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Toronto police cracking down on noisy drivers

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2019

Revving your motorcycle too loud, or roaring your car engine too much? A Toronto police blitz is underway starting in Yorkville trying to cut down on unnecessary street noise.

The Awareness and Enforcement for Unnecessary Noise campaign, which was launched on Monday night, will target drivers honking horns, having excessively loud mufflers, revving motorcycles, blasting their car radio, as well as those stunt driving and squealing their tires.

Tickets will range from $110 to $155 depending on the offense.

Mayor John Tory said that regardless of the reason, the noise is inexcusable.

“My wife has explained this many times to me as being simply an outcropping of the inadequacies that certain people feel — mostly men who drive these cars around. I will go no further than that. But I will say that whatever you think the motive is, there can be no real explanation,” he said.

The city received nearly 1,300 noise complaints last year.

Starting on Oct. 1, a new noise bylaw will come into effect, giving licensing officers more power to deal with noisy drivers. Noise in and around construction sites will not be a part of the new bylaw to take effect in October.

Pizza Pizza customers sound alarm after bank accounts allegedly drained

Tina Yazdani | posted Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2019

A number of Pizza Pizza customers are sounding the alarm after becoming the victims of alleged fraud.

They say their debit cards were swapped and stolen while they were making payments during home deliveries and thousands of dollars were taken from their bank accounts, just hours after they ordered Pizza Pizza to their homes.

“Not only is it tragic, it’s beyond surprising,” customer Arantes Harris said. “Such things shouldn’t occur anywhere, there’s no words to really describe it really.”

“It’s scary because I mean it’s not only about losing your money, it’s your personal information,” Raihan Shirazi, another customer, explained.

CityNews was contacted by multiple Pizza Pizza customers in the same week with identical stories about how their bank accounts were drained.

“I was like … ‘this is not my card!’”

The stories start out the same way — a man arrives at the door, delivers pizza in a box – without a hot pack or delivery bag — the customers both paid with debit, and were given receipts..

But at some point while they were paying their debit cards were allegedly swapped with ones that looked identical to their own.

“So I came to my wallet, and took out the card, and I was like … ‘this is not my card!’” said Shirazi.

“I pulled my card out and I started to punch the numbers in,” said Harris, “but I noticed the first set of numbers were off by one digit – immediately I recognized that wasn’t my card.”

It wasn’t until the customers were notified through their banks that they realized, their accounts had been compromised.

“Everything that was in my account was gone, except for $9,” said Harris. “I was quite angered you know.’

“So I said ‘what do I do now?’” said Shirazi. “I’ve never been in this situation — so first thing I said is: am I gonna get my money back? Right now I have basically negative $899.”

The customers, who placed their orders from different locations, said the only red flag they saw during the interaction with the delivery person was that the pizza was not delivered in a hot pack or a delivery bag, but everything else about the transaction seemed normal.

In a statement, Pizza Pizza told CityNews security is one of their top priorities.

“At Pizza Pizza, the safety and security of our customers is of the utmost importance,” the statement read

“We have processes and protocols in place to ensure this does not happen. We are currently investigating to understand more and will be taking the appropriate action.”

More than just money, the customers are wondering if their personal information has been compromised, and how the delivery men could have possibly known their orders, and addresses.

“I’m figuring it’s either an inside job or … I did an online order so maybe somebody saw that,” said Greg Thompson, another Pizza Pizza customer explained.

“I just wanted an answer from Pizza Pizza and make people aware. I mean, that’s the most important thing because. You’re talking personal information. If you can lose all your personal information just from ordering pizza, what about other stuff that we do day to day.”

Police told CityNews there are no open investigations into this as of yet but the customers were told that officers would be in touch with them in the next 48 hours.

2 teens found safe after going missing in Algonquin Park

The Canadian Press and News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2019

Two teenage girls who went missing during a camping trip in Algonquin Park have been found safe, Ontario Provincial Police said Monday.

Spokesman Bill Dickson says a canine unit found the 16-year-olds around noon, ending a search that involved close to 100 people souring the western area of the provincial park.

Police say Marta Malek and Maya Mirota are in good shape, describing them as “alive and well.”

Dickson says authorities are now working on reuniting the girls with their families.

The teens, who are both from Kitchener, Ont., were reported missing around 10 p.m. on Friday after failing to meet up with a group as planned but had camping supplies with them.

They had last been seen on Thursday on the Western Uplands Trail between Rainbow Lake and Susan Lake.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by car in Aurora

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2019

A woman who was struck by a vehicle in Aurora on Monday afternoon has died in hospital.

York regional police say the elderly woman was struck on Wellington Street near George Street at around 4:30 p.m.

She was taken to hospital where she died.

Wellington Street was closed for several hours while police investigated but has since reopened.

There’s no word on possible charges.

75-year-old Florida man fights alligator to save dog

The Associated Press | posted Monday, Jul 15th, 2019

A 75-year-old man in Palm Harbor, Flordia claims he kicked an alligator in his nose after it tried to attack his dog.

Buddy Ackerman says the 8-foot long gator crept out of a pond near his condominium and grabbed his dog Osi while they were out for their morning walk.

He gave the gator a swift kick in the nose until it let go of his golden retriever.

“He was squealing a good bit when the thing grabbed him,” Ackerman said. “Me, I’m a nervous wreck, I go up and slip and fall on my rear end, and the two of us are tugging. Alligator is going one way, I’m going the other.” Ackerman told ABC News.

No party in the incident was injured.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Florida wildlife officials came and trapped the gator later that day.

Squirrel gets stuck in gutter at Toronto bar

Dalia Yegavian | posted Monday, Jul 15th, 2019

Heads turned to the sky at The Black Bull Pub last Thursday night when a squirrel was rustling around in the gutters above the outdoor patio. An unnamed waitress working at the time said the squirrel had “been there since Sunday” ⁠— almost 4 days.

Customers sitting on the patio were looking up in awe and recording videos on their phones as the squirrel ran back and forth and hung suspensefully from the gutter.

There have been no updates of the squirrel being let down from the gutter.

Simon Pagenaud wins Honda Indy Toronto

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jul 15th, 2019

Simon Pagenaud has won his third race of the season as IndyCar’s championship fight tightened Sunday in Toronto.

The win on the streets around Exhibition Place is the third of the season for Pagenaud, but first away from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Frenchman won the Indy 500 and the road course race at the speedway to save his job with Team Penske.

Pagenaud had to save fuel in the waning laps to hold off reigning series champion Scott Dixon. But Penske teammate Will Power caused a caution on the final lap and Pagenaud was able to coast to the finish in his Chevrolet.

“I was confident all weekend, I never had a doubt,” said Pagenaud, who started from the pole and paced nearly every practice session.

Dixon’s runner-up finish denied Chip Ganassi Racing a weekend sweep. Ganassi got his first NASCAR win of the season Saturday night with Kurt Busch in Kentucky.

Alexander Rossi finished third, one spot ahead of IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden. The two began the race separated by just seven points and Rossi cut the deficit to four points.

Robert Wickens drove the parade lap in a car equipped with hand controls that allowed the Canadian to drive for the first time since he suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash last August.

Lindsay Dunn caught up with Simon Pagenaud ahead of Indy weekend in Toronto & chatted about the race, Mario Kart and his wicked “Talladega Nights” impression. 

Woman drowns in Pickering helping son in choppy waters

News Staff | posted Monday, Jul 15th, 2019

A woman in her 30s drowned at Frenchmen’s Bay in Pickering while trying to help her six-year-old son in choppy waters on Sunday.

Police tell 680 NEWS the woman’s child was on a flotation device that strayed too far from the shore.

The woman was pulled from the water without vital signs. CPR was performed on the woman and she was later transported to hospital via emergency run but she did not survive.

The child didn’t sustain any injuries.

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