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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2021

Driver arrested after traffic stop

On Thursday, April 22, 2021 shortly after 1 a.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1 in Hallowell. The driver initially provided officers with false identification. The accused was eventually identified by officers and as a result was arrested.

A 36-year-old man from Kingston, was charged with the following criminal offences:
Obstruct peace officer – CC 129(a)
Failure to comply with release order – CC145(5)(a)

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 26, 2021.

Arrest made after dispute

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a disturbance Sunday, April 18 shortly after 2 p.m. at an address on Upper Lake Street in Picton.

Officers discovered an individual had been struck with a wooden stake, resulting in minor injuries. The individual was arrested and transported to hospital for assessment.

While at hospital, the individual assaulted a number of emergency department staff members. The individual further damaged a series of medical equipment within the emergency department. As a result, the 22-year-old man from Prince Edward County was arrested and charged with the following offences:
Assault – CC 266 – three counts
Assault with a weapon – CC 267(a)
Assault with intent to resist arrest – CC 270(1)(b)
Mischief under $5000 – CC 430(4)
Mischief over $5000 – CC 430(3)
Assault a peace officer – CC 270(1)(a)

The accused was held in custody for bail and was scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on April 19, 2021.

Driver swerved for fox

On Sunday, April 11 shortly after 7:30 a.m. members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded with Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services to a single motor vehicle incident on Loyalist Parkway in Wellington.

An individual had swerved to avoid colliding with a fox resulting in the vehicle rolling over into the ditch. The driver was not injured. The OPP are reminding drivers not to swerve for animals rather, reduce your speed quickly, steer straight and stay in control.

Driver arrested

On Saturday, April 10, shortly after 5:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a possible impaired driver.

Officers located the vehicle in the area of Union Street in Picton and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. A 65-year-old man from Prince Edward County was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – CC 320.14(1)(b)
Operation while prohibited – CC 320.18(1)(a)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 5, 2021. The vehicle was impounded for 45 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.

One person deceased following single vehicle incident

One person has died following an incident on Loyalist Parkway, just outside Picton.

Friday, April 9 shortly after 1:30 p.m. Prince Edward OPP responded with Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Hastings Quinte Paramedic services to a single vehicle incident. An individual was transported to hospital, and was later pronounced deceased.

The investigation is continuing into the collision.

Break, enter and theft to Main Street building

On Wednesday March 31, 2021 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment investigated a report of a break and enter to a building in Picton.

OPP were notified of an overnight break-in to a Main Street address just after 3:30 p.m. Further investigation found people entered the building. A series of hand tools and small power tools were taken.

Officers will continue their investigation and are asking residents to be vigilant of any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods and report to police.

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 after traffic stop

On Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Loyalist Parkway in Picton.

As a result of further investigation, it was determined the vehicle was being driven by a disqualified driver. A 28-year-old Prince Edward County man, was arrested and charged with:
Operation While prohibited – CC 320.18(1)(a)
Driving while under suspension – HTA 53(1)
The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Cour t of Justice in Picton on April 28, 2021. The vehicle was impounded for a period of 45 days.

Arrest made after dispute
Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded alongside Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services to a disturbance on Monday, March 29, 2021 just after 6:30 p.m. at an address on North Big Island Road in Sophiasburgh Ward.

Officers discovered an altercation had taken place and that a knife had been used in the process. A 60-year-old Prince Edward County man was charged with assault with a weapon contrary to section 267(a) of the Criminal Code. The victim sustained minor injuries.
The accused was released on an appearance notice and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 5, 2021.

Person charged with sexual assault

On Monday, March 22 shortly after 8 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred in the parking lot of a business on Main Street, Picton earlier in the day.

As a result of further investigation, a 22 year old individual from Prince Edward County was arrested on Wednesday, March 24, and has been charged with sexual assault contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code. There was no risk to public safety. The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

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

Driver arrested after collision

On Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Prince Edward OPP responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on County Road 19 in Ameliasburgh.

Officers responded with Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services, located the vehicle and spoke to the driver who had sustained minor injuries. As a result of further investigation, the 28-year-old driver, from Belleville, was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – CC 320.14( 1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – CC 320.14(1)(b)
Driving while under suspension – HTA 53(1)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 21. The vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Arrest following dispute

Prince Edward OPP responded to a disturbance on March 22, 2021 just before 7:30 at a Lake Street address in Picton.

Officers arrested a 41-year-old individual who now faces charges with the following Criminal Code offences:
Assault – 266
Uttering threats – 264.1(1)(a)
Mischief – 430(1)(a)

The accused was released on an appearance notice and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 21, 2021.

Driver arrested at RIDE program

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021 shortly after 9:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment were conducting a RIDE program on County Road 15 in Sophiasburgh.

A vehicle entered the RIDE program and officers observed signs of alcohol consumption. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. A 22-year-old man from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – CC 320.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concen tration (80 plus) – CC 320.14(1)(b)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 14, 2021. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Suspicious activity leads to arrests

On Monday, March 15, 2021 shortly after 1 a.m. officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of individuals looking through vehicles on Curtis Street in Picton. It was also discovered a portable toilet on a construction site had been pushed over.

Two individuals were located in a back yard and arrested. Damage was later caused in the cell area at detachment.

A 21-year-old Belleville resident, was charged with Trespassing at night and Mischief – destroys or damages property.
A 19-year-old Prince Edward County resident was charged with Mischief – destroys or damages property; Mischief – renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective and Trespassing at night.

Both individuals were released on undertakings and are to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 21, 2021.

The OPP thank residents for remaining vigilant to suspicious activity within the community.

Driver arrested after traffic stop

On Saturday, March 13, 2021 shortly before 3 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Nery Avenue in Picton. As a result of further investigation, a 50-year-old Prince Edward County resident was arrested and charged with three counts of failure to comply with release order contrary to section 145(5)(a) of the Criminal Code. The driver was also charged with driving while under suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

The accused was held for a bail hearing and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville by video on March 16, 2021.

Driver arrested

On Thursday, March 11 shortly after 3:30 a.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a vehicle stopped in an intersection in Picton.

Officers located the vehicle and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. A 32-year-old man from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – CC 320.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – CC 320.14(1)(b)
Possession of over 30g of dried can nabis in a public place – CA 8(1)(a)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 7, 2021. The driver was also given a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Driver arrested in traffic stop

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 shortly before 9 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Bay Bridge Road in Belleville.

As a result of further investigation, a 26-year-old Belleville resident was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. He was charged with:

Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – CC 320.14(1)(b)
Speeding – HTA 128
Fail to have insurance card – CAIA 3(1)
Driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor – LLA 32(1)
Drive vehicle with cannabis readily available – CCA 12(1)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 14, 2021. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Passenger arrested

On Saturday, March 6, 2021 shortly before 2:30 a.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on County Road 4 in Sophiasburghward. Further discussion with the occupants lead to the passenger being arrested on an outstanding warrant.
A 47-year-old man from Cramahe Township was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Theft under $5000 – shoplifting – 334(b) – three counts
Failure to comply with undertaking – 145(4)(a)
The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on March 18, 2021.

Driver arrested during traffic stop

On Sunday March 7, 2021 shortly after 8:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on London Avenue in Picton.

The driver left the scene on foot and was arrested a short distance away. Officers learned the vehicle had been stolen. The driver was taken to detachment for testing. A 33-year-old from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – CC 320.14(1)(a)
Failure to comply with demand- CC 320.15(1)
Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 – CC 355(a)
The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 7, 2021. The driver was also given a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was returned to its rightful owner.

Driver arrested following traffic complaint

On Friday March 5, 2021 around 6 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a traffic complaint on Loyalist Parkway in Picton.

Officers located the vehicle and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. A 26-year-old man from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – CC 320.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus ) – CC 320.14(1)(b)
Drive motor vehicle not equipped with ignition interlock device – HTAOREG 287/08 11

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 7, 2021. The driver was also given a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for forty five 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.

Arrest made after police assistance

On Monday, March 1, 2021 shortly after 12 p.m. officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a request for assistance from the Provincial Animal Welfare Service to attend a residence in Consecon with an animal inspector.

Officers attended the scene and after speaking with the individuals at the residence, officers were assaulted and a vehicle was damaged.

As a result, a 42-year-old woman from Prince Edward County, was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
· Resist peace officer – 129(a) – two counts
· Dangerous operation – CC 320.13(1)
· Mischief – CC 430(1)(a)
· Assault a peace officer- CC 270(1)(a)

A 42-year-old man from Prince Edward County, was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
· Resist peace officer – 129(a)
· Assault a peace officer- CC 270(1)(a) – three counts
· Uttering threats – CC 264.1(1)(a)

Both individuals were released on undertakings and are to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on April 21, 2021.

Driver charged

On Saturday, Feb. 27, shortly before 7:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment were conducting a RIDE program in Cherry Valley. A driver was requested to stop for further investigation. At this point, the driver left the scene.

A short while later, the vehicle was located and the driver was arrested. As a result, a 55-year-old Prince Edward County man, has been charged with the following Criminal Code Offences:
Flight from peace officer – CC 320.17
Failure to comply with demand – CC 320.15(1)
Obstruct peace officer – CC 129(a)
Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code – CC 320.18(1)(a)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on March 24. The vehicle was impounded for 45 days.

Youth faces driving charges

The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid charges following a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver.

On Feb. 25 at approximately 10 p.m., Quinte West OPP responded to a report of a vehicle driving erratically eastbound on Dundas Street East in Trenton. An officer located the vehicle on Dundas Street West near Avondale Road in Belleville and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver failed to stop for police and for public safety reason s the officer disengaged with the vehicle.

A short time later, the suspect vehicle was observed by officers driving at a high rate of speed southbound on Wallbridge Loyalist Road. Officers deployed a tire deflation device in an attempt to safely stop the vehicle. The vehicle continued and at approximately 11:30 p.m. was apprehended by Belleville Police Service at Bell Boulevard and Cannifton Road in Belleville. OPP arrested the driver and learned that the vehicle was allegedly stolen from an address in Prince Edward County earlier in the evening.

A 13-year-old male from Prince Edward County has been charged with the following offences:
Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
Dangerous operation; and
Flight from peace officer

The accused was released from custody on an Undertaking and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville in April of 2021. The name of the youth is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Driver failed to remain

On Saturday, Feb. 20 shortly after 1 a.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a single motor vehicle in the ditch on County Road 1 in Hallowell ward.

Officers observed the pick-up truck with damage and that the driver had left the scene. Further investigation resulted in locating the 55-year-old driver from Picton and charges of fail to remain and fail to report accident contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

Partially submerged vehicle recovered from ice

Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Prince Edward OPP responded to a report of a vehicle partially through the ice in the area of Smokes Point Road in Ameliasburgh, Saturday.

Following confirmation no one was in the vehicle, it was removed by a tow truck.

OPP and emergency service warn residents that many ice surfaces in the area are not thick enough to safely support people, and vehicles due to erratic temperatures this winter.

“Please make the safe decision to staff off the ice,” said Const. Aaron Miller, Community Safety officer with Prince Edward OPP. “Don’t put your own life, and the lives of first responders at risk.”

Thick ice may also be weak if it contains layers of water or has been frozen and thawed repeatedly.

He noted that for those who do venture out, proper use of safety equipment can reduce the risks of traveling over ice-covered bodies of water. Possibilities include wearing survival suits, carrying picks (used to grip ice to pull yourself out of the water) and carrying a rescue rope.

On Friday February 19, 2021 around 11:00 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment stopped a vehicle in the town of Picton. An Approved Screening Device (ASD) was administered and the driver was taken to detachment for testing.

Impaired driving charge

On Friday, Feb. 19 around 11 p.m. members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment stopped a vehicle in the town of Picton. An Approved Screening Device (ASD) was administered and the driver was taken to detachment for testing.

A 32-year-old Prince Edward County woman was arrested and charged with Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton March 17, 2021. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Driver arrested after collision

On Thursday Feb. 17, 2021 around 10:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 15 in Sophiasburgh Ward.

Officers located the vehicle and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. A 57-year-old Prince Edward County woman, was arrested and charged with Operation While Impaired – 320.14(1)(a) and Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on March 10, 2021. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

OPP issues ice safety reminder

On Wednesday, Feb. 10 members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment were made aware of a bubbler type system being used on the Bay of Quinte off of County Road 3 to keep the ice open with limited markings. OPP responded and spoke to an individual regarding ice safety.

The OPP reminds everyone that the Criminal Code outlines the duty to safeguard an opening in the ice they have created. These openings cause significant safety concerns for other ice users. A nyone who creates an opening in the ice, is responsible for ensuring that opening is safe and properly marked.

While the ice may look tempting for ice fishing or other activities, PLEASE make the safe decision to STAY OFF. The temperatures have been erratic this winter and most ice is not thick enough to safely support people. Don’t put your own life, and the lives of first responders at risk.

If you do venture out, proper use of safety equipment can reduce the risks of traveling over ice covered bodies of water. Possibilities include: wearing of survival suits, carrying picks (used to grip ice to pull yourself out of the water) and carrying a rescue rope.

Driver arrested
On Thursday, Feb. 11 shortly after 11 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a motor vehicle accident on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh.

Officers located the vehicle and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. An 18-year-old Prince Edward County man was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)
Novice driver- B.A.C above zero – HTA 44.1(3)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on March 17. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Arrest following unauthorized entry

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 just after 4:30 p.m. officers from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a reported break and enter in progress at a residence on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh Ward.

Officers attended the scene and located and arrested the individual along the roadway. A 35-year-old man from Belleville was charged with break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence 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 on March 10, 2021.

Charges in historical sexual offences investigation

A 70-year-old Prince Edward County man is facing charges in connection to historical sexual offences.

On Jan. 12 2021, PEC OPP received information regarding allegations of historical sexual offences. On Jan. 30, 2021 officers executed a search warrant and as a result, officers seized a shot gun, a rifle, a collection of external hard drives, computers tablet and cameras.

As a result, the man was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
· Indecent exposure to a person under 16 – 173(2)
· Invitation to sexual touching under 16 – 152 – two counts
· Possession of child pornography – 163.1(4)
· Sexual interference – 151
· Sexual assault on a person under 16 – 271 – two counts
· Careless storage of a firearm – 86(1)

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

Investigators are concerned there may be similar incidents involving other victims. If you have any information, please call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you need support or know someone that does, there are local resources available to help you. If you are in immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.

Charges laid in sexual offences investigation

The OPP Prince Edward County Crime Unit has laid charges following an investigation in connection to sexual offences.

On Feb. 1, officers arrested a 30-year-old Prince Edward County man after receiving information regarding allegations of sexual offences.

He was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
· Sexual assault – 271 – two counts
· Overcome resistance by administering or attempting to administer a drug – 246(b)
· Forcible confinement – 279(2)
· Criminal harassment- threatening conduct – 264(2)(d)
· Fail to comply with undertaking – 145(4)(a)

The accused was held in custody and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice by video in Belleville on Feb. 2, 2021.

Investigators are concerned there may be similar incidents involving other victims. If you have any information, please call Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you need support or know someone that does, there are local resources available to help you. If you are in immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.

 

Charges laid in drug investigation

On Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021 members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), stopped a vehicle in Belleville as a result of an ongoing drug investigation.

Officers located and seized a quantity of cocaine, hydromorphone, four cellular phones, Canadian currency and a variety of other drug paraphernalia.

OPP have charged two 38-year-old men, a 42-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman, all from Picton, with the following offences:
· Possession of a schedule one substance- three counts – section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
· Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000- section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
· Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000 – section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused were released on an undertaking to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on March 10, 2021.
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.

Arrests following flight from police

A male and female from Belleville are facing multiple charges after fleeing from a traffic stop Wednesday morning in Picton.

Const. Aaron Miller, Prince Edward OPP media relations officer said officers conducted the traffic stop shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Church Street in Picton.

“After speaking with officers for a period of time, the vehicle then fled the scene. The vehicle was located a short time later in a driveway off of Loyalist Parkway, near Hatchery Lane. The occupants had left the vehicle. With the assistance of the OPP Canine Unit and members of the Emergency Response Team, two individuals were located and arrested.”

As a result of a search of the vehicle, officers located a quantity of suspected cocaine, three cell phones, a variety of drug paraphernalia and a quantity of cash.

A 31-year-old man from Belleville was arrested and charged with the following offences:
· Breach of recognizance – CC 811 – two counts
· Obstruct peace officer – CC 129(a)
· Possession of a schedule 1 substance- other drugs- CDSA 4(1)

Also charged was a 30-year-old woman from Belleville with the following offences:
· Breach of recognizance – CC 811- four counts
· Obstruct peace officer – CC 129(a)
· Possession of a schedule 1 substance- other drugs – CDSA 4(1)
· Flight from peace officer – CC 320.17
· Fail to comply with probation order – CC 733.1(1) – four counts
· Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose – CC 88
· Dangerous operation – CC 320.13(1)
· Assault peace officer – CC 270(1)(a)

Both individuals were held for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Jan. 20, 2021.

Charge of having prohibited weapons

Prince Edward County OPP responded to a disturbance on Jan. 8 just after 10 p.m. at a Richmond Street address in Picton.

Officers discovered a person in possession of prohibited weapons and charged a 29-year-old Picton woman with four counts of possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.

The accused was released on an appearance notice and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Feb. 24, 2021.

Body of man who fell through ice recovered in Bay of Quinte

UPDATE: The body of a 23-year-old man from Belleville was located and recovered from the Bay of Quinte.

Prince Edward County OPP and the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit are are continuing a search for a person believed to have fallen through the ice on the Bay of Quinte in the area of Point Anne.

On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 shortly after 5 p.m. members officers responded to the report with emergency services from both Prince Edward County, Belleville and Trenton.

Constable Aaron Miller noted the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) would continue the search Sunday.

“While the ice may look tempting for ice fishing or oth er activities, please make the safe decision to stay off. The temperatures have been erratic this winter and most ice is not thick enough to safely support people. Don’t put your own life, and the lives of first responders at risk.”

For those who do venture out, proper use of safety equipment can reduce the risks of traveling over ice covered bodies of water. Possibilities include: wearing of survival suits, carrying picks (used to grip ice to pull yourself out of the water) and carrying a rescue rope.

For further information on ice safety from the Royal Lifesaving Society, visit: http://www.lifesaving.ca/main.php?lang=english&cat=watersafety&sub=ice

Multiple charges laid in County business break-ins

A 37-year-old man from Belleville is facing multiple charges in relation to break-ins at four County businesses in December.

Prince Edward County OPP are investigating reports of break and enters to businesses – three in Picton and one in Wellington.

Const. Aaron Miller notes that between Tuesday, Dec. 17 at approximately 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 18 at approximately 8:30 a.m., culprits entered the businesses through a variety of methods.

“A Black Casio cash register with approximately $275 cash was taken from one location. At another location, approximately $2,000 was taken,” he said.
As a result of continued investigation by the Prince Edward County Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the OPP’s Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) the Belleville man was arrested in relation to the break, enter and thefts.

He faces charges of break, enter a place with intent to commit indictable offence;
Break, enter a place, commit indictable offence and Disguise with intent.

The accused is currently in custody for unrelated occurrences and is to appear before the Provincial Court of Justice on Jan. 21.

OPP warn public of spam email containing child sexual abuse images

The Ontario Provincial Police has received numerous complaints where members of the public from across the province received unsolicited emails which, when opened, contained links to images of child sexual abuse.

The emails, which were received from the email account mail@aloette.me contained directions, that when followed, exposed the recipient to child sexual abuse imagery.

Recipients of emails from mail@aloette.me are asked to contact their local police and to abstain from opening the emails.

The Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind the public to exercise caution when opening emails received from unfamiliar or unusual accounts. If unsure, a company’s legitimate contact information can typically be confirmed by visiting their website.

Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to www.protectchildren.ca to download the “Child Sexual Abuse-It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.

Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety. Parents and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at www.cybertip.ca.

Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477

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Suspicious person arrested for lurking

The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a 24-year-old Prince Edward County man reported to be “lurking” around a business.

On Jan. 7 at approximately 5:30 a.m., Quinte West OPP attended the business on Trenton Street, and after a search of the area the individual was located by officers. After a brief investigation, the accused was identified and arrested on outstanding warrants.

He was charged with the following offences:
Obstruct peace officer
Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 – two counts
Trafficking in stolen goods under $5000 – two counts; and
Break and enter a place – commit indictable offence

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Feb. 18, 2021.

Driver arrested after collision

On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 shortly after 12 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh ward.

Officers located the vehicle and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. A 41-year-old Belleville woman was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Jan. 27, 2021. The driver 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.

Arrest made after domestic dispute

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a domestic call on Jan. 6, 2021 around 2:30 a.m. in Ameliasburgh ward.

Officers arrived and conducted further investigation. As a result, a 49-year-old male from Prince Edward County was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. The individual is to appear before the court at a later date. The name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the victim.

If you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship help is available. Contact Alternatives for Women for support, advice or the safety of a shelter at 613-476-2787.

Victim Services of Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington is also available to provide emotional and practical assistance to people who have experienced domestic violence. They can be reached at 613-771-1767 or toll free at 1-866-680-9972. In emergencies call 9-1-1.

Appointment required to access OPP PEC detachment during lockdown

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is taking action to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by restricting the access to its facilities, including detachments, across the province.

The OPP is limiting the processing of routine criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks and finger printing to essential workers/volunteers only. Anyone seeking entry to OPP Prince Edward County Detachment must make an appointment first. Individuals will be pre-screened and are required to have proper personal protective equipment prior to entering the detachment.

If you require any detachment-based service, including criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks, please call (613) 476-2151 in advance for an appointment. Our operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For all other police matters, please call 1-888-310-1122 or your local detachment. Report online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.

The OPP thanks the public for helping to keep communities safe by using the means listed above to avoid unnecessary contact.

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