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Prince Edward OPP Reports – 2017

 

 

 

Driver arrested following RIDE check

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at 9:30pm, officers of the Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a RIDE program within the town of Picton.
A female driver approached the RIDE and the officers could detect an odor of alcohol on her breath. A roadside alcotest was administered which the driver failed. She was arrested and brought to the detachment for further testing which confirmed her blood alcohol content was in excess of the legal limit of 80mgs.
A 65-year-old Picton woman has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operate Over 80mgs.
She is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on January 10, 2018 to answer to the charges.
Her vehicle has been impounded for 7 days and her licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days.

Domestic related incident results in charges
On Thursday Dec. 21, 2017 at 1:14pm, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to Pitt Street Picton to investigate a domestic dispute occurrence.

As a result of their investigation, a 25-year-old Picton resident has been charged with sexual assault, uttering threats and assault. He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on Januar y 10, 2018.

Stunt driving charge

On Thursday Dec. 21 at 8:04 am a Prince Edward OPP officer patrolling County Road 49 stopped a vehicle traveling in excess of 50 km/h over the posted speed limit of 80.

Under the Province’s stunt driving law, a 17 year old Tyendinaga male has been charged with Stunt Driving and has lost his driver’s licence and vehicle for seven days as a result.

School bus and SUV collide in Picton
A school bus with 24 students aboard collided with an SUV early Tuesday morning in Picton.

Prince Edward OPP officers were called to the scene at 6:32 am on Dec.19 at Church and Eyre streets.

Constable Patrick Menard reports the driver of the bus was making a left hand turn and collided with an SUV stopped at the intersection. Twenty four students both elementary and high school age were on board at the time of the collision.

He said there were no injuries sustained and there was minor damage to both vehicles.

No charges were laid.

Quinte West man charged with sexual assault

On November 13, 2017 at approximately 12:00pm, the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was called to investigate allegations of sexual assault involving several victims of varying ages. As a result of that investigation a 41year old male from Quinte West has been arrested and charged with numerous sexual related incidents including:
– Sexual assault;
– Sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age;
– ;Sexual interference;
– Invitation to sexual touching on a person under 16 years of age; and
– Sexual exploitation.
The accused is due to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice Picton, 17 January 2018. His name will not be released to protect the victims in this matter.

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Pedestrian struck by truck has died
Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward Detachment are investigating an incident where a pedestrian was struck on Main Street in Wellington.

The incident happened just after 5:30pm on November 28, 2017. A male walked out between two parked vehicles on Main Street Wellington near East Street and was struck by a westbound pick-up truck.

The victim, a 76-year-old male from Wellington was transported to Kingston General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries Dec. 15, 2017.

The driver of the truck, a 63-year-old male from Trenton was not injured in the incident. No charges were laid regarding this incident.

Drivers Arrested
On Friday, Dec. 8 just after 8pm, an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment was conducting a Festive R.I.D.E. program near Clarke Road.

During a stop at the checkpoint the officer noted a driver was exhibiting signs of alcohol consumption. The officer commenced an investigation which included a roadside sobriety test using an approved screening device, which the driver failed.
The driver was arrested and brought to the OPP detachment for further testing which confirme d the driver had been consuming alcohol.
A 56-year-old Picton man has been charged with Impaired Driving and Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80mgs.
He is to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on January 10, 2018 to answer to the charges. His vehicle has been impounded for seven days and his licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days.

A few hours later while conducting another Festive R.I.D.E. program on County Road 5, a 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with Impaired Driving and Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80mgs by officers after failing a roadside sobriety test using an approved screening device. While conducting a search, officers also found marijuana which resulted in another charge of Possession of a schedule II substance under 30grams.

He is to will attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on January 3, 2018 to answer to the charges. His vehicle has been impounded for seven days and his licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days.

Police seek assistance with break and enters

On December 5, 2017 The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment attended two break and enter scenes on County Road 20 and one on Gilead Road.

Sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., unknown person(s) gained entry into a residence on Gilead Road and rummaged through items while the victims were home.
Another break-in was reported to have happened sometime between 8a.m. and 11a.m. on County Road 20. A third break in was reported after a report of an alarm being activated at 9:45 a.m. on County Road 20. The OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) attended to assist in the investigation.

Police are continuing to investigate these and other recent break-ins in the community and are seeking assistance from the public. If anyone has any information they are being asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward.

Dingy operators face charges

On December 2, 2017, at approximately 6:32 PM, officers from Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County Detachment (OPP) were called regarding a dingy on the Bay of Quinte operating with no navigation lights and driving in an unsafe manner.

Two males were subsequently charged under the Canadian Shipping Act for Careless Operation.

OPP would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that being well-prepared is vital to safe and enjoyable boating experience. Know the rules and regulations before heading out on the water. It could save your life.

Pedestrian struck by truck seriously injured
A 76-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a pick up truck in downtown Wellington Tuesday.

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward Detachment are investigating the incident. Cst. Kim Guthrie reports he walked onto the roadway between two parked cars and was struck by the westbound vehicle.

The victim was transported to Kingston General Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries. The driver of the truck, a 63-year-old man from Trenton, was not injured in the incident.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS(8477).

Residential daytime break-in

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward Detachment are investigating a daytime break-in. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 between 9am and 11am a residence on Massassauga Road was broken into. The suspects entered through an unlocked window and stole a large quantity of hockey memorabilia.

The victim advises approximately 11 signed, NHL hockey jerseys and 30-40 signed NHL pucks were stolen from his residence.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS(8477).

Fail to remain

At 5:30am on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward Detachment were dispatched to a single vehicle accident on Hwy 62 just north of Pumphouse Lane (near Mountainview Airport).

A witness advised he came across a vehicle that had struck a culvert and had been speaking with the driver. The driver was not hurt but left the scene with his damaged vehicle without reporting the collision to police.

The vehicle continued north on Hwy 62 and was described as a newer grey Honda with Ontario licence plate of BPTW 120. It will have front end damage and damage to the right rear passenger side.

OPP officers believe there are additional witnesses to this incident and are requesting anyone with information on this collision to contact Prince Edward OPP by calling the Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver arrested
At 4:30 am Sunday, Nov. 26, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment were dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch on Cty Road 3 near municipal number 1459. Witnesses advised the lone occupant of the vehicle was walking around and did not appear injured.

When the officers arrived, they spoke with the driver and noted signs of alcohol consumption. A roadside alcotest was conducted to which the driver registered a “Fail”. The driver was arrested, brought to the detachment where further testing was done and confirmed his blood alcohol content was in excess of the legal limit of 80mgs.

A 27-year-old Pembroke man has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operate Over 80mgs.
He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on December 20, 2017 to answer to the charges.

YOUNG’s vehicle has been impounded for 7 days and his licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days.

Driver arrested
On Monday November 20, 2017 just before 5pm, an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment was conducting routine patrol of Highway 62 near Victoria Road when he observed a south bound vehicle committing a Highway Traffic Act violation and initiated a traffic stop.

The officer noted the driver was exhibiting signs of alcohol consumption and commenced an investigation which included a roadside sobriety test using an approved screening device, which the driver failed.

The driver was arrested and brought to the OPP detachment for further testing which confirmed the driver had been consuming alcohol.

A 23-year-old Belleville man has been charged with Impaired Driving and Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80mgs.
He is to attend Ontario Court of Justice Picton on December 13, 2017 to answer to the charges. His vehicle has been impounded for 7 days and his licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days.

 

Picton resident who didn’t lock it, almost lost vehicle and goods inside
Following an incident Sunday, Prince Edward OPP are reminding County residents that thefts of motor vehicles, and their contents, are one of the most preventable crimes that occur.

Shortly after midnight Nov. 5, a Picton resident watching television saw two youths cross his front yard. The resident went outside to investigate, but the youths had run off. The complainant checked his unlocked vehicle, found it had been entered and called police.

Two youths matching the description provided by the resident were located a short distance away and were identified as the ones who had entered the complainant’s vehicle.

PEC Cst. Kim Guthrie reports the youths admitted that when they saw the keys inside the vehicle they had considered stealing it, but instead stole some items they found inside. The items were returned to their owner.

The youths were dealt with accordingly within the parameters of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and returned to their home.

 

No serious injuries as school bus lands on its side

UPDATE OCT 31 – Prince Edward OPP Cst. Kim Guthrie reports the driver of the bus had just dropped off a student and was westbound on Shannon Road when the bus entered the south ditch and came to rest on its side.

The subsequent investigation is now concluded and the driver has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act.

The 78-year-old Bloomfield resident was issued three Provincial Offence Notices – for Careless Driving, Fail to Carry Completed Daily Inspection Report and Fail to Carry Inspection Schedule.

OCT 30 – A dozen students and their bus driver escaped serious injuries Monday afternoon after the bus landed on its side on Shannon Road.

Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment officers were dispatched at about 3:15 p.m. to Shannon Road, just outside of Bloomfield.

Cst. Kim Guthrie reports the driver of the bus had just dropped off a student and was westbound on Shannon Road when the bus entered the south ditch, and came to rest on its side.

The 12 students – both elementary and high school age – were on board at the time of the collision. All the students and the driver have been checked by paramedics and no serious are reported.

The investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing at this time.

Minor injuries in collision

At 5pm, Friday, October 27, 2017 members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were dispatched to the intersection of Hwy 62 and Cty Rd 1 for a two vehicle collision.

The collision involved a northbound dump truck on Hwy 62 and an eastbound Volkswagon Golf on Cty Rd 1. The driver of the Volkswagon failed to yield to the dump truck and a collision occurred. The occupants of the smaller vehicle were transported to Picton Hospital where they were treated and later released for minor non life threatening injuries. The driver of the dump truck was not injured.

The vehicle driver, a 50-year-old woman from Toronto was charged under the Highway Traffic  Act.

Male charged in theft

On October 23, 2017 a theft from a vehicle was reported to officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment. The officers learned from the complainant that her wallet had been removed from her unlocked vehicle in the previous few days and now her credit card had been used at a local Picton store.

The subsequent investigation by the OPP officers identified a local male as responsible for the theft.

On October 26, a 24-year-old Picton man was arrested and charged with Theft Under $5000 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on November 15, 2017 to answer to the charges.

Residential break in

A residential break in was reported on October 26, 2017 to the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The owner of a home on Cty Road 3 in the Albury area had left home at 8:30am and returned around 5:30pm to find their home had been entered.

The suspects entered through an unlocked door, walked about the home and stole a quantity of cash and some electronics before exiting the home. No damage was done during the incident. The OPP Forensic Identification Unit attended the scene and processed it for evidence.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Stolen County van recovered

A Prince Edward County Works white 2015 GMC Savanna van, stolen sometime over the past weekend, was recovered Monday night near a park in the town of Picton.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Forensic Identification Unit has processed the vehicle and the investigation is continuing.

The van was stolen from a Cty Rd 22 works yard. The theft was discovered Monday morning when an employee reported for work.

The suspects appeared to have broken into the County building, stole the vehicle keys and a quantity of cash.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Driver arrested

On Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at 10:15pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle which had committed a Highway Traffic Act violation. The vehicle was stopped on Cty Rd 5 near Fish Lake Road just outside the town of Demorestville.

In speaking with the driver the officer suspected he had been consuming alcohol and administered an approved roadside screening device which the driver failed. The driver was arrested and brought back to the detachment and provided samples of his breath into an Intoxilyzer which confirmed he had in excess of 80 mgs of alcohol in his blood.

A 38-year-old Quinte West man has been charged with Impaired Operation and Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80mgs.

He is to attend the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on November 08, 2017 to answer to the charges

His vehicle has been impounded for 7 days and his licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days.

Second barn fire under investigation

A second barn fire is under investigation following a blaze early Saturday just after midnight.

Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment were dispatched to the fire on Cty Rd 13 between Murphy Road and Black Creek in North Marys burgh.

Cst. Kim Guthrie reports that upon arrival, local firefighters were battling a fully engulfed barn fire which they managed to contain, preventing the nearby residence from being affected.

“The residence was unoccupied at the time and no animals were housed in the barn. The fire is considered suspicious at this time,” she said.

No suspects have been identified at this point for the second fire, however, the investigation is continuing into a suspicious barn fire that occurred Oct. 8 on Cty Rd 49 in which a four-door sedan type vehicle beige or taupe in color was seen in the area several times prior to the blaze breaking out.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Thefts from Vehicles

Over the past week a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles have been reported by residents in Picton.

The suspects engage in what is known as “car hopping” where they walk by vehicles and pull on the door handles. Once they find an unlocked vehicle they rummage through looking for cash and valuables. These thefts typically occur overnight but can happen during the day as well.

This is a preventable crime by taking some simple steps when you leave your vehicle unattended.

Remove valuables and loose change from your vehicle and lock the doors.

Hunters rescued in two incidents

Calls for help from hunters heard this weekend and rescue efforts were successful.

On Saturday, Oct. 7 at approximately 7pm a 911 call from a resident on Loyalist Parkway near West Lake advised they could hear calls for help from somewhere on West Lake.

Wellington Firefighters and officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment responded to the area.

“Emergency crews located some hunters who had become stranded when the motor on their boat had broken down,” said PEC OPP Cst. Kim Guthrie. “The hunters were making their way to shore using a small trolling motor. No one was injured in this incident.”

Sunday, at about 11:25 am Prince Edward OPP were alerted to a hunter stranded on a small island in the Bay of Quinte near Massassauga Point.

“Officers enlisted the assistance of the Ameliasburgh Fire Department who deployed their water rescue team to the island and rescued the hunter,” said Guthrie. “The 39-year-old male from Trenton advised he had been hunting on the island with a second male who he had not seen in several hours. The 19′ aluminum boat they had used to get to the island was also missing.”

Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (JRCC) from Trenton was deployed to the area and began a search.

“The second male was located clinging to his overturned and sinking boat near Point Ann. A 51-year-old Belleville male was transported to Belleville hospital where he was treated for exposure. The circumstances surrounding the vessel capsizing are not clear at this time.”

Barn fire under investigation

An investigation is under way into a suspicious fire Sunday at a barn on County Road 49, north of Bethesda Road.

Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment were called to assist with traffic control just after 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

Prince Edward County firefighters knocked down the blaze and kept it from spreading further.

Cst. Kim Guthrie reports the cause of the fire is unknown, however, is considered to be suspicious. The Ontario Fire Marshall’s office has been notified and will attend the scene to assist in the investigation.

“Witnesses advise a four-door sedan type vehicle beige or taupe in color was seen in the area several times prior to the blaze breaking out,” Cst. Guthrie said. “The barn did not house any animals and has been destroyed.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Driver Arrested

On Friday October 06, 2017 just before 9 pm, officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward Detachment were conducting a RIDE program on Hwy 62 at Fenwood Gardens.

A vehicle driver that was spoken to by the officers had an odor of alcohol on her breath and was administered a roadside alcotest on an approved screening device which she failed. The driver was arrested and further testing at the detachment confirmed her blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.

A 41-year-old Ameliasburgh woman has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operate Over 80mgs.

She is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on October 25, 2017 to answer to the charges.

Her vehicle has been impounded for seven days and her licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days.

Indecent Act at Wellington Beach – Update #1

On Saturday September 16, 2017 approximately 2:30pm, a woman walking along the boardwalk on Wellington Beach observed a young male in the bushes committing an indecent act. The woman commented to a nearby young couple about the male’s behaviour and they indicated they may know him as another student at their school. Police were called but the male had already left the area as well as the young couple. The couple’s identity and school they attend are unknown.

With the assistance of the public, The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) of the Prince Edward Detachment has identified a suspect in this incident and arrested a 17 year old male from Hillier.

The young person has been charged with Committing an Indecent Act and will attend the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on Monday November 20, 2017 to answer to the charge.

Prince Edward OPP would still like to speak with the young couple who were at the beach when the incident occurred or anyone else with information on this matter. They are asked to call Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-8 00-222-TIPS (8477).

Driver grazed cyclist, charged with impaired

A driver who grazed a cyclist on West Lake Road Sunday has been charged with impaired driving.

Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment were dispatched at about 6 p.m. to Cty Road 12 near West Lake. A cyclist reported his bicycle had been grazed by the side mirror of a passing vehicle. The cyclist was still mobile and was not hurt. While responding to the bicycle incident, the officers were dispatched to a disturbance call at a Cty Rd 12 residence.

At that scene, the investigating officers determined a family dispute had occurred. One of the involved persons had just arrived home and was the driver of the vehicle that had come in contact with the bicycle moments earlier.

A 30-year-old Hallowell man has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operate Over 80mgs and Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident under the Criminal Code of Canada.

He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton October 18, 2017 to answer to the charges.

Three drivers arrested

In addition to two other impaired driving arrests, a third driver was arrested over the weekend in Prince Edward County.

On Saturday Sept., 23, 2017 at 10:30pm an Ontario Provincial Police officer of the Prince Edward detachment was on routine patrol when he stopped a northbound vehicle on Hwy 62 for speeding. The officer suspected the driver of the vehicle had been consuming alcohol and administered a roadside alcotest. The driver registered a “Fail”.

A 26-year-old Waterloo resident has been charged with Impaired Operation, Operate Over 80mgs and Speeding.
They are to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on October 11, 2017 to answer to the charges.

The same day at 3am Ontario Provincial Police Officers from the Prince Edward county detachment were patrolling Hwy 62 when they observed a southbound vehicle with a burnt out headlight.

The officers stopped the vehicle at Morgan Road and spoke with the two occupants. The driver exhibited signs of alcohol consumption and was arrested for impaired driving. During the subsequent search of the accused a set of brass knuckles were found in his possession.

A 23-year-old Belleville man has been charged with Impaired Operation, Operate Over 80mgs and Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon. He is to attend the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on October 11, 2017 to answer to the charges.

On Monday Sept., 25, 2017 at 2:44am Ontario Provincial Police Officers from the Prince Edward county detachment were dispatched to Lakebreeze Crescent in Wellington to investigate a report of two suspicious males.

The responding officers observed the vehicle turn onto Wellington Main Street and stopped it a short distance later. The driver exhibited signs of alcohol consumption and was arrested for impaired driving.

An 18-year-old Essa Township resident has been charged with Impaired Operation and Operate Over 80mgs and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on October 11, 2017 to answer to the charges.

Indecent act at Wellington Beach

On Saturday September 16, 2017 approximately 2:30pm, a woman walking along the boardwalk on Wellington Beach observed a young male in the bushes committing an indecent act. The woman commented to a nearby young couple about the male’s behaviour and they indicated they may know him as another student at their school. Police were called but the male had already left the area as well as the young couple. The couple’s identity and school they attend are unknown.

The suspect is described as a white male, mid teens, 5’6″ to 5’11” with light brown shaggy hair, long on top and shorter on the sides. He has a slim build, wearing a grey t-shirt and khaki or green cargo shorts. According to the young couple, his first name might be “Tom”.

Prince Edward OPP would like to speak with the young couple or anyone else with information on this matter. They are asked to call Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

SIU investigating Picton incident
The province’s Special Investigation Unit (a civilian law enforcement agency independent of the police) is investigating whether there has been criminal wrongdoing on the part of police during an incident in Picton Saturday, Sept. 9.

At approximately 9:35 p.m. officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to assist local emergency medical services in Picton.

PEC OPP Constable Connor Durkin said in a media release this morning that officers assisted paramedics who were attempting to provide medical treatment to a combative female patient. During the incident the woman suffered an injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Durkin said the OPP has notified the province’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which has invoked its mandate. As a result, the OPP will not be able to provide any further information. A parallel police investigation into the incident is under way.

The mandate of the SIU is to maintain confidence in Ontario’s police services by assuring the public that police actions resulting in serious injury, death, or allegations of sexual assault are subjected to rigorous, independent investigations. Incidents that fall within this mandate must be reported to the SIU by the police service involved, or may be reported by the complainant or any other person.

Driver flees from traffic stop

At approximately 11:04 pm on September 8 2017, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was investigating a traffic complaint originating in Picton.

The caller indicated he observed a male urinating in a parking lot, and then saw the male leave in a pickup truck, failing to stop for a red light at the intersection of Main Ferguson and Church streets.

OPP attempted to stop the motor vehicle on County Road 10, but the driver sped away. OPP were able to stop the motor vehicle sometime after on County Road 17 in South Marysburgh.

The driver of the pickup attempted to flee again from officers during the stop and struck a police vehicle in the process. He was arrested. OPP conducted an investigation and determined he had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. A 21 year old South Marysburgh man has been charged with the following criminal offences:

Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol
Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Flight While Pursued by Police
Care or Control With Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood
Assault with a Weapon

The Pickup truck involved was seized and held, and the driver’s license was suspended for 90 days in accordance with Provincial Statute. He was released on a Promise to Appear at Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street Picton ON, September 27, 2017.

Impaired driver hits hydro pole

On September 8 2017 at approximately 6:45 PM, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted an investigation of an accident involving a pickup truck which struck a hydro pole on Union Road at Cannery Road in  Ameliasburgh.

The male driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested. A 33 year old Hillier man has been charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood, Driving a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Alcohol. His vehicle was towed. His driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.

The man was later released on a Promise to Appear. He is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON on September 27, 2017.

Driver seriously injured

On Wednesday September 06, 2017 at 9:41pm a single motor vehicle accident occurred on Crowes Road in South Marysburgh Twp, south of the Town of Picton.

The single occupant, a 33-year-old male from Picton, exited the vehicle and walked several kilometres to a relative’s home. The homeowner called 911 and paramedics brought the injured male to Picton’s hospital but he was later transferred to Belleville General Hospital where he remains with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from Prince Edward detachment are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash and ask anyone with information to call the Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Domestic Related Incidents – Charges Laid

On Saturday September 02, 2017 at 11:15pm, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to Main Street Picton to investigate a domestic dispute in progress. Officers located a male and female still engaged in an argument. The subsequent investigation revealed the dispute to be verbal in nature, but additional concerns were discovered as the officers spoke further with the couple. It was learned the two had been recently involved in an intimate relationship, but were no longer together. The male was 18yrs old at the time and the female was 14yrs old.

The accused, a Picton resident who is now 19yrs old, has been charged with Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching and Assault. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on October 11, 2017.

A second unrelated domestic incident was reported to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment involving text messaging. On Monday September 04, 2017 at 4:15pm a domestic dispute occurred bet ween a separated couple who were arguing over the ownership of a television. Officers deemed no criminal offence had occurred and the involved male left the area. A short time later the male sent a threatening text message to the involved female who called 911.

A 54 year old male who resides in Picton has been charged with Uttering Threats and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on September 20, 2017.

Three-day licence suspensions

In the early morning hours of Monday, September 04, 2017 two vehicle operators registered “warn” on the approved screening device (ASD) resulting in a three-day licence suspension for each driver.

The first driver was located at 12:42am asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle which was parked on the shoulder of Hwy 62. An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the Prince Edward County detachment was on regular patrol when he happened upon the idling vehicle. When the officer woke the driver he could smell alcohol on his breath and conducted the roadside test. The driver was a 23 yr old male from Belleville.

The second driver was stopped at 2:30am for speeding on County Road 4 just north of Picton Main Street. The officer could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath and conducted the roadside test. The driver was a 36 yr old male from Burlington. He also received a Provincial Offence Notice for speeding.

Youth arrested for break and enter at PECI

Youth who entered Prince Edward Collegiate Institute through an unlocked window on Saturday, have been arrested.

Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were dispatched to an alarm at PECI, 41 Barker St.t, Picton Saturday, Sept. 3 at about 1 a.m.

Officers located three youth outside of the school. The subsequent investigation revealed two had entered the school through an unlocked window then a short time later, exited by another door. No items were stolen and no damage to the property occurred.

The two youths, ages 15 and 16, from Prince Edward County, were arrested and charged with Break and Enter and are to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

The identity of the accused parties is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and no further details can be released.

One Male Arrested, One Male Wanted – Update # 1

At 5:30pm, on Thursday 24 August 2017 officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward were dispatched to a break and enter at a residence on County Road 17, south of the town of Picton. A white van was observed leaving the scene. A second call was received shortly after about two male suspects that had been rummaging through a vehicle at a residence on Cty Road 8. The suspects were driving a white van.

Responding officers observed the vehicle a brief time later. Officers initiated a vehicle stop but the driver refused to pull over. A short distance later the vehicle stopped abruptly and the driver jumped out and ran off but the passenger was apprehended by officers and placed under arrest.

A subsequent search of the area by the OPP Canine Unit and Emergency Response Team was not successful in locating the second suspect.

A 30 year old man, of no fixed address, was held for a bail hearing and faces the following criminal charges: Break and Enter, Theft Under $5000, Two counts of Possession Stolen Property and Fail to Comply with Probation Order. BUSCAINO’s next court appearance is 31 August 2017.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the second suspect, a 38-year-old Napanee man, for two counts of Theft of Motor Vehicle and Theft Under $5000.

He was located and arrested in Napanee on August 29, 2017 and is to appear in Ontario Court of Justice Napanee on Friday September 01, 2017.

Anyone with information on this cri me is asked to call the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)

Stolen vehicles update – arrests made

Officers of the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward detachment received two unrelated reports of stolen vehicles Tuesday, Aug. 22.

At 8 am Tuesday a black 1996 Dodge Pick Up truck with a personalized Ontario licence plate of GINCO attached was stolen sometime overnight from the Consecon area. The vehicle also had business logos on both doors with the name “GINCO Bobcat Services”. The ignition keys were inside of the vehicle.

At 5:15pm on Tuesday a second complaint of a theft that had just occurred was received. The vehicle was reported stolen from a residence on York Street in the town of Picton. A grey 2002 Toyota Highlander SUV with Ontario licence plate of CBAJ 481 attached. The ignition keys were taken from inside the owner’s residence as she was carrying in items from the vehicle.

Both vehicles have been recovered and charges laid in relation to the thefts.

The black pick up truck was stolen by Richard Vader who is currently in custody facing numerous criminal charges from multiple jurisdictions including this theft in Prince Edward County.

The grey SUV was recovered on the evening of 23 August 2017. A 29 year old Picton woman has been charged criminally with Break and Enter, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Theft Under $5000 and Driving While Suspended under the Highway Traffic Act. She was held for a bail hearing on 24 August 2017.

One arrested, one wanted in connection to break in

Prince Edward County OPP have arrested one man and are in search of another following a report of a break and enter.

At 5:30pm, Thursday, Aug. 24, officers were dispatched to a residence on County Road 17, south of the town of Picton. A white van was observed leaving the scene. A second call was received shortly after about two male suspects that had been rummaging through a vehicle at a residence on Cty Road 8. The suspects were driving a white van.

Responding officers observed the vehicle a brief time later. Officers initiated a vehicle stop but the driver refused to pull over. A short distance later, the vehicle stopped abruptly and the driver jumped out and ran off. The passenger was apprehended by officers and placed under arrest.

A subsequent search of the area by the OPP Canine Unit and Emergency Response Team was not successful in locating the second suspect.

A 30-year-old man, of no fixed address, was held for a bail hearing, facing criminal charges of break and enter, theft under $5000, two counts of possession stolen property and fail to comply with probation order. His next court appearance is set for Aug. 31.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the second suspect, a 38-year-old Napanee resident, for two counts of theft of motor vehicle and theft under $5000.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)

Two vehicles reported stolen

Two vehicles were reported stolen Tuesday – one with keys inside, the other while it was being unloaded.

Officers of the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward detachment believe the reports are unrelated.

At 8am, a black 1996 Dodge Pick Up truck with a personalized Ontario licence plate of GINCO attached, was reported stolen sometime overnight from the Consecon area. The vehicle also had business logos on both doors with the name “GINCO Bobcat Services”. The ignition keys were inside of the vehicle.

At 5:15pm, a second complaint was received of a theft that had just occurred. The vehicle was reported stolen from a residence on York Street in Picton. A grey 2002 Toyota Highlander SUV had the Ontario licence plate of CBAJ 481 attached. The ignition keys were taken from inside the owner’s residence as she was preoccupied with carrying in items from the vehicle.

Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to call the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Three-day licence suspension
On Sunday, August 20, at 9pm a concerned citizen called the Ontario Provincial Police(OPP) Prince Edward to report an erratic driver. The caller advised they had followed the vehicle from West Lake and it had been weaving in and out of its lane and was last seen in Bloomfield. A description of the vehicle and licence plate were provided for police to follow up with.

Officers located the vehicle a sh ort time later at a gas station in Rossmore. The driver was spoken to and an odor of alcohol could be detected on his breath. A roadside alcotest was administered which the driver registered a “Warn”.

A three day licence suspension has been issued to a 27 year old male from Quebec. His licence has been seized and the vehicle driven from the scene by a sober driver who had been a passenger in the vehicle.

Driver Arrested
At 12:25am on 19 August 2017 an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward Detachment patrolling Hwy 62 stopped a northbound vehicle that was speeding. In speaking with the driver, the officer noted signs of impairment. A roadside alcotest was administered which the driver failed. The driver was placed under arrest and brought back to the detachment where he provided samples of his breath which confirmed he had in excess of the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

A 30-year-old Picton man has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80mgs. He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on Sept. 6 to answer to the charges.

Brothers charged
At 7:30pm Tuesday, Aug. 15 officers from Prince Edward OPP were contacted by park wardens at Sandbanks Provincial Park. The wardens had an intoxicated male in custody and requested assistance in removing him from the park. OPP officers learned through the Canadian Police Information Centre the male was on conditions not to consume alcohol.

A 35-year-old Kingston man was arrested for Failing to Comply with the Conditions of an Undertaking. He was also issued a Provincial Offence Notice by the Wardens for Being Intoxicated in a Public Place under the Liquor Licence Act.

The park wardens identified a second intoxicated male that had also been causing a disturbance in the park and requested assistance removing him. OPP officers approached the intoxicated male who was immediately combative. The male was placed under control and arrested.

The 34-year-old South Stormont Twp has been charged with Assaulting a Police Officer.

Both males were held in custody at the Prince Edward OPP detachment until sober and released with a court date of Sept 27 to attend Ontario Court of Justice Picton to answer to the charges. No serious injuries resulted in this incident.

Fatal collision

Aug 13- At 9pm on Saturday, Aug. 12 officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward were dispatched to a single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle near the intersection of County Roads 4 and 34, just outside the town of Picton.

The operator of the motorcycle was westbound on County Road 4 when he lost control and struck a pole.

The injured male, 51-year-old Dean Cliche, of Carrying Place, was transported by ambulance to Picton Hospital and then transferred to Kingston General Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries while enroute.

With the assistance of the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Team, the investigation is continuing into the cause of the collision.

Theft alert

Aug 15 – Commencing in June 2017, there has been a noted increase in break and enters to hair salons and spas within Central and East Region.

Prince Edward OPP would like to alert local merchants of all retail shops, but in particular hair salons and spas to this concerning trend.

A crime analysis of the break and enters revealed the following commonalities:
All incidents involve the front glass doors being smashed;
Inadequate CCTV (video) or lack of alarm systems;
Some salons were not visible from the parking lot or road;
Some salons were ransacked;
Suspects appear to be targeting cash and hair products

Merchants are reminded to take precautionary steps to protect their businesses and never to leave cash on the premises if at all possible.

Recovered stolen property in Wellington

Aug 11 – On Friday 04 August 2017 a resident of Oak Street in Wellington discovered numerous items stashed away in some bushes on her property. The items are possibly stolen and Prince Edward OPP officers are looking for assistance in identifying the owners of the property.

The items include tools (both power and hand), a leather purse, an iPod, binoculars, a GPS and a sub woofer. An exact time frame of the potential thefts is unknown but believed to be sometime in the week before they were found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cst. Brady Martin at Prince Edward OPP (1-888-310-1122).

Youth charged in theft in Rossmore

Aug 11 – Numerous thefts from unlocked vehicles in the Rossmore area had been reported to Prince Edward OPP in the weeks prior to Friday, Aug. 4 2017. Cash and personal items had been the target of the thieves.

At 3:30 am, Aug. 5, a Prince Edward OPP officer on proactive patrol in the Rossmore area observed two young males walking near some parked vehicles. The officer engaged in a conversation with the males, obtained their identification and sent the youths back to their residence a short distance away.

The officer continued to patrol the area and discovered a vehicle and a trailer had been entered and items stolen from within. The officer was able to connect the youths he spoke with earlier to the theft.

A 16 year old male from Ameliasburgh was charged with Theft Under $5000 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. The youth will attend the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on 16 October 2017 to answer to the charges.

The investigation is continuing.

Members of the Prince Edward OPP detachment are reminding the public to lock their vehicle doors and keep all valuables out of sight.

Youth charged in theft from cars in Picton

Aug 11 – An investigation by Ontario Provincial Police officers of the Prince Edward detachment has resulted in the arrest of a 14 year old male. A quantity of stolen items have been recovered and officers are attempting to identify the rightful owners of it.

The investigation revealed on the evening of Aug., 7 2017 the youth had entered multiple, unlocked vehicles in the area of Ferguson St, West Mary St, Chapel St, Paul St and Picton Main Street.

Cash, jewelry and other personal items were stolen.

Anyone who may have been victimized in this incident is asked to contact Cst. Gabriel Proulx of the Prince Edward OPP detachment.

The 14yr old male is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on 16 October 2017 to answer to the charge of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

Members of the Prince Edward OPP detachment are reminding the public to lock their vehicle doors and keep all valuables out of sight.

 

Drivers charged; three-day suspension

Aug 6 – Shortly after 2am on Sunday, Aug. 6 Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to a single vehicle collision on Loyalist Parkway just north of Rosehall. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled onto the front lawn of a residence, one passenger was ejected and seriously injured. The other two occupants remained within the vehicle and received minor injuries.

The two female passengers ages 18 and 20 are from the Kingston area. The 20yr old remains in Belleville General Hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries.

The 19 year old driver also from Kingston area had been consuming alcohol and was arrested. Subsequent breath samples confirmed her blood alcohol was in excess of the legal limit of 80mgs.

She will attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on 16 August 2017 to answer to the charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle causing Bodily Harm and Operate Over 80mgs causing Bodily Harm.
Her licence has been suspended for 90 days. Her heavily damaged vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

While the investigation of the collision was underway, another drinking driver was removed from the road when she failed a roadside test.

A Prince Edward OPP officer at the collision sight could smell alcohol on the breath of a vehicle driver that had approached the scene.

The driver registered a “Warn” on the Roadside Alcohol Screening Device. A 48-year-old woman from Kingston was issued a three day licence suspension.

Second impaired driver arrested

Less than two hours after the serious collision a second impaired driver was removed from the road at 3:30 am when a Prince Edward OPP officer was patrolling the Main Street of Wellington.

The officer observed a vehicle being driven erratically and squealing its tires. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver smelled of alcohol. A roadside test was conducted which the driver failed and he was subsequently arrested. Further testing at the detachment confirmed the driver’s blood alcohol was in excess of the legal limit of 80mgs.

A 25-year-old Athol man is charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operate Over 80mgs and Stunt Driving. His licence has been suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 7 days.

He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton on 23 August 2017 to answer to the charges.

Sailors make it to shore, boat destroyed

Just before 3a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 Prince Edward OPP received a call from a concerned citizen about a sailboat in Outlet Bay, just off the shores of Sandbanks Beach.

Prince Edward OPP Constable Kim Guthrie said the vessel was nearest to the beach known as campers’ beach.

“Although no distress calls were heard by the caller, his concern was fueled by high waves and the violent rolling and pitching of the vessel,” said Guthrie. “Responding officers shared the same concerns as the complainant and called JRCC (Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre) for assistance in the matter. A rescue vessel responded to the area and spoke with the occupants of the boat, who declined assistance.”

A few hours later the sailboat succumbed to the high winds and waves and was destroyed when it was tossed onto the sandy shores of Sandbanks beach. All three occupants from the Toronto area made it to shore safely and were not injured.

Stunt driving leads to arrest
On Monday July 31, an Ontario Provincial Police Officer with the County of Prince Edward was on general patrol on County Road 11 (East Lake Road). Approximately 3:30pm the officer stopped a speeding vehicle which had been travelling in excess of 50km/h over the posted speed limit.

The officer suspected the driver had been consuming alcohol and performed a roadside test which she failed. Further testing at the detachment confirmed the driver’s blood alcohol was over the legal limit.

A 33-year-old South Marysburgh woman has been charged with Operate Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol under the Criminal Code and Stunt Driving under the Highway Traffic Act. Her vehicle has been impounded for 7 days and her licence immediately suspended for 90 days.

She will appear in Ontario Court of Justice Picton on the 16 August 2017 to answer to the charges.

Traffic complaints abound

Hot weather and avmultitude of visitors to Prince Edward County kept Ontario Provincial Police officers busy over the past weekend.

Cst. Kim Guthrie reports about 90 calls for service were received from Friday morning to Sunday evening with many of them being traffic complaints due to overcrowded parking lots and beaches, noise complaints, trespassing beach goers on private beaches, erratic driving complaints and motor vehicle collisions. “On a positive note,” she said. “No drinking and driving related offences occurred over the weekend.”

One collision of note was on Cty Rd 1 near Melville Road at approximately 10:30am Sunday, July 30. The eastbound driver drifted onto the gravel shoulder, lost control of the vehicle, which rolled and came to rest on its side on the roadway.

Neither occupant were hurt.

A 27-year-old Toronto resident was charged with Unsafe Move – Lane or Shoulder under the Highway Traffic Act.

Mischief charges

On 30 July, 2017 approximately 11:30am Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was dispatched to a disturbance on Oak Street in Wellington. Upon arrival officers observed a male party destroying property and threatening to set it on fire.

The male was arrested and held for a bail hearing.

A 31-year-old Wellington man is to appear in Belleville bail court on 31 July 2017 to answer to the following charges: Two counts of Mischief, Uttering Threats to Damage Property and two counts of Breach of Probation.

Indecent Act on Hwy 62

Prince Edward OPP seek information related to a report that a young motorist exposed himself to a woman Friday July 28 at approximately 8:50 a.m.

The female pedestrian was walking northbound on the shoulder of Hwy 62, just south of the Norris Whitney Bridge, when she reports being approached by an unknown male. Prince Edward OPP were told the male slowed his vehicle and spoke to her through the passenger side window. He exposed his penis and asked the woman if she wanted to have sex with him. The woman walked away from the car and the male turned his vehicle around, and was last seen southbound on Hwy 62.

The suspect is described as being in his early 20s with light colored skin, short black hair, light colored eyes and a round face with no facial hair, piercings or tattoos. The male was soft spoken and was polite to the woman. He was said to be wearing only a t-shirt and black underwear.

The vehicle is described as a light colored, possibly blue or grey, four-door sedan, no tint on the windows, no decals with a dark interior that was very clean. A partial plate (Ontario) was obtained and may contain the numbers 653.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Five suspects arrested in home invasion

Prince Edward OPP have arrested five suspects in a home invasion in Rossmore, Friday, July 28.

A 911 call at about 9:15 p.m. alerted Prince Edward OPP officers to a disturbance at a Reddick Street residence.

Police learned five people had entered the home with weapons, and stole cash, electronics and clothing from the occupants. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.

Descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle were broadcast to surrounding police agencies and a short time later the vehicle was observed by an OPP officer in Odessa.

A high risk takedown of the vehicle and occupants resulted in the arrest of five suspects.
A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded weapons used in the robbery and a large quantity of marijuana.

Four adults, all age 19, and one young person – from the South Frontenac and Kingston area – are being held for bail hearings Monday July 31 in Belleville courts.

They are facing charges of robbery with a weapon, use of a firearm while committing an offence, possession of a scheduled substance, and possession of stolen property.

Driver charged
On July 26th, 2017 at approximately 11pm, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was patrolling Highway 62 in the Ward of Ameliasburgh, OPP observed a vehicle travelling southbound being driven erratically. OPP conducted a vehicle stop of the driver and determined that he had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. As a result of the investigation, a 21-year-old Belleville man has been charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood. His vehicle was towed and will be held for 7 days. His driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. The male is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON August 30th, 2017.

ATV, OPP cruiser collide

Two Picton residents are facing charges following a collision early Sunday morning between an all-terrain vehicle and a police vehicle, on Main St, Picton.

Two officers were injuried as a result of the collision, though the extent of injuries is unknown.

As a result of the investigation, a 26-year-old Picton man has been charged with driving with over 80 mgs of alcohol in 100 mL of blood, driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol. He was also charged with driving a motor vehicle with no plates, two counts of driving while under suspension, and passing while the roadway was not clear to oncoming traffic, under the Highway Traffic Act. The ATV was towed and will be held for seven days. His driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days.

The owner of the ATV, a 22-year-old Picton woman, was charged with permitting an unlicensed person to drive under the HTA. .

The ATV driver is scheduled for a provincial court appearance Aug. 16th.

Investigating theft of tires and rims
The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting the assistance of the public in relation to a theft of rims and tires valued at $12,000, sometime overnight on July 17th.

Police report an unknown person or persons removed the tires and rims off of several pickup trucks parked in the south lot at a dealership in Bloomfield.

Anyone with any information on this or any other crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

 

Disguised men had weapons at Cty Rd 10 break-in

The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting the assistance of the public in relation to an ongoing break and enter with violence investigation.

On July 5th, 2017 at approximately 1:20 a.m., three people armed with weapons forced their way into an apartment on County Road 10 on the outskirts of Picton. Once inside, the three accused ransacked the apartment and stole approximately $150 in cash.

Police report the three accused are described as male, all three approximately six feet in height. Two accused were thin and third was described as a heavy build. All three wore disguises to conceal their identity.

The OPP Canine Unit and OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) attempted to track the suspects with negative results. Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) are assisting with this investigation. Anyone with knowledge of the identity of these persons is requested to contact police.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver charged
On June 29th, 2017 at approximately 11:50 AM, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was called to investigate a collision involving two vehicles at the intersection of County Road #8 and County Road #13 in North Marysburgh. One of the drivers involved left the scene of the collision. OPP located the driver and determined that he had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. As a result of the investigation, the male driver was arrested. A 64 Year Old North Marysburgh man has been charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood, Driving a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Alcohol. He was also charged with Fail to Remain under the Highway Traffic Act. His vehicle was towed and will be held for seven days. His driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. The male is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON July 12th, 2017.

Spree of break-ins

Prince Edward County OPP is requesting the assistance of the public in relation to five break and enter investigations.

OPP report the break and enters are believed to be related to the occurence at Rockin’ Rogers Pizzeria in Wellington in the early hours of June 26th.

The same day, starting at approximately 7:30 a.m. OPP responded to four more break and enter incidents reported at locally owned businesses at the following locations: The Old Greenhouse Ice Cream Shop in Wellington, Sunflower Fields Ice Cream Shop in Cherry Valley, Blooms on West Lake East of Wellington, and Mark’s Chip Truck located just west of the Picton town limits.

In each instance the suspect attacked the cash register after gaining entry, and took various amounts of cash from the locations.

Anyone with any information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Break in at Rockin’ Rogers
On June 26th, 2017 at approximately 2:00 AM, an unknown person or persons broke into the Rockin’ Rogers Pizzeria located on Main Street in the Town of Wellington. OPP attended and found the business insecure, with clear signs of a break in at the front entrance. Once inside, the suspect removed the cash register and a quantity of cash. Anyone with knowledge of the identity of these persons is requested to contact police.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

OPP seek assistance in break and enter investigations
The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting the assistance of the public in relation to two separate break and enter investigations.

On June 15th at approximately 7a.m. police were called to investigate a break and enter at Currah’s Café located at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Several consumable goods and some children’s sand toys valued at approximately $1,500 are reported stolen.

The police continue to seek information about three people captured on video surveillance wandering inside Picton’s Regent Theatre on May 7.
“There was a movie during the evening and the three males were observed inside the theatre after operating hours,” said Const. Connor Durkin, Community Safety Officer. “The three stole a box of alcoholic beverages and broke out of the theatre via a fire exit.”

Photos of the suspects in question have been released in hopes of identification. Call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

 

Altercation leads to charges
On June 14th, 2017 at approximately 8:35PM the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was called to a residence on County Road #4 as a result of a physical altercation. OPP attended and investigated the complaint. As a result of the investigation a 19 year old Hallowell man has been charged with the following offences:
2 counts of Assault
Mischief Under $5000
Resist Peace Officer
He was released on a Promise to appear at the Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street, Picton ON July 19th, 2017.

Vehicle hit residence, six injured

A driver and five passengers, all under age 20, were treated at hospital for minor injuries following an accident Saturday at approximately 4:30 am June 10.

Officers with the Prince Edward OPP, along with the PEC fire department and EMS, responded to County Rd. 4 in Hallowell.

OPP Const. Menard reports the investigation revealed the motor vehicle left the roadway and came to rest against a residence.

A 17-year-old female driver from Stone Mills Twp has been charged with Careless Driving.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call Cst. Menard of Prince Edward OPP .

No foul play suspected

Provincial police reported today there is no foul play suspected in the death of 24-year-old David Franks.

A post-mortem at Ottawa Hospital has been completed on Franks, found in the Bay of Quinte near Massassauga Point.

He had left his Cty Rd 28 home for an early morning job on May 25 and was located June 1 following extensive searches by police, military and the community. No further details will be released.

The Franks family thanked the community for its support and asked donations in his honour be made to the community policing program ‘Give Where You Live Campaign” formerly known as Pedal for Hope. Franks was an active volunteer with that organization.

Driver was disqualified
On the 8th day of June, 2017, at approximately 6:24PM The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was patrolling County Road 12 in Hallowell Ward. OPP stopped a vehicle associated to a Disqualified Driver. OPP determined the 40-year-old Belleville resident was disqualified from driving under the Criminal Code. He has been charged with the following offences:
Three counts of Driving While Disqualified under the Criminal Code
One count of Obstruct a Police Officer
The vehicle was impounded for 45 days as per Provincial Statute. He was released on a Promise to Appear at the Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street, Picton Ontario, July 5th, 2017.

OPP investigate grave tampering

Prince Edward OPP were called Tuesday afternoon to investigate a complaint of grave tampering.

Their investigation determined that two people, a 51-year-old male and a 50-year-old female would be charged with Indignity to a Dead Body (cremation ashes).

PEC OPP Const. Connor Durkin OPP reported a physical altercation had occurred between the two. As a result of that investigation, he said the male was also charged with assault.

Both were held for a Show Cause Hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. June 7th, at the Provincial Court of Justice, 15 Bridge Street West, Belleville. Their names will not be released to protect the identity of the victim.

Four charges at Beach Day
On June 6th, 2017 the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County Detachment with the assistance of The Highway Safety Division (HSD) and the Snowmobile, Vessel, and ATV Enforcement Team (SAVE), engaged in active enforcement activities at various locations surrounding and inside Sandbanks Provincial Park, as a result of information received that a large gathering of students would be present.

Several proactive focused patrols were conducted with vehicles and park attendees checked throughout the day. Four Provincial Offence Notices were issued to park attendees for violations of the Liquor License Act.

Excessive speed
Earlier in the day, OPP observed a vehicle traveling South on County Road 49 near Fish Lake Road at an excessive speed. OPP HSD stopped the vehicle and charged the vehicle driver with Performing a Stunt- Excessive Speed under the Highway Traffic Act. The driver’s license was suspended for seven days and their vehicle was impounded for the same time period as per the Provincial Statute.

Impaired driving charge

On June 3rd, 2017 at approximately 2:20 AM, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was alerted to a possible impaired driver on Loyalist parkway in Hallowell.

OPP observed a vehicle weaving in its lane. Officers conducted a vehicle stop and determined the driver had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. A 41-year -old Picton woman has been charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood.

Her vehicle was towed and will be held for seven days. Her driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.

She was later released on a Promise to Appear, scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON June 21st, 2017.

Athol man succumbs to injuries after vehicle collapses on him
A 57-year-old Athol resident died following injuries while performing maintenance on a vehicle.
Monday, May 22 at approximately 12:04 p.m., emergency crews were called to a County Road 18 residence in Athol following reports that a vehicle collapsed on top of a man while he was working.
The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the incident. Prince Edward County Fire Department, and Hastings- Quinte EMS were also on the scene. The OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) are assisting in the investigation. The Office of the Chief Cororner was notified.
Willie Peterson, 57, was transported to hospital by ambulance, but later succumbed to his injuries. A post mortem is to be held today at Kingston General Hospital.

More than 80 calls to OPP
Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 82 calls for service during the long weekend – between Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 4 pm until Monday, May 23rd, at 8am. Officers responded to a variety of calls for service, conducted traffic enforcement and RIDE checks throughout the weekend.

Charged with impaired driving
On May 20th, 2017 at approximately 5:14 p.m., Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) was alerted to a possible impaired driver on Ridge Road in Hallowell Ward, by an anonymous source. Officers located the vehicle and conducted an investigation. OPP determined that the driver of had been consuming alcohol. A 54-year-old male from Whitby was arrested and charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood. His vehicle was towed and will be held for seven days. His driver’s license has also been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. The male is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON June 7th, 2017.

OPP investigating water related death at Big Island
The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a “water related death” at the Baycrest Marina on Big Island in Sophiasburgh.

At approximately 4:49 p.m. emergency responders were called to the marina by a citizen who observed a body in the water. Prince Edward County Fire and Hastings EMS also attended.

The deceased has been identified as 68-year-old Lorne Bruce MacKinnon, of St. Catherines.

The Office of the Chief Coroner has been notified. A post mortem examination is scheduled for today at Kingston General Hospital.

Mischief leads to charges
On May 18th, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were called to investigate an occurrence at a residence on County Road 1 in Hallowell.
The caller indicated that a man was trying to dismantle a satellite dish at the residence. While enroute to the call, OPP identified a white pickup truck believed to be involved in the incident. OPP stopped the vehicle and placed the male driver under arrest. OPP determined that the driver of the pickup truck had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. A 26 year old Sophiasburgh man has been charged with the following offences:
2 Counts of Criminal Harassment
2 Counts of Fail to Comply with Probation Order
Drive while Ability Impaired by Alcohol
Drive with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood
Race a motor vehicle – Stunt
The male has been held for a Show Cause Hearing scheduled for 1:00 PM May 19th, 2017 at the Provincial Court of Justice, 15 Bridge Street West, Belleville ON. The identity of the male will not be released to protect the victim.

Altercation leads to charges

On May 18th, 2017 at approximately 6:22 p.m. the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a residence on Old Orchard Road in Ameliasburgh.
OPP determined several offences had occurred. A 13-year-old male has been charged with 1 count of Assault, 3 counts of Assault with a Weapon, 1 count of Assault Causing Bodily Harm and 3 counts of Uttering Threats. The name of the young person charged will not be released in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
He was held for a Show Cause Hearing at the Provincial Court of Justice, 15 Bridge Street West, Belleville ON today at 1:00 PM.

Stunt driver who sped away faces multiple charges

A driver who accelerated through the intersection at the top of Picton’s town hill, then sped away from police is facing multiple charges.

At approximately 11:25 p.m. Wedneday, May17, Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting traffic enforcement on Main Street in Picton. OPP observed a pickup truck accelerating through the intersection at Bridge Street. OPP attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped away, passing vehicles in the process.

OPP were able to locate the vehicle a short time after on County Road 6 in Sophiasburgh. The driver attempted to flee from officers but was quickly arrested. OPP determined the driver of the pickup truck had been consuming alcohol and charged the 52-year-old North Marysburgh resident with number offences:

Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol
Driving With More than 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of blood
Flight While Pursued by Police

He was also charged with the following Provincial Offences:
Race a Motor vehicle- Excessive Speed
Driving a Motor Vehicle with an Unsealed Container of Liquor

The truck was seized and is being held for seven days. The driver’s license was suspended for 90 days. He was released on a Promise to Appear at Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street Picton ON, June 7th, 2017.

Steady weekend for police calls
Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 63 calls for service over the weekend. Those calls occurred between Friday, May 13th, 2017 at 4:00 pm until Monday May 15th, at 8am.
The following occurrence was of note:
BREAK AND ENTER
On May 13th at approximately 4am, OPP were called to a residence on Queen Street in Picton. OPP located two men in proximity to the location of the break in. The two were charged with one count each of Break and Enter with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence. The 26-year-old, and 25-year-old, both of Picton, were released on a Promise to Appear, with conditions. They are due to appear at Provincial Court of Justice, 67 King Street, Picton ON June 28th, 2017. Alcohol was a factor in the incident.

New commander for Prince Edward OPP

John Hatch, new commander for the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment

Staff Sergeant John Hatch has been appointed Detachment Commander for the Prince Edward County OPP following the retirement of Barry Freeburn.

Chief Superintendent Chris Harkins, Regional Commander for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

Hatch was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant effective May 8, replacing Freeburn, who retired after dedicating 33 years to policing.

“I consider it an honour and a privilege to have been chosen as the next detachment commander of Prince Edward County. I look forward to working with such a great group of people to make Prince Edward County one of the safest areas in all of Ontario.”

He said he proud to be following in the footsteps of his father, and grandfather, and now looks forward to the challenge and opportunity of being the next Detachment Commander of the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment.

Hatch has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police for more than 22 years. He is a fourth generation police officer and the third generation to work with OPP.

His grandfather, Jack Hatch, joined the OPP in 1936, was posted to Marmora and then Trenton, where he conducted motorcycle patrol on Highway 2 from Trenton to Gananoque. In the 1940s, he was the Detachment Commander in Madoc and then Essex in the 1950s, retiring in 1972 as the Chief Inspector in charge of the Anti-Gambling Branch of the OPP.

Staff Sergeant Hatch’s father, also named Jack Hatch, joined the OPP in 1956, served in Mount Forest, Kincardine, Owen Sound, Chapleau and retired in 1992 as the Detachment Commander in Gananoque.

Staff Sergeant Hatch spent his childhood years in Chapleau, his teen years in Gananoque and in 1988 he was accepted to attend the Royal Military College, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics. After graduation, he commenced a Masters degree in War Studies, but left two years later, in 1995, to pursue a career with the OPP.

His first posting was to Morrisburg in the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry detachment. During this time, he was a coach officer, breathalyzer technician, a 10-year member of the East Region Emergency Response Team and in 2007 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

In 2010, looking ahead to retirement, he was hoping to settle in Prince Edward County and volunteered to complete a three-year northern duration posting in North West Region where he was the supervisor in charge of the Manitouwadge OPP Detachment.

Upon completing his posting, in December 2013, he was able to transfer to the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment and now resides in the Mountain View. For the past three years, John he has worked as a front line supervisor in Prince Edward and has grown to love the culture, history and recreation of the County.

Having grown up in northern Ontario, Hatch is fluently bilingual and enjoys activities in the outdoors such as hunting and fishing, and playing hockey and golf.

“Staff Sergeant John Hatch brings an enthusiasm and keen knowledge of community based policing experience into his role as detachment commander,” said Harkins, Regional Commander of the OPP East. “His leadership, professionalism and personal investment with the community are qualities which will serve the communities of Prince Edward County well. I am confident that the residents and business owners of Prince Edward County will appreciate the opportunity to work with Staff Sergeant Hatch.”
Driver strikes sign post, charged with impaired
On May 8th, 2017 at approximately 5:03 PM, Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) was called to a motor vehicle collision on Market Lane in Picton. Officers determined the driver of a Ford pickup truck had struck a sign at that location. OPP determined the driver had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. A 33-year-old male was arrested and charged with Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood. His vehicle was towed and his driver’s license has been suspended for 90 days, per Provincial Statute.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. He is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON May 24th, 2017.

Driver charged with impaired
On May 5th, 2017 at approximately 11:54 PM, Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) observed a white Honda Civic travelling southbound on County Road 49 at a high rate of speed in poor weather conditions. Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle and observed the vehicle weaving from side to side. OPP conducted a vehicle stop and determined that the driver of the vehicle had consumed alcohol prior to driving. As a result of the investigation, the male driver was arrested.
A 29-year-old Picton man has been charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol and Driving with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100 mL of Blood. His vehicle was towed.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear. The male is scheduled for court at The Provincial Court of Justice, 62 King Street, Picton ON May 24th, 2017.

Senior charged with careless driving
At approximately 4:38 p.m. May, 3, 2017, Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) along with Prince Edward County Fire (FIRE) and Hastings EMS (EMS) responded to a collision that occurred at the intersection of County Road 4 and Doxsee Road in Sophiasburgh. A sedan had collided with a pickup truck at that location. OPP determined an 87-year-old Sophiasburgh woman would be charged with Careless Driving, under the Highway Traffic Act. She was injured as a result of the collision, and was transported to hospital via ambulance. The other driver was not injured in the collision.

Driver arrested

On the 24th of April 2017, an officer with Prince Edward OPP was conducting radar enforcement on Cty Rd 49 near County Road 6 at 8:00pm when a speeding vehicle was stopped. In speaking with the driver, the officer noted he had been consuming alcohol. The subsequent investigation resulted in a multitude of charges.

A 40 year-old Hallowell man was arrested and held for a bail hearing pending the following charges:
Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs, Driving While Disqualified, Breach of Probation, Driving While under a Highway Traffic Act Suspension X 2, and Speeding.
He is also wanted in Alberta for similar offences.
He was held in custody and will next appear in Belleville Courts on the 2nd of May.

Easter weekend keeps OPP hopping

Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 105 calls for service over the Easter long weekend. Those calls occurred between Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 4pm until Tuesday April 18th, at 8am. OPP also were active in traffic enforcement initiatives over the weekend, laying more than 70 charges under the Highway Traffic Act. The following occurrences were of note:

Impaired driver
On April 15th at approximately 10 PM, OPP initiated a vehicle stop on a vehicle that was being driven erratically. Officers determined that the driver had been consuming alcohol before driving. A roadside test was conducted and the driver registered a fail on the device. A 29 year old Kingston woman is charged with Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Her driver’s license was suspended for 90 days. She is due to appear in Provincial Court of Justice, Picton Ontario on May 10th, 2017.

Shoplifting
On April 16th, 2017 at approximately 3:50PM, OPP was called to The Hamlet Variety Store in Consecon, Ontario in response to a theft call. Officers attended and investigated, determining that a young man had stolen approximately $60 worth of liquor from the store. Charged with Theft Under $5000, Fail to Comply with a Recognizance, and Fail to comply with Probation, is a 21 year old Quinte West man. He is due to appear in the Provincial Court of Justice, Picton Ontario on May 3rd, 2017.

Assault with a weapon
On April 16th, 2017 at approximately 10 PM, OPP was called to a residence on Main Street in Wellington in response to a neighbor dispute. An investigation was undertaken and officers determined that a 29 year old Wellington man would be charged with Assault with a Weapon and Mischief Under $5000. He is due to appear in the Provincial Court of Justice on May 31st, 2017.

Police assistance
On April 17th, 2017 at approximately 9 AM OPP was called to assist with a male who was distraught. Officers attended and assisted the male who was experiencing crisis. The 51 year old man was taken to hospital for medical treatment. There were no charges laid in this matter.

Request for assistance in break and enter investigations
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment is currently investigating four break and enters that occurred in the Northport area between March 17th and March 22nd. OPP believe that two adult males approximately 30 years of age are involved in these and potentially other incidents.
Police are also investigating the theft of a motor vehicle that is believed to be linked to the thefts.
Two of the break and enters occurred on County Road #15, one on Potter Road and another on Norton Road in Sophiasburgh Ward, ON. The stolen motor vehicle, a red minivan, was recovered on Big Island and had sustained damage during the time that it was unaccounted for.
Police are continuing to investigate and is seeking the assistance of the public. If anyone has any information they are being asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.
Anyone with information regarding any break and enter or attempted break and enter occurrence should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

Man arrested on warrants faces additional charges
On the April 7th, 2017, at approximately 8:45 PM, officers from Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County Detachment (OPP) observed a vehicle travelling south on County Road 49 in Sophiasburgh, that appeared to be in a state of disrepair.
As officers observed the vehicle, it pulled into a driveway, reversed direction and began heading northbound. A traffic stop was initiated, however the driver fled the scene. In the interest of public safety, officers did not continue after this vehicle. A short time later, officers located the vehicle abandoned on County Road 35 and OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Canine Unit (Canine) attended in an effort to locate the driver.
Investigation revealed that a 33-year-old Tudor-Cashel Township man was operating the vehicle at the time of the offence and had outstanding arrest warrants originating with Belleville Police Service and Napanee OPP.
Later in the evening the accused was arrested after being located at a residence on County Road 35. The accused is charged with Flight While Pursued by Police Officer and was held in custody pending the outcome of a Show Cause Hearing on Monday April 10, 2017 at the Provincial Court of Justice, Belleville Ontario at 1PM.

12-year-old charged with arson, 11-year-old also involved
A 12-year-old male has been charged in connection with a suspicious fire at a trailer on County Road 39, just outside of Consecon.
On April 4th at approximately 7 p.m. officers from Prince Edward County OPP (OPP) were called to investigate the fire. As a result, officers determined criminal offences had occurred.
The 12-year-old has been charged with Break Enter and Commit an Indictable Offence and Arson. An 11-year-old male was also involved but will not be charged as the youth has not yet reached the age of criminal responsibility. The names of the young persons will not be released in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
The charged male was held for a Show Cause Hearing scheduled for April 5th 2017 at the Ontario Court of Justice, in Belleville.

52 calls for service
Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 52 calls for service between Friday March 17th, 2017 at 4 pm until Monday March 20th, at 8am.

UTV driver charged
On the 17th of March 2017 at approximately 11:45 PM, OPP observed an orange UTV off road vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 62 through the intersection at County Road #3 in the Hamlet of Rossmore. Officers noticed that the driver of the UTV did not appear to be wearing a helmet. Officers conducted an investigation and determined that the driver of the UTV had also consumed alcohol prior to driving. The driver of the UTV then registered a fail on an Approved Screening Device (ASD). An 18 year old Belleville male has been charged with Driving a Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired by Alcohol and Driving with More Than 80 Milligrams of Alcohol in 100 Milliliters of Blood. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton Ontario on April 26th, 2017.

Driver impaired, asleep at the wheel
On March 18th 2017 at approximately 12:27AM, Prince Edward OPP officers received a call of a possible impaired driver on Bethel Road between County Road 4 and Trumble Lane, in the Ward of Sophiasburgh. The caller indicated that there was a white Volkswagen parked for over one half hour with the engine running and lights on there. The driver appeared to be passed out behind the wheel. Officers conducted an investigation and determined that the driver had been drinking. Evidence of alcohol consumption was also located inside the vehicle. A 28 year old Foxboro male has been charged with Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Alcohol and Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle with Over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 Milliliters of Blood. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton Ontario on May 3rd, 2017.

OPP respond to 52 calls
Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 52 calls for service during the past weekend. Those calls occurred between Friday March 2nd, 2017 at 4 pm until Monday March 6th, at 8am. Some of the types of investigations conducted included domestic disturbances, Liquor Licence Act calls, noise complaints, traffic complaints and subsequent enforcement and motor vehicle collisions. RIDE checks and bar patrols were also conducted throughout the community. Several focused patrols and proactive initiatives were undertaken as well.

Driver charged with stunt driving
On the 24th of February at 2:30pm officers were called to Yuill Cresent in the Rossmore area for a single motor vehicle crash. The complainant advised police that a car had left the roadway and entered a ditch. They further stated the male driver was not hurt but was acting oddly.

The officer’s investigation revealed the driver of the motor vehicle had been driving in a reckless manner on the roadway prior to losing control and entering the ditch with his vehicle.

A 20-year-old Ameliasburgh man has been charged with Stunt Driving under the Highway Traffic Act. His licence was suspended for 7 days and his vehicle is impounded for 7 days as well.

Break and Enter – Electronics Stolen
On the 24th of February between noon and 5:30pm a residence on Disraeli Street was broken into. The suspects entered through an unlocked door and ransacked the interior of the home.
A laptop computer, various Nintendo and Playstation consoles and games were stolen.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Speeding results in alcohol charges

On Saturday the 18th of February at 9:20pm a speeding vehicle was stopped by a Prince Edward OPP officer on Hwy 62 near Bay Breeze Drive. The officer noted alcohol on the male driver’s breath so he conducted a roadside alcotest on which the driver registered a warn.

Along with a three day licence suspension, a 26-year-old Consecon man was issued four Provincial Offence Notices for a variety of Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act and Compulsory Automobile Act offences.

At 2:33am on the 19th of February another speeding vehicle was stopped on Hwy 62 near Burr Road. The driver, a 17 yr old male from Shannonville who possesses a G2 class licence, had been consuming alcohol and open alcohol was located in the vehicle. The driver was issued a roadside alcotest on which he registered a warn. The 17 yr old’s licence was suspended and he was issued four Provincial Offence Notices for both Highway Traffic Act and Liquor Licence Act offences. The 19 yr old passenger of the vehicle, of Belleville, was issued a Provincial Offence Notice for Consuming Liquor in Other Than a Licenced Premise under the Liquor Licence Act.

The OPP wants to remind drivers that speeding and drinking and driving remain leading causes of motor vehicle collisions and fatalities on OPP patrolled roads.

Drugs seized from Royal Road home

On Sunday the 19th of February a complaint was received by Prince Edward OPP officers regarding a residence on Royal Road where a possible firearm had been observed as well as marijuana plants growing within the home.

With the assistance of the Prince Edward County Crime Unit, a search warrant for the residence was obtained and subsequently executed on Monday the 20th of February.

A quantity of marijuana plants was located in the residence and the firearm in question turned out to be a pellet gun.

A male charged with Producing a Schedule II Substance under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act is to appear in Picton court on the 29th of March to answer to the charge.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Police release image of suspect in theft on Cty Rd 3
Overnight on the 11th of January 2017, an unknown suspect entered a business located on County Road 3 in Prince Edward County. While inside the suspect was observed on surveillance video walking about the business, ultimately stole a quantity of cash and then left the building.

The photo above is an image of the suspect from the business’ video surveillance.

The investigation is continuing.Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Cash register reported stolen from Picton business

UPDATE FEB 1 – With the assistance of the public a male was identified and arrested by Prince Edward OPP officers last night in connection with the incident.

A 54 year old Picton man will attend Ontario Court of Justice Belleville for a bail hearing today, charged with break and enter and possession stolen property.

Prince Edward OPP officers are investigating the theft of a cash register from Scott’s Store on Lake Street.

At about 6:40am Tuesday, officers were called to investigate a break and enter. The suspect(s) entered the variety store by forcing open a door and removing the register that contained a quantity of cash and then fled.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver Arrested

At 8:30am on the 12th of January, an officer with Prince Edward OPP was on routine patrol on Hwy 62 in a marked police cruiser equipped with an Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) device that identifies un-licenced drivers. A vehicle passed the officer and the ALPR device alerted.
During the subsequent stop, the officer noted the smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath. A Roadside Screening Device was administered to the driver which she failed. The driver was arrested and brought to the OPP detachment where she provided further breath samples confirming her blood alcohol content was in excess of the legal limit of 80mgs.
A 55-year-old Sophiasburgh woman was charged criminally with Impaired Operation and Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol. She was also charged with Driving without a license under the Highway Traffic Act. Her vehicle was impounded and her licence suspended for 90 days.
She is to appear in Picton court on the 1st of February to answer to her charges.

Cash, jewelry and firearm reported stolen

Update Jan 4 – A male known to the victim has been arrested and charged with the following criminal offences:
Break, Enter and Commit and Indictable Offence
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

The 36-year-old male, of Ameliasburgh Township, is to appear in Ontario Court of Justice Picton Feb. 1 2017 to answer to the charges.

Most of the stolen property, including the long gun and pellet gun, has been recovered.

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Two break and enters were reported to Prince Edward OPP over the past few days. One to a Main Street, Picton business and the other to a private residence in Sophiasburgh.

The first was reported to have happened between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Dec., 31 2016 where a front window to a local pizzeria on Main Street Picton was smashed. The business’ cash register containing a quantity of cash is reported stolen.

The second incident was reported on the evening Jan. 2 2017. A resident on Kimball Lane in Sophiasburgh reported they returned home at approximately 10 pm and discovered the home had been broken into. One long gun, a pellet gun, electronics, jewelry and ice skates are among the items reported stolen.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver lost control on icy road

On the 1st of January 2017, at 7:50am, Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to a single motor vehicle accident on Cty Road 49, south of Cty Road 35.
A nearby resident who was walking out of their home and observed the damaged passenger van in the ditch located an injured female trapped inside the vehicle and called 911.
The subsequent investigation revealed that at approximately 12:50am, the driver had been travelling southbound on Cty Road 49 and lost control on the icy road. The vehicle rolled over into the ditch, causing substantial damage to it, and injuring the driver. No one witnessed the collision and the vehicle was not visible to passing motorists resulting in the driver remaining trapped until the local resident observed the wreckage.
The driver, a 75-year-old woman from Hallowell, was transported to Picton hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

Impaired Driver Arrested

On the 29th of December 2016 at approximately 12:30pm, a Prince Edward Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer intercepted a vehicle on County Road 10 in Athol Township. The stop indicated that the adult female driver was under the influence of alcohol.
A 34-year-old woman from Athol Township was arrested and released to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on the 18th of January 2017 to answer to the charge of Operate Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol.

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