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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2020

Drugs seized in traffic stop

Prince Edward OPP seized cocaine and meth following a traffic stop of a suspended teenage driver and a passenger on Monday.

Just after 3:30 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Portland Street in Picton and found the driver to be a suspended driver. Further investigation lead to the arrest of the passenger. As a result of the subsequent search, officers seized a number of illicit drugs and associated paraphernalia including a digital scale, packaging materials, suspected MDMA (Ecstasy) and cocaine, along with a cell phone.

A 16-year-old male from Picton was charged with trafficking. An 18-year-old from Picton was also charged with trafficking, fail to comply with sentence and driving while under suspension.

The vehicle was towed and impounded for a period of seven days. The accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date.

Arrest made in relation to assault causing a child harm

On Friday, May 22, 2020 officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Crime Unit arrested a 20-year-old Belleville man in relation to an ongoing assault investigation.

Earlier in 2020, officers received a complaint after child under the age of five was taken to hospital with injuries sustained as a result of a related occurrence.

The 20-year-old Belleville resident was charged with assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date.

OPP break up gathering, investigate collision over long weekend

Prince Edward County Detachment OPP report breaking up one larger than allowed gathering over the long weekend; a collision involving an ATV and checks on waterways.

Saturday, the OPP received a report of a gathering at an address on Scotts Mill Road. Officers arrived and located approximately 12 people. Officers educated the parties on the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the individuals left the location.

Just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday, OPP responded with Hastings-Quinte EMS and Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue to a multiple vehicle collision on Loyalist Parkway near Wellington. Two vehicles and an ATV were involved. One person was transported to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Officers were also on the waterways promoting safe boating and checking for safety equipment. As a result of a vessel check, officers arrested a 39-year-old male from Brighton who was wanted on a warrant and transported him directly to a custody facility.

Police charge four, seize drugs, phones and money

Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment, the East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Canine Unit and Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) seized drugs, phones and money executing a search warrant about 4:30 a.m. at a residence on Nery Avenue in Picton.

Police seized of a quantity of cocaine, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), three cellular phones and a collection of Canadian currency.

Four Picton residents, ages 20 to 32, were charged with possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking -cocaine; possession of a schedule three substance – psilocybin (mushrooms) and possession of property obtained by crime.

The accused were released on an undertaking to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 15.

Anyone with information that can assist the Prince Edward County OPP with this investigation can call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppersquinte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Arrest related to illegal online activity

On Saturday May 9, 2020 members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment Crime Unit made an arrest in relation to an investigation regarding online activity.

Earlier this year, the OPP received reports of inappropriate activity on social media. An investigation was conducted and a search warrant was executed on a Picton residence.

As a result of the investigation, a 27-year-old Picton man was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Transmit sexually explicit material to a person under 18 – 171.1(1)(a)
Luring a person under 18 years of age by means of telecommunication – 172.1(1)(a)
Imports, distributes, sells or possesses for the purpose of distribution or sale of any child pornography – 163.1(3)
Possession of child pornography – 163.1(4)
Access any child pornography – 163.1(4.1)

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police 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.

Drivers’ licences siezed

On Saturday May 9, 2020 just after 9:15 p.m. a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62. As a result, a 23 year old male from Belleville had his driving privileges suspended for seven days under the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) as a result of an “Alert” reading on the approved screening device.

Later that evening, shortly after midnight, officers responded with paramedics to a single motor vehicle crash on Highway 62 in Ameliasburgh Ward. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing.

A 23-year-old Bloomfield man has been charged with the following offences:
Operation While Impaired – 320.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The driver was further charged with G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver. 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 reminding motorists to remain vigilant and report 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.

Break and enter to abandoned building in Bloomfield

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment investigated a report of a break and enter to an abandoned building in Bloomfield.

OPP were notified of a broken window at location. Investigation revealed the break in had occurred sometime previously and found people had entered the building.

The Prince Edward County OPP is seeking assistance from the public. If anyone has any knowledge of this incident they are asked to contact 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.

Additional charges in historical sexual assault

The Prince Edward County Crime Unit has laid additional charges in connection to a sexual assault investigation.

As a result of the search warrant executed April 25, officers located a series of firearms. The 67-year-old male from Picton was arrested and charged with three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm cont rary to section of 91(1) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was released on an appearance notice and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date. The name of the accused cannot be released to protect the identity of the victims.

Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you need support or know someone that does, there are local resources available to help. You can visit the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District for assistance. A toll free call can also be placed to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 where your information will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are in an immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police 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.

Drivers arrested

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment arrested two people suspected of impaired driving.

On Thursday, April 23, 2020 shortly before 3 p.m. officers responded to a call of a motor vehicle accident on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh. Officers located a vehicle on its side in a field. With the assistance of the OPP Canine Unit, the driver was located. As a result of further investigation, a 27-year-old Prince Edward County resident was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – 320.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impa ired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)
Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle- 320.13(1)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 20, 2020. He was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On Friday, April 24 just after 11 p.m. officers received a traffic complaint of a vehicle being driven in an erratic manor on Highway 62. The vehicle was located and driver spoken to. As a result of further investigation, a 26-year-old Belleville resident was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – 320.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The driver was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 20, 2020. He was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension.

Arrest made in relation to historical sexual assault

On Wednesday April 8, 2020 just before noon officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of historical sexual assaults. The incidents are alleged to have occurred nearly 10 years ago in Picton. An investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Prince Edward County Crime Unit. As a result, a 22 year old male from Belleville was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Sexual assault – sec. 271
Sexual interference – sec. 151
Invitation to sexual touching under 16 years of age – sec. 152

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville at a later date.

Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you need support or know someone that does, there are local resources available to help. You can visit the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District for assistance. A toll free call can also be placed to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 where your information will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are in an immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police 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.

Assault and mischief

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 just before noon officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a mischief and assault on Picton Main Street. Officers arrived and spoke with the resident who stated he was assaulted and had property broken inside his house. The individual had left on foot.

Shortly thereafter, officers received another call on Elizabeth Street of another mischief. It was confirmed this was the same individual and that a TV and motor vehicle was damaged inside a garage.

Officers located the individual on Mary Street and arrested the suspect.

A 35 year old male from Picton has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Mischief – 430(4)- three counts
Assault – 266
Theft under $5000 – 334(b)
Unlawfully in a dwelling house – 349(1)

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police 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.

Traffic stop leads to seizure of drugs

On Monday April 20, 2020 around 2:30 p.m. The Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop on Main Street in Picton. Officers observed alcohol and cannabis readily available to the driver. A subsequent search revealed an amount of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine.

A 40-year-old Centreville man has been charged with the following offences:
Possession of a schedule one substance – CDSA 4(1)
– Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose – CC 88
– Drive motor vehicle with cannabis readily available- CCA 12(1)
– Drive mo tor vehicle not in accordance with permit limitations – HTA 8
– Driving motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor – LLA 32(1)

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 24, 2020

OPP break up birthday party, send traveller back to quarantine

Prince Edward County OPP officers broke up a birthday party and sent a traveller who should be in quarantine home over the weekend.

Constable Aaron Miller, PE OPP Community Safety Officer, said officers responded to a call about a birthday celebration on the weekend.

“Partiers were reminded of the regulations surrounding the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The individuals accepted the warning and complied with officers,” he said.

Also over the weekend, officers spoke with a man who recently returned from outside the country had gone grocery shopping.

“Officers explained the potential impacts of defying the Quarantine Act and province-wide emergency orders currently in place. The individual complied and returned home,” said Miller.

Detachment officers also responded to more usual calls over the course of the weekend.

Friday, officers conducted a traffic stop on Main Street in Picton shortly after 10 p.m. As a result of further investigation, the driver, a 27-year-old man from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with Operation While Impaired and blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). He was also charged with driving a motor vehicle with no insurance.

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 24, 2020. He was also given a 90-day driver’s licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Saturday April 18, shortly after 3 p.m., officers received a traffic complaint of a vehicle being driven in an erratic manor. Officers located the vehicle in Carrying Place and charged the 50-year-old driver from Oshawa with Operation while Impaired and possession of a schedule one substance.

The driver was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 24. He was also given a 90-day driver’s licence suspension

Early in the morning of April 20, officers received a report of a break and enter in progress at a business on Crofton Road.

With the assistance of the OPP Canine Unit and Emergency Response Team, three people were arrested – a 20-year-old woman from Brighton; a 20-year-old man from Belleville; and a 20-year-old man from Trenton. They were charged with break and enter and were released on an undertaking and are scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 8.

Theft from construction site

On Thursday April 16, 2020 officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded reports of suspicious activity and a theft from a residential construction site on Long Point Road in South Marysburgh.

Someone had used a pick-up truck and cargo trailer to remove tools and large appliances, but the pick-up broke down a short distance from the scene and the culprits had fled prior to police arrival.

With the assistance of the Prince Edward County Detachment Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), a number of stolen tools and appliances were recovered by police.

A 50-year-old Stratford man has been charged with the foll owing Criminal Code offences:
Break and enter – sec. 348(1)(b)
Possession of property obtained by crime – sec. 354(1)(a)
Public mischief – sec. 140(1)(b)

The accused was released on an undertaking and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 17, 2020.

County OPP educate and enforce emergency act

Prince Edward County OPP continue to collaborations to ensure community safety during the ongoing health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With its partners, Prince Edward County bylaw officers and Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health, OPP members have been investigating allegations of individuals and businesses defying the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

On April 8, officers investigated multiple allegations that a non-essential business remained open. Following investigation, the owner of a nail salon in Picton was warned by officers to close the business and local public health authorities were notified.

On April 10, officers responded to a reported gathering on County Road 15 in Sophiasburgh. Police educated the group about the potential impacts of defying the province-wide emergency orders currently in place.

On April 12, officers received a report of a gathering at an address on Downes Avenue. Although the group had dispersed upon officer arrival, officers confirmed this was the case and warned the parties that congregating in a group of more than five unrelated people violates the emergency order.

Residents of Prince Edward County can contact the County’s COVID-10 help line at 1-833-676-2148 to speak directly with County staff who can connect them with volunteer-delivered food and other essentials, critical community services and transportation options as well as sources of accurate and reliable public health information.

“We remind everyone that ‘flattening the curve’ requires us to work together to ensure the current short-term restrictions are in place no longer than necessary,” said Const. Aaron Miller, Community Safety and Media Relations Officer.

Break, enter and threats charges

On Wednesday April 8, 2020 just before 8 p.m. members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a request for assistance in removing a person from a residence.

Officers responded to an address on County Road 17 in North Marysburgh Ward. A person had broken into a garage and attempted to enter the residence. The individual also made threats toward the occupants before leaving on foot. Officers located the party and made an arrest.

A 29-year-old Picton man was charged with break and enter, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code, in addition to uttering threats to cau se death or bodily harm, contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was released on an undertaking and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 17, 2020.

Driver charged, tractor impounded

On Tuesday April 7, 2020 just after 3 p.m. the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment received a report of a lawn tractor travelling on County Road 8 with several children in a trailer.

The driver was taking six children around the block in the trailer. He had been disqualified from driving under the Criminal Code.

The 65-year-old Picton residents was charged with four counts of operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code. The tractor was impounded for a period of seven days.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date in Picton.

Calls for service

The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated 33 calls for service from Friday, April 4, 2020 to Monday, April 6, 2020.

Included in these calls were three ambulance assists, two neighbour disputes and one motor vehicle collision.

On Sunday April 5, 2020 just before 1 p.m. officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on Picton Main Street where a vehicle struck a parked vehicle. As a result of the investigation, a 37-year-old female from Picton was charged with careless driving and driving without a licence.

Officers also dealt with a number of calls in relation to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Over the weekend, bicycle patrols were conducted on the Millennium trail resulting in a number of reminders regarding physical distancing.

In an emergency, you can reach the OPP by calling 911, but if you are reporting something that does not require immediate police assistance please call 1-888-310-1122.

OPP enforcement during COVID-19 pandemic

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) encourages businesses and individuals to voluntarily comply with the short-term restrictions introduced by the federal and provincial governments to combat the spread of COVID-19.

While education, awareness and compliance are preferred options, officers will apply discretion to lay charges under the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA)

Enforcement actions can include offences relating to:

· operation of non-essential businesses and

· gatherings of more than five people, with some exceptions

Additionally, police have the authority to arrest those in non-compliance of the federal Quarantine Act at the request of a screening or quarantine officer.

The OPP will continue to provide public safety services to the communities we serve and support the efforts of federal, provincial and local health authorities during the current situation involving COVID-19. We appreciate the public’s ongoing support of these measures. Stay home and avoid non-essential travel, practice good hygiene and follow the Ontario Ministry of Health’s recommendations in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

If you wish to file a report regarding non-compliance under the Quarantine Act, contact Public Health Agency of Canada.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For all other police matters, including non-compliance to the EMPCA, please call your local police or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. For less serious incidents, report online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.

Person lit rug on fire

Officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 24 calls on Wednesday. The calls varied in nature, however one of the calls resulted in officers laying charges.

Just after 3 p.m. officers were called to a County Road 10 address in Picton where an individual was in a residence causing damage. The individual lit a rug on fire before leaving on foot.

As a result of the investigation, a 25-year-old male from Picton, was charged with the following offences
Mischief und er $5000 – 430(4)
Unlawfully in a dwelling house – 349(1)
Arson – 434

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date in Picton.

Vehicle towed after traffic stop

On Sunday March 29, 2020 just before 9 p.m. an officer from the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62 in Hallowell Ward.

The vehicle was found to be travelling in excess of 50km/h over the posted speed limit. As a result, the driver was charged with stunt driving. The drivers licence was suspended and vehicle impounded both for a period of seven days. The driver was summonsed to provincial court in Picton at a later date.

Aggravated assault investigation continues
On Saturday March 28 just before 6 a.m. officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a serious assault.

Officers attended a hospital, where the victim was being treated. The male was later transported to a Kingston hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation remains ongoing with members of the Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police 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.

Assault in Picton
On Friday March 27, 2020 just after 7 p.m. officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an assault.

Officers attended an address on Picton Main Street and spoke with the victim who had sustained minor injuries.

As a result of the investigation, a 38-year-old male from Picton, was charged with mischief under $5000, two counts assault, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and forcible confinement.
The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date in Picton.

Theft of money

On Thursday March 26, 2020 members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a theft of money.

A customer was waiting in line to check out at a Picton business while an envelope fell to the floor containing approximately $340. The envelope was then picked up by another customer and taken home.

Thanks to the thoughtful actions of store employees and thorough investigative skills employed by the officers, the suspect was located and the money was returned back to its rightful owner. No charges were laid.

Vehicle towed after traffic stop
On Sunday March 29, just before 9 p.m. an officer from the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62 in Hallowell Ward.

The vehicle was found to be travelling in excess of 50km/h over the posted speed limit. As a result, the driver was charged with stunt driving. The drivers licence was suspended and vehicle impounded both for a period of seven days. The driver was summonsed to provincial court in Picton at a later date.

Police warn of scams related to COVID-19
As people continue to respond to ever-evolving changes surrounding COVID-19, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment reminds residents not to let their guard down when it comes to scams.

“Fraudsters are attempting to take advantage of these times and are attempting to profit from consumer fear, uncertainty and misinformation,” said Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety Officer. “While fraudsters continue to utilize traditional techniques, they have developed a series of new ideas in attempt to exploit the current trend.”

A few of the current scams include:
Fraudulent government, healthcare or research information accounts
Unsolicited calls, emails or texts givin g medical advice
Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for products or research
Questionable offers including miracle cures, herbal remedies or faster testing
Fake and deceptive online ads including cleaning products and hand sanitizer

Fraudsters are also posing as a number of agencies including:
Electrical companies threatening to disconnect power
Centre for disease control and prevention
Red Cross
Government departments
Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19

“These fraudsters continue to evolve and develop new techniques. Remember: legitimate agencies will never pressure you for information over the phone or demand money immediately.”

Click here for more information on the scams from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. 

 

Police enforcement to help limit spread of COVID-19

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants to ensure everyone is aware of how police services are expected to respond to the Government of Ontario’s recent health emergency declaration related to limiting transmission of COVID-19.

Although voluntary compliance is always preferred, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), there are consequences for individuals and businesses that choose to defy the Act while it is in force. Contravening the expert advice provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health to close certain businesses and institutions and limit gatherings to 50-people or less, the Provincial Offences Act (POA) has been updated to include three offences to be enforced by police, along with set fines per offence:

▪ Fail to comply with an order – Part I – Fine of $750
▪ Obstructions of Person – Fine of $1,000
▪ Corporations – Fine of $500,000

The OPP continues to provide public safety services to the communities we serve and support the efforts of federal, provincial and local health authorities during the current situation involving COVID-19. We appreciate the public’s ongoing support of these measures.

Driver charged

On Thursday March 19, 2020 just before 10 p.m. the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment received a report of an accident on Parkview Road in Carrying Place. Officers located the vehicle in the ditch and spoke with the driver. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing.

A 66-year-old man from Loyalist Township has been charged with the following 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.

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.

NOTICE from Const. Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety and Media Relations Officer:

While we are all experiencing these unusual times together, I wanted to send out an update from a community safety perspective. While social distancing is on everyone’s mind, it is crucial to stay in touch with our networks. Whether this is a quick phone call, text or Facetime we need to remember to check in on our friends, families and colleagues.

The Ontario Provincial Police is committed to the health and wellness of our members and there are a number of resources I’d like to share which, in turn, will assist us in doing our job effectively while we continue to maintain a high level of service to our communities.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is a fantastic resource for accurate, up to date information about COVID-19: https://hpepublichealth.ca/the-novel-coronavirus-2019ncov/

Here is a link to online reporting of less serious incidents such as theft, mischief to property, lost property or after the fact driving complaints: http://opp.ca/index.php?id=132. While our detachment doors are locked, our officers will continue to respond to calls. You can always call 911 in a life threatening emergency, or 1-888-310-1122 for other issues.

Please consider the front line employees whether they are health or law enforcement through these difficult times.

We will get through this together.

Break and enter
On Saturday, March 14 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment investigated a report of a break and enter to a business in Picton.

OPP were notified of a break-in to a McFarland Drive address just after 7 p.m. Further investigation found people had entered the business.

The Prince Edward County OPP is seeking assistance from the public. If anyone has any knowledge of this incident they are asked to contact 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.

Driver Arrested

On Friday the 6th of March 2020 just before 11 pm, officers from the Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road on Downes Avenue in Picton. The vehicle was running and the male occupant in the driver’s seat, appeared to be non-responsive.

Paramedics and officers were able to rouse the occupant and determined he had been consuming alcohol. After rousing the driver, the vehicle became mobile and struck a police cruiser causing minor damage to both vehicles. No one was injured as a result.

The driver was arrested and following providing suitable breath samples into the Intoxilyzer, was charged with Impaired Operation and Operating a Motor Vehicle with Over 80 mgs.

A 55-year-old Picton man was released to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on the 25th of March to answer to the charges.

Fraud charges

Fraud charges have been laid after an investigation was launched earlier this year by officers of the Prince Edward County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

On 16 January 2020, a representative of Lehigh Cement Plant contacted the detachment with information regarding a former maintenance manager and suspected fraudulent behaviour.

Following a detailed investigation a 53-year old previous County resident who since moved to Ear Falls Twp, Ontario has been charged with the following criminal offences:

Fraud Over $5000,
Obtain Credit by False Pretences or Fraud
Falsification of Books and documents with Fraudulent Intent.

He is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Picton to answer to the charges on May 27.

Anyone that may have further information on this matter is asked to call the Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Picton man facing attempted murder among slew of charges

A 52-year-old Picton man charged earlier this month with aggravated assault is now facing attempted murder, and several other charges.

On Feb. 8, at approximately 3 p.m. Prince Edward OPP officers responded to a report of a serious assault. They attended hospital where the victim was being treated and was later airlifed to a Kingston hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The man was arrested a short time later and charged with aggravated assault. As a result of the ongoing investigation by members of the Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit, East Region Forensic Identification Services and the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch the accused has been further charged under the Criminal Code with attempt to commit murder, breach of recognizance, using violence to prevent a person from receiving medical care, forcible confinement, fail to provide necessaries of life; administer noxious thing with intent – endanger life or cause bodily harm. He also faces four counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, assault with a weapon and three counts of overcome resistance by administering or attempting to administer a drug, two counts of assault and firearm use while committing an offence.

The accused remains in custody until a scheduled appearance March 5 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville. A publication ban has been issued by the court. His name will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim.

Arrested after refusing to leave residence

On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 just after 6:30 p.m. members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a request for assistance in removing a party from a residence.

An elderly couple on Harvey Street in Picton hired an individual to assist with yard work. The party completed the yard work and joined the couple inside the home. After some time, the party refused to leave and police were called. The party was involved in an altercation with both of the home owners during which one of the home owners sustained minor injuries.

Officers arrived at the home and a suspect was arrested.

A 29-year-old Picton man was charged with two counts of assault, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code, in addition to resisting a peace officer, contrary to section 129(1) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was released on an undertaking and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on March 11, 2020.

Fraudsters continue with successful tactics

Members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have responded to multiple fraud occurrences this week.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, an individual reported being defrauded through an emergency scam.

The victim contacted OPP to report receiving a call that a family member had been involved in a collision and charged with impaired driving.

“A party claiming to be her lawyer went on to ask for $6,000 for bail or else she would be held in jail for a period of time. The money was transferred and it was later determined the whole scenario was not real,” said Const. Aaron Miller, PEC Community Safety and Media Relations officer.

On Wednesday Feb. 19, an individual reported being contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from a software company. The fraudsters then accessed the victim’s computer and had access to their bank account.

“Quick action by the victim to contact the bank allowed for the transactions to be cancelled,” said Miller.

The Prince Edward County OPP has partnered with CIBC and the Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association to present “Protecting Yourself from Fraud”, see attached poster for details.

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.”

Charges laid

On Thursday Feb. 20, 2020, shortly after 4:30 p.m., officers from the Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Harrington Road in the City of Quinte West. Police investigation led to the arrest of the driver. There were no injuries as a result of the collision.

A 32-year-old Centre Hastings man has been charged with:
Operation while Impaired – Alcohol
Operation while Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration Over 80 mg
Driving Motor Vehicle with Cannabis Readily Available
Possess Unmarked Cigarettes

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on March 5, 2020. The accused’s driver’s licence was also suspended for 90 days.

Residential break and enter

On Tuesday, Feb. 18 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment investigated a report of a break and enter to a property in Athol ward.

OPP were notified of an overnight break-in to a County Road 10 address just after 9 p.m. Further investigation found people entered the residence.

The Prince Edward County OPP is seeking assistance from the public. If anyone has any knowledge of this incident they are asked to contact 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 t ip online at www.crimestoppersquinte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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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