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Court told Australian carpenter has $596 million in the bank

When an Australian man was pulled over by police, they clearly had no idea what can of worms they were opening.

Phillip Johnathan Harrison, a bricklayer and carpenter, was driving a high-end sports car when police pulled him over. Inside, they found 12 grams of ice (a methamphetamine), Viagra and ecstasy, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

But that wasn’t where the story got weird.

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The 29-year-old Gold Coast native told police that he was worth $12 billion and later told his lawyer the government had supplied him with the Audi sports car.

Public defender Nick Hanly said Harrison told him that he had netted the money over the past year but couldn’t say where it had come from.

“He said he wasn’t at liberty to say,” Hanly told the court at Harrison’s bail hearing. “At this point, I was considering getting mental health to come in.”

Harrison then allowed Hanly access to his bank accounts which showed a cash balance of $596 million (AUD) and a real estate portfolio of $1.56 billion, according to the Australian.

If it were true, Harrison would be one of the 50 richest people in Australia.

“I would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes,” Hanly told the court.

Harrison was granted bail at the hearing, and afterwards, he refuted his lawyer’s claims over how much property he owned.

“My lawyer was delusional, I told him not to say it, duty solicitor not very good,” he said to ABC.

“I just have to have a bit of a think about what the hell’s gone on here. A lot of wrong has been done here, that’s for sure.”

“I didn’t lie about that. It’s $1.2 million in land, the rest in shares, ASX. I own the ASX 200, I’m in control of it,” Harrison said. The ASX 200 is an Australian stock exchange.

Harrison said he had no idea whether the bank totals were correct.

“It’s the banks that do all the adding up, I don’t really know,” he said.

Harrison denied that he made his money as a drug dealer but rather, he made it on stocks.

“How would I make billions in drugs without being caught? My investments, my ideas in cars, apps, trade, I sold them overseas, have been for years,” Harrison said.

Winnipeg Jets eliminated from playoff contention with 3-2 loss to Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Sam Reinhart tied the game and then set up Jack Eichel’s go-ahead goal 4:07 into the third period Saturday, rallying the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

The loss mathematically eliminated the Jets from playoff contention in a matchup of teams out of the post-season picture.

Buffalo won consecutive games for the first time since taking two straight on Feb. 12-14. The Sabres improved to 3-0-1 in their past four games, their longest point streak since they won six straight from Nov. 28-Dec. 15, 2014.

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The rebuilding Sabres drew on their youth movement, which produced all three goals. Newly signed forward Hudson Fasching rounded out the scoring.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrew Copp scored for the Jets, who squandered a chance to win three straight for the first time this season.

The Sabres overcame their second consecutive 2-1 deficit following a 3-2 win at Carolina on Tuesday in which Buffalo scored twice in the final four minutes.

On Saturday, Reinhart tied the game 1:23 into the third period following a faceoff to the left of the Winnipeg net. Zemgus Girgensons won the draw and his shot hit the right goal post. The puck bounced into the slot, where Reinhart slipped a shot under goalie Michael Hutchinson’s left arm.

Reinhart then set up Eichel with a no-look backhand pass from the sideboards in the neutral zone. Getting the puck in stride, Eichel caught defenceman Mark Stuart flat-footed in crossing the blue line, and snapped a 30-footer just inside the far left post.

The Jets opened the scoring with two goals in 42 seconds.

Ehlers scored first 4:27 in, by driving up the right wing and beating goalie Chad Johnson on the short side.

Copp was credited with Winnipeg’s second goal, which came during a scramble in front. Copp began the play by driving to the net from the right wing. Johnson made the initial stop but then lost sight of the puck as it lay in the crease. Buffalo defenceman Mark Pysyk kicked the puck out, only to have it carom back in off a skate in front.

The Sabres struck back three minutes later when rookie Hudson Fasching scored short-handed in his NHL debut. Bursting up the left wing, Fasching got around defenceman Jacob Trouba and drove to front of the net, where he backhanded a shot inside the right post.

The Sabres had just signed Fasching to an entry-level contract Monday after he completed his junior season at Minnesota.

Jets defenceman Tyler Myers said he was happy to make the trip back to Buffalo, but wished he was able to play after season-ending surgery on his right knee this past week. The Jets acquired Myers as part of a trade that sent forward Evander Kane and defenceman Zach Bogosian to the Sabres in February 2015.

Myers expects to be ready for the start of training camp, though he faces a long rehabilitation. Next week, he’s to have hip surgery.

NOTES: With an assist on Ehlers’ goal, Jets C Mark Scheifele earned his 50th point (24 goals, 26 assists) to set a single-season career high. … Fasching became Buffalo’s second player this season to score in his NHL debut after Eichel did it in a season-opening 3-1 loss to Ottawa. … Newly signed Sabres D Casey Nelson also picked up his first career point in his debut with an assist on Fasching’s goal. … On Friday, the Sabres signed their 2014 second-round draft pick, forward Eric Cornel, to a three-year entry-level contract. Cornel had 70 goals and 143 assists in 265 career games with Peterborough of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Tournament takes over Calgary’s Olympic Park

CALGARY- The Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Challenge is under way this Easter weekend. The paralympic sporting event is the largest tournament of its kind in western Canada.

The Calgary Sledge Hockey Association was formed four years ago to give people living with disabilities the opportunity to play the sport.

According to the organization, only three per cent of children with a disability are currently participating in sport.

President of the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association, Dominic Shaw, said the opportunity helps participants succeed down the road.

“It’s not just physical; it’s social. You’re going to make friends with similar disabilities.”

“We’ve seen a lot of younger players develop over the years,” Shaw said. “They go on to great jobs, great schools. They just gain that self confidence.”

WATCH: Global’s Brendan Parker tries sledge hockey

More than 180 players from across western Canada will take part at the weekend tournament at WinSport Winter Sport Institute at Canada Olympic Park.

All funds raised go directly to the organization to pay for ice time and equipment costs.

Click here to find out more about the programs.

Seventy-five exhibitors are also taking part in the Community and Recreation Expo, which runs until 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Chase Martens’ body found after 5 days, no sign of foul play: Manitoba RCMP

AUSTIN, Man. —; The search for two-year-old Chase Martens has ended tragically.

“Earlier today a family, a community and a province’s worst nightmare became a reality,” RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet said Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

RELATED: Timeline of missing Manitoba boy Chase Martens

Martens was last seen Tuesday night in the front yard of his family’s home in Austin, Man. His body was found in a creek about half a kilometre south of the home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, five days later. RCMP say there’s no sign of foul play.

RCMP first announced on 桑拿会所 at 2:45 p.m. that Chase Martens’ body was found.

“This appears to be exactly what we thought it was, a tragedy,” Paquet said

On Saturday, RCMP announced that they found the body of Chase Martens, who went missing 5 days earlier.

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His body was found by a group of Winnipeg volunteers. Paquet thanked everyone who helped spread word of the search over social media and all of the volunteers who came out to help.

“I would estimate about 30,000 volunteer hours were donated this week. Majority of them people who were total strangers to the Martens family.”

WATCH: Global’s Skyview-1 helicopter over the search on Wednesday and Thursday

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“There’s no obvious signs of foul play but we need to, we owe it to the family, to the province to exercise due diligence,” Paquet said.

RCMP, along with hundreds of volunteers, scoured fields, bushes and waterways around the home for days before his body was found. The mounties thanked the volunteers for all their help over the past week.

The autopsy is expected to be done Sunday.

WATCH: Parents of Chase Martens made an emotional plea Thursday

Police were also using drones to help with the search, and they had recently began focusing search efforts on nearby bodies of water.

RELATED: How police are using drones in the search for Chase Martens and other missing people

Austin is about 120 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds came out to help search for two-year-old Chase Martens

Searchers walk in a line near where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Members of the canine unit out searching for missing two -year-old Chase Martens.

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The line of searchers scouring the area near Austin, Manitoba where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Vehicles lined up as searcher tried to find two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP canine unit searching Hwy. 1 near Hwy. 34 for two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP update media about the search for missing two-year-old Chase Martens in Austin, Manitoba on March 23.

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The command centre set up at the home where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Searchers use quads to help look for Chase Martens Friday afternoon near Austin, Man.

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This week on Focus Montreal: March 26

MONTREAL — Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community, bringing their stories into focus.

It airs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and at midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week on Focus Montreal:

Impact of Brussels attacks 

Support for Belgium is pouring in after Tuesday’s deadly terror attacks in its capital.

More than 30 people died and dozens were injured during the Brussels attack, when explosions went off at the Brussels airport and the Maalbeek metro station.

Monuments across Europe, including the Eiffel Tower, were lit up in the colours of the Belgian flag to show support for the country, which held three days of national mourning.

But these recent attacks, which come just four months after the deadly series of attacks in Paris, has Europe and the world bracing for more acts of terrorism.

In Montreal, dozens gathered at the Belgian Consulate Wednesday night to show their support for the Belgian community and Global Montreal’s Navneet Pall was there.

While the attacks happened in Europe, they have left many Montrealers feeling unsettled and unsafe, especially since they happened in public spaces.

Global News anchor Paola Samuel sat down with Kyle Matthews, a fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, to discuss the recent events and their impact.

Beaconsfield native takes The Voice by storm

Beaconsfield native, Brittany Kennell is the first Canadian to appear on the popular reality TV show The Voice.

Right before fulfilling her life-long goal of singing “O Canada” at a Montreal Canadiens game, Brittany Kennell joined her family and friends in the West Island Tuesday, to watch her performance in the battle rounds of the singing competition.

Kennell found time in her busy schedule to drop by Focus Montreal studios to talk about her recent success.

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Spread the Word to End the Word

There are words that people just don’t say, and now there’s a campaign spreading across North America to end the use of the “R” word.

Three McGill community groups have joined the campaign to Spread the Word to End the Word.

They are encouraging people to take the pledge and therefore take a stand against this dehumanizing term that offends and belittles people with and without disabilities.

Grace Loten, one of the organizers of the McGill camapign, explains how the pledge works and why she’s taking a stand.

High number of male baby orcas cause for concern, say researchers

VANCOUVER – The high number of male babies in a group of killer whales living off the coast of British Columbia is cause for concern, researchers say.

Eight babies have been born into the Southern Resident Killer Whale population since Dec. 30, 2014, but only one of the calves has been confirmed as a female, which could spell trouble for the whales’ future.

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The Washington-based Center for Whale Research recently received confirmation that yet another of the baby whales is male.

“We had pretty good hints of it before, but now with some very good pictures, we know it’s a male,” said scientist Ken Balcomb.

The calf, known as J54, is one of five confirmed to be a male. Another is suspected to be male and the sex of the last calf is currently unknown.

READ MORE: Baby boom continues for orcas in B.C. waters

The skewed sex ratio will make it difficult for the whales to reproduce when they get to breeding age, because female killer whales only give birth about once every three years.

The male whales will not breed with animals outside of their group, Balcomb said.

“Ideally, you get more or less a 50-50 ratio in the sexes,” he said. “And that is true of populations that have been studied around the world, and it was true of this population when we began the study 40 years ago.”

Researchers are looking at why there are so many more males in the latest baby boom.

“We’re wondering if that has anything to do with the toxic environment that’s affecting the fetus,” Balcomb said.

Other species, such as seals, have shown similar trends when exposed to toxins, he said.

Those toxins could come from several different places, including spills, agriculture or sewage.

“Sooner or later we have a problem. And we’re seeing it in the whales,” Balcomb said.

WATCH: Marine experts are cautiously optimistic about B.C. resident orcas

More research is needed in order to find out what impact toxins are having on the whales, which could take years, he said.

The Southern Resident Killer Whale is made up of 84 killer whales living in three different pods in the Salish Sea off the south coast of B.C. and the north coast of Washington state.

Dorval resident completes seven marathons on seven continents

DORVAL – A Dorval resident has become a part of the seven continents club.

Don Ross recently returned from a marathon in Antarctica and said it was unlike anything he’s ever experienced before.

“It turned 60 m/h winds, not kilometers, miles an hour,” he said. “The weather really got cold – they were worried about people getting frostbite and hypothermia.”

Though it was tough, Ross said it was well worth it.

He completed his seventh marathon on his seventh continent and was awarded a seven continents finisher medal.

“It’s just been an amazing journey, it’s unbelievable to be honest,” Ross said.

Ross has run in marathons all over the globe.

From running along the Great Wall of China to jogging carefully alongside wild animals in Africa.

But the Dorval resident said last year, he was worried those marathons might have been his last.

In August, he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis.

“Basically it’s inflammation, in my case it went to my heart and my lungs,” he said. “So I’m on medication and I was off work for 5 months.”

Ross said now that he’s back from Antarctica, he’s focusing on getting healthy again.

But he isn’t done running yet – he still has more marathons to go.

“It would be nice to do all of Canada because I’m Canadian and have lived here all my life,” he said. “If I could do the world, I think I could do Canada.”

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Russian minister calls for doping leaks to be criminalized

MOSCOW – Russia’s sports minister said Saturday he plans to make it illegal for officials to report that an athlete has failed a drug test.

Vitaly Mutko told Russia’s state sports broadcaster that leaking the name of an athlete who has failed a drug test causes “noise and uproar” and violates the presumption of innocence.

“The federation immediately leaks the information to a media outlet,” he said.

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“We’re now going to administratively and criminally forbid it.”

Athletes provide an “A” and “B” sample when they are tested and if the “A” sample is positive, can request the “B” sample is tested too. While some athletes have been cleared of doping when a “B” sample comes back negative, such instances are rare.

READ MORE: WADA to examine claims of Russian doping in swimming

Mutko accused Russian sports federations of routinely leaking drug test results before “B” samples are tested. If an athlete’s name is leaked and they are later cleared, “everyone’s already forgotten that he was justified,” he said.

Russia has faced numerous doping scandals in recent years, including a spate of cases this year involving the recently banned endurance-boosting drug meldonium.

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Many of those cases were officially announced by Russian sports federations when athletes first tested positive or leaked to state news agencies by anonymous sources. Tennis star Maria Sharapova was among several athletes to voluntarily state they had tested positive for meldonium in an “A” sample.

Mutko said Saturday that at least 27, and perhaps as many as 30, Russians had tested positive for meldonium since it was banned Jan. 1, about a third of all cases worldwide.

Boundary issues push Lac St. Anne County to file injunction against private firefighting company

Lac St. Anne County is preparing to file an injunction against a private firefighting company amid allegations the private company is crossing into its jurisdiction.

Randy Schroeder, fire chief for Lac Ste. Anne County, said the injunction comes after several alleged incidents where Northwest Fire Rescue did not remain in its contracted jurisdiction.

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    Northwest Fire Rescue, which is based in Onoway and Alberta Beach, began providing private firefighting services to nine communities on Jan. 1. Alberta Beach, Castle Island, Nakamun Park, Onoway, Silver Sands, South View, Sunset Point, Val Quentin and Yellowstone are now all covered by the company. It also has Mutual Aid Agreements with Parkland County Fire Services, Sturgeon County Protective Services and Alexander First Nation but not with Lac St. Anne.

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    “We’ve had a couple instances of non-dispatch responses into our areas that we were dispatched to,” Schroeder said.

    “We are taking it as a potential safety risk and just an outright ignorance of our requests at this time. Just for the safety of our members and our responses and the public, we’re just requesting that they stay in [their area] but they seem to be ignoring those requests.”

    Schroeder said the presence of the private contractor is impeding the work of the fire department.

    “That can create a problem. That can create a problem for traffic. That can create a problem for bystanders that are in the immediate area and of course first responders,” he said.

    Schroder said the county does not need the assistance of Northwest Fire Rescue.

    “They have continuously requested that they be allowed to come in but we have the position that simply says we have enough resources and we have enough capabilities for sure that surpass what the needs are and if we need them, we’ll basically call them,” he said.

    David Ives, the fire chief of Northwest Fire Rescue, disputes the allegations, saying they have “zero merit.” He said the private contractor has not worked beyond its jurisdiction, except in three cases.

    Ives said there were two cases where his crews responded to vehicle incidents on the highway and one where he happened to drive by a house fire on his way to work.

    Ives said incidents on the highway, which fall under provincial jurisdiction, do not fall specifically to any fire crew.

    “When you’re the first on the scene, it would be pretty darn disrespectful to those that are injured or at risk if a fully manned, fully qualified truckload of firefighters and medics were just to drive by without offering assistance.”

    He also said he was being a good neighbour when he stopped, in a personal capacity, to check on the house fire.

    Ives said the private firefighting company has not yet received the injunction but plans to fight it.

UPDATE: Man charged in death of man found stabbed to death in Edmonton hotel

EDMONTON – Police have charged a 25-year-old man with second-degree murder in the death of a man who was found inside a hotel suite.

Zafar Nigmatov is also facing a charge of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

An autopsy confirmed 36-year-old Jeremy Randall Nattress was stabbed to death after his body was found inside a hotel suite near 34 Street and 118 Avenue at the end of March.

Police said he was the victim of a homicide.

EPS Staff Sgt. Duane Hunter said at the time the man wasn’t alone in the Travelodge Beverly Crest suite.

“One of the people from inside the suite called police,” he explained.

There are no suspects in custody. However police said on March 27 they were interviewing the other person who was in the suite at the time.

Hunter said there was “not at all” any risk to the public. “It was contained within that suite.”

He said the deceased was known to police.

Police said April 26 they were not looking for any other suspects.

With files from Emily Mertz, Global News

*EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published March 26 and was updated when autopsy results were released March 30. It was updated again April 26 when murder charges were laid.

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