Girl in Alma elementary school stabbed by boy – Montreal


Provincial police say a girl in a Quebec elementary school was stabbed Tuesday afternoon during a dispute with a schoolmate.

Police spokesman Hugues Beaulieu said there was an altercation between two students at the Saint-Pierre elementary school in Alma in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.

He said a boy pulled out a knife and stabbed the girl, reported to be in fourth grade. She was taken to hospital but suffered only superficial wounds.

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The boy was taken into custody by police officers and social services, but Beaulieu says it’s too early to say what will happen to him. He did not divulge the ages of the children involved.

Students who were present during the incident and school personnel were questioned by investigators.

Alma is about 175 kilometres north of Quebec City.


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Edmonton sisters found in apartment were stabbed to death, police say


Two little girls whose bodies were found by police last week hidden in their mother’s Edmonton apartment were stabbed to death, police said Monday in a news release.

One sister was six months old, and the other was three years old.

The mother of the two children remains in hospital recovering from an assault.

The bodies of the two sisters were found Wednesday evening, concealed under a pile of household items in a storage room in a southeast Edmonton apartment suite.

Court documents identify the two children as Mackenzie Petawaysin and Mary Lafleche Petawaysin, and their mother as Tamara Petawaysin.

A 29-year-old man who was the father of the six-month-old girl has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Ashton Brian Lafleche has also been charged with assault causing bodily harm against the children’s mother. Lafleche was in a relationship with Tamara Petawaysin but did not live with her in the apartment where the children’s bodies were found, police said.

The apartment is in Allen Manor at 7920 71st St., in the King Edward Park neighbourhood.

Officers were initially called to the area around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and found a woman in distress who had suffered serious injuries.

After interviewing the woman, police learned the name of a suspect and were told that two children were involved.

Officers returned to the woman’s rental suite but were unable to locate the children, Affolder said.

Tamara Petawaysin and Ashton Brian Lafleche pose together in a photograph she posted on her Facebook page in November 2017. (Facebook)

About three hours later, another call to police reported an « an unclothed male » acting erratically. He had broken into a garage near 73rd Street and 80th Avenue.

A woman who spoke to CBC News said she heard someone in her garage on Wednesday and went out to look.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she encountered a naked man.

She described him as catatonic and said he didn’t speak. The woman said she gave him a blanket to cover himself with until police arrived.

After questioning the man, police returned to the suite and found the children’s bodies around 8:30 p.m.

Lafleche pleaded guilty in Stony Plain court on Oct. 31 to assaulting Petawaysin. The assault happened in mid-September. He also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a probation order, and was fined $200 and placed on probation for 12 months.

Under the terms of his probation, Lafleche was ordered to have no contact with Petawaysin.

On Nov. 30, after pleading guilty to a breach of recognizance, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail. It’s not clear why he was not in jail at the time of the offences.


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Montreal man who stabbed a Michigan airport officer is convicted of terrorism – National


A Montreal man who told investigators that his mission was “to kill and be killed” was convicted of terrorism and other crimes Tuesday in the stabbing of a Michigan airport officer.

Terrorism investigation launched after Canadian Amor Ftouhi accused of stabbing Michigan cop in neck

Federal prosecutors had an easy time persuading jurors: Witnesses wrestled Amor Ftouhi to the ground after seeing him attack Lt. Jeff Neville at the Flint airport in June 2017.

Ftouhi, 53, was convicted of three charges. A native of Tunisia, he also had Canadian citizenship and was living in Montreal at the time of the attack.

“This isn’t a mystery. He was caught right there. He has the knife in his hand,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathleen Corken told jurors.

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Investigators say Ftouhi wanted to stab Neville, seize his gun and shoot people in the airport. He legally drove into the U.S. at Champlain, N.Y., and arrived in Flint five days later. He tried unsuccessfully to buy a gun at a gun show and instead bought a large knife.

Witnesses said he yelled, “Allahu Akbar” – God is great – during the attack.

Neville survived but has lost feeling in part of his face as a result of being stabbed in the neck. He no longer works at the airport.

Terrorism investigation launched after Canadian Amor Ftouhi accused of stabbing Michigan cop in neck

“This is what a Muslim is born for,” Ftouhi said in a handwritten note to his wife that was found in his apartment.

FBI agent Shadi Elreda told jurors about his interview with Ftouhi after his arrest. He said Ftouhi was upset that Neville might survive.

“His mission was to kill and be killed. He said his mission was not over,” Elreda testified.

Ftouhi’s lawyers didn’t offer an opening statement at trial and didn’t call any witnesses. In her closing argument, attorney Joan Morgan said Ftouhi was unstable and believed it would be easier to be killed by police in the United States than in Canada.

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“He was a person who was absolutely looking for a way out,” she said.

Neville described the attack in testimony last week. “I was watching this puddle of blood underneath me that was spreading and I just remember how weird that was. … I felt like if I laid down on my back, I might not get back up,” he said.

Airport police Chief Chris Miller said he jumped on Ftouhi and tried to handcuff him.

“He said, ‘Allahu Akbar. You have killed people in Afghanistan, and you have killed people in Iraq,”‘ Miller testified.


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