Police beat for March 8, 2016

New charges have been laid against three of four police officers accused of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The new charges, laid against the three officers stationed at the local 55 Division, are related to the same circumstances as the original charges.

The three officers, along with one from 51 Division, are alleged to have planted evidence and given false testimony following a traffic stop and arrest near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East in January 2014.

On Feb. 22, Const. Jeffrey Tout was additionally charged with perjury and two counts of obstruct justice. Const. Benjamin Elliot and Det.-Const. Fraser Douglas both face an additional charge of obstruct justice.


In 2015, 44 wanted people were named in 55 Division’s ‘Wanted Wednesday’ program. According to police, the help of local residents and the media resulted in 38 (86 per cent) being arrested.

John Fisher, 28, of Toronto, was announced as the latest alleged criminal on Wanted Wednesday.

Fisher is wanted for impeding the administration of justice and threatening death. He is 5’11”, about 140 lbs, with brown hair and eyes.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 55 Division police at 416-808-5500, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, or text TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637).


Four teens are in custody after a series of thefts and robberies.

Between mid-January and mid-February, police received numerous reports of break-and-enters and robberies near the Main Street and Gerrard Street East area.

On Feb. 16, a 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged with two counts of break and enter, theft of a vehicle, and possession of property obtained by crime.

The same day, another 14-year-old and a 15-year-old boy were arrested and each charged with unlawfully being in a dwelling, robbery with a weapon, aggravated assault, and conspiracy to commit a crime.

The next day, another 15-year-old boy was arrested and faces the same charges.

All four are from Toronto, and none can be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.


Another group of teens including a young adult are in custody on robbery and firearms charges after an investigation by officers from 54 Division.

On Jan. 27, police responded to the robbery of a 16-year-old boy near Danforth and Greenwood Avenues. A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with robbery and narcotics possession.

After further investigation, officers executed four search warrants and arrested a man, three boys and a girl. Police located two loaded handguns, cash, drugs and stolen property during the searches.

Colton Sheenan, 18, of Toronto, faces 11 firearms charges, five drug charges, and a charge of possession of proceeds of crime. Three 15-year-old boys face charges of robbery, and two of them were also charged with drug possession. A 17-year-old girl faces 11 firearms charges.

Anyone with any information should call 54 Division police at 416-808-5400 or contact Crime Stoppers.


Three teens were arrested after two robberies near Woodbine and Danforth Avenues.

On Feb. 18, an 18-year-old man arranged a sale of personal items through Facebook, but when he arrived, the item was taken at knifepoint.

Two days later, a 17-year-old made arrangements to sell an item, but when he arrived, he realized the buyer had no money. The suspect grabbed the item, pulled out a knife and fled the scene.

On Feb. 22, a 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with robbery, weapons charges, uttering a threat, and failing to comply with recognizance. A 15-year-old boy was charged with robbery, weapons charges, and possession of property obtained by crime. A 15-year-old boy was charged with robbery.

Investigators credit security camera footage from the public with assisting in the investigation.


An arrest has been made in an attempted murder case nearly three decades old.

Just after midnight on Oct. 28, 1989, police were called to the Park Vista Drive and Dawes Road area just north of Taylor Creek.

A 42-year-old man driving a taxi had picked up two men and a woman who directed him to the street, where he was allegedly assaulted with a weapon by the three.

When he was assaulted he accelerated from a stop, and hit several parked cars before coming to a rest on the embankment of a swimming pool. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

After investigating the incident in 1989 and 1990, police were unable to identify any suspects. The case was re-opened in 2015, and on Feb. 13 officers charged Dale Doherty, 60, with attempted murder. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance on March 21.

Police are still trying to identify the two male suspects. Anyone with any information should call 54 Division at 416-808-5400 or contact Crime Stoppers.


A string of five retail robberies has culminated in the arrest of a 28-year-old Mississauga man.

From the end of October 2015 until Valentine’s Day this year, a man wearing a scarf over his face hopped the counter of several retail locations, taking money from cash registers. Twice the suspect went behind the counter when employees were distracted elsewhere in the store.

On Feb. 21, police charged Matthew Jerome McNeil with three counts of robbery, three counts of disguise with intent, two counts of theft under $5,000, and five counts of failing to comply with probation.


A woman has died from injuries sustained during a traffic collision on Feb. 18.

At 1:15 p.m., a 74-year-old woman was crossing Secord Avenue on the west side of Dawes Road when she was hit by a 2012 Ford Econoline. The van was being driven southbound by a 31-year-old man attempting to turn right onto Secord.

On Feb. 21, the woman succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital. She is the 13th death from a traffic collision this year.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should call police at 416-808-1900, or contact Crime Stoppers.

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