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Firefighters Assaulted While Trying To Save Lives

(NORTH PERTH, ON) – The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remain on scene of a structure fire in the Municipality of North Perth.

On April 19 2021, just after 8:30 p.m., the Perth County OPP, the North Perth Fire Department (Listowel, Atwood and Monkton stations), and the Minto Fire Department (Palmerston station) responded to a fire at a modular home community east of Listowel. One home was fully engulfed and at least two others were damaged. One person has been taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

When fire crews arrived on scene, two firefighters were assaulted by a person at the fire location.

As a result, a 50-year-old resident of North Perth has been arrested and charged with:

  • Assault

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the public is asked to avoid the area.

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been consulted and is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at www.opp.ca/reporting. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.P3tips.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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Explosion – 3 Sent To Hospital

(GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On April 13th, 2021 at 8:46 a.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to an explosion/fire that had occurred at a rural property on Grey Road 12, near Sideroad 10A, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

A tractor trailer, carrying propane cylinders, was attempting to unload several tanks, when a leak occurred in one of the cylinders, causing an explosion and a subsequent fire. Three individuals that were assisting with unloading the truck sustained burns during this explosion. All three of these involved parties were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Grey Bruce OPP were assisted at the scene by the Grey Highlands Fire Department and Grey County Paramedic Services. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal was contacted to assist with this incident, along with consultation from the Ministry of Labour, Transport Canada and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.

The investigation is continuing.

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Spike Belt On Blyth Road Used In Methamphetamine Bust – BREAU & FRAYER

(GODERICH & ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid numerous charges against a pair that led officers on a chase last week.

At approximately 12:36 a.m. on April 16, 2021 Huron County OPP officers were patrolling on Victoria Street North in Goderich when they spotted a stolen pickup truck. Officers strategically followed the suspect vehicle northbound out of Goderich whereupon the suspect driver failed to stop for an officer.

The suspect vehicle drove over a spike belt on Blyth Road and the driver continued on rims failing to stop. Eventually the driver turned off onto Pinery Line and the roadway turned into a dead-end road. To no avail, the driver continued on and drove the vehicle down a walking trail until the vehicle finally came to a stop. As soon as the vehicle stopped the driver and passenger fled into the woods. Officers gave chase and shortly thereafter police were able to catch up and arrest both suspects.

Upon arrest officers located a quantity of suspected methamphetamine in the stolen vehicle. Additionally, police found the driver to be in possession of stolen Identification and a stolen vehicle ownership.   

The driver, Joshua BREAU, 32 years of age from Stratford has been charged with the following criminal offences:

  • Dangerous Operation
  • Flight from Peace Officer
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order – Three counts
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking – Two counts
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Resist Peace Officer

The accused remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for April 20, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

The passenger, Karley FRAYER, 31 years of age from Huron East has been charged with the following criminal offences:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order – Two Counts

The accused has since been release with a court appearance scheduled for June 7, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

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19 Year Old Arrested After Refusing To Blow

(GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On April 14, 2021 at 1:26 a.m. members of the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Grey Road 14, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.  

A motorist had driven off of the roadway and was stuck in a ditch.  

OPP officers spoke with the driver, who displayed obvious signs of impairment. The driver was uncooperative with officers and refused to provide a breath sample into the approved screening device.

As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged Samantha KURANYI, 19 years-of-age, from Brockton with the following offences:

  • Failure or refusal to comply with demand, section 320.15(1) Criminal Code of Canada (CCC)
  • Obstruct a peace officer, section 129(a) CCC

The accused’s driver’s licence is suspended for 90 days and the vehicle they were operating was towed and will be impounded for seven days.

The accused must attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on May 27, 2021.

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OPP To Enforce Stay-At-Home Order

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting that Ontarians voluntarily comply with the new emergency orders as it does its part to support the Government of Ontario’s health emergency declaration to limit transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

OPP officers will enforce the Stay-at-Home Order, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), and the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) by focusing on non-compliance in businesses and restaurants, complaints from the public and unlawful public gatherings. Officers can disperse and ticket individuals found to be non-compliant resulting in a $750 fine.

The new emergency orders include:

·       Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household

·       All retail stores that are permitted to be open must:

o  Limit the number of persons to 25 per cent capacity of the store

·       The following outdoor recreational amenities shall be closed:

o  All outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields including:

·       Baseball diamonds,

·       Soccer fields,

·       Frisbee golf locations,

·       Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis, pickleball courts,

·       Basketball courts,

·       BMX parks, and

·       Skate parks

o  All portions of park and recreation areas containing outdoor fitness equipment

o  All picnic sites and picnic tables in park and recreation areas

·        An Outdoor recreational amenity that is an off-leash dog area or park bench may be open and used if physical distancing is maintained

·        A playground, a place specifically designed to enable children to play there, may be open and used

Consistent with the new emergency orders, OPP officers will not arbitrarily stop an individual or a vehicle, or enter a dwelling for the singular purpose of checking compliance with the order. Individuals are not expected to provide proof of essential work. Officers who believe an individual may be participating in a gathering that is prohibited may require the individual to provide information to determine whether or not they are in compliance.

More information about the restrictions covered by the Government of Ontario’s declared ‘State of Emergency’ and the updated enforcement provisions of the EMCPA can be found at Reopening Ontario Act (A Flexible Response to COVID-19; ROA), 2020.d

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3 Cruisers Damaged – Nelson TOSTE Arrested Again

(GREY-BRUCE, ON) – On April 16, 2021, members of the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to several criminal incidents throughout the day.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the suspect was arrested on Highway 10 near Berkeley. Three OPP cruisers were damaged while stopping the suspect.

Nelson TOSTE, 40-years-old of Brampton has been charged with;

  •  Robbery (3 counts)
  •  Assault Causing Bodily Harm (3 counts)
  •  Dangerous Driving (4 counts)
  •  Assault (3 counts)
  •  Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  •  Utter Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm
  •  Theft of Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  •  Theft Over $5000-Motor Vehicle
  •  Theft Under $5000
  •  Fail to Comply with Probation Order (3 counts)
  •  Fail to Comply with Undertaking
  •  Drive While Suspended

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound.

The investigation is ongoing.

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53 Year Old Has Vehicle Impounded For 7 Days

(WEST PERTH, ON) – The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a Municipality of West Perth driver after they were speeding more than 50km/h over the limit in West Perth last weekend.

On April 10 2021, just after 12:00 a.m., police stopped a vehicle on Perth Road 164, south of Mitchell, after it was found to be travelling in excess of 130km/h in an 80km/h limit zone.

As a result, Ernst SCHWARZLMUELLER, 53, of West Perth, has been charged with:

  • Race motor vehicle – Excessive Speed

A seven day driving suspension and seven day vehicle impoundment was initiated as per statute. The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges. 

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59 Year Old Charged Following Collision

(PERTH EAST, ON) – The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a driver after an intersection related collision in the Township of Perth East.

On Friday, April 09 2021, just before 3:30 p.m., a two vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Perth Road 135 and Line 44, north of Wartburg. The investigation revealed that a pick-up truck travelling on Line 44 had stopped at the stop sign, and continued through the intersection, striking a car that was travelling southbound on Perth Road 135. There were no injuries as a result of the collision.

The driver of the pick-up truck, Thomas RYAN, 59, of Perth East, has been charged with:

  • Traffic on Through Highway – Fail to Yield
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OPP Warns Public To Stay Home & That They Have Authority To Arbitrarily Stop, Question & Fine You #MartialLaw

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants the public to be aware of actions being taken to help limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, including restrictions on interprovincial travel.

The Government of Ontario has announced further restrictions on outdoor activities and gatherings. As of Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, outdoor gatherings are restricted to members of the same household only (plus one other person if that individual lives alone); in-person shopping is restricted to 25 per cent of building capacity; outdoor recreational facilities and non-essential construction sites will be closed. Effective Monday, April 19 at 12:01 a.m. ET, capacity at religious gatherings, weddings and funerals will be limited to 10 people.

The OPP will have members located at interprovincial points of entry by road to screen all vehicles beginning Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. ET/CT-Manitoba time. Those not travelling for essential reasons will be refused entry. There are exceptions for work, medical care, transportation of goods and the exercising of Treaty rights for Indigenous persons.

Under the updated orders, police have the authority to ask individuals and motorists who are not at home their purpose for leaving home and to provide their home address.

The OPP urges everyone to comply with all restrictions. Although voluntary compliance is always preferred, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), Re-Opening Ontario Act (ROA) and federal Quarantine Act, there are consequences for individuals who choose to defy the emergency orders that are in force. The OPP will be informing the public of charges laid each day on its social media accounts. The public is reminded that individuals who fail to comply with the restrictions can be issued a minimum fine of $750. Those who obstruct an authority or individual from enforcing or complying with an order can receive a minimum fine of $1,000, and those who host parties or gatherings in violation of the regulations can face a maximum fine of $10,000 on conviction.

 For all non-emergency police matters – including allegations of non-compliance – contact your municipal by-law office, call the OPP non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122, or contact your local detachment.

 The OPP continues to provide public safety services to the communities we serve and support the efforts of federal, provincial and local health authorities during this pandemic. We appreciate the public’s ongoing support of these measures.

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19 Year Old Has Vehicle Impounded For Speeding

(PERTH EAST, ON) – The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a Township of Perth East driver after they were speeding more than 80km/h over the limit in Perth East last week.

On April 06 2020, just before 08:00 a.m., police stopped a vehicle on the Perth Line 29, in the Township of Perth East, after it was found to be travelling in excess of 150km/h in a 70km/h limit zone.

As a result, Damon WEEKES, 19, of Perth East, has been charged with:

  • Race motor vehicle – Excessive Speed

A seven day driving suspension and seven day vehicle impoundment was initiated as per statute. The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges.