#Kitchener, #Ontario; #carExplosion; #ExplosiveDevide; #WaterlooRegionalPoliceService
Kitchener (Ontario), Aug 15 (Canadian-Media): A car explosion in front of the Waterloo Region Courthouse on Duke Street in downtown Kitchener Friday morning caused the death of one person, media reports said.
Car Explosion. Image credit: Pinterest
The Waterloo Regional Police Service said Friday afternoon that the explosion appeared to be the result of a suspected explosive device.
Waterloo Regional Police. Image credit: Twitter Handle
Police are asking people to avoid the area of Frederick Street and Duke Street in downtown Kitchener as they investigate and said,
"As a precaution, the WRPS explosive disposal unit is being deployed to assist with the investigation," police said in a tweet at noon. Paramedics were on scene, as was the Peel Regional Police explosives disposal unit.
A search for two residences connected to the person who was inside the vehicle, seen here after the explosion was being planned by the Police.
"The residences being searched are connected to the individual inside the vehicle. We are not looking for any other suspects at this time," police said late Friday afternoon.
"The Peel Regional Police Explosives Disposal Unit is assisting to ensure the safety of these residences, " WRPS said, and asked people to avoid these areas as well.
At a news conference held by police at noon, they said they did not believe the explosion was linked to an assault on a taxi driver.
#Ottawa; #RideauHall; ##ArrestOfAnArmedMan
Ottawa, Jul 3 (Canadian-Media): The armed man, Corey Hurren with a log gun arrested after allegedly ramming his truck through the front gate of Rideau Hall on July 2 always had a friendly word for customers who came to the grocery store in Bowsman, Manitoba, where he worked in a small municipality about 400 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, said the town reeve, media reports said.
Rideau Hall. Image credit: Facebook page
Walter Pacmaniuk, reeve of the municipality of Mintonas-Bowsman, where Hurren lived said he was a "good community member," known for his friendly demeanour.
" We're all a bit shocked that something happened in Ottawa," said Pacmaniuk, CBC news said.
Hurren was armed when his vehicle ran into the main pedestrian entrance at Rideau Hall on Thursday around 6:30 a.m. ET. Police officers took him into custody about two hours later.
According to sources Hurren had driven from Manitoba in his vehicle with Manitoba license plates and had a long gun and a note in his possession.
A LinkedIn account registered to Hurren said that he operated Grindhouse Fine Foods, which he launched in 2014.
In promotional material for his meat-producing business, Hurren is described as a Royal Canadian Artillery veteran who has recently rejoined the military as a Canadian Ranger.
When media called the two phone numbers associated with Hurren's family members, people who answered the phone declined to speak to media Thursday evening.
Some details into Hurren's background and business were provided by recent social media posts, associated with Grindhouse Fine Foods and Corey Hurren. A meme of a big outdoor party that would supposedly occur after the lockdown was posted about an hour before Hurren entered the Rideau Hall grounds.
The post also directed people to look up "Event 201," a conspiracy theory that suggests Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind COVID-19.
His Facebook page associated with his business indicated a fondness for the military and poked fun at the hardships and fears caused by the pandemic.
A concern about the impact of COVID-19 on the economy was indicated by the posts, but the cause of his travel to Ottawa was not provided.
According to CBC news, Hurren is an active member of the Bowsman Lions Club, a member of the volunteer club.
He's known for his "Ring of Fire" jalapeno garlic sausage brand, which his Facebook page says is a must-have for "hot and spicy fans."
According to a LinkedIn page under Hurren's name, he grew up on a farm in the Swan River Valley and worked in different parts of the meat and livestock industry for more than 20 years before starting Grindhouse Fine Foods.
The page says he studied computer and information sciences at Brandon University and Red River College in Manitoba.
Bowsman Lions Club's Facebook post said Hurren served with the Royal Canadian Artillery in the late 1990s in Yorkton, Sask.
#Ottawa; #Ontario; #RCMP; #RideauHall; #ArrestOfArmedMan
Ottawa, Jul 2 (Canadian-Media): An arrest of an armed man was made by the police, after the armed man gained access to the grounds at Rideau Hall in Ottawa early morning of July 2, media reports said.
Police arrest. Image credit: Pixaby
Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his family also stays on the property at Rideau Cottage.
Police received a call to the area around 6:40 a.m. after the man accessed 1 Sussex Dr., Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a tweet.
Prime Minister's Office confirmed to CBC News that the prime minister and his family were not at Rideau Cottage Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
Governor General's office said in a statement to CBC, that she had been living on the grounds prior to the pandemic and that all staff were safe.
The damage to one of the gates leading to the property was visible.
Just inside the gates at Rideau Hall, a robot could be seen examining a black pickup truck, with probably Manitoba licence plates.
The truck's airbags also appeared to have been deployed.
Inside of the truck's cab seemed to be packed with boxes and other items.
Several items from the truck including an orange cooler and boxes were removed by the robot after it opened its door.
The arrest of the man was made by the police without incident and he is being interviewed.
The RCMP said in a series of tweets, the man was able to get access to the grounds of 1 Sussex Drive at 6:40 a.m. He was arrested shortly after “without any incident.”
“He is currently in custody and is being interviewed. We are not releasing his identity at this time as charges are pending,” reads the update.
The underside of the truck was being inspected with mirrors by some officers, while others had dogs and were inspecting both the inside of the truck and its contents.
The grounds at Rideau Hall and the house itself, are normally major tourist attractions in the nation's capital but have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
#Canada; #CanadaShooting; #NovaScotiaTragedy; #RCMP
Toronto, Apr 22 (Canadian-Media): Canada's one of the deadliest shootings of firearms-induced tragedy in Canadian history which took place in Canada's province of Nova Scotia had caused the death toll to rise to 23, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Tuesday in a statement, media reports said.
''We believe there to be 23 victims, including a 17-year-old. Some of the victims were known to [shooter] Gabriel Wortman and were targeted while others were not known to the suspect,'' said the statement.
A police uniform, later confirmed to be authentic and and a realistic mock squad car were used by Wortman to carry out murders, including setting fires at multiple locations across Nova Scotia, said RCMP.
RCMP vehicle used by shooter. Image credit: Twitter
The deadly rampage started on Saturday night when Police responded to a firearms complaint in the rural community of Portapique located 80 miles north of Halifax where .
23-year RCMP veteran Heidi Stevenson, who was killed while responding to the call of action, and the front line nurse Kristen Beaton were among those killed.
It was confirmed by the authorities that human remains had been found at the site of the fires.
According to local reports, Wortman was the owner of a denture clinic in the Halifax area and maintained properties in the Portapique area.
Chris Leather, RCMP Chief Superintendent and the agency’s Criminal Operations Officer in Nova Scotia said that the investigation was in its early stages and the shooter’s motive is under investigation.
Manitoba, Aug 7 (Canadian-Media): In a news conference Wednesday, Jane MacLatchy, Assistant Commissioner and the commanding officer for the Manitoba RCMP, said police had found two bodies, thought to be those of fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, eight kilometres from a burned vehicle in northern Manitoba, media reports said.
Autopsies were pending and she could not comment on their cause of death.
MacLatchy noted that Friday’s discovery of items linked to the suspects that RCMP allowed police searchers the discovery Wednesday morning of two male bodies in the dense brush, within one kilometre from where the items were found.
She said this was about eight kilometres from where their burnt vehicle was found.
Schmegelsky and McLeod were missing after their pickup truck was found on fire outside Dease Lake.
But on July 23, pair were said to be suspects in the deaths of Deese, Fowler and Dyck. The next day, RCMP charged Shmegelsky and McLeod with second-degree murder in Dyck’s death.
Manitoba, Aug 7 (Canadian-Media): A recent discovery of items directly linked to two B.C. men, Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, targets of a cross-country manhunt and suspects in three deaths in northern B.C, was confirmed yesterday by RCMP in Manitoba, media reports said.
Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky/Twitter
Police had found several items about nine kilometres away from where a burned-out vehicle was found two weeks ago near Gillam, about 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg (MB).
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod from Port Alberni, B.C., left B.C, around July 13 after telling their parents they were going to Yukon and Northwest Territories in search of work.
Two days later, American Chynna Deese, 24, and her 23-year-old Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler were found shot to death near Liard Hot Springs in Northern B.C.
On July 19, the body of Vancouver resident Leonard Dyck, 64, a lecturer at the University of British Columbia’s botany department, was discovered on a road near Dease Lake, about 500 kilometres southwest from the hot springs.
The discovery of the rowboat washed up on the shore at a back eddy of the Nelson River prompted an RCMP dive team from Winnipeg to search underwater did not uncover any additional items linked to the suspects.
#SearchContinuesForTwoBChomicide suspects; #YorkLanding
Manitoba, July 29 (Canadian-Media): RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officers responded to a tip of sighting of the two B.C. fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, have diverted their search to York Landing, Manitoba, media reports said.
The two Port Alberni, B.C. homicide suspects, in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese and charged with second-degree murder in the death of the University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck. had been on the run for nearly a week.
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod/Twitter
York Landing, a small community, accessible only by ferry or aircraft in the summer months, is nearly 1,000 kilometers north of Winnipeg and about 90 kilometers by air southwest of Gillam, Man., where RCMP have been focusing their efforts with assistance from the Canadian military.
A member of Winnipeg's Bear Clan patrol group had seen them around 4:15 p.m. CT after spotting what he believed to be the men near the landfill and water-treatment plant in York Landing.
Travis Bighetty was reported to tell CBC News he and his partner spotted two "tall, slender individuals" moving very quickly.
"They fit the description of what was given in the RCMP report," Bighetty said. "It didn't click right away, it took a few moments."
He couldn't tell what the two figures were up to. "[I] kind of figured they were scavenging or something."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Manitoba, Jul 27 (IBNS): RCMP said Friday afternoon there could be a possibility of two murderers, Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, wanted in the killings of three people in Northern British Columbia, leaving Northern Manitoba area with the changed appearances with the help of someone who didn’t know who they were, media reports said.
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod/Twitter
Schmegelsky and McLeod suspects in the deaths of American Chynna Deese, 24, and her 23-year-old Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, who were shot to death on the side of a Northern British Columbia highway and found on July 15. The pair has also been charged by the RCMP in the death of Leonard Dyck, whose body was discovered on a road 500 kilometers away four days later.
Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese/Facebook
Although there had been no confirmed sightings of the fugitives outside the Gillam area, police said they might no longer be in the region. The last confirmed sighting was July 22 in the Gillam area.
Cameras in a pair of northern towns thousands of kilometers apart had recorded last week of two chapters, weary couple's intimate hug in the last hours of their lives and a purchase by the two blank-faced teens suspected of killing them.
RCMP handed out the images to a public which was transfixed by tragedy.
Police said their search in “high probability areas of interest in the Gillam area” is continuous and added that over the next few days door-to-door canvases in the town and Fox Lake Cree Nation would be conducted.
#StatisticsCanadaReport; #Police-reportedHateCrimes; #Hamilton; #Canada
Ottawa, July 26 (Canadian-Media): Hamilton, in Ontario, recorded the highest
police-reported hate crimes in Canada, Statistics Canada report, published earlier this week, said.
A total of 97 hate-crime incidents were reported to the police in Hamilton last year.
Quebec City reported 89 cases of hate to the police in 2018 had the second-highest rate of police-reported hate crimes, and Ottawa was third with 105 incidents reported last year.
The above figures take into account that a third of criminal offenses don't get reported to the police.
#KamMcLeod; #BryerSchmegelsky; #Canada-widewarrantforarrest
Toronto, July 26 (Canadian-Media): Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, suspects in the double homicide of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and American Chynna Deese, 24 on July 15, are still believed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to be hiding in Gillam, Manitoba, media reports said.
Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky/Twitter
The deceased bodies of Fowler and Deese were found along the side of the Alaska Highway, south of Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15.
These two young men are also believed, by RCMP, to be the alleged killers of a third person, Leonard Dyck, a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia.
There had been two confirmed sightings of McLeod and Schmegelsky near Gillam, about 750 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
"We are taking all steps to be as thorough as we can, which is why we have so many resources," RCMP Cpl. Julie Courchaine said. "We're doing a lot of searches in and around that area."
Town officials in Churchill, 270 kilometres north of Gillam, has opted to take precautions as well.
Mayor Mike Spence said the incoming trains are also being checked by the town for any suspicious activity.