Day: January 29, 2019

Woman charged after allegedly driving vehicle into a pool inside Courtice Community Centre

A 36-year-old woman has been charged after allegedly driving a vehicle into the Courtice Community Centre last week and crashing into a swimming pool.

According to Durham Regional Police, a female driver crashed into the side of the community centre near Nash and Courtice roads around 8:40 a.m. on Jan. 25.

Video of the crash, which was released by investigators on Tuesday, shows a red vehicle jumping a curb and being driven on the sidewalk in front of the community centre, missing a pedestrian in the process.

The vehicle then appears to crash through the glass doors of the building at a high rate of speed and travel across the lobby.

Police said that when officers arrived on scene, they found a red vehicle in the children’s swimming pool.

The driver was taken into custody under the Mental Health Act, police said.

No one was injured.

The woman has since been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, damage to property endangering life and damage to property over $5,000.

She was held for a bail hearing.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact investigators at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1657 or reach out to Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — A Lyft rider in suburban Phoenix stabbed his pregnant driver, killing the woman and her unborn child before stealing her vehicle and driving nearly 150 miles before being arrested near the California line, authorities said Monday.

Tempe police said Kristina Howato, 39, was in her third trimester of pregnancy and is survived by two other young children.

They say Fabian Durazo, 20, was being held at a La Paz County jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of kidnapping and armed robbery, authorities said.

It was unclear Monday if Durazo has a lawyer yet who could speak on his behalf.

Howato was working early Sunday as a Lyft driver when she received a pickup request in west Tempe, said Sgt. Ron Elcock, a police spokesman.

Durazo allegedly attacked Howato when they arrived at an apartment complex about a half-mile away and he fled in her SUV.

Police officers responded to the apartment complex about 1:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a woman screaming in the parking lot.

They found Howato suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was transported to a hospital where both she and the unborn baby died.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials used GPS tracking to locate the stolen SUV on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from the Arizona-California line and Durazo was taken into custody Sunday afternoon.

Police said they don’t believe Durazo and Howato knew each other and a motive for the fatal stabbing remains undetermined.

“Throughout our careers as officers, we have incidents that really, really touch our hearts and stay with you throughout your careers,” Elcock said at a news conference. “This is definitely one of those incidents that really is going to affect the police department for a long time.”

A statement from officials with San Francisco-based Lyft said: “We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of this tragedy, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims.”

Lyft says it is assisting with the investigation, adding that the passenger’s account has been permanently deactivated.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — A Lyft rider in suburban Phoenix stabbed his pregnant driver, killing the woman and her unborn child before stealing her vehicle and driving nearly 150 miles before being arrested near the California line, authorities said Monday.

Tempe police said Kristina Howato, 39, was in her third trimester of pregnancy and is survived by two other young children.

They say Fabian Durazo, 20, was being held at a La Paz County jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of kidnapping and armed robbery, authorities said.

It was unclear Monday if Durazo has a lawyer yet who could speak on his behalf.

Howato was working early Sunday as a Lyft driver when she received a pickup request in west Tempe, said Sgt. Ron Elcock, a police spokesman.

Durazo allegedly attacked Howato when they arrived at an apartment complex about a half-mile away and he fled in her SUV.

Police officers responded to the apartment complex about 1:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a woman screaming in the parking lot.

They found Howato suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was transported to a hospital where both she and the unborn baby died.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials used GPS tracking to locate the stolen SUV on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from the Arizona-California line and Durazo was taken into custody Sunday afternoon.

Police said they don’t believe Durazo and Howato knew each other and a motive for the fatal stabbing remains undetermined.

“Throughout our careers as officers, we have incidents that really, really touch our hearts and stay with you throughout your careers,” Elcock said at a news conference. “This is definitely one of those incidents that really is going to affect the police department for a long time.”

A statement from officials with San Francisco-based Lyft said: “We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of this tragedy, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims.”

Lyft says it is assisting with the investigation, adding that the passenger’s account has been permanently deactivated.

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Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk reflect on marital struggles in documentary

TORONTO — Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk are no strangers to putting their marriage on display for public scrutiny, but in their new documentary “I’m Going to Break Your Heart” the musicians go a step further by inviting cameras into some uncomfortably tense situations.

In one scene, the couple spiral into an argument over creative freedom while composing a song together, and in another the layers of their emotional disconnection are peeled back with the help of a marriage counsellor.

It’s the kind of access you rarely see from Canadian musicians, who don’t often speak openly about relationships. But Maida suggests there’s value in revealing the steps they’ve taken to mend fractures that formed throughout 19 years of marriage and parenting three children.

“I don’t think we’re embarrassed by it,” the Our Lady Peace frontman says while sitting alongside his wife. “I would’ve been five years ago.”

Kreviazuk chimes in with a more decisive perspective on the emotional rawness she portrays in the counselling sessions.

“I think it would be great to not be embarrassed of that — if we could all not be so worried about what other people think,” she says.

“I love excellence but the place I most want it is in my home and with my partner. That’s my No. 1 priority.”

At the centre of “I’m Going to Break Your Heart,” showing at Calgary’s National Music Centre on Feb. 8, is the quest for the couple to rediscover passion for each other through music.

After five years of stalled plans, they resolve to escape their daily demands and temporarily resettle in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a self-governing archipelago off the coast of Newfoundland that’s a territory of France.

The isolated environment offers the setting for their project Moon vs. Sun, in which they create and perform music as a duo, to finally take shape. Kreviazuk and Maida push through late-night songwriting sessions where they clash over how to express their vision. Their single “Lowlight” is due for release on Friday.

Planning to bring their project to cities across the country as part of a concert tour later this year, they’ll also launch a podcast tentatively called “The Together Space” which interviews other couples who collaborate in their work.

“I don’t think you’d really understand these songs if you don’t (see) how they were conceived — that context is so crucial,” Maida says.

“It doesn’t really make sense to just show the songwriting if you don’t show the process of us in a relationship.”

Shaping that footage into a documentary proved more frustrating than either of them expected, Maida says. Certain editors felt the story thrived on the clashes, rather than the creation of their album, so he says they would splice together separate therapy sessions to ratchet up the conflict.

“We saw some edits that we were like, ‘Why are you trying to make us look like we don’t love each other?’” Kreviazuk adds, pointing out they’ve participated in marriage coaching for 12 years.

“You can really play with that (and) make it look like dart after dart with no space for healing.”

Maida, 48, says watching an outsider’s version of the film take shape led him to seriously consider learning post-production software so that he could recut the film himself.

“I saw how quickly a choice could be made that just shifted the whole thing,” he says.

“It was inauthentic. Never mind it made us look terrible, it was like you’re telling lies now. We’re trying to be as real, open and honest as possible and now you’re manipulating that. And so, you’re fired. And so we went through this process for a year.”

Eventually the documentary began screening for test audiences in Los Angeles and the couple listened while others dissected their relationship. Fingers were pointed in both directions, with some saying Maida acted like a jerk while Kreviazuk came across as needy.

“People were laughing,” Maida remembers. “They were angry. They said, ‘Would you get divorced?’”

Kreviazuk, 44, says she’s come to accept that viewers might insert their own experiences into her marriage, but she prefers to focus on the positivity the documentary is bringing out.

Since the film’s trailer debuted earlier this month she’s heard fans say it inspired them to reconnect with their own partners. She’s saving those messages on her phone as a reminder that speaking about the ups and downs of their marriage has rewards.

“I don’t really care if somebody thinks it’s a fail, because all I see here is a massive success,” Kreviazuk says.

“I often feel like we’ve been together so long that it’s him and I against the world. I really love that.”

 

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David Friend, The Canadian Press

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Doc, hospital face 8 wrongful death suits over drug dosages

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio woman’s family says she died at a hospital minutes after receiving two excessive doses of potentially lethal medication ordered by a doctor now being investigated in connection with dozens of deaths .

Attorneys say the May 2015 death of 85-year-old Norma Welch prompted one of two lawsuits filed Monday against the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl).

The other, over the April 1 death of Columbus resident Jeremia (jer-AY’-mee) “Sue” Hodge, brings the number of related lawsuits to eight.

Mount Carmel says Husel ordered excessive doses for at least 34 patients over several years. That raises questions about whether drugs were wrongly used to hasten deaths.

Husel was fired. His lawyers aren’t commenting.

Mount Carmel publicly apologized. Twenty other employees are on leave pending investigation.

The Associated Press

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