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36 Year Old From Wingham Arrested – Stolen Vehicle Recovered

(TOWNSHIP OF MAPLETON, ON) – On December 26, 2020, at approximately 8:15 a.m. the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a theft of a truck which had just occurred at a residence on Wellington Road 7 near Alma.

Witnesses reported that two suspects arrived at the victim’s property in a black pick-up truck that was carrying a snowmobile. One of the suspects then stole the victim’s vehicle and the two fled the area at a high rate of speed.

A short time later, police spotted one of the pick-up trucks on the Fourteenth Line of Mapleton Township. As police were attempting to pull over the vehicle, the suspect suddenly reversed and collided with an OPP cruiser causing minor damage.

During the arrest, police formed the opinion that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. A Roadside Screening Device test was conducted which resulted in a fail. The driver was arrested and brought to a local OPP operations centre for further testing.

Police determined that the motor vehicle was stolen out of Middlesex County and the snowmobile was reported stolen out of West Grey. A quantity of cocaine was located in the stolen vehicle.

Carrie Lynn BENINGER, 40-years-old from Barrie, has been charged with;

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle Over $5000
  •  Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (2 counts)
  •  Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Operation While Impaired-Over 80
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine

As a result of further investigation, the second suspect that fled the area in the other stolen truck was later identified. They are currently in custody on outstanding charges with another police agency.

Matthew Irwin CHARLTON, 36-years-old from Wingham has been charged with;

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle Over $5000
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (2 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – in Canada.
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Operate Motor Vehicle While Prohibited (4 counts)

Both accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice-Guelph at a later date.

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Armed Robbery – Suspect At Large

(LAKESHORE, ON) – On January 14, 2021, at approximately 5:45 a.m. Lakeshore Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to an address in the 1600 Block of County Road 22, Municipality of Lakeshore regarding a robbery.

Members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERT) and Canine Services where utilized at the scene. Major Crime and Forensic Identification Services (FIS) have been engaged to assist with the investigation.

There were no injuries sustained as a result of the robbery.

The lone suspect produced an edged weapon before fleeing the scene. The suspect is described as male, white, wearing a grey hoodie with a black hoodie underneath, brown pants and black running shoes. He was carrying a black back pack.

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

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60 Year Old Facing Impaired And Cannabis Charge

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – One person has been charged after a collision during the early hours yesterday morning in Perth County.

On January 13 2021, just after 4:00 a.m., the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Oxford County OPP responded to a single vehicle collision that had occurred on Elginfield Road on the border of Perth and Oxford Counties, near the roundabout at Perth Road 118. There were no injuries sustained in the collision.

When police arrived on scene, it was determined that the lone occupant of the vehicle was impaired, and they were arrested and brought to a local OPP detachment for further testing. During the investigation, a quantity of cannabis was located in the vehicle.

As a result, Ronald James RUSSELL, 60, of Welland, has been charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs
  • Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 Plus)
  • Operation while Prohibited Under the Criminal Code
  • Possession for the Purpose of Distributing
  • Possessing Cannabis for the Purpose of Selling

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges.

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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24 Year Old Arrested At RIDE

(SAUGEEN FIRST NATION, ON) – On January 14, 2021 at 1:07 a.m. members of the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program on Bruce Road 13, near French Bay Road, in the Saugeen First Nation.

OPP officers spoke with a driver, who failed a roadside screening device. The driver was arrested and transported to the Grey Bruce OPP detachment in Wiarton. A breath test recorded readings over the legal limit of 80 milligrams (mgs) of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. 

Grey Bruce OPP have charged Samantha HARVIE, 24 years-of-age, from Saugeen First Nation with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) and operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration 80 mgs or more, section 320.14(1)(b) 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 February 24, 2021.

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27 Year Old From Owen Sound Facing Drunk Driving Charge

(GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On January 12, 2021 at 11:22 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a traffic complaint involving a possible impaired driver on Highway 10, near Road 170, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

OPP officers located the involved vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver initially stopped but then decided to speed away from the scene, narrowly missing the officers. Further investigation revealed that this was a stolen vehicle from Owen Sound.

Officers patrolled the area and located the suspect vehicle stopped on Grey Road 4, near the Village of Maxwell with the driver asleep behind the wheel. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and other offences and was transported to the Grey Bruce OPP detachment in Chatsworth. A breath test conducted at the detachment, recorded readings over the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged Dakota WEIDENDORF, 27 years-of-age, from Owen Sound, with the following offences:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CCC)
  • Operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration 80 mgs or more, section 320.14(1)(b) CCC
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, section 320.13(1) CCC
  • Flight from peace officer, section 320.17 CCC
  • Possession of property obtained by crime – over $5,000., section 354(1)(a) CCC
  • Failing to comply with release order, section 145(5)(a) CCC

The accused’s driver’s licence is suspended for 90 days and the stolen vehicle was seized and returned to the owner. 

The accused was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on January 13, 2021.

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Assault With Weapon – WEBBER

(SOUTHGATE, ON) – On January 8, 2021 at 5:54 p.m. officers from the Grey Bruce Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an assault occurrence at an apartment complex on Grey Road 109, in the Village of Holstein, in the Township of Southgate.   

A resident was verbally threatened by another tenant, who brandished an electroshock weapon, (similar to a taser). There were no injuries.

As a result of the investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged Corey WEBBER, 51 years-of-age, from Southgate, ON, with the following offences:

  •  Assault with a weapon, section 267(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CCC)
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, section 88 CCC
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, section 264.1(1)(a) CCC
  • Failing to comply with a release order, section 145(5)(a) CCC

The accused must attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on January 21, 2021.

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Citizens On Social Media Help Get Repeat Offender Dylan DUNDAS Arrested #StandYourGround

(RIPLEY, ON) – Instead of insurance claims and truck shopping for New Years, two truck owners are thankful for a watchful community and positive use of social media that lead to the return of their trucks.

On Tuesday, December 29th 2020 at 12:44pm, South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began to investigate the theft of a white pick-up truck and a quantity of tools from Huron Street in Ripley. The items and motor vehicle had been stolen earlier that morning.

Word of the theft was reported throughout the community on social media and Police began to receive tips from the watchful and caring community. The tips lead responding officers to the location of the stolen pick-up truck that was stuck in a field just outside of the town. When officers arrived on scene, an individual was taken into custody without incident.

Dylan DUNDAS, 30-years-old, of Huron-Kinloss Township was charged with four counts of Possessing Stolen Property and 2 counts of Fail to Comply with Probation. The accused was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing and will be appearing, as required, to answer to the charges.

The stolen pick-up truck was recovered, along with stolen tools valued at $10,000 and a second pick-up truck that was reported stolen out of Middlesex County.

The South Bruce OPP appreciates the support of the community with this investigation. These timely tips directly lead to the safe return of stolen property to the rightful owners.

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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Methamphetamine A Factor In Domestic Incident

(NORTH PERTH, ON) – A North Perth resident is facing a number of charges, including firearms and assault charges following a domestic incident last weekend.

On January 10 2021, just after 11:30 p.m., the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an assault that had just occurred in Listowel, in the Municipality of North Perth. During the investigation, it was determined that the suspect had also uttered threats of death, and had been in possession of a firearm.

On January 11 2021, the Huron-Perth Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), along with the Perth County OPP, executed a search warrant at a residence on Elizabeth Street East, Listowel, for evidence of the offences. During the search, methamphetamine was also located.

As a result, a 31-year-old North Perth resident, has been charged with:

  • Utter Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm
  • Assault – Spousal
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Victims of and domestic violence are not alone. If you, or someone you know, is in need of support, there are local resources available to help. One organization you can contact is Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth at 1-866-376-9852.

If you are in an immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.

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Impaired By Drug Charge – COLE

(SAUGEEN FIRST NATION, ON) – On January 9, 2021 at 8:25 p.m., Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a car that was weaving into oncoming traffic and crossing the centre line on Joshua Crescent, near Highway 21, in Saugeen First Nation.

OPP officers spoke with the driver, who showed signs of impairment from drugs. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and was transported to Grey Bruce OPP detachment in Wiarton for testing by a Drug Recognition Expert. 

During a search of the arrested person and the involved vehicle, OPP officers located drugs and a weapon. 

Grey Bruce OPP have charged Christian COLE, 25 years-of-age from Saugeen Shores, with the following offences: 

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CCC)
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, section 88 CCC
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance – Fentanyl, section 4(1) Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA)
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance – Oxycodone, section 4(1) CDSA

The accused must attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on February 24, 2021.

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Stunt Driver Charged – GARROW

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On January 9, 2020 at 5:20 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a pick-up truck for speeding on Highway 21, near Sideroad 5 in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula. This truck was travelling over 135 kilometres per hour (km/hr) in the posted 80 km/hr speed limit. 

Grey Bruce OPP have charged the driver, Christopher GARROW, 56 years-of-age from Georgian Bluffs, ON with stunt driving – 50km/h or more over posted speed limit, contrary to section 172(1) Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

The driver was served a Provincial Summons, they were issued a seven day drivers licence suspension and their vehicle was towed and will be impounded for seven days.