As a result of ongoing investigations, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Kingston Police have made two arrests and laid numerous charges with regard to a series of crimes committed in Kingston and Toronto beginning in 1995.
The following is a press release from the OPP with the facts of the cases and charges.
(KINGSTON, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under the direction of Detective Inspectors Jim Gorry and Brad Collins of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), in collaboration with the Kingston Police, conducted an extensive investigation in relation several significant criminal offences.
Members of the OPP CIB and Kingston Police Major Crime Unit, launched a joint investigation in relation to the following incidents:
- June 2, 1995 – a break, enter with violence at a residence in the City of Kingston. As a result, Henrietta KNIGHT, 92-years-old, succumbed to her injuries five months later.
- July 4, 1995 – an armed robbery at the Toronto-Dominion (TD) Bank on Days Road in the former Kingston Township.
- November 1996 – Richard KIMBALL, 30-years-old, went missing and is presumed murdered.
- July 19, 2000 – an explosive device was detonated in the City of Toronto. No one was injured, but there was extensive damage to residences and surrounding vehicles.
- October 21, 2001 – A suspicious fire at a residence on Joyceville Road in the City of Kingston resulted in the death of Stephen ST-DENIS, 47-years-old.
On February 14, 2019, Michael WENTWORTH (also known as Michael VERNEY), 65-years-old, of Kingston, Ontario was arrested and charged with the following criminal code offences:
- First degree murder of Henrietta KNIGHT
- First degree murder of Richard KIMBALL
- First degree murder of Stephen ST-DENIS
- Armed robbery
- Disguise with intent
- Hostage taking using a firearm
- Possession of an explosive device
- Endangering life by planting an explosive device
- Intentional and reckless cause of damage by explosion
Sandra CARR, 52-years old, of Kingston, Ontario was also arrested on February 14, 2019 and has been charged with:
- Obstruct justice
- Party to first degree murder
Both are being held for bail hearings, with a scheduled date of appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on February 15, 2019.
Any person with information regarding the investigation is requested to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Kingston Police at 613-549-4660. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.
The announcement comes after two different properties in Kingston were raided by both the OPP and Kingston Police on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.
Kingstonist will provide details of what was said at the joint press conference held by the OPP and Kingston Police on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 shortly.