As mentioned above, Winnipeg is up to 4 for 2009:
<<Police are treating as a homicide the death of a woman who was apparently dropped from the 11th-storey window of a downtown apartment block early this morning.
Police were releasing little information Friday afternoon, including the woman's identity.
A man who lives near the Assiniboine Ave. block said he was awakened by a commotion at 4 a.m. and saw a man standing over the motionless body of a woman on the sidewalk and yelling for someone to call 911.
He said he heard the man tell a bystander that “She fell from the 11th floor - I was holding her by her hood.”
The incident occurred at the Manitoba Housing apartment block at 375 Assiniboine Ave.
Police said the woman was in critical condition and taken to hospital but succombed to her injuries.
The neighbour said he saw the same man and a woman later taken into police custody.>>
Elsewhere in Manitoba,
<<A man found dead at a home on Lake Manitoba First Nation is being treated as a homicide.
The body of David Lawrence Maytwayashing, 50, was discovered about 6 a.m. in a home on the reserve.
Ashern and Lundar RCMP are investigating, and an autopsy is scheduled for later today at the Health Sciences Centre. No charges have been laid.
The Winnipeg RCMP Major Crime Services, Dauphin RCMP Major Crime Unit, and the Winnipeg RCMP Forensic Identification Section are assisting in the investigation. >>
Not homicide, but Thunder Bay had a non-fatal stabbing the other day, and yesterday morning someone shot a house in Westfort. The person who did the shooting was arrested last night.
This has been a surprisingly violent month. :(
Hamilton's first murder investigation continues.
Slain woman fled abuse in Turkey
January 30, 2009
Police are turning to residents of a west-Mountain neighbourhood to help their investigation of the slaying of a 41-year-old woman Wednesday.
Officers will be approaching residents starting in the Limeridge and W 5th area and continuing north to the downtown core.
Police have refused to provide further information about the murder, though they have released the canvassing questionnaire.
It asks if residents saw anyone in an orange jumpsuit on the day of the murder and whether residents have found any blood-stained clothing.
Muruwet Tuncer had two men in her short life.
One, she married at 16 in her native Turkey. He went to jail after stabbing her when she tried to leave him.
The second man she met after leaving her husband. The pair eventually had a son and moved to Canada together.
Yesterday, that man, 39-year-old Cengiz Isiko, was charged with her murder.
"She came here to escape, but it happened here again," said her sister, Munevver Tuncer.
The 41-year-old mother of four was starting to get back on her feet after separating from Isiko. She was studying English at St. Charles Adult Education Centre on the Mountain and had plans to attend university. Between classes and caring for her children, Tuncer worked as a school bus driver.
"For the first time since she was a teenager, she could make her own decisions," said her friend, Agnes Gizard. "She was really rebuilding her life. Everything was going well."
Tuncer was found with her throat slit Wednesday inside a home she had shared with her family on Elkwood Drive near West 5th Street.
Her niece, 13-year-old Rumeysa Cosgun, was stabbed several times in the abdomen and ran bleeding to neighbours' houses for help.
Cosgun, who was home from school for lunch during the violence, is in stable condition at McMaster hospital. Munevver Tuncer said Cosgun is "not herself yet."
"She's not getting worse, but not getting better."
Friends and family say Muruwet Tuncer was "full of life." She volunteered with her children's schools and worked at Settlement and Integration Services Organization, said SISO president Morteza Jafarpour.
In her spare time, Tuncer liked to go down to the waterfront and read, relax and tan.
"She had lots of bad things in her life," Munevver said. "But she was holding onto her life with both hands."
Tuncer and her two sisters' former employer, Kieran Hughes, said the three women were constantly bringing in Turkish treats.
The sisters, who dreamt of opening a restaurant, would say in their homeland friendship is forged through food.
"They were all really amazing and tough, tough, women," Hughes said. "Now there's another kid without a mom."
Tuncer filed for custody of their son after Isiko was accused of assaulting her in April 2005.
In the family court documents, she describes her common-law husband as someone with "a demanding nature," who expects total obedience.
The documents also stated Tuncer was worried Isiko would run off with their son as "a means of punishing me for not accepting his treatment of me."
Tuncer was given full custody of their son, who is now four, and Isiko was given access to the boy on alternating weekends and every other week of summer holidays.
When Tuncer and Isiko were together, he forbade her from talking to her sisters. When they broke up, Isiko blamed them, Munevver said.
Tuncer and Isiko's relationship was tumultuous. Tuncer would often take refuge at a shelter or at her sister's house.
When they were separated, Munevver Tuncer said Isiko would try to win her sister back.
"They have a child together. She loved him," Munevver said.
Isiko was arrested Wednesday night at 6:45, six hours after Tuncer died and only 45 minutes after his picture was broadcast by local media.
Isiko was found on the third floor of the Central Public Library, where the archives, newspapers and self-help books are located.
Hamilton police kept Isiko in custody at central police station until he was transported for his first appearance in court yesterday afternoon.
He wore the white paper coveralls that police issue inmates after they confiscate their clothes as evidence. He looked dishevelled and said nothing during his short appearance before justice of the peace Lillian Ross.
His lawyer, Anthony McCusker, asked that the charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder be read aloud to his client. Ross granted Crown lawyer Denis Allan's request for an order that Isiko have no contact with the Cosgun family who are relatives of his slain partner and the wounded girl.
This wasn't the first time that Tuncer had faced violence. When she was 16 and living in Turkey, she became engaged to a man in his early 20s. Later, she decided she wanted to finish her education rather than get married.
Due to "community pressure," her sister said, Tuncer went ahead with the marriage.
Tuncer and her husband moved to France and had three children, now 13, 23 and 24. The youngest lived in Canada with Tuncer.
Tuncer and her husband started to argue. She decided to end the relationship.
"He didn't accept that. He wanted to continue the marriage," Tuncer said. "She tried to get out, but she couldn't."
Tuncer's husband lashed out. He stabbed her in the stomach, but Tuncer blocked the blade with her hands. She went to the emergency room. Munevver said Tuncer's husband went to jail.
After the separation, Tuncer became ostracized from the Turkish community in France.
"I don't think she had too much choice of friends," Gizard said. It was then that Tuncer met Isiko.
The pair became estranged while still living in France, but reconciled when both immigrated to Canada -- Isiko arrived claiming refugee status in January 2005 while Tuncer arrived in March 2005.
Munevver said her sister loved her life in Canada.
"She was a beautiful woman," Munevver said. "This is a terrible, terrible thing."
Donations can be made at Scotia bank Central Mall branch, account SISO in Trust for Gonca and Devrimcan. Also, donations can be made by calling Belkis Ozer at 905-667-7500.
DowntownWpg is from the fightin city of Winnipeg...
He can't help it. He just calls it, as he see's it.
Just came back from a discussion in the CE section about the gun bill in the US. These people are actually convinced that if everyone carries a handgun with them, everyone will be safer and happier.
Oh that American dream! :haha:
This time last year a little town by the name of Bridgewater had a homicide start to unravel and well simply put I read the comments at the end of the article (not copied here) and well everyone is completely pissed that someone could do this;
Dying Karissa's last words: Mommy, don't!
Mother killed her little girl to save love life
By BEVERLEY WARE South Shore Bureau
Sat. Jan 31 - 6:03 AM
Jan. 28, 2008 – The Bridgewater Police Service asks for public assistance locating 12-year-old Karissa Boudreau, reportedly last seen by her mother the evening before. She said they’d argued in the parking lot of the Bridgewater mall.
Jan. 29 – Penny Boudreau appears at a news conference sobbing, pleading for Karissa to come home.
Jan. 30 – Family, neighbours and friends spend hours searching for Karissa.
Feb. 1 – Penny Boudreau makes another emotional plea for Karissa to return. Police are unable to confirm that she and Karissa were in the parking lot when she said she last saw the girl.
Feb. 2 – Police say reported sightings in New Brunswick were not Karissa.
Feb. 6 – Divers and searchers in helicopters find no sign of Karissa in or along the LaHave River.
Feb. 7 – Karissa’s father Paul Boudreau says he suspects foul play in her disappearance.
Feb. 9 – A body is found on the bank of the LaHave just outside Bridgewater town limits.
Feb. 14 – The body is identified as Karissa’s, using dental records. Police say she was murdered. Mourners begin placing teddy bears and other items at the spot where her body was found.
Feb. 16 – Two people, never identified, who were arrested in connection with the murder are released without charges.
Feb. 19 – Karissa’s funeral is held in Barrington.
Feb. 23 – Hundreds mourn Karissa at a memorial service in Bridgewater.
Feb. 25 – Penny Boudreau is taken to hospital for unknown reasons.
Feb. 26 – Hundreds of bears left at the memorial site are collected to be cleaned and given to children.
Feb. 27 – Neighbours report police have visited the apartment of Penny Boudreau and boyfriend Vernon Macumber after loud fights.
Mar. 19 – Police say they’re waiting on DNA evidence as part of the investigation.
June 14 – Police arrest Penny Boudreau in Halifax and announce she’ll be charged with first degree murder in her daughter’s death.
June 16 – Bridgewater residents heckle Penny Boudreau as she makes her first court appearance. She is ordered to have no contact with Vernon Macumber, Paul Boudreau and others who will be crown witnesses.
Oct. 22 – Penny Boudreau waives her right to a preliminary inquiry.
Dec. 4 – Penny Boudreau elects trial by jury.
Jan. 27, 2009 – More than 200 people gather at a vigil to mark the anniversary of Karissa’s disappearance.
Jan. 30 – Penny Boudreau pleads guilty to the second degree murder of her daughter.
MOMMY, DON’T!" Karissa Boudreau cried as her mother crushed her into the cold, dark ground with her knees on her chest. Penny Boudreau wrapped a piece of twine around her hands, put it around her daughter’s neck and yanked with all her strength.
The last thing Karissa would have seen was her mother’s eyes fixed on her as the very hands that had cradled her as a baby tightened the twine around her neck and strangled the life out of her.
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» How could she have done it?
The woman who was supposed to treasure and love Karissa above all else felt her daughter struggle beneath her and looked at her trapped hands digging at the ground. She pulled tight until Karissa struggled no more.
And she was "jovial" as she told an undercover agent nearly five months later what she had done.
Ms. Boudreau admitted in Bridgewater provincial court Friday morning to killing her daughter and then dumping the 12-year-old’s body by the LaHave River, but not before dropping by Tim Hortons to throw out the incriminating twine, while her daughter’s body was stuffed in the front seat of the car.
And she did it because she didn’t want to lose her boyfriend. She told the undercover operative she "would do anything for Vernon and the thought of losing him was harder than the thought of losing her daughter."
Defence lawyer Patrick Atherton told the court: "What demons plagued Penny Boudreau on that day . . . she and God only know."
His client pleaded guilty at the "earliest practical opportunity," he said. She "wishes to express her remorse for her actions on that day" and also "wishes she could have that day back again," he told the court.
But Justice Margaret Stewart described it as "an unprovoked, vicious killing," and Ms. Boudreau’s tearful televised plea for her daughter’s safe return, and her tears in court, as nothing more than "crocodile tears."
The judge told her she killed her daughter "for a reason no more significant than Penny Boudreau’s selfish desire to guarantee a love life that had no room for a child. . . . Surely, Penny Boudreau, you can never call yourself a mother in conjunction with Karissa again."
When asked if she had anything to say to the court, Ms. Boudreau — thinner than in past court appearances — cried and said, "I’m sorry," and quickly sat down, her words barely audible inside the hushed courtroom.
LIFE IN PRISON
She sentenced Ms. Boudreau to life in prison. She cannot apply for parole until June 20, 2028, which is 20 years from the date of her arrest. However, under Canada’s "faint-hope" clause, she can ask a jury to consider her early release application in 15 years. If a jury finds in her favour, she may then apply to the parole board for release.
She is also banned from possessing firearms, ammunition, explosives and some other weapons for the rest of her life and must provide a DNA sample.
Some of the people in the courtroom — mainly relatives, family friends and officers involved in the case — openly sobbed when they heard the details of Karissa’s death.
Paul Scovil, the Crown attorney, praised police for handing him an iron-clad case that led to the guilty plea. He said they did a "fantastic job in investigating this matter and bringing us a file that meant that it was in such good condition and so strong we didn’t have to go through a trial and we were in the driver’s seat."
Ms. Boudreau was initially charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the included offence of second-degree murder.
"All in all it was the right thing to do," Mr. Scovil said, because it spared the family and community a lengthy trial but still ensured a life sentence.
"A life sentence for second-degree murder is the same as a life sentence for first-degree murder," said fellow Crown attorney Denise Smith.
She said the jointly recommended 20 years without parole "was a fit and appropriate resolution, taking into account the life sentence, regardless of whether it was first-degree or second."
Karissa’s dad, Paul Boudreau, said it was important for him and his family to get this case resolved, and they support the joint recommendation.
PENN, HOW COULD YOU?
Karissa’s body was found Feb. 9, 2008, by a nine-year-old boy whose mother had pulled over so that he could use the washroom. He went over to the embankment for privacy and saw toes sticking out of the snow.
Two days later, neighbours in the Jubilee Road apartment building where Ms. Boudreau lived with Vernon Macumber told police they could hear the couple arguing. He said over and over again, "Penn, how could you do this?" He said he was disgusted with her.
But Ms. Boudreau was caught only because of an elaborate police sting that started out with the police planting an undercover officer in the Bridgewater cell Mr. Macumber was held in when he was first questioned in the case Feb. 14.
The officer got no information at the time but persuaded Mr. Macumber he was part of a crime syndicate and could get work for him.
"A wide-scale undercover operation began utilizing a number of scenarios to gain the trust of Macumber," Mr. Scovil said.
They met up again after the couple moved to Halifax in April and Mr. Macumber told the agent he suspected Ms. Boudreau had killed her daughter. Mr. Scovil said Mr. Macumber told the agent "he was still living with her in order to keep her close so she would not implicate him in the homicide."
The agents then persuaded Mr. Macumber they needed a woman to help on a job. He got Ms. Boudreau to meet with them, and then, Mr. Scovil said, she "became very active with the undercover operators and their work."
In June, she met with another undercover operative who persuaded her he could "make her problem go away" but that he needed to know her whole story before he could help her.
Ms. Boudreau told him everything. She said Mr. Macumber had told her she had to make a choice — him or Karissa — and she said Mr. Macumber had nothing to do with the murder.
HATCHING THE PLAN
Ms. Boudreau said she had been thinking about killing Karissa for a few days and on Jan. 27 of 2008, she did it.
She drove her to Lunenburg and back in her red Neon so they could talk. They were angry with each other, so Ms. Boudreau "did what she had to do."
She said she didn’t want Karissa badmouthing her as a mother, or coming between her and Mr. Macumber. Snow was predicted that evening, so she knew she was going to kill her then.
She drove to Sobeys, just as she had told police, but then the story changes. She went into Sobeys to pick up juice and bacon and phoned Mr. Macumber to say Karissa was missing and that she was going to look for her.
She went back to the car, where Karissa was alive and well in the front seat. She put the bacon and juice in the trunk, took out a piece of beige twine and put it in her pocket.
Karissa kept wanting to get out of the car. Ms. Boudreau drove her around until it got dark and they ended up at William Hebb Road in Hebbville "and I told Karissa if she wanted to get out then, to get out."
It was snowing. She tackled Karissa, who fell to the ground on her back. Ms. Boudreau pinned Karissa down with her knees on her chest, the young girl’s hands trapped under her body. She said she wrapped the twine around Karissa’s hands and neck "and pulled in a criss-cross motion with all her strength until she could no longer feel her breathing."
She heaved her daughter’s body into the front seat of her Neon. With the girl’s body slumped down in the passenger seat, Ms. Boudreau drove to Tim Hortons on High Street in Bridgewater where she put the twine in a Tims cup and threw it in the garbage.
DUMPING THE BODY
She drove along King Street to the outskirts of town where there is a turnaround spot. She dragged Karissa’s body by the jeans. One pant leg, her pink Winnie the Pooh underwear and socks came off as she dragged her to the edge of the bank.
"Boudreau felt this would make people think Karissa had been sexually assaulted," Mr. Scovil said.
She rolled Karissa over the edge of the bank and her body landed in the trees. She knew snow was coming so the body wouldn’t be found for days.
She got back in her car, took the black hoodie, vest and a pink Croc that had come off and threw them in a garbage can by the Bridgewater swimming pool. The other pink Croc had come off at the murder site and was later found by a passerby.
MY DAUGHTER'S MISSING
She went home and called the police at about 8 p.m. to report Karissa missing.
Nearly two days later Ms. Boudreau made a tearful plea for her daughter’s safe return. She went on national television, her face pale with tears streaming down as she clenched a Kleenex in her left hand, and begged for her daughter to come home.
She said they had been arguing so she took her daughter for a drive to try to get her to talk without walking away and slamming the door. "I was just trying to reach out to her as a mom and set some things straight," she said.
After reporters rushed out of the two-hour court proceeding, a long line of people, including members of Karissa’s family and supporters, walked out of the courthouse, led by a plainclothes police officer. None spoke as they walked down the street past the cameras, down a long set of stairs to cars on the street below.
Sheriff’s deputies led Ms. Boudreau in leg shackles and handcuffs to the van outside the Bridgewater courthouse.
As she passed, one of Vernon Macumber’s relatives, a teenage girl, yelled: "Bye, Penny."
But any semblance of support was short-lived, as just seconds later she shouted an expletive at the killer.
The van, flanked by two Bridgewater police patrol cars, drove away at 12:27 p.m., taking Ms. Boudreau to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth, which has been her home for months.
She will be held there, at least until she waives her right to appeal within 30 days, and then transferred to a federal prison.
With Patricia Brooks Arenburg, staff reporter
Murder rate goes from 1/week to 3/week in the 'Peg
This's 6 now... 3 just this week.
From CJOB News:
Winnipeg Police are investigating the city's fifth and sixth homicides of 2009.
At approximately 10:20 Saturday morning, police responded to a residence in the 700 block of Maryland Street in response to a report of a male injured and the sound of a fire alarm.
Two adult males were found, each suffering upper wounds. Both males were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.
The males have been identified, however no names are being released at this time.
gangs or partyers?
Toronto as of yet is still at 5.
I know that some like to split hairs, such as "it was in a private residence." However, I would point out that regardless of where our world famous knife fights occur, the fact that it is such a rampant problem really illustrates just how out of control violence is in our city.
Is it that Winnipeg has more psychopaths and desperate substance abusers per capita? Lack of opportunities? Ineffective education? Nothing else to do?
Either way, IMO, Winnipeg has never come close to improving our out of control crime. For months I wrote ideas for solutions in the Mb & Sask section, however, it would seem that all Winnipeg needs is a tall sexy glass building... that will turn everything around for downtown! Why is this? Because for those of you who live elsewhere in Canada, you will fail to notice our homicide rates because our skyline is that much more impressive, and because we're getting an IKEA! ;)
My aim has now become to highlight the problem. In Winnipeg, I'm worried that people are becoming either too desensitized, or consumed in wishful thinking. As a result, IMO, we will continue to not put enough consideration, innovation and effort into attempting to improve the situation.
but yea it is stupid we hit the recrod a couple years back then it droped and started to climb again ut from what i can tell is the drop was from the geniration shift... now were seeing the kids who grew up in the 90's coming up and making it worse realy the problem we have stems back to kids we all grow up...
Double homicide in Winnipeg this morning which brings us up to 6 so far for 2009.
<<Winnipeg police have confirmed officers are investigating a double-homicide on Maryland Street, the city’s fifth and sixth slayings of the year.
A Winnipeg Police Service spokesman said officers and firefighters went to a sixplex on Maryland, just south of Notre Dame Avenue, shortly after 10 a.m. after they received reports of an injured man on the steps of the building.
Police said two injured men were found at the dwelling, both suffering wounds to the upper body. Both men were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
A source told the Free Press that a resident in the area found a dead man lying on the steps of the sixplex and called 911.
The source said residents in the area heard fighting coming from the rooming house for several hours throughout the early morning.
A small fire had also been set in the rooming house, but it self-extinguished.
Police spokesman Const. Robert Carver said the dead men have been identified, but their names are not being released at this time.>>
ETA: see this was already posted above.
Poor excuse, why are Toronto and Montreal to name a few not following that trend? I don't think you can blame it all on generation X.
toronto is at 6
there have been a lot of shootings and some stabbings throughout January.....so we must have a really good medic system cuz alot of victims are recovering
Waterloo Region is WAY above average already this year...
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 05:29 PM
Regional police continue to investigate the regions third murder of the year.
Autopsy results confirmed 28-year-old Nadia Gehl was shot to death. Her body was discovered Monday morning on a path near her home in the Ottawa and Fischer-Hallman area.
Police have released a sketch of a person of interest wanted in connection with her murder.
Witnesses have reported hearing gun shots and one witness told police they saw a man running from the area where Gehl was found.
Spokesperson Olaf Heinzel tells 570 News that at this point the person of interest is not being treated as a suspect.
He says the man could have possibly witnessed the incident.
The person of interest is described as a 35-year-old white man, 6 foot 1, and weighing about 200 pounds.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact police.
Homicide branch: 519 650 8500, ext. 8766
3 in metro Vancouver in the last 24 hours. One chick got shot, plus someone got shot up in their car(gang related), plus someone got shot in a apartment(gang related).
I don't know if this counts or not, but it's interesting either way.
Calgary Police charged 2 people in connection with the 6th here last weekend, the couple were caught driving west through Banff in the truck they stole from the 77 year old victim, in what sounds like a robbery gone bad (the victim ran a booth at a flea market and reportedly carried a lot of cash on himself)
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