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Ontario hockey player facing two charges for sexual assault

An 18-year-old Ontario hockey player for the Windsor Spitfires is facing two charges related to incidents that occurred in local bar washrooms. One sexual assault charge is in connection with an incident that occurred at a nightclub with other players during a St. Patrick's Day and end-of-season party. The second sexual assault charge comes from an incident that allegedly occurred three weeks prior to the first count. This second incident is also believed to have occurred in the washroom of a local bar. Authorities say that they spoke with a 16 year old who said that she had been sexually assaulted at approximately 1:50 a.m. They then took the hockey player into custody after he was named by the girl. He was held in custody and had his bail set at $30,000. During this investigation, police learned about another female who said that she was assaulted by the same man at a different bar.

2 Ontarians arrested on drug charges in Stayner

The Ontario Provincial Police recently executed a search warrant at a property in Stayner. The search warrant led to two Clearview Township residents now facing drug possession charges. The two individuals are also facing stolen property charges. The search warrant was executed at a home on Sunnidale Street at approximately 10 a.m. Ontario Provincial Police found and seized morphine tablets, fentanyl patches and drug-related items. The individuals who have been charged with drug possession are a 48-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman.

Toronto police reportedly seize weapons and guns during sweep

Toronto's Emergency Task Force recently responded to reports of gun violence at Toronto Community Housing Corporation properties by conducting sweeps at these properties. One of the sweeps occurred at an apartment building on Bay Mills Boulevard in Scarborough, in which officers wore full riot gear outfits and brought assault rifles and battering rams with them. While police actions would indicate that this was a serious or dangerous crime, such as homicide, no one has been arrested. Approximately one dozen police vehicles along with constable cars were parked outside a Toronto Community Housing Corporation high rise while police officers searched the property. The police later searched another high rise on Glider Drive.

Toronto father and son arrested for sale of synthetic marijuana

Hamilton Police searched two Toronto properties in Yorkville related to the sale of synthetic marijuana. Police reportedly found approximately 200 grams of marijuana and 45 grams of cannabis resin, and they arrested a 53-year-old man from Toronto and his 28-year-old son. The father owns a company that manufactures the synthetic drug while his son is CEO of the business. The father was charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking as well as possession of cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking; the son was charged with trafficking a controlled substance. Both father and son, however, argue that the synthetic drug is legal and is not one of the drugs listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Health Canada and police assert that the synthetic drug is illegal because it mirrors the effects of drugs that are part of the Act.

Police find drugs, cash during Essex traffic stop

After Ontario Provincial Police stopped a vehicle in Essex that they believed was suspicious on Feb. 24, they called the drug enforcement unit. The routine traffic stop, which occurred by Wilson Avenue, resulted in a bust of more than $3,000 in drugs. The drugs that were confiscated include cocaine and LSD, and police also confiscated an unspecified amount of cash. A 32-year-old man from Amherstburg is facing drug charges related to the incident. His official charge is possession for the purpose of trafficking, but he is also being charged for violating conditions of his parole. A 25-year-old man, also from Amherstburg, is facing a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and a 24-year-old woman from Essex has likewise been charged for possession in relation to the incident. A bond hearing was set for the parolee, and the other two defendants promised to appear in court as a condition of their release.

Police find drugs, cash during Essex traffic stop

After Ontario Provincial Police stopped a vehicle in Essex that they believed was suspicious on Feb. 24, they called the drug enforcement unit. The routine traffic stop, which occurred by Wilson Avenue, resulted in a bust of more than $3,000 in drugs. The drugs that were confiscated include cocaine and LSD, and police also confiscated an unspecified amount of cash. A 32-year-old man from Amherstburg is facing drug charges related to the incident. His official charge is possession for the purpose of trafficking, but he is also being charged for violating conditions of his parole. A 25-year-old man, also from Amherstburg, is facing a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and a 24-year-old woman from Essex has likewise been charged for possession in relation to the incident. A bond hearing was set for the parolee, and the other two defendants promised to appear in court as a condition of their release.

Toronto police search for suspect in sexual assault case

A Toronto cab driver is suspected of committing a sexual assault after a woman got in his cab early in the morning on March 3. According to police, the sexual assault occurred after the woman boarded the cab in the area by Peter Street and Adelaide Street West in Toronto. The woman claimed that she was leaving a night club in the area at about 3 a.m. when the cab driver drove her to Gerrard Street East and Clonmore Drive. She has said that it was in this relatively secluded spot that she was sexually assaulted.

Toronto residents face multiple drug charges

Peel Regional Police have arrested two Toronto residents after the department's crime gang unit apprehended a man suspected of selling drugs near Dixie Road and Dundas Street East in Mississauga. The initial arrest led police to the Toronto residents, who are now facing drug charges after a raid of their home turned up drugs.The 29- and 20-year-old suspects were arrested at a home in the Queensway area. Police seized drugs at the home after they executed a search warrant; they allegedly discovered nine ounces of heroin, one ounce of cocaine, two ounces of crack cocaine and one ounce of marijuana during their search. The two individuals arrested consequently face a variety of drug charges, including possession for the purpose of drug trafficking.

Toronto residents charged with stunt driving, related offences

Police recently arrested three people within a period of 24 hours in Toronto on allegations of "stunt driving," a term that means driving at a speed of 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit. These drivers face a variety of driving and traffic offences, but one of the men also faces a charge of impaired driving.The string of arrests began on the morning of Feb. 24, when a 25-year-old Toronto driver was clocked doing 113 km/h a little after 4:00 a.m. He was charged with impaired driving, and a mere 30 minutes later, a 22-year-old Pickering man was allegedly driving at 144 km/h and was similarly pulled over. He refused to submit to the breath test and was charged for this, as well as for driving with a suspended licence. The following morning at approximately 2:00 a.m., a 37-year-old Toronto man was clocked doing 188 km/h in a 100 km/h zone; police had to give pursuit in order to arrest him for stunt driving. They seized his vehicle and suspended his licence.

Toronto sees rise in weapon use, violent crimes among teens

Gun-related crime in Toronto has taken a new twist, according to a city police commander. Firearms are being shared or rented for use in multiple violent crimes. Police reported that the increase in the seizure of guns from individuals under the age of 20 reflects a trend of weapon use in crimes committed by and against young people.There have been numerous seizures in the Rexdale neighbourhood of Toronto, which could mean that police are looking for teenagers that they believe to be suspicious. All Canadians have rights, including teenagers, and whether an officer has sufficient cause to check for weapons is a legal matter. Working with a criminal defence lawyer can help to throw out inappropriate violent crimes charges or argue why police were wrong to stop a suspect.

Ottawa man acquitted of a majority of drug trafficking charges

A man who was accused of masterminding a drug network that had ties to a Hell's Angels group was acquitted of many of the charges against him. The 37 year old was arrested for drug trafficking in 2011 along with a dozen others for possession and trafficking of marijuana and cocaine as part of a criminal organization.The arrest came about as the result of a year-long police investigation called "Project Finale." This investigation involved wiretapping and surveillance and netted several arrests. The suspect's 25-year-old stepson was also arrested and charged, but he pleaded guilty and received a sentence of just under five years for conspiracy charges as well as attempts to obstruct justice and possession of a handgun.

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