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OPP SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE – FAIL TO REMAIN / STOP FOR POLICE

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at approximately 12:24 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a single motor vehicle collision on 19th Street West in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.  The vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Ram pick-up truck with Alberta licence plates, had gone into the ditch.  Two males were observed running from the vehicle.

Police arrived and observed a second pick-up truck at the scene.  The Dodge Ram, which had just been pulled out of the ditch, proceeded to drive off without head lights/tail lights on.  The vehicle, which failed to stop for police, was followed to Carney Street at which time the driver and passenger abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.  The Owen Sound Police Service assisted with a brief foot search for the suspects.  The vehicle was seized.

Later that morning, the owner of the Dodge Ram truck, contacted police to report his vehicle had been stolen.

Police continue to investigate the incident and would like to speak to the driver and or passenger(s) of the second pick-up truck which had assisted the driver of the Dodge Ram truck at the scene of the collision.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

COLLISION WITH UTILITY POLE CAUSES POWER SURGES TO AREA HOMES AND BUSINESSES

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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On Sunday, April 20, 2014, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a single motor vehicle collision involving a utility pole.

A 2003 Dodge Caravan was being operated northbound on Toronto Street North, Markdale, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands, when it veered off the road and struck a utility pole.  As a result of the damage to the pole, area homes and businesses experienced several power surges.

The Grey Highlands Fire Department, Ontario Hydro, Markdale Cable and Bell Canada assisted at the scene.

The lone, 27 year old driver from Markdale, was taken to hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The OPP continue to investigate the cause of the collision, however, neither excessive speed nor alcohol appear to have played a role in this collision.  Anyone with information, which may assist, is asked to contact Grey County 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 Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

EASTER LONG WEEKEND RESULTS IN TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE SAYS OPP

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(ORILLIA, ON) – Tragically, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported three deaths on OPP-patrolled roads over the Easter Long Weekend, in spite of the many responsible drivers who did their part to help the police keep roads safe.

These latest road deaths bring the current number of fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads and highways in 2014 to a total of 65 (as of April 20).  The OPP also reported one marine fatality over the weekend.  

Locally, Grey County OPP laid a total of 221 traffic related charges over the weekend. 

Leading up to and over the long weekend, the OPP issued  reminders to road users about the importance seat belts and proper child restraints play in reducing the loss of life on roads. They also asked motorists to further reduce the risk of fatal motor vehicle collisions by not driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, not driving aggressively and driving free of distraction.

While the majority of drivers were on board with the OPP’s long weekend road safety messages, the fatalities over the weekend serve as a harsh reminder that it only takes one act of carelessness behind the wheel to tragically raise the number of road deaths on roads.

The OPP is reminding all Ontario drivers who set good examples on the road over the long weekend that their voluntary compliance with traffic laws goes a long way in saving lives. They are asking these drivers to continue this positive driving behaviour in an effort to prevent further tragedies on Ontario roads. 

 

The OPP would also like to thank those who took the time to follow them on Facebook and Twitter this past week, especially those who joined in on the conversation, shared and retweeted safety messages and contributed to raising awareness in the online community about seat belt safety and other important road safety issues. 

15 YEAR OLD DRIVER CHARGED

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(KINCARDINE, ON) – On April 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm, a South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol along Broadway Street in Kincardine stopped a Blue Toyota for a stop sign violation and discovered that the driver was 15 years old.  The driver, a 15 year old from the Municipality of Kincardine, was charged for Drive with no licence and Fail to stop at stop sign.  The accused can’t be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

STOLEN TRACTOR RECOVERED – 3 YOUTHS CHARGED

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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break-in at the South East Grey Support Services located on Hwy. 10, Flesherton, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

A 2009 Kubota tractor valued at approximately $22,400 was stolen from an outbuilding at the South East Grey Support Services located on Hwy. 10, Flesherton, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.  A second break-in was discovered at their workshop located on Toronto Rd. in Flesherton.

Three male youths, aged 15-16, from Grey Highlands were arrested and charged with break and enter (x2); theft of motor vehicle and possession of stolen property over $5,000 in connection to the break-ins.

A court date is scheduled for June 17, 2014.

CON ARTIST NETS $570

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(CULROSS TWP, ON) – The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is sending another warning to residents to watch out for scams following a successful con in Culross Township.  On April 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm, the South Bruce OPP received a report of an elderly resident sending $570 in answer to the lottery scam.  The lottery scam has been operating for a long time and often times, the “prize winner” is notified of the “win” by telephone.  In the course of the conversation, an amount of money is requested to “secure the prize”.

The South Bruce OPP is asking residents to question unsolicited contacts (unsolicited means that you didn’t ask for it).  How do you win a contest that you didn’t enter in the first place?  The scams will continue as the long as the scammers continue to make money.  It’s your money; you work hard to earn it so work hard to protect it.

Anyone interested in more information on fraud can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495 8501 or check online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/.   

4 LIVES LOST OVER EASTER LONG WEEKEND

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – Three lives were lost in holiday weekend crashes bringing the current number of fatalities on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads and highways in 2014 to a total of 65.  Another life was lost on the water in a marine fatality over the weekend.  

Leading up to and over the long weekend, the OPP issued  reminders to road users about the importance seat belts and proper child restraints play in reducing the loss of life on roads. They also asked motorists to further reduce the risk of fatal motor vehicle collisions by not driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, not driving aggressively and driving free of distraction.

While the majority of drivers were on board with the OPP’s long weekend road safety messages, the fatalities over the weekend serve as a harsh reminder that it only takes one act of carelessness behind the wheel to tragically raise the number of road deaths on roads.

Locally, the South Bruce OPP investigated 2 crashes over the holiday weekend with injuries reported at 1 scene.  67 drivers were charged with speeding, 1 driver was charged with racing a vehicle, and 2 impaired drivers were charged. 

The OPP would also like to thank those who took the time to follow them on Facebook and Twitter this past week, especially those who joined in on the conversation, shared and retweeted safety messages and the drivers that led by example; following the rules, sharing the road and giving others a chance to arrive safely at their destination. 

POLICE INVESTIGATING BREAK IN AT MARINA OFFICE

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(KINCARDINE, ON) – On April 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break in at the Kincardine harbour marina office.  Sometime between 5:00 pm on April 17, 2014 and 7:00 pm on April 18, 2014, the office was forcibly entered through a window.  The list of stolen property includes an Eliminator power box, a pair of channel locks and a quantity of cash.  There is no estimate on the value of the stolen items at this time.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip tocrimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

POLICE LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF WHITE DODGE RAM

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(SAUGEEN TWP, ON) – On April 15, 2014 at 8:55 am, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a motor vehicle collision on Highway 21 in Saugeen Township.  Officers arrived to find that a Grey Subaru had struck a step ladder that fell onto the highway from the bed of a White Dodge Ram pickup.  The South Bruce OPP is looking to speak with the driver of the White Dodge Ram.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip tocrimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

CIRCLE-CHECKS SAVE LIVES

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) –Every year the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigates devastating incidents involving young children being injured by family members operating farm machinery or vehicles.  In OPP West Region alone, we have investigated 2 such incidents in 2014.    

The OPP urges every driver, of any type of vehicle, to always to perform a “walk-around” circle-check of your vehicle prior to putting it into motion.  The circle-check helps to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the road and more importantly ensures there are no persons or obstacles in the way.   

Police warn drivers whose vehicles are equipped with back up cameras and alarms, not to rely on them.  They are an added safety feature; however there are blind spots that they cannot detect.   Nothing can replace the importance of doing a circle-check around your vehicle to make sure it is safe to put into motion.  

“It only takes a couple extra seconds to perform a circle-check and it can literally mean the difference between life and death” – Sergeant David S. Rektor

With spring upon us, the OPP is urging the farming community to be extra careful to keep young children away from farm vehicles and machinery during the forthcoming planting season. Circle-checks around farm equipment are vitally important as the bigger equipment has more blind spots to contend with.  

Predictable is preventable!

“WHATS HOLDING YOU BACK”

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be increasing enforcement throughout the province to ensure that motorists everywhere do their part in saving lives by buckling up. The 2014 campaign runs through the Easter weekend from April 18th to April 21st.

The South Bruce OPP will be focusing their efforts on occupant restraint systems including child restraints during the campaign to raise awareness and protect children. A properly used child booster seat reduces a child’s risk of injury in a crash by as much as 75 percent, yet OPP officers find many child car seats are used incorrectly. 

Seatbelt non-compliance draws a fine of $240 and two demerit points.  However, failing to buckle your seatbelt could also have much more serious consequences if someone is injured or killed in a motor vehicle collision. 

So far in 2014, 9 people have lost their lives on OPP patrolled roads where lack of occupant restraint was a factor.

In 2013, South Bruce OPP officers laid 103 seatbelt charges which means that 103 drivers were caught driving without a restraint system that would help protect them if they become involved in a crash.

“Seatbelts have been mandatory in Ontario since 1976, yet, in 2014, we have more families marking the death of a loved one in a crash.  It’s not just the $240 fine or demerit points, it’s about public safety and saving lives.  If you’re not buckled up, what’s holding you back?” – Inspector Scott Smith, Detachment Commander, South Bruce OPP.

 

Anyone interested in more information can check the Ministry of Transportation website at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca, the OPP website at http://www.opp.ca

EASTER LONG WEEKEND TRAFFIC INITIATIVE April 18 - 21, 2014

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(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Members of Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with OPP officers across the province, will be highly visible this Easter long weekend in raising awareness through enforcement and public education by targeting the “Big 4” major causes of death and injury on our roadways; specifically, impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving and failure to wear or improper use of seatbelts.

This traffic initiative, which commences at midnight on Friday, April 18th and ends at midnight on Monday, April 21st, 2014, is in effort to change driving behaviour and save lives.  The focus of this initiative will be on seatbelt compliance.

A properly worn seat belt greatly increases your chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision.

As of April 7, 2014, nine (9) people have died in motor vehicle collisions within OPP jurisdiction so far this year in which lack of occupant restraint was a factor.

Drivers are responsible for ensuring that passengers under 16 years of age are using the seat belt or an appropriate child car seat.

A driver can be charged and face a fine totalling $240 and two demerit points for seat belt infractions.  Demerit points remain on a driving record for two years from the date of the offence. 

The Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) website has comprehensive seat belt information, including videos about proper car seat installation for your child.  Go to www.mto.gov.on.ca and then to their “Road Safety” page for details.

PREVENT DAY TIME BREAK-INS – KEEP DOORS LOCKED - REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY -

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(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to remind residents to keep their doors locked to prevent potential day time break-ins. 

This reminder comes after a residence in Owen Sound was broken into yesterday morning in which silverware and jewelry were taken.  The suspects, a man and a woman, between the ages of 40 and 50 were observed leaving the residence.

In 2013, between January and August, Grey County OPP investigated 6 similar day-time break-ins, most of which were in the area of Balmy Beach in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.  Thousands of dollars in jewelry was stolen.  In one case, the homeowner was in the front yard cutting grass, when the suspect(s) entered the residence through an insecure rear door.

Crime prevention starts with you!  Ensure all doors are locked; including your vehicle doors. Theft from vehicles is a crime of opportunity.  Don’t make it easy for would be thieves!  Report any suspicious vehicles and or people to police.  Beware of potential suspects who may knock on your door to see whether or not anyone is home and then, if answered, may ask for directions or hand you a flyer of some description as a ruse.  Should this occur and you feel it’s suspicious in nature, contact your local police.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

TOOLS TAKEN DURING OVERNIGHT BREAK IN

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(KINCARDINE, ON) – On April 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an overnight break in at a residence in the 200 block of Kincardine Avenue in Kincardine.  Sometime between 9:00 pm on April 13, 2014 and 9:00 am on April 14, 2014, the garage was entered through the front door.  The list of assorted stolen tools includes a 7 ¼” Craftsman Skill saw.  The value of the stolen tools is estimated to be more than $275.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip tocrimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

SEVERAL DOMESTIC INCIDENTS INVESTIGATED OVER THE WEEKEND

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(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated five domestic related incidents throughout the area over the weekend.  Alcohol was a contributing factor in most cases.  No physical injuries were reported.

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, a 49 year old Grey Highlands man was arrested and charged with 2 counts of uttering death threats against his spouse, three counts of domestic mischief and one count of uttering threat to damage property.  The 57 year old victim had locked herself in the bathroom until police arrived.  There were several firearms in the residence which were seized by police.  The accused was held for a bail hearing.

In a separate incident on Saturday, April 12th, police were called to a residence in Meaford after the 31 year old victim was assaulted and threatened by her ex-common law spouse in front of her 5 year old daughter.  The accused left the area prior to police arrival.  A warrant was issued for the 37 year old male from Chesley, who was arrested the following morning in Meaford.  The accused was held for bail.

Domestic violence hurts all of us.  Learn the facts about violence against women at www.canadianwomen.org.

CANADA REVENUE SCAM ALERT

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is sending a scam alert after receiving a complaint locally.  On April 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm, a resident of Huron-Kinloss Township contacted the South Bruce OPP with concerns about an email advising of a $98.00 refund owed that would be deposited when banking information was provided.  The email contained the logos of the Canada Revenue Agency and the Bank of Montreal.  This scam attempt was recognized and no reply was sent back.

Today’s tech savvy scammers can create very convincing scams using the power of the internet.  They will often use the name of a legitimate group, in order to gain your trust, and hoping that you will simply respond without taking the time to verify the message is genuine.  Using the Canada Revenue logo during income tax season might catch some people off guard.

Scams and cons continue to be a multibillion dollar per year enterprise that will only end when the con artists stop making money.  Always be cautious with unsolicited contacts; unsolicited means that you didn’t ask for it.  You work hard for your money, so work hard to protect it – don’t hand it over to a con artist.

Anyone interested in more information on fraud can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud agency at 1 888 495 8501 or check online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/.    

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip tocrimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

IMPAIRED DRIVER STOPPED WITH STOLEN PIZZA

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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On Friday, April 11, 2014 at approximately 10:58 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an intoxicated male who had ordered a pizza from a local restaurant in Flesherton and left without paying for it. The suspect was observed getting into a vehicle which then proceeded southbound on Sydenham St., in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

An officer observed the suspect vehicle, a 2011 Dodge pick-up truck, on Spring St. in Flesherton, being operated without its rear tail lights on.  The lone driver, who was found to have been drinking alcohol, was arrested for impaired driving and brought to the Chatsworth Detachment for breath tests, which he refused to take. 

Drivers who fail or refuse to provide a breath sample face the same consequences if as though they were charged with impaired driving and may face the same penalties if convicted.

The male, age 25, of Eugenia, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands, is charged with impaired driving, fail or refuse to provide breath sample and theft under $5,000.

His vehicle was impounded for seven days and his driver’s licence suspended for 90 days.

He is scheduled to appear in court in Owen Sound on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

NOVICE DRIVER CHARGED WITH LIQUOR VIOLATION

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(WALKERTON, ON) – On April 12, 2014 at 12:37 am, a South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol along Yonge Street South in Walkerton stopped a Blue Kia OLE and found open alcohol in the vehicle.  The driver, a 17 year old from West Grey Township, was charged with Person under 19 having liquor.

POLICE LOOKING FOR STOLEN FLATBED TRAILER

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(CARRICK TWP, ON) – On April 11, 2014 at 10:43 am, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a stolen flatbed trailer from Stolz Sales and 
Service in the 1400 block of Highway 9 in Carrick Township.  Sometime between April 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm and April 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm, the trailer was taken.

  • Silver 2013 Vnel trailer
  • Double axel, galvanized steel
  • Licence plate # K2612Z
  • VIN # 2V9US1240DC011743

The value of the stolen trailer is estimated to be $3,500.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip tocrimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

-UPDATE- CHURCH LEADER IN CUSTODY

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(CHATSWORTH, ON) -The Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit have arrested the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant.  

Investigators were alerted late last night by Hamilton Police that 55-year-old Frederick Madison King may be at a hotel in the City of Hamilton. He was taken into custody by members of the Grey County OPP without incident.

The accused faces the following charges;

·         1   x  Sexual Exploitation

·         1   x  Sexual Interference

·         3   x  Sexual Assault

·         3   x  Assault Cause Bodily Harm

·         5   x  Uttering Death Threats

·         2   x  Assault With a Weapon

·         10 x  Assault

He is scheduled to appear in Owen Sound Court on Monday, April 14 to answer to the charges. The OPP would like to thank the media, public and other agencies involved in helping to locate the accused.   

TRAFFIC COLLISIONS WITH DEER

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been receiving reports of car/deer collisions.  In an analysis of 2013 collisions, in the South Bruce OPP detachment area, animals ranked #2 in the top 10 contributing factors to a crash.  The following safe driving tips are offered to help reduce the chances of hitting a deer:

  •  Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
  • Drive with caution when moving through areas known to have a large deer population.  Remember - deer seldom run alone.  If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in deer-vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belt.
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer.  Slow down, stay in control and stay alert.

MURDER INVESTIGATION IN HANOVER Accused Charged – Victim Identified

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(HANOVER, ON) –On April 6, 2014 at 5:51 a.m., members of the Hanover Police Service (HPS) responded to a report of a disturbance in an apartment located at 476 9th Avenue in town of Hanover. Upon arrival, officers discovered a man deceased in the apartment with obvious signs of trauma.

At the request of HPS, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) under the direction of Acting Detective Inspector Heidi Stewart commenced the investigation.   Members of the OPP West Region Crime Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services assisted in the investigation. 

Police have confirmed the identity of the victim as 51-year-old Richard CONNOR from 476 9th Avenue in Hanover.  The victim and assailant were known to each other.

Police have charged 25-year-old Matthew LANTZ from 353-A 10th Avenue in Hanover Ontario with one count of First Degree Murder.  He is scheduled to appear in Walkerton Court at 2:00 p.m. today to answer to the charge.  

FEMALE RESCUED FROM SUBMERGED VEHICLE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at approximately 7:50 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a driver trapped inside a vehicle after it had left the roadway, rolled, and became partially submerged in a swamp on Grey Rd. 4 just west of Flesherton, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

OPP responded within minutes of receiving the call.  Upon arrival the officer noticed the vehicle upside down in the water.  Provincial Constable Gab KOKAS and a civilian bystander immediately entered the frigid water and observed the female driver in the overturned vehicle, who was still strapped into her seat by the seat belt, and running out of breathable air space.  As the vehicle continued to fill with water, the officer managed to open the door and, with the help of the civilian, was able to free the driver from the vehicle.

The victim was escorted to the roadway where she was turned over to the Grey County Emergency Services (EMS).  The Grey Highlands Fire Department assisted.

Catherine MILLER, age 58, of Grey Highlands, was taken to the Markdale Hospital where she was examined for minor injuries and released.

Grey County OPP wish to thank all the individuals who assisted at the scene of this single motor vehicle collision.

CHURCH LEADER AND BROTHER FACE NUMEROUS CHARGES

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(CHATSWORTH, ON) – On November 20 of 2012, members of the Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit were called in to investigate allegations of physical and sexual assault against a leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored.  The church is located on Concession 2-3 of Holland Township.

As a result of a 16-month investigation, police have laid a total of 31 Criminal charges against a church leader and his brother.  Some of the charges date back to 1978 and involve seven victims. All victims were members of the church during the time the alleged offences were reported to have occurred.      

Charged is 59-year-old Judson William KING from Queen Mary Drive in Oakville, Ontario with;

  • 4  x  Assault
  • 1  x  Assault With a Weapon
  • 1  x  Utter Death Threats

He will appear in Owen Sound Provincial Court on May 15, 2014 to answer to the charges.   

OPP have issued an Arrest Warrant for 55-year-old Frederick Madison KING for the following offences;

·         1   x  Sexual Exploitation

·         1   x  Sexual Interference

·         3   x  Sexual Assault

·         3   x  Assault Cause Bodily Harm

·         5   x  Uttering Death Threats

·         2   x  Assault With a Weapon

·         10 x  Assault

 

 

Frederick Madison King

King is described as being male white, 178 cm heavy build with brown hair. 

The suspect hasn’t been seen since the allegations came forward in 2012. Police would like to speak with anyone who may know the whereabouts of Frederick Madison KING and are asked to contact the Grey County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their local police authority immediately. 

If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.   

PLOW OPERATORS RECOGNIZED

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – Following one of the harshest winters in recent memory, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants to publicly recognize the hard working plow operators for their efforts.  Quickly recognized when a mail box is knocked down, or when the flow of traffic is moving between 50 km/h – 60 km/h, these dedicated plow operators went out of their way in an effort to keep traffic flowingly safely.

Working long shifts in violent winter storms they tirelessly treated roads that proved too much for the drivers that “rolled the dice” and decided to go driving in the storms; despite the warnings issued by police, roads departments and weather services.

“Emergency services personnel are needlessly placed in very dangerous situations when called upon to drive down closed roads and rescue stranded motorists who should never have been on the road in the first place.  Plow operators assisted emergency services personnel in reaching stranded motorists and people in need of urgent medical care.  I appreciate everything they did and hope that everyone will recognize their contribution to keeping Bruce County safe” – Inspector Scott Smith, Detachment Commander, South Bruce OPP.

TELEVISIONS TAKEN IN OVERNIGHT BREAK IN

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(LUCKNOW, ON) – On March 20, 2014 at 10:20 am, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an overnight break in at Hodgins Home Hardware located in the 600 block of Campbell Street in Lucknow.  Sometime between 6:00 pm on March 19, 2014 and 9:00 am on March 20, 2014, the business was forcibly entered through a side window.  Two televisions were taken: a 32” Akai model LCT3201ADC with serial number61021331 and a 37” Prima model LC-37T26 with serial number 246A0LC37T26000235.  There is no estimate available on the cost of damages caused by the break in.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip tocrimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

POLICE INVESTIGATING OVERNIGHT BREAK IN

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(CARRICK TWP, ON) – On March 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an overnight break in at McGlynn Lumber located in the 1500 block of Highway 9 in Carrick Township.  Sometime between 6:00 pm on March 22, 2014 and 2:00 pm on March 23, 2014, the business was forcibly entered.  A quantity of cash was taken; there are no estimates available on the cost of damages caused by the break in.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip tocrimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

DRIVER CHARGED WITH FAILING TO STOP FOR POLICE

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(KINLOSS TWP, ON) – On March 17, 2014 at 12:44 am, a South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol along Highway 9 in Greenock Township noticed a Grey Ford Taurus moving at a high rate of speed.  The vehicle’s speed was displayed on radar at 137 km/h in a posted 70 km/h zone.  The driver was signalled to stop, but chose to continue driving at a high rate of speed. 

The vehicle made some quick turns in the village of Lucknow, before it was found, stopped, with the engine running, behind the Mac’s Milk store.  The driver was no longer with the car.  Officers continued the investigation and identified the man that was driving the suspect vehicle.

A 24 year old of Hanover has been charged with Race a motor vehicle, Use plates not authorized and 2 counts of Fail to stop for police.  He is scheduled to appear in court on April 15, 2014 to answer to the charges.

IDENTITY THEFT AND PAYMENT CARD FRAUD BANKROLL OTHER CRIMES

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Fraud Prevention Remains Top Priority for Police and Financial Services

(ORILLIA, ON) – As part of Fraud Prevention Month, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) believes greater awareness can help prevent consumers from becoming victims of fraud through identity theft and payment cards.

Typical identity theft cases include situations where government documents -- such as drivers' licences, health cards, Social Insurance Number (S.I.N.) cards and birth certificates -- have been unlawfully obtained or forged. Criminals can use your stolen identity documents to:

• access your computer and email accounts

• access your bank accounts, open new bank accounts or transfer bank balances

• apply for loans, credit cards and other goods and services

• make purchases

• hide their criminal activities

• obtain passports or receive government benefits.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), in 2013 there were 6,275 complaints of identity theft in Canada. Of those complaints, 4,898 victims were identified and their combined financial losses exceeded $11million.

The consequences of having your identity compromised can have lasting effects on your life including potential employers, individual finances and credit ratings, and your dealings with government and other agencies.

The OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau - Identity Crimes Unit also makes use of stronger legislative tools with which to charge criminals for possessing the personal information of others and prevent it from being used for fraud or theft.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of identity or payment card fraud, contact your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.

QUOTES

“Criminals are able to convert your stolen personal information into documents and other tools to further support other crimes. Managing your personal information wisely and cautiously can help prevent identity theft.”

– Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime Command

“Knowledge is power. Consumers can take some basic steps to better protect themselves from becoming a victim, such as never giving out personal information over the phone or over the internet if you are not sure with whom you are dealing, or by only carrying the identification documents that you need.” – Detective Inspector Paul Beesley, OPP Anti-Rackets Branch

FAST FACTS ABOUT FRAUD

• Mass-marketing fraud (MMF) in Canada and particularly Ontario continues to grow at an alarming pace. A 2008 study by the Environics Research Group concluded that two-thirds of Canadians have been targeted by criminal mass marketers.

• The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) reports that, in 2013, more than 31,000 Canadians reported that they had fallen prey to organized criminal fraudsters for a total reported loss of over $63million.

• Almost one-third of complaints to the CAFC come from Ontarians who suffered a reported loss of $31 million to criminal mass-marketers in 2013.

• The CAFC estimates that mass-marketing fraud reporting rates are less than 5% of actual victims. Losses to Ontarians from mass marketing fraud in 2013 are estimated to have exceeded $600-million -- or close to $2-million per day. Many of these real dollar losses occurred to individual, ordinary Ontarians who may lose all or a significant portion of their life’s savings.

RESIDENTIAL BREAK IN OPP REMIND THE PUBLIC TO SECURE DOORS AND WINDOWS

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at approximately 1:41 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break in at a residence on Somers Street, in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.

Sometime between 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25th and 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 26th unknown person(s) entered the residence through an insecure door.  Although some drawers in the kitchen and in the main bedroom of the house had been rummaged through, nothing appears to have been taken.

Grey County OPP wish to remind the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times.  Ensure the doors and windows to your home are secured; and that the blinds or curtains are drawn at night.  Also, ensure your vehicles are locked and any valuables  are removed from the vehicle or, at least, out of sight.

Crime prevention is everyone’s business – report any suspicious activity, person(s), or vehicle(s) to police.  The OPP’s website, www.opp.ca, contains a number of useful resources, tips and links.

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is 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 Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

SOUTH BRUCE OPP STILL SEEKING WANTED MALE McNichol remains at large

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking public assistance in locating a man wanted by police on outstanding arrest warrants in relation to property crimes.

Police are looking for 37-year-old John A. MC NICHOL of no fixed address.  The suspect does have ties to Perth and Huron Counties.

He is described as male, white, 5’7, 170 lbs, thin build, short dirty blond hair, blue eyes, with a tattoo of a cat on his left shoulder.   

The South Bruce OPP appreciates all the tips received, however John A. McNICHOL remains at large. 

 

Anyone who observes the suspect should not approach him; rather call police immediately by dialing 911.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER STEALING ITEMS FROM VEHICLES

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at approximately 9:29 p.m. police received a report of a male and a female entering a parked vehicle on Grey Rd. 18 in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.

Police observed the suspects walking on Grey Rd. 18; both carrying large purses containing random items.  They advised the officer that they needed a ride to Wiarton. 

Investigation revealed the pair were attempting to hitch hike from south of Owen Sound. While walking southbound on Hwy. 6 & 10 and then west on Grey Rd. 18, the pair had been stealing items from an undetermined number of unlocked vehicles.

Danielle Kimberlie NELLES, 21, is charged with theft under $5000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.

Jess Raymond WATSON, 25, is charged with theft under $5000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, as well as breach of recognizance.

Both were held in custody pending a bail hearing today.

Grey County OPP is reminding the public that theft from vehicles is a crime of opportunity.  An unlocked door or an open window is an invitation to thieves.  You can prevent these thefts by remembering to always roll up the windows, lock the doors, and keep valuables out of plain view.  Remember – “Lock it or Lose it”.

Anyone who may have had items stolen from their vehicles last night is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 if they haven't already done so.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

GPS AND SATELLITE RADIO STOLEN FROM VEHICLES

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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) –  On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a theft report.  Sometime overnight two unlocked pick-up trucks were entered on the 8thConcession B in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.  Two GPSs and a satellite radio were taken over night.

Grey County OPP is reminding the public that theft from vehicles is a crime of opportunity.  An unlocked door or an open window is an invitation to thieves.  You can prevent these thefts by remembering to always roll up the windows, lock the doors, and keep valuables out of plain view.  Remember – “Lock it or Lose it”.

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is 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 Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.