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Prince Edward OPP Reports – 2012

 

 

 

Five fatalities in two months have police concerned about driving practices

In addition to motor vehicle collisions that result in personal injury and  property damage, Prince Edward OPP detachment commander Barry Freeburn says five fatal motor vehicle collisions in the past two months have exponentially raised concerns about driving practices within Prince Edward County.

“This has motivated an appeal from Prince Edward OPP to all motorists to reflect upon their own driving habits and encourage them to drive not only sober but with due care and attention to their surroundings and road conditions at all times,” says Const. Kim Guthrie.

• October 20th a cyclist was struck and killed in Bloomfield
• November 12th, a vehicle driving too fast on Cty Rd 39 left the roadway and struck a tree near Consecon.  The driver later died from her injuries.
• November 22nd a vehicle on Cty Rd 14 lost control on slippery roads, left the roadway, entered a ditch and caught fire.  The driver was killed.
• December 24th a vehicle on Loyalist Parkway lost control, entered oncoming lanes and was struck by another vehicle.  The driver that lost control was killed.
• December 28th a southbound vehicle on Hwy 62 was being driven in the oncoming lanes for reasons yet to be determined.  The vehicle collided with two oncoming vehicles and the driver of the southbound car was killed.

Staff Sgt Freeburn advises officers will be diligent with enforcement and will continue to focus on what are known as the “big four” factors considered to be the primary sources contributing to serious injuries and deaths in motor vehicle collisions.  They are: impaired driving; aggressive driving; improper or lack of seatbelt use and distracted driving.

Update: Fatal Collision on Hwy 62
The investigation is continuing into the circumstances around a fatal collision on Hwy 62 near Fenwood Crescent in Ameliasburgh on Friday the 28th of December at 4:45pm.

OPP Technical Collision Investigators have determined the vehicle occupied by the deceased party, 56yr old Marilyn BOON was southbound on Hwy 62, but was actually in the northbound lanes when she struck a northbound pickup truck operated by 60yr old Matthew COTTRELL.  As a result of the initial collision, BOON’s vehicle’s spun out of control and into the path of a second northbound pickup truck resulting in fatal injuries to BOON.

While speaking with the COTTRELL following the collision, officers noted an odor of alcohol on his breath and an approved roadside screening device test was performed which he failed.  Further testing at detachment indicated COTTRELL to have in excess of 80mgs of alcohol in his blood and he was subsequently charged with Operate Over 80mgs.  COTTRELL will appear in Picton court on the 16th of January 2013 to answer to the charge.

COTTRELL and the driver of the second pickup truck were not seriously injured in the collisions.

Officers continue to investigate why BOON was southbound in the northbound lanes at the time of the collision.  Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-6477.

Fatality on Christmas Eve
Shortly after 8:30pm on December 24, a two car collision on Loyalist Parkway near North Beach Road resulted in a fatal injury to one of the drivers.

The Prince Edward OPP investigation revealed a southbound driver lost control of his vehicle after leaving the roadway briefly and then sliding across the road into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.  The vehicles collided in the northbound lane.

Justin Mowbray, 24, of Demorestville, the driver of the southbound vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck received minor injuries.  Neither vehicle had passengers.

The investigation is continuing into the collision and anyone with information on the matter is asked to call Prince Edward OPP.

Community satifaction survey

(ORILLIA, ON) – A Community Satisfaction Survey is scheduled to start in January in East Region to solicit public opinions about the services the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments deliver to communities throughout the region.
The Community Satisfaction Survey is a telephone survey that randomly selects members of the public (16 years or older) who live in Ontario.  The survey takes about five to seven minutes to complete and is strictly voluntary.  Those contacted and willing to participate are asked about issues such as community security, perceptions of crime and youth issues in the community, OPP presence in the community, service delivery and even how the OPP investigates crime and enforces the law.
The information provided by those surveyed is being collected by a research consultant, R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. that has been retained by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  The information is treated confidentially and the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of those surveyed will not be included in the survey results provided to the OPP.
Once the survey is complete, the results will be used in the OPP Business Plan and Annual Report.  The information will be useful in helping the OPP set out goals and objectives to improve on the services it delivers to communities throughout Ontario.
These surveys are done throughout the province on a rolling three year schedule.
The East Region detachment surveys will start in early or mid-January and are expected to be completed by March 15, 2013.   The Ontario Provincial Police would like to thank those who participate in the Community Satisfaction Survey and who take the time to help the OPP in its vision of Safe Communities…..A Secure Ontario.

Fail to Remain Collision

At 1:40am on the 30th of December, a Prince Edward OPP officer on routine patrol observed extensive damage to a hydro pole on Cty Rd 4 between Doxee Rd and Hwy 62.  It appeared a vehicle had left the roadway, entered the ditch and struck the pole, shearing it in half.  The vehicle then managed to reverse out of the ditch and leave the scene.

Evidence left behind indicate the vehicle is a Dodge Pickup truck black in color.  The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Driver Arrested
Shortly after 3:00am on the 30th of December the driver of a westbound vehicle on Cty Rd 3 just west of Rossmore, lost control and slid off the roadway.  The vehicle struck several trees before coming to a stop, causing heavy damage to the car, but the driver was not injured.  Officers noted the odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath and arrested him for impaired driving.
The accused was brought to the Prince Edward OPP detachment where his breath readings registered more than twice the legal limit.

Caleb MURRAY age 21yrs of Ameliasburgh has been charged criminally with Impaired Operation and Operate Over 80mgs.  MURRAY’s vehicle has been impounded for seven days and his licence suspended for 90 days.  MURRAY will appear in Picton court on the 16th of January to answer to the charges.

Update – OPP INVESTIGATING FATAL CRASH

On December 28, 2012 at approximately 4:45pm officers of the Prince Edward County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a crash on Fenwood Crescent at Highway 62, Rednersville. Fifty-six (56) year-old Marilyn BOON of Ameliasburg, Prince Edward County,the driver of one of the vehicles died at the scene. A post mortem examination has been scheduled for today at the Kingston General Hospital. One of the involved drivers, Matthew COTTRELL, 60 of Ameliasburg, was charged with Over 80 contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of OPP Technical Collision Investigators. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 613-476-2151 or 1-888-310-1122.

Driver died at scene of multi-vehicle crash

Prince Edward County OPP report an adult female has died at the scene of a multi-vehicle collision Friday, Dec. 28 at about 4:45 p.m. on Fenwood Crescent at Highway 62, Rednersville.

Three vehicles were involved. The female was a driver of one of the vehicles. Two others have minor injuries.
Highway 62 has been closed for most of the evening while officers conduct their investigation with the assistance of OPP Technical Collision Investigators. Traffic is being rerouted by County Road 28.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 613-476-2151 or 1-888-310-1122.

 

 Theft of Money
A large sum of cash was stolen from the Petro Canada gas station and convenience store in Rossmore, on Sunday the 16th of December.  The theft occurred sometime between 11:00am and noon when a staff member discovered a large sum of cash had been stolen from a secure location within the store.
Video footage of the store has been viewed and police are looking for a suspect described as:
• White male
• 5’7” – 5’9” tall with a medium build
• Short, dark brown hair
• Wearing glasses
• No facial hair
• Wearing a wedding band
• His clothing is described as a darker jacket with lighter writing on the front, back and sides.  It also has the number 15 on the arm of the jacket.  The suspect was wearing brown pants and brown footwear.
• The suspect is operating a gold colored Toyota Highlander SUV and was last seen northbound on Hwy 62.

OPP turning up the heat in support of youth
Kids caught in the act of doing the right thing this winter won’t be given “the cold shoulder” by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) thanks to a continued partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores across Ontario.
Operation Heat 2012 recognizes positive behaviour by Ontario youth in a very warm way…with a warm and delicious treat!
Building on this past summer’s highly successful Operation Freeze 2012, OPP officers who observe local youth doing random acts of kindness or exhibiting positive behavior this winter will again be able to recognize that young person with a “ticket” which is actually a coupon valid for a free hot chocolate beverage valid at all participating Mac’s stores across Ontario.
In addition to recognizing good behaviour, Operation Heat promotes opportunities for OPP officers to interact with youth in a positive manner in support of the OPP Positive Ticketing
Program. Officers may use the coupons to recognize youth for doing good deeds, participating in community activities, picking up trash, pro-actively deterring crime or observing safe-street crossing rules. Officers can also make use of the coupons as literal “icebreakers” to establish a dialogue with kids in their patrol area.
Though the reasons for issuing the coupons may vary, the end result of this youth positive
ticketing initiative is the same for each youngster: a positive police – community interaction
experience and a free hot chocolate beverage!
“The OPP is pleased to once again participate in this highly successful initiative that recognizes youth for responsible and caring behaviour,” said OPP Inspector Leslie Craig, Commander, OPP Crime Prevention Section. “The OPP Positive Ticketing Program challenges our members to catch Ontario’s youth “in the act of doing right” and encouraging such behaviour through positive reinforcement. Engaging our business communities in support of youth programs helps make our communities stronger.”
“Operation Heat provides law enforcement with an additional tool to initiate communication and reward our youth in a positive way”, says Sean Sportun – Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac’s in Central Canada. “Mac’s strives to be a leader in crime prevention and we are very excited about this new initiative and the positive message it helps deliver.”
Since the OPP Positive Ticketing Program’s inception in the summer of 2010, more than       300, 000 Operation Freeze and Operation Heat coupons have been used to recognize youth for positive behaviour across Ontario. During the upcoming winter months, over 60,000 Operation Heat coupons will be presented to kids by OPP officers across Ontario.
In addition to its outstanding public awareness, education and community engagement benefits, the personal impact achieved one youth at a time, by an OPP officer issuing a positive ticket to a child, remains priceless.

Male Arrested in Domestic Incident
At 11:30pm on the 17th of December Prince Edward OPP officers were alerted to an ongoing domestic disturbance at a Mary Street apartment in Picton.  The victim in the domestic had sent a text message to a friend advising she had been assaulted by her common law husband and the friend in turn called police.  Officers arrived at the apartment a few moments later.
Following their investigation officers arrested an intoxicated male for punching the female victim.
The accused, a 46yr old male from Picton, has been charged with Assault and Breach of Probation.  He was held for a bail hearing to be heard on the 18th of December.
The victim, a 41yr old female from Picton was not seriously hurt in the incident.

Male Arrested in Domestic
Yesterday morning, the 12th of December, a female party attended the Prince Edward OPP detachment to report ongoing abuse from her boyfriend.
The victim provided details on several criminal offences her boyfriend committed against her, which had occurred over the past few months.
Investigators advised the accused of the allegations and he subsequently turned himself in to the detachment where he was arrested.
The accused, a 20yr old male from Picton was charged with the following offences:
• Two counts of Assault
• Two counts of Choking
• Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm
• Two counts of Domestic Mischief
• Two counts of Breach of Probation
The accused will appear in Belleville bail court today.
The victim, a 34yr old female from Picton, received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incidents.

Driver Arrested
At 1:30am today, officers from Prince Edward OPP were dispatched to investigate a single vehicle collision on Cty Rd 8 south of Picton.  Officers arrived on scene to find a car had struck a hydro pole, dislodging the pole from the ground and destroying the vehicle.  In speaking with the driver, who was not injured, officers noted alcohol on his breath.  The driver registered a “fail” on the roadside screening device, was arrested and brought in to the OPP detachment for further breath testing.
Christopher DAURIO age 23yrs from Markham, provided samples of his breath into the intoxilyzer which resulted in readings exceeding the legal limit.
DAURIO  was charged with Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80mgs and will appear in Picton court on the 30th of January 2013 to answer to the charge.

Police charge driver
Just after midnight on the 08th of December, a call from a concerned motorist alerted Prince Edward OPP officers to a possible impaired driver.  The caller advised a pickup truck on Hwy 62 was driving erratically heading south from Rossmore.  Police were able to intercept the suspect vehicle at Mountainview Airport where they spoke to the driver and noted obvious signs of impairment.
The driver was placed under arrest and brought to the detachment for breath tests but the accused, who had been behaving belligerently throughout police contact, refused to provide a sample into the intoxilyzer.
William GREEN age 38yrs of Sophiasburgh has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample. GREEN will attend Picton court on the 13th of February 2013 to answer to the charges.

OPP investigating fatal crash
On November 22, 2012, at approximately 6:00am, members of the Prince Edward detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 14, Sophiasburgh.
The driver of the 1999 Ford Explorer, Robert Scott DUNLOP, 33 of Wellington, died at the scene,
OPP Technical Collision Investigators are assisting detachment officers to determine the cause of the crash. The investigation is continuing.

Two Males Arrested

Yesterday morning, the 13th of November members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) – Project Longarm with the assistance of OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Prince Edward OPP officers executed a search warrant on an Old Milford Road home, south of Picton.
The search revealed a small marihuana grow operation and two shotguns, one of the guns was loaded.
Two accused parties located inside the residence were arrested and charged with several criminal offences.
Bernard McCONNELL age 48yrs of Picton and Edmund EVERALL age 41yrs of Picton have each been charged with the following criminal offences:
• Two counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
• Two counts of Production of a Controlled Substance
McCONNELL will attend Picton court on the 12th of December. EVERALL will attend Picton court on the 19th of December.

Three Persons Charged in Child Sex Offences

Complaints received from three different victims of historical sexual assaults have resulted in charges being laid in each case.  The allegations involve two separate foster homes.

In November last year a teenage girl disclosed she had been sexually assaulted in 2003/2004 while she was living in a foster home in Bloomfield.  An arrest warrant was issued for the accused who had since moved out of the area, but was located last week and arrested.
Richard FILDEY age 44yrs of Cameron, Ontario faces the following charges:
• Sexual Interference
• Sexual Assault
• Sexual Exploitation
FILDEY will appear in Picton court on the 21st of November.

In June of this year a female disclosed she had been sexually assaulted in 2007 while she was living in a foster home in Bloomfield.  An arrest warrant was issued for the accused who had since moved out of the area, but was located this week and arrested.
Sherilee SLATTER age 34yrs of Sudbury, Ontario faces the following charges:
• Sexual Assault
• Conspiracy to Commit and Indictable Offence
• Distributing Child Pornography
• Two counts of Sexual Exploitation
Sherilee SLATTER will appear in Picton court on the 05th of December.

In June of this year a teenage girl disclosed she had been sexually assaulted in 2010 while she was living in a foster home in Bloomfield.  An arrest warrant was issued for the accused who was arrested today.
Ronald SLATTER age 63yrs of Bloomfield faces the following charges:
• Sexual Assault
• Sexual Interference
• Sexual Exploitation
Ronald SLATTER will appear in Picton court on the 28th of November.

Impaired driver attempts to flee from police

Sunday, Nov. 4, just before midnight a Prince Edward OPP officer attempted to stop a vehicle when it refused to comply and sped away at a high rate of speed.
The incident started on Cty Rd 28 just south of Rossmore when an OPP officer recognized a vehicle known to be operated by a suspended driver.
The officer attempted a traffic stop by activating his emergency lights but instead of pulling over, the suspect vehicle accelerated away.
The officer followed the fleeing suspect vehicle that soon reached speeds well over the posted speed limit.
At a curve just before Hwy 62, the fleeing suspect vehicle left the roadway, struck a sign, entered a ditch and then drove onto Hwy 62 and continued south.  The suspect vehicle turned onto Victoria Road, travelling west across the County to Loyalist Parkway.
Once there it again left the roadway, drove along a fence line then spun out back onto the roadway where it came to a stop, now facing the also stopped OPP cruiser.
The vehicle’s driver then drove straight at the OPP cruiser striking it head on causing damage to both vehicles.
The accused driver then exited his car and ran away, ignoring the officer’s demands to stop.  The officer ran after the accused and a short distance away, the accused gave up and dropped to the ground where he was handcuffed and placed under arrest.
The officer observed obvious signs of impairment on the accused and subsequently a breath demand was made, which the accused refused to comply with.
Donald KLEINSTEUBER age 28yrs of Ameliasburgh faces the following list of criminal charges:
• Impaired Operation
• Flight from Police
• Fail to Provide Breath Sample
• Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle
• Assault with a Weapon
KLEINSTEUBER also faces charges of Racing and Driving While Under Suspension under the Highway Traffic Act.
KLEINSTEUBER will attend Picton court on the 28th of November to answer to the above charges.
Neither the officer or the accused were injured in the incident.

Charged with impaired driving
Yesterday morning, the 01st of November at 10:30 AM, a Prince Edward OPP officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle matching the description of a car reportedly being operated by a prohibited, un-licenced driver.  The officer stopped the vehicle on Loyalist Parkway just west of Bloomfield and his investigation confirmed the driver was suspended from a previous impaired operation conviction.  While dealing with the driver, the officer noted an odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath and administered a roadside alcotest on him.  The driver registered a “fail” and subsequent breath tests provided at the detachment registered three times the legal limit on the breathalyzer.
A 50 year old Bloomfield man has been charged with the following criminal offences:
• Impaired Operation
• Operate a Vehicle Over 80mgs
• Driving While Disqualified
He will attend Picton court on the 28th of November to answer to his charges.

Have a safe Halloween
The Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind residents of some safety tips so that this Halloween will be fun and safe for everyone.
The following are some general safety tips:
• Consider a costume that will not restrict the child’s vision so that they can see what is around them such as vehicles.
• Light coloured costumes are also recommended for visibility.  Use reflective tape on the front and back of a costume to increase visibility to motorists.
• Carry a flashlight to use between houses and better visibility.
• Ensure costumes fit properly to prevent trips and falls.
• Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
• Older children should go out in groups of 3 or more and stay together.  Consider a cell phone for emergency calls.
• Know the route your child will be going and set a time they are required to return.
• Remind children that no treats should be consumed until they are inspected by an adult.
• Ensure children trick or treat on one side of the street and then cross safely to the other side.  Do not criss-cross back and forth.
• Walk on the side walk when ever possible.  If there are no side walks, then walk on the side of road facing traffic.
• Only approach houses that are lit and never enter a stranger’s house.
• Drivers should drive with caution and be prepared to stop as children will be excited and their actions can be sudden and unpredictable.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!

Investigation into death of cyclist continues
A cyclist involved in a motor vehicle collision Saturday in Bloomfiled has died.
Prince Edward County OPP officers report John Fox, 56, of Bloomfield was travelling on Main Street about 10:48 p.m. in the village of Bloomfield.
Police report an eastbound vehicle struck the cyclist who was reported to be in the centre of the roadway. Fox was transported to the Kingston General Hospital where he later died.
The investigation is continuing.

Stunt Driving Charge
On Sunday the 07th of October at 12:55pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer on routine patrol on Hwy 62 near Huffs Island Road stopped a southbound vehicle travelling at 138km/h in a posted 80kms/h zone.
Under the Province’s stunt driving law, the driver lost both his vehicle and drivers licence for 7 days.
Bradley TRIPP age 32yrs of Etobicoke received a summons to appear in court on the 26th of October to answer to the charge.

Driver arrested
Just before 11:00pm on October 6th, Prince Edward OPP officers were conducting a RIDE spot check in the village of Bloomfield.  A vehicle that had been approaching the RIDE location was observed to slow and then turn around in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid the officers’ location.  The vehicle was subsequently stopped and officers noted the driver had been consuming alcohol.  A roadside alcotest was performed on the driver which he failed.  Following the arrest of the driver, a search of the accused and his vehicle yielded a quantity of marihuana and alcohol.
Derek DEBASSIGE age 28yrs of Angus, Ontario was charged with the following offences:
• Impaired Operation
• Operate Over 80 mgs
• Possession of a Controlled Substance
DEBASSIGE will appear in Picton court on the 7th of November to answer to the charges.

Arrests Made in Marijuana Grow Operation

Following an ongoing investigation, officers with the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) Project Longarm with the assistance of Prince Edward OPP and the Emergency Response Team, arrested three males and closed down a large outdoor marijuana grow operation.
The arrests were made on Saturday the 29th of September at 6:25pm on a Cty Rd 8 property in North Marysburgh.  More than thirteen hundred marijuana plants valuing $1,365,000 were seized.
Robert LOWE age 48yrs of North Marysburgh, Errington SMITH age 37yrs of North Marysburgh and Brian VERNON age 48yrs of Mississauga face charges of Production of a Controlled Substance.
All three accused will appear in Belleville Bail court today to answer to the charges.

Vehicle rollover leads to impaired charges

Shortly after 1am Sunday, Sept. 23 Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover on Cty Rd 49 near Bethesda Road in Sophiasburgh.  The vehicle had been southbound when it lost control and left the roadway, rolling several times, ejecting the driver.
The driver and only occupant of the vehicle, Jesse BEIMERS age 25yrs of Hallowell was arrested for impaired driving.  BEIMERS was transported to Picton Hospital to be treated for serious injuries and provide a breath sample.  He was later transported to Kingston General Hospital for further treatment.
BEIMERS is to appear in Picton court on the 17th of October to answer to Impaired Driving and Operate Over 80mgs charges.

Young boy assaulted on Nery Avenue
Prince Edward OPP officers are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying a male who assaulted a 12-year-old boy Thursday evening on Nery Avenue in Hallowell.

At 5pm, the boy was building a bicycle ramp on the roadway when he was approached by a male who took hold of his arm and started pulling him toward a wooded area.

“When the boy yelled for help, the male let go and was last seen running into the woods,” Prince Edward OPP constable Kim Guthrie reports. “Although frightened, the victim was not harmed in the incident.”

Investigating officers were soon joined by the OPP K9 Unit and Emergency Response Team members.  An extensive search was conducted for the suspect but he was not located.
The suspect is described as:
• An older, white male with dark tanned skin
• Over six feet tall
• Short grey hair with a bushy, chest-length black and grey beard
• Yellow teeth in poor condition
• The suspect’s dirty and torn clothing consisted of a brown pullover sweatshirt with a yellow and white diamond pattern on it and dark blue jeans.

The search for the suspect is ongoing.  Anyone who observes someone matching the description is asked to call Prince Edward OPP.
The Ontario Provincial Police advise parents to encourage their children to practice personal safety at all times.  Safety tips can be found at www.opp.ca

Ministry investigating death on County farm

The Ministry of Labour is continuing its investigation into a death on a Prince Edward County farm.
At 2:50pm Monday, Sept. 10 the owner of the farm and an employee were in the process of attaching a large water tank to a tractor when the attachment suddenly fell, trapping the employee between it and the tractor.

A 38yr-old-male, who resides in Mexico, but working in the County for the summer, was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the deceased cannot be released pending notification of his next of kin.

The farmer tried to free the worker and emergency crews called to the scene were able to eventually separate the two pieces of equipment.  Subsequent efforts to revive the employee were unsuccessful.

Phoney bank inspectors creating real victims

Prince Edward OPP constable Kim Guthrie warns the OPP is receiving many reports of financial scams targeting seniors and other vulnerable people across the province.
In this scam, individuals claiming to be investigators from one of Canada’s chartered banks convince victims to withdraw funds for use as evidence to assist with a bogus theft investigation involving bank personnel.
“After the money is withdrawn and handed to the phoney bank inspector, the victim is told to go home and wait for a call confirming the money has been re-deposited in their account,” said Guthrie. “Unfortunately, that call never comes. In several recent cases, seniors have complied and were subsequently defrauded of thousands of dollars.
“If you are suspicious about a caller or the information being requested, protect yourself…hang up the phone! And then report the crime,” said Paul Beesley, Detective Inspector, OPP Anti-Rackets Branch.
Guard against becoming a victim before providing money or credit card information. Check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information. Remember, neither your financial institution nor a police investigator will ever ask you to withdraw money from your account or assist with an undercover investigation. It is also vitally important that the incident be reported if it does occur, to allow police to investigate and charge the perpetrators.
If you suspect you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact your local police service, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) and report the crime.
FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.
“This type of fraud, preying on seniors and vulnerable persons, is one more way in the already long history of fraud-related crimes. Increasing awareness of fraud is the first step toward decreasing its devastating impact,” said Scott Tod, Deputy Commissioner, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime

Mischief at Picton Skate Park
Prince Edward County employees discovered damage to the County Skate Park when they arrived for work the morning of Tuesday the 22nd of August.
Two young trees were damaged, a downspout from an evestrough was torn off the building and a vending machine was damaged sometime through the night.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 Drowning in Soup Harbour Update
UPDATE Aug. 22: At 4:53pm on the 16th of August, Prince Edward OPP were dispatched to Soup Harbour Road near Point Petre in response to 911 calls from people in the area stating a woman had drowned.
When officers arrived they discovered paramedics performing CPR on a woman who had been found non responsive in the water.  Their attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.
An autopsy has determined the victim, a 78yr old woman who resides in British Columbia, suffered a heart attack while she was swimming and died as a result.

Charge Laid on Boat Operator
UPDATE: Aug. 22: The operator of a boat that struck a 12yr old Belleville boy while he was swimming has been charged with Careless Operation of a Vessel under the Canada Shipping Act.
On the 15th of August at 4:50pm, emergency crews were called to North Bay, an inland lake close to Lake Ontario and North Beach Provincial Park after receiving several 911 calls about a swimmer that had been struck by a power boat.  Officers learned the boy was part of a day camp group that were enjoying tubing activities on the water just moments before being struck.  The victim had just finished his tube ride and was swimming near shore when the boat, now pulling another camper, ran over him.
The victim was struck by the boat’s propeller causing serious injuries to his torso, however he is stable and continues to recover in Kingston General Hospital.
Jacob ELLIOT age19yrs of London, will appear in Picton court on the 28th of September to answer to the charge.

Eight Youths Charged
Just after 8:00pm on Saturday the 18th of August Prince Edward OPP officers received a call from a Salmon Point Road resident advising he could see several youths in and around a neighbour’s home.  The complainant advised his neighbour was away and he was keeping an eye on the property for him.
Police arrived a short time later and observed 8 young people inside the home.  Their investigation revealed the youths had broken into the home and were getting ready to have a party involving alcohol and marihuana.
All the youths, who were camping at a nearby campground with their parents were arrested and brought to the OPP detachment.  The accused parties were processed and released with court dates in Picton on the 17th of September to answer to criminal charges.
The six males and two females range in ages from 13yrs to 16yrs.  The youths reside across Eastern Ontario to Brampton (West of Toronto).   Each has been charged with Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling.

Suspicious Male
Sunday, August 19 a Picton resident made a complaint to the Prince Edward OPP about a suspicious male in the Metro Store parking lot earlier in the day.
The complainant stated she was at the grocery store approximately 11:30am Sunday morning and had left her 8yr old daughter in the car while she picked up some groceries.  A short time later her daughter ran into the store to tell her a man had parked beside their car and asked her if she wanted to go for a ride with him.  The complainant checked the parking lot but the male was gone.
The description of the suspect as provided by the young girl is as follows:
• Older male, possibly in his 60’s
• Grey hair and wearing a ball cap
• Teeth in bad condition, some were missing
• Possibly wearing glasses
The suspect’s vehicle was a beige Chevrolet pick up truck.
Anyone with information on this male is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Wanted Male Arrested
A man wanted on outstanding domestic related charges in the Long Sault area was arrested last night in an Ameliasburgh home.
Earlier this month, Long Sault OPP advised Prince Edward OPP of a domestic occurrence that had occurred in their area but the male could not be located.  They further advised an arrest warrant had been issued for the suspect and that he occasionally visited a residence in the Ameliasburgh area.  At 7:30pm last night officers located the male at the County residence and arrested him without incident.
The 46yr old accused, who resides in Uxbridge was transported to Gananoque where he was handed over to Long Sault OPP officers to be held for a bail hearing in their jurisdiction.
The male faces 12 criminal charges:
• Three counts of Criminal Harassment
• Forcible Confinement
• Intimidation
• Assault
• Unauthorized Use of a Computer
• Three counts of Breach Probation
• Two counts of Fail to Comply with an Undertaking

Arson in Picton
At approximately 2:30am Friday morning, an East Mary Street resident reported he saw two youths in the bushes near his home playing with a lighter.  The resident yelled at the youth and they ran off.
A short time later, the resident could smell smoke so he walked in the direction it was coming from and made his way to Delhi Park, off York Street in Picton.  There, he found a fire had been started at the rear door of a County storage shed as well as a garbage can had been set on fire.
The man also noticed the same two youths near the area who again ran off when he approached.
The two youths are described as white males, approximately 16 or 17yrs old.  Both were wearing blue t-shirts with white lettering, each had shorts on and white running shoes.  The one youth was wearing a ball cap.

Male Arrested for Criminal Harassment
On Friday the 10th of August a Picton resident attended the Prince Edward OPP detachment to report an ongoing harassment issue with another Picton resident that is known to her.
Police launched an investigation into the complaint and on Wednesday the 15th of August the suspect in the matter was observed following the victim as she drove her car between several different locations within the town of Picton.  The suspect was arrested for criminal harassment and has been held for a bail hearing.
The accused, 46yr old Todd McConnell of Picton will appear in a Belleville courtroom on Monday the 20th of August to answer to the charge.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Woman drowned in Soup Harbour
An autopsy is being performed today in Kingston to determine the cause of death of a 78-year-old woman found non-responsive in the water at Soup Harbour late Thursday afternoon.
At 4:53pm yesterday afternoon, Prince Edward OPP were dispatched to Soup Harbour Road, near Point Petre, in response to 911 calls from people in the area stating a woman had drowned.
When officers arrived, paramedics were performing CPR on a woman who had been found non responsive in the water.  Their attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.
The investigation revealed the victim, a 78-year-old woman who resides in British Columbia, was swimming alone in Soup Harbour and for reasons yet to be determined, had drowned.

Driver arrested for impaired driving
At 2:23am Friday morning, a Prince Edward OPP officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle leave a parking lot near a bar in Picton and drive down Bridge Street.  The officer noted the vehicle was swerving in its lane and making wide turns around corners.  The officer stopped the vehicle and noted signs of impairment on the driver.
Peter MINAKER age 52yrs of Stoney Plain, Alberta was arrested for impaired driving.  MINAKER is to attend Picton court on the 05th of September to answer to charges of Impaired Driving and Operate a Vehicle Over 80mgs.

Boy seriously injured in boating incident
A 12-year-old Belleville boy is in serious condition in a Kingston Hospital following a late day boating incident yesterday on North Bay,  an inland lake close to Lake Ontario and North Beach Provincial Park.
Emergency crews were called at 4:50pm Wednesday, Aug. 15 to the inland lake area at North Beach Provincial Park, south of Consecon, after several 911 calls were received about a swimmer that had been struck by a power boat.
Officers learned the boy was part of a day camp group that were enjoying tubing activities on the water just moments before being struck.  The boat was being operated by a 19yr old camp counsellor working for the camp, but lives in London, Ontario.
The victim had just finished his tube ride and was swimming near shore when the boat, now pulling another boy, ran over him.
The victim suffered serious injuries to his torso and first aid was administered by witnesses until paramedics arrived and transported him to Trenton Hospital.  The victim was then transferred on to Kingston General Hospital.
The investigation is continuing into the matter.

Woman Charged in Domestic
At 3:00pm on Saturday the 11th of August police were called by a male party stating he had been assaulted by his common law wife.  Officers arrived at the Picton home and learned the couple had been arguing and at one point the male was slapped several times by the accused.
Officers arrested a 44yr old female for assault.  The accused will attend Picton court to answer to her charges on the 22nd of August.
The 47yr old victim was not injured in the incident.

Male Arrested
Just after 1:00am on the 12th of August, officers were dispatched to Morrison Point Road area in South Marysburgh for a disturbance call.  Three separate residents called police to report a male wandering around yelling and banging on doors.  Officers arrived in the area and a short time later located the suspect who was intoxicated.  The officers learned the suspect was camping nearby with a group of friends, including his girlfriend.  Further investigation revealed the suspect was on conditions not to consume alcohol and be in the presence of his girlfriend.
Brandon MEILLEUR age 25yrs of Alderville was arrested and held for a bail hearing.  MEILLEUR was charged with two counts of Failing to Comply with an Undertaking.

Male Arrested in Domestic Dispute
At 9:00pm Thursday, Aug. 9, Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to a Wellington address to investigate a domestic dispute.  A resident could hear a loud disturbance coming from a nearby home and called police to the area.  While police were responding, a second call was received from the victim in the disturbance advising she had been assaulted by her husband.
When officers arrived, they learned the victim had been assaulted, locked in a bedroom and damage done to some property in the home.
A 31yr old Wellington man was arrested and held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville today.  The accused has been charged with:
• Assault
• Mischief Under $5000 and
• Forcible Confinement
The 28yr old victim, a resident of Wellington, was not seriously hurt in the incident.

OPP Marine Unit Rescues couple from disabled vessel
Just after 10am Tuesday, Aug. 7, Prince Edward OPP Marine Unit officers were dispatched to a vessel in distress in the Bay of Quinte several kilometres west of the Bay Bridge.  A 44-foot power vessel had struck rock while navigating the waters outside the channel at the Narrows south of Bay Marine in Quinte West.  The vessel was lodged on the rock, its prop was destroyed and had lost all power thus stranding the couple on board.
Despite high winds and waves, Prince Edward OPP Marine responded quickly to the area, ultimately rescuing the stranded vessel.  The vessel and its two occupants, both from Burlington, Ontario were safely towed to shore.

 Impaired Driver Arrested
At 9:25pm last night Prince Edward OPP officers were advised of an erratic driver in a pick up truck on Hwy 62 heading south from Rossmore.   An officer spotted the truck a short time later and observed it swerving on the road and travelling at varying speeds.  The vehicle was stopped and the officer noted the driver smelled of alcohol and was exhibiting signs of impairment.
The driver was arrested and brought to the detachment where he provided samples of his breath which registered in excess of twice the legal limit.
Mitchell HARRISON age 29yrs of Alberta has been held for a bail hearing to be heard today in Belleville courts.  HARRISON faces charges of Impaired Operation and Operate Over 80mgs.
Two passengers in the accused’s truck had also been consuming alcohol.

 Alcohol Related Charges
On Friday the 03rd of August at 7:00pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer was investigating a motor vehicle collision on Cty Rd 12 near the Ridge Road in Hallowell.  An approaching vehicle caught the officer’s attention when it sped through a curve and then passed by the collision scene.  The driver looked at the officer and waved and accelerated away.  The officer returned to his cruiser and followed the subject vehicle.  When the officer caught up to the vehicle a beer bottle was thrown out of a window by one of the occupants.   A traffic stop was initiated and a subsequent search of the car yielded a large amount alcohol, some of it open and readily accessible to all the occupants.
The driver, 18yr old Kevin BUIST of Burlington was charged with Having Open Alcohol Readily Accessible under the Liquor Licence Act.
A passenger, 19yr old Andrew DEJONG of Ancaster was charged with Littering Highway under the Highway Traffic Act.
All the alcohol was seized and the driver given a roadside alcotest to ensure his sobriety before he was sent on his way.

 Unlocked Vehicles Entered
Several unlocked vehicles were entered overnight this past weekend.  Residents along Cty Rd 3 west of Rossmore awoke Sunday morning to find their vehicles had been rummaged through and some items stolen from within.  Loose change, a watch and a GPS unit were reported stolen.
Residents are urged to protect themselves from opportunistic thieves by locking up their vehicles, securing recreational vehicles and locking the doors to their homes.
Anyone with information on the mentioned crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Male Charged in Domestic dispute
On Monday the 6th of August just after 4:00pm, officers were dispatched to a Picton area apartment to investigate a domestic dispute.  The investigation revealed a heated argument between a common law couple escalated to the male shoving the female.  It was also learned approximately a month earlier an assault of the same nature had also occurred between the couple.
A 23yr old Picton male was arrested and charged with two counts of Assault.  The accused will attend Picton court on the 22nd of August to answer to the charges.
The 22yr old victim was not injured in the incident.

Domestic Dispute
A man has been arrested and held for a bail hearing following a domestic dispute in Prince Edward County.
Just after 9:00pm August 2, Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to an Ameliasburgh residence to investigate a disturbance between a husband and wife.  The male had been drinking alcohol and during an argument, he threatened to kill his wife and damage her vehicle.
The 56yr old Ameliasburgh resident will appear in Belleville bail court today to answer to charges of:
• Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm
• Utter Threat to Damage Property
The 51yr old victim, also a resident of Ameliasburgh was not injured in the incident.

Driver Charged
Speeding complaints from area residents have resulted in an Ameliasburgh man being charged with both criminal and traffic offences.  At 11:00pm on Tuesday a white mustang with red racing stripes on it was observed on Cty Rd 3 in Rossmore.  A vehicle matching this description had been the subject of numerous complaints from residents in the area prompting a Prince Edward OPP officer to investigate further.  The officer noted the suspect vehicle beginning to accelerate and then quickly exceed the speed limit.
The officer activated his emergency lights but the driver refused to stop.  The vehicle reached speeds of 148km/h in a posted 80km/h zone prior to turning into the registered owner’s driveway.  The officer followed and subsequently arrested the driver.
Allan HOBBS age 27 yrs of Ameliasburgh is charged with Flight from Police under the Criminal Code and for Racing under the Highway Traffic Act.
Under the Province’s Stunt Driving Legislation, HOBBS’ drivers licence has been suspended for seven days and his vehicle has been impounded for the same length of time.
HOBBS will appear in court on the 22nd of August to answer to his criminal charge.

Second grandparent scammed by con artist

Another Picton resident has been victimized by a scam known as the “Emergency or Grandparent Scam”.
In the typical scenario, a resident receives a phone call from a con-artist claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren.  The caller states they are in some kind of trouble and needs money immediately. Typically, they claim being in a car accident, trouble returning from a foreign country or they need bail money.

In this particular case, on Wednesday, July 25, the victim, a 73-year-old female, received a call from a man stating he was her grandson.  The suspect told her he was in jail in Quebec and needed bail money.  The scenario continued with the suspect having a second male speak with the victim.  The second male stated he was the suspect’s lawyer.  The victim believed the scam and sent $1,900 through a Western Union money transfer service. She became suspicious when she was contacted the next day by the suspect who asked her to send more money.  She did not fall for the second attempt and attended the OPP detachment to report the scam.

A scam with almost identical details was reported to Picton OPP on June 26 where a 79-year-old female lost $1200.

Prince Edward OPP reminds residents to be wary of any such calls and if they are suspicious in any way to hang up, and contact the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 to report it.  To learn more about this topic visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre’s website at   www.antifraudcentre.ca

 

Missing woman
Central Hastings OPP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Tweed woman who was reported missing today at 12:40pm.
Norma CRITCH, age 48 years was last seen on Monday July 23, 2012 at 5:30 a.m. at a Wallbridge Cres apartment in the City of Belleville.  She is described as 5’3”, heavy set with short brown hair, brown eyes, a heart and wings tattoo on her left arm and a devil tattoo on her shoulder.
CRITCH may be travelling in a 2001 Red Ford Explorer Ontario Licence Plate ATLS 175.
If anyone has any information as to her whereabouts you are urged to immediately contact Central Hastings OPP at 613-473-4234 or 1-888-310-1122.

Male Arrested for Personating a Police Officer
At the noon hour on Friday the 27th of July a male party called a Picton pizza parlour stating he was a police officer and requested 8 pizzas to be delivered to the Prince Edward OPP detachment.   The fraudulent order totalling more than $130.00 was returned to the pizza parlour and an investigation was launched.
Officers obtained video footage and telephone records from the payphone the order was called in from and were able to identify a suspect.
Patrick McGinnis age 25 yrs of Athol Twp was arrested and held for a bail hearing to be heard today in Belleville courts.   McGinnis is charged with:
• Personating a Police Officer
• Mischief Under $5000.00
• Fail to Comply with Conditions of an Undertaking
• Breach of Recognizance

Two Youths Arrested
Two residents of the Bayfield Youth Treatment Home in Consecon ran away from the facility on Wednesday night.  While absent from the home the youths broke into some vehicles and a nearby restaurant.  Cash and a cell phone were stolen from the vehicles and several cans of pop were taken from the restaurant.
The youths returned to the group home on their own the next day.
Two males, one 14yrs old the other 16yrs old were arrested and held for a bail hearing and face the following charges under the Youth Criminal Justice Act:
Theft Under $5000,
Mischief Under $5000,
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and
Failing to Comply with Conditions.

Two Men Arrested
On Monday the 23rd of July just after 12:00pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Cty Rd 11 in Athol Twp.  The driver refused to stop his vehicle, ignoring the officer’s lights and sirens.  At one point the officer pulled along side the offender and gestured to pull over, but he continued driving until he turned into his residence.  The driver then exited his vehicle and walked towards his house, ignoring orders to stop.  When the officer attempted to intercept the driver, the driver’s father interfered and assaulted the police officer.  The males continued to be aggressive with the officer and while he was calling for back up assistance he was assaulted again when the driver kicked the police radio out of his hand.

Both males then retreated to the residence and refused to comply with orders to exit the house.  Shortly after, back up officers arrived and ultimately the two males became compliant following a short negotiation.

The following two men were arrested and face multiple criminal charges.

Patrick McGINNIS age 25yrs of Athol was held for a bail hearing and is charged with:
1) Flight From Police
2) Obstruct/resist police
3) Assault Police
4) Utter Threat to Cause Bodily Harm
Grant McGINNIS age 56 yrs of Athol was released after being charged with:
1) Obstruct/resist  Police
2) Assault Police
3) Utter Threat to cause death
The officer suffered minor injuries as a result.
Patrick McGINNIS will appear in Belleville bail court today to answer to his charges.

Break and enter
Just after 4am on the 23rd of July, Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to Grove Street in Picton to investigate a break and enter in progress.  A resident had observed two males dressed in dark clothing removing a screen from a neighbor’s house and police were called.
Officers attended the area, but the suspects had fled from the property.  A short distance away a male was observed running into the woods surrounding  the Glenwood Cemetary.  The investigating officers searched the area further and located a young person hiding in the bushes.  The second male was not located.
The accused, a16 yr old male from Picton, was found to be in possession of several items that may have been stolen from other properties or vehicles in the area.  Residents in the noted area are asked to check their vehicles and properties and report anything missing to the Prince Edward OPP detachment.
The accused has been held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville Courts.  Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Cyclist Injured – Driver Charged
A cyclist was injured when he took evasive action to avoid a collision with a motor vehicle on Main Street in Wellington last week.
At 8:30 pm on Thursday the 21st of June a vehicle exiting the Wellington Dari Bar turned left onto Main St heading east into the village.  The driver’s movement caused three cyclists who were also eastbound on Main Street to take evasive action ultimately causing one cyclist to fall.
The cyclist, a 40yr old male from Trenton received minor injuries and his bike was damaged.
The driver, 48yr old Christopher Butt of Carrying Place was charged with Failing to Share Roadway with a Bicycle under the Highway Traffic Act.

Mischief to Road Signs
Residents of North Lakeside Drive in Consecon noted several speed limit signs had been tampered with sometime over the weekend.   Residents awoke Saturday morning to find many of the 40km/h limit signs had been modified to read 80km/h and 100km/h.  A mailbox was also damaged by the suspects.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

OPP investigating assault at Richardson’s Point

Prince Edward OPP launched an investigation into a report of a 20-year-old female being assaulted at Richardson’s Point Beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park Friday at about 11:30 p.m.
Police report the female was grabbed by a male who fled the scene as the female’s friends were looking for her.
The male was described as:  white, approximately 6′, thin build, very thin fingers,
scruffy beard, salt and pepper coloured hair and wearing a worn, green golf shirt.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Prince Edward OPP at 613-476-2151 or 1-888-310-1122 or Crimestoppers. The OPP would like to warn everyone to practice personal safety at all times. Safety tips can be found at www.opp.ca, “Resources”, “Tip Sheets”.

Criminal charges withdrawn
Criminal charges against former foster parent Ronald Slatter, of Bloomfield have been withdrawn by the Crown due to a “low likelihood of conviction”.
The Crown indicated that the behaviour Slatter was engaged in with the complainant, underlying the charge, was inappropriate, but might not constitute a criminal act as defined in the Criminal Code of Canada.
Slatter was released on a $500 peace bond. The judge ruled that he must not be in contact with the complainant or be in a position of trust with anyone under the age of 16, with the exception of his grandchildren. As a result of his agreement to enter into a peace bond with the judges’ terms, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charges against him.  
Slatter, who was charged in February with Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference and Sexual Exploitation, said his reputation has been ruined by all the news coverage of the charges.

Bar owners charged in highway deaths
On February 6, 2012 at 9:50am members of the Napanee detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a vehicle travelling in the wrong direction on Highway 401. The suspect vehicle was travelling westbound in the east bound fast lanes.   The wrong-way vehicle impacted another vehicle head-on.  Both driver’s were pronounced deceased at the scene. Upon an extensive investigation, the owners of the Angry Beaver Bar and Grill have been charged in relation to the deaths of Korin HOWES, 23 of Belleville and Shaina HARRISON, 23 of Oshawa.
Charged are:
1. David STOLL, 33 of Bloomfield and
2. Philip SZTEJNMILER, 32 of Ottawa
With:
1. Manslaughter by Committing an Unlawful Act – 2 Counts – contrary to Section 236(b) of the Criminal Code
2. Encourage Immoderate Consumption contrary to the Liquor Licence Act (LLA)
3. Permit Drunkenness on a Licensed Premise – LLA
4. Permit use of Narcotics on a Licenced Premise – LLA5. Sold and Served Liquor Outside Prescribed Hours – LLA
6. Served Liquor to an Apparently Intoxicated Person – LLA
7. Permit Supply of Alcohol Free of Charge. –  LLA
Both were released on a Promise to Appear and Officer Undertaking with conditions to appear in Ontario Provincial Court, Belleville court in July 26, 2012.

Stunt Driving Charge
This past weekend, members of the OPP Highway Safety Division Team were conducting a RIDE program at the intersection of Cty Rd 12 and 18 in Hallowell Twp.  Just after midnight on Saturday a small four door vehicle containing several passengers entered the RIDE location.  The officers noted two people sitting on the laps of the rear seat passengers.  Open alcohol was also observed in the vehicle.  During the investigation, officers could hear voices coming from the rear of the vehicle and when they checked further, two males were discovered inside the trunk.
Of the several elements that constitute the offence of Stunt Driving, carrying occupants inside a vehicle’s trunk is one of them.
The driver, who lost her vehicle and her licence for seven days, was charged with Stunt Driving.  Several seatbelt tickets and a Liquor Licence Act charge were also issued to the occupants of the vehicle.
Particulars of the charged persons was unavailable at this time.

Cyclist Injured – Driver Charged
A cyclist was injured when he took evasive action to avoid a collision with a motor vehicle on Main Street in Wellington last week.
At 8:30 pm on Thursday the 21st of June a vehicle exiting the Wellington Dari Bar turned left onto Main St heading east into the village.  The driver’s movement caused three cyclists who were also eastbound on Main Street to take evasive action ultimately causing one cyclist to fall.
The cyclist, a 40yr old male from Trenton received minor injuries and his bike was damaged.
The driver, 48yr old Christopher Butt of Carrying Place was charged with Failing to Share Roadway with a Bicycle under the Highway Traffic Act.

Mischief to Road Signs
Residents of North Lakeside Drive in Consecon noted several speed limit signs had been tampered with sometime over the weekend.   Residents awoke Saturday morning to find many of the 40km/h limit signs had been modified to read 80km/h and 100km/h.  A mailbox was also damaged by the suspects.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Picton grandparent scammed out of $1,200
A 79 year-old Picton resident has been a victim of scam known as the “Emergency or Grandparent Scam”.

In the typical scenario, a grandparent receives a phone call from a con-artist claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren.  The caller goes on to say that they are in some kind of trouble and need money immediately. Typically they claim being in a car accident, trouble returning from a foreign country or they need bail money.

“In this particular case, early last Thursday morning a male called to the victim stating he was her grandson and was in jail in Quebec after being involved in drunk driving car crash,” Prince Edward OPP constable Kim Guthrie reports. “He claimed he needed the money to get out of jail and also pay the other involved driver for his injuries.

“The victim wired cash to the suspect via Western Union and then started to have second thoughts, but could not retrieve her money.  The victim then called police, but the money cannot be traced and the victim is out $1,200.”

Prince Edward OPP reminds residents to be wary of any such calls and if they are suspicious in any way to hang up and contact the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 to report it.  To learn more about this topic visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre’s website at   www.antifraudcentre.ca

Driver injured in roll over
Just after 6:00am Saturday morning a southbound vehicle on Hwy 62 left the roadway and rolled over, seriously injuring the driver.
The collision, which closed Hwy 62 for several hours, occurred just south of Fenwood Gardens.  The lone occupant, a 20 year old male from Ameliasburgh lost control of his green Pontiac Sunfire in a curve in the road, crossing over the northbound lane and rolling into the East ditch.  The male was ejected from the vehicle causing serious injuries to himself.  He was transported to Belleville General Hospital then airlifted to Kingston Hospital where he remains.
Preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed was involved, however the investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Charged with impaired driving
On Saturday the 23rd of June at 9:15pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer conducting radar enforcement on Hwy 62 north of Bloomfield observed a speeding southbound vehicle that registered 123km/h on the officer’s radar.  When the officer activated the cruiser lights, the suspect vehicle pulled onto the shoulder of the road and a beer bottle was thrown from the window.  The vehicle then accelerated away.  The officer followed the suspect vehicle and observed several Highway Safety Act violations prior to discontinuing his efforts to stop the vehicle in the interest of public safety.
A short time later however, the vehicle was observed again by the officer and this time the suspect vehicle stopped when the cruiser lights were activated.
The driver was arrested for impaired driving and his subsequent breath tests registered more than twice the legal limit.
James ARMSTRONG age 34yrs of Picton was held for a bail hearing to be heard today in Belleville courts.
ARMSTRONG is charged with the following Criminal Offences:
Impaired Operation, Operate Over 80mgs, Flight from Police, Dangerous Operation and Drive While under Suspension under the Highway Traffic Act.

Youth Arrested for Entering Homes in Ameliasburgh

On Monday night approximately 9:00pm, a 15 year old male snuck out of a group home facility on Cty Rd 28, south of Rossmore, in the Ameliasburgh area.  The youth then entered some nearby private residences while the occupants were at home.  In one case the youth walked into an unlocked home without knocking and asked the resident for a glass of water.  He left a few minutes later.  The youth then entered another unlocked home and stole a cell phone from a purse.  The resident was home but unaware the male had been inside.
Just after midnight a Prince Edward OPP officer observed the suspect hiding near a tree on the property of another Cty Rd 28 residence and subsequently arrested him.
When the suspect was searched, a variety of stolen personal items were found in his pockets.  The suspect also had a stolen child’s bicycle with him.
The accused, a 15yr old male from Ameliasburgh, was kept in custody and brought to bail court in Belleville yesterday to answer to charges of Prowl by Night, Unlawfully in a Dwelling, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Fail to Comply with an Undertaking.
Residents within the area of Cty Rd 28 are asked to check their property and homes for missing items of any nature and report them to Prince Edward OPP.
Residents are also reminded to protect their property by locking vehicle and residence doors and securing all objects left outside, even if they are home.

Six arrested in Project Longarm sweep

Early Tuesday morning, officers with the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) – Project Longarm with the assistance of the RCMP, Brockville Police Service, Belleville Police Service, OPP Emergency Response Team, OPP K9 and Prince Edward OPP, have executed five search warrants on residences at the following locations – Jericho Road, Upper Lake Street, Pitt Street, West Mary Street and Long Point Road.
The following  people were arrested: James Wilkinson, age 30yrs of Sophiasburgh; John David Pryde, age 26 yrs of Picton; John Wesley Westervelt, age 28 yrs of Picton; Jason Barsley, age 27 yrs of Picton;  Katelyn Eldridge, age 22yrs of Picton.

Cocaine, hydromorphine, oxycontin, processed marihuana, marihuana plants and drug paraphernalia with an approximate value of $16,000 was seized, including approximately $10,000 in cash. No weapons were located.

The arrested parties have been charged with one or more of the following charges: Trafficking of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine and Marihuana); Possession of a Controlled Substance; Production of Marihuana, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

The investigation is continuing.

Drug Warrants
Early this morning, officers with the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) – Project Longarm with the assistance of the RCMP, Brockville Police Service, Belleville Police Service, OPP Emergency Response Team and Prince Edward OPP, have executed five search warrants at various locations in the County.
Several arrests have been made and a quantity of controlled substances seized.
More details to follow later this date.

Two bear sightings west of Wellington
Two bear sightings in rural areas west of Wellington in a 24-hour period have been reported to Prince Edward OPP.
Constable Kim Guthrie reports the first sighting was made by a resident on Hubbs Creek Road just before 7am yesterday by a caller observing a black bear cub in his back yard. The caller did not approach the bear which eventually wandered off.
The second sighting was made today approximately 8am by a woman working on a property on Huycks Bay Road.
Guthrie reports the woman heard some rustling in the brush near her and when she looked up, saw a black bear cub.
“The woman ran to her car and the bear cub followed her.  Once inside her car, the woman could see an adult bear standing in the bushes, but the adult did not approach the woman’s location.  The woman sought help and when she returned to the area, noticed her lunch bag was missing, presumably taken by the bears.”
No contact between the bears and the humans were made in either incident. The Ministry of Natural Resources have since been notified.

Prince Edward OPP reminds the public of the need to be aware that this is the time of year when bear sightings and movements throughout the area are most probable.

“The majority of human-bear conflicts result from bears being attracted to our community by non-natural food resources and everyone can do their part to eliminate attractants to assist in keeping our community safe,” said Guthrie.

The following safety tips are recommended:
- Store garbage in waste containers with tight fitting lids.
- Put garbage out ONLY on morning of pick up.
- Put away bird feeders – bird seed attracts bears.
- Clean outdoor grills – bears are attracted to grease and food residue.
- Pick up fruits and berries as they ripen – don’t let them rot on the ground.
- Do not leave pet food outside.
- Put meat scraps and trimmings in freezer until garbage day.
- Do not put meat scraps, fruit, or sweet food in composter – turn compost regularly.

The OPP urge residents to exercise sound judgement and common sense with bear encounters and to simply stay clear of the bear and in particular a sow with cubs.
People can call the toll free Bear Reporting Line at (1-866-514-2327) 24hours/7days/wk and speak to a live operator who will be happy to provide advice on bear behaviour, how to avoid human-bear conflicts and how to remove attractants.
Information is also available on the MNR web-site at www.ontario.ca/mnr under the Bear Wise topic.
If a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety, call 911 or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Many skipped ‘skip day’

Prince Edward OPP report no major occurrences were reported in relation to this year’s “skip day”.
“The annual day in June known informally as “skip day” for many local and outlying high school students has come and gone without too many issues for the wardens at the Sandbanks Provincial Park and Prince Edward OPP,” reports constable Kim Guthrie. In past years the event has brought thousands of students to the park.
“Conflicting information indicated the designated “skip day” was to be either the 1st or 4th of June this year, so Prince Edward OPP with the support of the Highway Safety Division RIDE Unit, Emergency Response Team and staff at the park were prepared for both days.”

Guthrie said Friday’s wet weather dampened most activity at the park and the day was uneventful.  Monday however, was dry, and somewhere between 200-300 young people braved the cloudy cool weather.
Guthrie said some students had checked into the park on Sunday and camped overnight beginning their partying early.
Several evictions were conducted by 8 am Monday morning and at 10 am a 17-year-old Kingston male was arrested for causing a disturbance and being intoxicated in a public place.  Later in the afternoon, Guthrie reports a second teen male was arrested for public intoxication and removed from the park.  A third arrest occurred when another teen male was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Eleven traffic related charges were laid on drivers traveling to and from the park, many of them for speeding.

Male Arrested for Mischief
At 2am on Saturday the 19th of May, a drunken male causing a disturbance was arrested for mischief in a Richmond Street complex.  The suspect arrived in the area and started yelling while walking about the complex and at one point another male started shouting back through an open window at the suspect.  The two males, who know each other, continued to yell at each other until the suspect punched and kicked the other male’s front door, causing damage to it.
Officers were called to the scene and arrested the intoxicated male.
Adam INSLEY age 27yrs of Picton was charged with Mischief and will appear in Picton court on the 20th of June to answer to the charge.

Male Charged with Open Liquor and Drugs
At 1pm on Saturday the 19th of May, OPP officers from the East Region Highway Safety Division were conducting RIDE on Cty Rd 12 near the entrance to the Sandbanks Provincial Park.  A male passenger in a vehicle stopped at the RIDE was found to be in possession of open alcohol and a small quantity of marihuana.
Patrick RAYNER age 36yrs of Kingston will appear in Napanee court on the 19th of June to answer to Possession of a Controlled Substance Charge.  RAYNER was also issued a ticket under the Liquor Licence Act for having open alcohol in the vehicle.

Male Arrested for Public Intoxication
Just after 10pm on Saturday the 19th of May a 911 call was received from a male who sounded intoxicated and stated he was lost somewhere on Salmon Point Road.  Officers attended the area and found a highly intoxicated male staggering along the dark road.  The male had been drinking at a bar located on the road but then left in an attempt to walk back to Picton.  He dialled 911 when he couldn’t find his way. Officers arrested the male and brought him to the Prince Edward OPP detachment to sober up in cells.
Brennan MARKLAND age 22yrs of Picton was issued a ticket for Being Intoxicated in a Public Place.

Male Arrested for Impaired Driving
At 4:40am on Monday the 21st of May, Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to look for an intoxicated male who had just left driving a vehicle away from a residence on Cty Rd 4.  The caller had tried to stop the male from leaving but was unable.  She called police as she was concerned for his safety.
While the officers were looking for the impaired driver, a second call from the complainant advised the suspect had returned to the residence.  Officers attended and arrested the male for impaired driving.
Matthew AYLES-WENZEL age 24yrs of Cobourg was charged with Impaired Operation and Operate Over 80mgs.  AYLES-WENZEL will appear in Picton court on the 20th of June to answer to the charges.

Hwy 401 road rage ends in take down at Sandbanks

A road rage incident that began on the 401 west of Cobourg culminated later in the day with a high risk take down at the Sandbanks Provincial Park at about 5p.m. Sunday.
Prince Edward OPP report two vehicles travelling eastbound on the 401 at about 1 p.m. engaged in a road rage exchange when one vehicle allegedly cut off another. The victim gestured at the suspect vehicle which prompted an occupant in the suspect vehicle to throw garbage out the window at the victim’s vehicle.  The victim exited the 401 at Cobourg, but the suspect vehicle also exited and confronted the victims on the off-ramp resulting in a heated verbal exchange.  During the exchange one of the suspects jumped on the victim’s car and the suspect driver threatened to shoot the victims with a gun that he indicated he had under his shirt.
A third vehicle with friends of the suspects arrived at the scene causing a distraction for the suspects and giving the victims the opportunity to flee the area and call police.
A broadcast was made to all surrounding police services with descriptors for the two suspect vehicles and their occupants.
Just before 5pm Prince Edward OPP officers patrolling the Sandbanks Provincial Park spotted the two suspect vehicles in the parking lot, however, the suspects were not seen.  With the assistance of the Park Wardens the suspects were located on the beach.  Members of the East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Tactical Response Unit (TRU) were called in to execute a high risk take down of all the suspects.  A gun was not found on the suspects or in their vehicles.

Arrested and charged were:  Dwight Wisdom, 30, of Scarborough who faces Assault, Uttering Threats and Mischief charges. Julieta Gonzalez, 24, of Scarborough who faces Mischief charges. Jean Marseille, 28, of Toronto who faces a Breach of Recognizance charge.

Fraud charges
On May 10, 2012, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a residence on Murphy Road, in Milford, Prince Edward County that resulted in the recovery of over $20,000 in recovered equipment.
In February 2012, OPP officers launched an investigation that resulted in other complaints that the suspect had provided fraudulent cheques for equipment purchases between October 2011 and April 2012.
As a result of the investigation, James (Jamie) Leslie MILLER, 32 of Milford, Prince Edward County is charged with:
Fraud Over $5000 – 3 counts
Fraud Under $5000 – 2 counts
Obtaining Property by False Pretences
Personation with Intent
He was held for a bail hearing in Ontario Court of Jurisdiction, Picton.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Prince Edward OPP at 613-476-2151 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-233-8477.

OPP OFFICER CHARGED
(SMITHS FALLS, ON) – On May 5, 2012, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Professional Standards Branch conducted an investigation into a domestic assault involving an OPP officer in East Region.
As a result of the investigation, a 10-year uniform member of the OPP has been arrested and charged with:
Aggravated Assault
Assault with a Weapon
Mischief to Property

The victim remains in hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
He was held in custody and is scheduled to appear today, in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville for a bail hearing. The name and work location of the accused will not be released to protect the identity of the victim.
The officer has been suspended from duty with pay as per Section 89.1 of the Police Services Act.

-UPDATE- OPP INVESTIGATING DEATH
Accused charged with 2nd Degree Murder
(Bloomfield, ON) – On May 1, 2012 at approximately 12:10am, members of the Prince Edward detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a 911 call at a residence on Stanley Street in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County.
Officers located 46-year-old Thomas McCormick deceased.
As a result, 53-year-old Lawrence MARKWELL of Bloomfield was arrested at the scene. He was held for a bail hearing at Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville, and detained on a charge of 2nd Degree Murder.
Post mortem results indicate that the victim died as a result of foul play.  The cause of death will not be released at this time.
The investigation is continuing by the Prince Edward and East Region Crime Units under the direction of OPP Acting Detective Inspector Craig Abrams, Criminal Investigation Branch.
Anyone with information about this death is asked to contact the Prince Edward OPP at 613-476-2151.

2ND DEGREE MURDER – OPP INVESTIGATING DEATH
On May 1, 2012 at approximately 12:10am, members of the Prince Edward detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a 911 call at a residence on Stanley Street in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County.
Officers located a 46-year-old male deceased.
As a result, 53-year-old Lawrence MARKWELL of Bloomfield was arrested at the scene. He is being held for a bail hearing at Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville, this afternoon on a charge of 2nd Degree Murder.
The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of next-of-kin. A post mortem has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the Ottawa Hospital.
The investigation is continuing by the Prince Edward and East Region Crime Units under the direction of OPP Acting Detective Inspector Craig Abrams, Criminal Investigation Branch.
Anyone with information about this death is asked to contact the Prince Edward OPP at 613-476-2151.

OPP investigating Bloomfield man’s death
Prince Edward OPP are investigating the death of a 46-year-old Bloomfield man this morning.
At 12:10 a.m., police responded to a 911 call at a residence on Stanley Street in Bloomfield.
A 46-year-old male was found dead and officers arrested a 53-year-old male located at the residence. He is in custody facing charges in relation to the death.
The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of next-of-kin. A post mortem is to be scheduled.
The investigation is continuing by the Prince Edward and East Region Crime Units under the direction of OPP Acting Detective Inspector Craig Abrams, Criminal Investigation Branch.
Anyone with information about this death is asked to contact the Prince Edward OPP at 613-476-2151.

Two charged with drinking and driving
Two people were charged with Drinking and Driving over the weekend in Prince Edward County
(1) At 5:17 p.m. on the 28th of April a vehicle was stopped on Cty Rd 10, Prince Edward County.  The driver was taken to the Prince Edward Detachment where breath tests administered resulting in readings over the legal limit.
Charged with driving over 80 mgs is 54 year old Barton MATTHEWS of Milford.
(2) At 12:30 a.m. on the 29th of April an officer observed a vehicle drive into the intersection of Hennessy St and highway 62 through a red light and stop in the middle of the roadway.   The driver was arrested and taken to the Belleville City Police for breathalyzer tests which resulted in readings over the legal limit.
Charged with Impaired Driving and Driving over the legal limit is 61 year old Hazel LLOYST of Belleville.  She has a court appearance in Picton on the 23rd of May 2012.

Breath sample indicated ‘fail’
At 9:25pm on Saturday the 21st of April, officers from Prince Edward OPP were conducting  RIDE in the town of Picton when a driver entered the spot check smelling of alcohol.  The driver provided a breath sample into the roadside alcotest device producing an “F” reading, indicating a “fail”.  The driver was arrested and brought to the detachment where he provided further samples of his breath which registered in excess of the legal limit.
Greg POUSHINSKY age 63 yrs of Picton will attend Picton court on the 16th of May to answer to the charge of Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80mgs.

Domestic Disturbance – Charges Laid
A 911 call was made to police at 11:00pm on Saturday the 21st of April to respond to a domestic incident where one of the involved parties was threatening to burn a garage on the property.   Officers arrived at the home in Hillier and spoke to the involved parties learning that a male and female had been arguing and the male had gone into the garage to avoid further conflict.  The male alleges he heard the female threaten to burn the garage down and he called 911.  Officers did locate a gas can on the lawn near the garage.
A  54 yr old female from Hallowell was arrested and charged with Uttering Threats to Damage Property and will attend Picton court on the 16th of May.
The 59 yr old Hillier male was not hurt in the incident.

Domestic Dispute
At 10:00 pm on Friday the 20th of April officers were dispatched to a Consecon area home to investigate a domestic dispute that had occurred earlier.  The victim, a 46 yr old male, alleged he was assaulted by his wife when she grabbed him by the throat.  The accused, a 45 yr old female, was arrested for the assault and held for a bail hearing.  The victim was not hurt in the incident.
During the investigation officers learned an arrest warrant existed for the victim for a court appearance that was missed last year.  The victim was processed and released on a Fail to Appear charge.

Drunken Disturbance Calls
Early Saturday morning, officers from Prince Edward OPP were kept busy responding to noise complaints between a Picton Main Street bar and a house party on Lake Street.
Three calls from the public between midnight and 2:00am brought officers to the Main Street bar to investigate loud, drunken patrons fighting and causing disturbances outside the establishment. During one of the calls, 22 yr old Adam McConnell of Picton was arrested and charged for being intoxicated in a public place and held in the detachment cells until he was sober in the morning.
An investigator from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario was present for some of the incidents and will be investigating the matter further.
Several calls about 2:00am were also received from the public about a house party on Lake Street where several young persons were believed to be consuming alcohol and creating a disturbance.  Officers attended the area and learned most of the problematic youths had left in a taxi cab.

Prescription drugs reported stolen
On Friday the 20th of April, police were called to a Bloomfield home to investigate a break and enter.  Officers were told by the homeowner that sometime in the previous 24 hours his prescription medications were stolen from the kitchen in his home.  The victim had been home during the suspected time frame however the doors in the home were not locked.  A quantity of Morphine and Oxycodone tablets were stolen.  Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

OPP SPRING SEAT BELT CAMPAIGN WRAPS UP
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has ended its week-long Spring Seat Belt Campaign and the preliminary numbers are in.  From April 14 to 22, 2012, officers checked vehicles throughout the province and laid a total of 5,585 seat belt related charges.
The OPP was pleased to see no seat belt related fatalities during the campaign but there were a reported eight (8) people injured in collisions in which seat belt non-compliance was a factor.
“Despite the fact that seat belt legislation has been around for over 35 years and has saved countless lives, one in four deceased occupants last year (2011) were not properly restrained,” said OPP Provincial Commander for Traffic Safety, Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey.  “Not just this week, but every week, motorists can expect a zero tolerance approach to seat belt violations.  Buckle up – it takes just a few seconds and one click of your seat belt to significantly reduce your chances of serious injury or death in a crash,” added Beechey.
In 2011, 71 Ontarians lost their lives in collisions in which seat belt non-compliance was a factor.
Non-use of seat belts remains one of the four major causes of persons killed in fatal motor vehicle collisions along with speeding, impaired driving and driving while distracted.
The motoring public should remain aware that, as part of its Provincial Traffic Safety Program, the OPP will continue to aggressively enforce all traffic safety laws throughout the year, including seat belt legislation.

OPP Warn of Metal Thefts
The OPP East Region Crime Unit is warning business and home owners of metal thefts.  Since January 2010, the OPP in eastern Ontario have investigated 227 incidents involving the theft of rolls of copper, wiring and pipes.  Suspects have been stealing metal worth hundreds of thousands from larger industrial locations, to small pieces of piping from behind toilets.
In 2010, the OPP in East Region investigated 86 thefts of metals, in 2011-141 incidents and so far in 2012-45 reported thefts.
These thefts have occurred from business locations to residential properties and summer cottages.
The OPP encourage everyone to take extra precaution in safe guarding materials and buildings.  The public can assist by reporting suspicious activity immediately to their nearest police agency.
Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to call the OPP at 613-267-2626, their local police or CrimeStoppers.

Do you remember the rules of riding? Quiz the kids

Cycling is a fun, healthy activity and an inexpensive way to get around. Before you go out follow these safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.
be equipped
know the rules
watch for hazards
ride responsibly

Riding in Traffic
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) defines the bicycle as a vehicle that belongs on the road. Riding on the road means riding with other traffic. This is only safe when all traffic uses the same rules of the road.
When everyone follows the same rules, actions become more predictable. Drivers can anticipate your moves and plan accordingly. Likewise, you too can anticipate and deal safely with the actions of others.

Where do you ride?
Because bicycles usually travel at a lower speed, there are two rules of the road to which cyclists must pay special attention:
slower traffic stays right
slower traffic must give way to faster traffic when safe and practical

Accordingly, cyclists should ride one meter from the curb or close to the right hand edge of the road when there is no curb, unless they are turning left, going faster than other vehicles or if the lane is too narrow to share.

Check for local regulations that affect where you may cycle in your municipality. Bicycles are prohibited on some provincial highways.

There are several rules of the road when riding a bicycle. Ignorance is not an excuse.

HTA 62(17) – Lights
A bike must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between 1/2 hour before sunset and 1/2 hour after sunrise and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks. Set fine: $20.00

HTA 75 (5) – Bell
A bike must have a bell or horn in good working order. Set fine: $85.00

HTA 64(3) – Brakes
A bike must have at least one brake system on the rear wheel. When you put on the brakes, you should be able to skid on dry, level pavement. Set fine: $85.00

HTA 218 – Identification
Cyclists must stop and identify themselves when required to stop by police for breaking traffic laws. The police officer will ask you for your correct name and address. Set fine: $85.00

HTA Reg. 630 – Expressways
Bicycles are prohibited on expressway / freeway highways such as the 400 series, the QEW, Ottawa Queensway and on roads where “No Bicycle” signs are posted. Set fine: $85.00

HTA 178(2) – Passengers
Passengers are not allowed on a bicycle designed for one person. Set fine: $85.00

HTA 178(1) – Attaching to a vehicle
You are not permitted to attach yourself to the outside of another vehicle or streetcar for the purpose of “hitching a ride.” Set fine: $85.00

HTA 104 – Helmets
Every cyclist under the age of sixteen must wear an approved bicycle helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under sixteen to ride without a helmet. Set fine: $60.00
Drug Charges Laid
A 40-year-old Picton resident is facing drug trafficking charges following an investigation resulting in a search warrant that was executed on Friday the 13th of April at a Main Street apartment in Picton.
Members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) – Project Longarm, with the assistance of Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), launched an investigation earlier this month when a shipment from Brazil was intercepted at Pearson International Airport.  The packages, destined for the Accused’s apartment in Picton, contained a schedule III drug known as dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a hallucinogen type drug similar to the more commonly known “acid”.
Officers with Prince Edward OPP assisted with the execution of the warrant which yielded an additional 40 kilograms of the drug in the residence of the accused.
Coupled with the packages seized at the airport, a total of 120kg of the illegal drug were seized.  This quantity translates to 13,750 individual “hits” of the drug and carries an approximate street value of $68,750.
Derek RICHARDSON, 40, of Picton faces charges of Importing a Schedule III drug and Possession of a Schedule III drug for the Purposes of Trafficking.
He was held for a bail hearing to be heard on the 16th of April in Belleville.

Spring seatbelt campaign

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is once again drawing the line for drivers and passengers:  Buckle up or face a fine!
The OPP will launch a Spring Seatbelt Campaign April 14 – 22, 2012.

The week long operation will target drivers and occupants who are not buckled up, with particular focus on child restraints.  A properly used booster seat can reduce a child’s risk of injury in a crash by as much as 75 percent.  However, OPP officers continue to find children in danger because they are not properly strapped in a child car seat or the booster seat is incorrectly installed.
“Children are our future and they deserve every protection we can give them. Please ensure that any child is properly secured while travelling in your vehicle. Their lives depend on it,” said Chris Lewis, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police.
Many of the injuries and deaths on our roads would not occur if everyone in a vehicle were adequately restrained by safety belts.  In OPP jurisdictions during the first three months of this year, nine people have died in a collision as a result of not wearing a seatbelt and many more were seriously injured.
Vehicle occupants who are not buckled up can expect to pay a $240 fine and two demerit points.  More important, by wearing a seatbelt, unnecessary deaths and injuries can be prevented.

Quick facts:
Seatbelt non-compliance draws a fine of $240 and two demerit points.
In 2011, 285 people lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions on OPP patrolled roads and in 71 of those deaths, seatbelt non-compliance was a factor.
In 2011, the OPP laid a total of 29, 471 charges of seatbelt non-compliance, up by 3,847 from 2010.

OPP RELEASES 2011 TRAFFIC STATISTICS
Despite positive results, OPP Says Further Improvement is the Goal

 The results are in for the Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) 2011 traffic statistics and while most of last year’s statistic categories show an improvement over 2010, the OPP will be looking for ways to improve safety on our roads, waterways and trails in 2012.

According to the Commissioner of the OPP, there are a number of ways to interpret the results of the 2011 statistics and it’s not all good news for the OPP and the people who drive in Ontario.

“I’m pleased to see a reduction in most of the statistical categories for 2011 but when I look at the big picture, our officers laid more than 1.2-million charges in Ontario over the past two years,” said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. “The actions behind each of those charges in some way posed a risk to people’s safety, so there was the potential for fatality and collision numbers to be much higher in every category had our officers not caught up with these people when they did,” added Lewis.

According to Lewis, regardless of what traffic statistics look like from year to year, the bottom line is that the overwhelming majority of the collisions, including the fatalities, are dictated by driver behaviour. Eliminating most of these fatalities is very much within the grasp of motorists, said Lewis, and it’s as simple as paying due attention to and respecting our traffic laws.

“Since we implemented our award-winning Provincial Traffic Safety Program (PTSP) in 2007, we’ve seen a steady reduction in the rate of fatality and personal injury collisions in Ontario and these rates are the lowest Ontario has seen in 80 years,” said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “The difference between the number of charges we laid last year (2011) and those in 2010 is minimal. This means that our officers are doing an excellent job of maintaining a strong presence throughout the province and this contributes to saving lives,” added Beechey.

 Impaired driving, lack of occupant restraint, distracted driving and aggressive driving are the “Big Four” causal factors and high-risk behaviours the OPP targets though its highly successful PTSP. The program incorporates high visibility, measurable outcomes, professional traffic stops and public education, and forms part of the OPP’s ongoing efforts to reduce collisions and save lives on Ontario roads, waterways and trails.

  • A total of 285 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions (MVC) on roads in OPP jurisdiction in 2011, compared to 328 in 2010 (13.1 per cent decrease).
  • There were 260 fatal motor vehicle collisions (MVC) in OPP jurisdiction in 2011, compared to 296 in 2010 (12.2 per cent decrease).
  • Alcohol was a factor in 55 of the 2011 MVC deaths, compared to 78 in 2010 (29.5 per cent decrease).
  • Lack of occupant restraint was a factor in 71 of the 2011 fatalities, compared to 93 in 2010 (23.7 per cent reduction), while speed and distraction-related fatalities were only down slightly in 2011 from 2010.
  • The OPP saw an increase in pedestrian deaths, with 29 pedestrians being killed in 2011, compared to 21 in 2010 (38.1 per cent increase).
  • A total of 22 people died in marine incidents last year on OPP-patrolled waterways, compared to 28 in 2010 (21.4 per cent decrease).
  • There were 15 snowmobile fatalities in 2011, compared to 25 in 2010 (40.0 per cent decrease).
  • A total of 14 off-road vehicle (ORV) deaths occurred in 2011, compared to 17 in 2010 (17.6 per cent decrease).
  • The OPP laid a total of 610,390 charges on roads, waterways and trails in OPP jurisdiction in 2011, compared to 612, 419 charges in 2010 (0.3 per cent decrease).

 

OPP WINS EXCEPTIONAL EMPLOYER AWARD
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been recognized for providing meaningful learning opportunities to secondary school students.
The OPP is one of several organizations to earn the Passport to Prosperity Ontario Employer designation by the Ontario Ministry of Education, for helping students throughout the province prepare for their future.
Each year the OPP works with schools and school boards across the province, engaging students through classroom visits, career talks, job fairs, workplace tours and co-operative education.  The OPP believes that it is important to match strengths with career goals, and encourages young people to gain the knowledge and education they will need to succeed in the workplace.
As one of North America’s largest deployed policing agencies, the OPP continues to search for progressive and innovative ways to reach out within communities in Ontario to recruit, train and retain young workers.
Many organizations in Ontario who place the education of young people as a priority include nursing homes, health care facilities, building supply outlets, and other police agencies.  For a complete list of the organizations being honoured for the 2011 Passport to Prosperity Ontario Employer designations, go to http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/job/passport/designate.html
The Ontario Provincial Police is proud to be considered for such an important designation, and is committed to the development and delivery of meaningful learning opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow.

Impaired Driver Arrested
At 6:15pm Monday evening Prince Edward OPP received a complaint about a vehicle parked blocking a laneway on McFaul Road and the driver was passed out behind the wheel.  Officers responded and noted the male smelled of alcohol and displayed obvious signs of intoxication.
The male was arrested and brought to the detachment for breath tests, which he refused to provide.
Ivan WANNAMAKER age 23 yrs of Hillier is charged with Impaired Operation of a Vehicle and Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample.  WANNAMAKER will attend Picton court on the 2nd of May to answer to the charges.

Male Arrested in Domestic
At 6:20pm Monday evening Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to a Walmsley Road residence to investigate a domestic disturbance in which a male party was currently smashing things in the house.  On arrival, officers learned a 53 yr old male had been consuming alcohol and became violent when there wasn’t any more alcohol in the home.  The accused assaulted his 52 yr old wife, causing minor injury to her and then smashed items around the home.
The 53 yr old male was held for a bail hearing and faces charges of Assault and Domestic Mischief.  He will attend bail court in Belleville today.
The victim in the matter did not require medical attention.

Stunt Driving Charge  
On Friday the 30th of March at 5:45pm a Prince Edward OPP officer patrolling Hwy 62 had occasion to stop a vehicle traveling in excess of 50 km/h over the posted speed limit of 80.
Under the Province’s stunt driving law, Richard OSTERHOUT age 51yrs of Ameliasburgh has been charged with Stunt Driving and has lost his drivers licence and vehicle for seven days as a result.

7 Day Warn Range Suspension
On Friday the 30th of March at 9:00pm a complaint was made to Prince Edward OPP about a dog being left in a vehicle parked in front of a local bar.  The dog was checked upon by officers and found to be content and not in distress.  Just after 2:00 am officers observed the vehicle pull away from its parking spot.  Officers stopped the vehicle a short distance away and checked the driver for sobriety.  The roadside alcotest demand was read to the driver and she provided a sample of her breath, which registered a “warn”.
Although no charge is laid in this type of incident, the 51 yr old female from Hallowell received a 7 day suspension on her drivers licence.

Male charged
Prince Edward OPP Officers responded to an assault at a local residence on March 22, 2012. Upon investigation officers have charged Ryan SCANLON, 25 of Picton with numerous offences.
As a result of the incident on March 22, 2012, and from a previous incident in 2011 SCANLON is wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants for:
Assault (3 counts)
Breach Probation (2 counts)
Utter Threats to cause death (2 counts)
OPP Training Scenario
On Thursday the 29th of March, Ontario Provincial Police officers will be participating in a training scenario in and around the Loch Sloy Holdings facility on Cty Rd 22. The scenario begins at 9:00am and is expected to conclude by 12:00pm.  Members of the Tactical Response Unit, Emergency Response Team, uniformed and plain clothed police officers will be taking part in the exercise as well.
Temporary road closures in the area, in particular Kingsley Road may be experienced.

Operation Safe Break a wrap
Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) wrapped up “Operation Safe Break” on Sunday evening. Joint Forces Officers report that from March 10 through to March 18 there were a total of 440 charges laid.

399 ……  Speeding
4………… Distracted Driving charges (cell phone use and texting)
5 ……….. Seat Belts
16 ……… Highway Traffic Act violations
1 ….……. Racing (Driving 50km/h over the posted speed limit)
10 ……… No Insurance
2 ……….. No Licence
3 ……….  Liquor License Act violation

Although “Operation Safe Break” has concluded for this year, area Police Services would like to remind motorists to Drive Safely and Arrive Alive this coming spring season.

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service and the OPP Detachments serving Central Hastings, Quinte West, Prince Edward County and Bancroft.

Break and Enter
On Saturday the 17th of March just before 3:00pm, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to the Loch Sloy Business Park to investigate a report of break ins and vandalism to several units located on the property.   The complainant believes the incidents occurred overnight.   Although it is unclear if any items were stolen, the targeted units were spray painted inside and out with various forms of graffiti.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Intoxicated Youth Arrested
At 10:30pm on Saturday the 17th of March Prince Edward OPP officers received a complaint about a home on Lakeside Drive in Hillier.  The complaint involved loud noise, music and suspected underage drinking.  Officers attended and spoke with the homeowners who assured police the party was being monitored and appropriately supervised.  At 3:30am officers were called again to the area near the home in response to a large number of young people walking around on the roadway.  When police responded to the area, an intoxicated youth ran in front of the police cruiser and was subsequently arrested for his own safety.  The remainder of the youths were dispersed in cabs.
The 17 yr old youth from Picton was held at the detachment and later released with two tickets, one for being under 19 yrs and consuming alcohol and the other for being intoxicated in a public place.

Impaired Driver Arrested
On Friday the 16th of March at 4:45pm a caller reported following a vehicle on Jericho Road that was driving erratically and had struck several mail boxes.  A short distance later the vehicle drove into a ditch at the intersection of Jericho and Doxsee Road.  Police were called to the scene and their investigation revealed the driver to be impaired and she was arrested.
Lori Anne SANDERS age 31yrs of Sophiasburgh will appear in Picton court on the 18th of April to answer to Impaired Operation and Operate Over 80mg charges.

Male Arrested in Domestic Dispute
On Saturday the 17th of March at 1:00am Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a Cty Rd 10 residence to investigate and domestic dispute.  Officers learned the two involved parties had been drinking alcohol together with the male becoming intoxicated.  An argument developed and the male struck the female in the face.   In an interview with police officers the female advised the male had also threatened to kill her and her child.
A 31 yr old male from Cramahe Twp has been held for a bail hearing to be heard today (Monday) in Belleville.  The accused is charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm, two counts of Uttering Threats and Breach Probation.
The 24 yr old victim from Athol Twp, received minor injuries as a result of the incident and the child was unharmed.


WARMER WEATHER WEEKEND ARRIVES

Be on the lookout for Motorcycles and Bicycles

(Smiths Falls, ON.) – Every year, the first glimpse of warm weather brings out those that have hibernated all winter.  The Ontario Provincial Police, East Region would like to remind motorists that the first warm weather weekend of the year also means that smaller vehicles will be sharing our roadways. Many bring their motorcycles out for the first run of the year or tune up their bicycles to enjoy the sun. The OPP ask that before they hit the road they ensure their mode of transportation meets necessary safety standards.  Ensuring brakes, lights and signals work, including their sounding device that can get other drivers attention. We encourage drivers to use the utmost diligence when changes lanes, turning corners and approaching intersections.

St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday March 17, 2012 and the OPP expect that many will want to celebrate. Please do so responsibly. If you choose to enjoy the festivities, make sure you have other modes of transportation available: bus, designated driver, taxi etc…If we catch you, we won’t be taking you home.

So far in 2012 the OPP in East Region have investigated 12 fatal collisions resulting in 17 deaths.  Two (2) deaths were alcohol related, 3 due to improper seatbelt use with one of the deaths resulting from being ejected from the vehicle. These serious collisions have increased since the same time frame last year and this is a trend we do not want to see continue.

“Enjoy the warm weather, but do so with others in mind,” said Inspector Dave Springer, East Region Manager, Traffic and Marine. Thinking before you go will prevent police and family members from having to do it for you later.”

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Operation Safe Break begins

It’s called “Operation Safe Break” but there won’t be any breaks for those caught speeding this March Break. The campaign will run from March 10 through to March 18. Police from across the region will have zero tolerance for those who speed and drive aggressively during the week long enforcement campaign. Several joint enforcement days are planned throughout the region.

The campaign coincides with the school March Break and organizers hope motorists will realize the importance of slowing down, with more children out playing, walking or biking.

“Operation Safe Break” is an initiative of the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) whose aim is to reduce injuries and deaths on the roads, trails and waterways. Central Hastings OPP Community Services Officer Constable Terry Briard reminds all Motorists that safe driving is important not only during the March Break, but all year round.

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service and the OPP Detachments serving Central Hastings, Quinte West, Prince Edward County and Bancroft.
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OPP Marine Summer Student Position 2012
Several thousand students are hired annually in a variety of summer student positions through the Ontario Public Service Summer Employment Opportunities.  One of those being the Prince Edward OPP Marine Student Position.  Applicants are required to be 18 years of age, possess a G2 drivers licence, have a Pleasure Craft Operators Card and have a first aid/CPR certificate.  The position pays $10.25/hr and typically runs between June and Labour Day.

Online applications will be available to applicants during the week of March 9th to the 16th, 2012 only.
To apply online go to “ontario.ca/careers”   select “Youth and New Professionals” go to “Summer Employment Opportunities”.  Only those applying electronically can be considered.  Join the Ontario Public Service, make a difference, and be part of a new generation of public service professionals.

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OPP Bound 2012 taking applications
The Ontario Provincial Police is preparing for its tenth OPP Bound recruitment program.  “OPP Bound 2012” is a three-day mini-OPP recruit camp, being held at the Provincial Police Academy from July 7-10, 2012 in Orillia, Ontario.

The OPP are inviting applications from all women and men who are multi-lingual and are interested in exploring a career in policing and looking at the OPP as a future employer.

Fifty participants will learn about the history and traditions of the OPP.  The program will include a number of mentoring sessions with key OPP officers who will share their experiences.  Participants will also have the opportunity to live the life of an OPP recruit at the Provincial Police Academy, including participation in firearms, drill, physical training and practical exercises. Participants will be exposed to the advantages of the OPP and will be provided the opportunity to build relationships with OPP employees.

The application deadline for “OPP Bound 2012” is April 13, 2012.  Those looking for an exciting career opportunity can obtain information and the application on the OPP website at: www.opp.ca.

Further information can be obtained by calling the Ontario Provincial Police Recruitment Section at 1-877-OPP-HIRE (1-877-677-4473)
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Body recovered from Bay of Quinte
UPDATE March 5:
  The body of an adult male has been recovered from the Bay of Quinte just east of the Norris Whitney Bridge.
Shortly after the noon hour Monday, members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit launched a search of the area where the male was last known to be.  Several hours later officers located the male and brought him to shore at 4:30pm.

The deceased was 44 yrs old and lived in Quinte West.  Foul play is not suspected and his name will not be released.

A passing motorist on the Norris Whitney Bridge discovered an abandoned automobile at the peak of the bridge at midnight Sunday night.
The motorist checked the vehicle and reported hearing a man’s voice calling out from the water below.
Prince Edward OPP constable Kim Guthrie reports emergency crews were called to the scene but the victim’s voice could no longer be heard.  A search and rescue helicopter from 8 Wing CFB Trenton searched the area until 4 am but the victim was not found.
The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit as well as the Snowmachine All Terrain Vessel Enforcement Unit are continuing the recovery mission this morning.
The identity of the victim is known but will not be released.

Protect your internet

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Prince Edward County Detachment reminds internet subscribers to protect themselves and their server from unwanted hackers and users.

Everyday, unauthorized users utilize unprotected routers to access the internet. You are responsible for your subscription and anything that is queried through your internet provider.  This can include scanning and stealing your personal information as well as viewing and transmitting pornography, specifically child pornography.

Ensure your routers are secure.  Password protection is available on all routers rented by internet providers or sold by various companies.  If you do not have yours password protected and are not sure how to get it done, contact the company and they can assist you.

The OPP continue to encourage parents, caregivers and guardians to educate their children in regards to online safety.  Helpful hints to help keep your children safe can be found on the OPP website at www.opp.ca, “Resources”.

OPP warns teens on dangers of ‘sexting’

Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back.

That’s the message the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is putting out to teens across the province.

“A mistaken belief that their texted messages and images shared among peers will remain private and secure puts them in real danger of becoming victims of their own words and actions,” says inspector Scott Naylor, Manager of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit.

Naylor explains teens frequently engage in relationships with peers through the use of their mobile devices and computers that lead to “self-peer exploitation” (also known as sexting).

“As a result of misbelieving that they can remain anonymous, they often also engage in this type of behaviour with individuals whom they don’t know but have only ever met online.

“Teens need to become aware that this kind of risky activity has very real dangers associated with it that includes many unintended consequences and permanent long term threats to their identity and their reputations.

“Every day, thousands of teens are photographing and videotaping themselves in suggestive and compromising photos and sending the images through electronic devices to their peers. Quite often, this type of conduct can quickly become a dangerous game as those images never stay with the one intended to receive it. Instead they are frequently mindlessly passed along by the recipient to friends, who pass it on to other friends who continue this cycle of distribution while some post them to social networking sites, and download them onto the internet.

“The resulting shame and embarrassment that is experienced by the teen that is now a victim of their own actions as a result of their realization of what has occurred can have very tragic results.”

Naylor says officers are increasingly seeing more teens unable to cope with the self-inflicted personal shame and embarrassment that they have unknowingly created from what they had previously believed to be “harmless fun”.

“There is also a real criminal risk for those individuals who receive these images and re-distributes them,” says Naylor. “Often unknowingly, by sending the images to others and posting them, these individuals are engaging in the distribution of child pornography and could face the Criminal charges.”

Parents, guardians and educators should discuss the significance of the problem with their teens and monitor their social media activities.

“Self-peer exploitation has become a big social issue that no one has been adequately prepared to manage,” said Naylor. “Those with a vested interest in the protection of children need to get involved and learn how to protect them from permanently damaging their lives. Understand what self-peer exploitation is, and find out what to do about it. There are ways to intervene.”

LEARN MORE

Canadians Sources to Prevent Child Victimization: Canadian Centre for Child Protection

Intervention and Prevention Programs: Cybertip.ca

OPP Internet Safety Resources: Internet Safety for Teens & Parents

Video (English) “Think before You Send”: Think Before You Send – Cybertips.ca

Vidéo (French) “Pense-y avant”: Pense-y avant

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Campaign wraps but police still on look out for distracted drivers

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) Distracted Driving Campaign wrapped up Friday afternoon. Joint Forces Officers report that through the course of the Campaign the following charges were laid.

129….. Distracted Driving charges (cell phone use and texting)

19 …… Speeding

4 …….. Seat Belts

12 ……. Improper Documents

1 ….….. Distracted Driving/Careless Driving

1 …..…. Use Radar Warning Device

1 ….….. Racing (Driving 50km/h over the posted speed limit)

4 ……… Fail to Stop at Stop sign

1 ….….. Fail to Stop at Red Light

1 ….….. Improper muffler

1 ………  Liquor License Act violation

1 ………. Insecure load

Although the campaign is over Area Police Services would like to remind motorists that Distracted Driving is a dangerous practice and they will continue to be vigilant and have zero tolerance when enforcing this violation.

Using a cell phone or device capable of texting while driving can result in a fine of $155 under Section 78.1 of the HTA.  Just watching an entertainment device (like a movie on your tablet) can result in a fine of $110 under Section 78 of the HTA. Other forms of distracted driving can result in a charge of Careless Driving with fines ranging from $400 to $2,000, a possible license suspension of up to two years and/or a jail term of not more than six months depending on the circumstances.

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service and the OPP Detachments serving Central Hastings, Quinte West, Prince Edward County and Bancroft.

Distracted Driving Campaign

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) Distracted Driving Campaign is in full swing.  On the 15th of February, day 3 of the campaign, Joint Forces Officers concentrated in the Prince Edward County area and report the following charges were laid:

13 – Hand held communication device offences – (cell phones and texting)

1 – Liquor Licence Act charge – a driver, under the age of 19, had liquor available in the vehicle

18 – additional Highway Traffic Act violations including speeding, fail to stop for red lights and seatbelt offences.

Male Arrested In Domestic Incident

Just before 11:30pm on Tuesday the 14th of February, officers were called to a Demorestville home to investigate a domestic disturbance.  When the officers arrived they spoke with the female complainant who advised she and her boyfriend had been arguing and he threw the contents of a glass of wine in her face.  The male was located inside the residence and arrested for Assault.

The accused, a 37 year old male from Sophiasburgh, will attend court on the 7th of March to answer to Assault charges.

The 52 year old female, also from Sophiasburgh was not injured in the incident.

Youth Charged with Assault

At noon on Wednesday the 15th of February a young male walking on Paul Street was assaulted by a second male.  The assault was unprovoked and a bystander captured the incident on video with their cell phone.  The assault ended when a passing motorist stepped in to pull the accused off the victim.

The accused, a 15 year old from Hallowell will attend Picton Youth court on the 19th of March to answer to charge of Assault.

The 16 year old victim from Hillier was treated at the Picton Hospital for minor injuries and later released.

Youths Arrested for Multiple Mischiefs

On Friday the 10th of February, police were called to Cty Rd 1 in Hillier to investigate multiple mischief complaints as well as a stolen vehicle.  The suspects had broken into sheds and garages and spray painted the buildings and vehicles inside.   A minivan was also reported stolen from one of the residences.

Later the same day, Prince Edward OPP officers assisted by Kingston City Police located three runaway youths from a Consecon Group home.  The youths had gone missing the day before and were found in Kingston.  Evidence discovered on the youths linked them to the crime spree earlier reported in Hillier.

Two 14 year old boys and a 13 year old boy were arrested and held for a bail hearing heard in Belleville on the 13th of February.  The young persons face multiple charges of Break and Enter, Mischief Under $5000.00 and Failing to Comply with a Probation Order.

Multiple Mischief Complaints

On Friday the 10th of February, police were called to Cty Rd 1 in Hillier to investigate multiple mischief complaints.  Five separate residences had been vandalized by unknown persons overnight.  The suspects broke into sheds and garages and spray painted the buildings and vehicles inside.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Male Charged in Domestic

Police were called to Cty Rd 3 residence on Saturday the 11th of February at 8:00pm to investigate an unwanted person call.  The officers learned an intoxicated male had arrived at the residence and started a disturbance with the occupants.  The suspect uttered threats to the occupants as well as assaulting his own girlfriend.

The 33 year old male from Tweed was arrested and held for a bail hearing.  He faces two counts of Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm, two counts of Assault and one count of Breach of Probation.  The accused will be in Belleville bail court today.

The 28 year old female victim, also from Tweed was not seriously injured in the incident.

Driver charged

On Saturday the 4th of February, Prince Edward OPP officers were conducting a RIDE spot check on Cty Rd 8, south of the town of Picton. At 3:30pm, a vehicle stopped short of the RIDE location and turned around driving away from the spot check. Officers proceeded after the vehicle which they caught up to a short time later in the town of Picton. The vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign while the officers were following but ultimately pulled over soon after. The driver was arrested for impaired driving. The officer’s subsequent investigation revealed the driver had also struck a parked car on Union Street just prior to police catching up to him.

Charged with Impaired Operation, Operate Over 80mgs, Dangerous Operation, Fail to Remain and Drive while Suspended is Alec JEFFERY age 60 of South Marysburgh. JEFFERY will attend Picton court on the 29th of February to answer to his charges.

Driver charged

Just before 2:00am on the 5th of February Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to a rollover collision on Loyalist Parkway in Hillier Ward. Upon arrival, the male driver was being treated by paramedics. Officers observed the driver exhibiting signs of impairment and arrested him. Following medical treatment for minor injuries, the accused provided samples of his breath which were more than double the legal limit.

Andrew FRENCH age 18yrs of Picton is charged with Impaired Operation and Operate Over 80mgs. FRENCH will attend Picton court on the 14th of March.

Sexual Assault charge

Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit acting on allegations of a historical sexual assault have charged a former foster parent for assaulting a teenage girl while in his care. The victim was 15 years old at the time of the incident which occurred in early 2009 at a home in Bloomfield.

Ronald SLATTER age 63yrs of Bloomfield is charged with Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference and Sexual Exploitation. SLATTER will appear in Picton court on the 29th of February.

Police warn merchants to beware of “group” thefts

The Ontario Provincial Police East Region is warning merchants to watch for groups of people visiting businesses and working together to steal items, or scoping out the business to plan a future theft.

The OPP reports groups of 3-10 people – men and women often wearing large, baggy clothing – are traveling in vans and larger cars. Once in the business, one or more will distract the clerk/cashier, while the others steal goods or make their way into offices.

Police report the culprits will avoid the front of the store/cash as they leave with articles hidden by their clothing and that some may be struggling to walk as they leave.

If anyone has information about these types of thefts, they are asked to call their local police immediately (Prince Edward OPP at 476-2151) or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Break In

A seasonal home on Old Milford Road was broken into sometime over the past week.   A caretaker for the property discovered a window forced open on Friday morning and evidence inside the house confirming the suspects had entered, however nothing appears to have been stolen.  The same residence was broken into a year ago and copper piping had been removed at that time.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or Prince Edward OPP.

Weather Causes Many Collisions

The wintery weather on Saturday kept Prince Edward OPP officers busy throughout the day.  The first of 10 collisions was reported just before 7:30am and the final one reported just before 5:00pm.  All the collisions appeared to be weather related with no serious injuries resulting.  Drivers are reminded when bad weather is occurring to consider postponing your trip until the weather clears and roads are safer to travel.  If it is absolutely necessary to travel, then slow down, leave lots of room between yourself and other vehicles and approach curves in the road and intersections with caution.

CAUTION – Are you on thin ice?

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle & Vessel Enforcement (SAVE) Team reminds everyone that even though there is ice on area lakes and rivers, caution is needed.

No ice is safe!

Ice Fishing, walking, and cross country skiing, all require at least 4” of New Clear Hard Ice. (for one person)

One snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle, both require, at least 5” of New Clear Hard Ice. (for one person)

One vehicle, car or small pick-up, all require, at least 8” to 12” of New Clear Hard Ice.

One vehicle, medium truck, requires at least 12” to 15” of New Clear Hard Ice.

Safety First:

Always, check the ice in several places before traveling onto it.

Wear a floatation suit

Carry ice picks

If you go onto the ice be prepared to get wet and cold and be able to rescue yourself

Don’t endanger anyone else

If you’re travelling in a group, keep good spacing so that if one person goes into the water no one else will .

Drug Search Warrant

A drug search warrant was executed on a Johnson Street house on Wednesday the 25th of January.  Members of Prince Edward OPP assisted by officers from Project Longarm entered the home just after 9:30am.  Marijuana, hashish and magic mushrooms were found inside as well as evidence of trafficking and a small indoor grow operation.  The approximate street value of the drugs found is just over $10,000.00.

Charged are Eleanor Darby NELSON age 44yrs of Picton and Scott DOUGHERTY age 38yrs of Picton.  NELSON and DOUGHERTY will appear in Picton court on the 29th of February to answer to charges of Trafficking of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Production of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Weapon.

Suspended Driver Charged

At 4:50pm, on Saturday the 21st of January a Prince Edward OPP officer on patrol stopped a speeding vehicle on Hwy 62 near Fenwood Gardens. The officer’s investigation revealed the licence of the driver was suspended. Lisa HARRY age 35yrs of Ameliasburgh was charged with Drive While Suspended and will appear in Picton court on the 17th of February to answer to the charge.

Youth Charged

At 9:00pm on Saturday the 21st of January Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a youth facility residence in Consecon to investigate a disturbance.  Upon arrival officers were faced with a young male brandishing a piece of wood.  Prior to police arrival, the youth had been threatening to hurt staff members of the facility with the piece of wood.  The youth was compliant with the officers and was arrested without incident. A 15 year old male has been held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville court today.  The accused is charged with two counts of Assault with a Weapon and Breach of Probation.  No one was injured in the incident.

Male Arrested

At 1:20am on the 22nd of January, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to Elks Street in Picton to investigate a disturbance between several people at a social function being held at a local hall.  Upon arrival police located several intoxicated persons arguing amongst themselves.  As officers were conducting their investigation, one party in particular remained agitated and refused to calm down.  The highly intoxicated male demonstrated aggressive behaviour and was subsequently arrested and removed from the scene. Adam TURNER age 28yrs of Cherry Valley has been charged with Causing a Disturbance. TURNER will appear in Picton court on the 29th of February to answer to the charge.

RIDE – 3 Day Suspension Issued

Just after 11:00pm on Sunday the 22nd of January, Prince Edward OPP officers conducting a RIDE program on Cty Rd 5 north of Picton spoke with a driver who smelled of alcohol.  A roadside alcotest was administered to the driver who registered a “warn range” reading on the device.  The 22yr old male from Hillier received a 3 day licence suspension as a result.

Driver Charged

At 3:30am today, Prince Edward OPP officers responded to a single vehicle rollover collision on Cty Rd 4 in Sophiasburgh.  The lone occupant was not injured however officers detected an odour of alcohol on her breath and demanded she provide a sample into the roadside screening device.  The driver refused to comply and was subsequently arrested.

Jennica ROLOSON age 18yrs of Picton will attend the Picton courts on the 25th of January to answer to the charge of Failing to Provide a Breath Sample.

Male Charged in Domestic

Last night at 7pm, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a Cty Rd 8 home south of Picton, to investigate a domestic disturbance.  The officers learned that during an argument between a commonlaw couple, the male spat in the face of the victim.  Further information revealed the accused had destroyed some of the victim’s property in November of last year.

The accused had left the residence prior to police arrival, but was later located and charged criminally.

The 30 year old Picton male will attend court on the 18th of January to answer to Assault and Domestic Mischief charges.

The 33 year old victim was not seriously hurt in either incident.

Prince Edward County Festive RIDE Results

The Ontario Provincial Police Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) in eastern Ontario that ran from November 25, 2011 – January 1, 2012 has wrapped up.

The Festive RIDE results for Prince Edward County indicate three warn range suspensions were issued and seven drivers were arrested and charged with Impaired Operation or Operate a Vehicle with Over 80mgs of alcohol in their blood.

Disturbing holiday RIDE results

The Ontario Provincial Police Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) in eastern Ontario that ran from November 25, 2011 – January 1, 2012, has wrapped up with some sobering results.

This year, the OPP did not track the number of vehicles or drivers checked, but we are concerned about the number of impaired/over “80”/ refusal charges compared to the same time period of the “Festive RIDE” in 2010. They have doubled:

There were 103 Impaired/Over 80/Refusal charges in 2011 compared with 51 in 2010.

There were 83 Warn Range Suspensions in 2011 compared with 77 in 2010.

“It is very disturbing that so many people decided to risk not only their life, but also their family, friends and others sharing the road this holiday season,” said Inspector Dave Springer, East Region Manager, Traffic and Marine.  “Our officers removed 103 impaired drivers from the roads during the OPP’s “Festive RIDE”. Another 83 had their license suspended for registering in the “warn” range on a road side device! This is unacceptable. OPP officers across the Region will continue to focus on those who have decided to endanger others on our highways.”

The OPP would like to thank everyone who made the right choice to not get behind the wheel after drinking.

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