Monday, May 21, 2018

Canadian Tire Scam Busted

A group of Canadian Tire employees in B.C. found out the hard way that petty theft from an employer is sufficient grounds to be fired, with no compensation for years of service. An internal investigation found that the long-time employees had scammed the company's customer parking reimbursement policy, which compensates customers who pay to park while they shop.
The company discovered that some of the store's cashiers were paying out janitors for parking receipts they had found in the parking lot — for an amount currently worth $2.25 at one location — over the course of a year. The group denied that they stole from the company. They said they were fired without cause and their boss Ross Saito, the Canadian Tire franchise holder, should have compensated them for length of service.

But the B.C. Employment Standards Tribunal sided with Saito, upholding a previous decision from the director of employment standards and dismissing an appeal from the group.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

America's dirtiest Hotel loses defamation lawsuit

The owner of a hotel in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains that had the dubious honor of topping TripAdvisor’s 2011 list of the United States’ dirtiest hotels cannot sue the travel website operator for defamation, a federal appeals court said.

Kenneth Seaton complained in a $10-million (U.S.) lawsuit that the ranking for his Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which travel website TripAdvisor said was based on traveller ratings for cleanliness, was a product of a flawed rating system dependent on “unsubstantiated rumours,” and was intended to irreparably damage his business and reputation.
Wednesday’s decision upheld an August, 2012, ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips in Knoxville, Tenn. It also upheld Phillips’ refusal to let Seaton add claims of trade libel and interference with prospective business.

The Grand Resort closed in November and was sold, according to published reports, but remains on TripAdvisor’s website. Of the 321 reviews, 265 rated the hotel “poor” or “terrible.”

Saturday, May 12, 2018

91-year-old fined after complaint about noisy rocking chair

An elderly Quebec woman was slapped with a $148 fine after a neighbour called police to report she was making too much noise with her rocking chair.

Police were called to the 91-year-old woman’s apartment in Saguenay, Que., a town approximately 200 kilometres north of Quebec City, on the evening of April 17.
A neighbour reported there was excessive noise coming from the woman’s home at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Yvette Vachon had been watching television in her rocking chair, and was told by police she was making too much noise with the chair. Saguenay police spokesperson Bruno Cormier told that the officer gave her a $148 ticket for violating the city’s excessive noise bylaw, which applies to anyone “shouting, swearing or behaving in a way to annoy the neighbours or passersby.” Vachon’s ticket covers a $100 fine, plus a standard $48 administrative fee.
Police said it was the first time any complaint had been made against the woman.
Police in Saquenay, Que. dropped charges Friday against an elderly woman who had been fined $148 for making too much noise with her rocking chair. By Friday afternoon, after the story had made headlines across the country, police had withdrawn the charges. Vachon said she was relieved with the decision.
"Ever since it started, I've been troubled by that (and) what was going to happen because of all that foolishness," Vachon told The Canadian Press on Friday. She explained that the noise occurred when she used her feet to close her La-Z-Boy-style chair.

"I feel very good because I can now sleep and get some rest," she said after learning that the fine would be dropped. "Before, I was unhappy and now I am happy."

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mystery Pooper Nailed - Thomas Tramaglini

Police hunting a suspect who relieved himself on school grounds "on a daily basis" in the US state of New Jersey have arrested a top education official. Kenilworth school superintendent Thomas Tramaglini, 42, was detained after investigators set up a sting operation to snare the "mystery pooper".

Police were called after students complained of frequent excrement near their school running track and field. Mr Tramaglini is charged with lewdness, littering and defecating in public.
He lives just a few miles away from the school, and was running on the high school's track around 5:50 a.m. when he was caught. Surveillance cameras reportedly caught Tramaglini in the act. Tramaglini's school district posted on its Facebook page that he was placed on "paid leave of absence." He was making nearly $150,000 per year.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Republicans push for Donald Trump to receive Nobel peace prize

A group of House Republicans is seeking the Nobel Peace Prize for President Donald Trump because of his work to ease nuclear tensions with North Korea.

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., made the suggestion in letter Wednesday sent to members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. It was signed by 18 Republicans.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mint employee fired after $110,000 worth of gold goes missing

The Royal Canadian Mint has fired an employee after roughly $110,000 worth of gold went missing from its Ottawa facility. The Mint says two one-kilogram discs of gold were deemed missing following an internal inventory check last month. One employee has been fired and the RCMP has been called in to investigate. The Mint says the gold is still missing.
This isn’t the first time gold has disapeared. In 2017, Leston Lawrence, a former employee at the facility, was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in jail for stealing $190,000 worth of gold “pucks” by smuggling them past security up his anus.

He was given a 30-month prison sentence and must pay a fine of $190,000.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Senior Halton Cop stole OxyContin from drug vault

A Halton Regional Police (HRP) staff sergeant has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing opioid drugs from an evidence vault to feed his addiction.

Staff-Sgt Brad Murray pleaded guilty to breach of trust in relation to thefts from HRP’s evidence vault, and tampering with seized elements of a 2015 drug investigation case. Defence is seeking a conditional discharge — “preferably an absolute discharge” — with community service, while the crown is seeking a suspended sentence, with 18 months probation and 150 to 200 hours of community service.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Killer gambling-addicted granny

Lois Reiss, 56, is accused of killing her husband in Minnesota before murdering a woman in Florida to steal her identity. David Riess was found shot to death on March 23. One of his business partners called cops and said he hadn’t been to work in two weeks. Before hitting the road, Reiss cashed more than $10,000 in forged cheques from her dead hubby and his business.
There were sightings in Northwood, Iowa, Florida and finally, Texas. In Iowa, she spent most of the day playing blackjack at the Diamond Jo Casino. She lost thousands. Reiss washed ashore in Florida. That was 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson’s poor destiny. Reiss’ mode of operation was to befriend women who resembled her and steal their identity.

CCTV released last week showed a grinning Riess sitting at the bar chatting with Hutchinson. Four days later she was found shot to death. Reiss went on the run in Hutchinson’s white Acura. She was spotted in the beach town of Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico. Acting on a tip, the US Marshals busted Riess. She has been charged with murder.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Canuck the Crow and Canada Post now pals

After a combative introduction, Canuck the crow has started palling around with Tyler McLeod. The mail carrier for Canada Post has the bird firmly on his side after his aggressive antics halted deliveries to three addresses last spring. “I was getting scratched, pecked every day. He was dive-bombing onto my mail and blasting mail everywhere.” How did McLeod win over his new friend? A bag of peanuts in his mail sack did the trick.
Now the pair makes deliveries together. Canuck even likes to sit shotgun in McLeod’s van. “You wanna come with me bro? Deliver this mail?” he said to his friend perched on his shoulder.

McLeod wonders if Canuck’s temperament has mellowed because he found love. Canuck is starting a family with his new nest mate.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Arkansas cop fired after fight at hotel arrested on assault charges

Wendi Schuchardt, 40, who joined the West Memphis police department in 2013, was fired on March 28 after getting into a fight with guests at the Clarion Hotel. Schuchardt was at the hotel celebrating her daughter's baby shower when she fought with several guests while intoxicated. Schuchardt was off-duty at the time.

Surveillance video showed that Schuchardt escalated the verbal argument into a physical fight. Schuchardt used a choke hold during the fight, which is why she was charged with felony aggravated assault and third-degree battery.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Canadian cruise ship passengers admit smuggling cocaine worth $ 18m into Sydney

The pair had documented their extravagant 51-day trip aboard the Princess Cruise liner from the UK to Australia on Instagram.
Two Canadian cruise ship passengers have pleaded guilty to smuggling cocaine worth $21 million (AUD) into Sydney on a cruise ship. Melina Roberge, 24, and Andre Tamine, 63, both from Quebec, changed their plea shortly before they were due to stand trial on drug importation charges.

Another passenger, Isabelle Lagacé, 29, had already admitted in November last year to importing the drugs and was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
Australian Border Force (ABF) police found 200lbs of cocaine stashed in suitcases when they boarded the vessel at Sydney Harbour in August 2016. They discovered 77lbs of cocaine in a cabin shared by the two female passengers and an additional 130lbs in Mr Tamine’s room.

ABF commander Tim Fitzgerald said it was Australia’s largest ever drug seizure on a boat or plane.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lou Diamond Phillips takes plea in drunk driving case

La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips has taken a plea deal in his DWI case. The actor pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in November in Portland, Texas, and was sentenced to two years probation. The 56-year-old actor must stay sober, take a DWI education class, stay away from bars, and report in-person to a probation officer for the next four months. Phillips was arrested after he pulled over to ask a police officer directions and the cop detected alcohol on his breath. 

The actor was two and a half times over the legal limit.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Disability fraudster Kumar Kothary admits to many scams

Toronto man Kumar Kothary, 57, has admitted bilking taxpayers and a charitable camp for kids with cancer out of about $545,000. Kothary admitted he sent his children to Camp Quality Canada — a charity camp program for children with cancer — for 10 years. Neither child ever had cancer. Kothary also admitted that he plundered the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for $379,229 from 2011 to February, 2015. Court heard he submitted false invoices and hotel bills until a caseworker discovered the scam. Kothary also ripped off $86,000 from another disability financial support program called Passport Funding, which reimburses parents for expenses paid for their disabled teens.

In order to obtain the ODSP benefits, he lied that his daughter was deaf, blind and diabetic. He also said she had the IQ of an infant and therefore couldn’t undergo testing. Kothary was sentenced to two years in jail.

Friday, March 30, 2018

End of the Road for Lindsay Lohan's 'Grand Theft Auto' Lawsuit

In a case dating back to 2014, Lindsay Lohan, 31, had claimed GTA 5's bikini-clad, selfie-taking Lacey Jonas character did not rip-off the image of Mean Girls actress Lindsay Lohan, a USA appeals court has ruled.

 The state Court of Appeals ruled that the satirical representations of "a modern, beach-going" young woman were not identifiable as Lohan.