Psychotherapist Charged With Sexual Assault
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/21/2018 6:11:00 AM.
The owner of a family counselling business in Oshawa has been charged by Toronto Police with sexually assaulting a child. Phillip Kravetsky is a former instructor at Durham College and is believed to have been affiliated with organizations including York Region Psychological Services, Health Canada, Ontario’s Health Ministry, and the provincial Office of the Children’s Lawyer. The 51 year old psychotherapist provided counselling for families affected by divorce. Police did not disclose the age of the child or any other circumstances of the allegations. The charges against Kravetsky have not been proven in court.

Whitby Teacher Charged
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/20/2018 7:08:00 AM.
An elementary school teacher in Whitby has been charged after allegedly being involved in inappropriate relationships with some of his students during school hours. 39 year old Thomas Grieve of Scugog Township, who is a teacher at Robert Munsch‎ Public School on Norista Street has been charged with eight counts of Sexual Assault and eight counts of Sexual Interference, all of which are against persons under 16 years of age. Grieve served as a coach for sports teams at the school and also coached the Female Under 18 team for the Durham Rebels Volleyball Club. Investigators want to ensure there are no other victims. Anyone with new information is asked to contact the DRPS Child Abuse Sexual Assault Unit. Grieve has been held for a bail hearing; the charges against him have not been proven.

Safety Blitz Begins
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/19/2018 7:15:00 AM.
It's the first day back from March Break for students in Durham Region, and police begin a week-long traffic safety blitz around neighbourhood schools starting today. Traffic Services and divisional officers will be focusing on all types of aggressive driving behaviors and offences, including speeding, stop sign and traffic light offences. Special attention will be paid to distracted driving, the use of hand-held devices and seat belt related offences. The goal of the annual “In the Zone” enforcement campaign is to ensure high officer visibility and proactive enforcement in and around school zones during the first week back to school. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to look out for each other with the increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Murder Suspect Appears In Court
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/16/2018 7:17:00 AM.
Police are saying a 29-year old man charged in the deaths of an Ajax mother and her two teenagers was previously convicted of assaulting a police officer in 2009. Cory Fenn was issued a suspended sentence after a mischief under $5000 conviction in 2011. The suspect appeared in an Oshawa courtroom yesterday facing three counts of second-degree murder. Fenn could be seen in the prisoner's box with a black eye, scratches, and blood over his face, although it was unclear why as officers said he was arrested without incident. It is also believed that Fenn had a relationship with the woman, but he was not the father of the children, and did not reside at the Hilling Drive residence where the victims were slain. 

Three Slain In Ajax
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/15/2018 7:18:00 AM.
A man has been charged with second-degree murder after a 39-year old woman and her 15-year old son were found dead in their home in Ajax. The woman's 13-year old daughter who was also home at the time died in hospital late last night. The boy has been identified as Roy Pejcinovski, a star goalie for his Toronto-area major bantam hockey team. Durham Regional Police arrived at the home on Hilling Drive near Westney Road and Lake Driveway at around 11am yesterday after a woman went to check on her friend. A man believed to be in a relationship with the deceased woman refused to allow her inside, then fled the scene in a vehicle. Police arrested the man later in the day without incident at a residence in Oshawa. The charge against him has not been proven. 

Drug Bust In Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/14/2018 7:15:00 AM.
Durham Regional Police have revealed that approximately $170,000 in drugs were seized along with a firearm after two apartments in Oshawa were raided over the weekend. Saturday afternoon at about 4:30pm police responded to a domestic violence call in the area of Bloor St. W. and Wilson Rd. S. Search warrants were executed with assistance from the gang and gun unit and the tactical support unit. Along with a non-restricted firearm, drugs were seized including ectasy, marijuana, mushrooms, oxycocet, ritalin, xanax, and cocaine. A 42-year old man and a 27-year old man were charged; both suspects are being held for a bail hearing. None of the allegations against the men have been proven in court. 

Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/13/2018 8:09:00 AM.

Investigators are searching for a third suspect after an armed robbery at a bank in Courtice yesterday. The incident occurred at about 1:00 when two suspects armed with handguns, entered the ScotiaBank branch on Highway 2. The suspects made a demand for cash then fled the scene. None of the employees or customers were physically injured. Officers pursued the suspect's vehicle to the 401 on ramp at Stevenson Road in Oshawa. Police were able to stop the vehicle and box it in, however the suspect attempted to flee from police by striking their cruisers. At one point an officer discharged his firearm as the suspect drove towards him. The suspect managed to break free, and continued westbound on the 401 before losing control, and ended up in a ditch just east of the Salem Rd. off ramp in Ajax. The three suspects then fled on foot into a wooded area. At about 4:30, two suspects hiding in a residential neighbourhood near Miles Dr. and Wicks Dr. in Ajax were located. An 18-year old and a 17-year old were both arrested; the third suspect was not located.  Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Regional Police.


Stolen Taxi Leads To Charges
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/12/2018 7:19:00 AM.
A robbery in Ajax led to charges against at 32-year old man after a taxi was stolen at knife point. Police say the suspect was a passenger in the taxi when he threatened the driver with a knife and stole the vehicle. The incident occurred in Ajax on Wednesday last week in the Salem Rd. and Kingston Rd. area; both the taxi and the suspect were found in Peterborough early Saturday morning. He was arrested after a standoff with police; charges include robbery, possession of a weapon, and uttering threats, none of which have been proven in court. The suspect is being held for a bail hearing. 

Sanctions For Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/9/2018 7:14:00 AM.
Whitchurch-Stouffville’s town council has slapped a number of tough sanctions on embattled Mayor Justin Altmann following two reports by the town’s integrity commissioner. In addition to losing up to six months of pay, Altmann will be removed from all committees, may only communicate with staff via email outside of council meetings, and will have limited access to municipal buildings, including his office. The measures were adopted in a 5-1 vote by council Tuesday after the integrity commissioner found Altmann refused to apologize for a strange wall discovered in his office washroom that contained pictures of councillors, private citizens and former staff; she also found that he disclosed confidential council information during a November radio interview.

Durham's Policing Costs Among Lowest In Province
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/8/2018 7:18:00 AM.

A staff report once again confirmed the cost of policing in Durham Region is among the lowest of similar-sized services. Durham ranked the third lowest in operating cost per capita at $280 for 2016. Durham’s cost per capita is 8.4% lower than the average of other comparable police services in Ontario. The DRPS compared groups including the police services in Halton, York, Waterloo, Hamilton, Niagara, and Toronto.


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