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PRINCE EDWARD O.P.P. REPORTS – 2011

 

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Ministry investigating death on County farm
The Ministry of Labour is continuing its investigation into a death on a Prince Edward County farm.
At 2:50pm Monday, Sept. 10 the owner of the farm and an employee were in the process of attaching a large water tank to a tractor when the attachment suddenly fell, trapping the employee between it and the tractor.

A 38yr-old-male, who resides in Mexico, but working in the County for the summer, was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the deceased cannot be released pending notification of his next of kin.

The farmer tried to free the worker and emergency crews called to the scene were able to eventually separate the two pieces of equipment.  Subsequent efforts to revive the employee were unsuccessful.

Driver injured in roll over

Just after 6:00am Saturday morning a southbound vehicle on Hwy 62 left the roadway and rolled over, seriously injuring the driver.
The collision, which closed Hwy 62 for several hours, occurred just south of Fenwood Gardens.  The lone occupant, a 20 year old male from Ameliasburgh lost control of his green Pontiac Sunfire in a curve in the road, crossing over the northbound lane and rolling into the East ditch.  The male was ejected from the vehicle causing serious injuries to himself.  He was transported to Belleville General Hospital then airlifted to Kingston Hospital where he remains.
Preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed was involved, however the investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Sexual Assault at Sandbanks didn’t happen
An investigation by the Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit has revealed an alleged sexual assault on a teenager at the Sandbanks did not occur. The OPP reported today that a 17-year-old female, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with Public Mischief contrary to the Criminal Code.

On June 5, 2011 at approximately 8:45pm, the Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit launched an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred while a teenage girl was sunbathing at the Sandbanks Provincial Park. As a result of the investigation, it has been determined that an assault did not occur.

However, the OPP remind everyone to practice personal safety at all times. Safety tips can be found at www.opp.ca under the headings “Resources” and “Tip Sheets”.

Drug Charges Laid
The Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Drug Enforcement Unit, Project Longarm, with the assistance of Prince Edward OPP executed a Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a Hallowell residence Tuesday, Dec. 13. Two people were arrested and the residence searched, yielding a large quantity of cash and 95 Oxycontin tablets with an approximate street value of $2375.
Charged are: Jerry CASSIBO, age 35 with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and Amy CASSIBO age 36, with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. Both are scheduled to appear in Picton Provincial Court on the 18th of January 2012.
Project Longarm is a joint forces drug enforcement team comprised of officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit, Belleville Police Service, Quinte West, Bancroft, Central Hastings and Prince Edward Ontario Provincial Police detachments.

Driver Refused to Stop for Police
Early Saturday morning the 10th of December, Northumberland OPP attempted to stop a pick up truck for a traffic violation on Hwy 401.  The driver of the vehicle refused to stop for officers and continued east into the city of Quinte West at elevated speeds and failed to stop at several red lights.  The officers terminated their attempts to stop the vehicle when the conditions became too risky for everyone involved.   Just before 4:00am, Prince Edward OPP officers observed the suspect vehicle eastbound on Loyalist Parkway just as it entered the town of Wellington.  Attempts to stop the vehicle were again unsuccessful as the vehicle sped east out of town then turned around at Slaven Road and re-entered the town of Wellington once again.  A spike belt was deployed on the Main Street in an effort to stop the vehicle.  The suspect was able to continue driving for a short while after running over the spike belt, but soon abandoned the vehicle at Niles and West Street and then fled on foot.  The OPP canine unit was deployed to the area, but was unable to locate the suspect.
The vehicle being driven by the suspect was a white Chevrolet Silverado with an Ontario plate of 353 6XW.  The investigation is continuing into the matter and anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Driver Arrested
On Sunday the 11th of December at 3:50pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer was driving on Main Street in Picton when he noticed a following vehicle driving very close to the cruiser’s rear bumper.  The officer pulled over to allow the vehicle to pass and then followed the vehicle for a short distance.  The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver who appeared to be highly intoxicated and subsequently arrested him.  The driver was brought to the detachment where the samples of his breath registered readings in excess of 3 times the legal limit.
Warren SWITZER age 49yrs of Bloomfield will appear in Picton court on the 11th of January to answer to the charges of Impaired Operation and Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol.

Apply to join Prince Edward OPP Auxiliary Unit

Plans to create an OPP Auxiliary Unit in Prince Edward County are moving forward with a request for applications.  Interested persons for this volunteer position, can visit the OPP website at www.opp.ca  and search under the Careers tab to find more information on the Auxiliary Unit.  Two applicable forms can then be downloaded and completed by the applicant.  The completed applications should be delivered, either by hand or by mail to the attention of the Detachment Commander, Prince Edward County OPP, 569 County Rd 1, P.O. Box 6008, Picton Ontario K0K 2T0.

Interested persons who may not have access to the internet can attend the Prince Edward OPP office and pick up the applicable forms for their use.  Administrative office hours are Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

Minimum Qualifications for an Applicant:
Be at least 18 years of age,
Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada with a valid driver’s license,
Have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma program or equivalent,
Have completed CPR and First Aid Certification,
Be of good moral character, mentally and physically able to perform the duties of the Auxiliary position,
Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer (level C) CPR

Applications will be accepted up to the 31st of December 2011. The 10-person volunteer unit is anticipated to be trained and ready for service for the summer of 2012.

RIDE program officers arrest two drivers
The Festive RIDE Program has taken two drivers off the roads of Prince Edward County.  Two local residents were stopped at two different RIDE locations resulting in both being arrested and charged with criminal offences.
The first driver was stopped by officers at 2:20pm on Monday the 28th of November.  Nicholas HAWRYLUK age 36 of Picton has been charged with Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol in his blood and his vehicle impounded for seven days.   HAWRYLUK will appear in Picton court on the 12th of December to answer to his charge.
The second driver was stopped in a different RIDE location later the same day. At 9pm Chanse PERCHACZ age 31 of Hallowell was stopped by officers and arrested for impaired driving.  PERCHACZ will appear in Picton Court on the 12th of December to answer to charges of Impaired Operation and Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol in his blood.   PERCHACZ’s vehicle was also impounded for seven days.

Snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle & Vessel Enforcement Team  (SAVE) on snowmobile safety

The Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind snowmobile operators that when the snow comes there are many hazards to watch out for. There is not a solid base of snow on the ground yet, which means, rocks, culverts and other debris are not covered, but they may be hidden by fresh snow making it difficult to see them.
Lakes and rivers are not frozen, but may have a thin layer of ice and fresh snow on top. Stay off the ice until you have checked to make sure it is thick enough and wear a flotation snowmobile suit. A snowmobile requires a minimum of 5 inches of new clear ice to safely support it.
Last year there were 17 snowmobile fatalities in Ontario. Treat snowmobiles with respect and use common sense.
Always wear an approved helmet.
Never mix alcohol and snowmobiles.
If you are operating a snowmobile with over the legal limit of alcohol in your body you will face the same penalties as if you were driving your car and you could lose your drivers licence.
The maximum speed on trails is 50 km/hr.
Now is the time to make sure you are ready.
1.Read your owners manual and know your machine.
2.Check your documents.
1.Make sure your licence validation sticker isn’t expired.
2.Make sure your insurance is valid.
3.Don’t forget your trail pass.
2.Check to make sure that your machine is in good running order.
3.Put together a safety kit and put it on your machine.
If you see an impaired snowmobiler, call 911 and report them to police. Please be careful and have a safe snowmobiling experience.

Youths Charged
Just before the noon hour on Friday the 18th of November, a concerned citizen reported several youths had broken into the grandstands at the Picton Fairgrounds.  The youths had forced open a door that allowed access to beneath the seating area.  Officers arrived and arrested 6 young persons and one adult on site.
One 18 year old, three 17 year olds, and three 16 year olds were charged with Trespassing.  Three of the young persons were in possession of a quantity of marihuana and further charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The accused parties will appear in Picton youth court on the 12th of December to answer to their charges.

Impaired Driver Arrested
On Sunday evening, the 20th of November, at 9:12pm a Prince Edward OPP officer on general patrol came upon a vehicle traveling on Cty Rd 7 in North Marysburgh area.  The vehicle was being driven very erratically, prompting the officer to stop it and investigate the driver.  The driver appeared to be highly intoxicated and was arrested.
Once back at the Picton OPP detachment, the accused provided samples of his breath that were more than four times the legal limit.
James SADDLER age 53 years old and from Warkwarth, was charged with Impaired Operation and Operate a Vehicle Over 80mgs.  SADDLER will appear in Picton court on the 14th of December to answer to his charges.
Injuries in T-Bone collision
Prince Edward County firefighters and OPP officers at the scene of a collision early Friday afternoon at the intersection of County roads 1 and 33. Police report a Cavalier travelling on Cty Rd 1 was in a “T-bone” collision with a GMC truck, trapping the front passenger in the car. Two young children in the back of the car were taken to Trenton hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. The trapped passenger, a 32-year-old Picton man, has serious injuries and was transferred to Kingston General Hospital.  Charges are pending against the car’s 28-year-old female driver, from Belleville. The driver of the pick up, a 36-year-old Trenton man, and his two adult male passengers, were not injured. – Ross Lees photo

Two Impaired Drivers Charged Over Weekend
Prince Edward OPP officers arrested two impaired drivers over the past weekend.
The first driver was stopped at Paul and Main Street in Picton at 3:00am on the 12th of November.  A roadside alcotest was administered to the driver which he failed.
Andrew PATTISON age 21 of Bowmanville will appear in Picton court on the 14th of December to answer to the charge of Operate a Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol in his blood.
The second driver was stopped in Wellington at Main and Wharf Street at 12:30am on the 13th of November.  The driver was administered a roadside alcotest which he failed.
Douglas FRANCIS age 75 of Wellington will appear in Picton court on the 7th of December to answer to the charge of Operate a Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol in his blood.

Missing man found dead
James SAULNIER, 31, was located Sunday, Nov. 13, deceased, in the town of Stirling. Foul play is not suspected.
The Ontario Provincial Police and the Stirling Rawdon Police Service are continuing their investigation.

Break and Enter
Just after midnight on the 02nd of November a Royal Road resident returned home to find his garage had been broken into and a multitude of tools and power equipment with an estimated value of $10,000.00 stolen from within.
An 18 horsepower John Deere riding lawn tractor, a red 90 cc Bombardier ATV, a Stihl Chainsaw, a Mastercraft electric gas welder and cutting torches, vehicle tires on rims, a variety of power tools and two western style horse saddles were among the stolen items.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

No Seatbelt and Liquor Charges Laid
On Sunday the 06th of November just before 3:00pm, an officer on routine patrol observed a white pick up truck in which the male driver was not wearing his seatbelt.  The officer stopped the vehicle on Beach Street in Wellington and when speaking with the driver noted the odour of alcohol on his breath.  Open alcohol was also located within the truck.
Daniel DONNELLY age 56 of Ameliasburgh was charged with Operator Fail to Wear Seatbelt and Having an Open Container of Liquor in a Vehicle. A 3 day licence suspension was also issued when the driver registered a “Warn” on the roadside screening device.

Impaired Driver Arrested – Witnesses Sought
At 4:30am on Friday the 21st of October emergency crews were dispatched to a single motor vehicle crash on Cty Rd 3 near Old Orchard Road, in Ameliasburgh.  The vehicle had crashed into the rock cut in the area known as Onderdonk Hill.  Officers observed the female driver, who suffered minor injuries, to be intoxicated.
Michelle MITCHELL age 32, of Quinte West was arrested and charged with Impaired Operation of a Vehicle and Failing to Provide a Breath Sample.  MITCHELL will attend Picton court on the 23rd of November to answer to the charges.
Police have reason to believe two westbound vehicles passed by the scene of the collision and may have important information to share.  Those two drivers and any other  persons who may have witnessed the crash are asked to contact Prince Edward OPP.

Break, Enter and Assault Charge
At 10:41pm on the 24th of October police were called to a Picton home to investigate an assault between two males.  The investigation revealed the accused had forced open the front door of the victim’s house and then assaulted him.  The two males are known to each other.
Brent INWOOD age 28 of Hallowell was located and arrested a short time later.  INWOOD faces charges of Break and Enter, Assault and Mischief Under $5000.00 and will appear in Picton court on the 30th of November.
The victim, a 25 year old male from Picton, was not seriously injured in the incident.

Impaired Driver Charged
On Saturday the 15th of October at 8:20pm, a concerned citizen reported an erratic driver to the Prince Edward OPP.  The vehicle in question was reported to be driving in the wrong lane and failing to stop at stop signs.  The caller followed the vehicle from the Cherry Valley area until it was intercepted by police on Fairfield Street in Picton.
The officers observed the driver to be intoxicated and arrested her for driving the vehicle while impaired.  The accused was brought to the detachment where she supplied breath samples which registered more than two and a half times the legal limit.
Mary SINCLAIR age 60 years of Athol will attend Picton court on the 16th of November to answer to charges of Impaired Operation and Operate a Motor Vehicle in Excess of 80mgs.

Copper and Metal Thefts
Three recent reports of copper piping and scrap metal thefts have been received by Prince Edward OPP.
The most recent theft occurred sometime in the past two days from a property on the Danforth Road where thieves stole a large quantity of scrap metal from a vacant farm.
On the 5th of October a complaint of a theft from a vacant residence on Cty Road 8, south of Picton was received.  Thieves entered the property and a quantity of copper piping was stolen.  The theft is believed to have happened in the few weeks prior to it being discovered.
On the 3rd of October another complaint of a theft of copper piping from a vacant property on Cty Rd 25, south of Picton was received by Prince Edward OPP.  This theft is believed to have occurred sometime in the few weeks prior to its discovery as well.
A 1994 silver 4 door Oldsmobile sedan with an Ontario plate of ATWL 371 has been observed in the area of these thefts and if anyone sees this vehicle please call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
With many seasonal residences now vacant again, members of the community are asked to be aware and report any suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles in their neighbourhood.

Male Arrested in Domestic Dispute

At 9:40am on the 12th of October, Prince Edward OPP officers were dispatched to a Richmond Street home to investigate a domestic disturbance.  Officers learned a male and female had been embroiled in a verbal argument culminating with the male damaging some property in the home.

A 24 year old Picton man was arrested and held for a bail hearing to be heard today in Belleville.  He faces charges of Mischief and Breach of Probation.

The 22 year old Picton woman was not injured in the incident.

Charges laid in armed robbery

Prince Edward OPP have made an arrest in connection to an armed robbery Monday, Oct. 11 at Scott’s Variety Store in Picton.
Kenny James Ruttan, 18, of Picton was arrested Tuesday evening. He is to appear in Picton court Nov. 30 to answer to charges of Robbery and Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public.

Attempted robbery at local variety store

A male wearing a black balaclava attempted to rob Scott’s Variety Store Monday, but ran from the scene when the owner called 911.

Prince Edward OPP report the suspect entered the 7 Lake St., Picton store at about 11:40 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10. When the owner approached, the suspect he brandished a knife and ordered the owner to give him money. The owner refused to comply with the demand and called 911, prompting the suspect to run out the front door.

The suspect was last observed on foot running eastbound on West Mary Street.  A K9 track was conducted with negative results.

The suspect is described as:
Male, white, approximately 16-19 years old, 5’9 – 5’10″”, slim build, unknown hair/eye colour
Wearing white t-shirt, blue or green shorts (possibly cargo style), unknown footwear
Black wool balaclava
Carrying a green re-usable grocery bag
Young, nervous sounding voice
Clean shaven

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Operation Impact – Thanksgiving weekend
Ontario Provincial Police, in eastern Ontario were busy on the Thanksgiving weekend ensuring roadways, waterways and trails remained safe.  As a result, officers checked thousands of vehicles and laid hundreds of charges.
Vehicles Checked: 12,879
Speeding Charges: 1645
Racing Charges: 29
Seatbelt Charges: 175
Distracted Driving: 54
Hazardous Moving: 101
Other (HTA): 192
Liquor (LLA: 28
Insurance (CAIA): 65
Drug Charges: 21
Impaired/over 80: 27
Marine offences: 2
ATV offences: 13
The OPP will continue to monitor motorized traffic across the region. Only you can control your vehicle. Do so safely and with consideration for other drivers.

Missing man spotted in Brighton

Prince Edward Detachment OPP have confirmed a sighting of Darryll Wyton, 53, whose disappearance from his Prince Edward County home has been under investigation since Sept. 29.
He was reported missing by a family member and was last seen Tuesday, Sept. 27 at approximately 12 p.m., when he walked away from a family residence in Consecon.
Police report Wyton was observed by a citizen on Thursday, Sept. 29 at about 5 p.m. walking westbound on old Hwy 2 in the village of Brighton.  He was carrying a bag over his shoulder and was holding a long (approximately 6’) walking stick.

Wyton is described as a white male, approximately 5′6″, 145 lbs, with long graying brown hair in a pony tail and a long moustache. He was last seen wearing a blue “Tough Duck” hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and running shoes and a blue baseball cap.

Police would like to make contact with Wyton to ensure his safety.  Anyone with information about Wyton is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 613-476-2151, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-310-1122.

Darryll Wynton reported missing

Prince Edward detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police launched an investigation Thursday into the disappearance of Darryll WYTON, 53. He was reported missing by a family member.
Wyton was last seen on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at approximately 12:00pm, when he walked away from a family residence in Consecon, Prince Edward County.
Wyton is a white male, approximately 5’6″ tall, weighing 145 pounds. He has long, greying brown hair in a ponytail and a long moustache. He is believed to be wearing a blue “Tough Duck” hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and running shoes and a blue baseball cap.
Anyone with information about Darryll Wyton is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 613-476-2151, 1-888-310-1122 or Crimestoppers.

Drug Trafficking Charges Laid
On Friday the 23rd of September just before 11:00am, members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau Drug Enforcement Unit Project Longarm, conducted a vehicle stop on Cty Rd 49 north of the town of Picton.
The officers’ investigation revealed the lone occupant to be in possession of a quantity of controlled substances specifically 50 grams of marihuana, 13 grams of hash, 20 grams of hash oil, a quantity of pills and other drug paraphernalia.
Frederick Palacious age 54 yrs of Picton will attend Picton court on the 26th of October to answer to three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Electric Wheelchair Recovered
Prince Edward OPP received a theft complaint on Thursday the 22nd of September from a 49-year-old Picton man advising his electric wheelchair had been stolen.
On the 24th of September, a good Samaritan called Prince Edward OPP advising they had noticed the wheelchair abandoned on the side of the road and pushed it into a nearby shed to protect it from the rain.
The wheelchair has been returned to its owner.

Head On Collision charges

On the 14th of September, Prince Edward OPP responded to a collision involving three vehicles on Hwy 62 near Huff Island Road.  All of the involved drivers received non life threatening injuries and Hwy 62 was closed for 3 hours.
The collision involved a northbound vehicle crossing into the opposite lane and colliding with two southbound vehicles.
The driver of the northbound car, 26 year old Ira HEWTON of Belleville, has been charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act.
The proper use of seatbelts and the deployment of airbags were key factors in limiting the extent of injuries to the involved drivers.

Missing person located safe and sound

Saturday at approximately 9p.m., 20-year-old Matthew Simms was found by a search team, in a field in Ameliasburg. He was transported to Belleville Hospital in good condition.
Simms, of Ameliasburg, was last seen Wednesday, September 21 and was reported missing to police.
“The OPP would like to thank everyone for their assistance,” said PEC OPP constable Kim Guthrie.

Police seek public’s assistance

The search continues for 20-year-old Matt Simms, missing since Wednesday.
Although the last known location for Simms was in the Ameliasburgh area, Prince Edward County OPP say it is possible he could be somewhere else within the County or in cities nearby.
“Simms has known ties to Kingston and is a past student of Queen’s University as well, but could
venture beyond any of the identified locations,” says PEC OPP constable Kim Guthrie.  “The public is encouraged to call in any sightings of someone matching Simm’s description, 6′7″ tall, thin build, shaggy brown hair and a scruffy beard.” He also has a large mole on his right jaw and appears unshaven.
Guthrie notes Simms may appear disoriented or confused and may not respond when spoken to.
“The public is also encouraged continually check their outbuildings and to call police about any unusual activity or missing items from their property, for example, clothing from clothes lines, water or food from garages, sheds or residences,” Guthrie says.
Simms is a licenced driver however, he is not believed to be in possession of vehicle.
Matthew Simms who was last seen near his home Wednesday, at about 10 am, wearing only a towel. His home is on Victoria Road, near Badgley Road, just west of the village of Ameliasburg.
Simms, was a student at Queen’s University in Kingston, last year and though he is no longer enrolled, he was seen on campus last week.
The OPP Emergency Response Team, Canine Unit and the OPP helicopter have been deployed to search the area.
The public is asked to report any related information to Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 immediately.

Search Continues for Missing Male

The search continues today for 20-year-old Matthew (Matt) Simms who was last seen near his home Wednesday, at 10 am, wearing only a towel.
His home is on Victoria Road, near Badgley Road, just west of the village of Ameliasburg.  Simms, a student at Queen’s University in Kingston, is described as 6’7” tall, with a thin build with straight, brown hair and bangs that hang to his eyes.  He also has a large mole on his right jaw and appears unshaven.
The OPP Emergency Response Team, Canine Unit and the OPP helicopter have been deployed to search the area today.
Residents in the area are asked to check their outbuildings and shelters on their property and report any related information to Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 immediately.

Electric Wheelchair Stolen
Prince Edward OPP received a theft complaint yesterday from a 49 year old Picton man advising his electric wheelchair had been stolen. The victim was operating his wheelchair on Cty Rd 18 this past Wednesday when it broke down.  The male left the wheelchair on the side of the road and when he arranged to have it picked up on Thursday it was gone. The electric wheelchair bears the name brand Jazz A1121, is red in color and valued at $7000.00. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Adopt A Child Registration
Registration for the 2011 Adopt A Child program is continuing at the Prince Edward OPP detachment.
Based on past years, approximately one third of the expected applicants so far have registered their children for new winter clothing through the Adopt A Child program in Prince Edward County.  The program is open to families that need help outfitting their children 12 years and younger with new, warm winter clothing.
Applications are accepted Monday to Friday from 9:00am to noon at the OPP detachment at 569 Cty Rd 1 in Picton.  Applications are also being accepted at the Picton United Church on Fridays at the food bank.
Applicants must be the custodial parent for the children they are registering.  Proof of identification for both the applicant and the children, such as their Ontario Health Card or Child Tax Benefit cards are acceptable forms of identification.
Registration closes on Friday the 30th of September.  Distribution of the new winter clothing will be on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of November from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Picton OPP detachment.

Youth in Custody for Domestic
A 15 year old male is in custody at the Prince Edward OPP detachment awaiting a bail hearing facing domestic related threatening charges.
The victim, an 18-year-old female who resides in Picton contacted police advising she has been receiving threatening messages through her Facebook account from her ex-boyfriend, a 15-year-old male from Kingston.  The investigation started on the 16th of September, when the victim provided police with copies of the messages and a statement outlining her former relationship with the accused.  The threatening messages had been sent through Facebook over a period of a week.
A warrant was issued for the accused and he was arrested on the 21st of September. The accused will appear in Belleville bail court today to answer to Uttering Threats to Cause Death.

Theft of Bird Guard from Vineyard
A tool of great value to vineyard owners was stolen sometime between the 10th and the 15th of September.  The sounding device known as a Bird Guard emits a noise keeping birds away from the grape vines.  The stolen device is green and valued at $1000.00.  The Bird Guard was attached to a pole in a vineyard located near the Danforth Road in Hillier.  Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Tools Stolen
A cottage located on a property on Loyalist Parkway, east of Picton was entered and tools stolen.  The property owner had left a black canvass bag with power tools in the cottage and when he returned several days later the bag and its contents were gone.  The theft is believed to have happened in the past two weeks.  The electric tools stolen include a belt sander, a power drill, a jigsaw, a circular saw and an extension cord. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Head On Collision
Wednesday night at 9:45pm a collision involving three vehicles on Hwy 62 near Huff Island Road resulted in injuries to all of the involved drivers and the closure of the road for 3 hours.
The collision involved a northbound vehicle crossing into the opposite lane and colliding with two southbound vehicles.  The lead southbound vehicle was able to take evasive action resulting in a minor sideswipe contact with the northbound car, however the second southbound vehicle was struck head on.  All vehicles were occupied by their respective drivers, none were carrying passengers.
The driver of the northbound car, a 26 year old male from Belleville, was brought to Belleville General Hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries.  He was later transferred to Kingston General Hospital where he awaits surgery for his injuries.
The driver of the lead vehicle, a 49 year old female from Picton, was treated by paramedics at the scene and then released.
The second southbound driver, a 59 year old female from Picton, was transported to Belleville General Hospital where she was treated for non life threatening injuries and later released.
Alcohol was not a factor in the collision, however the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on the collision is asked to call Prince Edward OPP.
The proper use of seatbelts and the deployment of airbags were key factors in limiting the extent of injuries to the involved drivers.

Impaired Driver Charged
On Monday the 12th of September, just before 8:00pm, a Prince Edward OPP officer observed a southbound vehicle on Loyalist Parkway driving in an erratic manner.  In speaking with the driver, the investigating officer noted the odour of alcohol on her breath.   A roadside screening device (alcotest) was performed on the driver which registered a fail.  She was then arrested and brought to the OPP detachment for further breath tests.
Cathy LASHER age 28 of Picton has been charged with Impaired Operation and Operate Over 80mgs.  LASHER will attend Picton court on the 12th of October to answer to the charges.

Break and Enter
On Saturday the 10th of September the owner of a residence on Hambly Lane returned to find his house had been broken into.  Alcohol, a 32” television and a Blue Ray DVD player were stolen.  The break in is believed to have happened within the preceding 5 days.  The same residence had broken into a month earlier with similar items stolen then. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Impaired Driver Charged
A Prince Edward OPP officer on patrol Saturday morning stopped a vehicle just after 2:00am on Cty Rd 1 just East of Hwy 62.  The officer noted the driver smelled of alcohol.  The driver provided a sample of his breath into an alcotest and registered a “fail”.  The driver was arrested and brought to the detachment for further breath testing and was subsequently charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol in his blood. Navaneethan SIVAPATHAM age 32 of Toronto will attend Picton court on the 28th of September to answer to the charge.

Male Charged for Sexual Assault
On Sunday evening the 11th of September, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to an area on Cty Rd 3 in Rossmore, to investigate a sexual assault.  Officers spoke with a 13 year old male who advised a 19 year old male that he had just met that day had sexually assaulted him.   The two males had met in a predetermined location and a short time later, approximately 5:00pm, the alleged assault occurred. The 19 year old suspect was located a short distance away and arrested. Dustin WANNAMAKER of Ameliasburgh was held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville today.  WANNAMAKER is charged with Sexual Assault with a Weapon. The 13 year old victim from Belleville was not injured in the incident.

Theft of Copper
On Tuesday the 6th of September a theft of copper wire was discovered by Hydro workers when they attended a compound located on Cty Rd 5 in Sophiasburgh.  The theft is believed to have occurred over the Labour Day long weekend.  Approximately 20 pounds of copper wire was stolen from the fenced in compound.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Break In at Convenience Store
The owner of the Super Duper Convenience Store on Cty Rd 3 in Rossmore was awakened to the sound of breaking glass just before 2:00am this morning.  The owner called 911 and police responded to the area immediately.  A search for the suspect by the OPP Canine Unit was unsuccessful.  Nothing was taken as the owner scared off the intruder.  Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Missing Woman Found Deceased

The investigation into the disappearance of a Hallowell resident has ended with the discovery of her body in a wooded area in the southern part of Prince Edward County.

The Ontario Provincial Police, Prince Edward County Crime Unit under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch have been searching for 59 year old Elaine Jeffery since the 29th of August.

Today, just before the noon hour investigators found her body near Old Milford Road and Miller Side Road.

James Beau Jeffery, 27 years old of Hallowell is in custody facing second degree murder charges.  The accused will appear in Picton Court on Wednesday the 7th of September.

The investigation was assisted by the OPP Canine Unit, Emergency Response Team and the OPP helicopter.

Anyone with information on Jeffery or her rental vehicle, a red Mitsubishi four door hatchback, since the 24th of August is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

OPP pleads with drivers to take action
“It’s time to make better decisions behind the wheel” says
Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis. “It’s time for drivers to do what the OPP is talking about.”
“The OPP does their best to provide insight and heighten awareness on the dangers of distracted driving but so what?  The vast majority of drivers know it’s dangerous.  They hear our safety messages but nothing changes because they have not taken action. Hundreds of people have close calls every day.  They are consciously aware that they are making a poor decision when they text or use their cell phone while driving,” said Lewis.
Distracted driving has been identified as a causal factor in almost 5,000 collisions on OPP-patrolled roads and highways so far this year.  This is why from September 12 to 18, the OPP is following through on Week #3 of its 2011 distracted driving campaign “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other”.
“Our goal is to give out as few tickets as possible”, says Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.  “Our goal is to increase compliance with the existing legislation and one of the ways we do that is increasing the risk of being caught.”
Holding a device capable of texting or phoning while driving can result in a fine of $155 under Section 78.1 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).  Watching an entertainment device can result in a fine of $110 under Section 78 of the HTA. Other forms of distracted driving can result in a charge of Careless Driving with fines ranging from $400 to $2,000, a possible licence suspension of up to two years and/or a jail term of not more than six months.
By this time last year, the OPP had investigated 55 fatal collisions that occurred because the driver was inattentive.  This year that total is down to 35. As of July 31, 2011 the OPP had initiated nearly 10,000 tickets for distraction.  That’s more than double compared to 2010.
This week was selected for the campaign because it coincides with the thousands of students returning to school.  Drivers need to be vigilant with children walking to school, crossing busy streets and getting on and off school buses.  It is critical that drivers dedicate their full attention to driving.
We Want to Hear From You
The OPP encourages the public to sign up and participate in our social media discussions by following the links to our social media accounts posted on the front page of the OPP website.  Post your true accounts of the distracted driving behaviour you’ve seen on our roads.  Give us your thoughts on texting while driving or other distractions.  Become the medium.  Post your own safety message to those drivers that put us all at risk.

Elaine Jeffery reported missing

The Prince Edward OPP is requesting the public’s help to locate a missing female.
Evelyn (Elaine) Jeffery, who answers to the name Elaine, has not been seen by family or friends since mid last week. Mrs. Jeffery is 59-years-old and is described as being 5’7″ tall, 175 lbs, with a medium build, brown eyes and graying brown hair.
A vehicle associated to Mrs. Jeffery is a rental car described as a 2011 Mitsubishi RVR, a four-door hatchback, red in colour.  The vehicle was bearing an Ontario plate reading BLXS 211.
Anyone with information on this missing woman is asked to call Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Distracted driving can result in serious injury or death

The Ontario Provincial Police Eastern Region would like to remind everyone that safety is everyone’s responsibility.
In 2010, the OPP in East Region investigated 32 fatal crashes between January 1 and August 30. As a result, 33 people died; 10 for not wearing a seatbelt properly, 4 from being ejected from the vehicle and 2 from alcohol consumption.
In 2011, between January 1 and August 30, 38 people have died in 35 fatal crashes; ten (10) can be attributed to improper seatbelt usage resulting in 6 people being ejected and 6 collisions where alcohol consumption was a factor.
Distracted driving is a major factor in many of these collisions.  Drivers need to PAY ATTENTION!
The last long weekend of summer is upon us and drivers can expect heavily congested roadways as parents and students get ready to return to school. Only you can ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Focus on driving!
Be responsible, drive safe and follow good safety practices.
“We will continue to enforce the law on our highways,” said Inspector Chris Lungstrass, Manager, Traffic and Marine Eastern Region. “Education and enforcement are key components, but only you can prevent unnecessary death and injuries.”

Say goodbye to summer rather than loved ones this Labour Day weekend

Many Ontarians will be eager to head out for one of their last summer outings this coming Labour Day weekend and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) know how easily eagerness can translate to careless behaviour, poor judgment and ultimate tragedy on roads, waterways and trails.
“With distracted driving being added to the list of causal factors in preventable deaths and injuries, our officers have faced as difficult a task as ever in enforcing laws on our roads, waterways and trails this year,” said Chris Lewis, OPP Commissioner. “Our long weekend enforcement this past year has been as ambitious as ever and we have every intention of carrying this momentum through out and beyond the Labour Day weekend”.
The OPP conducted unprecedented enforcement over the Victoria Day, Canada Day and Civic Holiday long weekends this year (2011) and despite their ramped up efforts, tragic deaths and serious injuries have continued to make their way into the statistics books over the spring and summer months.
With one summer long weekend left and kids about to start a new school year, the OPP are set to do everything within their means and available resources to keep the year-to-date fatality and injury statistics as low as possible.  The OPP will be highly visible on highways, roads, lakes, rivers and trails targeting impaired drivers, distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, those who are not in compliance with restraint laws.
As a means of encouraging discussion with the public, the OPP has been increasing its use of social media to encourage Ontarians to share their views about OPP traffic safety initiatives and public education campaigns we undertake to keep our highways and roadways safe.
Posting traffic safety initiatives and other news on popular social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook about how we keep Ontario safe is fast becoming an integral part of how we do business.  It is helping us to be more effective by allowing us to reach out directly to the public and address issues or misconceptions while raising awareness and generating public viewpoints and questions about the many laws we enforce.
The OPP encourages the public to sign up and participate in our social media discussions by following the links to our social media accounts posted on the front page of the OPP website.
“By this time of year, our officers have become familiar faces to many Ontarians on long weekends and this coming weekend will be no different,” said  OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “The proof that people need to stop endangering the lives of others lies in the hefty number of charges we laid this time last year.  With eight tragic deaths and almost 10,000 charges being laid last Labour Day weekend (2010), we know how important it will be to maintain a strong presence throughout the province.”
CURRENT NUMBERS:
The OPP has investigated 44,917 reportable motor vehicle collisions (MVC) this year on OPP-patrolled roads; an increase of 6.3% from the 42,271 for the same time in 2010.
192 persons have been killed in MVCs on OPP-patrolled roads; a decrease of 7.2% from the 207 for the same time in 2010.

9,049 people have been injured in MVCs on OPP-patrolled roads; a decrease of 3.8% from the 9,405 over 2010.

Theft in Wellington
On Wednesday the 24th of August, the owner of a Wellington business on Cty Rd 2 just north of the village reported a theft of copper wire, motors and other items from a storage yard.  The theft has likely occurred over the past few weeks and required a couple of trips by the suspects to have removed the amount of metal stolen.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Charges Laid in Domestic
At 1:50pm on the 24th of August, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a residence on the Loyalist Parkway in Hillier to investigate a domestic dispute.  The investigation revealed the dispute started the night before when the involved male, who had been drinking, became upset and at one point turned off the power to the residence.  The dispute continued into the next day and police were called.
A 49 year old Consecon man has been charged with Assault and Mischief.  He will appear in Picton court on the 21st of September to answer to the charges.
The involved 49 year old female, also from Consecon, was not seriously injured in the incident.

Check brakes on off-road vehicles
Over the last few months a number of Off-Road Vehicles have been stopped and checked by police while on trails and roadways.  Unfortunately, an increased number have had either no brakes or no rear brakes.
It is extremely dangerous to operate any vehicle with mechanical failures or malfunctions. The law requires that all brakes on Off-Road Vehicles be in proper working order.
As with all vehicles, regular maintenance and a pre-trip check is crucial to safe travel. If there is equipment issues, have a qualified mechanic check and repair the unit prior to using it.

School buses back on the roads
Once again it is time for students to head back to school and for motorists to be on the lookout for school buses and students.  The OPP in East Region would like to remind everyone that some school buses will be back in service early next week, while others will be back on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.
The public is reminded that every driver while on a highway while meeting a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. (Section 175(11) of the Highway Traffic Act)
Many of our children walk to school and motorist should also be aware of the increased pedestrian traffic around our local schools, as children make their way for their first exciting day.  Reduce your speed in school zone and be extra cautious.
Let’s make it safe for our children!

No Life Jacket Charge
On Friday the 19th of August at 1:15pm, the Prince Edward OPP Marine Unit was patrolling Lake Ontario near False Duck Island, when officers checked a vessel with three occupants on board.  Only one life jacket was available amongst the three, posing a potentially deadly situation should an emergency arise.
Charged $240.00 for not having a sufficient number of life jackets on board was Chad HARRINGTON age 33yrs of Marlbank, Ontario.  HARRINGTON was also fined $305.00 for not having a proof of competency (operator’s card) with him.

Man Charged in Domestic Dispute
On the 20th of August at 9:00pm, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a residence on Kings Road in Athol to investigate a domestic disturbance between a husband and wife.  The officers’ investigation revealed the male had been drinking heavily and struck his wife during an argument.  The wife was not seriously injured as a result.
A 51 yr old male from Athol has been charged with Assault and will attend Picton court on the 7th of September to answer to the charge.

Thefts from Vehicles
Several reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles have been received by Prince Edward OPP over this past weekend.  The thefts occurred overnight on Thursday and Friday the 19th and 20th of August from the Cty Rd 28, Salisbury Road and Davidson Road area in Ameliasburgh.  All of the vehicles were unlocked allowing easy access to the thieves, who stole wallets, purses, GPS devices, electronic games and cigarettes.
A few simple steps should be taken by the public to prevent this type of crime.  They include removing all valuables, locking your vehicle doors and calling in any suspicious activity in the area.

Impaired Driver Charged
On Saturday the 20th of August at 2:00am, Prince Edward OPP officers investigated the driver of a vehicle on Valley Road in Ameliasburgh.  Officers discovered the driver was impaired by alcohol and subsequently arrested him.
Andrew REID age 18yrs of Belleville was charged with Impaired Operation, Operate Over 80mgs and Operate a Motor Vehicle with No Insurance.
REID will appear in Picton courts on the 21st of September to answer to his charges.

Break and Enter
A second break and enter to the Petro Canada gas station and convenience store in Rossmore was discovered Tuesday morning, the 16th of August, just before 6:00am.  Similar to the first break in, which occurred on the 13th of August, a side window was smashed and the suspect reached in to remove a quantity of chewing tobacco and cigars.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Tools Stolen
A Rossmore resident, who lives on Cty Rd 3, reported a theft of tools from his utility trailer parked in his driveway sometime overnight on the 12th of August.  The victim advised police that a quantity of powered and non powered hand tools were removed from the unlocked trailer.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Mischief in West Lake
Two large, inflatable water toys were damaged overnight on the 13th of August at the Edgewater Park in West Lake.  The investigation revealed the suspects slashed the inflatable structures with a sharp object.  The damage is estimated over $9,000.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

ATV Operator Charged
On Saturday the 13th of August just after 9:00pm a Prince Edward OPP officer stopped an all terrain vehicle on the Millennium Trail at Cty Rd 1.  In speaking with the driver, the officer noted the odour of alcohol on his breath.  A roadside alcotest test was performed on the driver who in addition did not have his driver’s licence with him to show the officer.  The driver’s breath test registered within the warning range on the device resulting in a 7 day licence suspension.  Under Ontario’s “warn range” suspension legislation, a 7 day licence suspension is issued when it is the driver’s second “warn range” result on the roadside device.
Glendon LEAVITT age 51yrs of Picton was charged with failing to surrender his driver’s licence under the Highway Traffic Act.

Two Break Ins Reported
Two reports of break and enters were received by Prince Edward OPP over the weekend.
The first break in was reported on Friday, the 12th of August at 7:00pm when the owner of a cottage on Hambly Lane in Sophiasburgh arrived to find his weekend home broken into and a quantity of items stolen.  Alcohol, electronics, cash and a telescope were stolen by the suspects.
The second break in was discovered Saturday, the 13th of August shortly after 6:00am when an employee reported for work at the Petro Canada gas station and convenience store in Rossmore.   The suspect broke a small window then reached in to steal several packages of cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.  Video surveillance and forensic evidence left behind by the suspect have been gathered at the scene.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477.

Two Males Charged for Alcohol Consumption
On Friday night just before midnight, complaints from residents on Main Street Picton sent Prince Edward OPP to a former Picton Main Street bar that closed down earlier this summer.  The complaint involved a large number of drunken people coming and going from the former bar and one of them was urinating in public.   Officers attended to investigate the disturbance which resulted in two men being charged under the Liquor Licence Act.
Charles HARRINGTON age 23 of Kingston and Jesse PLATT age 21 of Picton were each charged with Consuming Liquor in Other Than a Licenced Premise, Residence or Private Place.

No Lifejackets
On Sunday the 14th of August at 2:30pm, in the Long Reach area of the Bay of Quinte, the Prince Edward OPP Marine Unit checked a 17 foot vessel for required safety equipment.  Neither of the two occupants had a lifejacket available to them.
Jeffrey LONEY age 21yrs of Deseronto was charged with failing to have any personal flotation devices on his boat and fined $240.00.

Fail to Remain Collision
On Wednesday the 10th of August at 2:00pm, a fail to remain collision happened on Bridge Street in the Town of Picton.  The vehicle in question was seen making a left turn onto Bridge Street from Main Street when it struck a parked vehicle causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
The suspect vehicle fled the scene and investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify the driver and their passengers.
The suspect vehicle is described as a red or maroon GMC Tracker or similar type vehicle.  The suspect vehicle should have extensive passenger side damage and the rear bumper was hanging down.  The vehicle was last seen on York Street in Picton.
Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Charges Laid on the Water
Two very dangerous situations were encountered by Prince Edward OPP’s Marine Unit on the waters near Waupoos on Thursday the 11th of August.
In the first incident at 11:30am, officers checked a vessel and found open alcohol on board.  The occupants had been drinking and the operator of the boat was tested with an alcotest by the officers.  The operator, Robert ROUDEBUSH age 30yrs of Indiana registered a low blood alcohol reading but was charged under the Liquor Licence Act for having the open alcohol on board, fined $125.00 and the remainder of the alcohol seized.

In the second incident a short time later another vessel was checked and only one lifejacket was available for the two people on board.  The operator, Evan SCHAFER also of Indiana was charged under the Canada Shipping Act and fined $240.00.

Male Charged in Domestic Dispute
On Monday the 8th of August at 9:30pm, Prince Edward OPP were called to a seasonal residence on Island Road in Athol to investigate a family dispute.  The officers learned that a heated argument became physical between a father and his two adult children.  When the mother attempted to intervene she was struck in the face by the father.
Officers arrested a 59 yr old Scarborough male for Assault and later released him with a court date of the 7th of September to answer to the charge.
The 51 yr old female, a resident of Edmonton was not seriously hurt in the incident.

Young Person Charged with Assault
On the 9th of August at 3:50pm, a resident of a group home in Consecon became upset and started causing a disturbance at the facility.  The young male struck a staff member in the face during the disturbance.  Later the same day, the same young person kicked a second staff member in the shoulder for no apparent reason.
Prince Edward OPP officers were called following the second assault and arrested the 14 yr old male.
The young person was held for a bail hearing facing two counts of Assault and a Failing to Comply with Sentencing Conditions.
The two staff members, aged 20yrs and 37yrs were not seriously hurt in the incident.

Trailer Stolen
A resident of Cty Rd 3 in Carrying Place advised Prince Edward OPP that his utility trailer had been stolen from his driveway.  The victim believes the theft happened on Tuesday the 9th of August between 8:00 am and 8:00pm.  The trailer is described as manufactured in 2010, silver in colour, 8 feet long, 5 feet wide with 2 foot sides and a ramp attached to the back.  The trailer had an Ontario plate bearing the numbers H524X.  Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Wanted Male Arrested
On the 10th of August at 2:00am a tow truck attended Victoria Road to assist a motorist who had a flat tire.  The tow operator noticed the smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath and called Prince Edward OPP.  The responding officers determined the male’s alcohol level was under the legal limit however, their investigation revealed he was wanted by Toronto Police Service for outstanding criminal charges.
Hassan RAHAMAN age 42 yrs of Toronto was arrested and turned over to Toronto Police Services.

Impaired Drivers Charged
Two impaired drivers were taken off the roads in Prince Edward County over the past few days.
The first incident happened on Thursday the 4th of August at 11:00pm when a Prince Edward OPP officer on routine patrol was flagged down by a motorist reporting a possible impaired driver.  The officer investigated the suspect vehicle and confirmed the driver had been drinking.  The intoxicated male was arrested and brought back to the detachment for breathalyser testing.
Herbert HICKLING age 70yrs of Athol was charged with Impaired Operation of a Vehicle and Operate Over 80mgs.  HICKLING was later released and will appear in Picton court on the 7th of September to answer to the charges.
The second incident occurred on Saturday the 6th of August at 2:00pm, when a suspected impaired driver left the Sandbanks Provincial Park area.   Prince Edward OPP officers located the vehicle travelling north on Hwy 62 and performed a roadside alcotest on the driver which he failed.
Frederick ELDRIDGE age 59yrs of Cobourg was charged with Operate Over 80mgs.  ELDRIDGE will appear in Picton court on the 14th of September to answer to the charge.

Domestic Assault Charge Laid

On Sunday the 7th of August at 4:30am officers were called to a Main Street apartment in Picton to investigate a domestic disturbance.  The investigation revealed the two involved people had been drinking and then started arguing.  The incident culminated with the female assaulting her common law husband.
A 27yr old Picton woman has been charged with Assault and will appear in Picton court on the 07th of September to answer to the charge.
The 24yr old male also from Picton, was not seriously hurt in the incident.

Two Young Persons Charged
At 1:40am on the 8th of August, Prince Edward OPP officers were made aware of a stolen vehicle from the Brighton area that was travelling on Loyalist Parkway near Wellington.  The suspected driver of the stolen vehicle was known to be a 16 yr old female with a 15 yr old female passenger.  Officers located the vehicle and despite police activating their emergency equipment the driver refused to stop. For safety reasons, officers terminated their attempt to stop the stolen vehicle, but maintained a lookout for the vehicle in the nearby town of Wellington.  The vehicle was located again a brief time later and this time the officers positioned their cruiser in front of the fleeing vehicle but the driver drove off the roadway and around the police cruiser.  The vehicle was spotted again a short time later, this time abandoned.  A search of the area was conducted and the two females were located, unhurt, a short distance away.  They were arrested and brought to the detachment.
Both girls, one a 16yr old from Brighton and the second a 15 yr old from Quinte West were charged with Flight from Police under the Criminal Code and Driving without a Licence under the Highway Traffic Act.   The young girls will appear in Picton court on the 19th of September to answer to their charges.

Shannonville couple charged in Stedman’s break in
As result of an on-going investigation, two Shannonville residents were arrested and charged on July 28th, 2011 for property and drug offences.
The Bancroft OPP, Napanee OPP, the OPP East Region Rural and Agricultural Crime Team (RACT) and the Smith Falls Police Service investigated break-ins on November 24, 2008 in Marmora at:
1. The Dollar Market
2. Grandpas Restaurant and
3. Bonter Marina
Officers also investigated break-ins at:
4)      Stedmans Store, Picton on July 26, 2010
5)      Manhattan Bar and Grill, Smith Falls, in September 2010
The joint investigative team has charged Gary James WYLIE, 35 of Shannonville, with:
1. Break Enter and Theft  (5 Counts),
2. Possession of Stolen Property (3 Counts) and
3. Mischief Under $5000.00 (2 Counts)
As a result of search warrant, executed at their residence on February 10, 2011, WYLIE and his wife Michelle LAIDLEY, 33, are charged with:
1. Possession of Stolen Property and
2. Possession of a Controlled Substance
Both were released on a Promise to Appear and an Officer Undertaking to appear in Belleville Provincial Court on August 4th, 2011.

Water rescue incidents under investigation
At approximately 12:50 p.m. Monday, Prince Edward County OPP and the Fire Department’s Emergency Response team responded to a water rescue call at Lakeshore Lodge at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
A 49-year-old Thomasburg man was rescued from the water but died shortly thereafter. Preliminary results from a post mortem examination at Belleville General Hospital indicate the man’s death was due to a medical condition. His name has not been released.
About two hours after the first man was pulled from the water, another man was rescued. The incidents are under investigation.

Assault Charge in Domestic
At 9:30am on Wednesday the 27th of July, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to an Elizabeth Street apartment to investigate a domestic dispute.  A young couple had terminated their relationship and were arguing over ownership of their pet when the female struck the male.
A 20 yr old woman from Bloomfield has been charged with Assault and will appear in Picton court on the 10th of August to answer to her charge.
The 20 yr old Picton male was not seriously injured in the incident.

Indecent Act at North Beach Provincial Park
On Wednesday the 27th of July just before 1:00pm at North Beach Provincial Park, a male was observed conducting an indecent act near the beach.
The incident occurred on the North Bay side of the beach and was witnessed by a 27 year old female who was sunbathing at the time.  The male had positioned himself close to the female and then while sitting nearby, he began to masturbate.  The female yelled at the male and then sought the help from a group of people nearby.  A male from the group attempted to approach the suspect, who had started walking away, but broke into a run when he realized he was being followed.  The suspect managed to get away.
The suspect male is described as 5’8” to 5’10”, 40 – 50yrs old, dark wavy or curly hair, stocky build, hairy chest, tanned complexion, dark eyebrows and had a few days growth of a beard or “five o’clock shadow”.  The male was wearing black swim trunks, sunglasses and possibly a Tilley-style hat.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

OPP ready to work around the clock on roads, lakes and trails

(ORILLIA, ON) – With just two summer long weekends left to enjoy Ontario’s outdoors, the Civic Holiday will make for as busy a long weekend as any other on roads, waterways and trails according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

As OPP officers ready themselves for the busy days ahead, they reflect on the 17 people who have died in OPP patrolled areas over the last three Civic Holiday weekends (2008 to 2010) and the surviving families who try and cope with the tragic loss of their loved ones.

This weekend the OPP will be targeting the “Big Four” causal factors in collisions as identified in their award-winning Provincial Traffic Safety Program.  These high-risk behaviours include aggressive driving, impaired driving, lack of occupant restraint and distracted driving.

Last year (2010), the OPP laid more than 9,000 charges over the Civic Holiday weekend and with almost 5,800 of these being speeding and racing charges on roads and highways it’s no surprise that five people were killed in motor vehicle collisions.

Over the same weekend more than 300 motorists, boaters and trail users were charged for driving impaired (over 80 mgs.) or being in the Warn Range, and those caught doing the same will now face tougher penalties under the new Vehicle Impoundment Program and Administrative Roadside Licence Suspensions.  People who include alcohol as part of their boating or off-road activity will face similar charges and these laws also apply to non-motorized vessels including canoes, kayaks, personal watercraft, sailboats, dinghies and other inflatable boats and rafts.

The weekend will also see ramped up enforcement of the Move Over law that requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the shoulder with its lights flashing. On multi-lane highways, if it can be done safely, motorists are also required to move over and leave a lane between their vehicle and the emergency vehicle. The stepped up enforcement will go beyond the long weekend as the OPP begin a period of targeted enforcement of the Move Over legislation on Monday, August 1, 2011.

The OPP is also concerned about the risk of serious injury to passengers who ride in the back of pickup trucks and will be actively enforcing the law that requires all passengers to only occupy a seating position for which a seat belt assembly has been provided.

“So far this year, more than 170 people have died on OPP patrolled roads, waterways and trails and while officers will be working around the clock to keep people safe this weekend, they cannot prevent further tragedy from happening without the public’s help.  Exercising safety and obeying the law need to occur before our officers arrive at the scene of a tragic incident because by that time it’s usually too late,” said – Chris Lewis, OPP Commissioner.

QUICK FACTS
August 1st will mark one year since Ontario passed the zero blood alcohol concentration law for drivers under 22 years old. As of June, 2011 there had been 379 convictions under the new law.
Failing to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle can result in a fine of up to $2,000 plus three demerit points. Subsequent offences can result in a fine of up to $4,000, six months in prison and a two-year driver’s licence suspension.

3 Day Licence Suspension
On Saturday night at 11:00pm, Prince Edward OPP officers were conducting a RIDE program near the traffic circle at County Rd 1 and Loyalist Parkway in Picton.  One driver had been consuming alcohol and was given a roadside alcotest.
The driver, a 68 yr old man from Toronto, registered a “warn” on the device and lost his licence for 3 days.

Public Intoxication
At 3:10am on Sunday the 24th of July Prince Edward OPP officers located a highly intoxicated male on Main Street Picton.  The male was arrested and brought back to the detachment cells to safely sober up. Donald BARTMAN age 25yrs old of Hillier was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place.

Shoplifter Charged
On Sunday afternoon the 24th of July, approximately 2:00pm, a business owner on Main Street Bloomfield observed a woman remove an item from her shelves and leave the store without paying for it.  The complainant called police and provided the officers with a detailed description of the female who was located and arrested for the theft.  The stolen product was recovered.
A 62year old Nepean woman will appear in Picton court on the 7th of September to answer to the charge of Theft Under $5000.00.

Male Arrested
On Friday the 22nd of July at 9:30 am Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a cottage on McKnight Lane, east of Wellington, to investigate a break in.  Officers located an intoxicated male inside the cottage and while arresting him, a brief struggle ensued.
Brian VILLENEUVE age 30yrs of Baltimore has been charged with Break and Enter, Mischief Under $5000 and Assault With the Intent to Resist Arrest.  VILLENEUVE was also charged for Trespassing as he had been removed from the property 3 days earlier and told not to return.  VILLENEUVE will attend Picton court on the 10th of August to answer to his charges.

Male Arrested on Warrant
On Saturday the 23rd of July at 1:30am, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a Washburn Street residence to investigate a disturbance.  The officers learned a family gathering had gone bad when two intoxicated brothers starting acting in an uncontrollable, threatening manner.   Officers arrested the one male, but had to search for the second who was found hiding in a closet in the home.  A police records search on the males showed the one who tried to hide was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant dating back to September 2009.
Derrick DEMILLE age 21yrs of Picton was held for a bail hearing on outstanding charges of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Breach of Recognizance, Cause Disturbance and Breach of Probation Order.  He appeared in Belleville court on Monday the 26th of July.
The second male was released at a later time unconditionally.

Homicide victim identified
(Trenton, ON.) – At approximately 8:35pm on July 23, 2011, Quinte West OPP officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Louis Street, Trenton.
As a result, the Quinte West Crime Unit, of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under the direction of OPP Detective Inspector G. Walton, Criminal Investigation Branch, is conducting a homicide investigation into the death of Brian David STEWART, 55 of Quinte West.
Chad Joseph LESSARD, 33 of Trenton was charged with 2nd Degree Murder on July 24, 2011 and remanded in custody to appear on July 28, 2011 in Belleville court.
A post mortem has been completed.  The cause of death is not being released at this time. The investigation is continuing.
Anyone that may have witnessed or has knowledge of this incident are requested to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 or leave an anonymous online tip at www.helpsolvecrime.com

Theft and Break and Enter Charges Laid
Following an extensive investigation spanning the past several months, members of Prince Edward OPP have charged three young persons with several counts of theft, break and enter and possession of stolen property.  The incidents occurred in the County Rd 28 and Fenwood Gardens area of Ameliasburgh.
The young males, two aged 14yrs and the other 17yrs are from the Rossmore and Belleville area.  They will appear in Picton Youth Court on the 19th of September to answer to the charges.
A large quantity of property has been recovered as a result of the investigation and returned to its rightful owners.  Ownership of some of the recovered property is still in question.  Prince Edward OPP are asking residents within the area that may have noticed items missing from their vehicles, outbuildings, sheds or garages but have not reported the missing items yet, to contact Prince Edward OPP.  Your property may have been recovered and awaiting your identification.

OPP INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE – Charge Laid
(Trenton, ON.) – At approximately 8:35pm on July 23, 2011, Quinte West OPP officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Louis Street, Trenton.
As a result, the Quinte West Crime Unit, of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under the direction of OPP Detective Inspector G. Walton, Criminal Investigation Branch, is conducting a homicide investigation into the death of 55-year-old male.

Chad Joseph LESSARD, 33 of Trenton has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder. He has been remanded in custody to appear on July 28, 2011 in Belleville court.

The investigation is continuing. The name of the victim is not being released pending the notification to next-of-kin.

Anyone that may have witnessed or has knowledge of this incident are requested to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 or leave an anonymous online tip at www.helpsolvecrime.com

Intoxicated Male Arrested
Just before 1:00pm yesterday, officers were dispatched to a cottage on McKnight Lane east of Wellington to investigate a family dispute.  Upon arrival officers learned the complainant’s son was intoxicated, acting belligerent and threatening towards the complainant.
Brian VILLENEUVE age 30 yrs of Baltimore, Ontario was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace and charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place.

Neighbour Disputes
Last night at 10:45pm two separate neighbour disputes erupted in Picton approximately the same time.  Officers attended a Washburn Street home where many neighbours were enjoying the hot summer evening.  A disturbance developed between two neighbours when one got angry because the other was sitting on the stairs that lead to his apartment.  Insults were made back and forth and the situation, which was fuelled by alcohol, settled down when officers directed the involved parties back into their homes.
The second disturbance was on Disraeli Street where two people were arguing over the one neighbour’s cats.  The owner of the cat was angry because he felt the neighbour had tried to run over his cat.  The other neighbour was angry with the cat’s owner because the cat is destroying his garden and lawn.  Officers directed all parties back into their homes.

Domestic at Sandbanks
On Sunday the 17th of July just after 9:00pm Prince Edward OPP officers were called to the Richardson Campground area in the Sandbanks Provincial Park to investigate a domestic dispute.  It was learned an intoxicated male and his girlfriend had been arguing which escalated into the male assaulting the female.  Other campers in the area had called park wardens who arrested the male and held him until OPP officers arrived.
A 30 yr old male party from Quinte West was arrested and charged with Assault.  He will attend Picton court on the 3rd of August to answer to the charge.
The 31 yr old victim was not seriously hurt in the incident.

ATV Collision
On Tuesday the 12th of July at 2:30pm an ATV with two passengers on board rolled over in a private lane on Long Point Road in North Marysburgh.  The driver, a 47 yr old male from Athol, suffered significant head trauma when his helmet came off during the collision.  The passenger was not hurt.  The investigation into the crash is continuing.  Alcohol and an improperly fastened helmet are suspected to be aggravating factors in the incident.
In their continuing collision reduction strategy, Prince Edward OPP officers will be conducting routine patrols, both in cruisers and on ATV’s focusing on ATV compliance on the roads and trails.  RIDE checks will also be conducted in random areas at random times.

Severe Weather Affects Motorists
Nine calls for service, directly related to the severe thunderstorms that hit the County yesterday afternoon, kept Prince Edward OPP officers busy for several hours.   The calls included hydro wires downed by falling tree limbs, residential alarms activated by power outages and a willow tree that came down across the road on Cty Rd 23 in Ameliasburgh.  The driver of a vehicle was unable to avoid the willow tree and crashed into it.  Luckily he was not hurt in the collision.

Three Men Charged with Trespassing
An employee of Loch Sloy Holdings on Cty Rd 22 called Prince Edward OPP to report three vehicles drag racing on the property yesterday evening just after 9:30pm.   Officers spoke with the three adult males who admitted to testing out their high performance vehicles on the property.  The males, all from Picton, were charged under the Trespass to Property Act for engaging in illegal activity on private property.

Male Charged in Domestic
At 3:41am Sunday morning the 17th of July, officers were called to a residence on Big Island Road in Sophiasburgh to investigate a domestic disturbance.  The investigators learned the involved couple had been at a Picton bar earlier and on their way home an argument began in the vehicle.  During the car ride, the male assaulted the female while she was driving.  Once at the residence, the argument continued with the male breaking a door and further assaulting the female.  The female went outside to get away from the male but he followed and damaged her vehicle door.  Just prior to police arriving the male fled but was found hiding in the bushes and arrested.
A 32 yr old Belleville male has been charged with three counts of Assault and three counts of Domestic Mischief.  He will appear in Picton courts on the 3rd of August to answer to the charges.
The 28 yr old Sophiasburgh female was not seriously injured as a result of the incident.

Drowning at North Beach
An autopsy conducted today determined Visu Kanthasamy Vimalan, 48, of Scarborough, died Sunday as a result drowning at North Beach Provincial Park, south of Consecon.

Prince Edward County OPP said the man’s lifeless body was pulled from the water by family members at about 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17.
Const. Kim Guthrie reports the deceased and his family were were visiting the beach for the day when he entered the water for a swim and was observed motionless a short time later.

Cautionary red flags were flying on the beach due to the high winds and waves at the time, warning visitors that swimming was not advised due to the strong undertow in the water.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Undertow Hazards flag system indicates a red flag warning is posted when waves are higher than two feet, (undertow) is strong, dragging and pulling off shore even for strong swimmers and swimming is not advised. The cautionary flags on the beach were changed from yellow to red at 3 pm yesterday.

Impaired Driver Arrested
At 1:30am on Saturday the 16th of July, officers from Prince Edward OPP were dispatched to a single motor vehicle collision on Lakeside Drive in Consecon.  The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a telephone pole.
The investigation revealed the driver, who was not hurt in the collision, had been consuming alcohol.
Jordan WILSON age 21yrs of Consecon has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle.  WILSON will attend Picton court on the 10th of August to answer to the charge.

Two Males Arrested Following Disturbance

At 1:40am on Saturday the 16th of July, officers from Prince Edward OPP were dispatched to a dispute in a Picton home.  Officers discovered two intoxicated males at the residence that had been arguing loudly and causing a disturbance.  The one male age 22yrs from Whitby was arrested to prevent a further breach of the peace.  The second male was on conditions not to consume alcohol and was arrested as well.
Jonathon Fox-Connor age 20yrs of Picton, is charged with Failing to Comply with an Undertaking and will attend Picton court on the 7th of September to answer to the charge.

 

Young Person Arrested for Public Intoxication
At 2:25am on Saturday the 16th of July, officers were called to assist the staff of a Main Street bar.  Officers learned that two young males had attended at the bar with their own alcohol and started causing a disturbance when they were refused entry to the establishment.  The one male was compliant with officers but the second male was not and continued to cause a disturbance.
A 17 yr old Picton youth was arrested to prevent a further breach of the peace and has been charged for Being Intoxicated in a Public Place.  The male was held at the Picton detachment and released in the morning.

Distracted driving campaign
The Ontario Provincial Police advise motorists that “Distracted Driving” is one of the “Big Four” and that the OPP will be vigilant in the area of enforcement throughout the year.
Starting from 11th – 17th July the OPP is conducting a “Distracted Driving Campaign” in an effort to keep our roadways safe.
Drivers who continue to use their handheld communication or entertainment devices will be issued a Provincial Offence Notice (ticket) that will result in a fine of $155.00 and demerit points.
Distracted drivers are a safety risk to themselves and others. The OPP is committed to ensuring the safety of all motorists in Ontario.

Charges Laid in Domestic Occurrences
On Saturday the 02nd of July just after 8:00pm, Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a Cty Rd 19 address in Ameliasburgh to investigate a family dispute.  The investigation revealed that a husband and wife had been arguing when the husband smashed a glass bottle against a wall.  The couple’s son intervened and the two men then engaged in a fight.  As a result a 54 year old male was arrested for domestic mischief and removed from the home.  No one was injured in the incident.
The Ameliasburgh man will attend court on the 6th of July to answer to the charge of Mischief.
A second domestic disturbance was called in on the 2nd of July at 10:15pm in the town of Milford.  OPP officers were dispatched to investigate an incident between a common law couple in which a female struck a male in the face.
Following the investigation, a 28 year old South Marysburgh woman was charged with Assault.
The 29 year old male was not injured as a result of the incident.

Two More Incidents of Tires Slashed
Two more incidents of vehicle tires slashed in their owner’s driveways have been reported to Prince Edward OPP.  The incidents, discovered on the 3rd of July, occurred on Hubbs Creek Road just west of Wellington.   Other acts of mischief were also discovered at the same time, such as signs damaged, bird houses broken and overturned planters.
In the past few weeks, previous incidents of slashed tires occurred in the Rossmore area and may or may not be related to these incidents.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Motor Vehicle Collision
On Saturday, the 25th of June 2011, at approximately 1:10pm, members of the Prince Edward OPP responded to the report of a single vehicle collision on County Road 2 near the Burr Road in Hillier Ward.  The vehicle was northbound on County Road 2 when it proceeded onto the east shoulder of the roadway and struck a tree.  The male driver was transported to Kingston General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The female passenger was transported to Belleville General Hospital and released.  The investigation is still continuing at this time.

Impaired Driver
On Saturday, the 25th of June 2011, at approximately 3:30am, an officer from Prince Edward detachment stopped a motor vehicle on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh for erratic driving.  The driver, Ryan FOSHAY age 20 from Quinte West Ontario, was subsequently arrested and charged with Over 80mgs contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

Impaired Driver
On Friday, the 24th of June 2011, at approximately 10:47pm, members of the Prince Edward OPP responded to the report of a single vehicle collision on County Road 11 in Athol Ward.  The male driver, Anton GEORGE age 48 from Quebec, was subsequently arrested and charged with Impaired Driving contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code and Over 80mgs contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

Assault at Sandbanks
On Friday, the 24th of June 2011, at approximately 11:54pm, members of the Prince Edward OPP responded to the report of an assault at the Sandbanks Provincial Park.  Jordan TURNER, age 20 from Belleville Ontario, was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of assault contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code and two counts of Breach of Probation contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code.  TURNER was held in custody for a Bail Hearing in Belleville Provincial Court.

Marine Officers Busy on the Water
The Prince Edward OPP Marine Unit and East Region S.A.V.E. Unit were busy on the waters of the Bay of Quinte this past weekend.  Multiple vessels were checked with several violations found, both under the Canada Shipping Act and the Liquor Licence Act.
Three persons were charged with Having Open Alcohol on their vessel, one operator was issued a 3 day drivers’ licence suspension for registering a warn on the alcotest.  Five other operators were charged under the Canada Shipping Act for missing safety equipment on their vessels.

Tire Slashing
On Wednesday, the 15th of June, a complaint of slashed vehicle tires was received by Prince Edward OPP.  The officer learned from the complainant that more residents in the area had also been victimized but had not reported the incidents to police.  The incidents are believed to have occurred in the Rossmore area, from Cty Rd 3 to Cty Rd 28 and Salisbury Road.  Anyone wishing to report an incident of this nature or has any information regarding similar incidents is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Hot Weather Equals Alcohol Related Incidents
Prince Edward OPP officers responded to numerous noise complaints over the past weekend, many were alcohol related and several to the Main Street Picton area.  As a result of some of the noise complaints and routine officer patrol, three males were arrested and charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place.
Charged are:  Kyle CAMPELL age 20 from Wellington, Kevin James HALLORAN age 45yrs of Quinte West and Alexander MORRIS age 21yrs.

MacVicar homicide remains unsolved 10 years later

Ten years ago, on June 13, 2001, 19-year-old Kathleen MacVICAR of Trenton, was last seen alive after leaving a friend’s home on foot to return home. She was found murdered in a wooded area on 8 Wing, CFB Trenton property on June 15, 2001.

The investigation, dubbed “Project Shadow”, is continuing and investigators need the public’s help. Officers, led by OPP Detective Inspector Mike Bickerton, Criminal Investigation Branch, are looking for new information that may help them identify MacVICAR’s murderer.

The Government of the Province of Ontario together with the City of Quinte West are continuing to offer a combined reward in the amount of $75,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Kathleen MacVICAR.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Constable Scott Leblanc of the Quinte West OPP at 613-392-3561, OPP Communications at 1-888-310-1122 or your local CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Foul play not suspected in discovery of 52-year-old male body
Prince Edward County OPP report foul play is not suspected in the circumstances surrounding the discovery of remains of an adult male on Monday.
The deceased has been identified as a 52-year-old male from Ameliasburgh. Shortly after 7:30 am Monday, June 13, human remains of an adult male were found in a field near Badgley Road in Ameliasburgh.
The identity of the male is not being released pending notification of next of kin, reports PEC OPP Constable Kim Guthrie.

Drug Arrests
Project Longarm members with the assistance of Prince Edward OPP officers conducted a search warrant at a Salem Road residence in Consecon just before 6:00pm yesterday resulting in the arrest of a man and woman.
Cindy WALLACE age 34yrs of Consecon is charged with Production of Marihuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.  WALLACE will appear in Picton court on the 29th of June to answer to her charges.
Donald MILLER age 34 yrs of Consecon has been held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville today and faces charges of Production of Marihuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.
A quantity of Oxycontin pills, marihuana plants and cash were seized from the home.

Police pleased with Beach Day conduct
Ontario Provincial Police attribute great weather and cell phone technology to the success of  what is becoming an annual event known as BEACH DAY, or SKIP DAY to many.
The Sandbanks Provincial Park was home to the first large gathering to the beaches, Monday, June 6. signaling the near end of the school year.
Although no firm numbers are available, police estimate that in excess of 4,000 persons attended for the event.
In response, the Ontario Provincial Police dedicated about 20 officers to the park to assist park wardens and staff.  ATV, bicycle, foot and motorized patrols were conducted.  RIDE programs were set up at the entrance to the park with radar monitoring conducted  on approach roadways.
Ten liquor related offences were issued and 27 Traffic related  charges were laid.
With those few exceptions, police were pleased and commend  the attendees for their conduct and behavior throughout the day. Many were spoken to at RIDE points, and it was clear that most were there for the intended purpose – a day at the beach with friends.

Police investigate sexual assault
Ontario Provincial Police are warning residents and tourists in Prince Edward County to be on the lookout for a sexual assault suspect who allegedly attacked a teenaged girl while she was sun tanning at Sandbanks Provincial Park.Police say the man was carrying a weapon when he approached the young girl and sexually assaulted her on Sunday.

Provincial police issued a public safety warning on Monday asking people in the area to be vigilant of their personal safety. The suspect is described as a white male who is about 45 years old. He has brown hair that is shaved on the sides and is a little longer on top. Police say the man was wearing a light-coloured jean jacket, a white muscle shirt, hiking-style work boots, white socks and sunglasses at the time of the incident. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact police in Prince Edward County at 613-476-2151 or 1-888-310-1122 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Extra patrols for Beach Day
Prince Edward OPP are aware that Beach Day will take place Monday, 6th June at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
The O.P.P. Prince Edward County has made provisions to have extra patrols for the routes to and from Sandbanks Provincial Park.  There will be a police presence in the area for the duration of the day.
The officers will have zero tolerance for any violations under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), Liquor License Act (LLA) and the Criminal Code. The OPP main focus is to ensure the safety and security of all citizens of Ontario.

Two Kayaks Stolen
Sometime over the past week two kayaks were stolen from an Old Orchard Road property in Ameliasburgh.  The theft was reported Sunday morning when the victim discovered two of his four kayaks he stores near the shoreline of his property were gone.  The kayaks are Pelican brand, made of plastic and are the “sit in” style.  One is red and the other blue.
Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Male Charged with Mischief
Just before 4:00am on Sunday morning police were called to the Picton Hospital to assist with a drunk and violent male.  The male had been taken to the hospital for a self inflicted injury after punching a sign and cutting his hand while at a party.   When entering the hospital, the male kicked a glass door and shattered it.
The 17 yr old male from Consecon has been charged with Mischief and will appear in Picton court on the 13th of June.

Break and Enter
Late Saturday night, a resident of Ferguson Street in Picton returned from a week away to discover her residence had been entered and rummaged through.   A Sanyo, 32” flat screen LCD television was stolen.
Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Three Drivers Charged with Stunt Driving on Weekend
Over the past weekend three drivers were suspended from driving for seven days and their vehicles impounded for seven days as a result of stunt driving.
The first driver was stopped Friday evening just after 6:00pm on Hwy 62 where he was observed driving 53 kilometres over the posted limit of 80km/h.  When the officer pulled the vehicle over, the driver jumped out of the car and the passenger was seen moving into the driver’s seat.  The officer’s investigation revealed the male’s licence was expired and he had been drinking alcohol.
Deke Richard SMITH age 22yrs of Picton was charged with Racing a Motor Vehicle, Driving with An Expired Licence and Class G2 Licence Holder with Blood Alcohol Above Zero.
The second driver was stopped Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm on Shannon Road where he was observed driving his motorcycle 55 kilometres over the posted limit of 70km/h.
Brandon MACLEOD age 28yrs of Wellington was charged with Racing a Motor Vehicle.
The third driver was stopped Sunday evening just after 6:00pm on Loyalist Parkway in Carrying Place where he was observed driving his vehicle 56 kilometres over the posted 60km/h limit.
Darryl SARGINSON age 34yrs of Quinte West was charged with Racing a Motor Vehicle.

Arrests Made in  Multiple Thefts
Prince Edward County OPP officers, Crime Unit Detectives and The Regional Agricultural Crime Team have been involved in an ongoing investigation aimed at resolving property crimes in the County of Prince Edward.  A rash of property crimes that occurred earlier this year have now been resolved.

In the month of February, three pick up trucks and an automobile were stolen from the industrial section of Picton, a cottage broken into on Salmon Point road and items stolen from within, a coin operator box was stolen as well as an attempt break in to the associated building and the City Revival, a Main Street business was broken into and $3000.00 worth of jewelry stolen.

Also earlier this year, a series of thefts from vehicles were reported in the town of Picton and along the Glenora Road.

Four males have been arrested and charged with one or more of the above offences.  Not all the occurrences were related nor were the males working as a group.

The accused parties are Charlie Cook age 31 yrs of Belleville, Justin Cook age 23yrs of Quinte West, David Ostroskie age 21yrs of Picton and a young person age 15yrs from Picton.  All the accused parties will attend Picton court in June to answer to their charges.

Property has been recovered in relation to these investigations. We request that if your vehicle was entered and items were taken, please contact Prince Edward OPP as we endeavor to locate the rightful owners of the recovered property.

The residents of Prince Edward County are reminded to lock their vehicles when unattended and remove any valuables from inside.

ATV Collision
An investigation is continuing into the crash of an ATV on the Millenium Trail near Wellington early Tuesday morning.  Police were called to the area at 6:00am by a resident who heard the crash and when he looked outside, saw an ATV flipped over on the trail.
A 29 yr old male who resides in Baltimore, Ontario, but spends the summer months in Wellington, was transported to Picton Hospital and then later transferred to Belleville Hospital for further examination.  The male was released later that day and his lack of serious injuries is credited to him wearing a helmet.  The investigation is ongoing with alcohol suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

Another Boat Motor Stolen
On Saturday the 14th of May a fourth complaint of a stolen boat motor was received by Prince Edward OPP.  An Ameliasburgh resident on Cty Rd 3 discovered his boat house had been broken into in the previous days and his boat motor and some fishing items had been taken.
The items stolen are a black, 15 horsepower, Mercury motor manufactured in 2010.  It is gas powered, with an electric start.  Also stolen was a Minnkota Endura 40 trolling motor with a power case and a Hummingbird 570 fish finder.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Marine Charges Laid
The Prince Edward OPP Marine Unit is back on full time patrol of the waters of Prince Edward County.  Over the past weekend, many vessels were checked for safety equipment, proper licensing and illegal consumption of alcohol.
Six people were charged with various offences under the Canada Shipping Act and the Liquor Licence Act.  Three operators lacked appropriate safety equipment and another one was not licensed to operate his vessel.  An operator of one boat was charged with having open alcohol on board and a passenger of another boat was charged with consuming alcohol while on board.  OPP marine operators also carry Alcotests on their patrol boat and have the ability to check the sobriety of vessel operators when warranted.
Safe Boating Week, which focuses on the safe and responsible operation of a vessel runs from the 21st of May to the 27th of May.  Copies of the Safe Boating Guide are available at the front counter of the Prince Edward OPP detachment.

Male Charged with Assault in Domestic Incident
On Friday the 13th of May at 2:00am officers were dispatched to Main Street Picton to speak with a female who had just been assaulted by her boyfriend.  Upon arrival, officers noted the female had minor injuries but refused medical attention.  The investigation revealed the victim and the accused had been drinking at several local bars and then became engaged in an argument.  The accused struck and choked the female prior to fleeing the area.
A 21 yr old male from Hallowell was located and arrested for Assault and Breach of Probation.  He will appear in Picton court on the 18th of May to answer to the charge. The 36 yr old victim is from Bloomfield and was not seriously hurt in the incident.

Three Boat Motors Stolen
On Friday the 13th of May three reports of boat motor thefts were received by Prince Edward OPP.
The first was called in at 10:30am by an Ameliasburgh resident who reported his outboard motor had been stolen overnight.  The suspects entered his property on Cty Rd 3, then entered a storage shed and cut the locks securing his outboard motor to his boat.
The motor is described as an 8 horsepower, gas driven Yamaha, blue in color.
The second theft was from a Cty Rd 3 residence as well.  The victim noticed the motor missing from its mount on his boat that had been parked and covered in his driveway.
The motor is described as a 20 horsepower, gas driven Honda.  The motor is silver in color and has an electric start.
The third, also overnight but in Carrying Place, occurred on Redner Lane.  Similarly the motor had been mounted on a boat, but was removed. The motor is described as a 15 horsepower, gas driven Johnson.  It was a 2005 model with an electric start.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police will be on alert for distracted drivers
Members of the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition gathered at the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service on May 12 to launch a distracted driving enforcement campaign set to run from May 16 to 23.
Throughout the week-long campaign, officers will be concentrating on a very common, but costly offence, driving while using a hand-held cell phone. Officers will have zero tolerance for those found talking on their cell phone while driving.  This latest QRTC initiative coincides with Canada Road Safety Week.
The goal of the QRTC is to reduce injuries and deaths on roads, trails and waterways in the region. It is a partnership of the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service and the OPP Detachments serving Central Hastings, Quinte West, Prince Edward County and Bancroft.

MISSING PERSON – Doris Lewis
On Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., Belleville Police Service began a missing person investigation in relation to Doris Lewis. Lewis has not had any contact with family since 27 April, 2011. Doris Lewis was last spoken to by staff at the Salmon River Motel on 4 May, 2011. At that time it was reported that Lewis was waiting for a ride that was to pick her up on 5 May, 2011.
Doris Lewis is described as 5’6” tall, approximately 160 lbs, she has brown eyes and brown graying hair and wears large rim glasses. Lewis commonly walks to her destinations and is most times carrying a large bag in each hand. Lewis is described as being physically fit. Lewis has been known to use the alias of Beverly Thompson.
If anyone has any information that may assist in locating Doris Lewis they are asked to contact Belleville Police Service 613 966 0882 or Crime Stoppers 613 969 8477.

Young Boy Found Wandering
On Monday the 2nd of May just after 4:00pm, officers were called to Loyalist Parkway just outside of Bloomfield for reports of a young boy wandering on the roadway.  Several motorists reported they had to stop their vehicles as the boy was in the middle of the road and in danger of being struck by a car.  It was discovered that the boy, age 2 yrs old, had wandered away from a nearby residence.
Officers attended and spoke with the boy’s grandfather, who was the only person in the home and observed him to be intoxicated.
Prince Edward Children’s Aid Society was called and the boy was taken into their custody.  The boy was not injured in the incident.

Woman Charged in Domestic Assault
On Friday the 29th of April, at 6:30pm, police were called to a Maple Street apartment in Wellington to investigate a domestic assault.  Officers learned from the male victim that he had been slapped by his girlfriend.
A 65 year old Wellington female was arrested for Assault and later released on conditions.  She will appear in Picton court on the 11th of May to answer to her charge.
The 66 year old male victim, also of Wellington, was not hurt in the incident.

Male Charged in Domestic Assault
On Saturday the 30th of April, just before 5:00pm, police were called to a Cty Rd 3 address in Ameliasburgh for a domestic disturbance.  The investigation revealed an intoxicated male had broken down the front door to the house and once inside assaulted his wife and caused further damage inside their home.  The female complainant also advised police of an assault that had occurred on her a month earlier.
A 29 year old Ameliasburgh male was arrested and held for a bail hearing heard on Monday the 02nd of May in Belleville.  The male faces two counts of Assault, 6 counts of Mischief and two counts of Fail to Comply with An Undertaking.
The 27 year old female victim, also of Ameliasburgh, was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.
Three young children were also home, but not hurt in the incident.

Theft of Kayak
On Friday the 29th of April a North Marysburgh resident purchased a brand new kayak which he left in the bed of his pick up truck overnight while it was parked in his driveway.  When the victim awoke on Saturday morning, the kayak had been stolen.  The kayak is described as black and white with a brand name of Iroquois.
Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Liquor Licence Act Charges Laid
At 1:00am on Saturday morning, Prince Edward OPP officers were conducting a routine walk through of a local bar when they observed a minor consuming alcohol.  The minor was charged for consuming liquor as well as the owner of the bar.
Jody HUESING age 51yrs of North Marysburgh has been charged with Licensee Permitting Person Who Appears to be Under 19 years to Consume Liquor.

All-Terrain Vehicles Only Allowed On Certain Roads

With the warmer weather arriving, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) will hit the trails and operators need to follow the rules:

Rules to Remember:
1.Always wear an approved helmet.
2.Never operate any vehicle when consuming alcohol.
3.Read the instruction manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations, i.e. Obey warning labels and stickers on the ATV.
4.Check with the local municipal office or police service to ensure what roads are approved.
(Generally Off-Road Vehicles are prohibited on maintained roads unless the Province or Municipality have legislation approving the use of ATVs on specific roads. It is the responsibility of the operators to find out which roads are approved.)
5.Parents should remember that ATVs are not toys and can be dangerous. Children should only use an ATV after having received proper instruction and under direct supervision. Children should only operate an ATV that is appropriate and rated for their age.
6.Make sure your Off Road Vehicle is registered, plated and insured.

Other rules that apply to ATV operators driving on approved roads are:
* The ATV must be designed for the driver only – passengers are not allowed.
* Speed Limits:
the speed limit for an ATV is 50 kilometres per hour (kph) where the speed for cars is over 50 kph and
20 kph for ATV’s where the speed for cars is 50 kph or less
* Head lights and tail lights must be on at all times.
* Helmets must be worn.
* The operator must follow all the rules of the road, such as signalling all movements
* Brake lights are required on all ATVs manufactured after 1998.
* The ATV must have 4 wheels and steering handle bars.
* The ATV can only be operated on the shoulder of approved roads and may only use the traveled portion of the road if there in no shoulder or it is obstructed.
* An Off-Road Vehicle licence plate must be displayed and not obstructed on the rear of the ATV.
* Driver’s require at least a G2 drivers licence to operate an ATV on an approved roadway.
* Studded tires are prohibited on roads.

There are many more rules that operators must obey on roadways. They can be found on the internet at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca, “Highway Traffic Act”, “Ontario Regulation 316/03” and “Off Road Vehicles Act “.

OPP Recruitment Information Session
An information session detailing the application and recruitment process for the position of constable with the Ontario Provincial Police will be presented on Tuesday the 10th of May at 7pm.  The session will be held in the boardroom of the Prince Edward County OPP detachment located at 569 Cty Rd 1 in Picton.  Uniform Recruiting Officer David Johnston will present the information to interested parties and a question answer period will follow.
Interested persons are asked to RSVP to dave.johnston@ontario.ca

Seatbelt Campaign
The Provincial Seatbelt Campaign which ran from the 13th to the 23rd of April has come to an end.  Officers in Prince Edward County conducted random spot checks and kept an eye out while on mobile patrol for seatbelt violations during the campaign and the end result is as follows:  5,728 vehicles were checked with 16 drivers and 10 passengers charged with seatbelt violations.  No charges were laid for child restraint violations.
Although the campaign has ended, officers will remain diligent in their efforts to enforce the Province’s seatbelt law every day.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
At 2:00pm on Saturday the 23rd of April, a Prince Edward County OPP officer on routine patrol on Main Street Picton observed a vehicle in which neither the driver or the passenger were wearing their seatbelts.  The officer followed the vehicle to investigate the matter further.  A check of the vehicle’s licence plate revealed the car had been reported stolen from Belleville.  As the officer maintained observation of the vehicle and occupants, a roadblock was set up to intercept the car at Cty Rd 4 and Hwy 62.  Once there, the vehicle was stopped and the two occupants were taken into custody without incident.
The two males were held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville on the 26th of April.
Donavan HUYCKE age 19yrs and Brandon ARMSTRONG age 21yrs, both of Belleville are charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Mischief.  HUYCKE is also charged with Breach of Probation.

Male Arrested for Auto Thefts
As a result of an ongoing investigation and evidence obtained from the execution of a search warrant at a Richmond Avenue address, several thefts of vehicles and property crimes have been resolved.
In February of this year four vehicle thefts from the industrial section and nearby areas in Picton were reported to Prince Edward OPP.  Two break and enters, one to a residence and another to the City Revival, a Main Street business were also reported in that time period.
On the 21st of April, Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit Members and members from the Regional Agricultural Crime Team arrested a male party responsible for the above crimes.
Justin COOK age 23yrs of Picton will appear in Belleville Courts today for a bail hearing.  COOK is charged with Break and Enter, Mischief and Theft Under $5000.00.
The investigation is continuing on this matter.

Impaired driver
Just before 7:00pm on Monday the 25th of April a Prince Edward County OPP officer on patrol observed a northbound vehicle on Loyalist Parkway traveling in excess of 140 kms per hour.  The officer proceeded to stop the vehicle a short time later and noted several signs of impairment from the driver.
The driver was arrested and brought to the detachment where his breath readings were more than double the legal limit of 80mgs.
Troy Allan DYER age 31yrs of Carrying Place has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operate Over 80mgs, Stunt Driving and Being a G2 licenced Driver with a Blood Alcohol Content Above Zero.
DYER will attend court on the 18th of May to answer to his charges.

Sexual Assault
At 4:30am Saturday the 16th of April a complaint of a sexual assault was received by Prince Edward County OPP officers.  A 17 yr old female advised officers she had been sexually assaulted by an 18 yr old male.  The victim and the suspect are known to each other and after a night of drinking the alleged assault occurred at the suspect’s house.
Ian DULMAGE age 18yrs of Athol was arrested and held for a bail hearing heard on the 18th of April.  DULMAGE is charged with Sexual Assault.

Copper Thefts
Three more reports of copper piping stolen from seasonal homes have been received by Prince Edward County OPP.  The thefts are being discovered as the owners return from extended absences or when contractors attend to work on spring renovations.
The first report of theft received was on the 15th of April from a home on Old Milford Road in Hallowell.  All the copper plumbing had been removed from the basement of the home.   Evidence at the scene suggested the theft had occurred within a few days of the discovery.
The second theft was reported to police on the 19th of April from a home on Cty Rd 8 in North Marysburgh.  Copper piping to the bathrooms in the residence was stolen.
The third theft was reported to police on the 20th of April from a barn on Cty Rd 49 in Sophiasburgh where a quantity of copper piping was stolen from inside.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Provincial Seatbelt Campaign
The Provincial Seatbelt Campaign which runs from the 13th to the 23rd of April is underway.  Officers from Prince Edward County OPP have been conducting frequent spot checks around the County looking for violators, as well as keeping a close eye while on mobile patrol.  Thus far 3,144 vehicles have been checked resulting in 10 drivers being charged, 9 vehicle passengers charged and so far no charges have been laid in regards to child restraint systems (car seats).

Child Pornography Charges Laid
On the 8th of April 2011 an investigation into suspected child pornography was launched by Prince Edward County OPP.
Crime Unit detectives with the assistance of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section seized and searched a computer hard drive, a laptop, CD’s and several USB drives of a male suspect and confirmed the information.  The investigation also revealed a sexual assault of a young girl that occurred sometime between 2007 and 2009.
On the 19th of April, Keith Ashley TUTTLE age 41yrs of Hallowell, was arrested and held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville on the 20th of April.  TUTTLE faces five sex related charges including Making Child Pornography, Possessing Child Pornography and Sexual Assault in relation to a young victim identified by police in the photos.

Break and Enter
A Lakeside Drive home in Hillier was broken into sometime between the 10th and 12th of April.  The suspects broke a window to gain entry to the home and ransacked through it and the garage on the property.  It is unknown what, if anything was stolen during the incident.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Wandering Child
At 4:30am today, police were called to a Victoria Road home in Ameliasburgh for a break and enter in progress.  The occupants of the home heard loud banging on their door and then a male voice calling out from inside their home.  They called 911 as they thought someone had broken into their residence.  The investigation revealed the male that entered their home was a passing motorist who had located a young boy wandering on the road near their house.  The male was trying to locate the boy’s family.  The boy, who is 15 months old, was recognized by the home owner as belonging to a family that lived down the road.  The boy was returned to his family who had been asleep when he let himself out of the house through the unlocked front door.  Officers discussed preventative measures with the family, who were very upset about the incident.  The Children’s Aid Society was also notified as a precaution.

Male Charged in Domestic Incident
At 8:00pm on the 11th of April, officers from Prince Edward County OPP detachment were dispatched to a Cty Rd 12 home to investigate a domestic incident.  Following the investigation officers arrested a male party for assaulting and threatening his common law wife.
A 42 yr old male from Hallowell was held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville today.  The accused faces charges of Assault and Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm.
The 33 yr old victim, a resident of Montreal, was treated at Picton hospital for minor injuries and later released.

Male Arrested for Public Intox
At 1:40am on Saturday the 9th of April officers had contact with a drunken male on Main Street Picton.  The male was exhibiting signs of impairment and was arrested by officers who brought him back to the detachment to sober up.
Paulo MARTINS age 22yrs of Picton was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place.

Male Charged in Domestic Dispute
Just before 8:30pm on Sunday the 10th of April, officers were called to a Harbard Road residence to investigate a domestic dispute.  Prior to police arriving, the suspect had left, but returned a short time later and was arrested. A 45 yr old Carrying Place resident was charged with Assault and Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm.  He will appear in Picton court on the 27th of April to answer to the charges. The 44 yr old victim, also a resident of Carrying Place, was not seriously hurt in the incident.

Three Drivers Charged with Talking on Cell Phones
Three drivers observed talking on their cell phones while operating their vehicles have been charged by Prince Edward County OPP officers.  Two of the drivers were charged on Friday the 08th of April, the first at 9:23am on Hwy 62 and the second just after noon on Main Street Picton.  The third driver was charged on Saturday the 09th of April at 11:15am on Cty Rd 49.  The fine for ticket is $155.00.
The Highway Traffic Act prohibits the use of hand held electronic devices by drivers of vehicles in motion.  Vehicles must be pulled off the roadway or lawfully parked for a driver to legally use their hand held devices.   Hands free devices and the use of 9-1-1, such as a driver reporting an emergency or a suspected impaired driver, are exempt from this law.

Male Charged with Sexual Assault
On Friday the 1st of April Prince Edward County OPP received a complaint from a young woman concerning a male that had been harassing her.  The following investigation revealed the suspect male had inappropriately touched the complainant last year and had started harassing her over the past several months. Mitch GROULX age 21yrs of Picton has been charged with Sexual Assault and Criminal Harassment.  GROULX will attend Picton court on the 4th of May to answer to his charges.

Copper Theft
Copper piping was stolen from a home on Cressy Lakeside Road sometime between the 31st of March and the 2nd of April.  The seasonal home is being renovated and the contractor discovered the theft on Saturday morning. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

3 Day Licence Suspension
At 11:00pm Saturday night a speeding vehicle was stopped by a Prince Edward County OPP officer on Hwy 62.  The driver had also been consuming alcohol and registered a warn reading on the roadside screening device. Christopher CRUPI age 41yrs of Orleans was charged with speeding.

Wanted Man Arrested in Wellington
Just after midnight on the 3rd of April, Prince Edward County OPP officers received information from Belleville City Police that a male wanted by their service was at a Wellington residence.  Further investigation revealed the same man was also wanted by Ottawa City Police for fraud related charges.
Derek BROWN age 21 yrs of Wellington was located at the identified residence, arrested and turned over to Belleville City Police.  Ottawa City Police was notified of BROWN’s current location for their follow up purposes.

Male Charged with Assault
On Thursday the 31st of March just after 9:00pm Prince Edward County OPP officers were called to a Cty Rd 3 home for a male brandishing a knife.  When officers arrived they located a highly intoxicated male in the kitchen of the home and observed substantial damage within the home.  The male was not compliant with the officers but was ultimately arrested and transported to the detachment.
Denny TURCOTTE age 32yrs was held for a bail hearing and charged with nine criminal offences.  They include Assault with a Weapon, two counts of Assault, three counts of Mischief, two counts of Uttering Threats and Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public.
The 53 year old female victim in this matter received minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Copper Theft
On the 28th of March a theft of copper piping was discovered at a Bethesda Road property in Prince Edward County.  The seasonal home was being prepared for full time use when it was discovered all the copper piping had been stolen from the basement area.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Male Charged in Domestic Incident
A 22 yr old Point Petre resident has been charged with violating his release conditions when he made contact with his ex-girlfriend just before the noon hour on the 29th of March.   The accused approached the victim who was sitting in her car in a parking lot and began yelling at her, violating a non contact condition imposed on him.  The victim who is also 22yrs old and a resident of Picton contacted police to report the incident.
The accused was arrested and held for a bail hearing to answer to the charge of Fail to Comply with a Recognizance and Breach of Probation.   The bail hearing was held in Belleville court on the 30th of March.

Female Charged in Domestic Incident
A 33 yr old Hallowell resident has been charged with violating a condition of her release when she contacted her ex-boyfriend on the 29th of March.  The accused had contacted the victim, a 24 yr old Picton male, via several text messages and had attended his residence and place of employment, all contrary to her release conditions.
The accused was arrested and later released to attend Picton court on the 13th of April to answer to the charge of Fail to Comply with an Undertaking Before an Officer in Charge.

Two Suspended Drivers Charged
On the 29th of March two drivers were charged with operating a vehicle while their drivers licences were suspended.  Both vehicles were stopped in the Consecon area.
The first was stopped just before 6:00pm and Jason BOWSER of Consecon age 37yrs was charged with Driving While Suspended.
The second was stopped at 6:30pm and David JOHNSON of Consecon age 55 yrs was charged with Driving While Suspended.  The passenger in the vehicle being operated by JOHNSON was the registered owner and also received a ticket.  Katherine WHITEMAN of Consecon age 61 yrs was charged with Permit Person with Improper Licence to Operate Vehicle.
Both JOHNSON and BOWSER will attend Picton court on the 20th of May to answer to their charges.

Youth Charged for Drug Possession
On the 22nd of March, a youth exhibiting signs of being under the influence of an intoxicating substance caught the attention of teachers at a school located on Barker Street in Picton.  Police were called and following an investigation a 14 year old male was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, some drug paraphernalia and alcohol.
The 14 year old accused will appear in Picton court on the 9th of May to answer to the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Male Arrested for Public Intoxication
On Saturday morning, the 26th of March, at 12:45am, officers on routine patrol observed a male party staggering along the sidewalk on Main Street in Picton and make his way to a parked vehicle.  The male entered the passenger side of the car and officers approached him to investigate the situation further.  The male was highly intoxicated and claimed he did not know who owned the car.
Devon WILLIAMS age 30yrs of Belleville was arrested and brought to the detachment to sober up.  WILLIAMS received a ticket for being Intoxicated in a Public Place.

Thefts from Vehicle
On Saturday the 26th of March a resident of Wellington reported some items had been stolen from his trunk.  The theft is believed to have occurred a couple of weeks earlier.  The items stolen were a set of knives (kitchen) and a silver horse’s bridle.
A second theft from a vehicle was also reported to have happened sometime during the week of the 26th of March.  A vehicle parked in a driveway on Cty Rd 3 was entered and a large quantity of change was stolen from within.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

3 Day Driving Suspensions Issued
Two separate 3 day drivers licence suspensions were issued in Prince Edward County on the weekend.
The first driver was stopped at 3:30pm on the 26th of March on Cty Rd 15 for driving in an erratic fashion.  The driver, a 58 yr old female from Belleville registered a “warn” on the roadside screening device and as a result her driver’s licence has been suspended for three days.  Her sober passenger drove her vehicle from the scene.
The second driver was stopped at 1:30am on the 27th of March on Union Street in Picton for driving in an erratic fashion.  The driver had been consuming alcohol and was also a holder of a Class G2 driver’s licence.  He registered a “warn” on the roadside screening device, resulting in a three day driver’s licence suspension.
Kevin AKEY age 39yrs of Stouffville was charged with being a Glass G2 licence holder while having a blood alcohol concentration above zero.

Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident
On Sunday the 27th of March at 7:20pm, Prince Edward County OPP officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute at a Washburn Street home.  As a result of the investigation, officers arrested a 20 yr old woman for assaulting her 24 yr old boyfriend.  Officers also learned the female was wanted in Peterborough for other criminal offences.
The accused, who resides full time in Peterborough, has a court date of the 27th of April in Picton to answer to her Assault with a Weapon charge.
The accused was turned over to Peterborough OPP to be dealt with in regards to her arrest warrant.
The 24 yr old male, a resident of Picton, was not seriously hurt in the incident.

Female Arrested in Domestic Incident
At 3:30am on the 20th of March, police were called to a Main Street apartment to investigate a domestic dispute.  The victim had called 911 to report his girlfriend was out of control and had assaulted him.  Officers attended and spoke with the victim and then arrested a 33yr female for assault.
The Hallowell resident will attend Picton court on the 06th of April to answer to Assault charges.
The 24 yr old victim, a resident of Picton, was not seriously injured as a result of the incident.

Pedestrian Struck by Car
An 81 yr old Picton woman received minor injuries when she was struck by a car in a church parking lot on Sunday the 20th of March.  The incident happened just after 10:00am in the rear parking lot of the Picton United Church.  The driver, a 73 yr old woman, also from Picton, was just entering the rear parking lot at a very low speed, when she struck the woman and knocked her down.  The victim was accompanied by her son, who called for an ambulance to transport her to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries.  No charges have been laid in the incident.

Thefts from Unlocked Vehicles
Thieves were busy through the night of the 16th of March in the south end of the County as indicated by several reports made to Prince Edward County OPP regarding thefts from unlocked vehicles.  The first was received late on the 16th of March where an unlocked vehicle was parked on Elks Street and a Global Positioning Unit (GPS) was stolen from inside.  A few hours later a resident on Old Milford Road called police to report she had witnessed two suspicious males that had just tried to enter her car, but were not able to get in as her car doors were locked.   Police attended the area, but the suspects were not found.  In the morning of the 17th of March, three complaints were received from other Old Milford Road residents stating their unlocked vehicles had been entered overnight and items removed from within.  Loose change, a GPS unit, CD’s a wallet and other small items were stolen.  Residents are reminded to protect their property by locking their vehicle doors and removing all valuables from inside.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Impaired Driver Charged
At 12:30am on the 18th of March, an officer on patrol in the Rossmore area observed a vehicle leave the plaza at Hwy 62 and Cty Rd 3 and drive in an erratic fashion.  The officer initiated a traffic stop and determined the driver had been consuming alcohol.
Thomas J. BUCKLEY age 49yrs of Hillier was arrested and brought to the detachment where samples of his breath were obtained which registered more than twice the legal limit.  BUCKLEY will attend Picton court on the 13th of April to answer to the charge of Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of Alcohol in his blood.

Charges Laid in Domestic
At 6:50am on Sunday the 13th of March, officers were called to a Smokes Point Road address to remove an unwanted person.  When police arrived they discovered an ongoing domestic situation in which threats had been made, a person assaulted and property damaged.
A 20 yr old Belleville male was arrested and transported to the Picton OPP office where he was processed and later released.
The accused will attend Picton court on the 06th of April to answer to multiple charges including Assault, two counts of Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm, Forcible Confinement and Domestic Mischief.
The victim, an 18 yr old Ameliasburgh woman, was not seriously injured as a result of the incident.

Fail to Remain Collision
On Saturday the 5th of March at 1:53pm, Prince Edward County OPP officers were dispatched to a rollover collision on Cty Rd 2 just south of Salem Road.  The crash appeared to have just happened, but police were unable to locate any occupants.  The registered owner of the vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet 1500 pick up truck with Ontario plates 232 322, was contacted and was unaware his vehicle was gone from his property and advised it must have been stolen earlier.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Copper Theft
A vacant home on Shannon Road was broken into and all the copper piping stolen from within.  The theft was discovered yesterday just before 2:00pm by a relative of the home owner.  The theft is believed to have happened sometime over the past week.  Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Theft
Approximately one month ago a break in was discovered at one of the hangars located in the Loch Sloy Storage Facility on Cty Rd 22 in Hallowell.  At the time it didn’t appear anything had been stolen, however on the 14th of March the owner of a generator discovered it was missing.  The portable generator is described as a red, diesel powered, 6500 watt, welder/generator that was made in China.  Make and model information was not available to the investigator.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Two Young Persons Charged
On Monday the 7th of March, an altercation at the Prince Edward Collegiate High School between three male students has resulted in two of the students being charged with criminal offences.  During the lunch hour a 17 yr old student forced a 14 yr old student to leave the cafeteria and attend a location outside the school.  Once there another 17 yr old student started punching the 14 yr old, knocking him to the ground and then continued punching him.  The fight ended with the appearance of a staff member from the school.
Following the police investigation, one of the 17 yr old males was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and the other was charged with Assault.  They will appear in Picton court on the 09th of May to answer to the charges. The 14 yr old victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for head and neck injuries from the incident.

Bloomfield Man Arrested
A Bloomfield resident who had been charged with sexual offences in January this year has been arrested again.
The 45 yr old male had been held in custody for a brief period of time, and then released by the courts with strict conditions.  Today, he was arrested for breaching a condition of his release.   The accused will appear for a bail hearing to be heard later today in Belleville.

Charges Laid in Domestic Incident
On Friday the 11th of March at 10:50pm, officers responded to a Cty Rd 7 residence in North Marysburgh to investigate an ongoing family and domestic disturbance.  Officers learned all occupants of the home had been arguing for most of the day.  The argument escalated to violence between the married couple and a threat made to another occupant of the home.
A 51 yr old male was arrested and charged with Assault and Domestic Mischief against his wife and he was also charged with Uttering Threats towards his 78 yr old father. No one was seriously injured in the incident. The accused will appear in Picton court on the 30th of March to answer to the charges.

Male Charged in Domestic Incident
On Thursday the 10th of March at 7:30pm, police received a 911 call from a residence on Caen Crt in Hallowell in regards to an ongoing domestic disturbance in the home.   The police investigation revealed a common law couple had been arguing and when the situation escalated, one of their children called 911.
A 33 year old Picton man was arrested at the residence for assaulting his 36 year old common law wife.
The accused will attend Picton court on the 13th of April to answer to the charge of Assault.  The victim was examined by paramedics at the scene and determined not to have been injured as a result of the incident.

Transport Driver Charged

At 11:20am on the 10th of March, a transport driver was reversing his tractor trailer out of a private lot on McFarland Drive, when he failed to see a vehicle behind him.  The transport collided with a smaller Toyota model vehicle.  No one was hurt in the incident. Li HU age 55 yrs of Montreal was charged with Start from Stopped Position Not in Safety under the Highway Traffic Act.

Animal Cruelty Charges Laid
Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against a Picton woman who had 79 animals in her Demorestville home.
On the 28th of September 2010 agents and investigators from the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) accompanied by a veterinarian and members of Prince Edward County OPP executed a warrant on a Cty Rd 5 home just outside of Picton.  Sixty one dogs, six cats, six degus, a turtle and birds were found to be living in cramped and unacceptable conditions.  All the animals were seized and relocated to the Quinte Humane Society.
Sixteen deceased animals were also found inside the home.
Donna THOMPSON, age 59yrs of Picton was charged on the 10th of March 2011 with a total of 9 counts of animal cruelty under the OSPCA Act by Tex Ridder, an investigator for the Society.  Six of the counts are for Fail to Provide Acceptable Standards for Animals and 3 counts are for Permitting an Animal to be in Distress.
THOMPSON’s first appearance in Picton court is the 18th of March.

Multiple vehicle collisions
Prince Edward County OPP officers were kept busy with multiple reports of motor vehicle collisions during yesterday’s heavy snow fall.  Between 3:30pm and 12:30am this morning ten reports were received by police that varied from vehicles colliding with other vehicles or highway guide rails to drivers losing control and sliding into ditches.  Fortunately no serious injuries resulted to any of the involved drivers.

Charges Laid Against Picton Woman
Charges were laid on the 8th of March against a Paul Street resident after she broke into a neighbour’s apartment and assaulted a male inside. Police learned there was an ongoing conflict between the neighbours which escalated to words being exchanged between the parties.

At one point the accused forced her way into the victim’s apartment and assaulted a 22 year old male inside. Leslie ROBLIN age 34yrs of Picton has been charged with Break, Enter and Commit an Indictable Offence. ROBLIN will attend Picton court on the 13th of April to answer to the charge. The victim was not seriously hurt in the incident.

Break and Enter
On Saturday the 5th of March a vacant home on Wharf Street in Wellington was broken into.  The suspects forced their way into the home through the front door but didn’t take anything.  Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Domestic Charges Laid
On Saturday the 5th of March at 8:45pm, officers received a complaint of a domestic assault.  The officers learned that the victim had met a man online a few months earlier and two weeks ago allowed him to move into her home.   On the 5th of March, the male destroyed some of the victim’s personal property, threatened her life and assaulted her, after which he fled to Kingston. A 35 year old Kingston man is being held in custody and is currently charged with Assault, Domestic Mischief and Uttering Threats to Cause Death.  The investigation is continuing into other matters involving the accused.  The victim, a 32 year old Picton resident, received medical attention for minor injuries at Picton Hospital.

Vehicle Stop Yields Suspended Driver, Wanted Passenger
Officers performing routine patrol on Friday the 4th of March at 1:30am had occasion to stop a vehicle on Cty Rd 8 in North Marysburgh.  The black pick up truck had three Toronto area males in it.  The driver was suspended from driving and the front passenger was wanted on a warrant in Durham Region.  The rear passenger checked out ok. Chester JOSEPH age 39 of York is charged with Drive While Suspended and will attend Picton court on the 1st of April to answer to the charge. Laurence DALY age 49 of Scarborough was arrested and transported to Durham Region to deal with his charges there.

Domestic Assault
On Friday the 04th of March at 6:30pm officers were called to a Main Street apartment to investigate a domestic incident.  The officers learned an assault had occurred between the couple living there.
A 60 year old Picton man was arrested and charged with assaulting his 66 year old common law wife.  The accused will attend Picton court on the 30th of March to answer to the charge of Assault. The victim was not seriously hurt in the incident.

Male Arrested for Public Intoxication
On Sunday the 6th of March at 1:50am, officers performing a routine walk through of a local bar located at 266 Main Street, Picton observed a male patron exhibiting signs of intoxication.
The male was escorted outside and while being arrested, a female party attempted to interfere with the officers.  The female was directed to leave the area several times, but failed to do so.
The male was transported to the detachment where he was held until the morning.  The female, who was continuing to cause a disturbance on Main Street was arrested as well to prevent a further breach of the peace.
Frank POWERS age 37 of Picton was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place. The 43 year old Picton woman was later released unconditionally.

Male Arrested for Domestic Assault
On Saturday the 26th of February at 8:46 pm, officers responded to a 911 call at a Paul Street home in Picton.  Upon arrival, the officers discovered an ongoing domestic disturbance inside the home.
The officers arrested a 24 yr old Picton male for assaulting his 35 yr old girlfriend, also of Picton.
The accused was released later on conditions and will attend Picton court on the 6th of April to answer to the charge.  The female involved was not seriously injured in the incident.

Female Arrested in Family Dispute
On Saturday the 26th of February at 10:16pm, officers were summoned to a Richmond Street home when a 21 yr old male dialled 911.  When officers arrived they learned the caller’s mother was highly intoxicated and caused a disturbance in the home and then went outside and was causing trouble in a neighbour’s home as well.
Officers arrested the 45 yr old Picton woman to prevent a further breach of the peace.  She was brought to the detachment cells where she remained until sober.

Car Deer Collisions
Three reports of cars striking deer on County roads have been received by the OPP over the past two days.  The warmer weather brings with it the hazard of deer crossing the roadways and drivers are cautioned to be on the lookout and remember the “one plus one” rule – where there’s one deer there are likely more.

Break In – Copper Stolen
Reports that two more seasonal homes had been broken into were received by Prince Edward County OPP last evening.  The first compromised home, located on Cty Rd 13 in South Marysburgh was discovered by a housekeeper who found a door forced open by the suspects.  The residence was checked and nothing appeared to have been taken.
The second home, located on Royal Rd in Athol is also vacant.  The homeowner checked the residence and found suspects had forced their way in and stole copper piping and other metal items from within.
Both these thefts may have occurred sometime over the last month.  Copper thefts from abandoned homes and homes under construction are continuing within the County.  Anyone observing suspicious persons or vehicles is encouraged to report this immediately to police by calling 911.

Youth Charged
A 15 year old boy from Bloomfield was arrested yesterday after he used a golf club to destroy some personal property of a 59 yr old man.  The police officer’s investigation revealed the young person had also threatened the man two days earlier to cause him bodily harm.
The young person faces charges of Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm and Mischief Under $5000.00.  The accused has been held for a bail hearing which will be heard in Belleville courts today (25Feb11).

Theft from Vehicles
A Picton resident returned from a week away to find that her vehicle had been forced into and a quantity of cash and electronic adaptors stolen.  The victim’s vehicle was parked at her Barker Street home when she discovered the theft on the 23rd of February.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
Other reports of thefts from vehicles were received from Rossmore residents.  At least five vehicles appear to have been entered by suspects during the night of the 20th of February.   At 12:55am, a witness called police to advise she had observed two males dressed in black trying to get into her car. Officers attended and the suspects were no where in sight, however police located two sets of boot prints in the snow in the area which appeared to travel over the Norris Whitney Bridge into Belleville.  The next morning calls were received by police of vehicles entered overnight on Cty Rd 3 and Hennessy Street.  The vehicles had been left unlocked and ransacked and loose change stolen from some.
Residents are advised to participate in crime prevention by locking their vehicle doors and removing valuables from their cars.  Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Two Males Arrested for Public Intoxication
In two separate incidents, two County residents were arrested after being found highly intoxicated in public places.
The first liquor related arrest occurred just before midnight on the 19th of February at a local bar on Main Street Picton.  Officers were doing a routine walk thru of the bar when they observed a highly intoxicated male that had refused to leave when directed.
The male, Derek MERCHANT age 38 of Picton was arrested by officers and charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place and Remaining in a Licence Premise under Ontario’s Liquor Licence Act.
The second incident occurred on the 22nd of February at 7:30pm when an off duty officer observed a highly intoxicated male on the Main Street of Picton and summoned other officers to the area.  The intoxicated male was located in a nearby alley and arrested.
Peter WHITE age 47 of South Marysburgh was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place.
Both men were held in the detachment cells until they sobered up.

Stunt Driver Charged
At 7:44am on the 23rd of February Prince Edward County’s Traffic Management Officer was patrolling Cty Rd 1 when a speeding vehicle entered his radar.  The vehicle was traveling 132kms/hr in an 80km/h zone.  The vehicle was stopped, the driver charged and his licence and vehicle were seized for 7 days.
Adam VANLUNE age 23 of Hillier will attend court on the 18th of March to answer to the charge of Stunt Driving.

Copper Theft
On Tuesday the 22nd of February, another copper theft was discovered at a Cty Rd 13, South Marysburgh home.  The home is used as a seasonal residence and when it was checked on by a friend of the owner’s the back door was found forced open and copper piping stolen from within.  Although it is unclear when the theft happened, neighbours reported two unknown men had approached them enquiring if the targeted house was for sale or not.  This had happened a few days before the theft was discovered.  At the time, nothing appeared out of order at the residence.   Officers are following up with this information and forensic identification officers are collecting evidence at the scene.
Prince Edward County OPP is asking that all suspicious persons and vehicles be reported immediately.

Copper Thefts
Police have received two more reports of theft of copper from Prince Edward County homes over the weekend.
The first was discovered on Friday the 18th of February when the homeowner returned to his Old Milford Road home after an extended absence.  The victim’s home was vandalized as well as a quantity of copper piping from his basement was stolen.
The second theft was discovered on Monday the 21st of February from a home under construction.  The victim checked his property on Maypul Layn and discovered a large amount of copper piping had been stolen.  The theft was believed to have happened over the weekend.
Residents of Prince Edward County are asked to call police if they spot a suspicious vehicle or persons on or near their neighbouring property.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

More Reports of Suspicious Salesmen
Three more reports of suspicious males going door to door allegedly selling carpet cleaning products have been received by Prince Edward County OPP.  Two were reported on Friday evening and the third on Saturday morning, this past weekend.  The complaints were received from Ameliasburgh and Sophiasburgh residents.  In all three complaints the salesmen were driving a red minivan.  In two of the complaints only one male was reported to attend the house and in the other, two males attended.
Residents are cautioned not to open their doors to any unfamiliar persons and call police immediately to report any suspicious activity.  If possible and only if it is safe to do so, obtaining a licence plate would be helpful for police to track down the suspect vehicle.

Intoxicated Male Arrested
At 11pm on the 17th of February Prince Edward County OPP officers were called to the Tim Horton’s for an intoxicated male causing a disturbance there.  It was learned the male had called a cab company for a ride home, but was so difficult to deal with that he was refused the service.  The male then attended the Tim Horton’s restaurant and caused a further disturbance there prompting employees to call police.  Officers located the highly intoxicated male staggering along Main Street and arrested him. Jay PRETTIE age 33yrs of Athol was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place and held at detachment until sober.

Possible Fraudulent Salesman
On Wednesday the 16th of February at 9:30am a Rossmore resident allowed a male salesman into his home on the premise he was selling “Resolve”, a carpet cleaning product.  The homeowner described the salesman as pushy and he failed to show any identification.  The homeowner directed the salesman to leave, which he did.  Further checking into the manufacturer of the cleaning product revealed they do not employ door to door salesman.  Residents are being cautioned about letting any unknown person into your home and ensure you obtain proper identification if you chose to do so.  The salesman is described as a white male in his late 30’s, six feet tall, 180lbs with black shoulder length hair and was wearing a blue service uniform and ball cap.  The male was driving a grey van.
Anyone with information on this male is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Theft of Cash at Wellington Arena
On Tuesday the 15th of February at 5:00pm a Wellington resident was relieved of her cash.  The woman attended the Wellington arena change room where she left her coat and wallet and when she returned an hour later all of her cash had been taken.  The wallet itself was left behind.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Three Arrested on Drug Charges
Project “Longarm” investigators, assisted by members of the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, and members of the Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police executed search warrants at two Picton residences on the 15th of February.
The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Warrants resulted in the seizure of a quantity of Cocaine, Oxycodone, Marihuana and a prohibited weapon.
Picton residents; Billy Breakenridge age 23yrs, Barb Breakenridge age 24yrs and Philip Newson age 29yrs are facing drug trafficking charges and a possession of a prohibited weapon charge.  The three accused persons are to appear in Picton Court on the 9th of March 2011.

Woman Charged for Careless Driving
Just after 7pm on the 14th of February a complaint of an erratic driver on Hwy 62 was received by Prince Edward County OPP.  The complainant told police the vehicle they were following was southbound, but was swerving into the northbound lanes and forcing oncoming cars off the roadway.   Police intercepted the vehicle on Cty Rd 4 and spoke with the driver who stated she was extremely fatigued.
Kirsten TERPSTRA age 31 yrs of Picton was charged with Careless Driving and failing to surrender her drivers licence, ownership and insurance card.

Main Street Businesses Broken Into
Two Picton Main Street businesses were broken into over this past weekend and items stolen from within.
An employee of City Revival arrived for work Monday morning and discovered the store’s front window had been broken and jewellery and clothing had been stolen.
Just before noon on Monday an employee of the Common Café arrived to find a quantity of cash had been stolen from inside the establishment.  It is unknown how the suspects entered the Café at this time.
The investigation is ongoing in both of these incidents.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Swan Snarles Traffic
On Sunday the 13th of February at 2pm a report of a swan walking southbound on the Skyway Bridge was received by Prince Edward County OPP.  Officers were dispatched to the area as motorists were forced to drive around the swan, causing a traffic hazard on the bridge.  Upon arrival, however, the swan apparently made it across safely as no evidence of the bird was found.

Youth Charged in Assault

On Friday the 11th of February at 1:00pm, police were called to a Cty Rd 39 address in Consecon to investigate an assault.
Following the investigation officers arrested a 16 yr old male for assaulting a 22 yr old male.
The young person will attend Picton court on the 21st of March 2011 to answer to the charge.  The 22 yr old victim did not receive serious injuries as a result of the incident.

Youth Hurt on ATV

On Sunday the 13th of February at 5:00pm a 17 yr old male was operating his all terrain vehicle (ATV) on Melville Road when an oncoming pick up truck allegedly forced him off the road and into a ditch.
The ATV was westbound on Melville Road when an eastbound truck came towards him in his lane.  The ATV operator was forced to leave the road and go into the ditch causing the ATV to rollover on top of him.  The 17 yr old driver was taken to Trenton Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
The involved truck driver did not stop.  The truck is described as an older model Ford half ton pick up, green in color.  A plate number was not obtained.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Break In to Garage
On Friday the 11th of February at 10:39am officers were called to a Cty Rd 12 property to investigate a break in to a garage.  The suspects had forced entry into the locked garage but it is unclear if anything is missing at this time. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver Charged in Collision
On Friday the 11th of February at 3:45pm a vehicle reversed out of a private drive and into a parked car.  The collision occurred on Niles Street in Wellington.  Neither driver was hurt.
Gail BOND age 69yrs of Wellington was charged with Start from Stopped Position Not in Safety under the Highway Traffic Act.

Seatbelt Compliance Improving
On Saturday the 12th of February at 1:30pm, officers of Prince Edward County OPP detachment conducted a seatbelt compliance check on the Main Street of Bloomfield.  Approximately 150 vehicles were checked with only two violators being identified and charged accordingly.   The fine for failing to wear a seatbelt is $240.00 plus 2 demerit points.
According to facts stated by the Ministry of Transportation wearing your seat belt properly will dramatically increase your chance of surviving a motor vehicle collision. For every one per cent increase in seat belt usage, five lives in Canada are saved (Transport Canada). Since seat belts were made mandatory, the number of people killed and injured in collisions in Ontario has steadily dropped.

Telephone and Internet Scams
In the past week, two separate reports of potential internet and telephone scams have been received by officers at Prince Edward County OPP.
A telephone call was received by one complainant from a male stating the victim’s computer was going to “crash” if she did not take quick action and pay with a credit card to have it repaired.  The victim gave out part of her credit card number and then thought better of it and hung up.
The second complaint involved a victim receiving an e-mail from an unfamiliar source indicating a money transfer had been made on his behalf and instructions to follow to access the money.  The victim did not respond and contacted police.
Prince Edward County OPP strongly urges members of the community against engaging communication in these circumstances.  Never provide personal banking information over the phone or internet unless you have initiated the contact and are confident you are speaking with a legitimate organization that you recognize or have had dealings with before.
For more information visit www.opp.ca for tips on crime prevention and how to recognize fraud and what steps to take if you do encounter a questionable situation.   Any suspected phone scams can also be reported to the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Theft of Copper Piping
Prince Edward County OPP is investigating a number of break and enters to residences where copper piping has been cut and removed from within.  Typically the targeted residences have been, but not limited to, seasonal or temporary residences.  Out buildings and business premises could also be potential targets for this type of crime.
At least 10 of these incidents have been reported over the past several months but more victims may not be aware of any thefts until they return to their vacation properties in the months to come.
Members of the public are encouraged to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 if they observe any suspicious people or suspicious activity.  This along with continual proactive patrols by officers is anticipated to curb further thefts.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Driver Suspended for 3 Days
On Wednesday the 9th of February at 4:28pm a 77 year old male from South Marysburgh was stopped by an officer at King and Elizabeth Streets in Picton.  The male registered a “warn” reading on the roadside screening device and his drivers licence was seized for 3 days.

Snowmobile Operator Charged
On Thursday the 10th of February at 10:51am, a snowmobile operator was stopped on the Millenium Trail by a member of the OPP S.A.V.E. (Snowmobile ATV Vessel Enforcement) Team.  The male failed to have his helmet secured properly.  Jeffrey STANTON age 18yrs of Picton received a ticket for the offence.   In addition to the safety risk involved the charge carries a $110.00 fine.

Driver Charged in Collision
On Tuesday the 8th of February at 2:43pm two vehicles collided at Bridge and Union Streets.  One vehicle was exiting a parking lot when it was struck by a westbound pick up truck on Bridge Street.   No one was injured in the crash, but traffic was affected until the vehicles were cleared from the scene.
Allan TYRRELL age 67yrs of Athol was charged with Fail to Yield from a Private Drive under the Highway Traffic Act.

Break In – DVDs Stolen
A home on Christian Road was entered by unknown persons between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on Thursday the 10th of February.  The suspects entered through an unlocked door and stole approximately 200 DVD’s.
Anyone with information on this crime are asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Break In – Copper Piping Stolen
A building on the property of a Closson Road winery was entered and copper piping stolen.   The break in was discovered on the 10th of February but the theft is believed to have happened sometime during the past week.
Anyone with information on this crime are asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Male Receives Electrical Shock
On the 9th of February at 2:13pm officers were dispatched to a possible electrocuted worker at the Essroc Plant on Cty Rd 49.  The worker was performing maintenance on an electrical panel when he received an electric shock.  The 49 yr old male, a resident of Ameliasburgh was transported to Picton hospital by ambulance.   Although shaken, the male was not injured and was later released.  The Ministry of Labour is continuing the investigation.

Driver Charged after Striking Snow Plow
On the 7th of February at 10:12pm a northbound car struck a northbound snow plow on Hwy 62 just south of Rossmore.  The snow plow was working clearing the highway when the driver of the car attempted to pass the plow.  The vehicle lost control, struck the snow plow and ended up sliding off the road.
The driver of the car Paul LYNCH age 52 yrs of Belleville has been charged with Careless Driving.
Neither driver were hurt in the collision.

Man Charged in Domestic Incident
At 10:30am on the 07th of February police were dispatched to a residence on Cty Rd 3 in Ameliasburgh to investigate a domestic disturbance.  The officers received information from the female complainant that the male had threatened to burn her property and kill her pets.  At one point during the officers’ investigation the involved male punched and spat on a police cruiser.
A 21 yr old male from Ameliasburgh was arrested and held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville today.  The accused is charged with Uttering Threats to Damage Property, Uttering Threats to Injure an Animal and two counts of Mischief.
The 24 yr old female victim of Ameliasburgh was not injured in the incident.

Male Charged with Public Mischief
On the 19th of January, a Northport man reported that a boat he had stored on his property had been stolen overnight.  Police have since learned the male had sold the boat privately and then reported it stolen.
Billy BELNAP age 36 of Northport has been charged with Public Mischief and will attend Picton court on the 02nd of March.

Thefts and Mischief in Picton’s Industrial Section
Reports of two stolen trucks, a coin box and acts of mischief in the industrial section of Picton were received over the weekend by Prince Edward County OPP.
The first incident was the theft of a truck.  A red 1994 Dodge Ram pick up was reported stolen from a business on Macsteven Drive sometime overnight on the 4th of February.  The truck was later recovered on Lake Street behind a building.
On the 5th of February at 8:45am, officers were called to a second business on Macsteven Drive to investigate two damaged vehicles and the theft of another pick up truck.
The second stolen truck was a red and grey 1996 Ford pick up with a snow plough blade mounted on the front.  The truck was later recovered at the Curling Club on Main Street Picton.
Also on the 5th of February, a complainant from a third Macsteven Drive business called police at 9am when he discovered the external cover of a coin collection box was pried open and the contents removed.  The suspects also broke a sentry light and attempted to enter the building but were not successful.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or Prince Edward County OPP at 613-476-2151.

Two Homes Broken into
On Friday the 4th of February two homes south of the town of Picton were broken into.  The homes are both used as secondary residences. The first home was on Salmon Point Road and the entry was noticed by a neighbour.  Officers attended and found the front door open and a T.V. and DVD player missing from inside.
The second home was on Cty Rd 12 in Hallowell.  The owner of the home arrived at 6pm to find his front door had been forced open and the suspects had removed a quantity of copper piping from the laundry room area of the house.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or Prince Edward County OPP at 613-476-2151.

Suspended Driver Charged – Vehicle Towed
On Saturday the 5th of February at 10am an officer on patrol made a routine vehicle stop on McFarland Drive at Main Street in Picton.  The male driver was a suspended driver.
Christopher TAYLOR age 19yrs of Picton was charged with Drive While Suspended and his vehicle impounded for seven days.

Male Arrested for Public Intoxication
At 3:30am on the 5th of February, the residents of a Spring Street apartment building had enough of a male banging on doors and being loud in the hallway.  Police were called and located the male in a highly intoxicated state and arrested him.
Terry Fenemore age 20yrs of Selby was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Common Area and held in the detachment cells to sober up.

Snow Plough Backs into Car
On Sunday, the 6th of February at 8:40am, the driver of a car was not hurt when the operator of a snow plough reversed into her vehicle.  The collision occurred at McFarland Drive and Main Street in Picton.
The operator of the snow plough Christopher SMITH age 46 of Picton, received a ticket for Start from a Stopped Position Not in Safety.

Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident
On Saturday the 05th of February at 2:30am police were called to a large disturbance at a bar located at 266 Main Street Picton.   As police were investigating the call, a domestic disturbance erupted across the street between an intoxicated man and woman.  Officers witnessed the woman strike the man and arrested her for assault.  The involved male was arrested to prevent a further breach of the peace.  A third male, who was not involved in the domestic dispute, grabbed a hold of one of the officers while they were leading the female away.  The second male was arrested for assault.  All three parties were brought to the Picton detachment cells.
The 35-year-old Napanee woman was charged with Assault and Failing to Comply with Conditions and has a Picton court date of the 2nd of March.
Her 44-year-old husband also from Napanee was held in the detachment cells and released in the morning.
Twenty one year old Bradley VANVLACK of Wellington was charged with Assault Police and will appear in Picton courts on the 2nd of March.

Male Arrested for Operate Over 80mgs
On Saturday the 05th of February at 5pm Prince Edward County OPP officers were conducting a RIDE spot check on Loyalist Parkway between Bloomfield and Picton.  A van entered the RIDE and officers noted the male driver had been consuming alcohol and he subsequently failed the roadside screening device.
Paul DUNN age 44 yrs of Napanee was arrested and charged with Operate Over 80mgs.  DUNN will appear in Picton court on the 09th of March.

Alcohol and Ice Huts Don’t Mix
During the winter months, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Eastern Region is conducting patrols on our waterways; specifically ice huts.
The OPP would like to remind those that spend time on the ice to ensure, not only that it’s safe to do so, but that consuming alcohol is NOT permitted.
Section 31 (2) of the Liquor Licence Act states:
No person shall have or consume liquor in any place other than,
(a) a residence;
(b) premises in respect of which a licence or permit is issued; or
(c) a private place as defined in the regulations.
An ice hut is not one of these three specified areas.
The OPP hope that everyone enjoys their winter activities but encourages them to do so safely.

Charges Laid in Domestic Dispute
At 5:20pm on Tuesday the 1st of February, police were called to a Cty Rd 5 home in Sophiasburgh after receiving a 911 call from there.  Officers learned a domestic disturbance had occurred and the 41 yr old female caller had been assaulted.
A 41 yr old male was arrested and removed from the residence.  The accused was charged with Assault with a Weapon and Forcible Confinement.  He was later released with conditions and a court date of the 02nd of March.
The victim was not seriously hurt.

Hydro Pole Damaged by Tractor Trailer
An operator of a tractor trailer attempted to make a u-turn on Union Street near Church Street at 5:30am today.  The attempt was unsuccessful resulting in the unit getting stuck and a hydro pole damaged. The driver, who is not from the area, was not hurt in the incident and no power interruption occurred.  Traffic was affected for approximately an hour to remove the tractor trailer.

Two Men Caught with Stolen Vehicle
An officer on patrol at 2:12am on the 26th of January stopped a vehicle that was traveling along Burr Road in Sophiasburgh.  The officer’s investigation revealed the vehicle had just been stolen from a nearby address.  The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested.
Jordan Anthony ADAMS age 18yrs of Belleville and Nathan Johnathon DUBY age 20yrs also of Belleville were charged with numerous criminal offences including: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possession of Break In Instruments, Trespass near a Dwelling House, Theft Under $5000 and Obstructing a Police Officer.  The two males were released and will attend Picton court on the 09th of March to answer to the charges.

Assault Charges Laid in Domestic Dispute

Just after 4:00am on Saturday the 29th of January Prince Edward County OPP officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in a Picton residence.  Officers arrested a 20 year old Picton man for Assault and Uttering Threats.  The man will attend Picton court on the 2nd of March to answer to the charges.
The 22 year old woman involved was not seriously injured during the incident.

Domestic Disturbance

At 11:15am on the 29th of January Prince Edward County OPP officers were dispatched to an ongoing domestic disturbance at a Cty Rd 5 home.  The residents had become involved in a verbal dispute that escalated to police being called.  The investigation did not reveal any criminal offences and no one was charged.  The parties were separated to prevent the situation from re-escalating.

Numerous Snowmobile Charges Laid
Members of Prince Edward County OPP and the East Region Snowmobile ATV and Vessel Enforcement (S.A.V.E.) Team patrolled County trails on Saturday the 29th of January.  A total of 57 motorized snow vehicles were checked resulting in 20 charges being laid.  The charges included: no trail permits, speeding, no insurance, fail to surrender drivers licence, expired validation, no licence numbers displayed and drive while suspended.  One three day drivers licence suspension was also issued on an operator who had been consuming alcohol and registered “warn” on an approved screening device.

Snowmobile Operator Rescued
At midnight on the 29th of January, a male operating a snowmobile on the ice near Big Island became stuck in unstable and loose ice.  The machine started to sink and the male called for help from his cell phone.  Prince Edward County OPP, the East Region Snowmobile ATV and Vessel Enforcement (S.A.V.E.) Team along with the local fire department were dispatched.   The cold, wet male who is 42 yrs old and is a resident of Sophiasburgh was rescued from the ice and brought to the hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Mischief
The front door window of a business at 333 Main Street Picton was damaged by unknown persons sometime over the weekend.  An employee of the business discovered the damage when he arrived at work.   Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Collision Closes Bridge
A collision involving two vehicles on the south side of the Norris Whitney Bridge had traffic stopped and the bridge closed for approximately 2 hours this morning.
At 7:45am a northbound SUV lost control due to icy road conditions and crossed into southbound lanes and struck a smaller car.  The driver of the car was trapped and had to be extricated by fire fighters.  The driver of the SUV exited his vehicle on his own but collapsed a short distance away.
Both drivers were transported to Belleville General Hospital where they were treated for their injuries.  The driver of the car remains in hospital with a broken leg.  The driver of the SUV was released.
No charges will be laid as the investigation revealed the collision was weather related.
Traffic started moving again at 10am after salt/sand trucks treated the bridge’s road surface.

Impaired Driver Arrested
At 11pm on Friday the 21st of January, Prince Edward OPP officers conducted a RIDE spotcheck on the Main Street of Picton.   A male driver entered the RIDE and officers could smell alcohol on his breath.  The male failed the roadside screening device and was arrested.
John CLARKE age 70, of Hallowell has been charged with Operate Over 80mgs and will attend Picton court on the 09th of February to answer to the charge.

Young Person Arrested for Public Intox
Shortly after 2am on the 22nd of January, officers located a highly intoxicated young man on Main Street Picton.  The 17-yr-old male from Hallowell was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place.  Police found the accused was also in possession of alcohol which officers seized. The male was brought to the detachment and turned over to his mother after he spent some time in the detachment cells.

Break and Enter
A resident of a home on Barker Street in Picton was absent from the house for a few hours during the afternoon of Saturday the 22nd only to return and find a window had been opened by unknown persons.  It doesn’t appear entry was gained to the house as nothing was missing from inside.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Mischief
The owners of a business on Main Street Picton arrived at work on Saturday the 22nd of January to discover a brick had been thrown through the front window of the store.  No entry was gained and it appears to be an act of vandalism.
Anyone with information on this crime are asked to call Prince Edward County OPP
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Youth Charged with Theft
Employees at a department store on Elizabeth Street in Picton caught a shoplifter on Sunday the 23rd of January.  Prince Edward County OPP officers arrived and arrested the male and charged him with Theft under $5000.00
The 16-year-old male will attend Picton Youth Court on the 14th of February to answer to the charge.

Impaired Drivers Charged
Two people have been arrested and charged with impaired driving in separate incidents, one involving a snowmobile.
On Wednesday the 19th of January at 7:19pm on Hwy 62 south of  Rossmore a snowmobile operator was checked by officers with the Snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle and Vessel Enforcement (S.A.V.E) Team.  The operator had been drinking alcohol and subsequently arrested for operating his machine with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol.
Fredrick AYLEA age 61yrs of Quinte West will attend court on the 30th of March to answer to the charge.

At 12:07am on the 21st of January an officer on patrol in Picton stopped a vehicle on King Street that was being operated in an erratic fashion.  The driver had been consuming alcohol and was arrested for impaired operation of his vehicle.
The driver provided breath samples that were more than twice the legal limit.
Franklyn GAREY age 44yrs of Shannonville will attend court on the 9th of February to answer to the charges of Impaired Operation and Operate Over 80mgs.

Stolen Boat
A Northport resident reported to police that his boat was stolen from his property sometime between the 18th and 19th of January.  The resident advised that his 16’ Henley fishing boat with a 20 hp Evinrude motor went missing overnight from his Cty Rd 15 home.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Vehicles Entered Overnight
Several reports were received by Prince Edward OPP of unlocked vehicles being entered overnight on the 18th of January.
A vehicle on Duncan Street in Bloomfield was entered and a tire compressor was removed from within.
Another vehicle was entered on Rousseau Road and its contents rifled through but nothing appears to have been taken.
Two vehicles parked in the same driveway on Clarke Road were entered and the owner’s wallet was stolen from one of the vehicles.

Accessible Parking Permits Stolen
Between the 22nd of December 2010 and the 19th of January, four accessible parking (handicap) permits have been reported stolen to the Prince Edward County OPP.  The permits are valuable and have a potential resale appeal.  Drivers are reminded to lock their vehicle doors and protect themselves from these types of thefts.

Male Arrested for Public Intoxication
At 4:30am on the 21st of January a male was found staggering about in a parking lot off of Main Street in Picton. Police checked the male out and found him to be highly intoxicated.
Patrick BEIMERS age 48yrs of Picton was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place and held at the OPP detachment until he was sober.

Sexual Assault Charges
Prince Edward County OPP officers have laid criminal charges against a Bloomfield couple following complaints received in July of 2010 from three female victims.
The complainants’ allegations span between 2008 and 2010 when they were between the ages of 15 to 18 years old.
As a result the following charges have been laid:
Joe HOLM age 45yrs is charged with three counts of Sexual Assault and one count of Sexual Exploitation.
Janet HOLM age 48 yrs is charged with Sexual Exploitation.
Both parties have been held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville courts.
The investigation is continuing into the matter and anyone with information about these crimes are asked to call Prince Edward County OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)

Provincial Snowmobile Safety Week
Provincial Snowmobile Safety Week runs from the 16th to the 22nd of January 2011.  The Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are committed to ensuring safety and compliance of snowmobile operators.

Operators are reminded that while on OFSC maintained trails such as the Millenium Trail in Prince Edward County, they are required to wear a helmet, obey all posted trail signs, possess a licence under the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act, have insurance for their machine, display a registration number, obey the speed limit of 50km/h, report any collisions, purchase and display a OFSC trail permit.   Operators must stop when directed to do so by an officer and be able to produce all necessary documentation at that time.

Fines for not complying with any of the above range from $110.00 to $325.00 to a possible court appearance.

Vehicle Crashes into Local Business
On Sunday the 16th of January at 3:14pm a two vehicle collision resulted in one of the cars crashing into a Main Street business in Picton.
A vehicle turning left into a gas station at Main and Paul Streets collided with an oncoming vehicle causing that vehicle to strike a snow bank and then crash into the front window of a local business.  No one was hurt in the collision or in the business.
A 17 year old male driver from Picton has been charged with making an Improper Left Turn.

Two Vehicle Crash – Driver Charged
At 5:32pm on the 17th of January a rear end collision occurred at Hwy 62 and Victoria Road.  Both vehicles were northbound when the lead vehicle stopped to make a left turn onto Victoria Road and was struck from behind by the following vehicle.  The occupants of the struck vehicle were transported to hospital and checked for minor injuries.
The driver of the second vehicle, Brooke SHEPPARD age 19yrs of Cayuga has been charged with Careless Driving.

Domestic Dispute
Police were called to a Picton home at 2:30pm on the 17th of January in response to a 911 call received from that address.  The officers’ investigation revealed a domestic dispute had just occurred between a 25 year old male and his 20 year old ex-girlfriend.  The two had been arguing and the male called 911 in an effort to prevent the situation from escalating further.  Prior to police arriving, the female had left in a vehicle but was located a short time later.  No evidence of a criminal offence was found and no charges were laid in the matter.
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Domestic Assaults

Just before 7am on Saturday the 15th of January Prince Edward County OPP officers were called to residence on Cty Rd 1 to investigate a disturbance.  The investigation revealed an ongoing domestic situation that had begun several hours earlier.
A 56-year old male was arrested for assaulting his 52-year-old ex-girlfriend, who received minor injuries as a result of the incident.
The accused was released with conditions and a court date of the 2nd of February to answer to the charge of Assault.
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At 10pm on Saturday the 15th of January, officers were called to a Washburn Street home to investigate a domestic issue.  No evidence of a criminal offence was present but rather a verbal dispute had occurred between an estranged couple that started over the telephone and culminated in the residence.  The male left and returned to his own home once the investigation was complete.  No charges were laid.
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At 2:30am on Sunday the 16th of January, officers were dispatched to a Disraeli Street address to investigate a disturbance in a home there.  Officers spoke with both parties and discovered the couple had been having a verbal altercation but had since calmed and no criminal offence had occurred.   No charges were laid.

Break and Enter
Just before 7pm on Saturday the 15th of January police were called to a Caen Court address to investigate a break and enter complaint.  It appears the suspects had gained entry to the residence through a window and stole a television from inside.   No suspects have been identified at this time but anyone with information on this incident are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

School Bus Driver Charged
The operator of a school bus has been charged following a collision in Ameliasburgh Friday afternoon the 14th of January.  At 3:24pm the bus was traveling west on Valley Road when it entered the north ditch and struck a hydro pole.  The bus was carrying seven high school students at the time.  The students and the driver were not injured as a result of the collision.
Sixty four year old George COLTON of Picton was issued a ticket for Careless Driving.

Suspended Driver Charged
JAN. 13 – The snowy roads in Prince Edward County contributed to a suspended driver being charged and his vehicle towed for seven days.
David SPENCER age 49 of Deseronto lost control of his vehicle on Cty Rd 49 approximately 8:00am on the 12th of January and landed in the ditch.  When officers arrived to investigate the collision, they discovered SPENCER’s drivers licence was under suspension.
SPENCER was charged with driving while under suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.  SPENCER was not injured as a result of the collision.

Intoxicated Male Arrested
Just after 2 am on the 10th of January, an officer on routine patrol located a highly intoxicated male walking along Bowery Street in Picton.  The male was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and brought to the detachment cells where he was held until sober.
Shawn Dennis LIMOGES age 23 of Tweed was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place under the Liquor Licence Act.

Impaired Driver Arrested
At 2:30am on the 9th of January, an officer on patrol observed a vehicle being driven erratically and at high rates of speed.  The officer stopped the vehicle and his investigation revealed the driver was impaired and had committed several criminal offences.
Marshall HARRISON 29 years old and a resident of Belleville was held for a bail hearing to be heard in Belleville on the 10th of January.  HARRISON faces the following charges: Impaired Operation, Operate Over 80mgs, Dangerous Driving, Drive Disqualified and 2 counts of Failing to Comply with his Conditions.
The vehicle HARRISON was driving was impounded for 45 days under the Province’s Vehicle Impoundment Program as he was previously disqualified from driving.

Intoxicated Male Arrested
Just before 2 am on the 8th of January, police were called to the Lake Street area for a male walking along the road and banging on doors of some of the homes.  Police located a highly intoxicated male staggering around in the area and arrested him for being intoxicated in a public place.
William WRIGHT age 20 of Hillier was charged with Being Intoxicated in a Public Place under the Liquor Licence Act and held until sober in the detachment cells.

Domestic Assault
Just before 8 pm on the 8th of January Prince Edward County OPP officers were called to an Ameliasburgh home to investigate a domestic disturbance.  Upon arrival the male suspect had left the home but was later located in Belleville where he was arrested.
A 48-year-old Trenton male is charged with Assault and will attend Picton court on the 26th of January.
The 46-year-old female victim was not injured as a result of the incident.

Domestic Assault
On the 07th of January Prince Edward County OPP were alerted to an ongoing domestic situation between a 21-year-old female and her 22-year-old common law husband.  At the conclusion of the investigation, a history of domestic abuse was revealed and the male was charged with offences that occurred in November and December 2010.
The 22-year-old Picton male has been arrested and held for a bail hearing to be heard Monday the 10th of January in Belleville.  He faces four counts of Assault, one count of Uttering Threats and one count of Forcible Confinement.

Domestic Assault
At 5:30pm on Friday the 07th of January police were called to a home south of Picton, for a male party out of control.  The investigation revealed the male had broken down a door and assaulted his 22-year-old common law wife.
A 27-year-old Picton man was arrested and charged with Assault and Domestic Mischief and will attend Picton court on the 19th of January to answer to the charges.
The victim was not injured in the incident.

Charges Laid in Fatal Collision
(Prince Edward County, ON.)  The police investigation into a rollover collision on the 1st of October 2010 that resulted in multiple injuries and one death has been completed and charges have been laid.

The collision occurred shortly after 8 pm at Hubbs Creek Road and Loyalist Parkway just west of Wellington.  An 18-year-old male passenger from Bloomfield was ejected and died as a result when the vehicle rolled.  A 16-year-old male passenger from Hallowell and the driver received serious injuries.

Jordan Paul HOLMES age 21 of Wellington has been charged with the following criminal offences:  Impaired Operation of a Vehicle Causing Death, Impaired Operation of a Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm, Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm.

HOLMES will appear in Picton court on the 2nd of February to answer to the above charges.

Traffic Management Officer Assigned to the County Roads
(Prince Edward County, ON.)   Starting Monday the 10th of January, a full-time traffic management officer will be dedicated to monitoring vehicle movement on Prince Edward County roads and enforcing all laws in relation to driving offences.  These laws include the Highway Traffic Act, the Liquor Licence Act, the Canadian Automobile Insurance Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.

In 2010 – 392 motor vehicle collisions were investigated in Prince Edward County.  Three of those collisions resulted in a fatality, 70 resulted in persons being injured and the remaining 319 were property damage only.   Eight of those collisions were alcohol related.

From the 26th of November 2010 to the 02nd of January 2011 officers from Prince Edward County conducted numerous RIDE programs as part of the Festive RIDE Initiative.  More than 12,783 vehicles were checked with the following results:

Four drivers were arrested and charged with operating their vehicles while impaired by alcohol and seven drivers registered “warn” on the roadside screening device resulting in licence suspensions. There were 53 Provincial Offence Notices issued for various other offences

On the 28th of November 2010, 41 Provincial Offence Notices were issued in a four hour period as a result of a traffic initiative conducted by officers in the town of Picton.  Most of those Offence Notices were for persons not wearing their seatbelts.

Primary concerns voiced by the community are with speeding vehicles.  Primary factors involved in a majority of collisions are speed, failure to wear seatbelts and alcohol.

A dedicated traffic management officer, assisted by platoon officers in between calls for service, ensures these concerns will be addressed and increased compliance is anticipated.

Domestic Dispute
(Prince Edward County, ON.)  Just before midnight on the 3rd of January, police were called to a Picton home after a 48-year-old female called to report her 51-year-old boyfriend was drunk and out of control. The investigation revealed that no criminal offence had occurred but the male was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace to ensure the situation would not escalate further. The male was held at the detachment until he was sober.

10 Collisions Due to Snow

(Prince Edward County, ON.)   Between 6 am and 3 pm on the 4th of January officers from Prince Edward OPP responded to 10 motor vehicle collisions that occurred on snow covered roads in the County.   All the collisions were minor in nature and no one was injured as a result.

Mischief at Prince Edward Collegiate
(Prince Edward County)  Sometime over the New Year’s weekend a vehicle drove on the front lawn and rear soccer fields of Prince Edward Collegiate high school.  The vehicle performed “donuts” on the grass and caused substantial damage.  The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Impaired Driver Arrested
(Prince Edward County)  At 3:10pm on Sunday the 2nd of January 2011, police responded to a single vehicle that had rolled over into a ditch on Cty Rd 8 in Hallowell.  The driver was not hurt, but he was impaired.
Charged with Impaired Operation and Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample is 46 year old Kevin Robert DICKSON of North Marysburgh.  He will appear in Picton court on the 19th of January to answer to the charges.

RIDE
(Prince Edward County)  Officers of the Prince Edward County OPP detachment performed multiple RIDE spot checks over the New Year’s long weekend.  In excess of 700 vehicles were checked and no impaired operation charges were laid.

New Year’s Eve Disturbances
(Prince Edward County)  On Friday the 31st of December 2010 and into the early morning of the 1st of January 2011, several reports of disturbance were reported to Prince Edward OPP.

Just after 9 pm, officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a Demorestville home where a 43-year-old female was reported to be out of control.  Upon arrival officers arrested an intoxicated female and held her at the OPP detachment to prevent a further breach of the peace.  No criminal charges resulted and no one was injured in the incident.

At 9:30pm officers were dispatched to Outlet Road in Athol for a large group of persons fighting on the road there.  Upon arrival the officers located a large group of people who had been fighting, but no criminal offence was reported.  The parties were dispersed by police.

Just after midnight police were dispatched to the Richmond Street area in Picton where two males were arguing outside a residence.  The argument started over an intoxicated male who was outside banging on kitchen pots to bring in the New Year when the second male approached to tell him to quiet down.   The two males were separated and no charges were laid.

At 1:30am officers were dispatched to a house party on Swamp College Road in Hillier where a young person was hosting a party that started to grow larger than expected.  The host’s grandparents called police to disperse the crowd which was done without incident.

At 1:35am officers located an intoxicated female walking on Main Street Picton.  The 27-year-old Picton resident was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and held in the detachment cells until sober.

Just before 2 am police were called to the Johnson Street area for two males fighting on the street.  Upon arrival, the males had separated and were no longer in the area.  A short time later, a 53-year-old male was located nearby and arrested due to his high level of intoxication.  The Picton resident was brought to detachment where he was held in the cells until he sobered up.

At 2:15am police were called to a residence on Cty Rd 49 for a large group of youths that had arrived uninvited and were starting to fight with the home owner when told to leave.  Upon police arrival most of the youths had left with the exception of one 20-year-old male.  The Picton male was arrested under the Trespass to Property Act and removed from the property.

At 6:20am police were called to an apartment on Picton Main Street for a disturbance there in which two couples were celebrating the New Year when an argument developed.  The two females left the one apartment and went to another.  A short time later one of the males followed.  The women refused to let him in the apartment so he kicked the door in.  A 24-year-old Picton man was charged with mischief as a result.

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