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Edward A. OSTER – Assault, Trespass At Night & Theft

(TOWNSHIP OF PUSLINCH, ON) – One person is facing criminal charges after the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called regarding an unwanted person at an address in the Township of Puslinch.

On September 25, 2022, the Wellington County OPP responded to a report of an unwanted person at an address on Watson Road South, Puslinch. The homeowner located a person on their property who was allegedly trying to commit a theft. Upon confronting the person, the homeowner was assaulted. 

As a result of the investigation, Edward A. OSTER, 45-years-old of Moorefield, has been charged with the following criminal code offences:

·        Assault

·        Trespassing at Night

·        Theft Under $5000

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice – Guelph, at a later date. 

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Fatal Collision

(MEAFORD, ON) – Members from the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment remain on scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash that has taken place west of Meaford.  

This afternoon at approximately 12:20 p.m., Grey Bruce OPP, Grey County Paramedic Services and the Meaford Fire Department responded to the collision scene located on Highway 26 just east of Grey County Road 112.

Upon arrival officers located a head-on collision between a compact vehicle that was travelling eastbound on Highway 26 and a pickup truck that was travelling westbound on Highway 26. 

The driver of the compact vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two passengers from the compact vehicle were airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The name of the deceased will be released pending next-of-kin notification.

Members from the West Region OPP Traffic Incident Management & Enforcement (TIME) Team are currently on scene assisting with the collision investigation. 

Grey Bruce OPP has closed Highway 26 between Grey County Road 112 and 7th Line. 

Please use an alternate roadway to avoid a delay. 

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Attempted Abduction Update – Norman SMITH Arrested

(NORTH PERTH, ON) – On September 25, 2022, at approximately 3:40 p.m., the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a male driver who approached a 13-year-old female and told her to get in his vehicle.  

As a result of police investigation, a suspect not known to the victim was located.

Norman SMITH, 61-year-old of Mount Forest, was arrested and charged with:

–      Criminal Harassment

The accused has been released and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Stratford at a later date.

Anyone with information regarding these or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at www.opp.ca/reporting.

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30 Year Old Arrested For Drunk Driving

(KINCARDINE, ON) – On September 20, 2022, at 9:09 p.m., the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a two-vehicle collision along McPherson Crescent in Kincardine. Officers arrived to find one of the involved vehicles was parked at the time. The driver was found to have been drinking alcohol.

Kody STEWART, 30-years-old, of Kincardine was charged with Operate over 80 milligrams. The accused will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton to answer to the charge.

This charge includes an immediate 90-day driver’s license suspension and an immediate 7-day vehicle impoundment. 

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Catalytic Converter Stolen

(PERTH EAST, ON) – On September 25, 2022, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police investigated a break and enter at a Road 108, Perth East address.

Sometime between 7:00 p.m. on September 24, 2022, and 7:00 p.m. on September 25, 2022, unknown person(s) attended the address and gained entry to a shop on the property. Once inside, unknown(s) removed a catalytic converter from a vehicle.   

Police are continuing to investigate and ask the public to report suspicious activity immediately, and remember to lock doors to vehicles, houses, garages, and sheds. Do not leave keys with vehicles, including ATVs. Consider installing security features, such as increased lighting, cameras, or alarms.

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

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Business Scammed Out Of $150,000 USD

(PERTH EAST, ON) – The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds public to be vigilant after a Perth East business was defrauded $150,000US.

On September 21, 2022, police responded to fraud incident at a business located on Line 34 in the Township of Perth East.

During the investigation, it was determined that a local business was working with a vender located in Burlington, Ontario to purchase a machine. The buyer sent a wire transfer to the vender via the email they were using to communicate. Allegedly the vender’s email was hacked, and the suspect was communicating on that email to the victim. The vender never received the money transfer.

The investigation is ongoing.

OPP is reminding the public to be aware of the warning signs, and to never give out any personal information to someone you don’t know. Always verify all contact information and don’t just call a number or email and address that some unknown person provides you with. The name on the caller display may be fraudulent. Give yourself some time to complete your own research. If someone calls you and identifies themselves as a bank representative, hang up and call your local branch to verify the call is legitimate.

To learn about ways to protect yourself from scams and frauds, the OPP encourages community members to stay educated on fraud prevention.

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Attempted Abduction Reported

(NORTH PERTH, ON) – The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating an attempt abduction from the area of Wallace Avenue North in the Municipality of North Perth.

On September 25, 2022, at approximately 3:40 p.m., a 13-year-old female was approached by a male driver who told the female to get into his vehicle.

The male is described to have dark skin, possibly in his 50’s, wearing a Gucci brimmed hat with a white beard.

The vehicle involved is described to be a white four door sedan with a Quebec licence plate.

Anyone with information regarding these or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at www.opp.ca/reporting

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Stolen Vehicle Found Submerged

(MEAFORD, ON) On September 25, 2022, at 11:51 a.m., officers from the Grey Bruce OPP responded to a report of a submerged vehicle just off of St. Vincent Street in the Municipality of Meaford.

Just after 6 p.m., a motor vehicle was removed from the water. There were no occupants within it.

The motor vehicle had previously been reported stolen, and the investigation remains ongoing.

The Grey Bruce OPP would like to thank members of the public for their cooperation in remaining away from the area while crews worked.

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Hydro Worker Electrocuted – Life Threatening Injuries

(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently on scene of a workplace injury that has taken place just east of Wingham.

At approximately 10:44 a.m. this morning (25Sept) Huron OPP and Huron County Paramedic Services responded to Howick-Turnberry Road (Huron County #7) between Bok Line and Gilmour Line to assist a hydro worker that sustained injuries from an apparent electrocution.

The injured worker has been sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Ministry of Labour has been notified and they will be attending the scene to assist with the investigation.

Huron County OPP has temporarily closed Howick-Turnberry Road between Bok Line and Gilmour Line. 

The roadway is anticipated to be closed for at least another couple hours for the investigation.

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David CAREFOOT Arrested Again

(NORTH PERTH, ON) – A Kitchener resident is facing some new charges along with his previous charges from outstanding warrants from Owen Sound following an arrest made by Perth County Ontario Provincial Police.

On September 21, 2022, just after 7:00 a.m., a Perth County OPP office came across a male party located at a business on Mitchell Road South in the Municipality of North Perth. The officer spoke to the male and subsequently arrested him for the outstanding warrants. A search incident to arrest revealed the accused to be in possession of some drugs believe to be fentanyl and a stolen motorcycle.

As a result, David CAREFOOT, 41, of Kitchener has been charged with:

–      Failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court

–      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Opioid

–      Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

The accused has been held in custody.