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Limited to 31 last days - Huron & Perth County Crime News





Limited to 31 last days

EASTER WEEKEND TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

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(PERTH COUNTY, ON)  The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) report that over the Easter Long Weekend, their officers as part of their patrols paid particular attention to unsafe drivers who disregard the “Big 4” driving behaviours.  These behaviours include impaired driving, speeding (aggressiveness), distracted driving and lack of seatbelt usage.

Perth County started this Easter Traffic Campaign on a sad note when they responded to one of the three fatal motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Ontario over the Easter Long Weekend.  The fatal collision occurred early Friday morning April 18th, 2014 and investigation determined that speed and lack of seatbelt usage was a factor in this collision. 

In addition to investigating this fatal collision, Perth County OPP officers conducted extensive traffic patrols and nine RIDE programs between Friday April 18, 2014, and Monday April 21, 2014.  These actions resulted in two motorists being charged with impaired driving, 65 with speeding, one with distracted driving and 25 with failing to wear a seatbelt. 

“It is disappointing to see the high number of seatbelt infractions in Perth County, especially when 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 our roads”. – Provincial Constable Kees Wijnands  

While the majority of drivers were on board with the OPP’s long weekend road safety messages, the Perth County fatality and the other two Ontario 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 deaths on our roads.

The OPP continues to urge drivers to concentrate on positive driving behaviours in an effort to prevent further tragedies on our roads. 

EARLY MORNING POLICE ACTIVITY NEAR SEBRINGVILLE

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Tuesday April 22, 2014, shortly after 6 a.m., a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer patrolled Road 130 between Rostock and Brunner when a suspicious male was observed on a rural property.  The officer drove onto the property and observed the male jump onto a 6 wheeled ATV and sped off in a high rate of speed.  The ATV proceeded in a southerly direction across numerous fields.  The officer kept the ATV in sight as its driver attempted to evade detection.  The ATV continued south bound for approximately 13 km.  The operator refused to stop for police on numerous occasions and under cover of fog evaded police in a cultivated field south east of Sebringville. 

The male operator abandoned the ATV and proceeded on foot into Sebringville.  OPP officers with the assistance of the OPP canine unit searched the area in and around Sebringville but were unable to locate the male. 

The 6 wheeled green 2011 Polaris Ranger ATV was determined to have been stolen from a residence in the Blyth area sometime between 11 p.m. on Monday April 21, 2014 and 5 a.m. Tuesday April 22, 2014.

The Huron and Perth County OPP are requesting anyone with information about this theft to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

-UPDATE- MISSING MALE INVESTIGATION

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Missing Male Found Deceased

(GODERICH, ON) – Just after 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and Goderich Fire Department members responded to the Rotary Cove Beach in Goderich to recover a human body found in Lake Huron.    

Witnesses walking near the shoreline spotted the body in the ice and water a short distance from the shore. 

Police have since identified the remains as:  51 year old Andrew QUINN. 

Huron County OPP and Waterloo Regional Police Service commenced a search for the missing Waterloo male on November 26, 2013.  His vehicle was found in Goderich parked on Cove Road.  This led to an extensive search of the waterway and shoreline.   

A post-mortem examination was scheduled for yesterday at London Health Sciences Centre in London.  The cause of death has not been determined but foul play is not suspected.

DECK STRUCTURE COLLAPSES – FIVE INJURED

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(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – Shortly before 1:00 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers, Goderich Fire Department members and Huron County EMS responded to the Benmiller Inn & Spa located on Benmiller Line after receiving a call for assistance. 

Huron OPP has learned a group of 16 patrons were gathering outside of the restaurant on a wooden deck to a take a family photo.  As the group was posing for photos the north end of the deck collapsed causing some of the family members to fall approximately 10 feet to the ground below. 

Five injured were transported to local hospitals for treatment.  The injuries sustained are all considered to be minor in nature. 

The Ontario Ministry of Labour will be attending the scene to continue the investigation.

EASTER WEEKEND TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT NETS IRRESPONSIBLE DRIVER

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An SUV was observed travelling west bound on Highway 8 at an extremely high rate of speed.  The officer activated the police radar and locked the vehicle in at a speed of 137 km/h.  This is 57 km/h above the posted 80 km/h zone.  The 2013 Nissan Rogue was pulled over near Dublin.  The male driver of the Nissan, his wife and two young daughters were travelling to a cottage along Lake Huron to spend the Easter Long Weekend.  The driver, a 49 year old male from Toronto was issued a summons for “race a motor vehicle”.  The driver is to appear at Stratford Court on May 13, 2014 to answer to this charge.  His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and his vehicle was towed from the scene and has been impounded for a week.

The Perth County OPP wish to remind the public that the “Big 4” driving behaviours, impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, seatbelt usage will be a high priority for all OPP officers throughout the province this Easter Long Weekend.

FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  Early Friday morning April 18, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to a single motor vehicle collision on Perth Line 24 between Road 170 and Road 179.

Investigation revealed that sometime prior to 6:30 a.m. a red Dodge Dakota pickup truck had been travelling west bound on Perth Line 24, when it left the roadway, entered the north ditch, where it rolled and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.  The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle.  

The male driver of the pickup truck, Travis BROWN (19) of the Municipality of West Perth was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Western Region OPP Technical Traffic Investigation Unit is currently at the scene and is continuing their investigation.  Initial results indicate that speed and lack of seatbelt use was a factor in this tragic collision.

Perth Line 24 between Road 170 and Road 179 is expected to remain closed until the noon hour, allowing for cleanup of the debris and safety of the investigators. 

OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLES STOLEN FROM SHED

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Wednesday April 16, 2014, shortly before 1 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a possible break-in in progress at a residence on Road 106 east of Nithburg. 

Upon police arrival it was determined that culprits had entered a shed on the property of the rural residence and removed two Yamaha off-road motorcycles.  The motorcycles are blue and white in colour, one is a 90 cc and the other is a 50cc.  The motorcycles appear to have been loaded onto a vehicle which had backed up to the shed. 

The culprits had also gained entry into the residence by forcing open the man-door of the attached garage.  Nothing appears to have been removed from the residence.

The Perth County OPP would like to speak to anyone having observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Perth Line 56 and Road 106 around the noon hour on Wednesday.  The vehicle would have been transporting two small off-road motorcycles.  Anyone with information is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

THEFT FROM WALLACE PUBLIC SCHOOL

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Monday April 14, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to Wallace Public School in Gowanstown where a break-in and theft was discovered.

Investigation revealed that sometime between Sunday afternoon April 13th and early Monday morning April 14th, unknown person(s) gained entry into the school and stole a black Hewlett- Packard XP laptop computer from a classroom.  A portable radio and charger was also removed from a hallway.  The radio is a black Motorola CP110 walkie-talkie type radio. 

Anyone with information about this break-in and theft is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

CIRCLE-CHECKS SAVE LIVES

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(PERTH 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 West Region alone, we have already investigated two such incidents this year.    

The OPP urges every driver, of any type of vehicle, to always 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.  

“Small children are quick and unpredictable they can be behind your vehicle without you realizing it.   Do a “circle- check”, ensure no toys, bikes or little ones are in your path of travel.  It only takes a couple extra seconds to do this check however it can mean the difference between life and death” – Constable Kees Wijnands

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 upcoming planting season. Teach them the dangers of being around vehicles and machinery.  Circle-checks around farm equipment are vitally important as the bigger equipment has more blind spots to contend with.  

Predictable is preventable!

SERIOUS CRASH EAST OF LISTOWEL

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Investigation determined that a Pontiac Montana minivan was following a west bound full sized tractor trailer on Perth Line 86 just east of Road 152.  The driver of the Montana van proceeded to pass the transport when the passenger side front corner of the van made contact with the rear driver’s side corner of the tractor trailer.  This resulted in the driver of the van to lose control and veer onto the north gravel shoulder where it spun and was sent back across both lanes of Perth Line 86.  The minivan was subsequently struck by a Chevy Malibu which was travelling east bound.  This impact caused the minivan to roll and land on its driver’s side, trapping the driver.  The impact caused the Malibu to remain upright but the passenger inside was trapped.

The North Perth Fire Department attended and extricated the 21 year old female driver of the Montana van, a resident of Waterloo, and the 79 year old male passenger of the Malibu, a resident of Tiverton.  Both were transported to local hospital with serious injuries.  The driver of the Malibu, a 67 year old male from Tiverton sustained minimal injuries while the driver of the tractor trailer, a 58 year old male from Cambridge was uninjured. 

FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

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(ST.MARYS, ON)  Early Tuesday morning April 15, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Thames Road and Queen Street West in St.Marys.

Investigation revealed that sometime after midnight, a 2000 Pontiac Montana minivan was driven south on Thames Road.  The vehicle crossed Queen St West and struck a parked St.Marys Ford Dealership display vehicle (2014 F350 pickup truck).  The Montana van was extensively damaged while the pickup truck sustained minor damage.  The male driver of the van, Grant PEARSON (83) of St.Marys was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Perth County OPP is continuing their investigation into the cause of this collision.

SPRING SNOWFALL BRINGS A RASH OF CRASHES

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(PERTH COUNTY, ON)  On Tuesday morning April 15, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to numerous collisions.

Snow covered roads throughout the county caught motorists off guard.  Some had already removed their snow tires while others failed to slow down and drive according to road and weather conditions.   

Between 6:30 and 11:00 a.m. officers responded to nine vehicular collisions scattered throughout the County.  Three of the crashes involved vehicle rollovers, while five involved vehicles skidding off of roadways but remaining upright in ditches.  One collision involved two vehicles, however damage was found to be minor in nature.  Only minimal injuries were reported as part of these nine investigations.

GUNS & HOSES CHARITY HOCKEY GAME

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(GODERICH, ON) – A cheque presentation is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA to hand over the funds raised from the recent Guns-N-Hoses Charity Hockey Game.  All proceeds ($4550) raised from the event will be equally shared by the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund. 

For the game itself, the Goderich Fire Department rallied back from a 6-3 deficit to douse the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment team 10-6.  The packed arena at the Maitland Recreation Centre enjoyed the spirited play and numerous prize giveaways. 

The organizers would like to thank all of the generous sponsors, game day volunteers, fans and community supporters for making this year’s event a tremendous success. 

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SERVED WITH THREE DAY SUSPENSION

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(HOWICK, ON) – A 50 year old school bus driver was served with a three day suspension following a traffic stop yesterday afternoon.  Just after 4:30 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to multiple traffic complaints of a school bus travelling westbound on Harriston Road in an erratic manner. 

Witnesses observed a school bus swerving outside of the marked lane onto the shoulder of the road and also across the centre line into oncoming traffic.  Officers were able to safely stop the school bus on Clyde Road in Bluevale. 

Upon speaking with the male driver officers noted he driver had been drinking alcohol.  A roadside test was completed and the driver registered a warn range suspension.  The driver, a 50 year old from Listowel has lost his driving privileges for three days.

Approximately ten elementary aged students were on board at the time of the traffic stop.

CHEVROLET MALIBU STOLEN

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(SOUTH HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating the theft of a 2010 black Chevrolet Malibu that was stolen yesterday in Exeter.  The owner parked the car on Alexander Street West around 10:00 a.m. and when he returned to the vehicle around 1:00 p.m. it had been stolen.

The black, four- door 2010 Chevrolet Malibu has tinted windows and chrome door handles.

The vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys inside.  Additionally, a wallet containing cash and identification was stolen from the vehicle.

The wallet, minus the cash was later recovered on Hurondale Road.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

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

EASTER WEEKEND TRAFFIC / SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT

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(PERTH COUNTY, ON)  This Easter Long Weekend from Friday, April 18th 2014 until Monday April 21st 2014 Perth County OPP officers will be joining other OPP Detachments in stepping up traffic enforcement. 

The “Big 4” driving behaviours, impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, and seatbelt usage will be a high priority for Perth County OPP officers.

 “Perth County OPP officers will be out each shift this weekend looking for drivers who disregard these “Big 4” driving behaviours.  They will pay extra attention to seatbelt usage.  Although having taken the backseat in the last little while, seatbelt usage remains one of the easiest ways to increase your chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision.  From the start of the year until last week, nine people have died in motor vehicle collisions within OPP jurisdictions, in which lack of occupant restraint was a factor.   The statistics don’t lie, If you choose to disobey the seatbelt laws you are not only committing illegal acts but you are taking unacceptable risks on our roads” - Inspector Steve Porter, Detachment Commander, Perth County OPP.

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

RECOVERED STOLEN PROPERTY

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(SOUTH HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are attempting to find the owner(s) of some general property that was recovered late August 2013.  The property was found in a corn field on Sunshine Line just south of Crediton Road.  Police believe the property had been stolen from the area in and around that time last summer.  Investigators would like to return the property to the rightful owner.

The unclaimed items include: 

·         A black VForce paintball mask

·         A Rebel Bottom Line paintball gun

·         A camouflage hunting bag that attaches to an ATV

·         A black adult size large Edco one piece snowsuit

·         A Luxfer compressed gas tank

·         A Lamco trailer hitch with size 1.75, 2.0, and 2.5 inch balls included

·         A canvass utility bag containing various drill bits, sockets and a Stanley Fat Max tape measure

·         A Samsung GTS8500M cell phone

·         Two red gasoline jerry cans

·         A Roots bag containing various pieces of costume jewellery.

If you own the property or have information on who may own this property please contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

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

BREAK, ENTER & THEFT – KRAUTER LINE

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(HURON EAST, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a break, enter and theft that occurred on Krauter Line.  The crime took place sometime between 6:00 a.m. on April 9, 2014 and 11:30 a.m. on April 11, 2014. 

Those responsible entered through an unlocked garage door.  Once inside the garage they stole several items including: 

  • Five new “Mickey Thompson” rims and tires. 
  • A black Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Soft top
  • Two Husqvarna chainsaws
  • A 3200 watt generator
  • A snow blower

The value of the stolen goods is an estimated at $10,000.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

 

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

NUMEROUS CHARGES LAID AFTER COLLISION

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Sunday April 13, 2014, shortly before 1:30 a.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a single motor vehicle crash on Line 29 east of Road 109 (east of Stratford). 

Investigation revealed that a 1999 Acura had been travelling west bound on Line 29 when it left the roadway, entered the south ditch, struck trees and spun around.  The lone male driver was extricated from the vehicle by the Township of Perth East Fire Dept. (Shakespeare Station).  He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his major injuries.  He also failed two Intoxilyzer Breath Tests.

A male (19), of East Zorra-Tavistock Twp.  has been charged with the following offences;

- Driving while ability impaired.

- Driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in blood.

- Fail to comply with Probation Order.

- Novice driver Blood Alcohol Concentration above zero.

- Driving while under suspension.

- Drive motor vehicle no currently validated permit.

He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on May 26, 2014 to answer these charges.  He was also issued a 90 day driver’s licence suspension and the vehicle he was operating has been impounded for seven days.

DRIVER DISREGARDS SPEED LIMIT

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Thursday April 10, 2014 around 4:30 p.m., an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was conducting patrols along Perth Road 131south of Milverton when a fast moving vehicle was observed. 

A Buick Rendezvous was observed travelling north bound at an extremely high rate of speed.  The officer activated the police radar and locked the Buick in at a speed of 154 km/h.  This is 74 km/h above the posted 80 km/h zone.  The vehicle was pulled over south of Milverton and the 18 year old male, a Township of Perth East resident was issued a summons for “race a motor vehicle”.  The male is to appear at Stratford Court on May 27, 2014 to answer to this charge.  His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and his vehicle has been impounded for a week.

MALE FACING SEVERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES

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(HURON COUNTY, ON) – A 62 year old male is in custody and facing several criminal charges following an incident that took place on April 8, 2014.  Around 6:20 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a theft that took place at the LCBO in Goderich.  Investigation revealed a male had shoplifted a bottle of alcohol and left the store in a GMC pickup. 

That same evening around 10:30 p.m. officers received information about a pickup truck that was parked in an odd manner near Airport Line and Rodgerville Road.  A Huron OPP officer arrived on scene and observed the engine to be running with a lone male sleeping in the driver’s seat.  Upon waking the driver the officer noticed the driver was displaying signs that he was impaired by alcohol. 

The driver was arrested for Impaired Care & Control and was subsequently transported to the Exeter OPP Detachment where he provided two samples of his breath to a qualified Intoxilizer Technician; Both tests were above the legal limit.

Further investigation revealed the driver was the suspect from the earlier shoplifting incident in Goderich.   The accused and the pickup were searched and the stolen bottle of alcohol was recovered.  Officers then determined the pickup truck was a stolen vehicle from the City of Sarnia.

As a result, a male, 62, from Scarborough has been charged with:  Impaired Care & Control, Care & Control - Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol, Theft Over $5,000, Theft Under $5,000 and Possession of Stolen Property.

He remains in custody with a bail hearing scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on April 11, 2014. 

SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES LAID

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(GODERICH, ON) – The Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit with the assistance of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit and the OPP Technological Crime Unit has laid a number of criminal charges against a Bluewater, Ontario resident.  The alleged incident happened in Goderich on March 20, 2014. 

Kelly LAYCOX, a 52 year old male from the Municipality of Bluewater has been charged with the Criminal Code offences of:  Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference with a Person Under 16 years of Age and Make Child Pornography.

The accused has presented himself as a pastor, monk and a life coach.  He has also been self-employed as a counsellor, tai chi & taiji teacher and meditative skills instructor.  Additionally, he has volunteered his services at area schools and community groups.

He is commonly referred to as “Mr. Kelly” by his students.

Investigators would to speak with anyone who may have had interactions with the accused directly or indirectly.   

The Huron County OPP Crime Unit can be contacted by calling (519) 524-8314 or 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The accused remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for April 11, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

ONE SENT TO HOSPITAL FROM MULTI-VEHICLE COLLISION

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(HURON EAST, ON) – Last night around 9:00 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Huron East Fire Department and Huron County EMS personnel responded to a four vehicle collision that sent one driver to hospital.  Police investigation revealed a Pontiac Vibe was southbound on Kippen Road near Centennial Road when it was overtaken by a vehicle that failed to remain at the scene of the collision.  The driver of the vehicle that failed to remain entered the northbound lane of traffic on Kippen Road and forced oncoming vehicles off the roadway. 

The overtaken southbound Pontiac Vibe then collided with a northbound Dodge Pickup that tried to avoid the fail to remain vehicle.  The Dodge pickup then spun around and struck a Chevrolet Tahoe that was following in the northbound lane. 

The driver of the Pontiac Vibe, an 80 year old male driver from Huron East was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  He received treatment and was later released.

The Pontiac Vibe and Dodge Pickup were demolished.  The Chevrolet Tahoe sustained moderate damage. 

The OPP West Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Team (TTCI) attended the scene to assist with the collision investigation. 

DECEPTIVE DOOR TO DOOR SALESPEOPLE

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(HURON COUNTY, ON) – As the weather starts to warm up it generally brings an increase in the number of door-to-door sales visits.  On Thursday, April 3, 2014 two suspicious males were canvassing homes in Goderich in an effort to inspect hot water tanks and to enlist customers into a hot water tank rental agreement.

In both cases the suspicious salespeople claimed to work for Reliance Water Heater however it was later determined they were working for another company.

Here are some tips to protect yourself when the next door-to-door salesperson shows up at your home.

Ask for Identification- Reputable companies use photo ID.  Don’t let the salesperson start their pitch until you have seen photo ID.  Get the name of the business and the name of the salesperson.  If they don’t have identification with them they are likely scam artists.

Get the info in writing- Ask about the rental fees, installation, repair and extra service charges.  Review the warranties and insist on getting the details in writing.  Keep copies of this information.

Don’t sign on the spot- If the salesperson pressures you to sign on the spot, don’t.  Shut the door or insist that you need additional time to read and understand the agreement.  Reputable salespeople will carry brochures about their products or services.  A “deal” is never only good for that visit.  If you need further time to review the offer it will be there tomorrow.

Understand the agreement- How long does the agreement last?  Are there any other costs other than the monthly rental?  Are there fees if you cancel the agreement? Will the company renew the rental agreement without your prior written consent?

Know your consumer rights- The Ontario Consumer Protection Act protects people who enter into rental contracts for water heaters.  You are entitled to a 10-day cooling off period to change your mind and opt out of any contract you sign for your water heater rental.  The 10 days begin when you receive your copy of the written contract.

All charges within the contract must be exactly as they are stated.  For example, a company is not allowed to add a surcharge that is not noted unless it is a tax.  You have up to one year to cancel if the agreement does not meet certain requirements such as costs and contractual rights.

Remember, reputable companies comply with the law.  If you believe the business or salesperson made a false, misleading or deceptive statement you may have further remedies under the Consumer Protection Act.  Further information can be found at:  www.ontario.ca/consumers/your-rights-under-consumer-protection-act    

DISOBEY STOP SIGN COLLISION

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Sunday, April 06, 2014, shortly after 7 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Perth Road 130 and Line 29.

Investigation revealed that a Hyundai Elantra was driven south bound on Perth Road 130 when a west bound Pontiac Montana van travelling on Line 29 struck the passenger side rear corner of the Hyundai.  The impact forced the Hyundai into the west ditch where it rolled onto its roof.  The 30 year old female driver of the Hyundai, a St.Marys resident, sustained minimal injuries.  The driver of the Montana van was a 24 year old female from the Municipality of Central Huron was uninjured.  The two young children in the van who were properly and securely placed in child safety seats also did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash.

The driver of the Pontiac Montana van has been charged with “disobey stop sign – fail to stop”.    

As the weather becomes more conducive to travelling, the Perth County OPP wants to remind motorists to pay extra attention to stop sign controlled intersections.  For motorists that come up to a stop sign, STOP, look both ways, and yield to traffic that has the right of way.  Motorists on the “through roadway”, should when approaching a crossroad, look both ways to ensure that traffic on the cross road is slowing down and stopping.  “Remember drive defensively”.

LIQUOR RELATED ENFORCEMENT

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(PERTH COUNTY, ON)   Between Friday evening April 04, 2014, and Sunday April 06, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers conducted four Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere (RIDE) programs within Perth County.  Large numbers of motorists were checked but no impaired drivers were found.  During patrols however, officers dealt with the following alcohol related driving incidents;

-       On Saturday morning April 05, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a speeding vehicle on Perth Road 119 south of Gads hill was stopped.  The 20 year old male driver from the Township of Perth East had “liquor readily available”, while transporting four male youths.  The driver was charged under the liquor licence act for this offence and was also charged with speeding.

-       On Saturday night April 05, shortly after 10 p.m., a pickup truck was stopped for a Highway Traffic Act violation on Road 144 near Wartburg.  Upon speaking with the 27 year old male driver from Thames Centre, alcohol was observed inside the vehicle.  The driver passed a roadside breath test, but charged with “drive with open container of liquor”.  The passenger was charged with “have open liquor in other than licenced premises or residence”.

-       On Saturday night April 05, around 11:30 p.m., a pickup truck was stopped for speeding on Maitland Ave North in Listowel.  The 41 year old male driver from the Municipality of North Perth was given a roadside breath test which determined that the driver had a blood alcohol concentration from .05 to .08. The driver had his licence seized and suspended for 3 days.

-       On Sunday morning April 06, shortly before 3:30 a.m., a car was stopped for speeding on Hwy 23 north of Mitchell.  The driver was given a roadside breath test which determined that the driver had a blood alcohol concentration from .05 to .08.  The 40 year old male driver from the Municipality of North Perth had his driver’s licence seized and suspended for 3 days.

BIKE STOLEN FROM UNLOCKED GARAGE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Sunday April 06, 2014, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was contacted by a Walton Ave. North resident in Listowel regarding the theft of a bicycle stolen from a garage.

It was determined that sometime between 10:30 p.m. Saturday April 05 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday April 06, an unknown person entered the residence unlocked garage and stole a black TREK 4300 mountain bike that was hanging on a hook.  The bike is valued at $620

Anyone with information about this theft is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

DRIVER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  On Sunday April 06, 2014, shortly before 2:15 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a serious two vehicle collision at the intersection of Perth Road 180 and Line 36 north of Dublin. 

Investigation indicated that a Dodge Caravan was travelling south bound on Perth Road 180, when it was T boned by a west bound KIA Soul travelling on Line 36.  The 31 year old female driver of the Caravan, a London resident, was transported by air ambulance to a London Hospital with major but non-life threatening injuries.   A one year old female passenger, property seated and strapped in a rear facing child seat, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital as a precaution.  The 73 year old female driver of the Kia Soul, a resident of Huron East was also transported by ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries.

OPP West Region Technical Traffic Investigators attended the scene and are assisting in with the investigation.  At present, investigation into the cause of this collision is continuing.

VAN WITH 8 OCCUPANTS STOPPED FOR RACING

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Thursday April 03, 2014, around 4 a.m. a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol, observed an extremely fast moving full sized passenger van, on Perth Road 121 south of Millbank.

The van proceeded onto Perth Road 119, Perth Line 56 and drove south on Perth Road 107.  Just south of Hampstead the officer was able to lock the van speed on his police radar.  The speed registered was, 137 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone.  The van was pulled over in Amulree where the driver was spoken to. 

As a result of travelling 57 km/h above the speed limit, the 31 year old male driver from London has been charged with “race a motor vehicle”.  The driver was unable to produce the necessary documentation for the vehicle and was also charged with “fail to surrender permit for motor vehicle”, and “fail to have insurance card”.  He was issued a summons to appear in Stratford Court on May 13, 2014, where he has to answer to the charges. 

His driver’s licence was seized and has been returned to the Ministry of Transportation as it is now suspended for seven days.  The Ford Econoline Van, registered to a poultry company, was towed from the scene, and has been impounded for 7 days.  The driver and the seven passengers contacted a local cab company to transport them from the scene.

SUSPICIOUS MALE SPOKE TO CHILDREN

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Wednesday April 02, 2014, around 4 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were contacted by a parent regarding their child being spoken to by an unknown male while walking home from school. 

Officers obtained further information and ascertained that two female Listowel Central Public School students, aged nine and ten, had been walking home at approximately 3:25 p.m. The girls were walking near the corner of Campbell St. West and Argyle Ave North, when a dark vehicle with the driver’s side window rolled down, came to a near stop some distance away from the girls.  The lone male driver inside asked the girls if they needed a lift.  The girls did not answer, and continued walking.  There were other children walking in the area.  The male was last seen driving east bound on Campbell St West at a normal rate of speed.

The Perth County OPP are continuing their investigation into this incident and at this point are unable to determine if this male was an acquaintance of the girls who they may not have recognized.  If you are the driver or have knowledge of the individual who may have spoken to the girls, you are requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The Perth County OPP wants to remind our communities about “Stranger Safety”. It is very important to teach our children how to react if someone tries to take them or lure them into a vehicle. 

Education is the key and there are several discussions parents can have with their children regarding stranger awareness.  One key element is to reinforce that children should never accept rides from strangers. 

One common tactic of child abductors is to lure children into a car using a fake story, such as telling kids they were sent by their parents who have been hurt in an accident.  By establishing a “secret code word” system with your children, parents can better protect their loved ones. 

One of the single most important factors to remember when teaching your children about stranger danger is to instil confidence, rather than fear.

Here are some tips and teaching tools for parents and children.  Openly discuss this issue as a family to ensure everyone’s safety.

Teach your children:

-Their name, age, telephone number, address, city and province.

-That bad people do not always look mean or scary.

-If a stranger bothers them, advise them to run away.  If they are followed or grabbed by    

  a stranger, shout, yell loud and fight back.

-If anyone touches them in a bad way, say “NO”, get away and tell an adult they trust.

-How to contact you, the police, the fire department or ambulance service in the event   of an emergency.

-To keep you informed as to their whereabouts at all times.

-Never admit to being alone in the home when answering the telephone.  Never give out         

 their name or address to strangers.

-Never invite strangers into the house or answer the door when home alone.

-Never approach or enter a stranger’s car and to always keep a safe distance from a

 stranger.

-Never hitchhike.

-To rely on police officers as their friends if they are lost or require help.

-Never play alone.

Tips for Parents:

-Teach your children to tell you if anything happens that makes them feel unsafe or

 uncomfortable.

-Children should always carry identification including name, address, telephone number

 and emergency contact information on them.

- Always keep an undated photo of your child with pertinent information, ie. height, weight, eye colour.

-Keep communication open in your relationship with your children, this will ensure that    

 they will share any doubts or fears they may have.

For other useful information please visit the OPP website at www.opp.ca.

PART THEFTS FROM VEHICLES

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Wednesday April 02, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Listowel were dispatched to STOP 23 AUTO SALES (910 Wallace Ave North, Listowel), where a theft was discovered.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 5 p.m. on Tuesday April 1st, and 8 a.m. on Wednesday April 2nd, unknown person(s) entered onto the auto sales lot and removed two pairs of towing mirrors from two trucks parked in the rear lot.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the mirrors, having seen used towing mirrors up for sale, or having knowledge as to the person(s) responsible, is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

BREAK, ENTER AND THEFT – CLINTON

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(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a break, enter and theft that occurred in Clinton sometime over the course of the last few months.  Huron OPP officers were alerted to the break-in yesterday afternoon.   Police learned the owners returned home from an extended trip down south to find their home had been entered and ransacked.    

The thieves entered the residence sometime between the end of November 2013 and the end of March 2014.  The thieves stole a 52” flat screen Panasonic television, antiques, jewellery, collectable coins and stamps. 

The value of the stolen goods is believed to be an estimated $4000.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

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

SCAM ATTEMPT TO GET BACK TAXES FAILS

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(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating an attempted scam that was reported to police yesterday afternoon.  A Clinton resident reported she received a call at home from a female that identified herself as an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency.  The female provided a bogus case number and complaint number and proceeded to tell the resident she owed an outstanding tax bill of $3,800.

At that point a male picked up the phone and also identified himself as a Canada Revenue Agency employee.  He spoke with an aggressive tone and tried to intimidate the resident.  He demanded the female make a decision within one hour on how she was going to pay her outstanding tax bill.   He then stated if she didn’t take immediate action the police would be at her door within three hours to arrest her and take her to jail.

The scammer instructed the resident to purchase “Home Depot” and “Safeway” gift cards.  Once the cards were purchased she was to provide him with the authorization codes to clear off her outstanding balance. 

The Clinton resident reported the caller was very aggressive, argumentative and threatening to her. 

Huron County OPP would like to remind everyone to be extremely skeptical of any unsolicited communication from people purporting to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.  The communication has high potential to be a scam whether it is through the telephone, mail, or email.  Be especially careful if there is a request for personal information. 

Also be aware:  the OPP and RCMP do not contact individuals for the purposes of collecting fines or taxes and NEVER asks the public to make a payment over the telephone.

FRAUD – RECOGNIZE IT....REPORT IT….STOP IT!

 

To report a fraud call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or go online at www.antifraudcentre.ca  Alternatively, you can report fraud to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. 

CAR COLLIDES WITH FARM TRACTOR

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Monday March 31, 2014, shortly before 8:30 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to a collision between a car and a farm tractor on Perth Line 43 west of Amulree.

Investigation revealed that a John Deere farm tractor was being driven east bound in the east bound lane of Perth Line 43 at approximately 25 km/h.  An east bound Honda Civic travelling in the east bound lane, impacted the tractor from behind.  The impact caused extensive damage to the vehicles.  Both drivers were transported to a local hospital.  The 78 year old male driver of the Civic, a Waterloo resident, sustained major injuries.  The 44 year old tractor driver, a Township of Perth East resident, sustained minimal injuries. 

The tractor driver has been charged with “improper lights on farm vehicle”. 

ATV OPERATOR HAS DAY IN COURT

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Sunday March 30, 2014, around 7 p.m. a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol, observed a three wheeled All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), travelling east bound on Line 49, east of Perth Road 135 north of Rostock.  The male operator of the ATV and his male passenger were both not wearing helmets.  The officer pulled over the ATV, spoke to the males and discovered numerous violations. The ATV was found to be mechanically unfit, and failed to have insurance.  The ATV was towed from the scene and has been held for a seven day impoundment.

The passenger, a 22 year old male from the Township of Perth East was issued a ticket for “failing to wear a proper helmet”. The driver a 22 year old male from the Township of Perth South was ticketed for “failing to wear a proper helmet”, “failing to surrender permit for motor vehicle”, and “drive motor vehicle, no plates”.  The driver was also issued summonses for “drive motor vehicle not equipped with an approved ignition interlock device”, “operate a motor vehicle without insurance”, and with “operate an unsafe vehicle”.  He will have to appear in Stratford Court on May 13, 2014 to answer to these three charges.

For information pertaining to ATV safety and legal requirements visit Ontario.ca/atv

FIREARMS CARELESSLY USED

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Friday March 28, 2014, around 5 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to an address on Line 51 east of Perth Road 119, where a male walking his dog near his house had shots fired in his direction.

Officers attended the scene and heard gun shots coming from the area west of where the complainant resides.  Males were observed shooting a rifle at a target from the side of a residence along Line 52 west of Perth Road 119.  Shots were fired in the direction of the complainant’s residence.  Officers arrested four males and seized nine rifles in addition to ammunition.

PICKUP TRUCK HITS HYDRO POLE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  On Thursday March 27, 2014, shortly before 6 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a single motor vehicle crash along Line 32 south west of Mitchell. 

Investigation revealed that a Dodge pickup truck had been travelling west bound on Line 32, when it entered the north ditch, struck a hydro pole and rolled onto its side.  The hydro pole was damaged and the lines were touching the ground.  The male driver was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.  The driver had been drinking and after a breath sample was analyzed he was issued a three day drivers licence suspension.  He was also charged with careless driving. 

Hydro One and Erie Thames Power attended and repaired the pole and lines.  The pickup truck was totalled as a result of the crash.

TWO FACING CHARGES – OFFICER ASSAULTED

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(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – Two Clinton residents are facing criminal charges following an incident that took place on Rattenbury Street East yesterday afternoon.  At approximately 6:40 p.m.. a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was speaking with the Rattenbury Street resident when the male uttered a threat to cause harm to another resident from Central Huron.  At that point the officer attempted to arrest the male for uttering threats however the male resisted arrest and struggled with the officer. 

During the arrest the male’s girlfriend intervened and proceeded to kick the officer in the face.  The kick caused a minor injury to the officer.  A back up officer soon arrived on scene and assisted with the arrest of both subjects.  The pair were arrested and taken into custody at the Huron Detachment. 

POLICE RECOVER STOLEN POLARIS SNOWMOBILE

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(HOWICK, ON) –   Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers recovered a stolen 1997 Polaris XCR 600 cc engine snowmobile early Saturday, March 29, 2014.  The snowmobile had been abandoned in a field just off of Harriston Road.  The snowmobile had been stolen from a Minto Township farm this January.  The snow machine, valued at an estimated $4,000 had been damaged with spray paint. 

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

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

SIU INVOKES MANDATE FOLLOWING COLLISION

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(HURON EAST, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with assistance from the OPP West Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI) Team is currently investigating a single motor vehicle collision which occurred at 2:15 a.m. this morning.

Huron OPP officers observed a motor vehicle previously reported stolen by London Police Service on Main Street South and Goderich Street in Seaforth.  Police attempted to stop the vehicle however the driver refused to stop.

While traveling southbound on Division Line in the municipality of Huron East, the driver lost control and rolled the vehicle in the east ditch.

The driver of the vehicle, an 18 year old female from London was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.  A 17 year old male passenger also from London was treated and released from hospital with minor injuries.

The OPP has notified province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) which has invoked its mandate.  As a result the OPP will not be able to provide any further information.  Any other inquiries should be directed to SIU communications at (416) 622-2342.

Division Line between Huron Road and Front Road remains closed due to the investigation.  Motorists are requested to take alternate routes to avoid delays.

SUSPICIOUS PICKUP TRUCK OBSERVED

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  On Wednesday March 26, 2014, a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol observed a suspicious pickup truck driving around the industrial area of Herbert St in Mitchell. 

The officer observed the vehicle travel west bound on Frank St. at a high rate of speed and located it a short time later hung up on a snowbank at the end of Frank St. The driver had fled the scene.  A search of the area failed to locate the driver.  The vehicle was found to have been stolen from a residence on Toronto St. East in Mitchell shortly before it was observed by police.

The Perth County OPP wishes to talk to anyone with information about the theft of this truck.  The OPP can be contacted at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

POLARIS SNOWMOBILE STOLEN

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(HOWICK, ON) –   Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating the recent theft of a 2006 Polaris Fusion snowmobile.  Sometime overnight on March 12, 2014 those responsible entered onto a Station Road property located near Fordwich and drove away with a sled that was parked near the residence. The stolen sled is described as:

·         A 2008 Polaris Fusion, 600 cc engine, blue and black, with an attached ON license plate.  The machine is valued at approximately $4,000.

-A photo is attached below-

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

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

VICTIM FALLS TO GRANDPARENT/EMERGENCY SCAM

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(HURON COUNTY, ON) – Another Huron County senior has fallen victim to a scam commonly known as the “Grandparent/Emergency” scam.  An 80 year old male from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh answered a phone call on March 14, 2014 that he wished he never answered.  A scammer claiming to be the senior’s grandson was on the line and he was making an urgent plea for help.  The scammer led the victim into believing his grandson had been involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.  The scammer requested $4500 be wired to him in two installments.  The victim completed the first transaction and sent the scammer nearly $2,000.  He was attempting to make the second transaction when he was alerted to the possibility of this being a scam by a Canada Post employee.  The victim was able to contact family members that verified his grandson hadn’t travelled to the Dominican Republic and was not involved in a motor vehicle collision. 

Since 2009, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has received 17,132 emergency scam complaints accounting for more than 24 million dollars in reported losses.  The average loss per victim was $3,743.

Remember, scammers are counting on the fact that you will want to act quickly to help your loved ones in an emergency.  Here are some tips to remember.

  • Never send money to anyone you don’t know and trust.  Verify the person’s identity before you take any steps to help.  Scammers want you to keep things confidential; this should raise your suspicions.
  • Never voluntarily give out family member’s names or information to unknown callers.
  • Police, Judges, or legal entities will never request that money be sent through money service businesses such as Western Union or MoneyGram.
  • Investigate by asking the person questions that only your loved one would be able to answer.  Verify the story.  Ask yourself, does the caller’s story make sense? 
  • Educate your relatives, friends, and neighbours about this scam.  Prevention is the key.

What should I do if I have been scammed?  You should report the matter immediately to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca  

 

Alternatively you can contact the Huron OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-1074.

SEBRINGVILLE POST OFFICE BREAK-IN

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Sunday March 23, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a break-in that occurred at the Sebringville Post Office. 

Investigation indicated that sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning an unknown person(s) gained entry into the building by breaking the glass pane in the front door.  An interior accordion security door was forced open which allowing access to the back of the building.  Faye’s Antiques located in the same building was also entered.

The Perth County OPP and Canada Post are continuing to investigate this incident.

Anyone having observed suspicious activity at the Sebringville Post Office prior to Sunday morning is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

REMOTE ALLOWS GARAGE ENTRY

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  On Friday morning March 21, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a residence on Pond St. in Mitchell, where the homeowner discovered his garage entered.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Thursday March 20th and 7 a.m. on Friday March 21st an unknown person entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence.  The vehicle was rummaged through and the remote garage door opener located inside the vehicle was used to open the residence garage door.  A vehicle parked inside the garage was subsequently entered and rummaged through, however nothing appears to have been removed from the vehicle or the garage.

On Friday March 21, 2014, Perth County OPP officers were also contacted by a Mitchell resident residing on Toronto St, who advised that their unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway had been entered sometime overnight.  A wallet containing cash and ID was stolen from inside. 

These two crimes were preventable.  All the owners needed to do, was to lock their vehicle doors and pocket the keys.  

Anyone with information about these incidents is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

DIESEL FUEL STOLEN

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Monday March 17, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to Kraemer Concrete located along Road 119 at Road 130 (south of Milverton).  The owner had discovered theft of fuel from large storage tanks on the property.

Investigation indicated that the thefts occurred at two separate occasions.  One theft occurred sometime during the night of Wednesday the 12th of March, while the second theft occurring during the weekend, between the 14th-16th of March.  A cube van or full sized pickup truck carrying a holding tank or a vehicle pulling a closed trailer housing a fuel tank could have been used.  The value of the stolen diesel fuel is estimated to be $3,000

Anyone having information about these thefts is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

THEFT FROM HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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(ST.MARYS, ON)  Early Sunday morning March 16, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to an address on Trillium Crescent in St.Marys where a new home under construction had been broken into and tools were stolen.

Investigation revealed that sometime between Saturday March 15th at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday March 16th at 8:30 a.m. unknown person(s) gained entry into the home and removed a Blue Tooth radio, paint and hand tools from a toolbox.

Anyone with information about this theft is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.