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Residents of a west-central Saskatchewan community helped Mounties capture two alleged break and enter suspects. The break in happened late in the evening on Sept. 17 in Wilkie.

Originally, police received a report that a large man dressed in black attempted to steal 2 golf bags from a shed. When he was confronted by the homeowner, the man left without the golf bags.

Minutes later, police received a report that two men had broken into the Wilkie Pharmacy.

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When officers arrived, they found some residents had grabbed a man has he was attempting to crawl out of the store through a broken front window. Mounties placed the man under arrest.

One resident had the presence of mind to drive a truck to the back of the pharmacy and block the back door. A second man was arrested without incident.

Police said the actions of the residents prevented the men from leaving with between $20,000 and $30,000 in drugs.

READ MORE: Prince Albert police charge 3 in armed robbery

A woman was also arrested after being found in a truck that was taken from North Battleford without the owner’s consent.

Richard David Bear, 26, of North Battleford, Joshua Roy Tucker, 24, of Cochin, and Angel Lee Bear, 25, of North Battleford, are facing numerous charges including break, enter and commit theft, and possession of break and enter instruments.

The two men, who are scheduled to appear Monday in North Battleford provincial court, are also facing charges of wearing a disguise with intent.

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TORONTO – A report on the possibility of tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway is up for debate at city hall today.

Toronto city councillors met today at 9:30 a.m. for the first time since the fall session reconvened, with topics such as tolls and the tunnelling of the Gardiner up for debate.

Gardiner, DVP tolls

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The detailed report on possible road tolls was presented to the executive committee on Monday in an effort to offset funding, operating and maintenance costs for the Gardiner and DVP, which is seeing significant revitalization.

The report said the Gardiner currently sees approximately 164,00 vehicles each weekday from west of Spadina, 228,000 vehicles east of Highway 427 and 110,000 vehicles on the DVP north of Bayview Avenue.

“Tolling could be significantly expensive for people that use the Gardiner Expressway or the Don Valley Parkway,”said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

“If it’s a one off then it may be affordable, but if you got to get to work and use the Gardiner Expressway or the Don Valley Parkway, that’s $6 a day.”

Tory said he doesn’t necessarily think tolls are fair for roads that have already been paid for.

“This report is being received today and will likely be sent back for more information,” he said.

“There is not proposal on the table today to impose tolls on any road, anywhere and I guess that’s where that stands as of today.”

One suggested toll would see a flat fee of $1.25 or a distance-based fee of 10 cents per kilometre for a 30-year period.

A more expensive recommendation would see a flat fee of $3.25 or a distance based fare of 35 cents per km to recover costs in a shorter period of time.

Any excess revenue would be used to cover other transportation alternatives such as transit.

It is estimated the cost to upgrade, operate and maintain both the DVP and Gardiner would cost $5.7 billion.

The report also said tolls would reduce vehicle emissions and cut commuter times by three to five minutes.

Tunnelling the Gardiner

Seen as an eyesore and barrier to the city’s waterfront, the possibility of removing and burying portions of the Gardiner has been a persistent debate.

A report before the executive committee recommends no further analysis of  tunnelling options for the Gardiner, saying the aging expressway requires immediate attention because its elevated decks continue to deteriorate and it will be deemed unserviceable beyond 2020.

Councillor Jim Karygiannis put forward the further exploration of a potential tunnel.

“We are trying to see if it would be feasible to build a tunnel at the same time we are looking to keep the Gardiner up and running for the next couple years,” said Karygiannis.

“A tunnel would be massively more expensive and it would take substantially longer,” added Minnan-Wong.

“The tunnel is so complicated, that we would just get the approvals and permits and environmental assessments in time [when] we’re actually cutting the ribbon on the new Gardiner expressway.”

The cost for tunnelling was estimated at $2.5 billion but the report said would exceed $10 billion and that “the opportunity to undertake a tunnel for all or portions of the Gardiner Expressway has passed.”

Cities like Boston and Seattle currently have tunnelled expressways.

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TORONTO — A 49-year-old Mississauga teacher is facing five more charges after two more women were allegedly sexually assaulted during school hours, and police think there may be more victims.

Chinedu Okoro now faces a total of 15 charges, 11 for sexual assault and four for sexual exploitation after Toronto police said he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old student and a 17-year-old student during school hours.

Police allege that from November 2014 to January 2015, and from July 6 to July 29, Okoro sexually assaulted the 19-year-old girl.

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READ MORE: Mississauga teacher faces 10 charges in alleged sexual assaults of 2 students

Investigators also alleged the 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted during the same time period in July.

Police announced Monday that Okoro allegedly sexually assaulted two other women during school hours, one in June 2014 and another from April 17 to June 29 of this year on four separate occasions.

Okoro was re-arrested and charged on Wednesday. He appeared in court in Toronto the same day.

Investigators said Okoro was an employee of the Toronto District School Board, working in the northwest area of Toronto.

Police previously said Okoro was most recently a teacher at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute at 340 Sentinel Rd. in Toronto, but was also a teacher at Emery Adult Learning Centre at 3395 Weston Rd. from Sept. 2014 to June 2015.

Police believe that there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 杭州桑拿按摩论坛杭州夜生活222tips杭州桑拿, or by texting “TOR” and your message to CRIMES (274637).

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit the Toronto Police Sex Crimes website.

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CALGARY – Police are investigating a brazen daytime shooting in the community of Forest Heights.

Officers were called to the 4500 block of 7 Avenue S.E. at around 9:15 a.m. on Monday for reports that a man had been shot.

EMS said a man in his 20s was rushed to hospital in potentially life-threatening condition. His condition was later upgraded to serious but stable, according to police.

Global News has learned the victim is Henry Le Nguyen. Le Nguyen is associated with high profile gang violence in Calgary.

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One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said Le Nguyen had been shot in the abdomen and foot.

“We heard the ‘pop, pop’ and then I saw him out my window banging on doors, asking people to let him in because he said he’d been shot,” she said.

“I held his hand, I was trying to give him comfort. He was having a hard time breathing.”

Another neighbour, Sandra Graval, was on the way to the grocery store when the shooting occurred.

“I live here, and you think you’re safe… but you’re not. I guess you’re not safe anywhere,” she said.

Witnesses describe hearing multiple shots fired.

“One shot woke me up first – and then there was a burst of four or five,” said a neighbour who didn’t wish to be identified. “So five or six shots.”

No other injuries were reported, however, some area residents were briefly evacuated after a stray bullet hit a gas line which began leaking. Police say the leak was contained quickly.

“There’s holes in the fences, there’s a hole in the gas metre,” said Duty Insp. Paul Magnus. “Rounds flying through the air in a neighborhood is never good for a community.”

Police have not yet released a description of the suspects.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police or call Crime Stoppers.

– With files from Sarah Offin, Carolyn Kury de Castillo and Nancy Hixt