Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Calgary airport reverses decision to change accessible parking to Lexus-only

The Calgary International Airport (YYC) has posted a public apology after a decision to change its accessible parking stall locations. The airport came under heavy fire after turning accessible spaces to Lexus-only spots as part of a marketing campaign.
The airport said it hopes to make it up to passengers by reviewing policies to make sure it doesn’t lose sight of the importance of accessibility to passengers. Lexus Canada also apologized to anyone who was affected or offended. A spokesperson said it will more carefully scrutinize marketing campaigns in the future.

The Calgary Airport Authority hired Mr. Robert (Bob) Sartor as its new President & CEO on January 1, 2017. In March he vowed that under his tenure, customers will come first.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Oz model and gangster moll busted for 'Baby Glock' firearm

Model Sarah Budge was charged with possessing a “Baby Glock”, found when police arrested her on August 8 as part of co-ordinated raids across three continents. Police believe the pistol is one of more than 130 guns smuggled into Australia by a crime syndicate.
Her boyfriend, John Ibrahim and his brothers Fadi and Michael in Dubai, are accused of playing various roles in a conspiracy to smuggle almost $1 billion worth of drugs and millions worth of bootleg cigarettes into Australia. 'Baby Glocks', also known as Glock 26s, are only available to police and are not for sale to the public. The gun's serial number had been filed off.

A secret underground escape tunnel leading from John Ibrahim’s cliff-top mansion to a nearby public park was uncovered by police during a drug raid last week. Ibrahim ironically began his career by buying Kings Cross nightclub 'The Tunnel'

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Selfie-obsessed tourists kill baby dolphin

A baby dolphin has died after tourists took it out of the water and posed for selfies with it on a packed beach.

The female had become separated from its mother and was stranded in shallow water off a beach in Mojacar in southern Spain. Beachgoers handled it, patted it, removed it from the water and passed the animal around as they posed for photos.
A non-profit group wrote: “Humans are the most irrational animal there is. Many people are unable to feel empathy for a living being which is frightened, starving, without its mother and terrified. In their selfishness, all they want is to photograph it and touch it, even if the animal is suffering."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bodybuilding Mom of 2 dies of protein overdose

Meegan Hefford, a 25-year-old from Mandurah, Australia, was discovered to have a urea cycle disorder, which blocks the body from correctly breaking down protein. Hefford was preparing for a bodybuilding competition and consumed large quantities of protein supplements. She was found unconscious in her apartment and rushed to hospital, where it took doctors two days to diagnose her.
A buildup of ammonia in her blood and fluid in her brain was fatal, and she was declared brain dead the next day. Hefford was studying paramedicine while working part-time at a hospital. She leaves behind her two children, a 7-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.

Her family is calling for tighter restrictions on protein supplements.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Penthouse Pet Simone Farrow jailed for smuggling meth

In late 2016 a former Penthouse model was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for helping smuggle crystal meth concealed in bath products. Simone Farrow, 41, played a principal role in helping to smuggle methamphetamine into Australia over a seven-and-a-half-month ­period before her arrest in October 2009.
She left Australia for the US after escaping a parcel bomb addressed to her, and used her time in California to pursue a career as a pop star and model under the name Simone Starr.
Prosecutors claimed she was a drug kingpin who posted top-quality meth to buyers in Australia and used staff from her music and modelling business to run the operation. Farrow claimed she was duped by her employees.

Since her arrest seven years ago, Farrow has skipped bail twice and spent four years behind bars on remand. Farrow arrived at the Sydney airport crying, pleading her innocence to reporters and explaining that her life was in danger. "The only reason I've done this is because someone was trying to murder me". Farrow will be eligible for parole in February 2019.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cobras in potato chip cans lead to man's arrest on smuggling charges

The discovery of three deadly king cobras in potato chip cans led to the arrest of a Southern California man on suspicion of illegally importing the snakes and other reptiles. Rodrigo Franco, was taken into custody after United States Customs and Border Protection inspected a package from Hong Kong and discovered the three live, 2-foot-long snakes crammed into potato chip canisters. King cobras are protected under the Endangered Species Act and their import or export is banned.
The parcel also contained three albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles. Franco also sent six protected turtles -- desert box turtles, three-toed box turtles and ornate box turtles -- from the United States to Hong Kong, but that shipment was intercepted. Franco, 34, was charged with one count of illegally importing merchandise into the United States. During a subsequent interview with authorities, He had received 20 king cobras in two prior shipments, but said all those snakes died in transit.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Blues Brother" Bank Bandit Busted

A man accused of being the "Blues Bandit" and robbing eight banks across Arizona has been arrested by police. Juan Rivera Jr., 35, was taken into custody by the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force. Authorities believe he held up eight banks between October 2016 and May 2017. They say the man was wearing a suit, fedora-like hat, and glasses in each robbery. They said he would display a note demanding money and threaten the use of a weapon.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Instagram model arrested for attacking police during nude encounter at Florida hotel

Brissa Dominguez has a lot of fans on social media, but probably not so many on the Clearwater Police Department. Dominguez, a 25-year-old Instagram model who goes by the handle “baybaddiebrie,” was arrested earlier this month at the Edge Hotel in Clearwater, Fla., after attempting to attack police during a nude encounter on the hotel grounds. Dominguez had trespassed onto the property at approximately 4:20 a.m. on July 5. Officers on the scene found Dominguez naked, so they handed her a towel. But instead of covering up, Dominguez used the towel to “strike police in the face by swinging it in a whipping motion.”

Dominguez then proceeded to kick at the responding officers. The police report says she also tried biting and spiting on an officer before delivering a “mule kick” as police attempted to restrain her.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Squirrel starts Burnaby fire

A squirrel went rouge in Burnaby on Tuesday. Emergency crews were called to Scardillo Cheese in Burnaby just after 9 a.m. for a hydro pole on fire. According to B.C. Hydro, the blaze was sparked after a squirrel chewed through a piece of equipment. The fire knocked out power for over 150 Burnaby residents, but the cheese factory was hit hardest, with the fire affecting their main power line. It would be twelve hours before power was restored, during which time 82,000 litres of milk were spoiled.

Monday, August 7, 2017

'Come catch me if you can ya dooggs': Man taunts Police, ends badly

A Sydney man may have taken the title of Australia's dumbest aretard after leading police right to his own doorstep when taunting them online. Cops shared CCTV images to their Facebook page on Thursday of a man who had allegedly punched a self-checkout machine while abusing staff at Woolworth's.

Officers were surprised to find one Facebook user taunting them with a comment that read: 'Come catch me if you can ya dooggs'.
And catching him was exactly what they did, via Facebook. 'Friday afternoon the challenge was accepted and I "unleashed the hounds" on the wanted fox,' the Cop Facebook post read. Within 1 hour of their release, they found the hapless suspect.

Internet users had many comments, 'He's that dumb he'd go to throw himself on the ground and miss"

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Debit Card Scam

The elderly woman simply wanted a free sample of face cream and agreed to pay the shipping cost — $5.99. But the day after she used her debit card to place the order, the online company put through two different and unauthorized charges, one for $92.92 and another for $89.95. Living on a fixed income, She couldn’t afford to be victimized.

The fraudulent fees made her account overdrawn, which resulted in a $39 penalty from her financial institution.

From 2015 to 2016, the number of debit cards compromised at ATMs and merchants jumped 70 percent in the US.
A customer service representative at one bank recommended opening a second checking account just for a debit card. This limits what the crook can get away. Make sure the main account isn’t linked to the debit card.

When it comes to your debit card, the longer you wait to report a theft severely affects how much you can recover. If you fail to report a fraudulent charge more than 60 calendar days after you receive your statement, you cede all protection. All your stolen money could be long gone.
The latest fraud scheme is Card Cracking. The set up is simple. Consumers are asked to hand over their checking account information, and sometimes even debit cards and PIN numbers, in exchange for a kickback. The scammers deposit counterfeit checks into the account, and then use the checking account information or debit card to withdraw the funds before the bank can tell that the check is fraudulent. The scammers may even ask the consumers to report the debit card as stolen. In Chicago, 29 defendants were hit with bank fraud and conspiracy charges for their role in card cracking schemes that defrauded banks of $1.7 million. Defendants face up to 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines each.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fake Catholic clergyman rearrested after more sex crime complaints

An Edmonton man who poses as a Catholic clergyman was rearrested Thursday after two more people accused him of sex crimes. Justin Georges Stephen Coulombe, 33, faces five new charges, including four counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching. Both cases are historical and involve underage boys from the Edmonton area.

Coulombe was originally arrested last Thursday and charged with several child exploitation offences involving two boys, also from the Edmonton area, under the age of 16. Those charges are based on incidents that took place in 2017, after Coulombe moved to Edmonton from Langley, B.C., in January. Coulombe will remain in custody until a new bail hearing, which is scheduled for next week.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

81-year-old woman robbed by chitbag Terrence Rocks - Update

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the violent robbery of an 81-year-old woman at a bank in Aurora. Terrence Rocks, 35, of Sudbury, is facing a single count of robbery after the incident which was caught on security video.
Surveillance video showing an 81-year-old woman being shoved to the ground while being robbed inside an Aurora bank has been released by York Regional Police. The incident happened at around 7:30 p.m. on Monday at 15252 Yonge Street, near Wellington Street.
The security camera footage shows a woman withdrawing money from an automated teller machine. After the transaction was complete, a man approached the victim allegedly trying to grab the cash out of her hands. The victim resisted, resulting in the man pushing her to the ground and grabbing her money before fleeing the area on foot. As a result of the attack, the woman was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Along with the video, multiple photos of the suspect involved in the incident were released by police.

Anyone with further information is asked to call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.