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Elgin County Weekly Update

(ELGIN COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Elgin County Detachment would like to consolidate and streamline our notable traffic offences and publish a weekly release.

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On November 21, 2022, at approximately 3:55 a.m., an officer with the Elgin County OPP (Chatham Detachment) stopped a passenger vehicle for speeding on the Eastbound Highway 401, Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

The investigating officer administered a roadside approved screening device (ASD) test, registering a warning.

The driver, 43-year-old of Stoney Creek, Ontario was charged with Speeding 1 – 49 Km/h over posted limit and issued a Three-Day Administrative Driver’s License Suspension (ADLS).

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On November 21, 2022, at approximately 10:59 a.m., an officer with the Elgin County OPP stopped a passenger vehicle to verify the insurance status on John Wise Line, Municipality of Central Elgin.

As a result of the investigation, the driver, 50-year-old of St. Thomas, Ontario was charged with the following:

  • Operate a motor vehicle without insurance
  • Fail to surrender permit for motor vehicle

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On November 23, 2022, at approximately 11:44 p.m., members of the Elgin County OPP conducted a Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) checkpoint on Carlow Road, Municipality of Central Elgin.

A vehicle entered the checkpoint and officers suspected that the driver had consumed an alcoholic beverage.

A 46-year-old of Port Stanley, Ontario was issued a Three-day driver’s licence suspension for registering an Alert on the roadside Alcohol Screening Device (ASD).

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On November 24, 2022, at approximately 9:35 p.m., an officer with the Elgin County OPP stopped a passenger vehicle travelling on Wellington Road, Municipality of Central Elgin, for speeding.

As a result of the investigation, the driver, 25-year-old of St. Thomas, Ontario was charged with the following:

  • Speeding 1 – 49 Km/h over posted limit
  • Driving while under suspension

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On November 25, 2022, at approximately 9:38 a.m., members of the Elgin County OPP (Chatham Detachment) responded to a two-vehicle collision, involving a transport truck and a passenger vehicle, on St. Clair Road at Electric Line, Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

The road was closed for approximately 30 minutes while the collision was investigated.

The driver and lone occupant of passenger vehicle was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver and lone occupant of the transport truck was uninjured.

As a result of the investigation, the driver of the passenger vehicle, 70-year-old of Windsor, Ontario was charged with Disobey stop sign – fail to stop.

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On November 27, 2022, at approximately 3:29 a.m., an officer with the Elgin County OPP stopped a passenger vehicle on Furnival Road, Municipality of West Elgin after the vehicle was observed traveling significantly below the speed limit.

The investigating officer administered a roadside approved screening device (ASD) test.

The driver, 19-year-old of Iona Station, Ontario was charged with Young driver – B.A.C. above zero and issued a Three-Day Administrative Driver’s License Suspension (ADLS).

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If you have an urgent traffic complaint or if you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by drugs or alcohol, please call 911 immediately. If you have a non-emergent traffic complaint, you may also call 1-888-310-1122 or www.opp.ca/reportacrime. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at stthomascrimestoppers.ca You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

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Bus Driver Continues With 5 Year Old Caught In Doors

(BRANT COUNTY, ON) – One person is facing charges following an investigation where a bus was driven a short distance with a child caught in its doors.

On Tuesday November 1, 2022, at approximately 3:56 p.m., Brant County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a police assist call in Mount Pleasant, Brant County.

It was determined a five-year-old child was attempting to get off a school bus when the doors closed, trapping part of the child’s body. The bus travelled 15-20 feet with the child’s legs dangling outside the bus before it stopped. It was reported the child suffered minor injuries.

A 64-year-old from Brant County was issued a Provincial Offence Notice for Careless Driving.

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Pervert Alert – Do You Recognize This Person?

(LEAMINGTON, ON) – Members from the Leamington Detachment Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Essex County OPP Crime Unit, continue to investigate an incident that occurred in September 2022 in the Municipality of Leamington.

An adult male was messaging with a young person on a messaging app that resulted in an in-person meeting. 

Police continue to seek the public’s assistance in identifying the male. The person of interest is described as a white male, over 40 years of age, balding with a grey goatee. The male may be operating a dark grey car with tinted windows. 

The Essex County OPP is requesting anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Leamington OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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Two Killed By Impaired Driver

(WALPOLE ISLAND FIRST NATION, ON) – On September 6, 2022 members of Walpole Island Police Service arrested the driver who struck and killed two cyclists on River Road in June, 2022.

Delsin Wade JOHNSON-SHIPMAN, 22-years-old of Walpole Island First Nation, has been charged with the following:

·        Operation while impaired, causing death (two counts) and,

·        Dangerous Operation causing death (two counts).

The accused was released following a bail hearing on September 6, 2022 and is scheduled to appear again before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date.  

On June 22, 2022 shortly before 5:00 a.m., members of Walpole Island Police Service and Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded, along with Chatham-Kent Emergency Medical Service and Walpole Island Fire Department, to the report of two cyclists that had been struck by a vehicle on River Road. The cyclists were pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

River Road was closed for the investigation between Firehall Road and Austin Road.  

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Multiple GSW – Police Seeking Video

(MIDDLESEX CENTRE, ON) – On September 4, 2022, at approximately 12:15 a.m., the Middlesex County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received reports of an injured person on Sharon Drive, Middlesex Centre.

Officers arrived on scene and located an individual that had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. They were subsequently transported to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The OPP is continuing to investigate and is asking residents in the surrounding areas if they witnessed anything to contact police at 1-888-310-1122.

If any member of the public has video surveillance capturing anything suspicious, please contact investigators.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave an anonymous online tip at www.londoncrimestoppers.com, where you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

Further updates will be provided when new information becomes available.

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OPP Busy In Middlesex Over Weekend

(MIDDLESEX, ON) – Over the course of the weekend, members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), were busy doing their part to keep our communities safe. 

(NORTH MIDDLESEX) – Traffic stop results in impaired charge

On August 7, 2022, at 10:25 a.m., a member of the Middlesex County OPP, while on general patrol, observed a suspicious vehicle on Parkhill Main Street, Parkhill, North Middlesex.

A traffic stop was initiated.

As a result, Mark TEDBALL, a 43-year-old of Parkhill, has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

The accused has been released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice to speak to the charges.

(MIDDLESEX CENTRE) – Suspicious vehicle leads to impaired by drug charge

On August 6, 2022, at 10:42 p.m., members of the Middlesex County OPP were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Egremont Drive at Vanneck Road, Middlesex Centre.

A Standard Field Sobriety Test was administered at roadside.

As a result, Natasha HOCKLEY a 32-year-old of London, has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with

  • Operation while impaired – drugs

The accused has been released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice to speak to the charges.

(MIDDLESEX CENTRE) – Break & Enter to barn on rural property

On August 6, 2022, at 12:43 p.m., members of the Middlesex County OPP were dispatched to a rural property on Oxbow Drive, east of Nairn Road, for the report of a break and enter to a barn on the property.

At this time, it appears a chainsaw was taken by unknown suspect(s).

The investigation is continuing.

(STRATHROY-CARADOC) – Impaired charges for two after traffic complaint

On August 6, 2022, at 9:19 a.m., members of the Middlesex County OPP were dispatched to Highway 402, Strathroy-Caradoc, after receiving a complaint from a member of the public of a possible impaired driver in the eastbound lanes.

Officers arrived on scene and initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle had pulled over to make a driver swap.

As a result, Malik COOKE, a 40-year-old of St. Catharines, has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

As a result, Lemarcquis COOKE, a 19-year-old of St. Catharines, has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Highway traffic Act with:

  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Novice driver – B.A.C. above zero

The accused have been released from police custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice to speak to the charges.

(SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX) – Disturbance at local bar results in criminal charges

On August 6, 2022, at 1:38 a.m., members of the Middlesex County OPP were dispatched to an address on Main Street in Glencoe, Southwest Middlesex, for the report of a disturbance at a local bar, between multiple individuals.

As a result, Callie CAMPBELL, a 30-year-old of Mount Brydges, has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with:

  • Assault
  • Assault with A Weapon (three counts)

As a result, Ashley DRAKE, a 30-year-old of St. Thomas, has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with:

  • Assault
  • Assault with A Weapon (three counts)
  • Mischief Over $5,000

The accused have been released from police custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice to speak to the charges.

(MIDDLESEX CENTRE) – RIDE program results in Stolen Vehicle charges

On August 5, 2022, at 12:33 a.m., Middlesex County OPP officers were engaged in a RIDE program on Longwoods Road, Middlesex Centre when a suspicious vehicle entered.

Investigation revealed the licence plates and vehicle had both previously been reported stolen, at which time both occupants were taken into custody without incident.

Tracey LAPOINTE, a 44-year-old of No Fixed Address, has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada and Controlled Drugs and Substance Act with:

  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – in Canada (two counts)
  • Possession of an identity document
  • Poss of a Schedule I Substance- Other Drugs

The accused has been released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice to speak to the charges.

As a result, Shawn MOYER, a 38-year-old of Sarnia, has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Highway Traffic Act with:

  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – in Canada (two counts)
  • Failure to comply with undertaking
  • Personation with intent to avoid arrest, prosecution or obstruct justice (Identity fraud)
  • Driving while under suspension

The accused was held for a bail hearing.

The Middlesex OPP wants to remind the public that if you see anything suspicious or suspect an impaired driver you should contact the Ontario Provincial Police or your nearest police authority immediately.

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.  

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Fatal Collision Update – Deceased Identified

(SOUTHGATE TOWNSHIP, ON) – One person has died as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred in Southgate Township.  

On July 26, 2022 at approximately 6:15 a.m., the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service and the Wellington North Fire Services responded to a report of a collision involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle on Southgate Sideroad 49, Southgate Township.

The cyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene, after lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. The cyclist has been identified as Marie BEARINGER, 20-years-old, of Southgate Township. 

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STEPHEN & MAUNG Arrested For Impaired Driving

(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – Two more drivers are facing criminal court dates for impaired driving after being stopped by the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

  • On June 24, 2022, at 3:42 a.m., the South Bruce OPP received a report of a possible impaired driver on Bruce County Road 86. Officers located the vehicle and found that the driver had been drinking alcohol. Matthew MAUNG, 28-years-old, of Peel Region was charged with Impaired Driving and Operate over 80 milligrams. 
  • On June 23, 2022, at 10:32 p.m., the South Bruce OPP received a report of a possible impaired driver on Yonge Street north in Walkerton. Officers located the vehicle and found that the driver had been drinking alcohol. Wayne STEPHEN, 43-years-old, of Arran-Elderslie Township, was charged with Operate over 80 milligrams.

Both accused will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton to answer to the charges.

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

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15 Year Old Struck In Hit And Run – Suspect At Large

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – On Friday, June 10, 2022, at approximately 3:24 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment investigated a collision involving a pedestrian and motor vehicle at an Oak Street, Simcoe, Norfolk County address.

It was determined that a 15-year-old female of Norfolk County, Ontario was walking across the street while using the cross walk when she was struck by a black coloured four-door sedan The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and left the area.  No injuries were reported.

Police are continuing to investigate and will be reviewing security surveillance footage to identify the driver. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

The investigation is continuing.

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Pervert Alert – Timothy QUINLAN Arrested

(SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX, ON) – Members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit are investigating a historical sexual assault in Southwest Middlesex, Elgin County and the City of London.

As a result, Timothy QUINLAN, a 70-year-old of Dutton, was charged on February 16, 2022 with:

·      Sexual assault (four counts)

·      sexual interference (two counts)

·      Invitation to sexual touching under 16 years of age under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice at a future date.

The assaults are reported to have occurred during the 1990’s and police believe there may be additional victims.

Victims of sexual assault 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 of Middlesex London at 519-661-5636.

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

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.