Sharon McGregor has a message for you – she wants to tell you about her son Matthew.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON.  December 20, 2012  The past few days we’ve all seen the television news and watched saddened grief stricken parents bury their children – after a senseless brutal shooting spree that an apparently disturbed young man went on at an elementary school in his community.

We wonder why things like this have to happen and we struggle to understand.

Sharon McGregor understands the hurt, the loss and deals with the hole in her heart every day of her life

During the upcoming holiday blockbuster movie season, thousands of people enjoying a night out at the movies in Halton will get to see a powerful 30-second video highlighting the painful consequences of impaired driving on an Oakville mom.

The video alternates between smiling images of 17-year old Matthew McGregor and heart-wrenching statements from his mother about how his sudden death has impacted her and her family.

Matthew victim of a drunk driving a car.

“The powerful testimonial of Matthew’s mother, Sharon McGregor, will hopefully make people pause to stop, think, plan ahead and not drive impaired,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “We want Halton drivers to feel safe on our roads. Road safety is a top priority for Halton Regional Council and by partnering with the Halton Regional Police Service, we’re working together to make sure this holiday season is a safe one for everyone.”

The video, created by Halton Region and the Halton Regional Police Service, will be shown to more than 125,000 movie-goers in theatres.  A three-minute companion video featuring more details about Matthew’s story and what people can do to stop impaired driving will soon be available on the Region’s web site. 

“Matthew’s story is a tragic and unfortunate real life example of what can happen when alcohol and driving mix,” said Halton Deputy Chief of Police Bob Percy. “It demonstrates that tragedies have occurred in our own backyard and are not simply some random clip we see on the news. We need to commit to ongoing attention to road safety to ensure everyone has a safe holiday season.”

Through the Halton Drive SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) program and the Safe Roads…Your Call campaign, drivers can see signs throughout the Region reminding them to call 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver on the roads. Impaired driving is a crime in progress and one call could save someone’s life.

Most residents are also familiar with the Holiday R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign conducted by the Halton Regional Police Service. During last year’s campaign from December 1-31, 2011, Halton Regional Police stopped 17,396 vehicles; administered 564 roadside breath tests and made 37 arrests for impaired driving.

There is a dedicated police team that has a crew out on the roads every day and night between now and the first days of January.  The police know where the hot spots are and, this year, much like last year and the years before that – the police will arrest people who should not be behind the wheel of a car.

Drink if you wish but before you reach for your car keys – think of Sharon McGregor and the day she had to bury her son Matthew.  That accident didn’t have to happen.  You, yes YOU can prevent the next death by calling a cab or asking a friend to drive you home.


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Five youths fight back and get away from two thugs who held the group at knifepoint.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  December 19, 2012   I don’t know if you’ve noticed but each time we run a short piece on a crime that has taken place in the city; usually within a month or so – there is a news release of an arrest.  Not every time – but more often than the criminal community realizes.

The Regional Police just seem to be on top of the ugly stuff that takes place.  This time it was at 3:20 a.m., five people, ages 17-20 years, were walking in the area of Brant Street and Leighland Road, Burlington when they were approached by two suspects, one brandishing a knife. The suspects threatened the group with the knife and demanded valuables.

Five youths were attacked by two thugs armed with a knife at this intersection very early in the morning.  The youths fought with the robbers and managed to get away. Police urge everyone not to fight back – whatever the thieves want isn’t worth the risk of being badly hurt.
Does that mean we give in to the thieves and let them take what we own? They win – we lose; unless the Courts punish in a way that deters.

The victims resisted the suspect’s demands. During the confrontation one victim was punched by a suspect and fell to the ground. Immediately afterwards, another victim was threatened with a knife, who then broke from the group and ran to get help. The suspects chased the victim for a short distance along Brant Street before abandoning the chase and leaving the area.

The 17-year-old female who was punched, suffered minor injuries.

Suspect #1 – Male, white, 20 years, 5’10’’-6’0″, skinny, short blond hair (bit of curl), scruffy blond facial hair, large eyes. Clothing: White puffy jacket, white bandana (with black pattern) around neck, dark jeans.

Suspect #2 – Male, white, 20 years, 5’10’’-6’0″, skinny.  Clothing: Black winter hat, black jacket with hood, black skinny jeans.

The police add:

In addition to the ongoing criminal investigation into this incident, police wish to remind the public of measures they can take to protect themselves from being the victim of a street robbery.

Robbery and assault are serious crimes with money often being the motivator.

The basic rules of prevention include:  staying in groups, walking in well-lit areas and being alert to your surroundings.

If someone attempts to rob you, DO NOT resist.  No piece of property is worth serious injury or death.  Report the crime to police forthwith and attempt to describe those responsible accurately.

Additional safety and security tips can be found on our website under the ‘Community Policing’ tab.

 

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2315, 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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Are we importing our criminals from Toronto? They aren’t fitting in very well.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  December 13, 2012  A uniformed  patrol officers responded to an intrusion alarm from a commercial business on Morris Road and found  three suspects loading scrap metal into a van. The suspects all fled, but were captured following a brief foot chase.

A father took his son on a field trip to teach him how to steal scrap metal; both were arrested. Pathetic

A little digging around revealed that the suspects had cut open a locked gate to gain entry into a business compound, then cut a hole in the fence of the adjoining business. The suspects then broke into a storage trailer and stole scrap metal and fabricated metal products related to the business.

All stolen product was recovered and valued at approximately $1500.

ACCUSED:

• Bruce MacInnis – 48,  Bruce MacInnis, Jr. and  Sheldon Kendall – 50 were charged jointly with  yrs

• Break and Enter (two counts)

• Possession of Stolen Property

• Possession Of Burglary Tools

All three had Toronto addresses.

That father and son team is pathetic.


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Stolen cell phone use leads to arrest of young thief.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  December 11, 2012  They were never described as the smartest people in the room; police arrest suspect in cell phone robbery cases because the culprit thought he could use the phone and not get caught.

It wasn’t a “cold case” just the kind of plodding detective work that police do as they track down people who take things that don’t belong to them.

As part of an ongoing investigation by the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau police were able to arrest one person involved in robberies that took place October 5th and October 6th.

A 17-year-old Hamilton youth has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possession of stolen property. A cell phone belonging to one of the victims was recovered.  Does this suggest the thief used the cell phone that was stolen?  That was a smart move.  The identity of the youth is protected under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Efforts continue to identify the remaining two suspects.

Anyone with information that would assist in the investigation is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2315, 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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Police officer catches journalist in the act of doing something stupid. You didn’t lock it Mister, you could lose it.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  December 7 2012  In the world of journalism you are supposed to cover the story – not become the story.  And becoming  the story when a handful of the city’s finest are involved can get a little sticky.

A posse of Halton Regional police greet visitors to Tansley Wood on Friday as they spread the Lock it or Lose it story to area residents.

The Halton Regional Police Service announced it was launching  its ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign at the Tansley Woods Community Centre.  Deputy  Chief Andrew Fletcher was to be on hand along with other Senior officers, District personnel, Police Cadets and Auxiliary Police.

I had a couple of things I wanted to talk to the Deputy Chief about so I drove over to Tansley Woods, parked my car and headed for the lobby of the building and noticed that there were police officers going from car to car. “Those miserable buggers”, I muttered to myself, handing out parking tickets.

Went into the building chatted with the deputy Chief and then headed back out to my car to pick up my camera and noticed there was a police officer standing beside my car writing up a ticket.  I broke into a trot to catch the police officer’s attention and ask why I was being given a ticket – there was no sign saying I could not park.

Auxiliary police officer Voorberg tucks a notice under a car windshield as Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher makes sure it gets done right. Both were taking part in the Lock it or Lose it Campaign that was launched at Tansley Wood Friday morning.

Then I realized where I had gone wrong.  I was attending an event where police were telling the public to not only lock there cars when they parked but to put anything valuable under the seat or in the trunk and not leave them out in the open, where thieves could smash the window and grab your stuff.

The wife wants to know what the police notice is about; the purse, a gift from her had been left on the front seat of my car. The wine glass belongs to the wife.

Breaking into a car in broad daylight at Tansley Woods was a bit of a stretch but it does happen as Auxiliary police officer Voorberg  politely told me when he handed over the warning notice.

The “Lock it or Lose it” initiative is an important public service.  It is first a proactive crime prevention program that encourages drivers to take precautions to protect their vehicles and vehicle contents from theft, particularly during the holiday season.

“Our police service is joining police services across Ontario this holiday season in urging motorists to lock their vehicles and ensure valuables are not left in plain sight,” said Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher. “The Lock it or Lose it campaign is about police working with our community to ensure we all take precautions so that crime doesn’t ruin the holiday season.”

Under ‘Lock it or Lose it’, police officers examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. Officers place a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offering some simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft.

In 2011, 82,411 vehicles were stolen in Canada. The good news is that auto theft was down nationally by 12 percent, with Ontario down by 9 percent. Unfortunately, Ontario auto theft still amounted to just more than $93 million in 2011. This cost is passed onto the consumer.

Since January 1st, 2011 to December 1st, 2012, there have been 4261 reported incidents of theft from motor vehicles in Halton Region. The vast majority of these thefts were preventable if motorists had secured their vehicles and valuables.

Thieves recently went through the Orchard community stealing anything they could find in cars that were not locked.

Gotta learn to put my purse underneath the seat or in the trunk of the car.  The purse was a gift from the wife and as you can tell by her picture – this is not a woman to trifle with.

 

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One arrest led to evidence of four robberies; Halton Police arrest culprits for cell phone robberies.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  December 6, 2012 The  Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested two men for their role in a series of commercial break and enters which targeted cellular telephone stores. These entries occurred in the early morning hours while the stores were closed.  Suspects forced entry using a rock and sledge hammer.

Subsequent to the arrest of the accused two Criminal Code Search Warrants were executed at their homes in Brampton.

During a search of the homes investigators seized several cellular telephones and a quantity of accessories that are believed to have been taken during the entries.  Police also located additional evidence linking them to these crimes.

They couldn’t resist stealing all those cell phones

Based on the investigation the accused are believed to be responsible for the following break and enters:

August 10th, 2012 – Rogers Plus Store located at Unit “C” – 2500 Appleby Line in the City of Burlington.  The value of the damage caused to the premises during this entry was estimated at $1,500.00.  Nothing was taken.

August 24th, 2012 – Worldlynx Wireless Store located at 330 Guelph Street in the Town of Halton Hills.  While inside the pair took several wireless routers valued at $1,200.

November 21st, 2012 – Rogers Wireless Store located at 850 Main Street East in the Town of Milton.    While inside the men took cell phones and accessories valued at $7,800.00.

December 3rd, 2012 – Future Shop Store located at 3060 Davidson Court in the City of Burlington.  While inside the men took cell phones and accessories valued at $29,280.00.

Brian MOORE, 26, of Brampton and Kevin THOMAS, 20 of Brampton are charged with four counts of break and enter, breach of recognizance, and possession of stolen property.  Both men were held for bail.

Investigators remind the public to utilize Crime Stoppers to report any illegal activity 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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Homeowner wants that car out of his house; no one comes to take it away.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  November 29, 2012  “Can I have the car towed away” asked the insurance agent as he talked to a Halton Regional police officer.  The car, a Ford sedan, was tightly lodged into a house on Tavistock when a driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road, lost control and crashed into the house.

Police charged 19 year old Michael Bolduc with Careless Driving and Being a Novice Driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration Above Zero.  Holding a novice level driver’s license Bolduc should have had zero alcohol in his blood.

Insurance agents is having contractors in place to ensure the house is stable before the car is pulled out.  Owner of the car has not shown up to take possession of the vehicle.

The insurance agent had sent the occupants of the home to a hotel for a few days  while salvage  crews worked at cleaning up the house.  The car had been in place since 10 pm the night before when it came careening around a curve in the road where Mount Forest becomes Tavistock.  The car  careened across a lawn and over a number of large stones and smashed into the house and didn’t stop moving until a full one third of the car was inside the house.

Will the house remain standing when the car is pulled out?

Police, fire trucks, Emergency Measures people arrived on the scene and kept everybody in the block awake until the wee hours of the morning.

Miraculously neither the driver of the car 19 year old Michael Bolduc or his passenger were hurt nor was anyone in the house injured.  The driver not being injured may have been due partly to the low trace of alcohol in his blood – with a Novice level license that was a no-no.  There goes the driver’s license and there goes the insurance right.

Oddly enough, and a bit surprising as well was that no one showed up to ask when the car could be taken away.  The insurance agent asked the police if they were finished with it – they were.  The insurance agent didn’t have the accident report and didn’t know who the owner was.

His plan was to first ensure that the house would not fall down or sag when the car was pulled out.  Contractors were on hand to shore up the building and make sure it was stable.  When that was done – a tow truck would put a chain on the car and slowly edge it out of the building.

Collision reconstruction officers draw in the lines showing the path of the vehicle that went out of control and crashed into a Tavistock Drive home.  The residents are staying at a hotel until they figure out what to do for the next few months.  Can the house be fixed before Christmas?

Residents on the street talk of drivers consistently failing to stop at the intersection of Mount Forest and Tavistock.  The police officer in the area yesterday afternoon admitted that there is a problem and that the police frequently have an unmarked cruiser in the area – but the problem still exists. “I’ve seen school buses fail to stop” said one home owner.

With the freezing weather setting in the car needs to come out so repairs can be done immediately. The insurance agents plans to have the car pulled out, towed away and left in a pound somewhere.

 

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Novice driver fails to negotiate a curve in the road – crashes into a house. House could collapse. No one injured.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  November 29, 2012  It wasn’t a house call; they weren’t crashing a party but two occupants in a Ford Taurus suddenly found themselves still in their car but in the living room of a home on Tavistock Drive.

The accident happened at around 10 pm last night when a lone Ford Taurus was travelling westbound on Mount Forest Drive in the City of Burlington. When the vehicle entered the curve in the roadway leading to the road changing into Tavistock Drive, it left the west side of the roadway.

After cruising across the front lawns of two residences the Ford Taurus crashed into the front of a house and went through the exterior wall and came to a stop only when the entire front end of the car was inside the home.

Police report that the two adult male occupants of the vehicle were miraculously uninjured. No one in the house was injured either.

As police furthered their investigation they found that the driver of the car had a blood alcohol concentration that was above zero which was a no-no when your driving license designation is that of a novice.

Mitchell BOLDUC, age 19 years of Burlington has been charged with Careless Driving and Being a Novice Driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration Above Zero- both are both contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario. He has been summoned to appear in Provincial Offences Court in Burlington on December 18th 2012 to answer to these charges.

The Ontario Graduated Drivers License system restricts drivers of motor vehicles from consuming ANY alcohol and then driving on a highway.

The Ford Taurus will not be removed from the house until a thorough inspection of the structure can be made in daylight as main support beams appear to have been significantly compromised.  The house just might fall down when the car is removed.

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How about fewer drunks on the road this year so that Burlington is truly the 2nd safest city in the country. RIDE program helps.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  November 28, 2012  It happens every year and every year the Halton Regional Police scoop up people who are driving when they shouldn’t be driving.

At the end of the RIDE program,  the police publish their results and – well sometimes there are improvements and sometimes there aren’t improvements.

A really very solid part of the RIDE program is the work the police do in the high schools.  They take the students through what they call RIDE 101 – a chance to get a look – up close and very personal,  on what happens to the head when you put too much alcohol in the tummy.  They make no mention of the experience with the toilet bowl – perhaps that is a little too personal for polite Burlington.

Nelson high school students trying to walk a straight line wearing goggles that create the level of vision a drunk driver would have. Central High students get to wear the goggles this year.

Last year we watched the police have Nelson High students put on special masks that gave the students an opportunity to experience what they would see if they were driving with too much alcohol in their blood.   For most, if not all, it was a bracing experience.

The Halton Regional Police Service takes their show on the road again this year and launches the RIDE program December 4th with the kick off taking place at Thomas A. Blakelock High School in Oakville.

This is the sixth year the police have put on a RIDE program.  The  “RIDE 101”, a program designed to educate drivers, particularly young and future drivers of the importance and responsibility while driving and the consequences associated to mixing alcohol or drugs and operating a motor vehicle.

High schools from across the Region will be participating in the program.  The event will be at Central High School – 1433 Baldwin Street, December 13th  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spot checks will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. out front of the school.

The night component will entail members of the student council assisting designated officers in speaking with drivers of stopped vehicles during a R.I.D.E. spot check and distributing ‘Think of Me’ cards and information pamphlets on the consequences of impaired driving.  The ‘Think of Me’ cards are hand-drawn and coloured by grade four, five and six students and reflect on that child’s perception of drinking and driving.

The police stopped 17,396 vehicles during the 2011 RIDE program.  564 of those people were asked to blow into the device that measures the amount of alcohol in the blood; 87 people were given warnings while 23 failed the test.

Failing the test means you get to call home and ask for help or call your lawyer.  If you are just warned you face anything from a three day driving suspension up to a 30 day driving suspension if you are caught a third time.  Should the police officer that stops you decide to take you into the police station for a test on a much more sophisticated piece of equipment or if you refuse to take the breathing test – you lose your license automatically for 90 days.

While Burlington may be the #2 best Canadian city to live in, it had the worst results in terms of the number of people warned or charged by the police.

There were a total of 84 different RIDE check points set up, 31 each in Burlington and Oakville.  67 driving under the influence charges were laid by police.   Burlington’s record was the worst in the Region.

There were seven criminal charges laid for non-drinking offenses, 3 suspended drivers were caught and 178 people nabbed under the Provincial Offenses Act – most of them were from Oakville.

The Halton Regional Police are grateful for the community partners who are supportive of this worthy endeavour, including:  the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.), McDonald’s restaurants and Tim Horton’s.

 

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Cosmetics company short $700,000 – thinks their former VP took the money. Police think so as well. Judge will decide.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  November 28, 2012  It took then months to figure it all out but when the numbers were added up ASK Cosmetics was short $700,000 and Detectives from the Halton Police Regional Fraud Unit decided they had enough evidence to arrest a former vice-president on four counts of Fraud Over $5,000 and one count of Possession of Proceeds of Crime.

Petra Ursula HESS (56 yrs) of Burlington, was arrested and charged on November 15, 2012.

She was released at that time with conditions pending the outcome of her court proceedings.  Her first court appearance has been scheduled for December 19, 2012 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton.

It’s going to be a tough Christmas in the Hess household.

 

 

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Pedestrian struck while crossing Plains Road East Sunday evening. Injuries were serious.

REVISED

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  November 25, 2012  Halton Police are currently investigating a collision between and vehicle and pedestrian in front of St. Mathew on-the-Plains Anglican Church located at 126 Plains Rd East.

Scene of a serious injury. Pedestrian struck by vehicle while crossing Plains Road East.

The accident occurred at approximately 5:14pm Sunday evening when an eastbound vehicle struck an elderly male crossing Plains Rd.

Police and other Emergency services were called to the scene and located a single male in critical condition.  He was  transported to Hamilton General Hospital for life threatening injuries (identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin).  The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.

The roadway was closed to facilitate the police investigation but was opened later in the evening.

The pedestrian, an 82 yr old Burlington resident, is still at Hamilton General Hospital with multiple critical injuries.   The driver of the vehicle, a 75 yr old Burlington resident, was not injured.

Due to the seriousness of the injuries, the Halton Regional Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating.  Alcohol was not a contributing factor in this incident.

Any witness or person with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Chris Heffernan at 905-825-4747 ext. 5420.


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Construction trailer in Burlington gets broken into; valuable tools taken.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  November 1, 2012  Just after midnight on October 31st, a construction trailer, parked on Benson Drive,  was broken into and several tools were stolen.

The stolen items are as follows:

•              1-Hilti Model DX 76 PTR Powder Actuated Tool  c/w custom MX76 Nail Magazine  – Value $3000.

•              1-Hilti Model DX 460 F10 Powder Actuated – Value $3000.

•              4-Dewalt DC822KL LITHIUM ION IMPACT WRENCH.

•              1-Milwakee cordless grinder.

Looks like someone wants to get into the construction business – or is there someone out there who deals in used equipment.  Be wary of any special offers.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call 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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Fatal Collision in on South Service Road; second traffic fatality this year in Burlington.

 By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  October 26, 2012  A 52 year old Hamilton woman was killed in a car collision  on South Service Road at Harvester Road at around 5:15 Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day the United Way had held a rousingly successful fund raising event when three Food Trucks were feeding line-ups that got to more than 200 people.

The very serious two car collision involved a black Buick Rendezvous that was westbound on Harvester Road when it collided with a silver Pontiac Grand Am that was attempting to turn from the eastbound lanes of Harvester onto northbound South Service Road.  The Buick broadsided the Pontiac.

A passenger in the Pontiac, a 52 year old Hamilton woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the Pontiac, and a  41 year old female and another passenger; a 23 year old male, both of Hamilton, were taken to Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Two passengers in the Buick, a 22 year old male and a 20 year old male (both from Burlington) were taken to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Buick, a 21 year old Burlington male, was not injured and was arrested at the scene of the accident

The decedent had to be extricated from the wreckage by firefighters.

Several witnesses have come forward and provided statements to police.

Due to the fatality, members of the Collision Reconstruction Unit (C.R.U.) attended the scene and took carriage of the investigation.  Reconstructionists spent over six hours at the location collecting evidence and measuring the scene.

Police will not be releasing the names of the decedent or the injured persons.

Charged with Impaired Operation Causing Death, Dangerous Operation Causing Death and two counts of Failing to Comply with Probation is Kyrie McKay, 21 of Burlington.

McKay will be held for a Bail Hearing scheduled for Friday October 26th at the Milton Courthouse.

This was the 9th traffic fatality to be investigated in Halton Region for 2012; the second in the City of Burlington.

 

 

 

 

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Halton police scoop up a suspected drug trafficker – observant officer should get the credit.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  October 26, 2012   The Halton Regional Police Service Guns & Gangs Unit conducted a three week long investigation after receiving information from uniform patrol about alleged heroin trafficking in the City of Burlington.

On October 25th, 2012 investigators concluded their investigation after the arrest of male seen leaving a residence and found in possession of heroin.  A short time later the alleged trafficker was arrested in Burlington and found in possession of several packages of heroin and cash.

The police raided a residence at 2050 Upper Middle Road, (they had a search warrant) in Burlington.   Investigators seized a small quantity of marihuana, a small marihuana grow operation and a variety of prescription pills.  The estimated street value of the drugs seized is $ 3000.  Two replica pellet pistols were also seized for further investigation.

This is small potatoes – hopefully during the three week investigation the police got a look at the food chain and now know who is supplying the drugs.

Charged are:

Eric MORRISON 20 years of age from Dundas, with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin.  Released for court.

Nathanial KING 22 years of age from Burlington, with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-Heroin and Possession for the Purpose – Heroin.  Held for Bail.        

 Ken INGRAM 44 years of age from Burlington, with Production of a Controlled Substance- Marihuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance – 2 counts.  Released for court.

Investigators remind the public to utilize Crime Stoppers to report on any illegal drug, gang, or gun, activity 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)\

 

 

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Gas station hold up spree in the Region. They got some money and a bunch of lottery tickets. Are you kidding?

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON October 19, 2012  Back when Montreal was the bank robbery capital of North America Friday was THE day for robberies – there were days wen the police couldn’t keep up.  When the banks hired a big shot in the hold-up squad things suddenly quietened down.  Maybe it’s time for the gas stations to hire one of our best in the Regional police robbery squad.

Yesterday afternoon there were two gas station robberies an hour and five minutes apart.

The theft of the lottery tickets could create a problem – what if they have a winner and have to show up to get the money. Do they not realize that every lottery ticket is registered as to where it was sold? It was a good idea – just turned out to be a dumb one as well.

Three masked men robbed the Shell gas station at 1235 Appleby Line, Burlington, and robbed the attendant of a quantity of cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

The three males were wearing hooded sweatshirts and covered their faces. There were no injuries or weapons involved.

The suspects are described as:

1) male, white, 5’3″ – 5’5″, skinny build, wearing a white hoodie with small black print, white bandana covering his face, grey sweat pants

2) male, brown skin tone, 5’3″ – 5’5″, skinny build, wearing a black and grey hoodie, black bandana covering his face and dark pants

3) male, brown skin tone, 5’3″ – 5’5″, skinny build, wearing

a black hoodie, grey sweat pants, grey shoes and a black bandana covering his face

Sixty five minutes later, two men entered the Esso gas station at 345 Speers Road, Oakville and threatened to kill the attendant if they did not give them money.  The men were wearing bandanas and fled with a quantity of cash.

They are described as:

1) male, brown skin tone, 5’3″ – 5’5″, skinny build, wearing a black and grey hoodie, black bandana covering his face and dark pants

2) male, brown skin tone, 5’3″ – 5’5″, skinny build, wearing

a black hoodie, grey sweat pants, grey shoes and a black bandana covering his face

What do you think? Same guys?

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau about the Appleby Line robbery at 905-825-4747 x2316, 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).

Anyone with information concerning the Speers Road robbery is asked to call the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2215, 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).

The Halton Regional Police put out two media bulletins on this – do you suppose they’ve figured out they’re all looking for the same bunch?

 

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What Social Media is and what it isn’t. Twitter and Facebook were not designed for emergency police response.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON October 18, 2012   The Halton Regional Police have a problem on their hands.  Their mandate is to respond to public calls for help and in this part of the province they do that rather well.  We wouldn’t be known as one of the safest place in the country to live without an efficient responsive police force.

But those man and woman in blue don’t have crystal balls – they react to calls from the public.

Chief of Police Steve Tanner explains that Social Media is not the same as a 911 call

The police note that during the past few weeks,  there have been a number of public opinion surveys and news articles circulating regarding the use of social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, during an emergency or crisis situation.

“Some of these surveys indicated that a significant portion of the public believes that if they posted a Facebook status or tweeted a need for immediate police assistance, that police would be aware and respond, similar to a 9-1-1 call.

“Social media is an excellent way for police and other emergency services to have a dialogue with the public we serve, and it is a useful platform to exchange a wide variety of public safety information.  That said, it should not be used to contact police, fire or ambulance in the event of an immediate emergency or crisis.

“We want to remind the public that the first and only avenue people should use to contact police in the event of a crime in progress, immediate or imminent public safety risk, or other police-related emergency is to call 9-1-1,” said Halton Chief of Police Steve Tanner.

“During an emergency, a lot of critical and confidential information needs to be exchanged, often under duress, and our 9-1-1 Communicators are best equipped to do this, to ensure you get the help you need as quickly as possible,” explained Chief Tanner.

Social media sites are third-party public platforms, and as such, were never designed or intended to be an appropriate substitute for trained  9-1-1 communicators who are available to immediately answer emergency calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As such, the public is reminded that the @HaltonPolice Twitter feed and official Facebook page are not monitored 24/7, nor do police personnel monitor an individual’s personal Twitter or Facebook accounts for emergency notifications.

“We absolutely encourage people to follow us on social media, and engage in a dialogue with us about their police-related questions or concerns – just not in an emergency situation where your safety or someone else’s is at risk,” said Chief Tanner.

If someone is uncertain if a situation warrants a 9-1-1 call, but is still a matter which requires police response they should call the non-emergency police line, which is also staffed 24/7.  In Halton, police non-emergency calls can be made to 905-825-4777, 905-878-5511, or 519-853-2111.

The Halton Regional Police Service official Twitter feed can be found at @HaltonPolice and our Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HaltonRegionalPoliceService or visit our website at www.haltonpolice.ca

 

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A ladies man wants to hope that he doesn’t appear before a female judge.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON   October 16, 2012  The Halton Regional Police Service have arrested a Hamilton man who approached women at various venues, including:  fast-food restaurants, hair salons and gas stations and engaged  in conversations that were generally non-criminal in nature, but did cause concern to the females who felt they were being harassed.

The male was described as: white, 5’7”, thin build with balding brown hair. He was known to drive either a grey Dodge pick-up truck or more recently, a white Dodge Charger.   The police investigation led to the arrest of a Hamilton man, Tibor Varga, 49 years of age.  He has been charged with one count of criminal harassment.

Police continue to investigate these incidents and are requesting anyone who may have been approached by the accused to contact the Halton Regional Police Service – Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2316.

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The scam artists want to pull a fast one on you – police call it the water heater scam. Talk about getting into hot water!

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  October 16, 2012  They show up at your doorstep.  The look innocent enough; they have a badge or what looks like a badge and they will tell you about how they can upgrade the water heater you have – free and save you some money.  But they need to look at the water heater first.

The sales rep can sound very convincing, claiming to be representing a company that has taken over for another company.  In most cases, they will look official and attempt to gain entry into your home to look at your water heater.  They will then tell you your water heater needs to be upgraded and that this is a free service.

You might be asked to sign some paperwork and they will offer you discounts for signing up on the spot. You may end up locking into a contract where you have not read the ‘fine print’.

That hot water heater might need an upgrade – but talk to someone you know and trust – and that probably isn’t the person standing on your doorstep offering a free upgrade.

Several reputable service companies have been calling customers and warning them of this scam, however Halton Police has still been receiving calls from residents who have fallen victim.

Police offer the following advice to avoid becoming victimized:

•              Never let unsolicited workers in your home if you are unsure of their identification

•              Always read the full contract

•              Do some research on the service being offered

•              If you do allow someone into your home and you then feel your personal safety compromised, dial 9-1-1

Additional information concerning frauds/scams and what you can do to avoid being victimized can be found at www.haltonpolice.ca under the ‘Specialized Units – Fraud’ tab.

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Burlington youth found to have small amount of marijuana and a concealed weapon.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  October 12, 2012   It was found to be just an air pistol – a BB gun; but what was a 14 year old also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana in his pocket, doing with what police refer to as a weapon?

To the person looking down the barrel of this weapon it isn’t a harmless toy.

The youth was one of three arrested for drug possession at Pinemeadow Park in the city.

The identities of the youth are protected under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The “joint” will be described by many as a “recreational” thing; something the kids use.  And that may well be the case, but there is nothing recreational about the supply line that got the drugs into their pockets.  It is a vicious bunch of full time criminals who rely on the naïveté of young  people to rake in lots of money.

Police arrested the three in the afternoon yesterday.

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It used to be that the Most Wanted had picture in the Post Office – now a security camera catches a stolen credit card being used.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  October 11, 2012  Halton Regional Police Service is investigating an entry to a vehicle and use of a stolen credit card in Burlington.

We don’t know who he is – yet. But somebody out there does. Crime Stoppers or the Halton Police would like to hear from you if you know this person.

In the early morning hours on October 1, 2012 an unknown suspect entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway in the area of Eagle Drive in Burlington.  A wallet was removed containing a credit card.

At 2:40am the credit card was used to make a purchase at a nearby gas station by a male suspect. The male using the credit card is described as white, dark short hair, early 20’s, tall with a thin build, wearing a white baseball hat, black hooded sweatshirt and a black coloured shirt underneath with the number “9” across the front.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS)

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