Police Info

OPP Seeking Assistance in Theft Of Lawn Equipment Investigation

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment are currently investigating the theft of lawn care equipment from a Penetanguishene Cemetery. Thieves entered the locked storage building on Owen Street between 2:00 pm August 10 and 8:30 am August 12, 2019 and made off with the following lawn care equipment-

John Deere - Ztrak Lawn Mower model Z925A 27 Professional V-Twin serial # W006X4D00491

Competition Trailers Hydraulic Tilt Trailer with VIN: 2M9DS2249FH129055

(1) Husqvarna 525L Grass Trimmer

(2) Husqvarna 323L Grass Trimmer

 

OPP Investigate Break and Enters in Penetanguishene and Remind Property Owners to Participate in Lock It or Lose it

(PENETANGUISHENE, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to two break and enter occurrences from mid July to mid August 2019 on Levi Simon Trail Penetanguishene.. Officers would like to take this opportunity to remind property owners to practice"Lock It or Lose It" as an effective way to help prevent residential type thefts. Entries can be prevented by locking your home and utilizing better lighting where the vehicles are parked and exterior doorways. The following Safe Guard Ontario Links provide some helpful tips for property owners so they may better protect their property from thieves.

https://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/Publications/home_security.html

https://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/french/Publications/home_security_fr.html

Each year, OPP officers investigate numerous reports of break and enter to area homes and are often successful in the apprehension of the offenders responsible. Much of this success is dependent on the eyes and ears of area residents and here are some tips that can assist community involvement in the detection, prevention and conviction of offenders:

If you have any information on these or other property crimes please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka on Twitter or Facebook.

 

OPP Marine Unit Week in Review Report for August 12-18, 2019

(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Members of the OPP Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) provided 33 hours of active marine patrol time on the waters of Simcoe North during August 12-18, 2019.

OPP marine officers who partnered throughout the week with fellow marine officers from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Parks Canada checked 51 vessels and operators for proper vessel equipment and sobriety while patrolling the waters of Georgian Bay and responded to 15 calls for marine related service from the public. Marine officers also responded to four false 911 calls from cell phones which consumed valuable patrol time of the officers. Vessel operators are reminded to secure their cell phones to help prevent these false 911 calls which needlessly tie up police and emergency response resources, please view False 911 calls for more information.

Officers where on patrol for several community events such as the parade of lights and tug boat races of Tug Fest at the Midland Town Dock/ Midland Harbour and the annual fireworks display on Six Mile Lake. OPP and MNRF officers presented on marine & water safety to a group of campers staying at the Midland Town Dock.

Ten vessel operators received offence notices for marine based violations as follows - three operators for failing to have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) with them, one operator was charged for failing to have a spotter while towing a water skier, two operators for failing to have approved lifejackets with them, one vessel owner was charged for allowing a 14 year old to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) and three operators were charged with having open liquor aboard

 

OPP Marine Unit Remind Small Craft Operators to Wear Your Lifejacket

(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Members of the OPP Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be out patrolling the waters of Georgian Bay ensuring vessel operators are sober and have the proper equipment aboard for all passengers. This summer, marine officers have also been tasked to patrol the sandy shoreline of Tiny Township for pedal boat, kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board operators who often leave from shore without a lifejacket.

OPP Marine officers remind all vessel operators to please have a lifejacket with you for everyone aboard and wearing it is even better!. Not only is it required by law but it could a life!

Please view the following educational links from the Office of Safe Boating

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm

https://www.tc.gc.ca/fra/securitemaritime/desn-bsn-menu-1362.htm

For anyone who is unsure of the equipment required for their vessel please view the following link to get the “APP” for their mobile device https://csbc.ca/en/ or https://csbc.ca/fr/  or view the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide at http://www.tc.gc.ca/documents/TP-511e.pdfhttp://www.tc.gc.ca/documents/tp511f.pdf

 

Orillia OPP Arrest Several Persons in Drug Warrant

On August 16, 2019 the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) made several arrests in relation to the sale of illicit drugs within the City or Orillia.

The Orillia OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) along with Orillia OPP members, Central Region Emergency Response Unit (ERT) and Central Region Canine, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) warrant at an Atherley Road address.

 As a result of the investigation police seized a quantity of suspected fentanyl, cocaine and cash.

 Police arrested and charged 6 people with drug related offences:

Katie GUEST, age 27, of Orillia has been charged with:

Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Two counts of Trafficking of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear for September 24, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia.

Cristoffer POPE, age 19, of York has been charged with:

Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Two counts of Trafficking of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear for September 24, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia.

Alyicia SHILLING, age 28, of Rama has been charged with:

Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Two counts of Trafficking of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear for September 24, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia.

Amanda WATSON, age 37, of Gravenhurst has been charged with:

Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Two counts of Trafficking of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear for September 24, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia.

Donavan PLACE, age 27, of Brock Township has been charged with:

Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Two counts of Trafficking of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused was held in custody and remanded until August 20, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Barrie for a Bail Hearing.

Joshua VANVEILD, age 27, of York has been charged with:

Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Two counts of Trafficking of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Breach of Recognizance Contrary to Section 811 of the Criminal Code.

The accused was held in custody and remanded until August 20, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Barrie for a Bail Hearing.

 

Two Off-Road Vehicle Deaths have OPP Issuing Safety Message 

(ORILLIA, ON) - Thousands of drivers throughout the province chose to be issued traffic citations rather than be the safe motorists the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had hoped they would be over the Civic Day Long Weekend.

Despite letting drivers know about their Move Over Campaign ahead of the long weekend, the OPP laid 355 charges against drivers who were in a position, but failed to slow down and, when safe to do so, change lanes for emergency vehicles and tow trucks parked on the roadside.

Aggressive drivers dominated the traffic offence categories, with officers laying 4,837 speeding charges and 148 stunt driving/racing charges. Speed violations accounted for more than half of the 8,377 traffic charges issued by the OPP over the long weekend.

Sadly, two men, aged 29 and 37 were killed in separate motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. Driver inattention and excessive speed were reported as the primary causes in the incidents.

The weekend was cut short for two other men, aged 27 and 41, who were killed in separate off-road vehicle collisions. The OPP reported loss of control and excessive speed as primary causes and alcohol being a factor in one of the incidents.

With many weeks of summer remaining, the OPP is reporting that loss of control and excessive speed were contributing factors in nine of this year’s 12 off-road vehicle deaths. More than half of the deceased were not wearing a helmet and alcohol/drug use was a factor in at least three of the incidents.

The OPP is encouraging Ontarians to exercise the positive influence they can have on family members who drive off-road vehicles. Remind them that those who do not wear a helmet, drive under the influence of alcohol/drugs and are not mindful of speed are the off-roaders who are least likely to make it home safely to their families at the end of their ride.

 

TOO FAST!

(CLEARVIEW TOWNSHIP, ON) On August 5th, 2019, around 1:20 a.m. a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged a male motorist with stunt driving on County Rd 7.

The vehicle accelerated southbound exceeding the posted speed limit of 80 km/hr. The RADAR registered a speed in excess of 175 km/hr.

Mike Borges(42) of Caledon Village, Ontario was subsequently charged with;

  • Drive motor vehicle perform stunt, 175 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone contrary to Section 172(1) of he Highway Traffic Act.

His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and his vehicle was impounded.

The driver will appear in an Ontario Court of Justice on October 4th, 2019 to answer to the charge.

Sudden Death Incident

(THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON) - Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) can now identify the deceased male involved in an incident last Wednesday at Blue Mountain Resort.

On August 7th 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m. OPP as well as Grey County Paramedics were dispatched to attend to the top of the Orchard ski lift area on Scenic Caves Road for a cyclist that had serious injuries as a result of a crash that occurred on a mountain biking trail at Blue Mountain Resort.

Investigation found that the male was on the Embryo Trail on a mountain bike when it appears he lost control, left the trail and collided with a nearby tree. Paramedics transported the male to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

A post mortem examination took place Thursday August 8th 2019 at the Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit at the Forensic Services and Coroners Complex in Toronto to determine a cause of death.

The deceased has been identified as Zachary JACOBI, 27 years-old, from Brant County, Ontario. The results of the post mortem are not known at this time however the death is considered non-suspicious in nature.

 

OPP INVESTIGATING COLLISION BETWEEN POLICE VEHICLE AND CYCLIST

Police Appealing for Witnesses

(Bracebridge, ON) - Members of the Bracebridge Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call of a collision between a marked OPP vehicle and a cyclist on Muskoka Road North in Gravenhurst on August 8, 2019.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., the northbound OPP vehicle was turning into a commercial parking lot when a collision occurred between the vehicle and a southbound cyclist travelling on the sidewalk. The 10-year-old male cyclist was transported to local hospital with minor injuries, where he was treated and released.

 

Scams and More Scams.........

(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) -Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to several calls of unwanted/suspicious persons made to the OPP Communications Center on August 6, 2019 in Tay Township. Callers in the Alberta Street and Woodlands Avenue area of Port McNicoll reported an adult male and female coming to the door of their residence trying to sell water filters and also trying to gain access to their homes through aggressive sales tactics.

Residents are reminded that certain products are prohibited by law from being sold by door to door and for more information on what is prohibited please view the Consumer Protection Ontario web site at https://www.ontario.ca/page/consumer-protection-ontario https://www.ontario.ca/fr/page/protection-du-consommateur-de-lontario or by calling 1-800-889-9768 to learn more about protecting yourself.

If you have made a purchase with a door to door salesperson and wish to dispute the sales contract you may also want to view the Consumer Protection Ontario website for some possible legal remedies.

To report an incident you feel is a scam please visit the following Canadian Anti Fraud Centre link- http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-fra.htm or call 1-888-495-8501. For more information on current scams from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre please visit the following link - http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-fra.htm

Another scam that has surfaced in tourist towns is that of motorists being flagged down by a pedestrian on the roadside, the pedestrian then asks for gas money and asks for a ride to the nearest ABM banking machine. While enroute, the pedestrian offers gold jewelry and or gold chains in exchange for the cash. Motorists need to be cautious of this scam as the gold jewelry may not be as real as it appears and may have no value.

The list of scams and frauds grows daily and consumers and residents both need to be aware that if an offer or product seems to be too good to be true, it quite possibly is.

 

Theft Of Bicycle Incidents

(COLLINGWOOD AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON) - Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have investigated 23 theft of bicycles so far this year and wish to remind the public of a few good tips on preventing bicycle theft.

The majority of the thefts, 17 to be exact, took place from June to July and occurred at different locations, some were stolen from garages, front porches, from the back of a pickup truck and from private property as well as businesses.

In the majority of those thefts the bike was not locked which leads us to the #1 tip for crime prevention; lock your bike. Even if you are going inside a store for a few minutes or you have put it in a location that is out of sight, it only takes a few seconds to steal an unlocked bike.

For tips on locking your bike, see the below link via the OPP YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vdlj5xpffY

As well take some photos of your bike, record the serial number which you can then provide to police should your bicycle be stolen. The photos can then be linked to the theft report to assist in identifying the bike should it be recovered.

This leads to the fact that if your bike is stolen, please report it to police by either calling 1-888-310-1122 or you can do so via Citizen Self Reporting at www.opp.ca .

For more crime prevention tips visit www.opp.ca .

 

REMINDER - DON’T BE A VICTIM OF “LOCK IT OR LOSE IT”

(MIDLAND, ON.)- Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists to LOCK their vehicles when they park them!

Over the past weekend 14 thefts were reported in the detachment patrol area with 7 of those thefts being from unlocked vehicles. Victims are now missing; cell phones, GPS units, tools, coin, lottery tickets and vehicle key sets to name a few items and more importantly wallets and vehicle ownerships and insurance slips. Losing these pieces of identification can possibly make the vehicle owner a victim of identity theft and numerous other identity and financial type crimes.

Officers urge you to take a moment and LOCK your vehicle before you leave it parked whether it is at home, at the mall or at work. The loss of your property may only be the beginning!

 

OPP INVESTIGATE ARSON TO BULLDOZER

(PICTON, ON) -   On August 15, 2019 just after 11:00 p.m. Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a fire assist call regarding a bulldozer that had been set on fire. 

On Wednesday August 14, at about 11:00 p.m. OPP officers were requested to assist Prince Edward County Fire Department (PECFD) who attended to a fire after a witness had observed flames on an un-assumed road that starts at Skutter Street going from Kingsley Road to Inkerman Street in Hallowell Ward.

On Thursday August 15, officers attended to the area and determined that a Liebherr model 631 bulldozer had been parked on the un-assumed road and was purposely set on fire and is being deemed as an arson. 

The property is valued at approximately $30,000.

Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit have been engaged to assist with the investigation.  

OPP are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centre 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 or go to www.crimestoppersquinte.ca

 

OPP REPORT INCREASE IN COMMERCIAL VEHICLE COLLISIONS OVER 2018

(ORILLIA, ON) - As officers gear up for their Operation Safe Trucking campaign, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting 4,816 Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) collisions so far this year.     

Forty six (46) of the collisions resulted in fatalities, with two separate incidents collectively taking the lives of five people. By this time last year (mid-August, 2018), the OPP had responded to 4,666 CMV collisions, 39 of which were fatal. 

OPP data analytics also reveal that 3,857 of the total number of CMV incidents this year were multi-vehicle collisions, in contrast to 959 incidents that involved a single vehicle.

CMV-related crashes account for 11 per cent of the 42,200 collisions on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year and have been linked to 30 per cent of the fatal crashes.

The OPP cautions that the data should not be interpreted as commercial drivers being at-fault in each of the collisions, and that the responsibility also falls on drivers of other vehicles involved in the incidents. 

“Improper lane changes, following too closely and driving too fast for the conditions remain leading factors in Commercial Motor Vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. If every commercial driver and motorist makes a commitment to be an exemplary driver who shares the road safely at all times, there is no question that we would see a dramatic decrease in these types of collisions.”

-- OPP Chief Superintendent Alison Jevons, Acting Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

“Everyone has a role to play to keep our roads and highways safe. While commercial drivers must comply with traffic laws, drive at a safe speed and distance, they also have the added responsibility of complying with all inspection requirements, adhering to recording their hours of service and making sure loads are secure. By following these guidelines and safety precautions, operators help play an important role in reducing the collisions on our roadways and limiting distractions to keep our roads safe.”

-- Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General

 QUICK FACTS

During Operation Safe Trucking (August 18-24, 2019), the OPP will conduct visible and covert enforcement, ensuring CMV drivers are compliant with all laws associated with driving, inspections, hours of service compliance and records, and cargo securement.

Operation Safe Trucking is the latest initiative to support the OPP CMV Collision Reduction Strategy, with the aim of saving lives on Ontario highways and roads.

 

OPP Nab Passed Out Impaired Driver

(MIDLAND, ON)- Members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded at 12:17 am August 15, 2019 to a report from the public of a male driver passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in a business parking lot on Midland Ave. Officers located the vehicle and the male driver who when spoken to displayed signs of drinking alcoholic beverages prior to the arrival of the officers. A drinking and driving investigation lead the investigation officer to proceed with the following driving charges contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada against Trevor DUPRE 34 years of Barrie

Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs

He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on September 5, 2019, his vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days along with his driver’s licence that has been suspended for 90 days under the conditions of the Administrative Drivers

Officers remind motorists and operators that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways, waterways and trails. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority and stress that drivers/operators make the right choice and Never Drive Impaired.