U.S. downs Canada 3-1 in women’s hockey

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. – For the third time in as many starts against the United States, Emerance Maschmeyer wasn’t rewarded for her hard work.

Canada didn’t capitalize on a 36-save performance by its goalie. The host team fell 3-1 to the U.S. to open the women’s world hockey championship Monday in Kamloops, B.C.

Maschmeyer got the nod over veteran Charline Labonte in part because of her performance at November’s Four Nations Cup in Sundsvall, Sweden.


The 21-year-old from Bruderheim, Alta., stopped 30 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the U.S. in the final. Her debut against Canada’s archrival in the preliminary round there was strong, but the team squandered her 27-save performance in a 3-0 loss.

The world championship opener was a variation on that theme. Canada mustered 23 shots on net and scored one power-play goal in their Pool A game against the defending champions.

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“It’s always disappointing getting a loss, especially against the U.S.,” Maschmeyer said. “It’s frustrating, but we’re going to use this as momentum and we’re going to get them when it counts.”

Brianna Decker scored the eventual game winner at 13:55 when Canada’s Meaghan Mikkelson was serving a high-sticking minor. Hilary Knight scored even strength and into an empty net in the third. Alex Rigsby earned the win with 21 saves.

Laura Fortino countered with the Canada’s lone goal in front of a full house at the 5,400-seat Sandman Centre.

“There’s no medal being given out tonight from that game, so we’ve got to keep going and focus on the next game,” said Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin.

Finland downed Russia 5-3 in Monday’s other Pool A matchup. Switzerland doubled Japan 4-2 and Sweden edged the Czech Republic 3-2 in Pool B.

Canada faces Russia and the U.S. takes on Finland on Tuesday for their second games in as many days to open the tournament.

The top two teams in Canada’s pool earn byes to Sunday’s semifinals. The bottom two meet the top two from ‘B’ in Friday’s quarter-finals.

The U.S. power play was 44 per cent successful at last year’s world championship in Malmo, Sweden, where they scored three goals a man up in the final en route to a 7-5 win over Canada.

The Canadians posted key kills in the first and second periods Monday, but needed another in the third. Decker turned a rebound off a Monique Lamoureux blast from the point into the game winner.

Canada stopped the Americans on a two-man advantage early in the first. Overlapping penalties to start the second had Canada shorthanded for almost four minutes.

“It took awhile for our power play to get going,” Decker said. “Obviously we had a lot of chances throughout the night.”

“If you look at all the units, they all can capitalize whenever. It’s nice to have four lines that can be on the power play at any time. We use that depth to our advantage.”

After a scoreless two periods and the U.S. carrying a 24-13 edge in shots, Fortino scored 14 seconds into the third for a temporary 1-0 Canadian lead.

Knowing how potent the Americans are when up a player, Canadian head coach Laura Schuler focused on special teams during last week’s pre-tournament camp in Penticton, B.C.

“You can’t ignore how good their power play is. I’m proud of our girls how they performed on the kill,” Schuler said. “We’ve just got to find a way of putting the puck in the net more five-on-five and continue to work on building momentum we generated off our kill.”

The U.S. have won six of the last eight world titles. They extended their winning streak against Canada to four in a row Monday. Canada’s last victory against them was a 3-2 shootout victory in the 2014 Four Nations Cup final in Kamloops.

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Ontario man arrested on terrorism fears faces new terror-related charge

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BRAMPTON, Ont. – A man detained last week out of fear he might commit a terrorist act was charged Tuesday with a terrorism-related offence.

Police allege that Kevin Mohamed participated in, or contributed to, the activities of a terrorist group over a two-year period.

Mohamed, 23, of no fixed address, was remanded until April 19 for a bail hearing that prosecutor Sarah Shaikh said could last two or three days.

“The Crown is seeking his detention,” Shaikh told justice of the peace Kelly Visser.


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In a statement after the new charge was laid Tuesday, the RCMP said the arrest followed an “extensive” investigation dubbed “Project Swap” that began last August amid suspicion that Mohamed had travelled to Turkey in April 2014 to join Jabhat Al-Nusra, a listed terrorist entity in Canada. Mohamed returned to Canada a month later, police allege.

“We were able to not only disrupt this threat to our country’s national security, but also to bring this individual before the Canadian justice system,” the Mounties said in the statement.

“At no time during the course of this investigation was there any risk to public safety.”

Police allege Mohamed committed the offences in Ontario, including in the cities of Whitby, Mississauga and Waterloo, over a period from April 24, 2014 to March 25, 2016.

Mohamed was arrested Friday in Waterloo, Ont., under a recent law that essentially allows detention without charge. Police also charged him with two minor weapons offences related to his alleged possession of a hunting knife.

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He watched closely but said little during the five-minute appearance in which he appeared in handcuffs before being led back to jail.

Afterward, defence lawyer Anser Farooq said his client had been brought to court Tuesday expecting to sign a peace bond and get released; his father had brought him fresh clothes. Instead Mohamed found himself charged with a crime that carries a maximum 10 years in prison.

Farooq said he had little idea of what evidence police might have to back up their allegations but said he hoped to know more next week. He also said he saw little reason Mohamed should not be able to win bail.

In an earlier statement Saturday, the RCMP said the preventative arrest, which required consent of Canada’s justice minister, stressed there was no imminent threat to public safety.

READ MORE: Dozens suspected of overseas terrorism-related activity back in Canada: CSIS

“While there was no indication of any plans for a domestic attack, we must remain committed to preventing individuals from travelling abroad to gain training and expertise that could be used in the planning and implementation of future attacks on Canadian soil,” said Supt. Lise Crouch.

The preventative detention law under which Mohamed was initially held was brought in last year by the former Conservative government in a bill known as C-51, which sparked widespread criticism from legal and civil-liberties groups, in particular for the extra powers it granted security forces.

The legislation gave Canada’s spy service the power to disrupt suspected terrorist plots, even when its court-approved actions breach the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Since then, security forces have used the new law on several occasions. They include the arrest of Aaron Driver in suburban Winnipeg last June and Ismael Habib, of Montreal, in February, who was later charged with a terror-related offence. Others have also been arrested under the provision in Montreal and Prince Edward Island.

The new Liberal government under Justin Trudeau has promised to repeal “problematic” elements of the law.

WATCH: Kevin Omar Mohamed, 23, has been arrested in Ontario in an RCMP national security investigation on fears he might participate in terrorist activity.

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Parents of BC teen who died in government care file lawsuit

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The parents of Nick Lang, the teenage boy who took his own life while in government care, have filed a lawsuit claiming a series of mistakes and a lack of attention cost their son his life.

The civil suit includes a long list of what Lang’s parents claim are errors that all played a role in their son’s 2015 death.


It claims probation officer James Morgan didn’t know Lang could have been offered treatment closer to his home and that he failed to gather crucial information about the teen’s drug abuse problem.

Nick Lang was 15 when he took his life while in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Campbell River.

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The lawsuit claims that in the days leading up to his death, Lang sent his mother a series of text messages where he threatened to kill himself. It claims when she reached out to warn his probation officer about this, her calls weren’t returned.

The suit accuses the officer of: “failing to take any or adequate precautions to prevent Nick harming himself in light of the information available between April 2, 2015 and June 2, 2015 when Nick commenced the Headstart program” and “wrongly informing Nick that he would be unable to return to the care of the Plaintiffs, thereby increasing the anxiety in a child with mental health issues including self-harm.”

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Lang was found dead in June. Monday would have been his 16th birthday.

His parents will officially file the lawsuit in court Tuesday.

– With files from Jill Bennett

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Yakupov scores lone Oilers goal in 2-1 loss to Ducks

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EDMONTON – Corey Perry scored his 31st goal of the season and John Gibson made 27 saves as the Anaheim Ducks won their second game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Monday.

Brandon Pirri also scored for the Ducks (42-23-10), who moved one point back of the Kings for first in the Pacific Division. L.A. could regain ground with a win over San Jose later Monday.

Nail Yakupov replied for the Oilers (30-41-7), who have lost two straight.



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    The Ducks started the scoring four minutes into the game on their first shot, as Perry cleanly beat Oilers goalie Cam Talbot with a slap shot from the top of the face-off circle.

    Anaheim went ahead 2-0 with seven minutes left in the second period as Oilers defenceman Adam Clendening coughed up the puck, leading to a Pirri spin-o-rama shot into the net for his 13th of the year.

    The two teams had 18 shots apiece through 40 minutes. Edmonton’s best chance was a late second-period shot by Taylor Hall that Gibson directed off the post.

    Edmonton got back into the game with eight minutes to play when Hall set up a goal by Yakupov.

    The Oilers were unable to get the equalizer with Talbot on the bench for the extra attacker.

    The Calgary Flames are the next opponent for both teams, as the Ducks return home to face them on Wednesday, and the Oilers are off before playing Calgary on Saturday in their second-last game at Rexall Place before occupying a new downtown arena next season.

    Notes: It was the fifth and final game between the two teams this season, with the Ducks sporting a 4-0-1 record… Out injured for the Oilers were Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (concussion), Oscar Klefbom (foot), Andrew Ference (hip), Brandon Davidson (knee), Benoit Pouliot (shoulder), Eric Gryba (knee) and Adam Pardy (hand)… Sami Vatanen (upper body) and Ryan Kesler (personal) were both back in the lineup for the Ducks, who were without the services of Kevin Bieksa (upper body), Simon Despres (undisclosed) and David Perron (shoulder).

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‘He sure made me proud’: Chase Martens’ mom says goodbye

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WINNIPEG — Family and friends flanked the little white casket carrying two-year-old Chase Martens Wednesday afternoon, as hundreds gathered to say goodbye.

His tearful Grandma told the church they would miss the toddler’s laughter, his giggles and the way he showed his love to his mommy, daddy and sisters.

“He gave his family a lifetime of love and happiness in the two years he was with us,” she said.

Outside the church his sister dropped to her knees in grief while her mom wrapped the girl in a hug.

Her Mom and Dad thanked the community for their support throughout the week.

“It’s just unbelievable how much love that little boy had…he sure made me proud,” said his mom Destiny Turner. “Everybody that we don’t even know cared so much for our son.”

The toddler’s funeral started at 2 p.m. at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, which is about 120 km outside of Winnipeg.

WATCH: Chase Martens’ mom says goodbye

Flowers are brought to the funeral in MacGregor, Man.

Family and friends start heading into the church to pay their respects.

Parking lot full for Chase Martens’ memorial service.

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The funeral service took place at Sommerfield Mennonite Church in MacGregor.

Chase’s body was found Saturday afternoon in a creek near his home in Austin, Man., after he went missing for five days.

An autopsy later confirmed he died from drowning.

WATCH: A community comes together to grieve the tragedy

Vigil held in honour of Chase Martens


Vigil held in honour of Chase Martens


Sad conclusion to search for 2-year-old Chase Martens


A group of Winnipeg searchers found the body of Chase Martens

A pamphlet handed out to those attending the service included a letter written in the voice of Chase, which his Grandma later read.

“I want you to know one thing Mommy and Daddy, that God didn’t take me away.  He opened his arms and hugged me, when I arrived in Heaven today

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A pamphlet handed out to those attended the service included this verse.


GoFundMe page

Cousin Sophia Verna Ballantyne set up a GoFundMe page to help Chase’s family with funeral costs and other expenses, including travel. More than $5,000 was raised in the first 24 hours.

Wednesday’s funeral service will be followed by wakes for Chase later this week.

There will be one in Grand Rapids on Thursday and Friday starting at 5 p.m., with a service to follow at 7 p.m.

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There will be a burial on Saturday with a viewing starting at 11 a.m, according to Ballantyne.

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WATCH: Scott Kosmachuk strikes twice as Manitoba Moose edge Charlotte Checkers

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WINNIPEG – A two week stint with the Winnipeg Jets seems to have elevated Scott Kosmachuk’s game. Kosmachuk scored two goals as the Manitoba Moose defeated the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 on Monday at MTS Centre. Kosmachuk now has three goals in two games with the Moose after after making his NHL debut with the Jets.

The Moose have won three of their last four games.Charlotte defeated Manitoba 6-2 in part one on Saturday.

“I thought it was a real strong game.” said head coach Keith McCambridge.


“Obviously the special teams were strong, able to get a powerplay goal there this evening. The addition of Brenden Kichton helps that from the previous game. Penalty kill again being able to limit the chances against. I like the way we played. I thought we played real hard against a team in Charlotte that is fighting for their playoff lives.”

Connor Hellebuyck won his fourth consecutive start. He stopped 26 of 27 shots for the victory and made a few key saves in the final minutes to preserve the victory for Manitoba.

“I thought we played really well.” Hellebuyck said.

“I think we’re a new group and the way we’re coming together quickly is a good sign of the guys in here. I thought we were good on the forecheck and when we needed to make changes, I think we made them good and quick.”

John Muse started in goal for Charlotte and made 20 saves.

Charlotte opened the scoring with the game just 86 seconds old. Zach Miskovic let go of the slapper from the blueline and Derek Ryan got his stick on it to re-direct the puck past Hellebuyck. Ryan’s 23rd of the campaign had the Checkers in the drivers seat.

It was the only goal of the period as the Moose outshot the Checkers 11-8.

Midway through the middle stanza, John Albert carried in on the 2-on-1 and took the puck right to the net. Muse made the save though to keep it a one goal Checkers advantage.

Only minutes later, Kosmachuk brought the puck into the Checkers zone and he fired in the shot low blocker side on Muse. It was his second goal in his second game since getting returned by the Jets and his 16th goal of the season. Sean Escobedo had the only assist for his first point with the Moose.

It was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes. The Checkers carried the play for most of the period thanks to three powerplay opportunities. They had an 11-5 advantage in shots in the second.

Seven minutes into the final frame, Albert spotted Kosmachuk at the faceoff dot. Kosmachuk snapped the shot past Muse for a powerplay goal. It was his second goal of the game and 17th of the season to give him the team lead. Kichton picked up the other assist.

With less than 10 seconds left, Chase De Leo hit the goal post with the empty net. Hellebuyck then had to make a huge save just as time expired to seal the 2-1 triumph.

“A little close there but the guys battled it out for the full 60 there.” Kosmachuk said. “And we came back from being down one and that’s the result we got.”

Eric Comrie is nursing a lower body injury and did not suit up for Manitoba. Jussi Olkinuora dressed as the backup after getting recalled from the Tulsa Oilers earlier on Monday.

Ryan Olsen, Jiri Fronk, Jan Kostalek, Thomas Raffl, Aaron Harstad, Justin Breton, Darik Angeli, and Peter Stoykewych were also scratched for Manitoba. After the game McCambridge said both Olsen and Stoykewych are done for the rest of the season.

The Moose now head out on the road for two games, Wednesday and Friday against the Iowa Wild.

WATCH:Head Coach Keith McCambridge and Moose players discuss a 2-1 victory over the Charlotte Checkers

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Hedman, Bishop lift Lightning over Maple Leafs 3-0

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TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop had not played against Toronto all season.

The Maple Leafs probably wish he had rested Monday night, too.

Bishop made 34 saves and blanked the Leafs for the first time in his career to help Tampa Bay beat Toronto 3-0 and move into a tie with the Florida Panthers atop the Atlantic Division.

Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, and Mike Blunden and Ondrej Palat also scored. Steven Stamkos and Erik Condra each had two assists.


Bishop posted his sixth shutout of the season and 18th of his career.

“One of his bests, for sure,” Stamkos said. “(He had) some extremely high-quality saves, which in return is lack of defensive coverage for us.”

Andrei Vasilevskiy started the four prior meetings for Tampa Bay against Toronto and went 3-1.

Tampa Bay and Florida each have 93 points, and the Panthers face Toronto on Tuesday night.

The Leafs, last in the league with 65 points, did not play like the worst team in the NHL in this one.

“We were lucky (Bishop) stood on his head,” Hedman said. “We needed that. We’ll work on some things to clean up.”

Up 2-0 after one period, Tampa Bay added to the lead when Hedman took Stamkos’ feed and beat Garret Sparks high to the blocker side at 6:38 of the second.

Bishop made crucial stops on Milan Michalek and Nazem Kadri in one sequence while the Leafs outshot the Lightning 14-4 in the second period.

“Anything (Bishop) doesn’t see just seems to hit him, and square to the corners,” said Kadri, who had a team-high six shots on goal. “He’s done a good job getting in front of it.”

Toronto owns the league’s worst road power play and missed on all seven of its chances with the man advantage.

“The penalty kill did a great job and we were able to score when we had chances,” said Bishop, who had 27 stops through two periods. “Wins are not going to be Picassos, so we’ll take it and run with it.”

After ceding the game’s first seven shots, the Lightning opened the scoring. Condra negated an icing call, and then fed Blunden in the slot for a snap shot at 7:34 of the first.

“We carried the play early and then they scored a couple, and I thought we sagged,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “We had a real good second, still had chances in the third.”

After serving a tripping penalty, Palat added to Tampa Bay’s lead at 14:29 when he swatted a rebound between Sparks’ legs.

Bishop did not need much more after that.

“There are team shutouts and goalie shutouts,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Let’s take a guess which shutout that one was. Bish stole the show.”

NOTES: Stamkos has five goals and four assists during a current six-game point streak. … Valtteri Filppula returned to the Lightning lineup, but forwards Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov remained out with lower-body injuries. … Toronto is 11 for 115 on the power play on the road. … Tampa Bay plays Montreal on Thursday, the fifth contest in a six-game homestand.

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Wickenheiser player-mentor for Canada at world championships in Kamloops

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Three of Hayley Wickenheiser’s Canadian teammates weren’t born when she won her first women’s world hockey championship in 1994.

Defenceman Halli Krzyzaniak was 12 years old when she first saw Wickenheiser play in the 2007 world championship final in Winnipeg. When Krzyzaniak scored her first career goal for Canada in an exhibition game Saturday against Sweden, her childhood idol provided an assist.


“That was just surreal for me to say she was in on my first goal because I never thought that would have happened,” Krzyzaniak said.

“For my generation, she was someone we really looked up to and kind of idolized and wanted to be, but I never thought I would be playing with her.”

A few surgeons also thought Wickenheiser wouldn’t be around to play with Krzyzaniak, but the 37-year-old from Shaunavon, Sask., is playing in her 13th women’s world hockey championship this week in Kamloops with eight screws and a metal plate in the navicular bone of her left foot.

Wickenheiser chose a more optimistic surgeon when she underwent foot surgery in February, 2015.

“There’s a lot of hardware in there,” Wickenheiser said. “I didn’t know if I’d play again. A lot of doctors said I could never play again. One guy said I could and I went with that guy.”

Canada’s all-time leading scorer in goals (168), assists (210) and games played (271) is also the all-time points leader in world championships with 85, including 37 goals.

She and Finland’s Karoliina Rantamaki are tied for the most world championship appearances. Wickenheiser did not play in 2001 because of knee injury nor last year in Malmo, Sweden, because of her foot surgery.

She’s not the oldest player in Kamloops this year. Riikka Valila, 42, plays forward for Finland. An eighth career world championship gold medal would put Wickenheiser second all-time behind former teammate Danielle Goyette with nine.

Wickenheiser has worn the Maple Leaf in international hockey for over two decades now. The five-foot-10, 162-pound forward intends to wear it in a sixth Winter Olympic Games in 2018 and pursue a fifth gold medal.

“If you ask any player that plays a long time, there obviously has to be a passion for the game,” Wickenheiser said. “I love to come to the rink and the grind of training and the day-in and day-out things that go into playing is what I enjoy the most.”

Wickenheiser took a slapshot off her foot during a Four Nations Cup practice in 2012. What she thought was a bone bruise didn’t heal. Another half dozen shots off that bone made it worse.

Wickenheiser soldiered through the 2014 Winter Olympics with a broken bone in her foot. Surgery later that year didn’t remedy the problem, so Wickenheiser pulled the plug early on her 2014-15 season to undergo the more extensive procedure.

She couldn’t put weight on her foot for four months post-surgery, so Wickenheiser did one-legged windsprints using a scooter and wrapped her cast in a garbage bag so she could swim laps.

“I did a lot of crazy things. I was training 12 days out of surgery,” she said. “You find different ways how to be successful when something like that happens. That would not be the way I would like to end my career.

“It’s a long road back for me. Personally, it’s pretty sweet.”

Her role on the Canadian team has changed. She’s no longer the goalscoring star, but Wickenheiser’s creativity and smarts with the puck, big shot and sheer toughness make her still effective.

Wickenheiser wore the captain’s ‘C’ from 2007 to 2013, but Hockey Canada is now grooming others to wear letters. Marie-Philip Poulin, 25, was named Canada’s captain for second straight year Monday.

Wickenheiser considers herself a player-mentor to Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Laura Fortino and Brianne Jenner, whom Hockey Canada has tabbed as future leaders.

From attending a Philadelphia Flyers rookie camp to stints in men’s pro leagues in Finland and Sweden to her more than 20 years playing international women’s hockey, Wickenheiser owns experience no other woman in hockey has.

She wants to share it before she’s done playing.

“Part of my role in the evolution of the team is to still lead, but lead in a different way than I have in the past,” Wickenheiser said.

“It’s kind of an exciting different challenge for me, which I enjoy — trying to help the young players who will be leading the team into the future when I’m not playing anymore.”

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Nearly 50,000 people sign petition to allow guns at Republican convention

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More than 47,000 people signed a petition declaring they want to see guns openly carried at this summer’s Republican National Convention (RNC), but the Secret Service has said not a chance.



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    An online petition on Change老域名出售 says it’s “a direct affront to the Second Amendment” that Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC will be held July 18 to 21, forbids firearms on its premises despite Ohio being one of the 31 states where you don’t need a permit or license to carry a firearm out in the open.

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    The petition, posted online March 24, argues not allowing guns inside the convention, where Republicans will officially nominate their presidential candidate, would put “tens of thousands of people at risk…

    “This doesn’t even begin to factor in the possibility of an ISIS terrorist attack on the arena during the convention. Without the right to protect themselves, those at the Quicken Loans Arena will be sitting ducks, utterly helpless against evil-doers, criminals or others who wish to threaten the American way of life.”

    The petition was posted anonymously by a purported blogger going by the pseudonym “The Hypernationalist” and there are questions on social media about whether the petition is legitimate or just a work of satire.

    Regardless, it got a response from the government agency tasked with protecting the current president and potential future ones.

    The Secret Service said Monday the only guns allowed in will be carried by their agents.

    “Title 18 United States Code Sections 3056 and 1752 provides the Secret Service authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states,” the Washington Post reported Secret Service spokesperson Robert K. Hoback saying in a statement.

    And despite Ohio’s open carry law, a loophole allows a private venue like the Quicken Loans Arena can prohibit anyone from bringing firearms or weapons onto its premises.

    Pepper spray, pocket knives and blades of any kind are also banned from the venue, according to the arena’s policies and procedures.

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    The petition also called on the three GOP candidates to reiterate their condemnation of so-called gun-free zones — “Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s ‘gun-free zones,’” to be specific.

    In response, Trump told ABC’s This Week he hadn’t seen the petition and wants “to read the fine print.” Cruz said he hadn’t had a look at it either and deferred to the Secret Service, as did Kasich.

    Even without the possibility of guns on the convention floor, there are already concerns about violence in Cleveland when the RNC comes to town.

    There has been a spate of scuffles and violent incidents at the campaign rallies for GOP front runner Donald Trump and the presidential candidate himself even warned of “riots” if there’s a successful attempt to deny him of the nomination.

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    That aside, there has been violence and arrests at past Republican conventions.

    Police arrested more than 800 people at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, where John McCain was confirmed as the presidential nominee along with running mate, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

    There’s a combined $50 million US set aside for security at both the Republican and Democratic conventions this year, according to NPR.

    The Democrats will name their nominee at their national convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28.

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Vancouver Island’s Colby Messer in Denver court Tuesday for alleged group sex assault

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A Vancouver Island man charged in a alleged group sexual assault made an appearance in a Denver, Colorado court Tuesday.

When or if the three additional suspects from British Columbia join him in court is still unknown.

More details are expected to be released in the investigation of Colby James Messer and his three friends, who allegedly were involved in the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman from Denver on her birthday last November.


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“It’s a set of circumstances, the nature of these allegations are incredibly disturbing even among people in our office who see disturbing things frequently,” Lynn Kimbrough, spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, said.

“Charging a sexual assault isn’t all that unusual, unfortunately. But there are a number of things in this case that make it somewhat unusual.”

Messer, 30, was charged last week with six counts of sexual assault and released after posting a US$300,000 cash bond.

His passport has been surrendered, and he must remain in Denver and wear a GPS tracking device.

WATCH: Exclusive: A B.C. man charged in an alleged group sex assault makes a Denver court appearance.

According to the sworn affidavit of Denver Police Department Detective Steve Bishop, Messer met the victim on the night of November 14. The woman remembered drinking in a bar with Messer and two of the suspects, according to Bishop’s affidavit, but did not recall travelling to a hotel room.

“The victim stated that she woke in their hotel room and felt as if she had been sexually assaulted and stated that she did not consent,” reads Bishop’s affidavit for Messer’s arrest.

“This is a sexual assault not just that involves multiple suspects, but involves objects in a hotel room,” said Kimbrough.

(The full court documents, which are graphic in nature, can be viewed here)

Messer and the three men, allegedly in town to watch a Denver Broncos game, flew back to Vancouver on November 16.

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The victim reported the incident to Denver Police on the same day. After months of investigation and communication with the Vancouver Police Department, Messer was arrested when he returned to the United States on March 4 where he was planning to propose to his girlfriend in Las Vegas.

Denver Police won’t name the other three suspects, but a warrant has been issued for their arrests.

Global News has learned that all four men come from well-off families in Port Alberni, where they grew up a decade ago.

Messer received an MBA in Dubai, and is now a manager with a drywall contracting company in Victoria.

“I’m quite shocked to hear these allegations, actually,” said Richard Alexander, who worked with Messer before moving to Kelowna last year.

“I really don’t know what to think…the guy seemed very polite.”

Messer’s father, who appears to have posted the US$300,000 cash bond, is Jim Messer, who once served as chief operating officer of the Coulson Group of Companies, and General Manager of Alberni Operations for Western Forest Products. He hasn’t worked for the Coulson Group since 2014.

WATCH: One man from Vancouver Island has been charged and three others are suspects in a group sexual assault of a woman in Denver last year. As John Daly reports, one of the suspects is from a prominent B.C. family.

Messer’s lawyer for this case is Kenneth Eichner, one of Denver’s top lawyers and principal of The Eichner Law Firm.

Eichner declined to comment on the case.

“[One] thing we pride ourselves on is understanding what a difficult position our clients are in. Many of our clients have never been in trouble before, they are ambitious, and they come to us wounded, if you will,” says Eichner a promotional video.

Neither Messer nor the other three suspects, who have all deleted their social media profiles since Messer was arrested three weeks ago, have prior criminal records.

The three suspects now live in the Lower Mainland and Langford. None were at their residences when Global News attempted to contact them today, and one has allegedly flown to southeast Asia.

Messer’s second court appearance takes place tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. The victim’s identity is unknown.

“Her intention was to be celebrating, and instead she becomes a victim of this horrible crime,” said Kimbrough.

– With files from Yuliya Talmazan, CBS Denver and

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