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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

YOUTH APPREHENDED UNDER CURFEW LEGISLATION

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(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)   On Tuesday July 08, 2014, around 4 a.m., a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol apprehended a 15 year old youth who was walking near the corner of Huron Rd and Nelson St in Mitchell.

Upon handing the youth over to his mother officers informed them that the Perth County OPP is just enforcing a provincial curfew.  This curfew states that children under the age of 16 that are found in a public place or in a place of public entertainment between midnight and 6 a.m., without an authorized responsible adult, will be picked up by police.  The parent or guardian will then be contacted to retrieve the child.

“This legislation falls under the authority of the provincial Child and Family Services Act and has been on the books and used by our officers for many years.  I have just urged my officers to concentrate on enforcing it, and to take advantage of the rules that are in place.  The result will be safety for the children and the municipalities we police,” said Perth County Inspector Stephen Porter.

Parents, the onus is on you to know where your children are at all times, and if they are staying at friends, be sure this is communicated between parents so you know this to be the case.

THEFT FROM RURAL PROPERTY

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Monday July 07, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were contacted by a rural property owner who resides along Perth Line 86 east of Molesworth, who reported thefts.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 6 p.m. Friday July 04, and 10 a.m. on Monday July 7th, unknown person(s) entered onto the property on an ATV.  Access was gained by driving through cultivated fields that are adjacent to the victim’s property. 

While on the property, fuel was syphoned from a vehicle fuel tank and a locked shed was forced open out of which a chain hoist and wire were removed. 

Anyone with information about the 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

POLICE ATTEND STRUCTURE FIRE IN SEAFORTH

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(HURON EAST, ON) – Last night at approximately 11:43 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a structure fire located at the former Queen’s Hotel located the corner of Main Street and Goderich Street in Seaforth.  Seaforth Fire Department, along with fire crews from Clinton and Mitchell also attended the scene after witnesses spotted smoke billowing out of the top story of the three story building.  Fire crews were able to contain the spread of the fire however the damage to the unoccupied building is considered a complete loss. A dollar value for the damages has yet to be determined.

The Office of the Fire Marshal has been contacted and they are currently investigating the cause of the fire.

PRISONER ASSAULTS SPECIAL CONSTABLE IN ESCAPE ATTEMPT

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(GODERICH, ON) – A 21 year old male is facing additional charges after he assaulted and tried to escape from an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Special Constable on June 25, 2014.   The prisoner made his scheduled court appearance at the Huron County Courthouse and was denied bail.  Shortly afterward, as he was being escorted back to the cell area he pushed the Special Constable and temporarily broke free from the officers.  The prisoner attempted to escape custody but he did not get very far as he was wearing leg shackles and tripped over his feet.  He was taken back into custody and returned to jail.

As a result, the male, 21 years of age from Goderich has been charged with Assault a Peace Officer, Escape Lawful Custody and Fail to Comply with a Probation Order.  He remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on July 7, 2014.

YAMAHA WARRIOR MOTORCYCLE STOLEN

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(HURON EAST, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating the theft of a black, 2005 Yamaha Warrior motorcycle that was stolen from an unlocked garage located on MCNABB Line.  Those responsible entered the property and stole the motorbike sometime between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m..  

The black, 2005 Yamaha Warrior is equipped with a 1700 cc engine.  This motorcycle is valued at approximately $12,000.

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.

THIEF STEALS MOTO GUZZI MOTORCYCLE

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(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) -  Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating the theft of a 2013 Moto Guzzi motorcycle that was stolen from a Brandon Street residence located in Belgrave.  Sometime around 2:15 a.m. on June 28, 2014 those responsible attended the property and managed to steal the motorbike that was parked in the laneway. 

The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is an all-black, 750 cc engine, with a very loud exhaust.  It is commonly described as a café style racing bike.  The motorcycle is valued at approximately $10,000.

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.

THIEVES STEAL ATV

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(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating the theft of a Yamaha ATV that was stolen on July 2, 2014 at 4:45 a.m..   A Stone School Road home owner reported he was sleeping when he was awakened by the sound of an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) driving around his property.  He checked for his ATVs that were parked near his garage and noticed one of his ATVs was missing.  He yelled at two suspects that were getting ready to take off on another ATV.  One of the suspects took off running and was picked up by the other suspect on the victim’s ATV.

The stolen ATV is described as a green, 2011 Yamaha, 450 cc engine that has a large plastic compartment on the back rack.

The suspects are believed to between 14 to 20 years of age.  They were dressed in all black clothing and were wearing black helmets.

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.

PERTH COUNTY OPP OFFICERS WORKED HARD TO KEEP OUR ROADS SAFE

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(PERTH COUNTY, ON)  Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers worked hard throughout the “Canada Day Long Weekend” trying to keep our roadways safe. 

From Friday morning June 27th, until midnight July 1st officers increased their patrols and visibility significantly on Perth County Roads.  Every available officer was engaged in traffic enforcement and Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) programs.

Nine RIDE programs were conducted throughout the County, with officers checking large numbers of drivers for sobriety. 

The Perth County OPP numbers indicate the following;

94 motorists were issued speeding tickets

2 racing charges (50 km/h over)

13 seatbelt charges

12 motorists received a ticket for distracted driving

9 for moving violations

23 other Highway Traffic Act tickets were issued

6 Liquor licence act tickets were handed out

3 charges of impaired or over 80mg/of alcohol

2 drug charges

“I am pleased with the hard work of our officers this weekend.  In addition to the normal long weekend increase in calls for service, they concentrated on locations where traffic enforcement had the greatest impact.  There were high numbers of tickets and charges however the extra effort our officers put into increasing their contact with the public by educating them about road safety is a major reason why Perth County Roads were as safe as they were this weekend”. – Staff Sergeant Joel Skelding, Perth County OPP

BIKE STOLEN FROM UNLOCKED GARAGE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Monday evening June 30, 2014, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was contacted by a resident of Wood Drive in Listowel, who reported the theft of a bike from their garage.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 10 p.m. on Sunday June 29 2014, and 5:30 p.m. on Monday June 30, 2014, an unknown suspect entered the unlocked man-door of the attached garage and removed a bike from inside.

The bicycle is described as an adult male 56cm, 2011, black and blue coloured, FELT F95 touring road-bike.  It had a Cateye Computer, Profile Design T1 Areobars, and Shimano 105 pedals. 

Anyone with information about this theft of the whereabouts of the bike 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

The public is reminded to lock their vehicles, homes, garages and outbuildings.

 

SPEEDING DRIVERS DISREGARD SAFETY

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Friday June 27, 2014 just before midnight, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was conducting patrols along Perth Line 32 West of Stratford when a fast moving vehicle was observed. 

A vehicle was observed travelling west bound at a high rate of speed.  The officer activated the police radar and locked the vehicle in at a speed of 136 km/h.  This is 56 km/h above the posted 80 km/h zone.  The vehicle, a Pontiac Sunfire was pulled over and the 18 year old male, a Stratford resident, was issued a summons for “race a motor vehicle”.  The male is to appear at Stratford Court on July 22, 2014 to answer to this charge.  His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and his vehicle has been impounded for a week.  The driver and his three teen passengers were picked up by his mother.

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Saturday June 28, 2014, shortly after 10 p.m., a vehicle travelling at an extremely high rate of speed was observed by a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on Perth Line 20 south of Sebringville.  The officer activated the police radar and locked the vehicle in at a speed of 152 km/h., which is 72 km/h above the posted 80 km/h zone.  The vehicle, a 2014 Mitsubishi LST was pulled over.  The vehicle driver, a 37 year old male from Kitchener was issued a summons for “race a motor vehicle”.  The driver is to appear at Stratford Court on August 12, 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.

IMPAIRED E-BIKE OPERATOR

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON)  On Friday June 27, 2014, shortly before 9:30 a.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to Perth Line 36 near Sebringville, where a male on an E-Bike was observed weaving all over the road and falling off his bike.

Police located the male who displayed obvious signs of impairment.  The male was arrested and transported to the Perth County OPP Detachment in Sebringville, where he failed two Intoxilyzer breath tests.

A male (54) of Stratford has been charged with “driving while ability impaired”, and “driving with more than 80 mgs. of alcohol in blood”.  He is to appear at the Stratford Court of Justice on July 28, 2014 to answer to these charges.  He was issued a 90 day driver’s licence suspension.

THEFTS FROM UNLOCKED AND OPEN GARAGES

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigation the entry into four unlocked or open garages in Listowel. 

Between Friday June 20 and June 26, residential garages on Parkview Cr., Riverview Dr., Inkerman St. E., and Boyne Ave S., were entered.  Items removed from these garages were; bicycles, golf clubs, and other expensive sport equipment.  Some garages had their overhead doors left open while others had unlocked man-doors.

Residents are urged to lock their vehicles, homes, outbuildings and garages.  If you hear unusual noises or the dog barks, take it seriously.  Look outside and if anything out of the ordinary is spotted call the police immediately.  If strangers are checking out your neighbourhood during the day or at night, try to obtain a description, get a licence plate and report this to the police right away. 

Anyone with information about these thefts or the whereabouts of the stolen items 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

Tips to protect your property:

  1. Tall trees, shrubs and fences create hiding spots for criminals.  Keep your landscaping neatly groomed and consider a shorter fence.
  2. Lock the doors and windows, even if you’re going out for a short time.  Consider using quality locks and a deadbolt on each outside door.
  3. Keep the grass cut or keep the driveway shovelled and don’t let the mail accumulate if you’re going to be away.
  4. Engrave identifying marks on your property.  This makes it easier for police to identify your belongings if they are stolen.
  5. Make sure the outside lights work and use them to deter low light visitors.
  6. Know your neighbours and watch for suspicious people or activity on your block.
  7. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight and don’t hide a spare house key outside.
  8. If you’re planning a trip, be careful who you tell.  Try not to advertise your absence with electronic or answering machine messages.

Anyone interested in more information on crime prevention tips can check online at http://www.opp.ca/                          

BREAK-IN TO VACANT SCHOOL BUILDING

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(ST.MARYS, ON)  On Wednesday June 25, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to the former Arthur Meighen Public School at 151 Water St. in St.Marys, where a break-in had occurred.

Investigation revealed that sometime between Monday June 23 and Wednesday June 25, an unknown culprit(s) gained entry into the building.  The building was rummaged through and the old music room was ransacked.  A number of items stored in the building were damaged and graffiti was spray painted on a wall. 

The Perth County OPP is requesting anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you have information but 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.  If suspicious activity around the former school building is observed, please contact the OPP immediately.

TRIO FACING CHARGES

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(GODERICH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers including members from the Huron OPP Crime Unit have arrested three teens in relation to a recent theft and subsequent arson of a pickup truck.  Just before 2:00 a.m. on June 20, 2014 Huron County OPP and Goderich Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at the Goderich District Collegiate Institute (GDCI) parking lot located on Bennett Street West.  Goderich Fire extinguished the fire; however, the 1998 GMC pickup sustained extensive fire damage. 

Police investigation determined the suspects entered the pickup truck that was parked on Bennett Street East and proceeded to steal a CB radio from the truck.  Two of the youth then proceeded to steal the truck.  They didn’t make it very far down the road as the truck ran out of power as it approached the GDCI parking lot.  One of the suspects then intentionally set the truck on fire and fled the scene.

Police have now arrested and charged the three involved suspects. 

A male, age 18, from Goderich has been charged with Arson, Theft Under $5,000 - Motor Vehicle and Theft Under $5,000.  He has been released from custody and has a court appearance scheduled for July 7, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

A second, age 18, from Goderich has been charged with Theft Under $5,000 - Motor Vehicle and Theft Under $5,000.  He has been released from custody and has a court appearance scheduled for August 18, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

A third male, age 19, from Goderich has been charged with Theft Under $5,000.  He has been released from custody and has a court appearance scheduled for August 18, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

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.

THIEVES SWIPE RIMS & TIRES

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(SOUTH HURON, ON) -  Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a theft of rims and tires that were stolen this past weekend. 

Those responsible attended Huron Motor Products on London Road and proceeded to steal a complete set of rims and tires off of a brand new GMC Sierra pickup.   The aluminum rims are described as being 20” heavy duty ultra-brights.  The truck was left behind on four cement blocks. 

The approximate value of the rims and tires is $4,000.  This theft took place sometime between 6:00 p.m. on June 21 and 7:00 a.m. on June 23, 2014.

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.

THIEVES STEAL TRAILER, SNOWBLOWER AND CHAINSAW

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(HURON EAST, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a break, enter and theft that took place at a barn located on Cardiff Road.  Sometime during the last two weeks those responsible attended the unoccupied property and entered the unlocked barn.  Once inside they stole a 4’ X 6’ homemade steel utility trailer.  The trailer was painted black with white rims. They also stole a model 826 Noma gas powered snow blower; this model operates on a track system.  As well, a John Deere snow blower attachment for a riding lawn mower was stolen along with an older model chainsaw

The value of the stolen goods is estimated at $1300.

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 ARRESTED TWICE IN TWO DAYS

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(GODERICH, ON) – A 21 year old male was arrested twice over the course of a couple days this past week.  Just before 9:00 p.m. on June 20, 2014 Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers attended the Zehr’s  grocery store located on Huron Road to investigate a report of a male acting suspiciously in the store.  Officers located the male inside the store and arrested the male under the authority of the Trespass to Property Act.  Upon arrest officers searched the male and found a quantity of suspected hydromorphone and drug paraphernalia.  In addition, the male was in possession of stolen credit card and a prohibited knife.  Further investigation revealed the male had used the stolen credit card at a local bank by fraudulently obtaining a cash advance.

The male then attempted to mislead police in their investigation by providing a false name.  Officers were able to later determine the male’s correct name and they also determined the male was currently serving a probation sentence. 

As a result, a 21 year old, from Goderich was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone), Possession of a Stolen Credit, Use a Stolen Credit Card, Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Public Mischief and two counts of Fail to Comply with a Probation Order. 

He was later released on a recognizance to the court and two days later he was arrested again.  Police learned the male provided a false address to the courts to satisfy a condition of his release.  On June 22, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. Huron OPP officers spotted the male cycling on West Street in the Town of Goderich.  Officers stopped the male and arrested the male for failing to comply with a condition of his recognizance.  Upon arrest officers searched the male and located a quantity of suspected Hydromorphone. 

 

As a result of his second arrest he was charged with:  Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone), Fail to Comply with Probation Order and three counts of Fail to Comply with a Recognizance.  He remains in custody with a video court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on June 25, 2014.

 

OPERATION FREEZE 2014: DOING THE RIGHT THING CAN BE COOL

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(HURON COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is once again teaching kids that getting caught ‘doing the right thing’ this summer can be cool.

Through a partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores, OPP officers who see young people doing random acts of kindness and exhibiting positive behaviour will be handing out ‘tickets’, which are actually coupons valid for a free Froster beverage at Mac’s. 

Operation Freeze 2014 provides law enforcement officials with an additional tool to initiate conversation and promote community awareness.  During the upcoming summer months, OPP officers across the province will be presenting thousands of these coupons to kids. 

Officers will use Operation Freeze to recognize youth for wearing bicycle helmets; doing good deeds like picking up trash; observing crosswalks and participating in community activities.  They can also be used as conversation starters to help establish a rapport with kids in their patrol areas.

“Any opportunity that police officers have to interact with young people is an excellent way to open up conversation and develop a rapport with them,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander for Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “When police officers work with local businesses to recognize youth, positive things can happen.  Partnerships like the ones made during Operation Freeze can leave a lasting impression on our youth and make our communities better places to live.”

 

“Mac’s is once again proud to partner with the OPP on this important initiative that gives kids a chance to show they do care about their communities,” said Sean Sportun – Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac’s.  “Crime prevention is important to us and when young people show positive behaviour, we want to reward them.”

THEFT FROM LOCKED CONSTRUCTION TRAILER

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(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON)  On Monday June 23, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a rural address along Line 26 west of Avonton where a construction trailer had been broken into.

Investigation indicated that sometime between 8 p.m. on Sunday June 22nd and 8 a.m. on Monday June 23rd, unknown person(s) attended the rural construction site and removed the lock from the trailer.  A large number of drills, saws, batteries, nailers, and hand tools were removed from inside.  The majority of the power tools are manufactured by DeWalt and Hilti.  An ATV or some other motor vehicle may have been used to remove the items from the property.

Anyone with information about the theft of these tools 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

STOLEN PICKUP TRUCK REMAINS OUTSTANDING

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  Sometime between Tuesday May 27, 2014 and Wednesday May 28, 2014 a classic 1977 Ford F150 pickup truck was stolen from the back of a field along Perth Line 86 east of Listowel. 

The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated this theft however the vehicle has not yet been located.  The public is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 if you know the trucks whereabouts.  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

Truck description;

-       Dark green coloured 1977 Ford F150 pickup truck with a regular cab.

-       Narrow box with fenders around the rear wheels.

-       Heavy iron bumper on the back

SCHOOLS OUT, WATCH OUT

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(PERTH COUNTY, ON)  It’s that time of the year again, when in the next couple of days, school children will be out on summer break.  With this taking place the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Perth County detachment would like to remind motorist to take extra care.

With the children being out of school, there the will be an increased amount of pedestrian and bicycle traffic on our streets. 

Motorists are reminded to;

  • Drive with care, especially near parks, and recreation centres.
  • When coming upon bicycles give them space.
  • Slow down, and keep an eye for children playing near the street.

Parents please talk with your children;

  • Remind them of pedestrian rules when walking and crossing the streets.
  • Bicycle helmets are the law for those under 18.  Parents, be an example, and wear yours also.
  • When out and about the “Buddy System” is always best.

“Children are our most valuable resource.  Ensure their safety by taking time to teach them rules of the road, and general safety awareness.  Just being that positive example also goes a long way to keep them safe.  Let us all work together for a safe and happy summer in which we create memories that last a lifetime.” Inspector Steve Porter Perth County OPP.

CITIZEN CALL TO POLICE RESULTS IN ARREST OF TWO MALES

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(HOWICK, ON) – A quick call to police by an alert witness has led to the arrest of two males.  Just before 8:00 a.m. on June 19, 2014 Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a call of a suspicious male that was seen crawling out of a ditch near a Gough Road residence.  The witness maintained a visual on the suspect male and watched him enter a residence on Gough Road.  Huron County OPP officers along with officers from the West Region Canine Team and the West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) attended the scene and were able to locate and arrest a 20 year old male suspect inside the residence.

Meanwhile, a short distance away on Mud Lake Line officers encountered a second suspicious male.  Police observed the suspect driving a Kawasaki sport bike very slowly down the fresh gravel road.  The male was having difficulty keeping his motorcycle upright and at a steady speed.  Officers signaled for the driver to stop however the driver failed to stop and proceeded to drive through a stop sign at the intersection of Mud Lake Line and Harriston Road.    

The driver attempted to evade police however the driver was having difficulty on the gravel roadway and the engine appeared to sputter out on the driver.

The driver ended up stopping for police and was arrested on the spot.  A check on the motorcycle revealed the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja was reported stolen from the region of Waterloo.  Further checks revealed the driver held a suspended driver’s licence. 

A male, 22 years of age from Harriston has been charged with Flight from Police, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Driving While Under Suspension, Use Plate not Authorized for Vehicle and Operate a Motor Vehicle without Insurance.   He has a court appearance scheduled for Ontario Court of Justice – Wingham on August 21, 2014.

 

A second male, 20 years of age from Brockton has been charged with Trespassing and Fail to Comply with Probation Order.  He has a court date scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Wingham on August 21, 2014.

THEFT OF TOOLS FROM BARN

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Saturday June 21, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a rural property along Perth Line 86 east of Molesworth, where a barn was entered.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 10 a.m. on Friday June 20th and 1 p.m. on Saturday June 21st, unknown person(s) cut the pad lock on the barn door and removed tools from inside.

A red coloured “King” generator, a set of air tools and a battery charger were stolen. To gain access to the property the culprit(s) may have used an ATV.

Anyone having 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

PROMPT CALL TO POLICE LEADS TO ARREST OF TEEN

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(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – Yesterday morning, just before 8:00 a.m. a Dungannon resident was awakened to the sound of breaking glass coming from her neighbour’s back yard located on Albert Street.  She peered into her neighbour’s yard and observed a young male trying to gain entry into her neighbour’s Ford pickup truck. 

The alert witness immediately called police and reported the crime in progress.  As police were en-route to the scene police learned the victim had followed the suspect and had a visual on him.  Police located the suspect on Southampton Street and were able to arrest him without incident.

Upon further investigation officers learned the young male tried to steal a quantity of cash from the pickup truck along with the property from within the residence prior to being confronted by the homeowner.  Upon arrest, officers determined the male had been consuming alcohol and was also currently serving a probation sentence.

As a result, a 16 year old Young Person from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh was charged with the following offences: 

·         Mischief Under $5,000

·         Theft Under $5,000 from a motor vehicle

·         Break, Enter a Dwelling House with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence

·         Theft Under $5,000

·         Failure to Comply with a Disposition

·         Person Under 19 years Consuming Liquor.

MALE CAUGHT TRYING TO STEAL CAMPER TRAILER

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(BLUEWATER, ON) – A 33 year old is facing a charge of theft after he was caught in the act trying to steal a camper trailer last night.  Just before 8:00 p.m. officers responded to the Bluewater Golf Course & Campground located on Bluewater Veteran’s Highway after receiving a call from the property owner.  Police learned two males were on the property and were in the process of hooking onto a used Belair camper trailer when they were confronted by the owner.  The suspects made up a story but the owner didn’t buy it.  As the owner was calling police the suspects fled the scene.

Early this morning, at about 1:30 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers encountered the suspect vehicle, a silver Dodge Pickup on Road 130 in the Municipality of Perth South.  The driver was arrested for the attempted theft of the trailer.