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OPP Warn Drivers to Prepare for School Buses Next Week
Thursday, August 28, 2014 (362 reads)

The West Parry Sound OPP is reminding drivers that as of Tuesday September 2, students in the area will be back in school.  The return of students to classes will also mean the return of school buses, crosswalk guards, and young pedestrians along the various streets and highways in the Parry Sound area.

Motorists must keep a safe distance away from a stopped school bus with the red overhead lights flashing and stop arm extended. When following a school bus, Ontario law requires vehicles must stop 20 meters behind the bus. 

Drivers who fail to comply with this law face penalties of between $400 and $2000 and lose 6 demerit points. A subsequent offence could result in fines between $1000 to $4000 and possible imprisonment.  This law also includes that the vehicle owner can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus.

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OPP Add 10 New Unmarked Cars to Catch Distracted Drivers
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (11043 reads)

Motorists who talk on cell phones, text or engage in other forms of distraction while driving will be easier to spot now that the OPP is dedicating more vehicles to enforce Ontario’s Distracted Driving legislation full-time.

Ten unmarked police vehicles will take to the roads over the Labour Day Long Weekend and the OPP anticipates that these additional resources are a much-needed measure to make Ontario roads safer for those who share the road with distracted drivers.    

Thirty-five people have died so far this year in motor vehicle collisions in which an inattentive driver was a contributing factor. In 2013, 86 people died in distraction-related collisions.

The vehicles are being implemented on the heels of a survey of licenced Ontario students, in which almost 50 per cent of Grade 12 students admitted to texting while driving. As of June 30, 2014, the OPP had laid over 10,000 charges to Ontario motorists who were caught driving while distracted.   

With many Ontarians heading out to take advantage of the last summer long weekend of the year, the OPP is reminding the public that they will be highly visible on roads, waterways and trails this weekend. 

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Young Boy's Body Recovered
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (28138 reads)

After extensive search of the Magnetewan River, OPP officers with the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit recovered the body of 7 year old Corbin South today..  He was located in approximately 11 feet of water, 217 metres below the dam.

At the time of the incident, Corbin Sorth had been playing in the area with other children before falling into the river and being swept away by the current.  The investigation is ongoing and police do not believe foul play was a factor.

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Police Identify Missing Boy Presumed Drowned - Search Continues
Monday, August 25, 2014 (84667 reads)

Police have identified the young boy that disappeared after he fell into the Magnetewan River on Sunday,  shortly before 7:30 p.m.  7 year old Corbin South, described at being 4' tall, 50lbs, with short brown hair and blue eyes was playing along the shore of the river when he fell in and disappeared.

Members of the Burks Falls Fire Department, Burks Falls Ambulance Service along with OPP officers from neighbouring detachments, marine unit, canine, Emergency Response Team, Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, crime as well as Forensic Identification Service have attended and are currently on scene assisting in locating this young boy.

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Boy Drowns in Burks Falls
Monday, August 25, 2014 (72573 reads)

We have unconfirmed reports that a 7 year old boy drowned in Burks Falls yesterday.  Sources say that the boy was playing in the water at the falls with sister and friends when he went under.  First Responders continue their search.

We'll have more information on this tragedy as it becomes available.

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This Could be a Record Year For Motorcyclist Deaths: OPP
Thursday, August 21, 2014 (1222 reads)

With 26 motorcycle fatalities on record so far this year and at least two more months of the motorcycle season remaining, the OPP is concerned that 2014 motorcycle deaths could reach a seven-year high.

As of August 18, 2014, 25 motorcyclists and one passenger have died in motorcycle crashes within OPP jurisdiction this year. 

Earlier this month, OPP Aircraft Enforcement Patrol (AEP) clocked a motorcyclist travelling at 210 kilometres per hour, charging him under Ontario’s stunt driving law.

OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support says that “Other than a careless few that we come across during our enforcement operations, the OPP believes that Ontario motorcyclists in general recognize that they are a vulnerable road user and demonstrate safe, defensive driving.   The solution is simple: ride and drive within the law" he concluded.

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Motorcyclist Charged After Wheelie
Thursday, August 21, 2014 (6006 reads)

An officer with the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police on routine patrol observed a motorcyclist stunting on Highway 12 yesterday.

31 year old Jonathan Bailey, of Tay Township being charged with - Drive Motor Vehicle - Perform Stunt- All Tires Not in Contact With Highway.

Police report that his motorcycle was towed and impounded for 7 days and his driving privileges have also been suspended for 7 days.

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Police Searching For Perpetrator of Assault
Thursday, August 21, 2014 (7230 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP is investigating an assault that occurred on Saturday August 16, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., on Main Street in Sundridge. 

OPP were called to the incident after a man approached the victim on Main Street in Sundridge and then he assaulted him.

The victim was taken to hospital by EMS where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

The OPP is asking for the public’s assistance in this investigation.  Anyone who may have witnessed the assault is asked to contact the Almaguin Highalnds Ontario Provincial Police.

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Two Men Charged With Assault
Thursday, August 21, 2014 (12770 reads)

Police are investigating an assault that occurred on Sunday August 17, at approximately 2:00 a.m., in Burk’s Falls.

Police report that a local establishment was attempting to close for the evening, when several patrons refused to leave.  When staff attempted to get the patrons to leave, a male, helping staff remove the patrons was assaulted. 

Police arrested and charged two males, Ryan Cutrara, 23, of North Bay, with assault with a weapon, and Mike Thorne, 28, of Armour Township.

Both accused were released from police custody and are to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

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Police Arrest Man After He Attempts to Flee
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (32018 reads)

Police are investigating a breach of probation that occurred on Saturday August 16, after officers were called to a Perry Township residence to assist with an intoxicated male who was extremely argumentative.  When officers arrived the man ran into the bush, where he was eventually arrested by police. 

Charged is Conrad Parnham, 24 of Erin, Ontario with possession of a controlled substance.  The accusedwas also charged with two counts with fail to comply with probation order.

The accused was held for a bail hearing on Monday August 18, in Parry Sound.

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Police Investigate B&E
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (3550 reads)

On Wednesday August 13, the Almaguin Highlands OPP were called to an Old Muskoka Road, in Machar Township residence regarding a break enter and theft. 

Police report that thieves entered the residence sometime between Thursday July 24, and Tuesday August 12, 2014 and stole two cameras and a bow. 

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Boater Crashes into Island & Transported to Hospital
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (8457 reads)

On Tuesday August 19th, just after midnight, The Muskoka Lakes Fire Department, Muskoka EMS, and the Bracebridge OPP all responded to a report of a vessel that had collided into a boat house on Lake Muskoka in the Milford Bay area. Upon arrival, the lone male occupant of the vessel had already been picked up by another boat. Marine 9 of the Township of Muskoka Lakes  Fire Department met the occupant and transported him to awaiting EMS Paramedics across the bay. The male was later transported to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital with non- life threatening injuries.

The vessel in question did not run into a boat house but crashed onto the north side of Squirrel Island, on Lake Muskoka.

O.P.P. are investigating the collision.

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Thieves Steal Laptop & Jewelry
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (3740 reads)

On Friday August 15, Police responded to a break and enter that had occurred at a residence on North Mary Lake Road in Huntsville.

Police report that sometime between August 13, and August 15, 2014 thieves smashed a window and gained entry to the house.  Once inside the culprits riffled through personal belongings and removed items including an HP laptop and possibly costume jewelry from a jewelry box.

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Huntsville Man Charged After Stealing Car
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (26817 reads)

On Monday Huntsville OPP were called to report that a car had just been taken from a residence on West Road in Huntsville.

The owner of a 2013 Honda Civic reported he heard noises coming from the outside of his house, when he opened to door to his garage he noticed his car was missing.  Huntsville OPP was then advised of a motor vehicle collision on the Ravenscliffe Road onramp to Highway 11.   The driver was seen running from the vehicle.

Patrols were made in the area of the crash and a male was located a short distance later matching the description of the suspect.  With the assistance of canine and Emergency Response Team the suspect was arrested and transported to Huntsville detachment.

As a result of the investigation Matthew Flynn 29, of Huntsville has been charged with break and enter into a dwelling house x2, theft under $5000.00, and theft over $5000.00.  The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on September 17, 2014 to answer to his charges.

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Woman Charged After Ditching Car in Lake Joe
Monday, August 18, 2014 (12641 reads)

Police have arrested and charged a female driver following her crashing her vehicle into Lake Joseph.

Police report that on August 17, 2014 at 7:15 am Bracebridge OPP received a call for an erratic driver of a pickup truck on Muskoka Road 169, in Muskoka Lakes Twp. The pickup truck then crashed into Lake Joseph near Hallett’s Road off of Muskoka Road 169.

The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

A thorough investigation was conducted by Bracebridge OPP and the driver was arrested and charged for impaired driving.

Brittany Beukers, 22, off Toronto has been charged with

• Driving While Ability Impaired

• Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood

The driver will appear in Bracebridge Court on September 23, 2014 to answer to her charges.

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Police Searching for Knife Wielding Robber
Monday, August 18, 2014 (21718 reads)

Bracebridge OPP is investigating an attempted robbery that occurred on the weekend.  Police report that on Saturday at 12:10 pm they responded to the Ice Cream Shoppe on Manitoba Street, in downtown Bracebridge.   A male suspect had entered the store and demanded money from the employee while holding a knife in his hand. The employee backed away from the suspect and the suspect immediately fled on foot.

There were no injuries to anyone involved and there was no money taken by the suspect. The male suspect is described as wearing a grey/black baggy hooded sweatshirt, with a black covering over his face, he is approximately 5’6” -5’8”, with a stocky build.

The area was searched by police and the suspect has not been located. The OPP is asking for any information regarding this crime to call police or Crime Stoppers.

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Police Arrest Man Who Fled Scene of Accident
Thursday, August 14, 2014 (19200 reads)

Bracebridge OPP arrested and charged a man with impaired driving on August 14, after attendeding  a single vehicle crash on the Highway 11 Southbound on ramp from Highway118 in Bracebridge. The vehicle had crashed into guard rails and Police report the driver fled the scene on foot.

After a search of the area, the driver was located and arrested for impaired driving.

John Smith, 23, of Gravenhurst has been charged with

• Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood

• Driving While Ability Impaired

• Fail to remain at the scene of the crash

• Driving motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor

He will appear in Bracebridge court on August 22, 2014 to answer to his charges.

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Police Bust Grow Op
Thursday, August 14, 2014 (20614 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP along with members from the North East Region Drug Enforcement Unit and Emergency Response Team received information regarding a marihuana grow operation on Simpson Hill Road, Machar Township.

Police arrested two men, Ryan Fraser, 37, and Theodore Dubeau, 38, both of Orillia Ontario and charged them with,

• Producing a controlled substance, marihuana

• Possession of a controlled substance, marihuana over 30 grams

• Possession of a controlled substance, cannabis resin over 1 gram

• Two counts of Possession of property obtained by a crime under $5000

• Theft under $500

The approximate street value of the drugs seized is $375,000.  A number of items were also seized in offence related property, with an approximate value of $50,000.

The accused appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound for a bail hearing yesterday.

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Police Charge Intoxicated Man with 2 B&E's
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (5581 reads)

Bracebridge OPP have arrested and charged a man with two counts of break and enter over the weekend.

Police report that in the early hours of August 12,  an intoxicated male was arrested following calls to police concerned for his safety.  A thorough investigation revealed that the man had just committed a break and enter at a restaurant in Bala. The man had stolen various items and then left on foot, walking to a another location, where he entered a garage taking more items with him.

Blayne Thomson, 19, of Burlington has been charged with

• 2 Counts of Break and Enter

• 2 Counts of Theft under $5000

Thomson will appear in Bracebridge court on August 26, 2014 to answer to his charges.

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Man Charged With DUI
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (18370 reads)

On Thursday, August 8, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Almaguin Highlands OPP stopped a vehicle on Highway 518 West in the Township of McMurrich/Monteith.

The officer spoke to the driver of the vehicle and subsequently arrested and charged him for having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.   The driver was also charged with driving a motor vehicle with liquor readily available, contrary to the Liquor Licence Act.


The accused, Dwayne Wood, 57 of Orillia Ontario was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Police Charge Man With Being Intoxicated & Resisting Arrest
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (7387 reads)

On Sunday August 10, at approximately 12:15 a.m., an officer from the Highway Safety Division of the OPP stopped a male standing on the side of Highway 11, in Machar Township.  The male was intoxicated and when the officer attempted to arrest the male, he resisted.

Officers from the Almaguin Highlands OPP arrived on scene to assist and the accused was arrested.

OPP charged and later released Dwight Ddudgeon, 39 of North Bay, with, Causing a Disturbance, Assault a Peace Officer and Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest.

The accused is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

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