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.


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 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 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 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 or visit our website at


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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 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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Being young with a cell phone in your pocket is a dangerous way to live. Police looking for cell phone thieves.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  October 10-12   Just before midnight last Friday two teenagers, male and female – aged 15 and 14 years respectively, were walking west along St. Frances Road near Guelph Line, in Burlington.

A thief ran up behind the pair, pushed the male to the ground at which point the thief was joined by two accomplices. The suspects punched the victim in the face and demanded his backpack and cell phone.  The three assailants took the back pack and the cell phone and fled.  They were last seen running towards Guelph Line.

Approximately forty minutes later another robbery occurred on the north side of New Street near Rossmore Boulevard, in Burlington.

The 19-year-old male victim was walking along New Street when he was approached by three males. One suspect stated that they were going to rob the victim and then all three suspects forced the victim to the ground and removed a cell phone and wallet from the victim’s pant pockets. The suspects were then seen getting into a vehicle and fleeing east on New Street.

Thieves will sneak up behind you in broad daylight or stalk you at night. There is a ready market for stolen cell phones

In both incidents the suspects are described as follows:

First incident

All three suspects were male, black.

One suspect was 6’0” tall, with a slim muscular build and wearing a black hoodie.

A second suspect was wearing a black hoodie with a white stripe on the back.

Second incident

All three suspects were male, black, short hair, ranging in height from 5’9” – 6’0” tall.

All three suspects were wearing black shirts with yellow stripes around the arms and down the sides of the shirt.

Suspect vehicle:  A red four-door sedan, possibly a Mazda.

Both victims received minor injuries during these confrontations.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspects involved 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 or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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Sexual assaults sometimes take a long time to get reported – a 1987 offence results in charges.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  October 3, 2012  A Burlington man faces sex-related charges following an investigation by detectives from the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit.  The male victim was in his teens when the alleged incidents took place from 1987 to 1992.

Sexual assault is a crime – report it and end the shame.

The investigation began when a young man worked up the personal courage to overcome the shame and humiliation and report the incidents to the police.

Daniel CAMPBELL,  65, of Burlington has been charged with Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Invitation to Sexual Touching.  He is to appear in court, October 24, 2012.

Society is at a point where sexual abuse is no longer hidden.  People are being helped to realize they do not have to continue to suffer and that they can get help and that people will understand.

The police have a sexual abuse unit you can reach and the Kids Help line is available.


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A call from someone wanting to fix your computer because they know you’re having problems is a call to hang up on.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  October 1, 2012  Halton Police want to warn residents to be on the lookout for phony telephone solicitations to repair your computer.

There are variations to the scam, according to police, but generally the caller identifies themselves as a representative of a computer service or repair firm and professes to know the resident is experiencing computer problems.  The resident is tricked into accessing a particular website, providing personal information and eventually the caller gains access to their computer.  The purported fee for ‘assisting’ the resident ranges, but in one recent case, a victim paid a few hundred dollars.

An offer to repair your computer by someone you don’t know is like giving them your wallet.

Police offer the following advice to avoid becoming victimized by persons claiming to be computer company representatives.

DO NOT purchase any software or services.

Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the ‘service’.  If there is, hang up.

Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer.

Take the caller’s information down and immediately report it to your local police.

Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from a computer technical support company.

Good advice.


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It gets dangerous out there sometimes; 20 year old male gets beaten by thugs on Brant Street.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  September 25, 2012  while sitting on a bench late in the evening with a female friend a 20 year old Burlington male was assaulted while trying to recover a backpack a thief had snatched.

Shortly after midnight on September 23rd, a man and woman were seated at a bench in the area of Brant Street and Ghent Avenue, Burlington. A backpack belonging to the female was placed on the ground next to the bench.

A man, unknown to the man and the woman, approached the two, stole the backpack and began to run. The male  gave chase, and caught up with the thief and tried to recover the backpack.

Moments later, three accomplices jumped out of a car parked nearby and began beating up on the male who was trying to recover the backpack.

Four to one is tough to handle – the thieves beat up on the male and then took off and fled in the car.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

The ‘Element’ backpack contained a quantity of cash, identification and some small personal items.

The vehicle the thieves fled in was an  older model, black, four door sedan.

The suspects were described as male, black in their 20’s, wearing dark clothing. The first suspect was described as having short hair.

Anyone with information regarding 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 or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).



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Drug supply in Burlington will be a little smaller for the next couple of months; police arrest cocaine trafficker.

 By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON September 21, 2012  The Halton Regional Police have been tracking a person they suspected of being a drug dealer.  Late in August, an undercover officer contacted the male and arranged the purchase of 1.75 grams of cocaine. The transaction was completed  in the City of Burlington.

On September 20th 2012, an undercover officer contacted the male and again arranged the purchase of 1.75 grams of cocaine. The male attended the pre-arranged location where he was placed under arrest by members of the Drug and Morality Unit and Guns and Gangs Unit. The police then seized a quantity of cocaine, currency and other evidence of drug trafficking.

Oxycodone is a visicioulsy addictive drug. Intended for pain relief the drug was soon abused and became a favourite for drug addicts

Subsequently, police conducted a search warrant at a residence in the City of Hamilton and located a sophisticated indoor cannabis marihuana grow operation. The grow operation contained 678 cannabis marihuana plants in various stages of growth.  Also located was a quantity of Ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis resin along with , Oxycodone and Psilocybin.  Investigators estimate the street value of the controlled substances to be $695,000.

In addition $16,800 in Canadian currency, $1000 in Euro and $280 in U.S. currency was also seized.  A further search revealed a restricted firearm with ammunition, 1400 volt Taser, 3 shurikens (throwing stars) and a set of nunchaku.

Three members of one family have been charged along with a fourth individual.

Radomir ACAMOVIC (22 years) of Hamilton has been charged with:

Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking (two counts)

Trafficking in Cocaine

Production of Cannabis Marihuana

Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking

Possession of Ecstasy

Possession of Oxycodone

Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (three counts)


Also charged was Dragomir ACAMOVIC (24 years) of Hamilton. Those charges were:

Possession of Cannabis Resin for the Purpose of Trafficking

Possession of Cannabis Marihuana over 30 grams

Possession of Psilocybin

Possession of Ecstasy

Production of Cannabis Marihuana

Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking


Dalibor ACAMOVIC (48 years) of Hamilton was charged with:

Production of Cannabis Marihuana

Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking

Possession of Cocaine

Improper Storage of a Firearm

Possession of a Restricted Firearm without a Licence

Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition Readily Available


Diogo CARRUCO (30 years) of Scarborough was charged with:

Production of Cannabis Marihuana

Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking

CARRUCO was released with a court date in October 2012 with conditions.  Radomir ACAMOVIC, Dragomir ACAMOVIC and Dalibor ACAMOVIC were held for a bail hearing on today’s date.

Police investigators remind the public to utilize Crime Stoppers to report on any illegal drug, gang, or gun activity at 1 800 222 8477(TIPS), through the web at or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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Explosives Disposal Unit called to Burlington bank, suspicious bag removed from ATM lobby

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  September 11, 2012  This morning at 9:35 a.m., an employee of a Burlington CIBC bank, located at 575 Brant Street, contacted police to report a suspicious bag left in the ATM vestibule.

Police attended and a determination was made to enlist the assistance of the Explosives Disposal Unit.

Appropriate measures were enacted to minimize any risk to public safety and established procedures were utilized to ‘disrupt’ the package.

Which is the police way of saying the bag was removed from the premises.  Halton Regional Police have a robotic unit that can be used for such situation

At this time, investigators are unable to determine whether the bag was innocently left behind by a customer or deliberately placed to resemble a threat.   Further investigative efforts are being undertaken.


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Suspected thief who wielded at knife at Maple View mall robbery arrested.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  September 7, 2102  It was blatant.  Three woman walked into a store at the Burlington Mall August 13th, and began taking baseball caps off the shelves and stuffing them into the large shoulder bag one of them was carrying.

The police did what police do and earlier this week one of the three suspects was arrested and is being held for a bail hearing  later today.

The crime took place at the ‘Lids’ store located at the Mapleview Mall.

One woman has been arrested; two others are being sought.  The suspect threatened to cut the employee if he did not let go of the purse. The victim complied and all three suspects fled the scene. Estimated value of stolen property is $1600.

As the suspects were leaving the store, a store employee confronted them and grabbed the purse containing the stolen property. The suspect responded by brandishing a utility knife that was concealed in her bra.   The suspect arrested, is believed to have been the one armed with the knife. The other suspects are still being sought.

Arrested is:

Alicia CALDERON, 32 years, of Brampton.  CHARGES: Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

The two additional suspects are described as:

#1 – non-white, 5’6″ – 5’7″, 160-170 pounds, long black hair, wearing a short sleeved t-shirt, beige shorts, pink or white baseball cap and yellow flip flops

#2 – non-white, 5’6″ – 5’7″, 160-170 pounds, short black hair, wearing a black and white handkerchief wrapped around her head, grey pants or possibly blue jeans and a black short sleeved t-shirt

Anyone with information 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 or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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Police change of command turns out to be a hug in – local boy returns to his roots.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  September 4, 2012  It was more of a love in than a change of command – even though one guy gave the other guy a sword.  Steve Tanner had come home and they were lined up to give him hugs or salute him.  The Region was swearing in its new Chief of Police at the Burlington Convention Centre where it was a standing room only event.

It was standing room only for the Change of Command and Swearing in of the new Chief of Police at the Burlington Convention Centre Tuesday. While not a very useful picture, this one shows just how packed the room was.

There was a Pipe band, a choir, a colour party and an invocation from the Chaplain, and everyone reminding the audience that the Region was the safest in the country for the past five years.

Steve Tanner, who started his career as a Constable in Burlington,  was back 17 years later as the Region’s Chief of Police.  Along the way he was a deputy chief  in Guelph and Belleville and then a Chief in Belleville and Kingston.

The swearing in turned into a reception with Chief Tanner accepting congratulations and a few words of advice from all those who chose to shake his hand. The Chief wanted to “shake” while the citizen wants to make a point.

There were accolades galore but there wasn’t much about what the new Chief was going to do.

But before the new Chief took command the event took the time to recognize the job Chief Crowell did during his command.

Crowell brought in a focus on women in the police service that was not as evident before he arrived to serve as the fifth chief of police.   Crowell introduced new budget and cost controls.  He introduced a higher level of transparency and efficiency.  He also recognized the changing make up of the community and ensured that the different faiths were recognized and accommodated.  Child and female abuse were aspects of policing that he paid particular attention to as well.

Gary Crowell turned the sword of office over to Steve Tanner, saluted the new Chief and became part of the history of the Halton Regional Police Service.

While being sworn in Steve Tanner promised to be loyal to the Queen, loyal to the constitution of Canada and both faithful and impartial in carrying out his duties as police chief.

It was clear from the background on Tanner that he is a good administrator and he is going to get every new toy the police service needs.  Much mention was made of the growth of the police service – an additional 369 officers since Tanner left.  But not a word about the budget or the crime issues the community faces.

Identity theft is rampant and it is our seniors that take the hardest hits on that one.  Armed robbery is consistent – not very high but consistent.

Mention was made of transparency and the need to respect each other.  All the words that the spin masters use were trotted out.

Tanner made mention of the people in Burlington who were formative in the development of his career.  There were a number of people he chose to remember very fondly.

We don`t yet know what kind of police chief Tanner will be.  Is he part of the new breed that understands and can work with the technology that wasn’t even thought of during his days as a Constable?  Is the shift in the demographic makeup of the community something he is really tuned into?  Does he understand the mentality of the young people that grow up in Burlington?  Does he have a solid grip and understanding of how devastating the drug trade is and the role it plays in the crime in the Region?

In the next year we will gain a better understanding of the man who now leads our police service.

One of the only people in the room carrying a weapon was this officer from the Tactical Rescue Unit. Wasn’t sure about the look he was giving me.

For the most part Burlington has an excellent police service; one that is seldom challenged because the community is close to crime free.  No mention was made of the number of officers we sent to the G20 conference in Toronto and what part they may have played in that event.

Domestic abuse doesn’t seem to be a problem in Burlington.  We don’t hear a word about pedophiles.  We do hear quite a bit about drug busts and Burlington got swept up in a banking machine scam that was taking place everywhere but the arrests were done by Burlington – so we got the TV coverage on that.

Every chief officer brings their own style to the job.  Steve Tanner has solid roots in the community and understands it well – what we are getting is a man from the community who brings back solid experience gained elsewhere in the province.  He also sports a mustache he didn’t appear to have in earlier pictures.

That and a badge (the same one he wore 17 years ago # 1214) should have him settled in his office nicely.  Time for us to take a look at the current police budget and business plan.

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