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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2021

Prevent porch piracy

With the festive season around the corner, the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remind everyone to protect themselves from porch pirates. The increased number of online purchases means more parcels being delivered. Porch pirates swoop in and steal these parcels. There are a number of ways to protect yourself against this.

Keep packages safe:
· Request a signature on delivery
· Ship the package to a trusted neighbour or relative who will be home
· Have the packages delivered to your work – if allowed by the employer
· Track your deliveries online so you know when they’re slated to arrive and plan
to be home upon delivery
· Opt for in-store or curb-side pickup wherever possible
· Install video cameras and post signage to indicate surveillance is in effect
· Request the package be left out of sight at a rear or side door

If package are stolen from your home, report the incident to your local police and the shipping company. If you see suspicious activity in your neighbourhood contact OPP at 1.888.310.1122 or 911 in case of emergency or Quinte Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Driver charged following collision

The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a driver following a two vehicle collision.

On Nov. 19 at approximately 11:45 p.m., OPP responded to a two vehicle collision on County Road 1, west of Chase Road. Officers observed two trucks were involved, one of which was towing a trailer. There were no serious injuries, and as a result of the investigation, one driver was arrested for impaired driving. The accused, who was transported to the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment, refused to comply with mandatory testing and as a result was charged accordingly.

A 36-year-old resident of Hamilton was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and failure to comply with a demand.

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Prince Edward County on Dec.r 15, 2021. Their license was suspended for 90-days and their vehicle was impounded for seven days.

PEC OPP launch festive ride campaign

Prince Edward County OPP kicked off this year’s Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign which runs until Jan. 2, 2022.

Motorists can expect to encounter R.I.D.E programs more frequently at any time of the day or night in an effort to detect drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Officers will also be enforcing the zero tolerance sanctions that apply to young, novice and commercial drivers when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

“There is no excuse for drinking and driving, and yet for some reason the statistics show that it is still a problem here in Prince Edward County,” said Staff Sergeant John Hatch, Detachment Commander. “The OPP is committed to keeping the highways safe, which is why we will be increasing our visibility and enforcement through our Festive RIDE initiatives over the coming weeks. Everyone has a part to play in highway safety. You can count on the OPP to do our part, we are counting on you to do yours.” –

People who suspect that someone is driving, or is about to drive impaired, can call 9-1-1 and report it.

“You may save a life,” Hatch added.

Arrest follows incidents in Ameliasburgh

Prince Edward County OPP responded to a report of an indecent act at a business on Highway 62 in Ameliasburgh shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 4, 2021. Officers received a further call for assistance at an address on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh and discovered it to be the same individual. Officers learned this individual was also involved in an assault occurrence from Oct. 10, 2021 also in Ameliasburgh.
As a result, a 43-year-old from Belleville was arrested and charged with Uttering threats – cause death or bodily harm, three counts; Fail to comply with probation order – two counts; Uttering threats – damage property and Indecent act – public place.
The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on Nov. 5, 2021 before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Driver faces multiple charges following traffic complaint

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 shortly before 11:30 a.m. members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a vehicle swerving all over the road. Officers located the vehicle on County Road 1 in Hallowell Ward.
The driver failed to provide identification to officers. Additionally, a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of suspected cocaine in addition to an imitation weapon.

As a result, a 32-year-old Minden Hills Township resident was arrested and charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); Possession of a schedule one substance – cocaine; Obstruct peace officer; Possession of imitation weapon for dangerous purpose and Driving while under suspension.

The driver was held in custody for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Nov. 3 2021. The vehicle was impounded for a period of 45 days.

Prince Edward OPP thank 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.

Driver charged

On Friday, Oct. 22 just before 11 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on Loyalist Parkway in Ameliasburgh.

Officers spoke with the driver and as a result, a standard field sobriety test was administered. A 49-year-old Prince Edward County resident was arrested and charged with Operation While Impaired – alcohol and drugs.

The driver had their licence suspended and vehicle impounded. The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Nov. 10.

Victim lost $6,000 in emergency scam

Prince Edward OPP remind people to be aware of ongoing frauds and scams following another report of a victim losing $6,000 in an emergency scam.

PEC OPP Community Safety Officer Aaron Miller stated the victim received a call advising their daughter had been involved in a serious collision, involving a young child, while impaired by alcohol.

“The victim was advised that to arrange the release of their daughter, $6,000 needed to be sent immediately to facilitate the court process. The victim then spoke to someone on the phone who was crying, claiming to be their daughter. The daughter requested this be kept secretive as to avoid further trouble. The victim transferred the money. Subsequently, the victim contacted their daughter and confirmed she had not been involved in any such occurrence.”

As a reminder, Miller shares some red flags to identify frauds and scams:

– Often times, there will be a request not to tell anyone, to keep it a secret to avoid further trouble
– Request for gift cards or cryptocurrency
– Urgent request for action or information
– Request for banking information
– Unsolicited attempts at selling products or services

“Take the time to conduct research, ask questions and take a minute before sending gift cards or money. Remember, fraudsters are sneaky and sly.”

Officers busy over the weekend

Over the course of the weekend officers responded to 92 calls for service. With these varying in nature, a number of individuals were arrested and charged.

On Saturday. Oct. 16 shortly after 12 a.m. officers observed a vehicle parked on the side of the road and stopped to check on the driver. Subsequent investigation lead to the discovery of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. A 24-year-old Prince Edward County resident was arrested and charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and Possession of a schedule 1 substance – methamphetamine.
The driver was released from custody on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Nov. 24, 2021.

On Sunday, Oct. 17, shortly after 3 a.m. officers were conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 in Ameliasburgh. A vehicle entered the RIDE program where officers observed open alcohol. A 24- year-old driver from Belleville had their drivers licence suspended for a period of three days after an approved screening device was administered.

Later in the day Sunday, shortly after 3 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh for travelling at 101km/h in a posted 60km/h zone. The driver is to appear before court for stunt driving and had their licence seized for a period of 30 days and vehicle impounded for a period of 14 days .

On Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 shortly after 1 a.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Picton Main Street. Further investigation revealed the driver to have a suspended driver’s licence. Subsequent investigation revealed a quantity of suspected substances, two cellular phones and assorted drug paraphernalia. A 44-year-old from Madoc and a 44-year-old from Quinte West were charged with Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine; Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid (other than heroin); Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – other drugs – – two counts and Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – heroin.

One was further charged with use plate not authorized for vehicle and two counts of driving while under suspension. Both parties were released on undertakings and are to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Nov. 24, 2021.

Also on Monday, shortly before 8:30 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle on Highway 62. Further investigation lead to the administration of an approved screening device. A 22-year-old from Brighton, was arrested and charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).
The accused was released on an undertaking and is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Nov. 10, 2021. The accused had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Stunt driving charges

On Wednesday Oct. 14 shortly before 11 p.m. Prince Edward OPP on patrol on Highway 62 in Hallowell ward observed two vehicles travelling at 148km/h and 136km/h in a posted 80km/h zone.

Both vehicles were stopped and impounded for a period of 14 days. Two 19-year-old drivers were charged with stunt driving and are to appear in court at a later date. Both drivers had their licences suspended for 30 days.

Driver charged

On Tuesday, Oct. 13 shortly after 11 p.m. members Prince Edward County OPP received a report that a vehicle ran into a telephone pole on Union Street in Picton.

Officers spoke with the driver and administered an approved screening device. As a result, the driver was arrested and taken back to detachment for further testing. A 40-year-old Prince Edward County resident was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and Novice driver- B.A.C. above zero.

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Nov. 17 2021. The accused had their drivers licence suspended for a period of 90-days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Suspect arrested in relation to assault

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a disturbance at a business on Picton Main Street on Saturday Oct. 9, 2021 just before 1 p.m.

Officers discovered the suspect was wanted in relation to a domestic assault that occurred in the afternoon of Oct. 5, 2021. The individual was located on Elk Street arrested and charged with assault, uttering threats – cause death or bodily harm and causing a disturbance.

The accused was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date. The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

Driver charged

On Tuesday, Sept. 28 shortly before 3 a.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment were conducting general patrol when a traffic stop was conducted on Belleville Street in Wellington.

Officers spoke with the driver and administered an approved screening device. As a result, the driver was arrested and taken back to detachment for further testing.

A 34-year-old Belleville resident was arrested and charged with Operation While Impaired and Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Oct. 20. The driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Grocer helps senior avoid gift card scam

An elderly person attempting to purchase $2,000 worth of gift cards was assisted at the Metro grocery store in identifying a scam.

“Thanks to the team effort between the cashier and store manager, Murray Lupenette, who took the time to speak to the individual, the pair came to find out the gift cards were being sent to suspects claiming to be the victim’s bank,” said Constable Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety officer. “Murray assisted the individual in identifying this scam and successfully prevented the individual from being victimized.”

Miller adds this incident highlights the importance of store owners, managers and employees to also be aware of frauds and scams to help avoid further victimization.

Miller reminds people to conduct research, ask questions and take a minute before sending gift cards or money.

Red flags to identify frauds and scams include requests for gift cards or cryptocurrency, an urgent request for action or information, a request for banking information and unsolicited attempts at selling products or services.

“Remember, legitimate agencies will never pressure you for information over the phone or demand money immediately.”

For details on current frauds and scams, click here to visit the
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Two drivers charged

On Friday Sept. 24, 2021 shortly before 8 p.m. members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a vehicle all over the road on County Road 49. Officers located the vehicle and spoke to the driver who was subsequently arrested and taken to Detachment for further testing. As a result, a 42-year-old from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with the following offences:
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Oct. 20 2021. The drivers licence was suspended for a period of 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Later in the night just after 1:30 a.m. members from the Prince Edward County Detachment were on patrol on Picton Main Street when a traffic stop was conducted. Further investigation lead to the arrest of the driver who was taken to Detachment for further testing. As a result a 21-year-old from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with:
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs – and Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Oct. 20 2021. The drivers licence was suspended for a period of 90 days 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.

Drivers stopped

On Friday, Sept. 17 shortly before midnight members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment were on patrol on County Road 1 when a vehicle was observed driving erratically.

Officers conducted a traffic stop and detected consumption of alcohol. An approved screening device was administered. As a result, a 32-year-old driver from Prince Edward County had their licence suspended for a period of three days and was charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

On Sunday Sept. 19 shortly after 3 a.m. officers observed a vehicle driving erratically on County Road 49. Officers conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver to be a suspended driver. A 44-year-old driver from Pickering was charged for driving while under suspension and had their vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

On Monday Sept. 20 shortly before 3 a.m. officers were on patrol when they located a vehicle being operated by a suspended driver. Further investigation revealed the operator to be in breach of conditions. A 31-year-old from Trenton, was arrested and charged with the following offences:
Fail to comply with release order – CC 145(5)(a) – three counts
Fail to comply with probation order – CC 733.1(1) – three counts
Driving while under suspension – HTA 53(1)
The vehicle was impounded for a period of seven days. The accused was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Sept. 20.

Charges following traffic complaint

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 just after 12:00 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a traffic complaint on County Road 4 in Sophiasburgh Ward.

Officers located the vehicle which had collided into the ditch on County Road 4. Officers attempted to administer an approved screening device. As a result of further investigation, a 53-year-old Prince Edward County woman was charged with fail to comply with demand, contrary to section 254 of the Criminal Code.

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on October 20 2021. The drivers licence was suspended for a period of 90 days 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.

Picton business loses $15,000 in crypto currency fraud

Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police are investigating an incident of fraud that cost a Picton business $15,000 in crypto currency.

The OPP received a report Thursday, Sept. 2, OPP) received a report of a fraud from a Picton noting it received a call from someone impersonating a fire inspector.

“The suspect fire inspector requested information from the business and advised that the suspect would be attending the business to inspect the premises,” said Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety Officer. “The suspect then advised the employees they were in violation and would be facing a significant fine. The suspect then requested a partial payment to avoid further repercussions. Employees transferred approximately $15,000 via crypto currency to the suspect.”

As the investigation continues, OPP remind business owners to ask questions prior to sending money.

“Should someone claim to be an inspector, ask for credentials. An ask for crypto currency should be a red flag,” said Miller.

To learn more, visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre’s website. If ever unsure, contact OPP at 1.888.310.1122 or Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue at 613.476.2345.

Three drivers charged with impaired

On Friday, Sept. 3 shortly before 6 p.m. members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on County Road 10. Officers responded alongside Hastings Quinte EMS and one individual was transported to hospital. As a result of further investigation, a 43-year-old from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs – ; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and Careless driving.

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Sept. 29. The driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On Saturday, Sept. 4, just after 8 a.m. members from the Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a possible impaired driver near Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Officers arrived and located the vehicle and spoke with the driver. The driver was arrested and taken back to detachment for further testing.

A 37-year-old from Saint-Libore Quebec, was arrested and charged with: Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Drive motor vehicle no licence; Having care and control of a motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor and Drive vehicle with cannabis readily available.

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Oct. 20. The driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On Tuesday, Sept. 7 around 5 p.m. members from the Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report from an off duty police officer of a possible impaired driver on County Road 23 in Ameliasburg Ward. Officers located the vehicle and administered an approved screening device. The 28-year-old driver from Vaudreuil-Dorion Quebec registered a warn range and subsequently had their driver’s licence suspended for three days. The driver was also charged with careless driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

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 during RIDE stop

On Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 shortly before 2 a.m. members from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program on County Road 49 in Sophiasburgh.

A 38-year-old Shannonville man was found to be prohibited from driving in accordance with the Criminal Code.
He was arrested and charged with several offences:
Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code; Fail to comply with probation order and possession of break in instruments.
The accused was held for a bail hearing on Sept. 2 before the Provincial Court of Justice in Belleville.

County man charged in relation to online child pornography investigation

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensics Unit and Prince Edward County OPP have arrested and charged a Wellington resident following a child sexual exploitation investigation.

On Aug. 26, 2021, police executed a search warrant at a Wellington home and seized several electronic devices. A 51-year-old man was arrested and charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of accessing child pornography. The accused was held for a bail hearing.

“Many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story. Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized,” said Detective Superintendent Tina Chalk of Criminal Investigation Services. “Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children on the Internet.”

“Child sexual exploitation is a devastating reality in our communities. Every person held accountable is a step towards fighting this horrific act.”

People who want to make a difference are encouraged to go to www.protectchildren.ca and download the “Child Sexual Abuse- It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection.

“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, to contact their local OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through www.cybertip.ca. 1-888-310-1122.

OPP arrest man in relation to honour box thefts at road side stands

UPDATE: Prince Edward County Detachment and the East Region Community Street Crime Unit have charged a 43-year-old Picton man with two counts under the Criminal Code (theft under $5,000) in relation to a series of thefts reported from road side farm stands in the County.

Const. Richard Martin reports the accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Prince Edward County on Sept. 29, 2021.

AUG. 23: Prince Edward County OPP are continuing investigations into a rash of thefts from ‘honour’ cash boxes at roadside stands this week.

Constable Richard Martin, media relations officer, said police encourage victims to report any similar thefts which may have occurred at their establishments.

Roadside stand and business owners have been using social media over the past few days to report thefts and warn others to keep watch.

Sunnydale Farms noted it informed police after its cash box was broken and money stolen twice on the same day. They shared a photograph of a suspect vehicle with police. Ben’s Blooms PEC also reported its small farm stand was broken into, as did Green Ridge Farms and Waupoos Tarts.

Westlake Wakeboard School commented on posts adding that their safe was broken into and almost $4,000 in tools stolen, right after an entire safe was removed from Hideaway Trailer Park.

Prince Edward OPP also seek the public’s assistance to identify a person of interest.

“Investigation revealed that a culprit entered the first business near midnight, Friday night on Aug. 13 and the second business shortly afterward. The individual caused damage, stole cash and tools.” Martin notes that investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the OPP Belleville Forensic Identification Unit.

“The suspect was caught on video and can be described as wearing track pants with PUMA logo down the left leg and Under Armour branded shoes. (Photo will be added as soon as it is available)

People with information may contact the Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may submit a tip to Crime Stoppers at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca

Driver charged

On Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 just after 3 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a possible impaired driver on Lake Street in Picton.

The 24-year-old driver from Sherbrooke Quebec was arrested, taken back to detachment for further testing and charged with:
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs – CC 320.14(1)(a)
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 Sept. 15 2021. The drivers licence was suspended for a period of ninety days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Charges following personal watercraft collision

On Saturday July 31, 2021 just after 3:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a personal watercraft collision in Wellers Bay.

Two personal watercraft had collided resulting in two youths to be transported to hospital with minor injuries. As a result, a 35-year-old and a 38-year-old have been charged under the Canada Shipping Act 2001 Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations with allowing a person under 16 years of age to operate a personal watercraft.

The OPP would like to remind personal watercraft owners that these are powerful machines and should never be operated alone by someone under the age of 16. For more information regarding boating safety, visit this link.

Vessel operator charged

On Saturday July 31, 2021 just before 8:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a request for assistance from Provincial Park wardens in the Dunes area of Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Officers arrived and spoke with a vessel operator. As a result, the operator was arrested and taken back to detachment for further testing.

A 25-year-old from Ajax was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration 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 Sept. 8 2021.

Break in at Crystal Palace

Prince Edward OPP were notified Sunday, July 4 shortly before 9 a.m. that windows and doors had been smashed at the Crystal Palace on Main Street, Picton.

Officers are continuing their investigation and seek 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.

Alcohol-related offences

On Saturday, July 3 shortly before 6 p.m., members from the Prince Edward County and Quinte West Marine units were on patrol in Lake Ontario, east of Waupoos Island. Officers stopped a vessel to conduct a check of safety equipment. Further investigation lead officers to believe the operator had been consuming alcohol. An approved screening device was administered and resulted in a warn range. A 59-year-old individual from Toronto had their driver’s licence suspended for a period of three days.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. officers were called to the area of North Beach Provincial Park for a collision involving two motor vehicles. One vehicle had left the scene. With the assistance of Provincial Park Wardens, the suspect vehicle was located. An approved screening device was administered and the driver was taken to detachment for further testing. As a result, a 28-year-old from Mississauga was charged with operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration 80 plus contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

The accused had their driver’s licence suspended for a period of 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days. The accused was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on August 25, 2021.

Driver charged with impaired

On Tuesday, June 29 17, 2021 around 2:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to reports of a vehicle on Wellington Main Street that struck a parked vehicle. Another report was received that this vehicle had struck a sign and mailbox near the intersection of Danforth and Swamp College Roads. This vehicle was then reported to have collided with the ditch on Victoria Road, exited the ditch and continued on.

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 31-year-old from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – 320.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)
Fail to remain – HTA 200(1)(a) – two counts

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 21, 2021. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Driver arrested

On Monday June 26, 2021 around 9:30 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Richmond Street in Picton.

When speaking with the operator, officers were provided with false identification. As a result of further investigation, the operator was found to be disqualified from driving. A 35-year-old Kingston resident was arrested and charged with:
Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code – CC 320.18(1)(a)
Failure to comply with release order – CC 145(5)(a)
Obstruct peace officer – CC 129(a)
Driving while under suspension – HTA 53(1) – two counts

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 28, 2021. The vehicle was also impounded for 45 days.

Person charged with personating a peace officer

The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid charges against a County resident following an incident in Trenton.

On June 30, 2021, at approximately 6:15 p.m., OPP responded to a complaint where someone reported being pulled over in their vehicle on Dundas Street West by a male in a red vehicle using flashing red and blue lights. After a brief verbal exchange between the complainant and the suspect, the suspect left in their vehicle last seen on Front Street. The accused was located by officers where they were arrested for personating a peace officer. Red and blue flashing lights were seized following a search of the vehicle.

The 40-year-old County resident has been charged with the following offences:
Personating peace officer – Criminal Code Section 130(1)(b)
Breach of recognizance – Criminal Code Section 811
Unauthorized red and blue lights – Highway Traffic Act Section 62(14.1); and
Fail to notify change of address – Highway Traffic Act Section 9(2)

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on July 29, 2021.

Attempted murder among more charges laid in Canada warrant arrest incident in PEC

Attempt murder charges have been laid against a Manitoba man wanted by RCMP in Winnipeg on murder charges who was located in Prince Edward County late last week.

Prince Edward County OPP officers were met with gun fire while attempting to enter the Massassauga Road residence to execute a warrant.

Eric Wildman was arrested by police after the warrant at the home was excuted last Thursday by Prince Edward OPP, the Tactics and Rescue Unit, Emergency Response Team and Canine.

As a result of further evidence searching at the residence, a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol and ballistic evidence was recovered from the scene, along with a quantity of ammunition from the vehicle the accused had been operating.

The suspect remains in the custody of Manitoba Correctional Services and is scheduled to appear in Winnipeg court on Wednesday, June 23.

Once the arrest warrant is executed, the courts in both provinces are to work together to determine the most efficient manner in managing the multi-jurisdictional nature of the charges.

He faces charges of attempted murder, attempted murder of an OPP officer and possessing a restricted firearm without a licence.

With the assistance of crisis negotiators, two individuals had surrendered to police. The OPP report today notes Wildman is the only individual the OPP intend to charge in relation to this incident.

Arrests after dispute at hospital

On Saturday June 19, 2021 shortly before 6 p.m. members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a disturbance at a local hospital.

An individual was arrested and caused further damage to the police cruiser. As a result, an 18-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with the following Criminal offences:
Mischief under $5000 – 430(4) – two counts
Assault with intent to resist arrest – 270(1)(b)
Assault – 266

After further conversation, investigation revealed a domestic component to the occurrence, a second individual, 17 years of age from Alderville charged with assault contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code.

In accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the identity of the accused will not be released. Both individuals were released on undertakings and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 14, 2021.

Theft reported at County Road 1 business

On Thursday, June 17 shortly after 9 a.m. members from the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an overnight break into a business on County Road 1 in Hallowell ward.

Between Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at approximately 9 p.m. and Thursday, June 17, 2021 at approximately 9 a.m. entry was made through a side door. Approximately $500 cash was taken.

The OPP have not released any further information, but are asking anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122 or 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 charged
On Thursday, June 17, 2021 shortly after 2 a.m., members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a single motor vehicle incident on Danforth Road in Hillier Ward. OPP arrived on scene and located the vehicle and driver. The driver was taken into police custody.

A 20-year-old from Northumberland County was charged with the following criminal offences:
Dangerous operation – 320.13(1)

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 14.

Officers met with gun fire executing Canada-wide warrant

UPDATE: The OPP Criminal Investigation Branch under the direction of a Major Case Manager, are now investigating the attempted murder of OPP officers. The focus of the investigation remains on the Massassauga Road residence where police activity will continue in the coming days.

– Prince Edward OPP were met with gun fire while executing an arrest of a person on a Canada-wide warrant.

Officers received information that an individual wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant was at a residence in Prince Edward County. The OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Canine and OPP Crisis Negotiators executed the warrant at the home early Friday morning.

“While officers were attempting to gain entry to the residence they were met with gun fire, fortunately no injuries were sustained,” said Constable Aaron Miller. “With the assistance of the crisis negotiators, two individuals surrendered to police.”

A 34-year-old man was taken into custody. He is currently in the process of being returned to the custody of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Miller states the other individual is currently being questioned and the investigation remains ongoing.

Arrest following break and enter

On Thursday, June 10, 2021 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment received a report of a break and enter in progress at an address on Inkerman Avenue, Picton.

Officers were assisted by the East Region Emergency Response Team as well as the East Region Canine Unit. As a result, one individual was arrested and one individual fled the scene.

A 38-year-old from Kingston was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Break and enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence – 348(1)(a) – two counts
Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 – 354(1)(a)
Theft under $5000 – 334(b)
The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 28, 2021

Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence 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.

Boat operator charged

On Sunday, June 6, 2021 after 3 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment and Quinte West Detachment marine units were conducting patrol on Wellers Bay. Officers observed parties on Bald Head Beach. This area is a National Wildlife Area and people are prohibited from entering.

Officers spoke to an individual who provided identification. Further investigation resulted in officers learning this identification was false.
A 58-year-old Prince Edward County resident, was arrested and charged with:
Obstruct peace officer – CC 129(a)
Failure to have proof of competency on board a pleasure craft – Canada Shipping Act 2001 – Competency of Pleasure Craft Regulations 3(1)(b)
Operating pleasure craft that is not licensed – Canada Shipping Act 2001 – Small Vessel Regulations 101(a)
Operating non-human powered pleasure craft without prescribed vessel safety equipment on board – Canada Shipping Act 2001 – Small Vessel Regulations 206(a)
Enter premises when entry prohibited – Trespass to Property Act 2(1)(a)(i)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 21, 2021.

OPP are reminding boaters that entry to the National Wildlife Area on Bald Head Beach in Wellers Bay is not permitted.

Driver charged at Sandbanks

On Saturday, June 5 just after 4 p.m. Prince Edward OPP responded to a request for assistance from the Provincial Park wardens at Sandbanks.

Officers arrived to the dunes area of County Road 12 in Athol ward and spoke with the driver. An approved screening device was administered. As a result, the driver was arrested and taken back to detachment for further testing.

A 31-year-old from Pickering, was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – CC 3 20.14(1)(a)
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (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 June 23, 2021. The drivers licence was suspended for a period of 90-days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Driver arrested

On Friday May 28 shortly before 12 a.m. Prince Edward County OPP conducted a traffic stop on Smokes Point Road in Ameliasburgh. As a result of further investigation it was determined the driver was disqualified from driving and there was evidence of alcohol consumption. The driver was arrested and taken to detachment for further testing.

A 44-year-old from Brighton has been charged with the following criminal offences:
Operation while prohibi ted under the Criminal Code – CC 320.18(1)(a)
Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – CC 320.14(1)(b)
Fail to comply with probation order – 733.1(1)

The vehicle was impounded for a period of 45 days. The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton, Ontario on June 16.

Drugs and money seized in Picton

Early morning on Wednesday, May 26, members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), the East Region Canine Unit, the East Region Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) as well as the OPP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a warrant at a residential address in Picton.

Officers seized a cell phone, a quantity of suspected cocaine and a quantity of currency. A 47-year-old female and 50-year-old male, both from Prince Edward County, were arrested and charged with possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking cocaine contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Both were released on a promise to appear and are scheduled to be in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 14, 2021.

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.

Charges laid following incident

On Tuesday, May 25 shortly before 5 p.m. members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a vehicle colliding with a stop sign and nearly striking pedestrians on Beach Street in Wellington.

OPP located the vehicle and driver. The driver was taken into police custody and in the process, a conducted energy weapon was deployed. A 35-year-old Prince Edward County resident was charged with the following criminal offences:
· Dangerous operation – 320.13(1)
· Assault with intent to resist arrest – 270(1)(b)

The individual was released on an appearance notice and is scheduled to be in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 30.

Overnight break and enter
On Wednesday, May 26, 2021 shortly after 12:30 a.m. members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a break and enter to a residence in Consecon.

Officers arrived on scene to learn the suspect had fled the scene. With the assistance of the OPP East Region Canine Unit and Emergency Response Team (ERT), the suspect was located and arrested a short time later. As a result, a 52-year-old man from Prince Edward County was charged with the following criminal offences:
· Break and enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence – CC 348(1)(a)
The individual was held in custody for a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on May 26.

Emergency Act charges laid

The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged four individuals following a traffic stop.

On May 21 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a Prince Edward OPP officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on County Road 1, near Loyalist Parkway after observing it weaving and driving at inconsistent speeds. The officer conducted a roadside screening test with the driver, and as a result, they were arrested for impaired operation. The accused was transported to the Quinte West Detachment for testing where blood alcohol levels were determined to be well in excess of the legal limit.

A 34-year-old Brampton residebt was charged with operation while impaired and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Prince Edward County on June 9, 2021. Their license was suspended for 90-days and their vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Additionally, a 34-year-old from Brampton, a 34-year-old from Caledon and a 35-year-old from Peel, all passengers in the vehicle, were charged with the following:

Individual – fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order
Obstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with a continued section 7.0.2 order; and
Having liquor in an open container in other than a licensed premise, residence, or private place.

Driver arrested

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, at approximately 11 a.m., officers from the Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an assist call on County Road 1 in Prince Edward County. Witnesses reported that a male was passed out in a motor vehicle and unresponsive. Police woke two occupants in the vehicle. Police investigation led to the arrest of the driver. The accused was transported to th e Quinte West OPP detachment for further testing.

A 24-year-old Stirling resident was charged with Operation while Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration Over 80 mg. The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Wednesday June 30, 2021. The vehicle was impounded for seven days and the accused’s driver’s licence was suspended for 90-days.

Prince Edward County OPP is urging everyone to keep our roads safe this holiday weekend by driving sober and planning ahead for a sober ride.

Impaired driving charges

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, shortly after 9:30 p.m., officers from the Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting speed enforcement on County Road 1 in Prince Edward County. A motor vehicle was stopped for speeding and police suspected the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Police administered a roadside screening test and as a result, the driver was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol concentration over 80mg per 100ml of blood. The accused, a 31-year-old Centre Hastings resident, was transported to the Prince Edward OPP detachment for further testing and charged with Operation while Impaired – Alcohol; Operation while Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration Over 80 mg; Speeding 1- 49 km/hr over posted limit and driving a motor vehicle with open container of liquor.
The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Wednesday June 2, 2021. The accused’s driver’s licence was also suspended for 90-days.
The Prince Edward County OPP remains committed to reducing impaired driving. Please call 911 to report impaired drivers, you could be responsible for saving a life.

Individual arrested for harassment

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment received a report on Thursday, April 22 regarding an ongoing harassment situation.

Officers conducted further investigation. As a result, a 22-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with the following criminal offences:
Criminal harassment – CC 264(2)(b)
Fail to comply with probation order – CC 733.1(1)

The accused was held in custody for bail and was scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on April 23.

Prince Edward OPP would like to remind everyone that harassment in unacceptable and there are supports and services available. To report an occurrence, 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.

Warrant executed in Picton

Early morning on Wednesday May 5, 2021 members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), as well as the OPP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) executed a warrant at a business address in Picton.

Two individuals were taken into custody and later released unconditionally. This is part of an ongoing investigation and as such no further information will be released at this time.

Multiple impaired offences over weekend

Members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to multiple alcohol related offences over the weekend

On Saturday, May 1 shortly after 1 a.m. a traffic stop was conducted on County Road 28 in Ameliasburgh. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken back to detachment for further testing. A 21-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with operation while impaired contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code and operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentrati on (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code. The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 19, 2021. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Later that day shortly after 1 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted on County Road 1 in Hillier. As a result of further discussion, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for further testing. A 44-year-old from Toronto was charged with operation while impaired contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code and operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code. The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 19, 2021. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Even later that same day, shortly after 11 p.m, officers conducted a traffic stop on Talbot Street in Picton. Upon speaking with the driver, officers detected alcohol consumption and administered an approved screening device. A warning was registered and a 41-year-old from Prince Edward County was issued a 30-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension.

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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