Halton police seek public’s help to find missing Burlington man – Hamilton

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Police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing Burlington man.

Halton Regional Police say Ivan Eskit, 67, was last seen leaving his home in the area of Guelph Line and Mountainside Drive in Burlington at around 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Police say he doesn’t have his medication with him, which he requires daily, and his family is concerned about his well-being.


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Eskit is described as a five-foot-10 white man weighing 200 pounds who has slicked-back grey hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a brown shirt, jeans and a grey winter jacket.

Police add that he was last seen driving away in a dark blue 2008 Jeep Patriot four-door SUV with Ontario licence plate BCXV 073.

Eskit also had his two German shepherd dogs with him.


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Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Jared McLeod of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747, ext. 2385, or the on-duty staff sergeant at ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Burlington father whose three-year-old died in hot car gets absolute discharge from Milton judge

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MILTON—A Milton judge said the case of a father charged with accidentally leaving his three-year-old son in a hot car to die is one of the saddest cases she has dealt with.

In giving Shaun Pennell an absolute discharge, Justice Lesley Baldwin said Pennell’s family has suffered so much — and continues to suffer.

Pennell, 38, appeared in Milton court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to provide the necessities of life to his child, Wyatt Pennell. The Crown was asking for a suspended sentence and probation.

Wyatt died from hyperthermia after being left in a hot vehicle on May 23, 2018, by his dad, who was supposed to drop him off at daycare that morning.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Pennell forgot Wyatt was behind him in a car seat and instead drove to his workplace, NUVO Network, at the Burlington Crossroads Centre.

The court heard that Jennifer called her husband, who became hysterical when he realized what had happened. The parents called 911. Police and paramedics were unable to revive the little boy.

Pennell was charged with failing to provide the necessities of life and negligence causing death. The second charge was withdrawn.

Pennell, clad in a grey suit, could be seen occasionally wiping tears from his eyes during the proceedings. Jennifer attended court with him.

“It is difficult to contemplate something more devastating than losing one’s child. It is even more so when you are the cause of that loss,” said assistant Crown attorney Nick Chiera.

“Mr. Pennell did not mean to cause his son any harm. Quite to the contrary, he loved his son. He grieves for him along with everyone else who also cared for Wyatt. That’s what makes this a difficult case.”

Defence attorney Brian Greenspan said Pennell’s actions have already devastated him. In a statement to the court, Jennifer said Pennell cried constantly for months following Wyatt’s death.

She also said he has lost weight and has sleep issues and frequent disturbing flashbacks.

“He struggles to make it through the days, but he continues to go to work and provide for his family. He is haunted by what he has done. He knows why our son is no longer here and it is torture,” said Jennifer.

“My husband is a loving father who made a terrible mistake and that has forever changed us.”

Greenspan said Pennell is also undergoing psychological counselling and plans to use his experience in the tech industry to design and develop some kind of device or program, possibly a car seat alarm, to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.

Greenspan said no good would be served for Pennell to leave the court with a criminal record and called for him to be discharged. He also argued that if probation was imposed it should be no longer than six months. Pennell declined to address the court.

Justice Baldwin argued a harsh sentence for Pennell would have zero deterrent value given the nature of what happened and the fact that Pennell is now hypervigilant when it comes to the care of his two-year-old daughter.

As well, the justice said she was impressed that Pennell wants to develop technology to prevent similar tragedies.

“There is no reason for Mr. Pennell to leave this building with a criminal record given these tragic circumstances,” said Baldwin. “He has done everything he can to address this tragedy from the moment it happened.”

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Sales are down, but house prices continue to rise in Hamilton and Burlington – Hamilton

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Housing prices in Hamilton and Burlington continue to rise, even though sales continue to drop compared to 2017.

The Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,035 sales of residential properties in October 2018, a 13.1 per cent decrease from the same month last year.

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB)

Overall sales are 17.7 per cent lower than last year at this same time; however, the average sale prices have increased for the month. Single-family home prices increased 5.9 per cent compared to October 2017, townhouse prices remained virtually the same, and apartment-style property prices are up by 11.6 per cent according to properties processed through MLS.


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“The sales-to-new-listings ratio, which can point to whether a market is in favour of sellers (above 60 per cent) or buyers (below 40 per cent) was 60.1 per cent,” according to the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington. “This is higher than last month and on the cusp of returning to a seller’s market. For comparison, in October 2017 the ratio was 65.5 per cent.”

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB)

Hamilton, Burlington and Haldimand County all saw an increase in overall average sale price, while Niagara North experienced a decrease in the overall average price.

“Across the entire RAHB market area, the average price, number of days on market, and other factors differed when looking at housing style,” says RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “To ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision when buying or selling, always consult with local realtors.”

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Cat found with face duct-taped outside Burlington animal clinic

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A lifelong cat lover is outraged after she found an abandoned little brown tabby that had duct tape tightly wrapped around her face, with only a small opening at the nose, outside a Burlington clinic Tuesday.

“We’re all horrified about this poor girl,” said Nicole Paling, founder of Every Life Matters Cat Rescue, who was shocked to find the animal on Tuesday outside Mountainside Animal Clinic in Burlington.

This female tabby was found with her head duct-taped several times in a carrier at Mountainside Veterinary Clinic in Burlington on Tuesday night.
This female tabby was found with her head duct-taped several times in a carrier at Mountainside Veterinary Clinic in Burlington on Tuesday night.  (Nicole Paling photo)

Paling had gone to the clinic, where she volunteers, on Industrial St., in the Guelph Line and Mainway area, with one of her rescued cats in respiratory distress.

Paling arrived at around 8:30 p.m., when she noticed a cat carrier in the parking lot.

“I figured it was a cat left there by mistake; some people think it’s animal control,” she said.

Upon closer inspection, she found the abandoned feline with silver duct tape tightly wound around her face. There was only a small opening at the nose.

“I was having a panic attack,” Paling said. “I’ve never seen anything like this. I could barely type in the security code (to the clinic).”

Paling immediately called her boyfriend, Brett Norton, who rushed to the clinic and needed about 10 minutes with a pocket knife to free the tabby.

“It felt like forever,” Paling said.

Norton had to be very careful while freeing the cat.

“You couldn’t tell where her ears were, so I couldn’t use scissors. It’s an animal . . . you can’t let them go like that,” Norton said.

“The coward that did this did it under the cover of darkness. The cat was so thirsty, drinking like crazy afterwards, so who knows how long she was like that.

“You’re baffled how someone could do this.”

Paling spent much of Wednesday morning going through surveillance camera footage from neighbouring businesses. The footage shows the cat — now named Lucky — being left at the clinic at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday by someone in a dark SUV, which leaves the parking lot after three minutes.

“I’ve contacted police, but they say there’s nothing they can do without a witness,” said Paling, who says she’s rescued roughly 350 cats since starting her non-profit organization three years ago.

She also contacted the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Burlington Animal Control.

“Imagine if this was a baby left like that, or a senior. It’s so unfair,” she said.

The tabby remains at the Mountainside clinic. She’s being checked out for any possible hind-end injuries, as she doesn’t like to be touched there.

Anyone who may have seen Lucky dropped off is asked to contact Paling at elmcatrescue@gmail.com.

Donations for her care can be made at the clinic at (905) 336-2347.

Warning: Some readers may be disturbed by the following video.

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