Annual Police Day - Saturday May 13th at police HQ in Oakville - a fine family event.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 8th, 2017



It’s an annual event – the 18th and an occasion when the police pull out all the stops and show the public what they do and how they do it.

With robot device

Mini robots will be on display.

Much of the equipment the police have to serve and protect a community is on display. There will be demonstrations where police officers work with a member of the K9 unit.

police dog running

K9 unit on patrol

Takes place Saturday May 13th between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m at HRPS Headquarters 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.

Rain or Shine: No Pets Please.

There will be HMC Connections volunteer interpreters (Arabic, Urdu, Chinese, Spanish, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Korean, Portuguese and French) available through the Information booth

Armed officers

Police officers going through a training exercise.

ASL interpreter services available through the Information booth and ASL interpreting for all stage presentations

Live Demonstrations and Interactive Displays, Family-Friendly Entertainment and Rides are part of the day.

The HRPS Pipes & Drums and Chorus will be on hand – all the celebrate what the police do and to celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Children’s Safety Village

Saluting with police

Chief Tanner takes the salute

A BBQ provided by Troy’s Diner ($)

FREE Admission & On-Site Parking

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Acquitted: Save the pigs advocate walks out of the courtroom

News 100 blueBy Staff

May 4th, 2017



An Ontario Court judge has found animal activist Anita Krajnc not guilty of mischief for giving water to pigs outside a slaughterhouse.

Pig trial - Anita Krajnc

Anita Krajnc not guilty of mischief

Judge David Harris dismissed a charge Thursday against Krajnc, the 49-year-old founder of Toronto Pig Save. Krajnc was charged after she poured water into the openings of a metal trailer outside Fearman’s Pork Inc. in Burlington, Ont., in June 2015.

The trial began last year and included five days of testimony. If convicted, Krajnc could have been fined $5000 and sent to jail for six months.

It was clear Krajnc was giving the pigs water, Harris said, and not an “unknown liquid” as police initially alleged. And the pigs were slaughtered anyway, which means she didn’t obstruct their “lawful use.”

Picked up from a CBC news report.  The Gazette will provide more detailed information later in the day.

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Drive thru workers are going to be front line observers for the police service - smart idea.

News 100 blueBy Staff

May 4th, 2017



There is some pretty progressive thinking going on within the Halton Region Police Service. Not a place where creative ideas normally come from.

Constable Dave Stewart convinced the people higher up on the food chain than he is that clerks who work at the drive thru windows at fast food outlets are really front line observers of the condition of the person behind the wheel.

The young men and women get closer to the face of a driver than most police officers do should they pull you over.

Police chart with imogeesStewart came up with the idea of training these men and women to serve as observers and if they see something that even suggests a driver might be impaired – make a 911 call – the police will follow up.

Every one of the 36 drive through operations in Burlington chose to take part in this pilot project.

Training the young men and women took place this morning.

Some of the graphics material handed out is amongst the best the Gazette has seen in some time.

The video that was used to train people is very close to commercial grade.  Check it out.

Well done to the police service.

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Frank's Magic Crops got harvested: Police execute search warrant at commercial marijuana dispensary

Crime 100By Staff

May 3rd, 2017



The Halton Regional Police are doing what other police services are doing – raiding commercial establishments that are selling marijuana based products.

The Street Crime Unit conducted an investigation into the illegal sale and distribution of marijuana by a local business and on May 2nd 2017, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at Frank’s Magic Crops located at 419 Guelph Line in Burlington where they seized 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lbs) of marijuana and edible THC based products with a combined street value of $22,000. Police also seized $1591.00 in currency.

Frank's Magic Crops

Frank’s Magic Crops got harvested.

The operator of the business, Anne PASTOR (69 years) of Burlington, was arrested and released on an Appearance Notice charged with possession for the purpose of Trafficking (Marijuana). She will appear in Milton Court on May 30th 2017.

The Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind the public that under the current drug laws, any dispensary that is selling marijuana in person to individuals is illegal. The Halton Regional Police Service is dedicated to investigating any allegation of criminal activity which includes the illegal selling or trafficking of marijuana.

Anyone who may have information regarding the illegal trafficking of drugs is asked to contact police. To remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit tips and information online at “See something. Hear something. Say Something”

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Criminal mischief trial decision due tomorrow - can dehydrated pigs be given water by people who do not own the truck or the pigs?

News 100 greenBy Staff

May 3rd, 2017



Sometime tomorrow Anita Krajnc, co-founder of Toronto Pig Save, will learn what Justice Harris will decide if any punishment should be given for giving pigs in a commercial animal trailer water to drink.

The hearing will be the last in a long protracted trial on a charge of criminal mischief laid in June 2015

Pigs being watered - trial

Pigs in a transport truck being given water.

Ms. Krajnc was charged after giving water to dehydrated pigs in a transportation truck bound for slaughter. Ms Krajnc claims she was simply following The Golden Rule – treat others as you wish to be treated.

“The law should protect the vulnerable, not criminalize those who come to their aid. We all have a duty to follow the Golden Rule and give water to panting animals and raise awareness of their unjust slaughter,” says Anita Krajnc.

She faces a potential six month prison sentence and a $5,000.00 fine. At the most recent trial on March 9th, Judge Harris said he needed more time to issue the verdict.

The case has attracted global media attention and the defence put together by Ms. Krajnc’s lawyers James Silver and Gary Grill, both vegan, has put the animal agriculture industry on trial, showing people that pigs are persons, not property.

“Pigs have individual personalities. They’re also one of the few species that can recognize themselves in a mirror. They have self-awareness and have a sense of themselves within the social community. Each one is a unique individual,” said Lori Marino, a neuroscientist who testified at the Pig Trial on November 1, 2016.


Burlington fire fighters tear open the top of a transport trailer to free pigs that were in the truck when it rolled over.

The criminal mischief charge was laid by Regional police on the day a transport rolled over on Walkers Line.

‘Toronto Pig Save’ started in 2011 and began a wider network known as ‘The Save Movement’ in which groups from around the world join together to bear witness to animals arriving in transportation trucks at slaughterhouses. There are now almost 150 groups worldwide including in North and South America, Europe, Oceania and Asia.

Several groups will also be holding solidarity vigils worldwide to show unity with the message that compassion is not a crime, with several groups in the UK taking part.

There will be an all-day vigil outside Freeman’s Pork – 7 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday.

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Regional police work with commercial Retail Loss Prevention Officers to arrest one male and recover stolen property and cash

Crime 100By Staff

May 3rd, 2017



Two males browsing the shelves at the Apple Store at Mapleview Mall in Burlington have been accused of stealing $6219.00 worth of Apple TV’s, wireless headphones and USB storage devices on or about March 19th 2017.

Apple loot

The loot!

On May 1st 2017, investigators with the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested Ardian Sadik PIRI (50 yrs) and executed a search warrant at his Stapleford Terrace residence in Mississauga. Police seized $64,613 in cash, 43 grams of marihuana and stolen property which included printer cartridges, Fitbit watches, Cellular phones, Apple TV’s, USB Storage devices and Chromecast devices. (Photo included).

Apple two guys

Is this a caught in the act photograph?

PIRI was released on bail and will appear in Milton Court on May 24th 2017 charged with the following offences:

• Theft Over $5000
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 for the purpose of trafficking
• Possession of a controlled substance (marihuana)

The successful outcome of this investigation is largely attributed to the excellent working relationship that investigators have with the Retail Loss Prevention Officers working in the City of Burlington to combat shoplifting.

Apple suspect - unidentified

Police would like to identify this suspect.

Police are still looking to identify the second suspect involved. He is described as a white male, 40 to 50 years of age with dark hair, wearing sunglasses, blue jacket, dark jeans and a checkered shirt.

Anyone with information about this theft or who can identify the second suspect is asked to contact D/Cst. Dave Macedo of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2368. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Two men who were suspects - met with the police - they were completely cleared. They did noting wrong.

News 100 redBy Staff

May 1, 2017



There was no crime.

Good to know.

Last Saturday the Halton Regional Police requested assistance in identifying two males captured on video surveillance in a Burlington neighbourhood.

Police believed the two males may have been involved or had knowledge regarding break and enters in the area.
The males depicted in the pictures contacted police to identify themselves. Police investigation has revealed that both males are contactors working the in the area and are in no way related to any break and enters.

Neither of the men pictured below did anything illegal.  They are not wanted by the police – thy are just two hard working contractors who apparently thought there was a work opportunity at a particular house and were making an inquiry.

Suspect 1 -lakeshre -walkers AprilSuspect 2 lkshore - walkers AprilThis news story got started when police reported that a homeowner in the Lakeshore Road/Walkers Line area of Burlington reported suspicious activity at his residence.

Two males had approached his front door and peered inside; they fled quickly when the homeowner approached.

The males left the area in a newer model black Chevy Silverado four door pick-up truck. Police wanted to identify and speak to the men.

The meeting took place and there is no longer any suspicion regarding these two men.

The upside of all this is that the public knows there is a system of information distribution that the public can respond to – more than 3000 people read the original story.

Police are still investigating two residential break and enters on the same date in the same neighbourhood.

Anyone with information regarding the break and enters in the Burlington area is asked to contact D/Cst. Tyler FREEMAN of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Residential Property Crime Team @ 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, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Suspicious activity in Burlington neighbourhood - have you seen either of these two men.

News 100 redBy Staff

April 29th, 2017

At approximately 9:45am on April 20th 2017, a homeowner in the Lakeshore Road/Walkers Line area of Burlington reported suspicious activity at his residence.

Two males approached his front door and peered inside; they fled quickly when the homeowner approached. The males left the area in a newer model black Chevy Silverado four door pick-up truck.

Suspect 1 -lakeshre -walkers April

First suspect approaching a house in the Lakeshore – Walkers line part of the city.

Suspect 2 lkshore - walkers April

Second suspect approaching the same home.

Police are looking to identify and speak to the males. Police are also investigating two residential break and enters on the same date in the same neighbourhood. It has not yet been confirmed that the incidents are related.

The images are of exceptional quality – data like this will produce results.  Quality cameras do make a difference

Anyone who can identify these males is asked to contact D/Cst. Tyler FREEMAN of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Residential Property Crime Team @ 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, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Police to close Burlington substation at end of April. Short notice.

News 100 blueBy Staff

April 28th, 2017



The Halton Regional Police Service has decided to close its Burlington substation at the end of the month.

No time for public feedback with what amounts to a couple of days’ notice.  City Councillor Marianne Meed Ward has said she did have discussions with the police over this matter,  She does not appear to have taken that conversation to her community.

HRPS crestThe police report that there was extensive internal and external review.

The substation, located at 760 Brant Street south of Ghent Street, opened in 2007 when 3 District moved from its former downtown location on Locust Street to Constable Henshaw Boulevard.

Since that time, the number of people attending the substation has been on the decline. In 2016, only six reports were generated from visitors; the vast majority stopped to ask for directions or to turn in found property.

The decrease in attendance can be largely attributed to advances in technology which have changed the way members of the public interact with the Service. Key among these is social media like Twitter and Facebook which enable users to obtain information and advice on a range of police-related matters.

In Halton, other advances include the introduction of online crime reporting, a mobile app for iOS and Android and Text to 9-1-1. All – in addition to traditional 9-1-1 for emergencies and crimes in progress or 905-825-4777 for non-emergencies – make it possible for people to receive 24 hour a day, seven day a week police support without having to attend a police station.

Truth be told the sub-station was not always open.

The police do not anticipate the closure of the Burlington substation to impact the ability of those in need to get the right response, at the right time, by the right responders.

“Our mission, as it has been for several years now, is to provide effective and efficient community policing service,” said Superintendent Al Albano, Commander of 3 District in Burlington.

“By freeing officers from behind their desks, we have more flexibility to respond to the ever-changing needs of our community.”

Decisions regarding HRPS facilities support the goals laid out in the Service’s 2017-2019 Corporate Business Plan. The Plan and additional information on the aforementioned programs is available at

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Bike Thieves target YMCA - can you help identify them?

Crime 100By Staff

April 28th, 2017



Can you help?

Police are seeking assistance from the public to identify a male responsible for three separate bicycle thefts from the YMCA Burlington.

bike Suspect picture 1Bike Suspect picture 2Anyone who can identify these suspects is asked to contact D/Cst. Mark URIE of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Residential Property Crime Team @ 905-825-4747 ext 2338. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Another dangerous scam - identity thieves send out millions of these - and some people get caught.

Crime 100By Staff

April 27, 2107



This bank scam is pretty raw and direct.

Scotia ScamThe message looks pretty official but the fact is that Scotia bank does not send emails like this.

If you are a Scotia Bank customer and bank on line you will see the following message. They don’t do what the email at the top of this story does.

Scotia scam statement

How do you know the message is not from the bank – look at the address of the people it came from. The sender of this message  has created and used a name that looks like it could be from Scotia Bank –

ScotiaBank <

But it isn’t – they have included the word secure to lull you into thinking it is real. Many Scotia customers might get lured in by this.

Pay careful attention to the address an email came from – and if in doubt – don’t!

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Wallet of woman missing since July 2016 found near Bronte Creek

Crime 100By Staff

April 26, 2017



The Regional police now have a wallet that belonged to Helen Robertson, the 79 year old woman who disappeared on July 5th 2016.

Missing woman #2 July 6

Helen Robertson – missing since July 2016

The original finder of the wallet provided the precise location where the wallet was found. This led police to the area of Appleby Line and Harrison Court in Burlington where ground search efforts are underway by members of the Search Incident Response Team (SIRT), Tactical Rescue Unit (TRU) and Police Dog Services.

Robertson search areaThe wallet finder is a youth who is not a resident of Halton but was in this location fishing in Bronte Creek and located the wallet while walking up an embankment to leave. The youth later attended a sporting function at Norton Park and intended on turning it in to police.

After the sporting event, the youth accidentally left the wallet behind and went home.

The wallet was later found by Burlington City staff. At the time, the youth did not know the significance of this wallet and investigators are grateful that he came forward.

Investigators are in regular contact with the Robertson family and they are aware of the current search efforts underway.

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Police arrest person accused of a series of vehicle break-ins; lay 28 charges - this one wasn't let out on bail.

Crime 100By Staff

April 26, 2017



Regional police got a bit of a break and have arrested Michael Blaire Martin MCNAUGHTON for a series of vehicle break-ins.

Early in March the Halton Regional Police began an investigation into a rash of vehicle break-ins in Burlington where vehicle windows were being smashed and property stolen. These thefts occurred at various restaurant parking lots throughout the City of Burlington.

A similar rash of entries occurred again on March 17th 2017 however the Burlington Mall and Mapleview Mall parking lots were targeted. On this date the suspect also stole a black 2003 GMC Yukon from the Mapleview Mall parking lot and left behind a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that had been reported stolen to Brantford Police the day prior. The stolen GMC Yukon was recovered in Cambridge on March 29th 2017.
Investigators from the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau have identified Michael Blaire Martin MCNAUGHTON (28 yrs.) of no Fixed Address (Formerly of Hagersville) as the person responsible for these crimes.

MCNAUGHTON was arrested March 30th, on unrelated matters by the Brantford Police Service with assistance of Project Shutdown members. (Project Shutdown is a multi-jurisdicational initiative aimed at combating auto-thefts in Southern Ontario involving officers from the Brantford Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and Six Nations Police Service).

A Judge’s Order was obtained and MCNAUGHTON appeared in Milton court on April 11th 2017 to face the following 28 criminal charges.

• Fraud Under $5000 (two counts)
• Mischief Under $5000 (eleven counts)
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (two counts)
• Theft of Motor Vehicle (one count)
• Theft under $5000 (twelve counts)

Police are continuing to investigate similar occurrences in Oakville and Milton and further charges are possible. MCNAUGHTON remains in custody and will appear next by video on May 4th 2017.

Anyone who may have any information pertaining to this investigation is 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 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
• Park in a well-lit and attended areas whenever possible
• Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
• Never leave personal identification or valuables 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
• Help police catch those responsible by keeping an eye out in your communities and immediately reporting any suspicious activity.

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911 campaign urges members to be an extra set of eyes for police on the road in search for impaired drivers.

Crime 100By Staff

April 24th, 2017


No sooner had Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and M.A.D.D. Halton put the final touches on #Campaign911 #MakeTheCall911, a program aimed at educating and empowering members of the public to report suspected impaired drivers, than the occurrences began.

The Traffic Services Unit reports that over the past 72 hours, 13 motorists were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Halton roadways. Six of these occurred in Oakville, six in Milton and Halton Hills, and one in Burlington.

#Campaign911 and #MakeTheCall911 was officially launched on Saturday morning.

“There are two sides to these figures,” said Sgt. Ryan Snow of the Traffic Services Unit. “While we are pleased to have removed so many threats to public safety from behind the wheel, there is still much work to be done.”

It is here that members of the public come into play.

“The fact of the matter is, we can’t be everywhere all of the time,” Sgt. Snow explains. “We rely on fellow motorists to be our extra sets of eyes and ears – to report suspected impaired drivers immediately by calling 9-1-1.”

Two of the 13 charges laid over the weekend came as a direct result of citizens who called police.

The Halton Regional Police Service reminds members of the public that impaired driving is a crime in progress. It occurs 24 hour, seven day a week and is not limited to weekend evenings which are usually associated with alcohol consumption. Impaired motorists may exhibit a variety of different behaviours, including driving too fast, too slow or fluctuating greatly in speed, driving erratically or not maintaining their lane, or blatantly disregarding traffic signals or other rules of the road.

For the latest on #Campaign911 #MakeTheCall911 follow @HaltonPolice on Twitter.

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Burlington Man charged with Sexual Assault

Crime 100By Staff

April 24, 2017



The Gazette has been informed that William (Bill) McTaggart died a few days after the arrest.

April 8, 2017:

As a result of an investigation conducted by the Halton Regional Police Service Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit.

William (Bill) McTaggart, 58 years, of Burlington was arrested April 7th, 2017 and charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of trafficking a narcotic.

McTaggart is a former instructor at a private college. The victim, an adult male, is a former student.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Constable Cindy Sunstrum at 905-465-8979 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, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Getting impaired drivers off our roads - make the right call - 911

News 100 greenBy Staff

April 22, 2017



Despite years of awareness campaigns illustrating why driving a vehicle when impaired by drugs or alcohol is dangerous, impaired driving remains the top criminal cause of death in Canada. The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has joined with MADD Canada in the effort to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.

Campaign 911 1

They want YOU to make the right call – 911 – when you see an impaired driver on the roads. The legalization of marijuana is going to add to the numbers that get behind the wheel impaired.

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is committed to getting impaired drivers off our roads in Halton Region and is partnering with MADD Canada to launch Campaign 911 in Halton Region. Campaign 911 is a Canada-wide campaign to encourage and empower the Canadian public to report suspected impaired driving by calling 911. By calling 911 and reporting suspected impaired drivers to police, all Canadians can play a role in reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths and injuries.

“Impaired driving is the #1 criminal cause of death in Canada, yet Halton motorists are still making the choice to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah, Halton Regional Police Service. “The Halton Regional Police Service is imploring citizens to take action by calling 911 and reporting suspected impaired drivers to police. We want to mobilize the community to share the responsibility for keeping Halton safe. By making the right call, members of the public are keeping our roads, and our communities, safe.”

265 Halton motorists were criminally charged for driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs in 2016. Impaired motorists place all Halton residents at risk. If you observe a vehicle being operated in any manner that places you or anyone else in danger, make the call to 911 for an immediate police response.

Community safety is not the responsibility of the Halton Regional Police Service alone but also Halton Region, local business and community. Community safety cannot be improved by working in isolation. By working together we can achieve community safety and stop impaired drivers.

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Identity thieves using Facebook to pull you in - be vigilant.

Crime 100By Staff

April 22, 2017



ID theft screenThis is an Identity Theft that attempt that is so obvious – but it will pull in thousands of people if only because there are tens of millions of Facebook users.

If you didn’t make a request to change your password – ignore it. Expect to see this message often. Your Facebook page might have a lot of information about you. You will want to keep it private.

Facebook password change

That “Let us know” line is possibly the most dangerous. If you didn’t request the change – then this is someone wanting to steal your identity and your Facebook page could be a gold mine for a thief.

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Car jacking attempt in board daylight at Mapleview Mall - suspects nabbed and arrested.

Crime 100By Staff

April 21st, 2107



It was still daylight.

On April 17th at approximately 7:15 PM a female victim was walking to her car in the parking lot of Mapleview Mall in Burlington when she was accosted by another female who indicated she had a gun and demanded the victim turn over her car keys.

At busy holiday shopping periods buses get trapped in Maple View Mall - killing schedules. City is in talks with the Mall management.

Car jacking in broad daylight.

The victim refused to turn over her keys at which time a male accomplice confronted the victim and demanded the keys. During this confrontation, the victim flagged down a pickup truck with a cap that was travelling through the parking lot and asked the male driver to call police. The male and female suspects then fled on foot but were located and arrested a short distance away by police.

Tanya Lyn SHEPHERD (32 yrs) and James NEFF (35 yrs) both of Hamilton were charged with robbery and released on a Promise to Appear in Milton Court on May 17th 2017.

Police would like to speak to the driver of the pickup truck that was flagged down by the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2343 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222 8477 (TIPS), or through the internet at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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New provincial offences Court House contractor named: Building scheduled to open in the Alton Village in 2019.

News 100 redBy Staff

April 20th, 2017



The company that will build the new courthouse where provincial offences will be heard has been announced. The Court House will serve the residents of Burlington, the Town of Oakville, the Town of Milton and the Town of Halton Hills.

The new courthouse will be built at 4085 Palladium Way in Burlington Alton Village, under Design-Build and Leaseback agreement with a 30 year lease.  It will serve the people of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. Construction will begin this spring with a January 2019 completion.

Court House - new

New provincial offences Court House to be located on the edge of the Alton Village Community is scheduled to open in January of 2019.

Court house - site plan

Site plan for the provincial offences Court House to be built in the Alton Village Community. Scheduled to be ready for occupation in January 2019

The structure will be designed and built by Gross Capital Inc., constructed by Buttcon Ltd. and leased to Halton Court Services.

Once complete, the new courthouse will administer provincial offences court services for all of Halton Region. Provincial offences court services deal strictly with non-criminal provincial offences charges issued in Halton. These non-criminal charges include:

• Highway Traffic Act offences, such as speeding, driving without insurance or failing to stop at a red light

• Municipal bylaw offences, such as excessive noise, animal control or garbage disposal

• Offences under provincial legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act or the Trespass to Property Act.

As a division of the City of Burlington’s Legal Department, Halton Court Services administers Provincial Offences Act court services on behalf of the municipal partnership within the Halton area through two locations: one in Burlington and one in Milton. These two existing courts for provincial offences will relocate to 4085 Palladium Way once the new courthouse is built.

The Milton and Burlington court service locations are 16,000 square feet (1,486 square metres) combined. The new facility, at 34,000 square feet (3,159 square metres), will meet today’s needs more effectively and will help Halton Court Services plan 30 years into the future.

Justice is a very profitable business for the municipal sector.  Financial results for the end of the third quarter of 2016 were:

• Gross revenues of $6,909,402 (81.0% of budget)
• Overall expenditures of $3,283,653 (72.9% of budget)
• Year-to-date net revenue of $3,625,749 (90.0% of budget)

That $3 million gets shared by the municipalities in the Region

Given the continuing growth in population, a moderate increase of 1,000 charges (71,000) is projected for 2017. Gross revenue for Halton Court Services  in 2017 is budgeted at $8.82 million as compared to $8.53 million during 2016.

Included in the report was mention of “red light” cameras – they produce offence notices that pull in an excess of $300 for those who chose to run that red light at two in the morning.

The new courthouse is designed by the Ventin Group Ltd. to capture the changing and evolving landscape of Halton Region in the design. The natural environment is echoed in the design through the selection of landscape materials.

• The north half of the building is a stone wall, reflecting the strong and secure Niagara Escarpment.

• The south half is a glass wall, symbolic of transparency—a virtue and goal for the justice system. The glass wall is lined with a series of wooden pillars representing the natural woodlands of Halton Region.

• The glass walls facing east and west are treated with wavy, coloured glazing to represent the character and motion of the local creeks.

• The thin, white roof canopy captures a thin blanket of snow overhanging to the south to provide sun shading for the glass—appropriate for a Canadian institution.

The new courthouse will be a dignified building, timeless in design, welcoming to the public and comfortable for all staff using the facility.

Building the new, consolidated Ontario Court of Justice – Halton Provincial Offences Office courthouse is a long-term commitment to meet the demand of provincial offences and help improve access to justice.”

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Police will use education and enforcement strategies to reduce the speed of vehicles travelling on residential roads.

News 100 blueBy Staff

April 19th, 2017



Halton Regional Police will continue to run two traffic initiatives across the City of Burlington throughout 2017.

The most common contributing factors to traffic accidents are inattentiveness, distracted driving (cell phone use), failing to yield, driving too fast for road conditions, following too closely and disobeying traffic light signals.

Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner talks with Sgt Davies, the man who heads up the accident reconstruction unit. The two of them would really like to see fewer accidents.

Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner talks with Sgt Davies, the man who heads up the accident reconstruction unit.

The Police continue to encourage residents to report traffic complaints by going to the Halton Regional Police Website and submitting the required information on-line.

Operation RISC (Reducing Intersection Safety Concerns) has been in effect since 2015 by officers from 30 Division, in order to maximize police visibility and increase the public’s perception of safety while driving.

Collisions at intersections have a high risk potential of serious injuries or even death, making intersection safety a priority for the Halton Regional Police.

The Police have also continued the Residential Traffic/Stop Sign/Speeding (RTSS) Initiative in order to deliver a clear message to drivers that our residential roads are not raceways. This traffic safety initiative was designed to increase compliance of stop signs. Police have utilized education and enforcement strategies throughout 2017 in order to reduce the speeds of vehicles travelling on residential roadways and to promote safer driving habits.

One tactic is to park a police cruiser close to the side of a road – there seems to be this automatic interaction between the foot on the gas pedal and they eye seeing a police cruiser – the eye apparently forces the foot to apply less pressure to the gas pedal.

During the first 3 months of 2017, officers in Burlington conducted 6,495 traffic stops, issued 4,576 Provincial Offences Notices and handed out more than 1,000 warnings to drivers. Halton Police spent a total of 3,628 hours dedicated to these two initiatives throughout Burlington.

As a result of this initiative; during the first three months of 2017, property damage motor vehicle collisions were down 9% and personal injury motor vehicle collisions were down 2% from 2016.

Police will continue to focus their efforts at locations that pose a higher risk to the public based on past collision analytic data. “Our officers will continue to educate drivers about their behaviour behind the wheel. Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to do our part behind the wheel to ensure our roadways are safe for everyone” said Sgt. Jared McLeod, District Response Unit.

Police will continue to focus on drivers who are driving impaired, distracted and aggressive behind the wheel in order to protect and ensure the safety of all residents.

These measures and others are part of the Service’s broader 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.

If any citizen would like to report a traffic concern they can do so by visiting our website and submitting an online traffic complaint.


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