Crime Stoppers most wanted: Cecil Charles Everson

Cecil Charles Everson
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June 28, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Crime Stoppers is asking for public assistance in locating the following person who is wanted on a Canada Wide warrant as of June 25th, 2013. 

Cecil Charles Everson (DOB: 1980-06-20) is wanted for Breach of Parole. Everson is described as a 33-year-old Caucasian male, 6'0 " tall(183cm)  and 170 lbs(77kg).  He has brown hair and blue eyes. 

Crime Stoppers will pay cash for information leading to the arrest of this suspect. 

If you see him, do not approach him.  Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or go to www.sostips.ca

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  • WATCH LIVE: Political players of all party stripes gather for fond farewell to Jim Flaherty

    TORONTO - Canada's political elite gather today to pay their final respects to Jim Flaherty, the former finance minister whose sudden death last week spurred an outpouring of grief that has stretched across the country and across party lines.

    A state funeral is being held at Toronto's downtown St. James Cathedral for Flaherty, 64, who died of a heart attack in his Ottawa condo despite frantic efforts by a cabinet colleague to resuscitate him.

    Flaherty's death, which came less than a month after his retirement, sent shockwaves through the national capital, where flags have been flying at half-mast and the Peace Tower has been bathed in green light, a tribute to his Irish heritage.

    Hundreds of dignitaries and citizens lined up to pay their respects Tuesday at the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ont., which caters to the disabled and able-bodied alike. Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived late in the day for a private viewing.

    Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, a Flaherty confidante who rushed to his condo in an attempt to revive her friend and had dinner with him on the eve of his death, also paid her respects. An emotional Leitch blew a kiss to his casket.

    Harper will speak at the funeral in front of a crowd that will include NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and several federal cabinet ministers.

    Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Mark Carney, the former Bank of Canada governor who now heads the Bank of England, will also be on hand at the funeral, which is taking place under tight security just blocks from Toronto's famed financial district, a favourite Flaherty stomping ground.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, whose friendship with Flaherty caused the diminutive finance minister some uncomfortable moments in the media spotlight last year, is also expected to attend. Ford and his brother, Doug, also paid their respects in Whitby on Tuesday.

    Mourners filed into a low-lit room in the city east of Toronto, where Flaherty's Maple Leaf-draped casket lay between two Mounties in ceremonial dress. Flaherty's widow — Ontario MP Christine Elliott — and the couple's triplet sons stood on one side as Irish tunes played softly from speakers.

    Flaherty's state funeral is the first such honour since 2011, when former NDP leader Jack Layton was laid to rest. State funerals are customarily only given to current or former prime ministers, governors general, sitting cabinet ministers or members of the Royal Family.

  • AC/DC retiring? Rumours swirl about legendary heavy metal group

    For those about to retire, we salute you — or not.

    A whirlwind of trans-Pacific rumours are reporting that legendary heavy metal heroes AC/DC are ready to hang up their guitars due to a catastrophic illness.

    On Monday, an anonymous email was sent to a radio station in Perth, Australia, claiming the classic rock icons were eyeing retirement after a four-decade career.

    The writer — who signed off as Thunderstruck — claimed one of the band members may be terminally ill.

    “I have extremely good contacts in Europe that are very close to AC/DC,” the email to 6PR said. “I have it on very good authority that one of the band members is quite ill and has returned to Australia with his family.”

    On Tuesday, Aussie entertainment commentator Peter Ford made a dire prediction.

    “We may not hear them perform or record ever again,” he said, adding that tragedy had struck the group.

    The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that it is guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young who is unable to continue playing for the band because of an illness. The respected paper says the illness may be terminal.

    According to The Herald, the band has a pact stating no member will ever be replaced if he is forced to quit. Instead, AC/DC would call it a career. The band’s second singer — Bon Scott — died tragically following a drunken escapade in 1980.

    But sources close to the band have denied the troubling stories — although there has been no official statement.

    And The Australian newspaper is reporting that AC/DC has booked six weeks of studio time in Vancouver starting May 1. If Young is indeed terminally ill, it wasn’t apparent in February when singer Brian Johnson confirmed to a Florida radio station that the group would head back into the studio.

    Johnson sparked earlier retirement rumours in 2011.

    “A journalist asked me once, ‘What do you think about retirement, Brian, seeing as you’re getting older?’ I said something honest and quite naive; I said, ‘Well, I’ll retire when I can’t do it anymore and as soon as I feel I can’t do it anymore, then I’ll retire.’ Next thing I now there’s a headline, ‘Brian Johnson’s gonna retire.’ And it came out all wrong so you got to be careful what you say.”

    AC/DC has sold more than 200 million albums during their storied career.

  • Teens who suffer concussion more likely to attempt suicide, be bullied: study

    TORONTO - Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied and seeking help for mental health issues from crisis help lines, a study has found.

    The study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital also found adolescents who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more likely to become bullies themselves, to be prescribed medication for anxiety and/or depression, to use alcohol or cannabis, and to engage in antisocial behaviours.

    Lead researcher Dr. Gabriela Ilie, a neuropsychologist at the Toronto hospital, said those behaviours include damaging property, breaking and entering, taking a car without permission, running away from home, setting a fire, getting into a fight at school, or carrying or being threatened by a weapon.

    "I think what we're seeing here is a cry for help," said Ilie. "What we're seeing here is a wake-up call. (It's a) cry for help on their behalf and a wake-up call for us — for parents, for educators, for medical professionals.

    "What this says to us is when your child gets a concussion or if you see signs of mental health issues — suicide attempts, substance use — and you take your child to a medical professional, you want to be vigilant as a parent, you want to be vigilant as a medical professional to screen for potential mental health and behaviour harms in adolescent patients who have had a TBI."

    Ilie said doctors need to ask young patients seeking help for mental health problems whether they have had a blow to the head or were previously diagnosed with a concussion. The corollary is also necessary: asking teens who have had a concussion if they are experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, she said.

    "And take that into account in your diagnosis, take that into account in long-term vigilance and screening and monitoring of those kids."

    Ilie believes the research, published Tuesday in the journal PLOS ONE, represents the first population-based evidence demonstrating the extent of the link between TBI and poor mental health outcomes among adolescents.

    The study was conducted using data from the 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

    The survey contains responses from almost 9,000 students from Grades 7 to 12 in publicly funded schools across Ontario. When the survey was initiated, it asked students to anonymously report their alcohol and drug use, but it has since been expanded to look at adolescent health and well-being overall. Questions about traumatic brain injury were added for the first time in 2011.

    “We know from a previous study based on (survey) data that as many as 20 per cent of adolescents in Ontario said they have experienced a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime,” said Dr. Robert Mann, a senior scientist at CAMH who directs the survey.

    “The relationship between TBI and mental health issues is concerning and calls for greater focus on prevention and further research on this issue."

    Ilie said students were asked if they had ever suffered a TBI such as a concussion that left them unconscious for at least five minutes or required them to be hospitalized for at least one night.

    Almost one in five said they had experienced at least one traumatic brain injury in their lifetime; the risk of such an injury was almost 50 per cent higher among males than females.

    The study found students who reported a previous TBI were more than three times more likely than those who had not had a head injury to attempt suicide and roughly twice as likely to be bullied at school or on the Internet, to bully others, to seek help from a crisis help line or to be prescribed a medication for depression, anxiety or both.

    The odds of being threatened with a weapon at school were three times as high for students with a previous head trauma, compared to peers who had not had a TBI, the researchers found.

    Adolescence can be a turbulent time as teens try to figure out who they are and what they want to be, said Ilie.

    Adding the effects of a concussion — which are known to slow cognition, interfere with the ability to concentrate and create emotional turmoil — can make it more challenging to learn and to navigate social relationships.

    "You don't feel all right. You go to class and you don't answer as fast," she said, adding that students may have to study longer than they did before to get the same results on tests, for instance.

    "It's a very harsh environment out there for teens. When kids see that you're not as sharp, you don't catch a joke fast, you don't respond quickly when a pun has been thrown at you, they can bully you."

    The study results suggest that parents, teachers, sports coaches and health providers need to keep on top of how teens who have had a concussion are faring mentally and emotionally over time.

    "Otherwise, we're going to let them fall through the cracks," said Ilie. "My concern with looking at this data is what net is there to catch those kids?"

  • City council hazy on how marijuana facilities will be taxed

    VERNON - The medical marijuana debate at Vernon City Hall isn’t revolving around the controversial nature of the plant, but on how to tax the facilities that produce it.

    City councillors have been sitting on a proposed medical marijuana bylaw for weeks, and Monday opted to wait a little longer.

    “We need clarification on how B.C. Assessment will assess facilities and how they will assess property improvements,” Mayor Rob Sawatzky says.

    How B.C. Assessment chooses to assess production facilities will likely govern where the City of Vernon permits them to operate. The original understanding was no matter where the facilities are located, they would be taxed as agricultural enterprises, Sawatzky says. That’s why the city was initially going to restrict them to agricultural lands.

    “The issue is we as a city have to provide services, and having facilities (on industrial lands) taxed as agricultural, we couldn’t recover the costs,” Sawatzky says.

    Since then, they’ve learned B.C. Assessment doesn’t assess property improvements based on the agricultural rate, but on what the building is being used for. That means the city could allow them on light industrial lands and collect industrial tax on any improvements. But only if the system stays as is.

    “Now it looks like B.C. Assessment is changing the way they assess improvements on properties,” Sawatzky says.

    Council deferred giving first reading to the bylaw until staff confirms how B.C. Assessment will handle medical marijuana facilities.

    The second part of the amendment moved by Coun. Brian Quiring to allow marijuana facilities in light industrial zones was to also permit the buildings to be multi-tenant.

    “I think restricting that type of a facility to being a standalone is maybe a little shortsighted,” Quiring says. “I think maybe there might be developers looking to put up a large building and have one component (be) a production facility.”

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Where to find cheaper parking downtown Vernon

    CITY COUNCIL SLASHES PRICES IN SOME AREAS 

    VERNON - Downtown parking just got cheaper—if you don’t mind trekking a few blocks to your destination.

    City council shaved 25 cents off the originally 75 cent hourly rates in the parkade and added a 50 cent per hour option at the parking lot on 29 St. to give drivers reprieve from the dollar an hour fee everywhere else downtown.

    The city needs to invest around $7,000 for signage and a ticket dispenser for the 29 Street parking lot, which only offered monthly parking before.

    Council picked the action out of seven options provided by staff. Choices ranged from changing nothing to slashing rates by half at all meters outside the 30 Avenue zone—a move which would have shrunk city revenue by $190,000.

    Coun. Catherine Lord says parking rates doubled after a 2013 core services review, and in retrospect, she wishes council had employed a gentler touch.

    “At least now we are alleviating the parking a little bit without impacting revenues too much,” Lord says.

    Coun. Brian Quiring is dissatisfied with council’s chosen action, insisting parking is “just too expensive.”

    He admits council did what it had to do in 2013 to stabilize the city’s revenue base, but anticipates the discussion will resurface.

    “The next budget, we’re going to have to revisit it, because... I think right now we’re doing a disservice to the downtown,” Quiring says.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Mixed feelings delay summer market plans

    VERNON - Plans for a downtown summer market have stalled because council isn’t sure merchants in the area support the concept.

    Before endorsing the idea of closing off 30 Avenue Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., city councillors want to be sure it’s what downtown shopkeepers want. The Downtown Vernon Association, which brought the proposal forward, has been asked to survey affected merchants.

    “I talked to a few businesses down there, and they don’t support it,” Coun. Bob Spiers said during Monday’s city council meeting.

    Coun. Juliette Cunningham isn’t confident all businesses are in favour of the idea either. She cited concerns over parking—shops would lose customer parking in front of their stores during market hours—as well as the competition vendors would present to downtown businesses.

    “I haven’t really heard too many positive things from the merchants I’ve spoken to. They’ve asked me how did this evolve?” Cunningham said.

    DVA executive director Lara Konkin attended the meeting and was disappointed with council’s direction.

    “We have spoken to every business that we could (on) 30 Ave. and off.... Our board represents all those businesses and I am without a doubt convinced that we have the support of businesses on 30 Ave.,” she told reporters.

    “We will definitely go ahead with the request and bring those results back to them as we have already surveyed those businesses.”

    She said part of the problem might be that the original plan, which involved rotating the market between different ends of 30 Ave., changed to reflect transportation realities.

    “I think what we’re hearing is a surprise because there was a change to the original plan,” Konkin said. “So if there is a bit of uncertainty it’s just a matter of getting that information to merchants.”

    Coun. Mary Jo O'Keefe is confident the project will move ahead, if a little later than she'd like.

    "I'm still hopeful it will be a good addition to our summer season to have that excitement happen on Main Street,” O'Keefe said.

    Council will revisit the proposal April 28. 

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Calgary police say stabbing suspect is son of veteran city officer

    CALGARY - The suspect in the stabbing deaths of five young people in Calgary is the son of a senior officer with the city police force.

    Chief Rick Hanson says the arrested man is a student at the University of Calgary and was an invited guest at a house party celebrating the end of the school year.
    Hanson says the young man arrived at the party early Tuesday morning, got his hands on a large knife and began stabbing the victims one by one.

    Three men died at the scene, while another man and a woman died in hospital.

    "This is the worst murder — mass murder — in Calgary's history," Hanson said. "We have never seen five people killed by an individual at one scene. The scene was horrific."
    Hanson says the dead were all "good kids" who were in their twenties.

    He says first-degree-murder charges are pending and the name of the suspect will be released after they are laid.

    Police were called to the northwest residential neighbourhood of Brentwood, not far from the University of Calgary campus, at about 1:20 a.m.

    The suspect was arrested with the help of the police canine unit about 40 minutes after the stabbings. He was taken to hospital for treatment of dog bites.

    Hanson says the suspect worked at a grocery store and his father had worked with the force for 33 years. There was no immediate word about a possible motive.

    The blue-sided house where the stabbing took place is on a quiet, tree-lined residential street. It was surrounded with yellow police tape as medical examiner staff brought three bodies out on stretchers.

    Neighbours in the area say the house was being rented by University of Calgary students and the party stemmed from the student union's annual Bermuda Shorts Day, which was held Monday.

    The event, shortened by students to BSD, is an annual outdoor party on campus featuring live music and beer gardens to celebrate the end of classes.

    The school's student newspaper, The Gauntlet, wrote about the tradition two weeks ago in a story titled "BSD: It'll be a bloodbath."

    On Twitter, many students wrote about how they starting drinking early in the morning Monday and continued after the campus event at parties elsewhere.

    Trent Pattison wrote: "Sad that days that are supposed to be remembered as a fun great day will be remembered for the wrong reasons. #BSD2014."

    The university posted a short statement about the deaths on its website, saying counselling would be offered to anyone needing it.

    "The University of Calgary is mourning the loss of five young people killed early this morning in Brentwood," the statement reads.

    "The identities of the deceased have not yet been confirmed by Calgary Police Services. Once details are confirmed by Calgary Police Services, the university will provide a further statement."

    Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi took to Twitter to offer condolences.

    "Thoughts and prayers of all Calgarians are with the young people we lost this morning, their families, friends, and university community," the mayor said.

     

    LINKS:

    PHOTOS: Son of Calgary police officer arrested after five killed at house party - Canada.com

    University of Calgary - Official website

    PHOTOS/VIDEO: Five dead in stabbing at house party in northwest Calgary - The Calgary Sun

  • 'Hangry' spouse? Study with voodoo dolls ties marital discord to low blood sugar

    WASHINGTON - A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

    That's because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose.

    In fact, it can make them "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman.

    "We need glucose for self-control," said Bushman, lead author of the study, which was released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Anger is the emotion that most people have difficulty controlling."

    The researchers studied 107 married couples for three weeks. Each night, they measured their levels of the blood sugar glucose and asked each participant to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing his or her spouse. That indicated levels of aggressive feelings.

    The researchers found that the lower the blood sugar levels, the more pins were pushed into the doll.

    In fact, people with the lowest scores pushed in twice as many pins as those with the highest blood sugar levels, the researchers said.

    The study also found that the spouses were generally not angry at each other. About 70 per cent of the time, people didn't put any pins in the doll, said study co-author Richard Pond Jr. at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The average for the whole study was a bit more than one pin a night per person.

    Three people put all 51 pins in at one time — and one person did that twice — Pond said.

    Bushman said there's a good physical reason to link eating to emotion: The brain, which is only 2 per cent of the body weight, consumes 20 per cent of our calories.

    The researchers said eating a candy bar might be a good idea if spouses are about to discuss something touchy, but that fruits and vegetables are a better long-term strategy for keeping blood sugar levels up.

    Outside experts gave the study, funded by the National Science Foundation, mixed reviews.

    Chris Beedie, who teaches psychology at the Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, said he thought the study's method was flawed and that his own work disagrees with Bushman's conclusions. The better way to test Bushman's concept is to give people high glucose on some occasions and low glucose on others, and see if that makes a difference in actual acts of aggression, he said.

    But Julie Schumacher, who studies psychology and domestic violence at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, called the study well-designed and said it is reasonable to conclude, as the study did, that "low glucose levels might be one factor that contributes to intimate partner violence."

    Still, she and Beedie said it might be a big leap to interpret the results with voodoo dolls as indicating risk for actual physical aggression against a spouse.

    The study procedure also raised another problem. Bushman had to handle a call from his credit card company, which wanted to make sure it was really he who had spent $5,000 to buy more than 200 voodoo dolls.