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Hamilton Police Service is looking for witnesses in the city’s latest homicide

Hamilton police were called to a bar at East Avenue N, and King st on August 8th at approximately 1:30 am on report of a shooting.

Police arrived to find one man dead, and three others injured. The victim’s identity has not been released at this time.

Anyone with information that could assist Police with the investigation is asked to contact Detective Ross Johnson of the Major Crime Unit by calling 905-546-3827.

The 2018 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is Available Here. 

Carla and Alan Rutherford, die in Dundas house fire that has been deemed a homicide

Hamilton Fire and Hamilton Police Service responded to report of a house fire at 8 Greening Court in Dundas on July 9th at approximately 3:45am.

Alan Rutherford, was able to escape the fire and knock on a neighbors door for help. His wife Clara was unable to escape the fire. Clara was pronounced on route to the hospital. Alan was brought to hospital in critical condition where he died as a result of his injuries later in the afternoon.

Hamilton Police Service Major Crime Unit have determined the fire was deliberately set. Carla and Alan Rutherford were victims of homicide.

Police are asking for anyone with information about this homicide or anyone that knew the victims to contact Detective Ben Adams at 905-546-3836

10 Biggest Canadian City Homicide Count, Homicide Rate Per 100,000 and Full Year 2018 Projections

Homicides and projections as of July 9th, 2018 for the ten biggest Canadian municipalities. Currently uses 2016 census populations for murders per 100,000. Note individual cities, not metro regions.

Municipality Population Homicides 2018 Proj. Homicides 2017
Projection per 100K Homicides
Toronto 2731571 54 103.7 3.8 63
Montreal 1704694 14 26.9 1.6 24
Calgary 1239220 6 11.5 0.9 28
Ottawa 934243 13 25.0 2.7 14
Edmonton 932546 16 30.7 3.3 42
Mississauga 721599 4 7.7 1.1 8
Winnipeg 705224 9 17.3 2.5 21
Vancouver 631486 11 21.1 3.3 17
Brampton 593638 9 17.3 2.9 6
Hamilton 536917 1 1.9 0.4 10

Update – 29 year old Holly Hamilton found dead in Hamilton Ontario

Holly was reported missing by her family on January 15th, she was last seen by members of her family in the evening hours of January 14th.

Holly Hamilton was found dead inside her 1996 white,  Ford Escort, at 95 Barlake Ave on  January 17th.

A man has been arrested, however police will not be releasing his identity or any other information at this time.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Update January 18th
The ex-boyfriend of Holly Hamilton, 30 year old Justin Dumphrey has been charged with second degree murder.

Update Hamilton homicide #10 – 60 year old man dies in domestic related stabbing

Hamilton police were called to 134 Highland Rd. West on December 20th on report of “family trouble” just before noon.

On arrival police located a 60 year old man suffering from stab wounds. The victim was rushed to the Hamilton General Hospital where he died of his injuries.

A man was arrested at the scene and charged with second degree murder. Police said there is no threat to the public’s safety.

The victim’s identity will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Andrew Coughlan at 905-546-3874.

Update December 22

police have identified the victim as Janusz (John) Harpula, 60. Harpula’s son 29 year old Thomas Harpula has been charged with second degree murder.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here.

Update – Yosif Al-Hasnawi shot to death after trying to break up a fight in Hamilton

Hamilton police were called to the area of Main Street East and Wentworth Street South at approximately 9pm on December 2nd after receiving reports of a shooting.

Police said the victim, Yosif Al-Hasnawi 19, was attempting to help a man who was being accosted by 2 other men when he was shot.

Al-Hasnawi was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police are looking for 2 suspects. The first has been described as 20s, medium to darker complexion, a medium build and long black hair tied in a pony tail on top of his head. He was wearing a hood, jeans and a backpack. The second suspect was described as 20’s, light complection, bald shaved head, shorter and heavier than the first suspect. He was wearing a hood and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-546-4772

Update December 4th
James Anthony Robert Matheson, 20, was arrested on Monday December 4th and charged Accessory After the Fact of Murder.

Police are asking for help from the public in locating Dale Burningsky King, 19, pictured below. Burningsky King is wanted for second degree murder. Anyone with information that could assist Police is asked to contact Detective Doug Jonovich at (905) 546-4863.

Dale Burningsky King, 19 – Photo made available by Hamilton Police

Update December 7th
Hamilton Police Service and the OPP,  arrested Dale King on December 7th at approximately 4:30pm in Hagersville. A female was also arrested and and is under investigation for accessory after the fact.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here.

Hamilton Homicide 8 – Natasha Thompson shot to death in the East End

Hamilton police were called to a townhouse complex at 17 Lang Street shortly before 5:00 pm on November 6th on report of shots fired.

Police arrived to find 36 year old Natasha Thompson, suffering from gunshot wounds. Thompson was rushed to hospital, however was pronounced dead before arriving.

Police were searching for Mark Joseph Champagne 41, after he was last seen heading towards the Parkdale & Melvin area on foot. Champagne was described as male, non-white, 41 years, 200lb, 6 feet tall, black hair short on the sides and longer on the top, usually wears removable gold grills on his front teeth.

Update: Hamilton police stated that Mark Champagne turned himself in to Toronto Police Service at approximately 4:30 am on November 7th. Champagne has since been charged with second degree murder in the domestic related homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ross Johnson of the Homicide Unit by calling 905-546-3827.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here

Hamilton Homicide 7 – Nicole Dragasic shot to death in the east end

Hamilton police were called to 778 Barton Street East at approximately 3:45am on report of a shooting.

Police and paramedics arrived to find the woman suffering from a gunshot wound in the doorway of her unit. She was rushed to hospital where she died of her injuries.

Police said they are very confident that the attack was targeted, and the victim was known to police.

The investigation is still in it’s early stages. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Update October 17th
Hamilton police have identified the female victim as Nicole Dragasic, 37,  of Hamilton.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here.

Update: police release the name of the victim and the accused – Man dies from stab wounds in Hamilton’s 6th Homicide

Hamilton Police responded to a disturbance at the Coco Bongo Lounge in Hamilton at approximately 3:30 am on September 10th.

Police found a man suffering from life threatening wounds. the victim was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries. Police said the Toronto man was injured as the bar was letting out.

Police are urging witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Doug Jonovich of the homicide unit by calling 905-546-4863.

Update September 16th
Police released the name of the suspect after he appeared in court. Samson Aristor 29. Aristor is facing a first degree murder charge in the death of Reald Vercani 33, of Toronto.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is available here.

Update: Youth charged in the homicide of Dwayne Bride, Hamilton’s 5th homicide this year

Hamilton police are investigating after Dwayne Bride, 42, was found unresponsive at the corner of Hess and Bold st in the early morning of June 3rd.

Detective Sgt. Peter Thom  of the Hamilton Police said “He was found lying on the sidewalk at about 2:45 a.m. after being stabbed with some sort of “sharp-edged weapon”. Bride was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police said Bride was with his family in the East end until around 10pm and are looking for witnesses who can help piece together Bride’s last moments.

Update June 23.
A 16 year old boy who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with second degree murder in connection to the death of Dwayne Bride.  Det. Sgt. Dave Oleniuk of the homicide unit said the charged is accused of insulting Dwayne Bride before stabbing him to death with a knife he was carrying.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Andrew Coughlan at 905-546-3874 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is available here.