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OPP Police Press Releases Wellington

Wellington Weekly Update

(COUNTY OF WELLINGTON, ON) – Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has consolidated and streamlined notable traffic offences with a single release.

On March 17, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 12, Mapleton. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the driver of a white sedan was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 24-year-old driver from Cambridge, was charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant was scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on May 1, 2024.

On March 18, 2024, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Wellington County OPP responded to vehicles being operated on private property on Skyway Drive, Guelph/Eramosa. As a result of the investigation, two individuals face multiple charged. A 21-year-old from Guelph was charged with Enter Premises When Entry Prohibited contrary to the Trespass to Property Act and Novice Driver Blood Alcohol Concentration Above Zero contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. A 20-year-old driver from Guelph was charged with Enter Premises When Prohibited contrary to the Trespass to Properties Act, and Novice Driver Blood Alcohol Concentration Above Zero, Failed to Notify Change of Address contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

On March 18, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6, Nichol. At approximately 5:00 a.m., the driver of a grey pickup truck was observed travelling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 35-year-old driver from Hamilton, was charged with Driving Motor Vehicle Performs Stunt Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

On March 19, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 23, Minto. At approximately 12:30 p.m., a vehicle black pickup truck was overserved overtaking another a blue Sport Utility Vehicle; both were travelling above the 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 40-year-old driver from Palmerston was charged with Speeding contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and a 19-year-old from Kitchener was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle Perform Stunt, Speeding and Careless Driving, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. Both are scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph on July 17, 2024.

On March 19, 2024, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Wellington County OPP responded to a single vehicle collision on Trafalgar Road, Erin. It was reported that a black sedan had left the roadway. As a result of the investigation, Robert Todd McEACHERN, 40-years-old of Orton, was charged with Operation While Impaired Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph, on April 19, 2024.

On March 20, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on the Hanlon Expressway, Guelph. At approximately 12:00 p.m., the driver of a silver coupe was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometer per hour speed limit. As result of the investigation, a 22-year-old driver from Guelph was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Performed Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 20, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6 South, Puslinch. At approximately 3:30 p.m., the driver of a white pickup truck was stopped. As a result of the investigation, Harpreet Singh BRAR, 23-years-old of Mono, was charged with Operation While Prohibited contrary to the Criminal Code. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph on May 14, 2024.

On March 20, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 51, Guelph/Eramosa. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the driver of a white pickup truck was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 21-year-old driver from Kitchener, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court Guelph on July 17, 2024.

On March 20, 2024, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Wellington County OPP responded to a two-vehicle collision on the Hamlin Expressway, Guelph. As a result of the investigation, Kyle Andrew Glen BARRATT, 30-years-old of North York, has been charged with Operation While Impaired and Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code. The accused was scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on April 9, 2024.

On March 21, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Elora Street North, Harriston. At approximately 9:00 p.m., the driver of a green minivan was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 50-year-old driver from Mount Forest was charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 21, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Elora Street North, Harriston. At approximately 11:45 p.m., the driver of a black Sport Utility Vehicle was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 59-year-old driver from Morefield was charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 22, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 7, Mapleton. At approximately 3:15 p.m., the driver of a black pickup truck was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 46-year-old driver from Cargill, was charged with Operate a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. Further, the driver was also charged with Use Plate Not Authorized for Vehicle, Improper Brakes on Trailer, Improper Muffler on Motor Vehicle, Improper Means of Attachment, Operate Unsafe Vehicle, and Operate Vehicle Fail to  Display Inspection Sticker or Proof, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 22, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 9, Minto. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the driver of a black sport utility vehicle was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 52-year-old driver from Clifford, has been charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. Further, the driver was also charged with Fail to Apply for Permanent on Becoming Owner, Fail to Yield to Traffic on Through Highway, three counts of Driving While Under Suspension, Drive Motor Vehicle – No Plates, and Class G1 License Holder Unaccompanied by Qualified Driver, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 23, 2024, at approximately 7:45 am., Wellington County OPP responded to suspicious activity at business on Thompson Crescent, Erin. As a result of the investigation, Robert GARCEAU-GOUDREAULT, 36-years-old of Guelph has been charged with two counts of Theft Under $5000 contrary to the Criminal Code. Christopher M. Kirkwood, 46-years-old of Guelph, has been charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 and Fail Comply with Release Order Other Than to Attend Court, contrary to the Criminal Code. KIRKWOOD was held for bail. GARCEAU-GOUDREAULT was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph, on May 14, 2024.

On March 23, 2024, members of the Wellington County OPP were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) ride check on Arthur Street West, Harriston. At approximately 11:00 p.m., the driver of a black pickup truck attempted to evade the check. As a result of the investigation Noel Sebastian LU, 49-years-old of Palmerston, was charged with Operation While Impaired Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus contrary to the Criminal Code and Careless Driving Contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph on April 26, 2024.

On March 27, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on the Hanlon Expressway, Puslinch. At approximately 7:30 a.m., the driver of a white pickup truck was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 45-year-old driver from Cambridge, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph on July 17, 2024.

On March 27, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Sixth Line East, Guelph/Eramosa. At approximately 8:45 a.m., the driver of a grey sedan was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 39-year-old driver from Elora, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph on July 17, 2024.

On March 27, 2024, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Wellington County OPP responded to a traffic complaint on Wellington Road 7, Elora. It was reported that the operator of a grey sedan appeared to be intoxicated. As a result of the investigation Kasandra Denise HEPBURN, 27-years-old of Guelph, was charged with Operation While Impaired contrary to the Criminal Code. Further, the driver was also charged with Possession of Schedule I Substance – Heroin and Possession of Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances act. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of justice – Guelph, on April 16, 2024.

On March 28, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 109, Wellington North. At approximately 2:15 p.m., the driver of a silver Sport Utility Vehicle was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 40-year-old driver from Arthur, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph on July 17, 2024.

On March 29, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 7, Elora. At approximately 1:15 a.m., the driver of a red sedan was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, an 18-year-old driver from Guelph, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph on June 25, 2024.

On March 29, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Paisley Rd., Guelph. At approximately 12:45 p.m., the driver of a black hatchback was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 25-year-old driver from Guelph, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. Further, the driver is also charged with Failing to Surrender License, Fail to Display Two Plates and Colour Coating Obscuring Interior, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 29, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 21, Centre Wellington. At approximately 3:30 p.m., the driver of a yellow Sport Utility Vehicle was observed travelling above the posted 50 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 39-year-old driver from Kitchener, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. Further, the driver is also charged with Failing to Surrender License, Disobey Stop Sign, Speeding, and No Currently Validated Permit, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 29, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6, Mapleton. At approximately 6:30 p.m., the driver of a red van was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 27-year-old driver from Wellington North, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 29, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6, Mapleton. At approximately 6:45 p.m., the driver of a white sedan was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 25-year-old driver from Wellington North, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 29, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 86, Mapleton. At approximately 8:15 p.m., the driver of a grey sedan was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 20-year-old driver from Kitchener, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 30, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Colborne Street, Elora. At approximately 3:45 p.m., the driver of a white van was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 22-year-old driver from Brampton, was charged for Driving While Under Suspension and Fail to Properly Wear Seatbelt,  contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On March 31, 2024, at approximately 1:45 a.m., Wellington County OPP responded to a single vehicle collision on the Hanlon Expressway, Guelph. It was reported that a white sedan had left the roadway. As a result of the investigation, Kibrom Eyasu ASFEHA, 34 years old of Guelph, was charged with Operation While Impaired and Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph, on April 16, 2024.

On April 1, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6, Wellington North. At approximately 2:00 p.m., the driver of a blue sport utility vehicle was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 44-year-old driver from Stoney Creek, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act and with Driving a Motor Vehicle – No License contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On April 1, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on the Hanlon Expressway, Guelph. At approximately 3:45 p.m., the driver of a grey coupe was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 23-year-old driver from Guelph, was charged with Driving While Under Suspension, Drive Motor Vehicle – Plate Improperly Displayed, No Currently Validated Permit, and Fail to Stop on Right for Emergency Vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. Further, the driver was also charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 17, 2024.

On April 1, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on the Orangeville Road, Fergus. At approximately 4:00 p.m., the driver of a silver sedan was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 22-year-old driver from Caledon, was charged with Driving While Under Suspension, Fail to Notify Change of Address and Fail to Surrender Permit for Motor Vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 3, 2024.

On April 2, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Niska Road, Guelph. At approximately 12:45 a.m., the driver of a stolen white pickup truck was stopped. As a result of the investigation, Brandon Chandler DASRATH, 27-years-old of Mississauga, was charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 contrary to the Criminal Code. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph, on May 7, 2024.

On April 2, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on the

Wellington Road 6, Wellington North. At approximately 2:30 p.m., the driver of a grey sedan was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 28-year-old driver from Perth East, was charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 3, 2024.

On April 2, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on the

Beatty Line, Fergus. At approximately 2:45 p.m., the driver of a grey sedan was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 44-year-old driver from Guelph, was charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on July 3, 2024.

On April 3, 2024, at approximately 12:45 PM Wellington County OPP responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Gartshore Street, Fergus. It was reported that a red sport utility vehicle was near at business. As a result of the investigation, Steven Ronald ARMSTRONG, 42-years-old of Fergus, was charged with Operating While Prohibited contrary to the Criminal Code. Further, the driver was also charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic act and Drive Motor Vehicle – With Open Container of Liquor contrary to the Liquor License Control Act. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of justice – Guelph, on May 7, 2024.

*Anyone charged with Operation while Impaired – B.A.C. 80 Plus (mgs of alcohol in 100mL of blood) or Failing to Comply with Demand receives a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) and a 7-day Vehicle Impoundment as per statute.

*Anyone charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt receives a 14-day impoundment and a 30-day driver’s licence suspension as per statute.

If you have an urgent traffic complaint or if you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by drugs or alcohol, please call 911 immediately. If you have a non-emergency traffic complaint, you may also call 1-888-310-1122 or www.opp.ca/reportacrime. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.csgw.tips. You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

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Guelph OPP Police Press Releases

Fatal Collision Near Rockwood

(TOWNSHIP OF GUELPH/ERAMOSA, ON) – On May 19, 2024, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Wellington County OPP responded to a single vehicle collision on Fourth Line, north of Highway 7. It was reported that a white pickup truck had left the roadway and that the single occupant was seriously injured.

OPP, Guelph/Eramosa Fire and Emergency Services Department and Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service attend the scene however the driver, a 32-year-old from Lakehurst, was pronounced deceased at scene.

Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (T.I.M.E.) team attended the scene and is assisting with the investigation. The office of the Chief Coroner was notified and attended the scene. The cause of the collision is still under investigation and anyone with information related to it is asked to call 1-888-310-1122.

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OPP Police Press Releases Wellington

Wellington OPP Weekly Update

(COUNTY OF WELLINGTON, ON) – Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has consolidated and streamlined notable traffic offences with a single release.

On March 12, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Brock Rd. South, Puslinch. At approximately 8:00 a.m., the driver of a white hatchback was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 29-year-old driver from Guelph, was charged with Improper Muffler contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and Operate Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

On March 12, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on the Eramosa-Erin Townline. At approximately 8:30 a.m., the driver of a silver coupe was observed passing unsafely. As a result of the investigation, a 43-year-old driver from Erin, was charged with Attempt to Pass – Roadway Not Clear – Overtaking Traffic and Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on June 16 19, 2024.

On March 12, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 7, Nichol Township. At approximately 11:00 a.m., the driver of a grey minivan was observed traveling well above the 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 23-year-old driver from Hamilton, was charged with Race a Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

On March 13, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on McQueen Blvd. Fergus. At approximately 1:45 a.m., an unfit grey sedan was observed travelling on the roadway. As a result of the investigation, an 18-year-old driver from Fergus, was charged with Operate Unsafe Vehicle, Drive Without Authorized an Accompanying Driver, Drive Motor Vehicle No Permit, Drive Motor Vehicle Failed to Display Two Plates, and two counts of Drive While Passenger Under 16 Fails to Properly Wear Seatbelt, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. Further, the driver was also charged with Fail to Have Insurance card contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court –  Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

On March 13, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6, Mapleton. Approximately 4:45 p.m., the driver of a white sport utility vehicle was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 41-year-old driver from Mount Forest, was charged with Driving While Under Suspension, Drive Motor Vehicle No Currently Valid Permit and Failed to Notify Change of Address, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. Further, the driver was also charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

On March 13, 2024, at approximately 6 45 p.m., Wellington County OPP responded to a single vehicle collision on Sideroad 5, Erin. As a result of the investigation, Justin REIS CABRAL, 32-years-old of Brampton, was charged with Operation While Impaired and Operation While Impaired Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph, on April 5, 2024.

On March 14, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was morning traffic on Wellington Road 109, Minto. At approximately 10:15 a.m., the driver of a grey sedan was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 44-year-old driver from Acton, was charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

On March 15, 2024, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Wellington County OPP responded to a single vehicle collision on Woolwich Guelph Townline, Guelph/Eramosa. It was reported that a grey sedan had left the roadway. As a result of the investigation, Ankit Ramanlal PATEL, 41-years-old of Guelph/Eramosa, was charged with Operation While Impaired and Operation While Impaired Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code. Further, the driver was also charged with Careless Driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph, on May 17, 2024.

On March 15, 2024, at approximately 8:00 p.m., a member of the Wellington County OPP stopped the driver of a white minivan on Wellington Road 34, Puslinch. As a result of the investigation, Robert George HALLORAN, 62-years-old of Weland, was charged with Operate While Prohibited Under contrary to the Criminal Code. Further, the driver was also charged with two counts of Driving While Suspended, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of justice – Guelph, on May 17, 2024.

On March 16, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Laird Road West, Puslinch. At approximately 12:45 a.m., the driver of a white sedan was observed traveling well above the posted 60 kilometer per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 58-year-old driver from Kitchener, was charged with Driving Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

On March 16, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Sideroad 10 South, Puslinch. At approximately 2:30 a.m., the member attempted to stop the driver of a white sport utility vehicle. The driver refused to stop for police. As a result of the investigation, Kieran Steven MELIA, 22-years-old of Puslinch, was charged with Flight from Police and Dangerous Operation, contrary to the Criminal Code. Further, the driver was also charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Excessive Speed, Disobey Stop Sign, Drive Left of Centre – Approaching Crest of Grade, Drive Without Proper Rear Lights, and Improper Number Plate Light, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice – Guelph, on May 10, 2024.

On March 16, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6, Nichol Twp. At approximately 3:00 a.m., the driver of a silver sedan was observed driving erratically. As a result of the investigation, Walter Madeaus BROOKS, 31-years-old of Orangeville, was charged with Operation While Impaired Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus contrary to the Criminal Code. Further, the driver was also charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of justice – Guelph, on April 2, 2024.

On March 16, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6, Nichol Twp. At approximately 7:00 a.m., the driver of a white sedan was observed traveling well above the posted 80 kilometre per hour speed limit. As a result of the investigation, a 36-year-old driver from Guelph, was charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Performed Stunt – Excessive Speed contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

On March 16, 2024, a member of the Wellington County OPP was monitoring traffic on Highway 6, Wellington North. At approximately 9:45 a.m., the driver of a black sedan was stopped. As a result of the investigation, a 73-year-old driver from Walkerton, was charged with Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The driver is scheduled to appear in provincial offences court – Guelph, on June 19, 2024.

*Anyone charged with Operation while Impaired – B.A.C. 80 Plus (mgs of alcohol in 100mL of blood) or Failing to Comply with Demand receives a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) and a 7-day Vehicle Impoundment as per statute.

*Anyone charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt receives a 14-day impoundment and a 30-day driver’s licence suspension as per statute.

If you have an urgent traffic complaint or if you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by drugs or alcohol, please call 911 immediately. If you have a non-emergency traffic complaint, you may also call 1-888-310-1122 or www.opp.ca/reportacrime. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.csgw.tips. You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

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OPP Police Press Releases South Bruce WFP

44 Year Old From Walkerton Arrested – Cocaine A Factor

(SOUTH BRUCE, ON) – One individual is charged following a drug trafficking investigation and the execution of a search warrant at a residence by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) South Bruce Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU).

On May 17, 2024, at 10:24 am, members of Grey Bruce CSCU conducted a vehicle stop at a location in South Bruce. During the interaction, officers had sufficient grounds to arrest the driver for drug related offences. The driver was taken into custody without incident. A search of both the driver and the vehicle led to the discovery of a quantity of cocaine.

South Bruce CSCU with assistance of the Grey Bruce CSCU, executed a search warrant at the residence on Sepp Court in Walkerton. During the search officers discovered and seized a quantity of suspected cocaine, and psilocybin along with drug paraphernalia. The combined estimated value of the seized controlled substances is approximately $3800.00.

Charged with the following alleged offences is 44-year-old Paul Hauck of Walkerton with:

  • Possession Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession Schedule III Substance

The accused was released and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton on June 26, 2024.

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OPP Police Press Releases Southgate WFP

Phillip Baumlisberger Was Arrested

(SOUTHGATE, ON) – One individual is facing charges following a report of a break and enter at a property in Southgate.

On May 11, 2024, an individual broke into a seasonal property on Highway 89 in the Municipality of Southgate. The owner fixed the damage but did not report to police. On May 13, 2024, at 8:33 p.m., the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break and enter that occurred at the same seasonal property. Police attended and located an individual on the property. There is no evidence to suggest the same individual broke in both times.

As a result, Phillip Baumlisberger, 35-years-old of Amaranth Township has been charged with the following:

  • Break, enter dwelling house – commit indictable offence
  • Theft under $5000
  • Mischief – destroys or damages property

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on June 6, 2024.

It is important for homeowners to report all break and enters to police and reports of suspicious individuals or vehicles.

The Grey Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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OPP Police Press Releases Russell WFP

Fatal School Bus Collision

(RUSSELL, ON) – The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a fatal collision.  

On May 13, 2024, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to a collision involving a school bus and a cyclist on St Joseph Street near Chene Street in Clarence-Rockland.

The cyclist, an 11-year-old child, was pronounced deceased. The bus driver was uninjured.

The section of St Joseph Street near the collision site was closed for approximately six hours.

The collision remains under investigation with assistance from an OPP Collision Reconstructionist and the OPP Technical Collision Investigation Team.

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OPP Police Press Releases Teeswater WFP

Driver Arrested In Teeswater

 (TEESWATER, ON) – On May 11, 2024, at 3:42 p.m., a South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol along Clinton Street, Teeswater in the Municipality of South Bruce noticed a vehicle driver known to police. The driver was found to be operating a motor vehicle while his licence was prohibited under the Criminal Code. 

A 29-year-old resident of South Bruce was charged with two counts of operation while prohibited, and two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licence under the highway traffic act.

The driver was arrested and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. The vehicle was immediately impounded for 45 days.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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Kincardine OPP Police Press Releases

Robbery In Kincardine – Repeat Offender Arrested

(KINCARDINE, ON) – On May 11, 2024, at 5:52 a.m., the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a robbery at a jewellery store in Kincardine.   Officers arrived to find that the business owner had been injured. The involved person was arrested at the scene.

As a result of the police investigation, the involved person was identified and taken into custody. 

 A 46-years-old, from Saugeen First Nation was charged with:

  • Break and Enter
  • Assault with a Weapon – 2 counts
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
  • Robbery with theft
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order

The accused remains in custody pending the result of a show cause hearing scheduled for May 11, 2024. All items stolen have been recovered. The victim was transported to a local hospital and released with minor injuries.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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North Huron OPP Police Press Releases WFP

Road Closed In Blyth Due To Fire

(BLYTH, ON) – On May 11, 2024, the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a residential structure fire in Blyth, North Huron.

Officers responded with members of the North Huron Fire and Emergency Services at approximately 11:43pm. The residence was unoccupied. 

Emergency Services will be on scene investigating. Dinsley Street will remain closed between Coombs Street and Morris Street in Blyth.

Updates on road closures to follow.

The Huron OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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OPP Police Press Releases Thunder Bay

Cassidy CORNESS – Drunk Driving

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A R.I.D.E program in the City of Thunder Bay has led to impaired charges being laid.

On May 9, 2024, at approximately 1:30 a.m., members of the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a R.I.D.E program on Highway 11/17 in the City of Thunder Bay. A vehicle entered the R.I.D.E program and an alcohol screening device was administered.

Through investigation, it was determined that the driver of the motor vehicle had been impaired by alcohol. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Thunder Bay OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, Cassidy CORNESS, 29-years-old, of Thunder Bay has been arrested and charged under the Criminal Code with:

·        Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs

·        Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

The accused has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on June 19, 2024.

The OPP remains committed to taking alcohol/drug-impaired drivers off our roads through enforcement and public education. If you suspect that someone is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, it is important to call 9-1-1 to report it.

Drivers are reminded that the Mandatory Alcohol Screening law allows police with an approved alcohol screening device to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver without having reasonable suspicion that a driver is alcohol impaired.

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OPP Police Press Releases Trent Hills

Hayden FOWLER Was Arrested

(MUNICIPALITY OF TRENT HILLS, ON) – Members of the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have made an arrest in relation to a vehicle theft investigation.

On March 23, 2024, shortly after 5:40 p.m., police received a report from a caller that their vehicle had been stolen from a location on Bridge Street West in Campbellford. Police began an investigation into the incident.

On May 9, 2024, at approximately 1:30 p.m., officers were on patrol on Grand Street in Campbellford when they observed a person sought as a result of the investigation.

Hayden FOWLER, 20-years-old, from Campbellford, has been arrested and charged with:

–      Theft of a Motor Vehicle

–      Driving While Under Suspension.

The accused was held for bail to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Cobourg.

Residents are reminded to always lock their vehicles and take keys with them. Anyone with information regarding this, or any criminal activity, is asked to contact the Northumberland OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers on 1-800-222-8477.

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Carleton Place OPP Police Press Releases

Steven MCNEELY Was Arrested

(CARLETON PLACE, ON) – The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged an Almonte resident with impaired driving.

Lanark officers conducted a traffic stop on Rosamond Street in Carleton Place shortly before 10:00 p.m. An approved alcohol screening device was utilized, and the driver was then arrested and transported to the detachment in Carleton Place for additional testing.

As a result of the investigation, Steven MCNEELY, age 56, has been charged with:

  • operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Driving while under suspension
  • Drive with cannabis readily available

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth on June 10, 2024.

The individual’s driver’s licence has been suspended for 90 days (Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension) and vehicle has been impounded for seven days.

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OPP Pembroke Police Press Releases

Matthew VON DUNGERN Arrested Following Hit & Run

(PEMBROKE, ON) – A Laurentian Valley resident is facing several charges after a two-vehicle collision in the City of Pembroke.

On April 27, 2024, at approximately 11:45 a.m. the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began investigating a fail to remain motor vehicle collision that occurred on Pembroke Street East near Angus Campbell Drive. A grey SUV was eastbound on Pembroke Street East when it stopped in a line of traffic. The grey SUV was rear-ended by a white SUV that was also eastbound on Pembroke Street East. The white SUV failed to remain. Two occupants of the grey SUV sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.

Police have identified the driver of the vehicle that failed to remain and as a result of this investigation 40-year-old Matthew VON DUNGERN has been charged with the following Criminal Code (CC), Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA) offences:

  • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Fail to remain
  • Fail to report accident
  • Operate a motor vehicle without insurance

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on June 4, 2024.   

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OPP Police Press Releases Wasaga Beach

Murder In Wasaga Beach

(WASAGA BEACH, ON) – The Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has upgraded the charges against an accused from aggravated assault to second degree murder in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

On February 25, 2024, members of the Huronia West Detachment responded to a report of an unconscious individual in critical condition on Homewood Ave. On March 6, 2024, a search warrant was executed on the accused’s residence. The accused was arrested with ten charges including aggravated assault, and items were seized including weapons and cocaine.

On May 6, 2024, the victim succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased.

After further investigation, on May 8, 2024, David ZAMIDA, 46-year-old of Wasaga Beach, was charged under the Criminal Code (CC) with the following offences:

·      Second Degree Murder, section 235(1)

·      Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibited Order – Six Counts, section 117.01(1)

·      Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm – Four Counts, section 91(1)

·      Careless Storage of a Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition, section 86(1)

·      Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition – Three Counts, section 92(2)

·      Assault – Two Counts, section 266

·      Fail to Comply Undertaking, section 145(4)

The accused was held for a bail court appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on May 9, 2024.

The Huronia West Crime Unit is continuing this investigation under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

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OPP Police Press Releases Sioux Lookout

Camilla BOTTLE – Impaired Driving

(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – The Sioux Lookout Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid impaired by drug charges following a traffic complaint.

On May 8, 2024, at approximately 2:45 p.m., members of the Sioux Lookout OPP Detachment responded to a traffic complaint at a business on Alcona Drive in the Municipality of Sioux Lookout. Officers attended the location and located the vehicle.

Through investigation, it was determined that the driver of the motor vehicle had been impaired. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Sioux Lookout OPP Detachment for further testing.   

As a result, Camilla BOTTLE, 38-years-old, of Sioux Lookout, has been arrested and charged under the Criminal Code with Operation While Impaired – Blood Drug Concentration.

The accused has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sioux Lookout at a later date.

The OPP remains committed to taking alcohol/drug-impaired drivers off our roads through enforcement and public education. If you suspect someone is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, it is important to call 9-1-1 to report it.