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OPP Caution Businesses on Counterfeit Bills
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (7534 reads)

The OPP  is currently investigating occurrences involving counterfeit currency circulating in the Parry Sound area.

The currency involved is the $50 denomination. Several bills have been received in store deposits at a local bank.

Local retailers and the general public are reminded to be alert and to carefully inspect all currency to verify that it is authentic.   For further instruction regarding counterfeit prevention, the “bank note” section of offers valuable information.

Police advise you to examine any bill by touching it,  tilt the bill, look through the bill and look at the appearance of each security feature carefully.

The police have identified the following serial numbers that are counterfit. 

Serial numbers MA03086330A, MA03086315A and MA03086317A


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Hikers & Hunters Reminded to Exercise Caution When in the Bush
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (1382 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP would like to remind hunters and hikers to be safe in the bush this fall.

Police remind you, when hunting, it is important to have your hunting licence with you at all times.  Check to make sure it has not expired.  It is your responsibility to know the limits for your hunting area in respect to what you are hunting for.

Check your firearms licence to make sure  they are current. You must have a current licence to carry a firearm and have it with you.

When transporting your firearm and ammunition, ensure that both are secured properly. It is an offence to have a loaded firearm in your vehicle.

All hunters must wear hunter orange clothing. The more visible you are—the safer you will be.  It is also recommended that people hiking in the bush should wear hunter orange in order to be visible to others.

And remember to always tell someone where you will be hunting and when you expect to be back. Take a cell phone with you if possible, it will be helpful should you get lost or injured.

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Police Seek Culprit Who Damaged Watt Public School Field
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (1000 reads)

Bracebridge OPP is appealing for the public’s assistance regarding a mischief that occurred to the soccer field at Watt Public School sometime over the weekend of September 26 - 28th.  An unknown person drove a vehicle onto the soccer field and tore up the grass leaving a substantial amount of damage and rendering it temporarily useless for the children to utilize.

Watt Public School is located at 2794 Highway 141 in Utterson, with a school population just under 100 students. 

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Police Charge Man With Stunting
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (6545 reads)

On Sunday Sept 28, Police were patrolling Highway 69 in Archipelago Township.  At approximately 2:02 a.m. a northbound red Chrysler was observed travelling at a high rate of speed and was stopped for “Stunt Driving”.  Further investigation revealed a strong odour of alcohol coming from the driver.

The driver, Tom Mckenzie, 40, of Bear Island First Nation was arrested and has been charged with:

1.    Race a motor vehicle.  His Ontario Drivers Licence has been suspended for seven days and the vehicle he was operating was also seized for seven days.

2.    Impaired operation of a Motor Vehicle.

3.    Operate Motor Vehicle – Over 80 Mgs.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on November 6, 2014.

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Police Seize Firearm at RIDE Check
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (5929 reads)

On Sunday the West Parry Sound OPP were conducting R.I.D.E.program on Bowes Street in Parry Sound at approximately 1:30 a.m., when an officer detected a strong odour of marihuana coming from a grey Chevrolet truck.  As a result of police investigation marihuana and a firearm were seized.

Driver, Joshua Powless, 24, of Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations was charged with Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marijuana - under 30 grams.

Randy Johnson, 23, of Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations was charged with Transport firearm in a careless manner, Unauthorized possession, Knowledge of unauthorized possession and Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm.

Matthew Nadjiwon, 25, of Wasauksing First Nation was charged with Transport firearm in a careless manner, Unauthorized possession, Knowledge of unauthorized possession, Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm and Fail to Comply with conditions of undertaking.

The three accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on November 20, 2014.

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Youth Charged With Trafficking At Skateboard Park
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (7556 reads)

On Saturday September 27, a drug investigation by the Muskoka Vice street crime unit and the Central Region Emergency Response team resulted in charges at the Skatepark in Bracebridge.

The OPP has seized a quantity of Cannabis Marijuana with a street value of $7500.00.

A 17 year old male has been charged with Possession of a Schedule II - Marijuana substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.  The male was released with a December court date.

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Man Charged With DUI After Putting Car in the Ditch
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (5959 reads)

On Friday just after 10:00pm Huntsville OPP attended an accident on Muskoka Rd #117 in Lake of Bays Township.  A Ford Escape was stuck in a ditch.

Police found that the driver of the Ford had been drinking.  As a result Alexander Campbell, 59, of Calgary was arrested and charged with Impaired Driving and Car and Control of a motor vehicle with more than 80mgs of alcohol per 100mltrs of blood.  He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on November 5, 2014 to answer to his charges. 

The driver was served with a 90 day driver’s licence suspension and had his vehicle impounded for a period of 7 days.  He was not injured as a result of the collision.

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Stealing Gas Leads to Charges
Monday, September 29, 2014 (6940 reads)

Huntsville OPP responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven off without paying for gas early morning Sunday.  Police report that a white Suburban had left Mac’s convenience store on Main St in the town of Huntsville and drove toward Highway #11.

Officers located the white suburban on Highway #11 near Aspdin Road Huntsville.  Police determined that the  driver was suspended.  As a result of the traffic stop Tyson Tefler, 35, of Harris Twp, was charged with driving while under suspension and use plate that was altered.  He will return to Provincial Offences court on November 20th 2014 to answer to his charges.

The passenger drove back to the Mac’s mart and paid for the gas.

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Thefts Continue at CSC
Monday, September 29, 2014 (11953 reads)

Two more thefts that have taken place in the change rooms at the Summit Centre.  Police repot that on Saturday September 20,  a participant of a swim course had left his belongings including a Samsung Galaxy phone and cash in his pants pocket.  Sometime throughout the day thieves entered the change room and removed the belongings from the pants

Then  later on Saturday a family was visiting Huntsville from out of town and decided to use the pool at the Summit Centre.  They used the family change room and put their belongings in a locker, but did not secure it.  When they came back a pair of New Balance running shoes that belonged to the guests was missing.  The victim reported that they had put a watch and a solid silver bracelet in the shoes. 

Huntsville OPP would again like to remind people using the Summit Centre in Huntsville to take extra steps in securing their property.  Take advantage of the lockers provided and secure them.

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Police Charge Man After Pursuit
Monday, September 29, 2014 (6408 reads)

Bracebridge OPP charged a Parry Sound man with several criminal and highway traffic act charges after a pursuit.

Police report that on September 20th, at approximately 1:22 am a Bracebridge OPP officer conducted a traffic stop on Muskoka Road 169 in Gravenhurst.  While investigating the driver’s identity the driver sped away from the officer and a suspect apprehension pursuit was initiated.  The pursuit continued for several kilometres and was eventually discontinued.  A short time later the vehicle was located near Bala, having crashed into a hydro pole and the driver had fled.  The OPP conducted a thorough search of the area and the driver was not located. 

A thorough investigation was conducted and as a result of further evidence, the driver was identified as Shane Moyer, 42, of Parry Sound and charged with several criminal and highway traffic act charges including:

•         Fail to stop for police

         Theft of a motor vehicle

•         Obstruct peace officer

•         Possession of property obtained by crime

•         Dangerous operation of motor vehicle, along with several related charges.

Moyer is currently in custody and will reappear in Bracebridge court on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014.

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Police Investigate Vandalism at Cemetery
Monday, September 29, 2014 (1392 reads)

Police asking the public for any information they may have related to vandalism that took place in Parry Sound on Sept 23rd.

OPP report that they were called to investigate an act of vandalism at the Hillcrest graveyard in Parry Sound.  Police believe that one tombstone was picked up and broken over another tombstone. 

Police are looking for information from the public in regards to the persons responsible.  Contact OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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ATV Driver & Passenger Hurt After Leaving the Road
Monday, September 29, 2014 (3106 reads)

The West Parry Sound OPP responded to an ATV collision on September 25, on a trail near Clear Lake Road in Whitestone Township.

The driver and passenger were negotiating a curve when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the forest.  As the vehicle left the roadway, there was a slight incline of the ground which caused the driver and passenger to hit each other’s head. The victim, a 15 year-old female was transported from the scene by ambulance and flown to Toronto with unknown injuries.

The investigation into the cause of the collision continues.

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Three Charged in Grow Op Bust
Monday, September 29, 2014 (11786 reads)

On Friday, the Orillia OPP executed a warrant at an address on Monck Road in Ramara Township.

During the execution of the warrant, 121 marihuana plants, dried marihuana, production paraphernalia and trafficking paraphernalia were seized.  The plants were found inside and outside the residence.

Timothy Poole, 53, Mary Ann Poole, 51, both of Ramara Township, were arrested at the scene and has been charged with Possession of Cannabis Marihuana, Production of Cannabis Marihuana, Possession for the purpose of trafficking Cannabis Marihuana, Possession of Cannabis Resin and Production of Cannabis Resin.

Christine Poole, 33 years old of Springwater Township, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with Possession of Cannabis Marihuana and Production of Cannabis Marihuana.

Each party was released on their own Promise to Appear with a court date in Orillia on November 18, 2014.

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Logging Truck Driver Charged After Losing Load
Thursday, September 25, 2014 (7635 reads)

The Bracebridge OPP responded to a collision involving a truck carrying logs on Raymond Road at Windermere Road, in Muskoka Lakes Twp yesterday.

Police The truck overturned, impacting a second vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of Raymond Road. The logs were scattered across the roadway forcing the road to be shut down for a period of time for clean-up.

There were minor injuries reported as a result of the collision. Those injured were treated for their injuries in the hospital.

The driver of the truck has been charged with Careless Driving Section 130 under the Highway Traffic Act.

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Election Signs Stolen
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (1122 reads)

On Saturday September 20, the OPP investigated a second incident in the Almaguin Highlands involving missing and damaged Municipal election signs.  Sometime overnight between Friday September 19 and Saturday September 20, 2014 someone removed the signs from the Novar area and threw them in a local river.  Police warn that criminal charges could be laid, if any unauthorized person is caught removing election signs.

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Police Investigate Stolen ATV
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (2407 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated the theft of a 1986 yellow Yamaha ATV on Wednesday September 17.  Police report that sometime between September 14, and September 17, thieves entered the South Horn Lake, Armour Township property and stole the vehicle. 

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OPP Remove Man From Northland Bus
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (12463 reads)

On Monday, September 15, OPP were dispatched to Ontario Street in Burk’s Falls to assist with an intoxicated male on an Ontario Northland bus.

OPP arrested Donald Stillar, 62 of Severn Township and charged him with public intoxication, and smoking tobacco in a public place contrary to the Smoke Free Ontario Act. 

The accused was released from police custody.

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Police Bust Man With Crack Cocaine
Monday, September 22, 2014 (15915 reads)

Members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP were dispatched at 3:31am on Friday, September 19, after a motorist reported to the OPP Communications Centre a possible impaired driver north bound on Highway 400 in Georgian Bay Township.

The suspect passenger car was stopped near Twelve Mile Bay Road and officers conducted a roadside investigation which led to the lone male driver being taken into police custody.

A quantity of Canadian currency, a substance that would appear to be Crack Cocaine along with some personal property was seized from the vehicle during the course of the officers’ investigation.

As a result, Jordan Sheard, 20, of Springwater Township was arrested and charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 substance- Cocaine and also Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of Trafficking- Cocaine.  He was further charged with Possession Property Obtained by Crime over $5000.00

The accused was also wanted by Barrie Police Service in relation to a criminal investigation in the City of Barrie.

He was turned over to Barrie Police Service and was held for a bail hearing and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland at a future date.

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Police Searching For Cougar in Huntsville
Thursday, September 18, 2014 (73334 reads)

Huntsville OPP was made aware of a cougar on Highway 11 early this morning.  The animal was seen in the centre median about 5 kms north of South Mary Lake Road.

Later in the morning around 10:30am Huntsville OPP were made aware of a cougar that was on the rail tracks by the Huntsville Fire Department on Payne Drive behind KWH Pipe in Huntsville.  Members of the Huntsville Fire were made aware of the cougar on the tracks and observed it running toward the Hunters Bay Trail.  An extensive search of the area was done by the OPP, along with the on duty firefighters with negative results.

Residents are asked to exercise caution when outdoors as any wild animal can pose a danger given the right circumstances, do not try and capture the animal,  seek a safe location and stay there and call the police.

The Ministry of Natural Resources were made of the cougar seen in town and will continue to monitor the sightings.

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OPP Reports Mulitple Thefts at Canada Summit Centre
Thursday, September 18, 2014 (10771 reads)

Over the past few weeks, the Huntsville OPP has received several complaints of thefts at the Summit Centre. Items taken include cash, jewelry, clothing, shoes and other personal articles.  One victim had to leave the pool area in bare feet because his shoes had been taken from inside the door of the family change room.

With the busy hockey and activities season upon us, Huntsville OPP would like to remind parents and coaches to take extra steps to ensure that they leave their personal belongings either in a locked locker or take it with them while watching their children at the pool.  This is also a reminder to all the coaches and managers of hockey teams and skating clubs that locking the doors to the change room is best practice.

If anyone should see anything suspicious in and around the areas of the change rooms at either the pool or the two arenas is asked to contact Huntsville OPP.

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Police Investigate Stolen Election Signs
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (2419 reads)

On Tuesday September 9, OPP investigated the theft of 5 election signs from various areas along Highway 520, Ryerson Township.

The signs are red and white and states: “Time for change, elect Paul Sheets”.  The value of the missing signs is approximately $50.

Police warn that unauthorized removal of election signs could result in criminal code charges.

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Police Charge Two Drivers with Liquor Offenses
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (7126 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP conducted a R.I.D.E. Program On Friday September 12, at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 520 in Armour Township, when officers stopped a vehicle and observed an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.  The driver, Michael Kelly, 20, of Toronto Ontario was charged with Driving Motor Vehicle with Open Container of Liquor, contrary to the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario.

Then on Saturday September 13,., the Almaguin Highlands Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated a single motor vehicle collision that occurred at Valley View Road and Muskoka Road in Strong Township.

Officers observed a 2004 Chrysler vehicle stuck in the ditch.  The officers spoke to the driver and subsequently arrested the driver, Vern Markham, 35, of South River, with Impaired Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle, and Having More than 80 Milligrams of Alcohol in 100 Milliliters of Blood, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

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Four People Arrested After Cops Bust Grow Op
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (22015 reads)

On September 12, the Orillia OPP Street Crime Unit, in conjunction with the OPP Drug Enforcement Unit and other OPP units executed a warrant at an address on Port Severn Road in Severn Township.

During the execution of the warrant, 20 marihuana plants were seized along with a quantity of cash and dried marihuana.

Murray Leduc,, 50, of Severn Township, Joseph Leduc, 34.of Georgian Bay Township, Justin Leduc, 27, of Severn Township, and Jana Parker, 40, old of Midland were arrested at the scene and has been charged with Production of Marihuana, Possession of Marihuana and Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking.

All of the accused were released and will be in Orillia court on October 28, 2014.

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Police Arrest Four People After Being Flagged Down
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (31449 reads)

On September 12, the OPP were traveling eastbound on Bowes Street in the Town of Parry Sound when they were flagged down from a motorist traveling the same direction.

The officer pulled to the shoulder of the road with the vehicle and spoke with the driver. The female driver was requesting directions to Toronto as she was lost. Through the conversation the officer noticed damage to the front of the vehicle that had not been reported.

Police report the driver was on release conditions not to associate with several parties some of which were passengers in her vehicle.  In addition the officer noted the odour of marijuana emanating from the vehicle’s interior.

As a result, 20 year old Lashaena Williams,and Marcus Buchanan, 20, both of Hamilton has been charged with fail to comply with the conditions of an undertaking as well as possession of a controlled substance. 

The two remaining male passengers, Jordan Laframbroise, 21, and Julius Wilson, 20, both of Hamilton were released on Appearance Notices and will appear in a Parry Sound Court on the October 16 2014 on Possession charges.

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Man Arrested For Being Over the Legal Limit
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (4509 reads)

On September 8, OPP were on patrol in McDougall Township on Nobel Road and checked a vehicle on the shoulder of the road.

The officer noted the driver had the odour of alcohol on his breath and commenced an investigation as to his sobriety.

As a result of the investigation, a 24 year old Jacob Hammond, of Carling Township was charged with care and control of a motor vehicle while over 80 mgs of alcohol. The male will appear in a Parry Sound Court on October 2, 2014.

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Thieves Steal Broken Down ATV
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (2258 reads)

The West Parry Sound OPP responded to reports of a theft of an ATV on North Pickerel River Access Road in Mowat Township.

Police report that a 6 wheel Polaris Utility Vehicle used by Hydro One had broken down. The utility vehicle was not driveable and it would have had to have been either dragged out of the bush or loaded on a trailer.

The theft occurred between September 4 and Monday 8 of September.

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