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OPP’S FIRST USE OF EMERGENCY ALERT A SUCCESS

Public Safety Message Leads to Arrest

(SMITHS FALLS, ON) - The first use of an emergency alert by the Ontario Provincial Police, using the Alert Ready system, is being deemed a success.

On July 15, 2020 the system was utilized to send a public safety message to all media and cell phones in the Lanark County and Ottawa area. It warned of an armed and dangerous person at large, wanted in connection with a homicide.

While the primary goal of the Alert Ready message is to warn about a potential risk to public safety, the alert message resulted in information which led to the arrest of the accused.

Emergency alerts, distributed through the Alert Ready system, can be specifically targeted to the areas where an imminent danger to the public has been identified.

Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and compatible wireless devices. The Alert Ready system was developed and operates in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Pelmorex, the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers. To learn more about the Alert Ready system, visit alertready.ca.

 

TRESPASSING CHARGES LAID FOR TWO WHO REFUSED TO LEAVE STORE

Public reminder that businesses reserve rights to further limit number of customers 

(ELMVALE, ON) - On July 18, 2020, at 1:37 p.m., members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a trespassing complaint in progress at a retail store in the Town of Elmvale. 

Two people entered the store and exceeded the store’s policy for maximum number of customers at one time. An employee of the store explained the company’s policy and asked the pair to leave for the time being. The pair became confrontational and were then refused service and directed to leave. They refused to leave the store and the employee called for police assistance. 

Officers located the two people and charged them both with failing to leave premises when directed, contrary to Section 2(1)(b) of the Trespass to Property Act. 

The OPP would like to remind the public that in addition to Provincial guidelines for the operation of businesses during this time, and recommendations from public health authorities, companies have the right to create their own policies to further limit the number of customers allowed in a store. In many cases, these policies are created to further enhance the safety of their employees and patrons. 

The Huronia West OPP is committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety.

 

OPP Investigate Sudden Death in Tiny Township Township

(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) - On July 15, 2020 at 4:54 p.m. members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and Tiny Township Fire Services responded to a 911 call reporting a female had disappeared into the waters of the Tiny Marsh while kayaking. Members of the Tiny Township Fire Services were able to locate and remove the female with vital signs absent from the water near her over turned kayak.

Sadly, emergency services personnel at the scene and on the way to Georgian Bay General Hospital were not able to revive her and the 42 year old female of Springwater Township was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The Coroners office has been contacted and an autopsy will be conducted at a future date to assist into the cause of death in this continuing investigation.

 

Fatal Collision involving Motorcycle

(SPRINGWATER TWP) - On July 10, 2020 around 1:30 p.m. members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Springwater Fire Department and Simcoe County Paramedic Service responded to a serious collision involving a farm tractor and motorcycle on Hwy 26 west of Horseshoe Valley Rd.

A motorcycle struck a farm tractor and the operator was thrown from the bike. David BALL, 64-years-old from ESSA TWP, died at the scene of the collision.

Hwy 26 was closed for several hours while OPP members trained in collision reconstruction measured and documented the scene. The roadway reopened shortly before 7:00 p.m.

The Ontario Provincial Police is committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities.

 

OPP EXECUTE DRUG WARRANTS IN WASAGA BEACH

Three persons arrested and charged, multiple drugs seized

(WASAGA BEACH, ON) - On July 7, 2020, at approximately 2:42 p.m., members from Huronia West and Collingwood Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed two Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrants at two residences in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

The warrants were executed with the assistance of OPP CSCU members from Nottawasaga, Caledon, and Southern Georgian Bay Detachments.

Officers seized multiple substances, including fentanyl, cocaine, and hydromorphone, as well as an imitation firearm, brass knuckles, a small quantity of cash and three cell phones.

The investigation, which commenced in March of 2020, resulted in the arrests of three individuals and a total of five Criminal Code (CC) charges and nine CDSA charges.

Walter HAOURT, 54 years of age, of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, was charged with the following offences:

CC 88 - Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose (two counts)

CC 91(2) - Unauthorized possession of weapon

CC 117.01(1) - Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order (two counts)

CDSA 4(1) - Possession of a Schedule I substance (three counts)

CDSA 5(2) - Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking

Natalie NOBES, 41 years of age, of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, was charged with the following offences:

CDSA 4(1) - Possession of a Schedule I substance (three counts)

CDSA 5(2) - Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking

Michael AUBE, 58 years of age, of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, was charged with the following offences:

CDSA 4(1) - Possession of a Schedule I substance

All accused are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood on September 22, 2020.

 

Vessel Operators Reminded to Operate Safely in Smaller Waterways

(PENETANGUISHENE, ON) -  Members of the OPP Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind vessel operators to operate their vessels with extra caution in smaller waterways. Penetang Bay as an example has seven marina’s plus a public dock and marine ramp as do some of the local marina’s which generate a lot of marine traffic of all types of recreation vessels. Other areas such as Georgian Bay Township also have numerous marina’s that cater to the cottage community and large cruisers who all have to navigate the narrow channels of the Honey Harbour area to get to their destination.

Officers remind all vessel operators of the following -

  • to obey all posted speed limit signs and check your chart for these posted speed zones
  • you are civilly responsible for your vessels wake regardless of your vessel speed
  • keep watch all the time, day or night of the waterway in front of your vessel to avoid colliding with other vessels, objects or persons swimming or on small human powered watercraft.
  • be sure to give the right of way to other vessels when required for safe navigation in channels and smaller waterways (if in doubt please view “Rules of the Road” page 44 of the Safe Boating Guide
  • view the following link https://csbc.ca/en/operation-dry-water that includes videos providing information about the consumption of alcohol and cannabis while on a vessel.
  • please challenge your marine knowledge in the following educational site from the Canadian Safe Boating Council https://safetyfirstmarine.ca/

Impaired Boating is Impaired Driving

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 REMINDS PUBLIC TO NOT LEAVE PETS IN HOT VEHICLES

(NOTTAWASAGA OPP) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is strongly urging everyone to ensure their pet is not left unattended in a vehicle during the hot summer weather. Temperatures inside a vehicle can quickly become much hotter than the temperature outside even if the windows are left partially open. This can put pets at risk of serious illness and possibly death. If your pet can not be with you, leave them at home where they will be safe, cool and comfortable.

Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement a Provincial government-based animal welfare enforcement system. The Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act, came into effect January 1, 2020, and allows police to enter motor vehicles to help pets in distress.

“It is critically important to ensure all pets are protected from the potential fatal effects of the hot summer sun”, said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General.

“Leaving pets to suffer in a sweltering vehicle will not be tolerated and we have adopted tough new laws to deter this type of reckless behavior in the province”.

Dr. David Funston, DVM, Boyne Veterinary Clinic, advises that even a short period of time in a hot environment can cause suffering and distress, which could result in brain damage, kidney failure or death.

Excessive panting, drooling, listlessness, collapsing or seizures are all visible signs of heat stress in animals, and seek veterinary attention immediately. If you see an animal in a hot car and concerned the animal’s life is in immediate danger, dial 911.

BE KIND TO YOUR PET.

Canada Revenue Agency Scam Happening in Orillia

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are warning the public of scams happening in the Orillia area.

The Orillia OPP have received many calls regarding the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam. This is the scam where someone calls pretending they’re a police officer or other enforcement official stating you owe tax money and will be arrested if you don’t immediately pay, many times there is allegedly a police officer right around the corner ready to arrest you. The scammer then requests payment via BitCoin, gift cards or credit cards. Before you know it you are out money and for many losing even $200 can make a difference in quality of life for that month.

Some tips to help ensure you don’t fall victim to this or other scams:

Talk to the loved ones in your life about scams and let them know they can call you if they have a question about a phone call, email or text they received.

  • The Canada Revenue Agency will have intimate knowledge of your tax history and be able to provide you with that information and not ask you for it.
  • The Canada Revenue Agency will not request payment in gift cards, BitCoin, through Western Union or other money transfer services.
  • The Canada Revenue Agency will not send your local police service to arrest you with a moment’s notice.
  • The Canada Revenue Agency will communicate with you through mail on official stationary.

If you are concerned that you may owe money to the government call the number on your last tax return not the number provided to you by the person calling you.

Before you send money to anyone ask yourself if it’s reasonable and if you can’t determine this call a relative or a friend and explain to them the circumstances.

If it seems too good to be true, it is. Don’t fall for the sweet heart deal.

Don’t give out personal information over the phone to someone who called you asking for it, you don’t know who is on the other end of the line.

Many times we think this is what happens to other people, but it has been proven over and over again that even the smartest and best educated people can fall prey to these scammers. People who look to trick you out of your hard earned money are quite skilled at what they do. Working together as a community we can help stop the victimization of innocent persons.

The Orillia OPP are committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com 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.

 

Arrest by OPP in Waubaushene after Highway 400 Pursuit Leads to Stolen Property Charges

(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) -Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched at 12:49 a.m. July 8, 2020 by the OPP Communications Centre to assist members of the OPP Highway Safety Division in a erratic driving complaint that had resulted in the suspect vehicle becoming involved in two separate police pursuits that had been terminated on the north bound lanes of Highway 400, north of Innisfil Beach Road.

At 1:55 a.m. July 8, 2020 officers from Southern Georgian Bay and Orillia OPP detachments observed a vehicle matching the description parked on a new business parking lot located at Fallowfield Lane, Tay Township.

The lone occupant was awoken and arrested by the officers and transported to Southern Georgian Bay OPP detachment for a drinking and driving investigation. Further investigation into the contents of the involved vehicle located a quantity of stolen property consisting of-clothing, meat products and pieces identification.

As a result of this investigation Kayler McKay FARRELL 31 years of Georgina, Ontario has been charged with the following offences-

  • Dangerous operation
  • Flight from peace officer
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 - in Canada
  • Fraudulent use of certificate of citizenship (two counts)
  • Identity Theft - obtain or possess another persons identity information (two counts)
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000 - in Canada

all contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused was held for a video bail hearing and will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland at a future date.

 

Three questions you should ask when you want to identify fake news: Internet Scambusters #918

No apologies for returning to the subject of fake news again in this week’s issue.

Social media giants are stepping up the fight against misinformation and urging users to be more skeptical about what they read and share.

With thousands of lives potentially at risk, we’ll tell you Facebook’s three key questions, and other actions you can take to beat the fakers.

What are the three most important questions you should ask when weighing up whether something you’re reading is fake news?

According to social media giant Facebook, they are:

Where’s it from? If there’s no source, search for one. A trusted source is your safest option, Facebook says, in its ads for the campaign. If you can’t find the source or the story just doesn’t look right, be careful.

What’s missing? Get the whole story, not just the headline. Remember too that images can be faked. And check if other people are commenting on the report.

How does it make you feel? People who make false news try to manipulate feelings. Sometimes, it’s just intended as a joke but other times it’s downright malicious. If it gets your hackles up, maybe that’s just what the writer intended.

These questions are the cornerstone of a campaign Facebook is launching after working on the fake news issue with British fact-checking charity Full Fact.

For now, the advertising campaign is starting out in Europe, Africa and the Middle East but hopes are that it will also appear in the US in coming months.

Emotional Response

As website SocialMediaToday.com observes:

“The modern news cycle is fueled by clicks, so publishers are essentially incentivized to spark emotional response in order to maximize reach. An article titled ‘The Origins of COVID-19’ simply won’t get as much viral traction as one titled ‘China’s Role in the Creation of COVID-19’ — yet they could feasibly include the exact same content.

“One title sparks an emotional response, the other does not. The more readers take the time to question this element, the more skeptical — and likely less divisive — the subsequent debate will be.”

The other leading social media site, Twitter, has also acted to caution users, Anyone who tries to share a post that they haven’t even opened will see a pop-up warning saying, “Headlines don’t tell the full story.”

Facebook, Twitter and many other social media operators are belatedly trying to highlight fake or even just suspect news by banning or removing items such as conspiracy theories relating to the Coronavirus pandemic and, most recently, the assertion that the new 5G cellular service endangers health.

There’s not a shred of scientific evidence for this latter claim, but it has led to arson attacks on 5G masts in the UK.

But it’s not just damaged masts that’s worrying social media experts. Misleading claims about the safety of facemasks continues to persuade people not to wear them. And that, says independent news outlet, Grist.org, means that “fake news is killing people.”

Proof? The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation tells us that, if everyone wore a mask in public, this would save 33,000 lives by October. Losing those lives is a terrible price to pay for following fake news about the role and safety of masks.

Grist quotes education professor Gale Sinatra, at the University of Southern California, as saying: “Misinformation about Covid is spreading faster than the virus itself.”

Studies have also shown that fake news actually spreads faster on social media than real news.

“People on Twitter are 70 percent more likely to share false news than the real stuff,” Grist’s Kate Yoder writes. “And it’s difficult to shut down.” In fact, the more an item is repeated, the more likely it is to stick.

That’s why, with the pandemic raging and a Presidential election looming, concerns about the impact on political and social stability are mounting.

Foreign Agencies Spread Misinformation

Already suspected state-backed agencies in China, Russia and Turkey are reported to be targeting the West with misinformation about the Covid outbreak. They want to undermine trust in public institutions.

A study from the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute found these organizations have been spreading unfounded conspiracy theories aimed at creating unrest and confusion. In some cases, the Institute says, these agencies blend real information with misleading or false news, creating uncertainty among the public trying to make sense of the pandemic.

Three More Actions

In addition to the Facebook questions outlined above, here are three things you can do to reduce the risk of falling victim to fake news:

Get your information from known and respected media. In an era when even some trusted media outlets are accused of publishing fake news, check the information with multiple sources. News agencies, such as AP and Reuters, are among those noted for impartial reporting.

Use fact-checking sites to confirm or question accuracy. You’ll find a useful list of these, fully updated in recent weeks, at: https://research.ewu.edu/journalism/factcheck. This site also has a list of 11 giveaway signs that a report might not be genuine.

Check out our earlier report on fake news, Why Fake News is a Bigger Threat Than Ever, for more information and tips.

 

OPP Canine Track - Male Faces Numerous Charges

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Canine Unit (K9) and Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) have arrested and charged a male after a crime spree ended with a lengthy K9 track, west of Orillia.

On July 6, 2020, police received a report from a Severn Township resident that his car had been stolen overnight. Approximately 11:00 a.m., the victim was advised by a friend that the vehicle had been spotted in the West Ridge area of Orillia and police were notified. The vehicle was located by police in a business parking lot and a suspicious male was seen nearby. The male fled into a wooded area and K9 began to track the suspect. After a lengthy track, the male was arrested near Fairgrounds Road, Severn.

The Orillia Street Crime Unit (SCU) is continuing the investigation and several incidents have already been linked to the suspect including break and enters, thefts of vehicles and other property crimes in Oro-Medonte, Orillia, Severn Township, Wasaga Beach and Wahta Mohawk First Nation.

To date, the accused, Gaston GAGNON, age 31 of Wasaga Beach has been charged with: 

  • Five (5) counts of Break and Enter a Place - Commit Indictable Offence, contrary to Section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code
  • Theft Over $5000 of a Motor Vehicle, contrary to Section 334(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Six (6) counts of Theft Under $5000, contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code
  • Five (5) counts of Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Two (2) counts of Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Possess Break In Instruments, contrary to Section 351(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Nine (9) counts of Failure to Comply with Release Order, contrary to Section 145(5)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Other driving and property crimes

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing and is set to appear next on July 10, 2020 via video link at the Ontario Court of Justice, Barrie.

The OPP are actively investigating these crimes and have recovered items, believed to be stolen, for which the owners have not been identified. Police believe that the accused was in the Orillia, Severn, and Oro-Medonte area from the middle of June to July 6, 2020. If you have any information regarding crime or suspicious activity in the listed areas, you are encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).  You can submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.  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.

 

OPP Weekday Marine Report

MIDLAND, ON) -  Members of the OPP Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted 27.5 hours of marine patrol on the waters of Georgian Bay during July 6-9, 2020. The marine unit members checked 64 vessels and their operators for any signs of impairment and for having all of the required equipment. Extra patrol time was also dedicated to the areas off of Giant’s Tomb Island observing for liquor infractions and assisting with trespassing issues on Beckwith and Hope Islands.

  • Those vessel checks resulted in the following infractions being investigated-
  • Two vessel operators were ticketed for failing to have sufficient Life Jackets for all persons aboard.
  • One operator was ticketed for failing to provide their vessel registration or Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
  • 15 warnings were conveyed to vessel operators by the officers for various marine equipment issues.
  • Drinking and Driving Investigations on the water
  • Nine operators provided breath samples into the Roadside Screening Device (ASD)
  • Nine vessel operators “passed” on the ASD.

The Marine Unit also visited four area marina’s and made themselves available for marine educational questions from marina patrons and conducted three property checks during their patrol time. Officers remind boaters to view the following link that includes videos https://csbc.ca/en/operation-dry-water providing information about the consumption of alcohol and cannabis while on a vessel.

Boaters should also check the following websites and comply with any restrictions before planning to go ashore on your favourite island in Georgian Bay.

Beausoleil First Nations Lands http://www.chimnissing.ca/

Georgian Bay Islands National Park https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/georg

Georgian Bay Township https://www.gbtownship.ca/en/index.aspx

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 site - https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm and the attached Safe and Sober Awareness Committee poster

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.

 

Orillia OPP Investigating Serious Collision on Penetanguishene Road

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a serious motor vehicle collision on Penetanguishene Road in Oro-Medonte.

On July 15, 2020 shortly before 4:00 PM the Orillia OPP were called to Penetanguishene Road West of Horseshoe Valley Road and East of Highway 400 with reports of a serious collision.

Preliminary investigation revealed that there was a collision between a vehicle and trailer. As a result of the collision a 30 year old female was air lifted to a Toronto area hospital, by Air ORNGE, with life threatening injuries. Two children were brought to a Barrie hospital by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) as a precaution.

OPP Central Region Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) are on the scene to piece together the circumstances leading up to the collision. Penetanguishene Road will be closed in the area while the investigation is on-going.

Police are asking if anyone witnessed this or has dash cam footage during, before or after the incident to please contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it is made available.

The Orillia OPP are committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com 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.

 

OPP Investigation into Penetanguishene Mischief Incident Leads to Numerous Bail Violation Offences

(MIDLAND, ON) - On June 29, 2020 at 11:55 a.m. members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a report of a mischief incident that had occurred on June 28, 2020 at 8:42 p.m. at the Penetanguishene Public Library.

OPP officers through investigation were able to identify the suspect and on July 12, 2020 at 2:16 a.m. officers attended a disturbance at a Manly Street, Midland residence and located the suspect. Officers arrested the suspect on an arrest warrant who was on a release order from bail court on a previous police investigation and had committed a series of violations in regards to the release order conditions.

Charged is Asia L’ENFANT 30 years of no fixed address with the following offences-

  • Theft Under $5000
  • Failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court (12 counts)

Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused is currently being held in custody to appear before a video bail hearing and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland at a future date.

 

Paddle Board Operator Rescued off Balm Beach

(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) -  Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded at 9:08 p.m. July 14, 2020 to a report of a female in distress who had fallen off her paddle board approximately a kilometre off the Balm Beach shoreline.

A nearby private Jet Ski operator was able to quickly attend the location of the paddle board operator and return the 30 year old female operator of Brampton back safely and without incident to the Balm Beach shoreline.

Officers would like to thank the Jet Ski operator the quick response to assist the female and to remind operators of small human powered watercraft to have all of your required equipment as offshore winds can quickly move a small watercraft quickly out beyond shoreline assistance.

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. Please visit the https://safetyfirstmarine.ca/ link for some vessel educational tips.

 

Vehicle Taken Without Consent Results in Impaired Arrest

(ORO-MEDONTE, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested and charged a female with impaired driving after receiving a call from the public reporting that a vehicle had been taken without consent in the Township of Oro-Medonte.

On July 11, 2020, just before 7:00 p.m., the Orillia OPP received a call reporting that a vehicle had been taken without consent by a female, from an Oro-Medonte address, and that it was believed that the driver was intoxicated. Police responded to the area and located the vehicle being driven a short distance away. The vehicle was stopped and an impaired driving investigation was commenced. The driver was subsequently arrested.

As a result of the investigation, Amanda URSO, age 29, of Orillia has been charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired - Alcohol, contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Novice Driver - B.A.C. above zero, contrary to Section 44.1(3) of the Highway Traffic Act
  • Driver Fail to Surrender Licence, contrary to Section 33(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

The accused was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and is set to appear on September 15, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.