Expanded Cornwall Area Police Blotter with SIU Ontario Coverage – Friday June 7, 2013

Expanded Cornwall Area Police Blotter with SIU Ontario Coverage – Friday June 7, 2013

Cornwall PoliceBREAK AND ENTER AND BREACH PROBATION

 

Cornwall, ON-  Nicholas Bourgeois, age 22, of Cornwall, was arrested on June 6, 2013 for Break and Enter.  He is bound by a Probation Order with the relevant condition to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.  On June 5, 2013, he broke into a Cornwall residence and took a number of household items.  Police were contacted and an investigation was conducted. On June 6, 2013, he was located at Guindon Park by the Ontario Provincial Police K9 Unit and turned over to the Cornwall Community Police Service.  He was charged with Break and Enter and Breach of Probation.  He was released to appear in court on July 16, 2013.

 

 

POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY 

 

Cornwall, ON-  Michelle Steeves, age 21, of Cornwall, was arrested on June 6, 2013 for Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.  On June 5, 2013, she sold stolen property to a local business.  Police were notified and an investigation was conducted.  She was charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.  She was released to appear in court on July 16, 2013.

 

 

IMPAIRED AND BREACH UNDERTAKING

 

Cornwall, ON-  Stanley Thompson, age 53, of Akwesasne, was arrested on June 7, 2013, for Fail to Provide Breath Sample.  He is bound by an Undertaking with the relevant conditions to not have any alcohol in his system, to submit a sample of breath upon request by a peace officer and to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.  On June 7, 2013, it is alleged that he was at a local drive-thru restaurant, operating a motor vehicle, under the influence of alcohol.  Police were contacted and an investigation followed.  He was charged with Fail to Provide Breath Sample and three counts of Breach of Untertaking.  He was released to appear in court on June 20, 2013.

From the OPP:

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [STORMONT DUNDAS and GLENGARRY] Domestic Incident/Assault 2013-06-04

(North Dundas) – On 03Jun13, at approximately 4:30pm, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a domestic incident on Nation Valley Road, North Dundas Township.

The investigation revealed that a female and her 56yr old husband were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in the male assaulting the female.

He was arrested and faces a charge of:

– Assault

He was held in custody pending an appearance in Cornwall court.
CHARGE LAID

(South Glengarry) – On 03Jun13, at approximately 8:00pm, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of an assault on County Road 2, South Glengarry Township.

The investigation revealed that two females were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in one of them being assaulted.

A 16yr old female youth was arrested and faces a charge of:

– Assault

She was held in custody pending an appearance in Cornwall court.

From SIU via Toronto:

SIU Investigating Shooting Death in Hamilton

Case Number: 13-OFD-129

Appeals Form

Mississauga (7 June, 2013) — Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is probing the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 45-year-old male this morning in Hamilton.

Preliminary information indicates the following:
• At approximately 9:20 a.m. on June 7, 2013, officers with the Hamilton Police Service responded to the area of Upper Wentworth Street and Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway after receiving reports that a man was walking on the parkway against traffic;
• Officers commanded the man to get off the road. He did, and headed into a wooded area with officers following behind;
• As a result of an ensuing interaction between police and the man, the man sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He has been pronounced deceased.

The SIU has assigned six investigators and three forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1886 or 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1886.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

Toronto Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 13-TCI-066

Other News Releases Related to Case 13-TCI-066
Appeals Form

Mississauga (6 June, 2013) — The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to injuries sustained by 30-year-old Rudolph Raymond Costain in April of 2010. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.

The SIU launched its investigation after learning of the incident through media reports in March of 2013. The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2010, Mr. Costain was arrested on King Street East by officers with the Toronto Police Service. During the arrest process, he was struck a number of times by an officer. He was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital for treatment of head injuries.

As a result of the SIU investigation, TPS Constable Christian Dobbs is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 444 Yonge Street in Toronto on July 17, 2013.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officers and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

SIU Concludes Vehicle Injuries Investigation near Perth

Case Number: 13-PVI-093

Other News Releases Related to Case 13-PVI-093
Appeals Form

Mississauga (5 June, 2013) — The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge any Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer with a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by three males – ages 14, 17 and 19 – in April of 2013.

The SIU assigned four investigators, three forensic investigators and a collision reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of this incident. As part of the investigation, three witness officers and nine civilian witnesses were interviewed. The subject officers declined the SIU’s request to be interviewed and to provide copies of their duty notes, as is their legal right.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Wednesday, April 10:
• Shortly after 1 a.m., near the intersection of Wilson Street and Isabella Street in the Town of Perth, one of the subject officers approached a stationary Honda vehicle being operated by the 17-year-old. The 14 and 19-year-olds were also in the vehicle. The officer was investigating a complaint by a resident of suspicious activity by persons outside her home.
• The officer asked for the driver’s licence, ownership and insurance documents. Unknown to the officer at the time, the vehicle had been stolen several days earlier. Before the theft was discovered, the driver accelerated away from the officer and eventually made his way onto North Street, where he continued to drive eastbound.
• The officer quickly re-entered his cruiser and followed in pursuit. The second subject officer and another officer joined the pursuit in separate cruisers at the intersection of Drummond Street and North Street as the Honda vehicle sped past them.
• A sergeant took command of the pursuit and continued to monitor the situation from the communications centre. Concerned about the excessive speeds, the wet roads and possible wildlife crossing the road, the sergeant ordered the pursuit terminated. The subject officers stopped their vehicles and reported their mileage.
• Around the same time, the driver of the Honda failed to negotiate a leftward bend in the road and lost control of the vehicle. It careened across the roadway, struck and broke a utility pole and came to rest in a field on the north side of the road.
• All three young men suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision. The 17-year-old driver sustained a concussion and a laceration of his right kidney. The 14-year old sustained a head injury and the 19-year-old sustained an injury to his jaw.

Acting Director Martino said, “The first subject officer had good cause to commence the pursuit.  The young men in the vehicle loosely fit the description of prowlers in the area whom a resident had described moments beforehand in a complaint to the police.  His suspicions that the young men were engaged in criminal activity would have been further heightened when the driver took off in the vehicle instead of handing over the documents requested. While the vehicles reached substantial speeds at times during the pursuit, doubling the speed limit of 80 km/h on County Road 10, most of this occurred outside of the town’s limits on a rural road. In fact, it does not appear that any third parties were ever actually placed in any danger as a result of the pursuit. When it appeared to the sergeant in overall command of the pursuit that the risk to public safety was beginning to outweigh the need to apprehend the occupants of the vehicle, in light of the wet roads and the speeds, he ordered the pursuit terminated. In my view, the sergeant acted reasonably in so doing. The evidence establishes that the officers complied with the order, shut down their emergency equipment and pulled over before proceeding at a moderate pace down the roadway, where they encountered the collision scene located approximately 11 kilometres from Perth.

“In the final analysis, I am satisfied on reasonable grounds that the officers exercised a level of care well within the limits prescribed by the criminal law, and that the collision occurred just after the pursuit had been terminated as a result of the continued reckless operation of the Honda vehicle.”

Milena Cardinal

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