Police blotter: a weapon of mass distraction

A round-up of the oddest crimes from across Canada

Newfoundland: Two St. John’s citizens face assault charges in two separate incidents involving unusual weapons. Earlier this month, a woman was arrested in a hospital emergency room after striking a man in the head with a crutch, and charged with assault with a weapon. That same week, police responded to a domestic call where they found a man allegedly threatening his family with a television remote control. He has been charged with assault and uttering threats.

Prince Edward Island: A 51-year-old man from Tracadie Cross is facing charges of assault causing bodily harm after he allegedly attacked a snowplow operator. The accused was plowing his driveway with a truck and dumping the snow in the road, which the operator saw and advised him not to do. Police say the accused then entered the plow’s cab and threw the driver to the ground, continuing to assault him and breaking his finger.

Ontario: After failing to break into a bakery in the town of Madoc, a 20-year-old man allegedly went on to steal a bag of cookies and two packages of butter tarts from a nearby gas station. In addition to charges of break and enter and theft under $5,000, he is charged with breach of probation.

Saskatchewan: Two 19-year-old Regina men were arrested after allegedly firing a paintball gun at a man pruning trees. The victim called the police, who entered the house in question and found three large bags of marijuana. The men face charges of mischief, assault, weapons, and possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking.

British Columbia: A 45-year-old Langley woman has been charged with keeping a common bawdy house and living on the avails of prostitution after she was arrested at Broadway Bodycare, a “health enhancement centre” that is advertised online as an escort service. Police were responding to complaints about “sexual noises coming from the business,” said Const. Lindsey Houghton.

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