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Prince Edward OPP Reports – 2017

 

 

 

Investigating theft of tires and rims
The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting the assistance of the public in relation to a theft of rims and tires valued at $12,000, sometime overnight on July 17th.

Police report an unknown person or persons removed the tires and rims off of several pickup trucks parked in the south lot at the Prinzen Ford dealership in Bloomfield.

Anyone with any information on this or any other crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

 

Disguised men had weapons at Cty Rd 10 break-in

The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting the assistance of the public in relation to an ongoing break and enter with violence investigation.

On July 5th, 2017 at approximately 1:20 a.m., three people armed with weapons forced their way into an apartment on County Road 10 on the outskirts of Picton. Once inside, the three accused ransacked the apartment and stole approximately $150 in cash.

Police report the three accused are described as male, all three approximately six feet in height. Two accused were thin and third was described as a heavy build. All three wore disguises to conceal their identity.

The OPP Canine Unit and OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) attempted to track the suspects with negative results. Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) are assisting with this investigation. Anyone with knowledge of the identity of these persons is requested to contact police.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver charged
On June 29th, 2017 at approximately 11:50 AM, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was called to investigate a collision involving two vehicles at the intersection of County Road #8 and County Road #13 in North Marysburgh. One of the drivers involved left the scene of the collision. OPP located the driver and determined that he had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. As a result of the investigation, the male driver was arrested. A 64 Year Old North Marysburgh man has been charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood, Driving a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Alcohol. He was also charged with Fail to Remain under the Highway Traffic Act. His vehicle was towed and will be held for seven days. His driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. The male is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON July 12th, 2017.

Spree of break-ins

Prince Edward County OPP is requesting the assistance of the public in relation to five break and enter investigations.

OPP report the break and enters are believed to be related to the occurence at Rockin’ Rogers Pizzeria in Wellington in the early hours of June 26th.

The same day, starting at approximately 7:30 a.m. OPP responded to four more break and enter incidents reported at locally owned businesses at the following locations: The Old Greenhouse Ice Cream Shop in Wellington, Sunflower Fields Ice Cream Shop in Cherry Valley, Blooms on West Lake East of Wellington, and Mark’s Chip Truck located just west of the Picton town limits.

In each instance the suspect attacked the cash register after gaining entry, and took various amounts of cash from the locations.

Anyone with any information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Break in at Rockin’ Rogers
On June 26th, 2017 at approximately 2:00 AM, an unknown person or persons broke into the Rockin’ Rogers Pizzeria located on Main Street in the Town of Wellington. OPP attended and found the business insecure, with clear signs of a break in at the front entrance. Once inside, the suspect removed the cash register and a quantity of cash. Anyone with knowledge of the identity of these persons is requested to contact police.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

OPP seek assistance in break and enter investigations
The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting the assistance of the public in relation to two separate break and enter investigations.

On June 15th at approximately 7a.m. police were called to investigate a break and enter at Currah’s Café located at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Several consumable goods and some children’s sand toys valued at approximately $1,500 are reported stolen.

The police continue to seek information about three people captured on video surveillance wandering inside Picton’s Regent Theatre on May 7.
“There was a movie during the evening and the three males were observed inside the theatre after operating hours,” said Const. Connor Durkin, Community Safety Officer. “The three stole a box of alcoholic beverages and broke out of the theatre via a fire exit.”

Photos of the suspects in question have been released in hopes of identification. Call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

 

Altercation leads to charges
On June 14th, 2017 at approximately 8:35PM the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was called to a residence on County Road #4 as a result of a physical altercation. OPP attended and investigated the complaint. As a result of the investigation a 19 year old Hallowell man has been charged with the following offences:
2 counts of Assault
Mischief Under $5000
Resist Peace Officer
He was released on a Promise to appear at the Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street, Picton ON July 19th, 2017.

Vehicle hit residence, six injured

A driver and five passengers, all under age 20, were treated at hospital for minor injuries following an accident Saturday at approximately 4:30 am June 10.

Officers with the Prince Edward OPP, along with the PEC fire department and EMS, responded to County Rd. 4 in Hallowell.

OPP Const. Menard reports the investigation revealed the motor vehicle left the roadway and came to rest against a residence.

A 17-year-old female driver from Stone Mills Twp has been charged with Careless Driving.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call Cst. Menard of Prince Edward OPP .

No foul play suspected

Provincial police reported today there is no foul play suspected in the death of 24-year-old David Franks.

A post-mortem at Ottawa Hospital has been completed on Franks, found in the Bay of Quinte near Massassauga Point.

He had left his Cty Rd 28 home for an early morning job on May 25 and was located June 1 following extensive searches by police, military and the community. No further details will be released.

The Franks family thanked the community for its support and asked donations in his honour be made to the community policing program ‘Give Where You Live Campaign” formerly known as Pedal for Hope. Franks was an active volunteer with that organization.

Driver was disqualified
On the 8th day of June, 2017, at approximately 6:24PM The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was patrolling County Road 12 in Hallowell Ward. OPP stopped a vehicle associated to a Disqualified Driver. OPP determined the 40-year-old Belleville resident was disqualified from driving under the Criminal Code. He has been charged with the following offences:
Three counts of Driving While Disqualified under the Criminal Code
One count of Obstruct a Police Officer
The vehicle was impounded for 45 days as per Provincial Statute. He was released on a Promise to Appear at the Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street, Picton Ontario, July 5th, 2017.

OPP investigate grave tampering

Prince Edward OPP were called Tuesday afternoon to investigate a complaint of grave tampering.

Their investigation determined that two people, a 51-year-old male and a 50-year-old female would be charged with Indignity to a Dead Body (cremation ashes).

PEC OPP Const. Connor Durkin OPP reported a physical altercation had occurred between the two. As a result of that investigation, he said the male was also charged with assault.

Both were held for a Show Cause Hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. June 7th, at the Provincial Court of Justice, 15 Bridge Street West, Belleville. Their names will not be released to protect the identity of the victim.

Four charges at Beach Day
On June 6th, 2017 the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County Detachment with the assistance of The Highway Safety Division (HSD) and the Snowmobile, Vessel, and ATV Enforcement Team (SAVE), engaged in active enforcement activities at various locations surrounding and inside Sandbanks Provincial Park, as a result of information received that a large gathering of students would be present.

Several proactive focused patrols were conducted with vehicles and park attendees checked throughout the day. Four Provincial Offence Notices were issued to park attendees for violations of the Liquor License Act.

Excessive speed
Earlier in the day, OPP observed a vehicle traveling South on County Road 49 near Fish Lake Road at an excessive speed. OPP HSD stopped the vehicle and charged the vehicle driver with Performing a Stunt- Excessive Speed under the Highway Traffic Act. The driver’s license was suspended for seven days and their vehicle was impounded for the same time period as per the Provincial Statute.

Impaired driving charge

On June 3rd, 2017 at approximately 2:20 AM, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was alerted to a possible impaired driver on Loyalist parkway in Hallowell.

OPP observed a vehicle weaving in its lane. Officers conducted a vehicle stop and determined the driver had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. A 41-year -old Picton woman has been charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood.

Her vehicle was towed and will be held for seven days. Her driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.

She was later released on a Promise to Appear, scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON June 21st, 2017.

Athol man succumbs to injuries after vehicle collapses on him
A 57-year-old Athol resident died following injuries while performing maintenance on a vehicle.
Monday, May 22 at approximately 12:04 p.m., emergency crews were called to a County Road 18 residence in Athol following reports that a vehicle collapsed on top of a man while he was working.
The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the incident. Prince Edward County Fire Department, and Hastings- Quinte EMS were also on the scene. The OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) are assisting in the investigation. The Office of the Chief Cororner was notified.
Willie Peterson, 57, was transported to hospital by ambulance, but later succumbed to his injuries. A post mortem is to be held today at Kingston General Hospital.

More than 80 calls to OPP
Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 82 calls for service during the long weekend – between Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 4 pm until Monday, May 23rd, at 8am. Officers responded to a variety of calls for service, conducted traffic enforcement and RIDE checks throughout the weekend.

Charged with impaired driving
On May 20th, 2017 at approximately 5:14 p.m., Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) was alerted to a possible impaired driver on Ridge Road in Hallowell Ward, by an anonymous source. Officers located the vehicle and conducted an investigation. OPP determined that the driver of had been consuming alcohol. A 54-year-old male from Whitby was arrested and charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood. His vehicle was towed and will be held for seven days. His driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. The male is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON June 7th, 2017.

OPP investigating water related death at Big Island
The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a “water related death” at the Baycrest Marina on Big Island in Sophiasburgh.

At approximately 4:49 p.m. emergency responders were called to the marina by a citizen who observed a body in the water. Prince Edward County Fire and Hastings EMS also attended.

The deceased has been identified as 68-year-old Lorne Bruce MacKinnon, of St. Catherines.

The Office of the Chief Coroner has been notified. A post mortem examination is scheduled for today at Kingston General Hospital.

Mischief leads to charges
On May 18th, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were called to investigate an occurrence at a residence on County Road 1 in Hallowell.
The caller indicated that a man was trying to dismantle a satellite dish at the residence. While enroute to the call, OPP identified a white pickup truck believed to be involved in the incident. OPP stopped the vehicle and placed the male driver under arrest. OPP determined that the driver of the pickup truck had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. A 26 year old Sophiasburgh man has been charged with the following offences:
2 Counts of Criminal Harassment
2 Counts of Fail to Comply with Probation Order
Drive while Ability Impaired by Alcohol
Drive with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood
Race a motor vehicle – Stunt
The male has been held for a Show Cause Hearing scheduled for 1:00 PM May 19th, 2017 at the Provincial Court of Justice, 15 Bridge Street West, Belleville ON. The identity of the male will not be released to protect the victim.

Altercation leads to charges

On May 18th, 2017 at approximately 6:22 p.m. the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a residence on Old Orchard Road in Ameliasburgh.
OPP determined several offences had occurred. A 13-year-old male has been charged with 1 count of Assault, 3 counts of Assault with a Weapon, 1 count of Assault Causing Bodily Harm and 3 counts of Uttering Threats. The name of the young person charged will not be released in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
He was held for a Show Cause Hearing at the Provincial Court of Justice, 15 Bridge Street West, Belleville ON today at 1:00 PM.

Stunt driver who sped away faces multiple charges

A driver who accelerated through the intersection at the top of Picton’s town hill, then sped away from police is facing multiple charges.

At approximately 11:25 p.m. Wedneday, May17, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting traffic enforcement on Main Street in Picton. OPP observed a pickup truck accelerating through the intersection at Bridge Street. OPP attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped away, passing vehicles in the process.

OPP were able to locate the vehicle a short time after on County Road 6 in Sophiasburgh. The driver attempted to flee from officers but was quickly arrested. OPP determined the driver of the pickup truck had been consuming alcohol and charged the 52-year-old North Marysburgh resident with number offences:

Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol
Driving With More than 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of blood
Flight While Pursued by Police

He was also charged with the following Provincial Offences:
Race a Motor vehicle- Excessive Speed
Driving a Motor Vehicle with an Unsealed Container of Liquor

The truck was seized and is being held for seven days. The driver’s license was suspended for 90 days. He was released on a Promise to Appear at Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street Picton ON, June 7th, 2017.

Steady weekend for police calls
Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 63 calls for service over the weekend. Those calls occurred between Friday, May 13th, 2017 at 4:00 pm until Monday May 15th, at 8am.
The following occurrence was of note:
BREAK AND ENTER
On May 13th at approximately 4am, OPP were called to a residence on Queen Street in Picton. OPP located two men in proximity to the location of the break in. The two were charged with one count each of Break and Enter with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence. The 26-year-old, and 25-year-old, both of Picton, were released on a Promise to Appear, with conditions. They are due to appear at Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street, Picton ON June 28th, 2017. Alcohol was a factor in the incident.

New commander for Prince Edward OPP

John Hatch, new commander for the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment

Staff Sergeant John Hatch has been appointed Detachment Commander for the Prince Edward County OPP following the retirement of Barry Freeburn.

Chief Superintendent Chris Harkins, Regional Commander for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

Hatch was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant effective May 8, replacing Freeburn, who retired after dedicating 33 years to policing.

“I consider it an honour and a privilege to have been chosen as the next detachment commander of Prince Edward County. I look forward to working with such a great group of people to make Prince Edward County one of the safest areas in all of Ontario.”

He said he proud to be following in the footsteps of his father, and grandfather, and now looks forward to the challenge and opportunity of being the next Detachment Commander of the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment.

Hatch has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police for more than 22 years. He is a fourth generation police officer and the third generation to work with OPP.

His grandfather, Jack Hatch, joined the OPP in 1936, was posted to Marmora and then Trenton, where he conducted motorcycle patrol on Highway 2 from Trenton to Gananoque. In the 1940s, he was the Detachment Commander in Madoc and then Essex in the 1950s, retiring in 1972 as the Chief Inspector in charge of the Anti-Gambling Branch of the OPP.

Staff Sergeant Hatch’s father, also named Jack Hatch, joined the OPP in 1956, served in Mount Forest, Kincardine, Owen Sound, Chapleau and retired in 1992 as the Detachment Commander in Gananoque.

Staff Sergeant Hatch spent his childhood years in Chapleau, his teen years in Gananoque and in 1988 he was accepted to attend the Royal Military College, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics. After graduation, he commenced a Masters degree in War Studies, but left two years later, in 1995, to pursue a career with the OPP.

His first posting was to Morrisburg in the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry detachment. During this time, he was a coach officer, breathalyzer technician, a 10-year member of the East Region Emergency Response Team and in 2007 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

In 2010, looking ahead to retirement, he was hoping to settle in Prince Edward County and volunteered to complete a three-year northern duration posting in North West Region where he was the supervisor in charge of the Manitouwadge OPP Detachment.

Upon completing his posting, in December 2013, he was able to transfer to the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment and now resides in the Mountain View. For the past three years, John he has worked as a front line supervisor in Prince Edward and has grown to love the culture, history and recreation of the County.

Having grown up in northern Ontario, Hatch is fluently bilingual and enjoys activities in the outdoors such as hunting and fishing, and playing hockey and golf.

“Staff Sergeant John Hatch brings an enthusiasm and keen knowledge of community based policing experience into his role as detachment commander,” said Harkins, Regional Commander of the OPP East. “His leadership, professionalism and personal investment with the community are qualities which will serve the communities of Prince Edward County well. I am confident that the residents and business owners of Prince Edward County will appreciate the opportunity to work with Staff Sergeant Hatch.”
Driver strikes sign post, charged with impaired
On May 8th, 2017 at approximately 5:03 PM, Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) was called to a motor vehicle collision on Market Lane in Picton. Officers determined the driver of a Ford pickup truck had struck a sign at that location. OPP determined the driver had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. A 33-year-old male was arrested and charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood. His vehicle was towed and his driver’s license has been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. He is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON May 24th, 2017.

Driver charged with impaired
On May 5th, 2017 at approximately 11:54 PM, Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) observed a white Honda Civic travelling southbound on County Road 49 at a high rate of speed in poor weather conditions. Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle and observed the vehicle weaving from side to side. OPP conducted a vehicle stop and determined that the driver of the vehicle had consumed alcohol prior to driving. As a result of the investigation, the male driver was arrested.
A 29-year-old Picton man has been charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol and Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood. His vehicle was towed.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. The male is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON May 24th, 2017.

Senior charged with careless driving
At approximately 4:38 p.m. May, 3, 2017, Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) along with Prince Edward County Fire (FIRE) and Hastings EMS (EMS) responded to a collision that occurred at the intersection of County Road 4 and Doxsee Road in Sophiasburgh. A sedan had collided with a pickup truck at that location. OPP determined an 87-year-old Sophiasburgh woman would be charged with Careless Driving, under the Highway Traffic Act. She was injured as a result of the collision, and was transported to hospital via ambulance. The other driver was not injured in the collision.

Driver arrested

On the 24th of April 2017, an officer with Prince Edward OPP was conducting radar enforcement on Cty Rd 49 near County Road 6 at 8:00pm when a speeding vehicle was stopped. In speaking with the driver, the officer noted he had been consuming alcohol. The subsequent investigation resulted in a multitude of charges.

A 40 year-old Hallowell man was arrested and held for a bail hearing pending the following charges:
Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs, Driving While Disqualified, Breach of Probation, Driving While under a Highway Traffic Act Suspension X 2, and Speeding.
He is also wanted in Alberta for similar offences.
He was held in custody and will next appear in Belleville Courts on the 2nd of May.

Easter weekend keeps OPP hopping

Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 105 calls for service over the Easter long weekend. Those calls occurred between Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 4pm until Tuesday April 18th, at 8am. OPP also were active in traffic enforcement initiatives over the weekend, laying more than 70 charges under the Highway Traffic Act. The following occurrences were of note:

Impaired driver
On April 15th at approximately 10 PM, OPP initiated a vehicle stop on a vehicle that was being driven erratically. Officers determined that the driver had been consuming alcohol before driving. A roadside test was conducted and the driver registered a fail on the device. A 29 year old Kingston woman is charged with Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Her driver’s license was suspended for 90 days. She is due to appear in Provincial Court of Justice, Picton Ontario on May 10th, 2017.

Shoplifting
On April 16th, 2017 at approximately 3:50PM, OPP was called to The Hamlet Variety Store in Consecon, Ontario in response to a theft call. Officers attended and investigated, determining that a young man had stolen approximately $60 worth of liquor from the store. Charged with Theft Under $5000, Fail to Comply with a Recognizance, and Fail to comply with Probation, is a 21 year old Quinte West man. He is due to appear in the Provincial Court of Justice, Picton Ontario on May 3rd, 2017.

Assault with a weapon
On April 16th, 2017 at approximately 10 PM, OPP was called to a residence on Main Street in Wellington in response to a neighbor dispute. An investigation was undertaken and officers determined that a 29 year old Wellington man would be charged with Assault with a Weapon and Mischief Under $5000. He is due to appear in the Provincial Court of Justice on May 31st, 2017.

Police assistance
On April 17th, 2017 at approximately 9 AM OPP was called to assist with a male who was distraught. Officers attended and assisted the male who was experiencing crisis. The 51 year old man was taken to hospital for medical treatment. There were no charges laid in this matter.

Request for assistance in break and enter investigations
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment is currently investigating four break and enters that occurred in the Northport area between March 17th and March 22nd. OPP believe that two adult males approximately 30 years of age are involved in these and potentially other incidents.
Police are also investigating the theft of a motor vehicle that is believed to be linked to the thefts.
Two of the break and enters occurred on County Road #15, one on Potter Road and another on Norton Road in Sophiasburgh Ward, ON. The stolen motor vehicle, a red minivan, was recovered on Big Island and had sustained damage during the time that it was unaccounted for.
Police are continuing to investigate and is seeking the assistance of the public. If anyone has any information they are being asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.
Anyone with information regarding any break and enter or attempted break and enter occurrence should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

Man arrested on warrants faces additional charges
On the April 7th, 2017, at approximately 8:45 PM, officers from Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County Detachment (OPP) observed a vehicle travelling south on County Road 49 in Sophiasburgh, that appeared to be in a state of disrepair.
As officers observed the vehicle, it pulled into a driveway, reversed direction and began heading northbound. A traffic stop was initiated, however the driver fled the scene. In the interest of public safety, officers did not continue after this vehicle. A short time later, officers located the vehicle abandoned on County Road 35 and OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Canine Unit (Canine) attended in an effort to locate the driver.
Investigation revealed that a 33-year-old Tudor-Cashel Township man was operating the vehicle at the time of the offence and had outstanding arrest warrants originating with Belleville Police Service and Napanee OPP.
Later in the evening the accused was arrested after being located at a residence on County Road 35. The accused is charged with Flight While Pursued by Police Officer and was held in custody pending the outcome of a Show Cause Hearing on Monday April 10, 2017 at the Provincial Court of Justice, Belleville Ontario at 1PM.

12-year-old charged with arson, 11-year-old also involved
A 12-year-old male has been charged in connection with a suspicious fire at a trailer on County Road 39, just outside of Consecon.
On April 4th at approximately 7 p.m. officers from Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) were called to investigate the fire. As a result, officers determined criminal offences had occurred.
The 12-year-old has been charged with Break Enter and Commit an Indictable Offence and Arson. An 11-year-old male was also involved but will not be charged as the youth has not yet reached the age of criminal responsibility. The names of the young persons will not be released in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
The charged male was held for a Show Cause Hearing scheduled for April 5th 2017 at the Ontario Court of Justice, in Belleville.

52 calls for service
Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 52 calls for service between Friday March 17th, 2017 at 4 pm until Monday March 20th, at 8am.

UTV driver charged
On the 17th of March 2017 at approximately 11:45 PM, OPP observed an orange UTV off road vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 62 through the intersection at County Road #3 in the Hamlet of Rossmore. Officers noticed that the driver of the UTV did not appear to be wearing a helmet. Officers conducted an investigation and determined that the driver of the UTV had also consumed alcohol prior to driving. The driver of the UTV then registered a fail on an Approved Screening Device (ASD). An 18 year old Belleville male has been charged with Driving a Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired by Alcohol and Driving with More Than 80 Milligrams of Alcohol in 100 Milliliters of Blood. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton Ontario on April 26th, 2017.

Driver impaired, asleep at the wheel
On March 18th 2017 at approximately 12:27AM, Prince Edward OPP officers received a call of a possible impaired driver on Bethel Road between County Road 4 and Trumble Lane, in the Ward of Sophiasburgh. The caller indicated that there was a white Volkswagen parked for over one half hour with the engine running and lights on there. The driver appeared to be passed out behind the wheel. Officers conducted an investigation and determined that the driver had been drinking. Evidence of alcohol consumption was also located inside the vehicle. A 28 year old Foxboro male has been charged with Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Alcohol and Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle with Over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 Milliliters of Blood. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton Ontario on May 3rd, 2017.

OPP respond to 52 calls
Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 52 calls for service during the past weekend. Those calls occurred between Friday March 2nd, 2017 at 4 pm until Monday March 6th, at 8am. Some of the types of investigations conducted included domestic disturbances, Liquor Licence Act calls, noise complaints, traffic complaints and subsequent enforcement and motor vehicle collisions. RIDE checks and bar patrols were also conducted throughout the community. Several focused patrols and proactive initiatives were undertaken as well.

Driver charged with stunt driving
On the 24th of February at 2:30pm officers were called to Yuill Cresent in the Rossmore area for a single motor vehicle crash. The complainant advised police that a car had left the roadway and entered a ditch. They further stated the male driver was not hurt but was acting oddly.

The officer’s investigation revealed the driver of the motor vehicle had been driving in a reckless manner on the roadway prior to losing control and entering the ditch with his vehicle.

A 20-year-old Ameliasburgh man has been charged with Stunt Driving under the Highway Traffic Act. His licence was suspended for 7 days and his vehicle is impounded for 7 days as well.

Break and Enter – Electronics Stolen
On the 24th of February between noon and 5:30pm a residence on Disraeli Street was broken into. The suspects entered through an unlocked door and ransacked the interior of the home.
A laptop computer, various Nintendo and Playstation consoles and games were stolen.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Speeding results in alcohol charges

On Saturday the 18th of February at 9:20pm a speeding vehicle was stopped by a Prince Edward OPP officer on Hwy 62 near Bay Breeze Drive. The officer noted alcohol on the male driver’s breath so he conducted a roadside alcotest on which the driver registered a warn.

Along with a three day licence suspension, a 26-year-old Consecon man was issued four Provincial Offence Notices for a variety of Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act and Compulsory Automobile Act offences.

At 2:33am on the 19th of February another speeding vehicle was stopped on Hwy 62 near Burr Road. The driver, a 17 yr old male from Shannonville who possesses a G2 class licence, had been consuming alcohol and open alcohol was located in the vehicle. The driver was issued a roadside alcotest on which he registered a warn. The 17 yr old’s licence was suspended and he was issued four Provincial Offence Notices for both Highway Traffic Act and Liquor Licence Act offences. The 19 yr old passenger of the vehicle, of Belleville, was issued a Provincial Offence Notice for Consuming Liquor in Other Than a Licenced Premise under the Liquor Licence Act.

The OPP wants to remind drivers that speeding and drinking and driving remain leading causes of motor vehicle collisions and fatalities on OPP patrolled roads.

Drugs seized from Royal Road home

On Sunday the 19th of February a complaint was received by Prince Edward OPP officers regarding a residence on Royal Road where a possible firearm had been observed as well as marijuana plants growing within the home.

With the assistance of the Prince Edward County Crime Unit, a search warrant for the residence was obtained and subsequently executed on Monday the 20th of February.

A quantity of marijuana plants was located in the residence and the firearm in question turned out to be a pellet gun.

A male charged with Producing a Schedule II Substance under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act is to appear in Picton court on the 29th of March to answer to the charge.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Police release image of suspect in theft on Cty Rd 3
Overnight on the 11th of January 2017, an unknown suspect entered a business located on County Road 3 in Prince Edward County. While inside the suspect was observed on surveillance video walking about the business, ultimately stole a quantity of cash and then left the building.

The photo above is an image of the suspect from the business’ video surveillance.

The investigation is continuing.Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Cash register reported stolen from Picton business

UPDATE FEB 1 – With the assistance of the public a male was identified and arrested by Prince Edward OPP officers last night in connection with the incident.

A 54 year old Picton man will attend Ontario Court of Justice Belleville for a bail hearing today, charged with break and enter and possession stolen property.

Prince Edward OPP officers are investigating the theft of a cash register from Scott’s Store on Lake Street.

At about 6:40am Tuesday, officers were called to investigate a break and enter. The suspect(s) entered the variety store by forcing open a door and removing the register that contained a quantity of cash and then fled.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver Arrested

At 8:30am on the 12th of January, an officer with Prince Edward OPP was on routine patrol on Hwy 62 in a marked police cruiser equipped with an Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) device that identifies un-licenced drivers. A vehicle passed the officer and the ALPR device alerted.
During the subsequent stop, the officer noted the smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath. A Roadside Screening Device was administered to the driver which she failed. The driver was arrested and brought to the OPP detachment where she provided further breath samples confirming her blood alcohol content was in excess of the legal limit of 80mgs.
A 55-year-old Sophiasburgh woman was charged criminally with Impaired Operation and Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol. She was also charged with Driving without a license under the Highway Traffic Act. Her vehicle was impounded and her licence suspended for 90 days.
She is to appear in Picton court on the 1st of February to answer to her charges.

Cash, jewelry and firearm reported stolen

Update Jan 4 – A male known to the victim has been arrested and charged with the following criminal offences:
Break, Enter and Commit and Indictable Offence
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

The 36-year-old male, of Ameliasburgh Township, is to appear in Ontario Court of Justice Picton Feb. 1 2017 to answer to the charges.

Most of the stolen property, including the long gun and pellet gun, has been recovered.

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Two break and enters were reported to Prince Edward OPP over the past few days. One to a Main Street, Picton business and the other to a private residence in Sophiasburgh.

The first was reported to have happened between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Dec., 31 2016 where a front window to a local pizzeria on Main Street Picton was smashed. The business’ cash register containing a quantity of cash is reported stolen.

The second incident was reported on the evening Jan. 2 2017. A resident on Kimball Lane in Sophiasburgh reported they returned home at approximately 10 pm and discovered the home had been broken into. One long gun, a pellet gun, electronics, jewelry and ice skates are among the items reported stolen.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver lost control on icy road

On the 1st of January 2017, at 7:50am, Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to a single motor vehicle accident on Cty Road 49, south of Cty Road 35.
A nearby resident who was walking out of their home and observed the damaged passenger van in the ditch located an injured female trapped inside the vehicle and called 911.
The subsequent investigation revealed that at approximately 12:50am, the driver had been travelling southbound on Cty Road 49 and lost control on the icy road. The vehicle rolled over into the ditch, causing substantial damage to it, and injuring the driver. No one witnessed the collision and the vehicle was not visible to passing motorists resulting in the driver remaining trapped until the local resident observed the wreckage.
The driver, a 75-year-old woman from Hallowell, was transported to Picton hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

Impaired Driver Arrested

On the 29th of December 2016 at approximately 12:30pm, a Prince Edward Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer intercepted a vehicle on County Road 10 in Athol Township. The stop indicated that the adult female driver was under the influence of alcohol.
A 34-year-old woman from Athol Township was arrested and released to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on the 18th of January 2017 to answer to the charge of Operate Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol.

Click here for Prince Edward OPP Reports – 2016

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