PEDERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-02 published
PEDERSON, John Regnald
In loving memory of a dear Husband, Dad and Grandfather who passed away February 28, 2005 at the age of 80. He will always be in our hearts forever. Sadly missed by his wife Anne, daughter Linda, son Carsten, son-in-law Bill, daughter-in-law Donna and grandchildren Alex, Steven, Jason, Aaron and Nicole. In memory of John donations to the Alzheimer Society will be appreciated by the family. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Thurdsay from 6-9 p.m. Please call the funeral home for further service details, 416-241-4618.

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PEDERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-30 published
HENDERSON, Mary Gwendolynne
Peacefully at Mariann Home on Tuesday evening, June 28th, 2005. Beloved wife of William John HENDERSON. Dear mother of Jessie JACKSON (Don), Dennis HENDERSON (Elaine), Bill HENDERSON (May), Liz McCURDY (Tom) and Callista PEDERSON (Gary.) Loving grandmother of Charlene, Duke, Jamie, Susan, Tim, Peter, Karen, Kristine, Patrick, Carolynn and Michael. Great-grandmother of Trevor, Tanner, Colby, Emily, Tim, Malcolm and Noah. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) Richmond Hill, on Friday, July 1st from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mass in Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 10295 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, on Saturday 9: 30 a.m. Interment Bobcaygeon Cemetery at 1: 30 p.m.

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PEDIAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-26 published
RADOJKOVIC, Vera (née RAKONJAC)
Died peacefully, on Thursday, February 24, 2005, at St. Michael's Hospital, after a courageous battle with lung cancer for the past two and a half years. She will be sadly missed by her husband Dragomir, with whom she enjoyed a happy marriage for 49 years. In Canada she is survived by her brother-in-law Dragojub BOGDANOVIC and by his wife Vasilija and their sons Zlalko (Lubinka), Zoran (Gordana), Gordana (Mario), and six grandchildren Ljubomir, Nela (Anthony), Jelena, Vladimir (Stana), Roberto and Natalie. She is also leaving her best Friends Mike and Gula PEDIAS and their children Danny, Chris, Diane (Randy) and Fannie, and grandchildren Cody, Lindsay and Ryan. Many close Friends and kumovi in Canada and relatives and Friends in Serbia will also miss her. We are forever indebted to the staff of St. Michael's Hospital, Dr. Rashida HAQ and nurses in Oncology and Palliative Care departments, Dr. Andrea BEZJAK in Princess Margaret Hospital and to the staff at Providence Healthcare Palliative Care Department. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles), with visitation one hour prior. Interment York Cemetery.

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PEDJASE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-09 published
PEDJASE, Marju
Died on Sunday, November 6, 2005 in Toronto. Beloved wife of the late Arved PEDJASE. Loving mother of Taimi (Madis,) Kulli (Michael) and Jaan (Heather). Dear grandmother of Liisa (Ian), Mia (Peter), Alexander, Anna and Christopher. Great-grandmother of Mareus. Resting at the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mt. Pleasant Rd. (South of Eglinton) on Thursday, November 10, 2005 from 10 a.m. until a complete service in the Chapel at 12 o'clock noon. Cremation.

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PEDLAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-01 published
STOUT, Joan Marilyn
At London Health Sciences Centre, South Street, on Saturday, March 26, 2005, Joan Marilyn STOUT (née PEDLAR) in her 67th year. Former wife of William Gwyn STOUT of London. Mother of David Gwyn STOUT of Toronto. Sister of Charles PEDLAR of Lindsay and Robert PEDLAR of Toronto. Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. If desired, memorial donations to the London Health Sciences Centre, Critical Care Trauma Centre would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services, 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremation.com

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PEDLAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-29 published
KEEVIL, Carl Edward (R.C.N.V.R.)
Died peacefully on August 28, 2005 at Sunnybrook, K-Wing in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Mary, loving father of Mary Ann PEDLAR and her late husband Dick, Joan WILSON and her husband Dave, Benjamin and his wife Roselyne and the late Ken and his wife Pamela DIVER, proud grandfather of ten and great grandfather of ten. Carl volunteered in service of his country in 1942 and served on the destroyer H.M.C.S. Ottawa. He worked for American Optical for 43 years, was member of the Redmen singing group and of Glebe Road United Church. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, on Tuesday, August 30 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospital for Sick Children.

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PEDLAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-30 published
PEDLAR, Charles Russell
It is with great sadness we announce the loss of a wonderful man due to cancer. Charles fought a courageous battle for six and a half years. He will be deeply missed by his loved ones and Friends. We shall hold him forever in our hearts. Visitation at Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay (705-328-2721) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with funeral service in the chapel on Tuesday, May 31st at 11: 30 a.m. Private interment later at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation (10 Angeline St. N., Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4M8), or a charity of your choice.

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PEDNEAULT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-12 published
JAMIESON, Stewart
Peacefully with family members at Sunnybrook and Women's Veterans Hospital on Saturday, July 9, 2005. Stewart (born 1917) served overseas in the Canadian Armed Forces in World War 2 from 1942-1946 and he later joined British Metal Corporation (later named Amalgamet Canada.) Loving husband of Molly Brown JAMIESON. Devoted father to his son Glen and wife Dorothy, daughter Margaret, son Keith and his fiance Anna; his son Brian and wife Sandie, children Mark and wife Jie, and Rob; his son Bruce and wife Hélène PEDNEAULT, children David, Lisa, and Paul; his daughter Heather and husband Kim PRESSNAIL, children Katherine and Brian; and his son John and wife Susan, children Stewart and Christopher. Loving brother to Doreen and her late husband Don LOVELY Sr.; Claire and husband Al MARTIN; and to Keith and wife Jo. He will be greatly missed by all family members and Friends. A service with family and close Friends will be held Thursday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at Lawrence Park Community United Church, 2180 Bayview Avenue, North York. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Ave. Toronto, M4N 3M5.

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PEDNEAULT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-14 published
JAMIESON, Stewart
Peacefully with family members at Sunnybrook and Women's Veterans Hospital on Saturday, July 9, 2005. Stewart (born 1917) served overseas in the Canadian Armed Forces in World War 2 from 1942-1946 and he later joined British Metal Corporation (later named Amalgamet Canada.) Loving husband of Molly Brown JAMIESON. Devoted father to his son Glen and wife Dorothy, daughter Margaret, son Keith and his fiance Anna; his son Brian and wife Sandie, children Mark and wife Jie, and Rob; his son Bruce and wife Hélène PEDNEAULT, children David, Lisa, and Paul; his daughter Heather and husband Kim PRESSNAIL, children Katherine and Brian; and his son John and wife Susan, children Stewart and Christopher. Loving brother to Doreen and her late husband Don LOVELY Sr.; Claire and husband Al MARTIN; and to Keith and wife Jo. He will be greatly missed by all family members and Friends. A service with family and close Friends will be held Thursday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at Lawrence Park Community United Church, 2180 Bayview Avenue, North York. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Ave. Toronto, M4N 3M5.

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PEDONI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-20 published
PEDONI, Giancarlo
Passed away peacefully on Friday, November 18, 2005 in a youthful 90th year, at Humber River Regional Hospital. Loving husband to Flora for 63 wonderful years. Will be sadly missed by daughters Joan and Gabriella and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at Delmoro Funeral Home, 61 Beverly Hills Dr., (1 light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane Street, 416-249-4499) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, November 21, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. in St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church (on Jane St. at Beverly Hills Dr.) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Sick Kids Foundation.

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PEDOTA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-11 published
ALBANESE, Vita Maria
Suddenly, at home, with her family by her side, on Sunday, April 10, 2005. Vita Maria, beloved wife of the late Michele. Loving mother of Grace (Angelo PEDOTA,) Maria (Franco RUTIGLIANO,) and predeceased by Benedetto (Anna). Beloved Nonna to Vito, Tina, Nick, Michael, Appolonia, Mike, and Great-Nonna to Franco, Maria, Grace, Emma, Camilla, Julianno, Johnathan, Victoria, Emily, and Rebecca. Friends will be received at the "Woodbridge Chapel" of Scott Funeral Home, 7776 Kipling Avenue (at Hwy. 7), on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (100 Bainbridge Ave.), on Wednesday, April 13 at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment Glendale Memorial Gardens. Should you desire, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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PEDRETTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-05 published
PEDRETTE, Peter Henry (April 20, 1928-November 3, 2005)
At Toronto General Hospital, Toronto on Thursday, November 3, 2005. Beloved husband of the late Barbara Dene PEDRETTE and much loved father of Anthony, Madeleine (Mike) and Lydia (Tony) and grandfather of Thomas, Christopher, Veronica and Sophie. He is survived by his sisters, Mary in Montreal and Josephine in London, England. Peter was born in London, England and spent ten years in the Middle East as a surveyor and as an architect to archaeological digs at Jericho. He met and married Barbara in Kuwait and they immigrated to Canada in 1964. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) Arrangements to be finalized. Please call 416-231-2283. In Peter's memory, donations to the Right to Life Association would be appreciated.

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PEDRETTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-05 published
PEDRETTE, Peter Henry (April 20, 1928-November 3, 2005)
At Toronto General Hospital, Toronto on Thursday, November 3, 2005. Beloved husband of the late Barbara Dene PEDRETTE and much loved father of Anthony, Madeleine (Mike) and Lydia (Tony) and grandfather of Thomas, Christopher, Veronica and Sophie. He is survived by his sisters, Mary in Montreal and Josephine in London, England. Peter was born in London, England and spent ten years in the Middle East as a surveyor and as an architect to archaeological digs at Jericho. He met and married Barbara in Kuwait and they immigrated to Canada in 1964. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves., on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Resurrection Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. West, Toronto, on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Private interment Park Lawn Cemetery. In Peter's memory, donations to the Right to Life Association would be appreciated.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-12 published
Boy drowns on jungle tour
The tour operators next day were taking more children on the same 'safe' tour.
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter; and Canadian Press
A Niagara falls boy with London family ties drowned on a family vacation in the Dominican Republic last week after being pulled underwater by a strong current during a countryside tour. Adam VITATERNA, 11, died after jumping off a small waterfall last Wednesday while on a countryside tour with two siblings and his parents, who looked on in horror.
The family had been vacationing at a resort in Puerto Plata.
VITATERNA, whose funeral is today, has maternal grandparents and other relatives in London.
Krista WALL, who was on the tour with the family and about 10 other people, jumped in the water to try to save VITATERNA, coming achingly close.
"I touched him, but I wasn't able to pull him up," said the Waterloo-area woman.
A doctor in the group performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, but couldn't revive the boy.
"We had to carry his body through the jungle back to where the vans were and call the ambulance," said WALL.
The safari tour last Wednesday gave tourists a chance to see the countryside and concluded with the waterfalls.
Tourists held onto a rope as they waded through the water to jump off a series of ledges. It looked safe enough, but Andrew VITATERNA, the boy's father, later discovered it had recently rained, making the currents more powerful.
He said he watched helplessly as his son, who was a strong swimmer, was pulled under the waist-high water.
He screamed at the tour guides to help, but they seemed to be arguing among themselves.
It took nearly an hour before the boy's body was taken to a hospital. It was too late.
"It felt like hours," VITATERNA said.
He and his wife are still looking for answers and warning tourists about the perils of vacationing in Third World countries.
"We worry about whether we go to a three-star resort or a four-star, a five-star," he said. "Little do we know what's outside the walls of the resort. You're playing with fire."
Almost as terrible as the boy's death was the fact that the next day the tour operator, Allegria S.A. Tours, was booking children on the same tour, said WALL.
"They said it was safe for the children and not to worry," she said.
Allegria S.A. Tours could not be reached for comment.
WALL returned to Canada on the same flight as the family Monday.
She said she didn't know them before the vacation, but they have since become close.
In his death notice, VITATERNA was described as a cherished young boy who loved soccer, hockey and his guinea pig Sammie.
"He had an adventurous spirit, a loving soul and he touched the hearts of all he met. God now has a new angel in heaven," the notice said.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-19 published
Dead cyclist 'came a long way in life'
Clarence BRIGHAM, 44, of Windsor died of hypothermia.
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
A cyclist who died of hypothermia in a farm field near Wheatley was remembered yesterday as a kind man generous with his time. Clarence BRIGHAM of Windsor had been a maintenance worker at Brentwood Recovery House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, for about five years, said friend and co-worker Ken DURETTE.
"He was a bit of a loner, but he came a long way in his life," he said yesterday.
BRIGHAM, who loved to ride his bicycle, was quick to help when needed, DURETTE said.
He often helped kids learn to overcome reading problems and when DURETTE needed someone to help put up drywall in his house, BRIGHAM was there for three days.
"He was a good little guy," he said. "Life just sort of gave him a bad deal."
DURETTE said BRIGHAM, who suffered from schizophrenia, didn't seem well recently and some co-workers took him to the hospital about a week before his death.
But BRIGHAM, a private person, got tired of waiting and left, he said.
The 44-year-old man lived alone in an apartment in Windsor but had family on Walpole Island.
Chatham-Kent police say they believe BRIGHAM was depressed and had stopped taking his medication. They are awaiting toxicology tests.
BRIGHAM's body was found Friday in a field on the Fourth Concession Line of the former Romney Township northeast of Wheatley.
Det. Ed GIBSON said he believes BRIGHAM was riding his bike and became confused.
"It was just really bad timing for him," GIBSON said. "It was just a tragic accident."
Foul play is not suspected, but police are still looking for BRIGHAM's bicycle and why he was in Wheatley.
Anyone with information is asked to call GIBSON at 436-6622 or Det. Const. Kirk EARLEY at 436-6623.
Meanwhile, Chatham-Kent police said a body found face down in a creek near the 18 Wheeler Truck Stop in Tilbury Monday was that of a 77-year-old Tilbury woman.
The woman had been reported missing by family shortly after the body was found.
The woman had been seen within 24 hours of going missing, police said.
Her name was not released. An autopsy to determine cause of death begins today in London.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-27 published
The means to fight
Michael HALLS, whose historic $5-million gift boosted the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, loses his long personal battle with the disease.
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
The Londoner who made history four years ago with the largest-ever gift for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research in Canada died yesterday. Michael HALLS wanted his $5-million donation to London researchers to make a difference, said Dr. Michael STRONG, the neurologist who heads the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis clinic at London Health Sciences Centre.
"He was possibly the most unassuming person you'd ever meet," STRONG said yesterday.
HALLS died in the palliative care unit at St. Joseph's Health Care. He was 63.
The Toronto native made his money in the insurance business while living in British Columbia for 25 years.
HALLS was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in December 1997. The fatal neuromuscular disease is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease
HALLS moved to London a year after he was diagnosed to be closer to his family.
He joined amyotrophic lateral sclerosis support groups and sat on a provincial executive board for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
At the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis clinic for a routine checkup with STRONG, HALLS revealed his plan to donate $5 million.
"You could've blown me over with a feather," STRONG recalled.
The 2001 gift put a spotlight on the disease affecting 3,000 Canadians.
"I want this to be my legacy," HALLS said in announcing his donation. "This is an insidious, deadly disease. The more public awareness there is, the more people are going to contribute to finding a cure."
HALLS's gift created the Michael Halls Centre for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Research and the Arthur J. Hudson Chair in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Research to support senior researchers and technicians.
The money funds amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research at the Robarts Research Institute and the Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre's research arm.
"He knew we wouldn't have a cure tomorrow, but he knew we needed to put that framework in place," STRONG said.
HALLS never complained about his illness, said his brother, Chris. "He didn't hide behind his disease. He just ignored it."
HALLS golfed until two years ago. Despite being fed with a feeding tube for the last four years, he continued to walk and explore London neighbourhoods.
"He loved to play cribbage and take everybody's money," Chris said.
Though he had money, HALLS was pragmatic and simple about life, Chris said.
"On a trip, he'd bunk into a Motel 6 and I'd bunk into a Ritz Carlton."
HALLS, who is survived by a son, three grandchildren and two brothers, delivered Meals on Wheels in his red Mercedes 550 SL convertible until a couple of years ago.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-10 published
Teen pals killed on way to movie
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
Nicholas GILLER, 17, entered every drama class with a cartwheel. Thomas ASH, 18, had a loud jovial laugh that didn't end until everyone else was in stitches, too.
The Seaforth Friends were on their way to watch a movie in Stratford with another friend when they were killed in a head-on crash Tuesday.
The collision happened on snow-covered Highway 8 about 8: 30 p.m. east of Seaforth.
The teens were passengers in a van driven by a 17-year-old male from Huron East.
The van went out of control and collided with an oncoming van, police said.
The 17-year-old driver and a woman and her 10-year-old daughter in the second van were in hospital yesterday.
The small Seaforth community of 3,000 and a Clinton high school yesterday grieved two teens who were going places in life.
"They were responsible and they were respectable," said Jane MORTON, a former principal of Seaforth public school while the two boys were pupils.
An aspiring paramedic, ASH had many qualities needed for the job, said Barry BROHMAN, a science teacher at Central Huron secondary school in Clinton, where ASH was a student until he graduated last month.
Like a paramedic, he was quiet leader who was always there when you needed him, BROHMAN said.
ASH was planning to go to college in the fall and was working at Tim Hortons in Clinton until then. Friends and teachers said the quiet and unassuming teen liked country music and jogged before school every day.
A camping and canoeing enthusiast, ASH was also involved in Scouts, where he met GILLER.
Those who knew GILLER said he was academically gifted with talents in writing, photography, filmmaking and computer animation -- an area where he wanted to pursue a career.
He had begun going to university campus tours and was supposed to go to a couple tomorrow, said Stephen OLIVER, who taught GILLER's digital media studies class.
But though the Grade 12 student was a perfectionist who took his work seriously, Friends said he was also outgoing and spontaneous.
At Halloween, he donned a bear costume and walked through the cafeteria giving out Seaforth bear hugs.
GILLER was generous with his time. He always helped with coffee houses -- talent nights -- at the school when he wasn't working at the Seaforth grocery store, OLIVER said.
Before he left Tuesday, GILLER was working on the Imago film festival to be held at the school in April, OLIVER said.
GILLER loved to play the guitar and trombone.
Three grief counsellors were at the high school yesterday to help students and staff -- distraught also because ASH's father, Mike, was the principal at Central Huron for several years.
"Teenagers are really well-equipped to support each other if they have a space and time to do that," said Judy STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, a member of the tragic events response team at the school yesterday.
Grief counsellors will be on call today.
The school is also planning a remembrance service after March break, she said.
Visitation for both teens is tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Whitney Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich St. W. in Seaforth.
ASH's funeral is Saturday at Northside United Church, 54 Goderich St. W. in Seaforth at 11 a.m.
GILLER's funeral is also on Saturday at Northside United Church at 2 p.m.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-17 published
Body found in resort blaze an employee
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
The man found dead after fire ravaged a building at a Port Franks golf resort was a longtime employee, Lambton Ontario Provincial Police said yesterday. James (Trapper) WATSON, 45, of Port Franks was a maintenance worker, tending to the course and carts at Sand Hills Golf Resort since it opened in 1996, Const. Luke GEORGE said.
"He was a dedicated employee," he said. "He was a jack of all trades."
WATSON's family declined to comment yesterday.
A manager at the golf resort said everyone was still shocked, but he didn't want to comment.
The fire broke out about 12: 30 a.m. Tuesday and caused $1 million damage.
Firefighters found WATSON's body inside a pickup truck several hours after they began battling the blaze inside a metal maintenance and storage building.
Police described the structure as H-shaped. The centre area contained a workshop.
The building housed a tractor and hundreds of golf carts.
An autopsy was still ongoing yesterday and a cause of death had not been determined.
Police and forensic investigators are still working with the Ontario Fire Marshal's office to determine where the fire started and what caused it.
"All fire scenes are crime scenes until it's proven otherwise," GEORGE said.
"We have to rule out foul play and we can't do that until we have a cause of death."

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-24 published
Two crashes on same day leave 3 dead
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
Three motorists were killed in London-region crashes yesterday, raising the area's road death toll to four in less than 24 hours. - In London, a man and woman died after the car they were in hit a tree at Woodhull Road and Gideon Drive in the west end, east of Kilworth, about 2: 30 p.m.
- Four hours later, a Sarnia woman was killed when the van she was driving collided with an empty school bus near Reeces Corners, in Lambton County. The bus driver was in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police hadn't identified the victims of the latest crashes, which followed the death of a Saint Marys man in a high-speed crash north of London late Tuesday.
Jason NEUFELD, 29, died when the car he was driving collided head-on with another car on Adelaide Street, north of Medway Road. The driver of the other car, a 48-year-old Zurich woman, remained in critical condition in a London hospital yesterday.
Police said snow was blanketing the road at the time of yesterday's fatal crash in London.
A neighbour heard the crash and called 911, police said. Animal officials removed a hurt dog found at the scene.
Neighbour Dave GORMAN said he was home when he heard a "faint clunk."
"It looked to me like the car was airborne and hit a tree," he said.
Police probing Tuesday's fatal crash on the city's outskirts said NEUFELD was speeding on Adelaide when his vehicle crossed into another lane and struck the other car.
NEUFELD had a two-year-old son, his uncle, Brad NEUFELD, said yesterday.
The oldest of five children, NEUFELD's family is still reeling from the accidental death at home of his younger brother, Jarret, 22, who died five months ago.
That, and a breakup with a longtime girlfriend, had left NEUFELD down and withdrawn, his uncle said.
Those close to him knew Jason NEUFELD as a soft-hearted man who loved golf, PlayStation and darts, he said.
NEUFELD also liked to "tinker with cars" and had got the car he was driving only the month before the fatal crash, Brad NEUFELD said.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-07 published
School mourns teen killed by freight train
By Kelly PEDRO and Jon WILLING, Free Press Reporter; Special to The Free Press
Students at a Woodstock high school paid tribute yesterday to a classmate killed when he ran into the path of a freight train Tuesday night. Marc MATTHEWS, 17, of Embro, was killed instantly, police said.
"This is going to be one of those tragedies that shakes up the community," said Oxford Community police Const. Bob McDONALD.
Staff and students at College Avenue secondary school spent yesterday remembering MATTHEWS, a Grade 11 student.
"It's a sad loss when there's a sad, tragic accident," principal Judy THORNER said.
An announcement of MATTHEW's death was made to the school. Students signed a long piece of paper in the school's guidance office and wrote tributes to MATTHEWS.
After classes yesterday, students described MATTHEWS as a likable classmate.
"He was a good kid," Billy HARRIS, 15, said.
"I was weak today," Bobby WALKER, 16, said. "He was one of my best Friends."
MATTHEWS's uncle, Randy LOVE, said the teen loved outdoor activities, including skateboarding and swimming.
"He liked to do dirt biking and rollerblading," LOVE said, noting MATTHEWS was always willing to help those close to him. "If he could help you out, he would."
MATTHEWS was walking about 8: 45 p.m. when the lights and gates at a rail crossing on Wilson Street in the city's downtown were activated, police said.
Police aren't sure why MATTHEWS bolted across the tracks, where he was hit by a westbound Canadian National freight, said McDONALD.
Investigators are trying to determine if MATTHEWS was alone and where he was going.
Police ask anyone who saw what happened to call them at 537-2323.
The train was en route from Toronto to Sarnia.
The crew asked for relief at the scene and was replaced, said Canadian National's Ian THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON.
The tracks were closed until about midnight.
The crossing is in one of the heaviest freight corridors, said THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, with about 40 Canadian National freight trains travelling through it every day.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-15 published
Crash victim had faced serious adversity
Kevin SEAMAN, who was killed by a train Tuesday, once spent six months in a coma.
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
Kevin David SEAMAN was a loving son who brought his father a chocolate bar nearly every day. The 38-year-old London man died Tuesday after he was hit by a Canadian National freight train while cycling across the tracks at Hale and Trafalgar streets.
SEAMAN had faced adversity, but overcame it, his family said yesterday.
In 1989, he and two brothers were in Toronto to see his beloved Western Mustangs win the Vanier Cup. He was crossing the street when a car came flying around a corner and hit him.
The crash left SEAMAN in a coma for six months with serious head injuries.
Although he survived, his injuries meant he could never work again.
"His left arm could never properly function again. He did all right for the amount of injuries he had, but he had a lot of short-term memory problems," his brother, Rod, said yesterday.
That didn't stop SEAMAN from becoming a walking phone book, having nearly every phone number he knew at the tip of his tongue.
The second-youngest of 10 children, SEAMAN was a doting son, brother and uncle to 19 nieces and nephews.
"He was very family-oriented. He loved his family and Friends," his sister, Sandra McDONALD, said yesterday.
The family would often get together and play euchre.
Since the Toronto crash, SEAMAN had lived with his parents and faced tragedy in October when his mother died.
"That was really hard on him," Rod SEAMAN said.
SEAMAN was born and raised in London and went to Laurier secondary school.
A football and hockey fan, he liked all types of music.
"He could listen to Metallica and then he could listen to John Denver," Rod SEAMAN said.
SEAMAN also had a way to bring a quick smile with his "corny" sense of humour, said his brother.
He often became restless and liked to ride his bicycle.
"He'd get bored very easily and go to the coffee shop," Rod SEAMAN said.
"It was hard to stop him. We warned him about going out. But he was the restless type," Rod SEAMAN said.
"He didn't want to sit still."
On Tuesday, SEAMAN was on his way home when he was hit by the train, his brother said.
Police believe SEAMAN misjudged the speed and distance of the train.
SEAMAN was the second cyclist to die at Hale and Trafalgar streets in three years.
On Aug, 9, 2002, cyclist Terra Joy RAWNSLEY, 20, died when she went around the gates and was hit by a passenger train.
City council voted last year to go ahead with the first phase of a $11.5-million overpass over the Canadian National tracks at the crossing.
Proponents of the overpass said it would eliminate fatalities and traffic backups caused by slow-moving trains.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-07 published
Canoe victim called avid angler with a big heart
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
A Parkhill man who drowned in a weekend boating accident was an avid angler with a big heart, his spouse's sister said yesterday.
"He was a caring and fun-loving guy," Mary SMITH said of her brother-in-law, John WATSON, 43, whose body was found in the Parkhill Conservation Area yesterday morning.
"He had a big heart and would do anything for anyone. He loved his family and Friends."
WATSON and his partner, Sharron WIECHOWSKI, both of Parkhill, were canoeing in five metres of water Saturday about 11 a.m. when their boat capsized.
WIECHOWSKI tried to save WATSON, but couldn't, police said. It was all she could do to swim to shore in the icy water and yell for help.
A passerby heard her and called police.
The canoe carried life-jackets, but police said WATSON and WIECHOWSKI weren't wearing them when they were thrown into the water.
Though police said WATSON couldn't swim, he was an avid angler, SMITH said.
"This is why we're all blown away," she said.
Ontario Provincial Police are still trying to pinpoint why the canoe capsized, said Sgt. Dave REKTOR.
"With a canoe, they're so tippy, and if you're not an experienced boater and you're not comfortable on the water, it can make someone very nervous in a boat that size and the chances of capsizing are enhanced," he said yesterday.
WIECHOWSKI, who would have celebrated her two-year anniversary with WATSON next weekend, is devastated, police and her sister said.
WATSON was excited about the anniversary and making big plans for it, said SMITH.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of WATSON's death, REKTOR said.
Ontario Provincial Police divers searched for WATSON late Saturday and all day Sunday before finding his body just before 10 a.m. yesterday.
Recovery efforts were hampered by murky water and the fact that the reservoir -- which used to be farmland before it was flooded has many trees and stumps on its bottom.
REKTOR encouraged anyone using a boat to wear a life-jacket at all times.
"All it takes is a second for someone to slip and fall and hit their head on the boat before they go over," he said.
"If you're conscious and you're a swimmer, great. But if you're unconscious, then you've got some problems. The only thing that's going to save you is a personal flotation device that will keep your head above water."

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-07 published
Fatality victim identified
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
A woman struck by at least three cars and killed while walking on Highway 401 early yesterday was from British Columbia but had been living in London, provincial police say.
Police don't know how long Angela Dawn HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, 26, was living in London with a roommate or how she got on the busy highway after midnight Sunday.
Drugs or alcohol may have played a factor, Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave REKTOR said.
Several drivers called police after spotting the woman walking in the middle of the east lanes of the 401 east of Highway 73.
While police were responding, they received another call saying the woman had been struck by at least three cars on the highway.
Police said HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON was killed instantly.
They used forensic techniques to identify HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, who had been wearing a dark knapsack but whose clothing had been torn away
Police are investigating how she got on the highway and are asking anyone with information to call them at 1-888-310-1122.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-23 published
One driver dead, second hurt as two trucks collide head-on
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
One man is dead and another was clinging to life yesterday after two vehicles collided head-on near Strathroy on Tuesday night.
Provincial police said a flatbed truck travelling east on Egremont Drive around 11 p.m. crossed into the path of a westbound pickup about a kilometre west of Highway 81. The impact sent both vehicles into the north ditch.
John Brenten PETERS, 23, of Adelaide Metcalfe, identified as the pickup driver, was killed.
The driver of the flatbed, Cameron RUSSELL, 20, of Nairn, was taken to Strathroy hospital and transferred to a London hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
"We have no indication at this point what happened," said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave REKTOR.
REKTOR said the road was straight and flat and weather was not a factor.
Traffic investigators are waiting to speak to Russell to uncover more details.
Police are trying to determine whether speed was a factor. REKTOR said it doesn't appear that alcohol played a part.
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-28 published
Mom, 2 kids slain
Nine-year-old girl escapes ordeal to call police
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter
A terrified, barefoot nine-year-old girl frantically knocked on neighbours' doors to get help for her mother and two siblings held hostage yesterday by a man inside an east London home.
By the time gunfire subsided at 682 Princess Ave., four people were dead, two police officers were shot and a city was in shock over the slayings of a woman, her 13-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.
Police didn't identify the victims yesterday.
But relatives confirmed that Halina CZUBA, her 13-year-old daughter, Julia, and five-year-old son, Michal, died after gunfire erupted at their house just east of Adelaide Street about 2: 30 a.m.
The body of a man also was found inside the home. The province's Special Investigations Unit said the man, who hasn't been identified, died of a gunshot wound.
Halina's husband, Jan, is a trucker who was in the United States at the time of the deadly shooting.
"Jan is just devastated. He's in shock," Dominik SZYMANSKI, a relative who tutored the children, said yesterday. "They were all bright kids. It's just unbelievable that this could happen."
What happened inside the house is still a mystery.
"This is a very large tragedy, the details of which will unfold in the days to come," Const. Jeff ARBING said.
The couple's third child, nine-year-old Joanna CZUBA, knocked on at least three neighbours' houses trying to help her family.
"She knocked on our door, it was a panicked knock," said a neighbour, who didn't give her name.
When the woman's husband went outside to check who was at the door, he saw Joanna with neighbours.
The child called 911 at 2: 25 a.m. to report someone was beating her mother.
Two minutes later, two police officers approached the front door when a shotgun blast from inside blew a hole through it, striking one officer in the shoulder and arm and grazing another officer's face.
The officers returned fire, the Special Investigations Unit said.
It's unclear whether the unidentified man died of a self-inflicted gunshot or from the exchange with police.
Joanna and the neighbours were still outside when shots were fired and police ordered them into the neighbour's Elizabeth Street house.
Joanna was petrified but unhurt, the neighbour said.
"I took her in the kitchen, sat her down and rubbed her back," the woman said. "She saw what (the gunman) was doing to her mom."
Joanna didn't recognize the gunman, the woman said.
Neighbour Ron HARPER said he heard a sharp knock on his door about 2: 30 a.m., but didn't think much of it.
"Then I heard five shots and someone yell, 'I'll kill them all,' " he said.
When HARPER looked outside, he saw police hitting the house with a battering ram.
"The next thing I know, I saw them (the officers) running back with two kids. They were pretty limp," he said.
"When they put them in the ambulances, the ambulances didn't leave right away so I don't think they made it."
Dan and Tammy STROM were sleeping when police pounded on their door and used the location to monitor the brown brick bungalow across the street.
Heavily armed tactical officers told the couple and their two frightened children to go to the basement and keep their heads down, Dan STROM said.
"It was a little nerve-wracking," he said. "The police were in and out and then I heard, 'Freeze! London police."
A 13-year veteran and rookie with one year on the force were injured by the shotgun blast. The constables were taken to hospital and later released.
"They were shaken, but relieved," police Chief Murray FAULKNER said of the officers' families. "This is one of these situations where as a husband, wife or partner of a police officer, you dread the call."
The Special Investigations Unit was called in to investigate the man's death. London police are investigating the homicides of the woman and her two children.
Neither the Special Investigations Unit or London police were releasing many details about the four deaths.
"You have to understand this was not the usual man-with-a-gun call," FAULKNER said. "Police entered because we are sworn to protect life, so that's why the incident wrapped up quicker than normal."
Police have been to the address before, sources confirmed, but would not say why.
Dan STROM said his neighbours, the CZUBAs, were a quiet, friendly Polish family who didn't speak much English. They had lived at the house for about 15 years.
Besides the shot officers, two tactical officers were treated for smoke inhalation after a small fire, believed to be arson, broke out.
London police called in counsellors to speak to colleagues of the injured officers, FAULKNER said.
All day a London detective worked alongside an Special Investigations Unit investigator, carefully documenting the scene. Blood marks could be seen on the front porch. Some windows of the home were shattered.
Just before 9 a.m., a detective and uniformed officer brought out the family's pet -- a trembling dachshund puppy.
Police evacuated homes one street north of Princess on Elias Street. Neighbours were told it was because of a gas leak and saw Union Gas on scene.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-29 published
Shooter, grieving dad related
Frank GREDA, who died in the shootout, was a trucker and a father of three.
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter
They were both truckers, fathers of three children and went to the same church.
They were also relatives.
But their worlds collided Monday when tragedy took away almost the entire family of one of the London men and left the other one dead.
As Jan CZUBA was left to bury his family and console his surviving daughter, details emerged yesterday about the other man -- Franciszek (Frank) GREDA, 40 -- involved in the triple homicide.
Police found GREDA dead of a gunshot wound in the CZUBA house at 682 Princess Ave., Ontario's Special Investigations Unit said yesterday.
A fire broke out at the house moments after the shooting.
The Special Investigations Unit said GREDA was known to the family, but wouldn't reveal precisely how.
The Special Investigations Unit is a watchdog agency that probes police actions that result in death or injury to civilians.
GREDA, a father with three children under 10, had rented a northeast London apartment with his wife for at least seven years, a neighbour said.
Some neighbours said the family was quiet and friendly. Others, still shocked by the tragedy, declined to comment.
"Out of respect for the family, I don't want to say anything except I'm deeply saddened by it. It's a horrible tragedy," said a neighbour in an apartment above the family.
The GREDA family are members of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church on Hill Street, where the CZUBA family were also parishioners, Rev. Adam Gabriel confirmed.
London police and the Special Investigations Unit are still separately probing the deaths from Monday's chaos.
The force is probing the deaths of Halina CZUBA, 37, and her two children, Michal, 5, and Julia, 13.
The Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex is helping police -- common in cases where kids are involved -- but won't say whether it had previously been involved with the family.
The Special Investigations Unit is probing GREDA's death.
GREDA fired with a shotgun at two London police officers as they approached the brown brick bungalow just before 2: 30 a.m. Monday. One officer returned fire, the Special Investigations Unit said.
London police found GREDA dead inside, with a gunshot wound, along with the bodies of Halina, Julia and Michal. It's still unknown whether GREDA died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Autopsies began yesterday.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-16 published
Toddler drowns in ditch
The boy, 3, fell into the rain-filled channel after wandering onto a farm construction site.
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
Innerkip -- A three-year-old boy drowned Thursday night after he fell into a water-filled ditch on a farm near here.
Isaac FRIESSEN- GIESBRECHT was flown to the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario in London, where he died.
Oxford Community police, paramedics and Bright volunteer firefighters were called to the VAN BOEKEL pig farm on Township Road 9 in Blandford-Blenheim about 7: 17 p.m. Thursday.
They found the little boy unconscious in a ditch filled with rainwater from a downpour earlier that day.
FRIESSEN- GIESBRECHT had wandered onto a construction site on the farm, police said.
One neighbour, Samantha, who wouldn't give her last name, said she heard sirens and saw fire trucks on the rural road Thursday after a heavy rain.
"It was kind of scary because I didn't know where they were going," she said.
"I thought somebody had been hurt on the farm. I never thought it would be a little boy that drowned. That's terrible."
The family had lots of children, but kept to themselves, neighbours said.
No one answered the door at the modest house yesterday.
A tire swing, tricycle and other children's toys were scattered in the front lawn.
Construction equipment was on land behind the house.
"It's shocking, especially being a little one," said neighbour Janice BRIETENSTEIN.
"You just want to weep for the people. I can't imagine what they're going through."
The family has rented the house from Eric VAN BOEKEL for about two years, neighbours said.
VAN BOEKEL declined comment when reached yesterday.
Police are still probing the boy's death and Ontario's Labour Ministry also is investigating because the area involved a construction site.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-14 published
Speeding scrutinized after trio of fatalities
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
Ontario Provincial Police yesterday identified two men who died in separate crashes that killed three people Friday.
Karl NOBLE, 44, of Middlesex Centre was killed when a pickup truck collided with his vehicle in the intersection of Ilderton and Denfield roads about 4 p.m.
The pickup carrying welding gear was driving erratically on Denfield Road before it clipped a station wagon, went through a stop sign and collided with NOBLE's vehicle travelling west on Ilderton Road, police said.
The impact caused the welding truck to explode, starting a fire.
NOBLE and the truck driver died at the scene. Police hadn't confirm the identity of the truck driver yesterday.
The driver of the station wagon, a 63-year-old Strathroy man, and his two passengers were not hurt.
The station wagon had been heading south on Denfield Road when its driver noticed the pickup truck behind it closing in quickly. The station wagon pulled over to the shoulder but was struck and spun around by the truck.
"Every driver has to remember to watch out for other drivers and drive defensively," Ontario Provincial Police Const. Jennifer WILKS said yesterday.
"It does merit coming up to an intersection carefully, even if you do have the right of way."
Police are still investigating whether speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, she said.
Investigators are also probing what caused a car travelling south on Shaw Road in Thames Centre to crash into a hydro pole on Friday about 7: 20 p.m.
Steven PITCHERS, 30, of London lost control of the car he was driving when it crossed into the north lane, veered back into the south shoulder and struck a utility pole, breaking it.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate PITCHERS but he died on scene.
WILKS said a family member was following behind and came upon the crash.
She said alcohol was not a factor.
Police are still investigating whether speed may have been a factor in the crash.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-10 published
Accused in death released
Geun Chul LEE, 25, of Huron Street, is charged with manslaughter and is free on $5,000 bail.
By Kelly PEDRO, and Peter GEIGEN- MILLER, Free Press Reporters
A man charged with manslaughter following a fight Thursday that left a London man with fatal injuries was released on bail yesterday.
London police yesterday released the name of the 22-year-old man, Kai ZHENG, who died Thursday in hospital after he was injured outside his apartment building at 1128 Adelaide St. N.
Geun Chul LEE, 25, of Huron Street was held in custody after he was arrested at his home Thursday and charged with manslaughter in Zheng's death.
LEE and ZHENG knew of each other but had never met, police said.
LEE was released yesterday on $5,000 bail during an appearance in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Justice of the peace John CARROLL ordered LEE to surrender his passport before his release.
CARROLL said LEE must continue to live at his Huron Street residence, report to London police every Sunday and is not to go within a block of the Adelaide Street apartment building where the fight occurred.
While out of custody, he is banned from possessing weapons of any kind.
LEE replied with a soft-spoken "yes" when asked if he understood the conditions of his release.
LEE's lawyer, Antin JAREMCHUK, told CARROLL that LEE's family is in Korea and his mother is flying to Canada to be with her son.
LEE was ordered to return to court October 5.
ZHENG and a roommate moved into a sixth-floor apartment at 1128 Adelaide September 1.
Friends brought ZHENG to Victoria Hospital after he was seriously hurt in a fight with another person outside his apartment building.
Hospital staff then called police just before 6 a.m.
ZHENG later died of his injuries, making him the 12th homicide victim in London this year.
Police are still awaiting autopsy results to determine his cause of death.
ZHENG had applied to Fanshawe College, but hadn't completed registration and had not attended classes.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-26 published
Homicide No. 13
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter
A Toronto-area man faces a second-degree murder charge after one man was shot to death and another injured in a pub parking lot early yesterday.
Dwayne PITTER, 23, of Vaughan, was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with London's record 13th homicide.
PITTER is to appear in a London court today.
Joshua Kenneth WILLIAMS, 22, of the London area, was shot in the torso outside the Roxbury Pub and Grill at 1165 Oxford St. E. at 2: 20 a.m.
He died later.
Three people, including PITTER, were taken into custody. The other two were released, police said last night.
Detectives scoured the lot yesterday as they wrestled with a skyrocketing number of homicides this year.
Neighbours said they saw a crowd leave the bar about 2: 30 a.m., then heard screaming.
"I heard the gunshots and I saw someone go down. I thought it was firecrackers," said a woman who was standing outside the Roxbury near a variety store at the time. She did want to give her name.
"I heard two shots and I ran into the (variety) store."
Police said a dispute outside the bar led to the shooting.
Police and paramedics arrived to find WILLIAMS seriously hurt and another man shot in the arm. The second man was treated and released from hospital.
Police have recovered a handgun and are not looking for any more weapons, said Det. Andrew WHITFORD.
It's unclear whether WILLIAMS, the injured man and the three people in custody had just left the Roxbury when the shooting happened, WHITFORD said.
But there were about 40 people in the parking lot when a disagreement broke out, he said. Police are still probing the cause of the dispute.
WHITFORD said many witnesses: have come forward and bar staff have co-operated.
Roxbury staff declined comment yesterday.
Neighbours have complained of fights and loud noise after the bar's closing time.
"It's scary," said Brenda PARSONS, who lives in a nearby townhouse complex. "You don't need television to live in this neighbourhood. There's enough entertainment outside."
PARSONS said she thinks police should patrol the area more regularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
The parking lot is the same one in which Ryan VLAAD, 26, died after being punched in the head during an early morning brawl in July 2002.
Ward 3 Coun. Bernie MacDONALD said he's fielded complaints from neighbours who have had beer bottles thrown at their houses and on their property after 2 a.m. and have heard fights breaking out.
"This has been an ongoing thing with the residents," he said.
The concerns were passed on to police and MacDONALD thought the problems had been quelled until he heard about yesterday's shooting.
But MacDONALD said he thinks drugs are the "root evil" behind violence and shootings in the city this year.
"Until we cut the flow of drugs, we're going to see this and it's going to continue to rise," he said.
Police said they don't know whether drugs were involved in the fatal shooting.
Officers blocked off a large section of the strip mall, which also houses a Sport Mart, Goodwill, variety store, karate school and Tim Hortons.
A green Jeep and a black car also were taped off, though police wouldn't say why.
A shell casing and knife were visible at the scene.
A green camouflage hat, grey T-shirt, plastic beer cups, a cigarette pack and a lighter were strewn near what appeared to be a bloody stain near the black car.
Forensic detectives picked through the evidence and used a fire department aerial truck to photograph and videotape the lot.
An autopsy will be conducted today to determine the cause of death.
Other London Slayings This Year
- January 9: Laura WILSON, 20, was found stabbed on Thistledown Way. Her ex-boyfriend is charged with first-degree murder.
- February 14: Kenneth Michael BANNON, 41, was found dead in an Albert Street apartment. Brenda JOHN, 43, is charged with manslaughter.
- March 30: James BLAIR, 20, was stabbed outside an Oakville Avenue apartment building. Mwangi GETHIGA, 18, is charged with second-degree murder.
- April 22: Wilford BEBEE, 65, was stabbed outside his McNay Street home. His stepson is charged with second-degree murder.
- May 2: An infant was found dead in a home on Four Oaks Crescent. Katherine PECKHAM, 25, is charged with manslaughter.
- June 23: John MARYS, 71, was stabbed in his William Street apartment. Godwin GRIXTI, 53, is charged first-degree murder.
- June 27: Halina CZUBA, 37, her daughter, Julia, 13, and son, Michal, 5, were stabbed in their 682 Princess Ave. home. Frank GREDA, 40, was also found dead in the house from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- June 28: Yorn MEY was slain in her Chippewa Drive home. Her husband is charged with second-degree murder.
- August 5: Stephen CORMACK, 45, was stabbed after a botched robbery in a Huron Street apartment. Dameon LODGE, 24, is charged with manslaughter.
- September 8: A fight involving two men left Kai ZHENG, 22, dead outside 1128 Adelaide St. N. Geun Chul LEE, 25, is charged with manslaughter.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-20 published
Man, 21, killed racing train
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter, Sun., November 20, 2005
A 21-year-old man is dead after he was struck by a Canadian National freight train in Ingersoll Friday.
Brian MacLEOD, of the Beachville area, and a friend were trying to run north across a railway line to beat a passing train at Thames Street about 6: 20 p.m.
The 20-year-old friend made it across the tracks, but MacLeod was struck by the westbound freight train and killed, Oxford Ontario Provincial Police said.
The two Friends were heading to a fast food restaurant at the time, said Const. Dennis HARWOOD.
MacLEOD's friend wasn't hurt, he said.
The crossing gates, lights and bells were activated at the time.
"It's very tragic," said Canadian National spokesperson Ian Thomson.
It's not the first time someone has died at that crossing.
In 2002, an elderly woman was killed when her car became trapped at the crossing and collided with a freight train.
The woman, 78, had stopped for an eastbound train at the crossing. As the rail barrier arms rose, she started to cross the tracks but was trapped when the arms came down again to warn motorists of a train coming in the opposite direction.
Some residents at the time suggested an overpass be built.
In 1999, three young people from Woodstock were killed on their way to visit grandparents for Christmas when their car collided with a westbound Via train at a level crossing on McKeand Street, a few blocks from where Friday's crash occurred.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-15 published
witness describes man's slaying
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter, Thurs., December 15, A man shot outside a south London townhouse ran through the snow losing his shoes along the way -- in a desperate attempt to get to safety, an eyewitness said yesterday.
The shooting death -- the city's 14th homicide of the year -- happened just before midnight Tuesday after an argument broke out among three men.
"I never ever saw anyone get shot in real life," the witness said, tears streaming down her face. "I'm just in shock. When I saw it, I couldn't believe it was happening.
"I'm just glad my kids slept through it."
Police yesterday identified the dead man as 25-year-old Jeffrey DAVIS of London.
Police said last night a man had been arrested, but no charges were laid.
The eyewitness, who lives in a townhouse complex on Vinewood Court, southeast of Thompson and Pond Mills roads, said she heard a heated exchange late Tuesday and went to look out her window.
Two men were standing next to a car -- one on the passenger side, the other on the driver's side -- in the parking lot of the townhouse complex.
"It sounded like they were arguing and persuading someone not to do something," said the woman, who asked that her name not be used.
The woman said she couldn't hear what the argument was about, but what she saw next was chilling.
The man next to the passenger door was arguing with DAVIS, who was standing in front of 54 Vinewood Court.
"I saw the one guy put his hand up and I heard, 'Pop, pop, pop,' " said the woman, as she motioned like she was holding a gun.
"(DAVIS) stood there like he was in shock. He tried to get over the snowbank and he lost his shoes."
The woman said DAVIS tried to get back inside 54 Vinewood Court, but never made it.
As soon as shots rang out, the man standing next to the driver's door jumped in the car and started it. The shooter, said the woman, bent down to pick something up and also jumped into the car, before fleeing.
The woman said she didn't see the shooter's face and couldn't see what kind of gun he was holding.
But the man was wearing a dark leather jacket with a light-coloured shirt and jeans. She said he had short, spiky hair and a stocky build.
The shocked woman called 911 and when police and paramedics arrived, she saw DAVIS's bloody face.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined he died from a gunshot wound.
Another neighbour said she was at home when she heard what sounded like a car backfiring.
"All I heard was three gunshots," said Danielle PEREZ, who looked out her window and saw a dark-coloured Pontiac Sunfire with tinted windows drive off.
"I was pretty freaked out. I've never been so scared in my life. I couldn't sleep at all."
Neighbours said DAVIS worked with the woman who lives at 54 Vinewood Court.
DAVIS was at a company Christmas party when he and some others were invited back to the townhouse to continue the celebrations, neighbours said.
Police confirmed DAVIS didn't live in the complex.
Outside 54 Vinewood Court, blood stained the snow and walkway.
Christmas lights framed the front windows of the house and Mickey Mouse drapes hung over one upstairs bedroom window.
Forensic investigators videotaped and photographed the scene.
Uniformed officers searched a large area of the parking lot blocked off by police tape and scoured the snow with a metal detector.
A police spokesperson said people who live in the area shouldn't be worried.
"This was not a random attack," Const. Amanda PFEFFER said.
Police are still exploring a motive for the slaying, she said.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-20 published
PEDRO, Maria Leonia (June 3, 1928-March 18, 2005)
Of St. Clarens Avenue. Visitation 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 9 a.m. Monday at St. Sebastian's Church to Assumption Cemetery. Mrs. PEDRO is survived by: husband Arnaldo; sons Philip, Eleuterio, David; 3 grandchildren. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-21 published
PEDRO, Maria Leonia (June 3, 1928-March 18, 2005)
Of St. Clarens Avenue. Mass 9 a.m. today at St. Sebastian's Church to Assumption Cemetery.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-25 published
BLACKHALL, Doris Marion Stewart
One of God's most beautiful and courageous angels found her way back home on Monday, August 22nd, 2005. She is now reunited with her devoted husband, Bertram Chester BLACKHALL. Cherished mother to Bonnie Margaret, Jane Elizabeth (Carmen DECOSTE,) Jennifer Ann (Gary WALTERS) and Jon Barnett (Dana.) Proud Nanoo to Trevor and Ryan; Brandon and Rowan; Hannah; Blake, and the late Shane DECOSTE. She is also survived by her loving sisters, Margaret REIMER and Elsie AVERY. Special thanks to the staff at both St. Joseph's Health Centre and St. Michael's Palliative Care Unit. Eternal gratitude to Dr. Ed GUTMAN and José SAN PEDRO (St. Joseph's Health Centre) for their wonderful compassion and support. There truly are living angels among us. Visitation to be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 lights west of Yonge St.) on Friday, August 26th, 12: 30-1:30 p.m. Service in the chapel 1: 30 p.m. to be followed by interment (Mt. Pleasant Cemetery) and a reception in the Park Room of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Sleeping Children Around the World (scaw.org) or the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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PEDRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-15 published
SZPUNAR, Josef
Died peacefully, in his sleep, on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at St. Joseph's Health Centre, the hospital of his choice. Survived by his beloved wife Barbara, loving father of Jane, Christine (Eugene), Irene (Rick), Elizabeth (Bob). Jozef in his 88th year, was born in Lipniki, Poland. Predeceased by his sister Karolina of Toronto, his twin brother Franek, and other brothers and sisters in Poland. Loving Dziadzia of Richard (Anita), Helen (Doug), Diana (Derrick), Marc (Shealah), Barbara (Mario), Andrea, Stephen, Beth, Ricky, Brady, and Taylor. Loving great-grandfather (Dziadzia) of Emma, Olivia, John and Natasha. A proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 621, having served with valour in the Middle East and Monte Cassino. He proudly brought his family to Canada, from England, in 1951 and quickly developed the framework for life in Canada. Jozef was a long-time dedicated member of St. Casimir's Church. Special thanks and gratitude to Dr. Michael DALES and his staff, the Palliative Care team, and dedicated staff on 4E and 6M, and also to José SAN- PEDRO, for his sensitivity and guidance. Our father died peacefully in our arms, with dignity and humility, and no fear of death. He lived his life with spirituality amongst the love of his family and Friends and with pride in everything he did. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 7: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held from St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave., on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 9 o'clock. Interment Assumption Cemetery.

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PEDROSA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-07 published
FERREIRA, Jose
At Victoria Hospital, on Tuesday, September 6, 2005, Jose FERREIRA in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Rosa Rodrigues FERREIRA. Dear father of Maria SIMOES (Americo) of London, Joe FERREIRA of Barrie and George FERREIRA of Toronto. Loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Brother of Conceicao PEDROSA of Portugal. Predeceased by his brothers Joaquim and Antonio. Visitors will be received on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Justin's Church (855 Jalna Blvd. at Ernest) on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery.

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PEDWAYDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-01 published
HUFF, Cecilia (formerly MILLER, née ANDERSON)
Cecilia (ANDERSON) a resident of Moraviantown, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Sunday February 27, 2005 at the age of 98. Born in Elk Rapids, Michigan, daughter of the late Erick and Eliza (Ance) ANDERSON. Cecilia is predeceased by her first husband Fred MILLER (1947) and her late husband John HUFF (1975.) Loving mother of Margaret PETERS of Moraviantown, Ramona WILDER of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Special grandmother of Valerie MAIDENS, Erick Jr. and Lisa ANDERSON, Susannah MITCHELL, Thomas and Deborah ANDERSON, Faith ANDERSON all residing in the United States. Loving grandmother of 28 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Predeceased by daughters Josephine PEDWAYDON, Jean STONEFISH and sons William HUFF, Charles HUFF, and Erick ANDERSON. The HUFF family will receive Friends at the Badder & Robinson Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 211 Elm Street, Bothwell on Tuesday from 4: 00 - 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Pierce RUSSELL of St. Peter's Anglican Church, Moraviantown officiating. Interment Moraviantown Cemetery. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Victorian Order of Nurses or the Delaware Seniors Centre. A prayer service will be held on Tuesday evening at 7: 30 p.m. A tree will be planted in Memory of Cecilia HUFF in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp.

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PEDWELL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-09-28 published
WALKER, Anne Yvonne "Auntie Bea" (née PEDWELL)
Peacefully in the comfort of her own home on Monday evening, September 26th, 2005. In her 80th year, Anne Yvonne WALKER (nee PEDWELL,) the beloved wife of the late Howard WALKER. The loving mother of Jan WALKER, Randy WALKER and his wife Lori. Adoring grandmother of Alysha and Danielle. Dear sister of Douglas PEDWELL and his wife Doris and Ruth (Mrs. Robert CHAMPEAU). Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Jack, and her sister Clarissa (Mrs. Ted HARDMAN.) Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, on Thursday from 2: 00 to 4: 00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday afternoon at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Oncology Unit or to the Victorian Order of Nurses would be appreciated by the family.
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PEDWELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-20 published
Serial killer feared in teen's death
By Terry PEDWELL, Canadian Press
Ottawa -- The case of a missing Ottawa teen is now a murder investigation, sparking fears by some a serial killer may be on the loose.
Police confirmed yesterday that a body found near a hiking trail, just steps from a frequently used parking lot, is that of 18-year-old Jennifer TEAGUE who disappeared on her way home from work September The body was partly covered in tree branches when it was found Sunday about five kilometres from the west-end restaurant where TEAGUE was last seen after working the late shift.
Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that a serial killer is responsible, but they said it doesn't immediately appear that the case is related to that of another murdered Ottawa woman.
The body of Ardeth WOOD, 27, was discovered more than two years ago near a path in the city's east end and police have yet to find her killer.
"At this point, I must stress that the two investigations do not appear to be related," said a sombre Staff-Sgt. Monique ACKLAND at a roadside news conference near where the body was discovered.
But that didn't ease everyone's fears. At least one radio talk show host and many residents raised concerns about a link to WOOD and fears of a serial killer.
The cause of death was not immediately known and police would not reveal whether TEAGUE had been sexually assaulted, nor whether she was fully clothed when discovered.
"It will take... extensive forensic testing to obtain more information," said ACKLAND. " That could take weeks."
The identification was done through dental records.
As many as 65 police officers continued searching area roadways and the swamp near where TEAGUE's body was found as separate investigative teams probed her death.
All available staff, from forensics specialists to crime lab personnel and beat cops, have been called in to help.
As a small aircraft guided them from above, vanloads of police searchers could be seen yesterday heading into a marsh that makes up part of the Stoney Swamp Conservation Area, about 500 metres from the trail where the odour of a decomposing body led an off-duty police officer to TEAGUE.
The TEAGUE family, after being informed of the positive identification of the teenager, asked police to relay their wishes for privacy to the media, said ACKLAND.
"They are going through very hard times and our hearts go out to them. Please leave the family alone."

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PEDWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
PEDWELL, Phyllis Anne
Peacefully, at McCall Centre for Continuing Care, Etobicoke on Saturday, February 5, 2005 in her 84th year. Beloved wife for 62 years of David A. PEDWELL. Dear mother of David and his wife Laurie of Etobicoke and Catherine WOOD of Vancouver. Loving grandmother of Carolyn, Greg, Kristopher, Cameron and Amanda. Survived by sister Bernice VERNON, brother Bob NICHOLS and his wife Doris and brother-in-law Ken LINN. Funeral Service will be held at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 11 a.m. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment ParkLawn Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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PEDWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-18 published
PEDWELL, David A.
At Sunrise of Mississauga on Sunday, October 16, 2005, in his 84th year. Beloved husband for 62 years of Phyllis Anne PEDWELL (née NICHOLS.) Dear father of David and his wife Laurie of Etobicoke and Catherine WOOD of Vancouver. Loving grandfather of Carolyn, Greg, Kris, Cam and Amanda. Dear brother of Sidney PEDWELL (deceased,) Aldene MORGAN, and Glenn PEDWELL and his wife Shirley. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Saturday, October 22, from 2: 30 p.m. until time of Service of Remembrance at 3: 30 p.m. in the Chapel. Cremation with interment Park Lawn Cemetery at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Canada, 316 - 4211 Yonge Street, P.O. Box 33240 Station Brm B, Toronto, Ontario M7Y 5V1.

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