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Wednesday Nets Five Arrests, Pills Worth Thousands
Friday, February 27, 2015 (44397 reads)


Muskoka’s Vice Street Crime Unit had a busy day on Wednesday, Feb. 25 as they netted five arrests related to prescription pills.
On Feb. 25 at around 2 p.m. the Muskoka vice unit stopped a vehicle on Highway 11 North in Gravenhurst and with the assistance of the Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP K-9 Unit, arrested and charged two men. 
The two men were found to be in possession of a quantity of pills worth around $7,200 as well as a quantity of cash. Altogether the seized items were valued at around $11,400.
James Labelle, 41, has been charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Matthew Jingle, 25, was charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking and failing to comply with a probation order. 
Both will be in court on April 28.
A few hours later, at around 5 p.m. Muskoka vice, in conjunction with the Bracebridge OPP and other emergency services groups, stopped a vehicle on Muskoka Road South in Gravenhurst and arrested three people in possession of prescription pills worth around $720.
Bogdan Jakubasz, 59, Charmaine Holtz, 36, and Brittany Weagle, 26, all of Gravenhurst, were each charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance and will be in court on March 24. 



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Watchful Resident Helps Foil Vehicle Break-In
Friday, February 27, 2015 (5185 reads)


A watchful Bracebridge resident helped police foil and a vehicle break-in yesterday evening. 
Bracebridge OPP responded to a call from Sherwood Drive after a man reportedly witnessed someone breaking into vehicles in the area. The man managed to catch and detain the suspect until police arrived. 
Riley Eady, 18, of Bracebridge was subsequently arrested and charged with Theft under $5,000. Eady will be in court in Bracebridge on March 24.



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Woman Narrowly Avoids Telephone Fraud
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (27762 reads)


Yet another telephone scam has been reported in the Parry Sound area after a Parry Sound woman notified OPP that she had been contacted by a person claiming to represent a VISA company. 
According to the woman the caller new her name, address, which bank she used and even her credit card expiry date. However, the caller had an incorrect credit card number and asked the woman to provide the correct one. 
Luckily, the would-be victim suspected something was amiss and informed the caller that she was going to contact her bank. 
The fraudster told her that the bank wouldn't be able to help her with the issue and offered her an improved interest rate in an attempt get the information from her.
OPP officers are confident that had this woman given her information to the caller they would have been defrauded.


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Domestic Assault in Parry Sound
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (21437 reads)


A Parry Sound man will be in court next month after West Parry Sound OPP charged him with assault and mischief stemming from a domestic dispute. 
On Feb. 20 OPP responded to a 911 call from a Parry Sound residence. Upon investigation OPP officers discovered that a woman has recently returned to Parry Sound from a vacation, upon arriving home a male that was known to the victim stopped by her home and left after a short conversation. 
The man in question returned later in the evening intoxicated and assaulted the woman before breaking the woman’s property. 
OPP officers arrested the man and charged him with assault – spousal as well as mischief and unlawfully being in a residence. 
The man, whose name has not been released, will be in a Parry Sound court on March 5 to answer to his charges. 



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Citizen Complaint Leads to Drunk Driving Charges
Monday, February 23, 2015 (11099 reads)


A complaint about poor driving behaviour led to an arrest after OPP responded to a complaint by a civilian of suspicious driving in Bracebridge. 
Bracebridge OPP responded to the complaint on Friday, Feb. 20 just after 2 p.m. and subsequently located the reported vehicle in a ditch. 
OPP arrested and charged the driver, Tom Chacalos, 44, with driving while impaired by alcohol, violating his probation and having care or control of a vehicle while impaired. 
Chacalos will anger to his charges in Bracebridge on March 3. 



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Drunk Driver Crashes Into Snowbank In Front of Police
Monday, February 23, 2015 (11590 reads)


Bracebridge OPP had an impaired driving charge fall into their lap earlier this week as the patrolling officers watched the driver slide into snow bank. 
OPP members were on patrol in Bracebridge on Feb. 22  around 2 p.m. when they witnessed a vehicle travelling on Quebec Street at a high rate of speed. The car lost control while turning onto McMurray Street before finally sliding into a snowbank. 
When OPP officers responded to the accident they discovered the driver was impaired. 
OPP arrested and charged Jeffery Dawson, 27, of Bracebridge, with impaired driving. 
Dawson will  appear in a Bracebridge court on March 17



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Police Investigate Facebook Fraud
Thursday, February 19, 2015 (23196 reads)


West Parry Sound OPP investigated a fraud that occurred through a Facebook account on January 21st.  Police report that the victim purchased articles on the Aboriginal Buy and Sell Facebook site and sent a MoneyGram to a person reportedly to be in Parry Sound. Police determined that the account had been hacked and there were items on the account that the owner of the site was unaware of. The victim was advised to contact police to report the fraud. The account and MoneyGram payment could potentially have gone anywhere in the World Wide Web.

Police services all across the north are receiving complaints of phone and online scams. The scams have many different approaches, however the goal of the scammers are generally the same, to steal your money! Victims are pressured to provide personal information, banking information, remote access to their computers or to make instant decisions about investments or purchases. This allows the scammers to commit identity theft, access bank accounts/ investments, or fraudulently use credit cards.

Police advise  you to be suspicious of anyone who asks you to provide personal / banking / credit card information in order to verify your accounts by phone or online.  Reputable institutions will already have this information and would be able to provide you with all the information about your account if you require it.



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Charges Pending After Train/Pickup Collision
Thursday, February 19, 2015 (10532 reads)


Just after 11:00am this morning Huntsville OPP along with Muskoka EMS and Huntsville Fire attended a crash involving a CN train along with a Dodge Ram pickup truck on South Lancelot Rd in Huntsville.

Police report the pickup truck was heading east on South Lancelot Rd toward the train tracks, and as the driver crossed over the tracks the pickup was struck by an oncoming train.  A 72-year-old Huntsville man was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

Police say that the train track in this location is not equipped with flashing lights and is clearly visible from the road.  Investigation is continuing and charges are pending.



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Man Charged at RIDE Check
Thursday, February 19, 2015 (6120 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP was conducting a R.I.D.E. program on Tuesday February 10 when a westbound truck approached the R.I.D.E program and the driver was subsequently arrested for possession of a controlled substance, marihuana.

The driver, Justin LaLonde, 25, of Chelmsford was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The accused was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on March 26, 2015 in Sundridge, Ontario



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Man Turns Himself In After Escaping Through Back Window
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (9734 reads)


On February 5, the OPP received a tip that a wanted male was at a residence on Lake Joseph Road in Seguin Township. Police attended the residence and inquired if the male was at the house. The male exited through a back window and made his escape. Officers contained the area waiting for the OPP Canine Unit to attend.

At approximately 10:28 p.m., Justin Schell, 22, of Seguin Township turned himself into police waiting at the residence. Schell was arrested and has been charged with:

1. 6 counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance

2. Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana.

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



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Bracebridge Woman Charged with Impaired
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 (7204 reads)


A Bracebridge woman will be in court later this month after being charged with impaired driving the past weekend. 
Susan Senechal, 57, was pulled over by Bracebridge OPP officers on Friday, Feb. 13 after exhibiting concerning driving behavior while travelling on Muskoka Rd. 118 in Bracebridge. 
Senechal was charged with having over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood and refusing to provide a breath sample. 
Senechal will be in a Bracebridge court on Feb. 24




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Good Samaritan Helps Catch Thief
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 (11974 reads)


A good Samaritan helped catch a thief yesterday after she alerted Bracebridge OPP to a woman breaking into vehicles. 
Cassandra Stengel, 19, of Bracebridge was spotted breaking into vehicles in Gravenhurst around the area of George Beard Lane. The reporting citizen followed Stengel until responding officers arrived. 
Stengel is charged with theft under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime. Stengel will be in a Bracebridge Court to answer to her charges on March 24.




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Leaked Report on Surgery Closure Gets Response From MAHC
Thursday, February 12, 2015 (14964 reads)


A report that was leaked from the MAHC on the future of healthcare in Huntsville is causing quite a stir at the MAHC and in the community.  Natalie Bubela, the CEO of the MAHC says that the report was not seen by members of the board, but only a select few staff and physicians.

The report clearly shows that under the hybrid model, one of the Muskoka Hospitals will lose surgery and a host of other critical services.  Former councilor Tim Withey spearheaded a meeting along with Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison to apprise northern mayors and reeves of the impact to the healthcare, the community and its economy, if the MAHC decides to move forward with the model.

Petitions to stop the closure are being distributed in doctors’ offices, pharmacies, coffee shops and other locations in Huntsville and the Almaguin Highlands.  A rally is being planned in the near future.



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Police Recover 5 Sleds & Other Stolen Property
Thursday, February 12, 2015 (10169 reads)


The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment OPP and the Midland Police Service Crime Unit recovered 5 stolen snowmobiles, 2 Stihl chainsaws and an enclosed snowmobile trailer on Feb 10th.

The officers recovered all of the stolen property from a Tay Township residence after their investigations lead them to the property.

Charged is Jules Marion, 42, of Tay Township with a number of property related crimes as follows;

-5 counts of Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000.00.

-1 count of Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000.00

He was arrested and released with an undertaking to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on March 12, 2015.

The recovered property which was stolen is currently being returned to their rightful owners.



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Fraudsters steal $5,000 from Parry Sound Woman
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (27646 reads)


A Parry Sound woman is $5,000 poorer today after being the victim of fraud. 
The woman, whose identity has not been released, received a phone call at around 10 a.m. this morning from a caller who claimed to be a local bank employee. The caller told the woman to withdraw $5,000 from her bank account and give the money to a man posing as a detective working for the bank. The man who took the woman’s money is believed to be between 50 and 60 years old. 
The Parry Sound OPP is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact police or crime stoppers. 



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Search Warrant Ends With Pot & Cocaine Charges
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (28900 reads)


On Wednesday February 4, members of the OPP North East Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and the Emergency Response Team executed a warrant at a Burk’s Falls residence.

Police searched the residence and arrested and charged Paul Austin, 38, of Burk’s Falls with possession of a controlled substance, marihuana and cocaine. 

The accused was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on March 12, 2015 in Sundridge, Ontario



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Man Charged With Drinking and Driving After Head On Crash
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (13177 reads)


On Monday just before 8:00pm Huntsville OPP along with Muskoka EMS attended a head on crash on Aspdin Rd in the town of Huntsville.  Police report that a Ford F150 pickup truck was traveling west on Apsdin road on the wrong side of the road hit a Dodge Durango head on that was traveling east.

Police report that the driver of the F150 had been drinking that eventually lead to the arrest of Lawrence Sweet, 40, of Seguin Twp. Ontario.  He has since been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and having more than 80mgs of alcohol per 100mltrs of blood under the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused will appear in the Ontario court of Justice in Huntsville on March 11, 2015 to answer to his charges.

The driver of the Dodge Durango suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.



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17 Year Old Charged With Attempted Murder
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (33207 reads)


On January 28, the Southern Georgian Bay OPP responded to a 16 year-old male suffering from an apparent stab wound.  A 17-year-old male was arrested and has been charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault. 

Detectives from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment Crime Unit continue to investigate this incident and as a result of the ongoing investigation, additional arrests have been made.

Police have arrested 21-year old Travis Kaus-Nesbitt of Victoria Harbour and charged with him with Robbery. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Midland on March 13, 2015.

Also arrested and facing criminal charges is 20-year old John Thomas, of Midland. He has been charged with Fail to Comply with Recognizance (3 Counts) and Accessory After the Fact to Commit an Indictable Offence. Thomas was held for a Bail Hearing that was scheduled for the following day.

The investigation remains ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available.



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Police Investigate 2 Drinking Related Crashes
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (8798 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated a single vehicle collision involving a 2001 GMC Yukon on Monday February 9, at approximately 12:30 a.m., on Highway 11 in Machar Township.

OPP attended the scene and spoke to the driver, Nathanial Upton, 22, of Perry Township and subsequently arrested and charged him for driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.

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

Later the same day, OPP investigated a single vehicle collision on Highway 518 West in the Township of McMurrich-Monteith.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., the driver of a 2010 Sierra pick-up truck drove into the ditch.  Police arrived at the collision and subsequently arrested and charged the driver, Thomas Bell, 50, of Hamilton Ontario for driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.

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



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Thieves Steal Skidoo in Perry Twp
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (2339 reads)


On Saturday February 7, Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated the theft of a 2000 Formula Z Skidoo on Fern Glen Road, in Perry Township. 

Police report that sometime overnight between Friday February 6, and Saturday February 7, thieves entered the property and stole the vehicle which is valued at approximately $2400.



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Man Caught with Cache of Guns, Drugs
Monday, February 09, 2015 (47898 reads)


On Saturday February 7th, Police executed a search warrant at an Armour Township residence.   Officers found numerous firearms and ammunition inside the residence and subsequently arrested Raymond McCracken, 68 of Armour Township.   McCracken was charged with careless storage of firearm; unauthorized possession of a weapon; possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm; transport firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner and unauthorized possession of a firearm.  The accused was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, psilocybin, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused was held in police custody and was scheduled to appear in bail court at the Ontario Court of Justice today in Parry Sound.



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Pickup Truck Hits School Bus
Monday, February 09, 2015 (12382 reads)


This morning police investigated a motor vehicle collision involving a school bus and a pickup truck.

The collision occurred on Municipal Road in Machar Twp and police report that the bus was stopped with 7 students onboard when a pickup truck came over a hill and collided with the bus.  There were no injuries to the students or drivers of the vehicles, however there was damage to both the pickup truck and bus.  A second school bus was sent to pick up the students and transport them to school.

The driver of the pick-up truck was charged with fail to share half of the roadway, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.



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Britt Woman Dies After Snowmobile Accident
Monday, February 09, 2015 (14633 reads)


A Britt woman is dead after her snowmobile crashed into a steel pole used for securing docks on Georgian Bay last weekend.
The woman, Deidre Urso, 27, was travelling along the Byng Inlet at around 6:40 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 when her snowmobile collided with the steel pole. West Parry Sound OPP as well as the Anishinabek Police Service and the Britt Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident. 
Urso was transported to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.




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