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Police Investigate Stolen Election Signs
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (2219 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 (6561 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 (21130 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 (29586 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 (4355 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 (2110 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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Police Charge Gravenhurst Man With Possession of Child Porn
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (12781 reads)


Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Technological Crime Unit and the Bracebridge OPP Detachment have arrested and charged a Gravenhurst man following a six month child pornography investigation.

Police report that on September 9, 2014 police executed a search warrant at a Gravenhurst residence after receiving information that an individual was accessing and in possession of Child Pornography.  As a result of the investigation, one computer and related computer equipment pertinent to the investigation was seized.

On September 9, 2014, police arrested Lyle Clayton Fitchett, 36 years-old of Gravenhurst and charged him with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Accessing Child Pornography. 

The accused appeared for a bail hearing on September 10, 2014 and was released with conditions.  The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on September 30, 2014.



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Police Warn Charges are Likely For Those Stealing Election Signs
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (2890 reads)


The Bracebridge OPP is currently investigating thefts of elections signs reported overnight.

On September 9, there were multiple election signs stolen overnight from the same area near Harris Street on 118 West in Port Carling. The theft was not specific to one particular candidate.

The Bracebridge OPP is investigating these occurrences and would like to remind residents to be vigilant in their neighbourhoods to report such incidents immediately.

Anyone taking election signs without authority to do so could be criminally charged with theft under $5000, and have to attend court to answer to their charge.



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Port Sydney Man Charged With Assault
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 (22849 reads)


On Monday September 8, at approximately 10:30 a.m., officers from the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated an assault that was a result of road rage.

Police report that the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck struck a Kia Soul when he attempted to back into a parking spot in an Armour Township parking lot.  Both drivers got out of their vehicle however, the driver of the Kia was very angry and pushed the driver of the pickup truck.  There were no injuries.

OPP arrested and charged the driver of the Kia, Miles Brush, 24 of Port Sydney, Ontario with assault, contrary to the Criminal Code.

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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Police Remind Residents That Stealing Election Signs is a Criminal Offence
Monday, September 08, 2014 (1290 reads)


The OPP have has received complaints regarding the theft of election signs in the Seguin Township area. The OPP would like to remind the public that it is an offense under the Criminal Code of Canada to steal property, even election signs on the side of the road.

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for these thefts should immediately contact the OPP.



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Huntsville Man Charged With Possession of Child Pornography
Monday, September 08, 2014 (56937 reads)


Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, OPP Technological Crime Unit and the Huntsville OPP Detachment have arrested and charged a Huntsville man following an on-line undercover child pornography investigation.







Police report that on September 4, police executed a search warrant at a Huntsville residence.  As a result of this investigation, four computer systems and external media were seized which contained images of child sexual abuse.  







Jaques Francois Roger Comte, 45, of Huntsville, has been charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, one count of Making Available Child Pornography and one count of Accessing Child Pornography.  The accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on September 17, 2014.



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Police Nab Drunk Driver
Friday, September 05, 2014 (4772 reads)


On Friday August 29, 2014 the Police received a complaint of a possible impaired driver southbound on Highway 11 from South River.  OPP stopped the vehicle, at Katrine Road in Armour Township.

The driver, James Barrett 58 of Harrisonburg, Virginia was arrested and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, contrary to the Criminal Code.

The accused is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday September 25, 2014.



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Man Charged With Assault With a Weapon
Friday, September 05, 2014 (9246 reads)


Police were called to investigate an assault that took place on Wednesday August 27, in the Burk’s Falls.

Two men were confronted by a third man on Ontario Street in Burk’s Falls, when he, assaulted one of the men with a knife.  The altercation ensued resulting in the accused suffering a cut to his hand.

The altercation was interrupted by a witness who called police and EMS who transported the accused to hospital with minor injuries.

The accused, Jason Tapp, 24 of Burk’s Falls, Ontario was arrested, charged with assault with a weapon.  The accused was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound, Ontario on Friday August 29, 2014.



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Almaguin Highlands OPP Lay 30 HTA Charges on Labour Day Weekend
Friday, September 05, 2014 (2071 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP were patrolling the Almaguin Highlands Highways this Labour Day Weekend.  Officers issued 30 Provincial Offence Notices which included 17 speeding charges, one Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act charge, one Liquor License Act charge, two Off Road Vehicle Act charges and 8 other Highway Traffic Act charges.



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Police Kept Busy by Thieves
Friday, September 05, 2014 (7437 reads)


On Sunday August 31, 2014, the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated the theft of an outboard motor from a Horn Lake Road, Armour Township residence.

Police report that sometime between Sunday August 10, and 23, thieves stole a 2012, 8 horse power two stroke Yamaha motor from the property.  The value of the motor is approximately $2000.

Then sometime between Sunday August 24,  and Tuesday September 2, 2014 thieves entered the residence and stole a razor, cologne, a paddle boat, liquor, binoculars and speakers from an Armour Township residence. 

And OPP are investigating a break enter and theft to a Hunter Street residence in South River, .

On Monday September 1, thieves entered the residence and stole several hundred dollars in change, a satellite receiver and golf clubs.



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2 More Arrests in Kidnapping Case
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (31489 reads)


Two more people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault of Huntsville resident that took place on Thursday August 28th. Police earlier reported that John Merkel,  27 of Huntsville was arrested after he assaulted threatened and confined the victim for 24 hours.  It was also reported that the victim was taken to a local bank and forced to remove his money from the account.

Merkel was in court today for a bail hearing and a publication ban was put in place by the judge hearing the case.  No names have been released.



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Pilot & Passenger Unhurt in Plane Crash
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (3572 reads)


The West Parry Sound OPP responded to a plane crash on that occurred on Monday. 

Police report that two males attempted to take off from Whitestone Lake at 4:25 p.m. when the plane experienced engine trouble. 

Members of the OPP and the Whitestone Fire Dept. attended Whitestone Lake and located the airplane in the area of Docks Island.  The pilot and his son had been located by a nearby cottager and transported to his cottage by boat.  Both were uninjured.

The West Parry Sound OPP Marine Unit located a 1978 Cessna Skyhawk 2 partially submerged in the water, with extensive damage. 

The Transport Safety Board has assigning an investigator to investigate the collision.



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Huntsville OPP Officer Hurt in Collision
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (17723 reads)


The OPP is currently investigating a serious motor vehicle collision that occurred in Severn Township.

At 8:05 a.m. this morning, OPP responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Cambrian Road and Brennan Line in Severn Township.  Officers arrived at scene and located two vehicles that had been involved in a collision.  A pickup truck had been travelling west bound on Brennan Line and a van had been travelling south bound on Cambrian Road.

The driver of the van, an on-duty OPP officer from Huntsville, was transported to a Toronto area trauma centre with serious but non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the pickup truck, from Orillia, was not injured.  There were no passengers in the vehicles.

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene of the collision and are investigating.  No names have been released.



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They Can Run, But They Can't Hide
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (10312 reads)


On Monday Police responded to a break in, in progress to a business on King William St in Huntsville.

Police report that when they arrived, the youth ran from the business and were eventually located a short distance away.  As a result of the investigation three young offenders were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property. A fourth young offender faces charges of possession of stolen property and an added charge of escape lawful custody.

Huntsville OPP continues to investigate this break and enter.



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Charges Laid After Accidents Cause Injuries
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (6475 reads)


On Saturday just after 9:00pm Huntsville OPP along with Muskoka EMS responded to a serious collision involving an ATV near Paint Lake Road in Lake of Bays Twp.  Emergency services attended the area located the ATV but couldn’t locate the occupants.  A search of the area led to the locating of the driver of the ATV.  He suffered minor injuries in relation to the crash.  As a result of the investigation a 51year old man from Lake of Bays Twp. was eventually charged with fail to report a collision and careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act. 



Then on Sunday, Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police along with Muskoka EMS attended a motor vehicle into a tree on Old Aspdin Rd., Huntsville.  The passenger of a Plymouth Neon was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.  As a result of the investigation a 17 year-old youth of Huntsville was charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.



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Distracted Driving Causes Two Deaths on Long Weekend
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (7856 reads)


Driver distraction was a factor in two of the four fatal motor vehicle collisions the OPP investigated over the Labour Day Long Weekend, pushing the number of 2014 distraction-related roads deaths up to 39.

The drivers lost their lives over the same weekend that the OPP deployed its 10 re-purposed distracted driving enforcement vehicles across the province. 

As of the end of the Labour Day Weekend, the OPP has laid more than 11,500 Highway Traffic Act charges so far this year.



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Man Charged With Kidnapping and More
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 (35941 reads)


On August 30, Huntsville OPP responded to reports of an assault that had taken place at a residence in Huntsville.

Police report that the victim was taken into a residence on Thursday August 28 and forced to remain there for about 24 hours.  In that time the victim was assaulted, threatened and was not allowed to leave.  The victim was taken to a local bank and forced to remove his money from the account.

As a result a search warrant was conducted on the residence where the accused John Merkel, 27, of Huntsville was located.  He has since been charged with Kidnapping, Robbery, Forcible Confinement, Assault and Breach of Probation under the Criminal Code of Canada.  He faces further charges of possession of a controlled substance.  The accused was remanded into custody and held for a bail hearing in Bracebridge on September 3, 2014 to answer to his charges.



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