Attempted Murder in Chomedey
March 17 – Police are investigating an attempted murder that occurred in Chomedey on Sunday night after a man in his twenties was shot multiple times.
From the information police have gleaned so far, the incident took place at a rented locale located at 711 Boul. Curé-Labelle at the corner of Ave. Perron, where a party may have gotten out of control.
The victim was driven to a Montreal hospital by his friends. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Police Seek Victims of Knife-Wielding Massage Client
March 14 – Police are seeking other potential victims of 56-year-old Michel Normandin, currently facing a charge of armed assault after allegedly drawing a knife on a woman in lieu of payment for a massage.
Normandin was arrested on January 31, in connection with the incident that took place on December 10, 2018. He was charged and released on bail with conditions. Normandin is scheduled to return to court on April 4, 2019.
Anyone who believes they were a victim of Normandin is urged to call the police info-line at 450-662-INFO (4636) or 911, and mention file LVL 181210 052.
Laval Man Arrested in Bus Shelter Assaults
March 12 – Police arrested a 24-year-old Laval man in connection with a series of sexual assaults that took place in Repentigny bus shelters in recent months.
Police allege the suspect approached women at bus shelters along Boul. Iberville and made sexual comments.
Multiple people reported to police that they had been victims of indecent acts and sexual assault at bus stops on that road since December 2018.
The suspect was charged with one count of sexual assault and six counts of committing indecent acts.
Rapper John Danny Wea Wea Shot to Death
March 6 – Police are investigating the third homicide of the year in Laval after 26-year-old John Dany Elias Espinal died from a gunshot wound to the head early last Wednesday morning outside of his Laval home.
Responding to a 6 a.m. 911 call reporting gunfire, officers arrived at the residence and found the victim lying in his driveway, bleeding from a head wound.
He was rushed to hospital in critical condition and he later died of his injuries.
Investigators cordoned off a section Boul. des Laurentides near the corner of Ave. Terrasses while they secured the crime scene.
Laval police are uncertain why Espinal, a well-known rapper in Montreal’s Spanish speaking community, was targeted.
Espinal came to Canada from the Dominican Republic and studied at LaSalle College. He was mostly known by his stage name John Danny Wea Wea.
No arrests have been made, and police have found no witnesses to the fatal shooting.
Pepperoni, Extra Crispy
March 6 – A pizzeria and neighbouring dépanneur in eastern Laval suffered major damage after a fire broke out in the middle of the night.
According to police, the fire started around midnight in a section of commercial building on Montée du Moulin in the Saint-François neighbourhood. The pizzeria, located in the centre of the strip mall, suffered the most significant damage.
No one was inside and there were no reports of injuries.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.
Adella Sorella Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder
March 5 – After more than five days of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of guilty for the Laval mother accused of killing her two daughters in 2009.
In 2013, Sorella was convicted of first degree murder for the deaths of her daughters, Amanda, 9 and Sabrina, 8, but an appeals court later overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial. The jury in that original trial returned a verdict after four days.
Sorella was transported directly from the courthouse to a detention centre to carry out a life sentence. A judge has yet to decide when Sorella will be eligible for parole.