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).

 

Grocery stores in Orillia and Innisfil added to authorized wine sellers list

Starting today, 67 new independent and large grocers in communities across Ontario are authorized to sell wine, beer and cider – the closest additions near Muskoka on the list are in Orillia and Innisfil.

The Province says criteria were set to ensure fairness and geographic distribution.

The location in Innisfil is the Sobeys located at 2080 Jans Blvd., while the one in Orillia is the Food Basics at 975 West Ridge Rd.

For the list click here

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, was at Coppa’s Fresh Market in Toronto today to announce the 67 store locations, including 20 independent grocery stores and 47 stores owned by large grocers.

These stores are in addition to the 57 across the province already selling beer and cider.

Ultimately, beer and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores across Ontario, including 300 that also sell wine.

“Being able to make one stop to pick up wine alongside other groceries will help make everyday life easier for Ontarians. Opening up this new retail channel for wine producers will also help encourage business to thrive while delivering economic growth and job creation in Ontario’s beverage alcohol, agriculture and tourism sectors.”
— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

Ontario maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility. By law, grocers selling beer or wine must have designated sales areas and standard hours of sale, abide by limitations on package size and alcohol content, and follow staffing and social responsibility training requirements. Ontario will develop a comprehensive alcohol strategy to promote the responsible sale and use of alcohol in moderation.

Offering consumers more choice and convenience while improving opportunities for business is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their lives.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Social responsibility requirements:

Selling alcohol is a public trust the government takes very seriously. The following retail requirements apply to authorized grocers:

The sale of wine, beer and cider adheres to standard hours, which are: Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Limitations to alcohol by volume – maximum of 7.1 per cent for beer and cider, and 18 per cent for wine, beer and cider continue to be sold in a six-pack or less or up to 750 mL per container

Wine can be sold in maximum four-litre containers

Staff selling alcohol must be a minimum of 18 years of age and be trained on Ontario’s standards for social responsibility, including making sure customers under the age of 19 and intoxicated individuals do not purchase alcohol

Grocers will also be restricted to selling wines with a retail price of $10.95 (per 750 mL bottle) or higher
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will oversee these and other regulations.

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.

Orillia man charged with possessing child porn

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Orillia detachment assisted by the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit have arrested and charged an Orillia man following a child pornography investigation.

On September 22nd, police say they arrested a 69 year old male for possessing child pornography.

Reginald Magee of Orillia is charged with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

The accused continues to be held in custody pending a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing.

Four hospitalized after rollover north of Hwy 12

Orillia Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a single vehicle rollover that resulted in four people being hospitalized with one airlifted to Toronto.

Today at 7:31 a.m., police were dispatched to County Road 46 north of Highway 12.

The 21 year old male driver from Selkirk was ejected from the vehicle and suffered life threatening injuries. The 22 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.

The OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) is currently at scene investigating the cause of the collision. County Road 46 will be closed in both directions at Highway 12 until further notice.

 

Three people charged with arson

The OPP has charged three males in relation to a fire in the city of Orillia.

On August 12th, police were dispatched to a fire outside of a business at Atherley Road and Gill Street. After an extensive investigation the Orillia Crime Unit has charged three males with Arson in relation to the fire.

A 19 year old male from Barrie and a 19 and 20 year old from Orillia have been charged with Arson. They were released on a Promise to Appear in Orillia Criminal Court on October 18, 2016.

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).

 

Big drug bust in Orillia: Seven people face charges

On September 8th at 7:00 p.m., OPP officers executed search warrants at two apartments at a residence on Elgin Street in the City of Orillia.

During the search police located and seized cocaine, heroin, cannabis marihuana, cash, weapons and paraphernalia associated with trafficking.

Jamie GOUDREAULT, 40 years old of Orillia, has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana and Possession of Heroin.

Terry MORRISON, 41 years old of Orillia, has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana, Possession of Heroin and Breach of Probation.

Blake NOLIN, 28 years old of Orillia, has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana, Possession of Heroin, Obstruct Police and Breach of Probation.

Dwayne WEBB, 26 years old of North York, has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Breach of Probation.

Tammy NOLIN, 47 years old of Orillia, has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana over 30 grams, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a restricted or prohibited weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000.

All parties were held in custody pending a bail hearing today in Barrie Criminal Court.

Melodie ULRICH, 28 years old of Orillia, has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana and Possession of Heroin. She was released on a Promise to Appear in Orillia Criminal Court on October 25, 2016.

Lisa STOBBS, 36 years old of Orillia, has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cannabis Marihuana and Possession of Cannabis Resin. She was released on a Promise to Appear in Orillia Criminal Court on October 25, 2016.

 

Muskoka locations streaming the Tragically Hip farewell concert

The Tragically Hip Live from Kingston concert is being streamed at several locations throughout Muskoka and surrounding areas this evening. The concert airs at 8:30pm but people should arrive earlier to get a good spot.

Here’s the list of locations that will be streaming the concert:

Bracebridge at Annie Williams Park
Huntsville’s River Mill Park
The Huntsville Legion
800 Degrees in Orillia – 99 Mississauga Street
The Stockey Centre in Parry Sound
The Muskoka Drive In – Gravenhurst
Sawdust City Brewing Co – Gravenhurst

*A Tribute to the Tragically Hip is also happening at Clear Lake Resort in Torrance near Bala between 4pm and midnight which includes live bands, food and then the airing of the Hip concert on an outdoor movie screen. All proceeds to local charities. Free shuttle ride home. Tickets are available at PIE Muskoka

Toronto man faces cocaine and pot possession charges

A Toronto man is facing charges after a traffic stop on Atherley Road in Orillia yielded cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

On Thursday August 11th at 5pm police made the stop.

22 yr old Harris BAFFOE-BOADU is charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Cannabis Marihuana.

He was held in custody for a show cause hearing on August 12th in Barrie.

 

Orillia to host 2018 Ontario Winter Games

Ontario has awarded provincial multi-sport games events to three cities in 2018 and is providing over $2 million to support the events.

Mississauga will host the Ontario 55+ Summer Games, London will host the Ontario Summer Games, and Orillia will host the Ontario Winter Games.

The Ontario 55+ Games showcase the best participants 55 years of age and older from across the province, and the Ontario Summer and Winter Games are for top young athletes between 12 and 20 years old. The games provide an opportunity for amateur athletes to develop their skills and prepare to advance to national and international competitions. They also encourage volunteerism, contribute to local tourism and economic activity, and help communities build their experience and resources to host large-scale events.

“Our government’s investment in sport is driven by a commitment to support communities and help them grow and prosper through events like the Ontario Games. Multi-sport events of this nature can unite our communities through healthy, active living and provide new opportunities for our coaches, volunteers, officials and athletes. Ontario is home to a diverse range of athletes with different backgrounds and skillsets and I look forward to supporting them by delivering memorable events in London, Orillia and Mississauga.”
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The Ontario Games program is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, from the health benefits of physical activity to the economic benefits of hosting major events. Game ON is one of the many legacies of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am / Parapan Am Games that also include world-class newly built and improved sport and recreation infrastructure and the new Canary District community in the former Athlete’s Village.

Supporting sport is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
QUICK FACTS:

Mississauga was announced as the host of the 2018 Ontario 55+ Summer Games at the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Ontario 55+ Summer Games in Midland.

The province is investing $235,000 for the Ontario 55+ Games, $1 million for the Ontario Winter Games and $1 million for the Ontario Summer Games.

Ontario also holds two other multi-sport Games: the Ontario 55+ Winter Games will be held in February 2017 in Cobourg and the Ontario ParaSport Games will be held in February 2017 in Brantford/County of Brant.

Ontario has tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $27 million in 2015–16.

The sport industry contributes an estimated $2.1 billion to Ontario’s GDP and supports 43,730 jobs.

Photo via Ontariowintergames.com

Gravenhurst artist Kevan Murray’s new show explores family, memory & identity

by Matt Sitler

A set of vintage black and white photos has inspired a Gravenhurst artist to delve deeper into the now threatened memories of her close knit family’s aging matriarch.

Kevan Anne Murray, 29, opens her latest show of acrylic paintings and ink and water colour illustrations at the Lee Contemporary Art  gallery located on the Upper Level at 5 Peter Street in Orillia.

Entitled ‘245 Lakeview Ave.’, the show, which started August 4th and runs until September 10th,  documents memories from her 87 year old grandmother Yvonne Jones’  life, which are ever the more poignant now due to Jones’ ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Murray named the show after the address where her grandparents lived for many years in Gravenhurst, which also served as the family’s main home base and hub of activity.

“It’s kind of ingrained in our family identity, that whole landscape and the memories connected to it,” reflects Murray. “Generally in the past I’ve done paintings that are more landscape and architecturally based, subject wise. (For this show) a conversation I had with my mother and a friend helped shift the subject  to this more personal territory, which was very difficult for me.”

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“Tiger 2: Winter Driveway”

A few years ago Murray’s grandfather passed away and her grandmother  had to be moved out of 245 Lakeview into a smaller residence. She now resides at the Pines long term care facility in Bracebridge.

“It’s just been a really difficult thing for my family,” says Murray. “And it’s been very interesting for me to observe, both up close and at a distance – because I’m living in BC right now – just hearing the way my family now talk about her. And even when I talk with her, even though she’s not ‘her’ anymore, she still is ‘her’. I’m kind of obsessed with the whole identity thing. She’s still the woman from 245 Lakeview Avenue and we still have those memories and we don’t have to hold on to who we think she is, who she should be or who she was – she’s different now and the roles are evolving and its always on my mind.”

When her grandmother was being moved out of her home, Murray’s sister took the opportunity to scan and email all her old photos to members of the family.

“(The photos) are from when my grandmother was a little girl growing up in Gravenhurst,” says Murray. “They include some family members who I don’t know, but you can tell they are very meaningful to her, her memories, history and identity. She’s still here but I’m not going to get to hear these stories from her now, so it’s interesting to see a different side of someone (through the old photos).”

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“Snowday”

Tying the show’s paintings and illustrations together will be written material, including a poem that explains more to the viewer about Jones’ life and story.   Murray used this material and the feelings the photos evoked while choosing the colours  and moods in her interpretations. Altogether, she says there are about 30 pieces that will be on display.

Murray, a graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University has been travelling during the last couple of years, with trips across Canada and Europe. Previously she has shown her work at the Silver Bridge Gallery and the Art in the Heart summer program in Bracebridge.

She says she is now more focused than ever on developing her skills.

“I’ve been in Nanaimo BC for a year now,” she says. “I have a studio there and I’ve really been able to focus more in the last year on my art and what I want to do with it.”

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“Young Paddler”

‘245 Lakeview Ave.’ opened August 4th between 7 pm and 9pm.

Throughout the show Murray will be collecting donations from the gallery’s patrons  in honour of her grandmother for the Alzheimer’s Society.

To learn more about Murray’s art visit her website at www.kevanmurray.com

Lee Contemporary Art’s website is located at www.leecontemporaryart.ca

(Main photo is of Murray with her painting “The Lake”)

 

 

 

Report of a man exposing himself on trail in Orillia

Orillia OPP is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying a male who allegedly exposed himself on the Light Foot Trail in Orillia.

On Wednesday at 1:45 p.m., police received a report that an unidentified male exposed himself to a passerby on the Light Foot trail. The male had no physical contact with the female and was last seen in the area of the Light Foot Trail and Hughes Road.

The victim described the male to be in his 20’s, having black skin, five feet two inches tall, wearing an orange shirt, black basketball shorts and had white ear buds in his ears.

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).

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

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.

 

Two face charges following cocaine drug bust in Orillia

A local drug investigation has resulted in the seizure of a quantity of cocaine.

On Wednesday, OPP officers arrested a male and female at a Walker Avenue residence in Orillia, who were in possession of a package containing cocaine which had been imported from a Caribbean country.

Both parties now stand charged with various drug offences.

The seizure has a potential street value of $50,000.

Carlton Gayle, 37 years old of North York, has been charged with Importation of a Schedule1 substance (cocaine), Possession of a Schedule1 substance (cocaine) for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,

Cindy Topper, 34 years old of Orillia, has been charged with Possession of a Schedule1 substance (cocaine) for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Both parties were held in custody a pending bail hearing in Barrie today.

 

74 year old man charged with sexual assaults at Orillia area campgrounds

A 74 year old Orillia man is facing sexual assault charges in relation to incidents dating back to between 1994 and 2013.

The Orillia Crime Unit investigated the incidents involving two victims that took place at camp grounds in the Orillia area.

Police say the victims were known to the accused.

Winston Parker, 74 years old of Orillia, has been charged with two counts of Sexual Interference with a person under 16 years of age, two counts of Invitation to Sexual Touching under 16 years of age, Sexual Assault on a person under 16 years of age and Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Assault.

Parker was held in custody pending a Bail Hearing today in Barrie Criminal Court.

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

Orillia men receive jail time for Muskoka Centre break-in

Two men charged in the recent Muskoka Centre property break-in in Gravenhurst have received prison sentences.

Judge JD Evans heard guilty pleas to break and enter charges from 27-year-old Gaston Gagnon and 53-year-old James Mountney, both of Orillia, today in Bracebridge Court.

Crown Attorney Paul Culver told Evans the break-in happened February 24th at 3:30am.

A citizen called police about people banging on a locked gate that secured the fence surrounding the property – they also reported seeing a vehicle being driven on the property with no lights a short while later.

When police arrived, they found the would-be thieves had gained access by removing the gate’s hinges.

Police soon found Mountney in a van and Gagnon standing outside of it while two other men removed copper piping from a building. One of these others was throwing the piping down from the roof.

The total value of the piping would have been around $720 if it had been sold.

Mountney & Gagnon were arrested immediately – the others were taken into custody following an OPP canine unit search, said defence lawyer Robin Bellows.

Culver noted such thefts are on the rise these days due to the increasing value of copper.

Gagnon told Evans he’s since had nightmares about the abandoned property, which used to house a sanatorium.

“It definitely wasn’t worth it,” he admitted in a remorseful statement to the judge.

Evans sentenced him to five months in prison plus the time he’s already served, which amounted to 30 days since his arrest.

Mountney received a much stiffer sentence – he has a previous “lengthy and unenviable” criminal record showing similar offences, said Bellows.

Mountney told court: “it was a very stupid mistake – I didn’t know what we were getting into when we did it.”

Evans sentenced him to 15 months in jail, which includes the 30 days he’s already spent in custody since his arrest.

“You know darn well you shouldn’t have been doing what you were doing,” Evans told him.

Both men will also have to submit samples of their blood to police as part of a DNA order.

The other two men arrested in the case have yet to have their day in court.

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.