Teen charged with shooting
Police say a Toronto teenager is the latest person to be charged in connection with one of the worst mass shootings in the city’s history. Toronto police said on Friday that a 17-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, 22 counts of aggravated assault, one count each of attempted murder and recklessly discharging a firearm. The suspect, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was scheduled to appear in court on Friday. Numerous gunshots were fired during a July 16 barbecue for young people, killing 14-year-old Shyanne Charles and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay. Twenty-three others were sent to the hospital. Nineteen-year-old Nahom Tseigazab was charged earlier this week with two counts of second-degree murder, attempted murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.
Phone book lawsuit ends
A phone book company has settled a lawsuit filed by a Montana barbecue restaurant that was listed in a section of the yellow pages for “Animal Carcass Removal.” The owner of Bar 3 Bar-B-Q sued Dex Media Inc after the listing appeared in the 2009 phone book and was reprinted in other directories in 2010 and last year. It gained notoriety after it was featured as a joke on Jay Leno’s show last year. The lawsuit claimed a Dex salesman deliberately published the free listing under the section after the owner of the restaurant refused to buy an advertisement in the book. The terms of last Friday’s deal between Dex and the restaurant’s parent company were not disclosed.
Dog killer escapes jail
A man who pleaded guilty in the slaughter of dozens of sled dogs in British Columbia will not spend time in prison, a judge has ruled. Provincial Court Judge Steve Merrick concluded on Thursday that Robert Fawcett had the “best interests” of the dogs at heart when he culled the pack near Whistler after a slump in business following the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. While Merrick said he agreed with a psychiatrist’s assessment that Fawcett’s actions were the result of mental instability, the judge noted: “[You] ought to have anticipated the possibility of the horrific circumstances that could result. It is beyond comprehension as to how this could have occurred.” The devastating aftermath of the April 2010 killing was outlined in court by Fawcett’s lawyer, who described how hard it was for his 40-year-old client to even listen to details of killing his beloved animals again.
WWII postcard arrives
A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it. The postcard was sent July 4, 1943, from Rockford, Illinois, to sisters Pauline and Theresa Leisenring in Elmira. Their brother, George Leisenring, was stationed at Rockford’s Medical Center Barracks at Camp Grant, an Army post during World War II. Their parents were visiting him when they mailed the postcard home. The postcard reads in part: “Dear Pauline and Theresa, We arrived safe, had a good trip, but we were good and tired.” Elmira’s Star-Gazette newspaper reports the postcard arrived last week at the family’s former home, where a different family now lives. A postal official says the postcard may have been found by someone outside the postal service and placed in the mail.