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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2019

Driver arrested
On March 16, 2019 around 3:30 pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer stopped a vehicle on Talbot St. in Picton for a highway traffic act infraction.

On speaking with the driver, an odour of an alcoholic beverage was detected. A roadside screening device was administered resulting in a “fail”. A 61 year old female from Picton was charged and is to appear April 24, 2019 at the Picton Court to answer to the charge.

OPP investigating sudden death

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating the death of a Hallowell resident.

Early Monday afternoon, Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services reported a deceased person found inside a residence on Loyalist Parkway to the OPP Prince Edward County Detachment.

The deceased has been identified as 34-year-old Travis Rosseau.

Under the direction of Detective Inspector Brad Collins, of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, the investigation is being conducted by members of the Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit, the Community Street Crime Unit, and East Region Forensic Identification Services.

Although the cause of death is being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation, police remind everyone of the dangers using prescription and non-prescription substances outside of a doctor’s care.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477(TIPS).

Increase in impaired charges

Three months into 2019 there has been a 33 per cent increase over last year’s number of impaired charges handed out in Prince Edward County.

“This is not related to the legalization of cannabis, with all eight impaired occurrences being alcohol related,” said Cst. Patrick Menard, Community Safety Officer.

The latest incident, he said, occurred last Thursday around 6:30 pm, when a Prince Edward OPP officer stopped a vehicle on Main St., Bloomfield travelling at a high rate of speed.

“On speaking with the driver, an odour of an alcoholic beverage was detected. A sample of breath was taken and a reading of ‘Fail’ was registered on the roadside screening device.”

A 35-year-old male with a Wellington address was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration over 80, and a Highway Traffic Act and Liquor Licence Act offence violation. He is to answer to the charges April 10 at the Picton Court House.

“The OPP remains committed to ensuring Ontario roads are safe from alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired drivers,” said Menard. “With impaired driving remaining the leading cause of criminal death in Canada, the OPP is reminding drivers that no amount of alcohol or drugs in your system is safe when driving.”

Drivers Arrested

On March 1, 2019 around 8:30 pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer stopped a vehicle on County Road 4 in Sophiasburgh for a highway traffic act infraction. On speaking with the driver, an odour of an alcoholic beverage was detected. The driver was arrested and charged with failure or refusal to comply with a breath demand. A 31 year old male from North Marysburgh is to appear on March 20, 2019 at the Picton Court to answer to the charge.

Shortly after midnight that same e vening, OPP responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 1 near Palmer-Burris Road. After speaking with the driver, Officers could detect an odor of alcohol and administered the roadside screening device. As a result of the test, a 44 year old male from Belleville was arrested and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle. He is also to appear at the Picton Court to answer to the charge on March 20, 2019.

Both vehicles were impounded and driver licenses suspended.

Police seek information related to second claim of being drugged

Ontario Provincial Police, Prince Edward Detachment Crime Unit investigated allegations on Oct. 18, 2018 that a female had been unknowingly drugged.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, search warrants were obtained and evidence was seized relating to the occurrence including computers and cellphones. A 64-year-old male residing in Ameliasburgh was arrested and charged with:

Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) section 246 (b) – overcome resistance by administering or attempting to administer a drug
CCC section 245(a) – administer noxious thing with intent – endanger life or cause bodily harm
Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA) – traffic in schedule IV substance

On Feb. 4, 2019 after a second victim came forward, police have charged the man with additional counts of sexual assault, overcoming resistance, administering a noxious thing with intent, criminal harassment, trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Police are still continuing with their investigation and are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident or if anyone had witnessed any unusual to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Center at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477(TIPS).

Driver charged with impaired

Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended to a vehicle that had went into the ditch on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 just before midnight on Highway 62 near Mountain View.

Once on scene officers arrested a 21 year old male from Quinte West with operation of a vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs.

On further investigation over 40 oxycodone were seized and a charge of possession of a schedule 1 substance was also laid.

Squires was released on a promise to appear in Picton court on March 6, 2019 to answer to the charges. His vehicle was also impounded and his licence suspended.

Driver stopped for excessive speed

Officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting stationary radar this past weekend on Highway 62 in Ameliasburgh Township.

At approximately 19:15 hrs on February 1, 2019, officers viewed a vehicle approaching them at a high rate of speed. The vehicle registered a speed of 136km per hour in a posted 80 km zone.

The officers stopped the vehicle on Highway 62 and charged the driver, a 59 year old male from Athol with stunt drive and seized and suspended his drivers licence for 7 days as well as impounded his vehicle for 7 days.

The male is to appear in court on March 15, 2019 to answer to the charge.

Polar vortex paralyzes County
The polar vortex that is gripping North America did not spare Prince Edward County. January 30, 2018 was a day of high winds and drifting snow.

Prince Edward County OPP responded to over 50 calls for service within the 24 hour timeframe, of which 22 of the calls being motor vehicle collisions. White out conditions later in the day prompted OPP to close all roads in the southern end of the county due to the poor visibility and road conditions. OPP’s emergency response team were also on hand to conduct sno wmobile patrol on secondary roads to search for stranded motorists who may have been stuck in the massive drifts caused by the wind.

OPP want to thank the citizens of Prince Edward County for staying off the roads and can report no serious collisions were reported. As of 8 am, all Prince Edward County roads are open. Drivers are still asked to drive according to the road conditions.

OPP arrest four, seize drug, money and firearm
Four Picton residents were arrested following a search at a York Street address in Picton Thursday.

Members of the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), and OPP Canine executed a search warrant as a result of an investigation by the CSCU unit.

Approximately four ounces of cocaine, cell phones, digital scales, Canadian currency, packaging material and a firearm were seized along with ammunition.

Three males, ages 29, 23 and 24; and a female age 20 were released with promise to appear in court on March 6, 2019.

Man dies in ice boat incident on Bay of Quinte
A 78-year-old male from Ameliasburgh lost his life in an ice boaing incident Tuesday afternoon on the Bay of Quinte.

Prince Edward OPP and emergency services were called to the scene at about 3:40 p.m. Jan. 15 on the Bay of Quinte near Rednersville Road in Ameliasburgh.

“Prince Edward Fire and EMS were on scene working on a male who was brought to shore by local residents who witnessed the event,” said PEC OPP Cst. Patrick Menard. “One witness stated they observed an ice boat on the bay and it appeared to have struck a pressure crack, causing the front blade to jam, stopping the boat immediately.”

Menard said the witness put on a floater suit and proceeded out on the ice to help.

“CPR was started and with the help of other witnesses, the pilot of the iceboat was brought to shore where paramedics took over.”

A post mortem will be conducted by the coroner to verify the cause of death. The incident, Menard said, is not considered suspicious.

“With this being the second ice incident within three days, Prince Edward County OPP is reminding everyone that with the recent fluctuating temperatures ice can vary in thickness and strength from area to area. Keep an eye on ice and snow conditions before venturing out on the ice.”

Man charged with theft from LCBO

On Jan. 15, 2019 around 10:30 a.m. Prince Edward OPP attended the LCBO in Picton after a report of an individual being caught on video stealing liquor.

Police spoke with LCBO staff who identified the male and a short time later, police located and charged and 18-year-old Picton man with CC 334(b) theft under $5000.

He was released on a promise to appear with a court date of Feb. 13 at the Ontario court of justice in Picton to answer to the charge.

Two impaired charges following dry December
After recording zero impaired incidents in the month of December, the first full weekend of the new year saw two separate incidents where drivers were charged with impaired driving.

On Jan. 4, around 2:30 pm, Prince Edward OPP responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a residence on Burns Ave in Picton.

After speaking with the driver of the vehicle, officers detected an odour of alcohol and administered the road side screening device. After a suitable sample was not obtained, the driver was arrested and brought to the OPP detachment in Picton for follow up with a breath technician.

As a result, a 73-year-old female from Picton was charged with having more than 80mgs. of alcohol in her blood while driving a motor vehicle. She was released with a promise to appear Jan. 30 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton. Her license was suspended and her vehicle impounded.

The following day, officers conducted a R.I.D.E. program on County road 22 near London Ave in Picton. Officers spoke with a driver and subsequently charged a 53-year-old male from Picton with having more than 80mgs. of alcohol in his blood while driving a motor vehicle. He was released with a promise to appear on Jan. 30 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton. His license was suspended and his vehicle impounded.

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Police report citizens made good choices, for the most part, over holidays

Prince Edward County OPP report citizens made good choices between Dec. 20, 2018 and New Year’s Day.

“The detachment responded to 239 calls for service and wants to thank the citizens of the county for making the right choices which resulted in a safe holiday season,” said Cst. Patrick Menard, the OPP Community Services Officer.

Officers conducted 58 R.I.D.E. programs and another 39 traffic related enforcement occurences which resulted in three drivers being served a three-day suspension of their licence for registering an alert during a roadside check. One other driver was charged for having cannabis readily available in contrary to the cannabis control act.

“Thank you for making the right choices this holiday season and because of this, zero impaired driving charges were laid in Prince Edward County during this time frame.”

In other calls, a 45-year-old male was charged after a domestic related incident on Dec. 22. He was released on a promise to appear in court Jan. 23.

Two youth were charged with mischief and break and enter after an alarm was activated at the Prince Edward Collegiate Institute on Dec. 30. Both have court dates for Feb. 11.

A 16-year-old female residing in Consecon was charged after an altercation with police Dec. 29 and is to appear in at the Picton courthouse Jan. 14.

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