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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2014

 

 

 

RIDE arrest
On the evening of October 13, 2014 officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were conducting a R.I.D.E. check at the intersection of Loyalist Parkway and County Road 64, Ameliasburgh.  At 9:39pm a vehicle was stopped.  Police observed that the driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 42-year-old Ameliasburgh man  was arrested and is charged with 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 November 19, 2014.

OPP CHARGE HUSBAND IN DOMESTIC INVESTIGATION
On October 5, 2014 at 8:02pm Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to Picton residence regarding a domestic disturbance.  The police investigation revealed a history of violence dating back to July 2014.  The female victim who had been assaulted was treated at hospital for minor injuries.
A 56-year old Picton man is charged with the following offences:
• Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Sexual Assault, contrary to Section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Uttering Threats, contrary to Section 264.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Mischief Not Exceeding $5000, contrary to Section 430(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear and an undertaking by officer in charge and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on November 12, 2014.

SUSPCIOUS MALE SEEN ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
On October 3, 2014 at 5:41pm the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called C.M.L. Snider School in Wellington regarding a report of a suspicious male on school property.  The male is described as: Caucasian, approximately 60 years of age, white hair, slender build, wearing dress pants and shirt and was seen carrying a metal can.
The OPP are reminding the public that all school visitors are to report to the front office during regular school hours.  No other person should be on school property during this time.
The OPP is encouraging people to be aware of their personal safety and surroundings at all times and remain vigilant in reporting suspicious activity.
The OPP are looking to identify this man and are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

OPP investigating sexual assault
On September 29, 2014 at 12:56pm the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment received information of a sexual assault that occurred on the afternoon of September 26, 2014 at a conservation area located on County Road 8, Picton, ON.  The information received indicated that this incident was interrupted by two people walking in the area.  Police are appealing to the public for their assistance.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

OPP investigating residential fire
On September 30, 2014 at 4:02am the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were contacted by the Prince Edward County Fire Department regarding a residential fire on Union St., Picton.
Fire officials responded to the house fire earlier this morning.  No one was injured.  The Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit is investigating.  A section of Union St., between Maitland and Church St., remains closed as the investigation continues.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

OPP arrest driver parked on road way
On 23 September 2014 at 7:51pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police were called to Loyalist Parkway in Rosehall concerning a vehicle that was parked in the middle of the roadway.  Police observed that the driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 44-year old Hillier woman was arrested and charged with the following offences:
• Operation While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Breath Sample Not Provided Upon Demand, contrary to Section 254(3)(5) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to Section 53(1) 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 the 22 October 2014.

VISA fraud alert
The Napanee Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated information received from a Bath resident  who said a man claiming to be a VISA customer representative stated that the woman’s financial account had been “hacked” and he wanted her to verify her personal information including access to her computer.  The name on the call display was “BANK VISA” , the male gave an ID number and a supervisors name .  The woman provided the information, believing that it was a legitimate call.   She was then was contacted by one of her credit card companies regarding an attempt to transfer money to a Russian account.  This transfer was not completed.
The public is reminded not to give out personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.  For more information on frauds and scams please visit www.antifraudcentre.ca

Ways to report fraud
• On-line: https://www.antifraudcentre.ca
• Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501
• Toll Free Fax: 1-888-654-9426

Avoid 911 cell phone pocket dialing
The OPP asks mobile phone users to be conscious of the risk of “pocket dialing” 9-1-1, as police are responding to a high number of these accidental phone calls.
Pocket dialing happens when the keypad on a mobile device accidentally pressed either the 9, 1 and 1 buttons or the emergency call buttons, while carried in a pocket or bag. Phones without keypads, such as iPhones, may still be susceptible, as some newer models have an emergency keypad that can be brought up with a single push of a button without entering your passcode.  This generates an unintended emergency call, tying up the phone lines and operators, which negatively impacts each service’s ability to respond to real emergencies.
If you accidentally dial 9-1-1, it’s important that you stay on the line and tell the operator it was an accident. If you hang up, 9-1-1 operators won’t know if you are okay and will call back. Every call to 9-1-1 is taken seriously and not getting a response is a sign that there could be trouble.  Once your location is determined officers will be dispatched to check on your wellbeing.
To prevent unintentional 9-1-1 calls, remember to:
-       Lock mobile phones by using the keypad lock feature. If your mobile device has a 9-1-1 auto-dial feature, you may be able to disable it. Check the user manual to see if your phone has this ability.
-       Don’t program 9-1-1 into speed dial. It only takes a second to dial it and when it’s pre-programmed, it’s easy to dial 911 accidentally.
-       Don’t place your cell phone in a position where keys can be accidentally pressed. Use a case or holster to protect it when you put it away
-       Do not let children play with old cell phones. If a phone has a battery in it, even if it doesn’t have a contract or service or it’s out of minutes, it can still dial 9-1-1

Seatbelt related road deaths numbers heading for a 10-year low
While getting road users to be 100 per cent compliant with seat belt laws remains a challenging goal, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) sees motorists taking a step in the right direction with 2014 seat belt-related fatalities on track to being the lowest in 10 years.
The OPP keeps close watch on its collision and enforcement data as it serves as an important yardstick for assessing how the OPP is doing with its combined traffic enforcement and education initiatives, as well as how motorists are doing with traffic law compliance.
Looking at ten years of collision data (2005-2014), over 100 people died each year from 2005 to 2007 in collisions where lack of seatbelt compliance was a contributing factor and the number has stayed below the one hundred mark since then.  When looking at more recent data, a total of 73 people died in collisions due to non-compliance with seatbelt laws last year (2013) – the year that saw the second lowest fatality rate over the past ten years (the lowest number of fatalities was 68 in 2009).  This year’s seat belt-related fatalities currently sit at 32 (as of September 21, 2014).
“With just over three months to go in the year, we are cautiously optimistic and hopeful about reaching a ten-year low in seat-belt related road deaths, but we do not want the public to take away the wrong message from this promising data. Until people reach 100 per cent compliance with seat belt laws, sadly more victims of all ages will succumb to injuries sustained because they were either not wearing a seat belt or were not properly restrained in the vehicle,” says OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
Over the course of its Fall Seat Belt Campaign, OPP officers will be counting on every driver they encounter during their seat belt checks to ensure that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.  This includes making sure that all children and infants have proper car seats and booster seats and that they are installed correctly. Back seat passengers should never let their guard down about buckling up.  In the event of a collision, an unbuckled passenger in the back seat becomes a human projectile within the vehicle, posing an additional risk to occupants in the vehicle – even those who are wearing seat belts.

New OPP police recruiting video hits social media
A new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recruiting video is being launched this week in an effort to encourage qualified candidates to consider joining one of North America’s most highly-respected police services.
The video, entitled “Did You Know?” is being showcased on YouTube and through other social media channels.  The OPP aims to reach people from all walks of life – an important attribute of the OPP that has earned the organization its stellar reputation for having a complement of uniform, civilian and volunteer members as diverse and specialized as the people they serve.
The OPP is encouraging the public to view this educational video and to share it with anyone they know who might be an ideal candidate for a challenging and exciting career with the OPP.

To view the video, click on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/user/OPPCorpComm

The OPP would like to thank the Essex Police in the United Kingdom who provided the inspiration for the video’s “Did You Know” theme.

OPP investigate daytime break and enters
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment is currently investigating several daytime residential break and enters that had occurred in the areas of Ameiliasburgh and Sophiasburgh.  The incidents occurred from September 5-14, 2014. In these cases, jewellery was targeted.
OPP are encouraging residents to ensure that their property including, residence, outbuildings and vehicles are all properly secured and to report any suspicious activity immediately to the police.
OPP have identified a suspect vehicle described as a small car, white in colour.  Anyone with information regarding these investigations is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Arrest following collision
On September 15, 2014 at 4:21pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince (OPP) Edward County detachment attended at motor vehicle collision involving two vehicle at the intersection of Highway 62 and County Road 3.  One passenger was transported to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
OPP charged a 58-year old Ameliasburgh man with Breath Sample Not Provided Upon Demand, contrary to section 254(5) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released from police custody on an appearance notice and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton in October 2014.

OPP arrest man in child luring case
On September 9, 2014 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Crime Unit began an investigation into an incident where a young female had been sexually assaulted during the month of August 2014.
It is believed that in the weeks following, the accused had communicated with the victim using social media. The police investigation, lead to the search of a Hillier Ward residence, the location of the alleged offence.  A 60-year old man is charged with the following offences:
• Sexual Assault on a Person Under 16 Years of Age, contrary to Section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Invitation to Sexual Touching Under 16 Years of Age, contrary to Section 152 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Sexual Interference with a Person Under 16 Years of Age, contrary to Section 151(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Luring a Person Under 18 Years of Age by Means of Telecommunication, contrary to Section 172.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Make Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Person Under 16 Years of Age, contrary to Section 171.1(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking by the officer in charge and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on October 1, 2014.

ATV, hunter and boater safety
Duck Hunters and Anglers should take extra care in making sure they have all the proper boating safety equipment plus extra survival gear.
Everyone needs to remember that lifejackets and other safety equipment are still required at all times when boating. More clothes and equipment in boats make it all that much more important to remember to have a lifejacket that will fit over heavy clothing or better yet, wear a floater jacket or survival suit.
Always tell someone where you will be going and when you are expected to be home.
If you are going to be out before sunrise or after sunset make sure you have proper navigation lights as required by the Canada Shipping Act.
Remember: every one requires proof of competency on board all motorized boats.
OFF-ROAD & ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES – Safe Riding Rules to Remember:
1. Always wear an approved helmet. Fluorescent orange helmets are available for hunters.
2. Never operate an A.T.V. when consuming alcohol.
3. Always read the instruction manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations, i.e. Obey warning labels and stickers on the A.T.V.
4. A.T.V.’s are permitted on the shoulders of some approved roads; however, operators must possess a minimum G2M2 drivers licence and obey all the rules of the road and the Off Road Vehicles Act. Check with the local municipal office or police to ensure what roads are approved.
5. Make sure you’re Off Road Vehicle is registered, plated and insured and you carry all the documents (drivers licence and insurance must be originals).
6. If operating on an approved roadway, the speed limit for ATV’s is 50 km/h where the speed for cars is over 50 km/h and 20 km/h for ATV’s where the speed for cars is 50 km/h or less.
7. A.T.V.s are motor vehicles and guns must be unloaded at all times when on them.
8. Passengers are not allowed on ATVs when operated on roads.
DRIVER’S LICENCE SUSPENSION FOR OPERATORS OF BOATS and OFF-ROAD VEHICLES – The Administrative driver’s licence suspension for registering a warn on an approved screening device not only applies to motor vehicles, but all vessels and off-road vehicles as well. The best rule of thumb is if your operating any motor vehicle, vessel or off-road vehicle, don’t drink and drive.
The penalties for registering a “warn” are:
• First time: 3 day drivers licence suspension
• Second time: 7 day drivers licence suspension and required to take remedial alcohol treatment program.
• Third time: 30 day drivers licence suspension, required to take remedial alcohol treatment program and have ignition interlock device attached to your vehicle for six months.
If you are over the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol, police may suspend your driver’s licence for 90 days and you may face criminal charges.
“Only you can ensure your own safety,” said Chief Superintendent Daniel Redmond, Regional Commander, East Region. “Make a plan before you go out and stick to it.  Your family, friends and the police appreciate it!”
Arrest made in marijuana grow op investigation
On September 3, 2014 at 10:26pm officers from the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Drug Enforcement Unit (DES), OPP Canine Unit and members of the Prince Edward County OPP detachment executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a residence located on Belleville St., Wellington, ON.
The police investigation revealed an indoor marihuana grow operation.  Police seized a quantity of marijuana plants, processed marihuana, cannabis resin and several firearms.  The street value of the drugs is estimated at $21,000.
A 40-year old Wellington man is charged with:
• Possession of Substance Included in Schedule II, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
• Production of a Schedule II Substance, contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
• Careless Storage of a Firearm, contrary to Section 86(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm, contrary to Section 95(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton, on October 15, 2014.

Public can help make distracted driving unacceptable

Driver distraction was a factor in two of the four fatal motor vehicle collisions the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated over the Labour Day Long Weekend, pushing the number of 2014 distraction-related roads deaths up to 39 (in OPP jurisdiction)
The drivers lost their lives over the same weekend that the OPP deployed its 10 re-purposed distracted driving enforcement sports utility vehicles across the province.  While the vehicles will be enforcing Ontario’s distracted driving legislation full-time, these latest road tragedies reinforce the need for drivers, passengers and all other road users to become part of the solution.
If you are a driver, always pay full attention to driving and make a full-time habit of turning off your electronic hand-held device until you pull over or reach your destination.   If you are a passenger being driven by someone who is talking on their cell phone, texting or distracted in some other way, firmly ask that they stop this dangerous behaviour and tell them that you do not feel safe, even if they erroneously try to reassure you that they are able to drive safely while distracted.
As of the end of the Labour Day Weekend, the OPP has laid more than 11,500 Highway Traffic Act 78.1 Prohibit Hand-held Devices charges in Ontario so far this year.
“Our officers are working as hard as ever to eliminate the senseless deaths that occur because of distracted driving but more needs to be done and we are asking the public to get on board. People have the ability to help positively influence the behaviour change that is needed on the part of those drivers who still feel that they can safely drive while distracted.  Help make distracted driving socially unacceptable by spreading the word to family, friends, co-workers and school mates that there is no such thing as a safe distracted driver – distracted driving kills,” said Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division.
The OPP would like to thank the many Ontario residents and visitors who did their part to ensure that they and their families made it through a safe long weekend on roads, waterways and trails.

Sexual assault reported in Picton park

Prince Edward OPP have charged a Picton man following a report of sexual assault Sunday, Aug. 31 at a park in the town of Picton.

“The investigation indicates that two girls, in their early teens met with a man in a park and that he had sexually assaulted both girls.  Police searched the area, locating the suspect,” said PEC OPP Constable Anthony Mann.
OPP arrested a 29-year old Picton man.  The accused is charged with the following offences:
Aggravated Sexual Assault, contrary to Section 273(2)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  (x2)
Sexual Interference, contrary to Section 151 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  (x2)
Luring A Child, contrary to Section 172.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada. (x2)
Both victims were treated at hospital.
The accused is in custody for a bail hearing on September 2, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville, ON.
OPP are asking anyone having contact with the accused or that has information regarding this or other incidents to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Increased patrols to combat distracted driving

Motorists who talk on cell phones, text or engage in other forms of distraction while driving are targets for increased OPP patrols beginning this long weekend.
Ten unmarked police vehicles will take to the roads over the Labour Day long weekend and the OPP anticipates that these additional resources are a much-needed measure to make Ontario roads safer for those who share the road with distracted drivers.
The vehicles are being implemented on the heels of a survey of licenced Ontario students, in which almost 50 per cent of Grade 12 students admitted to texting while driving. As of June 30, 2014, the OPP had laid more than 10,000 charges to Ontario motorists who were caught driving while distracted. Research shows there is a common mindset among these drivers that they can talk on their cell phone, text, or engage in other driver distractions and do so safely.
Thirty-five people have died this year in motor vehicle collisions (within OPP jurisdiction) in which an inattentive driver was a contributing factor. In 2013, 86 people died in distraction-related collisions. This category of road fatality surpassed both impaired-related and speed-related deaths investigated by the OPP last year. Since Ontario’s distracted driving laws were introduced in 2009, the OPP has investigated 374 inattentive-related road deaths (as of August 25, 2014).
“Our officers remain deeply concerned with the number of drivers they see driving distracted, especially those who talk on cell phones or even worse – texting, which is one of the most dangerous activities to engage in while driving.  Regardless of how safe a driver, passenger or pedestrian you may be, you should be equally concerned about the number of motorists who risk your life by not paying full attention to safely sharing the road with you,” said Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division.
With school buses and pedestrians travelling to and from schools beginning next week, the OPP is urging all motorists who engage in distraction to come to terms with the reality that there is no such thing as a “safe” distracted driver and that all distracted drivers pose a threat on our roads.
With many Ontarians heading out to take advantage of the last summer long weekend of the year, the OPP is reminding the public that they will be highly visible on roads, waterways and trails this weekend.  Police are asking the public to do their part by keeping themselves safe and contributing to an incident-free weekend.

Be aware of fraudulent invoice
The OPP have investigated information from two businesses in Loyalist Township in relation to a fraudulent company based out of Montreal.  Both local businesses involved received same invoices indicating that they owed $ 847.49 for a web 411 listing with CanPages Inc.  This company is no longer active and this billing was fraudulent. No payments were made by the business to the invoices they received.
The public is reminded not to give out personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.  For more information on frauds and scams please visit www.antifraudcentre.ca
Ways to report fraud
• On-line: https://www.antifraudcentre.ca
• Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501
• Toll Free Fax: 1-888-654-9426
School buses on the way!
Students are heading back to class and motorists should be on the lookout for the students and school buses.  The OPP in East Region remind everyone that some school buses will be on the road this week, while the remainder will be back in service on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.
“The OPP asks you to be attentive as the youth of our communities return to school in the coming weeks”, said Chief Superintendent Daniel Redmond, Commander of the OPP East Region.   “Safety is the number one priority.”
Every driver, encountering a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. (Section 175(11) of the Highway Traffic Act)  The minimum fine for failing to stop is $400.
Many children walk to school and motorists should also be aware of the increased pedestrian traffic as children make their way to school.  Many may be distracted by excitement for the first day of class.  Slowdown in school zones and be extra cautious.  Motorists should watch for Community Safety Zones, where speeding fines are increased.  Community safety zones are clearly marked with road signs and are found near schools.
Drivers can expect to see an increased police presence.
Adjust your driving, pay attention and be prepared to stop for children and school buses.   Make it safe for everyone!

Arrested at RIDE check
On August 17, 2014 at 4:01pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment conducted a RIDE check at the intersection of County Roads 12 and 18, in the ward of Athol.
OPP stopped a motor vehicle. The male driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.  A 36-year old Ottawa man was charged with 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 on September 10, 2014.

Erratic driver arrested at Sandbanks
On August 16, 2014 at 9:32pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to assist the Sandbanks Provincial Park Enforcement with a motor vehicle stop.  Park Enforcement had stopped the motor vehicle for erratic driving within the campground.
The male driver who appeared to have been consuming alcohol was arrested by the OPP.  A 38-year old Kingston man was charged with 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 on September 3, 2014.

OPP arrest man at RIDE check
On August 9, 2014 at 8:49pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment had conducted a RIDE check at Charwell Point Road and Army Reserve Road, in the Ward of Athol.
A man driving a pick-up truck was stopped.  The driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.  OPP arrested a 24-year old Picton man.  The accused is charged with the following:
• 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 (x3).
• Drive Motor Vehicle, No Currently Validated Permit, contrary to Section 7(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act.
• Novice Drive-B.A.C. Above Zero, contrary to Section 44.1(3) of the Highway Traffic Act.
He was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on September 3, 2014.

Traffic complaint leads to arrest
On August 02, 2014 at 10:32pm the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment received traffic complaints regarding a vehicle travelling on Loyalist Parkway.
OPP stopped the vehicle on Loyalist Parkway near Cold Creek Road in the Ward of Hillier. The male driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 50-year-old Trenton man was 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 in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on September 03, 2014.

Two people injured in collision

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Two people were transported to hospital following a collision near the Sandbanks Provincial Park early Friday evening.

Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment officers, with the assistance of the Prince Edward County Fire Department and paramedics, responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 18 near Outlet Road, Aug 1 at about 5:15 p.m.

“The police investigation revealed that a motorcycle travelling north bound on County Road 18 had entered the south bound lane, colliding with a camper trailer being towed by a pick-up truck,” said Const. Anthony Mann.

Mann said both motorcycle occupants were transported to hospital. A 43-year old Stirling man suffered life threatening injuries. A 40-year old Picton woman suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

Constable Mann with the drugs seized.

Constable Mann with the drugs seized.

Family arrested in $45,000 drug seizure
On July 30, 2014 at 9:30am the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) with the assistance of officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment and OPP Canine executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence located on Diverbelt Drive, Picton.
OPP seized a quantity of marijuana with an approximate street value of $45,000. Police also seized related paraphernalia and cash.
A 48 year old Picton man  is charged with:
• Possession of Schedule III Substance, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
• Possession For the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000, contrary to Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
His wife, 45, of Picton, is charged with Possession For the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Both were held for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville today.
A 62-year-old male relative and 20-year old female relative,  both of Ottawa, ON were charged with Possession For the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Both were released from police custody on a Promise to Appear and Officer-In-Charge Undertaking to attend the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 20, 2014.

ATV collision sends woman to hospital
On July 29, 2014 at 9:12pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to an ATV collision on Young Road, in  Athol.  OPP were assisted by the Prince Edward County Fire department and Paramedics.
The police investigation revealed that the ATV operator was travelling north on Young Road when they lost control, leaving the roadway and struck a tree.  The operator was not wearing a helmet.  Alcohol was not involved.
A 23-year old woman from Belleville was transported to hospital. The police investigation is continuing.
Party turns violent, arrests made
On July 26, 2014 at 4:19pm a woman contacted the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment reporting that she had been assaulted.
The police investigation revealed the complainant had attended a house party on Lake St., Picton earlier that morning.  The woman was assaulted by man and woman.  No weapons were involved.  The victim was treated at hospital for minor injuries.
On the night of July 27, 2014OPP made arrests in the case.
A 24-year old Picton female is charged with Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada and Breach of Probation, contrary to Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
A 20-year old Picton male is charged with Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Both parties were later released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 20, 2014.

Large sum of cash stolen
On July 25, 2014 at 10:52am the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to a break and enter at a storage facility located in Picton.  The police investigation revealed that a number of units were entered.  A large sum of cash was removed from one of the units.  The incident is believed to have occurred sometime within the last two weeks.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or Quinte Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Increase ‘Move Over’ charges
After 10 years of education efforts, which includes more than 11,000 charges on record since the law came into effect, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is dismayed to see a slow but steady increase in the number of “Move Over” charges it has laid against drivers since 2010.
The OPP will be looking to Ontario drivers to help them reinforce the importance of Ontario’s Move Over law by setting a good example and observing this important law over the Civic Day Long Weekend.
In Ontario, Section 159 (2)(3) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated. If the highway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle if it can be done safely. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $400 to $2,000 plus three demerit points.
There were 1,502 Section 159 (2)(3) charges last year (2013) and the number has increased steadily since 2010 when the OPP issued 1,067 such charges against Ontario drivers. The increase suggests that many drivers may be unaware of this important law aimed at keeping police and other emergency responders safe on the roadside. Since 1989, five OPP officers have been killed as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle while doing their job on the roadside and many more have been injured. The OPP’s law enforcement and other safety partners have also lost colleagues in these situations.
“The OPP would like to see full compliance with this law indicating that drivers are fully on board with helping us keep officers and all other emergency responders safe on the roadside,” said Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, the new Provincial Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division. “With the higher volumes of traffic on long weekends, police and other emergency personnel respond to far more calls for service at the roadside, making it a particularly important time to move over a lane when able to do so safely,” added Cox.
Over the weekend, the OPP is also asking road users to help them keep roads safe and free of aggressive, distracted and impaired driving behaviours and by ensuring that all vehicle occupants are buckled up.

Driver parked on the lawn
On July 24, 2014 at 3:07am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to a County Road 10 residence near Milford regarding a suspicious vehicle.  The vehicle in question was parked on the front lawn of a residence.  Police attended and spoke with the driver who appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 53-year old  Milford man is charged with Care or Control While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Care or Control 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 13, 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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