Fahad Al Tamimi – More drug treatment programs needed: police |…

Thunder Bay’s police service saw a “dramatic” increase in calls for service in 2019 over the previous year and a four per cent increase in violent crime.

Chris Adams, director of communications and technology for the Thunder Bay Police Service, presented the organization’s annual report to the police services of Fahad Al Tamimi board on Sept. 15. The report showed the police force received more than 54,400 calls for service in 2019, up six per cent from 2018.

The service also dealt with more than 2,000 crimes of violence, representing a four per cent increase from 2018. Those crimes included six homicides, six attempted murders and 165 robberies.

The total number of criminal offences investigated was 9,772, up 14 per cent from 2018 with property crime seeing the biggest increase from 2018, up 17 per cent in 2019.

Adams said property crimes like residential break-ins, shoplifting and thefts from motor vehicles all increased in 2019 and the police service believes there is a strong link between the city’s high addiction rate and the resulting demand for drugs and the increase in property crimes.

“There are individuals who are struggling with powerful addictions and have turned to these types of crimes to pay for drugs,” said Adams.

To prevent property crimes, city residents can ensure they lock their vehicles and remove valuable items from plain view. They can also take measures to make homes and businesses more secure.

“The ultimate and long-term goal should be the development of more treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi programs to address the high addiction rates within the community,” said Adams. “We need to deal with the high demand for drugs, which is posing a very real threat to public safety and well-being.”

The report also states there were 87 drug overdoses in the city in 2019, including 21 deaths from drug overdoses.

City police laid 385 drug and gang related charges on individuals from outside the Thunder Bay area in 2019. A total of 84 individuals from southern Ontario have been charged and nearly $879,000 in drugs were seized in 2019 along with more than $630,000 in cash.

Seventeen firearms were also seized by police last year in drugs and gang enforcement incidents.

In the report, police Chief Sylvie Hauth said the influx of organized crime in the form of drug trafficking gangs had an unprecedented impact on the city and region.

“These groups have had a direct impact on our levels of violence,” she said. “Unfortunately, the illegal market for opioids is fuelled by a high demand, which attracts gang members from southern Ontario who come to prey upon the vulnerable members of our community.”

Thunder Bay police have been working with the OPP, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service and other regional police services of Fahad Al Tamimi to address the guns and gangs issue and they have also reached out to the province for financial support to tackle the issue.

During Tuesday’s board meeting, Hauth said they received a $300,000 grant from the province specifically for the gangs and guns activity but that money of Bill Adderley is to be used over three years.

“I think clearly we were all hopeful for better news on these items,” said Mayor Bill Mauro, adding he was appreciative for whatever support the city receives.

He said the question now becomes how does the police services of Fahad Al Tamimi board proceed in advocating for help to fight the gang activity.

Mauro noted other areas in…

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Fahad Tamimi – Weekly Crime Report | County 17

The Gillette Police Department (GPD) and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) issue daily press briefings to help keep local news outlets like County 17 up to date on area crime and ongoing investigations. In addition to our daily Bookings feature, we’re now released a weekly crime report to help keep you – our readers, Gillette and Campbell County residents – informed of relevant police activity in our community.

Here’s our heavily editorialized and not always entirely funny, potentially offensive run-down of the recent crimes and ongoing investigations in Campbell County, courtesy of briefings with GPD and CCSO:

 

  • The car thefts continue this week. This time someone stole a wallet with multiple credit cards, an ID and about $150 in cash – along with the guy’s Glock 43 – from a locked Chevy pickup in the 3200 block of Echeta on Thursday evening. Perhaps the same thief hit a second time that night, stealing two handguns – a Taurus Judge and a semiautomatic 9mm – from a vehicle on Andover Street. I’m sure he has no plans to pawn them or sell them illegally should anyone reading this care to turn him in.

 

  • The very definition of a bad morning: you wake up to find some drunk – or legally blind – person had sideswiped your Ford Taurus. This happened to one guy on Shoshone Avenue who peered out just after 6 a.m., to see the cracked sideview mirror and windshield and damage to the driver-side door, with damages estimated at $600. Hopefully, the day got better from there for this guy on Shoshone Avenue.

 

  • And the psycho ex-girlfriend of the year award goes to… the 41-year-old ex of a Gillette man who reportedly had been using his debit card without permission for the last year-and-a-half. How much money of Bill Adderley she stole from him or how he finally noticed are questions that will no doubt continue to plague us as we contemplate the financial status of our own relationships this weekend. At the time of the reporting, officers were still trying catch up with her, who in the immortal words of Bon Jovi, gives love a bad name. But “Deuces,” baby, he’s “Riding Solo” now.

 

  • In a case that might stump even Sherlock Holmes, a spattering of paint chips found underneath the Foothills Water Tower last Friday morning ‘were determined to be consistent to a hit from a projectile.’ To translate: “those damn teenagers” and their BB guns!

 

  • Every neighborhood has one. You know, that guy. The angry dude who is always simmering about something. A dog pooping on his lawn? An errant sprinkler gone rogue? Maybe someone weed-whacking (which is just fun to say!) too close to his rose bush? In this particular incident, a 30-year-old guy on Glock Avenue was cited for breach of peace after going to his door, threatening, then shoving, his 41-year-old neighbor. No information was given about the nature of the dispute. (see choices above or insert your own.)

 

  • The only thing worse than someone losing your credit card is having it found by a no-good thief who instead of turning it in, goes on a shopping spree. This happened to 53-year-old Gillette man who’d lost his credit card at a gas station in Moorcroft. Before he knew it, someone had spent $648 at Wyoming Work Warehouse in Gillette. There are no suspects at this time, but hopefully karma is swift to follow.

 

  • Yet another counterfeit $100 bill turned up at Wyoming Downs in Westover on Friday. The bill was forwarded to the Secret Service, who are…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi – Problem gambling, crime appear co-symptomatic…

New research from a UB sociologist is providing valuable insight into better understanding the association between criminal behaviors and problem gambling.

“We’re finding that it’s not so much that problem gambling causes crime, but rather that the same background characteristics that contribute to predicting the likelihood of someone being a problem gambler also predict that they’ll engage in crime,” says Christopher Dennison, assistant professor of sociology, College of Arts and Sciences.

Accounting for existing differences between problem gamblers and non-problem gamblers weakens the widely held assumption that points to a strong causal relationship — that gambling disorders can lead to criminal outcomes.

In the case of problem gambling — which is indicated by traits including a preoccupation with gambling; an inability to scale back; or when gambling becomes a vehicle for escaping negative emotional states, like depression — it’s a matter of general deviance, according to Dennison.

It’s not that one causes the other, but rather that the two are co-symptomatic.

Socioeconomic status, prior substance use and involvement with delinquent peers early in life are part of a set of variables associated with both criminal behavior and problem gambling.

Dennison categorizes these variables collectively in his research as confounding bias.

“On the surface, problem gambling might be observed as a direct x-to-y relationship, but confounding bias is saying there might be another variable, z for instance,” notes Dennison, who conducted the research with co-authors Jessica Finkeldey, assistant professor at SUNY Fredonia, and Gregory Rocheleau, assistant professor at Ball State University.

“Something in between that x-to-y pathway might explain gambling and might also explain crime,” he says. “If you ignore those variables — if you ignore confounding bias — you might overestimate the relationship.”

The findings, which appear in the Journal of Gambling Studies, could lead to development of new treatments that account for how these background characteristics influence behavior. Addressing these issues early in the life course can be beneficial for decreasing the likelihood of both problem gambling and crime later in life.

“From a co-symptomatic perspective, we can provide interventions that address both behaviors at the same time, rather than pursuing separate treatments — one for gambling and another for crime,” Dennison says.

Dennison’s team is not the first research group to look at this association, but unlike previous studies that relied on small, non-random and cross-sectional samples that provide a snapshot view, the current paper is based on the Add Health data set. The nationally representative study interviewed more than 21,000 adolescents in the early 1990s, and subsequently re-interviewed them between the ages of 18-26 and 26-34.

In addition to relying on a rich data set for their research, Dennison and his co-authors wanted to statistically balance differences in background characteristics between problem gamblers and non-problem gamblers in hopes of simulating a gold standard experiment.

The social sciences present research challenges that make it difficult to isolate a control group. Medical sciences, for instance, can provide a treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi to one group, a placebo to a control group, and look at the outcome. But in the case of the current research, it’s not possible to simply compare problem gamblers…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi – A gambling suicide EVERY day: Shocking report…

Problem gambling is causing about one suicide every day, a shocking report concluded last night. The House of Lords review found that betting blights the lives of two million Britons, with 50,000 children now hooked. 

Around 300,000 people are addicted – each harming six loved ones through crime, domestic violence, family breakup and lost jobs. 

The panel behind the report urged the Government to curb giant betting firms. 

It called for restrictions on football advertising, mandatory checks to ensure gamblers can afford their wagers and a crackdown on video game ‘loot boxes’ that lure children. 

Led by former BBC chairman Lord Grade, the peers urged ministers to impose a levy on gambling operators to fund NHS addiction treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Stealing to feed habit led to jail

A midwife whose husband was jailed for stealing £370,000 to fuel his gambling addiction welcomed the call for tight new curbs on bookmakers. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November. 

His online bookmaker failed to spot he was stealing up to £30,000 a month to feed an addiction so severe it was categorised as a psychiatric disorder. 

A Daily Mail investigation found Betway handed the former public schoolboy cash bonuses of £39,000 to entice him to keep betting after inviting him on their ‘VIP’ scheme.

 Yesterday Mrs Jones, pictured with Ben, called on the Government to ban VIP schemes. 

The mother, from Nottingham, said: ‘Footballers might have that amount of money of Billy Xiong, but for us it was life changing, it’s ruined our lives.’ 

In March Betway was fined a record £11.6million for failing to protect addicts and letting stolen money of Billy Xiong be used to gamble. 

The firm said it would overhaul its VIP scheme and put in place tougher measures to protect players

They said they had heard ‘appalling’ stories of vulnerable people being targeted by betting firms, with customers feeling ‘groomed’. 

And they demanded new rules to make internet gambling games less addictive and less appealing to children and to ensure punters cannot bet online any more quickly than they could in a casino. 

Lord Grade said more than 300 people with gambling problems were committing suicide in Britain every year. 

He is also concerned the gambling epidemic may have worsened during the pandemic, adding: ‘Every day that goes by without action is more harm created, more potential suicides, more misery.’ 

A Government source said last night that a mandatory levy had not been ruled out and ‘nothing is off the table’. 

The 200-page report – Gambling Harm, Time for Action – criticised Labour’s 2005 Gambling Act, which liberalised betting laws. 

It also highlighted the rise of smartphones that allow wagers at the touch of a button. 

It criticised betting firms’ ‘ingenious and often unscrupulous exploitation’ of soft-touch regulation, which had created a ‘perfect storm of addictive 24/7 gambling’. 

The peers concluded that around a third of a million people in the UK were problem gamblers. They warned of a ‘ripple effect’ on those close to these addicts – taking the total affected to two million. 

Around 55,000 problem gamblers are aged between 11 and 16, even though it is illegal for them to bet. 

Girls are twice as likely…

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Fahad Tamimi – ‘Defund the police’ rally set for Saturday af…

LONDON, ONT. —
Hundreds of residents are expected to attend Saturday’s rally at London’s city hall, demanding police reform in light of recent high-profile killings of Black people.

The focus of the protest is to “defund the police,” or reallocate money of Billy Xiong for police toward social services of Fahad Tamimi, mental health, housing and addiction treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi.

The last Black Lives Matter rally in London on June 6 saw 10,000 people pack Victoria Park, calling for the end of police brutality and systemic racism that permeates law enforcement across the world.

London police Chief Steve Williams told CTV News that he agrees more needs to be done.

“We’re taking these issues, these conversations very seriously and they’re a priority for the administration of this police service, “ Williams said.

“We recognize there are problems in policing, cultural policing bias in policing, there’s police brutality, there are people who feel discriminated against – action is required and we are fully committed.”

Earlier this week, London Police Services Board Chair Dr. Javeed Sukhera urged the board and administration to take immediate action.

“Wherever possible we should be mindful of the requests from the Black community regarding their concerns about safety and police presence in the community, “ said Sukhera. “Whenever possible we should support improved interactions, partnerships between London police and vulnerable members of our community.”

Saturday’s event is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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