Too good to be true?

Crime 100By Staff

November 29th, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There are hundreds of thousands of them out there – people looking for a way to separate you from your money without giving you anything in return.

And the more gullible amongst us fall for the alluring offer.
The following came across our screen today.

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This was really an invitation to begin a process that would track all your identity information.

For someone who thought that just perhaps an error had been made and that a device was being sent to you – and you were going to take advantage of that opportunity.

You would have been in for a rude awakening.

If it looks too good to be true – it is probably not true.

Be vigilant.

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Do the police have your stuff? If you were robbed recently they just might have it.

Crime 100By Staff

November 25th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The police know your house was robbed – they’ve found your stuff and they have the criminals in custody – now they have to find you.

The Halton Regional Police Service, Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau is appealing to residents to come forward to identify property following the November 3, 2016 arrest of two individuals in connection with multiple break and enters in the Burlington area.

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Is this missing from your garage?

Investigation by officers has determined that the duo was active in the early evening and overnight hours, targeting property in driveways and garages.

Numerous items, which police believe to be stolen, were seized following the recent execution of a search warrant at a storage locker. Recovered property includes tools, bicycles and trailers.

In an effort to identify the rightful owners of the items, the Halton Regional Police Service has established a web page with photos for members of the public who may have been victims of theft fitting this description to visit and review.

The link to that site is:

https://www.haltonpolice.ca/crimefiles/property/index.php

A note of caution – the pages don’t always load very quickly

Any questions about the items shown should be directed to Detective Constable Mark Urie at 905-825-4747 ext. 2338 or mark.urie@haltonpolice.ca.

In the meantime, residents are reminded to always keep a record of property owned with serial numbers and/or something identifiable such as etching.

Karen ZABOLOTNY , 36, of Burlington and Ugo MAURO , 47, of Mississauga have been charged with several property related offences including Theft Under $5000, Break and Enter – Commit Theft, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

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Police arrest youth for arson - events took place in the Palmer Drive part of the city.

Crime 100By Staff

November 18th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Earlier in the month the Halton Regional Police reported small fires being set off randomly in the Palmer Drive and Newlands Crescent part of the city.

The Burlington Fire Department doused several small fires and several more burned out on their own. Police searched the area and did not locate any suspects.

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Fire department responding to an alarm in the Palmer Drive part of the city.

Later in the day, police received numerous complaints from residents in the same area who reported items being lit on fire which fortunately caused only minor damage however could have been much worse. Items such as Halloween & Christmas decorations, garden accessories, realtor signs, newspapers, yard waste bags and a wreath hanging on a front door were ignited.

Yesterday, November 17th 2016, investigators arrested a 16-year-old male in relation to these arsons and executed a search warrant at his Burlington home. During the search, police found supporting evidence along with 11 Zanax pills and 24 grams of marihuana.

The male, who cannot be named due to his age, was held for bail, charged with Arson (10 counts), possession of an incendiary device, and possession of a controlled substance (2 counts).

Police continue to investigate to identify the other involved youths and are encouraging them to turn themselves in.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2316, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Targeted Traffic Enforcement - the police like it - because it works.

News 100 redBy Staff

November 16th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It worked very well for them last time – so why not do it again?

The Regional police found a winner when they were able to issue 117 tickets by running a Targeted Traffic Enforcement program driven by complaints from the public.

HRPS crestThe Halton Regional Police continue to address the numerous traffic complaints provided from the residents of Burlington each day. 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.

A large number of traffic complaints received by police relate to drivers exceeding the posted speed limits. Officers will continue to target areas throughout the City of Burlington that have been identified as high traffic complaint locations.

Officers conducted a one day targeted blitz around Prospect Street in the City of Burlington on November 15th due to a number of complaints forwarded by residents of Burlington. As a result of police presence all along Prospect Street in the City of Burlington, 123 traffic stops were initiated for Highway Traffic Act violations and 90 Provincial Offence Notices were issued by police.

30 Division Officers will continue to conduct target enforcement throughout Burlington to ensure the safety of all residents using the roadways. “Drivers need to be mindful of their actions when behind the wheel. Speeding, distracted driving and stop sign violations were all observed by officers along Prospect Street. Our officers will continue to target areas throughout Burlington in order to deter these types of behaviours by drivers.” said Sgt. Jared McLeod of the District Response Unit.

The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to reducing dangerous and aggressive driving behaviors that put all road users at risk.

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

https://www.haltonpolice.ca/PRC/Pages/TrafficComplaints.aspx

Related articles:

More than 115 tickets issued by police that originated with citizen complaints.

Stories people tell police when they get pulled over – and the language they use.

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Victims Sought after Quick Change Fraud Suspect Arrested in Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

November 8th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The police would like to know if you got stung by this one.

A male was at the cash register of a Shoppers Drug Mart store and purchased a package of Halls cough candy. Total cost was $1.46

The suspect handed the cashier a Canadian $20.00 bill. While the cashier was making change the male said he would pay with coins instead.

HRPS crestThrough distraction and the exchange of money the cashier did not realize that the male received an extra $20.00. The male exited the store and entered a newer model black Infinti Q5S.

A similar incident occurred at a variety store in Burlington involving the same male.

Through investigation the male was identified, arrested and charged with two counts of fraud. Police believe there are additional victims who are either unaware they have been scammed or who declined to report the incident at the time. The police would like to hear from them

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Michael Garvey at 30 Division in Burlington at 905-825-4747 ext. 2305, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).graphic04

 

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Hit and run vehicle accident has 13 year old boy airlifted to hospital.

Crime 100By Staff

November 5th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A 13 year old boy was struck by a vehicle on Friday at the intersection of Appleby Line and Taywood Drive in the City of Burlington.

The boy was on the bicycle heading northon Appleby Line within the crosswalk when a northbound white Volkswagen attempted to turn left onto Taywood Drive. The vehicle hit the male and fled from the scene.

HRPS crestThe bicycle driver was initially taken to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to a children’s trauma centre in critical but non-life threatening condition.

A coordinated search of the area resulted in the suspect vehicle being located at a residence close to the collision scene. The driver of the vehicle returned to the scene of the collision and was arrested for failure to stop at scene of an accident causing bodily harm.

The driver was identified as 23-year-old Stephen BALON of Burlington. Mr. BALON will appear in court on December 7th at the Ontario Court of Justice, 491 Steeles Road, Milton Ontario.

The status of the bicycle rider has been upgraded to stable condition.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905-825-4747 extension 5065, 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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63 year old male arrested, charged with failing to provide the necessities of life. Victim was malnourished, weak, unkempt and had been residing in soiled linens and clothing.

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

October 27, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This is really a Georgetown story – but there is a lesson for all of us in this one.  We are expected to take care of each other.

On October 5th, 2016 Halton Region Paramedic Services were summoned to a Georgetown address by Community Care and Access Centre staff to assess a 91 year old female client requiring medical assistance. The female patient was subsequently transported to Georgetown Hospital.

It was determined that the victim was suffering from the ill effects of not receiving proper care. She was malnourished, weak, unkempt and had been residing in soiled linens and clothing. Halton Regional Police Services were contacted and the One District Criminal Investigations Bureau conducted an investigation.

As a result, on October 25th, 2016 a 63 year old man from Georgetown was arrested and charged with failing to provide the necessities of life.

HRPS crest“The elderly victim was found living in deplorable conditions. This was an excellent example of team work and collaboration between the internal resources of the police service and external partners. The Halton Regional Police Community Mobilization Bureau and Criminal Investigations Bureau, Seniors Liaison Team along with Halton Paramedic Services and the Community Care Access Centre worked together in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion,” said Detective Sergeant Dave Costantini.  “More importantly, because of this collaboration a vulnerable member of our community has been rescued from unthinkable conditions and I am happy to report she is expected to make a full recovery.”

Section 215 of the Criminal Code of Canada says it is an offence if an individual fails to provide necessaries of life to a person under his or her charge.  Specifically subsection (C)(i) states, “if that person is unable, by reason of detention, age, illness, mental disorder or other cause, to withdraw himself from that charge.”

Detective Sergeant Costantini summarized; “This means it is a criminal offence if you do not provide the necessary care to someone that is in your care and that cannot leave your care due to their age, illness or other cause. The necessaries of life refer to those things necessary to preserve life, such as food, shelter, medical attention and protection from harm.”

Anyone who may have information that would assist investigators in this case are encouraged to contact D/C Sarah McCullagh – Seniors Liaison Investigator  at 905-78-5511 ext: 2419 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).getting new - yellow

 

 

 

 

 

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Crime Stoppers: the first crime it helped solve was a murder in New Mexico - a Burlington resident helps tell that story.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

October 27, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A safe, secure, confidential place to call with information that will keep our streets safe.

A safe, secure, confidential place to call with information that will keep our streets safe.

Everyone knows what Crime Stoppers is – we see their logo and sort of understand what they do. But has anyone told you the amazing story about how the organization got started – and the fundamental principle behind what Crime Stoppers is all about?

Greg MacAleese, who had just become a detective with the Albuquerque Police Department’s (APD) violent crimes unit, sat down during one of his shifts and started typing up some of his random thoughts. “I started focusing on why we have so much unsolved crime,” he said. “I realized it’s citizens who control the crime rate in any city. We don’t. We just react to it and most crime is solved with their help.”

Think about that – it is the citizens who control the crime rate – the police use the information they get to react to a crime.

MacAleese said eventually he wrote something along the lines of “Why don’t people come forward with information they have about crimes?”

The next logical question, he said, was how we get people to help us solve more crimes.

“They were afraid of retaliation or becoming a target of that criminal,” he said. “I thought if we allow them to remain anonymous they could tell us what they knew.”

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Fingerprinting, DNA and Crime Stoppers are descried as the three most useful tools police have going for them.

And so was the beginning of Crime Stoppers, which now exists in every major city in the United States, Canada and countless countries around the world.

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Greg MacAleese, Jerold McGlothin, Myrle Carner and Cal Millar at 40th Crime Stoppers anniversary banquet in Albuquerque.

MacAleese recently published a book, co-written by Cal Millar, a former reporter and founding member of Toronto Crime Stoppers and a well know Burlington resident.

“Crime Stoppers: The Inside Story,” celebrates the 40th anniversary of the program by exploring crimes APD solved with Crime Stopper tips. The book is available on Amazon.

The program has become an irreplaceable tool in solving crimes for law enforcement officers and according to the book, a major crime is solved every 14 minutes because of Crime Stoppers tips. Police have recovered $2 billion in stolen property, seized $10 billion worth of drugs, and made more than a million arrests.

MacAleese realized there was a lot of apathy and said: “I knew money talked out on the street so I wanted to include a reward.”

An independent board of citizens was created to raise money for the rewards. MacAleese said initially he received some resistance from the APD with one of his superiors questioning why people should be paid to do their civic duty.

“I told him ‘You have a point,’” he said. ”But the fact is they aren’t.’”

The third and final component of the program, he said, was partnering with local newspapers and television stations to pass along information about unsolved crimes to the public.

Jim Busse was a Captain with APD when MacAleese started floating around the idea of the program. He said Albuquerque was still a “sleepy little town” in many ways but had its share of big-city crime. He said there was some cynicism about the program but that all disappeared when crimes started getting solved.

The idea took off very quickly,” he said. “Not everybody believed it would work. We had seen many programs come and go only to be reinstated with a new administration.”

A crime in July 1976 would give MacAleese the opportunity to launch his program and test its merit. Michael Carmen was a 20-year-old college student working at a gas station in the Southeast Heights in the early morning hours of July 25.

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Michael Carmen, a 20-year-old college student was murdered  – that crime was the first crime to be solved through a Crime Stoppers tip.

Armed robbers shot Carmen at close range with a .12-gauge shotgun. MacAleese believed they were worried that Carmen could identify them so he was killed to be eliminated as a witness.

Initially the police had no leads. The department put together a re-enactment of the crime that KOAT television broadcast on Sept. 8, 1976. The clip included a hotline number with a promise that all tipsters would stay anonymous.

“The phone started ringing immediately,” he said. “The second call was about a gang rape that happened a month before that we hadn’t been able to solve.”

The caller turned out to be a relative of one of the offenders and the information he gave led to the arrest of the three assailants, who had offered the young woman a ride after her car broke down in Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The sixth call, MacAleese said, broke open the Carmen case. A man who happened to live in the area said he recognized the car used in the crime and it belonged to a man in the neighborhood. MacAleese asked him to call back with an address.

A few hours later he did and after some surveillance police arrested Thomas Charles Boone and Lawrence Edward Tate. Boone was acquitted but Tate was found guilty and sentenced to prison for killing Carmen.

MacAleese, 69, now lives in the Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines, where he is an associate pastor. A widower, he traveled there years ago and met the woman who would become his second wife. They have two sons, 5 and 7 years old.

“What happened when my wife told me she was pregnant is that I realized it was a tremendous blessing,” he said. “I made a deal with God, even though that’s not what you are supposed to do, and I said ‘If you provide me with a healthy baby, I’m yours.’”

His first son was healthy and MacAleese dedicated himself to helping others by becoming a pastor.

APD, he said, solved almost 300 crimes the first year with the help of Crime Stoppers tipsters. Word spread and other police departments across the state and the country started establishing similar programs.

“You know we had success instantly,” he said. “They (other officers) would joke about my Crime Stoppers program but after that first broadcast, the guys started coming forward to me with their unsolved cases.”

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Cal Millar wrote a book of his own about Crime Stoppers. He has been very active with the organization in Halton Region.

The Halton Chapter of Crime Stoppers gets about 100 tips each month. Of those, 20 are instrumental in solving local crime.

MacAleese was right: it is the citizens who control the crime rate – the police work with what they get from the people they are there to protect.

Cal Millar is part of that group that keeps the Crime Stoppers concept alive – because it works.

 

 

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Halton police take part in a multi province arrest blitz - nab several in the Burlington area.

Crime 100By Staff

October 25, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It is a violent world out there – for the most part the average person is protected from it.

The Members of the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Provincial Anti-Violence Strategy (PAVIS) Team announced that they have arrested 17 individuals as a result of a multi-agency initiative involving six partner police services.

Over the past several weeks, the PAVIS Team has tracked down persons wanted for criminal offences in Ontario and other provinces, specifically Quebec. PAVIS Team officers compiled lists of wanted individuals, confirmed that warrants were still in good standing, and completed backgrounds on intended targets. The HRPS worked closely with the Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal (SVPM) and Crown Attorney’s Office to coordinate arrests of the wanted parties.

Southern Georgian Bay O.P.P., Ottawa Police Service, Service de Police de la Ville de Quebec (SVPQ), and Kingston Police Service assisted in the execution of this project. The HRPS also supported Hamilton Police Service with the return of a wanted party.

All told, eight offenders in Montreal and nine in Ontario were arrested as a result of a three day blitz, which ran from October 17 to 19. They face more than 45 charges, including Assault, Break and Enter, Fraud, Utter Threats to Cause Death, and Breach of Probation.

The project, and the resulting arrests, were made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and will be ongoing through the end of December, 2016.

Follows is a summary of the individuals arrested and associated charges.

Halton Regional Police Service warrants arrested by SVPM:

1. Janvier BETCHLEY (2013) – Theft of Motor Vehicle
2. Sylvain COALLIER (2010) – Break and Enter x 6 (also wanted in Ottawa for Break and Enter, Break and Enter Tools, and Breach of Probation)
3. Guy COALLIER (2010) – Break and Enter x 6 (also wanted in Kingston for Break and Enter, and Mischief Under $5000)
4. Chyan BOWEN (2015) – Unauthorized Use of Credit Card, Fraud Over $5000, Possess Counterfeit x 2, and Failure to Attend Court
5. Bernard THERRIEN (2016) – Unauthorized Use of Credit Card, Fraud Over $5000, Possess Counterfeit x 2, and Failure to Attend Court
6. Ashley JACOBS (2014) – Assault, Breach of Probation, Failure to Comply Undertaking, and Fail to Attend Court
7. Michael CRICK (2015) – Fail to Comply Probation, and Fail to Attend Court (Hamilton warrant)
8. Junior BELLAMY (2013) – Theft of Motor Vehicle

Montreal warrants arrested by Halton Regional Police Service:

1. Jean LAVEAU (1999) – Utter Threats to Cause Death
2. Michael McHENRY (1991) – Break and Enter Intent, Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence
3. Steven POLYNICE (2009) – Fraud, Credit Card Fraud, Breach of Probation, Obstruct, Breach of Recognizance, Utter Threats to Cause Death, and Outstanding Warrants x5
4. Cuong NGUYEN (2009) – Outstanding Warrant x1 (SVPM (2009) for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cannabis, Production of Cannabis (Marihuana). Also faces charges in Guelph for Theft, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime x 2, and Possession Marihuana
5. Thi HOANG (2009) – Outstanding Warrant x1 (SVPM (2009) for Obstruct in relation to Cuong NGUYEN. Also faces charges in Guelph for Theft, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime x 2, and Possession of Marihuana
6. Paul ROARKE (2004) – Theft, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Possess Break and Enter Tools
7. Richard SMITH (2013) – Obstruct Justice
8. Peter HONSBERGER (2003) – Credit Card Fraud, and Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence
9. Jonathan DIAS (2005/2006) – Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Fraud, and a Committal Warrant

If anyone has information on wanted parties or parties who are breaching their conditions of their release, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text Tip201 to CRIMES (274637), or contact Sergeant Paul Harrower (Milton/Halton Hills) at 905-825-4747 ext. 2467, Detective Constable Tim Woollands (Oakville) at 905-825-4747 ext. 2208, and/or Sergeant Dwayne Perron (Burlington) at 905-825-4747 ext. 2387.

The Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS) is a multi-agency program run through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has been participating in this program since 2007.

The most recent submission to the PAVIS program was initiated in 2016 and was approved by the Ministry later that year. The approved funding term concludes on December 31, 2016. The submission that was made and approved is built around the HRPS response to Community Safety Planning in Halton Region.

Strategies include increased resources for weekend/evening patrols of individuals who fail to comply with court-imposed conditions; ensuring compliance through increased checks; stakeholder collaboration with external partners for matters pertaining to the sentencing of offenders, and; additional resources to pursue arrest warrants.

During this funding term, the HRPS will continue partnering with stakeholders to increase organizational and community capacity to prevent and address recidivism through the application of risk-based interventions.

Take a closer look at the reasons for these people being arrested – they are serious offences.

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Police want to deliver a clear message to drivers - our residential roads are not raceways.

News 100 redBy Staff

October 25th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

We ran a piece a number of weeks ago about the high number of traffic tickets handed out in the Waterdown Road part of the city. The reaction from our readers was interesting.

The work the police are doing isn’t going to end – Halton Regional Police officers from 30 Division have been running two traffic initiatives across the City of Burlington throughout 2016.

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

The Halton Regional 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 2016 in order to reduce the speeds of vehicles travelling on residential roadways and to promote safer driving habits.

During the first 9 months of 2016, officers in Burlington conducted 8,137 traffic stops, issued 7,937 Provincial Offences Notices and handed out more than 400 warnings to drivers. Furthermore, Halton Police spent a total of 3,167 hours dedicated to these 2 initiatives throughout Burlington.

Police will continue to focus their efforts on intersections that pose a higher risk to the public based on past collision analytic data. “Accidents can be prevented if all drivers slowed down and were less distracted behind the wheel,” said Sgt. Jared McLeod, District Response Unit.

Halton Regional Police is committed to reducing motor vehicle collisions in an effort to provide a safer community. Halton Regional Police is further committed to reducing dangerous and aggressive driving behaviours that put all road users at risk. Operation RISC and Residential Traffic/Stop Sign/Speeding (RTSS) will continue throughout the City of Burlington.

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

https://www.haltonpolice.ca/services/reporting/trafficcomplaints.php

 

 

 

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Crooks are using a trusted brand to steal your money - pay attention.

Crime 100By Staff

October 19th, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Many of us use PayPal as a way to pay for items we bought or sold on the internet. It is a useful service – even though they do take their time about getting your money to you when you ask for it.

Other than that – decent value – people trust the service – and the trust the brand – which is why the crooks like to use it.

This came across our desk recently – don’t believe a word of it. Someone wants to steal your identity.

(NOTICE) Your PayPal account has been limited

In order to get back into your account, you will need to confirm your identity with us.

We have made the process easy for you:

Download and open the attachment file that we have sent, and proceed into filling in the form.

Our security team will review the information that you have provided, and immediately remove the limitations in your PayPal account.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

There will be no apology when they siphon money out of your bank accounts.

 

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Twenty four year old male charged with trafficking in a human being; 25 other people charged with 67 offences.

Crime 100By Staff

October 18, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It is a dirty business – despicable.

But it does happen

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has charged a Hamilton man with three offences as part of an Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) coordinated, national investigation to suppress human trafficking.
Dubbed Operation Northern Spotlight, members of 36 police services from across Ontario, including Halton Regional Police Service, directly engaged with people suspected of partaking in the sex trade, potentially against their will.

During coordinated investigations over a six-day period, police charged 25 people with 67 offences. Police were also able to ensure the safety of 16 people who had been working in the sex trade as a minor or against their will. A total of 207 police officers and support staff engaged with 199 people and offered them information and contacts with community-based support agencies.

Charges resulting from the operation include Trafficking in Persons under 18, Trafficking in Persons, Procure Sexual Services under 18, Procure Sexual Services, Receive Material Benefit under 18, Receive Material Benefit, Communication for the Purpose of Obtaining Consideration the Sexual Services of a Person, Exercise Control, Make Child Pornography, Distribute Child Pornography, Possess Child Pornography, Child Luring, Advertise Another Person’s Sexual Services, Assault, Obstruct Police, Resist Arrest, Weapons Dangerous, various Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) and Failure to Comply with Court Orders and Conditions including Breaches of Recognizance and Probation.

As part of their role in Operation Northern Spotlight, officers with HRPS’ Morality Unit engaged eight potential exploited victims working in the Halton area, rescuing one.

Twenty-four year-old Sean TRACEY has been charged with Procuring a Person to Offer or Provide Sexual Services for Consideration, Advertising Sexual Services, and Receive Material Benefit from Sexual Service as a result of the HRPS investigation.

“Like our counterparts, our Service is committed to fighting human trafficking by holding those engaged in it to account, while supporting its victims,” said Inspector Anthony Odoardi. “We are pleased to have contributed resources and expertise to this important joint operation.”

Given some of the stuff we are hearing while the Americans try to figure out who they want to lead them – it is little wonder that trafficking in human beings is a business. These guys are just a little lower down the food chain that a nominee for the President of the United States of America,

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The latest scam - the old COD trick. Three local commercial operations got stung.

Crime 100By Staff

October 17th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

We sometimes wonder why the crooks with these innovative ideas don’t just go out and get good jobs – they would seem to be smart enough.

Maybe it’s because too many decent people get sucked in.

Here’s the latest one:

In the last two weeks Halton Regional Police Service has received three complaints for a package delivery scam in the Halton Region.

The suspect will call a small business and claim to be from a neighbouring business and asking the victim to sign and pay for an urgent package they are expecting but unfortunately cannot be around to collect themselves. They claim that they will pay back the victim as soon as they can get back to collect the package.

A short while later a male will show up with a boxed package for delivery and collect the COD fees and leave the store. It is not until sometime later after the neighbouring business doesn’t show up that it is discovered that the package is just an empty box weighted with used magazines and the victim is out the cash given for the delivery.

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Police are looking for this young man. Seen him?

Police are hoping to identify the male pictured below and asking anyone with information to contact the Halton Regional Police Fraud Unit or if they wish to remain anonymous to call Halton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes)

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Citizen complaints tell the police where the traffic ticketing is going to be best - this is a wonderful partnership - 117 tickets issued.

News 100 blueBy Staff

October 14th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police continue to address the numerous traffic complaints provided from the residents of Burlington each day. Officers from 30 Division follow up on every complaint submitted in order to validate driving behaviors in a specific location throughout the City. Police will then target areas to conduct enforcement.

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.

A large number of traffic complaints received by police relate to drivers exceeding the posted speed limits. Officers will continue to target areas throughout the City of Burlington that have been identified as high traffic complaint locations.

Officers conducted a one day targeted blitz around Waterdown Road in the city today due to a number of complaints forwarded by residents of Burlington. As a result of police presence all along Waterdown Road in the City of Burlington, 150 traffic stops were initiated for Highway Traffic Act violations and 117 Provincial Offence Notices were issued.

30 Division Officers will continue to conduct target enforcement throughout Burlington to ensure the safety of all residents using the roadways.

The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to reducing dangerous and aggressive driving behaviors that put all road users at risk.

If any citizen would like to report a traffic concern they can do so by visiting our website and submitting an online traffic complaint, – https://www.haltonpolice.ca/PRC/Pages/TrafficComplaints.aspx

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Failure rate of commercial vehicles rose by 3% over last year - 167 vehicles taken out of service.

News 100 blueBy Staff

October 11, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The results of a two-day commercial vehicle (CMV) enforcement blitz held at the Mohawk Raceway in Milton on October 5-6, 2016 indicates that commercial motor vehicle operators, who travel on our roadways or through our region each day, need to be more diligent in complying to rules and regulations to ensure our roads are safe for all users.

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Truck being inspected by police officer during a two day inspection blitz.

Police Officers and Inspectors from seven police services and two provincial ministries yielded the following results:

• Total CMV’s Inspected 470
• Total CMV’s taken out of service 179 (38% failure rate)
• Total Charges Laid 476
• Sets of plates seized 35

In 2015, out of 472 inspected, 167 were taken out of service; a 35% failure rate. A total of 348 charges were laid in the 2015 blitz.

Of the charges laid this year, the following is the top six offences:

1. Failure to complete annual inspection 88
2. Insecure loads 56
3. Fail to complete daily inspection 55
4. Improper brakes 45
5. Commercial vehicle operator’s certificate violations 33
6. Overweight vehicles 32

“Results such as those achieved last week are a reminder of the need for continuous enforcement of commercial motor vehicle operators across the GTA and beyond. Given the transient nature of commercial vehicles, identifying an unsafe condition on a truck in Halton could just as likely prevent an injury or fatality in any City or Town where the involved vehicle travels. Commercial vehicle safety, and on a broader scale, the safety of all vehicles on our roadways, is everyone’s concern. Safer trucks equate to safer roads,” said Sgt. Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit.

The CMV unit is currently planning a fall open house to continue to work with commercial vehicle operators to ensure our roads and highways in Halton Region are safe. Dates to be determined.

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Burlington resident arrested for selling stolen golf club passes - at $40 a pop.

Crime 100By Staff

October 7, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Street Crime Unit has concluded a week long fraud investigation into an employee of a local golf club who was stealing golf passes from the club.

In October of this year, a victim came forward and informed police that he purchased 20 golf passes to a local golf course in Burlington from a male suspect through Kijiji. The male suspect was selling the passes for $40 each.

Police made observations of the suspect selling additional golf passes on October 6th and placed him under arrest and a search warrant was executed at his residence in Burlington.

As a result of the investigation police seized 103 passes with an approximate value of $4120 and $5430 cash.
Michael SFERRAZZA (24 yrs) of Burlington was released on a Promise to Appear in Milton Court on November 9th 2016 to face the following charges:

• Theft Over $5000
• Fraud Under $5000 (Three counts)
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
• Possession of property obtained bt crime under $5000 (two counts)

Police have identified only one victim at this time and are encouraging anyone who may have purchased similar passes on Kijiji to contact Constable Greg Watt at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2324.

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Shred It - so that the identity theives can't get their hands on it - when they do they frequently empty your bank account.

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

October 6, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Gazette gets a couple of dozen request each week asking us to promote an event – more often tan not a store opening where the Mayor sometimes cuts a ribbon.

We explain two things to people who send in these requests – there is a line between our promoting an event and the business people advertising their events.

We got a request to mention the Shred It event Crime Stoppers is putting on – this is a really valuable public service and we have in the past promoted them.

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah pleads his innocence to the charge of Grand Theft Donuts, looking on is Halton Regional Police Detective Constable Paul Proteau.

Halton Regional Police Detective Constable Paul Proteau at an event with Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah

 

This year the Shred It event was to take place in Oakville and Georgetown.  We explained to Detective Constable Proteau that we cover Burlington events – he responded with: “I know but I’m trying to serve as large an area as I can – that is why I chose half way between Burlington/Oakville right at HQ here.

Proteau added that in the spring we did Milton and now in the fall I’m doing Georgetown. I’m having this issue with the other papers too as they say if it isn’t in our city so we shouldn’t print it. I have to try and serve everyone in the region.

He mentioned as well that “we raised approximately $3100.00 with our combined spring shreds; hoping to make the fall outcome better as we didn’t do as well on the Sunday which was Mother’s Day.

Proteau made an important point – so here is what they want to say to the public about their Shred It event.

police-fall-shred-2016Halton Crime Stoppers needs your help to keep our communities safe and secure.

Not only do we require the eyes and ears of everyone watching out for each other, but you must make sure your own private and personal information doesn’t fall into the hands of criminals.

In an effort to protect area residents from becoming victims of identity theft and other fraud, Halton Crime Stoppers will host a Community Shred Event through our semi-annual Feed the Beast fundraising campaign.

The events run on Saturday, October, 15th at the Halton Region Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville (lot A) and, Sunday, October, 16th at The Real Canadian Superstore, 171 Guelph Street, Georgetown. Both the Region of Halton and The Real Canadian Superstore are graciously donating the space on their property for the events.

On both days the event runs from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. The cost for the events are $5 per grocery bag, $10 per bankers boxes and $15 per larger bags and/or boxes. When you arrive look for the distinctive FileBank Canada truck with the large beast on the side which will be ready to gobble up your person documents so no one else can get them.

Autumn is traditionally a clean-up time when people get rid of clutter around the house, but Detective Paul Proteau, coordinator of Halton’s Crime Stoppers program, warns against throwing invoices, bank statements, old tax records or credit cards receipts in trash cans for local pick-up.

“Criminals routinely steal garbage left outside homes to obtain information that can be used to defraud people through various scams, including identify theft,” said Proteau.

“Shred all personal items to ensure your private information doesn’t get into the hands of those who will victimize you,” he said. “Scam artists can create phony credit cards to make purchases anywhere in the world; they can obtain mortgages in your name; they can get loans or they can produce documents and take over your identity.”

Proteau said victims of these crimes are forced to spend considerable amounts of money and countless amounts of time straightening out the problems that these criminals cause. “It is truly a nightmare for victims of identity theft,” he said.

Through the years Halton Crime Stoppers has set up Community Shred Events in partnership with FileBank Canada, not only to raise money to assist the program to combat crime, but more importantly to protect residents from the horrendous difficulties they can face through identity theft and other crimes that can be perpetrated when personal information gets into the hands of criminals.

FileBank Canada – an innovative shredding and record storage company established 28 years ago – provides a mobile, state-of-the-art pulverizing unit, free of charge to Halton Crime Stoppers, to instantly destroy any documents you bring to our Community Shred Event. Personal papers are reduced to tiny fragment and later recycled to produce other paper products.

So you are not only helping to keep our communities safe from crime, but you are also being green and protecting the environment. It’s a win-win situation for everyone when you shred your sensitive papers at the Halton Crime Stoppers Community Shred Event.

“Last year we destroyed hundreds of pounds of personal documents, that’s a lot of paper that didn’t find its way to a landfill” said Proteau.getting new - yellow

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40 pigs died in the overturned tractor trailer that flipped on its side at the intersection of Appleby Line and Harvester Road

News 100 redBy Staff

October 5th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It was difficult to fully understand how grim things were at the intersection of Appleby Line and Harvester Road until you get the hear the squealing of pigs trapped in a truck that flipped over on its side when the driver lost control.

A reported 40 pigs were killed in the accident – those that got out of the trailer were walked to the slaughterhouse.

A 49 year old woman Anna Krajnc was arrested for obstructing police and released on a Promise to Appear in court.

It was hectic at the accident site and very difficult for people who cared about the animals.

 

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Demonstrator charged with obstruction and released from arrest on a promise to appear.

Crime 100By Staff

October 5th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service has charged Anita KRANJNC, 49, of Toronto with Obstruct Police and Breach of Recognizance in connection with rolling over of a truck carrying 180 pigs to a slaughter house.

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Anita Kranjnc under arrest.

KRANJNC has been released on a Promise to Appear.

Kranjnc is currently being tried for “mischief” for giving pigs in a transportation truck water on a sweltering hot day.   That trial was scheduled to take five days – three days of hearings have been held so far.

Next trial date is in November.

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Pig advocate arrested at truck roll over site yards away from slaughterhouse.

News 100 redBy Staff

October 5th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Anita Krajnc, 49, a woman currently on trial on mischief charges for giving water to pigs that were headed to slaughter last summer was arrested again Wednesday morning, this time at the scene of an accident where another truck full of pigs headed to the same pork plant flipped over in Burlington, Ont.

Krajnc testified in her own defence in court on Monday.

It is unclear what charges Krajnc is now facing. “We will release further information in regards to this occurrence at a later time,” said Halton Police Sgt. Barry Malciw.

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Truck transporting 150+ pigs flips over yards away from slaughterhouse – pigs walk that last distance.

The truck lost control and flipped over just after 7 a.m., Halton Police say, near the corner of Appleby Line and Harvester Road. That’s on the corner of the Fearmans Pork Plant, where the animals were headed for slaughter.

Some of the pigs were roaming free for a time, but Halton police Staff Sergeant Peter Corner told the CBC that they have since been “corralled.”

The Gazette thanks CBC Hamilton for much of the material in this piece.getting new - yellow

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