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Three Unlocked Vehicles Entered – Multiple Items Stolen

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) Between Friday evening February 10 and the early hours of Saturday morning February 11, 2012, Perth County OPP officers in Listowel received 3 calls from vehicle owners advising that items had been stolen from their vehicles.

The thefts took place from 3 unlocked vehicles that were parked on residential driveways on Louise Ave, Scott St, and Edgar St. The following Items were removed from the vehicles, two yellow Mastercraft Maximum drills (an 18 volt and 3.5 volt drill), a GPS unit, a DVD player, Oakley sunglasses and an XM radio. One of the vehicles belonged to a volunteer fire fighter and from this vehicle the green firefighter’s emergency vehicle light was removed.

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

REMEMBER, LOCK IT OR LOSE IT.

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Corey McKee – Drunk Driving – Snow Covered Plate

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) On Sunday morning February 12, 2012 shortly before 2 a.m. a Perth County OPP officer in Listowel observed a vehicle with a snow covered licence plate driving on Victoria Ave North. The officer pulled over the vehicle and spoke to the driver. At this point the odour of an alcoholic beverage was detected on the driver’s breath. The driver failed a roadside breath test and two subsequent Intoxilyzer breath tests at the North Perth OPP detachment in Listowel.

As a result, Corey MCKEE (41) of the Municipality of North Perth has been charged with “operation of a motor vehicle with over 80 mgs of alcohol in 100 ml of blood”. He is scheduled to appear in Listowel Court on March 21, 2012 to answer to this charge. He was issued a 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

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One Taken To Hospital After Collision

At approximately 8:20 AM this morning, Wingham Police were dispatched to the intersection of Amberley Rd and Kerr Drive for a motor vehicle collision. A car turning eastbound onto Amberley Rd from Kerr Dr failed to yield to an oncoming westbound truck, causing to the collision. One man was taken to the Wingham and District Hospital with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries.

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Petition to save Blyth Public School

As almost everyone is aware, Blyth Public School is scheduled for closure next June.

The Avon Maitland School Board has a legal right to do this to our community, regardless of the fact that it will have a devastating effect on our economy, our society, our property values.

Their senior staff have indicated openly that they don’t care about this. The community is of no concern to them.

In the ARC process, Blyth was not fairly represented. There was no Blyth business person involved, no Blyth councillor involved, and the general community was not invited to any of the public meetings, and we had no representation on the School Board.

Not that any of that mattered in the end, because the school board had made all the decisions long before the ARC committee was formed.

We have collected several hundred names on a petition, not only to save BPS but to put a halt to these closings of many small towns’ only schools across Ontario. Almost all of the business places on Blyth’s main street have petition forms ready to be signed by any Resident of Ontario. The age of majority barrier does not apply to petitions in Ontario. We have a lot of signatures already but we are looking to exceed our entire population.

We believe this is possible because the behaviour of Avon Maitland is so unfair, arbitrary, undemocratic that the people of Huron County and elsewhere are up in arms, just as they were a few decades ago when Clinton Hospital was slated to to close in much the same way. Clinton Hospital is still open and operating. That is proof against the nay-sayers who say we are fighting a lost cause. We have to convince the Ontario legislature to make some very significant changes.

A Blyth with no school will become a burden on the entire township. We will not be able to to sustain the many great attractions of our village without the young people who will no longer move here.

WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE OUR ONLY SCHOOL!

Brock Vodden representing P.A.S.S.

A group of Ontario communities opposing the closures of small rural town schools

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Petition to save Blyth Public School

As almost everyone is aware, Blyth Public School is scheduled for closure next June.

The Avon Maitland School Board has a legal right to do this to our community, regardless of the fact that it will have a devastating effect on our economy, our society, our property values.

Their senior staff have indicated openly that they don’t care about this. The community is of no concern to them.

In the ARC process, Blyth was not fairly represented. There was no Blyth business person involved, no Blyth councillor involved, and the general community was not invited to any of the public meetings, and we had no representation on the School Board.

Not that any of that mattered in the end, because the school board had made all the decisions long before the ARC committee was formed.

We have collected several hundred names on a petition, not only to save BPS but to put a halt to these closings of many small towns’ only schools across Ontario. Almost all of the business places on Blyth’s main street have petition forms ready to be signed by any Resident of Ontario. The age of majority barrier does not apply to petitions in Ontario. We have a lot of signatures already but we are looking to exceed our entire population.

We believe this is possible because the behaviour of Avon Maitland is so unfair, arbitrary, undemocratic that the people of Huron County and elsewhere are up in arms, just as they were a few decades ago when Clinton Hospital was slated to to close in much the same way. Clinton Hospital is still open and operating. That is proof against the nay-sayers who say we are fighting a lost cause. We have to convince the Ontario legislature to make some very significant changes.

A Blyth with no school will become a burden on the entire township. We will not be able to to sustain the many great attractions of our village without the young people who will no longer move here.

WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE OUR ONLY SCHOOL!

Brock Vodden representing P.A.S.S.

A group of Ontario communities opposing the closures of small rural town schools

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OPP Distracted Driving Campaign

“Phone in one hand, Ticket in the other”

(SOUTH BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – The Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act became law on October 26, 2009. It prohibits the use of electronic devices while the vehicle is in motion with prescribed exceptions. A GPS navigation device, communication device with hands free system only, and vehicle information systems are allowed.

From February 13th – 19th, 2012, the South Bruce OPP will be utilizing all available personnel to participate in the OPP Distracted Driving Campaign. Motorists can expect an increased police presence across Southern Bruce County, looking for drivers that continue to drive while distracted. A distracted driver can be fined $155 at the roadside, but the cost can be far greater if the distracted driver causes a serious personal injury or fatal crash.

The South Bruce OPP wants motorists to recognize that distracted driving is a legitimate threat to roadway safety. Since distracted driving is a factor in 13% of all fatal crashes, it has been added to the Highway Safety enforcement priorities which include aggressive driving, impaired driving, speeding and seatbelt use.

“Driving while distracted is bad judgement and an unacceptable risk to public safety on the road. Drivers need to realize that when they’re driving, their focus has to be on the roadway, not an electronic device. If your cell phone rings while you’re driving, ignore it. Don’t let your next call be your last” – Inspector Bill Klym, Commander, South Bruce OPP.

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World Awaits Legal Excuse To Stop Syrian Baby Killer Bashar Al Assad

After China and Russia vetoed UN intervention in Syria, Al Assad increased his deadly oppression. International media have been broadcasting images of woman and children huddled in crowded basements starving and wanting for water. Citizens are to afraid to cross the street to search for food, as explosions are heard every minute.

Al Assad’s forces have been bombing indiscriminately. Hospitals and residential areas have not been spared. Families that try to make a run for safety are targeted by snipers and tanks.

One emotional video was broadcast showing the bodies of woman and children while asking the world ‘is this what you want? Is this what the world will tolerate? Where is the UN? Where is the Arab League? We are dying here’

18 premature babies died after power was cut by Assad’s bombing campaign. Assad’s forces have been storming residences and killing unarmed families. Doctors have been collapsing due to exhaustion, from treating the countless wounded. Hospitals suffer from bomb damage, lack of power, blood and medical supply shortages. Many can’t seek medial help, for they fear getting shot if they leave their shelter.

Governments around the globe have recalled their ambassadors from Syria and closed their embassies. This step is usually a precursor to armed foreign intervention.

How/when will the global community intervene?

1. If the conflict spills over the Turkish border, NATO could use that as an excuse step in and protect the Syrian Citizens.

2. UN could try another resolution. China and Russia are already laying the groundwork so they can save face, and change their minds about vetoing regime change.

3. One country could take unilateral action and send in a team to eliminate Assad.

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Break And Enteer – Playstation And Games Stolen

(WALKERTON, ON) – On February 7th, 2012 at 8:21 pm, the South Bruce OPP received a report of a break, enter and theft from a residence along Thomas Street in Walkerton. Sometime between 4:00 pm on February 7th, 2012 and 8:00 pm on February 7th, 2012, the house was entered. A Sony Play station 3, 2 controllers and 10 video games were taken. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be $400. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the South Bruce OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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Student Bottle Fight Ends With Assault With Weapon Charges

(WALKERTON, ON) – On February 6th, 2012 at 1:12 pm, the South Bruce OPP received a report of an assault that took place on Hinks Street, Walkerton. Officers arrived and learned that a dispute between 2 groups of students lead to 1 group of students being hit by bottles as the other group drove past. One of the victims sought medical attention for injuries caused by this incident. Two male youth have each been charged with 5 counts of Assault with a weapon for their involvement. Both will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice to answer to the charges.

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Hall Of Shamer Katharine Upshall’s 6th Entry – Break and Enter, Fail to Comply & Breach Probation

(HURON TWP, ON) – On February 6th, 2012 at 12:49 pm, the South Bruce OPP received a report of a suspicious vehicle along Concession 12, Huron Township. Officers located the vehicle, a Ford F250, and 2 occupants in an abandoned building near the dispatch location. 42 year old Michael CHAPMAN of Morris-Turnberry Township has been charged with Break and enter, Possess stolen property, Fail to comply and Breach of probation. 37 year old Katharine UPSHALL of Huron East has been charged with Break and enter, Fail to comply and Breach of probation. Both were held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for February 7th, 2012.