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Ongoing neighbour dispute in West Nipissing results in criminal harassment charge

This past Friday, the Nipissing West Crime Unit, Emergency Response Team, and the Canine Unit executed an arrest warrant at a house on the Sturgeon River
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Dave Potvin's service dog Beauty. Supplied.

An OPP investigation into an ongoing neighbour dispute at a house on Dubuc Road, in Crystal Falls has seen one of the combatants facing some serious charges, and the conflict getting uglier.

Mid-morning on March 27, Nipissing West OPP were called to investigated the dispute. 

Then this past Friday, the Nipissing West Crime Unit, Emergency Response Team, and the Canine Unit executed an arrest warrant at a house on the Sturgeon River.

David Potvin, 60, from West Nipissing, was arrested and is charged with:

  • Criminal harassment - threatening conduct
  • Fail to comply with probation order

However, Potvin, a special Olympian with PTSD, emailed BayToday saying it's his neighbour who is doing the harassing, even going as far as allegedly shooting and wounding his service dog named Beauty.

He also claims a neighbour has chased him in a powerboat while he was swimming in the Sturgeon River.

Potvin was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on May 3, in West Nipissing.