Police Report

Collision investigation leads to drug charge

As a result of an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigation into a motor vehicle collision on Highway 6, a drug charge has been laid.

At approximately 4:15 pm on December 31, 2016, members of the Manitoulin detachment of the 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, the driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old man from Wikwemikong, has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking of a substance included in schedule II-cannabis 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 accused at the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay.

Man charged with numerous offences following 911 call

On January 1 members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the OPP responded to a 911 call from a woman reporting a domestic dispute with her partner in Gordon Township. Upon arrival, a male fled from 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, contrary to section 254(5) of the criminal code of Canada; uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, contrary to section 264.(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada; two counts of assault, contrary to section 266 of the criminal code of Canada; assault a police officer, contrary to section 270(1)(a) of the criminal code of Canada; theft of a motor vehicle, contrary to section 333.1 of the criminal code of Canada; two counts of mischief under $5,000, contrary to section 430(4) of the criminal code of Canada; driving while under suspension, contrary to section 53 of the highway traffic act of Ontario.

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

Man charged with assaults

A Manitowaning man has been charged with several assaults by the OPP.

In the early morning hours of January 2, members of the Manitoulin detachment of the 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, reports the OPP.

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

OPP warns drivers to stay off closed highways

The Manitoulin detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding drivers that it is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) 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,” said 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: Ontario 511-Traveller Information Services.

For winter driving tips and information, please visit: Ministry of Transportation-Winter Driving-Be Prepared, Be Safe!

Remember, if you see snow, go slow!