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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Toronto Man Charged in Connection with 2006 Shooting

A Toronto man was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in connection with a 2006 homicide. Jermaine Watson (pic on right), 18, (left) died from gunshot wounds to the abdomen after his ex-girlfriend and four unidentified men stormed into his penthouse apartment on Scarborough Golf Club Rd. on May 28.
Jacqueline Levesque (pic on left), then 19 (left) and mother of Watson's baby girl, surrendered to police within days and was charged with first-degree murder. Police believe she was angry Watson was in a new relationship and planned the attack, but was not the to pull the trigger.
Police couldn't say whether the accused charged today is one of the four men, but more details are expected to be released soon. Charged is Carrift Jones-Solomon, 24. He'll appear in court today.

Provided by The Toronto Star

Crime for Today: January 31

Stabbing at High School

Just as I was talking about violence in schools and the many lockdowns that have been occuring, there was another incident today. Two teens were fighting and in the end a 16 year old boy stabbed a 17 year old boy in the neck and back. Luckily his injuries were not life threatning and he'll be fine. Both students attend Humberside Collegiate. The 16 year old boy was taken into police custoday

Cops Warn Of Potentially Armed And Dangerous Suspect

Sucks that this is guy is possibly in the morningside area where I live. But hopefully he's caught before anyone get's hurt.

Police are warning the public about a man they contend is armed and dangerous, and who could be walking GTA streets.
Twenty-one-year-old Jezreel Moxam is wanted in connection with a host of offenses including armed robbery, assault, forcible confinement, and escape custody.
Authorities suggest he may be in the Morningside Ave. area. Toronto police stress that he's to be considered dangerous and that anyone who thinks they've seen him should not approach him but call 9-1-1.
Those wanting to share information with police can call 416-808-4306 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Provided by Citynews.ca

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Crime for Today: January 30

Homicide in Peel Region

Peel seems to be quite busy so far for 2008. Only one month into the new year, the peel region is on their third homicide. The victim was supposedly shot in his back and had a pulse when paramedics arrived but later died in hospital. Further details to come.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Case Closed: Murder of Kempton Howard

The 24 year old that took Kempton Howard's life now regrets what he has done and admitted to that awful mistake. Aslyn Walker read a letter in court apoligizing for his actions.

Kempton Howard was killed December 13, 2003 by a youth that he oversaw at the Eastview community center where he was a leader. Supposedly the night Walker and Scotland were outside the community center smoking weed and he asked them to stop. The young man and a friend waited for Howard as he arrived home and got off the elevator. As he got off the elevator he was shot in the head, no chance to ever make it.

Aslyn Walker pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was automatically given a life sentence with the possibility of parole in 14 years.

The second young man charged for manslaughter in this case is Craig Scotland. Craig pleaded guilty and also expressed his remorse. He knew of the grudge Walker had with Howard over the fact he told him to stop smoking so he followed Walker and somewhat assisted in the shooting. He gave details as to how Howard fought for his life that even his jacket was over his head at one point which is when the shot went off.

The following is the letter Aslyn read to the court:

Mrs. Howard:
I'm sorry for what happened on December 13, 2003. If I hadn't been involved in guns or if I hadn't had a gun on me, this would never have happened. I thought before that having a gun made me safe. Now I realize no one is safe when so many have a gun.
Your sone (sic) would never have been killed if didn't have a gun. I don't know exactly how you feel but I have a little understanding how you feel because of how I felt when friends and family passed away. I can't imagine how much worse it must be for you losing your child.
I'm sorry for taking your child away from you. If I had the power to bring him back, he would have been back within the night.
What happened that night wasn't planned to be that way. It bothers me. Kempton was a good person in my eyes and in the eyes of many. Words can't explain how I feel about what I've done. You losing Kempton is like me losing my brother because my little brother felt good about Kempton.
In killing Kempton, I have stolen a positive influence from my little brother's life and hurt the one person who is closest to me in life. I'm ashamed of myself. I'm not going to ask you to forgive me, because I know I will never be able to forgive myself.
I'm so sorry.


Joan Howard's Victim Impact Statement
Do you know how if feels to cry senselessly late at night? Kempton was my first born son. Nine out of ten mothers usually get to take their baby home. I was that one mother who had to leave her child in the hospital. Kempton was born with spinal bifida, at seven weeks he underwent surgery and extensive physical therapy.
He was my miracle child. He was able to walk, run, and play sports despite the pain and discomfort. He grew up to be a fine young active, healthy man bringing home trophies and awards for his accomplishments.
When Kempton was twelve I had my second son Kareem. Kempton loved and adored him, whenever you saw Kempton, Kareem was there. He was almost like my built-in baby sitter. He took him to the park, community centre and day care. Kempton was not only a big brother he was also a father figure and mentor to Kareem helping him with his home-work.
I was very proud of Kempton, he was active in the community working with children and youth, as a result of his dedication he received a Boys and Girls Scholarship to study Physiotherapy at Seneca College.
Kempton celebrated his twenty-fourth birthday on December 06, 2003, it was a festive occasion with family and friends. During the day of December 13, 2003, I had put up our Christmas tree in preparation for the Holidays and by 8pm that evening I received the devastating news that my child was murdered. I have not been the same person since that day, my life has forever changed, since then Christmas has lost its meaning.
In the midst of making funeral arrangements for my son, I had to move from my home of thirty years. I was concerned for my family's personal safety, Kareem was very scared to be in the community. I had to take time off from work because I could not focus my attention, my doctor had to put me on medical leave, as a sole support parent and a single mother I had financial difficulties.
Parenting my remaining child has been a challenge. I've become very hypersensitive to the violence in our City. I know if Kempton were alive he would be a calming influence to both me and Kareem.
Being of Trinidadian heritage I would travel home annually to take part in Carnival as a masquerader, I was also active in Toronto's Caribana events. Since Kempton's death I have lost my zeal for such activities.
I had dreams about my son having a successful career, meeting the love of his life, getting married and raising his own family, all hopes of that is gone forever. Instead of crying tears of joy, I'm crying tears of pain.
My mother Lenora who would annually travel to Canada to spend time with her grandsons was devastated when she heard the news of Kempton's death, they had a close relationship. She would prepare his favourite foods and tell him stories about our family, I know that she misses him dearly.
Kareem my remaining son is a more reserved child, his brother would encourage him to get involved in community activities. When Kempton died Kareem kept many of his emotions inside, he found it too difficult to express his feelings. Kareem was in disbelief, he would say 'mom it's not Kempton in that coffin just someone who looks like him'. At age 12 he was trying to console me and himself. Kareem had a difficult time in school, he found it hard to focus, cope and adjust to a life without his brother. Kareem received and continues to receive counseling.
Indirect victims of my son's sudden death; all of the East-view neighbourhood Community Centre, Blake Boultbee community, children, youth and parents all grieved the loss of my son. To cope with his untimely death the City of Toronto renamed a local park in his honour, KEMPTON HOWARD PARK followed by a plaque dedication. The Raptors organization dedicated a basketball court and a plaque in Kempton's memory to a local school and the Boys and Girls Club of Ontario named a Scholarship in his honour. These forms of recognition are a testimonial my son Kempton Howard was a pillar of the community.
This has been the most difficult letter I've had to write. I never imagined I would bury my son for such a senseless act. I always believed a child would bury their parent in their old age. There is an emptiness in my heart which can never be repaired, part of me is gone but KEMPTON HOWARD IS GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.
Joan Howard

Gun Used in Many Crimes


In October 2005, A TTC driver was shot in the eye which has now left him blind in one eye.

While on his regular Morningside route he saw a boy running to catch the bus so he stopped and opened the door but that boy was actually running for his life. The bullet meant to kill this boy ended up hitting the driver in his eye.

Last week, the gun that was used was found by police. Today Malcolm Chalmers, only 21 was arrested for this incident. This gun has a severe past though, this gun has supposedly been used in 5 crimes.

Sept '06 - Gun found in home that was raided in the Lawrence/Orton Park area
Oct' 05 -TTC Driver Jaime Pereira Shot in Eye
Dec '03 -Kempton Edward Shot and Killed
Date Unavailable - Attempted shooting in Scarborough
Date Unavailable - Attempted shooting in Durham

Imagine one gun caused all of this.

Sad part is the gun was in Malcolm Chalmers possession although two people have already been convicted in the murder of Kempton Edward who was shot with this same gun.

The police realize that the gun may have changed many hands as you know these youth today. They pratically rob each other for weapons. Overall, this young man is innocent until proven guilty.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Crime for Today: January 27

Man Found Dead In Pickering Home

The dead body of a man was discovered in a Pickering home early Sunday. Police were called to a house on Hollyhedge Drive
near Brock Road and Finch around midnight.

Inside they discovered the lifeless body with what they describe as 'obvious signs of trauma' and another man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man who was shot has non-life threatening injuries. Police don't know if they're looking for one or more suspects.

source: citynews.ca

Man Slain in Malton

Last night a man was killed in his home in Malton. Peel Regional Police were called to a home on Hermitage Road, near Derry Road and Goreway Drive, just before midnight on Saturday.
When they arrived they discovered a 41-year-old man with obvious signs of trauma who died later in hospital. So far, his name hasn't been released.

Young Woman Stabbed in Entertainment District

Back in the downtown core, an early morning stabbing in the Entertainment District left a young woman with a leg wound.

Police said the victim was stabbed with a broken beer bottle at a nightclub on Richmond Street near Peter.

Paramedics tended to the wound at the scene, before the victim was taken to hospital by ambulance. Her injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

Police are still searching for a suspect. There's no word yet of any arrests.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Court Case In Effect: Murder of Youhan Oraha - Closing Arguments

Closing arguments were given on January 23 in the death of Youhan Oraha. Charged are Evol Robinson, 22, Ruben Pinnock, 24, and Jahmar Welsh, 24. They have all pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder.

The crown continues to argue that Youhan was killed in retaliation for the shooting death of Shemaul Cunningham. The prosecutor argued that Welsh who is being accused as one of the shooters ensured that Youhan saw his face as he gunned him down in a hail of bullets. Welsh wanted revenge and personal satisfaction as stated by the prosecutor.

Welsh was identified by Youhan's girlfriend who was with Youhan when he was murdered and information about the shooting was also provided to a cop who posed as a obeah man (witch doctor).

The defence will now present his closing arguments, the fait of these young men will soon be decided by a jury.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
http://www.thestar.com/article/296780

Violence in the Schools

I got a letter this past week from my son's school. In the letter, the school informed parents that the police had to arrest a student on the school grounds for a reason not stated. Keep in mind my son's school only goes up to grade 8 and he's only in grade 4 so I started to worry and ask myself "Who in the world is my child in school with?".

I asked my son what he knew about this arrest and he said someone told him the boy brought a knife to school. After speaking with other parents this young boy that was arrested was recently expelled from school and came back on school grounds with a knife. Now my question is what in the world was this boy going to do with the knife? Supposedly he was also just a grade 7 student.

2007 was definitely a violent year in the schools in the GTA and even in Brampton. The biggest news headline of 2007 was Jordan Manners (left) who was shot and killed while in school. I read a couple of weeks ago of a young boy bringing a pellet gun to school and shooting the pellet gun in the cafeteria, he was only 15 years old. Brampton has had quite a few lockdowns this past year. A few incidents also occurred in Brampton when students were leaving to go home. As school started last year, a young man was killed after being stabbed to death near his Scarborough high school while on his lunch break.

School is supposed to be the next safest place for a child next to their home but it's sad to see that students now are actually walking into school with weapons. Note to Parents: Check your Kids Backpacks. As a parent I feel my son wouldn't do anything of the nature but at the end of the day your never know. I feel like we are really turning into the United States and I honestly wouldn't be shocked if I started to see metal detectors up on school grounds, Toronto is getting worse and worse everyday.

Homicide #4-Shawn McClean

Another black youth gone. The 22 year old individual that was shot in Chalkfarm on Tuesday has now died. He was on life support but unfortunately passed away today. His name was Sean McClean. He's the 4th homicide of 2008 and the the first black homicide victim in the GTA for 2008.
Questions still remain about his killing, he was spotted in Sheridan Mall the day he was shot but no information has been shed on why he may have been targeted. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Crime for Today: January 23

Police Called To East End Over Possible Abduction (www.citynews.ca)

Police are investigating a possible abduction after they received calls from residents in an east end neighbourhood.

Heavily armed officers descended on Morse St. in the Eastern and Carlaw area after what was initially reported to be a shooting. When they arrived they found a man in distress who claimed he'd been abducted from the Jane and Wilson neighbourhood of North York. He had been handcuffed and there was duct tape around his head.

Authorities apparently found a gun at the scene but there was no indication it had been fired at any point.

The man, though obviously upset, was able to walk to the ambulance, which suggests his injuries aren't life threatening. He's been taken to hospital for treatment.
There's no word on suspects.
It's unclear if the incident is related to a shooting that occurred Tuesday night near Jane and Wilson

Young man shot in neck, left for dead in North York (www.ctv.ca)

A young man was dumped on the street and left for dead after being shot in the neck, Toronto police say.

Police said he was without identification when he was found.

Authorities were alerted to the situation from a 911 caller who claimed the 22-year-old man was hit by a car on Jane Street, near Wilson Avenue.

When paramedics arrived at the scene at around 8:30 p.m. they found him unconscious, bleeding from the neck with bullet wounds.

He was resuscitated and rushed to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre but he is not expected to live, police told the Toronto Star.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Homicide #3-What the Hell, Another Bystander Shot!

I don't know what's going on in Toronto right now but as I'm getting ready for work, I hear on CP24 that in less than one week an innocent bystander is shot on the streets of Toronto. The man was working at a grocery store when his life was taken.


The shootoout was between two men in chinatown but no matter who the victim or the assailants, these are the people that walk our streets everyday and will feel free to take our life in the middle of anywhere.

I'm honestly scared now. I can't walk the streets anymore without worrying if anything is going to happen to me. Toronto is honestly on the verge of become an American State as I don't remember Toronto being this disgusting.

Do this thugs and selfish people have no heart? If you have your beef fine but to go out in the middle of a crowd and let off shots is just plain selfish.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Murder in Pickering

A co-worker of mine unfortunately got horrible news yesterday. His son was found dead on Tuesday in Pickering alongside Brock Rd. The young man, only 23 named Khristian Ottley was found dead with obvious trauma to his body. Another black man gone.

My condolences to his family as they cope with this horrible tragedy. No one should have to feel this type of pain.

Anyone with information in regards to this case please contact the police.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Crime for Today: January 12

Man Shot at Bathurst and Eglinton

The Greater Toronto Area was the site of more gun violence Saturday night, when shots were reportedly fired on Rosemary Lane in the Bathurst and Eglinton area.
A man was hit at least once, possibly in the stomach, and was rushed to hospital. Police are apparently looking for four suspects and there's no word on the victim's condition or a motive.
If you have any information that can help investigators call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Young Man Shot in Foot

In Rexdale a teenage boy was shot in the foot. Police said the 16-year-old was confronted by two armed men around 4am Sunday as he was leaving a party in an apartment building on Kipling Avenue. At least one shot was fired. The teen is said to be recovering in hospital.

Homicide #2

A man was murdered last night and became the second homicide of the year. John O'Keefe was shot and killed by a stray bullet.

The incident occurred just after 1am Saturday outside the Brass Rail Club at 701 Yonge St., just south of Bloor, where it's alleged two men were kicked out of the gentlemen's establishment following an altercation which broke out inside the club. The young man that was killed was supposedly not the intended target.

2 men have been arrested in connection with this shooting.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Crime for Today: January 5

North York Shooting

An early morning shooting in North York has left a man with a bullet wound to his leg. Police said the 27-year-old victim was shot around 4:45am Saturday at a bar on Keele Street, north of Sheppard. His injuries aren't considered life-threatening. There's no word yet on any arrests.

Man Stabbed outside Jane St. Building

Two people were arrested and police are hunting for a third suspect in connection with a stabbing early Sunday. The incident reportedly happened outside an apartment building on Jane Street, near Firgrove, south of Finch. A man was found with stab wounds to his arm and back. Police said he's in serious condition but his injuries are non-life threatening.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Crime for Today: January 4

Rexdale Teen Stabbed In Stomach

A 17-year-old boy had to undergo emergency surgery after being stabbed in the stomach in Rexdale. Officers were called to Kendleton Drive near Finch and Albion around 12:30am Friday. An ambulance transported the victim to a nearby hospital. The teen's injuries are serious and no arrests have been made yet.

North York Shooting

A 27-year-old man is recovering in hospital from a bullet wound in the back. The victim, who police said is known to them, walked into a hospital after being shot on Allenbury Gardens Thursday night near Don Mills and Fairview Mall. Police are trying to identify a motive and a suspect.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Good Read: Willie Lynch

I've always found this article interesting and sadly true. This white man, a slave owner used the following words to help his fellow white men in dealing with their black slaves. Sad to see something as such was created but even sadder to see that it worked and now black people are divided more than anything. This letter is to educate us into not becoming what this white man supposedly said we should and will become. Here's the letter, Pass it around!!

Gentlemen:
I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our lord, one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First , I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the of the colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me in my modest plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest method for control of slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious KING JAMES, whose BIBLE we CHERISH, I saw enough to know that our problem is not unique. While Rome used cords or wood as crosses for standing human bodies along the old highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasion.
I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple of miles back. You are losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed, Gentleman,...You know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them.
In my bag, I have a fool proof method for controlling your slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that if installed it will control the slaves for at least three hundred years. My method is simple, any member of your family or any OVERSEER can use it.
I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves, and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use FEAR, DISTRUST, and ENVY for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies, and it will work throughout the SOUTH. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. On the top of my list is "AGE" but it is only there because it starts with an "A"; The second is"COLOR" or shade; there is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZE OF PLANTATION, ATTITUDE of owner, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, east or west, north, south, have fine or coarse hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action- but before that, I shall assure you that DISTRUST IS STRONGER THAN TRUST, AND ENVY IS STRONGER THAN ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION.
The black slave, after receiving this indoctrination, shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands.
Don't forget you must pitch the old black VS. the young black males, and the young black male against the old black male. You must use the dark skinned slaves VS. the light skin slaves. You must use the female VS the male, and the male VS, the female. You must always have your servants and OVERSEERS distrust all blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us.
Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control, use them. Never miss an opportunity. My plan is guaranteed, and the good thing about this plan is that if used intensely for one year the slave will remain perpetually distrustful.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Homicide #1 - 14 Year Old Girl

UPDATE: Two teens, a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, have been charged with first-degree murder following the city's first homicide of the year.

Not even 20 hours into the new year, already there has been a homicide. The victim only 14 years old and supposedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend. WOW 14 and has a man, I had my first boyfriend at 17. The following was posted at citynews.ca. This messed up, kids are dying more than anyone nowadays.

The new year got off to an ominous start in Toronto on Tuesday after a girl believed to be just 14-years-old was stabbed to death.

Police received a call from a woman saying her friend had been stabbed in the stomach and they rushed to the Bermondsey Rd. and North Line Blvd. area at around 6 p.m.

But once they arrived authorities couldn't find the victim or the caller.

Not long after the witness again spoke to a dispatcher and police redirected their focus to the Parkview Hill neighbourhood. The victim was then found lying on the sidewalk near corner of Northdale Blvd. and Denvale Rd.

She was rushed to Toronto East General Hospital with no vital signs and was later pronounced dead.