Cornwall, ON – A 27-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on October 8th, 2014 and charged with assault and mischief. It is alleged that in the early morning hours of October 4th, 2014 during an argument with his 28-year-old girlfriend the man grabbed her by the arm and upon leaving the residence pushed over a stand-up light and knocked over a mirror causing them to break. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. On October 8th, 2014 the man attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. He was taken into custody, charged accordingly and released to appear in court on November 4th, 2014. His name was not released as it would identify the victim in the matter.
IMPAIRED OPERATION, OVER 80
Cornwall, ON – Brennan Bigtree, 20 of Hogansburg, NY was arrested on October 9th, 2014 and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and over 80. It is alleged that in the early morning hours of October 9th, 2014 the man was found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the parking lot of a Brookdale Avenue restaurant by an off duty police officer. He was taken into custody by uniform police who attended the scene, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.
Cornwall, ON – Cameron Brassard, 52 of Cornwall was arrested on October 9th, 2014 on the strength of a warrant. It is alleged that the man failed to attend court on October 2nd, 2014 for a theft under $5000 charge and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On October 9th, 2014 the man was spotted walking on Montreal Road by a member of the Cornwall Community Police Service. He was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant and released to appear in court on October 30th, 2014.
Kingston Police Service
Calls for Service
Kingston Police had 92 calls for service during the 24 hour period of October 6th with 8 additional dispatches between midnight and the morning shift. Some of these included:
- 1 domestic call
- 1 assault calls
- 1 harassment call
- 4 fight/disturbance calls
- 2 undesirable calls
- 8 alarm calls
- 2 noise complaints
- 3 Mental Health Act calls
- 4 medical assist calls
- 8 assist citizen calls
- 18 theft calls
- 1 shoplifting calls
- 12 mischief calls
- 1 fraud calls
- 7 motor vehicle collisions
- 1 impaired driving call
- 1 parking/vehicle complaints
- 2 driving complaints
- 5 suspicious activity calls
- 1 trespass/prowler calls
There were five individuals in police cells this morning, three men and two women, between the ages of 25 to 49 years-old. The offences involve: assault, assault with a weapon, threats, criminal harassment, weapons offence, and various breaches.
Canadian Police Focus on Young Women Coerced Into Sex Trade
Operation Northern Spotlight – Phase 2
Last week as part of Operation Northern Spotlight, members of 26 police services pre-arranged to meet with people suspected of partaking in the sex trade, potentially against their will, at urban locations across Canada. During the coordinated investigations over a two-day period last week, police charged nine people with 33 offences. Police were also able to ensure the safety of 18 people who had been working in the sex trade as a minor or against their will, including a 12-year-old. 167 officers and support staff combined to interview 257 people — including 255 women — and offer them information and contacts with community-based support agencies where available.
Charges include Exercise Control, Make Child Pornography, Distribute Child Pornography, Forcible Confinement, Trafficking in Persons, Material Benefit Resulting from Trafficking in Persons, Withhold or Destroy Documents, Living off the Avails, Assault, Utter Threats, Obstruct Police, and Failure To Comply with Court Orders and Conditions including Breaches of Recognizance and Probation.
Although the Criminal Code section refers to this activity as “Human Trafficking,” the public may better understand this issue as “sex slavery.” Although many of the women appear to be making their own decisions to participate for financial gain, investigators found several teenagers and young women were being forced to perform through threats of violence, physical intimidation, drug dependency and other forms of coercion. Part or all of the proceeds from the sexual encounters were kept by their adult male controller or pimp.
Police Services will continue to monitor any incidents of “forced participation” in hopes of assisting any woman involved in the sex trade business against her will.
The 26 police services participating were:
The following police services participated in this phase of Operation Northern Spotlight:
Barrie Police Service, Brantford Police Service, Durham Regional Police, Halton Regional Police, Hamilton Police Service, Kingston Police, RCMP – Kitchener, London Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police Service, Port Hope Police Service, Toronto Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Windsor Police Service, OPP, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team [ALERT], Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, Winnipeg Police Service, RCMP Exploited Persons Pro-active Strategy (EPPS), Gatineau Police, Ville de Quebec Police, Halifax Regional Police, and RCMP Halifax.
Kingston Police Involvement
For a second consecutive year members of the Kingston Police Street Crime Unit were involved in the national investigation, Operation Northern Spotlight II, to focus on the suppression of human trafficking.
Last week Kingston Police officers reached out to four women, self-identified as being sex trade workers, with an average age of 31 years, who were possibly at higher risk of coercion or manipulation. The focus was on the growing concern that women are being forced to participate in the sex trade. They were interviewed primarily in hotels and motels within the city. All were offered support services, including health care and mental/emotional supports in hopes they can consider other options.
Clients are made aware of the girls through various websites and often call or text a cell phone number to arrange the meetings at local hotels and motels.
The Kingston Police are committed to helping all victims and connecting them to community resources as well as national resources to support them.
The Kingston Police would like to appeal to any person who may be involved in a similar situation or may know someone involved to come forward to police. Kingston Police take these cases seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation, as well as protect the victims of this crime.
If you have information about any young person being coerced into the sex trade, please contact your local police service.
In Kingston, anyone with new information that might assist investigators is asked to contact Sgt. Brian Pete of the Kingston Police Street Crime Unit at 613-549-4660 ext. 6257.
Mental Health Call Involving Knife Results in Apprehension, Charges
A 25-year-old Kingston area male is facing weapon and assault charges after a confrontation with police in the middle of a busy west end road last weekend.
On Sunday, October 5th, just prior to 4:00 p.m., a family member was driving in a passenger van with the accused on Gardiners Rd just north of Bath Rd, when she became concerned for the safety of both parties due to the male’s utterances and that he was in possession of a knife.
The family member fled the vehicle, leaving it in the middle of Gardiners Rd and contacted Kingston Police via 9-1-1. A lone officer was first to arrive on scene and attempted to communicate with the accused, who refused to listen and did not comply with her directions. The officer became concerned for the male who began walking through heavy traffic, apparently oblivious to oncoming vehicles.
The officer deployed pepper spray but the accused continued to be assaultive, causing her minor injuries. Additional uniform patrol members soon attended and the male was eventually brought under control and handcuffed. A knife and syringes were located from within the family vehicle.
The accused was initially transported to a local hospital to be decontaminated from the use of pepper spray and to be assessed under the Mental Health Act. Once medically cleared he was later arrested and brought to the Kingston Police station to be processed on charges of Weapons Dangerous, Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest, Breach of Officer-in-Charge Undertaking, and two counts of Breach of Probation. He was held in custody to later attend a bail hearing.
Anyone who witnessed the event or has pertinent information is please asked to contact Constable Brenda Lavigne at 613-549-4660 ext 6270 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website at www.tipsubmit.com. Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. Tips can also be left through the Kingston Police MyPD app that can be downloaded at www.kpf.ca, or via a private message to the Kingston Police Facebook Page.