Police looking for male suspected of stealing a wallet from a car south of Tansley Woods.

Crime 100By Staff

August 31, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

On August 11th 2016 at 4:08am, the suspect captured in this surveillance image entered a vehicle in the residential area south of Tansley Woods in Burlington and stole a wallet.

Wallet thief SuspectDo you happen to know who this person is?

Anyone who may have witnessed this person or has information that would assist investigators in locating him are encouraged to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau D/Cst Freeman at 905-825-4747 ext 2363/Det Bale ext 2312 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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Police will be out in force as students prepare to return to school - remember where the school safe zones are.

News 100 blueBy Staff

August 29, 2016

Burlington, ON

As the summer winds down and parents are counting down the days till their children return to school, Halton Regional Police are looking forward to a safe start to the school year.

The ninth annual Project Safe Start will run between Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, September 13, 2016. The focus of this traffic campaign is to educate and remind everyone to take extra care when driving and to look out for children in school zones, residential areas, playgrounds and parks.

Halton Regional Police’s goal is to raise awareness about how to keep our children safe on the roads through high-visibility enforcement of traffic laws in and around school zones throughout Halton Region.

To keep children safe while heading to and from school it is important to remember the five Safe Start “S’s”:

1. Safe speeds – Watch for the flashing 40km/h zones. Motorists are required to slow down where school zone signs are posted. Fines increase within many of these zones within Halton Region.

2. Seatbelts – Drivers and passengers should always buckle up on every trip. Seat belt use saves lives and reduces injuries in motor vehicle collisions.

3. School zones and school buses – Slow down and take extra care to look out for children in school zones and residential areas. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals that the school bus is stopped and traffic in *both directions* are required to stop for students entering or exiting a school bus.

4. Stop signs – Motorists must come to a complete stop at a red stop sign. Allow time to stop, think, observe and proceed.

5. Safe operation – Distracted driving is dangerous. Motorists should follow the rules of the road and operate their vehicles safely. Drive now and text later!

Signs are pretty clear. Police still nabbed xx speeders during an All Hands on Deck which has the Chief of Police out writing up tickets. The two officers shown here were kept busy.

Signs are pretty clear. Police still nabbed 4 speeders speeders during an All Hands on Deck which had the Chief of Police out writing up tickets. The two officers shown here were kept busy.

School zones should be safe zones. Enforcement will be on speeders, aggressive drivers, and the use of hand held devices while driving. Seatbelt compliance will also be strictly enforced. Frontline officers, District Response officers, Education Services officers, High School Liaison officers and Senior Command officers will all be taking part in this campaign.

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Senior Officers, Specialist Units, Divisional Commanders and Police Executive officers will participate in the “All Hands on Deck” component of Project Safe Start.

This high visibility enforcement and education campaign will positively affect driver behaviour around school zones throughout the year and have overall lasting safety benefits to members of the community.

Halton residents have ranked traffic concerns as their #1 policing priority in surveys. Halton Regional Police Service recognizes this concern and engages in various campaigns throughout the year in efforts to educate the public and enforce the Highway Traffic Act and other traffic related legislation.

Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and police all play an integral role in ensuring safer roads within the Halton Region. We ask that everyone do their part in ensuring our Region’s children return to school safely.

This may turn out to be a difficult day for some police officers who have to pull a driver over. In a recent report RoadWatch initiative police officers were abused and treated with little or no respect.

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Police pulling cars over – and having to put up with abusive drivers. Were they carded?

Here is a sample of the comments police reported:

• “Really…. I’m usually the first person to complain about that”
• “OH there’s a stop sign there?”
• “Just let me drive home, I just live around the corner a few blocks, I can make it” This driver failed a road side screening test and his licence was suspended

• “I guess there isn’t enough crime to keep you busy”
• “But I was just involved in a car accident the other day”
• “You’re a F……….. liar”
• “I was just holding it for directions”
• “Please we are very late for the train”
• “I’ve phoned and complained about the traffic on this street”
• “Sorry Officer I’m on my way to get my nails done”
• “I’m speeding because I have an infection and I’m on my way to shoppers to pick up the medication”

Over the course of the three days 371 traffic stops were initiated for Highway Traffic Act violations and 238 Provincial Offence Notices were issued.

The Gazette doesn’t understand why the police officers did not take the drivers into the station for a conversation.

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Trial for the protester who gave water to pigs in sweltering heat as they were being trucked to Fearman's for slaughter began this morning.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 24, 2016

Burlington, ON

A trial for an animal rights activist charged with mischief for giving water to pigs that were in a sweltering truck on their way to slaughter began this morning.

Pig trial - Anita Krajnc

Anita Krajnc

Anita Krajnc of Toronto faces jail time or a maximum $5,000 fine for providing water through the narrow openings of a metal trailer to the pigs as they were headed to Fearman’s Pork Inc. in Burlington, Ont.
Krajnc, 49, is part of the group Toronto Pig Save, which held a vigil outside the pork processing plant on June 22, 2015.

The comments being made by readers who are following a twitter news feed by CBC reporter Samantha Craggs are diverse to say the least.

Worth tuning into.

The protesters have been on the scene for a number of years – they are persistent. Fearman’s is taking a beating in the public relations world.

Pigs being watered - trial

That pig may not be human but the look in its eye says it is in serious distress.

The charge of mischief is for giving pigs water in a sweltering truck while they were on their way to a slaughterhouse in Burlington.
Krajnc said her group stands on a traffic island at Appleby Line and Harvester Road once a week to “bear witness” to the animals going to slaughter at Fearman’s Pork Inc.

‘In legal circles, people are scratching their heads’ said lawyer Gary Grill.

On June 22, Ktajnc said, temperatures were high, and her group poured water through the holes. In court documents, Halton police refer to it as an “unknown liquid.”

The Halton police have had to manage calls from the slaughter house every week – at one point the protesters managed to actually get to what is called the hog chute – the spot where the pigs are off loaded from the truck into the plant.

On June 22nd, Krajnc said the driver got out and told them to stop, and she quoted a Bible verse at him about giving water to the thirsty.

“He said, ‘They’re not humans, you dumb frigging broad,'” she told CBC News.

The pork farmer who owned the pigs, Eric Van Boekel of Oxford County, contacted police the next day, court documents say. Police investigated and pursued the mischief charge. Punishment for the charge ranges from a fine to up to 10 years in prison.

Pig trial supporters

Anita Kranjc supporters outside the courthouse

Gary Grill, Kranjc’s Toronto-based lawyer asked: “Taxpayers are paying for this.”

Grill said the question isn’t how he and co-counsel James Silver will defend the case, but how the Crown will prove that what Kranjc did was criminal mischief.

Kranjc, 48, said if she is fined, she will refuse to pay.

The trial continues.

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Identity thieves never stop - a more recent attempt at stealing your money from you.

Crime 100By Staff

August 24, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

“You are only able to use your existing security device until 26 August 2016” said a note from what the sender wanted us to believe was from the TD Bank.

Identity theft - many facesThe message was not from the TD Bank – it was from someone who wants the reader to think that.

The message goes on to say:

“Effective 27 August 2016, you will be required to log on to your Web Business Banking with the new synchronized master key. To avoid any disruption to your Web Business Banking service, we encourage you to upgrade immediately.”

“Your online security is our priority, for more detailed information please see the attached PDF document enclosed.”

“Your new Security Device upgrade is pin-protected and will provide you with an additional level of protection. All Web Business Banking users who do not upgrade there Security Devices in due time will be deactivated and unable to authorize transactions.

[TD Canada Trust]
[Commercial Banking Operations]

The spelling mistake we highlighted it in red for you is one of the give aways – banks don’t communicate with their clients this way.

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Two men arrested during overnight break-in at Tamarack Lumber on the North Service Road - Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

August 22, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON
While most of us were sound asleep early this morning, at approximately 12:30am, Police responded to a reported break-and-enter in progress at Tamarack Lumber at 3269 North Service Road in Burlington.

During the police response, the two accused persons attempted to flee and were arrested near the scene. Two suspects, also believed involved, managed to make good their escape and are currently being sought.

Police located a stolen flatbed trailer (that had been stolen from a business in Toronto) the accused were in the process of loading a quantity of lumber onto.

Accused #1:

Klejton NDOJA (36 years) of Toronto

Accused #2:

Leondardi DEMOLLI (38 years) of Toronto

Both men have been charged with
• Break and Enter
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (over $5000)

They are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton on September 14th 2016.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Vince Couce of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2307 or Detective Constable Frank Trasmundi at ext. 2335 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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Plain clothes police officer covering Spencer Smith Park instrumental in the apprehension of a bicycle thief.

Crime 100By Staff

August 18, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On August 16th 2016 at approximately 6:50 pm, police received a report that a bike had been stolen in the area of Pearl St. and Pine St. in Burlington.

At approximately 7:00 pm, a plain clothes officer observed a male suspect riding the stolen bike along Spencer Smith Park.

Inland Water location - Burlington

Bicycle thief steals second bike at the Inland Water research station in an attempt to escape.

Police followed the suspect to the Burlington Lift Bridge where officers confronted him. The suspect discarded the bike and fled on foot towards the rear of the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters.

At approximately 7:20 PM, the suspect was observed riding another bike out of the parking lot of the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters. The suspect had attempted to change his appearance by wearing a hat and changing his clothes.

Police confronted the suspect a second time and he again discarded the bike and fled on foot into backyards along Lakeshore Road. The suspect entered one of the homes in order to hide from police but was confronted by a homeowner. The suspect then fled out the rear door where he was immediately arrested by awaiting officers.

The same suspect was also wanted in connection to a residential break and enter that occurred on Lakeshore Rd. on July 18th 2016 where two cell phones a wallet and cash were stolen.

Bradley Lionel MARK (34 years old) of No Fixed Address was arrested and held for bail charged with the following offences:

Theft under $5000 (X2)
Mischief
Unlawfully in a Dwelling
Break, enter and Theft

Anyone with information is asked to contact D/Cst. Mark Urie of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2338 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).

Bradley clearly did not want to get caught

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Youths Robbed of Their Cell Phones near Alexander’s Public School on Sutton Drive

Crime 100By Staff

August 18, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Late last night, shortly after midnight, three youths were gathered near the splash pad area behind Alexander’s Public School on Sutton Drive in Burlington when they were confronted by three black males armed with knives.

The youths were robbed of their personal belongings including I-phones.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1: Male black, 6’0” – 6’3” tall, no facial hair, wearing baggy clothing, specifically a dark coloured hoodie, grey sweat pants, and armed with a silver 4” flick knife.

Suspect #2: Male black, 5’7” – 5’9” tall, very thin, 1-2 gold teeth, shoulder length black dreadlock style hair, no facial hair, unknown clothing.

Suspect #3: Male brown, 6’3” tall, very thin, unknown facial hair wearing a neon green Nike hat, a grey sweater, grey sweatpants.

Investigators do not believe this incident is connected to a stabbing that occurred in the same community several hours earlier.

Anyone with information is asked to contact D/Cst. Alan MacEwan of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2349  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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Dispatch side of police communications unit gets fast paced at times.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

August 18th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Dispatch side of the Regional Police communications unit is quite different than the Intake side.

The Intake people deal with whatever comes to them – the dispatch people are closer to the action. They come into the picture when the Intake side is unable to resolve an issue.

The job is a little more exciting on the Dispatch side – a dispatch operator can pull up a screen and see exactly where the patrol cruisers are in the community she is handling (the vast majority of the comm-unications staff are female).

Their is a GPS system in every cruiser.

Operator at dispatch

The Dispatch operator for Oakville keeps her eyes glued to the monitors in front of her as she communicates with officers in the field.

There is a Dispatch operator for each community: Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Halton Hills is included in the Milton operation.

The Dispatch people can be in instant contact with every unit of the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS).

They are basically the connect point for every police officer in a vehicle on patrol.

Dispatch can be linked to the Marine unit in Oakville and patch them into police cruisers that are on a scene at the pier in Burlington.

The Dispatcher is basically a tool, a resource for the front line police officers who rely on them for information and at times direction.

Supervisors work station

Shift supervisor works form this station – count the monitors she has in front her – that plus three mice.

Dispatchers, like the Intake people are monitored all the time by the shift supervisor who can listen in on any operator.

The tension is a little higher on the Dispatch side.

During my time with this unit I sat with Nicole and Sam; both women had parents or relatives who were in the police service who suggested they give it a try.

It involves shift work which doesn’t work for some people.

It also calls for a lot of training and you become part of the unit by being smart and quick. There wasn’t all that much going on when I sat in with the Dispatchers – but when it gets hectic – everything rests on their shoulders.

They give definition to what is meant when we say “multi-tasking”.

There are several woman who have been with the communications unit for close to 35 years.

Sam decided to drop out of university – it wasn’t what she wanted to do – she likes the pace and the rush that comes from those occasions when there is a situation that is very active with several police cruisers involved in an action.

Nicole managed a tanning salon – these are ordinary people who happen to have that collections of skills and ability that makes them good listeners who can adapt to a changing situation quickly.

None of the communications people are sworn officers – they are all civilians doing a critical job and overseen by a staff sergeant.

The training is rigorous and everyone is cross trained and moved from task to task during a shift; any operator can do any job. A full time trainer is part of the unit.

The significant changes in communications technology adds to the need for constant training.

Police station - new - from east side

New police headquarters, yards away from th current office, is scheduled to open in July of 2017

In July of 2017 the communications unit will move to the top floor of the new police headquarters where they will have a lot of new equipment and some new furniture. Staff Sergeant Dave Cross who oversees the unit points out that some of the furniture is more than 25 years old.

Migrating from one location to the other is going to be something of a logistics challenge – which the unit will handle with considerable aplomb – that’s what they do.

Related article:

Civilian operators keep the flow of critical information constant at police communications unit

 

 

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Stabbing took place in Burlington, victim goes to Oakville hospital - gets transferred to Hamilton for surgery.

Crime 100By Staff

August 17, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

At approximately 10:00 PM last night an 18-year-old male walked into the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital suffering from deep stab wounds in his chest.

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Two of the HRPS detachments were involved in this incident – Oakville and Burlington.

The male was stabilized then transported to the Hamilton General Hospital in critical condition where he underwent surgery. His condition has since been upgraded to stable and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators from the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau have been conducting the investigation and learned that that an altercation occurred in the area of Kindos St and Sutton Dr. in Burlington sometime last evening between 9:30 PM at 10:00 PM.

Investigators from the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau are now working with Oakville investigators and are seeking information from anyone who may have information about this incident and/or witnessed an altercation in this area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact D/Cst. Jack Olewniczak of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2364 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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Police communications - an amazing array of equipment with 66 operators serving 24/7 to keep the flow of critical information constant.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

August 17th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Part 1 of a two part series.

When you pick up the phone and dial 911 – or you call the police station – few people realize just how many wheels begin to turn.

It all gets to the Halton Regional Police Service communications department run by Staff Sergent Dave Cross – who is very quick to tell you that he has an office with a window and ensures the place runs smoothly but adds: “I don’t do a thing on the actual communications work side. I administer the operation and ensure that the 66 people who handle those telephone calls are trained, supported and appreciated.”

They are certainly well trained. Cross explains that everyone is cross trained in everything. This is a 24 x 7 operation. It is always up.
The communications people are tied in very tightly to the Bell system’s 911 call service which is immensely complex.

Supervisors work station

Shift supervisor’s work station – notice the three difference mic on the desk top – can you count the number of screens?

Communications at the HRPS is broken into two parts; those people who handle the incoming calls. Every call to the police comes into the third floor operation at the police headquarters in Oakville. The lights are always dim with the operators, mostly woman, glued to the three, sometimes five, very large computer monitors in front of them and a telephone set with more buttons that you can even imagine.

There are usually two different mouse’s at the ready.

There is very little idle chatter.

On the incoming side the calls that come in are distributed to the first available operator. There are two kinds of calls – a regular telephone call and a 911 call.

Zee map

The operators can pull up maps fr any part of the Region and zoom in to whatever they want – all at the click of the mouse.

A large television screen in a spot on one of the walls where all of the four to six incoming call operators can see it at a glance, tells them how many calls there are in the waiting que. When the board changes to blue they know that a 911 call is waiting.

Operators will put a regular telephone call on hold – they are pretty abrupt at putting a caller on hold and say to the 911 caller – “Do you want the police, fire department or ambulance.”

The moment they know which, they transfer the call. If it is an ambulance call it goes to the Emergency Measures people and often gets passed along immediately to the police detachment as well.

“Sometimes” said Zee, the operator I sat in with for a stretch “a police cruiser is needed to help clear the roadway for the ambulance.”

While sitting in with Zee things were pretty relaxed – then a call from Fearman’s hog processing plant in Burlington about a protestor who had gotten into the property and was pretty close to the hog chute; they wanted her removed from the property.

Zee was talking to both the person from the hog plant and the police cruiser that was on the way.

A call came in a little later about a house in Oakville where the door was thought to be open. When Zee brings up a screen showing all the police incidents in the area she notices that there had been three breaks in in the area. She passes the call along to a police cruiser and then the call gets transferred to the dispatch side of the communications operation

I will come back to the Dispatch people – they do a decidedly different job.

Zee has directed one cruiser on the way to the open house door scene and is in the process of getting a back up car in place as well.
While directing the first police car she gets a call from the police officer asking if she can send someone else to the open house door call and asks if she would run the plates from a car the police officer spotted and was just a little suspicious about. Zee taps a couple of keys and reads out the name of the owner of the car. The police officer asks her to run the name of the owner – a few more key get tapped and Zee is able to tell the police officer that the driver’s name has been has been queried by police in London and a few other surrounding areas. That’s enough for the police officer to know that his suspicions were right and he pulls the driver over.

The people in the communications division have an amazing array of information sources at their fingertips. They can be in touch with other local police forces – they can be in touch with any police service in the province.

Screen upon screen of information is a fingertip away – and their fingers skip across their keyboard in a flash.

Dispatch - not much daylight

The information available to the operator is almost unlimited – and the speed at which they can access that information is close to stunning.

Calls from cell phone are a little harder to work with explained Zee. However, when there is a call from a cell phone she is able to flick to a screen that will show her which cell tower the call came from is located and then see a circle around the cell tower and tells me that “the call came from within that circumference”.

All this information comes up in an instant.

A little later there was a call from a person with an accent that was difficult to understand – but the words Old English kept being heard. Zee goes to the map and keys in the words – and up comes a street name – she has begun to narrow down the location of the caller.

Another operator hearing part of the conversation pips up and adds some information she had on the caller.
When Dave Cross said these people were cross trained – he wasn’t kidding.

An operator will work at a station for a couple of hours and then shift supervisor Terry will switch them around. No one stay at a particular station for a long time – they get moved around.

I sat in with Zee on the incoming call side and with Nicole and Sam on the Dispatch side.

Terry, the supervisor is a woman with one of those voices that lets you know she has a firm grip on the conversation; you know she is going to guide every word of it. That sense that there is someone really in charge but not bossy in charge becomes very clear.

Incoming - clustered

Data on screens and telephone sets with instant links – note the two telephone sets.

Calls on the incoming side involve a lot of what get described as “domestic matters” which can be pretty hum drum but have the capacity to escalate very quickly; the operators listen very keenly to not only the words but the tone. I could almost hear Zee tuning into one callers breathing.

There was a 15 year old calling from Belleville who wanted the Halton police to call her Mother and advise the Mother that she could not throw the daughters possessions out on the street.

It took Zee seconds to realize that she was working with a distraught teenager and needed to work with the Belleville police to ensure they were fully aware of the matter and then with the Burlington detachment to bring them into the picture.

A call from a resident at a community home who said he was told he had to call in and cancel a complaint he had made earlier had Zee looking a little askance at the phone – she asked if she could speak to the person who had instructed him to cancel the call and got passed along to care giver who explained the background.

Police station - new

The new police headquarters – communications will be on the top floor – is scheduled to open July of 2017.

The operators are trained to listen with almost a third ear. They don’t miss much. The quality of the work done by the people I listened to was a lot better than what you hear on some news reports where callers are over excited and very emotional.

Zee was always able to keep the conversation flowing and draw additional information out of a caller – all the while keeping things calm and under control.

The call board goes blue and the number 1 pops up –a 911 call was coming in.

Zee’s body stiffens a bit and she is suddenly all business – her hand goes up telling me not to talk:

“Police, fire department or ambulance – how do you want me to direct this call” she says in a confident voice – she gets some detail and the call gets passed over to the Dispatcher from Oakville and Zee falls back to a supporting role.

What the people on the Dispatch side is covered in our next report to you.

 

Part 2 – Dispatching police officers.

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Red Malibu T-boned by a Grey Honda that shot a red light. Malibu driver has life threatening injuries

Motor Vehicle Collision at North Shore Boulevard and QEW Off-Ramp
Crime 100By Staff

August 12, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On Friday August 12, 2016 Halton Regional Police Service responded to a personal injury collision on North Shore Boulevard, near the QEW – Niagara bound off ramp in the City of Burlington.

HRPS crestAt approximately 5:40 pm, an eastbound Red Chevrolet Malibu traveling on North Shore Boulevard was struck in a T-bone style collision by a Grey Honda Pilot exiting the highway. The Pilot entered the intersection on a red light.

The Honda Pilot had 6 family members traveling in it ranging in age from 11 months old to 56 years old from Markham. All were transported to Joseph Brant Hospital with injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

The single occupant of the Chevrolet Malibu, a 37 year old West Lincoln male was transported to Hamilton General Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Due to the nature of the collision, the Halton Regional Police Service Collision Reconstruction Unit has taken carriage of the investigation. North Shore Boulevard was closed for approximately 8 hours in both directions for the collision scene investigation.

Charges in the collision have yet to be laid.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905 825-4747 extension 5065 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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You would not believe the stories police hear when they pull people over - real whoppers!

Crime 100By Staff

August 12th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Traffic officers from across the service worked together to target the “Big 4” driving behaviours that are the greatest cause of concern for road users within the region.

The project ran over a three day period starting on Monday August 9th in Georgetown, in the Town of Halton Hills, followed by the Town of Oakville on Tuesday August 10th and concluding in the City of Burlington on Wednesday August 10th.

Officers targeted sub divisions that had been identified through police analytics as having the highest number of complaints and traffic related occurrences.

HRPS crestOver the course of the three days 371 traffic stops were initiated for Highway Traffic Act violations and 238 Provincial Offence Notices were issued.

The goal of the project was to allow officers to have meaningful conversations with drivers who live within these communities and encourage them to drive safely in the future. The number of charges laid demonstrates that officers used considerable discretion and only charged drivers when they felt that it was prudent to do so.

Officers were asked to note the excuses drivers offered in response to being stopped. Some of the comments are being provided here in the hope that this sparks a debate on road safety between family members and their friends. Surely none of these reasons are serious enough to risk getting involved in a collision with a neighbour walking down the street, a child riding their bike or family heading out for dinner.

Stop Sign/Speeding/Cell phone/Impairment statements:

• “Really…. I’m usually the first person to complain about that”

• “OH there’s a stop sign there?”

• “Just let me drive home, I just live around the corner a few blocks, I can make it” This driver failed a road side screening test and his licence was suspended

• “I guess there isn’t enough crime to keep you busy”

• “But I was just involved in a car accident the other day”

• “You’re a F……….. liar”

• “I was just holding it for directions”

• “Please we are very late for the train”

• “I’ve phoned and complained about the traffic on this street”

• “Sorry Officer I’m on my way to get my nails done”

• “I’m speeding because I have an infection and I’m on my way to shoppers to pick up the medication”

Halton police receive many complaints concerning aggressive driving and we will continue to conduct rigorous enforcement where it is required, we do however want to do this in partnership with our community and encourage everyone to Drive Safe.

To report individual driver behaviour, residents can complete a Road Watch complaint at :

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

ROAD WATCH© is a community driven program encouraging anonymous reporting of incidents involving dangerous and/or aggressive driving.

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Police having a conversation with a 38 year old Mother of three about why they were left unattended in a car in blistering heat.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 11, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It happens.

There are some incredibly stupid parents out there.

Changing them is difficult; fortunately there are services that can work with negligent parents.

The public is one of the defences the children of negligent parents can rely on.

A 38 year old Halton Region mother of three is under investigation following an incident in a store parking lot early Wednesday evening.

HRPS crestOfficers were called to the parking lot around 6:45 p.m. in response to a citizen’s complaint that three children were in a car in an “expectant Mother” parking space. The car was parked in full sunlight and had its engine turned off. Four windows were open only approximately 3 inches each. The car was locked and the alarm had been activated.

Officers attended and persuaded the oldest child to open the door so that officers could check on them and get some fresh air flowing through the car. The children, aged between 4 and 12 years old, appeared hot, and the youngest appeared to be sleeping yet perspiring profusely. As a precaution, the officers summoned an ambulance to the scene. The children were checked by paramedics and appeared to be suffering no ill effects from the heat.

About 11 minutes after the initial call, the mother returned to the vehicle. She had a conversation with the officers and provided her excuse as to why she left her three children in a locked car, with no air conditioning, in 32 degree Celsius ambient heat.

Police will be reviewing video surveillance footage of the parking area to determine how many minutes, in excess of the known 11 minutes, that the children were subjected to these conditions. Officers will then determine what charges could and may be laid.

Halton Regional Police would like to remind people that leaving children or pets inside a motor vehicle is not only gravely dangerous, but unlawful as well. The interior temperature of a standard automobile in 32C weather can increase to 42C in 10 minutes, 48C in 20 minutes and 51C in 30 minutes. Having windows cracked open just a few inches has minimal to no affect on the increase in interior temperatures. Children have been known to succumb to heat stroke inside cars where the outside temperature is only 21C.getting new - yellow

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She is still missing - you can help if you happen to have a home video security system.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

July 26th, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The drive to work each day for Halton Regional Police Service Detective Joe Barr is not easy these days. The question – where is she, comes close to haunting his thoughts

Missing woman #2 July 6

Helen Robertson.

Helen Robertson has been missing since 12:45 PM on Tuesday July 5th

In a telephone conversation with Detective Constable Joe Barr he said “what baffles me is that with all the resources we have available to us – we still have not been able to find this woman.”

Barr spends a good part of his time reviewing videos of places Helen might have been.

“The woman was a walker” explained Barr – “we’ve no idea just how far she could have gone. It is worrisome, it is very hot out there and she has been missing a long time.

“This is emotionally hard work and it isn’t what we signed up for but it is what we do.

“We try very hard not to invest ourselves in this kind of a situation emotionally – what everyone needs is clear, sharp minds that look at the evidence.

“She is out there somewhere.”

Just about a year ago the Regional police unveiled a Security Camera Registration and Monitoring program, ( S.C.R.A.M), a community based crime prevention opportunity and investigative tool that enlists the help of Halton residents.

S.C.R.A.M. enables community members to voluntarily identify and register their residential video surveillance equipment.

Joe Barr would love to see anything in the Millcroft area where Helen lives. “We might see her on video captured by a home security system and be able to get some idea of the direction she might have been going in.

Missing woman #1 July 6

Helen Robertson loved to walk and frequently slipped out of the house to walk. She has been missing since July 5th

“We need access to every tool we can get.” Detective Constable Barr can be reached at 905-825-4747. If you can’t reach him – ask for Detective constable Julie Power, she is his partner on this case.

A number of people wonder just what giving police access to your home security means. You are not giving the police any access when you register – what you are doing in letting the police know that you have an electronic security system. Your camera may have captured an image of Helen Robertson.

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Police arrest 7 following break and enters in Burlington and Oakville

Crime 100By Staff

July 25thj, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

On July 24th 2016 the Oakville Gardens General Store in the Town of Oakville and the Eyeglass Gallery in the City of Burlington were broken into.

As a result investigators from the Commercial Crime Team in Burlington launched an investigation which identified a number of suspects all from Hamilton who have since been arrested. In total police arrested 6 adults and 1 young offender responsible for these break and enters. The name of the young offender will not be published to comply with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Investigators from Halton Regional Police Service and Hamilton Police executed two search warrants at two addresses in Hamilton.

As a result of these searches several cartons of cigarettes and a quantity of cash were seized.

The following persons were charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime:

• Fares AL-HASEL 29 years old
• Tiffany JAR 35 years old
• Haylee JAR 18 years old

The following persons were charged with two counts of Break and Enter, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Fail to Comply with Probation and/or their recognizance.

• Dylan MCSHANE 26 years old
• Steven HAYDEN 36 years old
• Darryl SPEIGHTS 37 years old

If anyone has any additional information they are asked to contact Detective Bale of the Burlington Commercial Crime Team at 905 825 4747 ext. 2312 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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Halton Paramedic arrested for sexual assault and voyeurism inside an ambulance.

Crime 100By Staff

July 22, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

Halton Regional Police have arrested and charged a Halton Paramedic in relation to an incident which occurred inside an ambulance in October 2015.

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Tad Nelson, 57yrs of Dundas is charged with Sexual Assault and Voyeurism contrary to the Criminal Code in relation to an incident involving an adult female patient. Nelson will appear in Milton bail court on July 22nd, 2016.

If anyone has any additional information they are asked to contact Detective Constable Matt Cunnington at 905-465-8978 or Detective Constable Alanda Prescod at 905-465-8977 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).

These things do have to be reported – there are a lot of men and women who do the very hard, gut wrenching work inside an ambulance as it races to a hospital. This incident should not reflect on the really good people who work as paramedics

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Regional deputy police chief recognized by American association of law enforcement executives.

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 19th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah accepted the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Technology Champion of the Year Award at the Annual Training Conference Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Washington D.C.

The award is sponsored by Harris Corporation and is presented to an individual who is a strong advocate of technology that benefits law enforcement and public safety.

NOBLE is the largest association of black law enforcement officers and spans police agencies across the United States of America.

The fact that NOBLE selected a Canadian police leader out of all the American police agencies is a remarkable testament to the achievements of Halton Police.  Deputy Chief Duraiappah accepted the award on behalf of the Halton Regional Police Service.

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

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah pleads his innocence to the charge of Grand Theft Donuts, during a police fund raising event. Looking on is Halton Regional Police Detective Constable Paul Proteau.

Some of the work that the Halton Regional Police Service has championed includes LTE mobile workstations in each vehicle, public police Apps in ITunes/Google, the testing of smart mobile devices for officers to conduct electronic notetaking in the field and piloting of in-car cameras. Halton Police has established a unique Police Analytics Unit, which has gained international recognition as Leaders in Business Intelligence. These initiatives are supported by world class police officers and civilians working in the Office of Continuous Improvement and Strategic Management and Information Technology.

Through technological initiatives and community programs, Halton Police improves community safety and well-being. We also partner with community groups such as the Canadian Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE) to enhance understanding and foster relationships between the police and all members of the public.

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Deputy Chief Duraiappah in command at a public meeting that police were concerned about public reaction.

The Halton Regional Police Service contributes to the safety and well-being of the Region’s more than 530,000 residents. Working in partnership with the communities we serve, the Service delivers quality, cost-effective public safety and crime prevention services, as mandated by law. The Halton Regional Police Service is recognized as one of the leading police agencies in the areas of diversity and community policing initiatives, and is committed to ensuring Halton Region remains as safe tomorrow as it is today.

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Cash registers are the target for a man with long arms - hits two locations in the Region.

Crime 100By Staff

July 19, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

It was a cash grab – pure and simple.

On June 17th, 2016, Joseph Hamilton Essibuah walked into the Dollar Tree in the area of Dundas Street and Appleby Line in Burlington. He is reported to have approached the checkout and while the cashier was assisting another customer, the accused reached over the counter and grabbed a quantity of money from the cash register. He then fled in a waiting vehicle.

HRPS crestA short time later the accused attended a Shoppers Drug Mart located in the area of Brant Street and Upper Middle Road in Burlington. Again, the accused proceeded to pay for an item and when the cash register opened the accused reached over the counter and grabbed a quantity of cash. The accused fled in an awaiting motor vehicle.

Police have determined that the accused is responsible for additional occurrences in Halton region and surrounding areas; an investigation is ongoing.

Accused:

Joseph Hamilton ESSIBUAH,(25 years of Mississauga)
Current Charges:
Theft Under $5000 (6 counts)
Breach of Probation (6 counts)

ESSIBUAH is set to appear in Milton for a bail hearing on July 20th.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Cst. Jacqueline Ross of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2373 or D/Cst. Al MacEwan at ext. 2349 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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Hamilton residents arrested on 13 charges of auto theft after multi-month investigation.

Crime 100By Staff

July 8th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

It was a long investigation, began in May 2016 when the Halton Police in partnership with Hamilton Police, began to investigate a series of automobile thefts.

HRPS crestOn the 6th of July 2016, the investigation concluded with search warrants being executed at five separate locations within the Hamilton area.

As a result of this investigation three parties were charged with several automobile theft and drug related offences.

Charges:

Theft of Motor Vehicle x 13
Possession Over x 18
Conspiracy to Commit (one count each)
CDSA 5 (2)
CDSA 4 (1)
Proceeds
Breach Probation x 4
Breach Recognizance

The charged parties are:

Dwight Gifford 34 years of age from Hamilton

Dwayne Dyer 35 years of age from Hamilton

Devon Edwards 33 years of age from Hamilton

Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to call investigators at the Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-825-4747 extension 2307, Or Det. G. Gallant Hamilton Police Auto Squad 905-546-3820.

Crime Stoppers 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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Domestic dispute results in attempted murder charges against a 22 year old male.

Crime 100By Staff

July 1st, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

That domestic disturbance in Plains Road yesterday afternoon has become much more serious for the 22 year old male that police has to restrain with the use of a Taser.

He has been remanded into custody by telephone on charges of attempted murder, assault causing bodily harm (two counts) and assault police (two counts). He remains in Hospital where a psychiatric assessment is ongoing. He is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Monday July 4th 2016 in Milton.

The two officers involved were treated at hospital for their injuries and are now resting at home. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

The injured family member was also treated at hospital for a minor injury and released. They too are expected to make a full recovery.

Though early in the investigation, it is apparent that both officers performed their duties in accordance with their training, employing only a minimal amount of force to effect the arrest. The offender sustained a minor injury to his hand, of which he is expected to recover.

He has been remanded into custody by telephone on charges of:

Attempted murder,

Assault causing bodily harm (two counts)

Assault police (two counts).

He remains in hospital where a psychiatric assessment is ongoing. He is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Monday July 4th 2016 in Milton.

One police officer was stabbed in the head while police worked at restraining him.

Link to earlier article:

Domestic disturbance at Plains Road residence.

 

 

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