Thursday, March 31, 2016

RCMP impersonator Thomas Hanaway arrested - Again

Manitoba RCMP have arrested Thomas Hanaway, 58, for impersonating a police officer, again. He was arrested Wednesday after RCMP executed a search warrant at his home. He has been charged with three counts of personating a police peace officer and three counts of failing to comply with a probation officer. He is being held without bail.

Hanaway is no stranger to the justice system, with four prior convictions for similar offences dating back to 1982. The most recent occurred in 2012 when Hanaway was given four-and-a-half months in jail and three years of supervised probation.
In 2010, Hanaway pleaded guilty to several counts of impersonating a police officer and offered up an unusual explanation - he told court he was living with multiple sclerosis and said he posed as a Mountie as part of an elaborate "role-playing game" designed to meet male sexual partners. He also admitted stockpiling authentic police clothing and equipment through online purchases.

In 2009, Hanaway walked into a police station in full RCMP gear, bearing a box of Tim Hortons doughnuts. A card was signed "Sgt. Tom Hannah," apparently a member of the Headingley RCMP. Police learned no such officer existed. He defended his actions at the time, telling police: "I was only giving out doughnuts." He said he bought his uniform and other materials online in an attempt to "keep the bad guys away from me."
Months later, Hanaway walked into a 7-Eleven in full Mountie gear, including police boots, jacket and a gang-unit T-shirt. He had the badge of a retired officer, which he apparently bought on the Internet, along with handcuffs. Hanaway was arrested but again released on bail.

Hanaway was nabbed again weeks later when he walked into the Royal Canadian Legion's Henderson Highway branch, identifying himself as the commander of the East St. Paul RCMP. Several patrons were suspicious of his behaviour, which included discussing ongoing criminal investigations, and called police.

Jie Hua Shen fined $43K for smuggling turtles

Toronto resident Jie Hua Shen is the owner of Marine Seafood Inc. He pleaded guilty on March 24 for the illegal importation of Florida softshell turtles.

The turtles are prized for their meat, which has led to a sharp decline in their numbers. In 2009 the state of Florida banned their commercial fishing.
A joint operation between US and Canada ended with the seizure of 40 live turtles, which were smuggled into Canada by Shen through his company.

The turtles that were rescued had fish hooks inside their esophagi, further indicating they were captured illegally. Shen was found guilty in federal court for contraventions under the Customs Act and fined $18,000. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a further $25,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice. Florida softshell turtles grow up to two-feet long with flat carapace that’s cloaked in leathery skin. The freshwater turtles are highly regarded for their meat, especially in Asia.
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Mexico City orders all cars off the road one day a week to tackle pollution

Authorities in Mexico City have temporarily ordered all cars to remain idle one day a week in response to this notoriously smoggy capital’s worst air-quality crisis in over a decade.
A Phase 1 emergency due to high ozone levels – the first since 2005 – was declared two weeks ago, when warm temperatures and still air left pollution trapped in Mexico City’s volcano-ringed valley. Government officials and environmental activists pinned at least some of the blame on a supreme court decision last year that overturned a rule barring all cars over eight years old from the streets one day a week.

The ruling is said to have put an extra 1.4m vehicles back on the roads each day. Starting on 1 July, more modern technology will be put in place at smog-check centres. Vehicles are supposed to get checked every six months, though it’s common knowledge that for a bribe of $20 or so drivers can ensure a car comes out “clean”.
Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus at an altitude of 2,240 metres (7,350 ft). The Greater Mexico City population is 21.2 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere.

Calgary Cop caught using cell phone behind wheel

CALGARY – It’s not unusual to catch a driver or two on their phones while commuting around Calgary, but this photo caught a lot of people by surprise. Eric Coulson posted a photo on March 24, 2016 that appears to show a Calgary Police officer using their cell phone behind the wheel.

Police said they have spoken with the officer from the photo and that the phone use was urgent and work-related. But they admit she could have pulled over and handled this matter more safely.
Vancouver Police say they’ve issued more than 1,600 distracted driving tickets for the month of March.

The ticket blitz was part of a month-long campaign to combat distracted driving which kills dozens in B.C. annually.
A recent US study found one-third of drivers admitted to texting while driving. At least eight people are killed in a distracted driving-related accident every day in the U.S.

A person is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash if they text while driving, and four times more likely if talking on a phone. Using a mobile device while behind the wheel is on the way to becoming the number one cause of fatal car accidents for teenage drivers across Canada.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

19 year old charged with criminal negligence

A 19 year old man accused of driving at more than 250 km/h has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm in connection with a crash in Vancouver last year. At 3 a.m. on April 12, the driver of a Mercedes crashed into the front yard of a home on Southwest Marine Drive near 57th Avenue. It took police nearly an hour to locate the wreckage of the vehicle.
The vehicle was speeding westbound when it crossed the center line into the oncoming lane and through the intersection.
The driver was treated and released from hospital, but the 17-year-old passenger suffered multiple serious injuries.

The driver is a Chinese national. He returned to China before police completed their investigation. He was arrested at the airport on an outstanding warrant. The man had returned to participate in a swearing-in ceremony to become a Canadian citizen.
Yue Hui Wang, 19, was ordered to surrender his passport.

Sureté du Quebec Operation Tarantula (Mygale) nets 60 crooks - Update

The Sûreté du Québec announced Wednesday morning they are involved in worldwide raids targeting contraband tobacco, drug trafficking and money laundering. Police expect to arrest up to 100 people Wednesday in Quebec and Ontario as they break up an international money laundering ring. In what the Sureté du Quebec is calling Operation Tarantula (Mygale), officers have spent months investigating an organized crime ring spanning North America, South America, and Europe.

Police say biker gangs collaborated with aboriginal criminals to smuggle tobacco and drugs, and to launder money. Raids involving 700 police officers are also taking place north of Montreal, in Ste. Therese and Ste. Marthe sur le lac, in Kahnawake, and in Ontario.
They said the operation is the largest to be conducted in North America.

70 raids were conducted in and around Montreal, on the Montreal-area reserve of Kahnawake and on the Ontario reserve of Six Nations. Police say the individuals would buy tobacco in the United States and import it illegally before selling it on the two reserves.

Police confiscated 52,800 kilograms of tobacco, $1.5 million in Canadian cash, $3 million U.S., cocaine, methamphetamines, cannabis and fentanyl. The organization imported more than two million kilograms of tobacco between August 2014 and this month and defrauded authorities of $540 million in revenue.

US in talks to send THAAD systems to South Korea

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was necessary for the United States to protect itself and regional allies from North Korean missile attacks.

The United States and South Korea agreed to begin talks on possible THAAD deployment last month after North Korea tested its fourth nuclear bomb on Jan. 6 and launched a long-range rocket on Feb. 7. China backed tough new sanctions on North Korea following the tests but has voiced opposition to THAAD as its radar has a range that would extend far beyond the Korean peninsula and into China.
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a United States Army anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach.
The missile carries no warhead but relies on the kinetic energy of the impact to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic energy hit minimizes the risk of exploding conventional warhead ballistic missiles, and nuclear tipped ballistic missiles won't explode upon a kinetic energy hit, although chemical or biological warheads may disintegrate or explode.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

HA Rob David Allen faces new charges

Rob David Allen
Rob David Allen, 35 was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine as part of raids in Project Forseti in January 2015.

During his court appearance Tuesday in Saskatoon, Allen heard new charges laid against him: possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of oxycodone and possession of hydromorphone.
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Marco Muzzo Sentenced to 10 Years

Marco Muzzo
Marco Muzzo has been sentenced to 10 years for the September 27, 2015 crash that killed 65-year-old Gary Neville and his three grandchildren: Daniel, 9, Harrison, 5, and Milagros Neville-Lake, 2. The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were also seriously injured.

Marco Muzzo
Marco Muzzo pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Muzzo had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood at the time of the collision. He had trouble keeping his balance and had urinated himself by the time police arrived on scene. He had been released on $1-million bail after his plea, but surrendered back into custody before the hearing on Tuesday. Court heard that he is being kept in segregation in jail.

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Arctic sea ice hit its lowest annual maximum on record

Arctic sea ice hit its lowest annual maximum on record as of March 24, after the hottest winter ever seen in the Arctic. The sea ice maximum was even lower than the record level seen last year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado.

According to the NSIDC, the sea ice extent on March 24 was 5.607 million square miles, or 14.52 million square kilometers. This was 431,000 square miles, or 1.12 million square kilometers below the 1981-2010 average. This is about the size of the states of Texas, Arizona and Kansas combined.

February Anomolies
Temperature anomalies this winter were off the charts. Temperatures in the lower atmosphere from December through February were above average everywhere in the Arctic.
Some areas saw temperatures during the period average about 6 degrees Celsius, or 11 degrees Fahrenheit, above average.

Since the start of the satellite era in 1979, there has been a loss of 620,000 square miles of wintertime sea ice cover, which is about twice the size of Texas.