Youth arrested on four charges of arson in the Palmer Drive - Newlands Crescent part of the city.

Crime 100By Staff

August 28th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Police have arrested a 17 year old for setting four fires in the Palmer Drive – Newlands Crescent part of the city.

On August 27th 2017 at approximately 4:00am, members of the Halton Regional Police Service and Burlington Fire Department responded to a series of deliberately set fires in the area where fired had been intentionally set to several items stored outside four different homes.

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Fire truck responding to a fire in the Palmer Drive part of the city previously.

The smell of smoke was initially detected by a homeowner after a decorative wreath was set on fire.

The wreath was displayed on the front door of the house. There was minor damage sustained to the house as a result of the fire.

At nearby homes, fire also destroyed a ski-doo and damaged a fence as well as miscellaneous other property items. Four homes, in total, were involved.

The person arrested, a 17 year old Burlington resident, cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The youth is currently accused:

• Arson (damage to property) (4 Counts)
• Fail to comply Recognizance

The youth was held in custody and is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on August 28th at the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton.

Anyone who has information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Scott Feddema at 905-825-4747 ext. 2372.

Tips can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers; “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.crimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Male in serious condition after jumping from a moving car; police want to talk to witnesses.

News 100 blueBy Staff

August 28th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Police are seeking witnesses to an incident that occurred downtown Burlington in the early morning hours of Monday August 21st 2017 when a 24-year-old Burlington man seriously injured after jumping from moving car.

HRPS crestSometime between midnight and 3:00 am on the 21st, two Burlington men were walking to a vehicle parked on Ontario Street just west of Brant Street,

One of the men started an altercation with three unknown males near City Hall. After the altercation was quickly broken up, the two original men continued to their car and began to drive either west on Ontario Street towards Maple Avenue, or possibly south on Locus Street towards Elgin.

Shortly after the car began to drive away, the 24-year-old male that started the altercation, jumped out of the passenger side of the moving car and struck his head on the roadway surface. The male was knocked unconscious.

The driver of the car, and the three men involved in the earlier altercation, placed the injured man back into the car so he could be driven to Joseph Brant Hospital.

The man remains in hospital at this time with a serious head injury.

The incident was reported to police August 26th.

Police would like to speak with the three men who helped the injured party into the 4-door black Nissan and to any witnesses that may have observed the incident, or any businesses that may have captured the incident on security cameras.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Constable Chris HEFFERNAN of the Halton Regional Police Service Collision Reconstruction unit at 905-825-4747 extension 5420. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Suspect doesn't appear to understand gas stations have security cameras.

Crime 100By Staff

August 25th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Police in Burlington are seeking assistance from the public to identify one person responsible for forcing entry into a vehicle, stealing items including a wallet and later using stolen credit cards at several businesses in the Hamilton area.

Overnight between August 12th to 13th 2017, the suspect forced open the driver’s door of a vehicle on Angus Court, in Burlington to gain entry. Once inside, the suspect rummaged through the glove-box and removed the vehicle owner’s wallet.

Shortly after 8:00 AM on August 13th 2017, the suspect used the stolen credit cards at a Pioneer Gas Station near Woodward Avenue and Barton St in Hamilton.

Suspect:  white male, 25-35 years of wearing a New England Patriots baseball cap, black t-shirt and black shorts.

Theft suspect 1

Someone is going to recognize this young man – Hopefully it will not be his Mother.

Suspect 2

Close up of the suspect.

Theft from autos continues to be a concern in Burlington and police would like to remind the public to ensure their vehicles are locked and avoid leaving valuables inside and/or in plain view. Police also encourage citizens to report any suspicious persons.

Anyone who can identify this suspect are encouraged to contact Detective Constable Tyler Freeman of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Residential Crime Team at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2363. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Police want to know if anyone in Burlington had any dealings with a male arrested for scamming people in Oakville.

Crime 100By Staff

August 25th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Regional police thought that most of the scams took place in Oakville but decided to cast the net a little wider and are asking Burlington residents if they have had any dealings with a male who was arrested and charged with:

Fraud Under $5000 x 9

Fraud Over $5000 x 1

HRPS crestHalton Regional Police are seeking the public’s assistance to speak with Burlington residents who may be victim’s and had contact with Elwood Bowler on their property to complete eaves trough repair, tree cutting, roofing or other home maintenance.

Police are investigating one known occurrence in the City of Burlington and believe there may be more victims who paid for contractor services they did not receive. Bowler generally targeted older adult home owners in Halton Region.

The arrest was the result of a seven month fraud investigation involving a male posing as a handyman.
This male canvassed his victims by traveling door-to-door and offering such services as eaves trough cleaning and offering to conduct miscellaneous work such as chimney repair.

On multiple occasions this male retained cash deposits for the promised jobs which he failed to complete. This male generally targeted the older adult population.

On August 23, 2017 Elwood BOWLER (54 years) from Toronto was arrested and charged.

Anyone who may have information pertaining to this investigation is asked to please contact the Elders Investigator, Detective Constable Tim Nichols at 905-825-4747 ext. 2214.

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Guelph Line dental office broken into twice on the same day.

Crime 100By Staff

August 21st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A dental office on Guelph Line was entered twice on the same day – the suspect did not have an appointment – the offices were closed.

The Halton Police are currently investigating the Break and Enter that occurred on the 22nd of July 2017 at 2501 Guelph line Burlington ON.

Dental break and enter

The watcher was being watched.

Halton Police are currently looking to the public for assistance in identifying the person of interest who was observed entering the closed dental office on two separate occasions on the same day.

Any information please contact Detective Constable Colin MACLEOD of the Commercial Crime Team at 905-825-4747 Ext 2357 or Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca /a>; or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

 

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Very significant increase in fraudulent phone calls to Burlington residents by phony gas line inspectors.

Crime 100By Staff

August 21st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There has been a rash of unsavory types calling Burlington residents claiming they are from the city, or from one of the utility companies and need to do an inspection of the residence.

The Halton Regional Police Service and the city of Burlington combined received over 200 calls from people concerned about the legitimacy of these inspection requests from August 4 to August 15, 2017.

Several males were observed attending residences outside the pre-set appointment times. These males did not represent the City of Burlington. They were reportedly requesting to do home energy audits.

The City of Burlington and Union Gas employees do not go door-to-door unless in an emergency situation and would often be with the Halton Regional Police Service or Burlington Fire Department.

Residents of Halton Region are reminded to be vigilant and attentive regarding to whom they speak with on the phone and companies they contract for service.

Residents should ask questions, review and receive a written contract for products and services, and only deal with reputable companies they have sought out themselves.

Union Gas does not sell natural gas appliances or provide maintenance services for natural gas appliances.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraud, please contact the HRPS Regional Fraud Unit at 905-465-8741.

Key contact is: Detective Constable Derek Gray, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau – Elder Abuse and Frauds. Tel: 905-825-4747 ext.2344

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca; or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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City hallis not calling you to check your gas or water meter - those are fraudulent calls. Hang up!

News 100 redBy Staff

August 9th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If someone calls you, s6ays they are from the city and asks to make an appointment to come to your home and inspect water and gas meters inside your home – you should know the call is fraudulent – the city isn’t going to call and offer to help you.

That is not the business municipal governments are in

The city continues to receive reports of phone calls being received by Burlington residents from an individual claiming to be a City of Burlington employee. The caller asks residents to set up an appointment time to inspect water and gas meters inside their homes. These are fraudulent phone calls

Residents who have called the number displayed on their call display got the “number not in service” message.
The fraud unit at Halton Regional Police Service as well as Halton Region and Union Gas have been notified.

The city is also posting information on its social media sites about the fraudulent calls.

If it looks too good to be true – you should know it isn’t. Municipal governments don’t call citizens – they do respond to citizen complaints.

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Police investigation ongoing into Stabbing at Burlington's Solid Gold adult entertainment establishment on Plains Road.

Crime 100By Staff

August 7th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It was clearly a difference of opinion that got out of hand.

Solid Gold imageEight people on the street outside the Solid Gold nightclub located at 53 Plains Road East in Burlington got into a fight that had the police responding at approximately 12:30am on Sunday August 6th 2017 ,

During the fight, one of the suspects used a small pocket knife to stab two other people involved in the fight. Those people have been treated at hospital for minor injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.

Detectives have since identified each of the persons involved in the incident and are continuing conduct interviews and investigation into this matter.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the altercation or may have any information concerning this incident to contact Detective Joe Barr of the #3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2385. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Police arrest two males for theft from autos in North Burlington; they were fleeing the scene in a taxi.

Crime 100By Staff

August 3rd, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

Late in July at very close to 2:30 AM on a Friday police received a call from a citizen who observed two males break into a neighbour’s car in the area of Millcroft Park Drive and Sarazen Dr. in Burlington.

Police arrived and observed two males matching the suspect’s descriptions leaving the area in the back of a taxi.

The taxi was stopped and the two males were arrested and found to have a quantity of stolen property that had been taken from numerous vehicles in the Millcroft, Headon Forest and Alton Village Communities of North Burlington.

Police also located a set of keys that were linked to a Dodge Ram that had been stolen from Deer Run Avenue and later located on Minvera Way in Alton Village (Burlington).

Kameron ARSENAULT (18-yrs) of Burlington and a 17 year-old male youth who cannot be named because of his age were held for bail charged with the following offences:

• Theft Under $5000
• Possession of property obtained by crime (6 counts)
• Possession of break-in instruments
• Break and enter
• Theft of motor vehicle

• The 17-year-old male faces additional charges of breaching recognizance and fail to comply with disposition.

Anyone who may have information pertaining to theft from autos are asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825 4747 ext. 2316, Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS, through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Police are reminding the public of the following prevention tips:

• Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are kept locked/secure
• Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
• Park in a well-lit and attended areas whenever possible
• Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
• If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk. Don’t tempt thieves by leaving packages or purses in plain view or on the seat.
• Remove GPS navigation and cell phone devices & power cords from view when not in your vehicle
• Consider installing CCTV / Surveillance cameras which can capture the crime and aid in suspect identification
Help police catch those responsible by keeping an eye out in your communities and immediately reporting any suspicious activity

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CIBC bank on Fairview robbed just before noon. No one injured, three fled in a black sedan.

Crime 100By Staff

August 1st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The CIBC bank on Fairview was robbed this morning when two men jumped on the counter inside the bank and threatened to shoot employees unless they were given cash.

It was approximately 11:20 AM.

HRPS crestThe robbers were given an undisclosed amount of money and ran from the bank to a waiting vehicle described as a black sedan being operated by a third suspect.

The vehicle was last seen traveling northbound on Appleby Line. No weapons were observed and no persons were injured.

The suspect descriptions are as follows:

Suspect #1 – Male, black, approximately 5’9″ tall, slim build wearing dark track pants, dark jacket with white shoulders and a dark hood with a scarf covering his face, white running shoes and white gloves/

Suspect #2 – Male black, approximately 5’11” tall, slim build, dark track pants, grey hoody with a bandana covering his face, white gloves and white running shoes, carrying a black gym bag.

Suspect #3 – wearing a hoody.

Anyone with information are encouraged to contact Detective Constable Jack Olewniczak – Three District Criminal Investigations Bureau, at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2364. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Crime Stoppers - just how it operates and the changes taking place in how they work with and inform the community.

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

August 1st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Everyone has heard of Crime Stoppers.

It is an international organization and one of the bigger tools available to the police.

It is an organization that gets information on criminal activity and makes it available to the police without telling the police where the information came from. Its strength is the anonymity that applies to all the information it gets.

Except for an administrative person who handles the telephone and takes care of the paper work Crime Stoppers is a totally volunteer run operation.

Shred event - Cal + Jodie cash

Halton Crime Stoppers chair Cal Millar with HRPS liaison officer Detective Jodi Richmond at the most successful shredding event ever held in Burlington,

Almost every community of any size has Crime Stoppers organization. In Halton Cal Millar, a retired journalist, is the current chair and is supported by a three member executive along with seven directors.

Jan Westcott is the vice-chair, Roger Alfaro, treasurer and Doug Maybee the past chair

Directors are: David Woodm, Ron van der Steen, Wally Trapler, Jane Miller, Rod Piukkala, Bob Maich and Corey Evans.

The Halton Regional Police assign an officer to act as liaison with Crime Stoppers. That liaison person is Detective Constable Jodi Richmond who recently attended a number of conferences and training sessions where she met with people doing the same job in different jurisdictions.

In Halton Region the TIPS go to a secure telephone line that prevents the Crime Stoppers staff from knowing who is calling or what number the call is coming from. All they get is the area code and the first three digits of the number a call is coming from.

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Detective Constable Jodi Richmond, police liaison. with Halton Crime Stoppers

The Crime Stoppers staff person takes the call and notes the information which she gives to the police liaison officer, Jodi Richmond. A caller is never asked to identify themselves.

Depending on the type of criminal event that is being reported Richmond puts in a call to the relevant division of the HRPS and they take the matter from there. All the police have is information about what a caller thinks is a criminal event.

It could be something to do with a driver behaving erratically behind the wheel of a car or the witnessing of an assault or witnessing a theft taking place.

Richmond knows all there is to know about every department within the police service and can be in instant contact with the appropriate people.

During her training Richmond learned that in the United States the Crime Stoppers operation is driven by the rewards. More than 90% of the calls the Americans get is from people who want and expect to receive the reward that is available. In Canada Richmond said, less than 5% of the reward money is claimed.

In Canadian jurisdictions the information received goes directly to the appropriate police department. Richmond said that in many American communities the Crime Stoppers operation gets involved in some of the early investigation work.

In Canada Crime Stoppers depends on local media to get their message out. The Gazette worked with Crime Stoppers on getting the message out to the public about their annual sensitive document shredding event.

Shred event Beast

The star of every shredding event is a truck that shreds documents on location. It was filled to capacity at the June shredding event in Burlington.

The June event raised more in the way of way of donations than any previous shredding event and shredded more paper than they have ever done in the past.

Richmond told of the way several American Crime Stoppers organizations are working more tightly with the police on getting information and warnings out to the public.

Some jurisdictions have electronic kiosks strategically place in communities where information is sent to the kiosk electronically and can be updated in minutes.

Crime Stoppes kiosks

American law enforcement agencies work with Crime Stoppers and have electronic kiosks that are fed information via the internet alerting the public of people who are wanted by the police.

Thus, explained Richmond let the police get information on very fluid situations out to the public immediately. It is a little like the Amber Alert used to alert the public when a child has gone missing.

The kiosks have a lot more information and the ability to use photographs. Some American jurisdictions talk of having kiosks at every supermarket.

Cal Millar, chair of Halton Crime Stoppers said he looks forward to raising the profile of the organization and to continue to work with the public to play a role in the apprehension of criminals and at the same time to work with strategic partners to be part of the process of educating the public on the increasing sophistication of the criminal element.

The size of the financial losses people suffer because of Identity Theft and internet based scams where the police struggle to keep up with the latest wrinkle is daunting.

Apprehension is a large part of the work the police do – Crime Stoppers will continue to be involved in helping the police catch criminals – what they would like to do as well is educate the public about just what it is the criminals are doing and prevent some of the crimes that in some cases clean people out financially.

The Gazette will follow up the article with how people get involved with the organization as volunteers.

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There are thieves out there who will first try to scare you and then tell you how to solve your tax problem. Hang up on them.

Crime 100By Staff

July 28, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In the last week Halton Regional Police Service have seen another variation of the commonly known CRA scam.
Victims are being told that they have outstanding debt with the CRA and in order to avoid arrest they are now being directed to local “BITCOIN” ATM machines to deposit cash funds into anonymous digital wallets, thinking that they are paying off the alleged debt and avoiding arrest.

HRPS crestInvestigation into one such digital wallet revealed that 17 deposits had been made in one 24hr period, with an equivalent amount being $11,900 dollars USA. The source of all these deposits is not known, but police suspect they are all victims to fraud related scams.

Many people will have no idea what a “digital wallet” is. The cardinal rule is that if it doesn’t sound right to you – then it is probably wrong. If in doubt – don’t.

The Halton police would like to again warn the public about the CRA scam and remind them that the CRA would never ask for payment to be made through gift cards or Bitcoin and would never use the phone as a first point of contact when dealing with clients.

If contacted by the CRA in such a manor police recommend hanging up the phone, and if in any doubt to source the true number for the CRA and make your own enquiries about the status of your account. Do not call the caller back on any phone numbers that they themselves have provided you.

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Halton has retained its distinction as Canada’s safest regional municipality with a population of 100,000; spends $144 million doing the job using 658 uniformed officers.

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 26, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Halton Region Retains Distinction as Canada’s Safest for Eighth Straight Year

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is pleased to announce that Halton has retained its distinction as Canada’s safest regional municipality with a population of 100,000 or more for the eighth straight year, according to Statistics Canada’s annual report on crime in Canada. The report, entitled “Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2016”, provides a detailed overview of crime statistics as reported by police services across the country.

According to the recently-released data, Halton Region:

HRPS crest• Had the lowest Crime Severity Index* (CSI), Violent Crime Severity Index and Non-Violent Crime Severity Index when compared to Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services;

• Maintained the lowest values for each of the indices for eight straight reporting years (2009 – 2016);

• Had the lowest overall crime rate, violent crime rate, and property crime rate among Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services;

• Had the highest weighted clearance rate (49.8 per cent) of the same ‘Big 12’.

Nationally, Halton ranked 298 out of a total of 305 police services in terms of its overall Crime Severity Index. Only seven communities in Canada with populations greater than 10,000 have lower overall CSI values.

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Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner

“This longstanding distinction could not be achieved without the continuous efforts of our uniform officers and the support of, and strong partnerships with, Halton’s citizens – the true ambassadors of our great Region”, said Stephen Tanner, Chief of Police. “Through effective and efficient police operations and citizen engagement, we are well positioned to maintain our reputation as Canada’s safest regional municipality to live, work, raise a family and retire for many years to come.”

The Regional Police force budget is $144,940,030. As of June they have 695 Sworn Members and 279 Civilian Members.

A detailed overview of crime statistics by type and district was published last month as part of the Service’s 2016 Annual Report. The report is available online at www.haltonpolice.ca under Services -> Publications.

Policing fundamentals such as crime prevention and enforcement remained a mainstay of everyday operations in 2016, HRPS has enhanced its capacity to serve members of the public through new, community-based approaches to issues related to traffic, crime, mental health and addiction, crime prevention and vulnerable persons.

This innovative and integrated strategy is the foundation of Halton’s Community Safety and Well-being Plan, which the Service has been developing in collaboration with its valued community partners, and which is slated to officially launch later this year.

HRPS is committed to a Community First policing philosophy that focuses on incorporating the four pillars of (community) safety and well-being into Service priorities: Emergency Response, Risk Intervention, Prevention, and Social Development. More information can be found at www.haltonpolice.ca under Community or by following @HaltonPolice on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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Regional Police partner with other forces to combat street racing and aggressive driving; lay more than 100 charges.

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 24, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has partnered with officers from the O.P.P., Toronto Police Service, Peel Regional Police, York Regional Police, Ministry of the Environment (Vehicle Emissions Enforcement Unit) and Ministry of Transportation Halton Enforcement Team to combat street racing and aggressive driving in Halton.  During the crackdown a Ferrari was seized.

Police - impounded vehicle being loaded

A Lamborghini Huracan valued at approximately $230,000.00 and a McLaren Spider valued at approximately $260,000.00 were stopped by Police at Guelph Line and Colling Road in Burlington during a May 2016 crackdown.

Officers from participating services were supported by uniform Halton members as they patrolled the Towns of Milton and Halton Hills, Oakville and the City of Burlington from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on the 21st of July.

This joint effort to combat street racing and aggressive driving (dubbed Project ERASE) is part of a commitment by GTA policing partners to work together in 2017 and beyond.

Friday’s enforcement blitz was one of three planned GTA-wide joint operations that will take place this year to deter, disrupt and detect illegal racing activities that place all road users at risk.

More than one hundred charges were laid over the course of the six-hour initiative. One stunting charge resulted in a Ferrari being seized and the driver receiving a seven-day licence suspension.

A breakdown of the most significant charges laid is as follows:

• 48 Speeding
• 5 Distracted driving
• 2 Careless driving
• 1 Suspended driving
• 8 vehicles inspected with one being taken out of service
• 1 driver received a roadside suspension for providing a “warn” range BAC sample into an approved screening device

Members of the public are encouraged to call 9-1-1 if to report vehicles racing or driving aggressively.

Motorists are reminded that community safety is a shared responsibility and road users need to eliminate distractions, obey traffic control signals and speed limits and drive according to traffic, road and weather conditions.

Citizen wishing to report a traffic concern can do so by visiting www.haltonpolice.ca and submitting an online Traffic Complaint.

Project ERASE reflects HRPS’ Community First policing philosophy that focuses on incorporating the four pillars of (community) safety and well-being into Service priorities: Emergency Response, Risk Intervention, Prevention, and Social Development. More information can be found at www.haltonpolice.ca under Community or by following @HaltonPolice on Twitter or Facebook.

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Rattle Snake Point Golf Club fined $50,000 + 25% victim fine surcharge. Worker injured while operating a wood chipping machine

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 24th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Clublink Corporation ULC, a corporation that owns and operates the Rattle Snake Point Golf Club in Milton was fined $50,000 after a young worker was injured by a wood chipper.

On May 27, 2015, two Clublink workers were operating a wood chipper at the golf club. The first worker started the chipper and began feeding wood while the second looked for a place to put down a coffee cup. Placing the cup near a vent on the back of the chipper, the second worker tried to feel if air was coming out of the vent that would knock the cup over. The second worker’s hand was pulled into the vent and injured.

Rattle snake Point golf club

Rattle snake point golf course club house.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that a guard that should have prevented access to the vent was not in place at the time of the incident. This was in violation of section 25(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Clublink Corporation ULC was fined $50,000 by Justice of the Peace Margot McLeod. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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Regional police want to hear from victims of sexual assault - review of how sexual assault cases are handled is being done - public input is vital

News 100 redBy Staff

July 24th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Services Board passed a resolution at its February 23, 2017 meeting that the Board undertake a review of how sexual assault cases are handled by the Halton Regional Police Service, including policies and procedures and the classification of sexual assault occurrences.

HRPS crestThe resolution further set out that the Board undertake this work in collaboration with local community and justice partners. The ultimate goal of the review is to ensure victims of sexual assault are provided a timely and dignified response, the best support possible from the police service, and that the process is comprehensive, fair and respectful.

As part of the review, the team is seeking comments from sexual assault survivors on the treatment their cases received. This information is crucial to the work of the review team and will help inform its findings. It is the intent of the review team to submit a supplementary report to the Halton Regional Police Services Board by the end of fall 2017 that captures survivor feedback – individual input will remain anonymous in the report.

Specifically, the review team is seeking answers to the following two questions:

1. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and reported the crime to the Halton Regional Police Service, what was your experience?

2. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and chose not to report the incident to the Halton Regional Police Service, what were the reasons why?

Individuals are invited to provide input directly to Julie Moscato, Executive Director of the Halton Regional Police Services Board by July 31, 2017.

This input can be provided by phone (905-825-4747 Ext. 5014), by email (Julie.Moscato@haltonpolice.ca), by letter (addressed to 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON, L6M 3L1), or in person, by appointment, with Julie Moscato.

Feedback can also be submitted through an anonymous online form by clicking here or copying the link into your browser:  https://www.haltonpolice.ca/about/psb/sexualassaultreview.php .

If individuals would like support while providing input, they may wish to contact any of the agencies listed below, who are also a part of the Sexual Assault Case Handling Review Team. These agencies will also accept input into the review.

Nina’s Place, The Regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre, Joseph Brant Hospital –
905-681-4880,

Thrive Counselling – 905 845-3811 Ext.117,

Halton Women’s Place – 905-332-7892 or 905-878-8970, or

The Victim Services Unit of the Halton Regional Police Service – 905-825-4810.

If individuals are unable to provide input by July 31, 2017, input will be accepted on an ongoing basis as part of a continued commitment to ensuring the voices of survivors are heard.

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Mall patron sexually assaulted - police arrest a suspect.

Crime 100By Staff

July 22, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit have concluded an investigation into an incident of sexual assault.

The assault took place at Mall in Burlington on July 4, 2017. At approximately 7:00 p.m. on that date, an adult female was shopping in the mall when she was approached by a male. A short conversation ensued in the mall, followed by the accused sexually assaulting the female.

HRPS crestThe accused fled on foot once a passersby was alerted by the female. As a result of an investigation, police identified Ramesh Kukreja, 51 years, of Burlington.

Kukreja was arrested on July 20, 2017 and is charged with one count of sexual assault.

Anyone with information relating to this incident, or other incidents of sexual assault are encouraged to contact Detective Constable Adam Groulx at 905-465-8976 of the Halton Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Someone gives someone else more than $5000 to get them a job on a police force.

Crime 100By Staff

July 19, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Last week, the Halton Regional Police received a complaint about an attempted employment scam that occurred during 2014.

The accused, Jagjit SINGH (51 years of Oakville), became acquainted through their mutual association in a religious group. During their contact, SINGH claimed to be a member of the Toronto Police Service. The victim was told that, in exchange for a sum of money, SINGH would be able to secure employment for him with the Police.

HRPS crestAfter the money was exchanged, SINGH provided various excuses for the delays and the lack of an employment offer.

Detectives believe that SINGH has attempted the same scam with other persons where he may have offered other employment opportunities (also fraudulent) with the Ford Motor Company. Investigators encourage those who may have been victimized to come forward.

Citizens are reminded to be extremely cautious with promises of advantage in any employment situation. Legitimate employment opportunities will NEVER involve the exchange of money.

Jagjit SINGH has been charged with Fraud Over $5000 and Personating a Peace Officer and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton on Wednesday August 16th 2017.

The police take great exception to anyone who tries to impersonate a police officer – they make sure they protect the brand. Jagjit SINGH will soon find out just how tough the Courts are this kind of offence.

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Halton Regional Police Service investigating purse robbery on New Street

Crime 100By Staff

July 13, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On Tuesday July 11th 2017 just before noon, in broad daylight, an elderly woman was at a plaza at 2421 New Street, Burlington when an unknown male suspect approached her from behind and demanded that she give him her purse.

The plaza, on the north side of New Street Line and west of Guelph Line, is small with little in the way of traffic, meant there were few people around to witness the crime.

HRPS crestThe suspect grabbed the purse from the victim and a struggle ensued with the victim being knocked to the ground and hitting her head.

The purse strap broke and the suspect left with the victim’s purse on a bicycle riding towards New Street. A search of the area was conducted; however the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as male, white, in his 20’s, 5’9″-6’0″ tall wearing a baseball hat and black Champion running shoes.

This type of crime in a city with the number of seniors it has can be terrifying – hopefully the police will increase their visual presence in the city giving seniors, especially women, a sense of being safe.

The Halton police are pretty good at catching criminals – hopefully the judge that convicts the man will hand out an appropriate sentence. The slaps on the wrist aren’t enough for this type of crime.

Anyone with information about this robbery are asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team at 905-825 4747 ext. 2343, Crime Stoppers “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimesoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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It was pretty wild for a time yesterday at the Motel 6 on the North Service Road

Crime 100By Staff

July 12th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police have released an update on the shot that was fired in the parking lot of Motel 6 on the North Service Road.

It all started on Tuesday at just after 3:00 in the morning when a male suspect went to the reception desk, opened a knapsack and displayed a handgun to an employee and demanded access to a room where the male believed a female acquaintance was staying.

The suspect was given access to the room which turned out to be unoccupied at the time. The suspect then fled the area in what was described only as a silver hatchback vehicle. Police were called but the suspect and vehicle were not located.

Motel 6

Motel 6 on the North Service Road.

At approximately 11:25 AM, the suspect returned to Motel 6 where he confronted the female acquaintance and ended up chasing her on foot through the motel. The female ran to a vehicle in the parking lot which was occupied by one of her associates.

The suspect was then seen holding a handgun and threatened to kill the female. The suspect then shot one round towards the female which hit the front hood of the vehicle while she was sitting in the front passenger seat. The female and her associate then sped away in an attempt to escape but were chased by the suspect who had entered a vehicle.

The suspect continued to chase the female and her associate at high rates of speed for approximately 2 kilometres before he fled the area but not before a witness obtained the licence plate and provided it to police.
Police responded to the Motel 6 to investigate the shooting and also to the area of Mainway and Dillon Rd. in Burlington where the female and her associate fled to in the vehicle that had been shot. No injuries were sustained by anyone.

At approximately 4:30 PM, investigators located the suspect and the vehicle in an underground parking garage on Main Street West in Hamilton. The suspect, 28 year-old James Kohne PHIXAKOUNE of Hamilton was arrested without incident and returned to Burlington and held for bail charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm.

On the morning of July 12th 2017, investigators located the involved handgun after executing a search warrant and the suspects’ residence and the vehicle he was operating.

PHIXAKOUNE has since been remanded into custody and will appear next in Milton Court on Friday July 14th 2017 at which time additional charges are expected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Barr of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2385 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-TIPS (8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637.

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