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HURON COUNTY OPP SCORES HIGH RATINGS

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(HURON COUNTY, ON)  The results are in from the 2014 Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Satisfaction Survey (CSS) and the results are once again very high for the Huron County OPP Detachment. 

Between January 2, 2014 and March 31, 2014 the research firm of R.A. Malatest & Associates conducted random telephone surveys with members of the public over the age of 16 years that live within OPP West Region Jurisdictions.  In total, 384 Huron County residents were contacted for this survey. 

The respondents were asked about issues such as community security, perceptions of crime and youth issues in the community, OPP presence in the community, service delivery and how the OPP investigates crime and enforces the law.

The results of the survey represent the opinions of residents from the entire detachment area as the survey methodology was conducted in a way to gather a representative footprint of all the communities within Huron County. 

Here are some of the key highlights:

  • 98.9% of respondents felt “very safe” or “safe” in their community
  • 95.7% of respondents were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the OPP’s visibility on our local highways.
  • 94.8% of respondents were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the overall quality of police service provided by the OPP.
  • 90.6% of respondents were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the OPP’s ability to work with communities to solve local problems.
  • 89.4% of respondents were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the OPP’s visibility in their community.

It is also noted respondents were also asked about their perception on whether various community issues (Alcohol Abuse, Drug/Substance abuse, Illegal Drug grow operations, Domestic Violence, Drugs in schools and Violence in schools) were problems in their community.  The 2014 results showed statistically significant improvement in all categories from the last survey conducted in 2011. 

 “We are very pleased with the results of the 2014 Community Satisfaction Survey.  Huron County residents expect policing excellence and professionalism at all times and the results of this survey confirm we are on the right track.  We continually strive to provide a professional, high quality and accountable service to all of our visitors and residents.  Our officers take great pride in serving our communities throughout Huron County and the relationships we continue to build is a crucial element in building and maintaining safe communities.  Overall, the results of this survey are very positive and I am very proud of the professional work our officers and civilians perform on a daily basis”.

--Huron OPP Detachment Commander Chris Martin 

THREE VEHICLE COLLISION UNDER INVESTIGTATION

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(PERTH SOUTH, ON) -  Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a three vehicle collision that took place this morning south of Stratford.  Just before 9:00 a.m. Perth County OPP officers responded to the collision scene located at the intersection of Line 20 and Perth Road 119 (Highway 7 & 19). 

Preliminary investigation has revealed a transport truck and trailer was travelling southbound on Perth Road 119 when it initially collided with a Subaru Outback that was travelling eastbound on Line 20.  The transport truck and trailer then left the roadway on the east side of the road and struck hydro pole and a northbound Ford sedan.

Crews are on scene removing the damaged vehicles and making repairs to the downed hydro wires.   

Two occupants from the Subaru Outback and a single occupant from the Ford sedan were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the transport truck was uninjured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

POLICE ARREST MALE AFTER POLICE CHASE

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(NORTH PERTH, ON) – A young male driver is facing several criminal charges after leading police on a lengthy chase throughout the counties of Huron and Perth early this morning.  At approximately 12:20 a.m. a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer observed a GMC Sierra pickup truck travelling southbound on Highway 23 with a burnt out headlight.  The officer activated her emergency lights and the driver of the pickup momentarily pulled over to the shoulder of Highway 23 at Fairlane Road.  As the officer approached the vehicle on foot the driver squealed his tires and fled south on Highway 23 into Listowel. 

As officers were following the suspect vehicle they received information that the vehicle was reported stolen from Palmerston.  The driver failed to stop for police and continued to drive dangerously through the towns of Listowel, Atwood, Ethel and Molesworth.  The driver eventually returned to Listowel where he proceeded to drive over a spike belt.  A short distance later he came to a stop on Main Street East and immediately fled from the pickup truck on foot.  After a short foot chase officers were able to locate and arrest the fleeing male.

Police completed checks on the driver and learned he was currently serving a probation sentence with a condition to keep the peace and be of good behavior.  Officers were also able to confirm the pickup truck was stolen from a residence in Palmerston on August 4, 2014.

As a result, Perth County OPP have charged a 21 year old of Guelph with the following Criminal Code offences:

·         Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer

·         Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle

·         Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

·         Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Stratford on August 20, 2014

BEWARE OF CON ARTISTS AT THE DOOR

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(HURON COUNTY, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is once again reminding the public to be very cautious with door to door salespeople.  Yesterday afternoon Huron OPP officers in Exeter were notified of two sales agents going door to door in the Exeter area attempting to sell water purification systems. 

The pushy salesmen wanted the homeowner to replace his current water purification system and upgrade to a newer version under a 25 year contract for the price of $8,000.

The homeowner declined the offer and after they left he contacted the company to complain about their sales tactics.  Interestingly, he learned the salesperson was no longer employed by the company and was using the company brochures in an attempt to scam unsuspecting customers.

This homeowner did the right thing and protected himself from becoming a victim. 

The next time you encounter a high pressure door to door salesperson at your front door, keep these tips in mind.

It’s your home! – You do not have to let a salesperson inside your home and you have every right to ask someone to leave your property at any time.  If they don’t leave, call the police.  An unwanted person on your property can be removed by police and charged under the Trespass to Property Act.

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.  Go online and complete checks on the company and query the company through the Better Business Bureau.

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.  A “deal” is never only good for that visit.  If you need further time to review the offer, demand it.  An honest and reputable company will understand your decision and the deal will be ready when you are ready.

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 from door to door salespeople.  You are entitled to a 10 day cooling off period to change your mind and opt out of any contract you sign.  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     

FATAL COLLISION WEST OF BLYTH

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(MUNICIPALITY OF MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON)  On Friday August 01, 2014, at 3:45 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a serious collision at the intersection of Walton Rd. and Clyde Line, involving an ATV and a pickup truck towing a utility trailer.

Investigation revealed that the Honda ATV had been travelling south bound on Clyde Line while the Chevy pickup truck was travelling west bound on Walton Rd.  The ATV collided with the pickup truck’s rear bumper and the utility trailer in the middle of the intersection of the two gravel roads.  The impact caused the ATV rider to be thrown from his machine and land in the ditch area on the south west corner of the intersection.   

The ATV rider was tended to by members of the North Huron Fire Department and Huron County EMS personnel.  The rider was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The ATV rider has been identified as Kenneth PLUNKETT (22) of the Municipality of North Huron.

The 39 year old male driver of the pickup truck, a Municipality of Morris-Turnberry resident and his three child passengers did not sustain injuries as a result of the collision. 

TRANSPORT TRUCK AND MINIVAN COLLIDE

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Thursday July 31, 2014, at 4:24 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers dispatched to a serious two vehicle collision at the intersection of Perth Road 121 and Line 67.

Investigation revealed that a Chrysler Town and Country minivan was travelling south bound on Perth Road 121 approaching Line 67.  A Peterbilt truck pulling a full sized trailer loaded with gravel was travelling west bound on Line 67.  The truck proceeded into the intersection colliding with the driver’s side of the minivan.  The impact caused both vehicles to end up in a soybean field located to the south west of the intersection.

The impact resulted in injuries to the seven occupants of the minivan.  A male child and an adult male were transported from the scene by air ambulance to a London hospital.  The remaining two children and three adults were transported to local hospital by land ambulance.  One of these three adults, the 34 year old male driver of the van a resident from the Township of Perth South has since been transported to a London hospital for further treatment.  The driver of the transport truck, a 23 year old male resident of the Municipality of North Perth was uninjured. 

AUTOMATIC LICENCE PLATE RECOGNITION (ALPR) NABS SUSPENDED DRIVER

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(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – A 60 year old male is facing a charge of Drive While Under Suspension following a traffic stop yesterday morning.  Just before noon hour a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was patrolling northbound on Bluewater Veteran’s Highway when she encountered a Volvo wagon travelling southbound.  The cruiser, equipped with an Automatic Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) computer device sounded an alert after the licence plate was captured by the onboard camera.  The ALPR identified the attached licence plate as being registered to a suspended driver. 

A traffic stop was initiated and it was confirmed the driver held a suspended driver’s licence.  As a result, the 60 year old was charged with Drive While Under Suspension.  He will have to attend Provincial Offences Court in Goderich on September 2, 2014 to answer to the charge.

DODGE CHARGER STOLEN

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(SOUTH HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating the theft of a white, 4-door, 2010 Dodge Charger.  On July 22, 2014 the owner parked her Dodge Charger at a residence on Mount Carmel Line and left for a mini-vacation.   At approximately 7:00 p.m. on July 25, 2014 the owner returned to retrieve her car and noticed it was missing.  

The vehicle was left insecure with the ignition key easily accessible inside the vehicle.    

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. 

MALE CAUGHT TRYING TO STEAL FUEL ON STOLEN ATV

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(HOWICK, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid several criminal charges against a 33 year old man from Stratford following an early morning incident on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Just after 4:00 a.m., a Huron County OPP Officer was in the Howick area conducting proactive patrols in response to recent thefts of fuel from fuel storage tanks.  The officer pulled into the Howick Roads Department property located on Harriston Road when he observed an ATV suspiciously leave the property.  The officer followed the ATV to a nearby field located on Toll Gate Line.  Additional police vehicles responded and officers were able to contain the ATV and driver within the field.  West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) members and an OPP K9 unit attended the scene to track the fleeing suspect.  The track proved to be successful as officers located the suspect hiding in the riverbank foliage.

Officers arrested the male and found the male in possession of Break-In Instruments and Methamphetamine.  Officers also confirmed the male was operating a 2011 Yamaha ATV that was stolen from Morris-Turnberry on July 2, 2014. 

Additional investigation revealed the suspect was also responsible for four recent break, enter and thefts of fuel that took place at the Wawanosh Nature Centre located on Nature Centre Road in North Huron.

As a result, a male, 33 years of age from Stratford has been charged with:

·         Break, Enter & Commit Indictable Offence – Four Counts

·         Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – Two Counts

·         Theft Under $5,000

·         Possession of Break-In Instruments

·         Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine

He remains in custody with a bail hearing scheduled for August 1, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice - Goderich.

RESULTS OF PERTH COUNTY OPP COMMUNITY SATISFACTION SURVEY

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(PERTH COUNTY, ON)  - Residents served by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Perth County have been asked how they rate their police service.  The results of a survey conducted by R.A. Malatest & Associates Limited between January 14, 2014, and March 31, 2014, provided the following results:

The analysis of the data indicated that the Perth County OPP received an overall satisfaction rating of 94.4%.

99% of respondents felt ‘very safe’ or ‘safe’ in their community

90.5% of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the Perth County OPP’s ability to work with communities to solve local problems.

87.2% of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the Perth County OPP’s visibility in their community.  95.1% said they had the same satisfaction with visibility on the highways.

83.7% of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the Perth County OPP’s enforcement of aggressive driving laws. 

90.8% said they were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the Perth County OPP’s enforcement of impaired driving laws. 

“It is rewarding to see these numbers as they indicate to me that Perth County residents are satisfied with their police service.  I have seen our citizens engaged and partner with our police agency in solving community issues.  This in turn helps towards higher satisfaction rates and feelings of empowerment.  We are continually attempting to improve service and efficiency for the residents of Perth County.  One example is the recent implementation of the online Citizen Self Reporting system which adds that additional option for reporting incidents“, Inspector Steve Porter Perth County OPP.  

EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM DEALERSHIP

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  On Monday July 28, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to HURON TRACTOR SALES, an agricultural farm implement dealer located on Perth Line 44 in Bornholm, where the theft of equipment was discovered.

Investigation revealed that sometime between Friday evening July 25, 2014, and Monday morning July 28, 2014, unknown suspects removed two display tractors from the front lawn of the property (along Perth Line 44). 

Equipment description:

-       2013 John Deere commercial zero turn mower, Model JDZ930R

-       2014 John Deere compact utility tractor, Model JD1025R

A large vehicle or flat-bed trailer would have been required to remove this equipment.  The Perth County OPP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the stolen tractors or providing any information that will help to identify the persons responsible for this theft.  The Perth County 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), you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING SPEEDER CHARGED

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Sunday July 27, 2014 shortly after 8 a.m., a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer observed a speeding pickup truck travelling on Hwy 23 south of Listowel.  The officer utilized police radar and determined the truck was travelling in excess of the posted 80 km/h speed limit. 

While speaking with the driver the officer determined that the driver had been drinking alcoholic beverages.  The officer administered a roadside breath test on the driver which registered a blood alcohol concentration (B.A.C.) reading from .05 to .08   The 22 year old male from the Municipality of North Perth had his driver’s licence seized and it has subsequently been suspended for 3 days.  He was also issued a speeding ticket.

DRIVER FACES CHARGES AFTER FAILING TO DIM LIGHTS

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  On Saturday July 26, 2014, shortly after 10 p.m., a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer stopped a 19 year old Municipality of West Perth Male who was operating a pickup truck on William Street in Mitchell.  The male had failed to dim his headlights while meeting the OPP cruiser.

The officer administered a roadside breath test on the driver which determined that he had been consuming alcohol and had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C) above zero.  The male was charged with “young driver- B.A.C. above zero” contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.  He was also charged with “driving motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor” contrary to the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario.

All young drivers are reminded that there are stiff penalties for driving a motor vehicle with a B.A.C above zero.  All drivers who are 21 or under must have a B.A.C level of zero when operating a motor vehicle.  If these drivers are caught with any amount of alcohol in their blood, they will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside driver licence suspensions, or a 30 day suspension and up to $500 in fines. 

THEFT OF GENERATOR FROM BACK OF TRUCK

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Saturday July 26, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to an Inkerman St. East residence in Listowel in response to a reported theft of a generator.

Investigation indicated that sometime between 10 p.m. Friday July 25, and 7 a.m. Saturday July 26, 2014 an unknown person(s) removed a red Coleman 1500-2000 CC generator (with a black handle) from the bed of a pickup truck.  The pickup truck had been parked in a residential driveway.   

Anyone with information about the theft of this generator or who knows the generator’s whereabouts 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

RACING DRIVER NOW WALKING

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Friday afternoon July 25, 2014, shortly after 1:30 p.m. an officer with the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting patrols on Perth Road 119 east of the Village of Brunner, when a car was observed travelling at an extremely high rate of speed.  The officer utilized police radar and determined the car’s speed to be 142 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone.  (This is 62 km/h above the posted speed limit).

The car was pulled over by the officer and the offending motorist, an 18 year old female from Stratford was charged with “race a motor vehicle”.  She is scheduled to appear in Stratford court on August 26, 2014 to answer to this charge.  Her driver’s licence has been suspended for seven days, and her car has been impounded for a week.

The Perth County OPP will continue to target impaired, aggressive and suspended drivers.  Citizens are urged to contact police immediately if they witness or suspect an impaired driver.  The OPP can be reached anytime anywhere within the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122.

DRIVER SWERVES TO AVOID DEER & COLLIDES WITH DITCH

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(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – A 19 year old driver from Central Huron missed the deer, however, in his attempt to avoid the deer he put his Toyota Highlander in the ditch.  Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to the motor vehicle collision on Stone School Line just after 5:00 a.m. on July 26, 2014. 

A Huron County OPP Officer spoke with the driver and determined the novice driver had been consuming alcohol and had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C) above zero. 

As a result, a 19 year old male driver from Central Huron was charged with Novice Driver – B.A.C Above Zero.

As a reminder to all Novice and Young drivers, there are stiff penalties for driving a motor vehicle with a B.A.C above zero.  All drivers who are 21 or under must have a B.A.C level of zero when operating a motor vehicle. 

If you are a novice driver and are caught with any amount of alcohol in your blood, you will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside driver licence suspension and if convicted, could face a fine up to $500 and receive a 30 day licence suspension under the novice driver escalating sanctions program.

If you are a fully licensed young driver who is 21 years and under and you are caught with alcohol in your blood, you will receive a 24 hour roadside driver licence suspension.  If convicted you could face a fine and a 30 day licence suspension.

THIEF STEALS HONDA ENGINE

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(HURON EAST, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating a recent theft of a Honda engine stolen from the Brussels Agromart Ltd. located on Albert Street in Brussels.  Sometime during the early morning hours of July 25, 2014 someone entered the property and proceeded to steal a 24 horsepower, electric start Honda engine.

The engine had been bolted to the back of a fertilizer tender.

The engine is valued at approximately $3,000.

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

IMPAIRED DRIVER ROLLS VEHICLE

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(GODERICH, ON) – A 25 year old is facing charges of Impaired Driving and Drive Motor Vehicle with Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol following a crash early this morning in Goderich.  At 1:17 a.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Huron County EMS responded to a single motor vehicle collision that took place on Maitland Road South near Oxford Street. 

Police learned the driver of a Toyota sedan lost control of his vehicle and rolled his car.  The driver escaped the crash with minor injuries however officers determined the driver was displaying several signs that he was impaired by alcohol.

He was arrested for Impaired Driving and was transported to the Huron OPP Detachment for breath tests.  He provided two samples of his breath to a qualified Intoxilizer Technician and both tests registered above the legal limit.

INVESTIGATION INTO FATAL HIT & RUN CONTINUES 5 YEARS LATER

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(HURON COUNTY, ON) – Today, Saturday, July 26, 2014 marks the five year anniversary since the death of Jason PEARSON from Waterloo, ON.  Jason was 31 years old when he was struck and killed in a fatal fail to remain collision. 

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2009  Jason, a pedestrian using the roadway was struck by a vehicle just north of the Grand Bend Motorplex on Grand Bend Line (County Road #81).  The vehicle driver left the scene and victim behind.  A second motorist came upon the collision and called for help.  Jason was transported to hospital where he later died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision.

The Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit would like to remind the public that this is an ongoing investigation and police are still seeking assistance from the public. 

“Jason PEARSON was a young man with family and friends who loved him dearly.  The driver that hit him needs to come forward, take responsibility and do the right thing.  We will continue to investigate until we can bring this investigation to a resolution and provide some level of closure for Jason’s loved ones”.  - Huron County OPP Detective Constable Heather Macrae

Any person with information regarding this fatal collision should immediately contact the Huron OPP Crime Unit 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.

COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE BLITZ

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(ST.MARYS, ON)  On Tuesday July 22, 2014, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., five Ministry of Transportation inspectors, two Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Western Region Highway Safety Division Officers and three Perth County OPP officers, conducted a Commercial Motor Vehicle Blitz in and around St.Marys. 

Officers stopped commercial vehicles within and around the Town conducting checks on the vehicles.  Vehicles with suspected mechanical issues were escorted to a Water St. South parking lot (near St.Marys Cement), where detailed inspections were conducted.

Eleven vehicles were inspected by the Ministry of Transportation resulting in the removal of plates from two of the vehicles while four of the nine other inspected vehicles were removed from the roadway.  (With the necessary repairs these four trucks would be allowed back onto the road). 

In total MTO officers laid 11 charges while OPP officers laid 9 charges on offending truck drivers or their companies.

The Ministry of Transportation and the OPP take road safety very seriously they will continue working together making our roads as safe as possible.

RUNAWAY VEHICLE NEARLY ROLLS INTO TOWN HALL

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(ST.MARYS, ON)  On Tuesday July 22, 2014, around 3:15 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to the St.Marys Town Hall where a runaway vehicle had come to rest in front of the building.

Investigation revealed that a 34 year old female resident of St.Marys parked her Jeep facing east bound on the south side of Queen St East. While walking away from the vehicle, she observed it roll backwards in a U-turn curve through the middle of the Church St. North intersection.  The vehicle jumped the curb on the north east corner of the intersection crossing the sidewalk and coming to rest against the bushes in front of the town hall. 

There were no other vehicles involved and no one was injured.  The Jeep sustained minor rear end damage.

Motorists are reminded to follow these steps when parking on hills or inclines:

When parking facing downhill, turn your front wheels towards the curb or right shoulder. This will keep the vehicle from rolling into traffic if the brakes become disengaged

Turn the steering wheel to the left so the wheels are turned towards the road if you are facing uphill with a curb. The tires will catch the curb if it rolls backward.

When facing uphill without a curb, turn the wheels sharply to the right. If the vehicle rolls, it will go off the road rather than into traffic.

When parking on a hill, always set the parking brake and move the gear selector into park, or shift into first or reverse gear if your vehicle has a manual transmission. Turn off the engine and remove the key. Check for traffic before opening the door and remember to lock your vehicle.

PERTH COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN NOW USE THE OPP CITIZEN SELF REPORTING SYSTEM

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(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachments throughout the Province, including the Perth County OPP detachments are now utilizing an online reporting system that will enable the public to report specific occurrences via the internet.  Citizen Self Reporting was launched by the OPP on July 7, 2014 in an effort to improve efficiencies and expand service delivery to the public.

The OPP is one of several Ontario police services which have adopted an internet-based crime reporting system.  Using the Citizen Self Reporting system, specific incidents can be reported online at your convenience without attending a detachment or waiting to see an officer.

“I am excited about this new Citizen Self Reporting System as it will allow us to be more efficient with our current resources and it will also provide a convenient and user-friendly alternative to report crime by our citizens.  Our frontline officers can concentrate on patrol and crime prevention strategies within our communities when citizens can report incidents for which a police officer’s physical attendance is not necessary” – Inspector Steve Porter, Perth County OPP

Here are the answers to some questions you may have:

  • How do I use the system? To access the system, go to www.opp.ca/reporting
  • What types of crimes can I report? Thefts under $5,000, Damage to Property under $5,000, Thefts from vehicles, Lost or Missing Property.  Only occurrences that do not involve an injury, suspect or evidence are applicable.
  • Can I use this system in the event of an emergency? No, DO NOT use this system.  Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • What if I want to see an officer, Do I have to use the system?  If you prefer, you may still contact the OPP by phone to make your report and have an officer attend.  The 24 hour OPP toll-free number is 1-888-310-1122
  • How secure is my information that I submit online?  All information submitted via the Citizen Self Reporting System is confidential and secure from hacking and other forms of electronic intrusion.

Of course you never want to be a victim of a crime; however, if you find yourself needing to make a report to police you now have another convenient option.  Further information can be found at www.opp.ca/reporting 

HURON COUNTY OPP USING CITIZEN SELF REPORTING SYSTEM

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(HURON COUNTY, ON) – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachments throughout the Province, including the Huron County OPP detachment are now utilizing an online reporting system that will enable the public to report specific occurrences via the internet.  Citizen Self Reporting was launched by the OPP on July 7, 2014 in an effort to improve efficiencies and expand service delivery to the public.

The OPP is one of several Ontario police services which have adopted an internet-based crime reporting system.  Using the Citizen Self Reporting system, specific incidents can be reported online at your convenience without attending a detachment or waiting to see an officer.

The OPP has been very innovative in many areas of policing. The Citizen Self Reporting System will allow us to be more efficient with our current resources and it will also provide a convenient and user-friendly alternative to report crime for our citizens.  Our frontline officers will be able to focus their efforts on targeted enforcement initiatives and crime prevention strategies within our communities” – Huron County OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Chris Martin

Here are the answers to some questions you may have:

  • How do I use the system? To access the system, go to www.opp.ca/reporting
  • What types of crimes can I report? Thefts under $5,000, Damage to Property under $5,000, Thefts from vehicles, Lost or Missing Property.  Only occurrences that do not involve an injury, suspect or evidence are applicable.
  • Can I use this system in the event of an emergency? No, DO NOT use this system.  Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  •  What if I want to see an officer, Do I have to use the system?  If you prefer, you may still contact the OPP by phone to make your report and have an officer attend.  The 24 hour OPP toll-free number is 1-888-310-1122
  • How secure is my information that I submit online?  All information submitted via the Citizen Self Reporting System is confidential and secure from hacking and other forms of electronic intrusion.

 

Of course you never want to be a victim of a crime; however, if you find yourself needing to make a report to police you now have another convenient option.  Further information can be found at www.opp.ca/reporting 

COTTAGE BREAK-IN

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(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – A cottage owner recently returned to his cottage only to find out his cottage had been entered and several items stolen.  The Black Hole Road cottage located near the Maitland Trail was entered sometime between June 7, 2014 and July 20, 2014.

Those responsible ransacked the cottage and stole the following items:

  • Three (20lb) propane tanks
  • Coleman gas lantern
  • Two bottles of Liquor
  • A quantity of cash

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.

BREAK & ENTER - CLINTON

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(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating a break, enter and theft that took place at a vacant residence located on Princess Street in Clinton.  Sometime between July 5, 2014 and July 19, 2014 those responsible forced entry into the residence through the front door. 

Once inside they stole the following property:

  • A set of Wilson golf clubs with a yellow and black golf bag
  • A white, first generation, X-Box 360 game system
  • A black & yellow Dewalt sawsall
  • A black & yellow Dewalt skilsaw

The value of the stolen goods is estimated to be around $600.

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.

 

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THIEVES STEAL ANTIQUE CULTIVATOR

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(HOWICK, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating a recent theft of property from an abandoned farm located on Lawrie Street.  Sometime between 4:00 p.m. on July 18, 2014 and 8:00 a.m. on July 19, 2014 those responsible attended the vacant property and stole over $1,000 in property.  In addition, they also damaged an excavator when they tried unsuccessfully to steal the copper radiator from the machine. 

The thieves stole an antique hand powered cultivator valued at $250 and four brand new black 12 volt Caterpillar batteries valued at $200 each.

Those responsible used an ATV to transport the stolen goods.

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.

TWO BICYCLES STOLEN IN MILVERTON

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Thursday morning July 17, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a reported theft of bicycles from the parking lot at the Mornington Communication building, located at 16 Mill St. East in Milverton. 

Investigation revealed that around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday July 17th a male and female person in their late teens removed two bicycles parked in the parking lot.

The male was wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hoodie while the female wore a black sleeveless shirt. 

Description of bicycles:

Bike #1 is a HARDROCK, men’s 21 speed mountain bike, black and gold in colour.  The bike has dual disc brakes and the grips were removed from the handlebars.  A trailer mount attachment is located on the post below the seat.

Bike #2 is a HARROW, men’s 21 speed mountain bike, white in colour.

Anyone with information about this theft or the whereabouts of the bikes or individuals 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

As a result of recent thefts of bicycles in Perth County, the Perth County OPP wants the public to step up their approach to theft prevention.  For starters, bike owners should utilize high quality locks and use them to attach their bikes to solid objects when leaving them in public areas.  At home bikes should be stored in locked sheds or garages.

The additional step that bicycle owners should take is to record serial numbers.  Most bicycles have distinct serial numbers.  These numbers in conjunction with the bicycle description will allow for easier identification of your bike. 

If your bike is stolen or goes missing, the serial number, make and model, as well as the colour and description can be added to the police information data base.  This information of the bike can now be used to identify bicycles that are recovered or found in possession of other persons.  A picture of the bicycle is also helpful.

Locating your bike’s serial number:

The majority of serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. Simply turn your bike upside down and record the number. If there is no serial number there then check places like the headset at the front of the bike or the rear stays (inside the horizontal bar near the rear axle). It may also be located on the seat tube next to the crank, or on the round steel on top of the crank.  If you just can’t find anything then you can engrave your licence plate number or other identifying numbers.

THEFT FROM FARM DEALERSHIP

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MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Tuesday July 15, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to Midwestern Equipment located along Hwy 23 north of Listowel where a theft of equipment was discovered.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 5:30 p.m. Monday July 14, 2014 and 7 a.m. Tuesday July 15, 2014, unknown suspect(s) cut two fence posts and fence cables on the north side of the business allowing vehicular access onto the property. 

A company trailer, a Kubota Rugged Terrain Vehicle (RTV), and a Kubota lawn tractor were removed from the property.  The total value of the stolen property is $35,000

Description of stolen property:

-       Mill Road aluminum tandem trailer.

-       Kubota (RTV) X1100C, orange in colour

-       Kubota ZD326 RP-60R lawn tractor orange in colour

Anyone with information about this theft or knowing the whereabouts of the equipment 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 

SUZUKI KING QUAD ATV STOLEN

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(HOWICK, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating the recent theft of a Suzuki King Quad ATV stolen from a barn located on Harriston Road.  Sometime between 6:00 p.m. on July 20, 2014 and 6:30 a.m. on July 21, 2014 those responsible entered the barn and managed to start up and drive away on the ATV.

The stolen ATV is described as an olive green coloured, 2011 model, Suzuki King Quad, 4x4, 500 cc engine

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.

CROSSBOWS & CHAINSAWS STOLEN FROM UNLOCKED SHED

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(HURON EAST, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating a break, enter and theft of property from a shed located on Main Street South in Seaforth. 

Sometime between June 20, 2014 and July 20, 2014 those responsible entered the unlocked shed and stole the following items:

  • Two 50 cc Stihl chainsaws
  • A larger 3 foot bar Stihl chainsaw
  • A camo coloured Excalibur crossbow, with scope, sling and quiver
  • A Horton crossbow, with scope, sling and quiver

The stolen items are estimated to be worth approximately $1500.

Remember these words, “Lock it or Lose it!” Please do your part to prevent crime by locking your residence, shed, garage, barn, utility building, and vehicle.  Property crimes are largely crimes of opportunity.  Remove the opportunity and prevent the crime. 

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.

OPEN ALCOHOL CHARGES & THREE DAY SUSPENSION

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(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – A 33 year old male recently had his driving privileges suspended for three days following a traffic stop late last week.  At 8:00 p.m. on July 18, 2014 a Toyota sedan entered a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) checkpoint located at the intersection of Porter’s Hill Line and Union Road.    

Upon speaking with the occupants the officer observed open containers of alcohol inside the vehicle.  In addition, the officer determined the driver had consumed some alcohol.  A roadside screening test was administered and the driver registered a warning.   

 

As a result, a 33 year old male driver from Central Huron was served with a three day driver’s license suspension and charged with Driving With an Open Container of Alcohol.  In addition, a 32 year old male passenger was charged under the Liquor Licence Act with Having an Open Container of Liquor Other than in Licensed Premise.

TEEN SUSTAINS SERIOUS INJURIES FROM DIRT BIKE COLLISION

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(SOUTH HURON, ON) – A 13 year old boy remains in hospital with serious injuries following a dirt bike collision last night.  At approximately 7:30 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and Huron County EMS responded to a call for assistance involving a young dirt bike driver lying on the side of the road on Elimville Line. 

The 13 year old driver from South Huron was transported to hospital in London with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

 

OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigator (TTCI) investigators attended the scene to help investigate the cause of the collision.  Preliminary investigation indicates the rider lost control of his dirt bike and fell onto the roadway causing his injuries.

SPEED LIMITS ALSO APPLY DURING THE NIGHT

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Tuesday July 22, 2014 around 3:30 a.m. an officer with the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting patrols on Perth Road 119 in the Village of Brunner when a car was observed travelling at an extremely high rate of speed.  The officer utilized police radar and determined the car’s speed to be 155 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone.  (This is 95 km/h above the posted speed limit).

The car was pulled over by the officer and the offending motorist, a 20 year old male from Langley BC was charged with “race a motor vehicle”.  He is scheduled to appear in Stratford court on August 26, 2014 to answer to this charge.  His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days, and his rental car has been impounded for a week.

The Perth County OPP will continue to target impaired, aggressive and suspended drivers.  Citizens are urged to contact police immediately if they witness or suspect an impaired driver.  The OPP can be reached anytime anywhere within the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122.

DRIVER FAILS TO NEGOTIATE ROUNDABOUT

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Monday July 21, 2014, around 5:30 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a single motor vehicle collision at the roundabout located at the intersection of Hwy 7 and Perth Road 118 (south east of St.Marys).

Investigation revealed that shortly before 5:30 a.m., a lone north bound Toyota Camry entered the round-about and failed to sufficiently slow down.  The driver was unable to negotiate the curve and crossed the centre island of the roundabout.   The vehicle sustained severe damage however the driver was not injured.  It was foggy at the time of the collision.  

The driver, a 21 year old Stratford male has been charged with “careless driving”.

Motorists are reminded to slow down as they approach roundabouts and to keep to the right of the splitter island.  Foggy conditions should cause motorists to decrease speed and increase awareness of road, signage, and traffic conditions. 

DRIVER CHARGED AFTER SERIOUS TWO VEHICLE COLLISION

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is continuing to investigate the two vehicle head-on collision that occurred on Perth Road 113 (Embro Road), Sunday evening July 20, 2014. 

The crash involved a south bound Pontiac Grand Am with three Municipality of West Perth residents.  This vehicle crossed over into the north bound lane and collided head-on with a north bound full sized Chevrolet van carrying a Municipality of West Perth family of seven.

The driver of the south bound Pontiac Grand Am, (42) of the Municipality of West Perth, faces the following Criminal Code of Canada offences; “breath sample: not provided upon demand”, “impaired driving causing bodily harm”, and “dangerous operation causing bodily harm”.   She is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on September 08, 2014 to answer to these charges.  In addition she was issued a 90 day driver’s licence suspension.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not already spoken to police is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

SUSPICIOUS TRAILER FIRE

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(HURON EAST, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a suspicious trailer fire that occurred early this morning in Seaforth.  Around 6:30 a.m. Seaforth Fire Department and Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended to a fire located at a commercial property on Jarvis Street North. 

The trailer portion of a tractor trailer unit was completely destroyed by fire.  The full size storage trailer contained used furniture and appliances.

At this point the dollar value of the damages to the trailer and contents is unknown however it is not believed to be significant.       

The cause of the fire is unknown however it is believed to be suspicious. 

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron County OPP by calling 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. 

-UPDATE- FEMALE AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES Driver Dies In Hospital

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(BLUEWATER, ON) -  Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with investigators from the West Region OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI) team continue to investigate a fatal collision that took place on July 14, 2014. 

At approximately 3:00 p.m. the driver of a Ford Escape was travelling westbound on Dashwood Road when she crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound dump truck and camper trailer.   

The driver of the Ford Escape, Catherine BURDETT, age 65, from South Huron died in hospital on July 17, 2014. 

A post mortem examination is scheduled to be completed on July 18, 2014.

 

Investigators would like to speak with anyone that may have information regarding this collision or the events leading up to it.  Huron OPP can be contacted at 1-888-310-1122.  Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG POSSESSION CHARGE

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(CENTRAL HURON, ON) -  A 17 year old female is facing a drug possession charge following a traffic stop on July 9, 2014.  A few minutes after midnight on July 9, 2014 a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police officer observed a Buick sedan cross the center line on Bluewater Veterans Highway several times.  The officer stopped the driver on Bluewater Veterans Highway at Union Road and upon speaking with the female driver he observed a quantity of marihuana inside the vehicle.

The female driver was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Drug & Substance and a search of the vehicle incident to arrest led to the seizure of a quantity of marihuana.

As a result, a 17 year old female from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has been charged with Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Marihuana contrary to the Controlled Drugs & Substances Act.  She has a court appearance scheduled for Youth Court at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on August 11, 2014.

UNLOCKED GARDEN SHED ENTERED

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(HURON EAST, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating a break, enter and theft of property from a backyard garden shed located on Alexander Street in Brussels. 

Sometime between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on July 13th and 8:00 a.m. on July 14, 2014 those responsible entered the unlocked garden shed and stole the following items:

  • A red, women’s bicycle.
  • A red, Mastercraft 21” cut, lawnmower
  • A “holey board” game made out of plywood with green outdoor carpet

The stolen items are estimated to be worth approximately $800.  

This crime of opportunity may have been prevented had the garden shed been securely locked.  Please do your part to prevent crime by locking your residence, shed, garage, barn, utility building, and vehicle.  Thieves will take the opportunity if you give it to them. 

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.

DRIVER FACING IMPAIRED BY DRUG CHARGE

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(HOWICK, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police has charged a 20 year old from Fordwich with several offences following a call to police on July 10, 2014.  At approximately 12:30 a.m. police received a call from the owner of a Honda Accord advising his son has just left the residence driving his vehicle without permission. 

Officers commenced patrols for the vehicle and were able to spot the vehicle travelling northbound on Fordwich Line..  Officers observed erratic driving and subsequently stopped the vehicle on Orange Hill Road.

After speaking with the driver officers noted the driver was under the influence of drugs and his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired.  The driver was subsequently arrested for impaired operation and transported to the Huron OPP Detachment. 

A check revealed the driver was currently serving a probation sentence and was breaching his conditions of release.  In addition, further checks revealed the driver was unlicensed.

FEMALE AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES

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(BLUEWATER, ON) -  Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with members from the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI) team are investigating a three vehicle crash that took place yesterday afternoon east of Dashwood on Dashwood  Road.  Shortly after 3:00 p.m. officers responded to the collision scene and were assisted on scene by Huron County EMS, Dashwood Fire and Exeter Fire Departments. 

Preliminary investigation has revealed the driver of a Ford Escape was travelling westbound on Dashwood Road when she crossed the center line and collided initially with a dump truck and then a pickup truck that was pulling a camper trailer.   

The driver of the Ford Escape, Catherine BURDETT, age 65, from South Huron remains in hospital with life threatening injuries. 

The occupants of the dump truck and pickup truck were uninjured.

Members from the OPP West Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Team (TTCI) continue to investigate. 

 

Investigators would like to speak with anyone that may have information regarding this collision or the events leading up to it.  Huron OPP can be contacted at 1-888-310-1122.  Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

THEFT FROM RURAL RESIDENCE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Monday July 14, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to a rural address on Line 89 north of Gowanstown, where home owners reported a theft from inside their residence.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday July 14, 2014, unknown person(s) entered the unlocked home.  The home was searched through, and personal belongings were removed.  Some of the stolen items include jewelry, cash, a laptop computer and a small safe.

Anyone with information about this daylight entry or who may have observed suspicious persons or vehicles along Perth Line 89 on Monday 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

RIDER LOSES MOTORCYCLE FOR 7 DAYS

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Sunday July 13, 2014, around 12:45 p.m., an officer with the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting patrols on Perth Road 130 south of Sebringville, when a south bound motorcycle was observed travelling at an extremely high rate of speed.  The officer utilized police radar and determined the motorcycle’s speed to be 136 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone. 

The motorcyclist was pulled over by the officer and the offending rider, a 24 year old male from Thames Centre was charged with “race a motor vehicle”.  He is scheduled to appear in Stratford court on August 12, 2014 to answer to this charge.  His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days, and his motorcycle was impounded for a week.

The Perth County OPP will continue to target impaired, aggressive and suspended drivers.  Citizens are urged to contact police immediately if they witness or suspect an impaired driver.  The OPP can be reached anytime anywhere within the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122.

VEHICLE TOWED, CHARGES LAID

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Sunday morning July 13, 2014, shortly after 2 a.m. a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer conducted a traffic stop on Line 14 north of St.Marys. 

The 21 year old male driver of the car, a Stratford resident was administered a roadside breath test using a roadside screening device.  He registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from .05 to .08, and was issued a 3 day driver’s licence suspension.  He was also charged with “novice driver – BAC above zero”.  None of the four male passengers in the car were able to drive the vehicle from the scene as they had also been drinking.  The vehicle was subsequently towed from the scene. One of the 4 male passengers was also charged with “having liquor in open container in other than licenced premises, residence or private place”.

THEFT FROM OPEN RESIDENTIAL GARAGE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Sunday July 13, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were contacted by an Armstrong St. West resident in Listowel, who advised that numerous items had been stolen from his garage.

Investigation indicated that sometime between 11:30 p.m. Saturday July 12, 2014, and 4:30 a.m. Sunday July 13, 2014, an unknown suspect entered the open garage and removed the following items:

-       Stihl weed wacker

-       DeWalt flashlight

-       A pair of Nike running shoes

-       A pair of Puma running shoes

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

Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles, garages, and outbuildings, in order to avoid these opportunistic thefts. 

COLLISION INJURES TWO E-BIKE RIDERS

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  On Thursday July 10, 2014, shortly after 3 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a collision between an E-bike and a passenger van at the intersection of Ontario Rd. (Hwy. 8) and St.George St. in Mitchell.

Investigation revealed that the E-bike carrying the rider and a passenger was travelling north bound on St.George St. when it made a left turn at Ontario Rd.  While making the turn, a passenger van proceeding southbound through the intersection struck the E-bike.  The two female riders of the E-bike landed on the road surface and sustained minor injuries.  They were transported to local hospital for treatment.

The sixteen year female operator of the E-bike, a Municipality of West Perth resident had been charged with “turn not in safety”.  Both injured females were wearing proper helmets.

As of October 03, 2009, E-bikes (both those resembling conventional bicycles and those resembling motor scooters) have been permanently allowed on Ontario roads and highways where conventional bicycles are currently permitted.  The Perth County OPP wants to remind the public of the laws as set out in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) pertaining to E-bikes.  They must follow the same rules that currently apply to cyclists, with some exceptions.

In order to operate an e-bike: 
• Operators must be 16 years of age or older; 
• All operators must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet at all times.
In addition: 
• No person who is the owner or is in possession or control of an e-bike shall permit a person who is under the age of 16 years to ride on, drive or operate the e-bike on a highway.
• An e-bike must not be ridden on, driven or operated unless it is good working order.
• Similar to bicycles and mopeds, power-assisted bicycles are prohibited from use on certain provincial controlled-access highways. 
• Any municipal by-law prohibiting bicycles from highways under their jurisdiction also apply to e-bikes. Municipalities may also pass by-laws specific to e-bikes that prohibit them from municipal roads, sidewalks, bike paths, bike trails, and bike lanes under their jurisdiction.
To operate an e-bike on Ontario roads, an e-bike must meet the following equipment requirements: 
• Have a maximum unladed weight of 120 kg (includes the weight of vehicle and battery).
• Must be equipped with at least two independent braking systems that applies force to each wheel and is capable of bringing the e-bike, while being operated at a speed of 30 km/h, to a full stop within 9 metres from the point at which the brakes were applied. 
• Must have wheels with a minimum diameter and width of 350 mm and 35 mm respectively.
• Must have all electrical terminals completely insulated or covered and, along with the battery and motor, must be securely fastened to the bicycle to prevent them from moving while the bicycle is in motion.
• No modifications to the motor of an e-bike to permit it to exceed the federal requirements for motor output or speed for an e-bike (500W and a speed greater than 32 km/h) are allowed.
• Must meet the federal definition of a power-assisted bicycle (for the full definition, please see subsection 2(1) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which includes: 
• Has steering handlebars and is equipped with pedals; 
• Is designed to travel on not more than three wheels; 
• Has an electric motor that has a power output rating of 500W or less. (Note: the motor is electric, and is incapable of propelling the cycle at speed of 32 km/h or greater on level ground, without pedaling) and 
• Bears a permanently affixed label by the manufacturer stating in both official languages that the vehicle conforms to the federal definition of a power-assisted bicycle.

THEFT FROM CHARITY DONATION BOX

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Tuesday July 08, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Listowel were dispatched to the McDonald’s restaurant on Wallace Ave. North, to investigate a reported theft.

Investigation revealed that sometime around 3:25 a.m., a male wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap entered onto the McDonald’s restaurant property riding a bicycle.  The male dropped the bike and walked towards the drive thru area where he proceeded to break into the donation box located at the drive thru window.  The box was forced open and an undetermined amount of money was removed.  The male left the scene riding his bicycle.

The money that had been located in the coin box would have been used to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This supports charities in communities including Ronald McDonald Houses.

The Perth County OPP would like to hear from anyone with information about this theft, or from anyone who may have observed someone on a bicycle in Listowel between 3 – 4 a.m. on Tuesday July 08, 2014.  They 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

DRIVER LOSES LICENCE FOR A WEEK

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Wednesday July 09, 2014, around 1:40 a.m., an officer with the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was on patrol on Hwy 7 south west of St.Marys, when a vehicle was observed travelling at an extremely high rate of speed.  The officer utilized a police radar and determined the vehicle speed to be 140 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone. 

The speeding Toyota Corrola was pulled over by police and the offending driver, a 22 year old female from London was charged with “race motor vehicle”.  She will have to appear in Stratford court on August 12, 2014 to answer to this charge.  Her driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and her car was impounded for a week.

The Perth County OPP will continue to target impaired, aggressive and suspended drivers.  Citizens are urged to contact police immediately if they witness or suspect an impaired driver.  The OPP can be reached anytime anywhere within the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122.

BIKES STOLEN IN LISTOWEL

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Monday July 07, 2014, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call from a Boyd Ave South resident in Listowel, who reported the theft of a bicycle from the back of a camper trailer that was parked on the residential driveway.

The candy apple green Minelli 21 speed mountain bike was removed from the trailer which had been backed up against the garage.  The theft occurred sometime between 6 p.m. on Sunday July 06, and 9 a.m. Monday July 07, 2014.  The bike had been left unlocked on the rack.

A second bicycle was stolen from the front porch of a Barber Ave North residence sometime between 11 p.m. Monday July 07, and the noon hour on Tuesday July 08, 2014. 

This bike had been locked to the front porch of the residence however the culprit(s) cut the lock enabling the removal of the bike.  The bike is described as a black Schwinn adult 18 speed mountain bike.  The bike has front shocks, a battery operated red tail light, and a kickstand. 

Anyone with information about these two bike thefts or having information on other 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