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March 2017

Police investigate two arsons

Police Media Releases - 56 seconds ago

Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating two suspicious fires that occurred in just over a week in Dartmouth. 

At 12:44 p.m. on March 28, officers responded to a report of suspicious fire in a common room at Alderney Manor located at 1 Alderney Drive. Residents attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but were unable to do so. Halifax Fire and Emergency was called and deemed the fire suspicious. Fire investigators notified police that the fire was suspicious.   

Police previously reported that at approximately 5:27 p.m. on March 18, they responded to 1 Alderney Drive for an arson call. An item was lit on fire in the common room causing the sprinkler system to be activated. No one was injured in either incident.   

Investigators are exploring the possibility that these cases are related and ask anyone with information about these incidents to call 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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Vehicle/pedestrian collision

Police Media Releases - 19 minutes ago

Shortly before 9:00 p.m. on March 29, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a person struck by a truck with a plow attached, near the intersection of Rufus Avenue at Dutch Village Road. Upon arrival officers learned that a 61-year-old male had been struck by the vehicle while crossing Dutch Village Road in the crosswalk. The injured male was transported to hospital by EHS with non-life threatening injuries. A 41-year-old male was issued summary offence tickets for two offences; making an improper left turn at an intersection and for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. 

Update: Missing Youth Located

Police Media Releases - 19 hours ago

Angela has been located and we thank the media and the public for their concern and assistance.

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Investigators are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Halifax youth. 

Seventeen-year-old Angela Marie Hopkinson has not been seen since March 27 between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the area of the 2500 block of Gottingen Street in Halifax.   

Angela is described as a white female, approximately 5’7”, 110 lbs with medium length light brown hair that is short on the left side. She was last seen wearing an aqua coloured winter jacket, black jeans, multi-coloured shoes and a black Beatles t-shirt.    

There is no information to suggest that Angela has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for her well-being. Angela has a medical condition for which she receives treatment and she has been without this treatment since she was last seen. Officers request that Angela or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5020.

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Update: Charges laid in counterfeit American currency cases

Police Media Releases - 22 hours ago

The Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division has charged a Halifax man in connection to numerous reports of counterfeit American bills being used in local businesses in our area. 

Shortly after 11 a.m. on March 28, investigators conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 600 block of St. Margaret’s Bay Road. The male occupant of the vehicle was arrested at the scene without incident and held in police custody overnight. 

Twenty-six-year-old Jordan James Hirtle of Halifax, has been charged with five counts of possession of counterfeit money and five counts of using counterfeit money in relation to the following cases, which were previously released: 

  • February 24: Police retrieved five counterfeit $20 American bills from a pharmacy in Halifax that had been used to pay for a purchase on the evening of February 23.
  • March 8: Police received a report from a financial institution in Dartmouth that they had received seven counterfeit $20 American bills.
  • March 15: Police retrieved counterfeit American bills from a gas station in Halifax that had been used to pay for a purchase.
  • March 16: Police received a report from a Fall River business that a man purchased two prepaid credit cards by using counterfeit $20 American bills on March 13. 
  • March 20: Police received a report from a Tantallon business that a man had made a transaction at the business using ten counterfeit $20 American bills on March 8.  

 Hirtle will appear in Halifax Provincial Court today and the investigation into the remaining three cases is ongoing.

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March 24, 2017

The Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division is advising local businesses and citizens of the presence of counterfeit American bills in our area.

Since February 24, there have been at least eight reports of counterfeit American bills in $20, $50 and $100 denominations:

  • February 24: Police retrieved five counterfeit $20 American bills from a pharmacy in Halifax that had been used to pay for a purchase on the evening of February 23.
  • March 2: Police retrieved one counterfeit $100 American bill from a Halifax bank that had been received by the bank on February 28.
  • March 2: Police retrieved 24 counterfeit American bills ($20, $50 and $100) from a payment processing and currency management company in Dartmouth. The company had received the bills from a number of retail and business clients operating in Atlantic Canada.
  • March 8: Police received a report from a financial institution in Dartmouth that they had received seven counterfeit $20 American bills.
  • March 15: Police retrieved counterfeit American bills from a gas station in Halifax that had been used to pay for a purchase.
  • March 16: Police received a report from a Fall River business that a man purchased two prepaid credit cards by using counterfeit $20 American bills on March 13. 
  • March 20: Police received a report from a Tantallon business that a man had made a transaction at the business using ten counterfeit $20 American bills on March 8.  
  • March 21: Police received a report from a financial institution in Dartmouth that they had received 20 counterfeit $20 American bills. 

Investigators have also been advised of the presence of counterfeit American bills in the Greater Toronto Area, indicating wider circulation of counterfeit currency.

Passing counterfeit money is a crime. Did you know that you will not be reimbursed if you unknowingly accept a counterfeit bill? Don’t become a victim - always check the security features in bank notes before accepting them:

  • Canada’s polymer bank notes have advanced security features that are easy to use and difficult to counterfeit. They can be found on the front and back of these bills:
    • raised ink on the front
    • American Currency has security features including:
      • background colours and large, borderless portrait images
    • large window containing metallic symbols and images
    • maple leaf border around the large window
    • frosted maple leaf window
    • unique paper made of cotton and linen with randomly distributed red and blue fibers
    • off-center portraits without a frame
    • watermark
    • colour shifting ink on some notes
    • security thread
    • 3-D security ribbon on some notes
    • serial numbers that correspond with a specific year

 You can also learn how to check bank notes by visiting the Bank of Canada’s website:

You don't have to accept a bill you suspect is counterfeit. If you think you've received a counterfeit bill or if someone attempts to use a bill that appears to be counterfeit, contact Halifax Regional Police or Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Nova Scotia RCMP can also be contacted at 800-803-RCMP (7267) anywhere in Nova Scotia. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award. 

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Halifax Regional Police hosting information sessions for Emergency Response Communicators

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

Halifax Regional Police is launching a recruitment effort for Emergency Response Communicators to work at our Integrated Emergency Dispatch Centre in Dartmouth.

A series of scheduled information sessions, listed below, are open to anyone interested in becoming an Emergency Response Communicator:

Where: St. Andrews Community Centre (Seniors Room), 3380 Barnstead Lane, Halifax
When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Session 1: 3:00 p.m.
Session 2: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Alderney Gate Public Library (Helen Creighton Room), 60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth
When: Monday, April 3, 2017
Session 1: 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: 5:30 p.m.

Registration is mandatory, call 902.490.7269 to register.

Applications will be available on the municipal job opportunities website http://ow.ly/xqSA30akIvu in early April. All employees with Halifax Regional Police must successfully meet our security clearance requirements, which include, but are not limited to, a criminal record check and a pre-employment polygraph. 

Elderly woman assaulted

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on March 26, an elderly female was walking on a path between Percy Street and Joseph Howe Drive in Halifax when she was assaulted by three people. The assault was interrupted by a white male with blonde hair who came upon it while walking on the same path. Police were not called initially but when they were the victim was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries, it is not believed the injuries are life threatening. Nothing was taken from the victim and no weapons were seen.

The suspects are described as two white males dressed in black between 18-25 years of age and a darker skinned female of similar age.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident or the male who interrupted the assault to call 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.

 

 

 

Halifax Regional Police celebrates employees at the 18th annual HRP Gala: To Honour Excellence

Police Media Releases - 2 days ago

Halifax, NS – On Saturday, March 25, Halifax Regional Police celebrated its 18th annual HRP Gala: To Honour Excellence. The following 11 employees were recognized in seven categories:

  • Constable Raylene Way was named Police Officer of the Year for her community outreach in the Fairview/Clayton Park area and her outstanding work with various community groups. As a Community Response Officer, Cst. Way steps up to go beyond regular duty and makes a difference in the communities she serves.
  • Matthew Murphy received the Civilian Employee of the Year award for his diligent work as a crime analyst.
  • Sergeant Anthony McNeil was honoured as Supervisor of the Year for being a fair and consistent leader who treats all with respect and promotes a healthy work environment.
  • Detective Constable Robert MacMullin of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division received the Investigator of the Year award for his expertise, experience and excellence in investigation.
  • Constable Dylan Carter, a patrol officer, received the New Blue Award, which is presented to an officer with five years or less policing experience who has shown a great deal of promise by demonstrating professionalism, high integrity and excellence in policing.
  • The Criminal Intelligence Unit – Sergeant Mike Cecchetto, Detective Constable Bernard Boutilier, Detective Constable Johnny Mansvelt, Detective Constable Pamela Green and Detective Constable Kristopher Barr – was awarded Team of the Year for its tireless work on high profile investigations. While much of its members’ work is behind the scenes, HRP would not be able to function in its current form without them.  
  • Constable Alisa King received the Employees’ Choice Award for her unwavering dedication to duty. Her teammates and supervisors admire her reliability, competence, strong ethics and self-motivation. Cst. King is also a tireless community volunteer who donates her time and personal resources.

The evening, generously sponsored by the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel and Oland Brewery, also represented an opportunity to applaud employees who retired in 2016. Eight police officers and three civilian employees were recognized for their years of service. They departed Halifax Regional Police with 324 years of combined service.

We salute our 2016 award winners and retirees for their dedication to policing, public safety and our community.

Update: Missing woman located

Police Media Releases - 2 days ago

Amber has been located and we thank the public for their concern and assistance.

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Investigators are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Dartmouth woman. 

Twenty-eight-year-old Amber Lindsey McDougall has not been seen since March 8 in the mid-afternoon in the area of Robie and Summer Streets in Halifax. Amber was reported missing to police on March 21. 

Amber is described as a white woman, approximately 5’5”, 168 lbs with long brown hair. 

There is no information to suggest that Amber has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for her well-being. Amber has a medical condition for which she receives treatment and she has been without this treatment since she was last seen. Officers request that Amber or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5020.

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Assault charges laid

Police Media Releases - 2 days ago

Halifax Regional Police have laid an assault charge against a 40-year-old Halifax man after receiving assistance from a taxi driver

On March 24, 2017 at approximately 4:10 p.m. a taxi driver noticed a female being assaulted by a male on Inglis Street near Brussels Street in Halifax. The driver turned around  to pick up the female victim, he then contacted police and followed the suspect to a nearby business. When police arrived the male suspect was identified by both the taxi driver and the female victim. The suspect was arrested for assault and returned to Halifax Regional Police Headquarters. The investigation has revealed the victim and suspect were not known to each other and that the victim almost bumped into the suspect while texting and walking, this prompted the suspect to assault the victim. The victim did not appear to be seriously injured.

The 40-year-old male suspect will appear in Halifax Provincial Court on May 23 at 10:00 a.m. 

Update: Suspicious Package

Police Media Releases - Mar 24, 2017

Officers with the Explosive Disposal Unit determined there was no threat and the street has been re-opened to traffic. Thank you to everyone for their cooperation in this matter. 

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Halifax Regional Police is currently on scene at a suspicious package call in Halifax. 

At 1:18 p.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a suspicious package in a playground in the 5800 block of South Street. Police currently have vehicle and pedestrian traffic shut down between Robie and Wellington Streets temporarily.

Officers with the Explosive Disposal Unit are on scene to examine the package. The investigation is ongoing. 

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Human trafficking charges

Police Media Releases - Mar 23, 2017

Two Halifax men face prostitution and human trafficking charges after an investigation by the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. 

On October 23, 2016, investigators commenced an investigation regarding people who directed and influenced a 22-year-old woman for the purpose of prostitution. Two men and a woman were arrested without incident last night at an apartment in the 0-100 block of Main Avenue in Halifax and all were held in custody overnight. A 56-year-old woman from Halifax was released today without charges. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.   

Twenty-four-year-old Leslie Burton Gray and 21-year-old Andre Jerome Gray will appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face the following charges;

  • Human trafficking  
  • Receiving material benefit from trafficking
  • Material benefit
  • Advertising

 Andre was also charged with one count of failure to attend court.

 Human trafficking is an offence that involves controlling, forcing, intimidating or deceiving a person in order to exploit them through various forms of sexual exploitation or forced labour. This crime can happen in communities of all sizes and unfortunately Halifax is not immune. If you have any information pertaining to this case or other potential human trafficking matters, please call 902-490-5020 or 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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Charges laid in Naomi Kidston homicide

Police Media Releases - Mar 23, 2017

Investigators in the Cold Case Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged a man in the 2005 homicide of Naomi Kidston. 

On June 7, 2005 at 1:30 p.m., police responded to an address on River Road in Halifax. Upon arrival, officers located 26-year-old Naomi Kidston deceased inside an apartment. Her death was ruled a homicide. Through the investigation, officers determined that Naomi was last seen alive in the early morning hours of June 7 at the residence where she was found deceased. 

As a result of the ongoing investigation, officers, with the assistance of officer from the Saint John Police Force, arrested Donald Peters without incident at approximately 8:40 a.m. yesterday on Stanley Street in Saint John, New Brunswick. He was brought back to Halifax yesterday for questioning and was held in custody overnight. 

Donald Murray Peters, 50, of Saint John, New Brunswick, has been charged with second degree murder in relation to Naomi’s death and is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to answer to the charge.

Cold Case investigators have worked diligently on this murder case since Naomi’s death in 2005. We’re hopeful that today’s developments will provide some measure of comfort to her family and friends.

The investigation is ongoing and homicide investigators are continuing to ask anyone who may have information about the murder of Naomi Kidston to call 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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High Risk Offender Notification – Updated Information & Photo for James Andrew MacKay

Police Media Releases - Mar 22, 2017

In accordance with the Nova Scotia Release of High Risk Offender Information Protocol, Halifax Regional Police is advising all citizens, particularly those in the Halifax area, that a high risk offender is residing in our community. 

James Andrew MacKay, 36, was released from the Dorchester Penitentiary today, March 22, 2017, after completing a sentence for sexual assault and forcible confinement. MacKay has a history of violent criminal convictions dating back to 2010 that includes convictions for sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, injuring or endangering other animals and uttering threats. MacKay has been assessed as being at a high risk to re-offend. His victims have included adult women, one whom he had only known for a brief period prior to the offence.

MacKay will be on court imposed conditions for two years and will be required to follow a multitude of strict conditions, some of which include:

  • Give notice of any address change
  • No alcohol or drugs (including being served at any establishment)
  • Should you alter your appearance, upon demand of a Police/Peace Officer, submit to having your current photograph taken
  • Abide by your curfew and remain in your residence everyday between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • No contact with victims
  • No weapons 

MacKay is a 36-year-old white man, 5’10”, 181 lbs., with green eyes, brown hair and a beard.

This information is provided to alert members of the public of his presence in our community. Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct will not be tolerated.  

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Note: Two photos of James MacKay are attached. One with a beard, as he appears today, and another without.

Halifax Regional Police to Hold Voluntary Surrender Initiative

Police Media Releases - Mar 21, 2017

Halifax Regional Police will hold Voluntary Surrender on Saturday, April 29, at the Dartmouth North Community Centre, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This inaugural event will enable people with outstanding warrants for non-violent offences to resolve the warrants voluntarily in a neutral environment, avoiding arrest at home, in front of their family and children, at work or during a traffic stop.

People who attend Voluntary Surrender will have their warrants resolved, which means police will no longer be looking to arrest them, and the warrant will be replaced with a court date. Voluntary Surrender is not an amnesty program; participants will need to appear before the court at a later date to answer to pending charges.

HRP’s goal is to reduce the number of outstanding warrants in our area by providing a more appealing opportunity for people to surrender voluntarily. There are 684 outstanding warrants on file with HRP.

At Voluntary Surrender, a booking area will be set up so that officers can process warrants. Participants will be asked to present ID and will have their fingerprints and a photo taken.  In most cases, they will then receive a new court date. Participants will have the opportunity to contact Legal Aid, which will be available for telephone consultation. Also, referral information for various community services and supports will be available on-site.

Voluntary Surrender is tailored to people with warrants for non-violent offences, but individuals with an outstanding warrant(s) for any type of offence may participate. Unlike those with warrants for non-violent offences, however, individuals with warrants for violent offences will likely be taken into custody.

While Voluntary Surrender is a first-time initiative for HRP and a first of its kind in Canada, similar initiatives have been successful in the United States. 

Update: Missing Youth Located

Police Media Releases - Mar 20, 2017

Alicia has been located and we thank the media and the public for their concern and assistance.

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

Seventeen-year-old Alicia Michelle McInnis was last seen on the evening of January 11, leaving a residence in the 2400 block of Robie Street.

Alicia is described as a white female, 5'8", 125 lbs. with brown eyes, long brown hair and tattoos on both wrists and stars tattooed around her face. She was last seen wearing an Adidas track suit and carrying a dark green purse.   

There is no evidence to suggest that Alicia has met with foul play but there is concern for her well-being. Officers request that Alicia or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5016.

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Aggravated assault/robbery GO # 17-40378

Police Reports - Mar 19, 2017

This morning at approximately 3:41 A.M. Halifax Regional Police responded to an aggravated assault / robbery at the corner of Barrington Street and George Street . When police arrived they located 25-year-old male victim and a 29-year-old male victim, one of the victims was unconscious, the other conscious  but bleeding from the face. The investigation has revealed the victims were assaulted and robbed by at least four males. There is no indication of a weapon being used. One of the victims was relieved of his wallet during this assault. The suspects are described as black men, 25-28 years old, wearing:
 
1)    green pants, green vest and black sweater
2)    dark green pants and a dark sweater
3)    black pants and a dark hooded sweatshirt
4)    blue jeans and dark sweater
 
The victims have been released from the hospital but require further medical treatment. There is no further information available at this time.
 
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 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.
 
 

Weapons GO#17-40407

Police Reports - Mar 19, 2017

At 5:07 am Halifax Regional Police responded to  a residence in the 0-100 block  of Chebucto Lane in Dartmouth for a male who had been stabbed. Responding officers found a male with two stab wounds but could not locate the residence or area where the incident had occurred. The 26 year old male from Dartmouth was transported to QE2 with none life threatening injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Robbery GO#17-40316

Police Reports - Mar 19, 2017

At 0043 a.m. Halifax Regional Police responded to 5600 block of Ogilvie St for a robbery. The victim reported to police that approximately 60 minutes earlier  a 25-year-old white male , 5’11”, beard wearing a red toque robbed him of his wallet. There was no weapon seen and the victim was not injured. There was also a 25-year-old woman in the area but the victim was not sure if she was involved.
 
Police are investigating this matter at this time.
 
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 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.

Media update for Saturday, March 18: assist agency, bomb threat, robbery

Police Reports - Mar 19, 2017


1)    At approximately 5:27 p.m. Halifax Regional Police responded to 1 Alderney Drive for arson. A suspect or suspects lit an item on fire in the common room causing the sprinkler system to be activated. Although the sprinkler system extinguished the fire, the building sustained water damage.     17-40099
 
2)    At approximately 9:39 p.m. Halifax Regional Police responded to the area of the MacDonald bridge for a bomb threat, the bridge was closed for a short time (less than a half an hour ) as police investigated. Once it was determined to be a hoax the bridge was reopened to traffic. 17-40214
 
3)    At approximately 9:05 p.m. Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a robbery on Alderney Drive at Geary Street. Approximately 45 minutes before three males in their twenties wearing masks robbed a male of some clothing items, a cell phone and his wallet. There was no weapon seen and there is no further description.   17-40201
 
Police are investigating these matters at this time and haven’t ruled out that some or all could be related.  There is no further information available at this time.
 
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 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.

Missing youth

Police Media Releases - Mar 17, 2017

**Update**

Saturday, March 18

Justin Oakley was found safe and sound last evening. Thank you for your concern and assistance in locating him.

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Halifax Regional Police is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 14-year-old male. 

Justin Alexander Oakley was last seen March 4 in the 600 block of Sackville Drive. He was reported missing to police that day.

Justin is described as a white male, 5’, 97 lbs, with short blonde hair and blue eyes. There is no clothing description.

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

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Police continue to investigate murder of Kevin Farren

Police Media Releases - Mar 17, 2017

Last Thursday was the fifth anniversary of the murder of Kevin Farren and the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate the case. 

On March 9, 2012 at 2:26 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to 56 Havenbrook Hill in Portland Hills subdivision in Dartmouth in relation to the death of a man. The victim was later identified as 61-year-old Kevin Farren of Waverley, who worked as an accountant for the owner of 56 Havenbrook Hill. The death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators 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.

This case is also part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program: http://novascotia.ca/just/public_safety/rewards/case_detail_FARREN_Kevin.asp

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Weapons GO#17-39087

Police Reports - Mar 17, 2017

At 7:50 p.m. HRP officers responded to the MicMac Mall, located at 21 MicMac Blvd for a weapons call. Information received indicated a female had stabbed another female inside the mall, food court area, after a verbal dispute.  A 17-year-old female victim suffered a stab wounds to her arm and was transported to the QEII Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A 14-year-old female assailant was taken into custody shortly after the incident and the matter is still under investigation with charges anticipated.

 

Youth charged for stabbing this morning

Police Media Releases - Mar 16, 2017

Members of the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating an assault with a weapon that occurred this morning in Halifax.

At 3:33 a.m. on March 16, police responded to a report of a stabbing inside an apartment on Randall Avenue. A group of men were in an apartment when another man entered the apartment and a physical altercation ensued. This resulted in one man receiving stab wounds to his leg. The suspect left in a car but was stopped shortly thereafter by police on Gebhardt Street and was arrested without incident. The victim, a 20-year-old Halifax man, was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released a short time later. The victim and suspect are known to each other.

A 17-year-old male youth from Halifax has been charged with is assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Youth court today to face these charges. 

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Police arrest man after weapons complaint in Halifax

Police Media Releases - Mar 15, 2017

Halifax Regional Police arrested a man this morning in Halifax following a complaint of a weapon on a Halifax Transit Bus.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., officers attended the area of Connaught Avenue and Chebucto Road in Halifax for a weapons call on Halifax Transit Bus, Route 2, Chebucto and Connaught. A passenger reported that a man on the bus had a knife and was in a verbal dispute with another passenger. Just prior to officers arriving, the man departed the bus, walking west-bound on Chebucto Road. Officers arrested the Halifax man without incident a short distance away in the area of Chebucto and Connaught. There were no injuries.

The 46-year-old Halifax man faces a charge of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. He’s being held in custody and is scheduled to appear tomorrow in Halifax Provincial Court.

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March Traffic Section Update: Buckle Up!

Police Media Releases - Mar 15, 2017

In their continued effort to address traffic safety and educate citizens on the rules of the road, the Halifax Regional Police Traffic Section along with patrol members are focusing on seatbelt enforcement during the month of March.

It is well known and documented that seatbelts save lives so police are reminding motorists to buckle up. Drivers are responsible to ensure that passengers under the age of 16 are wearing their seatbelts. Parents are also reminded that children must use a car seat or booster seat until they are at least 4’9” (145 cm) or age 9. Summary offence tickets under these sections of the Motor Vehicle Act carry a fine of $180 and two points on a driver’s license upon conviction.

For more information on keeping your child safe from injury while in a vehicle, visit http://childsafetylink.ca/ which is the child and youth injury prevention program of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.    

Update: Missing man located

Police Media Releases - Mar 15, 2017

Update: 

Caiden was located last night safe and sound. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.

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Investigators are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Dartmouth man. 

Twenty-three-year-old Caiden Donte Wournell was reported missing on March 11 and was last seen on this date at approximately 9:50 a.m. walking along Summer Street towards Bell Road in Halifax. 

Caiden is described as a black man, approximately 5’ 10”, 137 lbs, with dark, curly hair and patchy facial hair. He has several tattoos, including one on the right side of his neck that reads, Faith. He was last seen walking along Summer Street towards Bell Road in Halifax. 

There is no information to suggest that Caiden has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for his well-being. Risk to Caiden’s well-being increases in relation to length of time he’s away from treatment. Officers request that Caiden or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5020.

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Update: Ricardo Jerrel Whynder to appear in court today

Police Media Releases - Mar 14, 2017

Halifax Regional Police returned Ricardo Jerrel Whynder to Halifax yesterday and he is to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to answer to the first degree murder charge.

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Homicide investigators in the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged a man in connection with the 2013 homicide of Matthew Sudds.

At 12:09 p.m. on October 14, 2013, a woman walking along Africville Road noticed a body and contacted police. Patrol Officers attended the scene and located the body of a man in the ditch on Africville Road, half way between the church and the container terminal. Later that day, the man was identified as 24-year-old Matthew Thomas Sudds of Halifax and his death was ruled a homicide.

Yesterday, homicide investigators laid a charge of first degree murder against 32-year-old Ricardo Jerrel Whynder and issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest. Investigators travelled to British Columbia yesterday and, with the assistance of the Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit, arrested Whynder without incident at approximately 3:50 p.m. PST in the 10200 block of 135th Street in Surrey, BC.

Whynder is currently in custody in Surrey, BC and will be brought back to Nova Scotia in the coming days to appear in Halifax Provincial Court to answer to the first degree murder charge. More information will be released about his court date when it’s available. Homicide investigators have worked diligently on this murder case since Matthew Sudds’ death in 2013. We’re hopeful that yesterday’s developments will provide some measure of comfort to his family and friends. The investigation is ongoing and homicide investigators are continuing to ask anyone who may have information about the murder of Matthew Sudds to call 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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Police investigate property damage

Police Media Releases - Mar 13, 2017

Police are investigating an incident of property damage to a business that occurred sometime over the weekend in Halifax. 

Today at 1:42 p.m., police received a report of a business having a number of small holes in their front window in the 300 block of Herring Cove Road. The complainant stated that the damage was just noted today but likely occurred over the weekend. It’s believed the damage was caused by a pellet gun.

Police believe that this incident may be connected to numerous bus shelters that were damaged over the weekend and are asking anyone with information to call 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. Police remind citizens to call 902-490-5020 if they witness any suspicious activity.

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Stabbing GO#17-36658

Police Reports - Mar 12, 2017

Halifax Regional Police are currently investigating a stabbing that occurred overnight in Halifax. Cole Harbour RCMP were called to a Clarence Road address in their jurisdiction Saturday night in relation to an injured 19-year-old male suffering from apparent stab wounds.  

The male was transported to hospital by Emergency Health Services where he is currently receiving treatment for injures sustained in an assault early this morning in Halifax.

Through preliminary investigation‎ officers believe they have located the area where the incident occurred near the intersection of Grafton Street and Blowers Street. Officers are currently onscene in that area and will be clearing shortly.  

This investigation is currently in the early stages and more information will be made available when it is known.  

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Police Reports - Mar 11, 2017

On March 11th 2017 at approximately 12:50 PM Halifax Regional Police responded to the Dartmouth General Hospital for a report of two males that had arrived with apparent gunshot wounds. Patrol members responded and spoke to staff as well as the victims, detectives from the integrated Major Crime Section also attended. As a result of the preliminary investigation it was determined the males were injured in RCMP Jurisdiction.

SiRT— Breach of Probation Charge Laid Against HRP Officer

Other Agencies News - Mar 10, 2017

We're sharing a media release (see below) issued today by Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT). 

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Today SiRT laid a charge of breach of probation against a 45-year-old member of the Halifax Regional Police, Jason Richard Murray.

On November 29, 2016, Cst. Murray pled guilty in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to one count of assault. He was granted a conditional discharge, and was placed on an eight-month probation order. A condition of that order was that he have no direct or indirect contact with the victim in that matter. A witness has now provided information to SiRT that alleges that condition of the order was breached on February 9, 2017.

Cst. Murray is due to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on April 18, 2017.

A complete copy of SiRT’s report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca.

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald, who is solely responsible for decisions respecting the laying of any charge.

Police Continue to Investigate Murder of Michael Forgeron

Police Media Releases - Mar 10, 2017

Police Continue to Investigate Murder of Michael Forgeron

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the murder of Edwin ‘Michael’ Forgeron and the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate the case.

Michael, age 31, was found deceased by friends at a residence on Convoy Avenue in Halifax on March 9, 2007. His death was ruled a homicide and investigators believe there are people who have information they have not yet provided to police that could help solve his murder.

Investigators hope that the passage of time may encourage someone to do the right thing and come forward with what they know. Anyone with information about Michael’s murder 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.

SiRT— No Charges Regarding Man Found Unconscious in HRP Cell

Other Agencies News - Mar 9, 2017

We're sharing a media release (see below) issued by Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) this morning. 

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The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) today released its report concerning an investigation into an August 22, 2016 case where Halifax Regional Police (HRP) officers found a 47-year-old man unconscious in one of their cells.

 At about 9:30 p.m. that evening an HRP officer arrested the man on the grounds of the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth for intoxication in a public place. The man had consumed some alcohol and was acting oddly and aggressively toward an employee and security guards at the Hospital. The male was later lodged in cells at HRP headquarters at 10:25 p.m. On a routine check 17 minutes later HRP officers found him unconscious, as the result of an attempt to hang himself with his sweater.

The investigation revealed that although the male had acted oddly, he was not overly intoxicated, and at no time gave an indication that he was depressed or considering taking his own life. The officers responsible for the care of prisoners that evening followed reasonable procedures, and performed the usual prisoner checks in accordance with standard practice. When they found the male, they administered appropriate emergency aid and called for EHS to attend. The man’s condition initially was very dire. Although he has now recovered significantly, he continues to suffer from a serious brain injury.

 In these circumstances, there are no grounds to consider any charges against the police officer.

 A complete copy of the report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca.

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald, who is solely responsible for decisions respecting the laying of any charge.

Weapons/Assault Police GO#17-34742

Police Reports - Mar 9, 2017

At approximately 9:15 p.m, on Wednesday, March 8, Halifax Regional Police responded to the area of Caledonia Road and Roleika Drive in relation to a weapons complaint. A 50-year-old man from Dartmouth reported that he was threatened with a knife by a man known to him. On arrival, HRP located the suspect walking on Caledonia Road near Main Street, as officers attempted to arrest him he struck one officer in the face with a closed fist and bit a second officer on the forearm. The 25-year-old man was arrested and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court at a later date to face charges of possession of a weapon dangerous, assault police and resisting arrest. The officers were assessed and they did not require further treatment prior to continuing their duty.

 

 

Police charge man in relation to robberies

Police Media Releases - Mar 8, 2017

Police have now charged a man in relation to seven robberies that occurred over the last month, one in Dartmouth and six in Halifax.

 

  • On February 11, shortly after 2 a.m., a lone male entered the Need’s Store located in the Shell Gas Station located at 2616 Robie Street in Halifax and demanded cash. The man left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and no one was injured in the incident.

 

  • Later that same day at approximately 2:05 p.m., police responded to a report of a robbery at the C Shop located at 6141 Young Street. A man had entered the store and demanded money from the cashier.  A quantity of money was turned over to the man before he fled the area toward Young St.  There was no weapon seen or indicated in this robbery and no injuries to the cashier. 

 

  • On March 1 at approximately 9:03 p.m., police responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Griffin’s Smoke Shop located at 2651 Windsor Street. On arrival it was learned that a man had entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. There were no injuries to the clerk and the suspect fled the area on foot with an amount of cash. 

 

  • On March 6 at approximately 1:45 p.m., officers responded to a robbery that had just occurred at the Griffin’s Smoke Shop, 210 Wyse Road in Dartmouth. A man entered the store, approached the clerk and demanded cash. The suspect obtained a package of cigarettes and a quantity of cash. He left the store on foot and was last seen travelling north on Wyse Road. The employee was not injured and the suspect did not have a weapon.

 

  • On March 7 at approximately 9:38 a.m., officers responded to a suspicious person call at Scotia Square, 5201 Duke Street in Halifax. A man had entered two stores and demanded money after making a small purchase. The first incident occurred at BP Corner News, 1903 Barrington Street, and the second incident occurred at the Dollarama inside Scotia Square. The store employees were not injured and the suspect did not show a weapon.

 

  • At approximately 9:45 a.m., officers responded to a robbery that had just occurred at the Griffins Smoke Shop, 6976 Mumford Road. A man entered the store, approached the clerk and demanded cash. The suspect obtained a quantity of cash and cigarettes and left the store on foot. A nearby security guard pursued the suspect and apprehended the man a short distance away. The store employee and the security guard were not injured and the suspect did not have a weapon. Upon arrival police arrested a 29-year-old Halifax man without incident. 

 

Members of the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged Anthony James Guitard with five counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery. Guitard is scheduled to appear at Halifax Provincial Court today to face these charges. 

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Update: Missing woman located

Police Media Releases - Mar 8, 2017

Amy has been located and we thank the media and the public for their concern and assistance.

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

Thirty-four-year-old Amy Jay Phillips has not been heard from since February 27. Amy is described as a white woman, approximately 5’4”, 130 lbs with dark blond hair. 

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

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Police arrest man in relation to robberies and theft

Police Media Releases - Mar 7, 2017

Police have arrested a man in relation to two robberies and a theft that occurred this morning in Halifax.
 
At approximately 9:38 a.m., officers responded to a suspicious person call at Scotia Square, 5201 Duke Street in Halifax. A man had entered two stores and demanded money after making a small purchase. The first incident occurred at BP Corner News, 1903 Barrington Street, and the second incident occurred at the Dollarama inside Scotia Square. The store employees were not injured and the suspect did not show a weapon.
 
At approximately 9:45 a.m., officers responded to a robbery that had just occurred at the Griffins Smoke Shop, 6976 Mumford Road. A man entered the store, approached the clerk and demanded cash. The suspect obtained a quantity of cash and cigarettes and left the store on foot. A nearby security guard pursued the suspect and apprehended the man a short distance away. The store employee and the security guard were not injured and the suspect did not have a weapon.  Upon arrival, police arrested a 29-year-old Halifax man without incident.
 
These matters are in the early stages of investigation. Members of Patrol and the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are continuing the investigation and exploring the possibility of additional charges.
 
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 investigate robbery

Police Media Releases - Mar 7, 2017

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday afternoon in Dartmouth.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on March 6, officers responded to a robbery that had just occurred at the Sobeys Smoke Shop, 210 Wyse Road. A man entered the store, approached the clerk and demanded cash. The suspect obtained a package of cigarettes and a quantity of cash. He left the store on foot and was last seen travelling north on Wyse Road. The suspect is described as a white man, 5’10”, average build, wearing a blue toque, black leather jacket, and a grey scarf that covered the bottom half of his face. The employee was not injured and the suspect did not have a weapon.

This matter is in the early stages of the investigation. Members of Patrol and the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are continuing the investigation. 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 make second arrest in shooting from last year

Police Media Releases - Mar 6, 2017

Police make second arrest in shooting from last year

Investigators in the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have made a second arrest in a relation to a shooting that occurred in Clayton Park on the morning of March 6, 2016.

At approximately 2 a.m. on March 6, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report from a man that he had been shot inside a residence in the 600 block of Parkland Drive in Halifax. Patrol, Emergency Response Team and K-9 members responded to the area and located a 60-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was treated at the scene by EHS and transported to hospital with injuries that were believed to be life-threatening. The area was searched for suspects by police but no suspects were located. This matter is not considered a random act.

The victim died on July 8, 2016, however, on January 13, 2017, the medical examiner determined that the death was not a result of the injuries sustained from the shooting and it is not considered suspicious.

At 5:45 p.m. on March 5, 2017 a 16-year-old male from Dartmouth was arrested at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville, NS.

The youth has been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, discharging a weapon and other weapons related charges, as well as two counts of breaching a probation order and one count of breaching a weapons prohibition order. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court today.

Police previously charged 19-year-old Terrance Treshon Brooks of Cole Harbour in relation to this shooting on February 1.

The investigation into this shooting is ongoing and police are looking to speak to anyone who may have information on this incident. Anyone with information may call 902-490-5016 or 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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January vehicle/pedestrian collision stats

Police Media Releases - Mar 6, 2017

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and Halifax District RCMP release a monthly vehicle/pedestrian collision report to provide police and citizens with more contextual information on this issue.

During the month of January, there were 21 vehicle/pedestrian collisions in Halifax. Month over month, this represents a decrease (-2 incidents) from the 23 incidents reported in December 2016. Year over year, there was a decrease (-1 incident) from the 22 incidents reported in January 2016.

For January 1- 31, 2017, 76 per cent (16 incidents) of vehicle/pedestrian collisions occurred in crosswalks. Of the 21 pedestrians involved:
• 8 reported no injury
• 8 experienced minor injuries
• 2 experienced moderate injuries
• 3 did not report their injuries to police

The full monthly report, which includes a summary of the vehicle pedestrian collisions, location by HRP division and RCMP area, pedestrian and driver characteristics, and the summary offence tickets issued, is available online at:

http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/January2017VehPedReport.pdf

Home Invasion GO#17-32782

Police Reports - Mar 6, 2017

At around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 5, Halifax Regional Police West Division Units responded to a home invasion on Autumn Drive.  A resident called to report that while he was sleeping two men wearing masks forced his door in and stole cash and a small amount of drugs.    

Both men were described as wearing black coats and between 5’9 and 6 feet tall.

Officers attended with K9 and tracked the male for a short distance, but could not locate him.  The file is currently being investigated and more details will be released when they are available.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 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.