Wednesday, December 23, 2009

And so this is Christmas ...

Coffee was about $10 .... Donuts about $6 ..... Good times with great friends?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Bad Crash Closes Dundas at 9th Line

Four people went to hospital after this serious crash on Dundas just inside the Oakville border near 9th line. One person is in critical condition and was air lifted to a trauma centre. The Honda Civic in the foreground was almost in two pieces after colliding with the Lexus SUV. The amount of damage to the Civic is incredible.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Two Crashes and a Shooting

Two serious crashes kept me busy on the night shift. The top picture was a fatal accident involving a 29 year old woman who police say may have been drinking before crashing her car into a TTC bus. The lower picture is a YRP cruiser that flipped after taking out a hydro pole on McCowen Ave north of Hwy 407. The officer was transported to hospital but is expected to recover fully. We also had a shooting on Dupont at Edwin. In that call the victim was shot in the face and rushed to St. Mike's but is expected to survive.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Murder on Weston Rd.

A woman is killed on Weston Rd. A baby in the back seat is not injured. The baby is now in the hands of CAS.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Just another crazy night in the GTA Four people were shot at 30 Falstaff Ave. One has now died. Some victims may be as young as 17.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bad Night On The Roads

It was a terrbile night on GTA roads. A young man died after his vehicle was hit by a truck at the intersection of Hwy 50 and Queen in Brampton. The damage was extreme and not much was left of the car. In the east end a woman was struck and killed by a cargo van on Warden Ave. It was still dark when she exited a bus and crossed the road. Police say she was wearing dark clothes and may have been listening to music with headphones. The bottom picture is from and accident on Eglinton Ave near McCowan. Police were actually in the area and watched as the driver reversed at high speed and drove through a window at McDonald. Thank God this didn't happen during the day. The driver failed a road side breath test and was handcuffed and taken away by police.

So much carnage in one night. It was just crazy out there. My prayer to the victims and families. Too much reality TV for one night. I'm glad to be home. That was a long shift.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

One Dead and Five Others Shot in Two Seperate Incidents

I don't usually work weekends but I just had a feeling this might be a busy one. I went out on Friday night and got a nice little story about three guys arrested with a Tec 9 machine gun in Rexdale. Thanks to the TAVIS units for showing me the gun and congrats on the pinch. I rushed that back for the 10:55pm news update. They were happy to have it. So with my sleep a little off I decide to go out again Saturday night and go fishing for overtime. It was quiet until about 3am. Police got a call for a shooting on Bay st. that quickly turned into a homicide. Cops are looking for 2 stretch limos and a black s.u.v. seen leaving the scene. A gun was recovered just down the street from the victim, most likely discarded by the shooter.

About 15 minutes later cops in 41 division got into the action with multiple shooting victims on Ellesmere Rd near Midland Ave. Two victims were rushed to Sunnybrook and one was taken to St. Mike's. It didn't take long before two others showed up at other hospitals. So a total of five victims in this bit of gun play. The last photo shows the usual suspects Jeremy, John and Pete at the Bay St. homicide. You'll find them at most yellow crime tape lines around the GTA on weekends.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Secret Life of a Durham Police Officer

Durham Regional Police are investigating a fatal stabbing in the parking lot of an Ajax mall. The stabbing happened on the corner of Salem and Kingston Rd. A man in his twenties was airlifted to hospital but died from his injuries. Another man was also injured. As per normal life in Durham the local cops are saying very little about the incident. Eight hours after the fact they were barely admitting that anything even took place when contacted by phone.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Meth Lab In Midtown

Police are treading carefully as they explore a suspected meth lab in the Avenue Rd. and Lawrence area. They were called to the house by neighbours complaining about a bad smell. When they entered the house they found chemicals used in the production of crystal meth.

"We found an active crystal methamphetamine lab. It's a highly dangerous process that goes on to manufacture these drugs. What we found was an active process and two cylinders which are of great concern to us ... they're highly explosive," Toronto Police Staff Inspector Mario Di Tommaso explained.

The good news is I found this bagel shop just north of here on Avenue Rd. It's just north of Woburn Ave on the west side of Avenue rd. You have to stop and check this place out. The bagels are fantastic and the chicken samosas are really good too. Best of all they are open 24 hours a day.

Firefighters scrub and hose down a drug squad officer who is dressed in hazmat clothing.

Friday, November 13, 2009

30+ Officers Decend on Glendower

It always gets my attention when I see over 30 officers heading out to execute a warrant. This time it was Scarborough’s Glendower Circuit and I would guess the extra manpower was due officer security in the housing complex. Some area residents are known to be hostile toward Toronto Police and a large security perimeter was setup around the complex. Residents still came out to heckle police as they searched the residence.

Three males were taken into custody including 2 young offenders. Police also seized a loaded .40 caliber handgun.

Rock and Roll

A large truck carrying a load of granite lost its load and rolled over on the 400 southbound ramp to the eastbound 401. The accident happened about 3:30am Friday morning and the ramp will be closed through the morning rush hour. The driver was not hurt. Some granite fell on the highway below and caused flat tires on passing cars.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vaughan Road Shooting

I started early tonight for a shooting on Vaughan Rd. I don't have a
lot of details on this yet. I heard that a man was carried out of a
house by his friends. ETF attended and cleared a house in the area.
One man was in police custody but I don't know if he was charged. I
managed to get back in time for the new 10:55pm newscast following The
National. I'm sure we'll have more details in the morning. The victim
was vital signs absent when rushed to the trauma centre.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sentinal Rd. Homicide

Police in 31 Division are investigating a homicide this morning after a 24 year old man was shot as his girlfriend looked on. She made a frantic call to 911 reporting three suspects had fled the scene. The man was pronounced dead by paramedics and the area remains taped off while police gather evidence. Police say the man may have known the suspects and that they have some good leads in the case. This is homicide number 47 for TPS in 2009.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Stop That Car!

Last night police in 51 division got into a short chase with a driver who wouldn't stop. He drove down Adelaide the wrong way and eventually crashed at Ontario st. The driver was taken to St. Mike's with minor injuries. He faces multiple charges including impaired operation of a motor vehicle. TSV investigates the collision.
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Friday, October 16, 2009

TGIF .... It's the weekend.

I thought it was going to be a quiet night. We had a three alarm house fire on Sepia Dr. in North York and I was thinkimg that might be it. Later on that night I went to a tractor trailer roll over on the QEW at Winston Churchill. On the way back downtown I also shot an accident on Queen St where an alleged drunk driver slammed into a cab while the cab was taking on a passenger. The passenger was thrown and had head injuries. Traffic Services was called in to reconstruct the accident. I didn't have time to feel tired. I'm home now and have a couple of days off. TGIF.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Triple Shooting in Toronto

Three people drove right to the front door of Humber Church Hospital around 3am after being shot while driving. They tell police they were on Jane St near the 401 when the shots rang out. Bullet holes could be clearly seen in the rear passenger door. Police are investigating a possible altercation at a nearby nightclub that may have lead to the shooting. Jane St was closed for a while as they searched for bullet casings. All three victims are expected to survive. Reality TV.
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

5 Guns, 50 Charges, 2 Men and a Boy

Congrats to the folks in 51 Division Street Crime Unit. While executing a warrant on suspected drug dealers they seized four loaded handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle which was modified for easy concealment. They admit even they were surprised with the amount of firepower they found in the Regent Park townhouse. Three suspects, one a young offender just 16 years old, face 50 charges. Hats off to 51 Division Street Crime. Reality TV.
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Nice Fall Sunrise.

I went for a walk this morning at the mouth of the Credit River. It was so nice just to think about photos and nothing else. Every now and again I need to just get away from all the bad news and smell the flowers. The bad news can drag you down if you don't have some balance.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fatal 401 Collision

A man is dead and another is in critical condition after a fiery crash on the 401 near Whitby just before midnight.
Witnesses said a car was apparently driving in reverse on the highway when a tractor-trailer smashed into it near Thickson Road.
Ministry of Transportation staff who were working nearby saw the car burst into flames and were able to pull the passenger out of the burning vehicle, but were not able to save the driver, who was pronounced dead at Sunnybrook Hospital.
The passenger is in hospital with life-threatening injuries and the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. No names have been released.
The eastbound lanes of the highway are open, but Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave Woodford said the on-ramp will likely remain closed for most of Monday morning.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Last Sunday of Summer 2009

Had a great day today as I went for a nice walk with my daughter along The Credit River. We are new to this area so we hadn't been down here before. It's really a great spot. The weather was pleasant and not too hot which made it comfortable for walking. I remembered my younger years when we used to fish for salmon on The Credit River. Now I have to get some sleep so I can chase some news tonight on the night shift. Weekends go by really fast as I sleep some of Friday during the day, have all Saturday to enjoy and only half of Sunday before I have to get to sleep. It would be great to work 4 days 10 hours per day.

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