Pair charged in recent business robberies

Two Regina men have now been charged in connection with a pair of armed robberies of businesses over the summer.The men, aged 64 and 50, are charged with two counts each of robbery using a firearm, disguise with intent and breach of undertaking. The 64-year-old faces one additional count of unauthorized possession of a firearm while the younger man has two such charges. The 50-year-old is additionally charged with two counts of possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.The pair appeared at Regina Provincial Court this week.Late last month, the Regina Police Service released information that they had arrested the 64-year-old but were still looking for a second suspect. The second man was arrested and charged this week.The older man was arrested after an alleged robbery went badly for him, resulting in his suffering injuries in a confrontation with witnesses at the scene.Police said they were dispatched at about 1 a.m. on Aug. 25 to a business on the 800 block of Argyle Street North, where they found the injured 64-year-old suspect. He was taken to hospital by EMS. A second male was said to have fled the scene.Police — who located a pellet gun at the scene — were told two men armed with guns had been inside the business.Subsequent investigation has now led to the two men also being charged in connection with a July 10 incident. On that date at about 1:15 a.m., police were called to a business robbery on the 900 block of East Arcola Avenue.Police said two males, armed with what appeared to be firearms, entered the business, demanded money and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. read more

TimorLeste UN police help stop gang fighting that forces airport to close

“At the moment it is calm,” the chief of the Police Unit of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Antero Lopes told UN radio, adding that two people were killed yesterday in the fighting between youth gangs.“Some youth groups were attacking the IDP camp and the IDP population were retaliating and the United Nations police was an interposition force trying to prevent both groups from attacking each other,” he said. “The violence was contained after several hours of rock throwing and exchange of darts.”No injuries were reported amongst UN police officers and it was hoped that the airport would re-open tomorrow, he added.“We have been talking to the government who have to take that decision. Policewise, security conditions are met. It all depends on how the situation evolves,” Acting Commissioner Lopes said. “We have a permanent police presence at the airport and in the IDP camp which is in the vicinity of the airport and also in the main access road. Should this situation of stability continue, the airport can reopen its normal operations.”The Security Council created the expanded UNMIT in August to help restore order in the country that it shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago, after a crisis erupted in April with the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces.Ensuing violence claimed at least 37 lives and drove 155,000 people, 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes.UNMIT currently has just over 460 police officers on the ground, out of a total mandated complement of 1,608. It is also fielding military observers and is supported by 102 international civilians, 222 local civilian and 34 UN Volunteers. read more