TORONTO: Joel Alexander killed in daylight drive-by shooting

Police identify man killed in Entertainment District

Joel Alexander, 28, was killed Friday afternoon in an apparent daylight drive-by on Friday afternoon, police say.

 Police released this photo Dec. 12 of Joel Alexander, 28, who identified as the victim in Dec. 11's fatal shooting on Peter St. in Toronto.SUPPLIED PHOTO

Police released this photo Dec. 12 of Joel Alexander, 28, who identified as the victim in Dec. 11’s fatal shooting on Peter St. in Toronto.

A man who died in hospital following a daylight drive-by shooting in the Entertainment District on Friday has been identified as 28-year-old Joel Alexander.

At a press conference near the crime scene on Saturday, Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne said that Alexander was a resident of Toronto and the father of a five-year-old child. He said that Alexander was “known to” the police and “did have his difficulties in the past,” but he wouldn’t elaborate.

Police believe Alexander was killed just after 4 p.m. Friday when at least 10 shots were fired from a silver car toward a parked car outside 80 Peter St. near King St. The silver car fled the scene, and Alexander was rushed to a trauma centre where he died from his injuries.

On Saturday afternoon, thick smears of blood were still visible on the sidewalk outside the parking lot on Adelaide St.

A female passenger in the vehicle with Alexander managed to escape unharmed. Browne said that she was assisting police in their investigation but was in “a great state of shock” and “extremely emotionally scarred.”


Unlicensed Richmond immigration consultant Xun “Sunny” Wang let hundreds into Canada illegally

Unlicensed Richmond immigration consultant let hundreds into Canada illegally: Crown


SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 05:26 PM

CBSA immigration fraud

Chinese passports were seized by Canadian Border Services Agency after a “significant” fraud scheme was uncovered earlier this year

‘Many, many hundreds” of immigrants obtained Canadian citizenship or permanent residence with the help of an unlicensed immigration consultant in Richmond who made millions altering passports, a court was told Wednesday.

Xun “Sunny” Wang appeared at a sentencing hearing in provincial court in Vancouver after pleading guilty to eight charges in connection with his immigration businesses.

Federal Crown counsel Bruce Harper said “definitely many, many hundreds” and possibly “well over 1,000” of Wang’s clients obtained Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status through Wang’s fraudulent businesses.

“There are certainly a great number of individuals whose status in Canada, whether permanent residence or citizenship, is now in question,” Harper said.

Wang’s businesses served more than 1,000 customers between 2006 and 2013, charging more than $10 million for services, court heard.

Along with six counts under the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Wang has pleaded guilty to two counts under the Income Tax Act, including failing to report $2,722,305 of taxable income from 2007 to 2012.

And, despite the millions earned by his companies, court heard, Wang also claimed several thousand dollars of low-income tax benefits between 2008 and 2013, which Harper compared to robbing a bank, and then stealing the charitable donation can on the way out.

“It adds insult to injury,” Harper said.

Crown is seeking a sentence of seven and a half years.

Harinder Singh Cheema extradited back to Canada, wanted for wife’s murder

Man wanted for wife’s murder extradited back to Canada

Harinder Singh Cheema, 36Harinder Singh Cheema had been on the lam for more than seven years.

CTV Montreal
Published Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:39PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 24, 2015 8:07AM EDT

One of Quebec’s most wanted is now back in Montreal.

Harinder Singh Cheema was brought back to Canada from California last night.

Cheema is facing second-degree murder charges for the 2007 stabbing death of his wife.

He was found through his fingerprints when he made an application for permanent residency status in the United States. He had been living in San Francisco under a false name.

3 brown suspects sought in connection with attempted murder at Scarborough pool hall

Suspects sought in connection with attempted murder at Scarborough pool hall

suspects, security, attempted murder
Codi Wilson,
Published Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:51AM EDT

Police have released security camera footage of three men wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a man at a Scarborough pool hall.

Police say on June 13 at around 1 a.m., a group of friends were at a pool hall in the area of Warden Avenue and Ellesmere Road when they were approached by a second group outside the building.

According to police, a dispute ensued and one man in the second group pepper-sprayed members of the first group. Police allege that the attack escalated when another member of the second group stabbed a man in the first group.

The second group reportedly fled in a white vehicle and a light-coloured vehicle.

The stabbing victim was rushed to hospital with injuries to his back, policy say.

The first suspect is described as a brown male with short black hair, a beard, and a tattoo on his left inside forearm. He was seen wearing a blue jacket with a white symbol on the rear.

The second suspect is described as a skinny, brown male with short, black hair and a beard. He was seen wearing a blue Adidas jacket with white stripes on the sleeves and light blue jeans.

The third suspect is said to be a heavy brown male with black hair, a beard, and tattoos on both forearms. He was seen wearing a khaki hoodie and khaki pants.

Police say the suspects are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if spotted.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-4100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

TORONTO: Danilo Alcala, a personal support worker, accused of sexually assaulting 95-year-old man

New charges to be laid against support worker accused of sexually assaulting elderly man

suspect  Danilo AlcalaDanilo Alcala is seen in this photo distributed by Toronto Police.

Codi Wilson,
Published Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:04AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:06AM EDT

Six new charges are being laid against Danilo Alcala, a personal support worker accused of sexually assaulting a 95-year-old man, police confirm.

Alcala was charged with one count of sexual assault last week and the additional charges, according to police, are based on new evidence brought forward by the victim’s family.

The charges include three counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability.

Chinese citizen Bao Sheng Zhong arrested in fake gold scam

CTV Vancouver: Arrest in fake gold scam
A gold scam that made its way around the world arrived in Metro Vancouver, where investors are duped into thinking they’re buying history.
CTV Vancouver
Published Monday, June 29, 2015 1:40PM PDT
Last Updated Monday, June 29, 2015 8:11PM PDT

B.C. Mounties have arrested a 44-year-old Chinese national accused of bilking locals into buying fake gold ingots and Buddha figurines.

The victims were befriended by a man claiming to be from the construction industry, who told them he’d unearthed the treasures by chance along with an ancient will.

It’s unclear how many people the alleged fraudster approached, but the RCMP said two women and a man from across the Lower Mainland were tricked into paying for the phony gold.

 Gold ingots and Buddha figurines

The RCMP has arrested a man accused of selling fake ingots and Buddha figurines to Lower Mainland residents. June 29, 2015. (Handout)

Mounties said similar crimes have been reported in other parts of the world, including Japan, Singapore and the U.S., but this appears to be the first case in Canada.

“We pulled all the stops. We hated seeing this type of crime occurring in our backyard,” Const. Jon Francis of the Richmond RCMP Economic Crime Unit said in a statement.

The victims tested the ingots before buying them, but the RCMP said the scammer managed to switch in a sample of authentic gold using sleight of hand.

Anyone purchasing high-value gold items is urged to have them individually tested by an independent testing facility, and to obtain legal counsel for their protection.

The accused, Bao Sheng Zhong, is charged with three counts of fraud. The RCMP said Zhong is a Chinese citizen who has been living in Richmond.