The police blotter

A round-up of oddball criminal charges across the country

British Columbia: RCMP arrested a 65-year-old Surrey man for allegedly selling homemade “moonshine” to walk-up customers from the basement window of his home, as well as operating an illegal still containing approximately 200 gallons of illegally distilled spirits in various stages of fermentation.The homemade booze was found in a trailer at the rear of the property.

Alberta: An Edmonton man wanted for an offence committed in June has been arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm. The 25-year-old allegedly boarded a public bus inebriated on June 3 and sucker-punched the driver when asked to refrain from singing. The attack was recorded and uploaded onto the Internet, where public tips eventually helped police identify the man.

Ontario: An HIV-infected woman in Barrie has been charged with aggravated sexual assault for allegedly having unprotected sex with a man who was unaware of her HIV status. The 38-year-old faced similar charges in 2005 in a case that made national headlines with stories of her wandering through the barracks of Canadian Forces Base Borden asking soldiers to party and having unprotected intercourse with two men at the military base outside Barrie.

Quebec: A Dollard-des-Ormeaux man has been charged with second degree murder for allegedly stabbing a 27-year-old woman to death outside an apartment building for repeatedly refusing to pick up her dog’s feces. Sources say the 50-year-old assailant is romantically linked to a janitor in the building.

New Brunswick: A 79-year-old Dieppe man has been arrested for assaulting a police officer who pulled him over for a traffic infraction. Police say the senior punched and kicked the officer in an attempt to resist arrest. The officer was not harmed, though the driver incurred minor injuries.

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