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CZUBA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-28 published
Mom, 2 kids slain
Nine-year-old girl escapes ordeal to call police
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter
A terrified, barefoot nine-year-old girl frantically knocked on neighbours' doors to get help for her mother and two siblings held hostage yesterday by a man inside an east London home.
By the time gunfire subsided at 682 Princess Ave., four people were dead, two police officers were shot and a city was in shock over the slayings of a woman, her 13-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.
Police didn't identify the victims yesterday.
But relatives confirmed that Halina CZUBA, her 13-year-old daughter, Julia, and five-year-old son, Michal, died after gunfire erupted at their house just east of Adelaide Street about 2: 30 a.m.
The body of a man also was found inside the home. The province's Special Investigations Unit said the man, who hasn't been identified, died of a gunshot wound.
Halina's husband, Jan, is a trucker who was in the United States at the time of the deadly shooting.
"Jan is just devastated. He's in shock," Dominik SZYMANSKI, a relative who tutored the children, said yesterday. "They were all bright kids. It's just unbelievable that this could happen."
What happened inside the house is still a mystery.
"This is a very large tragedy, the details of which will unfold in the days to come," Const. Jeff ARBING said.
The couple's third child, nine-year-old Joanna CZUBA, knocked on at least three neighbours' houses trying to help her family.
"She knocked on our door, it was a panicked knock," said a neighbour, who didn't give her name.
When the woman's husband went outside to check who was at the door, he saw Joanna with neighbours.
The child called 911 at 2: 25 a.m. to report someone was beating her mother.
Two minutes later, two police officers approached the front door when a shotgun blast from inside blew a hole through it, striking one officer in the shoulder and arm and grazing another officer's face.
The officers returned fire, the Special Investigations Unit said.
It's unclear whether the unidentified man died of a self-inflicted gunshot or from the exchange with police.
Joanna and the neighbours were still outside when shots were fired and police ordered them into the neighbour's Elizabeth Street house.
Joanna was petrified but unhurt, the neighbour said.
"I took her in the kitchen, sat her down and rubbed her back," the woman said. "She saw what (the gunman) was doing to her mom."
Joanna didn't recognize the gunman, the woman said.
Neighbour Ron HARPER said he heard a sharp knock on his door about 2: 30 a.m., but didn't think much of it.
"Then I heard five shots and someone yell, 'I'll kill them all,' " he said.
When HARPER looked outside, he saw police hitting the house with a battering ram.
"The next thing I know, I saw them (the officers) running back with two kids. They were pretty limp," he said.
"When they put them in the ambulances, the ambulances didn't leave right away so I don't think they made it."
Dan and Tammy STROM were sleeping when police pounded on their door and used the location to monitor the brown brick bungalow across the street.
Heavily armed tactical officers told the couple and their two frightened children to go to the basement and keep their heads down, Dan STROM said.
"It was a little nerve-wracking," he said. "The police were in and out and then I heard, 'Freeze! London police."
A 13-year veteran and rookie with one year on the force were injured by the shotgun blast. The constables were taken to hospital and later released.
"They were shaken, but relieved," police Chief Murray FAULKNER said of the officers' families. "This is one of these situations where as a husband, wife or partner of a police officer, you dread the call."
The Special Investigations Unit was called in to investigate the man's death. London police are investigating the homicides of the woman and her two children.
Neither the Special Investigations Unit or London police were releasing many details about the four deaths.
"You have to understand this was not the usual man-with-a-gun call," FAULKNER said. "Police entered because we are sworn to protect life, so that's why the incident wrapped up quicker than normal."
Police have been to the address before, sources confirmed, but would not say why.
Dan STROM said his neighbours, the CZUBAs, were a quiet, friendly Polish family who didn't speak much English. They had lived at the house for about 15 years.
Besides the shot officers, two tactical officers were treated for smoke inhalation after a small fire, believed to be arson, broke out.
London police called in counsellors to speak to colleagues of the injured officers, FAULKNER said.
All day a London detective worked alongside an Special Investigations Unit investigator, carefully documenting the scene. Blood marks could be seen on the front porch. Some windows of the home were shattered.
Just before 9 a.m., a detective and uniformed officer brought out the family's pet -- a trembling dachshund puppy.
Police evacuated homes one street north of Princess on Elias Street. Neighbours were told it was because of a gas leak and saw Union Gas on scene.

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CZUBA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-29 published
Number of killings not seen in century
By Jonathan SHER, Free Press Reporter
Less than 24 hours after what may be the worst mass-slaying in the city's history, another Londoner has been killed, the carnage the region's worst in more than a century.
"I don't think there's been anything like this since the Donnellys, and that was in Lucan," said John LISOWSKI, a former police board member whose research of crime in London is being used for a book that chronicles the past 150 years for the city police force.
Halina CZUBA, her children Julia and Michal, and a gunman who was a family relative were found dead in the CZUBA home Monday.
Yesterday, Yorn MEY was found dead, slain in her Chippewa Drive home. Her husband has been charged with second-degree murder.
The bloody barrage appears unprecedented in the city, historian Dan BROCK said.
"Nothing else comes to mind at all. A family wiped out -- nothing of that magnitude."
The killings at the CZUBA home on Princess Avenue were also unusual in another sense, said Paul WHITEHEAD, a criminologist at the University of Western Ontario.
"The most typical situation is the husband kills his spouse and children and then himself," WHITEHEAD said.

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CZUBA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-29 published
Shooter, grieving dad related
Frank GREDA, who died in the shootout, was a trucker and a father of three.
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter
They were both truckers, fathers of three children and went to the same church.
They were also relatives.
But their worlds collided Monday when tragedy took away almost the entire family of one of the London men and left the other one dead.
As Jan CZUBA was left to bury his family and console his surviving daughter, details emerged yesterday about the other man -- Franciszek (Frank) GREDA, 40 -- involved in the triple homicide.
Police found GREDA dead of a gunshot wound in the CZUBA house at 682 Princess Ave., Ontario's Special Investigations Unit said yesterday.
A fire broke out at the house moments after the shooting.
The Special Investigations Unit said GREDA was known to the family, but wouldn't reveal precisely how.
The Special Investigations Unit is a watchdog agency that probes police actions that result in death or injury to civilians.
GREDA, a father with three children under 10, had rented a northeast London apartment with his wife for at least seven years, a neighbour said.
Some neighbours said the family was quiet and friendly. Others, still shocked by the tragedy, declined to comment.
"Out of respect for the family, I don't want to say anything except I'm deeply saddened by it. It's a horrible tragedy," said a neighbour in an apartment above the family.
The GREDA family are members of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church on Hill Street, where the CZUBA family were also parishioners, Rev. Adam Gabriel confirmed.
London police and the Special Investigations Unit are still separately probing the deaths from Monday's chaos.
The force is probing the deaths of Halina CZUBA, 37, and her two children, Michal, 5, and Julia, 13.
The Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex is helping police -- common in cases where kids are involved -- but won't say whether it had previously been involved with the family.
The Special Investigations Unit is probing GREDA's death.
GREDA fired with a shotgun at two London police officers as they approached the brown brick bungalow just before 2: 30 a.m. Monday. One officer returned fire, the Special Investigations Unit said.
London police found GREDA dead inside, with a gunshot wound, along with the bodies of Halina, Julia and Michal. It's still unknown whether GREDA died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Autopsies began yesterday.

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CZUBA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-03 published
CZUBA, Halina, Michal and Julia
At home, on June 27, 2005, Mrs. Halina CZUBA and her children Michal and Julia. Left to mourn their loss is beloved husband and father Jan CZUBA and loving daughter and sister Joanna. Survived by mother/grandmother, Marianna LOBODA, brother/uncle Miroslaw LOBODA and all of his family in Poland. They will be sadly missed by uncle Ignacy SZYMANSKI, cousin Teresa and Wes SZYMANSKI and their son Dominik, all Malewaj and LOBODA family in Poland, Regina RUCINSKA with her husband Hendryk and their children, grandparents Krystyna and Michal CZUBA, aunt Jadwiga and her husband Andrzej MAGDZIARZ with daughter Katarzyna, aunt Anna CZUBA, uncle Piotr CZUBA, uncle Tomasz CZUBA, great grandmother Agnieszka SZUBA and family of Eugeniusz, Kazimiera CZUBA and her son Jacek CZUBA with family from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Wladyslawa and Stanislaw MIERZWA and their family of Poland, Aniela DZIADURA and her late husband Mieczyslaw. Julia ZMUDZKA and her family of Poland. Kazimierz CZUBA from Poland. Zofia and Bogdan MIERZWA with family. Cecylia and Marek DAVID and family, the RAK family and KUZIORA family of Hamilton. Visitation in the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street (London) on Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church (419 Hill Street) on Monday, July 4th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the CZUBA family through Toronto Dominion Bank.

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CZUBA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-26 published
Homicide No. 13
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter
A Toronto-area man faces a second-degree murder charge after one man was shot to death and another injured in a pub parking lot early yesterday.
Dwayne PITTER, 23, of Vaughan, was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with London's record 13th homicide.
PITTER is to appear in a London court today.
Joshua Kenneth WILLIAMS, 22, of the London area, was shot in the torso outside the Roxbury Pub and Grill at 1165 Oxford St. E. at 2: 20 a.m.
He died later.
Three people, including PITTER, were taken into custody. The other two were released, police said last night.
Detectives scoured the lot yesterday as they wrestled with a skyrocketing number of homicides this year.
Neighbours said they saw a crowd leave the bar about 2: 30 a.m., then heard screaming.
"I heard the gunshots and I saw someone go down. I thought it was firecrackers," said a woman who was standing outside the Roxbury near a variety store at the time. She did want to give her name.
"I heard two shots and I ran into the (variety) store."
Police said a dispute outside the bar led to the shooting.
Police and paramedics arrived to find WILLIAMS seriously hurt and another man shot in the arm. The second man was treated and released from hospital.
Police have recovered a handgun and are not looking for any more weapons, said Det. Andrew WHITFORD.
It's unclear whether WILLIAMS, the injured man and the three people in custody had just left the Roxbury when the shooting happened, WHITFORD said.
But there were about 40 people in the parking lot when a disagreement broke out, he said. Police are still probing the cause of the dispute.
WHITFORD said many witnesses: have come forward and bar staff have co-operated.
Roxbury staff declined comment yesterday.
Neighbours have complained of fights and loud noise after the bar's closing time.
"It's scary," said Brenda PARSONS, who lives in a nearby townhouse complex. "You don't need television to live in this neighbourhood. There's enough entertainment outside."
PARSONS said she thinks police should patrol the area more regularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
The parking lot is the same one in which Ryan VLAAD, 26, died after being punched in the head during an early morning brawl in July 2002.
Ward 3 Coun. Bernie MacDONALD said he's fielded complaints from neighbours who have had beer bottles thrown at their houses and on their property after 2 a.m. and have heard fights breaking out.
"This has been an ongoing thing with the residents," he said.
The concerns were passed on to police and MacDONALD thought the problems had been quelled until he heard about yesterday's shooting.
But MacDONALD said he thinks drugs are the "root evil" behind violence and shootings in the city this year.
"Until we cut the flow of drugs, we're going to see this and it's going to continue to rise," he said.
Police said they don't know whether drugs were involved in the fatal shooting.
Officers blocked off a large section of the strip mall, which also houses a Sport Mart, Goodwill, variety store, karate school and Tim Hortons.
A green Jeep and a black car also were taped off, though police wouldn't say why.
A shell casing and knife were visible at the scene.
A green camouflage hat, grey T-shirt, plastic beer cups, a cigarette pack and a lighter were strewn near what appeared to be a bloody stain near the black car.
Forensic detectives picked through the evidence and used a fire department aerial truck to photograph and videotape the lot.
An autopsy will be conducted today to determine the cause of death.
Other London Slayings This Year
- January 9: Laura WILSON, 20, was found stabbed on Thistledown Way. Her ex-boyfriend is charged with first-degree murder.
- February 14: Kenneth Michael BANNON, 41, was found dead in an Albert Street apartment. Brenda JOHN, 43, is charged with manslaughter.
- March 30: James BLAIR, 20, was stabbed outside an Oakville Avenue apartment building. Mwangi GETHIGA, 18, is charged with second-degree murder.
- April 22: Wilford BEBEE, 65, was stabbed outside his McNay Street home. His stepson is charged with second-degree murder.
- May 2: An infant was found dead in a home on Four Oaks Crescent. Katherine PECKHAM, 25, is charged with manslaughter.
- June 23: John MARYS, 71, was stabbed in his William Street apartment. Godwin GRIXTI, 53, is charged first-degree murder.
- June 27: Halina CZUBA, 37, her daughter, Julia, 13, and son, Michal, 5, were stabbed in their 682 Princess Ave. home. Frank GREDA, 40, was also found dead in the house from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- June 28: Yorn MEY was slain in her Chippewa Drive home. Her husband is charged with second-degree murder.
- August 5: Stephen CORMACK, 45, was stabbed after a botched robbery in a Huron Street apartment. Dameon LODGE, 24, is charged with manslaughter.
- September 8: A fight involving two men left Kai ZHENG, 22, dead outside 1128 Adelaide St. N. Geun Chul LEE, 25, is charged with manslaughter.

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CZUBA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-28 published
Four die in shooting at London family home
By Timothy APPLEBY, Tuesday, June 28, 2005, Page A7
A quiet residential street in downtown London, Ontario, exploded into violence early yesterday, a melee that ended in a shootout with police and a house fire that left four people dead and four police officers injured.
The house is owned by a long-distance trucker and his wife. Police were summoned by a 911 call placed by one of the family's three young children from a neighbour's house. Local media reported that the couple's nine-year-old daughter placed the call.
When police entered the house, the girl's mother and two siblings and the gunman were dead.
The province's Special Investigations Unit, which examines all deaths and serious injuries involving police, released no names. It was unclear who the gunman was.
Neighbours, however, confirmed that the modest Princess Avenue bungalow was occupied by John CZUBA, his wife and their children. The family emigrated from Poland several years ago, said Andrew KRALKA, who lives directly across the street.
The father was believed by local residents to have been driving through the United States when the family members were killed.
"It's all been a big shock for us; this is very tragic," Mr. KRALKA said.
Alerted at 2: 25 a.m. by the 911 call reporting an assault in progress, police arriving at the household were met by gunfire that struck two of the officers.
Police returned the fire, but authorities would not say whether the gunman, later found dead inside the house from a single gunshot wound, was killed by a police bullet or had committed suicide.
Both wounded officers were shot in the upper body but were wearing body armour, and both were released from hospital yesterday.
The couple also had a 13-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.
London Police Constable Jeff ARBING would say only the 911 emergency call "came from a child, from a different location," adding that in 15 years of police service, "a homicide of this magnitude is something I haven't personally seen."
Neighbours recounted scenes of chaos. "I heard a quick 'Bang, bang, bang, bang' -- four shots. It sounded like firecrackers accompanied by a whole lot of police sirens," said David STEVENS, who was watching television at his home when the violence erupted across the street.
"Then there was a second series of shots, about five minutes later."
Amid scenes of shouted confusion, nearby residents retreated to their basements for safety.
During the 20-minute confrontation, a fire also broke out at the home, but it was unclear whether it stemmed from smoke grenades that tactical officers threw in, or another source. Two police officers were later treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.
"There was grey smoke just pouring out of the house," Mr. STEVENS said. Other neighbours described seeing police running down the street with children in their arms, carrying them toward waiting ambulances.
Both in their 40s, Mr. and Mrs. CZUBA owned the home and had lived there for several years.
Local residents described the family as courteous but introverted, spending time with other Polish-Canadians instead of their immediate neighbours.
Mr. CZUBA is often away and sometimes parks his rig on the street, Mr. KRALKA said.
"They don't really associate with people on the street," said another neighbour. "When we first moved here the kids were allowed to play with the other kids, but then they weren't, and the kids didn't go out any more.
"It makes me sad."
As to what triggered the violence, "That I'm not sure of," Constable ARBING said.
"That's an honest answer. I don't know what we have here."

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CZUBA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-05 published
After fatal stabbings, man shot self, police say
Canadian Press, Tuesday, July 5, 2005 Page A8
Toronto -- A man found dead in a Southern Ontario home where a mother and two children were stabbed to death killed himself with a shotgun blast to the head, investigators said yesterday.
Police found the body of Frank GREDA, 40, with a sawed-off shotgun in the bathroom of the home in London, Ontario, on June 27.
The bloodied bodies of Halina CZUBA, 37, her daughter Julia, 13, and son Michal, 5, were found elsewhere in the house.
The woman and girl were dead and the boy died a short time later in hospital.

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CZUCZMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-04 published
MIKITIUK, Petronella " Pat" (CZUCZMAN)
At London Health Sciences Centre -South Street Campus on Tuesday, May 31st, 2005 Petronella "Pat" (CZUCZMAN) MIKITIUK of London in her 91st year, three days before the 61st anniversary of marriage to her loving husband Harry MIKITIUK who passed away on June 3rd, 2001. Dear mother of Stella MIKITIUK and Michael MIKITIUK and his wife Pat all of London. Loving grandmother of Andrew and Elena. Predeceased by her brothers Paul, Peter and Bernard and her sisters Stashia and Mary. Sister of Kathleen CZUCZMAN in England, Gerard CZUCZMAN and his wife Siobhan of London, Barbara MARTELL of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Julia and Estelle KRUSIK of Kalamazoo, Michigan and their families. A private family funeral service was conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Friday, June 3rd, 2005 with Reverend Henry CASSANO of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery, London. A memorial mass in her memory to be celebrated at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Madame Vanier Children's Services, 871 Trafalgar Street, London, Ontario N5Z 1E6 where "Mrs. Murphy" was known for her love and care for all children.

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CZUPSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-20 published
CZUPSKI, Wanda Violet (née OSOWSKI)
Peacefully at home on May 18, 2005. Predeceased by her parents Charlie and Pearl OSOWSKI. Loving mother to Arlene and her husband Terry NICHOLSON and Catherine and her husband James WHITE/WHYTE. Beloved grandmother to Kimberley, Mathew, Andrew and Alexander. Visitation will take place at the Cardinal Funeral Homes, 92 Annette St. (near Keele) on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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