Car Thief Arrested in Scugog
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/16/2018 7:17:00 AM.
A man has been charged after stealing three vehicles on the same day and was spotted by citizens in Scugog. Last Thursday at around 6:45 a.m., citizens called police to report a suspected impaired driver in the area of Highway 12 and Cragg Road. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and it was determined that the vehicle involved was stolen from an address in Scugog. The driver was arrested without incident. Further investigation revealed the suspect was responsible for a break, enter and theft to a residence in the Thickson Road and Dryden Boulevard area of Whitby that occurred that same morning. A vehicle was also stolen at this time. The suspect crashed this vehicle in the area of Highway 12 and Scugog Line 14 in Sunderland and obtained another vehicle that was left unoccupied but warming up nearby. The suspect then crashed this vehicle nearby and again stole the third vehicle nearby, which was the one he was located in.

Sears Stores Close For Good
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/15/2018 7:18:00 AM.
Sears is officially closed in Canada. The last remaining locations across the country shut their doors for good at the close of business yesterday, with some stores offering merchandise at up to 95% off during the final hours. Liquidation began at the company's 130 stores back in October, including locations in Oshawa and Pickering. The struggling department store chain had been in business since 1953. 

Teenage Stabbing Victim Dies
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/12/2018 7:15:00 AM.
A 17-year old man has been pronounced dead after a stabbing in Oshawa. The incident occurred yesterday at around 3pm in the area of Harmony and Taunton roads. Witnesses say the victim was attacked after a verbal altercation with two teenagers. He was taken to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. A 16-year old suspect who fled the scene was arrested at a nearby residence a short time later. Investigators say charges are pending, and the incident is being treated as the first Durham Region homicide in 2018. No charges have been proven in court. 

Producers To Pay For Blue Box Collections
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/11/2018 7:13:00 AM.
Changes are coming for the way blue box items are collected. Jack Ballinger, Uxbridge's representative on Durham Region Council, says the Region of Durham is waiting for more word from the Province on how its Waste Free Ontario Act will effect blue box pick-up. The Act among other things shifts the cost of the Blue Box program from municipal taxpayers to producers. Councilor Ballinger says that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The Region is also currently doing a cost analysis of producing gas for vehicles and power using food waste similar to systems that are in place in Europe.

Former Whitby Mayor Marcel Brunelle Passes Away At 75
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/10/2018 7:51:00 AM.

The city of Whitby will have their flags flying at half-mast for the remainder of the week following the death of their former mayor Marcel Brunelle.

Brunelle spent 24 years on council, including nine as mayor, and died this past weekend at age 75 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The former Boy Scout leader was a long time Whitby resident, and ran as recently as 2011 before retiring from his political career to battle the disease,

Visitation will be held tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. at W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas St. E., Whitby and Friday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. George’s Memorial Anglican Church, 51 Centre. St. E., Oshawa.

The funeral will follow at the same location at 1 p.m.


Four Dead After House Fire In Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/9/2018 7:43:00 AM.
A horrific house fire erupted at a multi-resident dwelling in Oshawa yesterday, claiming the lives of four people. 36-year old Lindsay Bonchek and her two children, nine-year old Madeline and four-year old Jackson, were among those who perished in the blaze. A fourth victim, 50-year old Steven MacDonald, was also trapped inside and is presumed dead. The fire broke out just after 8am at the home on Centre Street North and Colborne Street West. Oshawa Fire Services is calling it one of the worst events the city has seen in years. The two-story dwelling was believed to house approximately eleven people. The Ontario Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire.   

Fatal Crash Near Beaverton
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/8/2018 7:20:00 AM.
An 84-year old man is dead following a collision in Beaverton last Thursday evening. It happened just after 6pm on Regional Road 23, north of Thorah Concession 2. The victim was headed northbound when he collided with a southbound mini-van; that driver was airlifted to hospital and suffered serious injuries. The incident is under investigation; any witnesses are asked to contact the Traffic Services Branch.

Possible Curbside Collection Delays
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/5/2018 10:01:00 AM.
The Regional Municipality of Durham Works Department has announced that collection times may be delayed over the next couple of weeks due to the extreme cold weather and high amounts of seasonal waste. Any collections not made by 8pm will be picked up the following day. Residents are also reminded to not put materials on top of snowbanks and to ensure that they are not frozen to the ground. The Durham Region Waste App is available for those wishing to receive customized alerts about collection dates and program updates. Information can also be accessed online at

Robbery in Pickering
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/4/2018 7:16:00 AM.
A 24-year old man has been arrested following the robbery of a convenience store near Kingston and Liverpool Roads. He was tracked down by a Durham police helicopter and canine units after the incident on Tuesday night. The suspect is accused of threatening a clerk at Pickering Food Fair and demanding cash. Omar McGregor was held for a bail hearing and faces numerous charges, none of which have been proven in court.

R.I.D.E. Results Are In
Posted by Samantha Casais on 1/3/2018 7:58:00 AM.
Seven weeks of the Festive R.I.D.E. campaign resulted in 112 motorists being arrested for drinking and driving offences – 13 more than last year. Durham Regional police officers conducted R.I.D.E. checks in Ajax, Pickering, Uxbridge, Port Perry, Whitby, Oshawa, and Newcastle last week, and ten people were charged with drinking and driving offences. Over the seven week period 98 motorists registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver’s licence suspended for three days. Last year, a total of 105 drivers had their licence suspended for registering a WARN. A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed/Refuse will be posted on our website later this week at under Hot Topics.

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