Published Friday, February 26, 2016 2:22PM MST Last Updated Friday, February 26, 2016 2:56PM MST
A Calgary Police Service investigation into a Thursday morning home invasion in the northwest has led to charges against six people.
Early Thursday morning, police were called to a home in the 100 block of Citadel Peak Circle Northwest following reports armed men had gained entry to the residence.
The offenders allegedly tied up the two occupants and seriously assaulted a disabled man in a wheelchair. The suspects fled after removing several items from the home which housed a small marijuana grow-operation.
“Are your kids OK?” a senior official at Canada’s Embassy in Washington was asking.
“And then,” Roxanne Dube says in her French-accented lilt, “I knew something was not correct.”
As she would later discover, local authorities had contacted the U.S. State Department, which had in turn contacted the Canadian Embassy. Her unease turned to alarm as, at the urging of her embassy contact, she directed her driver to a hospital, where she was ushered into a VIP room. Someone handed her a piece of paper with a phone number to call for information. She did.
“I’m afraid I have bad news, I think we should meet,” Det. Rolando Garcia was saying. “And he said: ‘Jean is dead.’ I knew it was true because of the way he pronounced Jean’s name.”
Dube dropped the phone. Her world had imploded that sunny day on March 31, 2015. Dube could barely stagger outside.
Now 53, Dube had arrived from Ottawa with her two teen sons exactly two months earlier to take up her post as Canada’s consul general in Miami. It had been a whirlwind of wrapping up her old job — she had been director general for North America, helping oversee Canada’s consular network in the U.S. and Mexico — finding housing, moving, unpacking, getting the boys settled in school.
Improved image quality helps police make cases, Chief Mark Saunders says
CBC NewsPosted: Feb 12, 2016 9:44 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 12, 2016 2:58 PM ET
This is one of a handful of security camera images police released Wednesday in connection with a Jan. 31 shooting in Chinatown that killed two men in their 20s. Police did not say whether the people in the photos are suspects or potential witnesses. (Toronto Police Service)
The release of security camera images by police was key to an arrest in a recent Chinatown shooting that left two young fathers dead, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says.
Saunders, speaking at a morning news conference, said witnesses were able to identify to police people from the images released earlier this week. Yesterday, Kyle Sparks-Mackinnon, 25, was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shooting that killed Quinn Taylor, 29, and David Michael Eminess, 26.
“This is a classic case where the public stepped up,” said Saunders. “The public gave us that information that was able to translate into evidence and we’ve been able to arrest somebody.”
Quinn Taylor, 29, has been identified by his mother as one of the men killed in a Sunday morning shooting in Chinatown.
By:Peter GoffinStaff Reporter,Published on Mon Feb 01 2016
A man gunned down in Chinatown early Sunday morning has been identified as 29-year-old Quinn Taylor, a budding Toronto rap artist and father to a 1-year-old girl.
His mother, Brenda Macintyre, confirmed to the Star Monday evening that her son was one of two men killed when shots rang out on Spadina Ave. near Nassau St. just after 3 a.m. Sunday.
“I’m just basically numb. It’s like, what the hell?” Macintyre said. “My son was just in the prime of his life, really super happy, happiest he’d ever been, and then all of a sudden he’s gone for no good reason.”
Three people were charged Saturday with first-degree murder in the killings of two convenience store clerks in Edmonton Friday.
Laylin Delorme, 24, Colton Steinhauer, 27, and a 13-year-old boy who cannot be named are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, robbery with a prohibited restricted firearm, being disguised with intent and other offences.
All three have criminal records and were prohibited from possessing firearms, police said. The boy had been scheduled to appear in court Friday on unrelated charges.
Police also named the clerk killed at the 61st Avenue Mac’s Convenience store as Ricky Massin Cenabre, 41.
Karanpal Bhangu, 35, was killed in one of the shootings. He is shown with his son Royce and his wife Kiran in this image from the “GoFundMe” website. (GoFundMe/Canadian Press)
Ricky Cenabre, 41, was identified Saturday as the victim in the Mac’s shooting at 109th Street. (gofundme.com)
Earlier, police identified Karanpal Bhangu, 35, as the clerk at the Mill Woods store who came to Canada from India just three months ago with his six-year-old son in order to join his wife, who’s been living here for four years.
Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan says there should be tougher legislation to better protect vulnerable, night-shift retail workers, who are often young people and immigrants.
Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says there will be a review of the rules.
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