The OPP Report - Scams
Orillia OPP Fielding Many Calls for Gunshots
(Orillia, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Orillia Detachment have received a number of calls from citizens hearing gunshots in the nearby townships.
Over the past few days the Orillia OPP have received many calls from concerned citizens that report hearing gunshots. The same volume of calls is reported every year during the fall hunt. These calls are often generated from the Townships of Ramara, Severn and Oro-Medonte.
The Orillia OPP would like to remind people that hunting season is upon us and in many areas hunting is legal. The Orillia OPP would also like to remind hunters to be aware of their surroundings and abide by the laws and best practices for a safe, enjoyable and respectful hunting season.
If you are concerned of illegal shooting of firearms or feel there is an immediate danger to the public please call police. If you have questions about hunting season and regulations please visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) at www.Ontario.ca and search for their page. Alternatively, you can call the local MNRF office at 705-325-7500 with questions or concerns.
OPP REPORT LONG WEEKEND FATALITIES, 8,200+ TRAFFIC-RELATED CHARGES
(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to two fatal motor vehicle collisions and one fatal off-road vehicle incident that claimed the lives of three people over the Labour Day Long Weekend.
The OPP laid more than 8,200 traffic-related charges during its four-day traffic safety initiative, with speeding leading the list of offence categories.
Among the charges (OPP-patrolled roads only):
Stunt driving/street racing: 157
Failure to wear seat belt: 250
Distracted driving: 98
Alcohol/drug-impaired driving: 110
Over and above the charges, officers initiated more than 8,400 traffic stops aimed at educating the public about safe driving practices.
The OPP thanks all drivers and other road user who contributed to safe roads over the long weekend by being compliant with Ontario traffic laws.
OPP Investigating for Missing Midland Man
(MIDLAND,ON)- Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating the disappearance of Duncan William BALL of Midland who left his residence at 5:00 p.m. September 13, 2020 and has not been seen since. He may be driving a 2010 Mazda M 3 silver in colour bearing Ontario plate CFYX194. (see attached photograph)
He is described as male white, 35 years of age, 5’ 7” in height, 150 lbs, brown hair, green eyes. Clothing description - unknown. He may have left for the Stoufville or Mattawa area’s. (see attached photograph)
OPP Seeking Assistance In Solving Fail to Remain Car vs Cyclist Crash on County Road 6 in Tiny Township
(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking for your assistance solving a fail to remain car vs cyclist crash which occurred shortly before 8:53 p.m. September 10, 2020 on the north bound lane of Simcoe County Road 6 just south of the village of Wyevale,Tiny Township.
Officers responded to a request by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to attend the crash scene after a motorist located an injured cyclist and made the 911 call to Emergency Services. The injured 44 year old male cyclist of Wasaga Beach was triaged at the scene and transported to Georgian Bay General Hospital where he remains for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the crash.
Scene investigation indicates that the north bound cyclist was struck from behind by a north bound vehicle vehicle believed to be a 2019-2021 Nissan Infiniti QX60 blue (hermosa blue) in colour which could have damage possibly to its passenger side front headlights, outside rear view mirror and exterior body trim parts (see attached photograph of similar suspect vehicle).
OPP LAY OHIP-RELATED HEALTH INSURANCE ACT CHARGES
Anti-Rackets Branch / Health Fraud Investigation Unit
(ORILLIA, ON) - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch have charged a Greater Toronto Area resident following an identity fraud investigation involving false Ontario health cards.
Members of the OPP Health Fraud Investigation Unit were called to investigate when three Ontario health cards were seized by municipal police during a criminal investigation in January 2020. Identity fraud related criminal charges were laid in the original investigation and a referral was made to the Ontario Ministry of Health. Through further investigation, OPP Health Fraud investigators learned of false information given on an Ontario health card application which is an offence under the Health Insurance Act.
The OPP has charged Maad Samad IBRAHIM, age 27 of Toronto, with Providing False Information in an Application contrary to section 43(3) of the Health Insurance Act.
The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice at 2700 Eglinton Avenue West in Toronto on October 13, 2020.
The OPP Health Fraud Investigation Unit investigates criminal and provincial offences involving the payment and delivery of health care services and products.
Orillia OPP Make Arrest after Driver Flees From Collision Scene
(Severn, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Orillia Detachment made an arrest after the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision, in the Township of Severn, fled the scene.
On September 05, 2020, at approximately 3:15 PM police were dispatched to Highway 400 Northbound near Port Severn Road with reports of a single-vehicle roll-over.
Prior to police arrival, the driver of the vehicle fled into the nearby bushes. County of Simcoe Paramedics attended the scene and transported the passengers to a Midland area hospital as a precaution. A child was who was in the vehicle was transported to a Toronto area hospital as a precaution.
Central Region Canine and Central Region Emergency Response Unit (ERT) were called in to locate the driver of the vehicle. The driver was located a short time later by Canine and ERT officers and subsequently arrested.
Orillia OPP arrested and charged Joshua SOMMERVILLE, 23, of Penetanguishene with:
Dangerous Operation contrary to Section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code;
Failure to Stop at after an Accident contrary to Section 320.16 of the Criminal Code;
Obstruct Police contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code; and,
Driving While Under Suspension contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.
The suspect was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and set to appear next on November 10, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.
Orillia OPP Arrest Driver for Impaired by Drugs and Weapon Offence
(Oro-Medonte, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Orillia Detachment arrested the driver of a vehicle for driving while impaired by drugs and possession of a weapon in the Township of Oro-Medonte.
On September 09, 2020 at approximately 3:15 AM Orillia OPP members were conducting traffic enforcement on Line 7 South in the Township of Oro-Medonte. At this time officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. Upon speaking with the driver an investigation under the Cannabis Act was commenced. A subsequent investigation was conducted for driving while impaired by drugs. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was dispatched to evaluate the driver of the vehicle.
As a result of the investigation undertaken by Orillia OPP members Christopher KEMMERS, 28, of Barrie was arrested and charged with:
Impaired Operation by Drugs contrary to Section 320.14(a) of the Criminal Code;
Possession of a Prohibited Device contrary to Section 92(2) of the Criminal Code;
Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to Section 354(1)(b) of the Criminal Code;
Possession of Illicit Cannabis contrary to Section 8(1)(b) of the Cannabis Act; and,
Possession of Cannabis for the purpose of Selling contrary to Section 10(b) of the Cannabis Act.
The suspect was released on a From 10 Undertaking and set to appear next on November 17, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
The school year is under way and there is no more important time than now for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to urge drivers to slow down and to watch for school buses in an effort to keep our children safe.
The OPP would like to take this time to remind motorists to pay close attention when meeting or following a school bus. Motorists in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended and red lights flashing. Drivers cannot start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm has been retracted and the bus has started to move.
Patience on the part of drivers is encouraged as many young children will be excited as they return to school this fall. This means they might require extra time boarding and departing the bus.
SEARCH WARRANT YIELDS SEIZURE OF GUNS AND STOLEN PROPERTY
In July 2020, the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) commenced an investigation into counterfeit currency and identity fraud, which has led to arrests.
As a result of the investigation, on July 13, 2020, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Angus, Essa Township. Members of the Nottawasaga CSCU have arrested and charged two people with numerous offences.
April ROWLEY, 25 years of age, of Wasaga Beach, has been charged with:
Identity Theft, contrary to s.402.2(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)- 29 counts;
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, contrary to s.354(1)(a) CC;
Possession of Counterfeit Money, contrary to s.450(b) CC;
Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition, contrary to s.92(2) CC- three counts;
Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, contrary to s.86(1) CC- three counts;
Unauthorized Possession of weapon, contrary to s.91(2) CC;
Failure to comply with undertaking, contrary to s.145(4)(a) CC;
Fail to attend court, contrary to s.145(2)(a) CC; and
Theft Under $5,000- Shoplifting, Contrary to s.334(b) CC.
Cody VERECHAKA, 28 years of age, of Barrie, has been charged with:
Possession of a Firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order, contrary to s. 117.01(1) CC- three counts;