Friday, July 03, 2015
This year’s Canada Day Long Weekend has concluded and we were fatality free. While the majority of drivers are driving accordingly, there continues to be drivers who are not getting the message about Drinking and Driving, Speeding and Distracted Driving.
Members of the North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed a Traffic Safety Plan this weekend with the sole purpose of keeping our area highways and waterways safer place; by increased visibility and directed enforcement.
Area Highways and Roadways
Detachment members conducted focused patrols to highway traffic safety this long weekend resulting in 110 speeding charges, 31 other Highway Traffic Act offences including Distracted Driving, one Impaired driver and one other driver receiving a 3 day licence suspension for registering a warn on the Roadside Screening Device.
The North Bay Detachment Marine Unit was on our area water ways and trails, resulting in one charge of no personal floating device and two charges of open liquor.
In our entire Detachment area there were 12 reportable collisions during the Long Weekend with three resulting in injuries and seven involving wildlife.
North Bay OPP would like to thank the majority of drivers who drove responsibly.
During the week of June 26 to July 2, the West Nipissing Police Service logged 167 calls for service. Among those were 28 Police Assistance calls, 9 9-1-1 calls, 7 Thefts, 6 Alarms, 6 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 3 Noise Complaints, 2 Family Disputes, 2 Mischiefs, 2 Mental Health Act calls, 1 Break and Enter and 1 Sexual Assault.
On June 26, an officer was attempting to stop an ATV that was travelling North on King St which is contrary to a Municipal By-Law. The driver observed the officer which is when he accelerated at a high rate of speed headed East on Queen St. The officers then followed the bike which ultimately headed South on Dutrisac Rd. The suspect was later arrested at his place of residence located on Gerald Cr in Garden Village. The 22 year old accused was charged with Fail to Stop for Police and Dangerous Driving. He was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act for Drive No License and Racing. He was later released on a Promise to Appear.
On June 28, police attended a King St residence regarding a broken window. The tenants were not home at the time. This mischief was caused by someone throwing chunks of cement, causing the glass to break. There are no suspects at this time.
On June 29, police attended a residence on John St after receiving a complaint of a dispute between two males. After the situation was dealt with, two persons were identified by police knowing that they had outstanding warrants out for their arrest. A 26 year old female and a 36 year old male were taken into custody and transported back to police headquarters. They were kept in custody and later brought to bail court.
On June 30, a theft complaint was received from the Coursol Rd area. Police attended and was told that sometime overnight someone attended their driveway and stole a 30 lb propane tank that was attached to their trailer. The culprits took off the cover and removed both tanks but only managed to take one of them. There are no suspects at this time.
A 21 year old female has been charged with numerous property crime offences. On June 30, an investigation was initiated regarding a stolen cell phone. An interview of two suspects revealed another person of interest. This person was queried and it was found that she had an outstanding warrant out for her arrest regarding breaches of Probation. This suspect was located and arrested. An interview of the accused revealed that she was responsible for numerous thefts from vehicles and after a subsequent search of her apartment, police seized several items. There were some articles recovered that matched items stolen from past incidents but there are still a lot of things that have not yet been connected to any owners. The West Nipissing Police Service are asking the public to contact police if they have been victim of thefts from vehicles within the past few weeks so that the items seized could be returned to their respective owners. The accused was eventually charged with 10 counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Breach of Probation. This investigation is ongoing and other charges are pending. She was kept in custody and later brought to bail court.
On July 1, police attended the Veuve River Rd area responding to a call of a theft of solar panels. The owner of a camp stated that he left the camp at 15:00 the previous day and upon his return, he noticed that three Coleman 2’X4’ solar panels were missing. The officer canvassed the other campers in the area but no suspect has been identified.
Anyone with information about these occurrences is asked to contact the West Nipissing Police Service at 705-753-1234. For those who wish to remain anonymous, there are three ways to contact the Near North Crime Stoppers. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text the word “Nipper” plus the tip information to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.