Busy Day of Messages from Cornwall Area Law Enforcement – Back to School – CRTF- SD&G OPP – Cornwall Police – August 25, 2011

Cornwall ON –  Busy day of messaging from area law enforcement.  

From the OPP:



Over the last few months a number of Off-Road Vehicles have been stopped and checked by police while on trails and roadways.  Unfortunately, an increased number have had either no brakes or no rear brakes.

It is extremely dangerous to operate any vehicle with mechanical failures or malfunctions. The law requires that all brakes on Off-Road Vehicles be in proper working order.

As with all vehicles, regular maintenance and a pre-trip check is crucial to safe travel. If there is equipment issues, have a qualified mechanic check and repair the unit prior to using it.




Once again it is time for students to head back to school and for motorists to be on the lookout for school buses and students.  The SD&G OPP would like to remind everyone that some school buses will be back in service early next week, while others will be back on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

The public is reminded that every driver while on a highway while meeting a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. (Section 175(11) of the Highway Traffic Act)

Many of our children walk to school and motorist should also be aware of the increased pedestrian traffic around our local schools, as children make their way for their first exciting day.  Reduce your speed in school zone and be extra cautious.

Let’s make it safe for our children!

From the CRTF:

The Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) made and assisted in six (6) contraband tobacco seizures in the following jurisdictions between June 29th and August 23rd, 2011:

  • One (1) seizure in South Glengarry, Ontario;
  • Two (2) seizures at the Cornwall Port of Entry;
  • Three (3) seizures in Cornwall, Ontario

These seizures resulted in the arrest of the following eight (8) individuals who have been charged with Possession of Unstamped Tobacco, contrary to Section 32(1) of the Excise Act, 2001, and/or who are facing or have been charged under the provincial Tobacco Tax Act for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped:

  • Stéphane Cardinal (age 37) from Hawkesbury, Ontario;
  • Evan White (age 22) from Hogansburg, NY;
  • Ronald Savard (age 51) from Cornwall, Ontario;
  • Lance Mitchell (age 31) and Herbert Mitchell (age 24), both from St. Regis, Quebec;
  • Elwyn Jackson (age 26) and Joseph Johnson (age 45), both from Akwesasne, Quebec;
  • One (1) young person (age 17), from Akwesasne, Ontario, who cannot be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act

On August 14th, 2011, as a result of a traffic stop in the Cornwall, Ontario area, members of the CRTF had occasion to seize name brand counterfeit clothing under authority of the Copyright Act.  The clothing brands seized were Fox, Puma, Element, Harley Davidson, Baby Phat, and DC Shoe Co USA.  

On the evening of August 19th, 2011, as a result of pointing a “laser” using a laser pointer, Cornwall resident Lucien Berniquer (age 27) and St. Andrew’s resident Cody Groulx (age 24) each face a charge of assault with a weapon, Section 267 (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  Police allege that Berniquer and Groulx were pointing a laser pointer at boaters on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.  The CRTF indicates that much documentation exists that laser pointers can temporarily blind a victim if they are pointed at the victim’s eye.  

Berniquer also faces two (2) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charges for allegedly being possession of marihuana and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).

The following items were seized during the above-mentioned events:

  • Three (3) cars, one (1) van and one (1) Sea-doo vessel;
  • 1,750 re-sealable bags and/or cartons each containing 200 contraband cigarettes;
  • 1.8 grams of cannabis marihuana, 10 MDMA tablets as well as related drug paraphernalia;
  • Various counterfeit clothing articles consisting of t-shirts and hoodies (brands previously mentioned);
  • Two (2) Taurus air pistols
  • Two (2) laser pointers

The CRTF continues to address the complaints of suspicious activity observed by local residents.  If anyone notices suspicious activity, they are urged to please contact the CRTF at 613-937-2800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The CRTF is a joint forces partnership that includes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency, Ontario Provincial Police, Ontario Ministry of Revenue and Cornwall Community Police Service. 

From the Cornwall Police Department:



            Cornwall, ON- A 44 year-old Cornwall man was arrested at 7:30 p.m. on the 23rd of August, 2011. It is alleged that he operated a motor vehicle on Guy Street while under the influence of alcohol. The male was charged with Impaired Operation and transported for further testing which resulted in a charge of Over .80. Further investigation revealed that he was also under the strength of an outstanding warrant. It is alleged that during December 2010 he sexually assaulted his 53 year-old common-law wife. He was released to appear in court on the 13th of September 2011.




            Cornwall, ON- A 17 year-old Cornwall youth was arrested on the 24th of August, 2011. The youth was bound by an Undertaking with the relevant condition to abide by a curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.  The youth is also bound by a Youth Probation Order with the relevant condition to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.  It is alleged that shortly prior to 2:30 a.m. on the 24th of August, 2011 the youth was observed by a member of Cornwall Community Police Service Patrol Division walking near Pitt Street. The youth provided a false name to the Police Officer and was subsequently arrested for Obstruct Police and Personation. The youth was breaching his conditions and charged with breach of Undertaking and breach of Probation. The youth was released to appear in court on the 15th of September, 2011. The youth’s name was not released as per provisions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.




            Cornwall, ON- Linda Mary Ceasor, 40 of Ottawa was arrested on the 24rd of August, 2011. It is alleged that between the 23rd of August and 24th of August, 2011, she placed 22 dropped 911 calls from her cell phone. Police investigated the calls and deemed them to interfere with the lawful use of the 911 service. She was charged with mischief and released to appear in court on the 13th of September, 2011.



            Cornwall, ON- The Cornwall Community Police Service is investigating a break and enter which occurred between the 22nd of August, 2011 at a Birmingham Street residence. The suspect(s) gained entry to an unlocked window and proceeded to steal a red Toshiba laptop and a silver Samsung digital camera. If you have any information regarding this break and enter, please contact the Service at 613-932-2110 or Crime Stoppers at 613-937-8477.




            Cornwall, ON- Geoffrey Jarvo, 37 of Cornwall was arrested on the 23rd of August, 2011. It is alleged that on the 8th of July 2011 he reported that he did not receive a government cheque and issued a replacement cheque. On the 13th of July 2011 he cashed the cheque at a local establishment however the cheque was later refused due to payment stoppage. Police were contacted and an investigation followed. He was charged with Fraud Under $5000.00 and released to appear in court on the 8th of September, 2011 to answer to the charge.




            Cornwall, ON- A 49 year-old Cornwall man was arrested on the 23rd of August, 2011. He was bound by a Probation Order with the relevant conditions of abstain from the purchase, possession and consumption of alcohol of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. He was also bound by a second Probation Order with the conditions keep the peace and be of good behaviour and to abstain from the purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. It is alleged that on the 23th of August, 2011 he entered into an altercation with his 48 year-old common-law wife when he damaged property and uttered a threat to cause death. Police were contacted and an investigation followed. He was charged with Domestic Mischief, Utter Threat to Cause Death and 3 counts of Breach of Probation Order. He was held in custody until court the following day. His name was not released as it would identify the victim in this incident.

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