Police Info

OPP R.I.D.E. Checks in Full Swing on North Simcoe Roads

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been busy checking for impaired drivers since the Festive R.I.D.E. program was kicked off here in Midland on Dec 3, 2018. Officers have checked over 1000 drivers for signs of impairment due to consumption of alcohol or drug at 24 separate locations in North Simcoe since then. To date, only one driver has been charged at these locations with a criminal code drinking and driving offence since the kick off.

Officers were also kept busy investigating vehicle crashes with the winter weather being a contributing factor to the 27 vehicle crashes that OPP officers were dispatched to between December 6-10, 2018.

Officers on patrol at 05:09 am December 6, 2018 observed a vehicle strike the media at the intersection of Highway 12 and 93 in the Town of Midland. The vehicle then left the scene of the crash and was stopped by OPP officers shortly after. The lone female driver was spoken to by the officers who administered an approved screening device (ASD) test resulting in a 3 day suspension of her licence and a 7 day seizure of her vehicle under the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) program. Further investigation resulted in the driver Danielle SHEA 28 years of Innisfil being charged with the following-

  • Careless driving contrary to section 130(1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario
  • Fail to report damage to property on highway contrary to section 201 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario
  • Driving while under suspension contrary to section 53 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario
  • Fail to remain contrary to section 200 (1) (a) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario
  • Drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit contrary to section 7 (1) (a) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario

Motorists are reminded that OPP officers conduct R.I.D.E. programs all year round but at this festive time of year when social events are very prevalent, an extra push is made to remind drivers to make the right choice and never drive impaired.

For more information on impaired driving please visit the following link-

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

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS A COLLISION ON THE HIGHWAY AND YOU ARE CAUGHT IN LONG LINE OF TRAFFIC                                                                                 

(CHATHAM, ON) On December 11, 2018, around 7:15 a.m. Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 401 near Merlin Road.  

Investigation revealed, an eastbound tractor trailer had crossed through the centre median, drove through the cable barrier and collided head on into two westbound tractor trailers. All three drivers were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

With the highway closed there is now a long line of vehicles stopping and being forced to wait while the lanes are being cleared. What do you do now? 

Emergency crews will generally do everything they can to at least get one lane or shoulder passable to traffic immediately, but sometimes this is just not possible.

Sometimes, if it is determined that the highway will be closed for an extended period of time, the highway will be closed at or prior to the previous exit and traffic will be redirected at that point.

Police will then, starting at the rear of the jam, direct people to reverse one at a time, or turn around completely and drive the wrong way, on the now closed highway, to get back to the previous exit.

If they think they can clear it within an hour or so, traffic will be made to wait, as it is more efficient and time effective to just clear the lanes, than spend manpower and effort to clear the traffic. 

Occasionally police/emergency crews will direct traffic back to the last 'on-ramp', or to cross at an 'authorized use only' crossover, to clear the jam.  

OPP are urging drivers not to move until they have been directed by police. You could get stuck in the center median or cause a collision by using the "authorized use only' crossover. 

This will result in police having to divert resources from the initial collision scene and shutting the highway down longer to clean up two separate scenes. 

During this collision, OPP issued a careless driving charge to a motorist who drove through the center median. 

 

For Snowmobilers the Temptation for First Tracks Is Almost Irresistible

OPP Remind Riders to Think Safety First

(Orillia, ON) - Within the last 24 hours several communities in our area received a significant amount of snow. In Central Region, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wishes to remind riders to take extra care during this portion of pre-snowmobile season.

Trails under the care of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are currently not open. Volunteers have not had the opportunity to clear trails, groom or assess snow conditions. Please remember riding on closed OFSC trails may cause damage to the property or cause landowners to revoke consent closing trails for everyone. Riders who choose to ride on closed OFSC trails may be charged. Visit www.ofsc.on.ca for updated trail conditions.

Snowmobilers choose to intentionally skip open water cause unnecessary risk to themselves and to first responders attempting a rescue or recovery. Police wish to remind people, no ice is ever 100% safe and everyone should remain off the ice that has started to form on our waterways.

 

Huronia West OPP Investigate Fatal Collision near Midhurst

(Springwater Township, ON) - Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and emergency crews were called to assist at a serious collision on St. Vincent Street shortly after 12:30am this morning.

 The lone vehicle involved in the crash, left the roadway, struck a tree and rolled onto its roof. The 20-year-old male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The 20-year-old male driver was treated and release from an area hospital with minor injuries. Both men are residents of  the City of Barrie.

 St. Vincent Street was closed, between Hanmer Street and Jodies Lane for several hours while OPP members trained in collision reconstruction measured and documented the scene.

The name of the deceased male is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

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

 

LATE NIGHT CRUISE LEADS TO SEVERAL CHARGES

(WASAGA BEACH, ON) On December 6, 2018 at approximately 11:30 p.m., members of the Huronia West detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested a motorist for drinking and driving offences after receiving a call for a suspicious person.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., on December 6, 2018, officers were dispatched to the area of Beck and Main St. in Wasaga Beach for a suspicious person in a light blue sedan. Police quickly located the vehicle and upon speaking to the driver it was determined that she was under the influence of alcohol which led to her arrest and transport to detachment for processing.

56 year old Fiona KERR of Wasaga Beach was charged with:

  • CC 253(1)(a) Adult Driving While Ability Impaired-motor vehicle (Alcohol and Drug)
  • CC 254(5) Adult Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample 254(3) alcohol/blood
  • CC 270(1)(a) Assault a Peace Officer
  • CC 430(1)(b) Adult Mischief - renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective

She is to appear in Collingwood Court on the 8th of January 2019.

 

Orillia OPP Investigating Two ATM Thefts

(SEVERN, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating two separate occurrences of break and enter in Severn Township, in which thieves stole the ATM from the same Highway 11 business.

On November 30, 2018 at approximately 1:55 a.m. a male suspect gained entry to the business by breaking the front door while a second person stood by in a nearby vehicle. A strap was secured around the ATM and the vehicle was utilized to pull it from the business.

The suspect is described as approximately 6’ tall with a thin build, wearing a light coloured jacket with a fur lined hood, dark pants and wearing gloves.

On December 5, 2018 at approximately 2:50 a.m. a male suspect gained entry to the same business by removing the glass from the front door while a second person stood by in a nearby vehicle. Again, a strap was secured around the ATM and the vehicle was utilized to pull it from where it was secured.

The suspect in this case is described as approximately 6’ tall with a thin build, wearing a light coloured Adidas hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a light coloured toque underneath the hood.

It is believed that a pickup truck was used in both incidents to remove and transport the ATMs.

Orillia OPP members, with the assistance of Scenes of Crime officers (SOCO) and the Orillia Crime Unit, continue to investigate these incidents.

The Orillia OPP are asking that if anyone locates an ATM or if anyone witnessed this incident, or has information that could be useful, to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 or 1-888-310-1122.

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).

 

Orillia OPP Warning Public of Impersonation Scam

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to create awareness of a potential scam involving the impersonation of police.

On December 5, 2018, police in Orillia were visited by a male from Montreal, Quebec asking to meet with Senior Inspector Jones RICKSHAW of the OPP. The male was promised a large sum of money if he first deposited over $500 into an American bank account and he wanted to meet in person before making the deposit. As a result of his caution, the man learned that he had avoided being another victim of fraud as both the name and rank given were fictitious.  A fake staff identification card had also been provided.

Many Canadians find themselves becoming scam victims, thanks to the excitement of a surprise win or to claim prizes from fake lotteries, contests or inheritances. Phone calls, an e-mail, text messages and pop-up messages on your computer or laptop may make claims that the offer is legal and that there are relatively minor costs to claim the ‘big’ prize. By responding, you may lose everything you send to a scammer and - if you have provided other personal details - your identity information could be stolen to support other crimes.

Tips to help you recognize a lottery or prize scam.

  • Never send money to anybody you don’t know and trust.
  • Don’t provide personal banking details to anyone that you do not know and trust.
  • Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully. Claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs. Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
  • Ask yourself, “Did I willingly enter this contest?”

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the OPP 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).  Suspected frauds should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

 

Huronia West OPP Investigates Stolen Boat

Boat/Motor/Trailer Package Valued Just Under $100,000

(Springwater Township, ON) - Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called, on Thursday November 29, 2018, to investigate a stolen boat, motor and trailer package from marina on Horseshoe Valley Road West.

 Suspect(s) entered the yard area and removed the following items:

  • 2018 Kingfisher 2325 Costal Express vessel Hull # ON5915030 maroon/grey in colour.
  • 175HP Suzuki outboard motor
  • Aluminum dual axel trailer

Total value of the package stolen is just under $100,000. Officers from the Huronia West OPP crime unit are currently investigating and are looking for information which may lead to the recovery of the vessel or the identity of the person(s) involved. If you have information please contact the Huronia West OPP at 705 429-3575 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Erratic Driver Fails to Stop for Police

Occupants Identified and Arrested In the Town of Wasaga Beach

Numerous Charges Laid

(Wasaga Beach, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid several charges in this investigation.   

The male driver, Dawson Dion (20) of the town of Midland, faces seven charges stemming from the original call for service on Baseline Road in Tiny Township on November 24, 2018.  

  • Drive While Ability Impaired by Alcohol contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Care or Control Over 80 mgs contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code
  • Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle contrary to section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Flight while Pursued by Peace Officer contrary to section 249.1(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident contrary to section 252 of the Criminal Code
  • Mischief contrary to section 430(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

Dion was held for a bail court on the date of arrest.

A female passenger, Georgia Quanbury (19) of the town of Midland, has been charged with, Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. Quanbury was released on a Promise to Appear for January 10, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland.

 

911 Call to OPP Leads to Abduction Investigation

(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) - On November 27, 2018 at 2:02 pm members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment were dispatched to investigate a 911 call after the OPP Communications Center received the call from a female at a Bay Street, Tay Township residence.

Officers entered into an investigation after attending the Bay Street residence and were unable to locate the female caller. Officers on patrol located a vehicle that had left the residence prior to the arrival of police which was strategically followed in the Victoria Harbour area and requested assistance of the OPP Helicopter Unit and the OPP K-9 Unit to assist in the investigation.

Shortly after 4:00 pm officers arrested a male suspect at a Bourgeois Beach Road Tay Township residence without incident and the female victim was located safe at the same location.

With the investigative assistance of the OPP Central Region Crime Unit, a 55-year-old Tay Township man has been charged with the following offences-

  • Forcible Confinement
  • Flight while Pursued by Peace Officer
  • Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle
  • Fail to Comply with Conditions of Undertaking Given by Officer in Charge

The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim and has been held in custody pending a show cause hear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie bail court on November 28, 2018. Any future court appearances will be at the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland.

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

 

Orillia OPP Investigate Bomb Threat

(ORILLIA, ON) - Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a bomb threat made to a local high school early this morning.

On December 03, 2018 police responded to reports that a message had been left at Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School stating that an explosive device had been planted. School officials evacuated the building immediately and redirected incoming school buses prior to police arrival.

The initial investigation has been completed and no suspicious device was located. The school has since been reopened and students are returning to classes.

The Orillia OPP continue to investigate. Anyone with knowledge of this incident are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 or 1-888-310-1122.

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).

 

DAY TIME RIDE LEADS TO IMPAIRED CHARGES

(SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP, ON.) - On December 3, 2018 at approximately 1:53 p.m., members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a R.I.D.E. Check in the area of Snow Valley Road.

Police observed a vehicle travelling eastbound, quickly stop, turnaround and proceed westbound on Snow Valley Rd. Police stopped the vehicle on Heron Boulevard and quickly determined that the driver was operating it while under the influence of alcohol.

66 year old Gerald GIBBONS of Springwater was charged with:

  • CC 253(1)(a) Adult Driving While Ability Impaired-motor vehicle (Alcohol)
  • CC 253(1)(b) Adult Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood

He is to appear in Collingwood Court on the 8th of January 2019.  

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.

 

NOVEMBER ARRESTS SHOW PREVALENCE OF ONLINE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN ONTARIO

Police Services, Agencies Combine to Protect Children

(TORONTO, ON) - Numerous charges have been laid across Ontario, in what police are calling a snapshot of one month’s worth of work by Internet Child Exploitation Investigators that make up the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet. 

At a media conference today in Vaughan, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with 26 police agencies of the Provincial Strategy announced the results of investigations during the month of November across the entire province of Ontario. A total of 267 judicial authorizations were obtained, resulting in 551 charges against 122 persons, including 11 youth who cannot be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Charges include: Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, Possession of Child Pornography, Make Available Child Pornography, Distribution of Child Pornography, Making Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography, Luring, Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child.

In addition, 55 victims were identified during the investigations and referred to appropriate community-based resources for assistance. Police also seized a total of 17 firearms three of which were loaded handguns. 

Additional partners that participated in these investigations included RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, The FBI and United States Homeland Security Investigations. Representatives of BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP) were also on hand to advocate for more services for identified victims of exploitation and to enhance awareness to prevent further harm and victimization.

Police displayed a video showing 834 unique IP addresses associated to the possession or making available of child sexual abuse material or were present on a suspected child pornography website. These IP addresses were observed over the month of November alone. Police describe these numbers as the “tip of the iceberg” in relation to online child sexual exploitation in Ontario.

From its inception in August 2006, the entire Provincial Strategy has completed 50,403 investigations and laid 20,901 charges against 5,686 people. During that period, 2,009 child victims have been identified in Ontario and beyond.

A list of arrested persons, their municipality of residence and their respective charges have been appended to this media release (see ADDENDUM - Charged Persons). The investigation continues and additional arrests are pending.

 

OPP R.I.D.E. Nabs Impaired Driver

(MIDLAND, ON) - Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have participated in 5 R.I.D.E. check stops in the North Simcoe area since December 3, 2018 area checking over 300 drivers for signs of impaired driving. On December 5, 2018 at 10:25 pm officers at a R.I.D.E. check stop location on William Street in the Town of Midland became engaged in a traffic investigation after a vehicle evaded the R.I.D.E. check stop. The vehicle was located nearby and officers spoke with the male driver and entered into a drinking and driving investigation. Officers also spoke with a female passenger and entered into Controlled Drug and Substances Act investigation.

As a result of the investigation the male driver Dillion JACKSON 28 years of Tay Township was arrested and charged with the following offences-

  • Driving while Disqualified - court order contrary to section 259 (4) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Care or Control While Impaired (Alcohol and Drug) contrary to section 253 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample contrary to section 254 (5) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Fail to stop for Police [PURSUIT] contrary to section 216 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
  • Race a motor vehicle-Stunt contrary to section 172 (1) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
  • Driving while under suspension contrary to section 53 (1) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
  • Permit use of plate not authorized for vehicle contrary to section 12 (1) (d) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
  • Drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit contrary to section 7 (1) (a) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
  • Operate a motor vehicle without insurance contrary to section 2 (1) (a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act

His vehicle was seized for 45 days and towed to a secure compound as per the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) program which is operated by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on January 31, 2018.

The female passenger Kayla SANDY 22 years of Christian Island was arrested and charged with the following offence-

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

She was held for bail court before the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie and has been released on an undertaking to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on December 20, 2018.

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

 

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE CELEBRATES EXCELLENCE IN POLICING

Honouring Our Officers, Civilians and Auxiliary

(ORILLIA, ON) - December 6, 2018 marked a great day for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as officers, civilians and auxiliary members were honoured for their exceptional efforts in service with the 2018 Accolade Awards. The OPP is a proud organization with tremendous pride based on the great work that so many of our employees do to support our vision of Safe Communities… A Secure Ontario.

The Accolade Awards of Excellence recognizes individuals and team members in the categories of Valuing and Supporting People, Enforcement, Investigation, Innovation and Creativity, Dedication and Team Achievement. The Leadership Awards of Merit acknowledges individuals and team members in the categories of Community Service and Partnership.

Detective Sergeant Bill Gofton was the recipient of the Officer of the Year Accolade Award for his extraordinary selflessness and heroism in providing immediate assistance to individuals wounded in the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting, while he was vacationing with friends.

Ms. Josie Puglisi received the Civilian of the Year Accolade Award for her dedication, commitment and leadership in fulfilling her duties serving the OPP Highway Safety Division.

The Auxiliary Member of the Year Accolade Award was presented to Auxiliary Staff Sergeant Richard Audette. A ten-year veteran of the OPP Auxiliary Program, Aux/Staff Sgt. Audette has volunteered over 400 quality hours for the betterment of his community and the OPP.

Sergeant Shelly Tuck was awarded the Jim Potts Award for her outstanding contribution to building partnerships and relationships with First Nation Police services and Indigenous communities through the development and coordination of Missing Persons Awareness Day. Additionally, the Jim Potts Team Award was presented to members of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls OPP National Inquiry Response Team.

 

Orillia OPP Investigating Serious Motor Vehicle Collision

(SEVERN, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a serious motor vehicle collision in the Township of Severn.

On December 6, 2018, at approximately 8:05 p.m., members of the Orillia OPP were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on Division Road at Uhthoff Line.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a pickup truck which was towing a trailer eastbound on Division Road struck a second passenger vehicle, which was travelling northbound, within the intersection. Responding officers arrived to find the driver of the truck unconscious, being assisted by good Samaritans.

Severn Fire and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and Rama Paramedic Services all attended the scene and the driver was extricated and transported to hospital. The driver of the second passenger vehicle and two passengers were also transported to hospital as a precaution. The driver of the pickup truck was subsequently transported to a Toronto area hospital with critical injuries.

The OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) were dispatched to assist with the investigation. The intersection remained closed until 4:30 a.m. while police investigated the scene.

With winter conditions now here motorists are reminded to take extra precautions when navigating our roads when the conditions are less than ideal. Taking a few extra minutes to drive according to the conditions could be the difference between getting to your destination safely or not. Please drive safely this winter season.

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).