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January 4, 2012

Suspect arrested in Los Angeles arson rampage case

Suspect arrested in Los Angeles arson rampage case

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In the Los Angeles, US arson spree, where more than 50 attacks occurred in four days, local police arrested a German national Monday. The suspect, reportedly 24-year-old Harry Burkhart, was stopped in the vicinity of West Hollywood due to the appearance of his van, matching a description law enforcement authorities issued earlier.

The city saw numerous arson attacks start on December 30, with 17 vehicles and structures set alight. Many of the incidents took place in driveways and carports. In one case, a former home of The Doors late lead singer Jim Morrison was damaged. Despite increased attention by the police force and residents, eleven of the fires occurred in under two hours up until 2:50am (local time) on Monday.

Law enforcement revealed that, only hours before these fires, the State Department alerted the Los Angeles police (LAPD) about Harry Burkhart, believed to be connected to arson attacks in Germany. Acting on that information, police were searching for a blue Dodge minivan. Just before 3am that morning, reserve sheriff deputy Shervin Lalezary — a real-estate lawyer who volunteers with the LAPD for $1 a year — spotted Burkhart’s vehicle and pulled him over. He later recounted, his approach to the van was covered by other officers. A search of the car produced material that could be used for arson, according to various media reports fire sticks and charcoal briquettes.

Police said the suspect was Harry Burkhart, a German national from Frankfurt, with Chechnyan travel papers. Canadian media reports a minivan, ostensibly his, has licence plates from British Columbia and there is a traffic offence record for a Harry Burkhart in Vancouver. He had been in the US for several years, and lived in an apartment on Sunset Boulevard. In a court hearing concerning his mother’s immigration problems, according to police, Burkhart had ranted against the United States.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck voiced optimism about the case: “I feel very good that we’ve got the right guy. He had the right stuff in his van and I am confident in the arrest.” Officials held a press meeting Monday evening about the developments.



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July 21, 2011

Davie Shipyard sale cleared by Québec court

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Québec Superior Court judge has approved the sale of troubled Davie Yards to Ontario-based Upper Lakes Group in a decision handed down today in Québec City.

Davie has been in creditor protection since February 2010 and had been planning a bid for one of two contracts to be handed down as part of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). This plan had historically been cast into doubt as a condition of the bidding process was that the yards involved be financially solvent.

The deadline to submit bids is 14:00 Eastern Time (19:00 UTC) on July 21. Vancouver-based Vancouver Shipyards, and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding are also bidding for the NSPS contracts.



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August 14, 2010

Wikinews Shorts: August 14, 2010

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Tamil migrant boat bound for Canada sparks debate

Hundreds of Sri Lanka Tamils seeking asylum in Canada unboarded their cargo ship that they used to sail from Sri Lanka to Vancouver. Some of the people who were on board the MV Sun Sea needed medical treatment, but officials have said that they were not aware of major medical problems.

The landing of the 490 refugees, however, has raised concerns that some onboard might have been members of the Tamil Tigers Sri Lankan rebel group. The Tigers, who fought a civil war against the Sri Lankan government for over two decades and lost in 2009, have been designated a terrorist group by the Canadian government since 2006. “Our goal is to ensure that our refugee system is not hijacked by criminals or terrorists,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said. Toews also said that the governnment would be taking a tough line with the ship’s passengers.

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South Carolina Senate candidate Alvin Greene indicted on felony charge

Alvin Greene, the Democratic candidate for the South Carolina US senate seat, has been indicted on a felony charge of showing pornography to a female college student. The 32 year-old Greene was arrested last November after allegedly showing a female student obscene photos on his laptop and then asking to come to her dorm room. Greene shot to instant fame after he won the South Carolina Democratic senate primary with 58% of the vote despite not campaigning or raising funds for his US senate bid.

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FDA approves of ‘morning after’ pill

The US FDA (Food and Drug administration) has approved a new, longer lasting ‘morning after’ pill that works for up to five days after unprotected sex. The FDA approved the pill, called ella, has stated that the birth-control pill will be prescription-only. The FDA said that the drug “is not intended for routine use as a contraceptive.” The pill is made by the French medical company HRA Pharma and will be marketed in the US by Watson Pharmaceuticals.

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July 1, 2010

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers face potential charges in Dziekanski tasering death

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers face potential charges in Dziekanski tasering death

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After reviewing the Braidwood Inquiry report into the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport on October 14, 2007, Special Prosecutor Richard C.C. Peck, Q.C. announced he will revisit the British Columbia Attorney General’s decision not to charge the four Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers involved.

Mr. Peck cited “factual material that was not available to the Branch at the time [of the initial … decision]” as the motivation for reviewing the evidence heard at and recommendations of the Braidwood Inquiry into the tasering of Mr. Dziekanski with a view to pressing and prosecuting criminal charges against four RCMP officials involved in the incident.

According to a media release from the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney General Criminal Justice Branch, Mr. Peck “will examine any other conduct of the four officers in relation to this matter, and in particular their statements to investigators and their testimony at the Braidwood Inquiry [to determine] whether their conduct was at any time contrary to any provisions of the Criminal Code or applicable provincial legislation.”

The Polish Embassy in Ottawa welcomed the publication of the Braidwood Inquiry report in a statement on their web site that commended “the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia for leading this public inquiry that showed new evidence and discovered serious errors in the conduct of four RCMP officers that had dealt with Mr. Robert Dziekański at Vancouver International Airport.

“We strongly believe that the findings of the Braidwood Commission should have a follow-up. We therefore expect that the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch will reassess its decision from 12 December 2008 and reopen the criminal investigation or [a] Special Prosecutor will be appointed by the Attorney General.”



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June 30, 2010

Braidwood Inquiry finds Dziekanski tasering in British Columbia unjustified

Braidwood Inquiry finds Dziekanski tasering in British Columbia unjustified

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Five deployments of the taser and the physical struggle with the four Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers contributed substantially to the death of Robert Dziekanski is the chief finding of the inquiry led by retired British Columbia Appeal Court Justice Thomas R. Braidwood.

Speaking at a June 18 media conference following the release of the report on the second phase of the inquiry into the events at Vancouver International Airport on October 14, 2007 Mr. Braidwood concluded “that the constable was not justified in deploying the weapon, and that neither that constable nor the corporal honestly perceived that Mr. Dziekanski was intending to attack any of the officers. I also concluded that the two other constables, during their testimony before me, offered patently unbelievable after-the-fact rationalizations of their police notes and their statements to the [RCMP Integrated Homicide Investigation Team] investigators.”

RCMP Commissioner William J.S. Elliott responded to Mr.Braidwood’s report in a press release saying “The RCMP acknowledges that its handling of this incident failed at many levels and we agree that events that took place at the Vancouver International Airport on October 14, 2007, should have unfolded differently. It is clear that our policies and training in place at the time were deficient. We acknowledge that the actions of our members who dealt with Mr. Dziekanski also fell short, including the fact that our officers did not take enough time to try to de-escalate the situation and did not provide an appropriate level of care to Mr. Dziekanski.”

30% This tragic case is, at its heart, the story of shameful conduct by a few officers. It ought not to reflect unfairly on the many thousands of RCMP and other police officers who have, through years of public service, protected our communities and earned a well-deserved reputation in doing so. 30%

—The Honourable Thomas Braidwood, QC

The mandate of the Braidwood commissions of inquiry, launched by the government of British Columbia (BC) in February 2008, included reporting on and making recommendations about the appropriate use of conducted energy weapons. Sworn evidence was received from 91 witnesses over 61 days. The second phase was “to provide the Dziekanski family and the public with a complete record of the circumstances of Mr. Robert Dziekanski’s death and to make recommendations the Commissioner considers necessary and appropriate” as per the commission’s web site.

The government of BC has already moved to “severely [restrict] the use of Tasers by all police, sheriff’s and corrections officers, and developing standardized police training for Taser use, crisis intervention, and responding to emotionally disturbed people” according to a June 18, 2010 press release. The province also plans to create “a new civilian-led unit to investigate all independent municipal police- and RCMP-related deaths and serious incidents” within the next 12 months.

Mr. Braidwood criticised the Canada Border Services Agency whose changes in response to the incident were “minor and few” but had high praise for Vancouver International Airport’s “exceptional steps in the aftermath of Mr. Dziekanski’s death to identify inadequacies in its policies, practices, and procedures, and to remedy them.”



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August 24, 2009

Suspect in model Jasmine Fiore’s murder found dead

Monday, August 24, 2009

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Fugitive Ryan Jenkins was found dead in motel room in Hope, Canada, about 150 kilometers from Vancouver. The RCMP are still trying to determine how long he was at the Thunderbird Motel before he hanged himself.

Ryan Jenkins was wanted for the brutal murdering of his ex-wife, and swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore. Her badly mutilated body was discovered in a dumpster southeast of Los Angeles on August 15th. Her teeth and fingers were removed, making identification difficult. She was identified through serial numbers on her breast implants.

Jenkins boat was found on Wednesday, south of Vancouver, not far from the US-Canada border. The RCMP confirmed early sunday that Jenkins was somewhere in Canada and he should turn himself in. He was considered armed and dangerous.

Ryan Jenkins is from Calgary and moved to Los Angeles after appearing in a reality television show on the VH1 network, “Megan Wants a Millionaire“.

There were a couple of false sightings during the manhunt. One man was stopped on a flight from Toronto to Vancouver for using an alias. Another man was taken off a Vancouver transit bus because he looked similar and was interested in the news story.

The U.S. Marshals were offering a $25,000 reward for information to leading his capture.


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Fugitive Ryan Jenkins was found dead in a motel room in Hope, Canada, about 150 kilometers from Vancouver. Police are still trying to determine how long he was at the Thunderbird Motel before he hanged himself.

The RCMP are now looking for an unidentified woman who helped Jenkins check himself into the motel last Thursday. She is described as an attractive blonde in her early 20’s and driving a tinted Chrysler PT Cruiser with Alberta plates.

Ryan Jenkins was wanted for the brutal murdering of his ex-wife, swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore. Her badly mutilated body was discovered in a dumpster southeast of Los Angeles on August 15th. Her teeth and fingers were removed, making identification difficult. She was identified through serial numbers on her breast implants.

Jenkins’s boat was found on Wednesday, south of Vancouver, not far from the US-Canada border. Police believe he drove from California to Blaine, Washington and then took a boat to Point Roberts, Washington where he crossed the border on foot into Tsawwassen, Canada. The RCMP confirmed early Sunday that Jenkins was somewhere in Canada and he should turn himself in. He was considered armed and dangerous.

Ryan Jenkins is from Calgary and moved to Los Angeles after appearing in a reality television show on the VH1 network, “Megan Wants a Millionaire”.

There were a couple of false sightings during the manhunt. One man was stopped on a flight from Toronto to Vancouver for using an alias. Another man was taken off a Vancouver transit bus because he looked similar and was interested in the news story.

U.S. Marshals were offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture.



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July 11, 2008

Burglers steal Milan Lučić\’s Memorial Cup ring from his Vancouver home

Friday, July 11, 2008

Yesterday, Milan Lučić’s family returned home and found their home ransacked by burglers. Most upsetting was the discovery that the young NHL star’s prized Memorial Cup ring and several valuable tournament watches were stolen from their Vancouver home.

Lučić’s mother, Snežana, has said that the thieves gained entrance to the family’s home by smashing in the back door.

“We don’t know if it was random,” she said.

Lučić, 20, who lives with his parents, Dobrivoje and Snežana, is a player for the Boston Bruins and flew to Boston on Wednesday to help out at a rookies camp.

“They went into his room upstairs and took his Memorial Cup ring and three of his Esquire watches,” Snežana said.

Other rooms in the home were ransacked and alcohol was stolen.

Shezana said she called her son in Boston shortly after the robbery.

“He was very disappointed,” she said.

Lučić told Shezana before flying to Boston he thought about his memorabilia at home and how ex-Edmonton Oilers goalie Bill Ranford was robbed of memorabilia from his New Westminster home last summer.

“So in a way he wasn’t surprised.”

Lučić was raised in East Vancouver and led the Vancouver Giants to a Memorial Cup victory in 2007. He was the Giants top scorer in the 2006/2007 season and was named most valuable player.

Lučić racked up 27 points and 89 penalty minutes playing for the Bruins last season.

Snežana said that the NHL has been advised of the theft and will be monitoring websites like Craigslist and eBay to see if someone attemps to sell the distinctive ring.

Vancouver police are currently investigating.

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  • Fluto Shinzawa “Theft at Lucic’s house”. Boston Globe, July 10, 2008
  • David Carrigg “Burglars take Milan Lucic’s Memorial Cup ring”. Vancouver Province, July 11, 2008
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Yesterday, Milan Lučić’s family returned home and found their home ransacked by burglars. It was discovered that the young NHL star’s prized Memorial Cup ring and several valuable tournament watches were stolen from their home in Vancouver, Canada .

Lučić’s mother, Snežana, has said that the thieves gained entrance to the family’s home by smashing in the back door.

Lučić, 20, who lives with his parents, Dobrivoje and Snežana, is a player for the Boston Bruins and flew to Boston on Wednesday to help out at a rookies camp.

“We don’t know if it was random,” she said. “They went into his room upstairs and took his Memorial Cup ring and three of his Esquire watches.”

Other rooms in the home were ransacked and alcohol was stolen.

“He was very disappointed,” said Snežana, referring to Lučić’s reaction when she called her son in Boston shortly after the robbery.

Before Lučić flew to Boston. he told Snežana before flying to Boston he was thinking about his memorabilia and recalled how, last summer, former goalie for the Edmonton Oilers, Bill Ranford, was robbed of memorabilia from his New Westminster home.

“So in a way he wasn’t surprised,” Snežana said.

Lučić was raised in East Vancouver. He carried the Vancouver Giants to a Memorial Cup victory in 2007. He was awarded as the Most Valuable Player and led the Giants in scoring for the 2006-07 season.

Lučić accumulated 27 points and 89 penalty minutes in his play for with the Boston Bruins last season.

According to Snežana the NHL has been advised of the burglary and intends to monitor websites like Craigslist and eBay to see if someone attempts to sell the distinctive ring.

The Vancouver Police Department’s investigation is ongoing.

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June 11, 2008

Three sought in Vancouver following hate crime

Three sought in Vancouver following hate crime

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Yesterday, police in Vancouver, Canada released images showing suspects in a possible hate crime that left a man “very traumatized by the event, very afraid,” according to Constable Tim Fanning.

On May 2, a gay man in Vancouver’s West End was shouted at, pelted with eggs and had a beer bottle thrown at him, although the bottle did not hit him. The 37-year-old victim was walking in downtown Vancouver, east on Davie Street, an area with most of the city’s gay clubs and bars.

“The type of attack … and the fact that the victim here is openly gay lends itself for investigators to believe it’s that most repulsive of crimes, possibly a hate crime,” Fanning commented.

The images released by the police department were captured by surveillance cameras at a Mac’s convenience store close to the attack. They depict three males, estimated to be between 18 and 20 years old, purchasing eggs just prior to the incident. People are being urged to come forward with any information about the identity of the suspects.

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