Man wanted for “waving” a “machete”

Toronto Police are looking for a man seen “with a machete, waving it around, screaming at people” at Jane and Lawrence.

There were no injuries.

Police seek help apprehending prowler

Toronto Police are asking for the public’s help finding a prowler who has been spotted in Weston.

Their investigation started in May, 2020, when a man was seen acting suspiciously during nighttime hours. He was spotted in the area of Weston and Church.

The man was seen again this month “in the early morning hours”. He is about 5’7″ tall, slim, with a dark beard. He was last seen wearing a black zipped winter jacket, black pants, and black Puma shoes with white soles.

The Star says he is wanted for “the charges prowling by night, voyeurism, harassment, and breaking and entering.”

Photo from the TPS

Shooting NYE

We didn’t get the year started off very well.A home in Mount Dennis was shot at early in the morning of January 1. Police found shell casings and “evidence of gunfire” at a home on Humber Blvd and Avon Avenue. There were no injuries.

Crime this year: down

Weston has long had a reputation as a bad neighbourhood. (I’ve long disagreed, but numbers only get you so far.)

As the year ends, we can compare crime rates to 2019. And they are good.

Crime rates, which were already low, fell considerably in 12 Division. Robberies, assaults, thefts, break-ins, sexual assaults and murders were less frequent. Only auto thefts were up.

Crime rates in 12 Division, image from the city

There could be many reasons for this, but it’s noteworthy that rime rates were down across the city. Doubtless, the pandemic paid a role.

Clearance in 12 Division, image from the city

The police also solved more crimes this year. The clearance rate jumped quite dramatically, to 78%.

Police arrest man for firearms, fentanyl other drugs

On December 9, Toronto Police arrested a man at his home near Weston and Lawrence and for the possession of two handguns, crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and fentanyl.

William Pokeda, 44, is alleged to have had

  • Two pistols
  • 786.09 grams of crystal methamphetamine
  • 4.71 grams of crack cocaine
  • 223.15 grams of red fentanyl
  • 94.86 grams of heroin
  • Pistol ammunition

It’s not clear what ‘red fentanyl’ is—I’m certainly not an expert, but uncut fentanyl appears to typically be white.

Pokeda has been charged with possession of drugs, possession of the proceeds of crime, possession of prohibited weapons, and failing to comply with probation, among other things.

Man wanted in attempted murder of police officer

Toronto Police are looking for Terry Baksh, 39, of Toronto.

The police say that Baksh was pursued from the Weston and Eglinton area after an officer heard shots. He was stopped in the Scarlett Rd and East Drive area.

Baksh is alleged to have then hit the officer with his car, and to have dragged him more than 50 metres. The officer was taken to hospital with serious injuries but is recovering.

Baksh has been charged with attempted murder, dangerous driving, flight from police, breaking probation, and driving without a license. He is considered violent and dangerous.

Ten years ago this month…

Suri Weinberg-Linsky speaking in support of Olympic Variety in September 2010 (file).

Here’s a little taste of what WestonWeb was covering a decade ago.

In September 2010, crime was a big issue with a rash of muggings and a double murder. Eighty people met in support of Olympic Variety in Weston Village. Have we settled down since then? I’d like to think so.

A Weston retirement home was coming under scrutiny – beginning a long saga that (we think) ended last year.

John Tory was about to referee a local mayoral debate for the 2010 civic election. Rob Ford, endorsed by then and current councillor Frances Nunziata was the surprise winner of that race. No doubt Tory foresaw his own 2014 candidacy at that meeting.

Lions Park’s soccer field was undergoing extensive preparations before being covered in artificial turf – it has proved to be an incredibly popular year-round attraction.

Urban Arts had completed a new mural and Toronto Council looked as if it would do something for Weston cyclists. Sadly a golden opportunity to build a path along the rail tracks was lost and ten years later the dangerous ‘Supercentre’ gap in the trail is still there.

Finally, speaking of rail tracks, the Clean Train Coalition (who successfully lobbied for an airport express station in Weston) was rallying in support of electric locomotives for the then unbuilt and unnamed UP Express. That dream is still a few years away although GO electrification plans will allegedly be developed by next year.

Walkers in Weston’s 2010 Pink Parade participate in the seventh annual Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. (file) Click to enlarge.