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POLICE BLOTTER (SEPTEMBER 2016): Police investigate College Street and Ossington Avenue sexual assault

September 15th, 2016 · Comments Off on POLICE BLOTTER (SEPTEMBER 2016): Police investigate College Street and Ossington Avenue sexual assault

By Summer Reid

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) has requested the public’s assistance in investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Sept. 5.

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CHATTER (AUGUST 2016): Self-described former gang member shot at Christie Pits

August 26th, 2016 · Comments Off on CHATTER (AUGUST 2016): Self-described former gang member shot at Christie Pits

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance with a shooting investigation in the Bloor Street West and Christie Street area. On July 30 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a man shot two people during a fitness class in Christie Pits. One victim, who was nearby when the shooting occurred, was hit in the foot by a stray bullet. The other victim, identified as 35-year-old former gang leader Alejandro (Jose) Vivar, was leading the class.

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EDITORIAL (AUGUST 2016): “An egregious breach of trust”

August 26th, 2016 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL (AUGUST 2016): “An egregious breach of trust”

Six years in a federal penitentiary.

Given the judicial constraints in this case, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Then has delivered a fair sentence to Constable James Forcillo of the Toronto Police Service for the attempted murder of Sammy Yatim on a Toronto streetcar three years ago. A jury had previously found Forcillo not guilty of second degree murder, or manslaughter, but guilty of the lesser charge of attempted murder.

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NEWS: Watch out in the wee hours

May 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Watch out in the wee hours

There were five separate reports of robberies between April 14 and April 30.

By Geremy Bordonaro

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is looking for two suspects in a series of armed robberies which have taken place between Harbord and Queen streets, and between Spadina Avenue and Markham Street.

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NEWS: Celebrating pink at Harbord Collegiate Institute

May 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Celebrating pink at Harbord Collegiate Institute

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PHOTO COURTESY JESSICA LEE/TDSB: Toronto District School Board (TDSB) staff and students joined with the Toronto Police Service at Harbord Collegiate Institute to celebrate International Day of Pink on April 13, which raises awareness to stop discrimination, gender-based bullying, homophobia, and transphobia. Special guests included Canadian Olympian and rhythmic gymnast Rose Cossar and Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators.

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NEWS: Break out the pink on April 13

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Break out the pink on April 13

By Brian Burchell

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NEWS: Crime down overall in 14 Division

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Crime down overall in 14 Division

Incidents connected to Entertainment District

By Brian Burchell

An overall reduction in crime across 14 Division, particularly in key categories, is overshadowed by a city-wide increase in shootings, some of which have occurred in the division’s southern flank.

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Police seek help identifying sexual assault suspects

February 2nd, 2016 · Comments Off on Police seek help identifying sexual assault suspects

A 23-year-old woman was walking in the Spadina Avenue and College Street area on Dec. 30, 2015, around 3 p.m. when a man pulled her into an alcove and sexually assaulted her. The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is seeking assistance in identifying the late 20s to early 30s suspect, who is described as approximately five feet seven inches tall weighing 140 pounds with an olive complexion, black hair, brown eyes, and dark features. On the afternoon of the assault, the suspect was wearing a blue track jacket with wide white stripes down the sleeves and a blue symbol on the left chest area. He wore two rings on his right hand and a ring on his left pinky finger.

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Spadina club sues police

February 2nd, 2016 · Comments Off on Spadina club sues police

The Comfort Zone has filed a $23-million lawsuit against the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and former police chief Bill Blair, alleging the parties abused their powers to put the Spadina Avenue after-hours club out of business. After discovering that a 26-year-old man had been seen at the club just hours before his death as a result of a drug overdose, the TPS launched Project White Rabbit, an undercover raid that resulted in the seizure of $35,000 and various drugs valued at $33,000, as well as charges against 33 patrons and five staff. The lawsuit claims that police destroyed video surveillance equipment, and kept patrons and staff handcuffed for up to five hours. Since then, the lawsuit claims, the TPS has raided the club over 50 times, harassing staff and patrons. None of these allegations have been proven in court. It’s the second time the Comfort Zone has pursued a legal claim of this nature; in 2009, it launched a similar lawsuit against then councillor Adam Vaughan, claiming it had been the victim of a systematic harassment campaign aimed at shutting the club down.

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