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Solved Cases / Re: Newborn snatched from Sudbury, Ont., hospital
« Last post by Sap1 on August 17, 2016, 06:31:24 PM »
the woman was jailed a portion of 30 months for the baby napping.

http://www.thesudburystar.com/2014/05/29/quebec-case-echoes-sudbury-baby-snatching

As sophisticated as the technological and other measures are at Health Sciences North to prevent infant abductions, there is no substitute for employee vigilance and parental alertness, says a hospital official.

The Sudbury hospital implemented measures based on best practices at other hospitals after a day-old baby girl was taken from what was then St. Joseph's Health Centre on Nov. 1, 2007.

The baby was kidnapped about 11 a.m. and recovered by Ontario Provincial Police about 8:30 p.m. that same day in Kirkland Lake. The parents and that child have never been identified.

A Quebec couple experienced that same horror when their baby was located three hours after she was abducted from a hospital maternity ward in Trois Rivieres.

The alleged abductor, dressed like a nurse, bundled up the day-old infant and took her out of the mother's room.

In the Sudbury abduction, Brenda Batisse was convicted of kidnapping the baby and sentenced to five years. That sentence was later reduced to 30 months, but she served only a small portion of that time. Batisse was paroled when it was determined she was unlikely to reoffend.

Lessard said Health Sciences North's pediatrics unit, its neonatal intensive care unit and its birthing centre are all locked to the outside and there are strict protocols for access.

All visitors to those units, including hospital staff, must be buzzed in. There are video cameras in all locations and "staff are diligent in monitoring the movement of people so we know who is on the unit at any given time," said Lessard.

He said he has been fielding a number of media calls since the Quebec kidnapping, most of them from that province, asking about the Sudbury abduction and the safety measures in place since that incident.

Following a series of similar infant abductions in the 1990s and 2000s, most Canadian hospitals instituted security measures and training workshops to prevent babies being taken from maternity wards.

Those measures are in place at Health Sciences North's Ramsey Lake Health Centre site, such as attaching security wrist bands on infants. The bands can only be removed by discharge nurses. If anyone else tries to remove the bands, said Lessard, alarms sound and the unit goes into lockdown.

All hospital employees wear identification badges with photographs and must identify themselves to patients. Lessard said patients are encouraged to ask to see those ID badges.

Regardless of what floor you may be on, don't be afraid to ask any hospital employee who comes into your room: "Who are you? Can I see your ID? What are you here to do?" said Lessard.

Part of employee training is to be constantly vigilant, constantly aware of your surroundings, so the birthing centre is probably the most secure unit at the hospital, said Lessard.

"It's a really good system that's worked really well for us," said Lessard.

carol.mulligan@sunmedia.ca
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Solved Cases / Re: Newborn snatched from Sudbury, Ont., hospital
« Last post by Sap1 on August 17, 2016, 06:25:01 PM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/mom-still-cries-over-newborn-s-abduction-from-sudbury-hospital-1.770584

A mother whose day-old baby was abducted from a northern Ontario hospital last fall says she is still devastated by the incident and can't even pass the hospital without crying.

The woman, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, testified Tuesday at the sentencing hearing for the woman convicted in the case, Brenda Batisse.

'I always avoid the road, because I always cry because of the memories.'
— Infant's mother
Batisse has pleaded guilty to abduction after snatching the baby girl from the maternity ward of a hospital in the city of Sudbury on Nov. 1, 2007.

News of the abduction quickly made headlines across the country when the police issued a nationwide Amber Alert. Seven hours later, investigators tracked down Batisse and the unharmed infant in Kirkland Lake, a town about 300 kilometres north of Sudbury.

The case led to a full-scale review of security at hospitals across northeastern Ontario.

In a Sudbury court on Tuesday, the infant's mother broke down several times as she described how Batisse, who was reportedly wearing hospital scrubs at the time, came into her room and tried to weigh the infant. Batisse then made off with the baby while the mother was in the washroom, the mother said.

"She insisted on taking the baby. Then she wanted to weigh my baby," the mother said. "She told me I was bleeding and I should go to the washroom."

Doesn't trust anyone with her child

The mother said she became distraught when she realized no one knew where the infant was.

A short time later police issued an Amber Alert, setting up roadblocks around the city and circulating Batisse's image to media outlets.

The infant's mother recalled how it seemed "like a movie" as she watched from her third-floor hospital window while people below searched through dumpsters and garbage cans for her child.

Even now, she said, she breaks down in tears when she drives by the Sudbury Regional Hospital.

"I always avoid the road, because I always cry because of the memories," she told the court.

She said she also has trouble sleeping and can't bring herself to get a babysitter because she doesn't trust anyone.

The abduction has driven both her and her husband to be overprotective of their children, she told the court.

In one of the few questions posed by defence lawyer Burke Kearney, he asked whether the mother had read an apology letter written by Batisse.

Batisse's letter was written late last November and submitted in court by her lawyer.

"There are not any words about how to tell you how sorry I am," it says. "My intentions were never to hurt anyone … but just to make my family whole again."

The mother responded that she'd only read it in the newspaper.

Batisse's daughters testify

Batisse's two daughters — Isabella, 8, and Emily, 5 — testified in court about their mother.

"I know what my mom did was bad but everything that happened when she was little was bad … but she's my mom and takes care of me," Isabella said.

Unconfirmed reports from police and family members suggested Batisse had been pregnant and lost the baby shortly before the abduction.

Batisse's sentencing hearing is set to continue at a later date, which Judge Robbie Gordon will announce on Friday.

With files from Jason Turnbull
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Calgary / Re: Body found in Crescent Heights Calgary
« Last post by Sap1 on August 17, 2016, 03:07:08 PM »
Police raided in February.  Drug killing perhaps?

Albert's violent crime rate has definitely climbed since the crash in oil prices, and high unemployment.

It has happened before.... The pattern is set - and it is difficult to change.
Only the sleaze bags are causing problems. 

jb

I just read in an older article that Sask and Manitoba had the highest crime rates a few years ago. Now add Alberta to that mix. The majority of crimes in Calgary seem drug related.
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Calgary / Re: Body found in Crescent Heights Calgary
« Last post by Sap1 on August 17, 2016, 03:04:01 PM »
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/mobile/death-at-crescent-heights-apartment-building-deemed-homicide-1.3019214

A man who was found dead inside a northeast Calgary apartment building on the weekend has been identified and police are ruling his death a homicide.
Police were called to Valley Side Apartments at 322 1 Avenue N.E. at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday for a check on welfare and discovered the body of a man.
The man has been identified as Frank Dwayne Blomme, 55, of Calgary and police say he was found inside one of the units suffering from a gunshot wound and died at the scene.
Carol Murray is the building manager and told CTV that she didn’t hear anything from the unit where Blomme lived, but said there was a commotion in the main lobby of the building.
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Friends of victim confirm man shot dead in his Crescent Heights apartment
“Just a bunch of people yelling and screaming; I told them to shut the hell up and then it tried to go back to sleep, but there were lights in my window. It was the police flashlights, someone called 911 I guess.”
Others who live in the building say police have been there before and that Blomme was shot by a group of three assailants. "Three guys came in and shot him with a shotgun. Didn't rob him; just shot him with a shotgun and left."
Police believe there were a number of people in the apartment when the shooting happened and  are asking anyone with information to come forward.
An autopsy is currently being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
The Homicide Unit is investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service, 403-266-1234, or anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers.
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Other Alberta Locations / Re: Lyle and Marie McCann part 2
« Last post by Sap1 on August 17, 2016, 02:58:20 PM »
Yes, I think some did take the stand. I really doubt very much all those people really saw the McCann's. They may have seen another couple and the more they saw McCann's on the News they began to think they saw them. that can happen easily. Plus those people should be checked out ... may have connections to Vader.
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Calgary / Re: Body found in Crescent Heights Calgary
« Last post by jellybean on August 17, 2016, 02:28:16 PM »
Police raided in February.  Drug killing perhaps?

Albert's violent crime rate has definitely climbed since the crash in oil prices, and high unemployment.

It has happened before.... The pattern is set - and it is difficult to change.
Only the sleaze bags are causing problems. 

jb
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Other Alberta Locations / Re: Lyle and Marie McCann part 2
« Last post by jellybean on August 17, 2016, 01:03:44 PM »

I wonder if the Judge will weigh the bloopers by RCMP into his decision. 

I think he will have to consider them. I wonder if he will have to consider  the "witnesses" who swear that they saw the McCann's at a campsite on that very long weekend.  Did they ever take the stand and testify?
I can't recall.

jb
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This guy is playing the system in his craziness. Plus he is wasting taxpayers money, getting rid of a lawyer and then requesting a lawyer again, just wasting time. He needs to be away from the general public.


http://www.am730.ca/syn/112/81774/81774

Mental health concerns raised about Strathcona sex assault suspect

Charmaine de Silva
June 24, 2015 11:50 am
Mental health concerns raised about Strathcona sex assault suspect
Concerns have been raised about the mental health of the man charged with a horrific sex attack in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood.

25-year-old Caleb Heaton was in court Wednesday morning, attempting to move his matter forward without a lawyer, something the judge advised him not to do.

Bizarre claims

However, Heaton says he doesn’t want a lawyer.

He argued he is the target of a cyber criminal, and that he can’t trust a lawyer to help him.


“I know this sounds paranoid and stupid, but I met the man.”

As a result, the judge raised questions about Heaton’s mental health and was considering ordering a review.

“I have an issue with his ability to stand trial. I’m not saying he’s not fit. I’m saying this is an issue.”

New legal aid lawyer being retained

With the possibility of a mental fitness hearing, Heaton changed his mind and says he now wants a lawyer.

The matter is back in court on Monday.

Heaton is facing over seven charges, after the attack in March.

A woman was tied up and brutally sexually assaulted in her own home.

A suspect was caught by Good Samaritans, and held until police arrived.
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Other Alberta Locations / Re: Lyle and Marie McCann part 2
« Last post by Sap1 on August 17, 2016, 09:24:18 AM »
In the SUV that Vader was seen driving, there was some pretty strong evidence imo. It's pretty brazen for him to drive around like that with all that in the car and then deny everything. I would think that someone stealing a car would get rid of that evidence if they were going to be driving it or have it parked in their backyard pretty well. Either he was framed, or he has that feeling of being untouchable, above the law. He is totally arrogant and has the airs of being so.

I wonder if the Judge will weigh the bloopers by RCMP into his decision. 
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Other Alberta Locations / Re: Lyle and Marie McCann part 2
« Last post by jellybean on August 16, 2016, 05:22:40 PM »
This summer has whizzed by, here we are in mid August.  The judge is expected to give his verdict either in August or September.

All eyes will be watching.
Regardless as to how 'SURE' Vader is that "he will get off - as they having nothing on him'

As time approaches, I wonder if he is still confident that he will get off?
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