of $10,000 for financial assurance which is required by condition 8 of the ECA.

On May 30, 2016, the Ministry forwarded a letter to 1866252 Ontario Limited acknowledging a change of ownership of the Site from Frank Moser Investments Incorporated to 1866262 Ontario Limited. The Ministry’s letter also provided notification of any environmental approvals which were in effect at the Site and listed Environmental Compliance Approval# 5131-757NNN.

On May 18, 2018, the Ministry received a complaint that employees of Wundeba Restaurant were pumping sewage from a holding tank, onto the ground. The complainant described strong odours and provided photos. It appears from the photographs provided, that employees had pumped septic waste out of the 40,000 litre holding tank and onto the ground.

On May 31, 2018, Provincial Officers Nick Fowler and Carly Munce conducted an inspection of the Site. During the inspection, Officer Fowler was advised by an employee that since purchasing the property, the new owners had re-routed the sewage works. Sewage from the washrooms was now being directed to a septic system and not to the 40,000 litre holding tank. Only sewage generated in the kitchen, was being directed to the holding tank.

On June 13, 2018, Provincial Officer Nick Fowler issued an Onsite Sewage Disposal Site Inspection Report which detailed the Company’s non-compliance with the ECA and required them to enter into a service agreement with a Ministry-approved sewage hauler, by June 22, 2018.

He also requested that the Company decommission the unapproved septic system and reroute the septic system back to the approved, 40,000 holding tank by July 13, 2018. These actions have not been done.

As a result of his inspection, Provincial Officer Nick Fowler issued two Provincial Offences Act notices on the Company. One notice was issued for a depositing waste without an Environmental Compliance Approval, which is a violation of section 40 of the EPA.

The second offence notice was issued for a violation of section 186(3) of the EPA for failure to comply with conditions of the ECA. Specifically, the company failed to provide pumping records which were requested during the May 31, 2018 inspection.

On June 27,2018, I met with Philippe St-Cyr as requested. Mr. St-Cyr stated that they only pump grey water from the kitchen, onto the ground from the holding tank. He agreed that they would cease pumping sewage onto the ground. He also stated that he was not aware of the ECA and that since it was issued to the previous owner it was not applicable to 1866252 Ontario Limited. I stated that the requirements of the ECA are the responsibility of the Company that has care and control of the Site and are in effect at this time. I stated that non-compliance with the conditions of the ECA and pumping sewage out of the septic system and onto the ground were chargeable offences. We discussed the septic systems which were installed at the Site. However it wasn’t clear what equipment had been installed. I requested that an assessment be done of the septic systems at the site. We discussed the possibility of submitting an amendment application to this Ministry requesting approval for the septic system which was in use.

On July 06, 2018, as a follow-up to tour- meeting, I forwarded a letter as an attachment to an email to Mr. St-Cyr. I requested that a service agreement be entered into with a Ministry-approved septic hauler who would regularly inspect and pump out the holding tank as required. This requirement to obtain a service agreement from the hauler is required by condition 5.2 of the ECA. I also requested that a Qualified Person be retained to inspect the system to ensure that it was operating in accordance with the ECA and any unapproved system had been decommissioned by August 09, 2018.

Wundeba - rear

The patio at the rear and the lower level are great places to be on a sunny day. Site is great, food was good when we were last there. Obvious management problems. Unfortunate.

On July 13, 2018, I received an e-mail from Mr. St-Cyr confirming that a Ministry-approved septic waste hauler had been retained to inspect the storage tank bi-weekly and pump it out as required. He disagreed with the purpose of the assessment of the on-site system, which he believed was to assess the functional operation of the system in use and not to assess the environmental compliance of the septic system. He stated that he would like to apply for approval of the septic tank, distribution box and septic bed which is in use at the Site.

On August 07, 2018, 1 received the following report:
Inspection Property: Wundeba Restaurant, 4448 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ontario ESSE Canada, July 31, 2018.

The report assessed the components of an unapproved septic system, which is currently in use at the Site. The components include a septic tank, distribution box and septic bed. It didn’t discuss the 40,000 litre storage tank which is in use, or compliance with the ECA which is in effect for the Site. ·

On August 20, 2018, I mailed a letter to the Company, providing my comments on the July 31, 2018 report. I stated that the approved 40,000 litre holding tank had not been mentioned in the report and the septic system that was described and is in use, has not been approved by the Ministry.

I again requested that the following actions be completed:

1. Retain the services of a Qualified Person to ensure that all sewage from the Site is directed to 40,000 litre holding tank and that the unapproved system is decommissioned. Decommissioning the unapproved septic system would only require that the septic tank be decommissioned and provided a guidance document to decomnssion the septic tank.

2. Provide confirmation that the above acti1ns have been completed. Confirmation was to have been received by October 01, 2018. To date these actions have not been done.

On July 31, 2018, Philippe St-Cyr forwarded an email to me with an amendment to the July 13, 2018 report. The report did discuss the 40;000 litre tank which is installed and in use at the Site.

On September 06, 2018, I received a letter from Mr. St-Cyr. The letter discussed his understanding of what was agreed upon at the June ·27, 2018 meeting at the district office. He believed that the purpose of the assessment was to identify the components of the septic system in use and to determine if they were functioning properly. He also stated that the septic system was in use when the Company purchased the Site and had not been altered. He requested again to submit an amendment application.

On September 12, 2018, I emailed a letter to Mr. St-Cyr. This letter provided an overview of the relevant environmental history of the Site. I also provided a link to the Ministry’s approval applications and guidance documents which are available online.
The letter concluded with the following action item:

Retain the services of a Qualified Person to prepare a report to assess the options to handle the sewage at the Site. The report shall provide recommendations which are in compliance with relevant provincial environmental law and any other regulatory requirements. The report shall include an implementation schedule and a copy forwarded to the undersigned provincial officer by October 17, 2018.

On October 16, 2018, I received an email from Philippe St-Cyr in response to my September 12, 2018 letter which stated that the new owners of the Site, have not re-routed any septic system.
The email concluded with a request to submit an application to amend the current approval. The assessment which I requested in my September 12, 2018 letter, has not been done. On October 31, 2018, the Ministry received a phone call from a resident complaining about strong odours from sewage being pumped out onto the ground at the restaurant.

On November 05, 2018, Provincial Officer Nick Fowler and myself conducted a Site inspection. We noted that the lids on the 40,000 litre tank weren’t secure as required by the ECA. While onsite, we had a brief discussion with Philippe St-Cyr. He again requested to submit an amendment application to approve the septic system that was in use.

Scott Thompson
Provincial Officer
Badge Number: 386
Date: 2018/12/20
District Office: Halton-Peel District Office

In a related matter:

The family who owns Wundeba, the restaurant that was raided along with a home in the Mount Nemo area of Burlington last week has released a statement.

After Halton Regional Police Servcices (HPRS) arrested Mohan “Jarry” Ahlowalia for several charges related to human trafficking, his family—the owners of Wundeba—issued a statement claiming the allegations are baseless.

“It is easy and enticing to follow the media and believe everything it says. However, when you and your family are targetted by it, you can really start understanding the meaning of ‘fake news’ and how it can lead you to think a certain way about a situation and can appreciate that what is portrayed in the news is sometimes, and probably more often than not, a fabrication to make their media more exciting,” the statement reads.

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Police seize rifle, drugs and cash in drug trafficking investigation.

Crime 100By Staff

January 17th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service’s – Burlington Street Crime Unit has completed a drug trafficking investigation. In January 2020, James “Jimmy” Antaloczy was observed conducting multiple drug transactions at a restaurant in the City of Burlington.

seized items Jan 17

The Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant in Brantford with the assistance of the Tactical Rescue Unit. As a result of the investigation the following items were seized

-1 Marlin 30-30 lever action rifle (unloaded)
-30 grams of cocaine
-328 oxycodone pills
-8 hydromorphone pills
-22 Cialis pills
-4 Viagra pills
-11 ecstasy pills
-$485.00 Canadian currency
-3 cellular telephones
-A digital scale
-Total street value of drugs was approximately $10,570.00

On January 16, 2020, James Antaloczy (51) of Brantford was arrested and charged with the following offences:

-Trafficking, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 7
-Contravention of Storage Regulations of a Firearm
-Careless Storage of a Firearm
-Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
-Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm

Antaloczy has been released on an Undertaking.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2342.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Constant vigilance is needed if you are going to use the internet; no different than when you drive your car - pay attention.

Crime 100By Staff

January 15th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The scammers work at this kind of thing full time. And why wouldn’t they?
Doing just this kind of thing (see below) someone sucked half a million out of the Burlington coffers.

It is always THE golden rule: If in doubt – don’t and double check.

We received the following earlier today.

November/December statement and outstanding payment have been generated, Find Google Drive uploaded Document for details.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1Mt_wC4sBlK3XgLZoKGVTcE3_ObrKmYCu

Note: No login required

Regards,

Edward Simpson
Invoicing/Payment Processing Unit

The email address this came from was:
Edward Simpson <edward.simpson@metalcontractor.org

We had never heard of the organization and it is clearly a phony address – but a clerk somewhere in some company might mistakenly click on the link.

Somewhere out there a bunch of crooks are spending your tax dollars – the money they stole from the city.

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Will the lady wear red? Mayor will be a busy woman on January 30th.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

January 14th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Mayor Meed WardThe 30th of January is going to be a very full day for Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

She is scheduled to deliver the Annual State of the City address to the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. That events starts at 7:15 am and is scheduled to end at 9:00 am.  The event will take place at the Performing Arts Centre.

City Council is scheduled to hold a Special meeting of Council to decide how much of the recommendations that will come out of the meeting held being held today, Tuesday and the meeting on the “preferred concept” for the downtown on Thursday they want to make final.  That meeting is scheduled to be called to order at 9:30 am

The final approval of the two issues: The Land Use Study that was brought about by the creation of an Interim Control Bylaw that stopped development in the Urban Growth Centre and the Take a Closer Look at the Downtown; a report that will put forward where development should be permitted and what the height levels will be.

It has been going to be one heck of a week for the Mayor – and a turning point for the city.

There is a group in the city running a betting pool – will the Mayor wear red?

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Halton Regional Police Service officers responded to 3,613 intimate partner domestic incidents in 2019

Crime 100By Staff

January 14th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On December 25, 2019, while many members of the community were gathering with family and friends for the Christmas celebrations, Halton Regional Police Service officers were dispatched to a residence after receiving a call from a concerned party.

Through an investigation, the officers developed reasonable grounds to believe that a male had physically assaulted his female partner earlier in the day. During this assault, it is believed that the male party pushed the female, choked her, and threatened to kill her.

sexual violence imageThankfully, witnesses stepped in and provided immediate assistance to the female by restraining the male and preventing the assault from continuing. The male subsequently significantly damaged the home, breaking a door frame, damaging furniture, breaking objects, and damaging walls.

Children were present in the home at the time of the assault.

The male accused was arrested and subsequently transported to Central Lock Up. Thereafter, the Halton Regional Police Service Domestic Violence Investigative Unit took carriage of the investigation. The accused was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Utter Threat to Cause Death or Bodily Harm and Mischief Under $5,000 and held for bail.

Upon arrest of the accused, the victim was referred to the Halton Regional Police Service Domestic Violence Victim Coordinator within the Victim Services Unit. The Victim Services Unit connects victims to appropriate support services in the community, assists with safety planning and victim care, and, through the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP), can provide immediate short-term financial support toward essential expenses for victims of violent crime.

In 2019, Halton Regional Police Service officers responded to 3,613 intimate partner domestic incidents. These calls for service resulted in 842 arrests and the laying of 1,548 criminal charges.

Every person has the right to feel safe in our community.
You are not alone. Victims of intimate partner violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service. The following is a list of valuable support services and resources in Halton Region for victims of intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence:

Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit 905-825-4777
Halton Women’s Place 905-878-8555 (north) or 905-332-7892 (24-hour crisis line)
Halton Children’s Aid Society 905-333-4441 or 1-866-607-5437
Nina’s Place Sexual Assault and Domestic Assault Care Centre 905-336-4116 or 905-681-4880
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) 905-875-1555 (24-hour crisis line)

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Always look at where the email comes from - if it isn't crystal clear - take a pass.

Crime 100By Staff

January 13th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This one almost got past me.

BNS sneaky alert

The email was covered in red flags but because I was expecting something from my bank I assumed – could have been a fatal mistake. This is just the sort of thing that caught someone at city hall and – zap – more than half a million left a bank account.

I had been communicating with my branch on a non-banking matter and was expecting responses from them.

I almost clicked on the attachments – which I suspect would have taken me down a rabbit hole – from which it would be very hard to get out of with all my money in my pocket.

If in doubt – don’t.

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Mayor has become the mouth piece for the OPP and HRPS - reports on a court date for the person behind the numbered company that did her dirty during the election.

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

January 9th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward today tweeted that “The Third Party Advertiser who targeted my 2018 mayoral election campaign with negative advertising was arrested over the Christmas holidays, and will make his first court appearance Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Milton courthouse, 491 Steeles Ave. E.”

Meed Ward reports that: Sean Baird has been charged with:

Uttering a Forged Document – Contrary to section 368(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada;
Fraud over $5000 – Contrary to section 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada; and
Corrupt Practice (four counts) – Contrary to the Municipal Elections Act.

She adds in her Tweet that: Court dates and schedules can be checked through this link up to a week in advance: https://www.ontariocourtdates.ca (agree to terms on the main page and select Milton).

Meed Ward H&S profile

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“We will continue to share public information with the community when we learn about it as this case moves through the court system. I am thankful to the police investigating and laying charges in any matter that has the potential to undermine elections, the foundation of our democracy” said Meed Ward.

What is both interesting and disturbing is that the Gazette has been communicating with both the Ontario Province Police, who are believed to have carriage of this case, due to the investigative work done by the Anti Rackets Branch (ABR) and the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) who are still doing local investigations.

The ABR appear to have lost their tongues; the person we talked to said someone would get back to us.

We heard from the HRPS asking what we knew. We referred them to the Gazette where we have reported consistently on this case well before the Mayor made it a police matter.

Everything you want to know is still on the web site.

The disturbing part of all this is that the Mayor is releasing information that should be public knowledge. The first bit of information on Baird and the Provincial Police came out in an OPP media release saying they were looking for Baird.

Is the Mayor of Burlington now the mouth piece for the OPP? How long has the Mayor had this information? And who gave it to her?

There is an interesting cast of characters on the stage. A former Mayor, a former Member of Parliament and a former candidate for Mayor and Regional Chair.

The question is – who put Baird up to creating numbered corporations and what is he prepared to tell the police? Or was a developer with a development application before Local Planning Act Tribunal (LPAT) the cheque book behind all this?

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Police looking for a missing 29 year old Female from Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

January 4th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Burlington female.

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Samantha Jean Allen was last seen on December 13, 2019

Samantha Jean Allen was last seen on December 13, 2019, leaving her residence which is in the area of Headon Road and Headon Forest Drive in the City of Burlington during the day.

Samantha is female white, 29 years of age, 5’6″, thin, approximately 125bs, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Family members are becoming increasingly concerned for her well-being as they have not been able to contact her.

Samantha is believed to know that she has been reported missing and police only desire to meet with her in person to ensure that she is okay.

ALLEN's AcuraSamantha was last seen driving away in a Black 2010 Acura TL – 4 door sedan with Ontario License Plates – BVPW137. Vehicle has tinted windows and tail lights. Vehicle also has silver winter rims currently on the vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding Samantha’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Constable Eric Asmuth of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2313 or the on duty Staff Sergeant at ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

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Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault and Assault Charges Laid Against Burlington Male

Crime 100By Staff

December 23rd, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On December 20, 2019, members of the Halton Regional Police Service’s Child Abuse and Sexual Assault (CASA) Unit, with support from the Emergency Services Unit (including Tactical and Canine officers) and additional investigative officers, arrested a 58 year-old male for multiple offences, including human trafficking, sexual assault, and assault.

HRPS crestThese offences are alleged to have taken place in the City of Burlington and the Town of Milton between January 2006 and December 2019, and involved more than one victim.

Accused:
Mohan “Jarry” AHLOWALIA (58) of Burlington is charged with the following:

• Assault x7
• Assault with a Weapon
• Sexual Assault
• Uttering Threats
• Extortion
• Trafficking in Persons (Forced Labour)
• Receive a Material Benefit from Trafficking in Persons (Forced Labour)
• Unsafe Storage/ Transportation of a Firearm
• Contravention of a Storage of a Firearm
• Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
• Firearm in a Vehicle
• Possession of a Prohibited Firearm
• Possession of a Prohibited Weapon without a Licence

The accused is known to use a number of aliases, including: Gerry AHOLOWALIA, Jarry Mohan AHLOWALIA, Jarry AWALIA, Mohan J. WALIA, M.J. AWALIA, Jarry AHLUWALIA, Mohan AHUWALIA, Jarry A’WALIA, and Jarry WALIA.

Investigators believe there are community members who may have any additional information pertaining to this investigation and they are asked to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault (CASA) Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 8970.

Be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Due to the fact this investigation is ongoing, no further details will be provided regarding this investigation.

Every person has the right to feel safe in our community.

Victims of violence and/or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service. The following is a list of valuable support services and resources in Halton region for victims of violence and/or sexual assault:

• Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit 905-825-4777
• Nina’s Place Sexual Assault and Domestic Assault Care Centre 905-336-4116 or 905-681-4880
• Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) 905-875-1555 (24-hour crisis line)
• Radius Child & Youth Services 905-825-3242 (Oakville) or 1-855-744-9001
• Kid’s Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24-hour crisis line)
• THRIVE Counselling 905-845-3811 or 905-637-5256

Traffickers need customers – some attention needs to be paid to the people who deal with human traffickers.

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The scammers never stop. Be vigilant. If it looks fishy - it is.

Crime 100By Staff

December 22, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

For those who don’t believe in honest work – the chance to scam someone is something they can’t resist.  This message came to us from:

Amazon <noreply-in-support.d79tqzglfbf90awhp@app.mailbox.com

The following came our way.

There is something unusual in your account, you are trying to buy a gift card with no known security and avoid a danger.

We inform your account on the close. We request information that this is you. account.amazon.com.

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• Device : Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:50.0)

• IP : 184.154.83.119

• Date : 12/21/2019 04:48:55 am

amazon scam

The scammers never stop. Be vigilant. If it looks fishy – it is.

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Criminal code charges laid against Sean Baird may impact a lot of vested interests in the city.

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

December 18th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The announcement that the police had a warrant to arrest Sean Baird may have had a number of people putting in calls to their lawyers.

Baird created a number of Ontario Corporations that were registered as Third Party advertisers during the 2018 municipal election that made Marianne Meed Ward the Mayor.

The Gazette was unable to elicit any comment from Sean Baird during that election – he basically said he had nothing to say.

Baird photo

Posters, reminding people to consider anonymously reporting criminal activity are being posted in Burlington bars and restaurants in a joint initiative between Crime Stoppers of Halton and the Burlington Restaurant Association. Taking part in the program’s launch are: front row from left, Const. Lad Butkovic, Karla Madge, Det. Const. Paul Proteau, Barry Glazier, Crime Stoppers of Halton Executive Director Dianne Hartwick and Mike Marcolin; back row from left, Ted Kindos, Sean Baird, Brian Dean, Burlington Restaurant Association President Craig Kowalchuk, Gene Quondamatteo, Mike Coles and Andrea Dodd. Baird is circled in red.

The election, one of the messiest Burlington has seen in some time, pitted a lot of vested interests against a public that wanted to retain the look and feel of the city, especially the downtown core where high rise condominium development applications were flooding the city’s Planning Department.

Police react to complaints – in Ontario they don’t go looking for infractions that might have taken place during an election.

Someone has to put information before them – then they take action.

Other than a concerned citizen – there were just three people who would have taken a complaint to the police.

We do know that the Halton Regional Police Service received a complaint and that they turned to the Ontario Provincial Police for help.

The charges that were laid came out of an investigation by the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch, with the assistance of investigators from Halton Regional Police. The Regional Police would not have a lot of experience or depth with this type of criminal offence.

The Provincial Police were asked to, in the language the police use, take carriage of the complaint.

The charges laid include:

Uttering a Forged Document – Contrary to section 368(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Fraud over $5000 – Contrary to section 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Corrupt Practice (four counts) – Contrary to the Municipal Elections Act.

The question on the minds of many is: Who took the complaint to the police and what were the police given in the way of information or evidence?

The Gazette published the names of the Third Party advertisers – they were all numbered companies, registered by Sean Baird. It was the Gazette that brought that information to the public.

Baird wasn’t running for public office –is it  reasonable to assume that he was acting on behalf of someone ?  Who?

When the police eventually locate and arrest Baird (at last report the police were still looking for him), he will be interrogated and then arraigned in Court at which point everything is public.

It will be interesting to learn who will defend Baird.

Related news stories:

The numbered companies

Arrest warrant issued for Sean Baird

Hanky panky during the 2018  election campaign.

The Baird numbered companies.

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Provincial Police issue arrest warrant for Sean Baird; charged with serious Criminal Code offenses.

Crime 100By Staff

December 16th, 20119

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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Marianne Meed Ward celebrating her election win in October 2018

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward announced this morning that she was pleased to learn that the Ontario Provincial Police issued warrants for the arrest of Sean Baird, a Burlington restaurant operator.

Baird was charged with

· Uttering a Forged Document – Contrary to section 368(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

· Fraud over $5000 – Contrary to section 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

· Corrupt Practice (four counts) – Contrary to the Municipal Elections Act.

Baird was a third party advertiser during the 2018 municipal election. During that election the Gazette identified Baird as the person behind several numbered corporations that were registered as a Third Party Advertiser.

At that time the Gazette was unable to identify which candidate Baird was working on behalf of.

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Mike Wallace was a candidate for Mayor in the 2018 municipal election

Goldring campaign picture

Rick Goldring was a candidate for Mayor in the 2018 municipal election.

Marianne Meed Ward was running against Rick Goldring, Mike Wallace and Greg Woodruff.  Meed Ward won by a respectable margin.

There was some pretty dirty politics in 2018. Meed Ward wasn’t prepared to let it go and appears to have taken the matter to the Halton Regional Police who turned to the Ontario Provincial Police who investigated and eventually laid charges.

In her statement the Mayor said she “welcomes the news that criminal charges have been laid against and an arrest warrant issued, for Sean Baird, a third-party advertiser that targeted my mayoral campaign in the 2018 municipal election.”

The Provincial Police, in their media release said: “In December 2018, the OPP received a request for assistance from the Halton Regional Police Service. The request was made in relation to allegations of improprieties during the 2018 Mayoral Election in the City of Burlington.

As a result of the investigation, the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch, with the assistance of investigators from Halton Regional Police, have charged Sean BAIRD, 47, who was not involved in the Meed Ward campaign.

The Provincial Police add: “Any person with information regarding the whereabouts of this person is requested to contact the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

Sean Baird appears to be a fugitive from justice.

There are going to be a number of nervous 2018 mayoralty candidates – Baird was working for someone.

Related news stories:

Six numbered corporations registered as Third Party Advertisers.

Baird owns several numbered corporations.

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Can you identify this suspect? Call the police or Crime Stoppers.

Crime 100By Staff

December 12th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

He may not have wanted his picture taken – the police now want to take a clearer picture and get his fingerprints on paper as well.

The Halton Regional Police Service are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect.

On October 12, 2018, cash and credit and debit cards were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the lot of a Boston Pizza location in Burlington. The tap feature on the stolen cards was used to make several fraudulent transactions in the area.

Surveillance footage from the retail locations shows the same suspect in each transaction. The suspect is described as male, white between 28 and 40 years of age. He is approximately 5’6″ to 5’9” tall with an average build. He has black hair and is clean shaven. He was seen wearing a grey baseball cap with no logo, a dark grey long sleeved shirt, black pants and black shoes.

Suspect 2 Dec 12

Can you identify this man? Call the police directly or call Crime Stoppers. A friendly wave on the right after making a purchase with someone else’s credit card.

Suspect 3 Dec 12Suspect 4 Dec 12Suspect 1 Dec 12Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Christine McKenzie in 3 District (Burlington) at 905-878-5511 ext. 7393.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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