Police Blotter for Monday September 16, 2013 – Cornwall Ontario – OPP SIU

Police Blotter for Monday September 16, 2013 – Cornwall Ontario – OPP SIU

Cornwall Police

POSSISSION OF A CONTROLED SUBSTSANCE

 

Cornwall, ON – Jean Larocque, 52 of Lachute, Quebec was arrested on the 13th of September, 2013 and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. It is alleged that on the 13th of September, 2013 police stopped the man for a traffic violation and found the man to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was taken into custody and charged accordingly. The man was transported to police headquarters and later released with a future court date.

 

IMPAIRED OPERATION, REFUSAL

 

Cornwall, ON – Bernard Villeneuve, 50 of Maxville was arrested on the 13th of September, 2013 and charged with Impaired Operation and Refusal. It is alleged that the man was found to be operating a motor vehicle in the area of Seventh Street and Brookdale Avenue while under the influence of alcohol. The man was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where he refused to provide a sample of his breath. He was charged accordingly and later released with a future court date.

 

Cornwall, ON – Charles Seymour, 27 of Cornwall was arrested on the 14th of September, 2013 and charged with impaired Operation and Over 80. It is alleged that in the early morning hours of the 14th of September, 2013 the man was found to be operating a motor vehicle in the area of Seventh Street and Brookdale Avenue while under the influence of alcohol. The man was taken into custody and charged accordingly. He was transported to police headquarters and later released with a future court date.

 

Cornwall, ON – Claude Fortier, 45 of Cornwall was arrested on the 14th of September, 2013 and charged with Impaired Operation and Over 80. It is alleged that on the 14th of September, 2013 the man was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol when the vehicle left the road and ended in the ditch on the north side of Rosemount Avenue. Police attended the scene of the single motor vehicle collision, took the man into custody and charged him accordingly. The man was then transported to police headquarters where he was later released with a future court date.

 

BREACHES

 

            Cornwall, ON – Bruce Robertson, 38 of Prescott was arrested on the 14th of September, 2013 and charged with breaching an Undertaking by being in the city of Cornwall and failing to keep the peace. It is alleged that on the 14th of September, 2013 the man was spotted by police in Lamoureux Park despite being bound by conditions not to attend Cornwall. The man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and transported to police headquarters where he was held for a bail hearing.

 

Cornwall, ON – Joshua Tilley, 21 of Cornwall was arrested on the 15th of September, 2013 and charged with three counts of breach of Undertaking for not abiding curfew, failing to notify change of address and failing to keep the peace. It is alleged that on the 8th of September, 2013 police conducted a compliancy check on the man and it was learned that the man had moved approximately 3 days earlier and did not notify police. On the 15th of September, 2013 police attended a First Street address on an unrelated matter and found the man who was wanted by police in the residence. The man was taken into custody and charged accordingly. He was then transported to police headquarters and held for a bail hearing.

 

THREATS

 

            Cornwall, ON- A 42-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on the 14th of September, 2013 and charged with two counts of Threats to Person and breach of Probation for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged that on the 14th of September, 2013 the man was travelling east bound in his vehicle on First Street when he got into a verbal argument with a 46-year-old man riding a bicycle. During the argument the man threatened to harm the cyclist and his wife who was not present. Police were later contacted and an investigation ensued. During the investigation the man was located by police, arrested and charged accordingly. He was transported to police headquarters and later released with a future court date. His name was not released as it might identify the victims in the matter.

 

ASSAULT POLICE, RESIST ARREST, CAUSE DISTURBANCE

 

            Cornwall, ON – Cheyenne Leger-Benedict, 19 of Cornwall was arrested on the 15th of September, 2013 and charged with Assault Police, Resist Arrest and Cause Disturbance. It is alleged that the intoxicated woman was walking on Cumberland Street when police attempted to take her into custody for being intoxicated in a public place. The woman became upset with police and kicked an officer in the leg and resisted arrest. The woman was taken into custody and while in the rear of the police cruiser injured herself and was subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment. While at the hospital the woman caused a disturbance by yelling and screaming. She was later charged accordingly and released with a future court date.

 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

 

            Cornwall, ON – A 26-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on the 15th of September, 2013 and charged with Assault. It is alleged that on the 14th of September, 2013 the man was involved in an argument with his 25-year-old fiancé when he began to punch and kick her. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. On the 15th of September, 2013 during their investigation the man who had left the scene attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. He was taken into custody and charged accordingly. His name was not released as it might identify the victim.

WARRANT

 

            Cornwall, ON – A 16-year-old Cornwall youth was arrested on the 12th of September, 2013 on the strength of a warrant. It is alleged that the youth failed to attend court on the 9th of September, 2013 and a warrant was issued. On the 12th of September, 2013 the youth attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. The youth was taken into custody and later taken to court for a bail hearing. The youth’s name was not released as per provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

 

Cornwall, ON – A 29-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on the 12th of September, 2013 and charged with breaching a court order and obstruct police. It is alleged that on the 12th of September, 2013 the man refused to return his 9-year-old child to his 26-year-old ex-common law wife from Ottawa despite a custody court order being in place. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During their investigation police spoke with the man who refused to co-operate. Police attempted to take the man into custody for breaching his court order and as a result a brief altercation took place. The man was subsequently taken into custody, charged accordingly and the child was returned to his mother. The man was then transported to police headquarters and later released with a future court date. The man’s name was not released as it might identify the victims in the matter.

 

Cornwall, ON – Andrew Mancini, 26 of Cornwall was arrested on the 13th of September, 2013 and charged with Mischief Under $5000 and breach of probation for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged that on the 12th of September, 2013 the man damaged both the side and rear window of a vehicle that was parked on Hamilton Crescent. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During their investigation police located the man at a Tim Horton’s restaurant, took him into custody and charged him accordingly. He was transported to police headquarters and later released with a future court date.

BREAK AND ENTER

 

            Cornwall, ON – Thomas Quinn, 31 of Cornwall was arrested on the 11th of September, 2013 and charged with Break and Enter. It is alleged that on the 11th of September, 2013 the man attended a Twelfth Street address, entered an unlocked garage and removed two pairs of ice skates that did not belong to him. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During their investigation police attended the man’s residence, took him into custody and charged him accordingly. He was transported to police headquarters and held for a bail hearing.

TAKING THE LEAD

 

Police & agencies work closely to help people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.

 

Cornwall, ON – Cornwall Community Police and OPP officers along with 30 other local professionals are taking part in award winning training on September17 & 18, 2013 at the Ramada Inn. The LEAD training, a recipient of the Excellence Award at the Champlain and Southeast Region Crisis Conference, is modeled on a training program originating in Memphis, Tennessee and brings together first responders (like police and paramedics), nurses, doctors and other professionals to learn how to provide the best possible response in incidents involving people who have a mental illness, intellectual disability or both. First implemented locally in Lanark   County, this is the fifth annual training session for the City of Cornwall and in S.D. & G.

 

“This type of training is crucial for our community,” says Michelle Gosselin, Manager of the Mental Health Crisis Team. “It stands apart from other training because of its consistent approach to joining together first responders from a variety of sectors. This allows for true collaboration often at times when it is needed most.”

 

Cornwall Police Chief Dan Parkinson agrees that the key to the training program’s success is the involvement of all professionals who find themselves dealing with people who have either a mental illness, an intellectual disability or both and have encounters with the law. “The LEAD training allows for representatives from a cross section of agencies and organizations to increase their awareness about the types of situations facing our officers. At the same time, our officers take away from the training an inventory of options to help them better respond in such situations. It is a win-win for our community.”

 

The training concept evolved as part of a project funded by a community grant from the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Victim Services Secretariat which was allocated to the local Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee. The objective of the grant was to find ways to better respond to situations involving people which special mental and intellectual needs and the law. “The LEAD training addresses the very gaps identified during the project’s needs assessment,” advised Cornwall Community Police Services’ Staff Sergeant Brian Snyder. “As well, we are very grateful to Solution-s and the Eastern Ontario Network for Specialized Care which made it possible for our local group to implement the event.” Solution-s provides and facilitates access to specialized clinical supports and services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Eastern Ontario in order to help them live lives of quality in their community. The Eastern Ontario Network for Specialized Care is a collaborative system which brings together community agencies, mental health service providers and developmental services professionals to better coordinate access to specialized services, improve the way services are delivered and promote professional development through increased sharing of research and training.

 

LEAD is an acronym which stands for Local Police Services, Emergency Department, Ambulance Services, Diversion and highlights not only the needed collaboration between the professionals involved in such situations but also addresses the process from the initial contact to the court process.

From the OPP-

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [STORMONT DUNDAS and GLENGARRY] Domestic Incident / Theft / Racing Law Infraction 2013-09-16

(South Stormont) – On 15Sept13, at approximately 11:00pm, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a domestic incident on Eaman Road, South Stormont Township.

The investigation revealed that a female and her 36yr old boyfriend were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in the male assaulting the female.

He was arrested and faces a charge of:

– Assault

He is scheduled to appear 01Oct13 in Cornwall court.
THEFT

(South Glengarry) – On 15Sept13, at approximately 4:00pm, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a theft on Hickory St. South Glengarry Township.

The investigation revealed that sometime over the last two weeks unknown suspect(s) attended a residence and removed various tools from a shed.

The investigation is ongoing.

RACING LAW INFRACTION

– 13Sept13 (9:30am), HSD O.P.P. officer stops a southbound Pontiac on Highway 138, North Stormont….135km/h (posted 80km/h zone).

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [STORMONT DUNDAS and GLENGARRY] Charges Laid / Domestic Incident 2013-09-12

(North Dundas) – On 11Sept13, at approximately 5:00pm, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of an assault on County Road 31, North Dundas Township.

The investigation revealed that a 40yr old female (Tanya Smith) had assaulted a male.

She was arrested and faces charges of:

– Assault Cause Bodily Harm
– Break, Enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence
– Overcoming Resistance to Commit Indictable Offence

She is scheduled to appear 12Nov13 in Morrisburg court.
DOMESTIC INCIDENT

(South Stormont) – On 11Sept13, at approximately 9:15pm, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a threatening incident.

The investigation revealed that a female’s ex-boyfriend was contacting her after he was advised not to do so. Further investigation revealed that the 21yr old male had assaulted the female on a previous occasion.

The male was arrested and faces charges of:

– Assault
– Criminal Harassment

He is scheduled to appear 01Oct13 in Cornwall court.

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [STORMONT DUNDAS and GLENGARRY] Criminals Targetting Marihuana Growing and Processing Sites 2013-09-12

(Smiths Falls, ON) – As illegal marihuana crops are now being prepared for distribution, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds all Ontario residents to be aware of their safety near marihuana growing and processing locations.

The OPP is pro-actively warning everyone there are many safety risks associated with the annual marihuana harvest and distribution process.  During this time of year, many outdoor marihuana crops have been harvested.  Other criminals who target specific homes and locations for robberies and home invasions are a concern for the OPP.

The OPP is warning people who own or occupy premises used for the growing and processing of marihuana, that they are not only jeopardizing their own safety but also the safety of their families and other occupants.

If you have any information regarding illegal marihuana grow ops, contact the OPP, your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

LEARN MORE

• Marihuana plants are bright green in colour and grow to between three and five feet in height.  Marihuana leaves have seven jagged fingers and the plants give off a strong, pungent, musty odour.

• Ontario-grown marihuana is typically distributed throughout the province and exported to the United States. Drugs, such as cocaine, as well as weapons and cash often return to Ontario to fuel other criminal enterprises.

• In 2010, OPP Drug Enforcement Unit and its partners investigated 586 indoor and outdoor marihuana grows, destroying 218,168 marihuana plants. Another 2,190 kilograms of dried marihuana was confiscated, bringing the total value of seized marihuana to $258-million.

From the SIU –

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Collision in Plympton-Wyoming

Case Number: 13-PVI-229

Appeals Form

Mississauga (16 September, 2013) — Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to a collision this weekend in Plympton-Wyoming that resulted in serious injuries to a 25-year-old woman.

Preliminary information indicates the following:
• At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013, officers with the  Ontario Provincial Police attempted to stop a vehicle being operated by a 29-year-old male;
• The vehicle did not stop and officers followed the vehicle until it went into a ditch on Camlachie Road, south of Confederation Line;
• While the driver did not sustain serious injuries, his 25-year-old female passenger sustained a fractured collar bone. She was taken to a local hospital and was transferred to London Health Sciences Centre for further treatment.

The SIU has assigned four investigators, two forensic investigators and a collision reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of this incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1898 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 1898.

 

SIU Investigates Motor Vehicle Injuries in Brampton

Case Number: 13-OVI-231

Appeals Form

Mississauga (16 September, 2013) — Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the motor vehicle injuries sustained this morning in Brampton by a 50-year-old man.

Preliminary information indicates the following:
• At approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, September 16, 2013, an officer with Peel Regional Police was parked in his cruiser at the Bramalea City Centre when he noticed a vehicle;
• The police officer and the 55-year-old driver of the civilian vehicle made eye contact, and the driver drove off. The officer lost sight of the vehicle;
• A second officer driving on Clarke Boulevard spotted the vehicle and proceeded to follow it. He also lost sight of the vehicle;
• A short time later, the second officer came upon a collision scene at Clarke Boulevard and Bramalea Road. The suspect vehicle had become involved in a collision with several other vehicles. One of the struck motorists, a 50-year-old male, was taken to Brampton Civic Hospital with serious injuries and then transferred to St. Michael’s Hospital.

The SIU has assigned four investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of this incident.

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-2293 or 1-800-787-8529 ext. 2293.

SIU Concludes Investigation into Highway 401 Vehicle Death near Belleville

Case Number: 13-PVD-168

Other News Releases Related to Case 13-PVD-168
Appeals Form

Mississauga (12 September, 2013) — The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an Ontario Provincial Police officer with the Quinte West detachment with any criminal offence in relation to the death of 52-year-old Allan Ranger in July of 2013.

The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. As part of the investigation, two witness officers and two civilian witnesses were interviewed. The subject officer provided a copy of his duty notes to the SIU but declined to be interviewed, as is his legal right.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Tuesday, July 16, 2013:
• Shortly after midnight, the subject officer attempted to stop a motorcycle traveling westbound on Hwy 401 near Belleville. The driver of the motorcycle, Mr. Ranger, was travelling at 50 km/h in a 100 km/h zone and did not have a working tail light on his motorcycle.  Mr. Ranger did not stop for the officer.
• At Hwy 62, Mr. Ranger exited at the off-ramp, turned south, crossed Hwy 401 on the Hwy 62 overpass and then re-entered the highway via the eastbound off-ramp.  The result of this maneuver caused Mr. Ranger to be driving his motorcycle westbound against traffic traveling eastbound on Hwy 401. The subject officer discontinued his pursuit of the motorcycle as Mr. Ranger was entering the off-ramp onto Hwy 401.
• Mr. Ranger did not travel very far before he collided with a car being driven in an easterly direction by a motorist who was travelling at approximately 100 km/h.
• The impact of the car and the motorcycle caused Mr. Ranger’s immediate death. The motorist was not physically injured by the collision.

Director Scott said, “In my view, the subject officer did nothing wrong in these circumstances. He had the lawful authority to signal the motorcycle being driven by Mr. Ranger to stop for Highway Traffic Act infractions, and the authority to enter into a suspect apprehension pursuit when Mr. Ranger attempted to flee. Further, the subject officer discontinued the pursuit presumably because he concluded that the risk to public safety outweighed the need to apprehend the fleeing motorcyclist. Mr. Ranger chose to engage in criminally negligent behaviour when he drove in a westerly direction in the eastbound lanes of a major thoroughfare, and is solely responsible for his own demise caused by the collision with a vehicle being driven by an unsuspecting motorist.”

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 Injury Investigation in Wiarton

Case Number: 13-PCI-196

Mississauga (16 September, 2013) — The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge any Ontario Provincial Police officer with a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by a 37-year-old man last month.

The SIU assigned three investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. As part of the investigation, three witness officers and three civilian witnesses were interviewed. Two of the subject officers declined to be interviewed by the SIU and did not provide their duty notes, as is their legal right. The third subject officer also declined to be interviewed but did provide his duty notes.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Thursday, August 8, 2013:
• At approximately 7 p.m., a man allegedly committed an armed robbery at a store in Saugeen First Nations and fled in a vehicle. Police were provided with details of the incident, a license plate number and car description.
• Police engaged in a suspect apprehension pursuit and were able to arrest the man on Silver Lake Road in Wiarton. The man was ordered out of his vehicle by one of the subject officers, and told to put his hands on his head. He did as he was told, and laid on the ground of his own accord. His hands were then handcuffed behind his back.
• In the handcuffing process the man’s left wrist was fractured.

Director Scott said, “The subject officers had the lawful authority to arrest the man for robbery and gun-related offences based upon the information they had received from their dispatch, and use reasonable force to effect that arrest. Given that the information included probable possession of a handgun, it was reasonable for the subject officers to handcuff his hands behind his back. While it is likely that the man’s wrist was fractured by one of the subject officers during the arrest process, it is unclear to me whether that force was excessive, given the dynamic, potentially high risk, situation surrounding this arrest. All in all, I cannot form reasonable grounds that the force used during this lawful arrest was excessive.”

Milena Cardinal

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