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Three Arrested After String of Car Thefts
Friday, April 24, 2015 (5943 reads)



Arrests have been made in a rash of vehicle break-ins being investigated by the West Parry Sound OPP. 
On April 21 OPP investigated multiple thefts from vehicles in the Village of Humphrey in Seguin Township. 14 vehicles were broken into in total, all of them having left their cars unlocked. 
Stolen from the vehicles were numerous items and money. 
On April 24 in the early morning hours, OPP received a call from a resident on Sandy Plains Road about a report of someone on their property with a flashlight. OPP subsequently located a waiting vehicle with three males inside and arrested the three men. A subsequent investigation also revealed that the three were involved in the thefts on April 21. 
Arrested were Brandan Dashnay, 18, of Tiny Township who has been charged with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, theft under $5,000 and possession of marijuana. 
The two other men arrested were identified as young offenders and as such cannot be named but they are both from Penetanguishene. They have been charged with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and theft under $5,000 as well as possession of marijuana. 
Further charges are pending.



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Canoeist Rescued From Cold Water
Friday, April 24, 2015 (53 reads)


On Tuesday OPP, the Magnetawan Fire Department and the Parry Sound EMS responded to a call on Whalley Lake, in Magnetawan after a canoeist had capsized his canoe.

Police report that at approximately 2:30p.m., a lone male fell into the lake when his canoe overturned and was unable to get out of the cold water.  OPP and fire fighters managed to borrow a canoe from a local residence and rescue the man.

EMS took the canoeist to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.  The male was wearing his lifejacket when his canoe overturned, which kept him alive until help came.

The  OPP would like to remind people that lakes and rivers are still very cold and people should stay off the water until temperatures warm up.



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Speeding Car Pulled Over - Driver Charged With Being Under the Influence
Thursday, April 23, 2015 (4114 reads)


On Saturday April 18th, shortly before 1:00 a.m., Bracebridge Ontario OPP were patrolling the town of Gravenhurst, and noticed a vehicle speeding through town.  Officers conducted a traffic stop on Lofty Pines Drive and found the driver to be under the influence of alcohol.

31 year-old Kenneth Copeland, of Gravenhurst was subsequently charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80 and will appear in Bracebridge Criminal Court on June 2nd, 2015 to answer to the charges.



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Wallet Thief Caught in String of Thefts.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (16310 reads)


An investigation stemming from an incident at the CIBC bank in Huntsville yesterday has landed one man in jail.

John Oksanen, 19, of Huntsville, was arrested yesterday after an investigation into a theft that took place at CIBC. OPP reported that a client of the bank had withdrawn some money and as the client was leaving the bank a male suspect came up behind him and stole the man’s wallet.

During the investigation, OPP learned that other thefts had taken place at businesses in Huntsville and subsequently located and arrested Oksanen in connection to the thefts.

Oksanen has been charged with five counts of theft under $5,000. He will be in court in Huntsville on May 20.

OPP are still asking to speak with a male that was witnessed chasing the suspect through town after the theft took place.




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Police Charge Two With Impaired
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (5774 reads)


On Thursday April 16, 2015 the Huntsville OPP had taken a complaint about a Dodge Ram pickup truck leaving a parking lot in Dwight Ontario, spinning its wheels and fishtailing out of the lot.

Officers located the vehicle.  As a result of the investigation Walter Wensley, 53, of Lake of Bays Township was arrested and eventually charged with Care and Control Over 80mgs of alcohol per 100mltrs of blood.  The accused will in the Ontario Court of Justice, Huntsville on May 13, 2015 to answer to his charges. He also received a 90 day driver’s licence suspension and had his vehicle impounded for 7 days.

Then on Saturday April 18, Police stopped a Ford Focus after registering speeds of 160kms an hour in a100kms hour zone.  The driver was found to have been drinking.  As a result of the traffic stop Matthew Knight, 29, of Bracebridge was arrested and eventually charged with having more than 80mgs of alcohol per 100mltrs of blood.  The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on May 13, 2015 to answer to his charges including the speed related charges and driving while under suspension.   He also had his vehicle impounded for 7 days.



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Man Charged After Being Found Sleeping it Off
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (18789 reads)


Sunday April 19, the OPP were patrolling in Burk’s Falls when they found a male sleeping in his vehicle.  The vehicle was parked on Ontario Street in the Village of Burk’s Falls.

Police spoke to the driver of the vehicle, a man from Orillia and subsequently arrested him for care or control while ability impaired and care of control with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, contrary to the Criminal Code.

The accused was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday June 11, 2015 in Sundridge, Ontario.



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Businesses Targeted in B&E's
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (3019 reads)


OPP is investigating a break and enter to a business on Ecclestone Drive in Bracebridge that occurred sometime overnight on April 18th, 2015 during which a quantity of cash was stolen.

Police are also investigating a theft that occurred on Saturday April 18th, in Gravenhurst.  Police report that shortly before midnight, members of Bracebridge OPP responded to a report of a break and enter to a business on Muskoka Road North in Gravenhurst.  The front glass door had been smashed, the business entered and a quantity of cash was stolen from a cash register.



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Police Want to Talk With Man Who Chased Wallet Thief
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (12842 reads)


Huntsville OPP is looking for a man in connection with a theft outside of the CIBC Bank in Huntsville today.  Police report that just before 12:30pm Police responded to reports of client of the bank that had just withdrawn some cash and was leaving when a man came up behind the customer and took his wallet.  Huntsville OPP patrolled the area and located the wallet in a neighbouring business with cash missing from the wallet.

Huntsville OPP is looking to speak to a man that was seen chasing the suspect south on Centre St S. toward Minerva St. 



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Thefts Keep OPP Busy
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (2112 reads)


On Friday April 17, 2015 at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated a break enter and theft to a King Side Road, Perry Township residence.

Thieves entered the residence sometime between November 1, 2014 and March 30, 2015 and stole a Husqvarna chainsaw and numerous tools.  The value of the stolen items is approximately $500.

The OPP are also investigating the theft of a 2008 Arctic Cat 650 ATV that was stolen from a Pickerel and Jack Lake Road, Armour Township residence.

Police report that sometime between March 29, and April 18, thieves entered the Armour Township residence and stole the ATV. 

Police are investigating and any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for these thefts should contact OPP or Crime Stoppers.



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Police Pursuit Ends in Arrests
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (11558 reads)


On Saturday, Bracebridge OPP responded to a report of a break and enter to a business in Bala, during which a cash register was stolen and the suspects fled the area in a small black car.  A short time later, police located the vehicle travelling on Muskoka Road 169 in Gravenhurst and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  Police report that the driver failed to stop and police pursued the suspect vehicle through the town of Gravenhurst to the dead-end of John Street South and the occupants fled on foot.

Bracebridge OPP located two suspects nearby, one of whom had entered a residence to hide from police. 

18 year-old Haley Mcbride of Georgina has been charged with:

•         Break and Enter

•         Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

•         Flight from Police

•         Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle

•         Obstruct Peace Officer

•         Unlawfully in a Dwelling House

•         Possession of Marijuana

•         Fail to Comply with Recognizance

McBride will appear in Bracebridge Criminal Court on 20th April 2015.

Further, a youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with:

•         Break and Enter

•         Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

•         Possession of Marijuana

and will appear in Bracebridge Youth Court on May 7th, 2015.



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Police Track Down Impaired Driver
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3431 reads)


On Saturday, the OPP received a traffic complaint that the driver of a north bound vehicle was possibly impaired.

Officers followed up with the complaint and subsequently arrested and charged the driver with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, contrary to the Criminal Code.

The accused, Dereck Kunkel, 20, of Perry Township was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday May 14, 2015 in Sundridge, Ontario.



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Police Looking For Stolen Pickup
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3575 reads)


Police are looking for a vehicle reported stolen on April 19, from a business on Muskoka Road 3 North, in Huntsville.  The truck had been left there for repairs that needed to be done.

Police report the truck was taken sometime between the end of March and April 19th, 2015 is a 1993 Dodge W30 Extended Cab pickup truck, red in colour.  The truck did not have a tailgate on it and had aluminum running boards attached. 

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



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OPP Remind Residents About Citizen Self Reporting
Thursday, April 16, 2015 (2110 reads)


The OPP are advising that residents have another way to report a minor crime. The OPP is reminding the public about their online reporting system as an alternative to having an officer attend a scene for a minor incident.  Citizen Self Reporting (CSR) has rolled out across the province and the OPP is happy to offer this simple and efficient new system as a means of reporting certain minor incidents and crimes. 

The OPP’s Citizen Self Reporting is an easy to use internet reporting tool that can be accessed from a computer or mobile device and sent directly to the OPP anywhere, anytime.

In an effort to enhance their service delivery, this online reporting system will allow the public to report specific crimes such as lost property, stolen license plates, theft from vehicles, driving complaints, and property damage without an officer having to be dispatched to the scene, provided there are no suspects, injuries or the incident is not an emergency.  

The use of this new system is completely optional. Police will still attend a call for service if desired. 



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Police Nab Two Impaired Drivers
Thursday, April 16, 2015 (7307 reads)


On April 13, OPP report that they were acting on complaints involving an impaired driver in the Seguin Township area.  Police patrolled Highway 141 in Seguin Township and observed a red off road vehicle travelling faster than the posted speed limit.  At approximately 3:49 pm police initiated a traffic stop and determined the driver had consumed alcohol.

As a result of the officer’s investigation, Brandon Tait, 25, of Seguin Township, was arrested and charged with:

1.    Driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol,

2.    Off Road Vehicle – speeding

Then at approximately 4:04 pm, the same day, police initiated another traffic stop on a black truck on Highway 141 in Seguin Township.  Police investigation revealed that the driver had been consuming alcohol. The driver Brian Denboer, 29, of Seguin Township, was arrested and charged with Driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol.

Both accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on May 7, 2015 to answer to their charges.



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Child Missing from Nature Watch Found, Dies in Hospital.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (29059 reads)


On April 14, at around 5:51 p.m. West Parry Sound OPP responded to a report of a missing child in the Rankin Lake Road area of Seguin Township. Fynn Bywater, six years old, disappeared while on a nature watch with his father.

A ground search was organized by citizen volunteers and emergency services responded to the scene along with canine units and the emergency response team.

The child was found trapped underneath a large rock. An investigation into the incident revealed that the child had been climbing on rocks before the rocks shifted and a large rock fell on the boy.

Responding officers administered CPR before transferring the boy to hospital. Bywater succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital.





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OPP Launches Text 911
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (3918 reads)


Beginning today, the OPP will be equipped to receive emergency calls for service via Text with 911 (T9-1-1) from people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired.

T9-1-1 enables emergency communication with OPP 9-1-1 call takers via text message. The OPP says that in order to use T9-1-1, you must register your cell phones with your wireless carrier..  The T9-1-1 service is not intended for use by the general public.

To find out more about the service follow this link: http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=620



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Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting Tree
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (8924 reads)


On Saturday April 12, just before 7:00pm OPP along with Muskoka EMS responded to a collision on Highway 11 at Rowanwood Rd., Huntsville Ontario. 

Officers located a Ford Ranger pick-up truck on Rowanwood Rd. with significant amount of damage to the rear and it had appeared that the driver had reversed from the roadway hitting a tree.   As a result of the investigation it was found that the driver of the pickup truck had been drinking.

Richard Ferrante, 47, of Ryerson Twp., was arrested and eventually charged with Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle and Fail or Refuse to Provide Breath Sample. 

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on May 13, 2015 to answer to his charged. His vehicle was impounded for 7 days and he received a 90 day licence suspension.



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Missing Youth Found Safe and Sound.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (2335 reads)


A missing youth from Tay Township was located safely last night at around 8:45 p.m.
Jacob Buttineau, 15, was reported missing by his foster parents on April 10 after he failed to return home for his 9 p.m. curfew. Buttineau’s foster parents notified Georgian Bay OPP. 
OPP are thanking all those who helped to locate the missing youth safely. 



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Police Arrest Two After Man Reported "Acting Strange"
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (14222 reads)


On April 12, West Parry Sound OPP were called about a male acting strange at a business on Bowes Street in Parry Sound.  Before Police arrived the male left in a grey car with a female passenger. OPP officers were able to locate and stop the vehicle in Parry Sound.

Investigation into the suspect vehicle identified it as a stolen vehicle from Hamilton Ontario. The driver, Robert Thomas, 39, of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

1.    Obstruct Peace Officer

2.    Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

3.    Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000

4.    Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking

5.    Driving while under suspension

The passenger, Naomi Kitchikake, 33, of Wikwemikong First Nations, was arrested and charged with:

1.    Two counts – Fail to Comply with Probation Order

2.    Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000

3.    Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000

4.    Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking

Both accused will appear today for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound.



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Police Charge Man With Impaired
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (5033 reads)


On Sunday April 12, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Police stopped a westbound vehicle on Ferguson Rd in Amour Twp and subsequently arrested the driver for impaired driving. 

OPP charged the driver, David Botham, 30, of Burk’s Falls Ontario 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 on Thursday May 14, 2015 in Sundridge Ontario.



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Police Charge Man With Car Theft After Crash
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (5150 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated a single motor vehicle collision on Saturday April 11, at approximately 4:00 a.m.  The collision occurred on Highway 11 just north of Highway 518, Armour Township.

Police report that the vehicle involved in the collision had been stolen by the driver, Joey Sampson, 18 of Burk’s Falls earlier that morning from a Royston Road residence.   Police also found a stolen camera in the vehicle that the accused had taken earlier from another vehicle.

Police arrested the accused and charged him with theft of a motor vehicle, trespassing at night, theft under $5000 from motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by a crime, failure to comply with probation and breach of a recognizance. 

The accused remains in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Monday April 13, 2015 for a bail hearing in Parry Sound Ontario.



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Thieves Target Cottage
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (3070 reads)


Friday April 10, the OPP investigated a break enter and theft to a Bay Lake Road, Perry Township residence. 

Sometime between the fall of 2014 and April 10, 2015 thieves entered the residence and stole a Sony television, a pair of water skis, a coffee maker and other personal items.  The value of the stolen items is approximately $1800.



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OPP Looking for Missing Youth from Tay Township.
Monday, April 13, 2015 (1827 reads)


OPP are on the lookout for a missing youth from Tay Township. 
Jacob Buttineau, 15, was last seen leaving his home on April 10 at around 10:50 a.m.  Buttineau’s foster parents became concerned when Buttineau did not return for his 9 p.m. curfew and contacted police. 
Buttineau is describe as a white male, thin build, 5’10” tall, medium length straight black hair and brown eyes. 
He was last seen wearing a black and green New York Giants hat, blue hoody and black jeans. 
OPP believe he may be in the Midland – Barrie area. OPP are asking anyone who sees Buttineau to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.




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Explosion in Tay Township Has Fire Mashal Looking for Answers.
Monday, April 13, 2015 (1147 reads)


 An explosion that occurred at a residence in Georgian Bay has police looking for answers.
On April 10 at around 3:13 p.m. Southern Georgian Bay OPP responded to a 911 report of an explosion at a house on Jephson Street in Victoria Harbour of Tay Township. 
A resident returned to their home and as they unlocked their front door there was an explosion at the back of the residence. Tay Township fire department responded and put out the fire but there was extensive damage to the residence.
The resident was not injured. 
The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the explosion. 



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Stolen Vehicle Located in Parry Sound, Two Arrested.
Monday, April 13, 2015 (10252 reads)


On April 12 at around 6:48 p.m. West Parry Sound OPP responded to a report of a suspicious man at a business in Parry Sound on Bowes Street. 
The suspect left in a grey vehicle with a female passenger prior to the OPP arriving. However, officers were able to locate and stop the vehicle later on in Parry Sound. 
A subsequent investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from Hamilton. The driver was identified as Robert Thomas, 39, of Hamilton. 
Thomas was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, obstruction of a peace officer, possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking and driving while under suspension. 
The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Naomi Kitchikake, 33, of Wikwemikong First Nation. Kitchikake was arrested and charged with two counts of violating a probation order and one count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 as well as an additional charge of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking. 
Both Thomas and Kitchikake will be in Parry Sound court today. 



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Pocket Dials Cause 70% of Misdialed 911 Calls
Monday, April 13, 2015 (512 reads)


The OPP are asking residents to put their phones in ‘lock’ mode to avoid making erroneous 911 calls. During the first quarter of this year, 70 percent of 911 calls for service were “Unfounded”, misdials, children playing on the phone or some type of user error.

OPP are mandated to respond to all 911 calls for service to promote public safety and security.  Police must locate the source of the call and ensure that there is no real emergency.

If you realize you have misdialed 911, the OPP advise that you don’t hang up.  Stay on the line and speak with the operator to provide more details.

West Parry Sound OPP Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Ron Campbell says: “There is no need to program 911 into auto dial or to check if 911 works, it does. Our biggest problem is pocket dials.  Users must ensure their phone is locked and/or in a proper holder when not in use, which will prevent an accidental dial of the 911 system,” he said.



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Easter Weekend Nets Three Impaired Drivers in Bracebridge.
Friday, April 10, 2015 (2506 reads)


Easter weekend netted three impaired drivers say Bracebridge OPP officials. 
On April 3 at around 4:45 p.m. police conducting a RIDE program at Highway 11 and Highway 118, a vehicle entered the ride check and officers found that the driver had been drinking. As a result of the investigation Gregory Oosterom, 29, of Toronto, was charged with driving while impaired. Oosterom will be in Bracebridge for a court appearance on May 5. 
Later that evening at around 9:30 p.m. Bracebridge OPP on patrol noticed suspicious driving behaviour of a vehicle on Highway 118. Officer’s initiated a traffic stop on Highway 11 south and subsequently charged Bryce Boyda, 37, of Bracebridge with impaired driving. Boyda will be in Bracebridge court on May 19. 
On April 4 at around 1:30 a.m. Bracebridge OPP officers patrolling Bracebridge noticed what they described as “the unusual placement of a vehicle” on Bowman Drive in Bracebridge. Officers investigated and found that alcohol has been consumed by the driver. Frederick Furguson, 41 of Puslinch, Ont. was charged with care of a motor vehicle while impaired. Ferguson will be in court in Bracebridge on May 19. 


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Police Charge Man With Trespassing on Railway Tracks
Friday, April 10, 2015 (9484 reads)


On April 3, the West Parry Sound OPP were on patrol and observed male walking eastbound towards Forest Street along the CN rail line. A 62 year old man of age from Parry Sound was stopped and issued a ticket for trespassing on railway property.



Police report that in the West Parry Sound area, police have investigated numerous incidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians versus trains. Police would like to remind the public of the hazards surrounding highway/railway crossings and trespassing on railway property.





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Man Charged at RIDE Check
Friday, April 10, 2015 (8126 reads)


On April 6, OPP were conducting R.I.D.E checks on the 400 northbound ramp from McDougall Road in McDougall Township. Police approached a red SUV and determined that the driver had consumed alcohol.

As a result of the officer’s investigation, Layton Lynch, 62, of Harris Lake, was arrested and charged with:

1.    Driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol,

2.    Have care and control of a motor vehicle with open liquor,

The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on April 30, 2015 to answer to his charges.



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Vandals Target St. Dom's
Thursday, April 09, 2015 (1263 reads)


Bracebridge OPP are investigating vandalism that occurred at St. Domenic’s Catholic Secondary School overnight on Tuesday April 7th.  Police report that vandals used bright green paint to spray paint offensive graffiti on the rear of the building.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP or Crime Stoppers.



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Police Arrest Man Connected with High Speed Chase & Home Fire
Thursday, April 09, 2015 (8263 reads)


Police have apprehended a man reported to be connected with a fire that raised a home on Baldwin Drive in Muskoka Lakes Twp on April 7th.

Police report that they were successful in locating the male involved in a high speed chase involving a Silver Dodge pick-up truck that occurred on Highway 11 in Oro-Medonte at approximately 1:38 a.m. that same morning.  It is thought that the events are related.

Thus far it has been determined the damage from the fire is limited to property damage only. 

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with information to please contact Bracebridge OPP or Crime Stoppers.



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OPP Impound Car & Charge Driver With Stunting
Thursday, April 09, 2015 (8268 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP were conducting radar patrol on Highway 11, in Armour Township when they observed a north bound vehicle travelling extremely fast.  The officer stopped the vehicle and subsequently charged the driver with drive motor vehicle, perform stunt for speeding by more than 50 or more kilometers per hour.



Police remind motorists that the consequences for exceeding the speed limit by 50 kilometers per hour include a seven day drivers licence suspension, your vehicle is impounded and the minimum fine is $2000 upon conviction.



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Man Charged With Numerous Offences Trying to Collect a Drug Debt
Thursday, April 09, 2015 (20868 reads)


On April 1, the OPP were dispatched to a report of an assault on Church Street in Parry Sound.  Police report a male had been assaulted, threatened and robbed by the suspect. Upon investigation it was learned that over several days the suspect had been seeking payment for an outstanding drug debt.

Then on April 2, police were near the intersection of Bowes Street and Great North Road in Parry Sound when they observed an altercation between the two males and arrested the suspect.

Curtis Dixon, 18 years old from Seguin Township was charged with:

1. Robbery with Violence

2. Trafficking in Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana under 3 kilograms

3. Possession for the purpose of Trafficking in Schedule II Substance

4. 2 counts – Assault

5. 2 counts – Uttering Threats to cause death or bodily harm

He was held pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound



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Three Strikes, You're Out; Two Arrested After Trying to Use Counterfeit Bills
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 (8172 reads)


Two Toronto men were arrested in Georgian Bay earlier this week after repeatedly trying to use counterfeit $100 bills. 
OPP report that 25-year-old Jermall Anthony Tristan Davidson and 29-year-old Habib Omar Kakra Kouame, both of Toronto, were arrested after OPP received calls from three different businesses in the area complaining of two men trying to purchase goods with $100 American bills. 
The first incident occurred at a business on Lone Pine Road where one of the men entered the business and tried to purchase a drink with a $100 bill. The business informed the man that they did not accept $100 bills. Moments later a second male entered the business and tried to purchase a beverage, again with a $100 American bill. Both were refused and subsequently left the business.
Shortly thereafter, police received a second complaint similar to the first from a business on Pine Street in Tay Township. The suspects in the second incident matched the descriptions from the first. 
A third incident took place, again on Lone Pine Road, and after an investigation including reviewing surveillance footage from the businesses, officer stopped the suspect’s vehicle on Highway 93 southbound. 
Subsequently the two men were arrested and charged with three counts of uttering counterfeit money and one count of possessing counterfeit money. The two men were held for bail hearings scheduled for today. 
Georgian Bay OPP detachment commander Andrew Ferguson said that the businesses did a great job in reporting the suspicious activity that led to a quick arrest.
 


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Jewellery Store Break and Enter, Large Amount of Jewellery Stolen
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 (25352 reads)


A Gravenhurst jewellery store was the victim of a robbery this morning and police are on the hunt for those responsible. 
Bracebridge OPP officers are currently investigating a break and enter at the jewellery store located on Muskoka Road South in Gravenhurst.
The break-in occurred at 5:30 a.m. this morning. The store was closed and no employees were present during the incident. 
The culprits managed to make off with a large amount of jewellery from the store. 

OPP are asking anyone with information regarding the robbery to contact police or crime stoppers. 




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Police Investigate B&E
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 (2613 reads)


On Friday April 3, the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated a break and enter to an Airport Road, Joly Township residence.  Police report that thieves entered the residence sometime between December 2014 and April 3, 2015.  Police are continuing to investigate, at this time it does not appear like anything was taken from the residence.



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OPP Kept Busy With Impaired Drivers
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 (5814 reads)


Between April 3 and April 7, 2015 Officer’s from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the OPP investigated several incidents of impaired driving.  Several of the vehicles were found to have been driven into a ditch.

On April 4, 2015 at 2:53a.m officers responded to a motor vehicle in the ditch on Rue Jules Leger in Tiny Township. When officers arrived at the scene the female driver was located and found to be under the influence of alcohol. Female Nicole Susan McDowell, 27 years from Tiny Township has been charged with Impaired Driving and Operate Motor Vehicle with over 80mgs.

On April 4, 2015 at 3:43p.m the Central Region Traffic Management Unit was conducting a RIDE check on Honey Harbour Road in Georgian Bay Township.  The driver of a blue 2001 Toyota Echo was approaching the RIDE check in a suspicious driving manner. Officers approached the motor vehicle due to the suspicious driving habits. After further investigation, the officer found that the male driver was under the influence of alcohol. Claude King, 45 years of age has been charged with Impaired Driving and Operate Motor Vehicle with over 80mgs.

On April 5, 2015 at 7:46a.m officers responded to a motor vehicle in the ditch on Robb’s Road in the Town of Penetanguishene. A witness contacted police after they approached to assist and smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath. Officers attended the scene and found the driver to be under the influence of alcohol. Michael David Smith, 23 years from Tiny Township has been charged with Impaired Driving and Operate Motor Vehicle with over 80mgs.

The above charged parties are to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on April 16, 2015. 

On April 4, 2015 at 11:05pm officers responded to a call of a single motor vehicle collision in Tay Township. When officers arrived a male youth 16 years of age from Tay Township was found near the scene. Further investigation by officers revealed that the male youth was under the influence of alcohol. The male youth was charged with:

1.    Impaired Driving

2.    Operate motor Vehicle with over 80mgs

3.    Take Vehicle without Consent

4.    Fail To Comply With Disposition

Under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act the male cannot be named as he falls under the definition of a young offender. The youth was held for bail on April 5, 2015 in Barrie.

The OPP remind motorists that they are patrolling 24 hours a day for Impaired Drivers. Please make the right choice before getting into your vehicle after consuming alcohol. Call a cab, a friend or a family member for a ride.



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Guns Seized as Police Execute Search Warrant
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 (15045 reads)


The Orillia Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has executed a search warrant in Severn Township.

On April 3, 2015 at approximately 2:45 p.m., officers from the Orillia OPP, Orillia OPP Street Crime Unit (SCU) and Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a search warrant at a property on Irish Line in Severn Township.

Police located a stolen chain saw and two unlawfully possessed firearms.

Herbert DOYLE, 55 years old of Severn Township, has been arrested and charged with Theft Under $5000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and numerous firearms related offences.

He was released on a Promise to Appear in Orillia court on May 26, 2015.



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Police Chase in Barrie Region, Possible Link to Bracebridge Fire.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 (14258 reads)


Barrie OPP are asking for the public’s help in locating a driver involved in a police chase early this morning. 
At around 1:38 a.m. Barrie OPP Officers observed a Dodge pick-up truck travelling southbound on Highway 11 near Oro-Medonte. Officers observed that the driver was travelling below the speed limit and subsequently initiated an attempt to stop the vehicle. The drive did not stop and instead exited Highway 11, continued west in Oro-Medonte and then re-entered Highway 11 southbound. 
Officers gave up the pursuit of the vehicle due to safety concerns involving dangerous speeds.
Various news outlets, including CTV Toronto, have reported that there is a connection between this incident and a house fire that occurred earlier on morning of April 7 in Bracebridge. 
CTV reports that the registered driver for the vehicle in question was listed as living at the residence that was involved in the fire. 
Bracebridge OPP have confirmed that they want to speak with the registered driver of the Dodge pick-up involved in the police chase but no further information has been released.



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Fire Causes $500,000 is Property Damages.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 (16083 reads)


A house fire in Bracebridge last night has cost the owners an estimated $500,000 in damages.
At around half an hour past midnight on April 7, Muskoka Lakes Fire Department was dispatched after reports of a glowing object, believed to be a building, in the sky. Fire crews responded to the fire which was located at 1101 Baldwin Rd. near Port Carling. 
When emergency crews arrived at the scene the building was immersed in flames and respondents were unable to save the building.  No one was present in the building at the time but damages are estimated to be around $500,000.  

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing. 

More details to follow.



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