In an unexpected turn of events, two missing Port Alberni teens have now become suspects in a Northern B.C. murder case. B.C. RCMP confirmed on Tuesday in a news release that the teens are suspects for three recent murders in the province, including the deaths of Lucas Fowler, a 23 year old Australian man, and Chynna Deese, a 24 year old American woman.
Previously, RCMP had asked for the public's assistance to locate the two missing teens, 19 year old Kam McLeod and 18 year old Bryer Schmegelsky. However, now it looks like the teens may be on the run.
"Given these latest developments, Kam and Bryer are no longer consider missing," reads the release. "The RCMP are considering Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in the Dease Lake suspicious death investigation and the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese."
According to investigators, the two suspects left B.C. and were last seen in Saskatchewan. "We believe they are likely continuing to travel, though we don’t have a possible destination. They were seen driving a grey 2011 Toyota Rav 4," reads the release.
They have also released new pictures of the two teenagers, so that the public can assist in the investigation help police locate the suspects.
Police are warning the public not to approach the two suspects if they see them in person, as they are considered dangerous. 911 should be called immediately.
"The investigation is complex and evolving very quickly. Investigators continue to follow up on tips, reviewing the physical and digital evidence collected, and share information," reads the news release.
RCMP is asking the public for their assistance with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crime Tipline at 877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.
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Officers from Toronto Police's 53rd Division put their lives on the line to rescue a person in crisis clinging to a window on the eighth floor of a building.
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Chief of Police James Ramer tweeted a video of the incident, which took place on Thursday, May 13, saying that the two officers broke windows and held the man for 12 minutes until they were able to pull him to safety.
Today @TPS53Div attended to a Person in Crisis, a man hanging out an 8th floor window, being held by onsite Securit… https://t.co/C8gNrqsReP
Chief Ramer added that the man was taken to the hospital to receive the care he needs and that the two officers were also treated for minor injuries.
"All Toronto Police officers are trained for dynamic emergency calls & to save lives," tweeted Chief Ramer. "I'm extremely proud of their bravery. We couldn't have done this without the help of onsite Security, thank you for your assistance."
According to a tweet from the City of Toronto, the incident took place at the Roehampton Hotel, about a block east of Yonge and Eglinton Ave. E. The hotel-turned-temporary shelter opened last July as part of Toronto's "response to COVID-19 and to expand shelter spaces to ensure increased physical distancing in its shelter system," the City states.
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"It's not about what an individual should be able to do with one or two doses, it's more about what we're seeing in the population as a whole especially with the vaccine coverage," he said, adding that Canada will look at things like reproduction, positivity and hospitalization rates and vaccine coverage to see if restrictions can be scaled back.
"For something like the face masks, I would say that would be probably one of the last things to go," Njoo explained. "I think it's just a good practice to keep on right until the fall until, hopefully, everyone will have received hopefully two doses by September."
Recently, Justin Trudeau revealed that this year's summer could be normal if restrictions stay in place until cases go down and at least 75% of people get at least one vaccine dose. Canada is expected to have received enough doses for that to happen by then and enough by September "for every Canadian to be fully vaccinated."
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It looks like Toronto isn't ready to restore its pre-pandemic summer plans. On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that they're extending the cancellation of all city-run, in-person events up until the end of Labour Day weekend on September 6.
This includes events like the Caribbean Carnival and the CNE, which announced in February that it hoped to reopen for Torontonians this summer.
Mayor John Tory tweeted that he's working with the CNE to help them come up with a "bigger and better in-person event in 2022."
The City said that the aim of this announcement is to make it easier for organizers to predict what will happen with their events this summer. Their statement includes a list of all 24 major events that are cancelled, many of which will take place virtually for the second year in a row.