Calgary police warn local Pokémon Go players about dangers of virtual reality

It’s an augmented-reality craze sparked by a game now officially available in Canada and it has Calgarians eager to hit the streets in search of treasured digital creatures.

By Monday afternoon, Calgary police had already responded to about 10 calls for service related to the new Pokémon Go app since Friday. They included suspicious person calls, trespassing calls and other disturbances.

“We had some trespassing where some kids wandered in to a construction site,” Cst. Mark Smith, with Calgary police’s digital communications unit, said. “They didn’t realize that they were trespassing but we attended and we just gave them some words of advice.”

Smith admits he’s testing out the new phenomenon firsthand.

WATCH: The Baltimore Police Department released video of a car crash that was the result of the driver being distracted while playing Pokemon Go.

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    “I actually caught a Weedle right here.”

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    While the risks of distracted walking, trespassing and other Pokémon Go concerns have been widespread, even more serious warnings are emerging.

    “Be aware of people that are looking to steal cellphones and things like that. They might set a lure to get people to come and then you get crimes happening that way as well,” Smith said.

    Across the county, ads are popping up on online sites.

    Websites like Kijiji have people offering services like driving Pokémon Go players around Toronto to “Catch ’em all” – enticing them by providing snacks, charging cords, and air conditioning.

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    In Calgary, a quick Kijiji search found a “23 year old woman looking for someone to play Pokémon Go with” and others offering unique babysitting services to take kids out searching for Pokémons.

    Police said while many ads may be legitimate, it’s important to be diligent.

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    “It kind of comes down to the common sense. You’ve just got to ask yourself, ‘What risks are involved and is it worth that risk? Is it worth catching a legendary Pokémon and what could happen?’”

NewLeaf adds new destination and online flight bidding service

NewLeaf Travel has added Edmonton to its list of non-stop flights from Winnipeg, according to a news release Monday.

On the same day, NewLeaf announced it is partnering with Calgary company, Jump On Flyaways, to offer travelers a chance to bid on unsold seats.

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    The company will accept and gather bids on the eleven routes and present them to NewLeaf, according to a news release Monday.

    “Our bidding platform was developed to allow ‘Jumpers’, or flexible travellers, to bid on potentially unsold airline seats,” said Roger Jewett, CEO, Jump On Flyaway in a release. “We receive bids during the flight booking period and present them to NewLeaf, who may accept high bids at their discretion. ”

    NewLeaf can accept the bids anytime up to 48 hours before the flight. When a bid is accepted the flyer’s credit card is charged and the ticket is sent two days before takeoff.

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    NewLeaf Travel has faced a number of hurdles and challenges as the company approaches its first scheduled flights on July 25.

Wet weather puts a chill on local charities

Last week’s rain put a damper on many things in the Calgary area, even for folks used to extreme adventure.

Organizers of the Banded Peak Challenge decided to pull the plug on their annual event on Thursday.

The event sees participants get a little dirty and raise a whole lot of money. The backcountry hike and bike race takes place west of Calgary and has been a big fundraiser for Alberta Easter Seals for the past 16 years. The money raised is used to help send kids with disabilities to Camp Horizon.

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    “Over 90 per cent of those dollars went right back to Easter Seals Camp Horizon and went to the subsidies for the families to make sure they didn’t have to pay any more than 50 per cent of those costs,” Patti Brewin, Easter Seals Camp Horizon’s campaign director, said.

    “We knew this weekend with the rain, already the trails on Thursday were in really bad shape. Very unsafe for people to be on them at all. So we made the call to cancel it,” Brewin said.

    For Easter Seals, the news has gone from bad to worse. The charity used to hold their annual race on Banded Peak near Bragg Creek. But when the floods of 2013 hit, the trail they used was wiped out and is still closed. Since then, the race has been held on nearby Moose Mountain but it hasn’t been nearly as popular.

    “You still mountain bike and you still hike, but it’s Moose Mountain,” Brewin said. “It’s one of those trails that you could do any weekend. It’s very accessible, very easy to do. So the uptake from the public just isn’t as strong there for people to come out and really feel like they’re doing something exceptional.”

    That has translated into fewer participants and a lot less cash. The Banded Peak Challenge used to typically bring in $80,000 every year for Easter Seals. The year it was moved, fundraising totals dropped to $50,000 and this year it was only projected to bring in $11,000.

    “We’ve had a really tough time out there with the weather,” Brewin said. “It does put more pressure on us in terms of our other events. This is a tough year in Calgary. It’s a very depressed economy out there and those donations aren’t coming as freely as they were in the past so we are really feeling the effects. And we have taken measures already to reduce our operating costs for the year.”

    Camp Horizon hasn’t been affected yet and families are still being subsidized to help cover the $1,200 cost of sending a child to camp for a week but that could change.

    “We will be having all those big conversations I think this fall because this economy and the situation is probably not going to change,” Brewin said.

    Another charity hit by the weather is the Rotary Club of Calgary. They were expecting to raise around $175,000 dollars at the annual Oxford Stomp event at Fort Calgary, which was cancelled Friday.

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    “Public safety was and always remains a primary concern for ourselves with events like this and it just look too risky,” Joe Fras, with the Rotary Club of Calgary-Downtown, said on Monday. “So with great reluctance, we had to make the tough call.”

    Organizers said it’s the first time in the event’s history at the Fort Calgary location that it’s had to be cancelled. Ticket sales were already down by 20 per cent because of the economy.

    On the plus side, the Rotary Club recently purchased event cancellation insurance for the Oxford Stomp.

    “The good news is that we have the event cancellation insurance and we will be able to recover – hopefully – a good portion of that projected $175,000 plus our cost that we’ve incurred,” Fras said. “The weather patterns in Calgary and in other parts of the world are becoming a little more severe and unpredictable and this has just become a fact of life.”

    The over 9,000 ticket holders will be contacted regarding refunds, however the process could take up to two months.

How does Zika spread? Utah infection raises new questions

NEW YORK – Health officials are trying to unravel how a relative may have picked up a Zika infection from a Utah man who died.

The tropical virus rarely spreads from person to person, not like the flu or the measles. The virus can pass from a pregnant woman to her fetus and cause birth defects. And it can also be spread through sex. But it is mostly spread by mosquitoes.

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    In the Utah case, health officials are looking for other explanations. Only the elderly man, who died in late June, had been in a country with a Zika outbreak — not the relative who had been caring for him.


    The bite of a mosquito. That’s behind the large outbreaks in dozens of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It’s the same mosquito — Aedes aegypti — that can spread other tropical diseases, like dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. In fact, the bug was known as the yellow fever mosquito for many years.

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    It starts with a person who is infected with Zika. A female mosquito bites that person and drinks in blood, which it needs to make eggs. Then it spreads the virus when it bites another person nearby. Health officials don’t think that’s what happened in Utah; the Zika mosquito hasn’t been seen in Salt Lake City. But it’s theoretically possible that an infected mosquito returned with the elderly man from his trip abroad — perhaps in his suitcase — and bit the relative.


    Zika can be spread through blood, but official stress that mosquito bites are the way most people are infected. There’s been at least one instance of a lab worker who was accidentally infected through blood. The virus stays in the blood for about a week. The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that blood banks decline donations from people who have travelled to Zika areas within the previous month.

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    Evidence of Zika infection has been found in number of other body fluids, including saliva, urine, semen, vaginal fluid and even breast milk. Scientists have established that it’s been spread through sex, mostly by men to their partners. Health officials say there’s no evidence that Zika can be spread through coughing or sneezing or routine touching.


    The elderly man had an extremely large amount of virus in his blood — the most ever seen. That helped make this case highly unusual, said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Higher levels of virus in the blood can make someone more contagious.

    His infection was only confirmed through tests after he died. He had another health condition, which health officials have not identified, and it is unclear if Zika played a role in his death. Disease detectives are investigating the possibility that the relative somehow caught it while caring for the elderly man at a home and in a hospital. The male relative had developed a mild Zika illness and quickly recovered. In most people, the virus causes a mild illness at worst.

    Investigators are doing more interviewing and testing other family members and health-care workers who may have been in close contact with the man who died. They also are trapping local mosquitoes.



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Lethbridge police charge two men with fraud to local businesses; believe there’s more victims

LETHBRIDGE – Two medicine hat men are facing charges after police say they defrauded three Lethbridge businesses.

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During a week-long investigation, members of the Lethbridge Police Service Economic Crimes unit, alongside Medicine Hat Police, tracked the subjects’ activity as they used fake credit cards to purchase items. The men would attempt to use an admin card to manipulate the point of sale terminal, cards with no banking or financial labeling associated to them, and manually entering the numbers of the credit card. As a result, the transactions would display as approved, only for the merchant of the business to be later informed the card number is invalid.

Police located the subjects on July 14, but the men refused to stop and fled from officers. They were discovered a short time later in a south-side parking lot, and were arrested without further incident. During a search of the vehicle, officers recovered a small quantity of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, multiple credit and debit cards, a written list of what appears to be more credit card numbers, receipts, and an array of property, including electronics, liquor and cigarettes.

Police believe the men visited Lethbridge solely with the purpose of defrauding local businesses.

James Robert Stuart, 27, of Medicine Hat, is charged with breach of a recognizance, flight from a peace officer, possession of stolen property, fraud and two counts of attempted fraud.

Nicholas Dwaine Belanger, 27, of Medicine Hat, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, attempted fraud and fraud.

Both men made their first court appearance Monday morning and were remanded in custody. Their next court appearance is Wednesday.

Police believe there may be other victims, and are therefore, releasing photos of the men. If you recognize the suspects or believe that they may have attended or defrauded your business, you are asked to contact police at 403-328-4444.

$8.4M Calgary condo sets three-year price record

A riverfront development in Calgary has bucked the recent downward trend in luxury condominium sales in the city, after selling a unit for $8.4 million.

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada said Monday that the sale of the 5,000-square-foot condo, along with the $5.2-million sale of a 3,000-square-foot condo in the same building, are the highest prices paid for units in the city for three years.

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The two condos are part of The River, an upscale real estate development in the city’s Mission neighbourhood, where the penthouse suite set an all-time record price for a condo in Calgary after selling for $8.99 million in 2012.

Interior design at The River, a riverfront condominium development in Calgary.


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The high-end sales are something of an outlier in the city. Condo sales over $700,000 having dropped by more than half so far this year compared with last year, totalling 17 as of the end of June.

Of those 17 sales, none had sold for more than $2.5 million, compared with four units that exceeded that sale price by the end of June last year.

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But overall sales for homes in excess of one-million dollars, including condos and semi-detached and detached houses, have climbed 8.6 per cent this year compared with last year when 317 sold by the end of June.

Interior design at The River, a riverfront condominium development in Calgary.


Why one Trump supporter has a gun strapped to his leg during the Republican convention

Sam Kurek is carrying his gun out in the open at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week because it’s his right and it’s the law, he told Global News.

Wearing a t-shirt reading “Hillary Clinton for Prison 2016” and a handgun strapped to his right thigh, he said he’s not going out of his way to “make a political statement.”

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    Kurek told Global News he has to carry his firearm openly in Ohio because of the law. He usually carries it concealed back in his home state of Pennsylvania — where the Democrats will hold their convention in Philadelphia next week.

    Kurek said his concealed carry license in Pennsylvania didn’t reciprocate to Ohio, but the Ohio attorney general’s office says on its website:

    “Ohio recognizes the concealed handgun license of any non-resident who has a valid concealed handgun license from any other state, regardless of whether Ohio has entered into a reciprocity agreement with that state.”

    When asked about an attempt to have the state’s open carry law suspended for the duration of the convention, he said that was a “dangerous conversation to have.”

    “That’s how a lot of our rights get chipped away, out of fear,” he said. “If they can do it temporarily, they can do it permanently.”

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    Kurek said he has sympathy for police, especially given the deadly police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, but he believes it’s his constitutional right to carry his weapon.

    “They took an oath when they protect the constitution when they became a police officer,” he said. “It’s a little disappointing that they want to suspend constitutional rights.”

    The union representing police in Cleveland wanted Ohio governor (and former GOP presidential hopeful) John Kasich to suspend the open carry law because they were concerned in the wake of the police shootings and heated protests over the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

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    Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, told CNN it is “irresponsible” for people to bring their guns to the convention.

    “You can’t go into a crowded theatre and scream fire. And that’s exactly what they’re doing by bringing those guns down there,” Loomis said Sunday. “They can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.”

    And that doesn’t mean police want rights of gun owners to be taken away.

    “As a police officer I am very much in favor of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms, but in a situation like this I don’t see what good it does to open carry,” Bill Morris, a police officer and Trump supporter, told Reuters. “You don’t go walking around Washington, D.C., with a rifle, and I don’t see why you should do it here.”

    In the end, Kasich said there was nothing he could do about the law.

    While guns aren’t allowed inside the Quicken Loans Arena, which is considered a secure zone, guns are allowed inside a 2.7-kilometre perimeter surrounding the “event zone.” Things like toy guns and even tennis balls, however, are banned from that same area.

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    With reporting from Global News Washington Bureau Chief Jackson Proskow in Cleveland.

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Melania Trump addresses convention: ‘We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big’

CLEVELAND – Painting a bleak picture of America’s future, Republicans promised a new era of security with Donald Trump as president as they opened a four-day convention against the backdrop of an unsettling summer and deep party divisions.

The doom-and-gloom message of the night was offset by a warm and personal address by the candidate’s wife, Melania Trump, who made a rare turn in the political spotlight to show a kinder, gentler side of her brash husband.

“If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he is the guy,” Mrs. Trump said in her highest profile appearance of the presidential campaign. Her husband made a brief, but showy entrance, into the convention call to introduce her, emerging from shadows and declaring to cheers, “We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big.”

WATCH: Melania Trump says her husband will make ‘a great and lasting difference’ as president

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Mrs. Trump was the first of several family members and friends who will take the stage in Cleveland during the convention that officially kicks of the businessman’s general election battle with Democrat Hillary Clinton. But many of the party’s past and future stars are glaringly missing from the lineup, underscoring the concerns GOP leaders have with closely aligning themselves with Trump.

Republican divisions erupted briefly on the convention floor Monday afternoon after party officials adopted rules by a shouted voice vote. Anti-Trump forces seeking to derail his nomination responded with loud and angry chants, though they were quickly quieted and there were no lingering signs of the protests as delegates returned to the cavernous convention hall for the evening program.

WATCH: Republican National Convention kicks off with chaos on the floor

Trump hoped the chaos would be little more than a footnote. Despite persistent party divisions, his campaign is confident Republicans will come together behind their shared disdain for Clinton.

The theme of the opening night was “Make America Safe Again” and a parade of speakers told emotional stories about loved ones killed while serving in the military or at the hands of people in the United States illegally.

Republicans also highlighted at length the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, while Clinton was serving as secretary of state. The mother of one of the victims choked back tears as she personally blamed Clinton for her son’s death and accused her of giving a false explanation for the attack.

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“If Hilary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency,” Pat Smith said.

The convention comes amid a wrenching period of violence and unrest, both in the United States and around the world. In a matter of weeks, Americans have seen deadly police shootings, a shocking ambush of police in Texas and escalating racial tensions, not to mention a failed coup in Turkey and gruesome Bastille Day attack in Nice, France. Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the eve of the convention’s opening day.

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In one of the night’s most impassioned speeches, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani bemoaned racial divisions that he said have only gotten worse.

“What happened to ‘there’s no black America, there’s no white America, there is just America?”‘ he said. A longtime friend of Trump’s, Giuliani also vigorously defended the candidate’s character, saying he was “sick and tired of the defamation of Donald Trump by the media and the Clinton campaign.”

Convention speakers relentlessly cast the troubling times as a result of ineffective leadership by President Barack Obama and Clinton, who spent four years in his administration.

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“Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted. Her judgment and character are not suited to be sitting in the most powerful office in the world,” said Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, according to excerpts of her speech released in advance.

Clinton, during remarks Monday at the NAACP’s annual convention, said there was no justification for directing violence at law enforcement.

“As president, I will bring the full weight of the law to bear in making sure those who kill police officers are brought to justice,” she said.

Trump has been vague about how he would put the nation on a different course, offering virtually no details of his policy prescriptions despite repeated vows to be tough.

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Campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Trump would “eventually” outline policy specifics but not at the convention. However, Trump said in a Monday night interview with Fox News that his convention speech Thursday would discuss a “major, major” tax cut, immigration, getting rid of burdensome regulations and taking care of veterans.

Yet the line-up of speakers and no-shows for the four-night convention was a visual representation of Trump’s struggles to unify Republicans. From the party’s former presidents to the host state governor, many leaders were staying away from the convention stage, or Cleveland altogether, wary of being linked to a man whose proposals and temperament have sparked an identity crisis within the GOP.

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That left Trump with an eclectic array of validators, including Scott Baio and Willie Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty,” who took the stage with an American flag bandanna wrapped around his head.

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“No matter who you are, Donald Trump will have your back,” Robertson said as he opened the evening program.

Trump’s team insists that by the end of the week, Republicans will plunge into the general election campaign united in their mission to defeat Clinton. But campaign officials undermined their own effort Monday by picking a fight with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is not attending the convention and has yet to endorse Trump.”

Manafort, in remarks to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast, called Kasich “petulant” and said the governor was “embarrassing” his party in his home state.

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“No matter who you are, Donald Trump will have your back,” Robertson said as he opened the evening program.

Trump’s team insists that by the end of the week, Republicans will plunge into the general election campaign united in their mission to defeat Clinton. But campaign officials undermined their own effort Monday by picking a fight with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is not attending the convention and has yet to endorse Trump.”

Manafort, in remarks to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast, called Kasich “petulant” and said the governor was “embarrassing” his party in his home state.

Ryan, asked at a later event whether Trump was really a conservative, said:

“Define conservative; he’s not my kind of conservative.”

Baton Rouge shooting: slain officers all hail from same community

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. – Fresh out of the police academy, Matthew Gerald was so proud to bring his cruiser home that he stood in the driveway, wiping it down under the hot Louisiana sun. His neighbour Ashley Poe watched as he flicked the blue lights on and off, on and off.

Poe and her husband shared a laugh. The 41-year-old former soldier and Marine looked like an excited kid.

“It’s like living out the dream,” she said.

Gerald got to live it only for a few months. He was one of three officers gunned down in an ambush Sunday in Baton Rouge, traumatizing a nation already on edge.

WATCH: Baton Rouge police describe deadly shooting of 3 officers; release surveillance photos of shooter

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In the span of 10 turbulent days, 10 law enforcement officers have been killed by attackers – at a protest march in Dallas, a courthouse in Michigan and now a convenience store in Baton Rouge. Together, the shootings represent the deadliest attack on law enforcement in decades.

The officers who died Sunday all lived just outside Denham Springs, a quiet bedroom community across the Amite River from Baton Rouge, which has been in turmoil for two weeks. Tensions rose sharply after the death of Alton Sterling, a black man killed by white Baton Rouge officers after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on cellphone video.

As the nation debates race and policing, this community is mourning three of its sons – all husbands and fathers described by friends as being committed to protecting and serving the public.

“You hear about these things happening across the county to officers just trying to defend us, but this brings it right here, to our home,” Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said. “These are our families. These are good men. They’re the only line of defence between good and evil. We say we don’t want to let this evil affect how we live our daily lives. But it does.”

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Gavin Long, a former Marine from Missouri dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition, opened fire on officers around 8:45 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The gunfire also killed 45-year-old Brad Garafola, an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy and a father of four, and 32-year-old Montrell Jackson, a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department with a newborn baby at home.

“The world is crazy right now. It is complete chaos,” Jackson’s sister-in-law said. “And it all needs to stop, everything. We all need peace.”

Three other officers were wounded. One of them, Deputy Nicholas Tullier, remained in critical condition Monday. The gunman was killed at the scene.

Poe watched from the window Sunday morning as a line of police cars pulled up in front of Gerald’s house. She woke up her husband, a former city police officer.

“He said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and I said, ‘There’s units everywhere, and you’ve told me that’s never a good sign,”‘ she said. They turned on the news.

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Jackson’s father-in-law, Lonnie Jordan, called him a “gentle giant” – tall and stout and formidable looking, but with a peaceful disposition.

Jordan said his son-in-law had been working long hours since Sterling was killed.

Jackson posted on Facebook that he was physically and emotionally tired. He wrote that while in uniform he gets nasty looks and out of uniform some consider him a threat.

“I swear to God I love this city,” he wrote, “but I wonder if this city loves me.”

The police chief described at a news conference how he had gone to the district where Jackson worked just days earlier in an attempt to boost the spirits of the officers. Instead Jackson ended up giving him the pep talk.

He had been on the force 10 years and risen to the rank of corporal, said Kedrick Pitts, his half brother. He worked hard, sometimes seven days a week.

He was funny and good natured, Pitts said. He collected shoes, 500 pairs, including special Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan lines

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But what he loved most was his wife and 4-month-old son.

“He’s going to grow up without a father,” said Jackson’s sister-in-law, Lauren Rose said. “But we’ll be there to give him memories and let him know how his dad was a great man, and how he died with honour … Hopefully one day, he’ll be like his dad.”

At the convenience store Sunday, Garafola tried to intervene and help the fallen officers.

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Surveillance video showed Garafola firing at the gunman from behind a dumpster as bullets hit the concrete around him, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Getreaux said.

“My deputy went down fighting. He returned fire to the very end,” the sheriff said.

Garafola’s friends described him as a man committed to public service and devoted to his family.

He had a wife and four children: a 21-year-old son, a 15-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter.

Sgt. Gerald Parker, a close friend, described him as a “jack of all trades” who enjoyed helping people in his neighbourhood, like mending their fences or mowing their lawns. He worked hard, often picking up extra hours.

WATCH: Police dispatch calls reveal frantic moments following shooting in Baton Rouge

“He was a man of strong character,” Parker said. “All these officers are heroes. Some people would run. But these gentlemen leave their families knowing something can happen.”

Tullier, a father of two teenage sons, is surrounded by family at the hospital.

Carol Sue McManus, a relative, said he’s a workaholic who serves on two units, one patrol and the other motorcycle. She said he was injured at one point when he was run over while escorting a funeral procession.

“I’m mad,” she said with tears in her eyes. “I wish all this madness would stop.”

A license on every dog: Montreal cracks down on pet owners

The City of Montreal is cracking down on unregistered dogs as animal control inspectors step up to enforce pet bylaws.

“They’re going around in the parks and see the owners of the dogs to see if they have a permit, if they’re on a leash and if not they’re going to give out some fines,” said Anie Samson, vice-chair of the city’s executive committee.

The city insists registering pets in Montreal is not a new rule, but after a string of serious dog attacks, officials have decided to ramp up their animal control laws.

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    “We need to know how many dogs we have, what kind of dogs we have because we have to plan; if we want to put a dog place in the park,  we have to know how many dogs we have,” said Samson.

    According to city officials, only 14 per cent of the estimated 150,000 dogs in Montreal are properly registered.

    They said the goal is to get every dog in the city registered by the end of the summer.

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    However, animal owners seem to have mixed feelings.

    “It’s not a big issue, you just have to pay or whatever it is, it’s fine,” said NDG resident Rodrigo Galvin.

    “They do take care of the dog parks and everything that comes with it, so I have no issue with it whatsoever.”

    To make the process simple and easy, the city has set up a section on its website that lists every borough’s rules and fees.

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    Still, some residents said they don’t think it’s necessary.

    “They want us to spend the extra x amount of money to go register them for what?” said NDG resident Caroline Seguin.

    “To say ‘yeah, they’re a part of Montreal?’”

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    Dog owners who fail to comply and get caught could face fines of up to $250.

    “I rescued two dogs, I think I did a good deed by rescuing the animals, giving them a second chance and now you guys are going to fine me for not registering them with the city?” said Seguin.

    Meanwhile, the city says registering pets is only part of their tougher animal laws.

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    The city is looking at whether to enact a bylaw this fall that would ban specific breeds, such as pit bulls.