Police Info

OPP Investigate Bank Robbery On January 05, 2018 members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a robbery at a bank in the City of Orillia.

At approximately 3:43 pm a lone male entered the Scotiabank branch located at 3305 Monarch Drive in the City of Orillia. The male stated he had a firearm although one was not observed. After a brief encounter the male fled the bank in an unknown direction or mode of travel.

The male is described as:

  • Male between 18-25 years old
  • 5'10" -6'-2"
  • Thin build.
  • Wearing blue jeans and a black coat.

The Orillia Crime Unit along with the Orillia OPP continues to investigate this incident. If anyone recognizes the person in the picture was a witness to this incident or has information regarding the circumstances they are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 or 1-888-310-1122.

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are 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 suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Ice Safety Reminder

(Midland, ON) -Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) want to remind all surface users that the recent cold temperatures may not have made as much ice as you may think. A photograph (attached) taken by staff of the departing ice breaker on Jan 2, 2018 clearly shows poor ice and open water off Sawlog Bay Point in Tiny Township.

Ice surface users are reminded that no body of water freezes the same and that no ice is safe ice, knowing before you go are really important points if you should venture out on frozen surfaces. The strong winds and accompanying high and low water levels of the recent storms also has put intense stress on the ice that has formed on the back bays and open areas of Southern Georgian Bay.

Having a plan and communicating with family and friends is very important before heading out on the ice as well as having a fully charged cellphone that has already been proven to be a life saver in several instances of late 2017 and early 2018.

Having the proper equipment such as a floater suit, ice picks, a throw line, GPS and or cellphone are extremely important should you break through the ice surface. Responding emergency services do take time to ready and get on scene and do come at a cost as there is always a risk of injury or worse to emergency responders who may never forget the incident.

Of note, some area municipalities do have a bylaw in place with a process for full cost recovery of emergency services costs provided to the rescued persons.

Remember, no ice is safe ice, know before you go and consider the risks to yourself and others should you venture out on frozen surfaces.

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

 

OPP CALLED TO OVERNIGHT FIRE (January 9)

(TAY TOWNSHP, ON) - Last night, just before 11:00pm, officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Tay Fire and Emergency Services and the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence located on Neilsen Road in Tay Township.

Upon arrival, emergency services encountered a fully engulfed structure fire with reports of persons trapped inside. Firefighters were able to gain entry to the home where they were able to locate and remove a mother and a seven year old child.

In total, four people were transported to a local hospital with varying degrees of injury that are believed to be related directly to the fire. A 44-year old female victim and the two males aged 11 and 7 have sustained serious injuries, while a 17-year old male has sustained life threatening injuries. All four have since been transported to Toronto area trauma centres for continued medical treatment.

The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) has been contacted and will be attending the scene today to conduct an investigation into the cause of this fire.

Further information will be released only as it becomes available.

 

FATAL FIRE TOTTENHAM,

(NOTTAWASAGA OPP) - Monday, the 1st of January 2018 was a tragic day for the residents policed by Nottawasaga OPP. Two lives were tragically lost in two separate incidents within a few hours of each other. These two incidents have had significant impacts on the families, friends, community members and the responding emergency services personnel. This summary will cover the second of these two incidents.

At approximately 11:22 p.m., New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and York Region Paramedic Services responded to a fully engulfed residential fire located at 53 Park Crescent, in the community of Tottenham, Town of New Tecumseth.

Tragically only two of three of the residents safely made it out of the home. Attempts by the family members to rescue the remaining occupant were hampered due to the nature and location of the fire. Both family members, Mr. Matthew Collins aged 39 years and his 15 year old son, sustained injuries in these rescue attempts and were later transported to hospitals for treatment. They have since been released and are recovering.

Attempts were also made by New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue, unfortunately, Krestine Collins aged 38 years succumbed to her injuries.

Krestine leaves behind not only her husband Matthew, son but a 10 year old daughter, who fortunately was not at home during the fire.

The investigation has been turned over to the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Office of the Coroner, assisted by members of Nottawasaga OPP and New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue.

The scene examination is expected to last the rest of today, although may be delayed by weather going into Saturday.

 

OPP ENCOURAGES SAFE DRIVING

(WEST PARRY SOUND, ON) - In the last 24 hours, Ontario Provincial Police in the Northeast Region have been called to 3 collisions resulting in fatalities. The cause of the collisions are still under investigation, but the OPP would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to drive safe on Ontario’s roadways as they travel for work or recreation.

Causal Factors in collisions investigated throughout the year are driver error, vehicle maintenance issues, and driving experience. Furthermore, the “Big 4” remain a constant presence in fatal collisions, which are lack of seatbelt use, distracted driving, aggressive driving and impaired driving.

Locally in the West Parry Sound area, collision investigations resulting in “speed to fast for conditions” have shown a considerable presence.

Some General Reminders for the motoring public:

  • Be aware of weather
  • Fatigue can negatively affect your driving
  • Always wear your seatbelt
  • Ensuring the vehicle is road ready to travel (full tank of gas, wiper fluid, proper headlights and tail lights, emergency survival kit)
  • Don’t Rush, Leave in Advance
  • Delay Trip if weather is bad
  • Don’t Drink and Drive

“While the OPP and its traffic safety partners remain committed to saving lives on our roads, drivers, passengers and the general public play important roles in contributing to safer roads.” - Says West Parry Sound OPP Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Mike Gordon.

To check on road conditions before your trip you can call 5-1-1. The Ministry of Transportation’s Traveller Information Services provides road information for provincial highways in Ontario by telephone at 5-1-1 or online with accessible information on the MTO Ontario 511 website at www.ontario.ca/511 or on Twitter @511Ontario

STAY ALERT. SLOW DOWN. STAY IN CONTROL.

 

SNOWMOBILE AND ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE SAFETY

(LONDON, ON) - In light of a recent fatal snowmobile collision and an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash that seriously injured another person the Ontario Provincial Police is issuing a warning to would-be enthusiasts, taking advantage of the increased snow accumulations, to use extreme caution.

Owners and operators of snowmobiles and ATV’s need to understand that these vehicles are very powerful, capable of reaching high speeds and are extremely dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced, careless, or impaired operator. Every year countless numbers of riders are injured or killed because of a preventable bad driving behavior.  

Safety tips:

  • Know your vehicle and its capabilities
  • Know your own abilities to handle the vehicle
  • Never drive impaired
  • Never drive carelessly
  • Never allow children to operate these vehicles without adult supervision
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Take a riding course to become better acquainted with the vehicle

“Driving a snowmobile or ATV can be a great deal of fun but in the wrong hands can become a lethal weapon capable seriously injuring or killing someone. Ride responsibly, know the rules, know the terrain and never operate while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” - A/Traffic & Marine Inspector S. Bertram.

 

FATAL FALL FOR DOG

(TOWNSHIP OF CENTRE WELLINGTON, ON) - On Thursday January 4, 2017 at approximately 1:15 p.m. Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an injured animal call at Wellington Road 7 at the Elora Gorge. Initial reports indicated that a dog had fallen into the gorge and was trapped in the water.

OPP as well as Centre Wellington Fire & Rescue responded however the dog was deceased.

Traffic was delayed at the time but the road is open now.

 The OPP would like to remind everyone who is active around the Elora Gorge, the Grand River and other water ways to always obey signs and warnings and to not put yourself, your children or your pets at risk.

 

MEMBER ISSUED PROVINCIAL OFFENCE NOTICE - COLLISION

GODERICH, ON) - Members of the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a collision on Napier Street in Goderich Ontario on December 28, 2017 at 8:09 p.m. involving an OPP cruiser and a parked vehicle.

Investigation revealed that the member was traveling on Napier Street when his vehicle collided with an unoccupied parked vehicle. Damage to the cruiser and other vehicle was minimal. 

As a result of the investigation, Constable Matthew HALL, a two year member of the OPP, was charged with Careless Driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

 

ENCLOSED TRAILER ENTERED- TOOLS TAKEN

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment investigated an incident at a Hunter Drive South, Port Rowan, Norfolk County, Ontario address.

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at approximately 8:10 a.m., police received a report of a theft.

Through the course of investigation, it was determined that in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 3, 2017, unknowns attended the address and forcibly gained entry into a trailer that was located in the driveway of the residence. Once inside, unknowns removed a 20 Volt Dewalt rechargeable drill, Makita chop saw, Dewalt jig saw, Dewalt reciprocating saw, Paslode nail gun, and 2 stacking plastic containers.

The OPP want to remind all community residents that if they observe any suspicious activity to please contact the police immediately.

 

OPP WRAPS UP FESTIVE RIDE CAMPAIGN, CHARGES 587 IMPAIRED DRIVERS       

 (ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged 587 drivers with impaired driving during its annual Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaign (November 24, 2017 - January 2, 2018).

An additional 366 drivers were issued a Warn Range Suspension and had their driver’s licence suspended for having a blood alcohol concentration between .05 and .08. 

By comparison, the OPP charged 623 impaired drivers and issued 407 Warn Range Suspensions during the 2016-2017 Festive RIDE campaign.

The OPP remained highly focused on keeping roads safe over the holidays, reflecting on the 44 lives lost in alcohol/drug-related collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in 2017. Officers conducted more than 9,830 RIDE events throughout the province, surpassing the 7,343 RIDE events conducted over the previous season’s campaign.

 Over the holidays, OPP Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE) assisted with the tools and expertise to test for and detect drug impairment in drivers. Of the 587 drivers charged, 29 were charged with drug impairment.    

 While the OPP maintained a heightened focus on impaired drivers during the campaign, officers enforce impaired driving laws around the clock, 365 days a year. In 2017, the OPP charged 4,915 drivers with alcohol-impaired charges and 238 drivers with drug-impaired charges and issued 2,995 Warn Range Suspensions.

The OPP is again reminding the public to call 9-1-1 if you suspect that someone is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. In doing so, you could be saving lives.

 

OPP URGE OWNERS TO CHECK THEIR VEHICLES FOR LICENCE PLATES

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment investigated an incident at a King Street, Delhi, Norfolk County, Ontario address.

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at approximately 12:26 p.m., police received a report of a theft of licence plates.

Through the course of investigation, it was determined that between Tuesday, December 19, 2017 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, unknowns attended the address and removed the front and rear licence plate from a motor vehicle that was parked in a parking lot. Police are urging all motor vehicle owners to check their vehicle on a regular basis to ensure that their licence plates are still attached.

The OPP want to remind all community residents that if they observe any suspicious activity to please contact the police immediately.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 - 888 - 310 - 1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1 - 800 - 222 - 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

 

DOOR TO DOOR SALES - POLICE INVESTIGATE FRAUD

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment is urging all residents to be vigilant if a stranger arrives at their residence in order to replace the existing furnace.

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at approximately 12:06 p.m., police received a call from a resident reporting a fraud.

Through investigation, it was determined that in September of 2017 a male attended the residence under the guise of a salesperson in order to replace the homeowner’s current furnace. The male indicated that he would look after the existing amount that was owed on the current furnace and then requested $8,000 dollars for the replacement at which time the funds were provided.. Police are urging the all homeowners to be very skeptical when someone arrives at your door wanting to inspect your home or inquiring about any personal information about you or your residence.

Here are some tips to protect yourself when the next door-to-door salesperson shows up at your home.

Ask for Identification- Reputable companies use photo ID. Don’t let the salesperson start their pitch until you have seen photo ID. Get the name of the business and the name of the salesperson. If they don’t have identification with them they are likely scam artists.

Don’t sign on the spot- If the salesperson pressures you to sign on the spot, don’t. Shut the door or insist that you need additional time to read and understand the agreement. Reputable salespeople will carry brochures about their products or services. A “deal” is never only good for that visit. If you need further time to review the offer it will be there tomorrow.

Understand the agreement- How long does the agreement last? Are there any other costs? Are there fees if you cancel the agreement? Will the company renew the agreement without your prior written consent?

Remember, reputable companies comply with the law. If you believe the business or salesperson made a false, misleading or deceptive statement you may have further remedies under the Consumer Protection Act. Further information can be found at: www.ontario.ca/consumers/your-rights-under-consumer-protection-act  

The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times and to be extremely vigilant. The OPP’s website, www.opp.ca, contains a number of useful resources, tips and links.

 

DRIVER CHARGED FOR DRIVING WITH MULTIPLE SUSPENSIONS, TWICE

(TOWN OF MINTO, ON) - On Friday December 22, 2017 at approximately 4:00 p.m. the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a brown sedan travelling on the shoulder of Wellington Road 109, south of Harriston. The motor vehicle was travelling at off the pavement with its four-ways activated at a speed slightly lower than the posted limit of 80km/hr.

The male driver was stopped and investigation revealed that he was suspended from driving by the Ministry of Transportation multiple times.

59-year-old William Allan DAVIDSON of Mildmay has been charged with two-counts of Driving While Suspended contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). He is scheduled to appear in Guelph Provincial Court on February 7, 2018 to answer to the charges.

Further investigation identified that DAVIDSON was also stopped and charged by Wellington County OPP on Friday November 3, 2017. On that day he was also charged for two-counts of Driving While Suspended contrary to the HTA. He was travelling on Highway 6, south of Fergus, at speed that was well below the posted speed limit causing traffic to be congested when he was stopped. He was scheduled to appear in Guelph Provincial Court on December 20, 2017.

Drivers are reminded that on a first conviction of driving while your licence is suspended may result in a fine from $1,000 to $5,000. Subsequent convictions fines start at $2,000 and a driver may also be liable to imprisonment of up to 6 months.

 

OPP Investigate Collision on Snowmobile Trail

(RAMARA, TWP) - On Monday January 01, 2018 the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a collision involving a Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV) in Ramara Township.

At approximately 3:30 pm the Orillia OPP along with Ramara Fire Department (RFD) were dispatched to a collision on the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail in Ramara Township.

Preliminary investigation reveals two youths were on the same MSV when it left the trail causing the youths to be injured. The youths were then transported to an Orillia area hospital by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) with non-life threatening injuries.

The Orillia OPP would like to remind MSV operators to operate their machines in a safe manner whether it is on the trails, lakes or fields. Each one of these terrains poses unique risks and drivers must make certain they are safe while participating in this extremely fun winter activity.

 

OPP ARREST IMPAIRED DRIVER IN ESSA

(ESSA, ON) - On January 1, 2018 shortly after 2:32 am, officers from the Nottawasaga detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a motor vehicle in the ditch on Simcoe County road #10 near Simcoe Road #21 in the Township of Essa. Upon arrival, police located a female driver with a 2015 Silver Chevrolet Sonic hatchback in the ditch. While speaking with her, police determined she had been consuming alcohol and placed her under arrest taking her to the detachment for further tests. She did not sustain any injuries.

 Constance BAIRD, 39 years-old, of New Tecumseth has been charged with:

 Impaired Driving contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)

Operate Motor Vehicle over 80 mg of alcohol contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the CC  

 The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bradford, Ontario on January 25, 2018. She also received an automatic 90-day driver’s licence suspension and her vehicle has been impounded for seven days.

 

OPP Investigating Serious Snowmobile Crash in Tiny Township

(Midland, ON) -Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating a serious snowmobile crash in Tiny Township. Officers were dispatched at 5:41 am to a section of the OFSC trail 301 just north of the Tiny Flos Township Townline. The report was that of a single snowmobile and its lone occupant had left the trail and struck a tree.

Investigators are being assisted by members of the OPP Central Region Technical Traffic Investigation Unit (TTI)

No further details are available at this time. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Snowmobilers need to exercise extra caution in this area as investigators may close this section of trail as needed to complete their investigation.

 

FEMALE CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED ON SNOWMOBILE

(ELLIOT LAKE, ON) - On December 16, 2017 at approximately 10:20 p.m., East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) members were on general patrol duties on Esten Drive North and Pearson Drive in the City of Elliot Lake.

Police observed a snowmobile travelling at a high rate of speed on the roadway and fail to stop at a stop sign. A subsequent traffic stop was conducted. Upon speaking to the female driver, a strong odour of alcohol was detected emanating from her breath. As a result, the female was arrested and the snowmobile was towed and impounded.

 Diana RIESS, 40 years of age, of Elliot Lake, Ontario, was charged with:

Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood, contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC), and

Driving while Under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), and

Disobey stop sign - fail to stop, contrary to section 136(1)(a) of the HTA.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on February 6, 2018.

The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive. Report impaired drivers. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.