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Barrie man charged in human-trafficking probe

A Barrie man is among more than 100 people charged by York Regional Police with trying to buy sex from children.Ramy Kawar, 39, was charged by police as part of Project Raphael, a four-year investigation that led to the arrest of 104 men attempting to purchase sex with children.Also charged as a result of the human- trafficking investigation are Bra

Former NHLer Mike Gartner speaks during the official launch of Hockey Night in Simcoe County X at the Barrie Molson Centre, Thursday. The event, which has raised more than $1.8 million, helps fund local charities and hospitals. This year’s game will take place Thursday, Aug. 10 with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event will go on sale starting April 24. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Hockey Night X

Former NHLer Mike Gartner speaks during the official launch of Hockey Night in Simcoe County X at the Barrie Molson Centre, Thursday.

East-end resident Nadine Saunders continues her fight against a proposed development of a second 11-storey apartment building at 37 Johnson St., in Barrie’s east end. Saunders has gathered more than 430 signatures on a petition opposing the project. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Too high, too much

Neighbours continue to rally against the proposed development of a second 11- storey apartment building at 37 Johnson St. in Barrie.

The South Simcoe police Wardrop II boat.

Boat towed to shore

INNISFIL – A police boat towed a vessel to shore after it ran out of gas and was in danger of being grounded by high winds Wednesday evening.

OPP Cruiser

High school searched

NEW TECUMSETH - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School was searched Thursday after police got a text message that a violent act could take place there.

South Simcoe police

Firearm robbery

INNISFIL – A man was shot with a pellet gun and robbed of his car Wednesday night on the 10th Line, near Lake Simcoe.

Mark Leblanc holds a picture of him and his wife, Deanna. (TRACY MCLAUGHLIN PHOTO)

Nurse told man wife’s heart would 'explode'

Sitting by his dying wife’s hospital bed, husband Mike Leblanc was told he would have to sit and watch his wife’s heart “explode” if he didn’t let nurse Joanna Flynn shut off the ailing woman’s life support, a jury heard Thursday.