Amber Alert issued for 11-year-old girl allegedly taken by father, last seen in Mississauga

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An Amber Alert has been issued by police for an 11-year-old girl who was allegedly taken by her father.

Peel Regional Police said Riya Rajkumar is with her 41-year-old father, Roopesh Rajkumar.

Police said comments were made by the man that indicated he might “cause harm to himself and (his) daughter.”

It is believed the pair are travelling in a silver, two-door Honda Civic with the licence plate ARBV 598. The two were last seen in the Hurontario and Derry roads area in Mississauga.

Riya was described as being four feet tall and weighing 60 pounds. She has a thin build and below-shoulder black hair.

Police said she was last seen wearing a pink dress with hearts, black boots, black tights, black jacket with a fur-lined hood. She also had a black and white purse with a pink heart and the letter R.

Anyone who sees either individual or the vehicle is asked to call 911.

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Toronto police issued 4,352 parking tickets during ‘zero tolerance’ traffic blitz

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Thousands of parking tickets were issued and hundreds of vehicles towed during a recent weeks-long crackdown on motorists who were were blocking traffic, Toronto police figures show.

Police said in a new release sent out Monday that 4,352 tickets were issued and 753 vehicles were towed from Jan. 14 to Feb. 1.

“The enforcement of the city’s rush hour routes and other traffic and parking offences continues to be a priority,” police said.

The campaign focused on stopped drivers blocking traffic on major streets, not congestion within major intersections, also known as “blocking the box.”

The stats that were released Monday don’t include numbers for tickets issued for distracted driving, a crackdown that was running at the same time.

When the campaign was announced, police spokesperson Brian Moniz said that officers will be taking a “zero tolerance” approach to drivers blocking traffic on major routes during rush hour in an attempt to combat congestion.

According to Moniz, a ticket for blocking traffic during rush hour is $150 and a tow is an additional $250.

On average, police issue 70,000 tickets per year during rush hour, or roughly 275 per day.

Police tow about 15,000 a year, or around 60 a day, Moniz said.

Ilya Bañares is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ilyaoverseas

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6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks Anchorage, tsunami warning issued for southern Alaska

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A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage and caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake Friday morning was centred about 12 kilometres north of Alaska’s largest city. 

The USGS initially said it was a 6.7 magnitude quake but reduced it to 6.6.

The National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for coastal zones of southern Alaska following an earthquake that rocked buildings in downtown Anchorage.

The centre said Friday that the warning was in effect for parts of the state’s Cook Inlet and the southern Kenai peninsula.

The warning means tsunami waves are expected.

People went back inside buildings after the earthquake, but a smaller aftershock a short time later sent them running back into the streets again.

An Associated Press reporter working in downtown Anchorage saw cracks in a two-storey building after the quake. It was unclear whether there were injuries.

Anchorage lawyer Justin Capp says he was getting ready for work when he felt the shaking start. He grabbed on to the doorframe in the hallway and the door slammed into his hands, scraping his fingers and hand.

Another lawyer, Hank Graper, was driving when the quake struck. He first thought his vehicle had a flat tire, then thought it was exploding. He realized it was an earthquake after he saw traffic poles swaying.

Graper called it the most « violent » earthquake he’s experience in his 20 years in Anchorage.

The National Weather Service Seattle tweeted a tsunami warning is in effect for Cook Inlet, but it is not expected to affect Washington or B.C.

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