Murder site centre of drug investigation

News Dec 24, 2015 by Susan Clairmont Hamilton Spectator

A drug warrant has been executed at the house that was the target of a fatal home invasion in Ancaster.

A Controlled Drug and Substances Act warrant was obtained by Hamilton Police for the bungalow on Miller Drive, Det. Sgt. Bill Anderson said outside the home Wednesday afternoon.

"A component of the investigation involves drugs," he said.

Anderson, the case manager for the shooting death of homeowner Carman (Bud) Ward, would not say if drugs had been found in the house, what kind of drugs police were searching for, or if drugs were the motive for the deadly home invasion.

"I will not speak to motive at this time," he said. "Certain pieces of information I won't discuss to preserve the integrity of the investigation."

Anderson also said a Criminal Code search warrant was being executed at the home. That is to gather evidence related to the homicide.

Police are searching for two male suspects who entered the Ward house shortly before 10:45 p.m. Monday. Anderson says both men were "masked" and wearing dark clothing. There was "a struggle inside," he said, and one suspect may have sustained facial injuries.

They were not in the house long before a 911 call was made by one of the Wards. Anderson said it was "surmised" by the call-taker there was a home invasion in progress.

Bud Ward, 60, was at home with his two sons, Brandon, 22, and Joshua, who is about 25.

An autopsy exam Wednesday determined Bud was killed by a single gunshot to his chest. First responders tried to save him, Anderson said, but he had no vital signs.

Brandon suffered head injuries and was treated and released at hospital.

A police source unauthorized to talk on the record has told The Spectator the home is known to police. Anderson declined to comment on that.

Asked about rumours that a meat cleaver had been used in the attack, Anderson did not confirm or deny it.

"As far as the types of weapons involved, that forms part of the evidence and that's a portion of evidence I'm not prepared to speak to," he said.

He did, however, make a point of pointing out that nobody was abducted in connection with the home invasion, another rumour that circulated briefly after the murder.

On Wednesday afternoon homicide detectives, the forensic unit and patrol officers were at the scene, which was still cordoned off by yellow police tape. A single bouquet of white flowers was left by the bottom of the driveway.

Anderson said he expected all police to be finished at the scene by the end of Wednesday. The incident command van left just after 3 p.m.

Bud was a longtime employee of the Chrysler automotive plant in Brampton, according to neighbours. He and his wife, Diane, split up many years ago. Bud lived in the Miller Drive home for 20 years with his sons, both of whom went to Ancaster High School.

Police are appealing to anyone with information or any neighbours with security video to contact Det. Catherine Lockley at 905-546-3825 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

"No piece of information is too trivial," said Anderson. "It's all important to us."

He said police have "received co-operation from the public."

Hamilton Spectator

Murder site centre of drug investigation

News Dec 24, 2015 by Susan Clairmont Hamilton Spectator

A drug warrant has been executed at the house that was the target of a fatal home invasion in Ancaster.

A Controlled Drug and Substances Act warrant was obtained by Hamilton Police for the bungalow on Miller Drive, Det. Sgt. Bill Anderson said outside the home Wednesday afternoon.

"A component of the investigation involves drugs," he said.

Anderson, the case manager for the shooting death of homeowner Carman (Bud) Ward, would not say if drugs had been found in the house, what kind of drugs police were searching for, or if drugs were the motive for the deadly home invasion.

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"I will not speak to motive at this time," he said. "Certain pieces of information I won't discuss to preserve the integrity of the investigation."

Anderson also said a Criminal Code search warrant was being executed at the home. That is to gather evidence related to the homicide.

Police are searching for two male suspects who entered the Ward house shortly before 10:45 p.m. Monday. Anderson says both men were "masked" and wearing dark clothing. There was "a struggle inside," he said, and one suspect may have sustained facial injuries.

They were not in the house long before a 911 call was made by one of the Wards. Anderson said it was "surmised" by the call-taker there was a home invasion in progress.

Bud Ward, 60, was at home with his two sons, Brandon, 22, and Joshua, who is about 25.

An autopsy exam Wednesday determined Bud was killed by a single gunshot to his chest. First responders tried to save him, Anderson said, but he had no vital signs.

Brandon suffered head injuries and was treated and released at hospital.

A police source unauthorized to talk on the record has told The Spectator the home is known to police. Anderson declined to comment on that.

Asked about rumours that a meat cleaver had been used in the attack, Anderson did not confirm or deny it.

"As far as the types of weapons involved, that forms part of the evidence and that's a portion of evidence I'm not prepared to speak to," he said.

He did, however, make a point of pointing out that nobody was abducted in connection with the home invasion, another rumour that circulated briefly after the murder.

On Wednesday afternoon homicide detectives, the forensic unit and patrol officers were at the scene, which was still cordoned off by yellow police tape. A single bouquet of white flowers was left by the bottom of the driveway.

Anderson said he expected all police to be finished at the scene by the end of Wednesday. The incident command van left just after 3 p.m.

Bud was a longtime employee of the Chrysler automotive plant in Brampton, according to neighbours. He and his wife, Diane, split up many years ago. Bud lived in the Miller Drive home for 20 years with his sons, both of whom went to Ancaster High School.

Police are appealing to anyone with information or any neighbours with security video to contact Det. Catherine Lockley at 905-546-3825 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

"No piece of information is too trivial," said Anderson. "It's all important to us."

He said police have "received co-operation from the public."

Hamilton Spectator

Murder site centre of drug investigation

News Dec 24, 2015 by Susan Clairmont Hamilton Spectator

A drug warrant has been executed at the house that was the target of a fatal home invasion in Ancaster.

A Controlled Drug and Substances Act warrant was obtained by Hamilton Police for the bungalow on Miller Drive, Det. Sgt. Bill Anderson said outside the home Wednesday afternoon.

"A component of the investigation involves drugs," he said.

Anderson, the case manager for the shooting death of homeowner Carman (Bud) Ward, would not say if drugs had been found in the house, what kind of drugs police were searching for, or if drugs were the motive for the deadly home invasion.

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"I will not speak to motive at this time," he said. "Certain pieces of information I won't discuss to preserve the integrity of the investigation."

Anderson also said a Criminal Code search warrant was being executed at the home. That is to gather evidence related to the homicide.

Police are searching for two male suspects who entered the Ward house shortly before 10:45 p.m. Monday. Anderson says both men were "masked" and wearing dark clothing. There was "a struggle inside," he said, and one suspect may have sustained facial injuries.

They were not in the house long before a 911 call was made by one of the Wards. Anderson said it was "surmised" by the call-taker there was a home invasion in progress.

Bud Ward, 60, was at home with his two sons, Brandon, 22, and Joshua, who is about 25.

An autopsy exam Wednesday determined Bud was killed by a single gunshot to his chest. First responders tried to save him, Anderson said, but he had no vital signs.

Brandon suffered head injuries and was treated and released at hospital.

A police source unauthorized to talk on the record has told The Spectator the home is known to police. Anderson declined to comment on that.

Asked about rumours that a meat cleaver had been used in the attack, Anderson did not confirm or deny it.

"As far as the types of weapons involved, that forms part of the evidence and that's a portion of evidence I'm not prepared to speak to," he said.

He did, however, make a point of pointing out that nobody was abducted in connection with the home invasion, another rumour that circulated briefly after the murder.

On Wednesday afternoon homicide detectives, the forensic unit and patrol officers were at the scene, which was still cordoned off by yellow police tape. A single bouquet of white flowers was left by the bottom of the driveway.

Anderson said he expected all police to be finished at the scene by the end of Wednesday. The incident command van left just after 3 p.m.

Bud was a longtime employee of the Chrysler automotive plant in Brampton, according to neighbours. He and his wife, Diane, split up many years ago. Bud lived in the Miller Drive home for 20 years with his sons, both of whom went to Ancaster High School.

Police are appealing to anyone with information or any neighbours with security video to contact Det. Catherine Lockley at 905-546-3825 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

"No piece of information is too trivial," said Anderson. "It's all important to us."

He said police have "received co-operation from the public."

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