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Spencer A. BAKER – Drunk Driving

(CHATHAM-KENT, ON) – On July 19, 2021, members of the Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a Reduced Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) program on the Highway 401 Eastbound on ramp from Queen’s Line in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Police spoke with a vehicle driver that entered the R.I.D.E. and an Approved Screening Device was utilized. The driver was arrested and transported to a local OPP detachment where further tests were administered.

Spencer A. BAKER, 25-years-old, of Chatham, was charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired- Blood and Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

A 90-day driving suspension and seven-day vehicle impoundment was initiated as per statute. The accused in this matter was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Chatham at a later date to answer to the charge.

If you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired, either by drug or alcohol, call police at 911 to report it immediately.

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1 Year Old Succumbs To Injuries – Johan HIEBERT Charged

(MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM, ON) – An individual has been charged in relation to an incident at a fire pit at a residence on Vienna Line in the Municipality of Bayham on July 12, 2021. A one-year old child died as a result of injuries suffered in the incident. Two adults and two other children were injured.

Johan HIEBERT, 55-years-old, of the Municipality of Bayham, has been charged with the following offences:

·      Criminal Negligence Causing Death.

·      Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm (four counts).

The accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas on September 7, 2021.

The incident remains under investigation by the Elgin County OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP’s Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), and in conjunction with Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, Ontario Forensic Pathology Services and Office of the Fire Marshal.

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Sexual Assault During Home Invasion – Marane F. THOMPSON

(LEAMINGTON, ON) -On July 17, 2021 members of the Leamington Detachment Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break and Enter to a residence in the Municipality of Leamington.

It was reported that a male entered the victim’s residence while she was sleeping and inappropriately touched her before being chased out of the residence.

Through police investigation, Marane F. THOMPSON, 58 years old of Leamington, Ontario was arrested on July 21, 2021. 

 The accused has been charged with the following offences:

  • Break, Enter dwelling house – commit indictable offence
  • Sexual Assault

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing.

Police are reminding the public to ensure that you lock your doors whenever possible.

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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Drowning In Lake Erie

(ELGIN COUNTY, ON) – On July 21, 2021, at approximately 7:10 p.m., the Elgin detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a possible drowning in Lake Erie, between Port Bruce and Port Burwell, Malahide Township.

Members of OPP, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton (JRCC), the Canadian Coast Guard, Elgin – St. Thomas Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Malahide Fire Services assisted.

Investigation determined that an individual fell into the water from a vessel while fishing with friends. The individual was pulled from the water and transported to land, where he was taken to hospital. 

Life saving measures were initiated by friends and continued by paramedics, however he later died in hospital.

The deceased has been identified as Ryan LEPPARD-GROENEWEGEN, 49-years-old of London.

No foul play is suspected.

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Drowning At Trout Lake Quarry

(OXFORD COUNTY, ON) – On July 21, 2021, at approximately 12:45 p.m., the Oxford detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a possible drowning at Trout Lake Quarry on George Street, Innerkip.

Members from OPP, East Zorra-Tavistock Fire Services from Innerkip and Oxford County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) attended.

Witnesses reported that an individual entered the water from the shoreline and soon after began to struggle. Upon hearing calls for help, nearby civilians attended and were able to pull the swimmer onto shore and began life saving measures.

The individual was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The deceased has been identified as Jorg MEINZER, 58-years-old of Cambridge.

A post mortem examination has been scheduled for today.

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Fatal Collision

(SOUTHGATE, ON) – On July 9, 2021, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Guelph Wellington Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the North Wellington Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles on Highway 6 at Grey Road 6 in the Township of Southgate.

A driver was transported to hospital with serious injuries where he was later pronounced deceased. He has been identified as 52-year-old Thomas GARTLEY of Priceville.

The Grey Bruce OPP would like to take this time to thank members of the public that stopped to provide assistance to those involved.

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Two Facing Drug Trafficking Charges

(LEAMINGTON, ON) – On July 12, 2021, at approximately 6:24 p.m., members of the Leamington Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a suspicious person call to a business on Erie Street South in the Municipality of Leamington, On.

Officers located two males in a motor vehicle in the parking lot of the business.

As a result, the investigation revealed approximately $11,500 worth of illicit drugs were located.

Thiago Braga SOUSA, a 33-year-old from Leamington, has been charged with:

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking-Opioid (other than heroin)

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking-cocaine

·        Failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court (Two counts)

 Shawn Andrew BORGES, a 34-year-old from Leamington, has been charged with:

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking-Opioid (other than heroin)

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking-cocaine

The accused have been released from police custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Leamington, Ontario on September 6, 2021.

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Irta MALIK – Drunk Driving

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – On Saturday, July 10, 2021, at approximately 8:46 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Norfolk County Detachment, Norfolk County Paramedic Services and Norfolk County Fire Department responded to motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles at an Erie Boulevard, Long Point, Norfolk County address.

As a result of investigation, police charged 25-year-old Irta MALIK of Mississauga, Ontario with operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration 80 plus.

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Simcoe at a later date.

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19 Year Old Repeat Offender Arrested Again

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – On Saturday, July 10, 2021, at approximately 8:59 a.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment received a report of a stolen vehicle at a Blueline Road, Woodhouse, Norfolk County address.

Officers attended the area and subsequently located the vehicle which failed to stop for officers. A spike belt was utilized in order to safely stop the vehicle when the driver fled from the area on Haldimand Road 20 located in Haldimand County. OPP Canine Services and Emergency Response Team members attended and subsequently located the driver and took them into custody without incident.

As a result, police charged 19-year-old Andrew John VELDHUIS of Mount Hope, Ontario with the following offences;

  • Dangerous operation (two counts),
  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs,
  • Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code,
  • Flight from peace officer,
  • Possession property obtained by crime over $5,000,
  • Mischief – destroys or damages property,
  • Fail to comply with probation order (two counts),
  • Driving while under suspension.

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe at a later date.

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Ever PETRELLA – Impaired Driving

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – On Friday, July 9, 2021, at approximately 5:31 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment received a traffic complaint from a member of the motoring public at a Brantford Road, Windham, Norfolk County address.

Officers arrived on scene and subsequently located the vehicle. As a result of investigation, police took the driver of the vehicle into custody without incident.

Charged with the following offences is 20-year-old Ever PETRELLA of Norfolk County, Ontario;

·      Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs,

·      Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80 plus,

·      Consuming liquor in other than licenced premises, residence or private place,

·      Having care or control of a motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor, and

·      Novice driver – B.A.C. above zero.

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Simcoe at a later date.