Police Info

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE

(CLEARVIEW AND SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP, ON.) - On May 31, 2017 at approximately 3:45 p.m., members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report that a youth was on a bicycle in the Beech Street and County Road #42 area of the Town of Stayner and was approached by a motor vehicle, this occurred between approximately 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.

 A Police investigation into this revealed that the youth was asked to get into this motor vehicle, he refused, rode away and reported it.

 Suspicious Vehicle Description:

  • Older model 4 door Dodge product
  • Dark Blue in colour
  • Thin red racing strip on motor vehicle hood, top and rear
  • Possibly driven by a male in his 40's

 On June 2, 2017, members of the Huronia West OPP received information that a similar motor vehicle as above was seen in the Village of Elmvale on June 1, 2017 at approximately 1:00 p.m.

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

 If you have any information in regards to this suspicious motor vehicle, 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.

 For safety and crime prevention tips, please visit our website at www.opp.ca.

 Members of the Huronia West 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. 

 

BREAK ENTER AND THEFT

 (TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigation a break and enter to garage at a residence on Cedar Point Road in Tiny Township, Ontario.

 The break and enter took place between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on June 6, 2017. Unknown person or persons forced open the locked gate to the property as well as the locked garage on the property. The suspects stole a Kubota brand Zero turn lawn tractor, red Stihl tool box with an unknown amount of tools, woman's mountain bike and men's golf bag containing golf supplies.

 

BREAK AND ENTER TO RESIDENCE

 (TINY TOWNSHIP) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a break and enter and are asking for the public's help in solving this crime.

 The break and enter took place sometime between the middle of April and May 29, 2017. Unknown person or persons gained entry to the front door of a residence on Needle

Road in Tiny Township, Ontario. Once inside, the residence was ransacked and several items were stolen.

 Iron Horse brand 21 speed black and grey 19 inch mountain bike

  • CCM dual suspension 21 speed mountain bike grey in colour
  • Mastercraft belt sander, blue and grey in colour
  • Power drill steel in colour brand unknown
  • Poulin brand chainsaw green in colour

"Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this crime should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or the Southern Georgian Bay OPP at 705-526-3761. If you wish to remain anonymous, please visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

 Members of the Southern Georgian Bay 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. 

 

POLICE COLLABORATE AND INNOVATE TO SEEK RESOLUTIONS  Simcoe County Case Files

(BARRIE, ON) - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Barrie Police Service are turning to video vignettes and a rolling billboard to generate information on unsolved murders and missing person's cases.

 At a news conference today, OPP Superintendent Jim SMYTH and Barrie Police Chief Kimberley GREEWOOD unveiled Simcoe County Case Files -- a new initiative to reinvigorate the investigations with a goal of providing resolutions to the families and friends who have survived tragic losses with local ties.

 Three investigations involving a total of four victims who met with foul play in or near the City of Barrie are being profiled in episodic form videos posted to a dedicated Simcoe County Case Files Facebook page in the coming weeks. Police have also wrapped a cube van with case information to direct viewers to the Facebook page and encourage tips. The cube van will be strategically parked in various locations throughout the Greater Simcoe County area.

 Police urge viewers to provide information by calling the dedicated Simcoe County Case Files Hotline toll-free at 1-844-677-5030, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or -- to remain anonymous -- call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

LEARN MORE

 Cases being profiled through Simcoe County Case Files are:

 17-year-old Cindy HALLIDAY of Waverley, Ontario was last seen hitchhiking near Midhurst on April 20th, 1992. She had been visiting a friend in the City of Barrie. Her remains were discovered in a wooded area of Springwater Township on June 17th, 1992.

  • 21-year-old Grant AYERST and 36-year-old Norman WHALLEY of British Columbia were last seen leaving a Toronto hotel on September 11th, 1991. Their remains have never been recovered. Considered missing, it is strongly suspected both met with foul play in the City of Barrie.
  •  40-year-old April DOBSON was outdoors, sitting on a porch at a friend's residence in Barrie when she was tragically shot to death on October 14th of 2005.

 Media resources, including poster graphics and the Simcoe County Case Files video series, can be found at this link: Media Resources Page. (www.opp.ca)

 

MISSING AFRICAN SERVAL CAT LOCATED

 (TINY TOWNSHIP) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment along with Tiny Township Animal Control have established that the missing African Serval Cat from Tiny Township is no longer missing. The OPP would like to assure the residents of Tiny Township that there is no longer a threat to public safety.

 The investigation is still ongoing and no further information will be released until the investigation is concluded.

 The OPP would also like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation

 Members of the Southern Georgian Bay 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. 

 

Operation Freeze is helping Youth "COOLl" down this summer

 (ORILLIA, ON) - Demonstrating positive behaviour and participating in random acts of kindness is the "cool" thing to do this summer. 

 The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to be partnering once again with Mac's Convenience Stores across Ontario for this year's for Operation Freeze 2017.

 OPP officers will be on the lookout and if they catch a youth showcasing positive behavior in their community they may receive a thank you in the form of a ticket for a Mac's Froster drink.

 A youth may receive a "positive ticket" from an officer for a number of positive behaviours: helping others in need, being leaders, doing a good deed and/or participating in community activities. Officers may also use the positive tickets as an 'icebreaker' to interact with youth. 

 In the summer of 2016, the OPP distributed over 27,500 Operation Freeze tickets throughout the province. 

 

AIRPLANE CRASH IN BRACEBRIDGE CLAIMS TWO LIVES

(BRACEBRIDGE, ON) - On June 2, 2017 at approximately 5:07 pm members of the Bracebridge Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received multiple calls of a plane crash that had occurred on Highway 11 Northbound south of the Highway 118 turnoff. Officers attended the scene and located two male occupants that were deceased. Muskoka Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Bracebridge Fire Department also attended the scene to assist. The OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) and the Emergency Response Team (ERT) utilizing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has also assisted with this investigation.

 The Bracebridge OPP has remained on the scene on June 3, 2017 to assist the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and the Office of the Chief Coroner with their investigations.

 The aircraft had departed Muskoka Airport shortly before being involved in the crash. The cause is being investigated. During the investigation both northbound and southbound lanes had been closed for a period of time but have since been re-opened.

 The occupants of the aircraft have been identified as Ted (Edward) DIRSTEIN, 66 years old of Bracebridge Ontario, and Allan METIVIER, 48 years old of Stratford Ontario.

 The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to please call any of the following with your information:

 The TSB Media Relations line at 819-994-8053

 

"MOVE OVER" LAW REMINDER

 (SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY, ON) - The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public of the laws that are in place for emergencies vehicles. When an emergency vehicle is approaching your vehicle from any direction with its flashing white and red or red and blue lights, or siren or bell sounding, you are required to bring your vehicle to an immediate safe stop.

If you are in an intersection and preparing to make a turn when an emergency vehicle is approaching, you should abandon the turn and clear the intersection by proceeding straight when safe to do so, then pull to the right and stop.

Stay alert

When you see an approaching emergency vehicle with its lights or siren on, prepare to clear the way.

  • React quickly but calmly. Don't slam on the brakes or pull over suddenly. Use your signals to alert other drivers you intend to pull over.
  • Check your rear view mirrors. Look in front and on both sides of your vehicle. Allow other vehicles to also pull over. Pull to the right and gradually come to a stop.
  • Wait for the emergency vehicle to pass and watch for other emergency vehicles that may be responding to the same call. Check to make sure the way is clear and signal before merging back into traffic.
  • Don't drive on or block the shoulder on freeways. Emergency vehicles will use the shoulder of the road if all lanes are blocked.
  • Laws under the Highway Traffic Act pertaining to emergency vehicles
  • Fail to stop on right $490.00 and 3 demerit points
  • Fail to stop nearest curb/ edge of roadway $490.00 and 3 demerit points
  • Fail to slow down and proceed with caution $490.00 and 3 demerit points
  • Fail to move into another lane if safe to do so. $490.00 and 3 demerit points
  • Follow fire department vehicle too closely (within 150m) $490.00 and 3 demerit points
  • Note: Some firefighters and volunteer medical responders may display a flashing green light when using their own vehicles to respond to a fire or medical emergency. As a courtesy, please yield the right-of-way to help them respond to an emergency call quickly and safely.

We as citizens driving on our roads have to do our part in keeping our emergency personnel safe so they can do their jobs assisting those members of the public who need it. If you see

 

COLLISION INVOLVING TWO SCHOOL BUSES

(HALIBURTON, ON) - On June 12, 2017 at approximately 11:05 am, the Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Haliburton County Paramedic Services (HCPS) and the Dysart et Al Fire Services responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 118 near White Camp Pine Cour in the Township of Dysart et Al.

 Two yellow school buses were travelling together eastbound on Highway 118 when the second bus struck the first bus from behind.

 Between the two buses, a total of 51 students were on board at the time of the collision. 16 students were transported by ambulance to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. All parties involved are from the Toronto area.

 The investigation is still ongoing with the assistance of the Central Region OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit (TTCI)

 

TWO FIREARMS RECOVERED IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS

 (TORONTO, ON) - Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Highway Safety Division (HSD) - Toronto and Port Credit Detachments recovered two firearms in unrelated investigations.

 On Monday May 29, 2017, at approximately 3:01 a.m., a Port Credit officer responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) near Hurontario Street, in the City of Mississauga. Officers located the driver in the vehicle asleep.  The driver was arrested and taken into custody for being in care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired. As a result of the police investigation, drugs, cash, and a loaded firearm were also located inside the vehicle.

 The driver was identified as K'halil Ian Dwayne OTTLEY, 28 years old from Brampton Ontario. He is charged with impaired driving, fail to comply with recognizance, possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of a firearm and multiple weapons offenses. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 In another instance on Monday May 29, 2017 at 3:08 a.m. a Toronto OPP member stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 404 near Finch Avenue, in the City of Toronto. The officer observed the driver to be in possession of drugs and as he was taking him into custody the suspect pulled a loaded firearm from his pocket. The officer conducted a high risk arrest of the driver and in the process of doing so, the two passengers in the vehicle fled on foot.  

The driver is identified as Kyle Alexander HAWTHORNE, 25 years of age from Scarborough, Ontario. He is now charged with multiple drug and weapons offenses.

 The two males that fled are both described as male, black; one male was approximately 5'8" with short black hair, brown eyes, white hoodie, and dark jeans. The second male was approximately 6'2", wearing a black long sleeve shirt and black jeans. They were both last seen climbing a fence east of Highway 404 into an industrial area.

 Anyone with information is asked to call Toronto OPP at 416-235-4981 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

 

OPP to provide frontline officers with naloxone and mandatory protective equipment for drug searches

 (ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will provide naloxone to all frontline members and to those in designated specialized units.

 Each frontline officer is being issued a kit with two doses of naloxone nasal spray while on duty, while members of selected specialized units, such as Drug Enforcement Units and Community Street Crime Units, will each be issued a personal kit.  

The use of personal protective equipment will be mandatory while conducting suspected drug searches, seizures and/or sampling to help ensure the safety of OPP officers. Frontline members will be required to wear protective equipment including a respiratory mask, safety glasses or goggles, nitrile gloves and long sleeve shirt or jacket.

 Health Canada testing determined fentanyl was present in 114 OPP seizures in 2016 from the mainly rural communities the OPP serves, demonstrating it is an emerging and ongoing concern in all parts of Ontario. Testing results for 2017 are not yet available but the number of seizures with fentanyl present appears to be similar to 2016 levels.

 The primary purpose of the naloxone is for use if an officer is exposed, however, if there is a life-threatening situation and emergency medical services are not immediately available, officers will be trained to use it on a member of the public. 

 The naloxone kits are an additional tool that OPP officers will be able to use to help keep our communities safe. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that can reverse an opioid overdose for approximately 20 minutes to one hour, depending on the strength of the opioid.

 OPP members will receive training on the use of naloxone, the protective equipment and new procedures on how to handle any suspected controlled substance over the summer. The OPP is currently in the procurement process to acquire the naloxone kits.

 

MALE ARRESTED FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

From January 2017 to April 2017, officers from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) under the direction of Detective Staff Sergeant Paul Rosato of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) have been investigating a matter into human trafficking, specifically related to sexual exploitation.

 As a result of the investigation, Adrian Matthew PALMER, 22, of North York has been charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code of Canada: Traffic in Persons under 18 years of age, Material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons under 18 years of age, Sexual Exploitation (x 2), and Uttering Threats - Cause death or Bodily Harm.  

PALMER has further been charged with Traffic in Persons under 18 years of age and Material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons under 18 years of age. The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville on June 1, 2017.

 Moreover, Austin Tyler WELLS, 23, of Toronto has also been charged with Traffic in Persons under 18 years of age and Material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons under 18 years of age and Fail to Comply with Probation Order. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville on June 6, 2017.    

 Due to a court imposed publication ban, NO further details will be released pertaining to this investigation.

 Anyone who may have information with regards to this incident or who may have had similar contact with the accused is requested to contact Detective Constable Nicole Hanks of the Caledon OPP at (905) 584-2241or toll free at 1-888-310-1122.  

 Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also submit information online at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca. Being anonymous, you will not be required to testify in court and information you provide may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

 

OPP USE STAR TECHNOLOGY Stolen Property Located

 (ORILLIA, ON) - Yesterday afternoon, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) utilized a vehicle equipped with the Satellite Technology Apprehension Response (STAR) system after receiving a call from the London Police Service who were following a pick-up truck that was towing a trailer and refused to stop.

 OPP officers were able to work with the London Police Service and receive updated information as to the location of the wanted vehicle as it continued to travel eastbound on Highway 401, eventually exiting at Drumbo Road. The STAR equipped OPP vehicle continued to proceed to the area where it was able to safely deploy a Global Position System (GPS) projectile. The projectile allowed the OPP Provincial Communications Centre (PCC) in London to safely track the movements and location of the truck and trailer, without any police involvement as it proceeded towards Waterloo and then became stationary.

The Waterloo Regional Police were then contacted and short time later, the stolen trailer was located exactly where it was tracked to.

 In light of this first successful deployment in Ontario, OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes earlier today stated, "as a professional policing service, the OPP is committed to exploring the use of technological advancements to effectively and efficiently manage incidents that involve the apprehension of persons who fail to stop for our officers. I am encouraged at how law enforcement collaborated and how this technology worked allowing for police to locate and recover stolen property without compromising the safety of our citizens".

 The investigation into the theft remains ongoing by the Perth County OPP. Any person with information is asked to either contact the detachment at (519) 393-6123 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

MOTORCYCLE COLLISION

  (MUSKOKA LAKES, ON) - On June 3, 2017 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a report of a single vehicle motorcycle collision on Windermere Road in Muskoka Lakes Township. The operator and a passenger had taken a motorcycle for a drive and lost control, neither occupant were wearing a helmet and fortunately escaped uninjured.

  As a result of their investigation into the incident, police have charged 21 year-old Benjamin PEARSON of Lindsay, ON with Impaired Driving CC 253(1)(a) and Over 80 CC 253(1)(b).

 The accused received an immediate 90 day driver's licence suspension and further had his vehicle towed and impounded. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on June 27, 2017 to answer to his charges.

 

WEAPONS COMPLAINT LEADS TO TWO ARRESTED

(TOWNSHIP OF ADJALA-TOSORONTIO) -  On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at approximately 3:39 p.m., members of the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with members of the Nottawasaga Crime Unit, Emergency Response Team and a Scenes of Crime officer, all responded to a weapons complaint at a local business in Adjala-Tosorontio Township.

 It was reported that a stray firearm round had stuck the business in the area of the second floor. When officers arrived a second stray round was found to have struck the businesses front door. The business was open at the time of the incident, fortunately there were no injuries.

 Through further police investigation, two male suspects were arrested. It was determined that they were target practicing with rifles in the backyard of a nearby residence and were unaware that their stray bullets were hitting the business.  

Alexander BROADHEAD, age 28 of Adjala-Tosorontio and Joshua BROADHEAD, age 31 of New Tecumseth have been charged with Discharging a Firearm in a Reckless Manner and Careless Use of Firearm. All firearms, ammunition and firearm licences were surrendered to police.

 They were released from custody and will attend a future court date at the Ontario Court of Justice in Bradford.

 The Nottawasaga OPP would like to remind the public that anyone operating a firearm is responsible for the rounds that they fire and that they need to be sure of their target and beyond.

 

UPDATE- PRIVACY BREACH INCIDENT AT COLLINGWOOD COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE - OPP RE-OPEN THE INVESTIGATION

(COLLINGWOOD, ON) - The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have now re-opened the investigation into video cameras that were found at a local high school.

 Late last year it was discovered that there were cameras installed in some of the music classrooms at the Collingwood Collegiate Institute, cameras that were installed without the knowledge of school administration. OPP had concluded their investigation into the matter however further information has now come forward that indicates that some students used those classrooms to change clothes.

 The investigation is presently ongoing and being conducted by detectives from the Crime Unit from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the OPP. Further details will be released when they become available.

 

ARREST MADE AFTER BREAK IN TO MCCULLEY-ROBERTSON SPORTS COMPLEX

  (HUNTSVILLE, ON)     On June 2, 2017 just before 1:00am Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was notified of an intrusion alarm at the snack bar between the baseball diamonds at McCulley-Robertson Sports Complex. Members attended and confirmed a break and enter into the building.  A substantial amount of snacks and beverages had been taken.

 Members patrolled the area looking for the culprits with negative results. Muskoka Canine and Emergency Response Team (ERT) attended and as a result of their efforts three males were arrested for the offences in relation to the break and enter. 

 Two 16 year-old and one 17 year-old have since been charged with Break, Enter and Theft under 5000.00 under the Criminal Code of Canada. The three cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. They will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on July 4, 2017 to answer to their charges.

 

- HOME IMPROVEMENT WARNINGS

(Seeking Public's Assistance)

 (NORTHUMBERLAND, ON) -As weather improves and home renovations are planned, the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public when contemplating potential contractors - do your homework and protect yourself from poor workmanship or fraud.

 

Some suggestions on how to protect yourself:

 Ask for at least three references. Call those references and ask detailed questions about workmanship, how payments are made and were they on time

  • Never pay fully for work not started or completed.
  • Get a detailed contract stating work to be completed and finish dates.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau in your area for complaints.
  • Be wary of paving contractors showing up at your door stating that they have 'left over' materials from a nearby job at a reduced rate, don't be pressured into anything without doing your research first.
  • For more information on how to protect yourself go to the Consumer Protection Ontario website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/your-rights-when-starting-home-renovations-or-repairs
  • Knowledge is power. All consumers - regardless of age - can take many basic steps to better protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud. Remember, you should always report fraud-related crimes to not only warn others in similar circumstances but to avoid becoming a repeat victim.
  • During the month of May (2017) two males were reportedly attending residences in Northumberland County in a white Dodge pickup truck offering to re-seal driveways. No contracts were offered and elderly homeowners appeared to have been targeted. Police have identified the two males and have launched a fraud investigation into the services provided.
  • Northumberland OPP is asking for the public's assistance with this ongoing investigation and would like to hear from anyone who employed the services of these two males this past month. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cobourg OPP Detachment at 905-372-5421 or toll free 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Peterborough/Northumberland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 and not have to appear in court.

 

OPP ROLE IN INVESTIGATING OCCURRENCES IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS

 (ORILLIA, ON) - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner, J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES is releasing the following statement regarding the role of the OPP during investigations in other police jurisdictions:

 "I want to take this opportunity to clarify the role and responsibilities of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with regard to investigations outside of its jurisdiction and to address inferences made at a news conference in Toronto on May 31, 2017.

 The OPP conducts thorough and professional investigations for matters occurring within OPP jurisdiction and death investigations on behalf of the Chief Coroner for Ontario. The OPP is highly regarded across the country for providing investigative services to assist municipal, federal and First Nation police services at the request of that police service leader. If the OPP undertakes an investigation at the request of another police leader or on behalf of a third-party agency such as the Office of the Independent Police Review Directorate (OIPRD), the final report, is provided to the requesting agency. It would be up to that agency or its leadership to determine whether to make public the results of the report. If during the course of that investigation, criminal charges were warranted, the OPP would lay criminal charges.

 I can confirm the OPP in fact recently completed a review of the investigation relating to the death of Stacy DeBUNGEE referred to OPP by the Chief of Thunder Bay Police Service. The report has been provided to the Thunder Bay Police Service. I can also confirm that the OPP took a leadership role in the Coroner's investigation and subsequent inquest in the death of seven Indigenous persons in Thunder Bay. The report was released in June of 2016 and included 145 recommendations. The OPP has not received a request from the Thunder Bay PS to investigate the two most recent deaths in Thunder Bay.

 As an organization, the OPP takes all information received and investigations involving possible homicide and disappearances very seriously, regardless of gender, heritage or ethnicity. The OPP does not conduct nor condone profiling that contravenes the Ontario Human Rights Code or Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter of Rights). The OPP does not use any law enforcement action that relies upon stereotypes related to: race; ancestry; place of origin; colour; ethnic origin; citizenship; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender expression, age, marital status, family status, and/or disability.

 In December 2015, I personally joined with Indigenous leaders, including Ontario Regional Chief Isadore DAY, Deputy Grand Chief Denise STONEFISH and an elder, to release a Report on Missing and Unsolved Murdered Indigenous People - women and men - in OPP jurisdiction. The OPP diligently compiled and verified information in order to provide consistency and ensure clarity when the subject of missing and unsolved murdered indigenous people is discussed by stakeholders. The shared goal of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) and Aboriginal Policing Bureau was that the report generates discussion, potential leads and/or resolution for the families and communities who have suffered loss.

 The OPP actively participates in efforts to address violence against Indigenous women, including investigating and increasing awareness in human trafficking, sexual exploitation and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Our members participated in a provincial Joint Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women convened to ensure a coordinated response to Ontario's Strategic Framework to End Violence against Indigenous Women. The OPP continues to work with the RCMP and other partners on missing person investigations.

 Pro-actively, OPP members participate in and often lead a number of programs in Indigenous communities and with community leaders and other partners to provide information to guide and encourage at-risk persons to create and maintain respectful relationships and to make positive and healthy lifestyle decisions. These programs include Niigan Mosewak, Walking the Path, and Project Journey/Project Sunset - an experiential youth development program in northwestern Ontario. In fact, leaders in communities throughout Ontario have asked the OPP to implement those programs in their own community.

 The OPP also offers ongoing Indigenous Awareness Training programs to recruits and existing members to ensure we are sympathetic to community safety concerns and provide, when possible, proactive options and timely responses to calls for service.

 We cannot reverse the tragic outcomes for the families and loved ones of those murdered or missing. But the OPP will continue to support community safety and well-being wherever and whenever we can. We encourage victims to continue to come forward and report crimes and our officers will continue to offer professional support and referrals to resources within the communities we serve. Ontarians can be confident in the OPP and our ability to conduct professional investigations and bring those responsible to justice.

 I thank you for the opportunity to clarify our role and correct the record."

 

THEFT OF MINI-BIKE

 (TAY TOWNSHIP) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating the theft of a mini-bike and are asking for the public's assistance in solving this crime.

 Sometime between midnight on June 4 and 2:23 p.m. and June 7, 2017 unknown person or persons gained entry to a garage at a residence on Armstrong Street in Tay Township, Ontario and stole a mini bike. The mini-bike is described as Baja Bug 185 cc, black and blue in colour.

 "Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this crime should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or the Southern Georgian Bay OPP at 705-526-3761. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity and wish to remain anonymous, please visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

 Members of the Southern Georgian Bay 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. 

 

SHOPLIFTER CHARGED WITH THEFT

(TOWN OF NEW TECUMSETH) - On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, members of the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a shoplifting call at a local supermarket located on King Street in the Town of New Tecumseth.  

 The suspect was observed by the stores Loss Prevention Officer, placing several tools and food items into a bag and leaving the store without paying. The male was arrested by the stores Loss Prevention Officer until Nottawasaga OPP Officers arrived and continued the arrest.

 Victor WYLLIE, 62 of Grey Highlands has been charged with Theft Under $5000. Officers recovered all of the property taken, which was approximately $173.00 in items.

 The accused was released from custody and will attend a future court date at the Ontario Court of Justice in Bradford.

 

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE - REMINDER TO LOCK IT OR LOSE IT

(COLLINGWOOD AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON.) Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind residents of useful 'lock it or lose it' tips to prevent theft from motor vehicles.

 This type of theft can see an increase with the arrival of warmer weather and as such OPP officers have a few tips in regards to preventing this type of crime.  

  • Remove valuables/purchases from your vehicle if it will be left unattended overnight or for an extended period of time. If that cannot be accomplished, at the very least remove it from view and put it inside the trunk or a locked compartment in the vehicle.
  • Always roll up your vehicle's windows, lock the doors and pocket the key.
  • If you have a garage, use it and lock the door as well as your vehicle.
  • Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.

 Police would like to encourage citizens to engage in this program and its related practices and help prevent thefts from motor vehicles; the goal of the proactive crime prevention program is to encourage vehicle owners to take a few simple precautions that will protect their vehicles from theft.

 For more crime prevention tips please visit our website at www.opp.ca .

 

IMPAIRED DRIVER CHARGED FOLLOWING MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

(TINY TOWNSHIP) - On Tuesday June 6, 2017 at approximately 10:17 p.m. members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision. A motor vehicle had struck a tree on Tiny Beaches Road South, south of Concession 5 in Tiny Township, ON.

 Officers at the scene determined that the male driver had been consuming alcohol. As a result of further investigation, officers located a quantity of drugs in the vehicle. The driver was identified as Patrick SWIDERSKI (age 23) of Toronto, Ontario. He is now charged with:

 Adult Driving While Ability Impaired - motor vehicle (alcohol) contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

  • Adult Drive with more than 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 ml of Blood contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Adult Possession of Schedule II Substance Cannabis Marihuana - over 30 grams contrary to the criminal Code of Canada 
  • The male was issued an automatic 90 day drivers licence suspension and his vehicle was towed.
  • The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on June 22, 2017 in Midland, Ontario.
  • The OPP would like to thank the public for helping keep our communities safe by reporting these incidents of impaired driving.

 Members of the Southern Georgian Bay 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. 

 

CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES OPP INVESTIGATE SUSPECTED DROWNING - Victim Recovered

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES, ON) -  Today, June 10, 2017 at approximately 4:15pm officers from the City of Kawartha Lakes detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a suspected drowning in Fenelon Falls. The incident occurred on the Sturgeon Lake side of the Fenelon Falls locks in an area known for its cliffs.

 A 15 year old male youth was swimming with friends and is currently unaccounted for. The OPP's Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) are assisting in the investigation.

 The victim, 15 year old Harley BROOME of Fenelon Falls was recovered last night, June 17, 2017 at 8:18pm by the OPP's USRU. He was transported to hospital and pronounced deceased at 10:58pm.

 

CRIMINAL CHARGES LAID IN AGGRESSIVE DRIVING INCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 400

 (BARRIE, ON) - On Sunday April 2, 2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Highway Safety Division (HSD) - Aurora and Highway 407 Detachments received reports of vehicles travelling together in an aggressive manner.

 The vehicles, described as luxury sports cars, were observed travelling aggressively on Highway 400 northbound towards Barrie, Ontario. Witnesses on the highway continued to provide updates to the police on their location and driving activities.

 As the vehicles entered the city of Barrie, OPP officers conducted a rolling block of the highway to slow traffic and identify the violators.

 With the assistance of the witnesses, officers identified the vehicles involved in the aggressive driving and directed them into the Highway 400 northbound ONroute Service Center for follow-up investigation.

 As a result of that investigation, 15 drivers have been charged with Stunt Driving contrary to Sec. 172 of the Highway Traffic Act. Subject to this legislation, drivers were given an automatic seven day license suspension and the involved vehicles were impounded for seven days.

 The investigation continued and on Thursday, June 8, 2017, twelve of the drivers received an additional charge of Dangerous Driving contrary to Sec. 249(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

 These twelve drivers have been identified as:

 Musa HASAN, 25 years old from Cambridge, Ontario

Harmanmit SHOKER, 23 years old from Brampton, Ontario

Abishan JEGATHEESHAN, 19 years old from Brampton, Ontario

Arman ANTRANIK, 25 years old from Mississauga, Ontario

Tanjit SINGH, 31 years old from Mississauga, Ontario

Mohammad GHAFFAR, 28 years old from Kitchener, Ontario

Ramanjit BHOOT, 21 years old from Brampton, Ontario

Mir BALOCH, 22 years old from Mississauga, Ontario

Affan PATHAN, 23 years old from Toronto, Ontario

Tyrell WALKER, 32 years old from Scarborough, Ontario

Stewart WILSON, 44 years old from Smithville, Ontario

Randeep DHALIWAL, 28 years old from Caledon, Ontario

 They are all to appear in court in Barrie Ontario, on July 10, 2017 to answer to the criminal charge.

 On June 7, 2017, the OPP reported an increase of 80% of speeding or aggressive driving fatalities during the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period of time in 2016.

 In 2017, 27 people lost their lives on OPP patrolled roads in collisions with speeding or aggressive driving as the primary causal factor. This is compared to 15 fatalities that occurred in 2016 during the same period.

 As many travellers prepare for a summer of driving across the province, the OPP want to remind everyone to be safe and responsible in their driving behaviour. Highway safety is a shared responsibility and all road users have an important part to play to ensure we all make it home safe.

 

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR THIRD SUSPECT IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

(ORILLIA, ON) - On Sunday June 04, 2017 at approximately 3:50 a.m. the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) and the Orillia Fire Department responded to a report of a shooting at a Franklin Street residence in the City of Orillia.

The victim later identified as, 34 year old, Joseph SIMONDS of Orillia was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

An investigation was commenced by the Orillia OPP Crime Unit, Central Region Regional Support Team (RST) and Forensic Identification Services (FIS) under the direction of Detective Inspector Andy RAFFAY and Detective Staff Sergeant Paul ROSATO of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

The OPP previously arrested and charged Sonny BROKENSHIRE, 20 years-old, of Orillia and Martin FORGET, 41 years-old, of St. Barbe Quebec with First Degree Murder. BROKENSHIRE and FORGET appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie and were remanded into custody.

A Canada Wide Arrest Warrant for First Degree Murder has been issued for Brian QUESNEL, 28 years-old of The Nation, On. Anyone with information pertaining to QUESNEL's location should not approach this person and contact police as soon as possible by calling a newly established tip-line 1-844-677-5020.

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

Police are asking anyone with information 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 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 MAKE ARRESTS IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

 (ORILLIA, ON) - On Sunday June 04, 2017 at approximately 3:50 a.m. the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) and the Orillia Fire Department responded to a report of a shooting at a Franklin Street residence in the City of Orillia.

 The victim later identified as, 34 year old, Joseph SIMONDS of Orillia was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

 An investigation was commenced by the Orillia OPP Crime Unit, Central Region Regional Support Team (RST) and Forensic Identification Services (FIS) under the direction of Detective Inspector Andy Raffay of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

On June 08, 2017 the Ontario Provincial Police arrested Sonny BROKENSHIRE, 20 years-old, of Orillia who has been remanded into custody and set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on June 22, 2017 via video. The OPP also arrested Martin FORGET, 41 years-old, of St. Barbe Quebec who is scheduled for a bail hearing on June 09, 2017 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.  Both of the accused have been charged with First Degree Murder. 

OPP are seeking the public's assistance; a third male suspect is being sought, investigators have limited information on this individual's appearance. The third suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information pertaining to this suspect should not approach this person and contact police as soon as possible by calling 9-1-1.

A dark coloured 4 door sedan has been seized in relation to this investigation. Anyone who saw a similar vehicle in the Franklin Street area between Saturday June 03, 2017 and Sunday June 04, 2017 at approximately 4:00 a.m., are asked to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 or 1-888-310-1122. 

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

Police are asking anyone with information 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 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