Imitation Handgun Leads To Charges
Posted by Samantha Casais on 4/2/2018 7:19:00 AM.
Several charges were laid against an Oshawa man yesterday after he pulled out a replica handgun in downtown Oshawa. It happened at around 2am, when Durham Regional Police were called for reports of a disturbance in the area of King St. E. and Celina St. The 21-year old man was allegedly involved in a confrontation when he pulled the imitation firearm from his waistband and began issuing threats. One officer was shoved by the suspect when police arrived. His charges include assaulting police and pointing a firearm. 

Snowmobiler Dies On Lake Simcoe
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/29/2018 6:39:00 AM.

A snowmobiler has died after falling through the ice on Lake Simcoe at about 4:30pm on Saturday, when emergency services were called after a snowmobile was seen falling through thin ice into the water near Thorah Island. The incident occurred about 100 feet off the southeast corner of the island. Six people were snowmobiling together at the time when the incident occurred. One male got off his sled and jumped into the water to try and save the victim; he was unsuccessful, but was able to get back out of the icy water safely. Georgina and Brock Township Fire Departments responded and were assisted by an airboat from York Regional Police. The 50-year-old man from Brechin who fell through the ice with his snowmobile was located and taken to the marina in Beaverton by airboat. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday; his name is not being released at this time.

North Durham Municipalities Unite Over Lost Trustee Position
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/28/2018 7:17:00 AM.
Uxbridge councilors have unanimously voted to join the municipalities of Brock and Scugog in passing a motion requesting that the Durham District School Board reinstate a lost trustee for north Durham. Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor expressed frustration over the district's recent decision to reduce the number of trustees from two to one, saying that the three northern municipalities are three times larger than the south size-wise. She also claimed that the board did not have the decency to inform them of the change in advance. Under the new setup, Whitby and Oshawa will hold six of the eleven trustee positions on the board after the next municipal election. 

Habitat Build Complete
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/27/2018 7:18:00 AM.
Habitat for Humanity Durham will hand over the keys to four homes today to families in the CentreTowne development they are building in Oshawa. This is the third phase of the development on Centre Street. Mary Bone, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Durham, says the organization doesn't just hand over the homes, they create homeowners. Next year Josh Morrison of Uxbridge will see his home built in the development. Josh raised over $100,000 with his penny campaign that began when he was eleven.

Police Chase Leads To Arrest
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/26/2018 7:08:00 AM.
An Oshawa man has been re-arrested after leading police on a car-and-foot chase that ended on the roof of a house. 39-year old Scotty McGregor was recently charged in connection with a string of break-ins and allegedly breached the terms of his bail. The pursuit involved members of the canine and tactical support units. As police approached the suspect he sped away in a vehicle, jumped a curb, then drove through a backyard in an attempt to escape. 39-year old Joanne Blakey of Oshawa has also been charged in connection with the break-ins. None of the allegations have been proven in court. 

North Durham Trustee Position Reallocated
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/23/2018 7:22:00 AM.

There are concerns in north Durham over the loss of a trustee for the area in the upcoming municipal election. On Monday, the Durham District School Board voted 7-4 in favour of reallocating one of the 2 North Durham seats to Whitby. The Board had applied to the Province to expand the number of trustees to twelve from eleven to cover Whitby which has experienced rapid growth. The Province said no to the request arguing that data from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation showed that Durham doesn’t meet the population threshold for an additional trustee. The Durham District School Board then had 2 options. It could remain at status quo or reallocate one of the North Durham trustee positions. Despite a survey in which 206 of 284 respondents recommended maintaining the status quo, the Board voted Monday to reallocate the North Durham seat. While the communities of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock have a combined 7,311 students, Scugog trustee Carolyn Morton says it’s a huge workload for one person, adding North Durham students face unique issues such as transportation challenges and a lack of internet access.

Employer Of Murdered Woman Speaks Up
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/22/2018 7:36:00 AM.
We're learning more about Krissy Pejcinovski, the Ajax mother who was slain along with her two teenage children, a 15-year old son and a 13-year old daughter. The spa owner where Pejcinovski worked for about ten years said she became increasingly worried about her employee when she began showing up for work looking tired and pale. Sherry Robinson told The Toronto Star that last month, the woman told her that her boyfriend had shoved her against a wall and threw her cell phone. When the relationship began to turn rocky several months ago, Robinson said she tried to talk to Pejcinovski about her situation. Cory Fenn has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths; the charges have not been proven. A funeral will be held on Saturday morning in Toronto.

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.

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