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Who Murdered Michael Kent?

Another year has almost passed since I first wrote this article four years ago on the murder of Michael Kent and his death has still not been solved almost 53 years after his body was discovered in the arena parking lot in 1966.

I will continue to republish this article every February until hopefully someone will finally come forward to police with information to finally punish the person(s) involved in this crime.

Mike Townes

Everyone has events and dates that have taken place in their lifetime that they will never forget. If you are around my age, born in 1953, you will remember Elvis and the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon and yes, even the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup.

The above events were all seen on television and were many miles away but, closer to home, most people my age in our area will remember February 11, 1966. That is the date that Elmvale went from a sleepy, innocent small town to the place where six-year old Michael Kent was murdered.

February 11th was a normal busy Friday night at the Elmvale Arena and Curling Club. The weather was a little snowy but the parking lot was full of cars as teams from Midland came to play hockey against Elmvale.

Michael came to the arena with his father and mother to watch his older brother play hockey against Elmvale. At some point, he became separated from his parents. Investigators are not sure if Michael was taken from the arena or if he had followed his father outside. The family’s car had become stuck in the parking lot so, after getting the family inside, his father had gone outside to try to get the car out of the snowbank.

After a quick look inside the arena, a search party moved outside in the hope of finding Michael. At about 8:40 pm, he was found outside lying near the hydro pole on the west side of the Curling Club (The addition to the Curling Club was not there in 1966.)

Michael was rushed to the office of the late Doctor Douglas Patchell located were Superior Cleaning is now situated. At the time, the search party had thought Michael had been hit by a car but, after removing his snowsuit, Dr. Patchell soon realized that the young boy had been stabbed several times. Doctor John McKenzie was called to rush down to the office to assist, but it was too late to save the six-year old.

Almost instantly, the Ontario Provincial Police were everywhere in Elmvale, especially at the Arena. Everyone leaving or coming had their cars searched for the murder weapon or clues that would help find the murderer. Eventually, the knife was found on the roof of the Curling Club. The knife had no fingerprints and could not be traced to any stores or owners in the area.

I can remember being at the Arena that night. I had refereed my youngest brother’s hockey game at approximately 6:00 p.m. and had stayed around the rink because I played at roughly 8:00 p.m. I played goal, so halfway through the game I was called to the bench for a goalie change. That is when I first heard about the murder of Michael Kent. I will never forget that. Life in Elmvale changed that night.

Kids that walked to the arena or any other place in town were now driven or accompanied by an adult. Neighbours looked at each other differently as rumours ran rampant on who was being investigated for the murder.

All the kids and adults that were at the arena that night were interviewed by the O.P.P. We were mostly asked if we had seen anything unusual in the lobby or outside. I remember, after telling the officers that I had arrived at the arena 2 ½ hours before my game, why I was there so early.

I had a chance to talk to Detective Inspector Jim Smyth of the Criminal Investigation Branch last week at O.P.P. Headquarters in Orillia.

After forty-nine years, the murder case of Michael Kent is still an open investigation. He told me, over that time span, numerous leads have been followed up, but these did not lead to any arrests. Officers involved in the investigation over the years have met to see if anything has been missed. A few years ago, an officer traveled to the east coast to interview the family just in case any new facts about the case surfaced. I was told that any new investigation tools that were not around in the 60’s also were not of any help in solving the murder of Michael Kent.

Detective Inspector Smyth could not reveal details of the case because the investigation is still open, but he stated that the case is being looked at periodically when new information becomes available. I had a chance to talk about my memories, the rumors, and the weapon used but, again, since it is still an open investigation, understandably, he could not confirm or deny any of my questions.

It is good to know that the investigation of this case is still active, even after such a long time. It is a day I will never forget. Michael Kent will always be part of my life. Hopefully, if still alive, the person responsible will come forward, or anyone who has information leading to that person(s) will contact the authorities for further investigation. You can call 24-Hour Police Services at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 with information on this case or any other case that is still open. If you can help, make the call.

Today, we still do not know who murdered Michael Kent. I hope the person responsible for this crime is still not walking among us. If they are, they must have been living their life with a guilty conscience eating away at them for almost fifty years. The family of Michael Kent needs closure. Elmvale needs closure. I know I do.

 

MOTORIST AVOIDS INJURY AFTER ICE FALLS FROM TRUCK

On February 2, 2019 at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 401 in the municipality of Chatham-Kent.

A large piece of ice from the roof of a tractor trailer travelling westbound near Highway 40 struck a westbound passenger vehicle causing significant damage to the front windshield.

No injuries were reported but the vehicle was rendered inoperable and was towed from the highway.

A 43 year old Mississauga, Ontario man has been charged with Insecure Load, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

The OPP warn all motorists that failure to remove ice and snow from a motor vehicle can result in a fine but more importantly could result in serious injury or death to other motorists.

 

NINE MONTH INVESTIGATION LEADS TO CRIMINAL CHARGE

Pedestrian Killed In 2018 Springwater Fail To Remain Collision

(SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP, ON) - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a Newmarket resident following a nine month investigation into the death of a 28-year-old pedestrian.

In the early hours of May 5, 2018, Dominik Andrew ADAMEK of Springwater Township was walking near the intersection of County Road 53 (Wilson Drive) and Carson Road when he was struck by a vehicle whose driver failed to remain at the scene.

Confident that the driver would have been aware of the deadly impact, investigators led by Detective Inspector Paula MILNE of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch identified the colour, make and approximate age of the involved vehicle and released that information to the public. In October 2018, a $50,000 reward was offered for any new information to support the investigation.

On January 30, 2019, Maimuna BALDEH, aged 30 years, was arrested and charged with Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident - Cause Death, contrary to section 252 (1.3) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused is expected to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in the town of Collingwood on March 12, 2019.

The OPP would like to thank the public for information provided during this investigation

 

The OPP Trail Side Report in North Simcoe

The trails and open areas are finally receiving some long awaited snow along with some really cold nights all helping to form a base for snowmobiling in our area. Over the course of the weekend of January 25-28, 2019 a number of Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails in our area were opened up and hopefully the winter weather continues so even more will open. Members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are ready for the snowmobile season and over the weekend of January 25-28, 2019 checked 35 snowmobile operators at various R.I.D.E. locations throughout the North Simcoe patrol area. No drivers were charged with Impaired Operation or related offences at these R.I.D.E. check stops.

Snowmobile operators are advised to check trail conditions prior to heading out and the following internet web sites can provide an insight into those conditions and whether the trails are open or still closed; The Georgian Bay Snow Riders Snowmobile Club, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Mid Ontario Snowmobile Clubs

If you have to travel out onto an ice surface always remember that “No Ice Is Safe Ice” and you need to be aware of current and past weather conditions along with checking with area residents who have “local knowledge of ice conditions” the following web site is a must see for those who travel on ice surfaces- Cold Water Boot Camp

OPP snowmobile patrol officers along with local snowmobile club officials remind all operators of the following so everyone has a enjoyable ride on our trails here in the Heart of Georgian Bay.

Stay on the Trail

Trail conditions are currently yellow meaning conditions are “Limited-Use Caution”

Please stay in control and observe posted speed limits

Never Drive Impaired

Unlawfully removing trail signs can create some very dangerous situations, if you have knowledge of anyone removing OFSC trail signs 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. 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 www.crimestopperssdm.com on Twitter or Facebook.

Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails Through community partnerships we educate the public about safe driving practices.

 

TRAFFIC COMPLAINT LEADS TO IMPAIRED CHARGES

On January 29, 2019 at approximately 8:06 p.m., members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint northbound on County Rd. 10 in Clearview Township. The motor vehicle was located in a ditch approximately 3 km south of Highway 26. An investigation quickly determined that the driver had been operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Charged with “Adult Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration(80 plus).” is Angela WRENN 43 years old from Essa Twp., Ontario. First appearance is February 26, 2019 in the Court of Justice in the Town of Collingwood, Ontario.

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.

 

Charges Upgraded to First Degree Murder

(ORO-MEDONTE, ON) - On Wednesday January 30, 2019, at approximately 11:35 a.m., members with the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) responded to a report of a shooting at a Line 10 North address in the Township of Oro-Medonte.

Officers responded to the residence where a male victim identified as Lee William LACKEY, 34-years-old, was located inside suffering life threatening injuries. He was subsequently transported to a Toronto area hospital where has since succumbed to his injuries.

The accused, Peter VANDERVEEN, 69-years-old, of Oro-Medonte, has now been charged with First Degree Murder Contrary to Section 235 (1) of the Criminal Code. He has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia on February 19, 2019.

The investigation remains ongoing with members of the Orillia OPP Crime Unit and Central Region Forensic Identification Services (FIS) under the direction of Detective Inspector Darren Webster of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

 

FATAL SNOWMOBILE CRASH

South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a snowmobile collision that occurred during the evening on Saturday February 2, 2019.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019, Bruce County Paramedic Services and South Bruce OPP attended a residence on Side Road 25 in Huron-Kinloss for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a snowmobile.

Upon arrival paramedics located an injured male who was transported to hospital..

Troy Snobelen 43-years-old of from Huron-Kinloss was pronounced deceased.

 

DUFFERIN OPP PATROL LOCAL SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

(DUFFERIN, ON) Officers from the Dufferin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Highway Safety Division were out on the snowmobile trails this weekend in Dufferin County to assist in trail safety patrol with members from the Dufferin Drift Busters Snowmobile Club.

Officers conducted random RIDE stops as well as mobile patrols throughout Dufferin. In addition to careless or impaired operation, officers are ensuring compliance with helmet, insurance, registration, permits and mechanical requirements. This weekend’s patrols included: 3 RIDE checks in various locations in Dufferin. Police interacted with nearly 175 operators/passengers which resulted in two Provincial Offence tickets being issued and one alcohol related 3-day warn range suspension.

OPP reminds riders that in order to operate a snowmobile off of your property all riders must:

  1. Wear an approved helmet, properly worn with the chin strap secured.
  2. Possess valid insurance and proof of it
  3. Possess a current registration
  4. Possess a valid driver’s licence or approved competency for OFSC trails
  5. Possess a current trail pass for use of OFSC trails
  6. Adhere to all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations

OPP also wants to remind riders to remain on the marked trails and respect the landowners properties which the trails often run through.

 

SIX PEOPLE ARRESTED IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

(M’CHIGEENG FIRST NATION, ON)- On Saturday, February 2, 2019, at approximately 5:05 p.m., officers from the United Chiefs and Council of Manitoulin (UCCM) Anishnaabe Police, the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service, the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation Police and the Greater Sudbury Police Service Tactical Unit responded to a shooting incident on M’Chigeeng First Nation, Ontario.

OPP and UCCM Police assisted with a hold and secure of the community until there were no concerns for public safety. OPP officers arrested four of the suspects in a stolen vehicle, on Highway 6 in Little Current, Ontario. OPP and UCCM Police arrested two additional suspects on M’Chigeeng First Nation. A 20-year-old male and 16 year-old-male were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Five youth and one adult have been charged:

A 17-year-old female from Ajax, Ontario, has been charged with:

Attempt to Commit Murder Using a Firearm, contrary to section 239(1)(a.1) of the Criminal Code (CC);

Break and Enter a Dwelling House with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence, contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the CC; and

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC.

A 16-year-old male from North York, Ontario, has been charged with:

Attempt to Commit Murder Using a Firearm, contrary to section 239(1)(a.1) of the CC;

Break and Enter a Dwelling House with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the CC;

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, contrary to section 354(1)(a)of the CC ;

Theft of a Motor Vehicle, contrary to section 333.1 of the CC; and

Assault with a Weapon, contrary to section 267(a) of the CC

A 17-year-old male from Brampton, Ontario and a 17-year-old male from Shelburne, Ontario, have been charged with:

Attempt to Commit Murder Using a Firearm, contrary to section 239(1)(a.1) of the CC;

Break and Enter a Dwelling House with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence, contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the CC;

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC;

Theft of a Motor Vehicle, contrary to section 333.1 of the CC;

Assault With a Weapon, contrary to section 267(a) of the CC; and

Fail to Comply with Recognizance - two counts- contrary to section 145(3) of the CC.

A 16-year-old female from Toronto, Ontario, has been charged with:

Attempt to Commit Murder Using a Firearm, contrary to section 239(1)(a.1) of the CC;

Break and Enter a Dwelling House With Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence, contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the CC; and

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC.

A 19-year-old male from Toronto, Ontario, has been charged with:

Attempt to Commit Murder Using a Firearm, contrary to section 239(1)(a.1) of the CC;

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC;

Theft of a Motor Vehicle, contrary to section 333.1 of the CC; and

Assault With a Weapon, contrary to section 267(a) of the CC.

All of the accused are scheduled to appear before the Ontario, Court of Justice in Wikwemikong, Ontario, on February 6, 2019.

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this incident should immediately contact the UCCM Anishnaabe Police at 1-888-377-7135 or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at to www.sudburycrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

 

OPP Put the Grab on Impaired Driver from Penetanguishene Parking Lot Smash Up Investigation

(PENETANGUISHENE, ON) - On January 24, 2019 at 10:57 pm the Communications Center of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call from a concerned citizen of a vehicle being erratically and smashing into parked vehicles on a retail mall parking lot in Penetanguishene. Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP detachment attended the scene and learned of the suspect vehicle which had fled the scene prior to their arrival. Two officers located the suspect vehicle on Main Street, Penetanguishene and successfully stopped the suspect vehicle by boxing the vehicle in using their police vehicles with minimal damage.

The lone male driver was arrested and transported to Southern Georgian Bay detachment for further investigation which resulted in Gabriel DONOVAN 27 years of Sudbury being charged with the following driving offences;

Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs contrary to section 320.14 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Drive motor vehicle - no licence contrary to section 32 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario

The vehicle vehicle he was operating was towed and impounded for 7 days and his driving privileges have been suspended for 90 days under the provisions of the 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 February 7, 2019.

Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways.Through community partnerships we educate the public about safe driving practices.

 

OPP Investigating Theft of Two Snowmobiles in Midland

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members from the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched on January 25, 2019 to a theft occurrence reported at a King Street, Midland residence. Two snowmobiles were removed from the rear of the owners property between January 17-24, 2019 and are described as follows:

2005 Arctic Cat F7 Fire Cat red in colour bearing VIN #4UF05SNW95T117715 and Ontario registration of 97249

2006 Arctic Cat Crossfire orange in colour bearing VIN# 4UF06SNW06T114510 and Ontario registration of 967688

 

Male in serious condition after Motorized Snow Vehicle accident

 

(CLEARVIEW TOWNSHIP, ON.) - On January 25th, 2018 at approximately 9:00 p.m., members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Clearview Fire Department and Simcoe County Paramedic Service responded to a single vehicle accident involving a motorized snow vehicle.

An initial OPP investigation revealed that a motorized snow vehicle operated by a 27 year old male was on private property when the driver loss control and was thrown off the motorized snow vehicle . The operator was transported to hospital with serious life threatening injuries.

At this time Police are advising that weather conditions and speed of the snowmobile were factors in the accident.

OPP would like to remind operators and passengers to wear the proper safety gear when riding motorized snow vehicles.

 

OPP EXECUTED ILLEGAL CANNABIS WARRANT

(HAMILTON, ON) - On January 24 2019, members of the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the Hamilton Police Service, executed search warrants at five illegal cannabis storefronts in Hamilton, Ontario.

As a result of the warrant being executed, police enforced an interim closure of the premises as per section 18 of the Cannabis Act (CA) as well as seized suspected dried cannabis, cannabis oil, cannabis shatter, edibles, Canadian currency, 7 ATM, THC infused products (bath balms).

“Working with the PJFCET, we’re committed to closing down all of Hamilton’s illegal dispensaries and enforcing interim closures. We encourage employees and owners to reconsider their participation in the illegal cannabis trade as we continue to apply enforcement,” said Hamilton Police Deputy Chief Dan Kinsella.

The following individuals have been arrested and charged with Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling, contrary to section 10(2) of the Cannabis Act (CA) and with Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, contrary to section 355 (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC).

Jesse LAMPMAN (M, 28 years old)

Warren MILLET (M, 53 years old)

Logan MUNGAR (M, 28 years old)

Brooke MURPHY (F, 23 years old)

Jennifer COLE (F, 52 years old)

Dylan FERGUSON (M, 22 years old)

Teddi-Jean LAW (F, 22 years old)

Patrick MCGINLEY (M, 21 years old)

Paul ROBINSON (M, 34 years old)

Paul ADESEIYE (M, 26 years old)

Cassandra DAVIS (F, 25 years old)

Caitlin JARVIS (F, 22 years old)

Abdulrahman MAHMOUD (M, 28 years old)

Joseph MUGFORD (M, 34 years old)

Emily NAGY (F, 23 years old)

Renad SUBOH (F, 22 years old)

Morgan ANGER (F, 25 years old)

Kelvin DOAN (M, 24 years old)

Maximillien DUFOREST-BARROWMAN (M, 22 years old)

Amber GHENT (F, 26 years old)

Jadwiga KOT (F, 58 years old)

Joshua LASCHNER (M, 26 years old)

Ryan MCLAUGHLIN (M, 26 years old)

Troy ROCHON (M, 22 years old)

Darnell SWABY (M, 24 years old)

The accused were released with an Appearance Notice and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Hamilton, Ontario on March 13th, 2019.

Approximately 250 lbs of processed cannabis, 100 lbs of cannabis resin and a large amount of products containing THC were seized. In addition, approximately $ 50,000 in Canadian Currency was seized.

The OPP is continuing to lead an enforcement strategy which includes other Ontario police services. This strategy will reflect actionable intelligence on illegal cannabis operations.

“We will continue to investigate and apprehend those who produce, sell and import cannabis outside of the law. Closures such as this latest one, illustrate the partnership and effectiveness of the joint forces enforcement teams to ensure cohesive and consistent enforcement of illicit cannabis,” states Chief Superintendent John Sullivan

The focus of the strategy is to dismantle organized crime groups, eliminate the illegal cannabis supply, remove illegal cannabis enterprises such as store fronts and online, and target the proceeds of crime and assets.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

 

Orillia OPP Seeking Information in Robbery

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a Robbery at a business, on Westmount Drive, in the City of Orillia.

On January 26, 2019 at approximately 02:45 AM a suspect entered the, Westmount Drive, business, brandished a knife and demanded cash. The suspect departed on foot, with cash, and was last seen Westbound on Mississaga Street. Central Region Canine and Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) attended in attempts to track the suspect.

The Orillia Crime Unit was called in to assist with the investigation. Video surveillance, of the incident, was obtained. The suspect is described as:

Caucasian male

Approximately 5’9”.

Wearing black balaclava. Appears to be a knitted balaclava.

Jacket, two-tone colour jacket, black and lighter gray.

Wearing black pants and black gloves.

Footwear was black running shoes with white soles.

The male suspect was holding a squared lunch bag, white and green in colour with a specific design.

The Orillia OPP and Orillia OPP Crime Unit continue to investigate this incident. If anyone recognizes the suspect or has information that could assist police with their investigation you are encouraged to contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or 705-326-3536.

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).

 

MOTORIZED SNOW VEHICLE COLLISIONS OVER THE WEEKEND

(BANCROFT, ON) - Shortly before noon on January 26, 2019, officers of the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), responded to a collision that occurred on Williams Lake, off of McCormick Road in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands.

A 29 year old male from Ohio, United States of America, was operating a motorized snow vehicle in a dangerous manner and was ejected from the snow vehicle. The male was also not wearing any protective equipment at the time. Officers alongside Hastings Highlands Fire Department, closed a section of the roadway and Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services assisted the male to be airlifted with life-altering injuries.

Further in the afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m. officers responded to a second collision involving a motorized snow vehicle and a motor vehicle which occurred on Highway 127 near Iron Bridge Road. Officers, alongside Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services, attended the scene and located a 72-year old male from Barrie, Ontario who came in contact with a vehicle and was ejected from his motorized snow vehicle. The male driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Hospital.

The 72 year old male was charged under the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act.

 

Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment DATE: January 28, 2019 Weekend Traffic Notes

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) despite the cold and winter like conditions checked over 50 vehicle operators between January 24-28, 2019 at various R.I.D.E. check stop locations resulting in no impaired operation or related charges being issued. Winter like driving conditions were trouble some for a number of drivers on area roads as 31 crashes were investigated by officers on patrol caused mostly by snow and slippery conditions. Motorists are reminded to follow the Ministry of Transportation site Ontario 511 for information on road conditions and closures.

Officers were also tasked with assisting Georgian Bay Fire Service and County of Simcoe Paramedics after they were called upon to investigate an report of a hoover craft that crashed into a dock on Tomahawk Island in Georgian Bay Township at 2:38 pm January 27, 2019. A 30 year old female occupant of the hoover craft was transported to Georgian Bay General Hospital for assessment and treatment.

An officer on patrol at noon hour on January 25, 2019 checked on a motorist after he was stopped for speeding when the officer noted the driver was transporting a quantity of cannabis that was readily available to the driver. A 20 year old Tay Township male received a notice from the officer for his speed under the Highway Traffic Act and his cannabis under section 12 (1) of the Cannabis Control Act

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

 

Same Driver Stopped for Driving under Suspension Twice Within Minutes

On Monday, January 28t, 2018, at approximately 9:59 am, an officer from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police was on patrol along Kennedy Road and Mayfield Road in the town of Caledon.

A traffic stop was conducted, and it was determined that the driver was suspended. The driver was charged with Driving while under Suspension.

The officer returned to his duties, and within minutes at about 10:19 am, observed the same driver operating his vehicle again. The driver was pulled over, arrested and charged again. His vehicle was seized at the scene.

Police remind motorists that driving is a privilege. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority. The Ontario Provincial Police is committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities.

 

THEFT OF KUBOTA

(TOWN OF NEW TECUMSETH, ON) - Members of the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating the theft of a Kubota RTV 1100 from a home in the Town of New Tecumseth.

On Monday, January 28, 2019 around 9:00 a.m., police were called to a home located on the 8th Line. The homeowner reported that a 2008 Kubota RTV 1100 had been stolen from the garage on Sunday night or early Monday morning. The utility vehicle is described as being black and orange in colour.

A photo of the stolen Kubota has been attached.

Anyone with information about this theft is asked to call Nottawasaga OPP at 705-434-1939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be submitted anonymously online at: www.crimestopperssdm.com.

 

LCBO THEFT RESULTS IN TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED

(TOWN OF NEW TECUMSETH, ON) - On Monday, January 21, 2019, members from the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to the LCBO located in Tottenham for a report of a theft.

A police investigation revealed that two males entered the LCBO store together, during two separate visits on January 21, 2019 and placed multiple bottles of alcohol inside their pants and jackets. Both males then left the store with the concealed and unpaid bottles of alcohol both times.

The two male suspects were later identified by police and were arrested and charged.

An 18-year-old male and a 24-year-old male from Tottenham were arrested and both charged with 2 counts of Theft Under $5000 - Shoplifting.

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

 

OPP EXECUTED DRUG WARRANT IN PARRY SOUND

(PARRY SOUND, ON) - On January 29, 2019, officers from Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North East Region Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU), OPP’s West Parry Sound Crime Unit, Emergency Response Team (ERT), Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Tactical Canine Unit and the West Parry Sound Detachment, executed a drug search warrant on William Street in Parry Sound, Ontario.

As a result of the warrant being executed, police seized suspected Cocaine, Crack, Xanax, liquid Codeine, an unknown substance and a homemade firearm. The estimated street value of the drugs seized is approximately $12,000. Police also seized $1,800 of currency.

Roarke MCGEOWN, a 21-year-old male from North York, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA, and

Possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the CC.

The accused was held for Bail and released on a Recognizance and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Jeremy HUSSEY-BUTLER, a 20-year-old male from Scarborough, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA, and

Possession of Loaded Prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the Criminal Code (CC).

The accused was held for Bail and released on a Recognizance and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Joshua COLLINS, a 39-year-old male from Seguin Township, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA),

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA),

Possession of Loaded Prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the Criminal Code (CC), and

Breach of Recognizance, contrary to section 811 of the CC.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Diane CULL, a 47-year-old female from Parry Sound, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of Loaded Prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the Criminal Code (CC), and

Fail to comply with conditions of undertaking given by Officer in charge, contrary to section 145(5.1) of the CC.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Samantha FISHER, a 29-year-old female from Parry Sound, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA, and

Possession of Loaded Prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the CC.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Alicia JACKSON, a 31-year-old female from Parry Sound, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA, and

Possession of Loaded Prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the Criminal Code (CC).

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Blake MCAMMOND, a 33-year-old male from McDougall Township, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the CC,

Possession of firearm or ammunition, contrary to Probation order. and

Fail to comply with Probation Order, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Morgen STEELE, a 37-year-old male from Parry Sound, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the CC,

Possession of firearm or ammunition, contrary to Probation order, contrary to section 117.0(1) of the CC.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Melissa WILCOX, a 38-year-old female from Parry Sound, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - Cocaine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA,

Possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 95(a) of the CC,

Possession of firearm or ammunition, contrary to Probation order. and

Fail to comply with Conditions of Undertaking given by Officer in charge, contrary to section 145(5.1) of the CC.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.