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Off-duty officer stumbles upon impaired driver.
Monday, January 26, 2015 (21699 reads)

An off-duty Huntsville police officer stumbled upon an impaired driver stuck in a ditch on Friday, Jan. 23 at around 9 p.m. 
The off-duty officer was traveling on Aspdin Road when the officer came across a vehicle that had driven off of the road and entered the ditch. The officer stopped to ensure the safety of the driver and subsequently found that the driver had been drinking.
The driver, John Jack West, 68-years-old, of Huntsville, was arrested by shift members of the Huntsville OPP and charged with Impaired Driving and having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood under the Criminal Code of Canada.
West was also charged with driving under suspension under the Highway Traffic Act. 
West was later released and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on Feb. 18, 2015.

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One Dead in Head On Collision
Monday, January 26, 2015 (32749 reads)

On Friday, Police report that a Dodge Durango pulling a trailer was travelling southbound on Highway 69 in Henvey Township when it lost control and veered in front of a northbound freightliner truck. A southbound Mitsubishi Eclipse hit debris from the collision. The West Parry Sound OPP responded and closed Highway 69 for several hours while investigators processed the scene.

Police report that the driver of the Dodge Durango, John Portelance, 22 years of age from Sudbury, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger sustained minor injuries.

The driver and passenger of the freightliner truck were transported to hospital and released with minor injuries.  The driver of the Mitsubishi was not injured.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

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Bracebridge Man Receives Six Months House Arrest for Harassment.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (23576 reads)

A Bracebridge man accused of harassment plead guilty to two counts of criminal harassment and was sentenced to six months house arrest and three years probation.
Stefan Naumovski was found guilty on both counts of harassment by a judge at the Bracebridge courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
Naumovski was sentenced to house arrest instead of jail time due to mental health issues that he suffers from. Both the presiding judge and Naumovski’s lawyer as well as the victims’ representation agreed that an incarceration sentence was not appropriate given Naumovski’s mental health status, which includes a history of ADD, ADHD and a recent diagnosis of Bi-Polar disorder.
Conditions of Naumovski’s sentencing included a no contact order for both of the victims as well as their immediate families. He is prohibited from purchasing, possessing or consuming any alcohol or non-prescribed drugs. He is prohibited from being within the Huntsville city limits except for medical appointments which he must have written permission for from his supervising officer. Similarly, Naumovski is not to leave his residence at any time except to attend medical appoints, employment or employment interviews and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays to purchase the “necessities of life.”
Naumovski will also be subject to a five year weapons prohibition and is required to provide a DNA sample to the Ontario Provincial Police. He will also be required to attend counseling as part of his sentence and probation.

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Residents Hit With Fake "Microsoft" Calls
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (4640 reads)

Huntsville OPP  has received reports from people living in Huntsville receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be from Microsoft indicating their computer has a virus or is running slow.

In this scam, company representatives cold call individuals and state that, for example, their computer is running slow or has viruses. They then offer to repair the computer over the internet, which can involve the installation of software or the customers allowing the representatives remote access to their computer. Payment for the software or repair service is handled via credit card.

The police are warning that allowing a third party to download software or remotely access a computer carries inherent risks. Key loggers or other malicious software could be installed to capture sensitive data such as online banking user names and passwords, bank account information, identity information.

Other variations of the scam also involve consumers responding to pop‐up ads online offering anti‐virus software. These pop‐ups are often referred to as Scareware as the message in the pop‐up is commonly crafted to entice feelings of alarm and anxiety and that there is a threat to their computer if they don’t click on the link.

Credit card charges have ranged anywhere from $35.00 to $469.00 and are being debited by banks in Germany, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Mauritius, United States and Iceland.

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Second Man Charged With Assault in Parry Sound
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (3813 reads)

West Parry Sound OPP report that on January 20, they responded to a domestic assault incident on Bay Street in Parry Sound.

The investigation revealed that the couple returned home from shopping and began to argue while putting away their groceries. The argument escalated to physical violence and property was damaged. 

A 20 year old man was arrested and charged with the following offences:

1.    Assault – Spousal

2.    Mischief – Domestic

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on February 19, 2015.

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Man Charged With Assault
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (16883 reads)

Police report that a couple had spent the evening together and in the morning the male woke up to go to work. When he was unable to find his work clothes the male allegedly assaulted the female and smashed her cell phone.  

A 37 year old male was arrested and charged with

1.    Two counts of Assault

2.    Mischief.

The accused was held in custody to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound.  

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - bare and dry road

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - partly snow covered

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Kearney Resident Charged After Losing Control of Vehicle
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (33591 reads)

On Saturday January 17th, Police along with Kearney First Response was dispatched to a single vehicle collision on Echo Ridge Road, in Kearney.

Police report that the driver of the vehicle, Ryan Ellis, 24, of Kearney lost control of his vehicle, a Ford Focus and struck a tree.  Police attended the location and subsequently arrested and charged the driver with care and control of a motor vehicle over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, contrary to the Criminal Code. 

The accused was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday February 26, 2015 in Sundridge Ontario.

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Alcohol "A Factor" in Snowmobile Accident
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (6279 reads)

On Sunday January 18, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the OPP responded to a single motor vehicle collision involving a snowmobile.

The driver was operating a white Polaris snowmobile on Snowshoe Lane, Armour Township when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.  The driver was taken to hospital by Emergency Medical Services with serious but non-life threatening injuries.  Alcohol was a factor and police are continuing to investigate the collision.

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Thieves Swipe Generator in Perry Twp
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (1711 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP is investigating the theft of a generator that was stolen from a shed on Sherwood Drive in Perry Township.

The theft occurred sometime between Friday January 9, and Tuesday January 13,.  The generator is described as a yellow Champion valued at approximately $750. 

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More Sleds Stolen
Monday, January 19, 2015 (2205 reads)

Bracebridge OPP is investigating two separate thefts of motorized snowmobiles reported over the weekend, both from addresses in Gravenhurst and both taken sometime overnight Friday, January 16th.

Police report that a black and white 2015 Polaris Switchback bearing marker 9AH805 valued at approximately $16,000.00 was stolen from a parking lot at a Gravenhurst hotel.

And a red 2010 Polaris Dragon with an image of a dragon on its side bearing marker 5AB902 was stolen from an area cottage, taken off of a trailer.

So far this winter season Bracebridge OPP has investigated six reported thefts of motorized snowmobiles. 

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Man High on Meth Caused Fatal Accident: OPP
Monday, January 19, 2015 (43319 reads)

On October 3, 2014 the West Parry Sound OPP investigated a fatal motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles approximately 500 metres south of the Pickerel River Bridge in Mowat Township.

Police report that the collision occurred at approximately 1:02 p.m. when a southbound van collided head on with a northbound vehicle and then an SUV.. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. Four passengers were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Over the course of several months, police conducted a thorough investigation. As a result, the driver of the van was discovered to have been driving his motor vehicle while under the influence of a methamphetamines.

On January 15, 2015, Brian Hazen, 56, of Walsingham was arrested and charged with:

• Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death

• Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle Cause death – Drug;

• Causing Death by Criminal Negligence;

• Driving While Ability Impaired Cause Bodily Harm

• Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Cause Bodily Harm

• Criminal Negligence in the operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm

• Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Cause Bodily Harm;

• Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine

The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Parry Sound on February 19, 2015 to answer to his charges.

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Thieves Steal Sleds in Perry Twp.
Monday, January 19, 2015 (2438 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP is investigating a break enter and theft to a Deer Lake Road residence, in Perry Township. 

Police report that thieves entered the residence sometime between Sunday January 11, and Wednesday January 14, and stole a white 2006 AGR Toy Carrier snowmobile trailer, a 2008 green Arctic Cat F8 snowmobile, a 2010 green Arctic Cat F8, and a 2012 black Arctic Cat XF1, snowmobile outerwear, helmets, boots, food and liquor. 

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One in Three Snowmobile Deaths Linked to Alcohol
Friday, January 16, 2015 (2008 reads)

With three Ontario snowmobile deaths already on record so far this season, drinking while snowmobiling was one of the topics at hand as the Ontario Provincial Police and Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs kicked off provincial Snowmobile Safety Week at OPP General Headquarters yesterday.

Following the OPP’s investigation, alcohol was found to be involved in all three of the fatal incidents and was the primary cause in two of them. Two of the three victims were not wearing a helmet.   

Last season, 21 people died while snowmobiling in OPP jurisdictions and the OPP continues to see recurring contributing factors. Alcohol was involved in at least 7 of last season’s incidents and speed was found to be the primary cause in 11 of them. 

With several weeks left in the 2015 season, the OPP is reminding snowmobilers to take charge of their own safety as this is the only way to eliminate snowmobile fatalities. 

Police are advising that you Do not ride if you have consumed alcohol or drugs, Ride within the speed limit, see and be seen and know before you go.  No ice travel is ever completely safe. Hypothermia or drowning from riding into open water or falling through the ice are serious risks, as are collisions with fixed objects such as docks, ice huts or shorelines.

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Men Charged With Possession of Stolen ATV
Friday, January 16, 2015 (8195 reads)

On Monday January 12, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the OPP were patrolling Highway 11, in Strong Township, when they stopped a Dodge pickup truck at Highway 11 and Highway 124.

Police report that there was a 2008 Can-Am 450 ATV in the back of the pick-up truck that had been reported stolen from Alberta.

Police arrested two men, Tyler Corless, 22, of Burk’s Falls, and Jacob Currie, 20, of Perry Township.  Both accused were charged with possession of property obtained by a crime over $5000.

The accused were released from police custody and are to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday February 26, 2015 in Sundridge, Ontario.

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Two Men Arrested For Possession of Stolen Property
Friday, January 16, 2015 (11043 reads)

On Tuesday, the Almaguin Highlands OPP along with the North Bay Police Service arrested two men for possession of stolen property. 

Police report that the two suspects were in possession of stolen tools from the Burk’s Falls area.  The North Bay Police Service located the suspects and arrested them for theft.  The two suspects, Morgan Bigelow, 22, of Wasaga Beach and Jonathon Seaton, 30 of Burk’s Falls, were charged with possession of property obtained by a crime over $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code.

Both accused were released from police custody and are to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday February 26, 2015 in Sundridge Ontario.

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Youth Charged Luring Someone Under 18
Thursday, January 15, 2015 (15143 reads)

The OPP have concluded an investigation into the luring of a young person in Bracebridge.  The matter came to light after some interaction between the victim and the accused on Facebook, where the accused created a fake profile in order to make contact with the victim.

A young person from Bracebridge, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with Luring a Person Under 18.

The OPP reminds parents and young people that the internet is a wonderful tool when used wisely and continue to urge young people and their guardians to recognize the risks associated with the attractions of the online world. In order to better protect children from online predators, parents and guardians can:

• Be involved and know your child’s online activity

• Remind children to protect their passwords and encourage them not to share passwords with friends

• Make sure children are cautious with what they post online and when using video cameras

• Unplug web cams when they’re not in use

• Know their child’s online friends the same way they know friends in real life

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Traffic Stop Ends in Possession Charges
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (12999 reads)

On Monday January 5, the Almaguin Highlands OPP conducted a traffic stop on Highway 518 west.  After speaking to the driver, the OPP officer arrested the driver for possession of a controlled substance. 

The driver, Wilfred Dorion, 53, of Perry Township was charged with possession of a controlled substance, marihuana.  The accused was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday February 12, 2015 in Sundridge Ontario.

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Man In Custody After Making Threats
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (33573 reads)

On Sunday, January 11, the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated allegations of threat made to a person who was at a public function in Burks Falls.

As a result, police obtained a warrant, arrested and charged Gary Nichols, 56, of Perry Township with Utter Threats and Cause Disturbance. 

The accused remains in police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Sundridge, Ontario.

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Man Hits Cruiser Trying to Evade Police on a Snowmobile
Monday, January 12, 2015 (25493 reads)

Bracebridge OPP attempted to conduct a traffic stop in Gravenhurst with a snowmobile on Sunday morning, shortly after 1:35 a.m.  Police report that the operator of the snow vehicle attempted to evade police, ultimately striking a parked police cruiser with its emergency lights flashing.

32 year-old Cory Bond of Gravenhurst was arrested and charged with Impaired Driving and Over 80.  He will appear in Bracebridge court on February 3rd, 2015.

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Bracebridge OPP Investigate 48 Accidents Over the Weekend
Monday, January 12, 2015 (13457 reads)

The Bracebridge OPP would like to remind residents to drive with caution and utilize their winter driving skills after a very busy few days responding to many motor vehicle collisions on area roads. 

Police report that between Friday, January 9th and Sunday, January 11th Bracebridge OPP responded to a total of 48 motor vehicle collisions, more than half of which occurred on highway 11.

Police advise you to stay safe by

•           Reducing your speed and increase your distance between vehicles

•           Eliminate distractions in your vehicle

•           Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination

•           Give snow removal equipment extra space and

•           Fully engage your headlights

Extra attention while driving, during the winter months, is the key in reducing the chances of a collision.

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Thieves Steal Sled From Hidden Valley
Monday, January 12, 2015 (9706 reads)

On January 10, just after 9:00am the Huntsville OPP was made aware of the theft of a snowmobile.  Police report that sometime overnight thieves entered the lot at Hidden Valley Resort in Huntsville and removed the snowmobile from the back of a pickup that was parked there.

Taken was a 2011 Skidoo MXZ 600.  It is described as being white in colour with yellow and black details.  The approximate value is $7500.00

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

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Punching Out Window Sends Man to Hospital and Police Station
Monday, January 12, 2015 (19952 reads)

On January 2, the OPP received a call that a male was being treated for a cut elbow at a licenced establishment in Parry Sound. The male was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, treated and released. The Police investigation showed that the male had been drinking and had punched a window of a downtown business, breaking the window and cutting his arm.

Patrick McTavish, 22, of Parry Sound was arrested and charged with Mischief under $5000.

The male was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on February 5, 2015.

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Pair Charged With Having Credit Card Forging Equipment
Friday, January 09, 2015 (17531 reads)

On January 1, at 3:01 a.m. the West Parry Sound OPP conducted a traffic stop on Highway 400 at the Bowes Street exit in Parry Sound following a traffic complaint.  OPP determined that both the driver and passenger were unlicenced and unable to drive the vehicle. Further investigation and an inventory check before towing the vehicle led to the discovery of a portable credit card reader, equipment and fraudulent credit cards.

The driver, Vasigaran Kailaspilla, 22 years of age from Montreal was arrested and charged with:

1. Possess instrument for use in forging credit cards

2. Possess stolen credit card data

3. Possession of a forged credit card

4. Drive motor vehicle – no licence

5. Fail to have insurance card contrary to the HTA

The passenger, Taamge VETHARANYAM, 22 years of age from Montreal was arrested and charged with:

1. Fail to comply with Probation Order

2. Possess instrument for use in forging credit cards

3. Possess stolen credit card data

4. Possession of a forged credit card

The investigation is continuing.  Both accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound.

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Employee Charged With Lottery Ticket Theft
Friday, January 09, 2015 (84589 reads)

In December 2013 the West Parry Sound OPP were called to investigate the theft of lottery tickets at the Nobel ESSO Station. Over the course of several months the OPP Crime unit and the OLG Investigation and Enforcement Bureau conducted a thorough investigation into the allegations of an internal theft. As a result Police discovered that for over a period of time an employee had been playing online lottery tickets without paying for them.

On November 6, 2014, Christopher Mace, 20, of McDougall Township was arrested and charged with Theft over $5000. He will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Parry Sound on January 15, 2015 to answer to his charges.

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Police Arrest Woman For Drunk Driving at 10.30am
Friday, January 09, 2015 (32414 reads)

Bracebridge OPP responded to a report of a woman flagging people down trying to get help after her car left the road and ended up in a snow bank at Cedar Lane and Entrance Drive shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. 

The woman was located and 61 year-old Wendy Kaszanits, of Washago was charged with Impaired Care/Control of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80 and will appear in Bracebridge court on 27th January, 2015.

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Snow Squalls Create Poor Driving Conditions in Georgian Bay
Thursday, January 08, 2015 (3193 reads)

Southern Georgian Bay OPP, the MTO and area Municipalities would like to remind motorists to be extra cautious while traveling on area roads on blustery winters days such as today.

The strong winds out of the west are blowing the recent snow across roadways in unprotected areas creating visibility challenges for drivers as the conditions vary from good to poor to nil.

Open area sections of Simcoe County Road 6 from Lafontaine to Elmvale, Simcoe County Road 29 from Tiny Beaches Road South to Horseshoe Valley Road, Highway 93 from Midland to Highway 400 and Highway 400 from Barrie north to Parry Sound are particularly vulnerable to white out conditions.

Drivers heading out should think ahead by choosing their route and have an alternate route in case of any road closures.

Lastly, if you must head out on the roadways in poor weather conditions be sure to clear all your vehicles windows and lights. Turn on your full vehicle lighting system and DRIVE TO THE ROAD CONDITIONS.  SEE AND BE SEEN!

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Crime Stoppers Sees Dramatic Increase in Arrests in 2014
Thursday, January 08, 2015 (1276 reads)

Crime Stoppers of Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka are proud of another successful year assisting local Police agencies solve crime and keep our communities safe.  

In 2014, the program received 1,896 new tips and 2,609 follow-up tips these being a combination of calls to our tip line, web tips and mobile text tips.

The tips assisted the Police in clearing 139 cases which resulted in 108 arrests and 306 charges being laid for a variety of offences including Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Highway Traffic Act. 

Tipster information assisted the Police to recover just over of $600,000 worth of property and illicit drugs up from $400,000 in 2013. Since inception in 1987, that number has grown to over $68 million!

2014 saw a drastic increase in the number of cases solved, arrests made and charges laid over 2013.

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Police Disappointed with RIDE Stats
Thursday, January 08, 2015 (8459 reads)

During the Festive RIDE campaign which ran from November 24, to January 2, , OPP laid 593 impaired charges and issued 485 Warn Range suspensions.  Police report that one person died in an impaired-related collision on December 20.

When comparing the numbers to last year, the OPP is disappointed to see little change between this season’s campaign and the last one. During the 2013-2014 Festive RIDE campaign, the OPP laid 587 impaired charges and issued 504 Warn Range suspensions. Three people lost their lives in impaired-related road crashes over the 2013-2014 campaign.      

OPP officers worked around the clock during the campaign, conducting more than 8,000 RIDE check stops throughout the province. These enforcement efforts alone are not enough to eliminate impaired driving and the threat it poses to the lives of innocent people. 

Besides calling on all motorists to refrain from driving while impaired, the OPP counts on all citizens to intervene when they suspect that someone is driving or about to drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.

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Police Seek Help After Three Seadoo's Stolen
Thursday, January 08, 2015 (6582 reads)

The West Parry Sound OPP is asking the public for any information they may have related to a theft of watercraft in Seguin Township.

Police report that between December 3, and December 15, thieves entered a lean-to attached to a garage in Seguin Township and removed a trailer that had several watercraft stored on top.  The jet-skis are model STX-15F while three jet-skis are white and black and one jet-ski is described as white and blue in colour.

Police are looking for information from the public in regards to the identity of the suspect(s) and/or the location of the watercraft. Information that may help can be forwarded to OPP or Crimestoppers.

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Suspected Peeping Tom in Court Today
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (35840 reads)

On January 6, just after 10:00pm Huntsville OPP responded to reports of a suspicious person on Hunters Bay Drive in Huntsville, who was looking in through windows.

Huntsville OPP attended the area and with the assistance of Muskoka Canine and Emergency Response Team located a male a short distance away.   Justin Yeo, 28, of Huntsville has since been arrested and charged with Trespassing by Night and Criminal Harassment – beset and watch under the Criminal Code.

The accused is attending the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville today to answer to his charges.

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Man Charged With Possession of Stolen Art
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (18224 reads)

The West Parry Sound OPP was notified of an old framed art piece that had been left at a local business for appraisal that may of  been involved in a theft or break in.

The investigation in relation to the framed art piece revealed that the art piece was created by a German artist in 1938 in Germany and found its way to Montreal. The painting then made its way to the Parry Sound area as a gift to a friend and former pupil of the artist.

On December 3, 2014 Jason Milk, 27 years of age from McDougall Township was arrested and charged with the following offences.

1. Theft under $5000

2. Possession property obtained by Crime under $5000 .

The male was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound.

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Huntsville OPP Investigated 16 Accidents Yesterday
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (352 reads)

OPP says that yesterday the weather changed drastically causing the road conditions to deteriorate quickly.  During the course of the day Huntsville OPP investigate 16 collisions including a couple of multi vehicle crashes.  Thankfully none of them resulted in any serious injuries.

As the extreme cold weather is upon us today and the roads department attempting to get ahead of the pending snow squall watch in effect today,  the Huntsville OPP would like to remind motorist to drive according to the changing road conditions.  Let’s all work together in keeping our roads safer in Muskoka today.

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OPP Remind Drivers to Clear Snow from Your Vehicle
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (13781 reads)

The OPP is reminding the motoring public to practice safe driving habits. Yesterday’s heavy snowfall and the sharp drop in temperatures have created some hazardous driving conditions. Motorists are reminded to completely clear the snow off their vehicles and to ensure visibility in all directions before heading out onto the roadway. A large buildup of snow on your vehicle can reduce your visibility and cause a traffic hazard to other motorists. Motorists could be facing fines for windshield obstructed or have object obstructing view.

 When you are on the road, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce the risk of a collision:

• Give yourself a little extra time to reach your destination as traffic will be slower.

• Ensure that you have completely brushed the snow and ice off your vehicle to allow a clear view of the roadway—this includes your headlights and taillights.

• Check your windshield wiper fluid levels and pack an extra container in your car.

• Drive according to the road and weather conditions - reduce your speed and increase your following distance to ensure you can stop safely if needed. Speed too fast for conditions is the most common cause of winter collisions.

• Accelerate slowly and brake sooner to avoid spin outs - especially at intersections.

• Check the weather forecast - it may be better to stay home.

• Be a sober driver - Arrive Alive.

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