Twenty-three people have been arrested after an eight-month OPP joint investigation into illegal firearms, drug trafficking and the proceeds of crime in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. Four hundred officers took part in raids last week after 39 search warrants were issued across the GTA.
Fourteen handguns, six long guns, an assault rifle, four silencers, grenades, body armour a stun gun, a large amount of drugs and money, four cars and a house were seized during the raids.
Two main suspects have been identified as 47-year-old Bruce McKinnon of Rockwood, and 29-year-old Jon Rasmussen, of Smithville. Police believe the two men are responsible for making and trafficking in excess of 120 handguns.
Police are investigating a robbery on Monday at the Big Deal Food Mart at 35 York St. in St. Catharines .
NRP say just before 6 p.m., a masked white male suspect, dressed all in black, entered the store and demanded that the clerk empty the cash register. No weapon was seen. The suspect fled the store. The suspect is described as a white male, 5′ 5″ tall, and described as having a slim build.
Police are requesting information only and do not want members of the public approaching, or contacting, the suspect if known or located.
More than 14,000 people participated in the 13th Annual Rankin Cancer Run in May, raising $1.15 million for cancer care in Niagara. On Tuesday, Niagara Health Foundation was presented with $800,000 of those funds, which will be used to support cancer care at Niagara Health.
In it’s 13 years, the Rankin Cancer Run has raised more than $8.7 million, all of which has stayed in Niagara. This year’s donation brings the event’s total contributions to Niagara Health to $5,659,000.