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June 2016

Man charged in May stabbing

Police Media Releases - 1 hour ago

Investigators from the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division arrested a man last night in Halifax in relation to a stabbing that occurred last month.

At about 12:20 a.m. on May 29, police responded to a residence in the 0-11 block of Old Sambro Road in Halifax for a man who had been stabbed. The victim, a 48-year-old man from Halifax, and two other men were in the residence when three men with their faces covered entered the residence and attempted to rob the occupants. One of the suspects got into a struggle with the victim and the victim was stabbed several times. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Christopher Smith of Halifax was arrested at 7:24 p.m. on June 29 without incident on Forbes Street in Halifax. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face charges of break and enter, robbery and aggravated assault. The investigation into this matter is ongoing. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

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Drug search results in charges

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

A Halifax man faces charges as a result of a drug search last night in Halifax. 

At 8:05 p.m. on June 28, members of the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, with the assistance of the West Quick Response Unit, executed a search warrant in a residence on Jarvis Lane. As a result of the search, a quantity of cocaine and marihuana were seized along with drug paraphernalia and a sum of cash. Officers arrested one man without incident during the search. 

Thirty-two-year-old Michael Raymond Briand of Halifax faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking in marihuana. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial court today.   

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Police continue to seek public’s help in locating missing man

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

Investigators continue to seek the public’s help locating a missing Halifax man, who we originally reported as missing on May 11. 

Sixty-year-old Joseph Stanley Amiro was last seen on Sunday May 1 at 8:41 p.m. leaving the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Joseph was reported missing to police on the evening of May 8. 

It was initially it believed that Joseph walked to Gerrish Street after leaving the QEII Health Sciences Centre. However, it has now been learned Joseph obtained a Halifax Transit bus ticket at the hospital and may have boarded a bus in front of the QEII on Robie Street. Police are wishing to speak with anyone who may have seen a man with a cane matching Joseph’s description in that area on May 1. 

Joseph is described as a white man, 5’, thin build, with grey hair and grey facial hair on his chin. He was last seen wearing a green jacket and blue jeans. He walks with a copper coloured cane with black electrical tape on the bottom.   

There is no information to suggest that Joseph has met with foul play, however, it is unusual for him to be out of contact with family and friends for this period of time. Joseph takes medication for a medical condition and has not renewed this medication since he was reported missing. Police continue to be concerned for Joseph’s well-being and request that he or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5020.

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Police investigating indecent act

Police Media Releases - 2 days ago

Halifax Regional Police is investigating an indecent act that occurred on Friday, June 24 in Halifax. A full statement about the incident was provided to police by one of the victims last night. 

At approximately 2:30 p.m., two women were having a picnic near the Cambridge Battery in Point Pleasant Park. A man walked out of the woods and initially appeared to be urinating. The man turned around, took off his shorts and grabbed himself while looking in the direction of the women as he proceeded to lie down on the ground. The suspect is described as a white man, approximately late 20’s to mid-30’s, 5’11”-6’, with an average build with medium dark hair and clean shaven face. At the time of the incident he was wearing silver basketball shorts, a blue/grey shirt over his shoulder, sunglasses and a baseball cap. 

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Police warn citizens of recent telephone scam

Police Media Releases - 2 days ago

Investigators in the Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigative Division are warning citizens about a recent sweepstakes telephone scam. 

Police have received ten reports from people who have been contacted by someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House who is calling to advise them that they have won a large sum of money in a recent sweepstakes. The caller asks for banking information so that they can deposit the money directly into the prize winner’s bank account. At this time, police are aware of one person who has been defrauded of thousands of dollars by this scam. 

These calls are not legitimate, if you receive a call, hang-up. Investigators remind citizens to be suspicious of anyone asking for financial information over the phone. Refrain from providing personal information, whether the solicitation occurs by telephone, email or in person, unless you have initiated the contact or you are certain of the identification of the person and the legitimacy of the organization they claim to represent. Providing personal information such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and date of birth could lead to identity theft. 

If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of this scam, please report the matter to police by calling 902-490-5016.  There is no need to call police to report that you’ve been contacted in relation to this scam if you’re not a victim.

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Weapons Complaint GO# 16-94126

Police Reports - 3 days ago

Update: June 27, 2016 (4:44 a.m.) 

Officers executed a search warrant at the residence on Elmwood Avenue at approximately 8 p.m. last night. As a result of evidence located at the scene, the 24-year-old male suspect was charged with threats and weapons-related offences. He was later released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking to attend court at a later date.

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At approximately 12:13 pm on June 26, Halifax Regional Police responded to Elmwood Ave, Dartmouth in relation to a weapons complaint. It was reported a man had pointed a hand gun at another man. Police members arrived in the area and a 24-year-old man was arrested and is currently in police custody. No one was injured. Police are still on the scene, waiting to execute a search warrant at this location. The file is currently being investigated by the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Section.

Break and Enter

Police Reports - 3 days ago

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Break and Enter
 
On June 25th at approximately 710pm, patrol members responded to a report of a man who had forced his way into an unattended residence in the 0-100 block of Greystone Dr. Halifax.
 
Shortly after police arrived on scene, the man was located and arrested a short distance away. A quantity of property was also located nearby with the assistance of the police K9 unit.  The man has been charged with Break and Enter and is being held for court on Monday.

Damaged Vehicles

Police Reports - Jun 25, 2016

This morning, several residents in the Portland Hills subdivision of Dartmouth found that their cars had been damaged sometime overnight. Halifax Regional Police received a total of five reports of damaged vehicles, one each from Bellbrook Crescent, Havenbrook Hill and Southhaven Close and two from the 100 block of Portland Hills Drive. The damage included the driver's window and/or windshield smashed by rocks and/or dents to the body of the vehicle. None of the vehicles had been entered. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO #16-93218 - Robbery

Police Reports - Jun 25, 2016

Shortly before 10 p.m. on June 24, officers responded to the area of Spring Garden Road and Carleton Street to a report of a robbery. A 27-year-old man reported that he was approached by another man who asked him for cash. When the victim said he didn’t have any money the man punched him in the face and ran away. The suspect has not been located and the incident remains under investigation by the General Investigative Section. The suspect is described as a white man with salt and pepper scraggly hair and squinty eyes. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a ragged hat and a plaid shirt. Investigators are asking anyone who has any information on this incident to contact police by calling 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO #16-93134 - Weapons

Police Reports - Jun 25, 2016

On June 24 at approximately 7 p.m., officers were called to the intersection of Hollis and Bishop Streets in Halifax after a pedestrian called police to report that they saw a man putting a firearm into his waistband. Officers quickly located a man matching the description nearby inside a restaurant and arrested the man without incident. Initially, officers believe the recovered item to be a replica gun, however, it needs to be sent for further testing. Officers arrested a 27-year-old Halifax man and charged him with possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. He was released on a Promise to Appear and Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

UPDATE: Youth arrested yesterday in Joseph Cameron homicide released without charges

Police Media Releases - Jun 24, 2016

Update 

The 17-year-old male youth arrested in relation to the homicide of Joseph Douglas Cameron was released without charges yesterday at 7 p.m.

The investigation continues and investigators ask that anyone with information about this incident come forward by calling 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

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Investigators in the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have arrested a 17-year-old male youth from Dartmouth in connection with the homicide of 20-year-old Joseph Douglas Cameron. 

On March 29 at approximately 5:20 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Avenue and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth and found Cameron deceased on the sidewalk.  

As a result of the ongoing investigation, officers arrested the youth without incident at approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning at a residence on Spring Avenue. The youth is currently in police custody for questioning.  

The investigation, led by the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, is ongoing. Investigators believe that there are individuals that may have additional information about this incident and they are asked to come forward by calling  902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.  

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Public Statement from HRP and Halifax District RCMP on the Drug Exhibit Audit

Public Statements - Jun 23, 2016

Earlier this year, police announced that a drug exhibit audit would be conducted after the Serious Incident Response Team charged a Halifax Regional Police officer with theft, breach of trust and obstruction of justice, a matter that remains within the purview of the courts.  At the same time this matter was originally referred to SiRT in 2015, the leaders of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division (comprised of investigators with both Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP) also acted quickly to initiate a drug exhibit audit to examine drug exhibits with respect to policy, procedure, infrastructure and personnel.

HRP’s Oversight & Risk Management Unit conducted the drug exhibit audit between mid-June and November 2015. The audit was reviewed by management in May 2016, which resulted in a request for further direction, follow-up and clarification with respect to some of the findings.  We’re now in a position to share the findings of the Drug Exhibit Audit with media and our community.

The key observations are:

  • Continuity: Evidence Continuity Reports are often missing important details and are rarely accurate.
  • Inaccurate recording of exhibit location – the audit strived to determine if an exhibit was in the location where it was supposed to be based on Versadex, our records management system. Following are the results:
    • Drug Vault 1: 90% of the exhibits in the sample (66 of 73) weren’t located where they were supposed to be during the initial audit in 2015; after a further review in May 2016, additional exhibits were located. However, 52% of the original sample (38 of 73) couldn’t be located.
    • Drug Vault 2: 24% of the exhibits in the sample (18 of 75) weren’t located where they were supposed to be during the initial audit in 2015; after a further review in May 2016, additional exhibits were located. However, 12% of the original sample (9 of 75) couldn’t be located.
    • Money Vault: 55% of the exhibits in the sample (34 of 62 exhibits) weren’t located where they were supposed to be during the initial audit in 2015; after a further review in May 2016, additional exhibits were located. However, 32% of the original sample (20 of 62) couldn’t be located.
  • Currency: Currency, for the most part, is recorded inaccurately/inconsistently in Versadex Evidence Continuity.
  • Policies: Policy is not being followed and needs to be reviewed and updated as necessary.
  • Training: Training for Drug Unit members needs to be standardized.
  • Supervision: It’s the opinion of Sergeants in the Drug Unit that they don’t have adequate time to devote to exhibits.
  • Infrastructure:  Drug vaults need to be modernized to address health and safety concerns. 

Senior officers of both HRP and RCMP have reviewed the recommendations of the audit. We’re prioritizing the 34 recommendations and are developing a road map which will be a multi-year endeavour. Our priorities include finding the missing and/or incorrectly logged exhibits, updating policy and creating/delivering training related to drug exhibits to protect both our officers and our organization. It’s important to note that we haven’t had a court case affected due to exhibits that couldn’t be located.

Further, our investigators in the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are highly competent at investigating and solving crimes, including drug files. We also trust our officers to do the job they are assigned to do and maintain the values and integrity of the oath they swore to uphold.

We’re committed to becoming better and stronger as a result of this auditing process and the corresponding road map.

Link to Drug Exhibit Audit - http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/DrugAuditFINAL.pdf 

 

Police investigating after man seriously injured

Police Media Releases - Jun 18, 2016

At approximately 11:35 a.m. on June 17, Halifax Regional Police responded to the Hearthstone Inn located at 313 Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth in relation to a man that was in need of medical attention. The 66-year-old man described the cause of his injuries as accidental and was cleared by paramedics prior to being arrested for unrelated breaches of court orders. The man was later transported to hospital by HRP for treatment where it was learned that the man’s injuries are believed to be life threatening. HRP/RCMP Integrated Criminal Investigation Members and HRP Forensic Identification members are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of his injuries. More information will be released when it is known. 

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone that may have seen or heard anything in the area, in the hours leading up to 11:30 a.m. on June 17 that may assist in determining the cause of these injuries and ask that they contact Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Drug searches result in charges

Police Media Releases - Jun 17, 2016

Two men and three women face charges as a result of two drug searches executed last night in Halifax. 

At 8:05 p.m. on June 16, members of the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, with the assistance of the West Quick Response Unit, executed search warrants in two separate units at an apartment building in the 400-block of Herring Cove Road. As a result of the search, a quantity of cocaine, marihuana, cannabis resin and clonazepam pills were seized along with drug paraphernalia and a sum of cash. Officers arrested two men and three women without incident during the searches. 

Forty-one-year-old Anthony Peter LeBlanc and 64-year-old Leo Cecil Newcombe, both of Halifax, each face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking in marihuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking in cannabis resin. LeBlanc has also been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in clonazepam. Both are scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial court today.   

Forty-eight-year-old Mary Norman from Hammonds Plains, 20-year-old Charley Rose Norman from Halifax as well as a 51-year-old woman from Timberlea, also all face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking in marihuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking in cannabis resin. They were released on appearance notices and are to appear in Halifax Provincial court on July 26.    

Update: Police charge two men after robbery and

Police Media Releases - Jun 17, 2016

Halifax Regional Police have charged two men in connection with a robbery that occurred this morning in Halifax. Police do not believe this to be a random act. 

At approximately 7:30 p.m., police were called to the area of Birmingham and Morris Streets in relation to a man who had been stabbed.

Upon arrival, officers found a 44-year-old Halifax man suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported to hospital by EHS, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries to his hands. He was later released.

While attempting to locate the suspects responsible, an officer located a man matching the description of one of the suspects, leaving a residence in the area and a foot chase ensued. Officers caught the 26-year-old man nearby and arrested him. The investigation continued and officers arrested another 25-year-old man later on in the evening at King Street in Dartmouth. Both men were held in custody over night as the investigation continued.

Twenty-six-year-old Shane Lee Croke and 25-year-old Joseph William Hecimovich, both from Dartmouth, have each been charged with robbery with a weapon in relation to this incident. Croke has also been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault causing bodily harm. Hecimovich has also been charged with two counts of breaching a probation order. They are both scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today. 

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GO- 16-88385 Robbery

Police Reports - Jun 17, 2016

16-88385 Halifax Regional Police Investigate Robbery

 

Halifax Regional Police Investigating Robbery in Downtown Halifax

 

Central Division officers were dispatched to the area of Birmingham Street and Morris Street in Halifax shortly after 730pm last evening in relation to a man who had been stabbed.

 

Upon arrival, officers found a  44 year old man suffering from stab wounds.  While attempting to locate the suspects responsible an officer located a man matching the description given leaving a residence in the area and a foot chase ensued.  Officers caught the 26 year old man nearby and arrested him for robbery and assault with a weapon. 

 

The investigation continued and officers arrested another 25 year old man in Dartmouth later on in the evening at a King Street in Dartmouth.  Both men are still currently in custody at this time and final charges have yet to be determined.

 

The victim was transported to hospital by EHS and treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

 

GO# 16-88288- Fraud

Police Reports - Jun 17, 2016

Halifax Regional Police Investigate Fraud Halifax Regional Police Investigating Fraud At Bank of Montreal in Halifax Central Division officers were called to the Bank of Montreal on George Street shortly after 4:00pm. Workers at the bank called to state they had a male in their premise who they believed to be misrepresenting himself and was trying to obtain money. Officers located the male along with an additional male and female in a vehicle as they were leaving the scene. The members arrested the parties for fraud related offences and transported them back to headquarters where the investigation is currently still ongoing. Fraud Investigators are trying to determine the ages and identities of the parties involved and charges remain undetermined at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available.

16-87896 – Man found deceased in Prisoner Care Facility at Police Headquarters

Police Reports - Jun 16, 2016

Shortly before 2 a.m. on June 16, Prisoner Care Facility staff at 1975 Gottingen Street were conducting their routine checks when they discovered an unresponsive man in his cell. They immediately called for EHS who responded and determined the man had passed away. The man had been arrested in Halifax for public intoxication at approximately 10:30 p.m. on June 15.  Further details will be released pending notification of next of kin. The body has been removed and an autopsy will be conducted. The Serious Incident Response Team will continue with the investigation and will provide further updates when available.

GO# 16-87785 – Vehicle/pedestrian collision

Police Reports - Jun 16, 2016

Shortly before 7 p.m. on June 15, West Division officers were called to Joseph Howe Drive at Highway 102 to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk. Upon arrival, officers located the 48-year-old female driver and the 41-year-old pedestrian who had been struck.  After the investigation was completed, the responding officers issued a Summary Offense Ticket to the driver for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The pedestrian in the matter was treated by EHS for minor injuries and released from the scene.

GO# 16-87755 – Vehicle/cyclist collision

Police Reports - Jun 16, 2016

At approximately 5 p.m. on June 15, West Division officers were dispatched to a collision between a vehicle and a cyclist at the intersection of Bayers Road and Rowe Avenue. Upon arrival, they located a 36-year-old female complaining of injuries she sustained as she was struck by a vehicle at that intersection. Officers spoke to a 21-year-old female who was driving the vehicle that struck the cyclist and interviewed witnesses in the area. The cyclist was transported by EHS to hospital where she was to receive treatment for her injuries. The incident is still under investigation at this time.

Police clarify process for reporting scams

Police Media Releases - Jun 15, 2016

In light of a number of ongoing phone and email scams, Halifax Regional Police is reminding citizens that they should only report to police if they have lost money as a result of a scam or provided personal/banking information.

Over the past several months, our Integrated Emergency Services call centre has been flooded with calls from people reporting that they had received calls or emails they believe to be scams, but have not actually given any money or provided credit card information. We want citizens to know that police are aware of these scams and are investigating those cases where fraud has occurred.    

Two recent scams involve calls or emails from fraudsters impersonating Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or bank employees. The CRA fraudster claims the person has outstanding taxes that must be paid immediately either by a money service business or by pre-paid debit/credit cards. The CRA fraudster also claims there is a refund and in order for the person to receive the refund they must provide their personal and banking information. In many cases, newly arrived immigrants are being targeted and are told if they do not pay the money or provide the information they will be deported or put in prison.

What should you do if you receive one of these calls or emails?

  1. DO NOT provide any personal or banking information. Hang up immediately. Either go to your bank in person or contact your bank by phone at a number you obtain yourself. Do not call the phone number provided by the caller.
  2. Contact the CRA to confirm that you owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal or banking information.

Find more tips and information at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html.

Owner of found money located

Police Media Releases - Jun 15, 2016

Halifax Regional Police has located the owner of the money previously found in Halifax. 

At 2 p.m. on June 13, a Halifax Regional Police Community Relations Officer responded to a report from a person that he had found a sum of money on June 10 at approximately 10:30 a.m. inside Mike’s No Frills located at 16 Dentith Road, Halifax. The man told the store owner that he had found the money and left his contact information with the store, hoping that the owner of the money would return for it.

Yesterday, a man contacted police and advised that he had lost a sum of money in the above noted area on June 10. He was able to provide the correct denomination of the money and additional information which allowed officers to verify the validity of his claim. The money has since been turned over to him.

Halifax Regional Police extends our sincere thanks to the man who found the money and did the right thing by turning it over to police so that it could be returned to the rightful owner. We also thank the media and the public for their assistance in this matter.

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GO #16-87182 – Two youths charged after off-duty officer assaulted

Police Reports - Jun 15, 2016

At 4:30 p.m. on June 14, an off-duty Halifax Regional Police officer was in a retail outlet on Chain Lake Drive when he observed what he suspected to be an incident of shoplifting. As a result, the officer approached a youth who had just exited the store, showed his badge, identified himself as a police officer and asked him to return to the store. The youth did as asked. Upon further investigation inside the store, the officer determined grounds existed to arrest the youth for theft and he did so. The youth became resistive and a struggle ensued. At this point, a second youth approached and assaulted the officer by punching him multiple times. Store staff intervened at this time to assist the officer and the youths were controlled and held in custody until arrival of on duty HRP Patrol members, who took both youths into custody. 

As a result of investigation, a 16-year-old male youth faces charges of causing a disturbance and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date. The 15-year-old male youth who assaulted the officer faces multiple charges, including uttering threats and aggravated assault of a police officer. He will appear in Youth Court today. The off duty officer was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and later released. 

HRP and New Start Counselling host poster launch and panel discussion

Police Media Releases - Jun 14, 2016

Halifax Regional Police was happy to co-host an event this morning to launch New Start Counselling’s ‘On being a better man’ poster series. The unveiling of the posters was followed by a panel discussion on the topic of men’s violence against women, which was moderated by Chief Jean-Michel Blais. S/Sgt. Scott MacDonald and Cst. Ray Turner of HRP shared their experiences as police officers responding to incidents of domestic violence, and Eric Ross of New Start Counselling discussed what he’s learned from counselling men who commit violence and abuse against women and ways these men can take responsibility for their abusive behaviour. High resolution versions of the posters can be downloaded from the New Start website at http://www.newstartcounselling.ca/?q=DocumentDepot

Pictured in the front row (l-r) are: Eric Ross (New Start Counselling), Cst. Ray Turner and S/Sgt. Scott MacDonald. Back row (l-r): Danielle Autran (Breakhouse, the company who designed the posters), Wendy Keen (Executive Director of New Start Counselling), Chief Blais, and Tyson Hynes (Breakhouse).

Update to weapons complaint

Police Media Releases - Jun 14, 2016

The General Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Division has charged a man after an incident in Spryfield this morning.

At 6 a.m. on June 14, patrol officers responded to a residence in the Layton Road area of Spryfield after a report of a man threatening people known to him with a knife and a sensory irritant. Upon their arrival, police entered the residence and took a man into custody. During the investigation, police determined that the man had given a false name and that he was in breach of his court orders.

A 25-year-old Halifax man will appear in Halifax Provincial Court later this afternoon to face charges of breach of a court orders, public mischief, resisting arrest, being unlawfully in a dwelling and uttering threats.

Investigators have concluded their investigation into the weapons complaint and no weapons charges are warranted at this time.

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Unclaimed money found at Spryfield Business

Police Media Releases - Jun 14, 2016

Police are seeking the owner(s) of an undisclosed sum of money found at Mike’s No Frills in Spryfield.

At 2 p.m. on June 13, a Halifax Regional Police Community Relations Officer responded to a report from a person that he had found a sum of money on June 10 at approximately 10:30 a.m. inside Mike’s No Frills located at 16 Dentith Road, Halifax.

The man told the store owner that he had found the money and left his contact information with the store, hoping that the owner of the money would return for it.

Thus far the money has not been claimed. Police are asking the owner of the money to please contact us at 902-490-5020. The amount is being withheld to better validate ownership claims that may come forward.  

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Police seek further assistance from the public – Naricho Clayton homicide investigation

Police Media Releases - Jun 14, 2016

Investigators in the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s assistance in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of Naricho Clayton.

At 10:58 p.m. on April 19, Halifax Regional Police responded to the 2000 block of Gottingen Street in relation to multiple calls of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers encountered two men in a vehicle. Emergency Health Services were immediately called to attend to their injuries. Naricho Clayton of Dartmouth was pronounced deceased at the scene. A 31-year-old-man originally from Halifax was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On June 8, investigators advised the public that the suspect fled in an older model dark-coloured Chrysler. Investigators believe this vehicle was parked on the west side of Creighton Street at the time of the shooting, between Falkland and Cogswell Streets. Police believe the suspect entered the vehicle and left the area, travelling west-bound on Cogswell Street.

Investigators believe there were several witnesses on Creighton Street who possibly saw the dark-coloured Chrysler. They particularly wish to speak to the person who was wearing a reflective vest walking on Creighton Street towards Falkland Street at the time of the shooting. This person, as well as any witnesses who were in the area at the time of the shooting, are asked to contact the police.

Police wish to thank the public for incoming information and request anyone with information to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637

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Man in custody following weapons complaint

Police Media Releases - Jun 14, 2016

At approximately 6 a.m. on June 14, Halifax Regional Police responded to the Layton Road area in Spryfield in relation to a weapons complaint. Currently, there is one man in custody and police are interviewing witnesses. When new information is available it will be released later in the day. The file is currently being investigated by the General Investigation Section.  

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Man faces child pornography and voyeurism charges

Police Media Releases - Jun 13, 2016

Police have charged a man with child pornography and voyeurism after an incident in Dartmouth on June 11.

At 7:30 p.m., patrol officers responded to the Walmart located at 90 Lamont Terrace to a report that a man placed his cell phone under a young girl’s skirt and possibly took a picture. A description of the man and the vehicle he was driving was provided to police.

At 8:15 p.m., patrol officers arrested a 40-year-old man without incident in his vehicle at the corner of Mount Hope Avenue and Pleasant Street. Members of the General Investigation Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division seized a mobile device that was found on the man at the time of his arrest and also executed a search warrant at the man’s residence where computer equipment was seized. The man was released on the following conditions: remain away from children under the age of 16, except when in the company of their parent, remain away from schools, parks, playgrounds, pools and community centres or any place known to be frequented by children, do not possess or use a computer and do not use any electronic device to access the internet. He will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court at a later date to face charges of child pornography and voyeurism.

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Officer who helped save father-in-law receives prestigious award

Police Media Releases - Jun 13, 2016

On May 28, Inspector Lindsay Hernden of Halifax Regional Police was presented with a St. John Ambulance Silver Life-Saving Award by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

This award recognizes individuals, or groups of individuals, who have saved or attempted to save a life through the application of first aid knowledge and skills.

In June of last year, Insp. Hernden rushed to the aide of his father-in-law, Bob, who had suffered a heart attack. While waiting for emergency personnel to arrive, Insp. Hernden instinctively began to perform CPR. When emergency personnel arrived and saw how competent he was, they asked him to continue with compressions, allowing them to focus on other life-saving techniques. Bob’s colour soon began to improve and an additional first responder arrived and took over for Insp. Hernden. He continued to assist with coordinating the scene by giving meaningful instructions to bystanders and family to clear furniture to make room for the additional first responders who would be arriving. He also consoled his family members and kept them calm by explaining exactly what the first responders were doing in their effort to save Bob.

Insp. Hernden’s CPR skills, physical condition and calm, commanding nature were all key elements in the successful outcome of this incident. Professionals in the first responder community know how stressful it is to respond to such incidents, let alone one involving your immediate family. Insp. Hernden’s performance on that day is testament to his professional and personal drive, training, leadership skills and, most importantly, his compassion. Well done, Insp. Hernden! 

 

Weapons / Stabbing – East Division – 16-85782

Police Reports - Jun 12, 2016

At 330 am on June 12th, 2016 Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a stabbing, 0-100 Block of  Kennedy Dr, Dartmouth.  A 45 year old woman was stabbed inside a residence. She has been transported to the QE 2 with injuries that  are not believed to be life threatening. While this investigation was being conducted a second call came to the police of a break and enter in progress on Lakecrest Dr., a door was being kicked in. When police arrived they located the suspect from the stabbing. A male is currently in police custody. This investigation is in the early stages and the Integrated General Investigative Unit will be continuing the investigation this morning .

Targeted patrols in Downtown Halifax begin

Police Media Releases - Jun 10, 2016

From June 9 through to October, Halifax Regional Police will be targeting patrols between the hours of midnight – 5 a.m. each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and any Sunday of a long weekend as part of our Downtown Safety Strategy.

The Downtown Safety Strategy was launched in June 2012 as part of our effort to reduce crime in the downtown area. The Strategy has been successful over the past four years in reducing in the number of assaults and alcohol related incidents in the area.

The majority of assaults on Peninsular Halifax occur in the downtown bar district on weekends during the early morning hours and it appears that alcohol is a contributing factor in most of these incidents. The Downtown Safety Strategy is aimed at curbing violence downtown and making the area safer for the public. It primarily addresses assaults and public intoxication but also includes vehicle and pedestrian violations.   

The strategy begins with beat officers wearing traffic vests to increase their visibility and actively engaging in conversations with the public, patrons and staff. Officers will be looking for people who have had too much to drink and are more at risk of being involved in an incident either as an instigator or a victim.Officers will also conduct walk-throughs of licensed establishments to address the assaults occurring inside.

We’re deploying other strategies to address the assaults and disturbances in the downtown area, including:

1. Requesting people involved in violent incidents be added to the Patron Accountability Safety and Service (PASS) program list so they’re barred from all participating establishments.

2. Releasing individuals charged with a violent offence(s) with strict conditions.

3. Having officers in the Liquor Enforcement Unit (LEU) work with the Alcohol and Gaming Division to determine appropriate regulatory actions to be taken against bars that aren’t able to control the people in their establishments.

4. Pursuing public disturbance charges for fighting, even when the victim is unwilling to cooperate.

In addition to addressing assaults and alcohol related incidents we’ll also be enforcing vehicle related infractions such as impaired driving, failing to yield to pedestrians and permitting a person to enter or exit a vehicle other than at the curb, to name a few. Pedestrians will also be monitored to ensure they’re crossing at appropriate locations and not putting themselves at risk.

We believe this approach holds people accountable for their actions and makes the downtown safe for everyone to enjoy.

Police at scene of fatal workplace accident

Police Media Releases - Jun 9, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is currently at the scene of a fatal workplace accident that occurred this afternoon in Bedford

At approximately 3:15 p.m., HRP and EHS personnel responded to the area of Douglas Drive in Bedford after a man fell from a ladder. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by EHS. Investigators from the HRP Forensic Identification Section, and investigators from the Department of Labour are currently on scene investigating the incident.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers.

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Missing man – police continue to seek public’s help

Police Media Releases - Jun 8, 2016

Investigators continue to seek the public’s help locating a missing Halifax man, who we originally reported as missing on May 11.

Sixty-year-old Joseph Stanley Amiro was last seen on May 1 at 8:41 p.m. leaving the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Joseph was reported missing to police on the evening of May 8.

It is believed that Joseph walked to Gerrish Street after leaving the QEII Health Sciences Center. Police are wishing to speak with anyone who may have seen a man walking with a cane matching Joseph’s description in that area on May 1.

Joseph is described as a white man, 5’, thin build, with grey hair and grey facial hair on his chin. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and walks with a copper colored cane with black electrical tape on the bottom.  

There is no information to suggest that Joseph has met with foul play, however, it is unusual for Joseph to be out of contact with family and friends for this period of time, therefore police continue to be concerned for his well-being. Officers request that Joseph or or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5020

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Police investigating sexual assault involving taxi driver

Police Media Releases - Jun 8, 2016

Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on June 4 and was reported to police on the evening of June 6. 

At approximately 1 a.m., a man driving a taxi in the area of Grafton and Blowers Streets picked up a 25-year-old female passenger. While driving, the man touched the victim in a sexual manner before dropping her off at the requested destination.   

The suspect is described as Middle Eastern man in his late 30s. 

Sexual assault investigations are very complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation, which includes giving a statement about the incident and providing a description of the suspect if possible. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered; sexual assault investigators have been taking these measures since first speaking with the victim, and we’re now in a position to report this incident to the public. 

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Police seek public’s assistance – Tyler Richards and Naricho Clayton homicide investigations

Police Media Releases - Jun 8, 2016

Investigators in the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s assistance in connection with the ongoing investigations into the murders of Tyler Richards and Naricho Clayton.

 

At 7:55 p.m. on April 17, police responded to a report that a deceased man had been located in a home in the 6900 block of Cook Avenue in Halifax. Officers attended and found Tyler Richards deceased inside the residence and immediately treated his death as suspicious. It was later ruled a homicide on April 18.

 

Evidence related to the Tyler Richards homicide was located in a wooded area at the end of Mountain Avenue in Dartmouth. Investigators are wishing to speak with anyone who may have information about this evidence or who witnessed any suspicious activity in that area between April 17 and 19.

 

At 10:58 p.m. on April 19, Halifax Regional Police responded to the 2000 block of Gottingen Street in relation to multiple calls of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers encountered two men in a vehicle. Emergency Health Services were immediately called to attend to injuries they had sustained. Naricho Clayton of Dartmouth was pronounced deceased at the scene. A 31-year-old-man originally from Halifax was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

 

Investigators believe the suspect in this homicide fled the scene in an older model dark colored Chrysler that was parked near Falkland Street. The vehicle left towards Creighton and Maynard Streets. Anyone with information in relation to this vehicle is asked to contact the police.

 

Investigators are looking to speak with possible witnesses who were in the area moments before the shooting. A man who was in the area of the Salvation Army on Gottingen Street is believed to have crossed Gottingen Street in an easterly direction and may have walked past the suspect on Portland Place. There was also a red and white Mini Cooper driving on Falkland Street just moments before the homicide. This same vehicle was parked on Gottingen Street at the time of the shooting but left the scene prior to police arrival. Police would like to speak with the occupant or occupants of this vehicle.

 

Investigators are asking anyone with information relating to a shoe that was located in close proximity of where the shooting took place on Gottingen Street to contact police.

 

Anyone who has information about any of the above is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

 

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Man charged in relation to assault in Shubie Park

Police Media Releases - Jun 8, 2016

Halifax Regional Police has charged a man in relation to an assault that occurred on June 7 in Dartmouth.

At approximately 2:20 p.m., a 35-year-old woman was running on a trail in Shubie Park when she was approached by a man not known to her. The man grabbed the woman by the neck and began to choke her. The victim was able to bite the suspect’s forearm, causing him to flee the area in the direction of Waverly Road along Lake Charles. At approximately 3 p.m., a man fitting the suspect description was located nearby and taken into custody.

Thirty-eight-year-old Shawn Howard Timmons of Waterville will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court this morning to face one charge each of assault, unlawful confinement and overcoming resistance charges (choking).

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident or who witnessed it to call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Police Investigating Assault

Police Media Releases - Jun 7, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is investigating an assault that occurred this afternoon in Dartmouth.

At approximately 2:20 p.m., a 35-year-old woman was running on a trail in Shubie Park when she was approached by a man not known to her. The man grabbed the woman by the neck and began to choke her.  The victim was able to bite the suspect’s forearm, causing him to flee the area in the direction of Waverly Road along Lake Charles. The suspect is described as a heavy-set white man in his mid-thirties, 5’10, with thin calves wearing a blue t-shirt and black shorts.

At approximately 3 p.m., a man fitting the description was located nearby and taken into custody and is currently being interviewed.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident or who witnessed it to call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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UPDATE ~ Missing woman located

Police Media Releases - Jun 7, 2016

UPDATE

Zhi Hong Hu has been located safe and sound in Halifax. Police thank everyone for their assistance with locating Ms Hu.

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Police are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Halifax woman.

Forty four-year-old Zhi Hong Hu was last seen on June 6 at 6:20 p.m. at the Halifax Shopping Centre.

Hu is described as a Chinese woman, 5’3”, 110 lbs., with long black hair. She was wearing all black clothing and glasses the last time she was seen.

There is no information to suggest that Hu has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for her well-being. Officers request that Hu or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020. 

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Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision – East Division – Go # 16-82689

Police Reports - Jun 6, 2016

At 2:51 p.m. on June 6th 2016 ,Halifax Regional Police responded to a vehicle/pedestrian collision that occurred on Russell street in Dartmouth. A car driven by a 35 year old man backed out of a parking spot and collided with a  52 year old woman who was crossing the street. The woman was transported to the Dartmouth General Hospital by EHS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The accident was investigated and no charges were laid.

Police warn public of violent sexual assault

Police Media Releases - Jun 6, 2016

Police are warning the public about a violent sexual assault that occurred on June 4 in Dartmouth.

Between 3-4 p.m. in a wooded area in the 300 block of Main Street, a man approached a 27-year-old woman from behind, spun her around and then proceeded to violently sexually assault her. The man, who was not known to the victim, was last seen walking towards Mount Edward Road.

The suspect is described as a black man with a light complexion, 6’ tall, 180 lbs with an average build, black hair, clean shaven face and a pierced ear. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black and white hat, white t-shirt, black pants and white running shoes.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Police warn citizens of two recent telephone scams

Police Media Releases - Jun 6, 2016

Investigators in the Integrated Financial Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigative Division are warning citizens about two recent telephone scams that appear to be targeting seniors and new immigrants. 

In one of the scams a man identifying himself as a bank manager contacts senior citizens by phone and advises them that there is a problem with their account. The man then tells the person he is sending a cab to their home to pick them up and take them to the bank so they can have the issue corrected. 

In the second scam, a person identifying themselves as an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) threatens to call the police and/or have a warrant issued for their arrest if they refuse to provide credit card information for payment of outstanding income tax debt. 

These calls are not legitimate. If you receive a call, hang-up and contact your bank, the CRA and the police. 

Investigators remind citizens to be suspicious of anyone calling and asking for money or credit card information. Refrain from providing personal information, whether the solicitation occurs by telephone, email or in person, unless you have initiated the contact or you are certain of the identification of the person and the legitimacy of the organization they claim to represent. Providing personal information such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and date of birth could lead to identity theft. 

If you have been the victim of a scam, meaning that your credit card information has been compromised/you have had money taken, you should report the matter to police by calling 902-490-5016.

 

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