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Prince Edward OPP Reports – 2013

 

 

Festive ride wrap up
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) Festive RIDE Program was carried out on Dec. 20, 2013 through many areas of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.  Through the course of the RIDE Program, Joint Forces Officers reported the following:
•    948….vehicles stopped throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties
•    3……..roadside breath tests administered
•    1……..3 day suspension issued
•    2……..Highway Traffic Act charges
•    1……..novice driver violation
•    Numerous Highway Traffic Act warnings
The QRTC would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
The QRTC would also like to remind the public to call 911 if they suspect an impaired driver.  Callers should provide police with the location and a description of the vehicle and driver.  Callers are not required to give their name to police.
The goal of the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.  It is a partnership of the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, and the OPP Detachments serving Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West.

Driver charged
At 2:21am on Saturday the 21st of December, a Prince Edward OPP officer observed a pick up truck on Main Street Picton being operated in an erratic manner. The officer initiated a traffic stop and in conversation with the driver, noted an odor of alcohol on his breath.
The officer made a demand on the driver to submit to an approved screening device test, which he then registered a “Fail”.  The driver was arrested and brought to the detachment where he provided a breath sample into the Intoxilyzer resulting in readings in excess of the legal limit.
A  22 year old Stirling man has been charged with Impaired Operation and Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol in his blood.   NEWELL will appear in Picton court on the 8th of January 2014 to answer to the charges.

Ransomware pop up message sports fraudulent OPP logo
(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti Rackets Branch are warning computer users of a variation on so-called ‘ransomware’ that is hitting close to home.
‘Ransomware’ is a fraudulent threat to online security has been around since 2006 but only surfaced in Canada in late-2011. This malware is first installed by visiting malicious websites set up by criminals. The ransomware produces what has been called a “Police Trojan” or “scareware” because a notice pops up that appears to come from a law enforcement agency. Two recent complaints indicate the well-known O.P.P. shoulder flash – the logo seen on the uniforms of provincial police officers – is on the pop-up to amplify the perceived threat and come between unaware people and their money.
The message is a false accusation of accessing child pornography or other file-sharing websites and subsequently tells the consumer that a fee needs to be paid via money transfer or credit card to unlock the computer. When the victim submits their payment details, the criminals then steal and use personal information, fuelling further criminal activities.
In 2013, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) received 2828 reports from Canadian consumers who have reported receiving the ransomware pop‐up message. Of those, 129 victims were identified as having lost a total of more than $15,800.00 – roughly $122.50 per victim. In some instances, complainants indicated children were using popular social media sites when the ransomware message appeared while others saw the pop-up threat while viewing free TV online. This infection is easily distributed tens of thousands of times and relies on the fact that even if only two per cent fall victim to the scam, it is still a very good rate of return. It’s believed more than 97 per cent of victims are reluctant to report the crime.

Signs that you may have encountered ransomware:
A pop‐up message or banner with a ransom request.
A user cannot usually access anything on the computer beyond the screen.
Sending money outside the traditional or mainstream banking system.
Sending money to “unlock” a computer.

Tips to protect yourself from ransomware:
Never click on a pop-up that claims your computer has a virus.
Update your anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly.
Don’t click on links or attachments in e-mails sent to you by someone you don’t know.
Turn on your browser’s pop-up blocking feature.
Never download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent to you in an e-mail.

If you suspect you or someone you know has been affected by ransomware, contact your local police service, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.
“Ransomware rips data and personal information needed to fuel further criminal activities, such as credit card fraud and routing payments to offshore accounts from the victim’s computer. The best way to go is to stay away from suspicious websites in the first place.”
– Detective Inspector Paul Beesley, OPP Anti-Rackets Branch

Man arrested in early morning domestic
On December 18, 2013 at 5:09am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were called to a Bloomfield residence in response to a report of a domestic assault.
Police arrested a 24-year old Bloomfield man after having assaulted his girlfriend.  The accused is charged with Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of January 8, 2014 in Picton.
The police investigation is continuing.

Stay off early ice
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are reminding snowmobilers that no ice can be considered 100 per cent safe to ride on with a snowmobile. This is especially true this winter when ice is forming earlier than usual in many areas and may look safe, but is not yet thick or strong enough. This ice warning also applies during any prolonged period of thaw or rain, and late in the season after ice begins to deteriorate from milder temperatures.
To avoid unnecessary risks, the OPP and OFSC recommend that snowmobilers stick to available, land-based, OFSC Prescribed Trails whenever possible. OFSC clubs provide many trails that avoid water crossings altogether and also provide many bridges and culverts to pass over known water crossings safely.
If you do make the personal choice to take the risk of travelling on ice by snowmobile, wait until a marked stake line is in place and cross only when you can follow it directly from shore to shore, without stopping on the ice. While ice crossing is never a sure thing, snowmobilers can also reduce their risk by:
• Checking ice thickness and quality before riding onto any frozen water.
• Understanding that ice conditions may vary from day to day, from hour to hour and from place to place.
• Never travelling on ice alone, at night or while impaired.
• Avoiding slushy ice, untracked ice, or ice near moving water or dock bubblers.
• Watching out for obstacles like rocks, stumps, docks, ice roads and fishing huts.
• Wearing a buoyant snowmobile suit and carrying ice picks.
The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario’s highways, trails and waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death. Initiatives are developed and delivered through the Provincial Traffic Safety Program. Visit opp.ca for more information.
The OFSC is committed to proactive leadership in promoting safe, responsible riding, on and off Ontario snowmobile trails, by building safer snowmobiling knowledge, attitudes and behaviours through rider education, safety legislation development and enforcement. For more information, visit ofsc.on.ca.

Impaired driving charge
On December 15, 2013 at 5:56pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment conducted a motor vehicle stop on Bridge St., in the town of Picton.  The male driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 50-year old South Marysburgh man was charged with:
• Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample, contrary to Section 254(3)(5) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of January 8, 2014 in Picton.

Holiday RIDE campaign extended

T’is the season to eat, drink and be merry, but OPP are reminding drivers not to drink and get behind the wheel.
The Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign will see an increased number of OPP officers conducting checks throughout Prince Edward County looking for impaired drivers, said Anthony Mann, Community Services Officer.
This year’s RIDE campaign will run until the second week of January – an extension from the usual end date of January 2.
Enforcement can only do so much, said Mann. “Drivers are understanding more and more the role they play in keeping impaired drivers off the road. Anyone on the road who suspects a driver is impaired is asked to call 911.”
For the past eight years, thanks to George’s Water Haulage and numerous sponsors, bottled water has been donated for OPP officers to distribute at RIDE checks.
Sponsors include: Wellington Rotarty Club,  Prince Edward Auto Club, Pure County Bottled Water, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 78 Picton, Prince Edward County Fire Department, Cronkie’s Cab, Picton Elks, Hicks/Whattam Funeral Home, McDougall Stanton Insurance, Picton Kinette Club, Kinsmen Club of Picton and Picton Rotary Club.
Statistics from 2011 listed Ontario with one of the lowest impaired driving rates. But it still happens. In 2011 and 2012, a total of 1,375 impaired driving charges were laid in Ontario. A further 1,208 Warn Range Suspensions were issued to drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 to 0.08. Drivers issued with a Warn Range Suspension lose their licence immediately for at least three days.

Six arrested in theft investigation
On December 11, 2013 officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment Crime Unit made several arrests in connection with dozens of thefts from motor vehicles.  The thefts from motor vehicles date back to early October 2013 in the town of Picton.
Three 18-year old males, a 24-year old male, a 19-year old male and a 15-year old male, all of Prince Edward County are charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. The accused parties were released on a promise to appear and undertaking with court dates in January 2014 in Picton.
A bail hearing is scheduled today in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville.
Police have recovered some stolen property.  Anyone with information regarding these thefts is asked to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
This police investigation revealed that in each of these occurrences, the victim’s motor vehicle was unlocked.  The OPP is encouraging people to lock their vehicles and ensure that all valuables are secured and out of sight.
POLICE SEIZE LOADED HANDGUN
Early Wednesday, Dec. 11, members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) with the assistance of the Prince Edward County-Ontario Provincial Police conducted a search warrant at residence located on County Road 3, Rossmore.  Police seized a loaded handgun.
A 24-year old male, 46-year old male, and 31-year old female, all of Rossmore, were arrested in relation to a variety of firearm offences and held for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville court on December 12, 2013.
The police investigation is continuing.

OPP SUPPORTING POSITIVE ACTIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Young people doing the right thing may earn them some well-deserved recognition this winter.  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has partnered with Mac’s Convenience Stores across Ontario again this year for Operation Heat 2013, a program that rewards kids who demonstrate positive actions and show kindness toward others.
OPP officers will be keeping an eye for kids doing something good in communities across the province; and when they catch someone in an act of kindness, it’s a ‘thank you’ they will get in the form of free “ticket” for hot chocolate.
The OPP is proud to be a part of Operation Heat 2013 to recognize positive behaviour by Ontario youth.
In addition to recognizing good behaviour, Operation Heat promotes opportunities for OPP officers to interact with young people in our communities. The OPP’s Positive Ticketing Program allows officers to use coupons to recognize youth for doing good deeds. Officers can use the coupons to establish a dialogue with kids in their patrol area.
“The OPP is pleased to participate again this year in this highly successful initiative that recognizes youth for responsible and caring behaviour,” said OPP Inspector Robyn MacEachern, OPP Crime Prevention Section. “Any opportunity we have to interact with young people is a good thing.  Engaging our business communities in support of youth programs also 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.”
Learn more at the OPP Crime Prevention Section, Community Issues Internet site @ www.opp.ca
WOMAN CHARGED WITH KILLING ANIMAL IN DOMESTIC

On November 18, 2013 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)—Prince Edward County detachment received information of an incident where a puppy had been beaten to death.  The police investigation revealed that the incident occurred following a domestic assault.  A woman had assaulted her boyfriend earlier in the month. It is alleged that sometime after the assault the woman had killed and disposed of the puppy.

On December 02, 2013 OPP arrested a 23-year old Picton woman.  The accused is a awaiting a bail hearing today in Belleville court.

The accused is charged with the following offences:
• Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Killing or Injuring Animals Other Than Cattle, contrary to Section 445 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Breach of Probation, contrary to Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

To protect the identity of the assault victim, the accused’s name is not being released.  The police investigation is continuing.

R.I.D.E CHECK ARREST
On November 29, 2013 at 10:13pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment were conducting a R.I.D.E. check on Loyalist Parkway and County Road 27 in the Ward of Hillier.
A vehicle was stopped and the male driver had been consuming alcohol.  A 41-year-old Etobicoke man was arrested.  The accused is charged with Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) and Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253 (1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of December 18, 2013 in Picton, ON.

ARREST MADE IN DRIVING COMPLAINT
On November 30, 2013 at 7:28am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment responded to a driving complaint.  Police located the vehicle and driver on Main St., Picton.  The male driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 23-year-old County man was arrested.  The accused is charged with Operating While Impaired contrary to Section 253(1)(a) and Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253 (1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of December 18, 2013 in Picton.

One injured in fail to remain collision
On November 7, 2013 at 12:08pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)—Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision at Church St. and York St., Picton.  The driver of one vehicle involved fled the scene of the collision.  The second driver, who was injured, was transported by ambulance to Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Program where he was treated for minor injuries.
Police are looking for the driver of a blue Ponitac car that is missing its front bumper.  The vehicle was last seen travelling in the direction of York St.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
The police investigation is ongoing.

OPP SEARCH FOR MISSING BOATER ENDS

On November 05, at 4:00pm the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-Prince Edward detachment completed the search for 54-year old Gordon Alexander “Sandy” RUTHERFORD of Wellington.

The OPP began the search for RUTHERFORD the night of October 19th, 2013 after he had not returned from an afternoon of fishing on West Lake, Wellington.

Resources involved in the search included members of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre from CFB-Trenton, the Wellington Coast Guard Auxiliary, OPP Marine officers, OPP Under Water Search and Recovery Unit (USRU), OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) members, OPP K-9 and members of the OPP-Prince Edward County detachment.

The body of RUTHERFORD has not been recovered.

Search efforts were assisted by numerous volunteers, many being friends and family of RUTHERFORD.

The OPP appreciate the assistance of everyone who assisted in the search.  If anyone has information that may assist in locating RUTHERFORD they are asked to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Hunting safety a must
The Ontario Provincial Police(OPP), East Region, are reminding hunters that gun safety is a must.
On Monday, November 4, 2013, the OPP in East Region investigated three accidental shootings.
The first occurred at 8:40am on Cleveland Road, Tudor and Cashel Township involving a 42-year-old male.
The second on Maple Road, Odessa involving a 55-year-old male.
The third at 6:45pm, on Weedmark Road, Montague involving a 59-year-old male.
For hunting rules and regulations, visit www.mnr.gov.on.ca or www.ohep.net

Update: OPP continue search
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Under Water Search and Recovery Unit concluded their underwater search efforts yesterday afternoon.  At this time Prince Edward County OPP Marine officers continue searching the waters of West Lake in search of 54-year old Gordon Alexander “Sandy” Rutherford of Wellington, ON.
The RUTHERFORD family has expressed their gratitude for the ongoing support and volunteer search efforts by local residents.
If anyone has information about RUTHERFORD, they are asked to contact Prince Edward County OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122.

Update: Suspicious woman arrested
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)—Prince Edward County officers began investigating reports of a suspicious person dating back to September 11, 2013.
A woman accompanied by a young child attended residences in the town of Picton asking residents to use the telephone or washroom.  In one incident where the woman was permitted entry a theft did occur.
On October 23, 2013 Prince Edward County OPP charged a 29-year old Picton femalewith Theft Under $5000.00 contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of November 20, 2013 in Picton.

OPP CONTINUE SEARCH for MISSING BOATER
(WELLINGTON, ON) –
On October 19, 2013 at 8:15pm, Prince Edward County officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a missing boater that had not returned after a fishing trip.

Gordon Alexander “Sandy” RUTHERFORD, 54 of Wellington, Prince Edward County left his residence to go fishing on West Lake at 3:30pm, October 19, 2013. When he didn’t return, family members reported him missing. His capsized boat was recovered.

The OPP Under Water Search and Recovery Unit continues to search the lake in an attempt to locate RUTHERFORD.  The OPP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) conducted a land search along the shores with no success.

If anyone has information about Rutherford, they are asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP detachment at 613-476-2151 or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

OPP now recruiting
The Ontario Provincial Police Auxiliary Program is looking for members of the community to serve as volunteers with the police to assist with a variety of duties.
Basic conditions for appointment:
• Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
• Age 18
• Ontario Grade 12 of equivalent
• Class ‘G’ driver’s licence with good record
• No criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
• Certified in First Aid and CPR
For more information regarding the OPP Auxiliary Program one can visit the OPP website at www.opp.ca

Speeder charged with impaired driving

On October 12 at 11:29pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment stopped the operator of a motorcycle for speeding on County Road 49, Picton.  The operator had been consuming alcohol.
A 46-year old Picton man was charged with the following offences:
Operating While Impaired, contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol. Contrary to section 253 (1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Speeding, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act.
Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.
Use Plates Unauthorized, contrary to section 12(d) of the Highway Traffic Act
Drive No Insurance, contrary to section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of November 06, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Not wearing seat belt a factor in three road deaths
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has wrapped up its Fall seat belt campaign and has tallied up its statistics for the annual campaign which ran from September 26 to October 13, 2013.

Sadly, lack of seat belt use was a factor in three people losing their lives in road crashes in OPP jurisdictions during this year’s campaign.  According to the OPP, fatalities and injuries in which lack of seat belt use is a factor are among the most preventable of deaths on highways and roads.

The OPP also reported laying 4,229 seat belt charges throughout the province during the 18-day campaign. Officers who carried out seat belt checks and public education in support of the campaign were disappointed to see so many people still not wearing seat belts in light of how clear they have been about the role seat belts play in saving lives.

As part of their campaign, the OPP posted an important YouTube video about Jennifer Walker who, two days after receiving an OPP warning for not wearing her seat belt, was involved in a car crash that would have probably ended her life had she not heeded the officer’s warning and decided to make buckling up part of her driving routine.  According to Jennifer, she was extremely thankful that the officer pulled her over that day and gave her a warning that she attributes to saving her life.

View video here: http://youtu.be/6oyH0UexsHc

The OPP is reminding the public that while the campaign is over, they enforce seat belt laws throughout the year in their ongoing efforts to raise awareness about seat belt use.

Man arrested following domestic assault
On October 5, 2013 at 1:52am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment responded to a domestic assault that had occurred at a residence in Picton.  The police investigation revealed that the ex-boyfriend of the female victim had broken into her residence and assaulted her while she was asleep.  The victim fled her residence to call police.  The victim received minor injuries.
A 26-year old Prince Edward County man was arrested at the residence.  The accused remains in custody for a bail hearing today in Belleville court charged with the following offences:
• Assault, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Breaking, Entering and Committing, contrary to section 348(1) (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Probation Order: Non-Compliance, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada (x2)

OPP investigate fail to remain collision
On October 6, 2013 at 5:41am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment attended Main St. and Lakeside Dr., Consecon regarding damage to a hydro pole.
The police investigation determined that a motor vehicle had struck the pole, breaking it.  The motor vehicle involved is believed to be a General Motors or Chevrolet pick-up truck or SUV.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Collision results in careless driving charge
On October 6, 2013 at 7:51am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment attended a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 17 near Mitchell’s Crossroad in the Ward of North Marysburgh.  The motor vehicle had left the roadway entering the ditch.  The driver was treated at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.
The 19-year old driver, of Deseronto, was charged with Careless Driving contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Driver in vehicle rollover impaired
On September 19, 2013 at 2:30pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment attended a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 1 and Wilson Road in the Ward of Hallowell.  The male driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 33 year-old  Quinte West man is charged with the following:
·         Operating While Impaired contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
·         Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused, who was not injured, was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in Picton court on October 16, 2013.

Arrested accused of stealing vehicle
On September 16, 2013 at 3:18a.m.officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)—Prince Edward County detachment received a report of a stolen motor vehicle that had been taken from a Sophiasburgh residence.   At 3:32a.m. OPP located the stolen motor vehicle travelling Northbound on Highway 62 and County Road 28 in the Ward of Ameliasburg.  The vehicle was stopped in the area of Bay Bridge Road in the City of Belleville.  Three suspects fled on foot. With the assistance of officers from the Belleville Police Service the area was contained.  Officers arrested two suspects.
A 24-year-old  Belleville man is charged with the following offences:
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Motor Vehicle Theft, contrary to section 333.1of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Taking Motor Vehicle Without Consent, contrary to section 335(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Breach of Probation Order, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
He was held in custody for a bail hearing today in Belleville, ON.
A 19-year-old Tyendinaga Township female was charged with:
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Motor Vehicle Theft, contrary to section 333.1of the Criminal Code of Canada.
She was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of October 23, 2013 in Picton, ON.
OPP are actively seeking an arrest warrant for the third male suspect involved in this incident.

Suspended driver charged with impaired
On September 12, 2013 at 4:31pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation on Elk St., Picton.  Check of the male driver revealed that he not only was a suspended driver but had been consuming alcohol.
A 51-year old  Kingston man is charged with the following offences:
• Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act. (x4)
• Drive Motor Vehicle With Liquor Readily Available, contrary to Section 32(1) of the Liquor Licence Act.
• Insecure Load, contrary to Section 111(2) of the Highway Traffic Act.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in court on October 16, 2013 in Picton, ON.

DISTRACTED DRIVING CAMPAIGN WRAP UP
(Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, ON) – The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) Distracted Driving Campaign wrapped up Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.  Joint Forces Officers report that, through the course of the campaign, the following charges were laid:
•    82 …… Distracted Driving (Cell phone use and texting)
•    339 …. Speeding
•    31 …… Seat Belts
•    5 ……… Impaired Driving
•    97 ……. Other Highway Traffic Act offences
Although the campaign is over, the QRTC want people to realize, every day, the importance of being completely focused on the road while driving.  Area Police will continue to be vigilant in enforcing these violations.
Drivers caught using their cell phones will receive a ticket with a fine of $155.  Other forms of distracted driving can lead to a charge of Careless Driving.
The goal of the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.  It is a partnership of the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, and the OPP Detachments serving Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West.

Erratic driver arrested
On September 05, 2013 at 8:07pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment responded to a report of an erratic driver in the Town of Picton.  Police stopped the suspect vehicle on Lake St., Picton.  The female driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 62-year-old Prince Edward County woman was charged with:
• Operation While Impaired contrary to Section 253(1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol contrary to Section 253(1) (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of October 02, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Arrested for bear spraying three women
On September 03, 2013 at 10:23pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police were called to Union St., Picton in response to three women having been bear sprayed by a man.  Officers including the OPP K-9 and OPP Emergency Response Team members searched the area; however, the suspect was not located.  The victims were treated a Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.
The police investigation identified the male to be an ex-common law spouse to one of the female victims.
On September 04, 2013 a 32-year old Picton man was arrested.  The accused is charged with the following:
• Assault With a Weapon, contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code of Canada (x3).
• Weapon: Possession For Dangerous Purpose contrary to Section 88 of the Criminal Code of Canada (x2).
• Weapon: Unauthorized Possession contrary to Section 91(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Breach of Recognizance contrary to Section 811 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was held in custody awaiting a bail hearing today in Belleville, ON.

Woman arrested in roadside domestic
On September 04, 2013 at 9:46am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police were called to Highway 62 and Wilson Road in the Ward of Hallowell for a domestic dispute.  A couple had been travelling on the highway and had an argument.  The driver pulled the motor vehicle to the side of the road as the dispute escalated.  The police investigation revealed that the female had assaulted her boyfriend.  The male victim was not injured.
A 22-year old female from Dundalk, ON was charged with Assault contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of September 25, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Arrest in vehicle theft
On September 03, 2013 at 7:19pm the Ontario Provincial Police received information of a stolen motor vehicle that was travelling through Prince Edward County.  The vehicle in question had been reported to Napanee OPP earlier in the day.  An officer with the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment stopped the suspect vehicle on County Road 5 in the Ward of Sophiasburg.  The male driver had also been involved in a theft of gas incident from a gas station in the City of Belleville.  The investigation into the driver revealed that he was a prohibited driver.
A 19-year old  Stone Mills man was arrested and held in custody for a bail hearing in Belleville court today.
The accused is charged with the following offences:
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, contrary to Section 354(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Theft, contrary to Section 334 of the Criminal Code of Canada (x2).
• Operation While Disqualified, contrary to Section 259(4)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Two arrested roadside
On September 3, 2013 at 1:07am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment responded to a disturbance on Burr Rd., in the Ward of Ameliasburg.  Officers located a motor vehicle that was blocking both lanes of traffic.  The man and woman found with the vehicle had been consuming alcohol.
The 56-year-old female driver, of Picton, is charged with the following:  Operating While Impaired contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation With Over 80 mgs of Alcohol contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The 51-year-old male was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place contrary to Section 31(4) of the Liquor Licence Act.
Both parties were later released from police custody.   The driver has a court date of September 18, 2013 in Picton.

DISTRACTED DRIVING CAMPAIGN
Members of the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) gathered at the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Quinte West on August 29 to launch a Distracted Driving Enforcement campaign.
The week long campaign will run throughout the region from Aug. 30 – Sept. 6.  Drivers caught using their cell phones will receive a ticket with a fine of $155.  Other forms of distracted driving can lead to a charge of Careless Driving.
The risks of distracted driving are real.  Drivers who use cell phones are 4 times more likely to be in a collision than a driver who is focused on the road.  A texting driver is 23 times more likely to crash than a non-texting driver.  The QRTC wants people to realize the importance of being completely focused on the road while driving.  With children returning to school next week, it is especially important for motorists to be focused on the road.
The goal of the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.  It is a partnership of the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, and the OPP Detachments serving Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West.

OPP investigating construction fraud
Since December 2012, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) across East Region have been investigating numerous frauds in relation to credit cards being used to order construction material.
Suspects phone in an order using a fraudulent credit card for payment. At times, the suspects hire a company to pick-up the order shortly after making the phone call. When the credit card is used, it appears to be valid, but is soon returned to the company as stolen or compromised. Unfortunately, the material is already gone.
The OPP reminds companies to be diligent in ensuring that credit cards are used properly. Do not provide materials unless the actual credit card is presented for payment and if in doubt, request a secondary piece of identification.  Businesses may also call the credit card companies to ensure the card is valid.
If anyone has information about these frauds, they are asked to contact their local OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police agency.

Passengers can help reduce distracted driving

With the last of the summer long weekends only days away, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) gives advance notice that officers will be honing in on distracted drivers as part of the heightened enforcement  planned for the Labor Day weekend.
With kids heading back to school next week, distracted driving is of particular concern to the OPP as distraction-related collision fatalities in OPP jurisdiction continue to surpass impaired driving-related deaths this year. According to the OPP, everyone travelling on roads and highways should be equally concerned about this alarming trend.
“Most people would not get into a vehicle with an impaired driver and they are at as much risk in the presence of a distracted driver as an impaired driver,” says Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division.  “If drivers do not have the good sense to stop this dangerous behaviour on their own, I encourage passengers to take responsibility for their own safety by speaking up.  If you are a passenger in a vehicle and the driver is not completely focused on driving, is talking on a cell phone or even worse – texting, remind them that they are endangering your life and that you want them to stop,” added Bell.

“So far this year, 47 of the 177 people killed in motor vehicle collisions in OPP jurisdiction involved distracted driving, compared to 32 impaired driving-related collision deaths,” said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.  “Our statistics make it clear beyond a doubt that road users need to pay greater attention to this problem and get on board with our efforts to stop it rather than wait for a devastating tragedy to occur,” added Beechey.
Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviour, impaired driving and seat belt compliance will also be on the OPP’s radar over the long weekend.  Boaters and off-road vehicle (ORV) users should also be prepared to see a strong OPP presence on waterways and trails, with ORV fatalities up 80 per cent and marine fatalities up more than 15 per cent this year.

Fails RIDE check
On August 22, 2013 at 11:11p.m., officers with the Ontario Provincial Police—Highway Safety Division were conducting a R.I.D.E. check on County Road 28, in the Ward of Ameliasburg.  The male driver failed to stop his motor vehicle as directed and was stopped a short distance away.  The driver had been consuming alcohol.
The 48-year-old male driver,  of Ameliasburgh, was charged with the following offences:
• Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253 (1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
He was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date set for September 04, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Drivers charged in collision
On August 22, 2013 at 10:15p.m. an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment attended the location of County Roads 4 and 34, in the Ward of Hallowell to assist a local tow truck company with removing a vehicle.   As police directed traffic, a motor vehicle travelling Westbound on County Road 4 had slowed, however, the two motor vehicles following had not causing a three vehicle collision.
An 18-year female driver,  of Bloomfield and a male 26-year-old male driver,  of Picton were both charged with Careless Driving contrary to Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.  No one was injured in this incident.

Driver arrested
On August 22, 2013 at 1:23a.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment stopped a motor vehicle on Miller Road in the Ward of Athol.  The male driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 23-year old Belleville man was charged with the following offences:
Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released from custody on a promise to appear and has a court date set for September 04, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Driver charged following collison
On August 19, 2013 at 11:13pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment attended a single motor vehicle collision that had occurred on Carnrike Road, in Ameliasburgh.  The investigation revealed that the driver had lost control of their motor vehicle leaving the roadway and struck some trees.
The male driver, a 19-year old  Stirling-Rawdon Township resident, was charged with Careless Driving contrary to Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.  There were no injuries in the incident.

Domestic assault investigation leads to arrest
On August 18, 2013 at 8:29 am a man had attended the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment reporting a domestic assault. The investigation revealed that the complainant himself had assaulted his wife.
A 35-year old Prince Edward County man has been charged with the following offences:
• Forcible Confinement, contrary to Section 279(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Bodily Harm: Overcoming Resistance To Commission of Offence, contrary to Section 246(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Uttering Threats, contrary to Section 264.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of September 04, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Two injured in collision, driver charged

On August 17, 2013 at 22:59 pm, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on Smokes Point Rd., in the Ward of Ameliasburgh.  The investigation revealed a single motor vehicle had left the roadway striking a hydro pole.  Two occupants were transported by ambulance to Trenton Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
The driver, a 20-year old Belleville resident, was charged with Careless Driving contrary to Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

Prince Edward County Man Dies in Farming Accident
(Prince Edward, ON)  On Saturday the 10th of August 2013 a man died on his farm located on Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh.
The investigation into the death of the male indicates several large bales of hay, weighing approximately 700lbs each and stacked just inside the barn door, fell onto the victim when he opened an access door.  The bales were believed to have been stacked properly initially but shifted over time due to animals eating away at them.
The deceased is Gordon Douglas CARTER age 69yrs.

Civic weekend results
The Ontario Provincial Police Eastern Region Headquarters, in coordination with the OPP Highway Safety Division and local detachments, were on the look-out for aggressive drivers over the holiday weekend.
Officers laid more than 1600 charges:
Speeding:  1269
Racing/Stunt Driving:  17
Seatbelts:  89
Other Highway charges:  8

Liquor Licence Act:  45
Insurance Charges:  54

Impaired/Over 80:  13
12 Hour Susp:  15
Other Criminal Code:  3

Marine Offences:  71
ATV offences:  25

Other Prov. Offences: 8
Drug Offences:  15
Move Over Law: 94

Driver arrested
On August 02, 2013 at 7:42pm the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment were called to the Sandbanks Provincial Park to assist Park Wardens with a motor vehicle stop.  The driver of the motor vehicle had been consuming alcohol.
Police charged a 50-year old Picton woman with Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released on a promise to appear with a court date of August 21, 2013 in Picton, ON.

DRUG ARRESTS IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY- PROJECT GRISWALD

In response to concerns from the community regarding the illegal sale of prescription medication, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Drug Enforcement Unit commenced a 30 day investigation, which has resulted in several local residents being charged with offences against the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Criminal Code.

An operation dubbed “Project Griswold” concluded on August 01, 2013 when members of the OPP Drug Enforcement Unit, the Community Drug Action Team, OPP Emergency Response Team, members of the Prince Edward OPP Detachment and an OPP canine officer with assistance of the Belleville Police, the Gananoque Police and the Brockville Police, executed search warrants at four residences in Picton. Police seized Cannabis Marihuana, Psilocybin, Oxycodone, and Hydro-Morphine Contin with an estimated street value of over $80,000 as well as a large amount of cash.

As a result of the investigation the following people have been charged and released on an Promise to Appear with an Undertaking before an Officer in Charge to attend the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton, on October 2, 2013.

OPP looking for drivers to ‘move over’ this long weekend

As the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) gears up for a busy Civic Holiday long weekend, officers are giving the public a heads-up on what dangerous driving habits they’ll be watching out for and what positive driving behaviours they will be expecting from motorists throughout the province.
One important law the OPP will be looking for drivers to adhere to is Ontario’s ‘Move Over’ law.  This law applies to all motorists who are approaching a police, fire or ambulance vehicle in the same direction of travel, stopped on the roadside with its lights flashing.  Drivers in this situation are required to slow down and pass with caution, but if the road has multiple lanes, drivers must move over into another lane, if it can be done safely.
According to Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support, far too many drivers ignore this law. “Since 1989, we have lost five OPP officers who were tending to their duties on the side of the road when they were killed by approaching vehicles and many of our emergency partners have also died at the hands of careless drivers in the same situation,” said Beechey.
The OPP is reminding motorists that because this law was introduced 10 years ago (in 2003), the grace period during which officers tend to raise awareness of a new law and let people off with a warning is no longer in effect and violating this law comes with a $400 to $1,200 fine and three demerit points upon conviction.
“Over the 2012 Civic Holiday long weekend, we lost five people in motor vehicle collisions within OPP jurisdiction and this year our officers will be on alert for people who display aggressive driving habits, those who drive while impaired or distracted and those who are not wearing seat belts,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division.
OPP officers will also be highly visible on the water and on trails, laying charges against people who show a disregard for public safety while boating or off-roading this weekend.  According to Bell, six people have died in off-road vehicle incidents so far this year and alcohol was a factor in four of those fatalities.   

Collision results in road closure
On July 31, 2013 at 11:23am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a single motor vehicle collision on King St. and Paul St., in the Town of Picton.  A motor vehicle had struck a hydro pole.  Police were assisted by the Prince Edward County Fire department and Hydro One, as hydro lines were knocked down.
A 17-year old female from Belleville has been charged with Careless Driving contrary to Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.  There were no injuries. The road was closed for several hours as Hydro One crews repaired damages.

Driver travelling 60km over limit
On July 31, 2013 at 10:17am an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment was on routine patrol on County Road 49 in the Ward of Sophiasburg when a motor vehicle was observed travelling at a high rate of speed.  The motor vehicle was travelling 140Km/h in a posted 80 Km/h zone.
The driver, a 28-year old  Sophiasburgh man, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle-Perform Stunt Speeding By 50Km/h or more Km/h contrary to Section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.  The motor vehicle was impounded.  The accused is to appear in Picton court on September 20, 2013.

Police arrest male
On July 25, 2013 at 8:10pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police-Prince Edward County detachment received a report of a domestic assault that had occurred in a vehicle at the side of the road in the area of County Road 1 and Melville Road in the Ward of Hillier.
The 25-year boyfriend from Scarborough, ON is charged with the following:
• Assault, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  (x3)
• Uttering Threats, contrary to section 264.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Forcible Confinement, contrary to section 279(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was held for a bail hearing in Belleville court.

OPP arrest driver
On July 25, 2013 at 5:33pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment was called to a Consecon business on Loyalist Parkway regarding an intoxicated male. As police arrived, the male was stopped in a motor vehicle and had been consuming alcohol.
A 47-year old  Belleville man was charged with the following:
• Operating While Impaired, contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Operation with Over 80mgs. of Alcohol, to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of August 14, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Drivers arrested
On July 07, 2013 at 7:31pm the Ontario Provincial Police – Prince Edward County OPP were called to the Sandbanks Provincial Park.  Park Wardens had stopped a motor vehicle.  The driver had consumed alcohol.  The 36-year-old driver, from Beaconsfield, Quebec was charged with Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of August 07, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Speeding led to arrest
On July 05, 2013 at 4:04pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment stopped a motor vehicle for speeding on Highway 62 in the Ward of Hallowell.  The driver had been consuming alcohol.  A 30-year old Toronto, resident was charged with Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of July 24, 2013 in Picton, ON.

OPP arrest five
On July 6, 2013, at approximately 3:50 am, members of the Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on County Road 3, in Prince Edward County.
Officers located the vehicle on County Road 33 just south of Carrying Place, arresting one male at the scene.  Four others fled into the bush. OPP Canine Unit and OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) attended.  As a result, 4 others were arrested.
Three adult males, one young female and one young male are facing charges for the thef of the motor vehicle and for other thefts that occurred in the area over the evening of July 5 to July 6.
The Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit are continuing the investigation. Anyone that observed suspicous activity in the area or that may have been a victim of these thefts are requested to contact the OPP at 613-476-2151 or 1-888-310-1122.

Father charged in abuse case
On January 15, 2013 the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment was contacted by the Prince Edward County Children’s Aid Society regarding an infant that had been hospitalized.  The infant was treated at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa with life threatening injuries.  Police conducted an investigation and as a result, on June 28, 2013 a 30-year old Prince Edward County man was charged with Aggravated Assault, contrary to Section 268 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of July 31, 2013 in Picton, ON.  The identity of the accused was not released to protect the identity of the victim.

Police arrest driver
On July 01, 2013 at 2:39am an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment while on patrol stopped a vehicle on Salmon Point, in the Ward of Athol.  The driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 31-year old Hallowell man was charged with Operation With Over 80mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from police custody with a court date of July 17, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Charged after collision
On June 30, 2013 at 5:51pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 62 and Huffs Island Road in Ameliasburgh.  The driver had been drinking.
A 19-year old  Brampton man was charged with the following offences:
-Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253 (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
-Operation With Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of July 17, 2013 in Picton, ON.  No one was injured in this collision.

Man charged with dangerous driving
On June 30, 2013 at 9:01am, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 1 and May Road in Hallowell.  Two motor vehicles were travelling Westbound on County Road 1.  One vehicle had struck the other as it attempted to pass causing the other vehicle to leave the roadway entering the ditch.  There were no injuries.
A 46-year old man was charged with Dangerous Operation, contrary to Section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released on an appearance notice with a court date of July 17, 2013 in Picton, ON.

Driver attempted to avoid RIDE
On June 30, 2013 at 12:34am officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment had observed a motor vehicle attempting to avoid a R.I.D.E. check on County Road 12 and Mayne Lane in Hallowell.  Officers had located that vehicle as it had driven off the roadway into a cornfield.
The driver, a 17-year old male from Picton, ON was charged with the following offences:
-Dangerous Operation, contrary to Section 249 of the Criminal Code of Canada
-Motor Vehicle Theft, contrary to Section 333.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of July 22, 2013 in Picton,ON.

Arrest made in assault incident
On June 26, 2013 at 9:56am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were called to a business on Loyalist Parkway in Hallowell.  The police investigation revealed that a man had been assaulted and threatened.
A 45-year old Picton was charged with the following:
-Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Assault With a Weapon, contrary to Section 267(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Uttering Threats, contrary to Section 264.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada (x2).
-Probation Order: Non-Compliance, contrary to Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
He was released on a promise to appear and undertaking and is to attend court on July 31, 2013.  The victim was not injured in the incident.

Driver who fled the scene apprehended
On June 26, 2013 at 2:55am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on Main St., Bloomfield. The driver and occupants had fled the scene of the collision where a hydro pole was damaged.
Police located the driver and occupants nearby.  All of the occupants were transported to Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
The driver, a 28-year  Peterborough man, was charged with the following:
-Failure To Stop At Scene of Accident, contrary to Section 252 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Dangerous Operation, contrary to Section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Resisting Or Obstructing Public Or Peace Officer, contrary to Section 129(a)
He was released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of August 14, 2013 in Picton court.
Vehicle passengers, a 23-year old man and a 20-year female, both of Picton, were charged with Being Intoxicated In A Public Place, contrary to Section 31(4) of the Liquor Licence Act.

Aggressive driving  hot on OPP radar

With people getting set for what is traditionally one of the busiest long weekends of the year, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is also gearing up for a busy weekend on Ontario roads, trails and waterways this Canada Day Long weekend.
In particular, the OPP will be keeping a close eye out for people who display aggressive driving behaviour, whether in a motor vehicle, boat or all-terrain vehicle.
The OPP is reminding the public that speeding is not the only form of aggressive driving they will be watching out for over the weekend.  Following vehicles too closely, improper lane changes, weaving in and out of lanes and a general disregard for traffic laws are all forms of aggressive and dangerous driving behaviour that put all road users at risk.
As they have done in the past, the OPP will be looking to every motorist, boater and trail user to partner with them for a safe and enjoyable weekend.
“People are finally getting the message that they themselves play a far greater role in keeping everyone safe than the OPP does. We may be seeing the results of this positive attitude shift reflected in our fatality statistics this year, with the number of deaths on roads, waterways and trails we police at 110 compared to 173 this time last year,” said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
“We want to see this positive trend continue and one way to make this happen is to have everyone become our number one safety partner and to make road, boating and trail safety the same top priority as we do over busy long weekends and throughout the year at the OPP,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division.
Over and above aggressive driving, the OPP will be watching for: seat belt compliance; distracted driving; impaired while driving, boating or off-roading; compliance with Move Over laws; and use of boating safety equipment such as Personal Floatation Devices (PFD).

Driver arrested
On June 19, 2013 at 9:11pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were conducting a R.I.D.E. check at the intersection of County Roads 34 and 5 in the Ward of Hallowell.  A female driver appeared to have been drinking and was administered the approved roadside screening device.
The 47-year old, of Belleville, was charged with Operation With Over .80mgs of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of July 10, 2013 in Picton.

Boyfriend arrested in domestic
On June 19, 2013 at 11:18am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in Picton.  A verbal argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend had become violent.
A 23-year old Picton man was arrested and is charged with the following:
-Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Mischief Not Exceeding $5,000 contrary to Section 430(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of July 10, 2013 in Picton.  The victim was not injured.

Vehicle fire suspicious
On March 30, 2013 at 3:07am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment assisted the Prince Edward County Fire department at a vehicle fire that had occurred on Fish Lake Rd., in Sophiasburgh.  The cause of the fire is suspicious.  The fire caused $6,000 in damages. Police have since learned that a white truck with two male occupants were scene in the area at that time.
Anyone with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this vehicle fire should call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward.

MAN HELD FOR BAIL FOLLOWING DOMESTIC
On June 09, 2013 at 8:34pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police-Prince Edward County detachment were called to a Carrying Place home regarding a domestic dispute.  The investigation led to the arrest of a 55-year old Carrying Place man.  The accused is held in custody awaiting a bail hearing today in Belleville court.
The investigation dates back to 2010.  The accused is charged with the following offences:
-Assault contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Forcible Confinement contrary to Section 279(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Uttering Threats contrary to Section 264.1(1)(c) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Theft Under $5,000 contrary to Section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Mischief Not Exceeding $5,000 contrary to Section 430(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The female victim was not injured.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
On June 07, 2013 at 11:36pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment attended a Picton residence in response to a report of a domestic dispute.  A 30-year old Picton woman was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend.  The accused is charged with two counts of assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date on June 26, 2013 in Picton court.  The male received minor injuries.

OPP CHARGE PICTON MAN WITH BREACH of RECOGNIZANCE

(PICTON, ON) – On June 3, 2013, members of the Prince Edward Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) arrested and charged a Picton man with numerous counts of Breaching a Recognizance.

As a result of an investigation launched in April 2013, Peter HART, 64 of Picton is charged with 5 counts of Breach Recognizance contrary to Section 811 of the Criminal Code and 1 count of Obstruct Police contrary to Section 129 (a) of the Criminal Code.

He was held in custody and is to appear for a bail hearing tomorrow, June 7, 2013 in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville.

OPP to target off-road vehicle compliance over long weekend

After one of the coldest springs on record, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) expects to see eager Ontarians take to the roads, trails and waterways during the Victoria Day long weekend.
“The OPP will be looking to all motorists, boaters and off-road vehicle users to take charge of their own safety and to ensure the safety of passengers and anyone else whose lives they would jeopardize due to unsafe or dangerous driving behaviour over the weekend,” says Sgt. Kristine Rae. “This is a particularly busy weekend for off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Every year the OPP encounters off-road users who regard traffic safety as something the OPP is responsible for rather than the operators themselves.”
This mindset, she said, was a significant contributing factor in 12 fatal off-road vehicle incidents in 2012 within OPP jurisdiction.
“The OPP S.A.V.E. Team and other OPP officers will be keeping a keen eye out this weekend for operators who are non-compliant with off-road vehicle laws.
Over the weekend, the OPP will also be watching for impaired drivers and boaters, people who drive aggressively or distracted and those who are in violation of occupant restraint laws.
The OPP is also reminding motorists to be mindful about Ontario’s Move Over law that requires drivers to slow down and move over when passing an emergency vehicle (ambulance/fire/police) on the shoulder of the road.
“We need people to get away from thinking that as long as there is a strong police presence on roads, waterways and trails on long weekends, officers can keep everyone safe,” said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “We want to see drivers, boaters and trail users themselves take charge of how they behave behind the wheel and in doing so, many lives will be saved,” he added.
“Operating a motor vehicle, boat or off-road vehicle within the law is a far better alternative than dealing with the life-changing consequences that begin to unfold the second a person makes a bad decision behind the wheel and lives are senselessly brought to a tragic end,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division.

Urn stolen from vehicle
On the morning of May 10, 2013 the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment began investigating several theft from motor vehicle complaints that had occurred over night in the Town of Picton.
Stolen items range from money to sporting goods.  In one case, a small, silver urn was stolen.  Police are asking that anyone with information contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-800-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477).

Visit the OPP station
The Ontario Provincial Police are inviting local residents to attend the Prince Edward County OPP detachment on Friday, May 17, 2013 between 9-11:00 am.  Members of the public will have an opportunity to view the equipment that is used and meet local police officers and members of a variety of specialty units.  The display will include the Prince Edward County OPP detachment Marine Unit, OPP Motorcycle, members of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), OPP-K9 and OPP Emergency Response Team.

Male arrested
On May 12, 2013 at 2:11pm the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment began a domestic investigation.  A woman had reported having received threatening text messages. The victim’s ex-boyfriend, a 33 year old Picton man was arrested for Criminal Harassment contrary to Section 264 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was held for a bail hearing on May 13, 2013 in Belleville court.

Driver caught officer’s attention
On May 10, 2013 at 10:39pm an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment was on routine patrol and observed an erratic driver.
The vehicle was stopped on Loyalist Parkway and Taft Road, Carrying Place.  The driver, a 22-year old Quinte West resident, was arrested and is charged with the following offences:
Operating While Impaired contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operation With Over 80mgs. of Alcohol contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released on a promise to appear with a court date of May 22, 2013 in Picton.

Five injured in collision
On May 06, 2013 at 8:04pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 33, South of County Rd 3 in Carrying Place.
The police investigation revealed that a south-bound vehicle had made a U-turn colliding with a second south-bound vehicle. Occupants from both vehicles were injured.  Five people were transported by ambulance to Trenton Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.  The north-bound lane of County Road 33 was closed for two hours as police investigated.
One driver, a 22-year old Trenton resident, was charged with Careless Driving, contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

Male arrested for disturbance
On May 05, 2013 at 2:57am officers from Prince Edward County OPP were called to a licenced establishment on Main St., Picton for a disturbance.  Police arrested a 29-year old male for Being Intoxicated in a Public Place, contrary to section 31(4) of the Liquour Licence Act.  The accused was later released when sober.

Drop off your drugs at the OPP station
As part of a province-wide effort to reduce risks associated with leftover medications, the Ontario Provincial Police are hosting a Prescription Drug Drop Off Day Saturday, May 11.
“Recent studies indicate 24 per cent of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home,” said Anthony Mann, PEC OPP Community Services Officer.
“The initiative is to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old and unused prescription medication. Citizens wishing to dispose of outdated, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs may do so anonymously, usually without having to get out of their vehicles.”
Police in communities across Ontario recognize prescription drug abuse can lead to increases in a wide spectrum of sickness, violent acts and property crimes.
Prince Edward County OPP will host their collection day at the detachment – located at 569 County Road 1, in Hallowell – from 10  a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA), prohibits anyone from possessing oxycodone or any other prescribed medication without a prescription,” said Mann. “It is a criminal offence to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person. Purchasing another person’s prescribed drugs is also illegal.
“Prescription drug misuse is the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Common prescription drugs being misused are opioid pain relievers (such as oxycodone), anti-depressants, and stimulants.”

Man arrested for threatening
On May 01, 2013 at 8:17pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment attended an Ameliasburg residence in response to a domestic occurrence.  The investigation revealed that the accused had threatened his ex-wife.
A 71-year old Ameliasburg man was arrested for Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was held for a bail hearing in Belleville court on May 02, 2013.

Driver injured in collision with tractor trailer
On April 30, 2013 at 8:08am officers from Prince Edward County OPP responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 49, North of County Rd 6 in the Ward of Hallowell.
A motor vehicle travelling Southbound had entered the North bound lane colliding with a tractor trailer.  The driver of the South bound motor vehicle was treated and later released from Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.
A 37-year old Athol resident was charged with Careless Driving contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

Man arrested in firearms incident
On April 25, 2013 at 10:01 am the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a report of a motor vehicle that had been damaged by the use of a firearm.
On April 27, 2013 the investigation led to the arrest of a 26-year old Hillier Ward man.  The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on April 29, 2013 in Belleville court.
On April 28, 2013 officers from Prince Edward County OPP, Prince Edward County OPP Criminal Investigations Unit, the OPP Provincial Weapon Enforcement Unit, OPP K-9  Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Unit executed a Criminal Code search warrant at a Hillier Ward residence.
Officers seized firearm related property, ammunition and a quantity of processed marihuana.
The name of the accused cannot be released as it will identify the victim.  The accused is charged with the following offences:
Weapon: Possession for a Dangerous Purpose contrary to Section 88 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Careless Use of a Firearm contrary to Section 86 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Mischief Not Exceeding $5000.00 contrary to Section 430(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Firearm: Unauthorized Possession contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

OPP seek break and enter suspects
On the afternoon of April 22, 2013 officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to two residential break and enters in Ameliasburgh, in the area of Highway 62.
The suspect vehicle, is described as an older Ford Taurus station-wagon green in colour and occupied by a male and female.
The male is described as approximately 6′, clean cut, black hair wearing jeans and a shirt.  The female is described as approximately 5’5″ with dirty blonde hair pulled back.  Both parties are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s.
Police are encouraging residents to secure their property and report any suspicious activity.  Police are asking members of the public to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 613-476-2151 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with any information that could lead the suspect’s identity.

Driver charged
On April 21, 2013 at 4:47am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 15 in Sophiasburgh.  The motor vehicle had struck a hydro pole.  Members of the Prince Edward County Fire Department and ambulance had also responded.  The driver was treated and released for minor injuries at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.
A 36-year-old Picton woman was charged with
-Operating While Impaired contrary to section 253(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol contrary to section 253(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of May 22, 2013 in Picton court.

Driver charged after rollover
On April 19, 2013 at 5:01pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a single motor vehicle rollover at the intersection of County Roads 4 and 34 in Hallowell.  The driver was treated and released at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
A 20-year-old Sophiasburgh female was charged with Careless Driving contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

Cocaine and marijuana seized
On April 19, 2013 at 7:53am the Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) with the assistance of Prince Edward County OPP executed Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrants at a residence on Chourney Lane, Cherry Valley and a second at a building on Old Milford Rd., Picton. Police seized a quantity of cocaine, marihuana, cash and related property.
A male and female Cherry Valley residents,both 23-years-old  were arrested and charged with two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. They were released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of May 15, 2013 in Picton.

Driver arrested
On April 12, 2013 at 12:01am an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment conducted a motor vehicle check at a commercial parking lot located on Hwy 62 in Rossmore.
The 59-year-old male driver from Ameliasburg was charged with the following offences:
Operating While Impaired, contrary to section 253(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operation With Over 80 mgs of Alcohol, contrary to section 253(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operation While Disqualified, contrary to section 259(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released on a promise to appear with a court date of May 15, 2013 in Picton court.

Put down the phone and leave it alone
The Ontario Provincial Police in East Region have completed their Distracted Driving Campaign to raise awareness of how important it is to  pay attention and obey the law while driving. The week long event, from April 15th  through to the 21st resulted in 457 distracted driving charges and 7 careless driving charges across the region.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Distracted Driving Campaign  was April 15-22 and officers were looking to the public to help make it an historic success.
The OPP is asking drivers across Ontario to take a hard line on distracted driving once and for all by making Monday, April 15 the first day of a life-long commitment to keep all hand-held devices out of reach and out of use while behind the wheel.  Those who use hand-held phones while driving also put the lives of their passengers at risk and the OPP is asking passengers to take matters into their own hands by telling those who drive them while distracted to “Put down the phone and leave it alone.”
The OPP is issuing an important reminder that, while texting is among the most dangerous activities to carry out while driving, distracted driving refers to all forms of distracted or inattentive driving, such as talking on the phone, eating and drinking, personal grooming and tending to children in the backseat. During the campaign, officers will be targeting these and any other forms of distraction they observe as impairing a motorist’s driving ability.
“Drivers need to remember that the real danger to the motoring public lies in the distraction, not the device,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division.  “In 2012, 83 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions within OPP jurisdiction in which distracted driving was a causal factor and that surpassed our impaired driving fatalities in 2012,” added Bell.
According to the OPP, officers laid close to 16,000 distracted driving charges across the province last year (2012). They continue to see careless drivers texting and talking on their phones and engaging in other forms of distraction every day.
“While the OPP is firmly committed to enforcing distracted driving laws during the campaign and throughout the year, drivers themselves can end these needless deaths by recognizing how they contribute to risks on our roads. Motorists need to realize that they may need to change their own driving behaviour to improve road safety for everyone,” said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
The OPP is asking Ontarians to share their stories on Facebook about the dangerous driver behaviour or near-misses they have observed from motorists driving distracted.  By doing so, you can help drivers think about their own driving habits and how they are contributing to dangerous behaviour.
Go to: https://www.facebook.com/ontarioprovincialpolice
Distracted Driving is one of the Big 4 high risk driving behaviours which leads to serious or fatal motor vehicle collisions on our provincial roadways.  The OPP Provincial Traffic Safety Program incorporates high police visibility, measurable outcomes, professional traffic stops and public education in their ongoing efforts to save lives on Ontario roads, trails and waterways.

Firearms seized
On April 07, 2013 at 12:54pm the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment received a report of a threatening incident involving the use of firearms.
The police investigation led to the arrest of a 64-year old man from Sophiasburgh who made threats to shoot his wife. Two firearms were seized by police.  The accused was held for a bail hearing in Belleville court charged with the following offences:
Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Serious Bodily Harm contrary to Section 264.1(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada
Firearms: Unauthorized Possession contrary to Section 91(1) Criminal Code of Canada

Boyfriend arrested for threats
On April 05, 2013 at 5:18pm the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment received a report of a threatening occurrence that had happened earlier in the week.  The police investigation revealed that a boyfriend had threatened his girlfriend.
A 20-year old Picton man was arrested and held for a bail hearing in Belleville court on April 08, 2013.  The man is charged with the following offences:
Uttering threats to Cause Death or Serious Bodily Harm contrary to Section 264.1(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada
Uttering threats to Cause Damage to Property contrary to Section 264.1(1)(b) Criminal Code of Canada

Speeder arrested
On April 05, 2013 at 8:56pm an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment stopped a speeding driver on Hwy 62, Ameliasburgh.  There was evidence that the driver had been drinking.
The 30-year-old Amelisburg man was charged with Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused is to appear in Picton court on April 24, 2013.

Driver charged
On April 5, 2013 at 1:50am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a complaint of an impaired driver at a restaurant on Main St., Picton.  The driver was located and displayed signs of impairment.
A 53 year-old Hillier man was charged with the following offences:
Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(a) Criminal Code of Canada.
Operation With Over 80mg of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(b) Criminal Code of Canada.
He was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of May 8, 2013 in Picton.

Man charged in sexual assault
On April 01, 2013 at 9:23 a.m. officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a sexual assault call involving a six-year-old female victim in the ward of North Marysburgh.
A 59-year old man from North Marysburgh is charged with the following offences:
Sexual Assault,  contrary to Section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada
Sexual Interference,  contrary to Section 151 of the Criminal Code of Canada
Sexual Exploitation,  contrary to Section 153 of the Criminal Code of Canada
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking and is to appear in court on May 01, 2013 in Picton.

Male arrested in domestic
On March 30, 2013 at 8:09pm a woman attended the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment reporting that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.  Incidents date back as far as the summer of 2011.  The victim had been assaulted on two separate occasions and had property damaged.
A 40-year old man from Hallowell, ON is charged with the following offences:
Assault contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada (x2)
Mischief contrary to Section 430, of the Criminal Code of Canada
The accused was released on a promise to appear and undertaking and is to appear in court on April 17, 2013 in Picton.

Teen stopped for driving 160 km/h in an 80 zone
On March 29, 2013 at 4:52pm an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment was on routine patrol on Highway 62 in the Ward of Ameliasburgh when a motor vehicle  was observed travelling above the posted speed.
A 16-year old male from Bloomfield was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle-Perform Stunt- Speeding by 50km/h or More, contrary to Section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.  The driver also received a seven day driver’s licence suspension and his motor vehicle was impounded for seven day period. The accused is to appear in court on May 3, 2013 in Picton.

Numerous charges over Easter long weekend
Over the Easter long weekend, March 29 through to April 1,  Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County officers patrolled local highways and conducted numerous RIDE checks looking for impaired and distracted drivers and seatbelt compliance.  Officers issued numerous offence notices:
Speeding – 30
Racing – 1
Seatbelt – 12
Distracted Driving – 3
Hazardous Moving Violations – 3
Other HTA – 7
Liquor Licence Act – 1
Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act – 3
Impaired – 0
Other Criminal Code Driving Charges -
Warns Range Suspensions – 1
ATV – OFVA Offences – 0
Other Provincial Statute Charges – 0
Drug charges – 0

Officers in the entire East Region issued the following offence notices.
Speeding – 1707
Racing – 11
Seatbelt – 267
Distracted Driving – 60
Hazardous Moving Violations – 84
Other HTA – 259
Liquor Licence Act – 24
Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act – 70
Impaired – 21
Other Criminal Code Driving Charges – 13
Warns Range Suspensions – 12
ATV – OFVA Offences – 5
Other Provincial Statute Charges – 10
Drug charges – 6

It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our roads safe.  Drive within the law, pay attention and report aggressive drivers.

Police expect busy traffic weekend
With the Easter long weekend approaching and spring-like weather in store, Ontario Provincial Police are gearing up for one of the busiest traffic weekends on Ontario roads and highways since the start of the year.
Over the weekend, officers will have a watchful eye out for motorists who drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, are distracted or driving aggressively, and they will be particularly focused on those who are not in compliance with seat belt laws.

While the OPP will be highly visible throughout the province this weekend, when it comes to seat belt compliance, they are putting the onus where it belongs – on drivers and passengers (16 years of age and older).
Enforcing seat belt usage and other important legislation intended to reduce high risk driving behaviour is just part of the solution to keeping the motoring public safe this weekend and throughout 2013, according to OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

“While we are committed to doing our part, Ontarians need to adopt the mindset that keeping our roads safe has far more to do with the actions of drivers than the actions of police.  Taking a few seconds to buckle up makes far more sense than going through the motions of being pulled over, being issued a ticket, having to pay a minimum $240 fine and more importantly, it will go a long way to keeping you alive in the event of a collision,” added Beechey.
The spring is an excellent time to remind the motoring public about seat belt safety because many motorists and passengers let their guard down with the onset of dry pavement, according to Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division.  “For some people, saying goodbye to snow-covered roads and highways means they can lighten up on seat belt use and in the process they place themselves at greater risk of not surviving a collision than if they were buckled in,” added Bell.

Throughout 2012, 71 people were killed in collisions (within OPP jurisdiction) in which lack of occupant restraint was a factor and so far this year (as of March 25, 2013), eight  traffic deaths have been attributed to this causal factor.
This is a stark reminder that the high cost of human life associated with lack of occupant restraint is not seasonal and the OPP is reminding drivers that over and above buckling up, they are responsible for ensuring that all passengers under the age of 16 are using a seat belt or appropriate child car seat.

The OPP is also issuing a timely public warning that 16 people have died in snowmobile incidents so far this year (as of March 25, 2013) and seven of those deaths have occurred within the last three weeks.  Snowmobile enthusiasts are urged to stay off all waterways and those who sled on land need to check conditions beforehand and exercise extreme caution as the warmer temperatures can cause deterioration of riding conditions within a matter of hours.
The OPP is committed to delivering on its Provincial Traffic Safety Program, which incorporates high police visibility, measurable outcomes, professional traffic stops and public education into their ongoing efforts to save lives on Ontario roads, trails and waterways.

Driver facing impaired driving charges
On March 21, 2013 at 5:15pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police-Prince Edward County detachment responded to a single motor vehicle collision at the intersection of County Roads 10 and 11 in the Ward of Athol.  The male driver was found to be impaired.
The 28-year old Picton man was arrested and charged with the following offences:
·         Operating While Impaired, Section 253(a) Criminal Code of Canada
·         Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol, Section 253(b) Criminal Code of Canada
·         Possession of a Controlled Substance, Section 4(1) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
He was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court appearance of April 24, 2013 in Picton.  No injuries were sustained as a result of the motor vehicle collision.

Man arrested for sexual assault
Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police-Prince Edward County detachment responded to a complaint of a sexual assault at the Sandbanks Provincial Park on March 21, 2013 at 7:50pm. Hours later, the police investigation, led to the arrest of a 24-yr old man from South Frontenac Township.  The accused is charged with Sexual Assault, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from custody on a promise to appear and undertaking and is to appear in court on April 24, 2013.

Driver Charged in Two-Vehicle Collision
Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police, Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on Main St., Picton which occurred on March 18, 2013 at 9:20am.
One driver was treated and later released from Prince Edward Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
A 30-year-old Hallowell woman is to appear in Picton court on April 19th, 2013 in answer to the following charges:
· Careless Driving, Section 130 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
· Use Plate Not Authorized for Vehicle, Section 12(1) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
· Fail to Apply For Permit on Becoming Owner, Section 11(2) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
· Operate Motor Vehicle Without Insurance, Section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

Domestic Assault
On March 15, 2013 at 11:56pm a male attended Prince Edward County OPP detachment reporting a domestic dispute.  The investigation revealed that the male had been assaulted with a weapon the week prior.
On March 17, 2013 an 18 year old female from South Marysburgh was arrested and charged with Assault with a Weapon.  The victim did not sustain any injuries in the incident.  The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of April 03, 2013 in Picton.

Boat motors reported stolen
On the 1st of March, the owner of a seasonal property on Richardson Lane in Sophiasburgh discovered their garage had been broken into and three outboard boat motors had been stolen.
The stolen motors are described as:   black Suzuki 9.9 hp
black Yamaha 9.9 hp
black and grey Yamaha 20 hp
Anyone with any information on this theft is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Picton post office worker thwarts Grandparent Scam

An 88yr old Picton resident nearly fell victim to a 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, are having trouble returning from a foreign country or they need bail money.

In this particular case, last Friday morning the victim received a phone call from a distraught female stating she was her granddaughter and that she had been involved in a car accident in Quebec.  The female went on to say she needed money to pay for the damage to the other vehicle.  The female then passed the phone to a male who stated he was a lawyer and suggested the victim send a money gram for $995 to him through the Post Office to clear up the matter.

The victim attended the Picton Post Office and started the process to send the money, but a postal worker recognized the situation as a possible scam and advised the victim not to complete the transaction.   After reflecting on the scenario, the victim realized the call from the distraught female was indeed fraudulent.

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 Charged with Over 80
On February 17, 2013 at 12:19 am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were conducting RIDE at Main St and Stanley St in the village of Bloomfield. Officers checked a vehicle with a male driver who had been drinking.
A 54-year-old Picton man was charged with the following offence:
Operation With Over 80mg of Alcohol, Section 253(1)(b) Criminal Code of Canada and Drive with no insurance, Section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. He was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of March 06, 2013.

Driver charged
On February 13, 2013 at 8:14pm Prince Edward County OPP responded to a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver on McFaul Road, in the Ward of Hillier. Officers stopped a motor vehicle on McFaul Road that matched the description given in the complaint.  The male driver was arrested for impaired driving.
A 50-year-old  Hillier man was charged with the following offences:
Operating While Impaired, Section 253(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada.
Operation With Over 80mg of Alcohol, Section 253(1)(b) Criminal Code of Canada. He was released from police custody on a promise to appear with a court date of March 13, 2013.

Missing man located

Prince Edward County OPP report the death of an elderly man who had been reported missing does not appear to be suspicious.
The OPP were called to a a Fort Kente Road address in Ameliasburgh Tuesday morning to investigate. During the search, the male was located and transported to Trenton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The identity of the male is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Driver Charged After Misleading Police
On February 07, 2013 at 5:14 a.m. officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a report of an abandoned motor vehicle in the area of County Road 3 and Old Orchard Road, in the Ward of Ameliasburg.
After checking the damaged motor vehicle and canvassing the damages in the area, police began a motor vehicle collision investigation.   As a result of the collision, Hydro One was contacted to repair damages to a hydro pole and down wires.
The owner of the motor vehicle reported that his motor vehicle had been stolen.
The investigation revealed that the owner  had been driving that motor vehicle at the time of the motor vehicle collision and that a passenger in that motor vehicle had sustained minor injuries.
On February 10, 2013 a 35 year old Rossmore resident was arrested and charged with the following offences:
Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident, Section 252 Criminal Code of Canada
Obstruct Peace Officer, Section 129(a) Criminal Code of Canada
Public Mischief, Section 140(1)(c) Criminal Code of Canada
Middleton was released on a promise to appear and undertaking with a court date of April 03, 2013 in Picton.

Drug Search Warrant Executed
On February 05, 2013 shortly after 2pm, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute as a result of school staff reporting suspected drug activity in the area.  The suspect had fled the area prior to police arrival.
On February 07, 2013 as a result of subsequent investigation into the complaint, Prince Edward County OPP officers with the assistance of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a Wellington home.  A small quantity of cannabis marihuana and related paraphernalia were seized.
A 17-year old male and a18-year old female were both arrested and charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance, Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  Both accused were released on a promise to appear and undertaking.
The 17-year old male is scheduled to appear in court on March 18, 2013 and the 18-year old female is to appear in court on March 20, 2013.

Vehicle Stolen During Heated Dispute
On February 03, 2013 at 5:02pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police—Prince Edward County detachment responded to a complaint of a traffic hazard on County Road., 49 in the Ward of Sophiasburgh.
Officers located a male and female walking on the roadway.  The couple reported that their motor vehicle had been stolen.  Officers learned that the couple were travelling with two other men.  During a verbal dispute, they exited the vehicle and the other two men left in the motor vehicle leaving the couple behind.  No one was injured during the incident.
Police have identified both men involved in this occurrence.
On February 04, 2013,a  51 year old Wellington man was arrested and charged with Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent, 355(1) Criminal Code of Canada.  He was released from police custody and is to appear in Picton court on March 06, 2013.
A 48-year old man from Scarborough, ON and the vehicle remain outstanding.

Keeping Children Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation
Children and youth are increasingly living out a large proportion of their daily lives online – whether using technology to communicate with friends, seek entertainment, or learn and broaden their knowledge about the world around them.  However, just like the offline world, parents and teachers need to be fully aware of the risks children and youth may encounter while using the Internet.  This is why on February 5, International Safer Internet Day, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is letting Ontarians know about the comprehensive Internet safety resources and tools available through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.  These tools are there to help parents (and teachers) make sense of the challenges with raising children and youth.

“In this ever-changing technological world, children and youth are able to connect to the Internet with relative ease, exposing them to risks and harms that can be difficult to keep up with,” says Inspector Scott Naylor, Manager, OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit. “The protection of children online is all of our responsibility. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection resources provide parents, educators and communities with current information about children’s online activities and what we can do to make the Internet a safer place for our children and youth.”

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a national charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children, will be launching new e-parenting safety sheets addressing issues and concerns parents may be facing right now with regard to their adolescent’s online safety. This includes valuable information on protecting youth from online luring, the growing issue of sexting, as well as how to talk to your child about healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries.
“We all have an important role to play in the online protection of children,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection.  “We know that for parents and teachers it can be hard to even know where to begin  and this is why, in partnership with the OPP, we want to make sure that Canadians are aware of the important educational resources we have to offer to better protect children.”

Recognizing that educators also play a critical role when it comes to teaching children important personal safety strategies that will help reduce online victimization, the Canadian Centre will also be distributing over a million Internet safety materials to schools across Canada free-of-charge. The OPP also encourages parents and teachers alike to visit The Door Thats Not Locked website (www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca), a comprehensive resource with age-specific Internet safety information. This includes material about the online activities that are popular with children of different age groups, the potential risks children face when using certain technologies and safety strategies to address those concerns.

About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: The goal of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (www.protectchildren.ca) is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. Its four national programs include Cybertip.ca (www.cybertip.ca), Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children; MissingKids.ca (www.missingkids.ca), a national missing children resource and response centre; Kids in the Know (www.kidsintheknow.ca), an interactive child personal safety program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 9; and Commit to Kids (www.commit2kids.ca), a program to help child-serving organizations create safer environments for the children in their care and reduce their risk of sexual abuse.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Impaired Driver
An Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County officer was on routine patrol on January 31, 2013 in the Town of Picton.  At 10:50pm on Paul St., police stopped a motor vehicle for a highway traffic violation.  The female driver was found to be impaired.  A 37-year old, Picton woman was arrested and charged with the following offences:
Fail to Provide Breath Sample, 245(5) Criminal Code of Canada
Novice Driver-Blood Alcohol Concentration Above Zero, 44.1(13) Highway Traffic Act of Ontario
Driver Motor Vehicle-No Currently Validated Permit, 7(1)(a) Highway Traffic  Act of Ontario
Summers, was released from custody and has a court appearance scheduled for February 27, 2013 in Picton.

Driver Fails to Stop For Police at R.I.D.E. Check
On January 25, 2013 at 11:20pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police-Prince Edward County detachment were conducting R.I.D.E.
on Main St., Bloomfield.  Officers observed a motor vehicle approaching that had been reported earlier in a driving complaint.  The vehicle proceeded through the R.I.D.E. check without stopping.  Officers were able to stop the driver a short distance away from the check point.  The driver, a 59-year old from Mississauga, was charged with Fail To Stop For Police and is to appear in court on February 15, 2013.

Two Arrested in Domestic Assault
On the morning of January 27, 2013 officers from the Ontario Provincial Police-Prince Edward County detachment responded to a domestic assault at a residence in the Ward of Ameliasburgh.  The argument between the male and female had turned violent.  Police arrested both parties involved.
A 45-year old female was charged with Assault and later released with a court date of February 13, 2013.  The 28-year male was charged with Assault, Uttering Death Threats and Mischief.  The male was held for a bail hearing scheduled for January 28, 2013.

Women facing fraud charges
On January 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. members of Central Hastings OPP Crime Unit and Durham Regional Police Service – Major Crime Branch Fraud Unit executed a search warrant at a property in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake.  The investigation surrounded the sale of imitation brand clothing and accessories in the setting of a portable “trunk show” operation.  Approximately $2500 cash and $52 000 in inventory was seized.
As a result  a 38 year old woman of Wellington, ON and a 36 year old woman of Milford, ON have each been charged with Fraud Over $5000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, Trafficking Property Obtained by Crime and Possess Proceeds of Crime Under $5000 for their involvement in the sale of these products.  Both will appear in Belleville Provincial Court on March 7, 2013.
The investigation is continuing.

OPP charge postal worker with theft of mail
A Prince Edward County postal worker is facing charges related to theft of mail in Sophiasburgh.
“In November 2012, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment, working with Canada Post Security and Investigations Section began an investigation after a complaint was received regarding mail delivery service,” said constable Anthony Mann. “The investigation identified that mail deliveries had not been received, delivered or that the mail appeared to have been tampered with.”
The investigation, lead to the arrest of a 56-year old Sophiasburgh man.  He has been charged with the following offences:
- Theft Under $5000.00
- Theft From Mail Sent By Canada Post
- Possession Of Property Obtained By Crime
He is to appear in court Feb. 27.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-800-310-1122.

Construction site injury
During the evening of January 18,  2013 officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to a construction site on Burr Rd., in Sophiasburgh.  A worker had been injured while unloading construction material from a tractor trailer.  The 41-year old man was transported to Kingston General Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The Ministry of Labour is investigating.

Arrest Made in Domestic Dispute
On the evening of January 20, 2013 officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a domestic assault which had occurred at a residence in Ameliasburgh.  The police investigation lead to the arrest of a 32-year old man.  The accused, charged with Assault, was held for a bail hearing.  The accused is expected before the courts January 23, 2013.

Driver Charged in Vehicle Rollover
On January 22, 2013 at approximately 11:00PM officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision rollover on Cty Rd 2, in  Ameliasburgh.  There were no injuries involved.  A 22-year old Colborne woman was charged with Careless Driving.

Driver Arrested
On Saturday the 12th of January at 4:30pm, Prince Edward OPP officers were conducting a RIDE spot check on Main Street in Picton.
A male driver entered the RIDE location and officers noted an odor of alcohol on his breath.  A roadside alcotest was administered on the driver and he registered a “Fail”.
A 65 year old Picton man has been charged with Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs.  He will attend court on the 30th of January to answer to the charge.

Male Arrested for Break Ins
Just after midnight on the 01st of January a male tried to enter a residence on Bay Breeze Street in Rossmore but was scared off by the alarm.  A few moments later the male entered a garage across the road on Cty Rd 3 but was frightened off by the home owner.  Police responded to the area but were unable to locate the male.  Officers set up a RIDE spot check in the area and shortly after, observed the male walking across the road while carrying a large black bag.
Officers intercepted the male and when they approached him, the male dropped the bag and fled.  The officers pursued and apprehended him after a short foot chase. The black bag contained property that had been stolen from another Cty Rd 3 residence the suspect had broken into.
A 27 year old Tweed man was held for a bail hearing and was later released to attend Picton court on the 9th of January to answer to the following criminal charges:
• Three counts of Break and Enter
• Assault Police
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
• Possession of Break In Instruments
• Breach of Probation
• Fail to Comply with an Undertaking

Community satisfaction survey

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.

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.

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