Law & Order

Collision investigation leads to drug charge

At approximately 4:15 pm on December 31, members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 6, at Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands (NEMI). There were no injuries to the driver and passengers. 

As a result of the investigation, a 23-year-old male of Wikwemikong has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking of a substance (marijuana) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, and failing to drive in a marked lane, contrary to section 154(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

A court date is pending for the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay.

Man charged with numerous offences following a 911 call

On January 1, members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a 911 call from a woman reporting a domestic dispute with her partner in Gordon Township. Upon arrival, a male fled the residence. Police apprehended the individual in a vehicle a short time later. 

As a result of the incident, a 36-year-old Gordon Township man was arrested. The victims were not injured in the incident.

The male has been charged with the following: refuse to provide a breath sample, assault, assault a peace officer, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of mischief under $5,000 and driving while under suspension.

The male was held in custody pending a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice on January 3 in Gore Bay. 

Man charged with assaults

In the early morning hours of January 2, members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute in Manitowaning. 

As a result of the incident, a 50-year-old Manitowaning man was arrested.

The male has been charged with three counts of assault, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The victims sustained minor injuries.

The male was held in custody pending a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice on January 3, 2017, in Gore Bay. 

OPP warns drivers to stay off of closed highways

The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding drivers that it is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act to drive on a closed highway.

The total payable fine for driving on a closed highway is $110 and upon conviction, three demerit points will be added to your driving record. Also, some insurance companies may not cover you if you are involved in a collision while travelling on a closed highway.

“Driving on a closed highway poses a risk to the driver and all occupants of the vehicle. It can also be dangerous for emergency personnel who are working in that closed section of the highway. When motorists abandon their vehicles on closed roadways, it is more difficult for road maintenance crews to clear the snow and that causes longer delays in reopening the roads,” says Staff Sergeant Kevin Webb, Detachment Commander of the Manitoulin OPP Detachment.

Poor driving habits cause collisions. Driving too fast for road conditions is the number one cause of crashes during the winter months. Stay in control of your vehicle and pay attention to your driving at all times. Check local forecasts before you travel and always carry an emergency kit that includes appropriate clothing and a fully charged cellular phone.

Please do not call 911 or the Provincial Communication Centres for road or weather related information. For up-to-date winter road and weather conditions call 5-1-1 or visit www.ontario511.com

UCCM Police festive RIDE results

UCCM Anishnaabe Police Officers were busy during the holiday season with RIDE programs set up in various locations within the UCCMM communities.

There were numerous vehicles checked during these programs and it is a pleasure to report that there were no impaired driving charges or Liquor Licence Act charges laid. However, there was one Highway Traffic Act charge, and three warnings also issued under this act.

The UCCM Police would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year and would also like to remind the public that they will continue to conduct RIDE programs throughout the New Year in efforts to discourage the public not to drive a vehicle if they have been consuming alcohol or drugs.