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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2019

Speeding driver faces alcohol related charges

On July 16, 2019, shortly after 9:00 p.m., officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed a vehicle exceeding the 50 km/hr speed limit in downtown Picton in Prince Edward County.

Police stopped the driver and as a result of the investigation, a 24-year-old man from Toronto was charged with: Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration of over 80 mg per 100 ml of blood within two hours of Driving (Criminal Code 320.14)

He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 31, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

The accused was issued a 90 day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS), and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Medical assist call results in charges

On July 12, 2019 just before 2:30 p.m., officers of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Hastings Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a report of a driver who appeared to be in medical distress.

OPP and EMS attended the location at Salem Road and Whitney Road in Ameliasburgh Township, Ontario where paramedics determined the female was not in medical distress.

As a result o f this investigation, a 45-year-old County woman has been charged with:
Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration of over 80 mg per 100 ml of blood within two hours of driving (Criminal Code 320.14).

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 9: 30 a.m. She was also issued a 90 day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

SAVE 9-1-1 FOR REAL EMERGENCIES

Members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have responded to 377 various types of calls for service since July 1, 2019.

From July 1 to July 15, 2019, fifty-five (55) of these calls for service were made into the 9-1-1 Emergency Line as dropped calls or “pocket dials”.  Twenty-six (26) of these calls were on the Canada Day Weekend alone. This takes a toll on police resources, as accidental calls or abuse of 9-1-1 ties up emergency lines, communicators and officers which could result in the slow er response to a real emergency, risking the safety of people who may need urgent help.

OPP officers are required to attend all 9-1-1 calls, whether it’s an emergency or simply a pocket dial.

Ontario’s unintentional calls have decreased over the last few years, however more work needs to be done. The OPP has launched the #KnowWhenToCall campaign to further educate the public on unintentional calls, including pocket dials to 9-1-1.

In 2018, Prince Edward County OPP responded to a total of 664 calls to 9-1-1, however, only a portion of these were either pocket dials (76) or dropped cellphone (81) calls.

Dial 9-1-1 by mistake? Hanging up is the wrong thing to do! Let the emergency operator know it was a pocket dial / unintentional call. This will eliminate the need for the emergency operator to call back. Officers will still be dispatched to ensure you are safe.

In an emergency every second counts! Dial 9-1-1.

Phone 1-888-310-1122 for non-emergencies.

Contractor charged in roofing scams

A Consecon man will face charges from Prince Edward OPP following investigation into two complaints he had been paid for work on roofing that was never started.

The first complainant had enlisted a contractor for roofing in March 2019, could not resolve the issue on her own, and finally came to police. She reported a deposit of just over $9,400 was given to the suspect for work to be completed on her County Road 15 home in Hillier. A second complaint regarding the same suspect and details was reported on June 6, 2019 for a Centre Street, Picton address with a deposit of over $5,000.

The 37-year-old contractor has been charged with Fraud over $5,000 and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday, July 31 at 9:30 am.

Constable Karen German, Communiy Safety Officer, said any person with information regarding these incidents should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

If you or someone you know suspect they’ve been a victim of fraud contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Critical injuries for ATVers whose vehicle hit a tree

A driver and passenger were injured Sunday when their all-terrain vehicle hit a tree.

On Sunday, July 7 just before 8 p.m., Ontario Provincial Police officers at the Prince Edward detachment were called to the scene on County Road 3.

Cst. Karen German, Community Safety Officer, said the 24-year-old female driver and a 71-year-old male passenger were were assisted by Prince Edward Fire and EMS and transported to hospital with critical injuries.

OPP Technical Collision Investigator (TCI) and Reconstructionist attended to the scene to assist with the continuing investigation.

 

Trio arrested in fraud related to cheques from closed nursing home

On May 6, 2019 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers at the Prince Edward County Detachment started
An investigation that began in May regarding fraudulent cheques being drawn on an account at three banks in Picton has resulted in fraud charges.

A woman had reported information to the Prince Edward OPP about a fraudulent cheque that was given to her for deposit. The cheque belonged to Picton Manor, a nursing home that was closed in 2012.

“Police investigation determined an amount of over $10,000 was drawn on this account by three male suspects at three different banking institutions,” said Cst. Karen German, Community Safety Officer.

On June 22, 2019 Prince Edward OPP arrested a 19-year-old man from Bloomfield; an 18-year-old from Picton and a 16-year- old male from Bloomfield.

All have been charged under the Criminal Code with Fraud over $5,000, and Use, Trafficking or Possession of Forged Document.

Both accused adults were released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton. The youth was released on promise to appear in Youth Court in Picton at a later date.

“The Prince Edward OPP would like to appeal to the public for information, or victims of this fraudulent activity regarding cheques from Picton Manor,” said German.

Anyone with information should contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or the Prince Edward OPP at 1-613-476-2151. 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 $2,000.

Second collision within days at Hwy 62 intersection

Prince Edward OPP and emergency services responded to a second collision within days at the intersection of Hwy 62 and County Road 1.

Thursday July 4, 2019 at approximately 4:30 pm officers responded to a two vehicle collision.

Const. Karen German, Community Safety Officer, said a Dodge Caravan travelling east on County Road 1 entered the intersection and was struck by a northbound Honda Flex.

“This is the second serious collision at this intersection within a matter of days that Prince Edward OPP have investigated. There was no injuries reported with this incident.”

A 32-year-old Markham man was served a Provincial Offence Notice and has been charged with fail to yield to traffic on through highway, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

Three people were sent to hospital following a collision at the intersection of Highway 62 and Prince Edward County Road 1 on Canada Day Monday.

A 70-year-old from man from Weston, Ontario was issued a Provincial Offences Notice for Careless Driving – Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Collision sends three to hospital

Three people were sent to hospital following a collision at the intersection of Highway 62 and Prince Edward County Road 1 on Canada Day Monday.

PC Constable Karen German, Community Safety Officer said Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment were called shortly after 10 a.m.

“OPP officers attended to a two vehicle collision involving a car and an SUV with a boat being trailered. The car was travelling east on County Road 1 and was struck by the north bound SUV on Highway 62 causing the trailered boat to flip over, landing upside down.”

Prince Edward County Fire and EMS units also responded to assist.

Three people were transported to hospital, two with minor injuries while a third person has serious but non-life threatening injuries. The highway was closed for short period of time while officers investigated the incident.

A 70-year-old from man from Weston, Ontario has been issued a Provincial Offences Notice for Careless Driving – Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Enforcement on Millennium Trail results in charges

Several charges were laid Sunday by police patrolling the Millennium Trail.

Officers with the Snow Vehicle/All-Terrain Vehicle /Vessel Enforcement/Education (S.A.V.E) Team of the Ontario Provincial Police came to Prince Edward County to check for violators.

The trail is a former railway bed that has been transformed into a multi-purpose trail and is 46 kilometres across Prince Edward County from Carrying Place through Consecon, Wellington and Bloomfield to Picton with various access points.

Officers travelled throughout Sunday from Picton to Carrying Place and encountered more than 100 trail users on foot, bicycles, ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes.

Karen German, Community Safety Officer said enforcement action was conducted with the following charges being laid:

Off Road Vehicle Act (ORVA)
Fail to surrender evidence of insurance- 15(3) ORVA
Fail to apply for permit upon becoming owner – 8(2) ORVA
Fail to securely fasten chin strap – 9(1) ORVA

Trespass to Property Act (TPA)
Engage in prohibited activity on premises – 2(1)(a)(i) TPA – four charges.

OPP charge officer following rollover

Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to overturned vehicle in the ditch on Prince Edward County Road 2, near Salem Road, June 14 shortly before 8 p.m.

As a result of the investigation, Constable Patrick Menard, 48, was charged with: Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration of over 80 mg per 100 ml of blood within two hours of Driving (Criminal Code 320.14)

He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton in June 26.

The officer, a seven-year member of the OPP, assigned to the Prince Edward Detachment, currently on leave, was issued a 90-day Automatic Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS), and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Any person with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Driver Arrested

On May 31, 2019 around 11:00 pm, members of the Prince Edward OPP were conducting a RIDE spot check on County Road 5 just outside of Picton when a vehicle that had been approaching the officers’ location slowed, turned around and drove away from the RIDE location.

The officers proceeded to follow the vehicle and conducted a traffi c stop a short distance away. The subsequent investigation revealed the driver had been consuming alcohol and a roadside screening device was administered. The driver registered a “Fail”.

A 57 year old Picton man has been charged with the following criminal offences:

Operate while Having a blood alcohol concentration over .08
Operate a Motor Vehicle while Prohibited

He was additionally charged with two counts of Driving a Motor Vehicle while Suspended under the Highway Traffic Act.

He was released on a promise to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 26, 2019 to answer to the charges.

Driver arrested

On May 28, 2019 around 8pm, Prince Edward OPP received an anonymous complaint advising that the driver of a power loader, a large road building machine, was operating the machine while impaired.

Within seven minutes, officers located the power loader heading eastbound on May Road. On speaking with the driver an odour of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from their breath. A roadside test was conducted which resulted in a “Fail”.

Subsequently, a 22 year old Bloomfield male was arrested and escorted back to the Prince Edward Detachment. He was charged with Operation while impaired by alcohol and drugs and having a blood alcohol concentration over .08.

He was released with a promise to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 19, 2019 to answer to the charge.

Boater issued three-day licence suspension

On Saturday May 18, 2019 around 6pm, marine officers with the Ontario Provincial Police conducted a routine vessel check while patrolling the Bay of Qunite off Belleville.

During the check officers viewed a beer can in the cup holder of the vessel. An approved screening device was administered on the driver and a reading of “ALERT” was registered. This resulted in a three day suspension and his driver’s licence seized.

The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police want to remind boaters that in Ontario, an “ALERT” warning-range reading on a boat will result in a three-day drivers licence suspension and operating a vessel over .08 will result in an impaired boating charge and a 90-day drivers licence suspension.

Make the right choices, whether on a highway, trail or waterway, impaired is impaired.

Two drivers arrested

Victoria Day weekend did not go as planned for two drivers in Prince Edward County when both were both charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

On May 18, 2019 around 4am, Prince Edward OPP responded to a single motor vehicle on Loyalist Parkway near Chuckery Hill Road. The female driver attended the Picton hospital for treatment of minor, non-life threatening injuries and on speaking with officers an odour of alcohol was emitting from her. A 22-year-old female from Hallowell with impaired operation by drugs. Woodward was served an appearance notice for the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 19, 2019 to answer to the charge. Her licence was suspended and the vehicle impounded.

Later that day around 7:30 pm, officers responded to another single motor vehicle collision on County Road 22 just south of County Road 23. On speaking with the driver, officers detected an odour of alcohol and a road side screening device was given which resulted in a “FAIL”.

A 37 year old female from Quinte West was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired. Coughlin’s licence was suspended and her vehicle impounded. She will also appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 19, 2019 to answer to the charge. Coughlin sustained no injuries from the collision.

Driver stopped for excessive speed
At approximately 16:00 hrs on Thursday, April 25, 2019, while conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 62, a Prince Edward County officers viewed a vehicle travelling southbound at a high rate of speed near Jericho Road.

The officer stopped the vehicle on Highway 62 and charged the driver, 25 year old male from Ottawa with stunt drive. His licence was seized and suspended. The vehicle was also impounded for seven days.

While speaking with the driver the officer noticed drug paraphernalia on the passenger seat and on further investigation found 1 pound of dried cannabis, approximately 16 grams of a cocaine like substance, and trafficking paraphernalia.

He was arrested and charged with multiple drug related charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a schedule 1 substance. He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 29, 2019 to answer to the charges.

OPP remind cyclists and motorists about road safety
With warmer weather on the way and more cyclists taking to the streets, the Prince Edward County of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding cyclists that they must stay alert and follow the rules of the road.

Cyclists are required to share the road with other vehicles. Bicycles should always ride with traffic, stay as far right as possible and use hand signals to alert others to your intended actions. Your bicycle should have a sounding device attached and if you are riding at night a proper lighting is required.

The most important piece of safety equipment you will need is an approved and properly fitted helmet. The law requires everyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet but for safety reasons, the OPP recommends that all cyclists wear helmets at all times.

Motorists also have a role to play in cycling safety.

•Drivers must leave a minimum of one-metre distance when passing a cyclist. The penalty, if convicted under the Highway Traffic Act, is a fine of $110.
•Dooring- The penalty under the Highway Traffic Act for improper opening of a vehicle door (driver or passenger), is $365 if convicted.

Prince Edward County OPP officers will be visible with proactive bicycle patrols and enforcement to ensure all road users stay alert and stay safe at all times.
For further information related to cycling laws and safety, please visit the following link:
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/bicycle-safety.shtml

Two drivers arrested

Easter weekend did not go as planned for two Prince Edward County residents who were both charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and drugs.

On April 21, 2019 around 12:30 pm, Prince Edward OPP responded to a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 2. On speaking to the driver the officer formed the grounds to charge a 24-year-old male from Wellington with impaired operation by drugs. He sustained no injuries but was transported to Picton Memorial Hospital by ambulance for precautionary measures. He was served an appearance notice for the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 29, 2019 to answer to the charge. His licence was suspended and his vehicle impounded.

Later that day around 3 pm, officers stopped a vehicle on Burr Road after turning off of Highway 62 for almost causing a collision. On speaking with the driver, officers detected an odour of alcohol and a road side screening device was given which resulted in a “FAIL”. A 26-year-old male from Athol was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired. His licence was suspended and his vehicle impounded. He is o appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 8, 2019 to answer to the charge.

Two arrested for break and enter

On April 16, 2019 around 9:30 pm, Prince Edward OPP responded to a break and enter to a cottage on Bass Lane in Hallowell. On arrival, police arrested two males who were located in a cottage.

Prince Edward County residents, a 32-year-old male, and a 27-yearold male were charged with break and enter with the intent to commit an indictable offence. On further investigation, both males were also charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance – Opioid.

One was released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 22, 2019, while the other was held for bail and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville to answer to the charges.

Driver Arrested
On April 7, 2019 around 7:50 pm, Prince Edward OPP responded to a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 22 and London Ave. On speaking to the driver an odour of alcohol could be detected. The driver was arrested after being cleared medically by paramedics and transported to the Picton detachment. No injuries were sustained.
A 30 year old male from Picton was charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired and released with a promise to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 8, 2019 to answer to the charge.

Driver Arrested
On April 1, 2019 around 4:30 pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer stopped a vehicle for excessive speed on County Road 4. On speaking to the driver an odour of alcohol could be detected and a roadside screening device was administered which registered a “fail”. As a result, a 68 year old male from Hallowell was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired. He was released with a promise to appear on April 24, 2019 at the Picton Court house to answer to the charge. His licence was suspended and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

Prince Edward OPP are reminding drivers of the dangers of impaired driving. A study from the office of the Chief Coroner stated that in 2015, 52 per cen of Ontario drivers who died in collisions had drugs and/or alcohol in their system. Make the right choices and don’t get behind the wheel when impaired.

Driver Arrested
On March 23, 2019 around 1:40 am, a Prince Edward OPP were dispatched to County Road 17 at Bailey Road after reports of a vehicle in the ditch.

Officers later located the driver and administered a roadside screening device which registered a reading of “fail”. A 32-year-old male from Picton was charged and is to appear April 10, 2019 at the Picton Court to answer to the charge.

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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