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Missing Child Returned to Parents.
Thursday, September 03, 2015 (13152 reads)

A missing child has been returned to his parents after getting lost in Seguin Township. 
On Sept. 2 at around 12:11 a.m. police from the West Parry Sound detachment received a call of a missing child near Seguin Trail. 
A group of people had boated to a point of land from a cottage and after exiting the boat the adults lost sight of their three-year-old. The Northeast Region Emergency Response Team and a canine unit were called into assisting the search. 
The child was eventually found sitting and crying on the Seguin Trail by a local resident searching on an ATV and was returned to his parents. 

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OPP Targeting Distracted Drivers This Long Weekend
Thursday, September 03, 2015 (327 reads)

The final weekend of summer is upon us and OPP remind motorists that officers will be out on the roads and looking for distracted drivers.  Police report that so far this year, 41 deaths have been attributed to distracted driving on OPP-patrolled roads and the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers is up twenty percent compared to this time last year.

While police are committed to raising awareness about the dangers of driving while distracted this Labour Day Weekend, they are also enforcing new legislation that carries tough new penalties that go with it.  As of September 1st, the new set fine for distracted driving is $490 and 3 demerit points.  If contested, drivers can be fined up to $1000 upon conviction for inattentive driving.  Police are serious about this deadly driving practice, and the OPP is hopeful that higher fines will help reduce the number of distracted driving-related deaths and collisions on Ontario roads. 

Brad Blair, OPP Deputy Commissioner, Traffic Safety and Operational Support “texting while driving is especially dangerous. Leave the phone alone while driving.  I encourage all motorists to keep their eyes on the road; let’s make sure everyone gets to their destination safely this Labour Day weekend,”  he said.

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Numerous Bear Encounters in Georgian Bay.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (11267 reads)

Police in Georgian Bay are asking that the public exercise caution when in the outdoors after receiving several calls regarding bears over the last number of weeks. 
Police report that on Aug. 21 they received several calls from the Go Home River area about an intrusive bear that had broken into a cottage by ripping off the building's siding. The bear had also damaged other buildings. 

On Aug. 25, police received word of a bear spotted swimming in Georgian Bay off of Hoyt Avenue in Victoria Harbour, only to swim to show and retreat into a wooded area at Hoyt Avenue and Park Street. 

Then on Aug. 29, the Ministry of Natural Resources received world about a black bear spotted in Port Severn. Police report that a number of bears had been seen in the area of the South Bay Yacht Club, likely due to access to an old grease bin which has since been removed. 
Police are advising that people store garbage properly, put garbage out only on the morning of pick up, clean barbecues and put away wildlife feeders that also attract bears.

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Thieves Steal Tailgate at Dealership
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (3425 reads)

Police report that sometime overnight between Friday August 28, and Saturday August 29,  thieves entered the property of a car dealership located on Hanes Road in the Town of Huntsville and removed a tailgate from a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup truck Black in colour. The tailgate is valued at $1500.

Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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Police Looking for Tips in 25 Year Old Murder.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (18058 reads)

OPP are re-opening a case that has been cold for 25 years, hoping new tips will lead to a resolution. 
Police issued a release stating that they are looking for information on the 1990 murder of 13-year-old Leah Sousa, who was sexually assaulted and murdered in the backyard of her home in Cumberland Beach. 
Investigators have been assigned to the case over the course of the last 25 years and currently have a file that is one of the largest in OPP history. 

The case is currently being investigated by the OPP's Criminal Investigation Branch with detective inspector Dave Robinson saying, 

"I strongly believe that there is someone who still resides in the area who possesses the information that will help us solve this crime and after 25 years, there is no time like the present to come forward with that information." 

To further encourage people coming forward, the OPP is offering a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Sousa's killer. 

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP, Crime Stoppers or a special tip hotline at (705)329-7558.

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Parry Sound Police Looking to Return Stolen Goods.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (7222 reads)

Police from the West Parry Sound detachment arrested a youth after a resident chased the youth from his Parry Sound home during the early evening hours of Aug. 18.

Upon investigation police found that the youth had entered a number of unlocked homes and possibly vehicles and had stolen various items.

The police have since recovered the stolen property but are seeking the publics help in determining the owners. They are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at 705-746-4225

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Man Airlifted After SUV Leaves Roadway
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 (4795 reads)

Police report that on Sunday August 30,  at approximately 3:00pm they were dispatched to a single motor vehicle collision on Highway #141 in Utterson.  Police report that a westbound Sports Utility Vehicle left the roadway, and  the resulting collision left the driver with serious injuries. The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment and then airlifted to a Toronto area hospital.

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*UPDATED* Crews Respond to Hidden Valley Area Fire.
Monday, August 31, 2015 (5541 reads)

A fire that broke out earlier today at a home on Hidden Valley Road has had its cause determined. 
Just prior to 11 a.m. this morning, crews from the Huntsville Lake of Bays Fire Department responded to the fire after the buildings lone resident was alerted by the smoke alarm. 
The lone occupant attempted to put out the fire but was not successful. Upon arrival of fire crews the fire was contained to the basement. 
Investigators determined that the fire began in a basement sauna, as witnesses had previously reported, when combustible materials stored near the sauna ignited. 
Damage is estimated at around $195,000 and the two adjacent buildings also suffered smoke damage as a result. 

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OPP Remind Motorists That Failing to Stop For School Buses Could Result in a Hefty Fine
Monday, August 31, 2015 (617 reads)

Back-to-school is a busy time for everyone and it is important for drivers to be extra vigilant and to pay attention to the flashing red lights and other safety equipment used on buses.

OPP is teaming up with School Bus Operators  to educate the public and to raise awareness about the possible serious consequences of ignoring school bus flashing lights.

Between September 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, the North East Region OPP responded to 22 collisions involving school buses.  Thankfully, there were no serious injuries sustained to any of the involved drivers or passengers.

The OPP remind motorists that it is illegal to fail to stop for a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal lights flashing. For a first time offence, you can be fined from $400 to $2,000 and have six demerit points added to your licence.  In Ontario, school-bus drivers and other witnesses can report vehicles that have illegally passed a school bus. If you are the vehicle’s registered owner, these same fines may be applied to you.

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OPP Looking for Stolen Truck.
Friday, August 28, 2015 (3614 reads)

Police from the Almaguin Highlands OPP is investigating the theft of a truck from Emsdale.

Sometime between July 29 and Aug. 5, a blue 2002, Diesel Dodge Ram pick-up struck was stolen from a business on Star Lake Road in Perry Township. Police are asking anyone with information to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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Police Looking for Stolen Tires.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 (3318 reads)

Police are looking for suspects in the theft of numerous tires from Huntsville residences last night. 
Police report that over the night of Aug. 26 and 26, four tires were removed from the outside of a residence. During their investigation it came to light that another set of tires had also been stolen from Ron Pratt Electrical on Main St. W in Huntsville. The second set of tires were described as TOYO brand, 19.5 inch mounted on grey rims. 
Anyone with information should contact the Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers. 

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Traffic Stop Nets Contraband Cigarettes.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 (5642 reads)

Police discovered a cache of illegal cigarettes after pulling over a speeding vehicle in Georgian Bay. 
On Tuesday, Aug. 25 at around 2:40 p.m. police pulled a vehicle over for driving at 136 km in an 80 km construction zone.  Upon investigation it was found that the driver was in possession of a number of boxes of unmarked cigarettes. Police subsequently seized the cigarettes and charged the driver, Joshua Commandant, 37, of Bala, with speeding, stunt driving, possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale. 
Commandant will be in a Penetanguishene courthouse on Oct. 1 for the speeding charges and Nov. 19 for the tobacco contraband charges.

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Dirt Bike Rider Charged with DUI After Being Stopped with Without Helmet
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (9198 reads)

On Saturday August 22, 2015 at approximately 8:00 p.m OPP were patrolling So-Ho-Mish Road in Perry Twp. when they stopped a dirt bike with two occupants.  Neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a helmet.
Police report that the driver of the dirt bike had consumed alcohol and was subsequently arrested and charged for having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in his blood. The driver was also charged with fail to wear proper helmet on motorcycle.
The accused, Robert Morton, 35, of North York was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge Ontario on September 24, 2015.

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Police Investigating Theft from Garden Shed
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (1827 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP are investigating a theft from a garden shed on Chewynd Road.  
Police report that sometime between August 17, August 21, thieves broke into the garden shed and stole:
• two boxes of vinyl flooring, 
• four RVuteck windows
• Mastercraft air compressor
• Mastercraft garden shears
• Yardworks lawnmower
• Stihl chainsaw
• Evinrude 9.9 outboard motor 
The approximate value of the stolen property is $2000.

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Man Charged with Uttering Threats.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (12757 reads)

A 21-year-old man has been charged with uttering threats after allegedly threatening sev eral youths with a knife on Golf Course Road in Minden Hills.

On Aug. 22 at around 4 p.m. police from the Haliburton Highlands detachment received a report of a male having threatened a number of youths. Police located the man near the scene without incident and he was found to have been in possession of a pocket knife.

As a result, Jamie Howard-Clarke has been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats and breach of a probation order.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Charges
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (5802 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP were patrolling Armour Township on August 20,  when they  stopped a driver for having a suspended drivers licence.  Police report that the driver had in excess of 80 milligrams of alcohol and was arrested and charged with:

• Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in blood

• Drive while under suspension,

• Two counts of driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor,

The accused, Daniel Kidd, 56, of Armour Township was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge Ontario on September 24, 2015.

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ATV Accident Claims Life.
Monday, August 24, 2015 (28855 reads)

A 12-year-old girl has died after a ATV accident yesterday.

On Sunday, Aug. 23, police from the Alamguin Highlands as well as the Huntsville detachment responded to an ATV accident in McMurrich Township. 

At around 11:15 a.m., Jessica Coupland, of Caledon, lost control of her ATV while riding on Fisher Creek Road. Her ATV rolled over into a ditch and on top of her.

Coupland, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was transported to hospital by paramedics but was ultimately pronounced dead.

A post mortem is being conducted today.

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ATV Crash Ends in Broken Arm for Youth
Monday, August 24, 2015 (9440 reads)

EMS, Perry Fire and OPP all responded to reports to male youth who lost control on an ATV on Saturday and struck a tree in Perry Twp.  Police report that the victim was conscious and suffered what appeared to be a broken arm.

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*UPDATED* Crash Sends Two to Hospital
Monday, August 24, 2015 (13627 reads)

The condition of a man injured in a motor vehicle accident yesterday has had his condition downgraded from life threatening to non-life threatening.

On Sunday Aug. 23, police responded to an accident at the intersection of Old Fort Road and Highway 12 in Tay Township.

A male involved in the accident was initially transported by Ornge ambulance to a Toronto area hospital with life threatening injuries but his condition has since stabilized  

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision and no names have been released.

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12 Year Old Without Vital Signs After ATV Accident
Monday, August 24, 2015 (4333 reads)

A 12 yr old girl has been to hospital after an incident on an ATV yesterday.  Police report that vital signs were absent as the youth was transported by paramedics. OPP are investigating and no other details have been released as press time.

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Slew of Charges for Huntsville Man.
Friday, August 21, 2015 (22139 reads)

On Wednesday August 12, 2015 at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Almaguin Highlands OPP received a traffic complaint of a vehicle travelling north bound on Highway 11 at a fast rate of speed.

Police observed the vehicle travelling in excess of 150 kilometers per hour and stopped the vehicle on Ontario Street in the Village of Burk’s Falls.

OPP spoke to the driver and subsequently arrested and charged Jordan Flintoft, 25 of Huntsville Ontario with the following offences:
• Driving with ability impaired 
• Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood 
• Take motor vehicle without consent, 
• Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, 
• Drive motor vehicle – perform stunt – speeding by 50 or more kilometers per hour,  
• Driving while under suspension,

The accused was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday September 24, 2015 in Sundridge, Ontario.

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Fire Causes $95,000 in Damages.
Friday, August 21, 2015 (2564 reads)

Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department responded to a structure fire just before 3:30 a.m. yesterday.  Upon arrival, crews from Station 1 found a garage fully involved on King Street in Huntsville. The building and contents suffered heavy fire damage. A vehicle inside the garage was also destroyed. Two homes adjacent to the garage suffered some heat damage as did two other vehicles parked in the driveway.

Damage is estimated at $95,000.00 and no cause has yet been determined.

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Ryerson Woman Charged with Theft, Possession of Cocaine.
Friday, August 21, 2015 (19229 reads)

On Monday Aug. 17, 2015 Officers from the OPP Crime Unit arrested and charged a Ryerson Township female with possession of stolen property.  Police report that officers have had an ongoing investigation into several thefts in the Almaguin Highlands area and as a result police arrested and charged Marie Turner, 43 with:

• Theft over $5000, 
• Eight counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, 
• Possession of a schedule I substance, cocaine,

The accused was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday Sept. 24, 2015 in Sundridge, Ontario.


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Police Investigating Logging Site Thefts.
Friday, August 21, 2015 (5090 reads)

The OPP are investigating the theft of numerous tools from a logging site on Highway 518 West.
Police report that thieves  entered the property sometime between 6:00 p.m., Sunday August 16, and Monday August 17, 2015 and stole a number of items including:
• Green Greenlee outdoor storage box
• Various Hand tools
• Six tool box organizers filled with electrical and hydraulic parts
• Two Alemite grease guns
• 25 foot logging chain
• Black ROK outdoor storage box
• Stihl pole saw
• Husqvarna 435 chainsaw
• Assorted electrical and hydraulic parts and fittings for tree harvester 
• Two full hydraulic oil containers
The total value of the stolen items is approximately $35,000.
Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this theft should contact OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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No Foul Play in Case of Body Found in Vehicle.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 (5607 reads)

A body found inside of a car in Georgian Bay earlier this month has been deemed non-suspicious by police. 
On Aug. 7 police were notified of a male body observed inside a vehicle on McCombs Road around 10:30 a.m. Police investigated with the assistance of the OPP's Forensic Identification Services and determined that the death was not suspicious and no foul play is suspected. 

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Police Recover Stolen Replica.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (335 reads)

Police have recovered a replica of the Coldwater Mill that was stolen earlier this week from Severn.

Sometime between Aug. 15 and 17, unknown suspects stole a snowmobile trailer that was hauling a wooden replica of the Coldwater Mill. It was stolen from a residence on Mill Street in Coldwater. Police note that the suspects would have required a vehicle to move the trailer.

Police located the stolen goods but have not located the suspects involved in the theft.

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Bear Complaints on the Rise in Parry Sound.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (2369 reads)

Police in the Parry Sound District say they have responded to a great than average number of bear complaints this summer and are urging residents to do their best against attracting the animals.

A statement issued by the West Parry Sound OPP states that that although the district is populated, there are a number of large green spaces that serve as a home for wildlife such a black bears and notes that the potential for bear-human conflcit increases when food sources are scarce in their natural habitats.

Police recommend that residents store their garbage in tight-fitting containers and put out garbage only on the morning of pickup. Similarily, they recommend putting away bird feeders and clean outdoor barbecues regularly.

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Police Investigate Attempted B&E at Kawartha Dairy
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (988 reads)

Huntsville OPP are investigating an attempted break and enter to Kawartha Dairy located on Highway 60 in Huntsville that occurred just before 3:30 a.m. on August 17th.

Police report that the suspects caused some damage in their attempts to gain entry but were unsuccessful.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at (888) 310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477.

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Victim of Haliburton Shooting Identified.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (29287 reads)

Police have identified a man shot and killed during a shooting in Haliburton last weekend. 
OPP report that Michael Chapman, 62, was killed during a shooting that took place on the evening of Aug. 16. Chapman's body was found by police on Highway 118 after they responded to a complaint of shots being fired. Police also located another man, 40 of Haliburton, believed to have been involved in the incident who was transported to hospital with gunshot related injuries. He is in stable condition. 

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Speeding Stop Nets Crack Cocaine Bust.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (6512 reads)

Two Sudbury men have been charged with possession of crack cocaine after a night time traffic stop.

Police from the West Parry Sound detachment stopped a black Pontiac G5 for speeding on Highway 69 in Henvey Township shortly after 9 p.m. on Aug. 17

A search of the vehicle revealed the two men to be in possession of crack cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia. As a result, Henri J. Mantha, 43, and Michael Leduc, 40, were charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. The two men were also charged under the the liquor licence act and the highway traffic act. 

Both men are currently in custody and are scheduled to appear in a Parry Sound courthouse on Aug. 19.

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Suspected Shooting in Haliburton Leaves One Dead
Monday, August 17, 2015 (12010 reads)

One man is dead and another in hospital after what police are saying was a shooting incident in Haliburton. 
OPP with the Haliburton Highlands detachment say that on Aug. 16, just prior to 6 p.m. police a attended a residence on Highway 118 in Dysart after receiving a complain of what sounded like a firearm being discharged. 
Upon arrival police found the body of one man who appeared to have been shot. 
Another man, believed to have been involved, was later located and transported to hospital with injuries. 
Police say there are no outstanding suspects in the case and that there is no threat to public safety, but are continuing their investigation with the assistance of the OPP's Criminal Investigation Branch. 

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Youth Rescued After Sailing Accident
Monday, August 17, 2015 (1493 reads)

Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP were called to assist with a marine incident which took place off Beausoleil Island on August 12th.

Officers were called in regards to a 14 year-old youth at a summer camp that was operating a sail boat off of Beausoleil Island. This sail boat capsized and in the process, the youth became tangled in the rigging for the sails which resulted in him being held under water.

Staff members on scene immediately came to his aid, brought him out of the water and began CPR and chest compressions which resulted in the youth regaining consciousness. He was then transported back to the main land where he was subsequently air lifted to an area hospital.

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Man Airlifted After Propeller Accident
Monday, August 17, 2015 (2661 reads)

Southern Georgian Bay OPP were called to assist with a marine incident which took place on the inland side of Big Chute which is part of the Trent Severn Waterway.

Police report on the 15th of August shortly after 7:00pm, they  were called to attend to a marine incident for an injured boater. Police say a male boater was towing a person on a recreational floatation device. After immobilizing his boat, the male operator jumped into the water to take a turn on the device and that is when the boat’s propeller made contact with him causing serious injuries

The 32 year-old was subsequently air lifted to a Toronto area hospital where his condition is unknown at this time.

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