This Week in Policing – April 18, 2009

Spring in Vancouver can only mean one thing after a reasonably successful hockey season – Stanley Cup Playoffs!  I know, I know…this is suppose to be a police-related blog, but I simply cannot help myself.  Go Canucks!

Okay, back to business…

Vancouver

On Thursday, April 9th, a body was discovered on the grounds of Sir Carleton Elementary School by parents dropping their kids off for the morning.  The victim had been murdered, and was identified as 41 year old Michael Ciro Nestoruk, a homeless man who was confined to a wheelchair.  So far, up to this point, the identity of the suspects, the motive for the killing and the weapon used have not been determined.  If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call investigators at (604)717-2500, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

What’s incredibly disturbing about this crime is that the target was a disabled man who clearly was not able to protect himself against the attack.  Who would do such a thing?  It just sickens me. 

On April 14th, the Aston Jewellery store located in the 200 block Robson St was robbed by three suspects.  They allegedly came through the door as staff were opening for the day and started smashing cases while one suspect was in possession of a firearm. 

It appears the suspects picked a ‘hard target’, as the store owner is said to have pulled out his own gun and fired off a shot.  I would hazard a guess the suspects had not expected that, particularly in a city where legal firearms possession is under strict legislation, as the suspects beat feet to get out of there.  They were last seen fleeing in an older model, early 2000’s four door car that was a slightly dirty grey or blue with a tinted rear window. 

Again, anyone with information is asked to call investigators at (604)717-2541, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

From Across the Pond

In a bid to stop speeders, a village just 40 kilometers northeast of London had proposed potholes in some roadways not be filled in.  From the view of the Navestock Parish Council, potholes could be considered ‘naturally traffic calming’ and would prevent those with a lead foot from racing down certain streets.

The idea did not get very far when Essex County, the higher authority in charge of road maintenance, overode the decision.

I don’t know about you, but I consider potholes a hazard.  Yes, potholes make everyone slow down, but they also cause drivers to make erratic and sudden lane changes in an attempt to avoid them, especially when a pothole is unexpected.  Erractive driving habits = accidents = injury/property damage.  Not good.  Particularly from a liability stand point.

 

It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend, everyone, so get out there and enjoy it.  Me?  I’m all geared up for Game #3 of the playoffs on Sunday evening. Go Canucks!

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