Charges Laid Following Motorcycle Tragedy
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/19/2017 8:02:00 AM.
Charges have been laid in a crash in cottage country that killed an Uxbridge couple. Toronto paramedic George Eliadis, 52, and his wife Shari Williams, 42, were both killed when police say a PT Cruiser crossed the centre line and collided with four motorcycles, including theirs. The crash happened in July on Highway 118 near Haliburton. Two other people suffered serious, life-threatening injuries at the time. Dennis Mountney, 38, of Hastings-Highlands is charged with careless driving and driving without a licence or valid permit.

Homicide Investigation in Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/18/2017 7:19:00 AM.
Durham's eighth homicide of the year remains under investigation by detectives. Last week a female torso was found in Lake Ontario near the Oshawa Harbour. Police have been made aware of pictures that have been circulating on social media, and are asking the public to refrain from doing so as it may interfere with the investigation. At this point the woman's identity remains unknown. Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Regional Police Service's Homicide Unit. 

Drug Bust in Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/15/2017 7:16:00 AM.
Three people have been arrested after another drug investigation was conducted in Oshawa. Yesterday a search warrant was executed on Dalhousie Crescent, resulting in the seizure of 21 grams of cocaine, nearly eight grams of ecstasy, and close to five pounds of marijuana. The drugs were valued at about $15,000, and about $4000 in cash was also seized. The suspects, all in their mid-20's, were residents of the house. They have been held for a bail hearing. 

Region of Durham Web Maintenance
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/14/2017 7:55:00 AM.
Several websites, e-mail addresses, and online forms supplied by the Region of Durham will be offline this weekend for scheduled maintenance. The work is being done on Saturday and it will require a temporary shutdown of the phone system as well. Anyone calling the headquarters will get an automated message explaining the outage. Updates on the maintenance will be posted on the Region's Twitter and Facebook accounts. All communication systems are expected to be fully operational by Sunday. 

Blue Box Collection Changes
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/13/2017 7:15:00 AM.
Durham Region's recycling program will transition to an Extended Producer Responsibility System in 2019, which means that the collection and marketing of blue box recyclables will become the responsibility of the producers rather than the municipality. The change will not affect trash pickup, green bin, or leaf and yard waste pickup. Waste Management Services says the transition should be seamless, and residents shouldn't notice any differences to their curbside collection.

School Safety Blitz
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/12/2017 8:03:00 AM.
More than 1300 tickets were issued in Durham Region last week during the "In The Zone" traffic safety blitz by local police. The four-day initiative enforced a zero-tolerance campaign targeting school and community safety zones using officers from all four divisions. 809 tickets were for speeding infractions, 89 for stop sign violations, 33 were for careless driving, 28 for distracted driving, and 21 for failure to use seat belts. High officer visibility and enforcement will remain in effect throughout the school year.  

Motorcycle Collision in Bowmanville
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/11/2017 8:16:00 AM.
Another motorcycle accident resulted in life-threatening injuries over the weekend. A 31-year old man from Toronto was airlifted to hospital after his bike rammed into a hydro pole near King and Liberty Streets. Police say speed was a factor when the motorcycle failed to make a bend in the road. When it hit the pole, the driver was thrown from the bike, and the motorcycle and the pole caught fire. King Street was closed for several hours yesterday as a result of the investigation. 

Hospice Expansion Coming to Durham Region
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/8/2017 7:19:00 AM.
20 new beds are coming to three future hospice providers across Durham Region. MPP John Fraser made the announcement at the site of the future Oak Ridges hospice in Port Perry, where construction is expected to begin in the fall. Clarington Hospice will also be receiving beds, as well as a new hospice in Whitby, to be built by the Victorian Order of Nurses. At present, there are no hospice services in the region, leaving residents to rely on in-home hospice care, or hospital palliative care.

Suspect Wanted in Oshawa Stabbing
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/7/2017 7:17:00 AM.
Police are searching for a suspect after a stabbing yesterday afternoon near G.L. Roberts High School in Oshawa. An 18-year old victim was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the incident took place near the school's football field just before 4pm. Durham Regional Police are conducting an investigation.

Collision Victim Succumbs to Injuries
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/6/2017 7:19:00 AM.
A 22-year old man from Pickering involved in a collision on Friday has died. The two-vehicle crash occurred just after 6:30am on Kingston Rd. at Rougemont Dr. The driver of the Mazda 3 was extricated from his car and taken to hospital. His name is not being released at this time. 

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