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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2015

 

 

Domestic Assault
On Friday, December 18, 2015 Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Carrying Place. The investigation revealed a 32 year old male had assaulted his girlfriend.
The accused, a resident of Trenton has been charged with:
Assault (2 Counts) and
Operate a Motor Vehicle while Suspended.
The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton, ON on January 6, 2016
The victim received non-life threatening injuries in both incidents.
The accused cannot be identified to protect the identity of the victim.

Domestic Assault
On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 2:15 am Prince Edward County OPP were dispatched to a residence on White Chapel Road for a report of a man brandishing a weapon. Upon arrival, officers discovered an ongoing domestic between a 26 year old male and and a 25 year old female.
The investigation revealed the male had broken into the home and a conflict occurred between the accused and the male owner of the home. The male occupant fled the residence and the accused caused damage to the house, engaging in a physical altercation with the female victim.
The 25 year old accused, a Picton resident was arrested and charged with:
Assault,
Assault with a Weapon,
Break and Enter and
Mischief Under $5000 (2 Counts)
The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton, ON on January 13, 2016 to answer to the charges. The female, an ex-girlfriend of the accused, received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incident.
The accused cannot be identified to protect the identity of the victim.

Assault Police
On Saturday, December 19, 2015 shortly after 1:00 am Prince Edward County OPP officers, on general patrol of Main Street, Picton, observed an intoxicated male causing a disturbance. The male was standing in the middle of the street yelling at several other people on the sidewalk. Upon arrest, the male became aggressive, striking an officer.
A 25-year-old Picton man has been charged with:
Assaulting a Police Officer,
Resisting Arrest,
Possession of a Controlled Substance,
Theft Under $5000 and
Being Intoxicated in a Public Place.
The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton, ON on February 3, 2016.

Young Person Arrested
On Friday, December 18, 2015 Prince Edward County OPP officers were called to a residence for a disturbance. A 15 year old female had been uttering threats to harm another resident.
The accused was charged with Uttering Threats and Breaching an Undertaking.
She will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville, ON for a bail hearing on Monday, December 21, 2015.
The name of the accused cannot be released in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

OPP investigating serious crash
On December 5, 2015 at approximately 2:50PM, officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a crash on Queen Street, Picton, ON.
A sixty-two (62) year-old Picton woman was operating a motorized scooter when she was struck by a pick-up truck. She received serious, life-threatening injuries and is currently in critical condition in hospital.
The investigation is continuing with the assistance of OPP Technical Collision Investigators. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 613-476-2151 or 1-888-310-1122.

Break and enter at Ryte Guys Computers
Sometime overnight on the 05th of December, 2015 unknown suspect(s) smashed the front glass door of Ryte Guys Computers to gain entry to the store. While inside a number of computer laptops and cell phones were stolen.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Prince Edward County O.P.P. at 1-888-310-1122 or 613-476-2151 or Crime Stoppers.

Investigating robbery in Picton

Prince Edward County OPP are investigating a robbery at the Mac’s convenience store on Paul Street in Picton.

Friday Nov. 27 at 2:11 a.m. officers responded to the store after receiving a report of an armed suspect demanding cash from the cashier. The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The OPP Canine Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) were called to assist with the investigation.

The suspect is described as 5′ 7″, slender build, dark coloured hair, face partially covered with a dark coloured scarf, wearing a dark coloured toque, dark coloured canvas type jacket, black pants and beige work boots.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP at 613-476-2151 or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.

Investigators have confirmed the suspect was male.

Theft of Mail
On November 19, 2015, investigators from the Prince Edward County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police(OPP) launched an investigation into the theft of mail from a mailbox in Prince Edward County.
Later that day, an officer stopped a vehicle on County Road 3 near Barley Road. Investigators located mail within the vehicle that did not belong to the driver.
As a result, officers charged a 54-year-old man from The Nation, ON with 3 counts of Possession of Article Stolen from Mail and 1 count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on January 6, 2016.
Members of the Prince Edward County Crime Unit and detachment investigators conducted a search warrant at the accused’s residence, identifying several other victims. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of Canada Post. Further charges are pending.
If anyone has information about these thefts of mail or anyone has information about another incident, they are asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment at 613-476-2151 or 1-888-310-1122.

Driver charged for speeding, alcohol and drugs

On November 07, 2015 at 10:57pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were patrolling Highway 62 when a southbound motor vehicle was observed travelling in excess of 50km/h above the posted 80km/h speed limit.
The OPP stopped the motor vehicle on Highway 62 and Union Road in the Ward of Ameliasburgh. The male driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol and was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.
The male driver, a 26-year old Picton man, is charged with the following offences:
-Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
-Possession of a Controlled Substance Included in Schedule II, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
-Race Motor Vehicle-Perform Stunt, contrary to Section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on December 02, 2015.

Suspicious person report in Wellington

UPDATE NOV. 8 – On Nov. 6, the OPP identified the suspicious male. The police investigation revealed there was no criminal act and that the encounter with the youth was a misunderstanding.
The OPP thanks the public for assistance in this investigation.

NOV. 6 – Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment is investigating a report of a suspicious male approaching a teenager.

Police have received a report on an incident Thursday, Nov. 5 shortly after 6pm in the vicinity of Main and Consecon streets in Wellington.

“A teenaged male was walking on the sidewalk when he was approached by the suspect, who prevented him from walking by. The youth ran from the suspect who initially followed,” said Anthony Mann, Prince Edward OPP.

Police are looking for a male in his 40s, approximately 5’11 in height. He was reported to be wearing a green coat or rain jacket. He had a large black backpack with a Canadian flag affixed to it.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

OPP investigating suspicious person report

On September 17, 2015 at 9:54am the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment received a report of a suspicious person.
The police investigation revealed that a teenaged female was walking in the area of Pitt and York Street, Picton at approximately 8:00am this morning, when a motor vehicle approached her. The lone male driver opened the passenger side door and instructed her to get in the vehicle and he would give her a drive. The female refused and the male drove off.
Police are looking to speak with the male and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying him.
The male was driving a grey or dark coloured pick-up truck and is described as being 50-years of age, heavy build, dark hair and beard, has a deep voice and was wearing a T-shirt and sunglasses
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Update: OPP arrest three men in break and enter investigations

On the morning of August 14, 2015 officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were called to a commercial business on County Road 27, in the Ward of Hillier to investigate a break and enter that had occurred overnight. A quantity of food and beverages had been stolen.
The police investigation revealed that a similar incident had also occurred at this location a year previous.
Since September 3, 2015 the OPP have arrested three Prince Edward County men in relation to these offences.
The accused; a 20-year-old Hillier man, a 19-year-old Rossmore man and a 20-year-old Rossmore man were charged with two counts of Breaking, Entering and Committing contrary to Section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused were released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on September 30, 2015.
The OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance.

“On the Road OFF the Phone” Campaign Results

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/September 14th, 2015 – The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) concluded their “On the Road OFF the Phone” enforcement campaign on September 7th. A total of 876 charges were laid during the four-day campaign with 40 of those related to distracted driving. Other charges included:

• 622 for speeding
• 9 for stunt driving
• 39 for seatbelt violations
• 2 for impaired driving
• 5 for suspended drivers
• 13 for Liquor License Act violations
• 143 for other Highway Traffic Act offences

“Surprisingly, there were 40 people charged for distracted driving, despite the extensive promotions and the increase in fines for using a hand-held device while driving,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service. “This is an issue the QRTC will continue to address.”
Using a cell phone while driving quadruples the risk of a crash, and taking your eyes off the road for more than two seconds doubles your risk of getting into a collision.
Also of concern to the QRTC was the high number of drivers who were caught speeding. “These drivers are putting themselves and everyone around them at risk” says Preston. “Speed kills.”

About the QRTC
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County and Quinte West OPP Detachments.

OPP make arrest in downtown mischief
On September 09, 2015 officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to a Main St., Picton business regarding mischief. OPP have been investigating similar incidents where windows had been damaged at different locations in the area.
On September 10, 2015 at 10:23pm OPP responded to another mischief and a description of the suspect was obtained. The suspect was soon located and arrested on Main St., Picton. During the arrest, the suspect assaulted a police officer. The officer was not injured.
A 56-year old male, from Chatham, ON was arrested and is facing several charges including:
-Mischief Not Exceeding $5,000, contrary to Section 430(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada (x4)
-Assaulting a Peace Officer, contrary to Section 270(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
-Obstructing a Peace Officer, contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
-Failing to Comply with Condition of Recognizance, contrary to Section 145(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada
The accused remained in police custody awaiting a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville.

OPP watching for distracted driving
The final weekend of summer is upon us and OPP officers will be out on the roads and looking for distracted drivers. So far this year, 41 deaths have been attributed to distracted driving on OPP-patrolled roads and the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers is up 20 per cent compared to this time last year.
While police are committed to raising awareness about the dangers of driving while distracted this Labour Day Weekend, they are also enforcing new legislation that carries tough new penalties that go with it. As of September 1st, the new set fine for distracted driving is $490 and 3 demerit points. If contested, drivers can be fined up to $1000 upon conviction for inattentive driving. Police are serious about this deadly driving practise, and the OPP is hopeful that higher fines will help reduce the number of distracted driving-related deaths and collisions on Ontario roads.
Four ONroute Highway Service Centres now offer designated “Text Stops” where travellers are encouraged to stop and text. The partnership between the Ministry of Transportation and the OPP has officials hopeful that the new “Text Stops” will keep motorists from reaching for a cell phone while the vehicle is in motion. The four service centre locations include King City, Cambridge North, Woodstock and Port Hope.
“There are three types of distraction when driving: taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands off the wheel, and taking your mind off driving. All of these can endanger lives, but texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Leave the phone alone while driving. I encourage all motorists to keep their eyes on the road; let’s make sure everyone gets to their destination safely this Labour Day weekend.” Brad Blair, OPP Deputy Commissioner, Traffic Safety and Operational Support
End your summer safely. Don’t drive distracted. It could kill you or someone you love. Drive responsibly and respect the lives of everyone on Ontario roads.

Driver charged in collision
On August 23, 2015 at 2:13pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of County Road 1 and Highway 62, in the Ward of Hallowell. OPP were assisted by Quinte Hastings Paramedic Services and the Prince Edward County Fire department.
The police investigation revealed that a motor vehicle travelling westbound on County Road 1 struck a motor vehicle travelling southbound on Highway 62. Two occupants were transported to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
An 85-year-old Picton man was charged with Traffic on a Through Highway—Fail to Yield, contrary to Section 136(2) of the Highway Traffic Act.

Suspicious person call leads to arrest
On August 22, 2015 at approx. 2 am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward Detachment received a call of a suspicious person and an alarm at the Hydro Station on County Road 5, in Picton. When the officers arrived they located an area of damage to the fence where the suspect entered the compound.
Officers proceeded into the fenced-in area and located the male suspect attempting to hide. A short foot pursuit commenced and the suspect was apprehended and arrested. The suspect, a 51-year-old Picton man, was charged with several counts of break and enter, theft and mischief, and released on conditions. He is to appear in court October 15, 2015 to answer to the charges.

OPP investigate assault
On August 3, 2015 at approximately 6:40pm, officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to an altercation at a local restaurant on Main St. Picton.
As a result of the investigation, a 56-year-old Ameliasburgh man is charged with Assault contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code.  No one sustained injuries.
He was released on Promise to Appear and Officer-In-Charge Undertaking  to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton, on September 2, 2015.

Driver charged following three vehicle collision
On July 29, 2015 at 1:33pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment assisted by the Prince Edward County Fire department and Quinte Hastings Paramedic services responded to a three vehicle collision on County Road 3 at Pulver Road in the Ward of Ameliasburgh.
The police investigation revealed that a westbound motor vehicle rear ended another motor vehicle which collided with a third motor vehicle.  One driver was transported to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
OPP charged a 43-year-old female driver,  of Prince Edward County, with Careless Driving, contrary to Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.

OPP arrest driver at Sandbanks
On July 28, 2015 at 7:21pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were called to Sandbanks Provincial Park to assist Park Enforcement with a vehicle stop.  Police confirmed that the driver had been consuming alcohol.
The 24-year-old female driver,  of Kingston, is charged with Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a Promise to Appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 12, 2015.

Cyclist struck by truck
On July 27, 2015 at 4:30pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision at Main St. and Washburn St., Picton.  The police investigation revealed that an eastbound cyclist was struck by a motor vehicle entering onto the roadway.
The cyclist sustained minor injuries.
The driver of the motor vehicle, a 34-year old Campbellford man, is charged with Fail to Yield from Private Drive, contrary to Section 139(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

Driver arrested
On July 25, 2015 at 11:31pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were called to County Road 3 and Onderdonk Lane in Ward of Ameliasburgh for a single motor vehicle collision.  The police investigation revealed that the vehicle left the roadway and struck a rock cut.  Police observed that the driver had been consuming alcohol.
The 25-year-old male driver, of Toronto, ON is charged with Operation While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 12, 2015.

Youth arrested in assault incident
On July 17, 2015 at 11:38pm the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment received a report of an assault that occurred earlier that morning.  The incident took place at a home south of Rossmore.  A female youth had attacked a woman.
The victim was treated at hospital for minor injuries.
OPP charged a 17-year old female from the Ward of Ameliasburgh with Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to Section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released from police custody on a Promise to Appear and Officer in Charge Undertaking and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 17, 2015.

Man arrested in dog spraying incident
On July 15, 2015 at 10:12pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment attended a Spring St., Picton address for a disturbance.
The police investigation revealed that an argument had occurred involving several parties.  A male involved in the argument sprayed two people with dog attack deterrent.  No one was injured in the incident.  Police located and arrested the suspect a short time later.
A 29-year old Picton man is charged with two counts of Assault With a Weapon, contrary to Section 267(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Bodily Harm: Administering Noxious Thing contrary to Section 245(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear and undertaking given to a peace officer.  The accused is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 26, 2015.

Police caution ‘morphsuit’ callers
Three “young people” from Picton have been cautioned by police in relation to suspicious incidents earlier this week.
The three were identified by Prince Edward OPP for their involvement in incidents where they had approached residences at night while disguised in a “morphsuit”.
A morphsuit is a stretchy material that covers the entire body, including the wearer’s face.
The incidents took place in the late hours of July 12 and early hours of July 13.
Photos and posts on a County man’s Facebook noted a person in a morphsuit was pounding on the front door of a family’s house.
“He stepped back from the door after frightening all of us and was doing these weird head turns, clenching his fists and had a black baton,” the post said.
OPP thanked the public for their assistance in the case.

Early morning theft
On July 12, 2015 at 3:12am officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment attended a business located on County Road 1 in the Ward of Hallowell regarding a theft.
A male had entered the business demanding cash.  There was no threat of violence or weapon involved.  Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two men described as:
White male approx. 30-35 years of age, 5’9”, short dark brown hair, wearing a cream coloured jersey with the #1 in black lettering, blue jeans and running shoes.
White male, 30-35 years of age, 5’7”, brown eyes, wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The police investigation continues.

OPP charge driver
On July 11, 2015 at 12:13am officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a complaint of an impaired driver.  Within minutes officers observed and stopped the suspect vehicle on County Road 10, Cherry Valley.  The driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 25-year old Gander, Newfoundland man is charged with Operation With Over 80 mgs. Of Alcohol contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 12, 2015.

Man charged with assault
On July 10, 2015 at 3:09pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police attended an assault occurrence involving two males.  The incident took place on Paul St., in the Town of Picton.  The police investigation revealed that the male victim had been attacked by another man.  The victim was not injured.  OPP arrested the suspect a short time later.
A 25-year old Sophiasburgh man is charged with Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 26, 2015.
Two charged with area thefts
On July 05, 2015 at 8:58am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment stopped a motor vehicle in Rossmore.  The motor vehicle was involved in a number of thefts in Napanee, Belleville and Prince Edward County.  OPP arrested both occupants.
A 47-year old female, of Belleville is charged with Breaking, Entering and Committing contrary to Section 348(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada, two counts of Theft contrary to Section 334 of the Criminal Code of Canada and five counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to Section 354(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  She was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton, on August 12, 2015.
A 47-year old Belleville man is also charged with Breaking, Entering and Committing contrary to Section 348(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada, five counts of Theft contrary to Section 334 of the Criminal Code of Canada and five counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to Section 354(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. The accused remains in police custody awaiting a bail hearing today in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville.
Police recovered stolen tools, electronics, house hold appliances, food and liquor.

ATV operator charged with impaired
On July 04, 2015 at 4:11pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment assisted Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Enforcement officers.  MNR stopped an ATV within the Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area and the driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
OPP charged the male operator, 49-year old Picton man with Operating While Impaired contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation While Disqualified contrary to Section 259(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on July 29, 2015.

OPP arrest driver
On July 4, 2015 at 2:08am an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment stopped a motor vehicle on Loyalist Parkway, Bloomfield.  The male driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 54-year old Picton man is charged with Operating While Impaired contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation With Over 80mgs of Alcohol contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on August 26, 2015.

Youth brandished a weapon
On June 26, at 7:01pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a call of a robbery at The Loonie Bin store located on Main St., Picton.   The police investigation revealed that the suspect had entered the store, consumed a beverage and proceeded to leave without paying for it.  As the suspect was leaving he was confronted by a store employee.  The suspect brandished a weapon and left. The suspect then returned to the store as police arrived.  The suspect was arrested and the weapon seized at the scene.
A 14-year old male from Picton is charged with the following offences:
Assault with a Weapon, contrary to Section 267(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Theft, contrary to Section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Weapon-Possession for Dangerous Purpose, contrary to Section 88 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was held in police custody to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton ON on June 27, 2015.
His name is not being released according to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Five injured in Melville Road collision
On June 24, 2015 1:09am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on Melville Road at Whitney Road, in Hillier. OPP were assisted by the Prince Edward County Fire department and Quinte Hastings Paramedic Services.
A single motor vehicle had left the roadway and struck a tree.  All five occupants of the vehicle were injured.  Two occupants were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Three occupants sustained minor injuries.
At 1:50am OPP attended a second collision on Melville Road, where a single motor vehicle left the roadway and entered the ditch.  There were no injuries.
Both collisions remain under investigation by the OPP.

Two killed, three injured in multi-vehicle collision
Two motorcyclists were killed and three people were injured in a multi-vehicle collision on the Loyalist Parkway at Stapleton Road.
Saturday, June 20 at about 2:25 p.m. Prince Edward OPP officers were called to the scene.
Police report a group of eight motorcycles was travelling eastbound on the Loyalist Parkway when a westbound Mazda Miata crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with three of the eight motorcycles.  Two motorcycle riders were pronounced dead at the scene.  Three others – the driver and passenger from the Mazda Miata and another motorcycle rider – were transported to hospital with serious to life-threatening injuries.
Motorcycle riders Darren Philip Williams, 46, of Quinte West and‎ Edgar Wayne Boone, 58, of Ottawa were pronounced dead at the scene.  The male driver, 83 and female passenger, 80, both of Brighton from the Mazda Miata and another male, a 65-year-old motorcycle rider,  of Sydenham were transported with serious to life-threatening injuries to hospital.
Assisting members of the Prince Edward detachment were the Prince Edward County Fire Department, Quinte Hastings Paramedic Services and the OPP Technical Collision Investigators.
The investigation is continuing. Names are being withheld pending notification of  next-of-kin.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or 613-476-2151.

Arrest follows flight from police
On June 19, 2015 at 7:43pm an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment attempted to stop a vehicle for a Highway Traffic Act violation on Main St., Bloomfield.  The suspect vehicle fled from police.
At 8:43pm OPP located the suspect vehicle traveling on County Road 14, in the Ward of Sophiasburgh.  OPP followed the fleeing suspect vehicle which entered onto Big Island.  OPP contained the area and with the assistance of the OPP Canine and Emergency Response Team (ERT) officers searched the area.
On the June 20, at 8:30am OPP received reports of a suspicious male on foot in the area of County Road 21/Big Island.
With the public’s assistance, police located and arrested the male suspect nearby on Gommorah Rd.
A 19-year old Belleville man is charged with the following offences:
Operation While Disqualified, contrary to Section 259(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Breach of Probation, contrary to Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Flight From Peace Officer, contrary to Section 249.1(1), contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on July 22, 2015.

Suspicious person at CML
On June 18, 2015 at 3:13pm the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment received a report of a suspicious person near CML Snider School, Wellington.
Earlier that afternoon, students were participating in a Primary Play Day on the school grounds. A man was observed nearby taking photographs of the children.  When confronted the male left.
OPP are looking to identify the male who is described as 50-60 years of age, average build, tanned complexion, spoke with an accent, had salt and pepper hair colour and was wearing khaki shorts and black t-shirt.
The male left the area of the school driving a Toyota Matrix grey or silver in colour.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Arrest following traffic complaint
On June 17, 2015 at 8:29pm the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment received a report of an impaired driver in the Town of Picton.  At 8:43pm OPP located the vehicle and driver on Ortona Crescent, Picton.  The driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
The male driver, a 41-year old  Peterborough man, was arrested.  The accused is charged with the following offences:
·         Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
·         Operation With Over 80mgs. Of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
·         Dangerous Operation, contrary to Section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
·         Drive Motor Vehicle Not Equipped with an Approved Ignition Interlock, contrary to Section 41.2(13) of the Highway Traffic Act
·         Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
·         Fail To Surrender Insurance Card, contrary to Section 3(1) of the Canadian Automobile Insurance Act
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on July 22, 2015.

Stunt driving charge
On June 17, 2015 at 8:04am an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment was on general patrol on County Road 49, North of the Town of Picton. Police stopped a vehicle traveling in excess of 50km/h above the posted speed limit.
The male driver, a 39-year old Deseronto man, is charged with Driving a Motor Vehicle on a Highway Performing a Stunt Travelling 50km/h Over the Posted Speed Limit.
The accused is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on July 17, 2015.
Two charged with impaired driving
On June 8, 2015 at 6:27pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment received a number of complaints reporting a possible impaired driver travelling Southbound on County Rd 4 into Picton.
OPP located the suspect vehicle on Queen St in Picton, ON.
A 47-year-old Picton woman is charged with Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation With Over 80mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on June 24th, 2015.

On June 8, 2015 at 11:49pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment were on patrol on County Rd 30 when they observed a vehicle driving erratically. Police activated their emergency lights at which time the suspect vehicle accelerated. For the safety of the public, police discontinued following the fleeing suspect vehicle, which continued North on Highway 62.
The vehicle was subsequently stopped in Quinte West in a combined effort of Prince Edward County OPP and Belleville City Police.
A 51-year-old Belleville man was charged with:
Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Operation with Over 80mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Flight from Peace Officer, contrary to section 249.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada,
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle contrary to section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on July 8th, 2015.

OPP INTERCEPT EARLY MORNING ATV THIEF
On May 28, 2015 at 6:27am the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment received a complaint of a suspicious looking male pushing an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) in the area of Lake Street and Mary Street in the Town of Picton. Upon police arrival, the suspect quickly fled on a foot, however was intercepted by officers.
A 20 year old male,  of no fixed address was arrested and charged with the following offences;
Two counts of Theft Under $5,000 contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Carrying a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace contrary to section 88 of the Criminal Code of Canada. (modified cap gun)
    The accused was held for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville.

OPP WARN OF CANADA REVENUE AGENCY SCAM
The Ontario Provincial Police warn residents about fraudulent phone calls.
Four complaints were reported to police regarding phone calls. On one occasion, the male suspect indicated that he was calling from the Canada Revenue Agency. He informed the homeowners that a criminal investigation had been conducted and arrest warrants were being prepared. The male indicated that members of the Ontario Provincial Police were going to attend the homeowners address or work place and arrest them for tax evasion, violation of Federal taxes and tax fraud if they didn’t comply with his requests.
The OPP would like to remind residents that they may receive, either by telephone, mail, or email, a communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency however this is most times this is NOT the Canada Revenue Agency. In these cases, the communication requests personal information, such as a social insurance, credit card, bank account, and passport numbers, from the resident. These fraudulent communications are also referred to as scams or phishing.
The caller insists that this personal information is needed so that the resident can receive a refund or benefit payment. Another common scam refers the person to a Web site resembling the CRA’s Web site where the person is asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. The OPP do not want any resident to respond to these fraudulent communications.
The OPP would like to provide some additional information to better equip citizens to identify those communications that do not come from the CRA. The following general guidelines are provided.
The Canada Revenue Agency does not do the following:
· The CRA will not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email.
· The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
· The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine.
When in doubt, ask yourself the following:
·  Am I expecting additional money or do I owe money to the CRA?
·  Does this sound too good to be true?
·  Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
·  Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
·  How did the requester get my email address?
·  Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?
Problems like identity theft are becoming more prevalent, now more than ever residents need to ensure that they secure and protect their personal information.  This is key to prevention.
For more information on fraud, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.

Road Safety Week Wrap-Up
Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/May 26, 2015 – The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) concluded their Canada Road Safety Week enforcement campaign on May 18th.  A total of 666 charges were laid during the week-long campaign including:
•    350 for speeding
•    2 for stunt driving
•    160 for seatbelt violations
•    56 for distracted driving
•    3 for impaired driving
•    85 for other Highway Traffic Act offences
Although the campaign is over, the QRTC will continue to focus on the violations that are the major contributors to death and injury on our roads:  Speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and improper or non-use of seatbelts.  Car crashes are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, yet they are preventable.  “We hope that this campaign will be a reminder to all drivers to think about their driving habits and, if needed, to make changes in their driving behaviour,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service.
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, OPP East Region Highway Safety Division and the Central Hastings, Quinte West, Prince Edward County, Bancroft and Napanee OPP Detachments.

Handgun siezed in drug warrant
On May 12, 2015 at 9:00am the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine and officers from the Prince Edward County detachment executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a Spring Street residence in Picton, ON.
Police seized a quantity of cannabis marihuana, cannabis resin, related drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun.
A 33-year old woman and a 35-year old man, both from Picton are both charged with the following offences:
Production of a Substance (x2), contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Possession of a Substance Included in Schedule II, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition, contrary to Section 95(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime, contrary to Section 96(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The female was later released from police custody on a promise to appear and officer in charge undertaking with a court date of June 3, 2015 in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton.
The male accused was held in police custody awaiting a bail hearing today in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville.

Traffic complaint leads to arrest
On May 10, 2015 at 4:24pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment received a report of an erratic driver travelling Northbound on Highway 62.
OPP stopped the vehicle South of Rossmore. The female driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 43-year-old Picton woman was is charged with Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation With Over 80mgs. of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on May 27th, 2015.

Nine year high for motorcycle deaths; low for off-road fatalities

As the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) gets ready for a busy Victoria Day Long Weekend on Ontario roads and trails, OPP officials are reporting a nine-year high in motorcycle deaths, with 32 people having died in motorcycle crashes on OPP-patrolled roads in 2014.
In contrast, OPP-investigated off-road vehicle (ORV) deaths are the lowest they have been in 11 years, with 11 people having died in 2014.
While the geography and terrain are vastly different for these two driver classes, there are a few common factors that place both of them at a higher risk of death than those who drive other types of motor vehicles.
Factor #1: Neither the motorcyclist nor ORV rider are restrained in these types of vehicles and ejection almost always occurs in the event of a crash.
· Last year, all 11 people who died in ORV crashes and all 32 of those who died in motorcycle crashes were ejected.
· Ejection is one of the most injurious if not fatal events that can occur to a person in any type of vehicle crash and motorcycles and ORVs are no exception.
The hard truth about crashes: bodies are soft, everything else is hard
· When you are ejected from a motorcycle, ORV or any other type of motor vehicle, you become a flying projectile traveling at the same rate of speed as the vehicle was traveling at the time of the crash. This is also your rate of speed when your body makes contact with whatever surface/object (e.g. windshield, pavement, rock, tree, etc.) breaks your flight after you are ejected.
Another common factor has to do with driving behaviour rather than the vehicles.
Factor #2: Losing control and/or speed almost always exceed other factors in fatal crashes involving motorcycles and ORVs from year to year.
Did you know?
· Six of last year’s (2014) 11 fatal ORV crash victims lost control of their ORV.
· Loss of control and/or speed were factors in 14 of the 32 motorcycle deaths.
· In the event of a crash, wearing an approved helmet gives motorcyclists, ORV riders and passengers their best chance of avoiding serious head injury and death in the event of a crash.
· Over the last five years (2010-2014), of the 74 riders who died in ORV crashes, almost half (36) of them were not wearing a helmet at the time.
Over the Victoria Day Long Weekend, the OPP expects to see motorcyclists and ORV riders in great numbers throughout the province. They are counting on all of them to keep themselves, their passengers and all those with whom they share the road and trails safe at all times. This means refraining from consuming alcohol and drugs before heading out for a ride and observing all other laws associated with motorcycle and ORV riding.
Just as important is the need for all motorists to increase awareness of their surroundings on the road, to always be on the lookout for those often hard to spot motorcyclists and to share the road safely with them.
The OPP is also reminding motorists that Canada Road Safety Week gets under way this week and runs through the long weekend (May 12-18, 2015). This is an annual, national campaign during which the OPP will be joining its policing partners to raise awareness through enforcement and education of the four main driving behaviours that put all road users at risk. These are: driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs; lack of occupant restraint; driving while distracted; and aggressive driving.
Every road user can play a part in reducing the “Big 4” killers on our roads during Canada Road Safety Week and throughout the year.

Drug collection Day Saturday
Drug-collection-OPPPrescription medications can be misused in ways not intended by the physician who prescribes them. In an effort to help keep drugs out of the wrong hands, the Ontario Provincial Police will be supporting Prescription Drug Drop Off Day by participating in the collection of unused or expired prescription medications.

Police and health agencies in communities across the province will work together Saturday, May 9th to encourage residents to dispose of unused and expired prescription medication in a secure and environmentally-friendly manner.

The OPP will be making several sites available for residents to drop off unwanted prescription medications for disposal on Saturday May 9th between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Prince Edward County residents should go to the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment located at 569 County Road 1, Picton between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to dispose of any unused or expired prescription medication.

“We see results when police work together with communities, health agencies and the citizens of this province, working together mobilizing for community safety and well-being,” said Anthony Mann, PEC OPP Community Services Officer. “Police would like to remind the public that all pharmacies in Ontario will accept your unused prescriptions anytime.”
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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has just released a new prevention video on Texting and Driving.  The video, produced by Constable Pierre Dubois of the Hawkesbury OPP Detachment, aims at discouraging drivers from picking up their cell phones and other related devices while they are at the wheel.

The OPP reminds the community that the consequences of “texting and driving” can be disastrous.  The video, called “Sounds of Texting” focuses on the sounds and emotions related to the negative impacts of distracted driving.

The OPP regularly investigates collisions that are a direct cause of distracted driving and the number of incidents related to distracted driving has significantly increased over the years.

In Ontario, drivers caught with a cell phone in their hands are eligible to receive:
• a fine of $225, plus a victim surcharge and court fee, for a total of $280 if settled out of court
• a fine of up to $500 if you receive a summons
If you endanger others because of any distraction, including both hand-held and hands-free devices, you can also be charged with Careless Driving. If convicted, you will automatically receive:
• six demerit points
• fines up to $2,000 and/or
• a jail term of six months
• up to two-year licence suspension
You can even be charged with dangerous driving (a criminal offence), with jail terms of up to five years.
You can make a difference by sharing this information with friends and family members.  You can also set a good the example for others as you drive by taking these easy steps to avoid being distracted:
• Use your cell phone only when you’re parked.
• Have a passenger take the call.
• Let calls go to voicemail.
• Turn off your cell phone before you start driving.
• Identify and preset your vehicle’s climate control, radio and CD player.
• Plan your route and set your GPS before you leave.
The message in this new video confirms the obvious… you can get caught “red handed” and receive a fine.  But consequences could even be worse where they could lead to heavier fines, jail, injuries and even death.

 

OPP arrest driver
On April 30, 2015 at 8:31am the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward detachment received a traffic complaint.  Police quickly intercepted the suspect on Mill St., Bloomfield.  The driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 65-year old Tyendinaga man was charged with Operating While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation with Over 80mgs of Alcohol contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on May 13, 2015.

OPP investigating roll-over at Rossmore
On April 29, 2015 at 11:46am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment, Prince Edward County Fire department and Paramedics were called to a single motor vehicle rollover on Hwy 62 South of County Rd 3, Rossmore.  The female driver was transported to hospital with minor injuries.  The police investigation continues.

Texting 911 now available for hard of hearing, speech impaired
The OPP is now equipped to receive emergency calls for service via Text with 911 (T9-1-1) from people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired (DHHSI) and for which the OPP is the Primary Public Safety Answering Point (P-PSAP).
T9-1-1 enables emergency communication with OPP 9-1-1 call takers via text message (or SMS). In order to use T9-1-1, members of the DHHSI community must register their cell phones with their wireless carrier in advance.  Some older model phones may not be compatible. Those who have more than one cell phone will need to register each phone individually.  The T9-1-1 service is not intended for use by the general public.
An Information Card is available on the OPP website at this address (http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=620) and via several OPP-serviced jurisdictions. More information is also available through the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association at www.cwta.ca.

Driver Arrested
Shortly before 9:00pm on the 12th of April an officer with the Prince Edward OPP Detachment patrolling the town of Wellington initiated a traffic stop. Following an investigation that included a roadside breath test with the driver, officers arrested a male for Driving with More than 80 milligrams (mgs) of Alcohol in Blood
The 55 year old Wellington man was subsequently charged with Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs.  His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 7 days. He is to appear in Picton courts on the 13th of May 2015 to answer to the charge.

Driver charged with multiple offences
On April 6th, 2015, at approximately 7:15pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to several calls of fail to remain collisions involving a burgundy pickup truck. Information was that the burgundy pickup truck was travelling on County Rd 3 in the Ward of Ameliasburgh when it struck several motor vehicles.
The driver of the suspect vehicle eventually lost control of the vehicle and was involved in a single motor vehicle collision. The driver left the vehicle on foot and after a brief foot pusuit the suspect was arrested by police.
A 50 year old man from Ameliasburgh has been charged with the following offences:
Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Operate a Motor Vehicle with Over 80mgs of alcohol contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle contrary to section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Fail to stop at the scene of accident X2 contrary to section 252 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
There were no reported injuries during the incident.
He is schedule to appear on April 22nd in The Ontario Court of Justice Picton to answer to the charges.

Driver arrested
On Friday the 27th of March 2015 at 10:21pm officers from the Prince Edward OPP detachment were on patrol on Highway 62 when they observed a northbound vehicle approaching them at a high rate of speed.  Officers turned their police vehicle around and began to follow the suspect vehicle which accelerated away reaching speeds in excess of 150kms per hour.  The suspect vehicle was observed driving erratically in its lane when the officers were following.  The vehicle turned onto Victoria Road where a traffic stop was initiated and was ultimately pulled over by the officers.
During the traffic stop it became apparent that the suspects ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol and he was arrested.
A 29-year-old Quinte West man has been charged with the following offences:
Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Driving with More than 80mgs of Alcohol in Blood
Careless Driving
Race a Motor Vehicle (Stunt Driving)
His vehicle was impounded for 7 days as a result of the incident. He will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on the 15th of April to answer to the above charges.
Police remind citizens not to fall victim to the ’emergency scam’
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding citizens that emergency scams target vulnerable persons and seniors by playing upon their emotions and rob them of their money.
Each year, emergency scam artists contact thousands of citizens and many people get scammed in their rush to help. Many victims are hesitant to say ‘no’ or to hang up on someone on the phone, which makes them easy targets for criminals to access substantial sums of money.
In 2014, five (5) per cent of all complaints received by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre were victims of the “Emergency Scam” — sometimes referred to as the “Grandparent Scam”. Of those 1,977 complaints, 737 people were identified as victims who reported a total loss of more than $2.4 million.
In the typical emergency scam, the victim will receive a frantic phone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or loved one. The caller will explain that they are involved in some sort of mishap or are having trouble returning from a foreign country and need money right away.
Scammers know how to gather your personal information for criminal means. They use phony social media accounts to find real names, real interests, real phone numbers and when you are going to be home or away.  They’ll even call in the middle of the night to take advantage of the confusion caused by awaking suddenly with the expectation its bad news at that hour. Most of all, they rely upon the victim’s desire to help their loved ones, whatever the cost.
Be aware of some warning signs:
·         Urgency– The scammer always makes the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story.
·         Fear– The scammer plays on the victim’s emotions by generating a sense of fear. For instance they may say, “I am scared and I need help from you.”
·         Secrecy– The scammer pleads with the victim not to tell anyone about the situation, such as, “Please don’t tell Dad, he would be so mad.”
·         Request for Money Transfer– Money is usually requested to be sent by a money transfer company such as Money Gram, Western Union or even through your own bank institution.
To avoid becoming a victim, police advise you to first check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information BEFORE sending money or providing credit card information by phone or e-mail. It is vitally important that the incident be reported every time it occurs, to allow police to investigate and prevent others from becoming victims.
If you or someone you know may have been the victim of an ‘emergency’ scam, contact your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.
“All consumers, regardless of age and gender, can take basic steps to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud, such as never giving out personal information over the phone, the internet or social media.   Remember, if it is too good to be true…it probably is,” said  Deputy Commissioner Scott TOD, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime Command.
“Knowledge is power.  The key to prevent becoming a victim of fraud is to know the warning signs and share your knowledge with the people you care about.”

Picton man charged with pornography offences
Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit have charged a Picton man following a two month on-line child pornography investigation.
On March 17, 2015 police from the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, OPP Technical Crime Unit and the Prince Edward County OPP executed a search warrant at a Picton residence.  As a result of this investigation, two computer devices were seized. These computers seized contained images of child sexual abuse.
A 28 year-old Picton man is charged with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, three counts of Accessing Child Pornography and two counts of Making Child Pornography Available.
The accused was released with conditions following a bail hearing yesterday. He is scheduled to appear on April 15, 2015 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton Ontario.
The investigation is continuing.

Drugs seized in OPP RIDE check
On March 17, 2015 at 21:38pm officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were conducting a R.I.D.E check at the intersection of Bridge and Union Street, in Picton.
OPP stopped a motor vehicle and found that the driver was in possession of marijuana.  A 29-year-old Milford man was charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  The street value of the seized drugs is estimated at $2,200.00.
The accused was released from police custody on an Appearance Notice to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on April 22, 2015.

Distracted driving deaths positioned to surpass impaired driving deaths  

As the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) gets ready to conduct public education and targeted enforcement for its annual Distracted Driving Campaign, it has already reported 12 distracted driving-related deaths so far this year.
The OPP’s 2015 collision data is shaping up to see a seventh consecutive year in which inattentive driving surpasses impaired driving as a causal factor in the fatal collisions it investigates.  Both of these fatality categories are dangerous, preventable driving behaviours that result in the senseless loss of life on Ontario roads every year.
OPP collision data reveals that driver inattention was a causal factor in 12 of this year’s 51 fatal collisions to date. In five of the fatal incidents, it was the driver who was found to be driving inattentively who died.  In two incidents, the driver who died did nothing wrong and was driving properly at the time of the collision.  Three of the incidents involved a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. Nine of the deceased were males, three were females and their ages range from 33 to 88 years old.
“Distracted driving is a danger to all road users. Fortunately, these same road users are in a position to help put a stop to it. We want to see everyone develop and maintain a complete intolerance for distracted driving and make it the socially unacceptable driving behaviour that it should be,” said Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division.
What can you do to help?
Be mindful that distracted driving  poses a significant  threat to the well-being of your family and friends;
Start conversations about distracted driving with your family, your friends, your colleagues and shed the negative light on it that it deserves;
If you are in a vehicle being driven by someone who is driving while distracted, always speak up. Be firm and say: “Enough! Too many people are dying because of distracted driving.  It needs to stop and you need to stop”. Make this your new attitude every day.
If you see someone driving in a dangerous manner while driving distracted, call 9-1-1 to report them.
Be self-disciplined every time you get behind the wheel; do not allow yourself to be distracted in any way while you are driving.

Lottery and prize scams second highest marketing fraud complaints
Lottery scams and other prize fraud schemes now rank second highest in terms of the number of mass marketing fraud complaints, and fourth in terms of dollar losses reported by victims, according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Many Canadians find themselves becoming scam victims, thanks to the excitement of a surprise win or to claim prizes from fake lotteries, sweepstakes or contests. In 2014, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) received 4,400 Canadian complaints of prize or lottery fraud. Of those, 652 people were victimized to the tune of more than $4.3-million. Police believe 95 per cent of victims never report the crime.
Phone calls, an e-mail, text messages and pop-up messages on your computer or laptop may make claims that the offer is legal and that there are relatively minor costs to claim the ‘big’ prize. By responding, you may lose everything you send to a scammer and – if you have provided other personal details – your identity information could be stolen to support other crimes.
Members of the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch encourage everyone to leverage their social media interactions by using #dontbeavictim #fraudprevention and #OPPtips to help others identify and report fraud.
If you have been approached to pay a fee to claim a lottery or other type of prize, contact your local police service or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/ .
FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.
Tips to help you recognize a lottery or prize scam.
Never send money to anybody you don’t know and trust.
Don’t provide personal banking details to anyone that you do not know and trust.
Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully. Claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs. Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
Ask yourself, “Did I willingly enter this contest?”
“Many lottery and prize claim scams want to trick you into providing your banking and personal information to claim your prize. In fact, criminals will fraudulently use your personal information to steal your money,” said Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime Command.
OPP not soliciting funds for bears

OPP community bearsFollowing reports of telephone calls soliciting funds for teddy bears, the Ontario Provincial Police advises the public it does not approach the public for funds for this cause.

“While many OPP officers are involved in worthy charities on their personal time, the OPP is advising the public that it does not solicit funds from members of the public for its Community Bear Program or any other OPP program,” said PEC Community Services officer Anthony Mann.

The OPP’s Community Bear Program is sponsored by Aviva Canada Inc. Through the sponsorship, Aviva Canada Inc. provides OPP officers with black and white teddy bears which OPP officers give to traumatized children they encounter when they respond to incidents such as motor vehicle collisions.

The OPP reminds people to verify the legitimacy of any organization that calls to solicit funds from the public.

For information on how to spot a scam and make sure you do not become a victim, please go to www.opp.ca and click on Fraud Prevention on the Resources page.

The public is also reminded that any concerns regarding aggressive or inappropriate conduct by persons attempting to solicit funds in any fashion can also be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by dialing 1-888-495-8801 or through their website at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/index.html.

 

Serious injuries in collision
On Monday, March 02, 2015 at 5:45pm the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on Loyalist Parkway just North of County Road 19, in Ameliasburgh.  OPP were assisted by the Prince Edward County Fire department and paramedics.
The police investigation revealed that a motor vehicle travelling northbound on Loyalist Parkway entered into the southbound lane striking another motor vehicle head on.
Three people were transported to hospital by ambulance.  Both drivers sustained serious injuries and a passenger is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
Loyalist Parkway was closed for several hours as OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) assisted in the investigation that is continuing.

OPP investigating fire in garage
A fire that destroyed a garage and its contents on Friday is under investigation.
On February 27th, 2015 at 10:25 am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a structure fire, which had destroyed a detached garage and all its contents, on Willis Road, in the Ward of Hallowell.
Members of the Prince Edward OPP detachment and the Fire Department are continuing their investigation to determine the cause.

OPP arrest driver involved in fatal rollover
A 27-year-old Picton man has been chared with impaired driving causing death in relation to a single vehicle rollover Dec. 20th, 2014  on County Road 12 at West Lake.
A silver Nissan 350Z, two-door had rolled and crashed into a tree at approximately 12:50 a.m. A 30-year-old Picton man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  As a result of further investigation by the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators, the Prince Edward OPP arrested the driver o Feb. 28, 2015. He was charged with:
·         Impaired Driving Causing Death, contrary to Section 255(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada and
·         Operation with Over 80mgs of Alcohol Causing Death, contrary to Section 255 (3.1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was released on a Promise to Appear with a court date of April 15th, 2015, at The Ontario Court of Justice Picton.
OPP investigate snowmobile collision
On February 19, 2015 at 9:04pm the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward detachment were contacted by the Belleville Police Service to investigate a snowmobile collision that had occurred on the Bay of Quinte, south of Belleville. The Belleville Police Service and paramedics initially responded an hour earlier.
The operator of the snowmobile, a 27-year old man from Foxboro, was transported to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The police investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.

Vehicle rollover at Gilead Road
On February 19, 2015 at 11:44pm officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment attended a single motor vehicle rollover on Gilead Road, in the ward of Hallowell.  The driver appeared to have been consuming alcohol.
A 21-year-old Hallowell man is charged with Operation While Impaired, contrary to Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Operation With Over 80mgs. Of Alcohol, contrary to Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused was later released from police custody on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on March 11, 2015. No one was injured.

Seniors targeted
The Ontario Provincial Police has received several reports from elderly citizens being targeted by scammers/con-artists by phone.
The “Emergency Scam” or “Grandparent Scam” has been around for many years however con-artists routinely utilize it in an effort to steal money from trusting seniors.
These ruthless individuals instil fear by claiming to be the police or a lawyer and tell the elderly victim that they are with a family member (grandchild, sibling, or spouse) who has been in a car accident or seriously injured.  They typically tell the senior their loved one is ok however they are in jail and require a certain amount of money to be wired via Western Union immediately to bail them out.
According to the victims, the scammers are persistent and demanding.
It’s not always easy to spot a scam, and new ones are invented every day. If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone.  If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre – Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501 or visit The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online.

OPP investigating two break-in reports in Rossmore
On January 26, 2015 at 4:08am officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment responded to a Rossmore home regarding a break and enter.  The police investigation revealed; the incident occurred during the early morning hours, the residents were home at the time and a number of electronic devices were stolen.
The OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Canine Unit were activated.  Officers searched the area however police were unable to locate the suspect(s).
OPP have since learned of a second break and enter into a near-by home.  The OPP Forensic Identification Unit is assisting in these investigations.
The OPP is encouraging anyone with information regarding these crimes to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

OPP charge school employee
On January 16, 2015 at 11:18am officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment were called to a Prince Edward County elementary school within the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board in response to an assault.
The police investigation revealed that on January 14, 2015 a school employee had assaulted a student.  The student sustained minimal injury. On January 18, 2015 OPP charged a 49-year old, Picton woman with Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  The accused was served an appearance notice and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on February 4, 2015. No further details are being released to protect the identity of the victim.

 Collision sends drivers to hospital
On January 16, 2015 at 8:10am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 4 near Doolittle Lane, in the Ward of Hallowell.  Two motor vehicles were involved.  Both drivers were transported by ambulance to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.  The police investigation is continuing.

Man charged with sex related crimes
On January 09, 2015 the Ontario Provincial Police Prince Edward County detachment received a report of a sexual assault.  The police investigation revealed that a 16-year old female had been sexually assaulted by a male known to her in the summer of 2014 at a residence in the Ward of Ameliasburgh.
On January 13, 2015 a 32-year old Ameilasburgh man was arrested.
The accused is charged with Sexual Assault, contrary to Section 271of the Criminal Code of Canada (x3) and Sexual Exploitation, contrary to Section 153(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada (x3).  The accused was released from police custody on promise to appear and officer in charge undertaking.  He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Picton on February 4, 2015.
Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Two injured in collision
On  January 11, 2015 at 9:28am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment attended a motor vehicle collision on Chase Road, Hillier.  Two motor vehicles were involved.  Both drivers were transported to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A 51-year old Hillier resident has been charged with Fail to Yield From Driveway/Private Drive, Contrary to Section 139(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

High volume of collisions
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment had responded to a high volume of motor vehicle collisions in the last week.  Adverse weather conditions had affected driving in a number of these collisions.  OPP are reminding motorists to please slow down, use caution and be prepared in the event you must stop.
Motorists can check weather and travel conditions by visiting www.ontario.ca/511 or by calling 511.  People can also visit www.ontario.ca/winterdriving for reminders on how to drive safe this winter.

OPP charge 87 in RIDE program
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign began November 24 and ran until January 2, 2015. During this five-week period, East Region OPP officers conducted 2,308 Festive RIDE initiatives.
During the campaign, OPP officers in East Region charged 87 people with Impaired, Over 80 or Refusal to Provide a sample compared to 116 during the campaign in 2013/14. Unfortunately, OPP officers in East Region issued 105 – three, seven or thirty day driver’s licence suspensions compared to 96 in in the 2013/14 campaign.
“Irresponsible motorists continue to drive while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol and the carnage and harm they can cause is impossible to calculate. The OPP will continue to conduct RIDE programs throughout the region on any day, at any time throughout the year,” said Chief Superintendent Daniel Redmond, Regional Commander, East Region.
The OPP is calling on everyone to stop impaired driving and to discourage others from doing so. If someone you encounter insists on driving impaired, call 911 in order for the police service of jurisdiction to respond and take the driver off the road before someone is harmed.

OPP East Region 2014 Fatal Crash Report

(SMITHSFALLS, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), East Region are pleased to report that fatal collisions on OPP patrolled highways was further reduced in 2014 over 2013 and 2012.
Seatbelt related fatalities have decreased over the last 5 years while the number of alcohol related deaths have remained constant.
Although the recent Festive RIDE campaign has come to an end, the OPP is continuing to focus resources on our highways.
“Unfortunately, deaths of our highways is a needless result of distracted driving, alcohol, aggressive driving, speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt. Driving defensively within the posted limits and being focused will further assist in making our highways even safer.” – Chief Superintendent Daniel Redmond, Regional Commander, East Region.

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Fatal Crashes 45 46 63 49 53
Deaths 48 52 74 56 57
Alcohol Related 8 13 13 15 12
Seatbelt Related 5 13 19 17 15

 

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