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Man Arrested at RIDE Check
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (6836 reads)


Police were conducting a R.I.D.E check on Ontario Street, in Burk’s Falls on April 19th when the driver of a 2002 White Toyota Corolla, stopped at the check and was subsequently arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

The driver, Henry Murdy, 69, of Burk’s Falls, was charged and later released with driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and driving while ability impaired, contrary to the Criminal Code.

The accused is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge Ontario on Thursday May 8, 2014



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Police Investigate B&E's
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (4258 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP are investigating a break, enter and theft to a Highway 518 west residence in McMurrich/Monteith, Township.  Police report that on Monday, April 14, between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., thieves entered the residence and stole some jewelry, a gold bracelet and necklace.

Police also responded to another call on April 14, to another break, enter and theft, this time at a Deer Lake Road residence in Perry Township.  Thieves entered the residence and stole World War 2 medals and jewelry.  A white van was seen in the area and may be involved in the incident.

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



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Break In at Port Sydney's Freshmart
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (7432 reads)


Just after 12:00 noon on Sunday Huntsville OPP was notified of a break in that had occurred at the Fresh Mart Grocery Store/LCBO on South Mary Lake Rd., Port Sydney.

Police report that sometime overnight thieves had gained entry to the rear of the building.  Once inside the culprits entered the office part of the grocery store.  Initial investigation found that alcohol may have been taken. 

Huntsville OPP continues to investigate this break and enter and asked that if anyone had seen anything suspicious around the store later Saturday April 19tis asked to contact Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers.



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Disturbance Leads to Impaired Driving Charge
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (32134 reads)


On Friday just before 2:00am Police responded to a disturbance on Church St., in Huntsville.  Officers arrived to find a Ford ranger leaving the driveway, and stopped the vehicle to speak to the driver in relation to the disturbance call.

Police determined that the driver had been drinking.  Jonathan Smith, 22, of Huntsville was arrested and eventually charged with driving with more than 80mgs of alcohol per 100mltrs of blood.  The accused was released and will appear in Ontario Court of Justice, Huntsville on May 7, 2014 to answer to his charges.  He also was issued a 90 day driver’s licence suspension and had his vehicle towed and impounded for 7 days.



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Crime Stoppers Tips Result in Over $35,000 in Recovered Property
Thursday, April 17, 2014 (5822 reads)


Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka Crime Stoppers released their 1st quarter report today, which reviewed the over 400 tips and over 500 follow ups that Crime Stoppers had received from January to March of 2014. 

These calls assisted the Police in clearing 25 cases resulting in 24 arrests and 62 charges being laid for a variety of offences as well as $36,505 in illegal drugs and property being recovered.

The Crime Stoppers of Simoce-Dufferin-Muskoka Board approved $3,910 in reward payments for successful tips this quarter.  

Crime Stoppers is also looking for new volunteers to be a part of their team either on the Board of Directors or on one of their locally focused community committees. For more information about becoming a Crime Stoppers volunteer please visit their website at www.crimestopperssdm.com.

Or if you have information about a crime please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or go to www.tipsubmit.com to send a web tip.




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Long Weekend Safety is a Collective Responsibility Says OPP
Thursday, April 17, 2014 (199 reads)


The Central Region OPP is reminding the public that the Easter long weekend will be one that will see a significant increase in the number of vehicles on area roads and highways. That being said, road safety is and will always be a shared responsibility.


“There will be a noticeable OPP presence on our roads and highways as we continue in our efforts to make them the safest in North America” says OPP Central Region Chief Superintendent John Tod.


The OPP also asks that parents make sure that young children are properly secured in child safety seats and all others travelling in their vehicle.


Please do your part and make traffic and road safety an important element of any travel plans you may have this upcoming Easter long weekend.






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Police Warn "Stay Off the Ice"
Thursday, April 17, 2014 (687 reads)


The West Parry Sound OPP would like to remind the public that the ice has started to melt which means the thickness of the ice can’t be used to determine if the ice is safe. Ice can appear solid however the way the ice melts will dramatically weaken the surface even if it remains thick.  Ice that has formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks, old ice holes or around the mouths of rivers and streams can be weaker.  Ice can erode from the bottom up leaving you no obvious warning signs. The OPP are asking that you stay off the ice, it is not safe!
Police would also like to remind outdoor enthusiasts that all snowmobile trails groomed by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club (OFSC) are now closed for the season. For more information please go to http://www.pssd.ca/ .


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Three Charged in Home Invasion
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (54947 reads)


Bracebridge OPP have arrested three men for break and enter into a residence in Gravenhurst. 
Police report that on March 20, at approximately 11:00 pm three suspects forced their way into the residence in Gravenhurst. The two residents inside the home heard the suspects entering and confronted them. After a short altercation the suspects fled from the residence.
The three suspects were located by the Muskoka Crime Unit, the Community Drug Action Team, the Muskoka Vice Street Crime Unit and members of the Bracebridge OPP detachment. 
Glen Werney, 21, of Gravenhurst has been charged with
Assault with a weapon
Break, Enter dwelling house - commit indictable offence
Kyle Matts, 24, of Tay Township and Beau Desvereaux, 30, of Gravenhurst have both been charged with
Assault
Break, Enter dwelling house - commit indictable offence
The three males will appear in Bracebridge court this morning.


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Thieves Steal Snowmobile
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (2195 reads)


On Monday, April 7, the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated the theft of a 1998 Ski Doo MXZ Snowmobile.  The snowmobile was located at an Axe Lake Road residence in McMurrich/Monteith Township and was taken sometime between Monday, March 31, 2014 and Monday, April 7, 2014.  The vehicle is valued at approximately $2500.
 
Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this theft should contact the OPP or Crime Stoppers.


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Speeding Leads to DUI Charge
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (5732 reads)


On Saturday April 12, OPP were patrolling Highway 11, when they stopped a vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf for travelling at a very high rate of speed.  Police spoke to the driver and subsequently arrested him for having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

OPP charged, Christian Wojtasik, 25, of Mississauga, with drive with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, contrary to the Criminal Code.  The driver was also charged with race a motor vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

The accused is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge Ontario on Thursday May 29, 2014.

And at approximately 12:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 12, 2014 police stopped a Mazda 3 on Highway 11, Strong Township.  The vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed and the driver, Volodymyr Miklyukh, 21, of Mississauga, was subsequently charged with race a motor vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.



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OPP Advises Drivers and Passengers to Buckle Up This Long Weekend
Monday, April 14, 2014 (584 reads)


Seat belts will be the OPP’s main traffic focus over the Easter Long Weekend. Officers are urging those few non-compliant drivers and passengers who continue to put themselves and others at risk to buckle up every time they drive. They are asking the motoring public to work with them to keep 2014 seat belt related deaths, currently sitting at nine in OPP jurisdiction, from rising.

Road users should expect to see much higher volumes of traffic over the weekend, making it a particularly important weekend for all drivers, passengers and young children to be properly restrained, regardless of how short a trip people are taking.     

“Driving is a privilege, but is too often thought of as a right," said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, "all motorists need to be responsible and accountable for poor driving behaviors because they impact the safety of other road users."




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OPP Remind Us to Practice Good Bicycle Safety
Friday, April 11, 2014 (436 reads)


The West Parry Sound OPP would like to remind the public that several people are out riding their bicycles now that we are having some mild weather.

Cyclists must obey all traffic laws and they have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.  A bicycle is a vehicle, the same as a car or truck.  Riding on the road means riding with other traffic and this is only safe when everyone follows the same rules.  

The OPP points out that bicyclists cannot ride on crosswalks, must stop for school buses, be equipped with reflective lights and a bell, and that passengers are not allowed on a one person bike.

As a parent you have a responsibility to ensure that your child has the proper safety equipment as every cyclist under age 18 must wear an approved helmet.


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Police Identify Men Charged In Kearney Murder
Friday, April 11, 2014 (78672 reads)


Almaguin Highlands OPP have arrested and charged two men in connection with the death of Dolores White,, 85 years old, of Kearney.
 
The investigation began on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at approximately 2:30 a.m., when police responded to a 9-1-1 call and discovered the victim requiring medical attention as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation at her residence.  She was transported to the hospital where she died from her injuries.  
 
• Declan Letters, 23, of Kearney, Ontario is charged with first degree murder, contrary to the Criminal Code; 
 
• Brock Gould, 23, of McMurrich -Monteith Township is charged with accessory after the fact to murder, contrary to the Criminal Code.
 
Both accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in the Town of Parry Sound on Friday April 11, 2014.



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Arrests Made in Kearney Murder
Thursday, April 10, 2014 (90790 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP have arrested two individuals in relation to the death of Dolores White, 85 year old, who was the victim of a homicide on April 6, 2014.  OPP are not releasing the names of the two arrested parties at this time, until charges are formally laid.

 

The OPP would like to thank the public for information received during this investigation.



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Severn Township Man Charged with Child Luring
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (6081 reads)


On March 26, the Orillia OPP received a complaint involving sexual offences and the internet from a parent of a young child who resides in the United States.

An eleven year old child was chatting on a youth oriented chat line from her residence in Maryland. Fortunately the mother of the victim made it a practice to monitor her child’s computer use on the site.

Inappropriate conversations and images were received from the adult male and the parent contacted her local police who advised her to contact the OPP. With the information provided, the suspect was identified.

Then on April 7, officers from the Orillia OPP Crime Unit, the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit and the Technological Crime Unit executed a search warrant and arrested the suspect at his residence.

Jonathan Martin, age 34 of Severn Township has been arrested and was held for a bail hearing. He has been charged with luring a person under 16 years of age, indecent exposure to a person under 16 and making sexually explicit material available to a person under 16.




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Delores White Murdered - OPP Looking for Suspect
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (2223 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP and the Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch Acting Detective Inspector Jim Gorry, are continuing their investigation into the death of a Kearney, resident on Sunday. 

A post mortem examination was conducted at the Office of the Chief Coroner in Toronto, , on Monday.  As a result of that examination, it was determined that Dolores White, 85, was a victim of a homicide and died as a result of her injuries sustained from an altercation at her residence.

Police have a limited description of a male suspect who is described as approximately 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, wearing dark clothing.

The OPP is appealing to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity or has any information about this crime to call the OPP tip line at 1-855-677-4636 or Crime Stoppers.



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Huntsville OPP Detachment Closes for Repairs
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (4117 reads)


The Huntsville OPP Detachment building will be undergoing some minor repairs this coming weekend.  As a result, the Huntsville detachment office will be closed from 8:00am Saturday April 12, to 6:00pm Sunday April 13,. 

Although the building is closed to the public, the outside phone which connects directly to the Provincial Communications Centre in Orillia will remain operational.  The Mobile Support Unit will be onsite providing a workplace for those officers working over the weekend.

The building will return to normal operations effective Monday April 14, at 8:00am.



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Thieves Steal Generators
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (2540 reads)


On Saturday April 5, 2014, the Almaguin Highlands OPP received a call regarding a break enter and theft to a Union Street residence in Strong Township, Ontario.

Sometime between Monday March 31, and Saturday April 5, 2014 someone entered the residence garage and stole two small generators and a Dewalt drill in case.



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Woman Charged With Drinking & Driving
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (8507 reads)


The OPP were patrolling Highway 518 in the Town of Kearney on Sunday April 6, 2014 at approximately 4:00 a.m.  OPP stopped a blue Ford Winstar and subsequently arrested the driver for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.



The driver, Terri Kaercher-McKay, 45, of Perry Township was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.  The accused was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge Ontario on Thursday May 8, 2014.



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Police Investigate B&E in Burks Falls
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (27339 reads)


On Sunday April 6, 2014 the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated a break and enter to a residence on Yonge Street, in Burk’s Falls.

Sometime between 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. theives entered the residence.  Police are still investigating and it is unsure what is missing if anything from the residence.

Anyone with information about this crime or any other crime is asked to call their local Police.



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Police Investigate Rash of Break In's in Sequin
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (2137 reads)


The Police are investigating several more break, enter and thefts from the Seguin Township area.

Between April 1 and April 6 2014, a break-in occurred on Christie Bay Road. A red Can-Am All-Terrain Vehicle and a chainsaw were taken from a locked garage.

Then on April 2, 2014 three white/cream colour Stihl chainsaws were stolen from a work vehicle at a business on JR Drive.

On April 3, 2014 a snowmobile trailer containing two black Bombardier snowmachines were stolen from a residence on Lake Joseph Road.

And on April 3, 2014 a flatbed trailer was stolen from a residence on Horseshoe Lake Road. The trailer was later located approximately 50 km from the victim’s residence, abandoned.



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Police Continue Investigation into Suspicious Death
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (8968 reads)


Delores White, the subject of a suspicious death investigation by police is remembered as a well loved person in the little town that was rocked by her death on Sunday.

While no other details have been released by police as they continue their investigation, some residents are concerned for their own safety after police included a reminder for residents to be "aware of their own personal safety at all times" in the press release.

The police continue their investigation and are canvassing the town interviewing residents.



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Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography
Monday, April 07, 2014 (29725 reads)


On March 4, West Parry Sound OPP received information regarding stolen property and child pornography.  As a result police entered into a criminal investigation.

On March 27, 2014 Police executed a search warrant at a residence in Collingwood.

Police subsequently recovered stolen property from within the residence. The CSES analyzed the contents of all involved computer electronics and discovered contents of child pornography. 

Joseph Nixon, 27, of  Collingwood was charged with the following:

-       Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000

-       Fail to Comply With Probation Order

-       Possession of Child Pornography – 2 counts

The accused was held pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice Barrie.



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Police Investigate Spate of Break & Enters
Monday, April 07, 2014 (13806 reads)


On Thursday April 3, Police was advised of a break in to a residence on Lake Dr. in Huntsville.   The victim had left the residence for a short time in the afternoon to run some errands, when she returned she found that her house had been broke into.

Thieves had pried open the kitchen window and removed the screen.  Once inside the thieves went through cabinets on the main floor locating and taking a small collection of silver dimes.  They made their way upstairs into the bedrooms, where they found and removed some cash that was stored away along with some jewelry.

Then on Thursday April 3, just after 9:00pm OPP were notified of an attempt break in to a residence on King St.  The victim had left for the afternoon and found that the screen had been removed from one of her ground floor windows, and damage was done to the window in attempt to get in.  It does not appear that the culprit entered the residence.

On Friday April 4th  at about 6:45 in the morning the owners of Main St Café on Main St in the town of Huntsville arrived to find that front door was unlocked.  Sometime during the night hours, unknown persons entered the business.  At the time of the report it was unknown if anything was taken.

And on Sunday April 6th, police were notified of a break in on West Brown’s Road.  The victims had been gone for a short time, and found their kitchen window had been broken into, and the screen removed.  Once inside the thieves went to the second floor of the residence and removed jewelry, cash, and two fire boxes that containing American currency, jewelry, passports, identification papers and other personal papers.

Anyone that may information into these break ins is asked to contact Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers.



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Police Charge Two with DUI
Monday, April 07, 2014 (14976 reads)


On Friday April 4, OPP were on patrol in the town of Huntsville when they noticed a Honda Civic on Main St that was driving without lights on, and subsequently stopped it.

The driver Derek Todd, 37 of Novar was found to have been drinking. He was eventually arrested and charged with having more than 80mgs of alcohol per 100mltrs of blood under the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was released and will appear in Ontario Court of Justice Huntsville on May 5th 2014 to answer to his charges.

Then on Saturday April 5, just before 8:00pm officers observed a vehicle driving erratically On Highway 11 near Rowanwood Road.  The officer stopped the vehicle and found the driver had been drinking.  As a result of the traffic stop Robert Irwin, 30, of Barrie was charged with Impaired Driving and having more than 80mgs of alcohol per 100mltrs of blood under the Criminal Code of Canada.  He was also charged with Possession of Schedule 11 drug – marihuana. 

He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Huntsville on June 4, 2014 to answer to his charges.



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Car Impounded After Driver Caught Speeding
Monday, April 07, 2014 (7832 reads)


Police were conducting radar on Highway 400 at Oastler Park Drive in Seguin Township on March 31, when they observed a vehicle  speeding.  The officer conducted a traffic stop and determined that the driver had several driver’s licence suspensions.

Rande Gauthier, 24, of Marhkam, was charged with:

-       Driving while Disqualified –  under Court Order,

-       Driving while Under Suspension, – 2 counts

-       Speeding

The accused will appear before the Parry Sound Ontario Court of Justice on May 1, 2014 to answer to his charges.

The vehicle was towed and will be impounded for a minimum of 45 days.

 



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RIDE Stop Results in Possession Charge
Monday, April 07, 2014 (5402 reads)


On April 3, the Police were conducting a R.I.D.E check at the intersection of Cascade Street and William Street in Parry Sound.

The officer observed an odour of Marijuana coming from the vehicle and the driver was arrested. A subsequent search revealed Marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Grant Magee, 19, of Parry Sound was charged with Possession of a Schedule II Substance, Cannabis Marijuana - Under 30 grams contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The accused will appear before the Parry Sound Ontario Court of Justice on May 15, 2014 to answer to his charge.



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Suspicious Death in Kearney
Sunday, April 06, 2014 (33884 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP and  under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch,  are investigating a suspicious death in the town of Kearney. 

 

On Sunday, April 6, 2014, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Almaguin Highlands OPP received a 9-1-1 call from a residence in the town of Kearney.  Police discovered a female who required medical attention and was transported to the hospital by Parry Sound EMS where she succumbed to her injuries.

 

A post mortem is scheduled for Monday. 

 

Anyone with information about this crime or any other crime is asked to call the OPP or Crime Stoppers.

 

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Be Bear Wise This Spring
Friday, April 04, 2014 (8413 reads)


The OPP are reminding people to take simple precautions this spring to prevent attracting black bears as they come out of hibernation. The potential for human-bear conflicts increases when there is little natural food available for bears. If this happens, black bears will search for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, which can draw bears to populated areas.

If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behavior, call 911 or your local police. 

“I urge Ontarians to take all necessary steps to reduce their interactions with bears. If there is an immediate threat to public safety from a bear, the OPP will respond in our jurisdiction to protect our citizens with the assistance of the Ministry of Natural Resources.” said Vince Hawkes, Commissioner of the OPP.

To reduce the possibility of attracting bears, follow these simple instructions to minimize the chances of attracting bears:
- Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids. 
- Put out garbage only on the morning of pickup.
- Put away bird feeders. Seed, suet and nectar also attract bears.
- Pick fruits and berries as they ripen -- don't let them rot on the ground.
- Clean outdoor barbecue grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills. 


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Police Nab $275,000 Worth of Pot
Friday, April 04, 2014 (24448 reads)


On Thursday, the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, North Bay Drug Unit supported by OPP Almaguin Highlands OPP, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a residence in South River.

As a result of this investigation an indoor marijuana growing operation was dismantled.  A total of 266 cannabis marihuana plants and growing equipment was seized along with three pounds of marihuana.  One adult was charged and will appear in court May 29, 2014.

The street value of the drugs seized is $275,000.

Charged is Lawrence PALMER, age 72, of South River with

Production of a Controlled Substance – 1 Count

Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking – 1 Count



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Police Searching for Stolen Generator
Friday, April 04, 2014 (3761 reads)


Police are investigating a theft from a business in Seguin Township that occurred sometime between 1:30 p.m. on April 2 and 8:00 a.m. on April 3, 2014.

Police report that the suspect cut several locks to enter the property. The items stolen include a red 10,000 Watt Generac Generator estimated value of $2,000 and approximately 900 litres of dyed Diesel Fuel.

Any person with information regarding the person responsible for this theft should contact the OPP or Crime Stoppers.



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Police Looking for ATV Thieves
Friday, April 04, 2014 (652 reads)


West Parry OPP are investigating a theft of a green Arctic Cat ATV from a residence on Duck Lake Road in Seguin Township. The ATV was taken sometime between the evening of April 1 and morning of April 2, 2014. The suspect used bolt cutters to enter a locked shed.



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OPP Seize 33 Pounds of Marijuana
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (16883 reads)


On Tuesday April 1, the West Parry Sound OPP received information from the RCMP regarding a male travelling on a train from British Colombia to Parry Sound with a large quantity of Marijuana.

When the train arrived in the town of Parry Sound, police located a male that matched the description provided and arrested him. As a result of the investigation, police seized 33 pounds of Marijuana in the male’s luggage.

Devyn Barclay, 25 years of age from Muskoka Township was charged with trafficking marijuana and failing to comply with a probation order.

The accused was held pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice Parry Sound.



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