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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2020

14-year-old charged with sexual assault, possession of child pornography

A 14-year-old Picton resident will face charges of two counts of sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5 at approximately 7:30 a.m. members of the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in Picton.

Police seized several electronic devices and charged the 14-year-old. The accused was released and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date.

Woman with life-threatening injuries in aggravated assault

A 52-year-old man from Picton has been charged with aggravated assault and disobeying an order of the court following a serious assault that put a woman in hospital.

Prince Edward County OPP attended the hospital call about 3 p.m. Saturday where the victim was being treated. She was later airlifted to Kingston hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The man was arrested a short time later and was charged under the criminal code with aggravated assault and disobeying order of the court.

The investigation is ongoing with members of the Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit, East Region Forensic Identification Services and the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

The accused has been remanded in custody until a scheduled appearance this week at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Police ask that people with information regarding this incident contact police at 1-888-310-1122. Anonymous information can be called into Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Two men rescued after snowmobile goes through ice off Massassauga Point
Two men in their late 20s were rescued after their snowmobile broke through the ice off Massassauga Point Thursday afternoon.

A resident in the area called 911 after hearing cries for help,” said Kim Guthrie, Prince Edward OPP constable. “The caller scanned the ice and observed two people in crisis.”

Just before 2 p.m. Feb. 6, members of the OPP met with paramedics and Prince Edward County Fire Rescue were dispatched.

Guthrie said the Fire Rescue team conducted an ice rescue and both parties were assessed on shore, then transported to Belleville General Hospital where they were treated for non life threatening injuries.

The two males were visiting the area from Newmarket and were operating their snowmobile on the ice just prior to breaking through.

“The Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind everyone that ice conditions are ever-changing, and to exercise extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice, whether on foot, snow machine or any other vehicle.”

Guthrie recommends people venturing out should wear bright-coloured, buoyant clothing such as a floater suit, as a good practice for anyone enjoying ice activities at any time of the winter.

Investigation into shed fire
On Thursday, Feb. 6 at 2:30 a.m. officers of the Prince Edward OPP detachment were dispatched to assist the Prince Edward County Fire Rescue at a location on Swamp College Road.

Fire crews quickly extinguished a small shed fire with minimal damage to the shed and its contents. The investigation surrounding the circumstances of the fire is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince Edward OPP detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

County man killed in County Road 17 accident

On January 25, 2020 at approximately 4:30 p.m. officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 17 in Hallowell Ward. Hastings Quinte EMS and Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue also responded after a passenger vehicle and a propane truck collided. The driver of the passenger vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other driver was not seriously injured.

The deceased has been identified as Joshua Heisie, 30 years of age from Prince Edward County.

As a result of the investigation, charges are not anticipated. County Road 17 has been fully reopened.

Traffic complaint leads to charges

On Sunday Jan. 26, 2020 just after 10:00 a.m. the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment received a report of an erratic driver. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Burr Road in Ameliasburgh. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing.

A 48-year-old Prince Edward County man has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Operation While Impaired – 320.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date in Picton. He was also given a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Prince Edward OPP are thanking motorists for remaining vigilant and reporting impaired drivers. To report impaired drivers, call 1.888.310.1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersquinte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

No injuries in collision with school bus

A collision with a school bus Wednesday afternoon has led police to remind residents about parking properly.

Just after 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 officers from the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment were called to Elm Street in Picton. A vehicle had sideswiped a school bus, which had students on board. There were no injuries.

“Prince Edward County OPP are reminding drivers to park only in designated parking areas, especially around school zones,” said Const. Aaron Miller, Community Safety and Media Relations Officer. “School bus drivers have a very important job to do and need room to operate the bus safely. This decreased congestion will allow students of all ages to get to and from school safely.”

OPP are also asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122.

Police recover stolen property

Prince Edward County OPP’s Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) recovered a collection of stolen property Wednesday and returned it to its owner.
The property had been taken from a jobsite in Wellington earlier in January.
The CSCU recovered a Honda 1500W generator, a Jenny air compressor and a Knack tool box.

Officers are continuing their investigation.

Tax season phone fraud scams two local victims

Prince Edward County OPP received two reports on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from individuals who received calls from someone claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

“One party purchased approximately $500 in Itunes gift cards and provided them with the bar codes. Another individual provided them with their social insurance number,” said Const. Aaron Miller, Community Safety and Media Relations Officer. “Scammers are sneaky and sly. They can target anyone, from youngsters to retirees. They can also target businesses. No one is immune to fraud.”

His reminder is knowledge and awareness about phone scams is power, noting the CRA will never ask for gift cards.

For those who would like more information on this and other popular fraud schemes, the OPP and CIBC will be partnering to host a seminar on “Protecting Yourself from Fraud” on Monday, Feb. 24 from 1:30-2:30 at the Wellington on the Lake Recreation Centre.

Participants will learn how to identify different types of fraud, and the latest scams and actions you can take to protect yourself, and what to do if you are a victim of fraud. The session is free of charge. Call the County Seniors Centre, with Community Care for Seniors, to register at 613-476-7493.

“This will be an incredible opportunity to help feel more informed on the latest scams and the actions you can take to keep your personal information and finances safe.”

OPP seek assistance on sideswiped vehicle

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 just before 7 p.m. officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Bridge Street, in Picton.

A driver had parked a grey 2012 Chevrolet Equinox on the side of the road. Upon return to the vehicle, it was discovered to have been sideswiped sometime during the day causing damage to the side of the vehicle.

OPP are seeking assistance from the public to identify the driver or owner of the other vehicle.

OPP are asking that anyone with information regarding this incide nt to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

OPP investigating alcohol related collisions

Following two alcohol-related incidents on the weekend, Prince Edward OPP are reminding drivers of the importance of calling 911 if they suspect someone is driving impaired.

On Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:25 p.m. officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 22 in Hallowell. The driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. A 49-year-old Wellington womannow faces charges related to impaired driving and blood alcohol concentration.

She was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday Feb. 12 in Picton. She was also given a 90-day driver’s licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. officers were investigating a motor vehicle collision on County Road 1 in Hallowell. As a result, a 39-year-old male from Consecon had his driving privileges suspended for three days as a result of an “Alert” reading on the screening device.

Report impaired drivers by calling 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersquinte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Charges laid following collision

On Sunday, Jan. 19 just after 1:20 a.m., officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle accident on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh.

As a result of the investigation, a 32-year-old Carrying Place man has been charged with the following:
Public Mischief contrary to section 140(1)(c) of the Criminal Code
Fail to report accident contrary to section 199(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
Careless driving contrary t o section 130(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
Fail to remain contrary to section 200(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act
Driver, fail to properly wear seat belt contrary to section 106(2) of the Highway Traffic Act
Fail to sign permit in ink contrary to section 8(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in Picton.

PEC OPP to survey business surveillance systems

Over the next three months, members from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police will be canvassing local businesses for information regarding their video surveillance systems.

“These efforts will assist in the creation of a database which will improve the efficiency of current investigations,” said Const. Aaron Miller, community safety, and media relations officer.

The Prince Edward County Auxiliary unit will also be utilized. All officers will be identifiable by their uniform.

Driver charged

On Wednesday, Jan. 15 just after 4 p.m., an officer from the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment conducted a traffic stop on County Road 22 in Hallowell.

A 30-year-old Picton man has been charged with driving while under suspension contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

The accused was issued a part three summons with a corresponding court date. The vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Weapons seized in Athol search warrant

A search warrant at an Athol home Thursday resulted in weapons charges for a 39-year-old Prince Edward County resident.

At approximately 2 p.m. the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment Crime Unit, Canine Unit and Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) executed a search warrant at a County Road 11 residence. Police seized an SKS semi automatic rifle, a Savage semi automatic rifle, a double barrel break action shot gun and an assortment of affiliated ammunition.

The man has been charged with unauthorized possession, careless storage and possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized.

He was released and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Feb. 26.

Driver charged

On Thursday, Jan. 9 just after 12:30 a.m. an officer from the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1 in Hallowell. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing.

A 21-year-old male from Belleville, Ontario has been charged with Operation While Impaired contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in Picton. He was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Prince Edward OPP is reminding people to report impaired drivers 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersquinte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Calls for service include break-ins
Prince Edward OPP responded to 35 calls for service over the first few days of the new year – including reports of break-ins.

On Thursday, Jan. 2, officers investigated a theft from a job site on McFaul Road in Hillier that occurred between Dec. 27 and 31. A number of tools, valued at $15,000, were reported stolen, including:
Bostitch cap gun serial number: 18008001HBK
Bostitch metal connector serial number: 14308024F
Makita hammer drill serial number: C59AD15040371
Makita cordless brad nailer serial number: 26391E
Milwaukee hammer drill serial number: C8AD15154200282
4x Passload nail guns serial numbers: 183 6XC0023, 165XC0494, 1807XC0214,1638XC0903
Leica simplicity laser serial number: 15046111854
Leica LLNO laser serial number: 777069
Makita circular saw serial number: 1295K
Makita corded sawzall serial number: 549870K

Investigators are actively looking for information that may lead to a suspect or suspect(s) in this case.

On Saturday, Jan. 4 just after 3:10 p.m. officers responded to a report of a break, enter and theft at a residence on County Road 1 in Hallowell Ward. A number of personal belongings and electronics were taken including a 12-inch Apple Ipad.

Investigators seek information that may lead to a suspect or suspect(s) in these cases. Anyone with information is requested to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersquinte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Prince Edward OPP investigated a report of a break and enter to a business in Picton in the early morning hours of new year’s day.

“With the assistance of local residents and their investigative skills the officers identified the suspect and he was arrested and charged,” said Const. Aaron Miller, media relations officer.

The 22-year-old Picton man was charged with break and enter a place- with intent to commit indictable offence contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. He was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear Feb. 19, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton.

During a traffic stop Friday, Jan. 3 just after 11:15 p.m. on Union Street in Picton, a 42-year-old Timmins man was charged with operation while prohibited contrary to section 320.18(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.
He was released on an appearance notice and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Jan. 29, 2020.

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