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OPP Launch Operation Dry Water
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (1031 reads)

Alcohol was a factor in nearly half of the 18 boating fatalities investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) this season. Over the Civic Day Long Weekend (Aug 2-4), the OPP is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council and enforcement agencies across Canada for Operation Dry Water, a national campaign aimed at decreasing incidents of injury and death related to operating a boat while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The majority of boating tragedies are preventable and everyone on the water has a role to play to ensure it is a safe and enjoyable activity.  In Ontario, the consumption of alcohol by anyone on board any boat underway is unlawful.  Boaters are allowed to have open alcohol only on boats with permanent sleeping, cooking and washroom facilities built into the boat's design and only when those boats are docked or at anchor.

Impaired operators face criminal charges and immediate suspension of their driving privileges for motor vehicles.

OPP marine officers continue to patrol Ontario waterways, promoting safety through equipment checks, encouraging paddlers and small craft operators to wear their lifejackets and focusing on alcohol enforcement and deterring reckless behaviours.


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OPP Recover Body of Canoer
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (20348 reads)

The OPP Marine Unit and Underwater Search and Rescue Unit conducted a search for a missing canoer in the waters below Recollet Falls in the French River Provincial Park after reports of a canoe capsizing on Sunday, July 27.

Police report that on Monday, July 28, shortly after 5:30 p.m., OPP divers located and recovered the body of Arpad Deak, 40, of Hungary, 75 meters west of the falls.

A post mortem examination will be conducted today.

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Yearley Arrested In Peterborough
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (24265 reads)

Huntsville native Steven Yearley was arrested by Peterborough Police on July 21st and is currently being held in custody after not being available for a home check in by Police.  Police were not able to determine if Yearley was at home at the time they visited his home and arrested Yearley the next day and found him to be in possession of cocaine.

Police arrested him in Huntsville in October 2013 after being found on a trail in Huntsville. Yearley was not permitted under court order to be on any recreational trail without a family member after being convicted of a rape on Hunters Bay Trail.    He moved back to Peterborough after being released and Police consider him a high risk offender.

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Man Charged With Assaulting Police
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (10261 reads)

On Saturday July 26, Police responded to a mischief call on Skyline Drive in Armour Township.  When OPP arrived at the residence, it was discovered that windows had been smashed, a glass door was broken and a male had been assaulted. Police arrested the home owner who subsequently assaulted the officer before he was arrested.

OPP charged Christopher Blumreisnger, 22 of Aurora Ontario with two counts of Possession of Marihuana and Psilocybin, Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Assaulting Peace Officer.

The accused was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

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Man Caught After Peeking in Windows
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (40079 reads)

On Wednesday July 23, at approximately midnight, the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated a trespass by night after OPP received a complaint of a male peering into a residence window.

OPP attended the residence in Sundridge and subsequently charged a male, Dakota Keetch-Hand, 19 of Sundridge, Ontario with Trespass by Night, contrary to the Criminal Code.

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

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Number of 'Move Over' Charges Increase
Monday, July 28, 2014 (7964 reads)

After ten years of education efforts, which includes more than 11,000 charges on record since the law came into effect, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is dismayed to see a slow but steady increase in the number of “Move Over” charges it has laid against drivers since 2010. 

In Ontario, Section 159 (2)(3) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated. If the highway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle if it can be done safely. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $400 to $2,000 plus three demerit points.

There were 1,502 Section 159 (2)(3) charges last year (2013) and the number has increased steadily since. The increase suggests that many drivers may be unaware of this important law aimed at keeping police and other emergency responders safe. Since 1989, five OPP officers have been killed and many more injured as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle while attending on the roadside.


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Fatalities Prompt OPP to Urge ATV Safety
Monday, July 28, 2014 (2270 reads)

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Central Region has investigated two deaths related to off-road vehicle related activities this past week.

Fatalities such as these are as tragic as they are preventable.  The OPP is reminding riders of their responsibility to ensure their safe operation.  This includes operating the vehicle in a safe manner so as to react appropriately to sudden changes in trail conditions, and to always wear the proper protective equipment.

All-Terrain Vehicles and other Off-Highway Vehicles are motorized vehicles that require skill, good judgement and the proper use of helmets and other safety equipment to operate safely. 

Helmets are required by law and personal protective equipment can include goggles that fit over the helmet, gloves, chest protectors, proper footwear and other safety related sportswear.

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OPP Attend Hwy Rollover
Monday, July 28, 2014 (19485 reads)

On Friday July 25, just before 6:00am Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Muskoka EMS attended a vehicle rollover in the median at Hwy 11 leading onto Muskoka Rd 3 north. 

Officers attended to find a heavily damaged Pontiac G6 but were unable to locate the occupants of the vehicle.  Officers were concerned for their well-being due to the damage done to the vehicle, Central Region Canine along with the Emergency Response Team (ERT) attended in hopes of locating anyone who may have been in the vehicle.


As a result of the investigation, Madison SCOTT, 24, from South River and Kyle LANDRY, 22, from Kearney have since been charged with Public Mischief.  They will both appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on September 10.

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HWY 400 Fatal Crash Prompts Closures
Friday, July 25, 2014 (548 reads)

Following a fatal accident on Hwy 400, all northbound lanes are closed at Dunlop St. in Barrie.  The closures are expected to last several hours and emergency crews are on site. 

One person has reportedly died in the multiple vehicle collision.


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Thief Flees After Being Discovered
Friday, July 25, 2014 (5485 reads)

Police are investigating a daytime break and enter on Manitoba Street, in Bracebridge.  OPP responded to a report of a break and enter on Thursday at 4.05pm.  Police report that a male entered the residence and began taking items from the home. A 13-year-old male who happened to be at home at the time, verbally confronted the suspect. The suspect then fled on foot, leaving the stolen items behind.

No one was injured in this incident.

The male was described as having short black hair with a goatee, muscular/slim build, approximately 5'8” -5'10”, and tattoos on both arms.

The OPP  Emergency Response Team and the K-9 Unit searched the area for the male but were unable to locate the suspect.

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OPP Warn Motorists to Watch for Animals on Roadways
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (4019 reads)

The West Parry Sound OPP is encouraging all motorists to be on the lookout for wild animals while travelling this summer. Vehicle collisions with animals have recently increased as deer and moose are being pushed from wooded areas by the increased presence of mosquitoes and black flies. Other animals such as bears may travel from one area to another more often in search of food sources.

Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed in areas where animals are known to cross the road--especially during low light conditions. Scan the roadway from tree line to tree line, as an animal may walk onto the roadway without warning. If you do encounter an animal on the road, stop if necessary and proceed cautiously as there may be more than one nearby. If you must take evasive action, make every effort to take the safest route around the animal and be aware of oncoming traffic.

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Woman Charged After ATV Rollover
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (7153 reads)

On Sunday July 20, the Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated a single vehicle rollover, a 2014 Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicle on Axe Lake Road, in McMurrich/Monteith Township. 

The operator of the vehicle was travelling on Axe Lake Road with a passenger when she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to rollover.  The passenger was taken to hospital by EMS with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver was charged with Drive ATV with passenger on schedule B Highway, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

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70 Year Old Man Charged After Running Into The Back of a Moving Vehicle
Monday, July 21, 2014 (6991 reads)

On Saturday July 19, at approximately 4:40 p.m., the OPP responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 11, in Armour Township.  Police report that a Plymouth Sundance was travelling northbound on Highway 11, by Horn Lake Road, when the driver noticed a northbound vehicle approaching them from behind at a high rate of speed.  The approaching vehicle, a green Nissan Sentra struck the rear of the Plymouth causing extensive damage.

The OPP attended the collision and subsequently arrested the driver of the Sentra, Lawrence Pullen, 70,  of Sundridge with Dangerous Driving and failing to comply with recognizance, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was held for a bail hearing on Monday July 21, 2014 in Parry Sound.

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Man Charged With Mischief After Removing Logs From Dam
Monday, July 21, 2014 (8551 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP is investigating a repeated mischief to the South River Dam located at Mill Street in South River.

The first report the OPP received was on Friday June 13, 2014 that someone had removed logs from the dam in order to alter the water flow over the dam.  Subsequent complaints were made to the OPP, again that logs were removed from the dam in South River.

On Sunday July 20, OPP arrested and charged Robert Whitehead, 57 of South River, Ontario with Mischief.  The accused was also charged with several counts of Alter, Improve or Repair Dam without Minister’s Approval and Obstruct Inspector or Engineer, contrary to the Lakes and River Improvement Act.

The accused 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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Canada Wide Warrant Issued for Federal Offender
Friday, July 18, 2014 (36821 reads)

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as result of their Breach of Parole.

Jeffrey Weiler is described as a male, 35 years of age, 5’6” (168 cm), 150 lbs (68 kg), with hazel eyes and short blonde hair.   He has tattoos on both upper arms.

He is serving a 2 year and 6 month sentence for Sexual Assault.  

The offender is known to frequent the Barrie, Belleville, and Thunder Bay areas, as well as the Province of Saskatchewan.

Anyone having contact with this offender or information in regards to their whereabouts is asked to contact the Provincial ROPE Squad at 416-808-5900 or toll free at 1-866-870-ROPE (7673) or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or call 9-1-1.


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Drunk Driver Charged After Crashing Stolen Vehicle
Friday, July 18, 2014 (19459 reads)

On Saturday July 5, OPP received a call to attend Leggett’s Road, in Armour Township after silver, Chevrolet Venture Van that was stolen from a Kearney residence was involved in a single vehicle collision. 

OPP arrived at the collision and the driver of the vehicle was subsequently arrested for impaired driving.  The accused was charged with driving while ability impaired, driving while disqualified, theft under $5000 of a motor vehicle and drive motor vehicle over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.

The accused, Zeth Laking, 31 of Whitby 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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OPP Arrest Severn Gun Thief
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (2608 reads)

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of several guns from a Severn Township home sometime between July 9 and July 10.

OPP arrested a 25-year-old Severn Township man after several weapons were taken from a home. Among the weapons were shotguns and rifles, and allegedly ammunition and other items.

All of the guns were recovered and the man has been charged with break and enter and with stealing a firearm.




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SIU Invokes Mandate After Man Sucumbs to Self Inflicted Gun Shot
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (21647 reads)

On Wednesday July 16, at 6:00 am Almaguin Highlands OPP was notified of a 55 year old male with a firearm on Berriedale Road in Armour Township. While OPP officers arrived on the scene the male discharged a firearm which resulted in self-inflicted life threatening injuries. The male was immediately sent to the hospital in Huntsville where he was pronounced deceased.  The SIU has invoked its mandate in the case.

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Police Investigate Canoe Thefts
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (3233 reads)

On Saturday July 5, Police investigated a theft from the Tea Kettle Campgrounds in Perry Township. 

Sometime between January 2014 and July 5, 2014 unknown persons entered the campground property and stole 3 standard 20 pound propane tanks, a standard car battery and a red 16 foot canoe.

And The Almaguin Highlands OPP is investigating the theft of a 14 foot Scott canoe that was stolen from a Horizon Road, Burk’s Falls residence.  Police report that someone entered the property and stole the canoe sometime between June 1 and July 8.

Any person with information regarding the persons responsible for these thefts should contact the Ontario Provincial Police or Crime Stoppers.

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Police Charge Boater With Causing Two Deaths
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (9752 reads)

The Almaguin Highlands OPP have charged a man in conjunction with a fatal boating accident that occurred on Bartlett Lake, in Ryerson Township on June 30th..

Police report that a red and black ski boat was being operated on the lake when it struck a paddle boat.  A female in the paddle boat was rescued by the operator of the ski boat and brought to shore where she was transported to hospital by EMS.  The woman died on route to hospital from her injuries.

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit conducted a search of the Lake and on Wednesday July 2, a second body was recovered from Bartlett Lake.

The two deceased are Bozena Mercik, 58 and her husband Zdzislaw Mercik, 80 of McMurrich/Monteith Township.

Yesterday, the Almaguin Highlands Crime Unit arrested and charged Andrew Reid, 46 of Oro-Medonte Township with two counts of Causing Death by Criminal Negligence, two counts of Dangerous Operation of a Vessel Causing Death. 

The accused was also charged with Careless Operation, contrary to the Canada Shipping Act and Operate a Pleasure Craft Without Prescribed Competency. 

The accused 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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OPP Push Boating Challenge
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (1573 reads)

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Central Region is asking boaters to take a challenge and is hopeful that they will take it up.

The OPP has seen 12 people lose their lives on lakes across the province this year compared to 5 at the same time last year. The OPP is urging anyone who heads out on the water to always wear a personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket.

Chief Superintendent John Tod, Regional Commander of the OPP Central Region says “PFD’s only make sense – if you’ve got one then use it. Failing to do so can have a lasting impact your family, first responders and the community. Lifejackets are the difference between life and death. Please don’t become a statistic – you owe that to your family and friends”.

The OPP Challenge is simple “life jackets are better on you than somewhere in your boat. Boaters of all ages need to encourage the use of life jackets at all times and the OPP is asking the boating community to help make our waterways safe” adds Chief Superintendent Tod.

Safe boating is a shared responsibility and begins before you head out onto the water. Make wearing your lifejacket or PFD part of your regular routine – life is too valuable not to wear something that is so simple and is proven to save lives.


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Alcohol Infractions Keep Police Busy
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (10581 reads)

Police were kept busy over the weekend dealing with a number of alcohol related issues.  They report that on Friday night July 11, just after midnight a male was located on Main St near West St N in violation of the liquor licence act, and was issued a Provincial Offences notice.  On the same night a male who was sleeping on the sidewalk on Main St W., near Paget lane was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place, taken to a place of safety for the night and was issued a Provincial Offences notice.

Then On Saturday July 12, 2014 at about 6:00pm officers located a male on Muskoka Rd 10 near Port Sydney with open liquor, he was issued a Provincial Offences notice for the offence.  The same night at about midnight two males were walking on West Rd., in Huntsville with open liquor.  They were both issued Provincial Offences notices for the offence. 

And finally just after 2:00am on Sunday July 13, 2014 officers observed mischievous acts taking place on Brunel just up from Main St in Huntsville by three males.  They were arrested and one male was issued a Provincial Offences notice with being intoxicated in a public place under the Liquor Licence Act.

The Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind people that the liquor licence act clearly states that alcohol beverages can only be consumed in a licence premises or a residence. 

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Car in Ditch - Driver Charged
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (11995 reads)

On Saturday July 5, Police investigated a single vehicle collision on Old Rainy Lake Road, in McMurrich/Montieth Township.  Police report that the driver of a 1999 Chevrolet Venture Van lost control of the vehicle and drove into the ditch.  OPP arrived at the scene and subsequently arrested and charged the driver of the vehicle for having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 10 milliliters of blood.

The driver, Julien Lachance,  37 of Mississauga, Ontario was released from police custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sundridge, Ontario on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

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Bear Calls Up: OPP
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (7469 reads)

From July 11 to 13, the West Parry Sound OPP responded to 11 bear complaints within the region.  The OPP say that the mere sight of a bear does not necessarily constitute an immediate threat to public safety.

The OPP will only respond to a problem bear call if there is an immediate threat to public safety. Police say that Officers will if a bear that is an immediate threat safety and assess the situation. If the bear cannot be scared away and acts in any manner aggressively toward officers, it will be dispatched.

If a bear is observed roaming around your property, landowners should call the Bear Wise hotline at 1-866-514-2327 to receive information on how to make their property less attractive to problem bears. The Ministry of Natural Resources operates the toll-free Bear Reporting Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week from April to November with trained staff answering the calls and determining the appropriate response.

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OPP Investigate Concession Break-in
Monday, July 14, 2014 (15021 reads)

On Saturday July 12 just before 11:30pm Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an alarm at the concession booth on the McCulley-Robertson Sports Field in the town of Huntsville.  When the officers arrived they found that unknown culprits pried open the booth gaining access to it.

A ball tournament was taking place over the course of the weekend and some alcohol had been left and stored in the booth.  It was unknown at the time of the report how much was actually taken.

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


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Boater Charged After Man Goes Overboard
Monday, July 14, 2014 (16345 reads)

On Saturday July 12, the West Parry Sound OPP, EMS and Ornge Air Ambulance responded to a boating collision on Georgian Bay off of Woods Bay in Archipelago Township.

A 14’ aluminum fishing boat was being operated on Georgian Bay when a 58 year old male passenger was ejected. Police report that the victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incident.

OPP have charged the driver, Ryan Mason, 24, of Mactier with Careless Operation of a Vessel, contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.

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