Weapons call initiates two Hold and Secures at Orillia schools

There have been no arrests following a report today of a man carrying what was believed to be a long gun in the area of Park Street in Orillia.

At 3:35 p.m., the Orillia OPP responded to a report of a weapons call after receiving information from a school bus driver reporting a male walking on the sidewalk carrying what was believed to be a long gun.

Several officers immediately responded and as a precaution, a “Hold and Secure” of two schools in the area was initiated at Samuel De Champlain and the Orillia Secondary School.

Both schools were thoroughly searched as was the nearby vicinity.

The process lasted one hour. When each school was deemed safe, the Hold and Secure was lifted.

No one fitting the description was located.  Police are continuing their investigation.

The Orillia OPP would like to thank the school administration, staff, students and parents for their patience, understanding and co-operation during this difficult time.

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).

 

Charges laid in Highway 69 fail to remain case

Charges have been laid in a fail to remain case that happened on Highway 69.

On October 30th at 4:30 p.m., members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles on Highway 69.

Upon arrival, they learned that one of the drivers had fled into the bush.  

Vehicle stolen from Mactier

The police investigation revealed that the vehicle in question had been stolen from a residence in Mactier and as a result, 24 yr old Daniel Ashawasagai from Georgian Bay Township was charged with:

  • Theft of a motor vehicle under $5000, contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC
  • Careless Driving, contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
    • Driving While Under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the HTA X2

      * Fail To Remain, contrary to section 200(1)(a) of the HTA

The accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on December 1st to answer to his charges.

 

OPP say missing Huntsville teen has been found

(HUNTSVILLE, ON)- Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), who were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing youth, 14 yr old Jasmine Southwind, report that she has been located.

Huntsville OPP would like thank the media and the public’s assistance in helping to locate her.

Huntsville OPP searching for missing 14 year old girl

Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing youth from Huntsville.

Jasmine Southwind a 14 year-old was reported missing on Thursday from her residence in Huntsville.

Jasmine is described as a white female, 5’8”, 160 lbs, green eyes and long blonde hair. Jasmine is known to frequent South River, or could be in the Huntsville or Barrie area.

Anyone with any information or may know the whereabouts of this missing person is asked to contact Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Muskoka suffers first blast of winter weather

The Muskoka region has been hit with its first blast of winter.

Numerous accidents are being reported across the district as snow continues to fall.

Earlier a transport truck accident snarled traffic between Taylor Road and Cedar Lane in Bracebridge.

Many vehicles being reported off the road and into ditches this evening. A special weather statement us in effect in our region with more snow on the way.

The forecast is calling for periods of snow ending this evening then partly cloudy. Risk of freezing drizzle early this evening. Amount 2 to 4 cm.

Police remind you to use smart driving practices throughout the winter.

 

 

Close call for man after boat catches fire on Georgian Bay

Two people in a canoe went out to save a man after his boat caught fire in Georgian Bay Wednesday.

At 10:32 a.m. members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a 911 call about a vessel on fire between Beausoliel Island and Midland Bay.

Penetanguishene Fire department, Simcoe County Paramedics, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and the OPP helicopter also attended to assist.

Further investigation revealed that the 60 year old Penetanguishene man was transporting his boat to be stored for the winter when it caught fire. The male was forced to enter the water but was wearing a floater suit at the time. Two workers at a nearby residence went out in a canoe and an aluminum boat to assist the male to shore.

The boat drifted to a residence on McArthur Drive in Penetanguishene where the fire was extinguished by firefighters. The male was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries but has since been released.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Arrest made in Haliburton murder case

An arrest has been made in a Haliburton murder case.

For the past year, investigators under the direction of Detective Inspector Martin Graham of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) have been working to identify the person responsible for the murder of David Palmer.

On Wednesday October 26th, Detectives from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) made an arrest in regards to this investigation.

William Savage of Fenelon Falls, Ontario has been charged with First Degree Murder and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Lindsay today.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are seeking the assistance of the public in locating a wallet, a Samsung Flip Phone and a St. Louis Blues baseball hat.

These items belonged to Mr. Palmer and were known to be in his possession at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Matthew Carmichael of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Crime Unit by contacting him at 705-324-6741.

Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca or at: www.stopcrimehere.ca. Please remember that tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 should your information assist the David Palmer murder investigation.

Body of missing duck hunter pulled from waters of Lake Couchiching

(SEVERN TWP, ON) – On Saturday October 22, 2016 at 8:21 am Orillia OPP were dispatched Goldstein Road in Severn Township.

Preliminary investigation reveals a 30 year old male duck hunter from Bracebridge shot a duck and was retrieving it from Lake Couchiching.

The canoe he was sitting in overturned and he fell into the water. He was not wearing his life jacket.

On Tuesday October 25th at 1:30 p.m. members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit located the body of a man in Lake Couchiching.

Family members of the man have been notified.

 

 

53 yr old Bala man facing slew of charges including possession of stolen property

(GRAVENHURST, ON) – On Thursday, October 13th just before 2am a Bracebridge OPP officer was conducting general patrol in Gravenhurst when he became concerned about the driving behaviour of a vehicle that was hauling a trailer on Muskoka Road North.

The officer conducted a traffic stop on Muskoka Road North and ultimately the truck stopped crossing both lanes of the road.

As a result of the investigation it was determined the attached trailer had been stolen from a business in Barrie, as were some of the items inside the trailer.

The driver of the vehicle, 53 year-old David Hutchinson of Bala was arrested and charged with the following offenses:

Driving While Ability was Impaired by Drugs
Possession of Schedule II substance
Possession of Schedule I substance
Two counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Failing to Surrender Licence
Fail to Surrender Permit for Trailer
Use Plate Not Authorized for Vehicle

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on November 15th.

Have you closed your cottage for winter? Some tips to consider

After a long summer and with cottagers still enjoying their time at their seasonal residences, it is nearly that time of year to start considering the closure and winterizing of cottages.

Cottages and summer homes are most vulnerable to thieves from the week following Thanksgiving to the weeks prior to Victoria Day, especially if the owners are not using them for fall, winter or spring getaways.

Remember, if there is no one living at it or checking it regularly, the cost of owning a cottage or summer property includes the frustration and irritation of repairing damage and replacing stolen property.

Tips to Consider

Pack up all food and alcohol.

Don’t leave firearms or weapons at the cottage.

If you are leaving vehicles, make sure they’re winterized, secure and disabled – for snow machines remove track and hide keys; ensure boats are covered and locked; outboard motors locked and slightly disassembled; ATVs disabled – leave nothing on trailers unless it is locked or disabled.

Leave no valuables at cottage – electronics, personal items, tools etc. unless you are prepared to lose them.

Who is your contact (key holder) for: alarms, thefts, weather damage or animal problems? Do you have their contact information numbers? Are they paid to check your cottage regularly or are they friends/neighbours?

Your insurance company may give you a deduction if you have one.

Secure your windows and doors – close window curtains or blinds and put up shutters to protect interior from marauders (both animals and human).

Record serial numbers of anything of value left behind.

Sporting goods – fishing rods & equipment, water skis, toys etc. – if they’re not secured, locked up, hidden or both, don’t expect them to be there next spring –

Lock them up or be prepared to lose them!

Make a list of where everything is and make copies – store one copy on your home computer and put a copy with property that will go back up to the cottage on the first or next trip (use your phone to take pictures).

Know which police force patrols your cottage area (which OPP Detachment and the phone number).
Safe travels while getting in these last few days of good cottage weather.

Three scary clown prank reports so far in central region

Ontario Provincial Police across the Central Region have had at least three reports of the Scary Clown prank which has been started recently on social media

Incidents in the United States of America have included social media threats (Instagram, Snapchat, and I Messenger) which advise scary clown(s) are going to attend school(s) or public areas and kill a specific person or people. There have also been incidents where person(s) dressed as clowns have been reported attending schools and public areas and in some instances chasing persons.

Police remind citizens that they should consider the following:

To scare children or anyone for that matter in parks near schools or in public areas is clearly wrong.

It could cause a false unnecessary lock down of a school or public government building.

If a weapon was brandished persons may be charged criminally for Weapons Dangerous to the Peace, Assault with a Weapon or Threatening.

If persons cause police officers to engage in false investigations that waste police resources they may also be charged with Public Mischief under the Criminal Code.

2,600 pot plants discovered south east of Washago

Police have seized and destroyed 2,600 pot plants that were discovered recently in a large outdoor grow operation south east of Washago.

On October 5th, officers attended an address on the 5th Side Road in Ramara Township where they also arrested 10 people who were at the scene. They have all been charged with drug related offences, but were released on a Promise to Appear in Orillia Criminal Court on December 6th.

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with area 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).

54 year old Parry Sound man charged with careless driving

A 54 year old Parry Sound man has been charged with careless driving after a collision on Highway 518 near Blackwater Road.

On October 4th at 12:39p.m., members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Seguin Fire Department and Parry Sound Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to the single motor vehicle collision.

The OPP investigation determined th vehicle had been travelling eastbound on Highway 518 when it left the roadway. The occupant sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the West Parry Sound Health Centre.

As a result of the investigation, Gregory Gillespie, 54 years of age from Parry Sound, was charged with Careless Driving, contrary to section 130 the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators were called in to assist with the investigation.

Highway 518 remained closed from Seguin Estates Road to Blackwater Lake Road as the investigation continues.

UPDATE: Deceased in Highway 632 collision identified by OPP

UPDATE:  On October 4, 2016, members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with the assistance of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, located the body of a deceased 32 yr old male involved in the (below) collision. He has been identified as Scott Smith of Parry Sound.

Highway 632 has since been re-opened. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

PRIOR: Police are still trying to figure out where the occupant(s) of a pickup truck that ended up underwater are.

On October 3rd at 3:17 p.m., members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Seguin Fire Department and Parry Sound Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 632 after reports were received that a vehicle had left the roadway.

OPP Investigation has so far revealed that a pickup truck had left the roadway and entered the water. The occupant or occupants are missing and the OPP West Parry Sound Detachment continues to investigate with the assistance of the OPP Canine Unit, OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators, and the OPP Helicopter.

Highway 632 was closed beginning at 930 a.m. from Rossmoyne Road to Maplehurst Road.

Updates will be provided as they come available.

 

Man charged with Stunt Driving on Hwy 69

A Scarborough man’s been charged with Stunt Driving after police say he was clocked going more than 50km/hr over the speed limit.

On September 27th at 2:25a.m., a member of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was on radar patrol on Highway 69 in Henvey Township.

The officer observed a motor vehicle traveling at more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit. As the officer attempted to catch up, the vehicle followed a transport in an unsafe manner and then passed it. A traffic stop was conducted.

The driver of the motor vehicle, Hai Lun Li, 37 years of age from Scarborough was charged with;

Stunt Driving – Excessive Speed greater than 50km/hr. over the speed limit contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

Careless Driving, contrary to the HTA

His driver’s licence was suspended for 7 days pursuant to the HTA.

OPP seeking tips about outdoor marijuana grows

The OPP would like to ask the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity associated with outdoor marijuana harvesting.

Marihuana harvesting season is approaching and the OPP would like the assistance of the public in reporting suspicious activity. Usually outdoor marihuana is kept outdoors as long as possible to maximize the yield. The harvesting usually begins after the first frost of the year as most plants will not typically survive a second frost.

If you are out hiking in remote areas watch for the following telltale signs of outdoor marihuana grow operations:

Hand tools – shovels/rakes. etc.

Power tools – weed eaters/chainsaws. etc.

Watering supplies – hose/pumps/generators. etc.

Soil/peat moss

Fertilizer/grow chemicals

Plastic Barrels

Camouflage netting

GPS and radios

Camp supplies – sleeping bag/stove/lantern/tent. etc.

The OPP is requesting the assistance of the public in reporting potential grow sites. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 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.

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.

Meth, cocaine seized in highway arrests

Two people face drug charges after police learned they were wanted on outstanding warrants & travelling the 400 in a speeding vehicle.

It happened on Wednesday at 9:14pm, when an officer with the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed the vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 400.

During the stop, the officer learned that the occupants of the vehicle, including the driver, were wanted for warrants in other jurisdictions.

The occupants were arrested and the vehicle was searched.

As a result of the investigation:

Whitney THOMPSON, 30 years of age from North Dundas was charged with;

Speeding, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario,
Possession of Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
Possession of Schedule I Substance – Cocaine, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
Three counts – Fail to Comply with Recognizance, contrary to section 145(3) of the Criminal Code (CC)

Correy GORDON, 38 years of age from Sudbury was charged with;

Possession of Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
Possession of Schedule I Substance – Cocaine, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
Five counts – Fail to Comply with Recognizance, contrary to section 145(3) of the CC

Both were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 

Tuesday rollover victim succumbs to injuries

by Matt Sitler

One of the victims in Tuesday’s rollover north of Highway 12 has died.

The Orillia Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is still investigating the crash, which happened in Ramara Township.

At 7:31 a.m., on Tuesday, police were dispatched to County Road 46 north of Highway 12 where officers discovered the scene, which involved one vehicle. The 22 year old male driver from Selkirk was ejected from the vehicle and suffered life threatening injuries.

The 21 year old female passenger from Sebright suffered minor injuries.

The two occupants of the vehicle were transported by ambulance to a local hospital and the male was later air lifted to a Toronto trauma centre.

Police say the driver, Jacob Haylock, has since succumbed to his injuries and died yesterday.

The OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) is continuing their investigation into the cause of the collision.

Resident tased in Parry Sound after police get call for help


OPP in Parry Sound say they tased a man after receiving calls for help from a local apartment building.

On Friday, members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call for help to an apartment building on Railway Avenue in Parry Sound.

Police knocked on the door and checked the windows. They say furniture was knocked over and garbage was all over the floor.

Police then kicked in the door where they say they were confronted with a man holding a hand gun. Police deployed a Conductive Energy Weapon (Taser) and disarmed the man.

The handgun appeared to be a Glock was in fact a gas powered pellet gun.

45 yr old David O’HAGAN of Parry Sound was arrested and charged with:

· Pointing a Firearm contrary to the Criminal Code (CC).

· Careless use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited device or ammunition contrary to the CC.

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

Two people caught sleeping in stolen car

On Tuesday at 10:28 am, a member of the OPP’s Highway Safety Division responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and located it parked on Hoddy’s Side Road in McDougall Township.

The investigation identified it as a stolen vehicle from Mississauga and the two people in the car who were sleeping were awakened and arrested.

Marco GRENIER, 38 years of age from Niagara Falls was charged with:

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 contrary to the Criminal Code (CC).
Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose contrary to the CC.
Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent contrary to the CC.
Breach of Recognizance contrary to the CC.
Fail to comply with Probation Order contrary to the CC.
Driving while under suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
The accused was held for bail and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound.

Corrinda BELANGER, 32 years of age from St. Catharines was charged with:

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 contrary to the CC.
Occupant of Motor Vehicle Taken Without Consent contrary to the CC.
Fail to comply with Probation Order contrary to the CC.

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on October 20, 2016.

Greenstone man charged with stunt driving

On September 11th, an OPP officer conducting radar enforcement on Highway 124 in McDougall Township witnessed a vehicle being operated at a high rate of speed.

It happened shortly before midnight 11:54 p.m. and the east bound vehicle was stopped for “Stunt Driving”.

The driver, 45 yr old Stephane Roy of Greenstone, was charged with:

· Race a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario (HTA).

· Fail to surrender licence contrary to the HTA.

· Fail to surrender Insurance Card contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA).

The driver was served a summons requiring him to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on November 1, 2016 to answer to the charges. His licence was suspended for seven days and the vehicle he was operating has been impounded for seven days.

Every person convicted of Race a Motor Vehicle is liable to a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, in addition to his or her driver’s licence being suspended.

OPP report deadliest Labour Day Weekend in 20 years

While the data is preliminary, the OPP is reporting 12 road fatalities, one marine fatality and one off-road vehicle death over the long weekend, marking the deadliest Labour Day Long Weekend in OPP-patrolled jurisdictions in 20 years.

Tragically, one of the fatal incidents involved a single-vehicle crash in Northwestern Ontario that took the lives of four of the vehicle occupants.

The OPP also conducted a robust Distracted Driving Campaign over the long weekend. Ahead of the campaign, the OPP issued a province-wide News Release and maintained a steady flow of messaging on its provincial and regional social media platforms, calling on all road users, particularly passengers, to become part of the solution in reducing the significant number of distracted driving-related road deaths that occur every year.

In spite of these efforts, the OPP laid close to 800 distracted/inattentive driving charges against drivers who jeopardized the safety of innocent men, women and children who took to the roads to enjoy the last summer long weekend before the start of a new school year.
While the OPP conducts focused enforcement campaigns every year, officers enforce distracted driving and other traffic laws 365 days a year.

This latest campaign brings the total number of distracted driving charges laid to date this year to over 8,800.

Man charged after large marijuana grow found in Lake of Bays

On Sunday August 7th, Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information about marihuana plants being grown on property off Highway #35 in the Township of Lake of Bays.

As a result of this information and a following investigation members of the OPP seized a large number of marihuana plants and arrested one male party.

Matthew Hughes, age 24, has been charged with Section 7(1) of the controlled Drugs and substance act, unlawfully producing a substance in schedule ll and section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act, Possession for the purpose of trafficking schedule ll substance.

The accused is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on October 5, 2016 to answer to the charges.

OPP continue investigation into Huntsville shooting

Police continue their investigation into a shooting that sent one man to hospital in Huntsville Sunday.

Officers combed the nearby CN Train Station for evidence as part of the investigation into the incident which happened on Huntsville’s Main Street. K9 Units and Forensics were part of the investigation.

The victim’s injuries have been described as non life threatening. One suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident.

More details have yet to be made available.

UPDATE: Innapropriate touching suspect arrested in Huntsville

UPDATE: On Friday August 19th, the Muskoka Crime Unit arrested the male in relation to the assault mentioned in the OPP release below. 40 yr old Adam Nadrofsky of Huntsville has since been charged with Sexual Assault under the Criminal Code of Canada. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on September 21st to answer to his charges.

Huntsville OPP and Muskoka Crime Unit continue to investigate the incident and ask that if anyone has any information to contact Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers.

PRIOR: On Wednesday just at around 9:40pm, a female was riding her bicycle in the area of Main St. W. and Ferguson Rd. in the town of Huntsville and was approached by a male in a business parking lot in that area.

Police say the male touched the female inappropriately, and then he left the area in his vehicle toward the town centre.

Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is looking for any witnesses that may have been in the area at the time. Suspect is described as a male, white in his 30’s with red hair and a neatly trimmed beard, 5’8” to 5’10” in height, medium build with a strong odour of cologne.

He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, and driving a silver/grey smaller pick-up truck.

Huntsville Crime Unit is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers.

‘Muslim Go Home’ found painted in Gravenhurst park

Bracebridge OPP are investigating an act of vandalism at Gravenhurst’s Gull Lake Park which involved racially motivated graffiti.

On July 23rd at 11:59am, police were called to investigate after the graffiti was found painted on a gazebo post in the park with lettering that read “Muslim Go Home”.

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

 

Attempted break and enter in Gravenhurst

A reminder for residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.

Muskoka News Watch has received word of an attempted break and enter at a Winewood Avenue West residence in Gravenhurst that occurred overnight (July 8th).

Someone tried to pry open a door, but no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

If you see or hear about any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, contact the OPP immediately.

Councillor says OPP is harassing boaters with too many stops

By Matt Sitler

Is the OPP’s marine unit harassing boaters in Muskoka by stopping and checking on them too frequently?

A local politician has raised this question and has asked people to document instances of it with photos.

In a June 30th Facebook post on her ‘Ledger, TML Councillor Ward C’ public group page, Terry Ledger stated that it has been brought to her attention by many people and even from her own experience, that the OPP seem to be harassing people on the water.

“Yes, I say harassing because it seems that every time you go out in a boat, you get pulled over,” she wrote.

Further on in the post she added: “I have decided to try and document this and I need your help. If you get stopped in your boat, please take a picture and post it with #oppeevedinmuskoka”

We reached out to Ledger for further comment and she provided us with a statement, clarifying that: “Nobody has issues with the job the OPP does on the water, it is the frequency with which they do it that is having a negative impact on the peaceful, leisure time people enjoy on our waters.”

It’s a complaint from some boaters that’s being made more and more, especially during Muskoka’s busy summer months, but Bracebridge OPP Inspector Ed Medved doesn’t agree.

“To say that we are harassing the public is not true,” he says. “Nothing could be further from the truth. We’re out there engaging the public and encouraging them and educating them with respect to safe boating practices.”

Asked about the frequency of vessel stops made by OPP Marine patrol officers, Medved admitted some people can get stopped twice or more by ongoing patrols.

“Do we, on occasion, stop a vessel more than once or twice during the course of a summer season?,” he asks. “Yes, of course we do and that’s going to happen. Why? It’s because we are out there doing what the public expects us to do. I know we have a great deal of support with respect to our activities everywhere including local cottage associations and (other politicians).”

Medved says the Marine Unit adjusts its approach year to year and that the operation is largely resource dependant.

“I’d actually like to do more, frankly, because there’s some areas of the jurisdiction that don’t get covered off as well as I’d like,” he said. “The real story is we are being more strategic about the deployment of our resources. We’re going to problem areas versus generalized patrol. It’s data driven and intelligence led in terms of where we end up sending our vessels and officers in terms of engaging and educating the public about the safe way to boat.”

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Medved says people would be shocked to hear and know some of the stories that marine unit operators return to the office with at the end of some shifts, stories he says, that involve people either making mostly poor choices or being ignorant about required safety features and other facets of boating.

“We’re not in the harassment business, we’re in the public engagement and mobilization business,” he says. “The traffic to and through Muskoka is significant (during summer), so we have to pay attention to this. We’ve had a number of mishaps and tragedies over the years – in fact, most recently today (June 4th) a young boy was injured innocently while out with his family on a personal watercraft. So it’s important for us to be out there from a public safety perspective.”

Some local OPP marine patrol facts:

– In 2015, the OPP marine unit checked 2,657 boats in the Bracebridge OPP detachment jurisdiction. (Muskoka Lakes, Georgian Bay, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst)

– In addition, they did 131 cottage checks and accomplished 1,093 patrol hours

– In 2015 the marine unit conducted 16 alcohol screening device tests, checking on the sobriety of operators and only charged two people for impaired boating.

– In 2015 the marine unit laid 122 liquor infraction charges involving passengers on vessels and 12 other drug related charges.

– In 2015 the marine unit laid 223 marine related charges the bulk of which involved operators and passengers not having the right safety equipment.

“Two things we have zero tolerance for is open alcohol and consumption of alcohol on vessels and the lack of personal floatation devices,” says Medved.

But others, like Ledger (above), still feel the marine unit stops are happening too often.

“The issue is the amount of times people are stopped,” wrote the councillor in a reply on another of her group page posts. “If the frequency of being stopped in a car were the same, it would be ridiculous. People are getting stopped weekly but only go out a couple times a week. That’s just crazy.”

(Photo of Ledger via the township of Muskoka Lakes website, photo of OPP stopping boaters via ‘Ledger, TML Councillor Ward C’ public group FB page)

 

10 yr old boy suffers serious injuries in sea doo accident

Bracebridge OPP tell Muskoka News Watch that a 10 year old boy suffered serious injuries to his leg and foot this morning after a 3 seater personal watercraft accident on Lake Muskoka.

Inspector Ed Medved says no charges have been laid in relation to the incident, which happened at 10:45am this morning. The call came in from 1246 East Bay Road.

“Our investigation indicated they were doing everything right in terms of having a spotter, lifejackets etc, but at some point in the process his foot got tangled up in a tow rope, he found himself in the water and the tow rope was attached to his lower leg and foot area,” said Medved.

The Inspector adds that the boy was on the craft with his father while his sister was being towed on a knee board.

“When dad took off to move on, he went into the water and of course the rope became tight and taught and he sustained pretty significant injuries,” said Medved.

The boy was taken to Bracebridge hospital and from there the plan was to transfer him to a Toronto trauma centre, he added.

No word at this time on the boy’s current condition.

 

 

London man facing 2nd degree murder charge

A London, ON resident has been charged with 2nd degree murder after a man was struck by a vehicle in a Hwy 12 parking lot.

On Saturday at 1:50pm, the Midland Police Service (MPS) responded to a report of a male being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot at 16845 Highway 12, Midland (the Walmart Plaza).

29 yr old Corby Stott of Wyevale was treated at the scene and transported to Georgian Bay Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

2nd Degree murder charge laid

A 25 year old man was arrested at the scene. Jason Heffernan of London, ON is charged with 2nd Degree Murder and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016.

A post mortem is scheduled for today at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Forensic Pathology Service in Toronto.

The investigation continues by members of Midland PS, OPP Central Region Regional Support Team, and OPP HSD Technical Traffic Collision Investigators under the direction of Detective Inspector Martin GRAHAM and Detective Staff Sergeant Matt WATSON of OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have taken photographs or video to come forward.

Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to contact Midland Police at 705-526-2201

Somebody’s breaking public toilets and sinks in Parry Sound

Vandals are breaking public sinks and toilets in Parry Sound.

OPP there say that throughout June, several acts of vandalism took place in the Town’s public washrooms and that five acts of vandalism range from breaking toilets and sinks to breaking doors and stealing toilet paper.

Police say this type of vandalism has the potential to cause serious injury should someone slip and fall. Defacing property is a crime under the Criminal Code (Public Mischief).  These acts of vandalism are costly in terms of time and money.

Anybody with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this incident are asked to immediately contact 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 www.tipsubmit.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

 

Husky rescued from extremely hot car

A Scarborough man has been charged after he left his Husky in a car on Huntsville’s Main Street.

At about 4:15pm on Sunday, police were made aware that the pet had been left in a car on Main St. E. and when officers arrived, they found a group of girls around a black Hyundai concerned for the dog inside.

Police say the rear window was down a few inches, but none of the other windows were down. The Husky named ‘ACE’ appeared to be in stress.

DOG BECAME ILL

The officers managed to unlock the back door and get the dog out. The temperature outside on Sunday was about 30 degrees Celsius, the inside of the vehicle was reportedly extremely hot.

The dog became ill once taken out of the vehicle; he was taken to nearby store, given water and although his condition was not good initially, had improved once inside.

As a result of the investigation the owner 27 year-old Amir KHOJASTE-GALESHKUALE, of Scarborough ON was charged with Cause Damage or Injury to an Animal under the Criminal Code of Canada.

He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on July 27, 2016 to answer to his charges.

Huntsville OPP would like to remind everyone that leaving any animal in a vehicle for a short time in the heat can lead to illness or even death of your pet. If you are traveling, take the steps to keep your animals safe on hot days.

35 yr old Enniskillen woman facing charges following collision

Tips from the public led police to a suspect after a vehicle was seen leaving the scene of a collision on Wednesday.

Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers received complaints from motorists travelling on Highway 11 North in Gravenhurst of a vehicle that had collided with another while driving and had taken off on Wednesday, just before 5pm.

A short time later, officers received information from concerned members of the public that the suspect vehicle was in a nearby parking lot on Talisman Drive in Gravenhurst.

Police attended and as a result of their investigation arrested and charged 35 year-old Danielle South of Enniskillen Twp with the following offenses:

Impaired Operation
Over 80
Fail to Stop at the Scene of Accident
Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle
Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance
Driving a Motor Vehicle with Open Liquor

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on July 19th. Further, the accused received an immediate 90 day driver’s licence suspension and had her vehicle towed and impounded.

Police would like to thank the members of the public who were attentive to their community and took that time to call police with their concerns, ultimately taking an impaired driver off the road.

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.

Almaguin Highlands OPP officer charged with impaired driving following rock cut crash

An Almaguin Highlands OPP officer is facing charges after a crash on Highway 141 this past weekend.

On Saturday just after 10pm, Huntsville OPP was notified about a vehicle crashing into a rock cut on Highway #141 in Utterson.

Police discovered that the 44 year old male, who police say is from Huntsville, had been drinking.

He was arrested and taken to the Huntsville OPP detachment for further investigation and has since been charged with Driving While Ability was Impaired and Refusal under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The driver has been identified as Provincial Constable Jaak Valiots who was off duty at the time of the collision. He is an 18-year member of the Ontario Provincial Police and is posted to Almaguin Highlands Detachment. The officer was uninjured as a result of the crash.

Valiots is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on July 20th to answer to his charges.

Medals tip leads to child porn charges for Orillia man

An Orillia man faces child porn charges after an investigation was launched about his wearing medals at parades that weren’t awarded to him.

On Monday May 16th, Orillia OPP received a complaint about the man attending local parades sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion wearing medals that he wasn’t awarded.

The complaint came from representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Legion.

As a result of the information provided, the Orillia OPP Street Crime Unit arrested a 62 year old man from Mooney Crescent in the City of Orillia. Police also executed a search warrant at the residence and storage locker belonging to the accused.

Several items were seized that had been worn by the individual while attending public parades and events. Police also located items related to accessing and possessing child pornography.

Clayton Donoghue was arrested and held for a bail hearing, he has been charged with the following offences:

Make Forged Document x 2

Use Forged Document x 2

Breach of Trust

Unlawful Use of Military Uniform – wears a distinctive mark

Unlawful Use of Military Uniform – possession of a certificate

Obstruct a Public Officer

Possession of Child Pornography

Accessing Child Pornography

Big drug bust in Bracebridge

A Smooth Rock Falls man has been charged following a big drug bust in Bracebridge.

OPP responded to a complaint from a motorist on Monday about a possible impaired driver on Highway 11 North at 10pm.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near Taylor Road.

As a result of their investigation, the driver, 55 year-old Daniel Viau of Smooth Rock Falls was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Drug
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance (Cocaine)
  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance (Cannabis) Over 3 Kg for the Purposes of Trafficking
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on June 14th.

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.

UPDATED: Bracebridge OPP say missing teens have been found

UPDATE: OPP report both teens have been found safe and sound.

PRIOR: Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 14 year-old Curtis Cooney and 14 year-old Dailynn Rockburn both of Bracebridge. Police were contacted after the pair walked away from a residence on Stephenson Road 1 in Huntsville on Tuesday around 5:00 p.m.

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Dailynn Rockburn (left) is 5’5” tall, 130 lb, medium build with long dark hair and brown eyes.

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Curtis Cooney (left) is 6’ tall, 130 lb, thin build with medium length brown hair, brown eyes and glasses.

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

Human remains found in Haliburton identified By OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has concluded the search for a missing Bowmanville man whom investigators believe disappeared as the result of foul play.

David Palmer is a 47 year-old male who was last seen on Friday October 2, 2015 – one week before the 2015 Canadian Thanksgiving. On October 14, 2015, Palmer’s brown 2002 Honda Accord, bearing Ontario Licence plate BWCZ 783, was recovered by police near Spruce Lake Trail, near the Village of Haliburton.

Between May 3 and 6, 2016 the OPP conducted a search of an area north of the village of Hailburton, in relation to David Palmer. On May 6, 2016, police discovered human remains and secured the scene for further investigation.

On May 9, 2016, a post mortem examination of the remains was conducted and the human remains were identified as being that of David Palmer.

School crossing guard hit in Bracebridge

Bracebridge OPP are focusing on pedestrian safety this spring after two collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians at the Wellington Street and Monck Road intersection in Bracebridge.  

The most recent incident occurred on Thursday April 28th at 3:30 p.m. when a vehicle failed to stop while making a right turn from Wellington Street onto Monck road and struck the school crossing guard.  The crossing guard was able to complete her duties but later attended the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Police are continuing the investigation into the collision as the vehicle that struck the school crossing guard fled the scene.

School crossing guards are easily identifiable wearing bright orange reflective vests and carrying stop signs and are positioned at three busy locations in Bracebridge in order to assist children in getting to and from school safely.

New rules came into effect on January 1, 2016 regarding pedestrian crossovers and school crossings that direct motorists and cyclists to stop and yield the ENTIRE roadway in certain locations, specifically pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and intersections where there is a crossing guard.  This means that the motorist must wait until all pedestrians have cleared the entire roadway and the school crossing guard has returned to the sidewalk before proceeding.

Some safety pointers for motorists include:

  • always look for pedestrians, especially when turning;
  • watch for children and drive cautiously through school zones, residential areas and other areas where children might be walking or playing;
  • be patient, some pedestrians require extra time while crossing the road;

Pedestrians are asked to do their part to keep the roads safe as well by:

  • crossing only at marked crosswalks or traffic lights;
  • making eye contact with drivers before stepping onto the road;
  • obeying traffic signals; and
  • being attentive to their surroundings.


Drivers may be fined up to $500 and face 3 demerit points for offences relating to these areas and fines are doubled in clearly marked Community Safety Zones.

Additional information regarding the new laws can be found at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pedestrian-safety.shtml

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.

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

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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 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.

 

Three year old boy found safe after lost for 11 hours at Go Home Lake

A frantic overnight search for a three-year-old boy on an island in Go Home Lake had a happy ending on Sunday.

The boy disappeared just before 6pm Saturday night and was found by OPP at 5:30am the next morning, reports Provincial Constable Samantha Bigley of the Bracebridge OPP. She says the child was cold, but found in good health and no medical attention was needed – he wasn’t even taken to hospital.

She adds police pulled out all the stops to find the boy – with over 20 officers dedicated to the search from Bracebridge and neighbouring detachments along with air support. Members of the Go Home Lake community also rallied behind the family to join in the search. The boy’s family has a water access only cottage on the lake which is located in west Muskoka. One neighbour said the boy had just wandered out of his cottage and in a split second, disappeared.

 

Update: Missing girl from Wasauksing First Nation found

(April 19 2pm) Police report they have now found, safe and sound, a missing 14-year-old girl from Wasauksing First Nation.

On Sunday Anishinabek Police Service responded to the missing person report at Lane N in the First Nation.

They say 14 yr old Savana Kimewon left her residence between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Savana is described as five foot seven inches tall, 180 pounds with short black hair which is normally worn shoulder length. She has hazel eyes with a dark complexion.

If located or observed, please notify the Anishinabek Police Service, Shawanaga detachment at 705-366-2534.

Six face impaired driving related charges in Bracebridge

 

Bracebridge OPP have charged six people with impaired driving related offenses in the last little while.

The charges were laid between April 8th and 13th.

On Friday, April 8th, shortly after 8:30 p.m. police responded to a motor vehicle collision in a parking lot in Gravenhurst.  As a result of their investigation into the minor collision, police say it was apparent alcohol was a factor and they arrested and charged 74 year-old Thomas Harris of Orillia with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80. He’ll appear in Bracebridge court May 17th to answer to his charges.

On Sunday, April 10th at 2:30 a.m. an OPP officer noticed the erratic driving behaviour of a motorist on Muskoka Road 118 in Bracebridge and conducted a traffic stop.  During the course of the investigation, a controlled substance was found inside the vehicle. Police have charged 43 year-old Marko Mitic of Etobicoke with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Schedule II.  He’ll appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to his charges.

Also charged as a result of that same traffic stop are 32 year-old Rachelle Tamman of Bracebridge and 28 year-old Ashley Langille of Bastard-South Burgess Township, each with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Schedule II.  They will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to their charges.

On Sunday April 10th at 7:00 p.m. a Bracebridge OPP officer, while conducting routine patrol on Muskoka Road 169 in Bala, was able to act on a tip and conducted a traffic stop to investigate.  As a result, 39 year-old Myles Fleming of Muskoka Lakes Township was charged with Over 80, Driving while Disqualified and Driving while Under Suspension. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on April 26th to answer to his charges.

On Monday April 11th at 10:30 a.m. a Bracebridge OPP officer, while conducting general patrol on Muskoka Road 117 in Bracebridge, conducted a traffic stop after noticing the unusual driving behaviour of a motorist, as the vehicle was moving excessively slow.  As a result of the investigation, police have charged 27 year-old Justin Mackinnon of Lake of Bays Township with Impaired Operation and Over 80.  He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to his charges.

On Tuesday April 12th at 12:30 a.m., police were called to the area of Depot Drive in Bracebridge by a concerned member of the public who feared that a person was under the influence of alcohol and was going to drive his vehicle.  The caller was very helpful by providing a description of the vehicle and eventually, the direction of travel.  Police were able to locate the vehicle on Old Falkenburg Road in Bracebridge and as a result of their investigation, charged 21 year-old Jacob Pattison of Muskoka Lakes Township with Impaired Operation, Over 80, Driving with Liquor Readily Available and Young Driver having a Blood Alchohol Concentration Above Zero. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to his charges.

On Wednesday April 13th at 4:45 a.m. Bracebridge OPP officers came upon a motor vehicle collision on Windermere Road in Muskoka Lakes Township while driving to a call for service.  The single motor vehicle appeared to have left the roadway and entered the ditch.  Police subsequently arrested and charged 41 year-old Angela Brazier of Muskoka Lakes Township with Impaired Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80 Care or Control.  She will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to his charges.

In all cases, the accused operator received an immediate 90 day driver’s licence suspension and further had their vehicle towed and impounded.

Bracebridge OPP would like to thank all concerned members of the public who take the time to call police when they suspect someone of driving impaired.

56 year old Gravenhurst man charged with possession and distribution of child porn

UPDATE: The accused in the below case will be in Bracebridge Court next on March 29th. He appeared there briefly this morning (March 15th) and remains in custody. Court documents show that a publication ban is in effect covering details of the case at this time.

PRIOR: The OPP’s Child Sexual Exploitation Unit have charged a Gravenhurst man following a two month child pornography investigation.

In January 2016 the Unit received a complaint in regards to a child sexual abuse video uploaded to the internet. Upon further investigation, it was learned that the matter was traced to Gravenhurst.

On March 4, 2016, police executed a search warrant at a Gravenhurst residence. As a result, police say five computer devices pertinent to the investigation were seized containing images of child sexual abuse. These devices are pending forensic analysis.

Graham Peters, age 56 years, of Gravenhurst, is charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Distributing Child Pornography.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to attend a bail hearing March 15th at the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge.

The investigation continues.

Man loses it over $30 in service fees at Bracebridge TD Bank

It was not an ordinary day at the bank.

A local man who blew up in a fit of anger towards a Bracebridge TD bank teller this past December has had his day in court.

On Tuesday, the 28 year old pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance at the bank, which is located at 50 Muskoka Road 118 West.

The incident happened December 5th just before 11am, said Crown Attorney Ted Carleton, when the accused flew into a rage upon learning he’d have to pay $30 in service fees when he closed his account.

He used profanity towards the teller and to women in general and was twice asked to leave the premises.

Court heard the teller backed away from him after the initial blowup – he then went through a swinging door which lead to an employee area and tried grabbing a phone and his bank card, uttering further profanity before leaving.

Carleton suggested the teller had never heard such verbal abuse:

“This conduct was singular in what she’s had to deal with over a long career,” he said.

The accused was stopped in a vehicle by police a short time later still agitated.

By the time he reached the OPP detachment, he’d calmed down.

Justice Glenn Krelove found him guilty of causing a disturbance by yelling and swearing, ruling that he must pay a $50 fine.

“Clearly he has difficulties interacting with other people if the situation becomes stressful,” defence lawyer Peter Ward told court.

“It’s an extreme reaction for what to most people is a minor matter dealing with a fee at a bank,” countered Carleton in his closing submission.

The accused was also placed on 12 months probation, one of the stipulations being he not attend the bank.

Asked if he had anything to say on his own behalf, the accused showed remorse.

He said at the time, he thought the teller “was evil” and part of “a corrupt banking system.”

Tip from off duty cop results in charge for Bracebridge man

A tip from an off duty police officer has led to an Over 80 charge for a 56 year old Bracebridge man.

Bracebridge OPP responded to the tip, which was about a possible impaired driver in the parking lot near Depot Drive in Bracebridge around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Police arrived, located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.

As a result of their investigation, police have charged 56 year-old Philip Patterson with driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in his blood.

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on April 5th to answer to his charge.

The accused received an immediate 90 day driver’s licence suspension and further had his vehicle towed and impounded.

52 year old woman hospitalized after snowmobile crashes into tree

No charges have been laid following a snowmobile collision that sent a 52 year old woman to hospital.

On Friday at 3pm, Huntsville OPP attended the scene where a snowmobile had been travelling on Trail #78 in the area of Hutcheson Road and Limberlost Rd.

The operator lost control and struck a tree.

A 52 year old woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No charges were laid against the operator of the snowmobile.

 

Bracebridge OPP investigating violent break & enter in Mactier

Police are investigating a violent break and enter that occurred at a Mactier residence in Georgian Bay.

They say it happened at 9pm Thursday, when unknown suspects entered the residence and after an encounter with the homeowner, stole a gun safe containing firearms.

The homeowner suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at (705) 645-2211 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477. You can also 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.

Three Orillia men charged after break-in at old Muskoka Centre property

Three Orillia men have been charged after breaking in to the old Muskoka Centre property in Gravenhurst.

Bracebridge OPP were called about some suspicious activity at the end of Muskoka Road North this morning at 3:30am.

A neighbour first noticed the activity and responding officers arrested four men inside the fenced complex stealing material from inside one of the buildings.

Police have charged 27 year-old Gaston Gagnon, 53 year-old James Mountney and 41 year-old Jeffery Temple all of Orillia, each with Break and Enter and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. The fourth man was subsequently released.

The accused men will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on tomorrow to answer to their charges.

Guelph woman hospitalized following snowmobile collision with tree

A snowmobile collision in Huntsville sent a Guelph woman to hospital over the weekend.

On Saturday at 5:48pm OPP attended the scene.

Police say the snowmobile was travelling southbound on Trail D102B in the area of Britannia Road when it struck a rock and then veered into a tree.

A 28-year-old Guelph woman was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No charges were laid against the operator of the snowmobile.

In Northern Ontario on Saturday, two people died in a head on snowmobile crash near Searchmont, north of Sault Ste. Marie.

Both drivers, one 59-year-old male from Sault Ste. Marie and a 45-year-old male from Michigan died from their injuries at the scene. No names have been released pending notification of next of kin. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

Port Sydney man facing charges following grow op raid

A Port Sydney man is facing charges after a raid on a Severn Township grow op.

On February 12 at 2:15 p.m., police executed a search warrant at a Brady Drive residence where they found and dismantled the indoor cannabis marijuana production operation.

55 yr old Ivan Donkov of Port Sydney has been charged with Cultivation of Cannabis Marihuana, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Cannabis Marihuana.

33 yr old Ismailov Pizhev of  Toronto, has been charged with Cultivation of Cannabis Marihuana, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Cannabis Marihuana.

Both parties were released on a Promise to appear in Orillia court on March 29th.

 

Snowmobile Safety Week kicks off

(January 16, 10am, ORILLIA) With three Ontario snowmobile deaths already on record (across the OPP jurisdiction) this season, drinking while snowmobiling was a hot topic today as the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) kicked off provincial Snowmobile Safety Week at OPP General Headquarters in Orillia. Snowmobile Safety Week runs from January 17 to 25, 2015.

Following the OPP’s investigation, alcohol was found to be involved in all three of the fatal incidents and was the primary cause in two of them. Two of the three victims were not wearing a helmet. Those tragedies occurred in Killaloe in eastern Ontario, and in Kirkland Lake and Emo in the northwest.

Snowmobile Safety Week runs from January 17 to January 25, 2015

Last season (2013-2014), 21 people died while snowmobiling (in OPP jurisdiction) and the OPP continues to see recurring contributing factors. Alcohol was involved in at least 7 of last season’s incidents and speed was found to be the primary cause in 11 of them.

With several weeks left in the 2015 season, the OPP is reminding snowmobilers to take charge of their own safety as this is the only way to eliminate snowmobile fatalities.

Trails are presently ‘open limited’ in Muskoka Lakes

In Muskoka, the Muskoka Lakes Snow Trails Association (MLSTA) say its trails are “open limited”. This means you have to ride with caution and there may be areas that won’t be well groomed and some sections may be packed but not groomed. The Association also warns sledders to stay off the ice and wait for any ice trails to be staked. Director Mike Webb also cautions that AMBER is the new bubbler colour, not red, so be careful of lights you see out there at night. He adds flashing bubbler lights are not necessary nor preferred. At any rate, he advises checking with your local snowmobile club to know whether conditions are safe.

More Sledding Safety Tips

>Do not ride if you have consumed alcohol or drugs: Snowmobiling under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs carries severe penalties. If convicted of snowmobiling while impaired, a rider could lose all driving privileges (car, truck, motorcycle, off-road vehicles and snowmobiles). The same “Warn Range” suspensions issued for having a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) between 0.05 and 0.08 mg. that apply to driving a motor vehicle, also apply to driving a snowmobile.

>Take it Easy: Always ride within the speed limit, within your own ability and according to current trail and weather conditions.

>Slow Down at Night: Ride cautiously at night and never outrun your sled headlights.

>Know Before You Go: No ice travel is ever completely safe. Hypothermia or drowning from riding into open water or falling through the ice are serious risks, as are collisions with fixed objects such as docks, ice huts or shorelines.

>See and Be Seen: Good judgment, depth perception and quick reaction time depend on being able to see properly at all times. Slow down and keep right in reduced visibility situations like snow dust, sun glare, heavy falling snow, or when visor or glasses are fogged up; always wear bright colours and reflective materials so others can see you more easily.

>Ride with Companions: Never snowmobile alone. Riding buddies can provide immediate assistance for breakdowns, when getting stuck or in emergency situations.

>Be Prepared: Snowmobiling incidents occur in unpredictable and uncontrolled natural settings where each rider needs to always expect the unexpected. Snowmobiling can take you far away from emergency assistance, so each rider must be prepared by carrying a tool kit, spare parts, flashlight, first-aid kit and survival items such as high-energy food, fire-starting equipment and a compass.

>Be Aware of open water due to ice Ice Bubblers (ice bubbler lights in many colours) and remember, No Ice is Safe Ice

In Muskoka, the Muskoka Lakes Snow Trails Association (MLSTA)

Alcohol involved in all 3 Snowmobile Deaths so far this Season; and Comparing Year-over-Year Stats

Snowmobile deaths in Ontario have shown an increase since 2011. Year-over-year tragedies:

  • 2014/2015 to January 16, 2015: 3
  • 2013/2014: 21
  • 2012/2013: 18
  • 2011/2012: 13
  • 2010/2011: 17
  • 2009/2010: 24

To learn more about safe snowmobiling and Snowmobile Safety Week, visit:
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs
Provincial S.A.V.E. (Snowmobile ATV and Vessel Enforcement) Unit

The OFSC is committed to proactive leadership in promoting safe, responsible riding, on and off Ontario snowmobile trails, by building safer snowmobiling knowledge, attitudes and behaviours through rider education, safety legislation, development and enforcement. The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario’s highways, trails and waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death. Initiatives are developed and delivered through the Provincial Traffic Safety Program.

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Distracted Driving Campaign Starts March 8 and so does March Break: Be safe!

OPP Asking for Public’s Help with Distracted Driving Campaign starting March 8 and a reminder: It’s March Break!

Updated March 7, 11am: The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the public that the annual school Spring Break starts today in many of our areas.

Chief Superintendent John Tod, Regional Commander of the OPP Central Region is reminding the public that with March Break starting, “there will be many children playing in areas during the day that we are not used to seeing them. Please watch for children at all times.”.

Outdoor enthusiasts are also being cautioned to use caution as milder weather is in the forecast and this will no doubt compromise the quality of snow and ice conditions. “Although winter is still very much upon us, safety and planning ahead should be always an important component of any outdoor activity in the coming days and weeks as snow and ice conditions can start to change hourly,” adds Tod.

And drivers, remember that the OPP’s Distracted Driving Campaign is continuing and that Distracted Driving has become the number one factor in motor vehicle related collision deaths. Inspector Dom Beckett, Manager of the OPP Central Region Traffic and Marine Unit is asking motorists to “please keep your eyes and attention focused on the road; that is where it needs to be ALL the time. Distracted driving related deaths can be reduced if drivers change their behaviour and pledge to always reach for safety and not for their phone”.

OPP Distracted Driving Campaign starts March 8

Release from OPP Posted Mar. 3, 10.38am: Irresponsible driver behaviour has the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) concerned about the fate of many road users this year as officers prepare to launch their next campaign against Distracted Driving (Mar 8-14).

2013: Distracted driving caused more deaths than impaired and speeding drivers

In 2013, distracted driving fatalities surpassed both impaired and speed related fatalities in fatal motor vehicle collisions investigated by the OPP.  A total of 78 persons died in distracted driving related collisions compared to 57 impaired driving deaths and 44 speed related deaths last year.

“When you consider the overall impact of these 78 fatalities last year and the 325 other distracted driving victims who have died since 2010, the number of people these irresponsible drivers have had a profound and devastating impact on is in the thousands,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

“Everyone, from the victims’ families and friends to the police officers who attend these horrific collision scenes and have to notify next-of-kin, knows the emotional impact of one life lost to this senseless driving behavior trickles down to so many people who, sadly, through experience, know how badly this behaviour needs to stop,” he added.

The OPP recognizes that the only way to stop people from dying in distracted driving related collisions is to raise awareness of how serious the problem is and to have everyone make a firm, lifelong commitment to helping the police and safety partners eliminate it altogether.  According to the OPP, it can be done.

“Over and above every driver pledging to never text or talk on the phone, pledge to be a good passenger and speak up if the driver in your car is using his/her phone or engaged in other forms of distraction.  Pledge to regularly encourage your friends and family to not be distracted while driving,” said OPP Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the Highway Safety Division. “Even though our campaign only runs one week, make this a year-round commitment because it is a fail proof way to help us eliminate the tragic deaths that occur every year because of distracted drivers,” added Bell

March 18: fines jump to $280

The OPP is reminding motorists that on March 18, 2014 the current distracted driving fine of $155 will jump to $280 (this includes the increased $225 fine plus a $50 victim fine surcharge and $5 court cost).

The OPP’s Distracted Driving Campaign runs from Saturday, March 8 to Friday, March 14, 2014.  During that time, the OPP will be doing its part to eliminate the threat of distracted driving through its own awareness raising efforts and focused enforcement of distracted driving laws throughout the province.

The OPP is asking Ontarians to show their support during this important campaign.  Go to the OPP’s Facebook page and/or follow them on Twitter and let them know how you plan on helping to eliminate distracted driving on Ontario roads. The OPP will highlight some of your entries in a campaign wrap-up news release following the campaign.

Train hits stalled car in Torrance, no one hurt

Update Feb 4:17pm: : As of 4 pm , the train has now moved and all is clear at Neal’s Road in Torrance. The car was out of the ditch before 2pm.

Torrance, rail and car crash, Muskoka news
No one hurt after car stalled on tracks at 12:30pm today in Torrance: CN workers say train should be moving soon (as of 2:30pm)

Train crashes into car on Neal’s Road in Torrance; no one injured

Posted Feb. 4, 2pm: There’s been a crash involving a car and train on Neals Road in Torrance. No one has been hurt, according to Bracebridge OPP at the scene.

Today around 12:30pm, a car was on Neal’s Road heading over the train tracks when it reportedly stalled. The occupants tried to push the vehicle off of the tracks but were unsuccessful. The train travelling along the tracks could not stop in time and hit the vehicle pushing it into the ditch.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash.

The train is currently blocking Neal’s Road, just west of East Bay Road, and the OPP is working to remove the vehicle from the area.