Law & Order

Assault incidents lead to charges

The Wikwemikong Tribal Police responded to three separate domestic related assault incidents over the weekend resulting in charges being laid and a male at large.

 On Saturday, December 10 shortly after 1 pm police responded to a 911 call from a residence on Kaboni Road as a 21-year-old female from London  reported she was assaulted by her spouse and had been struck in the face and choked after initially having a verbal argument. Officers arrived and found the accused at the residence where he was arrested and detained. As a result of the incident a 30-year-old Scarborough man has been charged with four counts of assault related charges and was remanded to appear in bail court on Monday, December 12 in Gore Bay.

 On Sunday, December 11 at 6:25 am, Wikwemikong police were called to a domestic disturbance at an apartment on Genevieve Street in Wikwemikong. The 33-year-old male complainant from Wikwemikong alleged he was assaulted by his girlfriend by being struck in the face. Officers arrived on scene and met the male complainant in the parking lot where he explained what had happened. Signs of injury to the male’s face showed evidence he had been struck and as a result a 25-year-old female from Sudbury was arrested and detained where she was charged with one count of assault and released on a promise to appear in Wikwemikong court on January 25.

 On Monday, December 12 at approximately 2 am, Wikwemikong police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Andrew Crescent as a 23-year-old female reported that her former spouse had pushed his way into her residence where he began yelling repeatedly at her. According to the victim, the male was intoxicated and she tried to avoid him by going to the bathroom, however the male forcibly opened the door and continued to yell at her.

The male then removed a knife from his pants pocket demanding that the victim talk to him. The female victim continued to try to avoid the confrontation and was assaulted and forcibly confined to the bathroom. The male began damaging the washroom and the female victim was able to escape to the living room area where she was followed.  A neighbour heard the noise and yelled out, inquiring what was going on, and the victim asked that they call the police.  Prior to departing the male further threatened to harm the victim if she called the police and he fled prior to police arrival. 

As a result a 33-year-old male from Wikwemikong remains wanted and at large for a number of serious criminal offences. Should any member of the public have further information regarding this matter please contact the Wikwemikong police or crimestoppers.   

OPP receives 9-1-1 call and catches impaired driver

At approximately 10:30 pm on December 9, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Communications Centre in North Bay received a 9-1-1 call reporting a suspected impaired driver travelling on Highway 551 between M’Chigeeng First Nation and Mindemoya. The automobile was located by members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the OPP. The investigating officer determined the driver had consumed alcohol and the driver was arrested.

As a result of this investigation, a 37-year-old male of M’Chigeeng First Nation has been charged with impaired driving, and exceeding the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, contrary to section 253(1)(a) and 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on January 17, 2017.

The OPP is reminding motorists that there is no safe amount of alcohol consumption when driving. Anyone who suspects a driver is driving while impaired is urged to call police by dialing 9-1-1 immediately. 

Police charge man with stealing Fentanyl patches from Mindemoya pharmacy

On December 6, the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was contacted by staff of the Guardian Pharmacy in Mindemoya regarding the theft of Fentanyl patches. 

As a result of the investigation, a 27-year-old male of M’Chigeeng First Nation has been charged with theft under $5,000, contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. The accused was a cleaner at the pharmacy.

Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic prescribed by physicians for pain management. When misused, it can cause serious injury or death. The investigation is continuing as police attempt to locate the stolen Fentanyl patches. 

Any person with information regarding the location of the Fentanyl patches should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on February 21, 2017.

Winter is upon us – be prepared

Winter has arrived on Manitoulin Island and the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is again reminding the motoring public to practice safe driving habits. When you are on the road, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce the risk of a collision:

Give yourself a little extra time to reach your destination.

Drive according to the road and weather conditions—reduce your speed and increase your following distance to the vehicle in front to ensure you can stop safely. Speed too fast for conditions is the most common cause of winter collisions.

Accelerate slowly and brake sooner to avoid spin outs, especially at intersections.

Ensure that you have brushed the snow and ice off your vehicle to allow a clear view of the roadway—this includes your headlights and tail lights. A buildup of snow on your vehicle can reduce your visibility, cause a traffic hazard to other motorists, and could lead to Highway Traffic Act (HTA) charges.

Check your windshield wiper fluid levels and pack an extra container in your vehicle to top up as required.

Check the weather forecast. It may be better to stay home.

Be a sober driver.

The OPP encourages all motorists to practice safe and courteous driving habits to reduce the risk of preventable winter collisions. If travel is necessary during potentially dangerous winter weather, inform someone of the travel route, the destination, and the expected arrival time.

Motorists should remember to keep the gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Keeping a winter vehicle kit is also a good practice and should include these items: flashlights with extra batteries; first aid kit with pocket knife; necessary medication; blankets; matches and candles for light and heat; extra set of mitts, socks and wool cap; bag of sand for generating traction under the wheels; shovel; booster cables; a brightly coloured cloth to use as a distress flag; and bottled water.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at ontario.ca/511, twitter @511Ontario or call 511 for traveller’s information such as winter road conditions, construction reports, road closures, traffic reports, traffic cameras and interactive mapping.

Please do not call 9-1-1 or the OPP for road reports

Take the time to report a crime

UCCM Police are urging the public to ‘take time to report a crime’ as it is an important theme in community wellness. It allows police to respond to the reactive and proactive policing needs of the community. Police realize that it’s not always possible to report a crime at the time of the incident therefore recommend reporting it as soon as possible thereafter but it should be reported. Police Chief Rodney Nahwegahbow says that his officers are still finding situations when crime is not being reported efficiently and encounter limited public cooperation.

Police receive extensive training on how to manage and deal with all manners of police related calls for service but require as much details of the crime being reported as possible. One of the major complaints concerning this process is the time it takes for police and dispatchers to handle incoming reports. Rest assured that information being supplied maximizes public safety as well as the safety of the police.

Reporting a crime could help to prevent similar problems in your communities and protect others from becoming victims.

Crimes and criminal behaviour have a negative effect on our communities so reporting crime can help reduce this impact, and you may find it helpful to talk about what has happened and your feelings about it.

Can I report a crime for someone else?

You can report a crime for anyone especially if they are unable to do so themselves. The police prefer that the victim reports the incident directly, because they will know the full details of what happened.

Who else can help?

You may know the victim and be aware that they have concerns about talking to the police. In such cases, they may find it helpful to talk to someone else for support. Manitoulin Northshore Victim Services offers emotional and practical support for victims and witnesses. They can be reached at 705-370-3378 or toll-free: 1-866-392-7733.

Call Crime Stoppers can also be utilized to submit reports anonymously and they can be reached locally at: 705-222-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS.

If your tip leads to an arrest or recovery of property or narcotics, you may be eligible for a cash reward. You will never have to give your name, or testify in court, and Crime Stoppers doesn’t have call display or call trace.