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Man Vanishes on NY Ski Trip, Turns Up in Calif. 6 Days Later

Police say firefighter appears to have suffered head injury, memory loss

(Newser) - A Toronto fire captain's skiing trip to upstate New York turned into a cross-country trip to California—and authorities say he has no idea how. Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis, who was reported missing in the Whiteface Mountain area Feb. 7, turned up 2,500 miles away, confused and still... More »

More Bodies Have Turned Up in Case of Alleged Serial Killer

Police found remains of 6 people in planters on property connected to Bruce McArthur

(Newser) - Toronto police said Thursday they've recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur , the AP reports. Lead investigator Det. St. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property McArthur used as storage in exchange for doing the... More »

Sources: Man Found Bound in Suspected Serial Killer's Home

His arrival at apartment reportedly triggered Bruce McArthur's arrest

(Newser) - Toronto police arrested a suspected serial killer out of fear for a young man's life, sources say. The man—who was seeking a sexual encounter, per the CBC —was found restrained but unharmed in Bruce McArthur's apartment on Jan. 18; police had the 66-year-old landscaper under surveillance... More »

Landscaper Accused of Killing 5, Hiding Bodies in Planters

Toronto cops believe there are more victims to be found

(Newser) - After a series of grim discoveries, police in Toronto believe they have a serial killer in custody—one who was able to operate undetected for years because he had a job that was perfect for hiding bodies. Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been charged with first-degree murder in... More »

Cops Call for Help After Allegedly Eating Pot, Hallucinating

A source says one officer ended up in a tree

(Newser) - It sounds like a potentially perilous situation: an officer calling for assistance while on duty. Except in the case of two Toronto officers on Sunday, the problem wasn't gunfire or an uncooperative arrestee—it was pot the cops had allegedly consumed. CBC News reports the officers, whose names haven'... More »

What Cops Learned in 6 Weeks About Billionaires' Deaths

They believe Barry and Honey Sherman were targeted

(Newser) - The four children of Canadian billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman have from the outset insisted their parents' December deaths were not the result of a murder-suicide, a theory that had been forth by a source in the Toronto police. Now, vindication. After a six-week investigation, Toronto police on Friday revealed... More »

Police: Child's Tale of Man Cutting Her Hijab Isn't True

An extensive investigation concluded it didn't happen

(Newser) - Toronto police are disputing an 11-year-old girl's claim that her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school last week. Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said Monday an extensive investigation was conducted and police concluded it did not happen. The sixth-grader, her mother, and her... More »

Bus Driver Passes Out on N. America's Busiest Highway

A quick-thinking passenger saves the day

(Newser) - The stretch of Ontario's Highway 401 that goes through Toronto is believed to be the busiest highway in North America—making it all the more terrifying when the driver of a bus with dozens of passengers on board passed out at the wheel. "There was a bit of... More »

Cops Plead for Help in Tracking Down $30K Worth of Veal

Meat was stolen in Toronto

(Newser) - Cops in Toronto are pleading with the public to help them solve a hefty Christmas Day heist. The Daily Meal reports on the theft of an "extremely large quantity" of veal, as it's worded in a police release . The meat (and the 48-foot refrigerated trailer it was being... More »

Friends Seize on New Details in Deaths of Billionaire Couple

Neighbor says Barry Sherman couldn't have lifted wife onto railing

(Newser) - Friends balking at rumors of a murder-suicide are seizing on new details about the deaths of Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey. Sources tell the Toronto Sun that the two were found hanging side by side on a railing near an indoor pool in their Toronto mansion... More »

Cops Reveal Cause of Death for Canadian Billionaire, Wife

Homicide squad has taken the lead in investigation

(Newser) - The investigation into the mysterious deaths of a billionaire and his wife is now being led by homicide detectives, police say—suggesting the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman were either murder-suicide or a double murder. Police, who have described the deaths as "suspicious," revealed Sunday that the... More »

Children of Dead Billionaire Decry Murder-Suicide Reports

Pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife were found hanged in their home Friday

(Newser) - After the bodies of Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were found hanging in their Toronto mansion Friday afternoon, a source for the Toronto police department told the press the police were investigating the possibility that their deaths were a murder-suicide. But now the couples' children are... More »

Founder of Pharma Giant, Wife Found Dead in Home

Police in Toronto say deaths are 'suspicious'

(Newser) - A drug company billionaire and his wife were found dead in their mansion in what police describe as "suspicious circumstances," but investigators in Toronto say there were no signs of forced entry and they are not seeking any suspects. Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife, Honey, 70, were... More »

Toronto Won't Be Getting 'Rob Ford Stadium'

City council votes down proposal by current mayor

(Newser) - The Toronto city council has voted against naming a stadium after former Mayor Rob Ford, the AP reports. Ford's four-year tenure as mayor of Canada's largest city was marred by revelations about his drinking problems and crack cocaine use. As he sought a second term in 2014, a... More »

Battle to Host Amazon's New HQ Gets Prickly

Tucson's 'really cool' cactus gift is rejected

(Newser) - Amazon has rejected the 21-foot saguaro cactus that southern Arizona economic leaders planned to send as a gift to CEO Jeff Bezos, in a bid to attract the company's second headquarters. "Unfortunately we can't accept gifts (even really cool ones)," an Amazon tweet read. Amazon says... More »

Cop Buys Shirt and Tie for Shoplifter's Job Interview

Teen was busted trying to steal them from a Walmart in Toronto

(Newser) - A teen with no money and no good clothes to wear to an upcoming job interview made the misguided decision to try to steal a shirt and tie from Walmart. As Toronto's CP24 reports, the 18-year-old quickly got busted by store security. But that's when the kid caught... More »

Man Killed Mom, 2 Brothers Weeks Before His Wedding

He was afraid mother would tell fiancee he was jobless

(Newser) - A Toronto man who didn't want his fiancee to discover he was unemployed ended up slaughtering almost his entire family on a bloody day in August last year. Brett Ryan, 36, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years Friday after confessing to... More »

Teen Goes to Metallica Concert, Loses Car for Days

His dad had to place a Craigslist ad asking Toronto locals to help his 'doofy son'

(Newser) - For much of this week, Toronto residents have been on a scavenger hunt of sorts, with an odd target: a 2015 Nissan Versa, "misplaced" by a US teen who'd forgotten where he'd left it after a Metallica concert. The CBC reports on 19-year-old Gavin Strickland's parking... More »

Toronto's Trump Tower Is Changing Its Name

Owners had to pay millions to Trump Organization

(Newser) - It's sad news for big fans of alliteration, but nobody else seems to mind: The Trump Tower in Toronto will be getting a new name under a deal announced Tuesday, the New York Times reports. JCF Capital, which bought the 65-story hotel and condo complex earlier this year, has... More »

Uber's Latest Headache: Rotting Sandwiches

The UberEATS driver has confounded everyone

(Newser) - There wasn't anything terribly special about their order, but what happened next was truly unexpected. Toronto-area couple Anna Kotlikova and Blake Weinzettl ordered pizza and soda from a nearby haunt, Montana's, over the weekend, using UberEATS so they wouldn't have to go out and pick it up.... More »

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