Quebec: A Montreal court heard the reason why a man charged with improper storage of a firearm had a collection of guns: he feared elves were stalking him. The man, who passed a criminologist’s initial evaluation on his fitness to stand trial, is also charged with uttering threats. He allegedly threatened to kill his former teachers, as well as fellow students, online.
Ontario: Toronto police stopped and later charged a man with stealing 41 election signs of councillor Adam Vaughan. Though the signs, taken from yards in Vaughan’s ward, were returned to the politician, some had been defaced.
Saskatchewan: An 18-year-old plowed into a ground-floor window of Regina’s Luther College High School, shearing the roof off the vehicle. After smashing through the window, the car dropped more than a metre into the visual arts room. The damage is estimated at more than $20,000. Charges are expected for the teen, who doesn’t go to the school.
Alberta: After stopping at the scene of a car accident to offer assistance, a good Samaritan in Calgary was allegedly punched in the face and had her car stolen by the driver at fault. The man, who police say later crashed her car into a lamppost before fleeing on foot, was apprehended and has been charged with robbery, common nuisance endangering life, and two counts of hit and run. The good Samaritan will need dental surgery.
British Columbia: RCMP officers found four pipe bombs in a car following a routine traffic stop. After seeing possible stolen goods in the vehicle, the police conducted an inspection, which turned up what looked like explosive devices. A disposal unit was flown in to detonate the devices. “Three were live and one was not yet complete,” says Const. Gary Godwin. Two men were arrested. Police are considering charges.