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manny_santos Feb 21, 2009 10:30 PM

London is at one so far this year. A young man was stabbed to death in the parking lot of a plaza near Adelaide and Huron Streets a week or so ago.

It seems most of the high-profile homicides in London are knife-related. Michael Goldie-Ryder in 1999 was a knife, and there was another big one in 1995 that was also from a knife. Which makes it truly bizarre local Controller Gina Barber (a one-time federal NDP candidate in 2004) wanted to support David Miller's call for a handgun ban in municipalities across Ontario. So far the reaction in London and area has been overwhelmingly against the ban, and for good reason.

Dmajackson Feb 21, 2009 10:42 PM

Halifax's #2
 
Halifax's second homicide happened last night in Harretsfield (Route 333). Not to my surprise the last name was Marriott and it was part of the ongoing drug war in HRM. The Melvins and the Marriotts have been battling for months now and many people have been shot as a result.

Just some general information from the article; 7 homicides in 2008 in HRM and there are 10 unsolved homicides since 2005.

Halifax crime family’s son shot to death
Terry Marriott Jr. found dead; 5 people questioned, released
By Our Staff
Sat. Feb 21 - 5:05 AM

Halifax Regional Police are investigating the death of a member of a high-profile crime family that’s been linked to a recent crime wave across the city.

Sources say Terry Marriott Jr. was shot to death in a Harrietsfield bungalow late Friday afternoon.

Police will only say that officers, responding to a call that a person was injured, arrived at 20 Whitehead Rd. just after 5:15 p.m., where they found a 34-year-old white man dead.

Five other adults were taken to police headquarters for questioning, said Halifax police spokeswoman Theresa Rath. Three were inside the bungalow when officers arrived and two were outside. All five have been released.

She confirmed early this morning that the death was a homicide and the victim had been shot.

Ms. Rath said the person who called police was a resident of the home. The dead man did not live there, she said.

Police do know his identity, but were withholding his name, pending notification of his next of kin, she said.

Neighbours described their community as "normally quiet. Some nearby residents said they didn’t hear any shots or unusual noises coming from the home, which is located on a dead-end street, just a short walk from Old Sambro Road.

Ms. Rath said it’s too early to tell if the death has any connection to a series of shootings late last year believed to be part of a feud involving two high-profile crime families.

"But certainly, we’ll explore all those possibilities, she said.

Terry Marriott Jr. was shot twice before, in 2004.

On July 7 and again on Sept. 3 that year, shots were fired outside 490 Herring Cove Rd. The first time, Mr. Marriott was hit in the armpit and hip, with witnesses saying four shots were fired from a green van.

In September, police arrived at the house after Mr. Marriott had already gone to the hospital. Mr. Marriott later told investigators the shooting was an accident.

Mr. Marriott was the son of Terrance Cyril Marriott, a.k.a. Terry Sr. The elder Mr. Marriott has racked up a total of 32 years, nine months and 26 days of federal time for drugs and other offences. He was charged with murder in the death of Arnold Bailey but was acquitted in June 1991.

The family has more recently been in the news with speculation that some members have been feuding with another notorious crime family, the Melvins. Some sources say the feud isn’t strictly divided along family lines as some Marriotts are known to work with the Melvins.

Jimmy Melvin Jr. was released from prison Nov. 14 after two witnesses changed their stories regarding charges he faced in a 2007 home invasion.

His released triggered a string of shootings in Halifax believed to be part of an ongoing drug war between the two families.

Less than a month after he got out of jail, Mr. Melvin was shot once in the back and once in the front of his body while he was behind a Cowie Hill apartment building. He survived the shooting.

On Whitehead Road, many neighbours expressed surprise at finding police in their community.

A neighbour said she has known the family that lives in the tidy yellow house for about 30 years.

She said the woman there has three adult sons, including twins, but she wasn’t sure if any of the sons still live at home. She said one neighbour complained about the way they drove their four-wheelers.

"I’ve never had any problems with them, she said. "If I need anything, I just call them . . . and they’re right over here to help me, whatever I need.

"They’re a rowdy bunch, but when aren’t boys a rowdy bunch?"

Another woman said she had never heard of any problems with the family and that the subdivision is trouble-free.

The death took place in Coun. Steve Adams’ district (Spryfield-Herring Cove) just three days after Halifax city hall released a plan to curb crime in the city. He couldn’t be reached Friday evening.

The plan, which covers crime prevention, the court system, safety in the downtown bar district and social issues such as race relations and troubled youth, was approved Tuesday by regional council’s committee of the whole.

It was prepared in response to Mayor Peter Kelly’s Roundtable on Violence report released last year. The mayor struck the roundtable in 2006 after an American navy sailor was murdered in the downtown and the killing made international news.

Mr. Kelly said Friday that violent crime is still a concern in the city, though statistics show the overall crime rate is down.

"We’ve already hired over 100 (police) officers over the last few years, so we have stepped up (personnel) considerably from where we used to be, Mr. Kelly told The Chronicle Herald. "That is why, in part, the stats are showing that downward trend.

According to the police force’s website, there have been 10 unsolved murders in metro Halifax since 2005.

The first homicide of 2009 occurred last month when a man in his 30s was shot to death in a car in East Preston. Last year, seven people were killed in HRM.

CANAUS Feb 22, 2009 6:43 PM

York Region with almost 900 000 people is at 1 with a fatal shooting at Pacific Mall.

JuelzJones Feb 22, 2009 8:17 PM

ya york region is pretty safe, Markham has its share of violence though


but ya toronto is still at 7 and 10 for the GTA

Dmajackson Feb 23, 2009 2:23 AM

I was reading the paper again today and apparently the murder on Friday (see my previous post) was the 3rd of the year for Halifax!

Apparently a death in the Burnside Correctionial Facility in January was ruled a homicide.

Halifax is still a safe place though. Just avoid the Square, Spryfield and Highfield and you'll be safe. :tup:

mersar Feb 23, 2009 3:42 AM

Calgary is still at 6, not a single murder yet this month though we still do have nearly a week to go.

vid Feb 24, 2009 12:01 AM

I think NWO is now at 4?

Quote:

Police charge 16 year old with murder
Tb News Source | February 23, 2009
http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=116158

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with a death last week on the Kasibonika Lake First Nation.

Nishnawbe-Aski Police were alerted to the incident last Friday morning following the discovery of the body of another teen just west of the community.

The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Derek Brown.

Police say that a post-mortem was to be conducted Monday in Kenora to confirm the cause of death.

The Kasibonika Lake First Nation is located about 600 kilometres northeast of Kenora.
Location of the reserve.

LFRENCH Mar 4, 2009 9:32 PM

and metro van picks up two more according to CBC, Metro Van and Fraser Valley police have identified 17 homicides in 2009

lubicon Mar 10, 2009 5:01 PM

This one won't show up in the Calgary stats, but it probably should be. Body was dumped just outside the city limits.



Body found dumped near Langdon likely a homicide, RCMP says


By Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary HeraldMarch 10, 2009 8:01 AM

The bloodied body of a man dumped face-down on a snowy, rural road east of the city is likely a homicide, Mounties say.

A crumpled, lifeless body was found in the middle of the road by someone driving past Range Road 265 at 6 a. m. Monday.

Police are confirming the death appears suspicious, but say it's too early to determine if it can be linked to organized crime.

"There was some blood at the scene. We have no indications that he died of exposure,"said Strathmore RCMP Cpl. Patty Neely.

An abandoned vehicle was reportedly found nearby.

The man's identity is not known.

An autopsy today or in the next few days will determine cause of death, said Neely.

Members of the forensic identification unit and Calgary RCMP major crimes unit combed the road all day Monday, placing orange markers at blood splotches and tire marks. The crime scene is seven kilometres east of Langdon, off Highway 560.

Neighbour Gordon Coutts said the sight of Mounties and a barricaded crime scene was startling.

"It's pretty quiet out here, we don't get too much. I'm not too worried about the neighbours," he said.

In recent years, Mounties have had to deal with bodies being dumped in rural areas.

"Any time you have a community within the proximity to a large city, you will often have a spillout from the city," Neely said. "It certainly increases the number of homicides you investigate."

98fb Mar 12, 2009 6:32 PM

Metro Van picked up two more and then a stabbing in richmond. I think the total is now 20.

98fb Mar 15, 2009 7:21 AM

Another gangland hit in langley

Numbe is now 21 for metro van.

What is the reord for canada?

touraccuracy Mar 15, 2009 8:10 AM

^dunno, but i really don't mind all the trash being taken out this year.

Rusty van Reddick Mar 15, 2009 4:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 98fb (Post 4141057)
Another gangland hit in langley

Numbe is now 21 for metro van.

What is the reord for canada?

In a typical year, the CMA with the highest murder rate in the country will be around 5 per 100k persons. Vancouver CMA will need more than 100 murders to be at that level, so it has a long way to go.

As Maclean's just reported, the CITY with the highest murder rate in Canada last year was Port Coquitlam, which had a rate of around 6 per 100k if I am reading the table correctly (it's reported not as rate per se but as percentage of national average, and Pt Q is something like 350% of the national average- since the national avg is a bit less than 2/100k, I am estimating roughly).

Just as an aside, but one that needs to be repeated, and repeated often: Calgary's record year for murders in ABSOLUTE NUMBERS was 37 murders, and that was in 1978. In 1978, the population of Calgary (not the CMA since the figure is for murders in the city) was 506,000 that year. So our murder rate in 1978 was a shocking 7.4/100k- this is more than double the in the "gang war" of 2008 (3.14/100k) and yet people insist that the past here was golden.

O-Town Hockey Mar 16, 2009 12:59 PM

So what are the numbers like across Canada these days? Anyone have a good resource for such information?

mersar Mar 16, 2009 3:18 PM

Calgary hasn't had a single murder since the end of January. The gang war has seemed to fizzle down to just about nothing, there has only been one or two gang related shootings in the past month as well.

lubicon Mar 16, 2009 7:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mersar (Post 4142888)
Calgary hasn't had a single murder since the end of January. The gang war has seemed to fizzle down to just about nothing, there has only been one or two gang related shootings in the past month as well.

Technically true but the body they found last week near Langdon is likely a body dump. It won't show as a Calgary murder but it may as well be.

Rusty van Reddick Mar 16, 2009 9:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lubicon (Post 4143300)
Technically true but the body they found last week near Langdon is likely a body dump. It won't show as a Calgary murder but it may as well be.

True, but this is how murder stats are computed. Somebody murdered outside the city but whose body is dumped in a Calgary industrial park counts as a "Calgary" murder- and this is precisely what might have happened with the flea-market dealer whose body was discovered Jan 31.

lubicon Mar 16, 2009 9:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by furrycanuck (Post 4143552)
True, but this is how murder stats are computed. Somebody murdered outside the city but whose body is dumped in a Calgary industrial park counts as a "Calgary" murder- and this is precisely what might have happened with the flea-market dealer whose body was discovered Jan 31.

Yup. Which is why they should perhaps calculate these stats for metro areas and not individual cities. It would give a more accurate picture.

JuelzJones Mar 17, 2009 12:01 AM

Toronto is at 11....8 by gun.....there have been around 52 shooting incidents since the start of the year......and about 60 victims of a gun shot

GTA is at 18


the most in Toronto ever was 88 in 1991 and they had 84 in 2007 which is the 2nd highest, and the most ever in the GTA was 116.

Rusty van Reddick Mar 17, 2009 12:11 AM

Juelz, please express these per capita. That 88 was FAR higher than more recent years even if the media (and assorted racists) wants us to believe otherwise.


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