Edmonton’s 14th homicide: Toddler Anthony Joseph Raine found dead near an Edmonton Church

Edmonton police were called to the area of 55 Avenue and Castledowns Road on April 21 at around 2:30 pm after a passerby reported a deceased child near The Good Shepard Church.

Police said the 17 month old  boy, Anthony Joseph Raine’s body was there three days before being located. An autopsy is scheduled for April 24th.

Joey Crier, 26, the father of the boy, and Tasha Mack, who is 25, have been charged with second degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide necessities of life, and assault. Crier is also charged with assault causing bodily harm in the death of Anthony Raine.

The 2017 Edmonton Homicide victim list is available here.

Toronto Homicide 18: Leonard Pinnock shot to death in a parked car

Police said that Leonard Pinnock of Hamilton was waiting in his car for his friend at a strip mall at Dufferin St. and Bowie Ave on Saturday April 22 at around 9:30 am when he was shot.

Pinnock was found with apparent gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police stated in a press release that several suspects were seen fleeing the area.

Anyone with information or home security video or dash cam video of the incident, is asked to call police at 416-808-7400.

The Toronto 2017 homicide victim list is available here.

Murder charges laid in the suspicious death of Abbie Speir

Emergencey crews were called to a house fire in Yellow Grass Saskatchewan on April 20th. Abbie Speir was found dead in the home.

Police initially called the death suspicious however stated that a Homicide investigation had been launched, and an arrest had been made. Kevin Obina Okafor, 37, who was known to Speir has been charged with first degree murder.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

Simon Grant dies following an armed robbery at Louisiana’s Bar B Que

Police were called to the Louisiana’s Bar B Que in La Ronge SK on April 15th at 10:55pm on report of a robbery.

Police found Simon Grant 64, the owner of the restaurant in serious condition. Grant was transported to hospital where he died of his injuries on April 17th.

Police said masked people entered Louisiana’s Bar B Que with a baseball bat and two handguns. They suspects assaulted Grant, and left with an undisclosed amount of money, in less than 5 minutes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.

Man shot to death at a Howard Johnson Hotel in Nanaimo

Police were called to the Howard Johnson Hotel on April 19th at around 3:20am after a hotel employee called 911 reporting gunshots.

Police arrived at the scene to find a 34 year old man dead in the lobby with apparent gunshot wounds.

Brandon Tyler Woody, 30,  was arrested an hour after the shooting, and has been charged with First Degree Murder and one count of Possessing a Firearm while prohibited.

12 year old boy charged with the death of an 11 year old

Police were called to a Garden Hill First Nations home on April 28th at approximately 7:30 pm on report of a boy from the community being shot.

Police arrived at the scene to find the 11 year old with life threatening injuries. The boy later died.

Police said one 12-year-old and two 11-year-olds were playing in the home when they found the gun. The 12 year old boy was in possession of the weapon when the 11 year old was shot.

The 12 year old is charged with negligence causing death and careless use of a firearm, and his 36 year old father has been charged with careless storage of a firearm.

Brian Christopher Rickett charged with the death of Mark Wiley

Police were called to downtown Fort McMurray on Franklin Avenue at 3:45 am on April 7th. Police arrived to find the victim, 33 year old Mark Wiley in serious condition.

Wiley was taken to Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, before being transferred to an Edmonton Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on April 12th.

Brian Christopher Rickett, is facing a second degree murder charge. Rickett is scheduled to appear in court on April 24th.