Dog walker attacked in Gravenhurst park

by Matt Sitler

Bracebridge OPP and the Muskoka Crime Unit are investigating an assault which happened at a park in the town of Gravenhurst.

On Thursday September 22nd, sometime between 7:30pm and 7:45pm, police say an unknown male assaulted an individual who was walking their dogs at Gull Lake Park.

Police say the victim received no injuries as a result of the attack and they are now asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Bracebridge OPP at (705) 645-2211 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Coffee, obscenities hurled at man in Parry Sound parking lot

Police say obscenities and coffee were hurled recently at a man in Parry Sound.

On September 16th, at 11:13am, members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a disturbance that took place at a parking lot on Joseph Street in the Town of Parry Sound.

The OPP investigation determined that one male began yelling obscenities at another male in the parking lot. The male that was yelling then threw a cup containing coffee at the victim.

As a result of the investigation, Shaun Arnold, 30 years of age from Carling Township was arrested and charged with:

Assault, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code (CC)
Mischief under $5000, contrary to section 430(4) of the CC.

The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on October 20, 2016 to answer to his charges.


24 year old Bracebridge man charged with assaulting an OPP officer

A 24-year-old man allegedly involved in a brawl with police on the weekend is facing several charges.

Bracebridge OPP received a complaint from a motorist on Saturday just before midnight about a vehicle travelling on Muskoka Road 118 in Bracebridge with a couch on its roof. The tipster said the vehicle was being driven aggressively and at times into oncoming traffic.

Police located it backing into a parking spot in a nearby plaza and dealt with the driver, who alternated between being cooperative with police and struggling and fighting to get free.

The police investigation revealed the driver was on probation and had actually stolen the involved vehicle from a family member.

24 year-old Brandon Righetti of Bracebridge has been charged with the following offences:

Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Break, Enter & Theft
Theft of a Motor Vehicle
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Mischief Under $5000
Two counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer
Fail to Comply with Probation

Righetti was held for a bail hearing and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Monday June 20th to answer to his charges.

Store clerk airlifted to hospital after assault

A store clerk had to be airlifted to a Toronto area hospital this past weekend after being assaulted at work.

Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with the assistance of the Muskoka Crime Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Unit is investigating a theft at a business on Muskoka Road 38 in Georgian Bay Township.

It happened Saturday at 5:30 p.m., when an unknown man entered the store and demanded money, assaulted the lone clerk and left with a quantity of cash.

The clerk sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Toronto area hospital for treatment.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Bracebridge OPP at (888) 310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

UPDATE: Three arrested in connection with abduction and assault in Ramara

UPDATE: Three suspects have been arrested in this case (see Prior below). Police say they are still searching for a fourth suspect.

Kevin CADOT, 56 years old of Pickering, has been charged with Forcible Confinement, Assault with a Weapon, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Uttering Threats and Kidnapping. He was held in custody pending a Bail Hearing today in Barrie Criminal Court.

Kyle INGLIS, 25 years old of Pickering, has been charged with Forcible Confinement, Assault with a Weapon, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Uttering Threats and Kidnapping. He was held in custody pending a Bail Hearing today in Barrie Criminal Court.

Aaron WILSON, 44 years old of Scarborough, has been charged with Forcible Confinement, Assault with a Weapon, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Uttering Threats and Kidnapping. He was held in custody pending a Bail Hearing today in Barrie Criminal Court.

(PRIOR) Police are asking for your help in locating the people involved in an assault and abduction in Ramara Township.

On May 1st at 11:30 a.m., Orillia OPP was dispatched to the Ultramar gas station on Highway 12 in Ramara. When officers arrived they were told by the 74 year old male victim that four males had attended his residence and assaulted him before demanding money.

Two of the suspects then abducted the male and left with the victim in a white Ford motorhome. The victim advised that the two other suspects were in a second motorhome with a red canoe on the roof. The victim was able to escape at the gas station and call police.

The motorhome the victim was abducted in was located in the parking lot of the Independent Grocer, located on Beaver Avenue in Beaverton, Ontario. Police are still searching for the second motorhome with the canoe on the roof.

The Orillia Crime Unit is investigating this incident and is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the parties involved in this incident.

Suspect 1 is, male, Caucasian approximately 6’1″, 210 pounds, large bushy beard.


Suspect 2 is male, Caucasian, 6’3″, about 250 pounds, greyish hair, glasses wearing a black hoodie and jogging pants.


Suspect 2 was known to the victim as Carl from Moncton, New Brunswick. See attached photos of the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS. (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at 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.


Three males charged after 60 yr old woman struck in the head in Orillia

Three males have been charged after a 60 year old woman was struck in the head in Orillia after money was demanded from her.

On Thursday at 10pm, Orillia OPP investigated an assault that happened at the intersection of Douglas Street and Mississaga Street. When officers arrived on scene the victim said she had been approached by 3 males demanding money. When she said she didn’t have any, one of the males struck her in the head before all three ran off in the direction of Mary Street.

As a result, three males have now been arrested in relation to this assault.

18 yr old Brandon Dempsey of Orillia has been charged with Robbery with Intent and two counts of Failure to Comply. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Two other males, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, have also been charged with Robbery with Intent under the Criminal Code of Canada. They have also been held for a bail hearing.

Knife assault case adjourned until March 1st in Bracebridge

A 27 year old Georgian Bay man made a brief appearance in Bracebridge court this morning facing a charge of assault with a weapon.

Kyle Stephens is accused of using a knife to assault a victim in Georgian Bay Township yesterday.

Stephens remains in custody at this time. His case has been adjourned until March 1st.

He has also been charged with failing to comply with an undertaking that he stay at least 50 metres away from 11 Young Street in Mactier; and stands further charged with failing to comply with an undertaking that he abstain from the consumption of alcohol or  other intoxicating substances.

Further details once they become available.

Judge sentences man for nearly 8 yr old assault on cabbie

A former British Columbia resident has finally been sentenced for a brutal assault he committed on a cab driver nearly 8 years ago.

This week 28-year-old Ryan Sherwood plead guilty to assault and mischief charges in Bracebridge court after the outstanding matters were transferred to this jurisdiction.

Crown Attorney Ted Carleton said the incidents began in Vancouver on the 12th of April 2008 at 3:49am, when Sherwood was a passenger in a Yellow taxi cab company vehicle.

Sherwood was in the front passenger seat after two other fares were dropped off and requested he be taken to a 4th Avenue location and then on to somewhere else.

After arriving there the driver told Sherwood he owed $20.15 and asked him how he was going to pay. Sherwood said by MasterCard, but the card was declined and he ended up giving the cabbie $7 in a mix of bills and change.

Still, the driver complied with Sherwood’s request to be taken to yet another location where it was again pointed out he’d underpaid by $13.

Court heard that Sherwood protested by saying he had paid the full $20.
The car was parked and it was at this point that Sherwood punched the driver between 10 and 15 times in the head.

An off-duty police officer was parked behind the cab at the time and witnessed the commotion in the vehicle. He immediately laid on the horn.

Court heard the driver fell out of the vehicle while Sherwood ran down West Broadway with the off duty officer giving chase.

Sherwood ended up outside a residence where he tried to open a parked car – the officer yelled, telling Sherwood to step away from the vehicle. Instead, Sherwood started to kick it.

A canine unit was called and within half an hour Sherwood was found behind the residence and arrested.

The cab driver victim was taken to hospital diagnosed with a headache – court heard he suffered abrasions and pain in his jaw and teeth.

There were also dents and scratches in the passenger side door panels of the cab – an estimated $2,500 in damage was done to the vehicle, which was a 1997 Volkswagen Golf.

Somehow the assault and mischief charges went unresolved in the court system until now.

Sherwood, who grew up in Owen Sound is currently serving a 3 and a half year sentence for break and enters and failing to comply with probation.

Defence Lawyer Tricia Cowie told court that the assault was committed by a then 20 year old man who has struggled with a serious cocaine addiction in his life.

Sherwood showed remorse for his actions and suggested the addiction was just taking hold around the time the assault happened.

“Punching someone in the head is never acceptable”

He told Judge Robert Gattrell:

“I was just a kid when this happened 8 yrs ago and my life was spinning out of control,” adding “Punching someone in the head is never acceptable.”

Carleton noted that cab drivers must be protected by the courts as they are a segment of society which is particularly vulnerable to these types of assaults.

Sherwood was handed a three month sentence for the assault, which is to start after his current sentence is up. On the mischief under $5,000 charge he was sentenced to one month, which is to be served concurrently.

He is also prohibited from owning a weapon for five years and must provide a sample of his DNA to authorities.