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St. Thomas Manslaughter Case Going to Trial

Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:50 MH
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The three-day preliminary hearing into manslaughter charges laid in the Christmas Day, 2014 death of bar owner Danny Digiandomenico concluded yesterday in St. Thomas.

Michael Wilkins of St. Thomas has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Digiandomenico, whose body was found in his Talbot Street apartment.

Police determined the owner of the Upper Deck Bar and Grill in St. Thomas died of sharp force trauma.

Wilkins was arrested May 7th, 2016 in Woodstock and granted bail five days later. Wilkins' next court date is Nov. 15 for assignment.  He has elected trial by judge and jury.

A publication ban is in effect.

(MH)

 

Wettlaufer Receiving Threats

Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:47 MH
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Serial killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer has had to be moved after receiving threats from fellow inmates.

The CBC is reporting Wettlaufer has been moved to an undisclosed section of the Grand Valley Institution for women in Kitchener for her own safety.

Wettlaufer was found guilty of killing 8 seniors in her care while she worked as a nurse in Woodstock and London.

This news comes as community meetings began this week ahead of the inquiry into the way long term care homes operate in Ontario and the circumstances that led to

Wettlaufer's actions. Two meetings were held in Woodstock yesterday. The third will be held tonight in London. It begins at 5 at the Double Tree Hilton on King Street.

(MH)

 

Constant Overcrowding at Brantford General

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:16 MH
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Ontario New Democrats have released new information they say shows constant overcrowding at Brantford General Hospital and Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

They say documents obtained by the party indicate hospitals around the province are badly overcrowded and being forced to treat patients in hallways and broom closets.

They say the documents show acute care beds at Brantford General Hospital were operating as high as 120 per cent in January.

And the N-D-P says Peterborough Regional Health Centre recently announced that it is opening 24 unfunded beds in an effort to alleviate the overcrowding crisis.

(The Canadian Press)

 

Chatham Police Officer Charged

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:13 MH
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Chatham-Kent police Const. Kenneth Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of breach of trust.  The case has been adjourned to Oct. 31st (9 a.m.) To select a sentencing date early in the new year.

The 46 year old has also been charged under the Police Services Act with discreditable conduct and remains on suspension until the criminal charge has been dealt with.

Miller was suspended from duty when the investigation began on Aug. 27, 2015.

The province's police watchdog says the investigation began after a 33-year-old woman came forward with allegations that she was assaulted on may 4, 2013.

(HR)

 

8 Year Sentence in St. Thomas Stabbing

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:09 MH
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A St. Thomas resident will spend the next eight years behind bars for his role in a man's death last year.

The body of William Lamers was found in his Talbot Street apartment following a confrontation in the early morning hours of Aug. 11th.  He had been stabbed.

Corey Jolliffe pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of manslaughter.  He had been in custody since his arrest last year.

Another man, is waiting trail on a charge of first degree murder.

(HR)

 

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