Police Info

Swimmers Quick Actions Prevent Weekend Drownings

 (TINY TOWNSHIP, ON)- Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched by the Orillia Provincial Communications Center at 4:55 pm Sept 15,2018 to a report of 2 persons possibly drowning off beach area 4 in Awenda Provincial Park, Tiny Township. Officers along with County of Simcoe Paramedics and Tiny Township Fire Service proceeded to the call and upon arrival were transported to the scene by Awenda Park Wardens.

Emergency Services personnel upon arrival at beach area 4 which was a significant distance from the park service road, located a 33 year old male and female on shore who were physically exhausted after getting into water over their head and were pulled to shore by other near by quick acting swimmers as they appeared unconscious. The rescued pair who regained consciousness on the beach were transported by a group effort of Emergency Services Staff to an awaiting ambulance and onward to Georgian Bay General Hospital where they were later released after being cleared by medical staff.

For information on drowning prevention please view the following media link https://www.sja.ca/English/Safety-Tips-and-Resources/Pages/Summer%20Safety/drowning-prevention-water-safety.aspx

 

SPREE OF BREAK AND ENTERS LEADS TO ARREST

(SIMCOE COUNTY, ON) Officers from the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested and charged a male and female early Sunday morning in relation to a number of break and enters in Springwater Twp, Orillia, Tay Twp and Adjala-Tosoronto Twp.

At approximately 4:49 am on September 9, 2018, officers responded to an alarm at the Hillsdale Corner Store. Upon arrival, police discovered the front door had been badly damaged. Suspects were unable to gain access and quickly fled. At approximately 5:06 am Southern Georgian Bay OPP responded to a 911 call at the Waverley Esso gas station on Hwy. 93, north of Hillsdale. An unknown male suspect was observed smashing the front glass with a large rock. The caller reported that he observed a male running from the scene, fleeing in a dark coloured minivan. OPP officers arrived on scene and began patrols and shortly after a traffic stop was conducted in the Elmvale area and a male and female were placed under arrest.   After further investigation it is believed that the male has been involved in several Break and Enters in Springwater, Orillia, Tay Twp and Adjala-Tosoronto Twp.

As a result, Christopher MACDONELL from Barrie was taken into custody and is now facing the following charges;

CC 248(1)(b) Break, Enter a place - commit indictable offence X8

CC 351(2) Disguise with intent X 5

CC 733.1(1) Fail to Comply with Probation Order X 12

He was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.

42 year old Charmaine SINCLAIR from Barrie was taken into custody and is now facing the following charges:

CC Break, Enter a place - commit indictable offence X 2

She was released on a Promise to Appear with a future court date in Barrie.

If you have any information in regards to this crime, please contact the Huronia West O.P.P. at (705) 429-3575 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com

 

OPP Wraps Up Distracted Driving Campaign (Aug.

(ORILLIA, ON) - Ten (10) traffic and marine-related deaths made for a tragic Labour Day Long Weekend on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads, waterways and trails.

 Two motorcyclists were among the four people who died in separate road collisions over the weekend. One person died in an off-road vehicle crash. Two boaters died in separate boating incidents and three people drowned.   

The OPP laid 651 distracted driving charges during their long weekend Distracted Driving Campaign. Over and above the campaign, officers were kept busy right through the weekend, laying a total of 10,403 charges throughout the province. Speeding topped the list at 6,136 charges, with an additional 195 charges laid for racing/stunt driving.

 The OPP is reminding Ontarians to take responsibility for their own safety and that doing so will go a long way in reducing the number of deaths and injuries on roads, waterways and trails.  

 

Orillia OPP Investigating Fatal Collision

(ORO MEDONTE, ON) - On September 11, 2018 the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a fatal collision on Ridge Rd. W. between Lines 5 & 6 in Oro Medonte.

Police were dispatched at approximately 10:20 P.M. to reports of a single motor vehicle collision. The lone occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene. The road will be closed to allow for police investigation.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The Orillia OPP are seeking witnesses. If anyone witnessed this or has information surrounding the circumstances surrounding this collision, they are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 705-726-6484

 

Break & Enter- Husky Gas Station

(SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP, ON.) - The members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking the public for their assistance in solving this crime.

On September 3, 2018 at approximately 2:23a.m., members of the Huronia West OPP responded to multiple alarm hits at 1013 Bayfield Street North, The Husky Gas Station.

An initial Police investigation revealed that close to the above reported time an unknown suspect was observed throwing a rock at the front door numerous times. The suspect then entered business through the smashed glass door and headed straight to the cash bar. The unknown suspect removed the till and two full sleeves of lotto tickets that were on the desk of the cashier.

The suspect is this crime are described as:

  • Male
  • Aged 30-40
  • Wearing - a black ski mask, black t-shirt, black shorts with grey trim on the bottom, black shoes, also wearing white gardening gloves
  • Heavy set 230-240lbs
  • 6’-6’1”

If you have any information in regards to this crime, please contact the Huronia West O.P.P. at (705) 429-3575 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or others.

Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, 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.

 

Tay Township Man Charged in Historical Sex Assault Investigation

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Central Region Crime Unit attached Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in May of 2018 commenced an investigation into a complaint of a series of sex assaults alleged to have occurred during the late 1990’s time period throughout the detachment patrol area. Investigators have concluded their investigation and have charged Hans Reinhardt MAYER 58 years of Tay Township with a number of sex related offences.

He has been released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on October 18, 2018.

 

Two Area Males Charged With Drug and Firearms Offences

The investigation has concluded resulting in two area males being charged as follows with a with a number of criminal code charges in relation to the incident of August 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm in the Town of Midland.

Lance Earl ANDREWS 48 years of Midland has been charged with-

Poss of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking - Cocaine contrary to section 5 (2) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act

2 counts of Transport firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner contrary to section 86 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose contrary to section 88 of the Criminal Code of Canada

Possession of imitation weapon for Dangerous Purpose contrary to section 88 of the Criminal Code of Canada

Possession of Prohibited device or ammunition for Dangerous Purpose contrary to section 88 of the Criminal Code of Canada

Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm contrary to section 92 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Unauthorized Possession of Weapon contrary to section 91 (2) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/ammunition contrary to section 95 (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

2 counts of Disobeying Order of Court contrary to section 127 of the Criminal Code of Canada

Fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

He is currently being held in custody awaiting bail court and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland at a future date.

Kenneth Daniel SWARTZ 38 years of Severn Township has been charged with-

- Poss of a Schedule I Substance- Cocaine contrary to section 4 (1) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act

He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on October 11, 2018

          Two Area Males Charged With Drug and Firearms Offences

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted an investigation of a vehicle and persons suspected of selling drugs in the downtown area of Midland at 10:57 pm August 24, 2018. Officers spoke with the two males in the vehicle and entered into a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) investigation and requested further officers to assist in the investigation.

As a result of this investigation two area males have been charged with numerous CDSA and firearms related offences. Investigation is continuing and updates will be provided as they become available.

Anyone having knowledge of property and drug related crimes is asked to 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.

 

Coldwater Man on ATV Charged With Drinking and Driving

 (SEVERN TOWNSHIP, ON) - On September 17, 2018 at 2:44 pm officers on patrol from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a report of a male driver on an ATV who had crashed into the Coldwater Beer Store. Attending officers located an ATV beside the Beer Store with a male driver who had not crashed into the Beer Store but had been refused service at the Beer Store by staff. Officers spoke with the male driver and entered into a drinking and driving investigation resulting in Edmund ENGEL 29 years of Severn Township being charged with the following offences.

Having Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired - motor vehicle (Alcohol and Drug) contrary to section 253 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Having Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood contrary to section 253 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

His vehicle has been impounded for 7 days and his driver’s licence has been suspended for 90 days under the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on September 27, 2018.

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

 

SIU INVOKE MANDATE AFTER MAN DIES ON HIGHWAY 401

(TORONTO, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a fatality that occurred on Highway 401 near Yonge Street.

At approximately 1:55 a.m., on Tuesday September 18, 2018, officers from the Highway Safety Division - Toronto Detachment were advised of a pedestrian on the eastbound collector lanes near Yonge Street, in the City of Toronto. An officer attended the scene and after a brief interaction the male fell from the bridge onto the ground below. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The OPP has notified the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) which has invoked its mandate. As a result the OPP will not be able to provide any further information. Any other inquiries should be directed to SIU Communications at (416) 622-2342.

 

Urn With Family Members Ashes Stolen From Midland Business

(MIDLAND, ON) - On September 15, 2018 members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to investigate the theft of an urn from a business on Elizabeth Street in the town of Midland. The urn containing the ashes of a young child belonging to the victim was stolen between Tuesday September 11 and Friday September 14, 2018.

The urn is described as being ceramic, blue in colour with lighter blue coloured butterflies and flowers on the sides and top, brown base with a gold rim on the lid. See attached photo below

 

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS MISSING?

Share Information during Missing Person Awareness Day, September 7, 2018

(Fort William First Nation, ON) - Fort William First Nation, the Anishinabek Police Service, the Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are inviting members of the community and surrounding area to join them on Friday, September 7, 2018 for Missing Person Awareness Day. Missing Person Awareness Days are the result of funding provided by the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General.

The all-day event will be held at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care (200 Anemki Place, Boardroom, Fort William First Nation, Ontario) starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at approximately 3:00 p.m. It will be an opportunity for the community and police to work together and remove barriers to reporting a missing person and help find or identify a loved one. There will also be a presentation from the OPP’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Team to increase awareness regarding human trafficking.

Those attending will gain insight into the importance of reporting a person missing and will have the chance to provide information on unreported missing persons. There will also be an opportunity to collect DNA samples from family members of missing persons for identification purposes, if required.

While missing persons are usually reported to police by family members, you do not have to be a relative to report a person missing. There is also no time limit - all missing person investigations remain open until they are resolved. Even information about a person who went missing 30 years ago could provide important evidence to resolve an active case today.

Cultural support services will be provided by community Elders. Mental health supports will also be available. Resources from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection regarding child safety will be shared at the event.

If you have information about a missing person or need help to find a loved one and have not contacted the police, then Missing Person Awareness Day is your chance to do so. The information that you possess may help find or identify a missing person and bring a resolution to their family members and friends.

 

Hit and Run Investigation Results in Attempt Murder Charges

(CLEARVIEW TWP, ON) - Members of the Huronia West Detachment Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under the direction of Detective Inspector Paul ROSATO of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), are investigating a hit and run investigation which occurred on Brock Road in Clearview Township, on September 13, 2018.

A 19-year-old male was struck by a vehicle and transported to a trauma center in Toronto in serious condition.

As a result of the investigation, Isaiah CRAWLEY, 19-years-old, from Clearview Township has been arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

Adult Attempt to Commit Murder

Adult Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm

Adult Aggravated Assault

 The accused has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on September 17, 2018 to answer to the charges.

 

MALES ARRESTED FOR WARRANTS- LEADS TO MORE CHARGES

(WASAGA BEACH, ON) On September 12th 2018, at 8:45 pm at a business on Main Street in the Town of Wasaga Beach the Huronia West OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), K9 and Tactical Response Unit (TRU) and Repeat Offender & Parole Enforcement unit (ROPE) arrested two individuals, one of whom was wanted for failing to remain at the scene of an accident in June 18, 2018 in Wasaga Beach. During a search police located a prohibited weapon (handgun), prohibited device (conducted energy weapon), Canadian currency, cocaine, crack cocaine and paraphernalia associated with trafficking. As a result, two males are now facing several criminal code and CDSA charges.  This investigation is ongoing under the direction of the Huronia West Community Street Crime Unit. 

 19 year old Jalen PITT of Brampton ON, is charged with:

  • CC 91(1) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • CC 90 Carrying concealed weapon
  •          CDSA 5(2) Poss of a Scheduled substance for the purpose of Trafficking-cocaine

The accused was held for a bail hearing.

 19 year old Jerome Pantlitz-Solomon of Mississauga ON, is charged with:

  • CC 145(3) Fail to Comply with Recognizance
  • CDSA 5(2) Poss of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • CC 252 Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident

The accused was held for a bail hearing.

 

OPP Investigate Overnite Car Entries in Tay Township and Remind Property Owners to Participate in Lock It or Lose it - Prevention and Detection

(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a number of reported car entries that occurred during the dark hours of September 11-12, 2018. The areas affected were Anderson Crescent, McDermitt Trail and Bourgeois Beach Road in Victoria Harbour, Tay Township. Officers would like to take this opportunity to remind car owners and property owners to practice”Lock It or Lose It” as an effective way to help prevent car entries and residential type thefts. Although one vehicle was locked and forcibly entered, other entries may have been prevented by locking the vehicle and utilizing better lighting where the vehicles were parked. The following Safe Guard Ontario Links provide some helpful tips for property owners so they may better protect their property from thieves.

https://www.esurance.ca/info/car-insights/auto-theft-prevention

http://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=115&lng=en&entryid=570bf1a58f94ac983906709c

http://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=115&lng=fr&entryid=570bf1a58f94ac983906709c

Each year, OPP officers investigate numerous reports of break and enter to area homes and vehicles 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:

Detection:

Keep your eyes and ears open for suspicious vehicles and persons in the area of your residence. Do not confront possible suspects.

Record the licence numbers and description of suspicious vehicles.

Record detailed descriptions of occupants of suspicious vehicles.

Report your concerns and observations immediately to the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. Provide your municipal address and your “911” number.

Make “would-be” thieves visible, install motion lights or leave an exterior light on to illuminate entrance ways and rear yards.

Don’t hide keys in secret places. Instead leave a duplicate with a friend or neighbour.

Prevention:

Lock your doors and secure any open windows prior to retiring for the evening.

Borrow an engraver from your local OPP Detachment to engrave your valuable belongings. This may discourage theft of valuables and will provide an easy way to identify stolen property.

Use a personal identification mark such as your driver’s licence number when engraving your property.

For deterrent purposes, the identification marks should be easily identifiable.

Record the contents of your home or cottage on paper or using a video camera.

Record the serial numbers of your property.

Remove expensive articles from your secondary home or cottage when away for extended periods of time.

Don’t leave articles out, such as axes and tools that could be used to assist in breaking into your residence.

Establish relationships with neighbours and check on each other’s property when away.

Lock and secure your property and outside belongings.

Invest in an alarm system.

If you are away, make sure that your residence looks like it is occupied. Have the sidewalks shovelled, the mail collected, and the grass cut. Make use timers to have lights coming on and going off at different intervals.

Avoid posting on social media sites when you are away from your residence.

If you discover a break and enter, please contact the OPP immediately 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 Officers Nab Drinking Driver During Area R.I.D.E. Checks

(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted 4 separate R.I.D.E. check stops on area roadways during the September 12-13, 2018 period. Over 165 vehicles and drivers were checked resulting in John BEGIN 56 yrs of Tay Township being investigated at 9:52 pm September 12, 2018 for a drinking and driving offence. He was charged with Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood contrary to section 253 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

His vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days and his drivers licence was suspended as well under the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) program. He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on September 27, 2018

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

 

OPP Officers Nab Drinking Driver During Area R.I.D.E. Checks

(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted 4 separate R.I.D.E. check stops on area roadways during the September 12-13, 2018 period. Over 165 vehicles and drivers were checked resulting in John BEGIN 56 yrs of Tay Township being investigated at 9:52 pm September 12, 2018 for a drinking and driving offence. He was charged with Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood contrary to section 253 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

His vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days and his drivers licence was suspended as well under the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) program. He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on September 27, 2018

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

 

Orillia OPP Make Arrest in Several Break and Enters

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have made an arrest in relation to several break and enters to local businesses in the city of Orillia.

Shortly after midnight on September 15, 2018 police were called to a business on Atherley Road in Orillia with reports of a break and enter in progress. Police arrived quickly and after a short foot chase arrested 49 year old Cory Stefanick of Orillia for the break and enter.

Police continued the investigation and were able to link the accused to several more break and enters to local businesses.

The accused was charged with the following offences:

Seven counts of Break and Enter With Intent to Commit and Indictable Offence Contrary to Section 348(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Four Counts of Theft Under $5,000 contrary to Section 334(b) of the Criminal Code.

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Contrary to Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code.

Possession of Break-in Instruments contrary to Section 351(1) of the Criminal Code.

The Accused has been held in custody and has a court appearance on September 20, 2018 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.

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).

 

Weekend OPP Marine Unit Patrol Notes

(MIDLAND, ON)- Members of the OPP Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) logged over 22 hours of patrol over the weekend. Officers checked 20 vessels looking for required safety equipment and operator sobriety while patrolling the waters of Georgian Bay. They also responded to 1 call for service within the detachment marine patrol boundaries.

OPP marine unit officers remind all vessel operators “vessel operators need to check that they have on board sufficient life jackets for every person(s) on board and required safety equipment prior to leaving the shore”.

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/boatnotes or https://csbc.ca/fr/ 

As fall approaches vessel operators should start to prepare for cooler air and water temperatures. A view of the following link will help you prepare for these fall temperatures. http://www.coldwaterbootcamp.com/pages/home.html

Police remind vessel operators that an essential part our enforcement effort is to save lives and reduce injuries on our waterways while promoting and educating the public about safe boating practices.

Follow us on Twitter @OPP_CR and at #BoatSafeSGB

 

Orillia OPP Seize Handgun, Drugs and Cash

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested 3 people with drug and firearms offences in the City of Orillia.

On September 14, 2018 at approximately 2:40 AM while on patrol police observed a vehicle violating the Highway Traffic Act. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation into the offence started. Through the investigation police located a loaded hand gun, a quantity of cash and drugs.

As a result of this investigation police charged the following people:

Sydney Bunkun, age 20, of Toronto.

Possession of a Restricted Firearm for Dangerous Purpose, contrary to Section 88(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Firearm, contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of Weapon Obtained by Commission of an Offence, contrary to Section 96(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of a Restricted Firearm in a motor vehicle, contrary to Section 94(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of a Loaded Firearm with Ammunition, contrary to Section 95(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Tampering with Serial Number, contrary to Section 108(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Mischief Under $5000, contrary to Section 430(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Obstruct Police Officer, contrary to Section 129(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Possession of a Schedule II Substance contrary to Controlled Drugs and Substances Act section 4(1)

Derick Freeman, age 21, of Toronto.

Possession of a Restricted Firearm for Dangerous Purpose, contrary to Section 88(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Firearm, contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of Weapon Obtained by Commission of an Offence , contrary to Section 96(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of a Restricted Firearm in a motor vehicle, contrary to Section 94(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of a Loaded Firearm with Ammunition, contrary to Section 95(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Tampering with Serial Number, contrary to Section 108(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Resist Lawful Arrest, contrary to Section 129(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Possession of a Schedule II Substance contrary to Controlled Drugs and Substances Act section 4(1)

Taneisha Hemmelgarn, age 22, of Orillia.

Possession of a Restricted Firearm for Dangerous Purpose, contrary to Section 88(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Firearm, contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of Weapon Obtained by Commission of an Offence, contrary to Section 96(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of a Restricted Firearm in a motor vehicle, contrary to Section 94(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of a Loaded Firearm with Ammunition, contrary to Section 95(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Tampering with Serial Number, contrary to Section 108(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Possession of a Schedule II Substance contrary to Controlled Drugs and Substances Act section 4(1)

All three were held in custody for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia where they were remanded into custody with a next court appearance scheduled for September 20, 2018.

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).

 

Local OPP Auxiliary Officers Recognized For Their Dedication

(COLLINGWOOD, ON) - The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to congratulate Auxiliary Sergeant Matt Van Gerven who recently received his 10 Year Medallion as a volunteer with the OPP Auxiliary Program. Also, receiving his 5 Year certificate as a volunteer with the OPP Auxiliary Program is Shane Bond.

Auxiliary Sergeant Van Gerven started with the Auxiliary Program as an Auxiliary Constable in 2007 and was promoted to Auxiliary Sergeant in 2015. Since joining the program he has volunteered over 2,400 hours.

Auxiliary Constable Shane Bond became a member in 2013 and since joining the program he has volunteered over 935 hours.

Both members have been successful at managing full-time careers and family while still maintaining a high level of commitment to the Auxiliary Program.

The OPP would like to thank Auxiliary Sergeant Van Gerven and Auxiliary Shane Bond for their years of dedication and commitment to their community and the OPP!

 

POLICE CHARGE FOUR INDIVIDUALS WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND LURING OFFENCES

(ORILLIA, ON) - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit executed five unrelated search warrants between September 11 and 13, 2018 in various areas of the province. These warrants were carried out jointly with the OPP Digital Forensics Unit, Wellington County OPP, Huron County OPP and Collingwood OPP detachments. 

 As a result of the search warrants, four individuals were charged with a total of 18 criminal charges being laid.

The exploitation of children on the internet remains a growing concern for the OPP and the public is reminded that, "Every photograph is sexual abuse of a real child. It is not just a photo. Every time that photo is seen on the internet, the child is victimized again." -Inspector Tina Chalk, Manager, Counter Exploitation and Missing Persons Section

A summary of the investigations, involved persons and charges laid are as follows:

On September 11, 2018, police executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Elora. As a result of the investigation, Joseph James DOWNEY, 43 years-of-age of Elora was charged with two counts of Making Available and three counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The accused was remanded into custody at a bail hearing and will appear next on September 21, 2018, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph.

On September 12, 2018, police executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Exeter. As a result of the investigation, Philip CORBOY, 61 years of age from Exeter was charged with one count of Making Available and two counts of Possession of Pornography. The accused was released at a bail hearing and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Goderich on September 24, 2018.

On September 12, 2018, police arrested and charged a 17 year old male youth from Clinton, Ontario with four counts of luring a person under 16 years of age, one count of sending sexually explicit material to a person under 16 years of age, one count of indecent exposure to a person under 16 years of age and one count of failing to comply with a youth court sentence or disposition. In addition, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Town of Clinton in relation to this investigation. The young person was released at a bail hearing and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Goderich next on October 15, 2018.

On September 13, 2018 police executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Collingwood. As a result of this investigation, police arrested and charged Michael James COLE, 25-years-old, of Collingwood with one count of Making Available and two counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The accused was released at a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood on October 16, 2018.

A fifth search warrant was executed on September 11, 2018, however the investigation into this matter is ongoing and details will be updated if charges are laid in relation to the matter.

 The OPP will continue to work tirelessly to fight against the sexual abuse of children.

Any member of the public wishing to report instances of child sexual abuse on the internet is encouraged to do so by calling your local police service, the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or by navigating to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection website to report it through cybertip.ca.

The investigation is continuing.