Police Info

LIVES LOST ON AND OFF THE ROAD, SPEEDING LED TRAFFIC CHARGES OVER LONG WEEKEND

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to four separate fatal motor vehicle collisions that claimed the lives of four people over the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

In a fifth fatal incident, a youth drowned while riding an off-road vehicle through a waterway.

 Canada Road Safety Week (May 12-18, 2020) kept officers busy leading up to and over the long weekend.

According to preliminary data, the OPP laid more than 8,000 traffic charges during the national traffic safety campaign, with speeding incurring the majority of the charges:

Among the charges (OPP-patrolled roads only): 

  • Speeding: 6,913
  • Stunt driving/street racing: 301
  • Failure to wear seat belt: 291
  • Distracted driving: 138
  • Alcohol/drug-impaired driving: 128
  • Careless driving: 92

The OPP thanks all road users, off-road vehicle drivers and boaters who helped keep Ontario roads, trails and waterways safe over the long weekend.

 

FOUR MOTORCYCLIST FATALITIES IN MAY HAVE OPP APPEALING TO RIDERS AND OTHER DRIVERS MAY 26, 2020

OPP Promotes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

ORILLIA, ON) - Motorcyclist fatalities on Ontario Provincial Police-(OPP)-patrolled roads are up 300 per cent this year over last year, with all four 2020 deaths occurring in the month of May.

OPP investigations into the collisions revealed that in separate incidents, two of the four motorcyclists who died were driving properly at the time of the collision. The incidents mark the latest reminder that even safe motorcyclists are vulnerable when sharing the road with other vehicles and that motor vehicle drivers play an important role in motorcycle safety.

The other two separate incidents involved excessive speed, which has been one of the top contributing factors in motorcyclist fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads over the past 10 years.

In support of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (May 2020), the OPP is reminding motorcyclists to watch their speed, drive alcohol- and drug-free, and make themselves as visible as possible to other drivers. 

During the riding season, motor vehicle drivers are reminded to keep a watchful eye out for motorcycles and ensure they are doing frequent blind spot checks.  

HELPFUL LINKS

https://www.mmic.ca/may-is-motorcycle-safety-awareness-month/

https://www.motorcycling.ca/safety/

https://www.gomotorcycling.ca

 

May 21-24 Weekend OPP Marine Report

(MIDLAND, ON) -Members of the Marine Patrol attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted 46 hours of patrol on the waters of Georgian Bay within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene and the Townships of Tiny, Tay and Georgian Bay over the weekend of May 21-24, 2020.

OPP Marine Unit officers aboard their patrol vessels stopped and checked 29 vessels for proper vessel equipment and driver sobriety. Two vessel operators were charged for violations under the Canada Shipping Act and four other operators were warned for minor infractions under the Small Vessel Regulations Act.

Officers continue reward young vessel operators and passengers who were observed wearing their Life Jacket with the popular “I Got Caught Wearing My Life Jacket” T-Shirt - see attached photo

CALLS FOR SERVICE

Marine officers attended three marine calls for service over the weekend.

During their course of patrol the marine officers also checked the security of 10 area cottages and spoke with marina operators and patrons.

Officers crewing the OPP patrol vessel’s remind all vessel operators that they are checking for vessel equipment and for liquor offences which they are vigorously enforcing in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on our area waterways this summer. For more information on safe vessel operation and equipment please view the following web sites.

Police remind operators that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our waterways. Educating the public about safe vessel operating practices is a priority.

 

OPP SEIZES CONTRABAND CIGARETTES - TWO PERSONS CHARGED

(NAIRN-HYMAN TWP, ON)-On Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10:35 p.m., members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 17, in Nairn-Hyman Township.

As a result of the investigation and with the assistance of the Ministry of Finance, police located nine boxes containing cartons of unmarked cigarettes in the amount of approximately 1001-2000.

 The driver, age 20 from Lively was charged with:

  • Possess Unmarked Cigarettes, contrary to section 29(2) of the Tobacco Tax Act (TTA), and
  • Speeding 1-49 Km/h over posted limit, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

The passenger, age 22 from Naughton was charged with:

  • Possess Unmarked Cigarettes, contrary to section 29(2) of the TTA.

The two accused were issued Provincial Offence Notices and the contraband cigarettes were seized.

 

ROBBERY AT EB GAMES WASAGA BEACH

Suspect arrested returning to Canada

(WASAGA BEACH, ON) - On September 11, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m., members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a 911 call for a robbery that had just occurred at EB Games, on Main Street in Wasaga Beach. Through investigation police were able to identify a male suspect.

On May 24, 2020, the accused, Kadar ATTEYE, 26 years old, of Toronto, Ontario, was located and arrested by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, after returning to Canada on a flight.

The accused has been charged with two counts of robbery with theft, contrary to Section 344(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was held for a bail hearing to be completed by video on May 25, 2020, from the Huronia West OPP Detachment.

The OPP would like to thank the CBSA for their assistance in this matter. 

The OPP is committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about this investigation or other suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

DUO ARRESTED FOR SLEW OF OFFENCES AFTER EARLY MORNING BREAK AND ENTER

(ESSA TOWNSHIP, ON)-  On Monday May 25, 2020, at approximately 8:57 am, the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a break and enter in progress at a residence in the area of 9th Line and County Road 90, in Essa Township. Information received was that a homeowner was awakened during the break and enter and that a motor vehicle was stole from the residence.

A short time later, Officers located the suspects in the area of Highway 27, south of County Road 90. A female was taken into police custody at this time, and a male suspect fled on foot, eventually stealing another motor vehicle and travelling into Barrie.

Officers from the Nottawasaga OPP and Barrie Police Service took the male into police custody in the area of Ferndale Drive and Edgehill Drive, in Barrie.

 There is no threat to public safety at this time. The investigation on-going and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Nottawasaga OPP would like to thank Barrie Police Service for their assistance.

 

NOTTAWASAGA OPP WARNING OF ALECTRA UTILITIES SCAM

  (TOWN OF NEW TECUMSETH, ADJALA-TOSORONTIO & ESSA TOWNSHIPS, ON)- The Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like members of our community to be aware of an on-going telephone scam involving fraudsters posing as representatives of Alectra Utilities.

Nottawasaga OPP has had reports of community members answering telephone calls from people who are identifying themselves as employees from Alectra Utilities and advising people that their electrical service will be disconnected if they do not provide payment.

Customers are being asked to purchase pre-paid credit cards and call a specific phone number to provide the card and PIN number.

Please remain vigilant and call Alectra directly if you experience this. Hang up immediately, and contact Alectra directly. Make sure to never issue payment over the phone. Reputable companies will not ask for Bitcoin or pre-paid credit cards as payment.

Customers receiving these suspicious phone calls are reminded of the following:

  • Never make a payment for a charge that isn’t listed on your most recent Alectra Utilities bill
  • Do not provide any personal information, including your Alectra Utilities bill or account number
  • remain vigilant and verify account information with Alectra Utilities’ Customer Care Representatives directly if you suspect suspicious activity
  • Contact Alectra Utilities’ Customer Care Representatives during regular business hours to discuss any outstanding account activity or report an incident

Anyone who believes they are the victim of a fraud or theft are asked to report it to the OPP non-emergency number by calling 1-888-310-1122 and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

 

SAFE BOATING COMES DOWN TO 5 DOS AND DON’TS - OPP and CSBC Team Up for Safe Boating

(ORILLIA, ON) - With Safe Boating Awareness Week getting underway this weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to remind boaters and paddlers about the main dos and don’ts for getting through a safe boating season.

DO wear a life jacket. It doesn’t suffice to just have one nearby on your vessel. The only safe life jacket is the one you’re wearing. 

In the last 10 years, 80 per cent of the people who died in OPP-investigated boating incidents were not wearing a life jacket. It is important for paddlers to wear them too as canoes and kayaks were among the top three vessel types involved in the fatalities over the last 10-year period.

Two people died last weekend (May 9, 2020) when their canoe capsized off Manitoulin Island. Neither of the paddlers was wearing a life jacket.

DON’T take your boat out if you’ve consumed any amount of alcohol or drugs. Even prescription drugs can impair your ability to safely navigate your vessel or deal with an emergency.

Almost 40 per cent of boating fatalities in the last 10 years involved alcohol or drugs.

DO be wary of the dangers of cold water immersion.

In the last decade, 43 of the 229 boating fatalities occurred between the months of January and May, when water is either freezing or cold enough for hypothermia to set in.

DON’T take your boat out unless both you and your vessel are fully prepared. Every year, the OPP is called out to stranded boaters who failed to properly check their vessels and plan their trip.

Ensure your boat is properly equipped. Be sure to have sufficient fuel and only go out if the weather makes it safe to do so.

DO take a safe boating course. A boating course will educate you about keeping you and your family safe on the water.

During the week-long safe boating campaign, members of the OPP Marine Program will join marine partners across Canada as they conduct enforcement on waterways and educate boaters and paddlers about staying safe.

 

OPP Lay Charges in Pizza Delivery Robbery

(MIDLAND, ON) - A member of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a vehicle after observing it running a red light at high speed at 11:30pm on May 16, 2020 at the corner of Yonge Street and Eighth Street in the Town of Midland. Police learned that the driver was delivering pizza and was fleeing a robbery that occurred moments earlier. Officers flooded the area and located a suspect nearby.

As a result of an investigation, Francesco CIANCIO, 31 years of North York has been charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code;

Robbery with Theft

Fail to Comply with Release Order

 

The accused was held in custody for a video bail hearing.

 

Traffic Stop for Aggressive Driving Leads to Over 80 Charge

(MIDLAND, ON) - At 9:00pm on May 22, 2020, a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay Detachment was on general patrol on Balm Beach Road in the Town of Midland and observed a car being driven in an aggressive manner . The officer stopped the vehicle and noticed signs of alcohol consumption while speaking with the driver. The officer arrested the male and transported him to detachment to continue the investigation.

As a result, Jeremy LANGFORD, 28 years of Midland has been charged with the following offence under the Criminal Code of Canada;

  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

The driver’s licence of the accused has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days. The accused was released from police custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on August 27, 2020.

Police remind motorists that enforcement is essential to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

 

Wrong-Way Vehicle on Highway 400 Leads to Impaired Charges

(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Shortly before 11:00 PM on May 22, 2020 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Central Region Communications Centre received several 911 calls reporting that a vehicle was driving southbound in the northbound lanes on Highway 400 near Whites Falls Road in Georgian Bay Township. Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment patrolling Highway 400 at the time were able to locate and safely stop the suspect vehicle without incident.

Upon speaking with the driver, officers entered into a drinking and driving investigation and arrested the driver who was brought back to detachment for further investigation.

As a result of the investigation John HRYCHUK, 51 years of Thunder Bay has been charged with the following driving offences under the Criminal Code of Canada;

Operation While Impaired - Alcohol

Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

Dangerous Operation

The accused driver’s licence has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days as per the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS). Accused was released from police custody on an undertaking to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on August 27, 2020.

 

Midland Dog Owner Facing Impaired Driving Charges

(MIDLAND, ON) - At 8:30pm on May 25, 2020, a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay Detachment was on general patrol and noticed a pick-up truck with a broken headlight travelling on Fuller Avenue in the Town of Midland. The officer stopped the vehicle to inform the driver and while speaking with him, the driver’s dog escaped from the vehicle. While assisting the owner in retrieving the dog, the officer noticed that he was showing signs of alcohol consumption. The officer investigated further, resulting in the arrest the male who was transported to detachment. The dog was retrieved without injury.

As a result of the investigation, Kenneth ASSELIN, 60 years of Midland has been charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code of Canada;

Operation While Impaired - Alcohol

Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

The driver’s licence of the accused has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days. The accused was released from police custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on August 27, 2020.

Police remind motorists that enforcement is essential to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

 

Zoombombing raids are taking place everywhere. Could you be a target? If so, we can help.

For those not in the know, “Zoom” is the name of a suddenly popular video chat app that allows multiple people to join a conversation.

Few people, except for professionals, had ever heard of it before the Coronavirus pandemic. But it was an instant hit as soon as people found themselves locked down at home and in desperate need of social contact with family and friends.

And, of course, it has been a boon for employees required to attend virtual meetings while working from home.

The makers of Zoom say that they have an average of 300 million daily meetings -- that’s a lot of people for the hackers and scammers to take aim at.

And they’re not alone in this market. Microsoft has a popular professional product called Teams, while Facebook recently joined the fray with its own version of multi-person video called Messenger Rooms.

In other words, it’s a fast-growing marketplace for organizations and individuals, but Zoom was definitely out in front with the general public when the “bomb” dropped.

In this case, “bombing” refers to hackers dropping in on Zoom conversations and often disrupting them with insults and threats. In one case, they were alleged to have thrown up pornographic images on participants’ screens. Hence -- “Zoombombing.”

This isn’t just annoying. It’s a huge security issue. And since, one way or another, we’re likely to be having more virtual meetings in the future -- now that we know how to do it -- we need to be able to stop the bombers.

Thanks to watchdog Consumer Reports, or more particularly to one of its readers who fell victim, a number of key steps have been identified that can help you thwart the Zoombombers.

The reader, Loren Ford, a former privacy lawyer and counsel for Google, told the publication: “Zoom wasn’t built for its current use. It was built for business meetings, which don’t have the same level of privacy and security concerns as a massive platform for connection of all kinds.”

Zoom responded quickly to the disclosure of incidents by tightening up security. They were so worried that, earlier this month, the firm actually bought a security company to add another layer of protection.

But for now, users, especially meeting organizers and not just of Zoom, may be exposed to bombers just because their own sense of security is not as sharp as it should be.

Ford offers the following tips aimed at organizers to counter the bombers:

Tell your participants not to publicize the meeting, especially with links, on social networks.

Be cautious and aware of all meeting participants. Make sure you know them and why they are there.

Don’t allow participants to join the meeting before you do -- or to hang around afterwards.

Use the software’s “waiting room” feature, that allows you to review participants before virtually opening the door to them.

For meetings where not everyone is known, don’t allow users to use virtual backgrounds (downloaded from the Internet) because intruders might use them to post insulting messages. Another feature allows you to put a would-be participant on “hold” and unable to take part until you’ve established their credentials.

Be wary about how you name meetings. Zoombombers are good at guessing them and sneaking in, especially if you use family or business names. Zoom has its own mechanism for generating meeting names. Use that instead.

Consider using entry passwords. They’re a must for meetings that include children, says Ford.

Once meetings are in action, there are several controls available to organizers including the ability to mute one or more participants, turning off whiteboard sharing and disabling file transfers during chat, to prevent bombers from sending malware to others taking part.

For the full Consumer Reports article, visit

https://www.consumerreports.org/video-conferencing-services/how-to-prevent-zoombombing/

Also, review Zoom’s own security pages here:

http://www.zoom.us/security