Ottawa man facing two arson charges

Tthe Ottawa Police Service Arson Unit has charged an Ottawa man in relation to two fires set on Feb. 28. Gaston Nicholas, 78, of Ottawa has been charged with two counts of arson causing damage to property.

Suspect sought in Carling Avenue sexual assault

The Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section is asking the public to help identify a male suspect in relation to an ongoing investigation. On Feb. 28, 2016, at approximately 3:00 a.m., an unidentified male approached a female in her early 20s from behind in the Carling and Alpine Avenues area and attempted to…

Cops bust Russell Road youths for online fraud

Ottawa police have arrested two youths after uncovering an online cellular phone advertising scam, and are using the occasion to remind people what to watch out for when purchasing goods on the Web. The police operation on Feb. 19 followed an incident on Jan. 23, when a young complainant answered an online advertisement and was…

Ottawa man facing murder charge

A man arrested Monday evening has been charged in the stabbing death of Ali Hassan, Ottawa’s third homicide of the year. The Ottawa Police Service executed a warrant at a residence in the 400 block of King George Street. Michael Leblanc, a 26-year-old Ottawa man, has been charged with second degree murder. He was scheduled…

Police name murder victim

The Ottawa Police Service is investigating the city’s third homicide of the year. At approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday night, emergency services were called to the Lawson Park area of King George Street to assist stabbing victim Mohamed Ali Hassan, 19. He was transported to hospital but later died. Anyone with information about the stabbing is…

Shots fired at Beech Street business

Ottawa police are investigating after someone fired multiple gunshots though a Beech Street storefront. On Feb. 22, 2016, at approximately 5:30am, staff entered a business in the 1-100 block of Beech Street and found damage to the front window and ceiling. They contacted police, and patrol officers and investigators confirmed shots were fired. The Guns…

Man charged with 54 robbery related offenses

A 55-year-old man has been charged with 54 robbery related offenses after being arrested by the Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit Tuesday. The counts include: 15 counts of break and enter with intent dwelling Unit 35 counts of break and enter commit dwelling Unit Four counts of attempted break and enter One count…

Gatineau police charge Ottawa cop with assault

On Feb. 7, an Ottawa Police officer was arrested by the Gatineau Police Service following an off-duty incident that occurred in Gatineau. Gatineau Police charged Cst. Nermin Mesic, 40, with assault, uttering threats, and forcible confinement. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Gatineau court on March 30. Mesic has been…

Police searching for Bank Street thief

The Ottawa Police Service is investigating a drug store robbery on Bank Street and is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect. On Jan. 19, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a man entered a drug store in the 100 block of Bank Street. The suspect proceeded to the cosmetics area and concealed a number of…

Child porn charge for Beacon Hill youth

The Ottawa Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit has laid charges against a youth under the age of 18 following a child pornography investigation. On Aug. 24, 2015, police here received information from the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) regarding 34 uploads of child pornography. The NCECC is a national clearing house and coordination…