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Kingston, Ont., man charged with 3 cold-case homicides, Toronto bombing

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Police have charged a Kingston, Ont., man with three cold-case homicides between 1995 and 2001, as well as a bombing in Toronto in 2000.

Michael Wentworth, also known as Michael Verney, was arrested without incident in Kingston on Thursday after being under observation for “some time,” according to police.

He is charged in the following cases:

  • The death of 92-year-old Henrietta Knight, who was seriously injured in a break and enter in Kingston on June 2, 1995, and died that November.
  • The death of 30-year-old Richard Kimball, who was reported missing in the mid-90s and is presumed dead.
  • The death of Stephen St-Denis, 47, who died in a suspicious fire in Kingston on Oct. 21, 2001.
  • A bombing in Toronto on July 19, 2000, which caused heavy damage to homes and vehicles, but no injuries.
  • An armed robbery at a bank in Kingston Township, now part of the city of Kingston.

From left: Henrietta Knight, Richard Kimball and Stephen St-Denis — the three people Michael Wentworth is accused of murdering. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

He’s accused of three counts of first-degree murder, as well as one count each of armed robbery, wearing a disguise with intent, hostage taking using a firearm, possession of an explosive device, endangering life by planting an explosive device and intentional and reckless cause of damage by explosion.

His ex-spouse, Sandra Carr, 52, has been charged with obstructing justice and being a party to first-degree murder.

“A tremendous amount of work has gone into this, not just in the last year,” said OPP Insp. Brad Collins during a news conference.

Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely and Det. Insp. Jim Gorry speak about three cold-case victims, Henrietta Knight, Richard Kimball and Stephen St. Denis, at a news conference in Kingston, Ont., on Friday. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)

He said 50 to 60 officers had been involved in the case over the past year.

OPP Insp. Jim Gorry, who was involved in the original investigation of the bank robbery, said investigators got new information in the last year that caused them to focus on the two accused.

He said Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely also worked on the Henrietta Knight homicide case back in 1995.

Both Wentworth and Carr are expected to appear in court today.

Police said the investigation is still open and more charges and arrests could still be made.

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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