Woman murdered

A 66-year-old woman was murdered last evening at 1765 Weston Road. She was found with serious injuries in an apartment on the upper floor. She was later pronounced dead in hospital.

A man fled the scene. At around midnight, he was captured near Peter and Queen St West.

 

 

Man found guilty of manslaughter in Shoppers killing

Christopher Gordon, 20, has been found guilty of manslaughter in the killing of David Blacquiere outside of Shoppers Drug Mart in Weston.

Blacquiere was 54, a father of four, and a hockey referee. He was stabbed to death in the parking lot of Shoppers around noon on November 15, 2017. The Star has an excellent article on the story.

It was a baffling scene in a case that resulted late Saturday in a verdict of manslaughter for 20-year-old Christopher Gordon….

The trial of Gordon heard that, according to eyewitnesses and security footage, Blacquiere, the 54-year-old father of four, who lived two hours north of Toronto in Angus, Ont., was stabbed during a violent altercation with a tall, skinny, young man after the two tumbled out of Blacquiere’s car just before noon on Nov. 14, 2017.

But as the investigation unfolded, Toronto police homicide Det. Sgt. Rob North came to a troubling realization: the part-time hockey referee had been stabbed to death by his crack dealer.

 

Nunziata’s response to gun violence

Frances Nunziata spoke to Newstalk 1010 about the recent spike in violence in Weston and Mount Dennis. She blames street gangs and gang-affiliated bars:

Nunziata says street gangs are a problem in the neighbourhoods she’s responsible for and so are the bars they hang out in.

She’d like authorities to do more to clamp down on bars that attract and allow illegal activity and the people involved.

Nunziata has long loathed after-hours bars in Weston and has fought against them for more than a decade.

Weston-area doctor gets 12 years for fentanyl fraud

A Weston-area doctor has received a 12-year sentence for writing fake fentanyl prescriptions.  Dr. George Otto worked with a Weston pharmacist, Dr Shereen El-Azrak, who filled the fraudulent prescriptions. The pain patches were sold on to middlemen, who peddled them around Ontario.

El-Azrak, who worked at PharmaChoice on Lawrence, received a 13-year sentence.

Dr Otto worked out of a walk-in clinic on Jane St, near Wilson. He and El-Azrak trafficked more than 6000 fentanyl patches, according to the sentencing documents. That many patches could be worth more than a million dollars.

 

Police arrest three in Mount Dennis-area shooting

The police have arrested two men and a youth for the recent shooting near Black Creek and Trethewey.

On October 30, five people were shot in the hallway of an apartment building and were taken to hospital. Nobody was killed in the shooting.

Over the past weeks, the police arrested Andre Cunningham, 20; Malik Mohamed, 21; and a young man under 18. They’ve each been charged with five counts of attempted murder and many firearms offenses.

Police seeking person of interest in shooting

Toronto Police are asking for the public’s help finding a man involved in a shooting in the Mount Dennis area. They say that  on “Saturday, November 9, 2019 at approximately 2:50 p.m., two men were driving in the area of Industry Street and Todd Baylis Boulevard  [when] a pick-up truck with unknown occupants pulled up next to the vehicle and began shooting.”

One person had life-threatening injuries

The police are trying to find a man with “black hair that is long on top with shaved sides. He was wearing a black winter jacket with a fur-trimmed hood, a black Air Jordan sweater, black Air Jordan track pants, and black and white sneakers.”

Responses to recent shootings

The CBC covered some of the local responses to the recent shootings in Weston and the surrounding area. Several community groups were included, including Stachen Frederick from Frontlines.

Image from the CBC

At a meeting on Wednesday, she saw someone get the call that a relative had been injured.

“More and more youth are becoming fearful of living in this community,” Frederick said.

They try to engage children as young as six at Frontlines, with youth programming ranging from homework help to fitness and cooking classes. About 460 young people come through their doors a year.

Frederick says there needs to be more effort from all levels of government and more funding so places like Frontlines can be open later and offer more to young people.

She also says there’s a lack of spaces for young people in the community.