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Update: truck driver dead in fiery 401 crash 0

Update: truck driver dead in fiery 401 crash

Provincial police say one person is dead in a fiery crash early Wednesday near Gananoque when a transport truck collided with a stationary construction vehicle on Highway 401. The OPP confirmed Wednesday afternoon the truck driver was killed in the collision. Westbound lane closures will remain in effect into Wednesday evening. Motorists are asked to follow the detours as the investigation continues. Although initial reports referred to a multi-vehicle collision, the incident in fact involved a transport truck and a stationary safety vehicle that held a flashing sign indicating the start of a construction zone, said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Sandra Barr. Police did not have details on the contents of the truck s load but it did not appear to be a flammable material, added Barr. It (fire) would have been the impact from the truck itself, said Barr. OPP technical traffic collision investigators were at the scene. There was no one inside the stationary vehicle at the time, she added.

Alabama home where 5 killed with axe, guns mysteriously burns 0

Alabama home where 5 killed with axe, guns mysteriously burns

CITRONELLE, Ala. The south Alabama house where five people were slain with an axe and gunshots has mysteriously burned, authorities said. Investigators had gotten a tip that the home in Citronelle, Ala., would be burned and then it went up in flames Sunday morning, Mobile County sheriff s officials said. Derrick Dearman, 27, of Leakesville, Miss., is accused by authorities of killing five people, including a pregnant woman, in the home on Aug. 20. He then kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, Laneta Lester, and a 3-month-old infant Lester grabbed from the house, authorities have said. An email sent to the sheriff s department had tipped off detectives that the house would be burned, Mobile County sheriff s spokeswoman Lori Myles said. Investigators had already finished collecting evidence of the killings at the home before it burned, she said. No one knows how the blaze started, Citronelle Mayor J. Albert Al McDonald tells Al.com [1] . He also said it s unclear whether it was arson. Nobody knows who did it or how it happened, he told the news site. Dearman has been held in jail since shortly after the killings, and he has pleaded not guilty to two counts of kidnapping and six counts of murder one for each adult killed and one for the pregnant woman s unborn child. Lester had moved into the home shortly before the killings to escape her abusive relationship with Dearman, sheriff s officials have said. She was awakened by the sound of a gunshot and watched her ex-boyfriend kill the other five adult occupants of the home: three men and two women, according to search warrant affidavits. Dearman told investigators that he had parked in the woods nearby and injected himself with methamphetamine just before the killings, court records show. Recently released search warrant affidavits also revealed new details of how Lester said she and the infant managed to escape after Dearman drove them to Mississippi. Lester told detectives that Dearman had threatened to kill her if she tried to escape the house. He found the keys to her brother s car and forced her and her brother s infant into the vehicle, she told investigators. Dearman drove to a truck stop and bought cigarettes, and also made other stops before reaching his father s house in the Leakesville, Mississippi area, where his father told him he was going to take him to turn him into authorities, the search warrant affidavits show. Lester said that Dearman tried to force her to go with him, but she jumped into the driver s seat of her brother s vehicle, the affidavits said. She then drove it back to Citronelle s police station to report the crimes, she told investigators. References ^ tells Al.com (www.al.com)

Arguments begin in appeal of trucker’s acquittal in Cindy Gladue Edmonton motel death 0

Arguments begin in appeal of trucker’s acquittal in Cindy Gladue Edmonton motel death

Alberta prosecutors are set to begin appeal arguments today in the acquittal of an Ontario trucker who was charged with killing an aboriginal woman. A jury last year found Bradley Barton not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Cindy Gladue, a 36-year-old prostitute who was found dead in a bathtub in an Edmonton motel room in 2011. The verdict sparked protests in several Canadian cities, and calls for justice for aboriginal women across the country. The Crown argued at trial that Gladue had been cut with a weapon, but the defence attributed the injury to rough sex. A rally is planned outside the Edmonton Law Courts building this morning by one of the groups that s been given permission to intervene in the appeal. Muriel Stanley Venne of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women says the rally is to support the family, noting the trial and the verdict sent a message that the rules for aboriginal women are different. WARNING: CONTENT MAY DISTURB SOME READERS Barton s trial heard that he had hired Gladue for two nights of sex in June 2011. He testified that he put his fist in her vagina on the first evening. On the next night, after some drinking, he did the same but she started bleeding. When she went to the bathroom, he fell asleep, he said. The next morning he found her body in the tub, he told court. He later called 911. Barton told the jury the sex was consensual. The Crown called a medical examiner at the trial, who testified that an 11-centimetre cut to the woman s vaginal wall had been caused by a sharp object. The victim s vagina had been preserved and the medical expert used that exhibit as he described the fatal wound to the jury. In an interview Sunday, Stanley Venne said Gladue s death was disrespectfully handled by the court, adding that she was constantly referred to as prostitute and not by name. They dissected her body after she was dead and brought it into the courtroom on a paper towel, Stanley Venne said. I ve heard expressed to me, that if it had been a non-aboriginal woman or in fact a white woman, it would not have happened. They would not have dared to do that without the consent of the family. The Crown said it was important for the jury to see and added that some autopsy photos were not as clear as they could have been. The appeal notice last year by the Crown cited mistakes the judge made during his charge to the jury, including his instructions about how Barton could have been found guilty of manslaughter. Dino Bottos, Bradley s lawyer, said the Crown s attempt to show a manslaughter conviction is possible is not based in law. Bottos said Gladue s death was a tragedy and people are appalled at how she died. But he said that doesn t mean it was criminal. The jury considered this case very carefully and considered all the routes to manslaughter and murder, and found that Mr. Barton was simply was not guilty of any crime even though the circumstances were tragic and graphic, Bottos said. Sometime accidents happen and they happen in the throes of sexual activity and that doesn t mean that they re based on criminal intent but simply an accident having occurred. Stanley Venne s group, as well as the Legal Education Action Fund, are arguing as interveners that myths about indigenous women and women in sex industries were allowed to infiltrate the trial. They argue it undercut notions of consent based on sexual history. In our minds there s good grounds for appeal and we hope with all our hearts that this will make a change in attitude towards the indigenous women in this country across this country, Stanley Venne said.