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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2014

 

 

 

Online self-reporting
The OPP reminds residents that the new ONLINE CITIZEN SELF REPORTING system is up and running in the Quinte area.
By entering www.opp.ca/reporting, the general public can use the Self Reporting system to report
Thefts under $5000
Mischief/Damage to Property under $5000
Mischief/Damage to Vehicle under $5000
Thefts from Vehicles
Lost/Missing Property (including license plates)
Residents may still contact the OPP by phone at 1-888-310-1122 to report a crime to have an officer attend.

OPP make arrest in domestic disturbance
On July 20, 2014 at 10:30pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were called to the area of Bridge St., Picton for a disturbance.
OPP learned that a male had assaulted his common-law girl-friend. A 23-year old Picton man was arrested and is charged with:
• Assault, contrary to Section 266, of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Breach of Probation, contrary to Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada (x3)
The accused was held for a bail hearing today in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville. The female victim was not injured.

OPP arrest driver involved in collision
On July 20, 2014 at 1:34am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were called to a single motor vehicle collision rollover on County Road 18. The driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 23-year old Prince Edward County man is charged with:
• 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 later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 13, 2014. The driver was not injured.

Couple located safe and sound
On July 19, 2014 at 3:17am the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment, were called to the Sandbanks Provincial Park regarding a couple that were unaccounted for.
Prince Edward County OPP officers with the assistance of the OPP Emergency Response Team, OPP K-9, OPP Marine Unit, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton and Sandbanks Provincial Park Enforcement searched the area and shoreline of Lakeshore Lodge Road.
A man and woman from the Toronto area were located by police at 9:14am within the park.

Arrest involved hit and run
On July 16, 2014 at 5:00pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment attended the Sandbanks Provincial Park regarding a motor vehicle collision.
The police investigation revealed that one vehicle had rear ended the other. Both drivers exited their vehicles and began to argue.  As one driver placed a call to police, the other driver returned to his vehicle and drove off after having struck the complainant with his vehicle.
The OPP soon located the suspect traveling on County Road 18.  The driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.  The 38-year old Quinte West man was arrested and is 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, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Uttering Threats, contrary to Section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Assault with a Weapon, contrary to Section 267(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Careless Driving, contrary to Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.
• Fail To Remain, contrary to Section to 200(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 06, 2014.  The victim was not injured.

Driver arrested
On June 30, 2014 at 10:18pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to the Sandbanks Provincial Park.  Park Enforcement had stopped a motorist who appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
OPP arrested a 24-year old Ottawa man.  The accused is charged with Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation With Over 80mgs. 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 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 06, 2014.

Man charged in attempted boat theft
On June 19, 2014 at 1:49am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to the Picton Marina regarding two suspicious males attempting to steal a boat. OPP located one male hiding in the water under a pier.  The second male suspect fled on foot.  The OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP K-9 were activated, however, were unable to locate the second suspect.
A 36-year old Picton man is charged with Theft, contrary to Section 334 of the Criminal Code of Canada and Trespass by Night, contrary to Section 177 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on July 23, 2014.
Anyone with information regarding the identity the other suspect, are asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police, Prince Edward County detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Operation Freeze – Doing the right thing can be cool
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is once again teaching kids that getting caught ‘doing the right thing’ this summer can be cool.
Through a partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores, OPP officers who see young people doing random acts of kindness and exhibiting positive behaviour will be handing out ‘tickets’, which are actually coupons valid for a free Froster beverage at Mac’s.
Operation Freeze 2014 provides law enforcement officials with an additional tool to initiate conversation and promote community awareness.  During the upcoming summer months, OPP officers across the province will be presenting thousands of these coupons to kids.
Officers will use Operation Freeze to recognize youth for wearing bicycle helmets; doing good deeds like picking up trash; observing crosswalks and participating in community activities.  They can also be used as conversation starters to help establish a rapport with kids in their patrol areas.
“Any opportunity that police officers have to interact with young people is an excellent way to open up conversation and develop a rapport with them,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander for Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “When police officers work with local businesses to recognize youth, positive things can happen.  Partnerships like the ones made during Operation Freeze can leave a lasting impression on our youth and make our communities better places to live.”
“Mac’s is once again proud to partner with the OPP on this important initiative that gives kids a chance to show they do care about their communities,” said Sean Sportun – Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac’s.  “Crime prevention is important to us and when young people show positive behaviour, we want to reward them.”

Refresher on cycling safely  – The Highway Traffic Act

A bicycle is a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA). This means that, as a bicyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users. Cyclists charged for disobeying traffic laws will be subject to a minimum set fine and a Victim Surcharge fine of $20.00 for most offences (please note set fines below are subject to change).

The following are key sections of the HTA concerning cyclists.
HTA 144/136 – Traffic signals and signs
stop for red lights and stop signs and comply with all other signs. Set fine: $85

HTA 153 – One-ways streets
ride in the designated direction on one-way streets. Set fine: $85

HTA 147 – Slow moving traffic travel on right side
any vehicle moving slower than the normal traffic speed should drive in the right-hand lane, or as close as practicable to the right edge of the road except when preparing to turn left or when passing another vehicle. Set fine: $85

HTA 142 – Signalling a turn
before turning, look behind you and signal your turn. Cyclists can use their right arm to signal a right turn. Set fine: $85

HTA 140(1) – Crosswalks
yield or stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Set fine: $150

HTA 144(29) – No riding in crosswalks
walk your bike when crossing at a crosswalk. Set fine: $85

HTA 166 – Streetcars
stop two metres behind streetcar doors and wait until passengers have boarded or departed and reached the curb. Set fine: $85

HTA 175 (12) – Stopped school buses
stop for stopped school buses when the upper alternating red lights are flashing. Set fine: $400

HTA 62(17) – Lights
a bike must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between 1/2 hour before sunset and 1/2 hour after sunrise and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks. Set fine: $20

HTA 75 (5) – Bell
a bike must have a bell or horn in good working order. Set fine: $85

HTA 64(3) – Brakes
a bike must have at least one brake system on the rear wheel. When you put on the brakes, you should be able to skid on dry, level pavement. Set fine: $85

HTA 218 – Identification
Cyclists must stop and identify themselves when required to stop by police for breaking traffic laws. The police officer will ask you for your correct name and address. Set fine: $85

HTA Reg. 630 – Expressways
Bicycles are prohibited on expressway / freeway highways such as the 400 series, the QEW, Ottawa Queensway and on roads where “No Bicycle” signs are posted. Set fine: $85

HTA 178(2) – Passengers
Passengers are not allowed on a bicycle designed for one person. Set fine: $85

HTA 178(1) – Attaching to a vehicle
You are not permitted to attach yourself to the outside of another vehicle or streetcar for the purpose of “hitching a ride.” Set fine: $85

HTA 104 – Helmets
Every cyclist under the age of eighteen must wear an approved bicycle helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under sixteen to ride without a helmet. Set fine: $60

HTA 179 – Dismounted bicyclist
Cyclists are required to ride on the right-hand side of the road. If you are walking your bike on a highway where there are no sidewalks, you are considered a pedestrian and you should walk on the left-hand side of the road facing traffic. If it is not safe for you to cross the road to face traffic, you may walk your bike on the right-hand side of the road. Set fine: $35

The following are not considered bicycles and are subject to different rules for use:

Limited-speed motorcycles
Motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds)
Low-speed vehicles
Electric and motorized scooters (go-peds)
Pocket bikes
Segway Human/Personal Transporters

 Traffic complaint ends in driver charged
On June 14, 2014 at 9:15pm a traffic complaint was reported to the Ontario Provincial Police-Prince Edward County detachment.  Police soon located the vehicle travelling on County Road 11, South of Picton.  The driver had appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 19 year-old Markham woman is charged with 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 accused was later released on a promise to appear to attend the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on July 16, 2014.

Camping trip turns violent
On June 14, 2014 at 4:20am the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to a Consecon residence following a violent domestic incident that occurred earlier that morning.
Police learned that a couple were camping in the area.  They had left following an argument.  While leaving the argument had escalated, the male had assaulted his girlfriend and damaged a motor vehicle.  The male then left the area while the victim attended a near- by residence seeking assistance.  The victim was transported to the   hospital by ambulance to be treated for minor injuries.
Within a few hours, with the assistance of the Belleville Police Service, the 20-year old Quinte West man was arrested in the City of Belleville.  The accused is charged with the following offences:
• Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to Section 267(b) of the Criminal Code Canada.
• Uttering Threats, Contrary to Section 264.1, of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Mischief Not Exceeding $5000, contrary to Section 430(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Breach of Probation, Contrary to Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was held in custody and has a bail hearing today at the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville.

Driver charged with impaired following collision
On June 07, 2014 at 5:29pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were called to a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 22, South of Picton. The police investigation revealed that a single motor vehicle left the roadway and had struck a tree. The female driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 49-year old Oshawa woman was arrested for 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 not injured and was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on June 25, 2014.

Driver attempted to avoid RIDE check
On June 07, 2014 at 2:21am officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were conducting a RIDE check in Consecon. A vehicle attempted to avoid the check point and was soon stopped on Mill St. The female driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 31-year old Prince Edward County woman was arrested for 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 later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on June 25, 2014.

Arrest during Skip Day
On June 02, 2014 officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment had an increased presence at the Sandbanks Provincial Park during “Skip Day” where thousands of area high school students had attended the beach. The OPP assisted Park Enforcement Officers in identifying and investigating violations and ensuring public safety.
The OPP conducted a RIDE check located at County Road 12, Sandbanks. At 4:30pm OPP stopped a motor vehicle. The male driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol. An 18-year old from Belleville was arrested for Operation With Over 80mgs. 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 in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on June 25, 2014.

UPDATE: Escapee located – Federal Inmate Cale David PRESNAIL, 40, was foundMay 21 strolling in a park just a few kilometres away. He was arrested by the Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Unit and Kingston Police officers without incident. Police had received a call by a member of the public. The Joint Forces Penitentiary Squad thanks everyone for their diligence in locating this person.

 

escaped convict PresnailPolice warn of escapee
Federal Inmate Cale David Presnail, 40, was last seen around 5pm Monday at the Collins Bay minimum Institution. He has not been located. He is described as:
·         Caucasion male,
·         6’0”
·         178lbs
·         Hazel eyes
·         Shaved head with blond/grey goatee
·         Dragon Tattoo on his right calf
·         Dolphin tattoo on his upper right arm
·         Two swords tattoo on his upper left arm
·         Birth mark on his left forearm
He was sentenced to life imprisonment for Second Degree Murder in 1998. If anyone has information about Presnail, they are asked to call police at “911” and do not approach.
The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times.

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OPP data shows eight out of 10 boating incident victims not wearing pfds

Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) are rarely found by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers when recovering deceased boaters in marine incidents.
With Safe Boating Awareness Week May 17-23, 2014, the OPP is shedding light on some notable marine fatality facts and engaging the public in helping boaters make wise choices on the water.
Of the 23 boaters who died in OPP investigated marine incidents last year (2013), 20 of them were not wearing PFDs. This has been the trend for the past five years with eight out of ten victims who died in boating incidents between 2009 and 2013 being found with no PFD (or wearing them incorrectly).
The late arrival of spring has made for a cold start to the boating season. In some areas of the province, ice is still present and the open waters remain cold. Cold waters are dangerous and it is especially important to wear a PFD during cold water seasons – it can make an unexpected mishap survivable.
Make sure you are well-dressed and consider taking a few extra warming items on board. Hypothermia is a particularly significant risk right now.  Boaters and those working and playing near the water need to remember – the colder the water, the less rescue time there is!
Before heading out, it is important to do a thorough check of your boat and safety equipment and even more important when the waters have just thawed.  While the OPP has patrols underway on the water, they are reminding boaters that the unusual spring has delayed many operators and those who run into difficulties may experience delays with police assistance.
OPP statistics are also showing a five-year low in alcohol-related marine fatalities.  Four people died in impaired boating incidents in 2013, compared to seven in 2012 and 2011, 14 in 2010 and 13 in 2009. In spite of the decrease, even one life lost due to alcohol use on the water is one too many.  The OPP is asking the public to call 9-1-1 if they know or suspect that someone is operating a vessel while impaired.  In doing so, you could be saving lives.
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The Prince Edward County Narcotics Committee  members include paramedica Ed Miller, Hastings Quinte Paramedics; Anthony Mann, OPP Community Services Officer; Heather Campbell, Residential Manager Hospice Prince Edward; Janice Hall, Prince Edward Family Health Team pharmacist; Mike Lunski, Assistant Crown Attorney for Prince Edward County; Stacey Scott, Facilitator for Community Organized Support and Prevention Program; Anne Williams, OPP Detachment Administrative Clerk and OPP Sgt. John Hatch.

The Prince Edward County Narcotics Committee members include paramedica Ed Miller, Hastings Quinte Paramedics; Anthony Mann, OPP Community Services Officer; Heather Campbell, Residential Manager Hospice Prince Edward; Janice Hall, Prince Edward Family Health Team pharmacist; Mike Lunski, Assistant Crown Attorney for Prince Edward County; Stacey Scott, Facilitator for Community Organized Support and Prevention Program; Anne Williams, OPP Detachment Administrative Clerk and OPP Sgt. John Hatch.

The Prince Edward OPP has joined a province-wide drive to help people dispose of old and unused prescription medicine.

Prescription Drug Drop Off Day is Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the County detachment, 569 Cty Rd 1, Picton.

Drop off can be made without leaving your vehicle, or, you can make a point to ask questions or receive information pamphlets from officers and a local pharmacist.

Dropping off old and unused medication ensures they will be disposed of properly – thereby not contaminating water and landfill – and also removing the possibility of the drugs being stolen in break-ins.

Last year, more than 330 kilograms of medications were dropped off by 730 citizens participating in the provincial drive. This year, more than 60 detachments are taking part.

If you are unable to attend, unused medications can also be dropped off to your local pharmacist.

Driver charged
On May 04, 2014 at 8:29am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment attended County Road 4 and Doxsee Road, in the Ward of Hallowell for a collision involving two motor vehicles.  One driver was transported by ambulance to hospital and was treated for minor injuries.
A 19-year-old Picton woman is charged with Careless Driving, contrary to Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Man arrested in Main Street disturbance
On May 03, 2014 at 8:27pm an assault that had occurred on Main St., Picton had been reported to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment.
A dispute between two men had turned violent.  One man had punched the other.  The victim had suffered minor injuries.  No weapons were involved.
Later that night, OPP arrested a 36-year-old Picton man for 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 and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on June 04, 2014.

Arrest in traffic complaint
On May 02, 2014 at 7:42pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment located the subject of a traffic complaint travelling on County Road 5, Picton.  The driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 58-year-old Trenton man is charged with 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 accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on May 02, 2014.

“What’s the Rush?” Campaign Wrap Up
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) held its “What’s the Rush?” aggressive driving campaign from Apr. 14th through to Apr. 21st. Police were conducting joint enforcement throughout the region and looking for those who were speeding and driving aggressively. Joint Forces Officers report that through the course of the campaign the following charges were laid:
• 553… Total Highway Traffic Act charges throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties
• 238… Speeding
• 5……. Stunt Driving (More than 50kph faster than posted limit)
Officers advised that one motorist charged with Stunt Driving was travelling 66kph over the posted limit. (146kph in an 80kph zone)
Follow the QRTC on Twitter @drivesafequinte.
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.

War-Amps-AwardPrince Edward County OPP and The War Amps teamed up to visit all eight elementary schools in the County last week to talk with about 1,270 students about the importance of playing safe. Prince Edward County OPP received an award from The War Amps in recognition of supporting and spreading The War Amps PLAYSAFE message. Above, Kelly Campbell, manager of the Playsafe/Drivesafe Program with Staff Sgt. Barry Freeburn, Prince Edward County OPP Detachment Commander.

Beware of romance scams
Bancroft detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a request to check on the wellbeing of an adult male residing in the Bancroft area.  Officers attended a residence and spoke with a male where they determined that both he and the complainant who resided in the United States were the victims of a “romance scam”.
In a romance scam, victims are tricked into believing that the fraudster has romantic intentions.  Once the fraudster gains the trust of the victim, they use that trust to commit fraud.  In most cases the romance scammer uses dating websites to find targets and may communicate with potential victims using fake profiles, often claiming to be in a foreign country.  Once they have gained the victim’s trust, scammers make up a story to ask for the money.  In the incident reported to the Bancroft OPP, the victim believed they were assisting the scammer with funds for a business and a trip to visit them.
You can protect yourself from this type of scam by recognizing the following warning signs:
• Requests for money to be wired to another country or for cheques to be cashed.
• The scammer may ask for a small gift before asking for money directly.
• The scammer often meets the victim on an online dating site, but will quickly ask the victim to leave the site and communicate through email or cell phone.
• Scammers often claim to have fallen in love with the victim after a short period of time, without ever meeting them.
• Scammers often tell victims that they are from Canada or the United States but living in a foreign country.
For more information on frauds, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca

Automated licence plate recognition enhanced
Frontline officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region have received four new police vehicles equiped with the Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) system. This is in addition to the one unit already being utilized in eastern Ontario.
Officers using this system will be able to identify suspended or other drivers in a larger geographical area than before.
“The OPP is the first police service in Ontario and one of the first in Canada to target suspended drivers with their Automatic Licence Plate Recognition Program,” said Inspector Paul Bedard, Manager Traffic Marine, East Region. “This is another valuable tool that will help make our roads safer.”
Through its continued partnership with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) and the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC), Ontario roads will be much safer now that the OPP has the ability to detect and deal with suspended drivers who continue to drive illegally. Officers will be able to detect thousands more licence plates in poor standing every day over a broader geographic range in Ontario, making it more difficult for suspended drivers, drivers of stolen vehicles and other vehicles to drive undetected on Ontario roads and highways.
These units will be utilized throughout OPP East Region.

Driver arrested at traffic stop
On April 13, 2014 at 6:24pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment was on routine patrol when they observed a traffic violation.  A motor vehicle was stopped on Bridge St., Picton.  While the officer investigated, the driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
The 53-year-old Oshawa man 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
• Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
• Use Plate Not Authorized for Vehicle, contrary to Section 12(1)(d)
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear to attend the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on April 30, 2014.

Be on the look out for counterfeit currency
The Ontario Provincial Police, East Region, has become aware there is an increase of counterfeit $100 bills in the area.
If you have any doubt about the bill’s authenticity, do not accept them.  If you encounter a counterfeit bill, report it to your nearest police agency.

What’s the Rush?
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) will run its “What’s the Rush?” aggressive driving campaign from Apr. 14th through to Apr. 21st.  Police will be looking out for those who are speeding and driving aggressively during the campaign and will be conducting joint enforcement throughout the region.
Examples of aggressive driving are:
•    disobeying traffic controls (traffic lights, stop signs)
•    exceeding the speed limit
•    failing to yield the right of way
•    following too closely
•    improper lane change
•    speed too fast for conditions
•    failing to wear seatbelts
•    improper turning
“We hope motorists will realize the importance of slowing down, obeying traffic laws, and being aware of other motorists,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service.  “What’s the Rush?” will lead up to the OPP’s seatbelt enforcement campaign on the Easter holiday weekend.   For updates on the campaign, follow the QRTC on Twitter @drivesafequinte.

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 injured
On March 30, 2014 at 9:29am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a single motor vehicle collision rollover on County Road 2 near Carter Road, Hillier.  Members of the Prince Edward County Fire department and Paramedics assisted as the female driver needed to be extricated from the vehicle.  The driver was transported to hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.  The driver was not charged.  Adverse weather conditions had affected the driving conditions at the time of the collision.

Driver injured in collision
On March 27, 2014 at 7:26am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a two vehicle, motor vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of County Road 28 and Massassauga Road, in the Ward of Ameliasburgh. Prince Edward County Fire department and Paramedics assisted.  One driver was transported by ambulance to Belleville General Hospital for minor injuries.  Traffic was reduced to one lane for a short period of time.
A 43-year old  Prince Edward County man was charged with Traffic on Through Highway–Failing to Yield, contrary to Section 136(2) of the Highway Traffic Act.

OPP investigate attempted robbery
On March 25, 2014 at 7:05am the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment received a report of an attempted robbery.  The incident occurred at approximately 6:30am in the area of Union and Elk St., Picton.
The suspect approached the male adult victim on foot demanding his wallet.  The victim was tackled to the ground by the suspect who continued to demand his wallet.  The victim was able to break free from the suspect.  There was no weapon involved.  The victim sustained minor injuries.
Police are looking for the suspect who fled the area last seen on Elk St.  The suspect is described as:
• Caucasian male approximately 30-40 years of age
• Facial hair, a full beard, dark in colour with a “scruffy” appearance
• Wearing a multi-coloured snow suit with ski tags attached and dark tuque.
The police investigation is ongoing.  Anyone who may information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Distracted driving fines increase
Distracted driving fines in Ontario increased today to $280 from $155. Along with the increased fines, three demerit points will be given to distracted drivers.
In 2013 the number of Distracted Driving fatalities exceeded those of impaired driving. Fatalities on Ontario roads that were attributed to Distracted Driving were 78 as compared to 57 linked to drinking and driving.
Remember: “On the road, off the phone”.

Prohibited driver arrested, rifle seized
At noon on the 12th of March an officer on patrol in the Rossmore area observed a vehicle suspected to be operated by a prohibited driver.
The officer pulled the car over and his subsequent investigation confirmed the driver to be on a lifetime prohibition from driving a vehicle.  Following a search of the suspect’s vehicle an insecure rifle and ammunition laying on the back seat of the car were located.  Besides being prohibited from driving the suspect was also prohibited from possessing a firearm resulting from prior Criminal charges.
The male was arrested, the gun seized and the vehicle impounded under the Province’s Vehicle Impoundement Program.
A 29 year old Ameliasburgh man has been held in custody pending a bail hearing on the 13th of March in Belleville.  He faces multiple Criminal Code Charges including two counts of Drive Disqualified, five Unauthorized Weapons Possession charges and Breach of Recognizance.  Several related Highway Traffic Act charges were also laid.

Stolen back hoe recovered
n recent days, Detectives with Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit received information about a possible stolen Caterpillar backhoe located on a Murphy Road property in the south end of the County.  Detectives, accompanied by uniformed officers, located the backhoe and confirmed it was stolen from the Ottawa area.
On the 12th of March, the owner of the property and person in possession of the backhoe was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with Possession of Stolen Property and Tampering with a Vehicle Identification Number.
The 35 year old South Marysburgh resident will attend court on the 16th of April to answer to the charges.
The investigation into the matter is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Male arrested following extensive foot chase

On Wednesday the 05th of March Prince Edward OPP officers and the Highland Shores Childrens Aid Society were investigating an assault complaint where a 2 year old child was injured and subsequently learned of historical assaults on the child’s mother.  Approximately 9:00pm, police attended a Main Street Bloomfield address in an attempt to locate the male suspect in the assaults.  Moments before the officers arrived at the residence, the suspect in the matter exited the rear of the house and fled on foot across snow covered farmers fields.  Officers followed the suspect’s tracks in the snow while police cruisers travelled the roads through Bloomfield and the surrounding area in an attempt to locate the male.
Ultimately the OPP Canine Unit and members of the OPP Emergency Response Team joined the search.  Two hours later, the male was located in a wooded area several kilometres west of the village of Bloomfield.
The accused a 23 year old Bloomfield resident, was arrested and brought to the Picton hospital where he is being treated for frostbite to his feet and hands.  The accused faces multiple criminal charges including Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Uttering Threats, Mischief, Breach of Recognizance and three counts of Breach of Probation.
To protect the victims in the incident, the accused cannot be identified.

Suspended driver arrested
On March 01, 2014 at 5:52pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were conducting a RIDE check in Consecon. Police stopped a trail wagon, the male driver, appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 42-year-old Ameiliasburgh man 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 80 mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Drive Suspended (x2), contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear and is to attend before the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on March 12, 2014.

Driver arrested in noise complaint
During the early morning hours of March 01, 2014 officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a noise complaint involving snowmobiles on York St., Picton. At 5:24am a male operating a snow mobile was stopped. The operator appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 23-year-old Picton man was arrested and is charged with Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) and Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear and is to attend before the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on March 26, 2014.
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OPP investigating theft of $21,000 in cash
On November 08, 2013 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment began a theft investigating that had occurred at a Main St., Picton residence.  The theft had occurred overnight, when suspect(s) had entered the residence and stole approximately $21,000 in cash.  Police are appealing to the public for their assistance in identifying who is responsible.  Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or if they wish to remain anonymous, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers don’t have to identify themselves or testify in court.  If the information leads an arrest you may be eligible to a cash reward.

Check your bills
Business owners and consumers are reminded to take a close look at their money. Recently area businesses have been seeing an increase in the passing and attempted passing of counterfeit currency.
The following link has information that helps identify counterfeit bill:
http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/counterfeit-prevention/
In 2012 44,975 counterfeit Canadian currency bills were passed in Canada of those bills 30,672 were $20 bills.
Take the time to get to know your currency so you don’t become a victim.

Accused uttered death threats
On February 06, 2014 at 9:38am a threatening incident had been reported to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment.  The incident had occurred over night.  The victim had been threatened with a gun.
Police attended a Hallowell Ward residence.  With the assistance of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP K-9, police arrested  a 19-year old,  Prince Edward County, man.
The accused is charged with the following offences:
• Uttering Death Threats, contrary to Section 264.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada (x2).
• Weapon: Unauthorized Possession, contrary to Section 91(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Imitation Firearm: Use While Committing Offence, contrary to Section 85(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Possession of a Controlled Substance, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The accused is in police custody awaiting a bail hearing today at the Ontario Court of Justice, in Belleville, ON.

Robbery suspect from the County

On Tuesday the 4th of February 2014 at 5:36 p.m. officers with the Loyalist Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a report of a robbery outside a business located on County Road 6 in Odessa, Loyalist Township.
The victim, a 20 year-old male, was allegedly robbed at gunpoint after being assaulted in a nearby parking lot.  The victim suffered minor injuries.
Police arrested the suspect later that evening in Belleville.
Charged with robbery with a weapon, assault, possession of a controlled substance (marihuana), and failing to comply with a recognizance is a  24 year-old Prince Edward County man.
He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
If anyone has any information in relation to this incident they are asked to contact the Loyalist OPP Detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or anonymously online at tipsubmit.com

Investigating fraud
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), East Region Crime Unit would like to warn residents that there has been an increase in fraud in connection with highly discounted home theatre audio and visual equipment.

Suspects tell customers that there has been a mix up for one of the shipments of home theatre equipment and that they are willing to offer the customer a remarkable deal.  Suspects may provide a fake invoice. Suspects tell customers that they are receiving an extremely high quality product for far less than the actual price.  In some cases the packaging is printed with fake MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing) stickers and an impressive list of specifications to help draw potential customers into believing they are getting an excellent deal.

In most cases the product is generally far inferior in quality than they lead customers to believe. The products are usually manufactured overseas with no real branding or product support.  Additionally, replacement parts are impossible to come by as most of the companies are not legitimate.

Shoppers need to exercise caution when being offered “a deal that is too good to be true”.

Report suspicious activity to your nearest police agency immediately. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.  You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

Not adjusting driving to the conditions main cause of crashes

As Ontario continues to get battered by  winter, provincial police are taking a hard line with numerous drivers who, through poor driving behaviour, are causing a steady rash of collisions, some of which are jeopardizing the safety of OPP officers and other emergency personnel responding to collision scenes.
Three OPP cruisers have been struck by passing motorists since Monday and two of those collisions occurred today on provincial highways.  One OPP officer was taken to hospital after his cruiser was struck from behind while stopped behind a transport truck.
This past weekend, eight OPP cruisers were struck by passing motorists and two police officers received minor injuries.
“I want to make it very clear: severe weather and poor driving conditions are not the main cause in the overwhelming number of collisions we’ve seen these past several weeks,” said Chris Lewis, OPP Commissioner. “It is the way people are driving in these conditions that jeopardizes the safety of the motoring public and our officers. This irresponsible driving behaviour must stop.”
The OPP has been inundated with calls for service during the numerous storms that have hit the province so far this winter.
“The OPP has responded to thousands of calls for service due to irresponsible driving in winter weather conditions,” said  Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander. “This is unacceptable.”
“There is no question that our harsh winter weather has made for some very treacherous driving conditions lately but as is the case every winter, it is the drivers who do not adjust their driving to the weather and driving conditions that are usually the ones involved in the collisions,” says Blair. “Most of the crashes being investigated by our officers involve drivers who either lost control because they did not slow down when they needed to or who ignored our warnings to avoid non-essential travel when the weather was particularly severe,” added Blair.
Blair said when people get caught driving in particularly bad weather, it is not enough to keep speed below the posted limit – drivers must slow right down, critical to maintaining control of the vehicle and avoiding a collision.
The commissioners  also stress the importance of being highly visible while out on the road when visibility is poor and this means driving with the full set of headlights on.  The OPP has received a number of complaints from people who continue to observe motorists driving in poor visibility with just their daytime running lights on.  In heavy snowfall or blowing snow, these vehicles cannot be seen well by drivers and they are virtually invisible to those who approach from behind.
The OPP also urge motorists to watch for emergency responders – slow down and move over if it is safe to do so in accordance with the law.

Disqualified driver arrested at RIDE check
On January 10, 2014 at 7:19pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment had conducted a RIDE check on County Roads 5 and 6 in the Ward of Sophiasburgh.  Officers observed a motor vehicle that had failed to stop for police.   The suspect vehicle was stopped quickly by police and learned that the male driver had provided a false name, is disqualified to drive and was in possession of stolen property.
A 55-year old Prince Edward County man was arrested and charged with the following offences:
• Operation While Disqualified, contrary to Section 259(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  (x2)
• Obstructing a Peace Officer, contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (x2)
• Use Plate Not Authorized for Motor Vehicle, contrary to Section 12(1)(d) of the Highway Traffic Act
• Owner Operate Motor Vehicle-No Insurance, contrary to Section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on February 5, 2014.

Fewer fatal crashes in East Region
The East Region of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been hard at work attempting to keep our roads safe. With the cooperation of drivers, the fatal crashes in eastern Ontario were reduced by 27 per cent in 2013 compared to 2012. Fifty people died in 45 fatal crashes in 2013 compared to 73 deaths as a result of 62 crashes in 2012.
Also down are three of the contributing factors to a fatal crash; seatbelts are down by 25%, ejections are down by 50% and alcohol related fatal crashes are down by 20%.
Although the OPP take this as a good sign, there is room for improvement.
The OPP in East Region will continue to focus enforcement on:
1. Distracted Driving
2. Impaired Driving
3. Aggressive Driving
4. Impaired Driving
For those that do drive with care and caution…thank you! For those that do not…We are watching.

OPP driving advisory for Prince Edward County
The Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment is encouraging local residents not to drive today if they don’t have to. Adverse weather conditions are making driving conditions hazardous. Motorists should be prepared having extra warm clothing, washer fluid and of course slow down and drive accordingly.

Erractic driver arrested
On January 4, 2014 at 9:49pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment stopped an erratic driver on Paul St., Picton. The male driver who had been consuming alcohol, refused to provide a breath sample to the police officer.
A 28-year old Picton man was charged with Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample, contrary to Section 254(2), 254(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 22, 2014 in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton.

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