Wednesday, April 21

Toronto & GTA

WARMINGTON: Cops give Drake hell over outlaw biker support hoodie

WARMINGTON: Cops give Drake hell over outlaw biker support hoodie

Crime, News, Toronto & GTA
If he wants to remain an ambassador to Toronto and keep the key to the city Mayor John Tory bestowed upon him, rapper Drake must decide if he’s pro law and order or pro crime, the Toronto Police Association president says.Toronto’s chief of police also weighed in Saturday, saying the move potentially raises “real concerns” over the music sensation’s values.All this was in reaction to a Sun about an Instagram photo of the superstar performer wearing a Hells Angels supporter hoodie. Toronto hip-hop superstar Drake wears a Hells Angels support hoodie in a photo posted on fellow rapper Travis Scott’s Instagram on Aug. 21, 2018. (Instagram) TPA boss Mike McCormack called the decision “bad judgement” and a slap in the face to law and order professionals.“He can legally wear suppor
WARMINGTON: Our summer of murder

WARMINGTON: Our summer of murder

Murder and Homicide, News, Toronto & GTA, Toronto Police
Just call it what it is: The summer of murder!A quick look at police crime statistics, comparing the end of August 2017 compared to the last of this month,  reveals a startling reality.By this time last year Toronto had 35 homicides. This year, Toronto has endured 70 homicides.Double.Guns are part of it but there are other methods of murder which have increased as well.The bottom line is it can get deadly on the streets in a hurry — and not just for the gangsters and high risk players, but also for those innocent people going bowling, out for a walk, or sitting in a car.We’ve seen killers’ bullets and blades can take out people inside restaurants, nightclubs, condos, on the streets and outside shopping malls.  In parking lots and playground, too.Guns, knives, blunt objects — murd
Cabbagetown knife fight sends two to hospital

Cabbagetown knife fight sends two to hospital

News, Toronto & GTA
Two men are in hospital after a knife fight in a Cabbagetown alley early Sunday morning.It happened near Dundas and Berkely Sts. at about 2:30 a.m.“Officers on patrol saw two men in an alley and both had injuries,” said Const. David Hopkinson.“There were involved in an altercation and both were taken to hospital. One of the men is under arrest.”Both men had non-life threatening injuries. The man not under arrest  man was stabbed multiple times.“We don’t know how the accused received his injuries,” Hopkinson said.
Man ambushed, fatally stabbed in northwest Toronto

Man ambushed, fatally stabbed in northwest Toronto

Crime, News, Toronto & GTA
TORONTO — A man in his 30s has died after a stabbing in northwest Toronto.Emergency crews were called to Weston Rd. near Lawrence Ave. W. around 5 a.m. on Friday.Paramedics say the unidentified victim suffered multiple stab wounds and died in hospital.One person who witnessed the incident told a Toronto radio station that the victim got off a public transit bus and was ambushed by the attacker, who then stabbed him multiple times. A Toronto Police officer at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Weston Rd. on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Two knives and paramedic material can be seen on the roadway. (Kevin Connor/Toronto Sun) The witness said the victim tried to run away but collapsed.Police have not released any suspect information.Weston Rd. from Lawrence southbound to Bellevue was closed fo
Ford to Tory: Focus on fighting crime, not saving council size

Ford to Tory: Focus on fighting crime, not saving council size

Crime, News, Ontario, Toronto & GTA
Rather than meeting to find ways to save a bunch of their jobs, Premier Doug Ford suggests Toronto councillors use the time to try to save lives.In an open letter Friday from the premier’s office to Mayor John Tory, Ford strongly suggests council move on from the debate about the reduction of city councillors and put its priorities on the deadly issue of guns and gangs.“I implore you, along with Toronto city council, to address this critical issue at your meeting on Aug. 20 and add funding for guns and gangs to the city council agenda. The people of Toronto, and by extension Ontario, need and deserve to feel safe in the city and our great province,” Ford wrote.The premier was commenting on a special meeting council has scheduled for what he understands is “to discuss the Better L
Arrest made after man shot in neck downtown

Arrest made after man shot in neck downtown

Crime, News, Toronto & GTA
Toronto Police made a quick arrest and recovered a firearm after a man was shot in St. James Town late Tuesday.Just before midnight, officers received reports of multiple gunshots in the Wellesley and Ontario Sts. area. They found an unconscious man with a gunshot wound to his neck.“Officers were first on scene and the man was bleeding from the neck. They had to apply pressure to the wound and waited for paramedics to arrive,” Const. Jen Sidhu said Wednesday.Information from the public led police to a man, who then fled on foot.Sidhu says the man ran into a residential backyard and police set up a perimeter using the canine unit in a “high-risk take down.”The man was arrested and a firearm, which was a loaded Smith and Wesson 9-mm pistol, was allegedly recovered.Keeron Tash
BREAKING: Multiple people injured after multiple shooting on Danforth

BREAKING: Multiple people injured after multiple shooting on Danforth

Crime, News, Toronto & GTA
Emergency crews are attending a multiple shooting in front of a bar in Greektown.A little before 10:20 p.m., police, fire and EMS were dispatched to near Christina’s restaurant on Danforth Ave. by Logan Ave. for reports of a shooting.Numerous ambulances were dispatched to the scene, where police, firefighters and bystanders attended to a number of victims seen laying on the ground.According to witnesses speaking to CityTV, at least two of the victims were young females.who reported that EMS transported at least eight patients to hospital — six to trauma centres at St. Michael’s and Sunnybrook, and one to Sick Kids.Reports on social media say as many as 15 to 20 gunshots were heard.Freelance journalist Andrew Collins reports on Twitter that patients were transported to traum
MO’ MONEY: New doc examines how greed replaced the American Dream

MO’ MONEY: New doc examines how greed replaced the American Dream

News, Toronto & GTA
When did everyone get so money-hungry? How did women start looking at $35,000 purses as ‘investments’? Who buys 24K gold toilets? Why do L.A. teens get so much plastic surgery?You’ll find some answers in Generation Wealth, Lauren Greenfield’s riveting new documentary about the pursuit of wealth in America and the world. It opens in Toronto this Friday.The filmmaker behind The Queen of Versailles — an award-winning movie about the couple building the biggest house in America and the 2008 crash — Greenfield has spent 25 years photographing the culture and tracing the obsessive quest for money, fame, youth, beauty and power.Greenfield began working in the early ’90s, just as the material excess of the ‘80s met the internet, and bonded. Her films and photos capture the American Dream
FUREY: Bidding farewell to downtown living

FUREY: Bidding farewell to downtown living

News, Toronto & GTA
The low point of living with kids in downtown Toronto came for me just the other month.My son and I had left our unit to take a bag of trash to the garbage chute. Then we headed to take the stairs down to play outside. I opened the stairwell door and my young son did as he always does and charged ahead. But this time he suddenly came to a stop.“Oh,” he said, confused. I followed behind and bumped into him. He’d stopped dead in his tracks. There on the floor right in front of us was a woman with a needle hanging from her shin. We’d interrupted her injection.“Oh,” she said in response. My son looked up at me. I looked down at her. She looked up at me.“Are … are you OK?” I asked.“Yeah,” she stammered in a sad, apologetic voice. “I’m just leaving.”Her arms were a mess. Her ankles wer
Arrest made in Saturday morning east-end homicide

Arrest made in Saturday morning east-end homicide

Crime, News, Toronto & GTA
Police have made an arrest in the city’s latest murder.A little after 1 a.m. Saturday, police were called to an address on Eastern Ave. and Lewis St. where they found the victim — identified by police as 47-year-old Toronto man Kerry Romain — suffering life-threatening injuries. Kerry Romain, 47, was killed on Saturday, July 21 in the city’s 56th homicide of 2018. (Toronto police handout) He was transported to hospital where he later died.Sunday morning, police announced they’d made an arrest in the case, charging Roger Foreshaw, 45, of Toronto, with second-degree murder.He’s scheduled to appear in Old City Hall court Sunday morning.Romain’s death was the city’s 56th homicide of 2018.Anybody with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.