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PALMER Arrested For Drunk Driving

(CHATSWORTH, ON) – The Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged an individual with impaired related offences following a traffic complaint.

On January 23, 2023, just after 11:45 p.m., The Grey Bruce OPP received a traffic complaint regarding a northbound motor vehicle on Highway 10 in the Township of Chatsworth.

Officers located the motor vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, officers detected signs of impairment and the driver was placed under arrest. The driver was then transported to a Grey Bruce OPP station for further testing.

The Grey Bruce OPP have charged Aaron PALMER, 32 years-of-age from Owen Sound with the following offences:

  • Operation while impaired
  • Operation while impaired (80 plus)
  • Driving while under suspension

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound at a later date.

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Goderich Robbery Update: Arrests Made

(GODERICH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Major Crime Unit continues to investigate a robbery that took place in Goderich on January 23, 2023, at a business on Huron Road. 

On Monday, January 23, 2023, at approximately 9:25 p.m., Huron County OPP was contacted by a store manager who called to report a robbery that had just taken place. Two suspects, a male and female had reportedly stolen numerous items from the store and loaded the items into a smaller SUV just outside the building. During the robbery, the male suspect brandished a knife and threatened the employees who had given chase after the thieves. The male suspect also threatened the employees with a gun; however, one was not observed. The vehicle was last seen travelling at a high rate of speed through the parking lot and eastbound onto Huron Road leaving Goderich. 

After viewing media posts yesterday, two very observant citizens contacted the Huron OPP advising of the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle, and two suspects involved in this investigation. Police were able to locate and arrest both suspects who are now facing criminal charges. The suspect Chevrolet Tracker has been seized pending further investigation.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 482-1677. 

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FINKBEINER Arrested For Drunk Driving Following Collision With Hay Wagon

(SOUTH HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a London resident with Impaired driving offences following a collision on January 24th at approximately 6:05 p.m. 

Huron County OPP, South Huron Fire Department and Huron County Paramedic Services were called to the scene of a collision on January 24th, 2023, just after 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival, emergency services discovered that a single vehicle had impacted the rear of a loaded hay wagon being towed by a tractor east of Exeter on Thames Road at Elimville Line, causing considerable damage to the involved sport utility vehicle (SUV). The lone female driver was transported to hospital for serious injuries.

Police spoke to the driver and determined that she had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for Impaired Operation. After receiving medical treatment at the South Huron Hospital and London Health Sciences Centre, the driver eventually provided breath samples to police which resulted in readings over the legal limit.

Bryden FINKBEINER, 49 years of age from London has been charged with:

–      Operation while Impaired

–      Operation while Impaired – Over 80

The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days, and the accused’ driver’s license was suspended for a period of 90 days.

The accused has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for April 17th, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich. 

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Aaron BAXTER – Theft

(NORTH PERTH, ON) – On January 20, 2022, at approximately 9:17 a.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a reported theft from new builds on MClaren Avenue North in the Municipality of North Perth.  

It was reported that on January 19, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. a male attended the area and removed a video camera while crews were working inside at the construction site.

As a result, Aaron BAXTER, a 38 year-old from Grand Valley has been charged with:

–      Theft under $5,000

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should immediately contact Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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.hpcrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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Robbery In Goderich – Suspects At Large – Armed & Dangerous

(GODERICH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Major Crime Unit is investigating a robbery that took place in Goderich on January 23, 2023, at a business on Huron Road. 

On Monday, January 23, 2023, at approximately 9:25 p.m., Huron County OPP was contacted by a store manager who called to report a robbery that had just taken place. Two suspects, a male and female had reportedly stolen numerous items from the store and loaded the items into a smaller SUV just outside the building. During the robbery, the male suspect brandished a knife and threatened the employees who had given chase after the thieves. The male suspect also threatened the employees with a gun; however, one was not observed. The vehicle was last seen travelling at a high rate of speed through the parking lot and eastbound onto Huron Road leaving Goderich. 

The suspects pictured in the images below are described as follows:

Male suspect: Approximately 30 years of age, Caucasian, 6′ tall, short hair, brown beard, eyeglasses. Wearing a black and white “NIKE’ track suit, a black baseball hat with a green brim, and black running shoes. (Note – 2nd photo shows suspect wearing a brown jacket that was stolen from store).

Female suspect: Approximately 30 years of age, Caucasian, 5’5″ tall, red died hair. Wearing a pink jacket, black toque, black tights, and black boots with fur tops.

Involved vehicle: Small, older model sport utility vehicle (SUV), possibly a GMC/Chevrolet Tracker four-door model with a spare tire on rear. A small plow attachment was affixed to the front of the SUV. The front right wheel rim is either black or rusty. The vehicle is believed to be a manual transmission and has a noisy exhaust.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance should they have any knowledge of this incident, suspects, or involved vehicle.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 482-1677. 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.p3tips.com , where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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School Bus Involved In Collision

(FORMOSA, ON) – On January 24, 2023, at 3:53 p.m., the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a two-vehicle collision, involving a school bus, along Bruce County Road 12 in the village of Formosa.

Officers arrived to find that the school bus was stopped to make a turn when it was struck from behind.

There were students on board at the time, but there were no injuries reported at the scene.

A 30-year-old resident of Unionville was charged with Careless Driving.

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Fatal Collision Update – Deceased Identified

(WEST PERTH, ON) – On January 23, 2023, at 4:47 p.m., members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Perth County detachment, Perth County Paramedic Services and North Perth Fire Department responded to a collision on Perth Line 55 involving two vehicles.

One person was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The deceased has been identified as 67-year-old, Lawrence HEWITT of Harriston. 

The OPP Traffic Incident Management (TIME) team attended the scene to assist with the investigation.

Perth Line 55 was closed between Road 154 and Road 155 for the protection of emergency responders. It has since re-opened for traffic. 

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Belgrave Meth Bust – DIXON

(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a Huron East resident with several offences after entering a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) check on January 15th

Huron OPP officers were conducting R.I.D.E. checks on January 15th on Queen Street in Belgrave when a northbound minivan entered the checkpoint at approximately 9:20 p.m. In speaking with the female driver, officers had reason to believe that the driver was impaired by drug, and she was subsequently arrested. A quantity of suspected methamphetamine was found on the driver during a search.

The accused was then transported to the Walkerton OPP Detachment for further tests by an OPP Drug Recognition Expert.  

Further investigation revealed that the driver was also suspended from driving.

Tamara DIXON, 23 years-of-age from Huron East has been charged with the following offences:

–      Operation while Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs,

–      Possession of Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine

The accused was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) for Driving While Under Suspension.

The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days.

The accused has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for February 27th, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich. 

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POLLOCK Arrested For Drunk Driving

(GODERICH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged an Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh resident with Impaired driving offences following a collision on January 13th at approximately 11:45 p.m. 

Huron County OPP, Goderich Fire Department and Huron County Paramedic Services were called to the scene of a collision on January 13th, 2023, just before midnight. Upon arrival, emergency services discovered that a single vehicle had impacted the concrete bridge structure and guardrail just North of Goderich on Bluewater Highway, causing considerable damage to the involved sport utility vehicle (SUV). The lone male driver was transported to hospital for minor injuries.

Police spoke to the driver and determined that he had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for Impaired Operation and taken into custody. The driver provided breath samples to police which resulted in readings over twice the legal limit.

Cody POLLOCK, 37 years of age from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has been charged with:

–      Operation while Impaired

–      Operation while Impaired – Over 80

The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days, and the accused’ driver’s license was suspended for a period of 90 days.

The accused has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for February 27th, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich. 

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Middlesex OPP Update

(MIDDLESEX COUNTY, ON) – Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to consolidate and streamline our notable traffic offences and publish a single weekly release to highlight the great work our officers are doing to keep our roadways as safe as possible.

On January 18, 2023, at 5:19 p.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, while on general patrol observed a distracted driver on Highway 401 at Westchester Bourne in Thames Centre. As a result, a 57-year-old of London was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with Drive – Hand-Held Communication device.

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On January 21, 2023, at 1:49 a.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, while on general patrol observed a vehicle travelling in excess of the posted 100km/h speed limit on Highway 401 Westbound in Thames Centre. A 33-year-old of London was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with speeding, Novice driver – B.A.C. above zero and was issued a 3-day driver’s license suspension for registering an Alert on the roadside Alcohol Screening Device (ASD).

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On January 21, 2023, at 9:56 a.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, while on general patrol observed a suspicious vehicle on Turnberry Drive in Dorchester, Thames Centre. A traffic stop was initiated. As a result, a 17-year-old of Dorchester was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with Use Plate not Authorized for Vehicle.

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On January 21, 2023, at 7:17 p.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, while on general patrol observed a suspicious vehicle on Dorchester Road in Thames Centre. A traffic stop was initiated. As a result, an 18-year-old of Dorchester was charged under the Liquor Licence Control Act with Person under 19 years having liquor and Driving motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor.

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On January 21, 2023, at 8:35 p.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, while on general patrol observed a vehicle travelling at 48km/h over the posted 100km/h speed limit on Highway 401 in Thames Centre. As a result, a 38-year-old of Schaumburg, Illinois, United States of America, was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with speeding.

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On January 21, 2023, at 9:46 p.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, while on general patrol observed a suspicious vehicle travelling on Gideon Drive in Middlesex Centre. A traffic stop was initiated. As a result, a 29-year-old of Aylmer was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with Driving while under suspension and Drive on closed highway. The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date to speak to the charges.

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On January 22, 2023, at 2:23 a.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, while on general patrol observed a vehicle travelling at 49km/h over the posted 100km/h speed limit on Highway 401 in Thames Centre. As a result, a 19-year-old of Brampton was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with speeding, Driver fail to surrender licence, Fail to signal – lane change and Fail to surrender insurance card under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

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On January 22, 2023, at 1:06 p.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, was dispatched to a single vehicle collision on Highway 401 at Westchester Bourne in Thames Centre. As a result, a 30-year-old of London was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with Offer tow truck services on King’s Highway within 200 m of vehicle involved in accident and Solicit business.

If you have an urgent traffic complaint or suspect a driver is impaired by drug or alcohol, please call 911.

For non emergent matters the OPP can be reached anytime, anywhere in the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122. 

If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.