Blood found throughout Tim Bosma’s pickup truck, murder trial told

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HAMILTON – Family members of Tim Bosma winced and looked away as a police officer told his murder trial the details of a bullet casing and blood she found inside the Hamilton man’s pickup truck.

Det. Const. Laura McLellan of Halton Regional Police testified Thursday that she and her team of officers didn’t initially see the shell casing because it was lodged somewhere behind the truck’s rear seat.

McLellan said it became dislodged as she snapped hundreds of photographs of the truck and the trailer it was found in – a trailer that was registered to Millardair, an aviation company owned by Dellen Millard – one of the two accused.

Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 28, from Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Bosma’s death.

Bosma disappeared on the night of May 6, 2013 after taking two strangers on a test drive of a black Dodge Ram pickup truck he was trying to sell. His charred remains were found more than a week later.

Tim Bosma is seen in an undated handout photo. Jury selection is set to begin in Hamilton at the trial of two men accused in the death of Tim Bosma. Police say Bosma left his home on May 6, 2013, to take two men for a test drive in a pickup truck he was trying to sell online and never returned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Hamilton Police, Facebook

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    McLellan told court she began examining the truck on May 15, 2013, alongside blood spatter specialists from Waterloo Regional Police and scientists from the Centre of Forensic Sciences.

    The bullet casing was a bit of a surprise, since earlier photos, which were shown to court, didn’t show it.

    “Clearly it fell during our photo examination,” McLellan said as a magnified photograph of the brass shell casing with the markings “WIN 380 AUTO” flashed on television screens in the Hamilton courthouse.

    At that point, Millard looked over at Smich, who was seated next to him, and shook his head. Smich didn’t return the look.

    “That is a simple piece of brass,” McLellan continued, explaining the shell casing to the jury. “It’s already been fired, the bullet has been ejected.”

    After finding the shell, she swabbed the truck for gunshot residue and sent the sample for further analysis.

    McLellan told court she found blood throughout Bosma’s truck, both inside and out. She sent 64 swabs of blood from the truck and contents of the trailer it was found in for forensic analysis.

    She said blood was found on the front passenger side, on the dash, in the cracks of the truck’s vinyl and on the ceiling above the driver’s side.

    McLellan said she didn’t even need the orange goggles that she usually uses with a special laser to see the dark stains that field tests indicated were blood.

    There also was blood on a tarp found in the bed of the pickup truck, blood on the undercarriage, and blood on the muffler.

    The front passenger window was shattered. The front seats and carpets were ripped out, and the charred remains of the seats were found in the back of the trailer. They also found a box cutter on the truck’s floor.

    There were three green tarps in the bed of truck along with the vehicle’s headlights, taillights and its identifying emblems. She said they detected blood on two parts of one of the tarps.

    Earlier Thursday, Phil Wilkinson, a cellphone expert with the Ontario Provincial Police, described the movements of phones registered to Millard and Smich in the hours and days following Bosma’s disappearance.

    Shortly after midnight on May 7, Wilkinson said Millard’s phone pinged off cell towers near Millardair, the company owned by Millard and operated out of a hangar at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

    Crown Attorney Craig Fraser methodically laid out maps made by Wilkinson that showed the movements of the phones, which seemingly travelled together often as they sent and received texts and phone calls.

    The maps showed cellphone activity pinging off towers near Millardair, Millard’s farm in nearby Ayr, Ont., near places Smich stayed in Oakville, Millard’s home in Toronto and Millard’s mother’s house in Kleinburg, Ont., where Bosma’s truck was eventually found.

    On Wednesday, court heard the phones registered to Millard and Smich – and a third phone registered to Lucas Bate, which police believe is a bogus name – travelled together from Toronto to Oakville to Hamilton and arrived near Bosma’s home around 9 p.m. on May 6.

    The Crown alleges Bosma was shot inside his truck and later his body was burned in an incinerator.

    The case will resume on Tuesday.

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Joint investigation in Calgary, Red Deer puts ‘dent’ in organized crime: police

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Police released the names of two men charged in an investigation they said has put a “significant dent in an organized crime trafficking operation” in Calgary and Red Deer Monday.

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    The operation resulted in the seizure of nine guns, 12,159 rounds of ammunition, $14,000 in cash, nearly 400 grams of drugs and body armour after executing search warrants in both cities, police said Friday. An apartment at 475 Lancaster Drive in Red Deer; two rooms in a hotel in Gasoline Alley, Red Deer County, a residence located in the 0-100 block of Silverado Creek Crescent S.W., Calgary, and a residence located in the 14000 block of 6 Street S.W., Calgary were the locations that were searched.

    “The sheer number of weapons and ammunition discovered during this operation is deeply concerning,” Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police Service Drug Unit said in a Monday statement. “It speaks to the level of violence these groups are willing to go to, putting the public at significant risk. More than ever before, we must work together to put a stop to drug activity and the associated violence it brings.”

    A joint investigation by Red Deer RCMP and Calgary police resulted in the seizure of guns, drugs and body armour.

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    Police also conducted what they called a high-risk takedown in Calgary after suspects tried to rob a pawn shop Jan. 5 at 4108 Macleod Trail South, and then fled in a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was eventually stopped in the 100 block of Silverado Creek Crescent S.W.

    The operation began in March after a tip to Calgary police about drug activity with ties to the Red Deer area. Red Deer RCMP began its own investigation in October, and the two services soon learned they were investigating the same suspects. Police said two of the suspects were “extremely active in drug trafficking and violent crimes in the Red Deer area” between October and December.

    The forces combined efforts in November with help from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).

    A joint investigation by Red Deer RCMP and Calgary police resulted in the seizure of guns, drugs and body armour.

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    Shawn Barry Steier, 30, of Red Deer, faces numerous charges including robbery, pointing a firearm, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and knowing possession of an unlicensed weapon.

    Wayant Donald Chapin, 37, of Calgary, faces charges including robbery, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of an unlicensed weapon, possession of cocaine and crystal meth for the purpose of trafficking, possession of body armor without a valid permit, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

    Both men are set to appear in court Jan. 29.

    Police said charges are also pending against a 55-year-old Red Deer woman.

    “Drug traffickers and other criminals cross jurisdictions all the time, so inter-agency collaboration is crucial to disrupting their operations,” Red Deer RCMP Sgt. Eric McKenzie said in a statement. “The drug trade fuels organized crime. It breeds violent crimes such as home invasions and robberies, as well as property crimes and vehicle theft. We will continue to hammer at drug trafficking operations, enforce laws against the drug trade, and put these violent offenders before the courts.”

    Police allege the organized crime group has ties to British Columbia.

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Redwater community hosts vigil for bullied teenager who died by suicide

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EDMONTON – The Redwater community held a vigil Monday to show its support for the family of a teenager who took her own life.

Katelyn Merritt was a student at Redwater School. She turned 17 just days before her death.

Friends and family believe Merritt was being bullied at school.

“She had a lot of problems here at school,” Brittani Lapointe, a friend of Merritt’s, said at the vigil Monday night. “It was every day. It was constant. She would literally leave class because she couldn’t do it.”

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    Lapointe said she and Merritt would try to help each other through the difficult times, because she too experiences bullying.

    “I’ve been bullied by these people too,” Lapointe said. “She stood up for me Thursday at school because a guy kept on punching me, hitting me.”

    “It’s too far. I lost two friends in the last two years because of bullying and it’s getting to the limit… It’s too much.”

    The vigil was held in the Redwater School parking lot. Dozens of people came together to light candles, remember their friend and share stories about her.

    “Katelyn was the most honest person you could meet. She would give you the shirt off of her back,” Brandy Hoyles said. Hoyles’ son dated Merritt for a while. Hoyles said Merritt was just at her house last weekend.

    “She was always your friend, no matter what. The smiles, the laughter, the jokes, the crazy pictures. She was that bubbly girl that everybody just wanted to be.”

    Mara Grunau, the executive director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention in Calgary, said suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

    “When we see someone at risk of suicide or someone in our life is at risk of suicide we need to ask them directly,” Grunau said.

    “Sometimes as parents we don’t know any differently. We only know what’s normal for our child so sometimes we might miss the signs so we rely on other adults in our kids’ lives to be that second set of eyes.”

    The school sent out a letter after Merritt’s death, offering psychologists, counsellors and teachers to help students cope with the loss.

    A celebration of life is scheduled for Jan. 20 at the Sturgeon Memorial Funeral Chapel.

    Michele Dick, superintendent of Sturgeon School Division, sent Global News a statement, part of which reads:

    “From time to time we have students who struggle. When they come to our attention we do all we can to support them, in an ongoing fashion, and to connect them and their families with the necessary external agencies and caregivers… The student we are speaking of was a young woman who was seen to have a great sense of humour; she was thoughtful and caring; and she had a big heart which she wore on her sleeve. Students and staff will truly miss her.”

    The statement went on to say each school has dedicated counsellors for students trained in suicide prevention and access to family support workers, psychologists and a mental health therapist.

    Dick’s statement also said, “The school responds to all concerns related to bullying and ensures students are reminded, on a regular basis, that telling an adult if they are experiencing any bullying is a critical strategy in looking after themselves and each other.”

    A vigil for 17-year-old Katelyn was held in Redwater Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

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    A vigil for 17-year-old Katelyn was held in Redwater Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

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    A vigil for 17-year-old Katelyn was held in Redwater Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

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    A vigil for 17-year-old Katelyn was held in Redwater Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

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Budget committee cuts $40 million in council-approved projects to bridge shortfall

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TORONTO – The city’s budget committee is cutting $40.2 million in council-approved spending in an attempt to bridge a $124-million gap.

Unfunded projects include daily grooming of beaches and the TTC’s new and enhanced express bus service.

“We had to look at priorities. We had to look at choices,” said budget chief Gary Crawford.

“It’s not that we are saying no to these items, what we are saying is, ‘Probably not this year, but we will look at them next year.’”

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Crawford said in 2015, the budget committee accommodated only 22 per cent of new and enhanced projects.

“This year we are supporting almost 40 per cent, so we are actually investing more when you look at new and enhancements,” he said.

Last month, city manager Peter Wallace presented a preliminary budget with a $57.4-million gap in revenue.

But it turns out Toronto’s budget shortfall was more than twice as big: The preliminary budget didn’t account for $67 million worth of additional spending council has promised.

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The remaining $27 million will go toward other projects which include transit, poverty reduction like community housing and expansion of the homemakers and nurses services program.    

Crawford said the city is also considering dipping into its reserve funds to cover approximately $17.1 million worth of costs.

But some councillors argue using those rainy-day savings is unsustainable.

“What is being proposed by our budget chief – and, I presume, our mayor – is an unsustainable budget that actually moves the city backwards,” said councillor Janet Davis

“Instead of a reasonable tax increase or talking seriously about real revenues, we have a strategy that relies on one-time funding.”

The preliminary budget put forward by Wallace suggested a 2.17 per cent property tax increase, but Tory has insisted on keeping property tax increases at 1.3 per cent, at the rate of inflation.

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The budget committee has also asked Toronto Police Service to reduce budget spending by $3 million and the TTC to reduce their budget by $5 million.

“[Tory] shouldn’t have made promises to the people of Toronto if he didn’t intend to pay for them,” said councillor Gord Perks.

The budget will be going to executive committee Jan. 28.

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UPDATE: Abbotsford Police look to identify 2 cars after several shooting incidents in the span of 3 hours

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UPDATE (Jan.19): Abbotsford investigators have obtained CCTV footage from the surrounding area of Ridgeview Drive and are looking to identify two vehicles and their occupants seen in the area at the time of the shooting.

It is unknown at this time if the occupants were involved, but it is believed that they may be able to provide important information.

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Abbotsford Police are raising the alarm after two shooting incidents that took place within three hours of each other last night and into early Monday morning.

The first incident took place Sunday evening around 9:40 p.m. It was reported shots were fired between two cars at the intersection of Salton Road and Fern Street.

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Investigators found shell casings on the roadway, but no evidence of cars or homes struck by bullets. No victims were located.

Just three hours later, at 12:13 a.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 31500-block of Ridgeview Drive.

Police say a home in the area was struck by bullets. It does not look like anyone was hurt in that case either. But neighbours reported hearing a car speeding from the residential street after the sound of gunfire.

Abbotsford police say they can’t exclude the possibility that this shooting incident is related to other recent events.

Police are extremely concerned about potential escalating tensions and the threats to public safety that this incident could represent.

The violence comes on the heels of a 74-year-old bystander getting killed by a stray bullet in a targeted shooting last September. The man, according to police, was the unintended victim of an ongoing feud between two rival gangs. No arrests were made in the case, leaving the community in fear.  

Abbotsford Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the two most recent incidents to contact them or call Crime Stoppers.

With files from Paula Baker 

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What floor you live on may determine cardiac arrest survival: Canadian study

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Living on the upper floors of an apartment or condominium? New Canadian research is warning that the higher up you live in a high-rise building, the more your risk of death from cardiac arrest increases.

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After combing more than five years of data, Toronto researchers found that survival rates are nearly twice as low if you live below the third floor. Cardiac arrest patients see another dip in survival rates if they’re above the 16th floor, according to the findings published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“The problem is when you live way high is that the time to the paramedics arriving can be longer, or the [wait for] firefighters, the first responders can be long,” warned Dr. Laurie Morrison, a senior investigator in the study conducted by St. Michael’s Hospital.

Paramedics have to navigate the building to figure out the quickest route in with their equipment. They could be waiting for security personnel to let them in or for elevators to get to the ground floor before getting their bearings and finding the right unit once they reach the correct floor.

READ MORE: Quarter of heart attack patients weren’t tested for diabetes or high cholesterol

“All these things are not there when you walk into someone’s home. So the time to arrival of the firefighters and paramedics to the patient’s bedside, or wherever they’ve had their cardiac arrest in a high-rise has got a whole bunch of barriers in between when they arrive at scene to when they actually touch the patient,” Morrison told Global News.

The study was led by Ian Drennan, a St. Michael’s Hospital researcher and York Region paramedic. He and his team looked at data from 8,216 Canadians who suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and were treated by paramedics from Toronto and Peel Region between 2007 and 2012. York Region Paramedic Services was not involved in the study.

Of all the cardiac arrests, 3.8 per cent survived until they could be discharged from hospital. Survival sat at 4.2 per cent for those who lived on the first two floors of a building. Survival rates dipped to 2.6 per cent for patients on the third floor and above.

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The situation worsened as the researchers looked at the data for patients on higher floors. There were 216 cardiac arrests above the 16th floor – only two survived (0.9 per cent). There were no survivors for patients who lived on the 25th floor and above.

The average age of a cardiac arrest patient is 67.

Response times – the measure of time between when a call comes in and when emergency responders get to the address – rarely fluctuate in major cities. It’s typically about five minutes, Morrison said. The lag in time kicks in once paramedics go from arriving at the high-rise to the patient’s bedside. That can be an additional wait time of about one to four minutes, according to Morrison.

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Cardiac arrest is often confused with a heart attack. A heart attack is triggered when blood flow to the heart is blocked, while cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly.

When it stops, it isn’t pumping blood to the brain, which is why paramedics have such a tight window to help patients before there’s a lasting impact on the brain.

“It’s not minutes, it’s seconds. The cardiac arrest becomes irreversible as seconds tick away,” Morrison warned.

She said there are “simple fixes” municipalities and building managers can make to cut down on response time once paramedics get to a building.

READ MORE: Male heart attack patients receive faster care than women, Canadian study suggests

Firefighters, for example, have universal access keys into buildings but paramedics in Ontario don’t.

“It’s not going to cost a lot of money to coordinate a switch so that the elevator is ready, waiting for the first responders,” Morrison said.

AEDs – or automated external defibrillators – cost about $500 to $1,300. The researchers recommend easy accessibility of AEDs so that they’re placed on specific floors, in building lobbies or inside elevators the same way that fire extinguishers and fire hoses are within reach.

Dispatchers at 911 call centres can instruct people over the phone how to administer chest compressions, as well as how to use an AED, as paramedics arrive to the scene, Morrison said. Cardiac arrests are set off by arrthymia, or an irregular heartbeat, so bystanders need to provide chest compressions and run the AED to help revive patients.  The researchers also recommend better signs on the floors and that Canadians learn CPR.

“It’s essential, especially if you live in a high-rise,” Morrison said.

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Policymakers need to consider ways to alert building security personnel when a 911 call is placed so that first responders en route have easy access and an elevator waiting on the main floor when they arrive, too.

The team is hopeful the rest of Canada will collect and count cardiac arrest data.

Read their full findings in the CMAJ here.

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Contest will pick Regina’s next “big event”

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REGINA – The Regina Hotel Association has announced a new competition for Canadians who want to host a festival, conference or another large event in the Queen City.

The Event of Events Competition will award $20,000 to an individual or organization interested in planning a new event in Regina or growing an existing event into an annual occasion.

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“We are looking for all types of event ideas. It might be a new music festival, it could be a new sporting event. It could be a convention. It could be a tradeshow, we are open to any type of event opportunities and ideas,” said Regina Hotel Association CEO Tracy Fahlman.

Contestants will participate in webisodes, where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges and receive advice from other event planners in the city.

“We’ve got amazing judges who have led some of Regina’s iconic events. They will be making the decision on who ultimately wins the first and inaugural Event of Events,” said Fahlman.

The panel of judges includes Marty Seymour, CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, Chelsea Petterson, co-founder of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, Awelana Akeriwe, founder of Regina AfroFest, and Todd Ripplinger, co-founder of the Regina Subaru AAA Hockey Classic.

“Pulling off a large event is a substantial undertaking and the engaging format offered through this contest provides contestants with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and receive advice from experts,” said Seymour.

The competition is open to all legal residents of Canada, except Quebec. Contestants under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. The deadline for entries is Feb. 26. To enter and for more information on criteria and guidelines, visit eventofevents长沙夜网.

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Montreal school board forced to pay after bullying, sexual harassment case

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MONTREAL – A Montreal school board has paid $12,000 to the family of a former student who was bullied in a case that’s being described as the first of its kind in Quebec.

Shortly after moving to Quebec from Eastern Europe, an 11-year-old girl claimed was the victim of bullying so severe in her welcome class that she was forced to drop out.

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The victim was a Grade 6 student at École Saint-Vincent-Marie in Montreal North during the 2011-2012 academic year. The school is part of the Pointe-de-l’Île school board (CSPI).

“The welcome class helps children adapt to the Quebec school system, but she was subject to quite serious harassment over six to seven months,” explained Stewart Istvanffy, the family’s lawyer.

“It started with small things pulling hair, knocking her down in the school yard but accelerated to the point that she was subject to harassment and even a death threat.”

The girl also alleged a group of five boys sexually assaulted her on several occasions in the school’s unisex bathroom.

“It was quite a difficult situation for her,” Istvanffy told Global News.

“She got felt up, hands in her pants and stuff like that on two or three occasions.”

She left the school shortly after.

Who’s to blame?

Istvanffy claims the school board failed to have proper measures in place to stop or prevent bullying.

“She and her parents tried to speak to the teacher of the class and get some help,” said Istvanffy.

“There were some brief interventions, but nothing really happened.”

The family also went to the school’s director on several occasions to ask for help.

“They [the board] were aware of all the efforts for help and they got almost no help at all,” Istvanffy told Global News, adding that the school tried to turn the blame on the victim.

“It was a typical sexual harassment case where they tried to pretend that she brought it on herself. The judge didn’t buy that.”

According to Judge Stephen W. Hamilton, the CPSI knew the victim was having issues with the group of boys, but failed to protect her.

The judgment found there’s was nothing in place to prevent harassment and no guidelines to help teachers deal with such a situation.

“In law, school commissions must protect young children in their care,” said Istvanffy, adding that it’s the first case of its kind in Quebec.

The family asked for $100,000 in damages.

Global News contacted the CPSI, but was told the school board would not comment on the case or the judgement.

Post-traumatic stress

Since the incident, the girl, who is now a teenager, has left school, and “is anxious and suicidal,” the family’s lawyer said.

She recently spent three weeks in hospital after suffering symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Istvanffy added.

“She’s been in hospital two to three times over last three years with depression and problems of self-esteem,” said Istvanffy.

“The fact that we won this judgment will allow her to get past this, but it made her lose at least a couple of years of school.”

“She’s actually quite brilliant and I suspect she’ll do well in school but she hasn’t because of this.”

Police were also called in to investigate the incident.

The five boys, who are around the same age as the victim, were suspended from school.

“I don’t think they’ll ever do this again,” said Istvanffy.

“After this event happened, in Quebec, the whole question of bullying became a political football and right now there’s a legal obligation to have anti-harassment measures in place. These exist at that board now.

“The people who did nothing to protect the girl have learned their lesson.”

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Weather phenomenon creates street map in the sky

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On Jan. 12, Mia Heikkilä of Eura, Finland, looked up to the night sky and saw something unusual: a map of her surrounding streets.

This wasn’t some sort of alien message. It was an unusual occurrence of light pillars.

Light pillars themselves aren’t uncommon in the cold winter months. You may have spotted them yourself (they are sometimes erroneously believed to be the northern lights). However, usually they look like their namesake: pillars of light stretching into the sky.

READ MORE: 5 amazing weather phenomena to keep an eye out for this winter

These pillars of light occur when plate-shaped ice crystals are present close to the ground (rather than their usual spot higher up in the atmosphere). And though it looks like the light is reaching upwards, it is, in fact, sending the light back down.

Dave Patrick photographed light pillars in Fergus, Ont. on Feb. 15, 2014.

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Heikkilä actually provided a map of her street for a side-by-side comparison.

Why were these so different?

Instead of seeing the pillars from the side, Heikkilä was right smack in the middle of pillars looking up.

These stunning pillars of light are a reminder that, while winter can be a dreary season, it provides plenty of beautiful weather phenomena to make up for it.

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Not dead yet: Tennessee electric company almost cuts power to long-time customer

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A retiree from Tennessee is looking for answers after Memphis, Light, Gas and Water — his former employer of nearly 40 years — almost turned off his utilities because they mistakenly thought he was dead.

R.C. Carter received a letter of condolences from MLGW last week, and was astonished to find out he was dead.

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    “Dear Sir or Madam, please accept our condolences on the passing of R.C. Carter,” read the letter. It went on to say Carter’s account required a new name to replace the deceased former employee, otherwise the utilities would be cut off.

    Carter, who has been a customer of MLGW since 1949, called the company several times to notify them he was in fact alive — but did not receive the response he was expecting.

    Carter said an employee sarcastically dismissed one of his efforts to convince the company he was very much alive.

    “I guess I’m the one that messed up. I’m supposed to send you flowers for your funeral,” said the MLGW representative.

    Carter had his own response for MLGW.

    “If I’m dead, I’ve got $45,000 worth of life insurance. Can I come and get it?” Carter asked.

    Having no luck convincing the company he was still living, and at risk of having his power cut off, Carter turned to a local news station for help.

    Gale Jones Carson, head of corporate communications for MLGW, explained the error was made by a third-party credit agency which thought Carter had died.

    “On behalf of MLGW, I do apologize to him and I will make sure the president personally calls Mr. Carter and gets the matter resolved,” Carson said.

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