|OPP’s Rideau Lakes detachment reported that a 20-year-old man from Toronto was spotted on Highway 15 near the town of Crosby, in Leeds and Grenville, travelling more than 56 kph over the posted speed limit.|
As is mandatory under Ontario’s “stunt driving” laws, he was ticketed and his vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
|Exactly one decade ago, Rocco Sollecito was part of a group of six men who seemed untouchable. The six had been chosen to take charge of the Mafia in Montreal while its leader, Vito Rizzuto, was incarcerated in the United States.|
Now, following Sollecito’s brazen killing only two of those six men remain alive and both were recently returned to federal penitentiaries out of concerns for their safety. Police say a man, described as being in his 30s and dressed entirely in black, was waiting at a bus shelter on St-Elzéar Blvd.
The gunman opened fire into the passenger-side window of Sollecito’s white BMW sport utility vehicle when it stopped at a stop sign at around 8:30 a.m.
|The first of the six to go was Vito Rizzuto’s brother-in-law, Paolo Renda, who was abducted off a street in May 2010 by men who appeared to be pretending to be plainclothes police officers. Renda has never been seen since.|
Six months after Renda was abducted, Rizzuto’s father, Nicolo (Zio Cola) Rizzuto was killed in his home. It was the clearest of signs that the Rizzuto organization was under attack from a group led by Salvatore Montagna.
Salvatore "Sal the Iron Worker" Montagna was an acting boss of the Bonanno crime family in New York. He was a dual citizen of Italy and Canada. Montagna was deported from the U.S. and came to Montreal
Francesco (Chit) Del Balso
|Survivers of the six are Francesco (Chit) Del Balso, 46, and Francesco Arcadi, 62.|
Montagna was killed in 2011
|Rocco Sollecito was shot dead Friday morning on Boulevard St-Elzéar W., between Curé-Labelle et Chomedey Blvds in Laval. Sollecito was shot in his car and pronounced dead at the scene. Sollecito was shot when he stopped at a stop sign just 300 metres away from Laval police headquarters. "It's not complicated. It's a mob hit," said Laval police spokesman Franco Di Genova. Sollecito was a longtime friend of local mob boss Vito Rizzuto, and apparently remained loyal to the Rizzuto organization when it came under attack in 2010 and 2011. |
Sollecito appeared to be the organization’s top decision-maker after Rizzuto’s father, Nicolo, was murdered, Rizzuto’s brother-in-law Paolo Renda was kidnapped, and Rizzuto himself was incarcerated.
Rocco Sollecito, Charlie Renda
|Rocco Sollecito’s expertise in the organization was bookmaking. After Vito Rizzuto died of natural causes in December 2013, a committee of six men reportedly took over the reins of the organization, and Sollecito’s loyalty appeared to have been rewarded in the shake-up.|
His son Stefano was reportedly given a high-ranking position on the committee and, as the eldest member of the group, Rocco was to have acted as an adviser to the younger generation. Stefano Sollecito was arrested late last year along with Vito’s son, Leonardo. Sollecito's shooting comes three months after Lorenzo (Skunk) Giordano, identified as a lieutenant in the Montreal Mafia, was killed in a parking lot in the Chomedey area of Laval.
Lorenzo (Skunk) Giordano
Kevin Van Kalkeren
|The judge found that Van Kalkeren played a leading role in a conspiracy to import 500 kilos of cocaine when he met undercover police officers posing as members of a South American drug cartel.|
After receiving credit for pre-sentence custody, Van Kalkeren has 10 years and 4 1/2 months of prison time remaining. He will be eligible to apply for day parole after three years and full parole after around 3 1/2 years.
|Two of Van Kalkeren's co-accused — Murray Trekofski and Orhan Saydam — previously entered guilty pleas. Trekofski received eight years in prison while Saydam was sentenced to three years.|
Final submissions by Crown and defence in the trial of the five remaining accused — David Giles, Brian Oldham, James Howard, Michael Read and Shawn Womacks — are scheduled for June.
|Both Crown and defence accept that an 18-year sentence is appropriate. But Judge Ross will have to decide if she agrees.|
What’s in dispute between the lawyers is now much pre-trial credit Van Kalkeren should get. The standard is now 1.5 days for every day in custody prior to conviction. But Van Kalkeren’s lawyer Ian Donaldson says 2-1 wouldn’t be out of line for the 47-year-old given he’s spent almost 45 months in isolation at North Fraser Pre-trial Centre.
|Donaldson mentioned Friday that it was Van Kalkeren’s own bravado to uncover cops that got him denied bail in the first place.|
He told the officers posing as drug traffickers that he had money hidden abroad and passports so that he could flee if something went wrong with the 500-kilogram cocaine deal. Kevin Van Kalkeren learns his fate May 27.
Kevin Van Kalkaren
|A Hells Angels associate who put up $4 million to smuggle half a tonne of cocaine into Canada should be sentenced to 18 years in jail, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Chris Greenwood said Kevin Van Kalkeren played a leading role in the conspiracy to import the “massive” shipment of cocaine, along with full-patch Kelowna Hells Angel David Giles and associate James Howard.|
Van Kalkeren pleaded guilty in January, three-and-a-half years after he was caught in a reverse sting by Mounties posing as South American drug traffickers.
|Van Kalkeren’s co-accused in the case — Giles, Howard, Hells Angel Brian Oldham and associates Michael Read and Shawn Womacks — remain on trial before B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross. But the trial is adjourned until Monday so the judge can preside over Van Kalkeren’s sentencing hearing.|
The Okanagan man boasted that he had been involved in the drug trade for 18 years, producing 300 to 500 pounds of marijuana a month and then trading pot in Los Angeles for cocaine. “The evidence revealed a conspiracy in which Van Kalkeren agreed with others, notably Giles and Howard, to purchase a purported shipment of 500 kilograms of cocaine and future shipments on a regular basis,” Greenwood said. The conspirators could have made between $7 and $15 million on the cocaine if the deal had been real.
Friday, May 27, 2016
|A former Kamloops police officer has been charged with three counts of cocaine trafficking — with allegations she was selling the drugs while still employed as a Mountie. Randi Love, who has since retired from the RCMP, is accused of dealing cocaine on three occasions last June, while still a member of the national police force.|
According to court documents, the 40-year-old allegedly trafficked cocaine on June 13, June 22 and June 26.
| Love retired from the RCMP in recent months after discovering she was the subject of a drug-trafficking investigation. This is not the first time Love has found herself at the center of a criminal proceeding.|
In 2013, she was a key witness for the Crown in the fraud trial of her ex-boyfriend, disgraced RCMP Const. Trent Wessner. The two Mounties began living common-law in the summer of 2010.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
|Former Montreal police officer Stéfanie Trudeau 'Matricule 728' has been handed a 12-month suspended sentence and will do 60 hours of community service for assaulting a man four years ago. Trudeau, widely known as "Officer 728" because of her badge number, was found guilty of assault in February for using excessive force while arresting Serge Lavoie outside his Plateau–Mont-Royal home in October 2012.|
Following the incident, she was suspended from the force before she resigned in September 2015 after nearly two decades. She is appealing the conviction.
|Stéfanie Trudeau was found guilty yesterday of assault for an excessively violent arrest she made three years ago.|
Trudeau, 43, was a supervising constable with the Montreal police on Oct. 2, 2012, and was training a new young recruit, Constable Kevin Henri, when they approached Rudi Occhietti, 49, for holding an open bottle of beer on a public sidewalk — a municipal infraction.
Within a matter of minutes, the situation degenerated into the assault of Occhietti’s friend, Serge Lavoie, 52, because he questioned how Trudeau was doing her job.
Trudeau was infamous Agent 728 or Matricule 728 who was captured on video pepper-spraying students protesting against proposed tuition hikes.
|Trudeau threatened to arrest Lavoie for obstruction and Lavoie ran back inside the studio to get away from her. She chased him into the studio, grabbed him at the top of a stairway, dragged him downward and pinned his face to one of the bottom steps. |
The judge characterized what she did in those moments as “brutal and dangerous"
|A crow nearly sabotaged a Vancouver police investigation earlier this week, and it's not the first time officers have been targeted by the bird.|
A police investigation was interrupted on Tuesday by a crow with an eye for shiny things – in this case, a knife. Officers were in the area of Hastings and Cassiar streets on an unrelated call when they were directed to a parking lot car fire. Police said a man came at them with a knife as they were responding to the blaze, and the man was shot at in the altercation. Few details have been released, other than that the 28-year-old suspect was taken into custody and brought to hospital with gunshot wounds.
The winged villain was spotted by VPD attempting to sabotage a police cruiser. In that case it managed to steal the "F6" button and dismantle the keyboard of the on-board mobile data terminal before fleeing the scene.
|While police were still at the scene, a curious crow flew down and picked up the knife. "The bird flew away while a cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off,” Mike Howell, a reporter for the Vancouver Courier, told CBC.|
"It was eventually gathered as evidence (the knife – not the bird)" Police said. Cops are pinning the near heist on a known troublemaker "caw"nvict Canuck the Crow, often referred to as Vancouver's most notorious bird.
Canuck the Crow with cop issue pen. The feathered felon is known to frequent the East Van neighborhood and fork with the Po Po.
|The suspect has been described as approximately 17.5 inches long, with black feathers. At the time of the cruiser vandalism (allegation), it was wearing a red tracking leg band. |
Canuck's dastardly deeds are regularly posted on social media, including on the crow's own Facebook page (with more than 13,000 followers) and Twitter account. The crow also has its own hashtag, #canuckthecrow. Canuck is no bird brain when it comes to media exposure, even posing for a mock interview with CBC’s Dan Burritt last September after an alleged attack on a cyclist.
|There is reason to believe that Canuck isn't acting alone and it may, in fact, be gang related.|
Dozens of crow attacks have been reported across the city in the last few months.
|Police say a British Columbia man is facing charges for impersonating a Fort McMurray evacuee and allegedly taking advantage of people who were trying to help. The RCMP says they received a complaint from Family and Community Support Services in Claresholm, Alta., because they believed a man and woman were pretending to have evacuated the wildfires.|
Police allege the man travelled to Claresholm and "took advantage'' of people who thought they were helping wildfire victims. They say Darryl Rondeau, 45, of Victoria, B.C., has been charged with fraud under $5,000.
Chewy, the zoo's remaining capybara, sans girlfriends.
|A covert stakeout involving a trail of corn, a recording of capybara noises and two park staff brandishing animal nets fizzled out Wednesday night, as a pair of runaway rodents remain on the loose in High Park for a third day.|
|Zookeepers have hatched a plan that they hope will lure two capybaras back into their enclosure tonight. The plan is simple: zookeepers will lock another capybara in one area of the animals’ enclosure, but leave the gate to the pen open along with food and recordings of capybara calls.|
One of the fugitives was spotted near their enclosure in the park at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. The elusive rodent escaped before staff arrived. “They’re very good at not being found,” an official noted. Daytime search efforts are being scaled down because the rodents are shy and dislike loud noise. Mayor John Tory expressed a tongue-and-cheek disappointment that Toronto's ‘raccoon nation’ has not come forward with information on the capybaras’ whereabouts.
“But they are in a state of war with us because of the new green bins, and so they’re not co-operating"
|Residents in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood are being asked to be on the lookout for two capybaras that went missing from the High Park Zoo on Tuesday.|
Toronto police issued an advisory around 9 a.m. after the dog-sized animals escaped their pen.
|The animals, which resemble a giant hamster, can weigh between 77 to 145 pounds as fully grown adults and are the largest rodents in the world.|
They are not considered dangerous but they are “skittish” and people are advised to keep their distance.
|Has this space been too hard on the hard done by Ontario MPP Mr. Bob Delaney? We had brain thinking perhaps it might be so. Then more details emerged. According to Melanie Palaypayon, Delaney’s secretary initially called to book an appointment for her to come in and receive an apology. However, Palaypayon thought it was absurd he couldn’t call himself. |
She eventually reached Delaney by phone when she called the office later. Palaypayon said she accepted Delaney’s apology, but rejected the MPP’s insistence that he has done all he can for her 6-year-old autistic son Xavier. “I told him…you haven’t done anything for us,” she remarked and pointed out he voted against a recent opposition party motion, tabled in the legislature, to undo the program changes.
Melanie Palaypayon, Xavier
|It becomes truly mind boggling. "has done all he can" WTF? Our only thinking now is that perhaps the dimwits, braindead, and terminally obtuse have great potential in Ontario as Provincial politicians.|
If Mr. Bob Delaney can pull down $116,500 a year as a full-on retard, well, damn tis. ALL drooling tards now have something to aspire to ... Delaneyism.
|Pure Dumbass Mr. Bob Delaney has done it again. He issued an apology after police were called on a mother of an autistic child who threatened a protest at his office – just not to the woman herself.|
After Premier Kathleen Wynne reamed his dopey anus, Bob Delaney released a statement Tuesday, four days after police knocked on Melanie Palaypayon’s door. “I am profoundly sorry for the set of circumstances that resulted in the Peel (Regional) Police visiting her home, and for the anxiety caused to her and her family,” Delaney wrote. Palaypayon is still waiting to hear it from Delaney.
I mean DAMN how stupido is Bob Delaney exactly? His "apology" is fairly reeking of the grotesque insincerity that it is very clearly manufactured from. Who is this 'apology' for exactly? His boss's ass orifice that's who, nobody else. Bob Delaney needs to resign. Period, end of sentence and Pffffffft. Update. It has been reported Mr. Bob Delaney did, finally, make his 'apology' personal. Apparently that took public backlash to accomplish. Double Pfffffft.
|MPP Bob Delaney has been called onto the carpet by Premier Kathleen Wynne. Wynne has told him to apologize for calling the police on the mother of an autistic child who threatened a solitary protest at his constituency office. There was no answer Tuesday morning at Bob Delaney’s constituency office, but Wynne said he would be apologizing to Melanie Palaypayon.|
Riiiight says we. This damn dorkus is a proven idiot and that can't be instantly cured by getting chit for it being so. Getting forced to apologize like a wayward child is ridiculous. Dude should resign if he has any self-respecting manballs at all.
|On Thursday morning, Melanie Palaypayon picked up the phone and told the Liberal MPP’s staff she planned on squatting there and handing out flyers to protest against new provincial autism rules that mean her six-year-old son Xavier can no longer qualify for intensive behavioural intervention (IBI).|
Around 8:50 a.m. Friday morning, the cops came to her door after Delaney’s office complained. She says the encounter left her intimidated and shaky. A part-time nurse, Palaypayon, and her husband Clint, a computer programmer, said the government’s move to cut children age five and older from being eligible for IBI paid by the province will mean more than 3,500 families who have been waiting half their lives for treatment will be removed from wait lists.
“We’ve been waiting 3 1/2 years,” Palaypayon said, breaking down in tears. “We’ve been waiting half of his life for this treatment and they just cut it off.
|Delaney said he called police but didn’t realize they would go and visit her home. He denies it was an intimidation tactic, but rather he had an obligation to keep his office staff safe.|
Well this un is like shooting retarded stinkfish in a barrel eh citizens? Lets just say if 'Bob' is this bloody damn fucking retarded he OUGHT to be picking up dogchit somewhere and NOT sucking uselessly on the taxpayer teat. Holy fuk dude.