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Post by Loco101 » Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:47 pm

Timmins politician Todd Lever ejected from televised game

Former city councillor and federal Liberal candidate Todd Lever was ejected from the McIntyre Arena by police officers on Saturday night after causing a commotion and refusing demands from referees and event security to settle down.



During the game between the Timmins Rock and the Powassan Voodoos, Lever began heckling the visiting team from his seat behind their bench. He then left his seat and climbed on the glass of the Powassan bench to look down on the players inside while continuing to heckle them. He also climbed up on the glass of a penalty box.

After being told to settle down by game referees and others, event security were sent down to speak with Lever apparently to convince him to leave the game.

When he wouldn’t leave, members of the Timmins Police Service were called in to deal with him. A tussle ensued as they tried to remove him from his chair and some people in the crowd of more than 1,000 people inside the arena began to sing “nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye.”

The game was part of the Hometown Hockey Tour and was being filmed by a television crew for national broadcast.

The Timmins Police were not able to confirm on Sunday whether or not charges will be laid over the incident.

Lever posted an apology for what happened on his Facebook page hours after the incident. The statement was contrite at the beginning but became more aggressive as it went on.

“First and foremost, I want to apologize to Mario Pittui – the linesman for putting him in a difficult position. Mario is a stand-up guy – I actually cheered when they announced his name,” wrote Lever.

“When the Timmins Police arrived they have been told that Todd Lever was causing a disturbance. Mike Pintar and Jean Belliveau asked me to leave many, many times as did the first usher. Then my dad showed up and asked me the same thing.”

As to what caused him to act the way he did, Lever said it was a few things.

“I was admittedly fired up at the game and was trying to get the team fired up and prodding the Powassan Voodoos,” he wrote. “I was upset with Paul Gagne who had them playing like the Timmins Zombies, not the Timmins Rock.

“I was also more than a little upset that Steve Sullivan and Frank Mahovlich had been honoured, but my uncle, Don Lever, wasn’t even asked to come to the game.”

Mahovlivh’s Toronto Maple Leafs banner was one of the two raised at the McIntyre Arena as the culmination of the Hometown Hockey event.

He went on to say how his uncle was a much better player than Mahovlich, and also had some criticism for broadcaster Ron MacLean who was in Timmins as part of the event.

“Hey Ron MacLean, here’s a tip: Schumacher is pronounced SHOO-MACK-ER, not SHOE-MAW-KER.”

Attempts to contact Lever for comment on Sunday were not successful.

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Post by Loco101 » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:07 pm

His Facebook account and page have since been taken down.

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Post by Brashz » Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:50 pm

I was at the game.... He was out of line right from the beginning. I honestly thought he was going to jump over the glass into the penalty box. I hope he gets the help he needs.

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Post by DenBen » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:46 pm

[holycow

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Post by Loco101 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:55 am

Brashz wrote:I was at the game.... He was out of line right from the beginning. I honestly thought he was going to jump over the glass into the penalty box. I hope he gets the help he needs.
I hope he gets better from whatever he had/has. Not funny or entertaining at all. I don't know all of the details and I wasn't at that game but it seems to be unusual behaviour by someone at that type of hockey game.

Although I have to say I find it ridiculous that the Daily Press has an article about it and that's why I put it on here. Lever isn't on city council right now nor is he a candidate for anything yet the article refers to him as a politician.

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Post by JosephMcCarthy » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:54 am

wannabe politician.

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Post by Captain Steubings » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:54 am

I heard Police had to escort him out of the hospital as well.

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Post by Loco101 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:20 pm

Todd Lever charged after hockey game incident in Timmins
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By Alan S. Hale, The Daily Press

Monday, November 28, 2016 3:35:43 EST PM


Local politician Todd Lever is facing criminal charges after he caused a scene at a hockey game in Timmins on Saturday night and refused to leave until Timmins Police officers forcefully removed him from the McIntyre Arena.

Lever, who is a former city councillor as well as a past candidate for both mayor and Member of Parliament, is being charged with one count of causing a disturbance, and one count of resisting arrest.

The game in question was between the Timmins Rock and the Powassan Voodoos, which was taking place as part of the Hometown Hockey Tour; a highly-promoted public event which had attracted a crowd of more than 1,600 to the arena.

As always, the Timmins Police are releasing few details about their version of events at the game. But in a statement, police spokesperson Marc Depatie described the allegations.

“A man is alleged to have become openly belligerent and began shouting profanities at the players and the referees. At one point the game was halted to have the man’s comportment addressed by means of a game ejection issued by the referee. The man is further alleged to have refused to comply with the ejection,” wrote Depatie. “Despite physically resisting the officers, the man was eventually removed from the arena by the Timmins Police Service.”

Lever, who is a lawyer by profession, has been released from custody and is scheduled to respond to the charges on Jan. 10.

The incident at the arena on Saturday night was well documented by bystanders who took pictures of ever climbing up on the glass surrounding the player benches and penalty boxes, as well as video of his removal by police and security. All of which went up on social media.

Mayor Steve Black was one of many who criticized Lever's behaviour during the game, but later asked people to be compassionate in their comments.

“I know this was not normal for him, more so after seeing it escalate to the level it did,” wrote Black online. “I am not excusing the actions of this weekend as they were disappointing for all involved when the national spotlight was on our community (or even if it wasn't).

"All I am saying is sometimes we don't understand what people are dealing with and we can all be quick to judge, myself included. And it would be best if we support those in our community who may need a little extra support.”

None of the allegations against Lever have been proven in court.


http://www.timminspress.com/2016/11/28/ ... in-timmins

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Post by DenBen » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:02 pm

‘This is going to be the trial of the century’ — Lever
TIMMINS - Everyone who went to see the Timmins Rock play against the Powassan Voodoos during Hometown Hockey Tour festivities in November might find themselves on a witness stand testifying in the trial of Todd Lever – unless the Crown drops the charges against him.

That was the ultimatum of sorts that Lever gave to a provincial court on Tuesday morning. The former city councillor and federal Liberal candidate said if his case goes to trial, he intends to call 1,800 witnesses, including every spectator in the arena, people who posted video of his arrest on social media, the members of both hockey teams, as well as several members of Timmins Police working that night.

“This is going to be the trial of the century for Timmins,” Lever told the court. “The Crown attorney should do the right thing now and withdraw the charges. They know the charges are bogus ... I’m apologizing for nothing.

Lever, who is a lawyer, intends to represent himself despite telling media initially that he would be retaining counsel.

Up until his own case up on Tuesday morning, Lever had been sitting with the other defense counsel at the front of the courtroom and was representing other clients with business in front of the judge.

The court seemed unprepared for the scene that followed.

Lever raised his voice, waved the disclosure documents for his case at the people seated in the gallery, chided members of the media present, and refused Justice Martin Lambert’s instructions to deal only with the procedural issues of his case.

As for Lever’s call for the charges against him to be dropped, Assistant Crown Council Dale Cox said the prosecution would not be swayed by Lever’s “threats” of a protracted trial if they did not withdraw the charges.

That was enough for the court, which scheduled Lever’s next appearance on Jan. 31

According to Tuesday’s court docket, Lever is being charged with one count of causing a disturbance and another count of obstructing a police officer.

The charges stem from an incident at the hockey game where Lever caused such a commotion while heckling players and their coaches that the game had to be stopped. He had refused to leave the game when ordered to by the referee and event officials and had to be forcibly removed from the McIntyre Arena by police.

Lever has admitted he was experiencing mental health issues and had not been taking his medication the night in question.

Last time Lever spoke to the media, he said he would be seeking a mental health diversion of the charges. That plan seems to have gone out the proverbial window, with Lever now simply demanding that the Crown withdraw the charges because he believes they are without any merit.

“They have no evidence,” he declared.

Although he denied he was making a threat when saying that he would call many hundreds of witnesses during a trial, Lever said after his court appearance he is willing to go through with a massive self-represented trial.

“If they want to have a six-month trial, they can have a six-month trial. I don’t make threats.”

None of the charges against Lever have been proven.
http://www.timminspress.com/2017/01/10/ ... ury--lever

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Post by DenBen » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:12 pm

Sigh. I'm trying to find the proper words to describe my feelings towards him, his arrogance & his inflated ego.

I can't. At least not something that can be posted here and I'll just end up looking an idiot.

Stop Todd. Just stop. You need professional help. And I don't mean the legal kind.

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Post by Head Honcho » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:42 pm

He is merely inflating is insanity defense.

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Post by Head Honcho » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:43 pm

He is merely inflating is insanity defense.

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Post by DenBen » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:22 pm

[think

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Post by Loco101 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:25 pm

But why in the Daily Press even printing articles about him?!?! Such a small minded newspaper.

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Post by Riskynet » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:20 pm

He's not insane one bit, he knows what he's doing. [snicker

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Post by DenBen » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:00 am

Loco101 wrote:But why in the Daily Press even printing articles about him?!?! Such a small minded newspaper.
This surprises you?


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Post by JosephMcCarthy » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:19 am

Eveyone who posts on this thread has just become a potential witness in the trial of the century.

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Post by Head Honcho » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:35 am

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Post by Budgetman » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:03 pm

[panic [panic [panic [panic [panic
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ImageI say my opinion if its good bad or other, Just like you I have the right to voice it.
if you get paid minimum wage, it's like your boss saying i'd pay you less but its illegal
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Post by DenBen » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:19 pm

And everyone on FB, Twitter and other social media people. OH, and any writers of "Letters to the editor" in the Press that may have been published. How about Zuckerburg too? He owns FB afterall, he provided the medium for the videos to be shown. Same to the CEO of Google for the ones on YouTube.

Anyone at the game from Rogers? Sportsnet?

How about everyone who viewed the videos too?

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Post by Budgetman » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:32 pm

[panic he will have them drag you back to timmins den
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if you get paid minimum wage, it's like your boss saying i'd pay you less but its illegal
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Post by DenBen » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:22 pm

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