NATIONAL 211 DAY TODAY HELP STARTS NOW
February 11 is 211 Day across North America, where we collectively raise awareness of the valuable services offered by 211. In an effort to educate our communities about the services provided by 211, Huronia West detachment is only one of several detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), that have collaborated in this campaign to launch 211 awareness in Simcoe County. The Barrie Police Service, the South Simcoe Police Service, the County of Simcoe and Simcoe County Paramedics are all part of this initiative.
Did you know?
· 211 is a free, confidential, 24 hour a day, 7 day a week helpline
· 211 connects people to local food programs, income and housing assistance, home support services, mental health services, substance use support, and so much more
· 211 offers service in over 150 languages
· 211 navigators can help you navigate the various COVID-19 relief programs
· Across Ontario, 211 is available by phone (dial 2-1-1) or by visiting 211.ca, with a live chat option also available. Texting will be available in the coming weeks.
We understand that during the pandemic people are struggling, and community partners are teaming up to ensure our residents know they are not alone. Help starts now at 211.
As always, 911 is for emergencies.
“Our 211 collaboration with our community partners is yet another innovative way that the OPP is providing service excellence to the citizens of Simcoe County and the Muskoka District. 211 will provide increased access to services for people who are struggling and require information, and connection to supports”- Dwight Peer, Chief Superintendent, Central Region, Ontario Provincial Police
“211 is like the best kept secret that we want everyone to be aware of. 911 is for emergencies. 211 is there with a helping hand, a guiding voice to help you navigate through the day to day challenges many of us are facing.” -Pamela Hillier, 211 Central East Ontario
ICE RESCUE BY SEVERAL OPP UNITS IN BRACEBRIDGE
On February 10, 2021 at 9:15 a.m. Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a person through the ice near Campbell’s Road and Gravenhurst Parkway in Bracebridge. A Keswick woman indicated that she was out for a hike on Paul’s Lake when she fell through the ice.
Bracebridge OPP patrol members attended and requested additional assistance from the OPP Aviation Search and Rescue (SAR), The Snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle and Vessel Enforcement Team (S.A.V.E), The Emergency Response Team (E.R.T), The Muskoka EMS and Gravenhurst Fire Department. The 33-year old female was safely extracted from the ice by the OPP helicopter and flown to local hospital where she is currently being treated for potential life threatening injuries. Two officers also received medical attention as a result of the rescue.
This behaviour not only puts the person in harm’s way but when first responders are called to an emergency on ice, the rescue efforts are complicated and puts police, firefighters and paramedics lives at risk. Please remember that NO ICE IS SAFE ICE.
OPP Investigating Theft of Pet Hawk
The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating the theft of a pet Ferruginous Hawk from a Ramara residence.
On February 03, 2021, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., a pet Hawk disappeared from outside a Ramara residence. The bird, a one year old Ferruginous Hawk named Arsenal, was securely tethered outside of the residence at the time. The owner noticed the bird was missing and searched the area, locating shoe prints nearby. The tether is also missing so, in the unlikely event that the hawk escaped, the tether should still be attached to its leg.
If anyone has information regarding the missing hawk or knows of its whereabouts, please contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.
The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province, including the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn and the City of Orillia, by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety.
OPP OFFICERS SAVE OVER 200 LIVES BY ADMINISTERING NALOXONE
38 percent increase in overdose occurrences
(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has saved 210 lives by administering naloxone since frontline officers were equipped in September 2017. The opioid crisis continues to affect people from communities across Ontario, which is evident from the continued increase in opioid-related overdoses as well as the number of occurrences where officers have had to administer naloxone to save a life.
Key statistical information on opioid-related overdoses and naloxone administration from September 2017 to February 2021* includes:
The majority, 68 per cent, of naloxone recipients were male and 32 per cent were female.
The average age of naloxone recipients was 34.8 for females and 35.5 for males.
Most incidences occurred inside a residence.
The majority of opioid-related overdoses occurred in OPP’s Central and West Regions.
There was a 38 per cent increase in overdose occurrences attended by the OPP from 2019 to 2020.
The OPP continues to provide victims with referrals to community specific resources and advising the public about harmful substances. See www.opp.ca/opioids for more information. Additional details as well as an officer’s experience with administering naloxone can be found at www.opp.ca/news.
The OPP has created a framework to support those individuals suffering from substance use disorder, while holding drug traffickers who cause these overdoses accountable. Since 2016, the OPP has investigated 23 occurrences where charges have been laid for Manslaughter and/or Criminal Negligence Causing Death in relation to fatal overdoses.
OPP CHARGE WASAGA BEACH INDIVIDUAL WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND WEAPONS OFFENCES
Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensics and Huronia West OPP Detachment have arrested and charged a Wasaga Beach resident following an online child sexual exploitation investigation.
On February 4, 2021, police executed a search warrant at a residence in Wasaga Beach and seized numerous electronic exhibits for further examination, as well as a prohibited weapon. As a result of this investigation, William Thomas DENNEY-HARPER, 21-years-old, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of unauthorized possession of a weapon.
The accused was released at a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood on March 9, 2021.
“Children are our most valuable and precious members of society. Many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story. Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized. Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children on the Internet.” – Detective Staff Sergeant Brian McDermott
Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to www.protectchildren.ca and download the “Child Sexual Abuse-It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.
Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety. Parents and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at www.cybertip.ca.
PP Investigates Snowmobile Going Through the Ice on Lake Simcoe
(ORO-MEDONTE, ON) – The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a near-drowning involving a snowmobiler that went through the ice on Lake Simcoe.
On February 5, 2021, at approximately 6:30 p.m., emergency services received a 911 call for a snowmobiler who went through the ice on Lake Simcoe near Line 15, Oro-Medonte. Officers attended the adjacent shoreline and were able to assist in directing Oro-Medonte Fire Services to the scene where the snowmobiler was successfully removed from the water and transported to shore. County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) then transported the snowmobiler to hospital with severe hypothermia and Ornge air ambulance was utilized to transport him to a Toronto hospital.
If you witnessed the incident or have any information, please contact the Orillia OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or 705-326-3536.
HIKER CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING SNOWMOBILE OPERATORS
On January 28, 2021 at 12:58 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an assault with a weapon that had just occurred on the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trail near Highway 6 and Sideroad 3, in the Township of Chatsworth.
Two snowmobile operators were assaulted by a pedestrian that was walking on the trail as they rode past. The suspect swung a large walking stick at the riders as they went by. There were no injuries.
As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged Richard AUSTIN, 60 years-of-age, from Chatsworth, with two counts of assault with a weapon, section 267(a) Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused must attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on March 4, 2021.
OPP Arrests Driver Asleep Behind the Wheel of Stolen Vehicle
The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested and charged a driver with impaired operation and possession of a stolen vehicle in Oro-Medonte.
On February 03, 2021, shortly before noon, officers received a call from a concerned citizen reporting a suspicious person asleep or unconscious behind the wheel of a pickup truck in a driveway off of Highway 11, Oro-Medonte. The caller had tried to wake the individual unsuccessfully. Officers arrived, were able to rouse the driver, and subsequently began an impaired driving investigation. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to hospital for assessment.
During the investigation, it was learned that the pickup truck had been reported stolen and that the driver was in violation of probation order conditions.
As a result, Terry STILLWELL, age 32, from Adjala-Tosorontio Township has been charged with:
Operation while impaired – drugs
Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
Fail to comply with probation order
The accused was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and is set to appear on March 30, 2021, at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.
Snowmobile Rider Seriously Injured after Colliding with Vehicle on Highway 12
On February 3, 2021 at 3:30pm, members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Simcoe County Paramedics and Tay Township Fire Department, responded to a serious collision involving a westbound vehicle and a snowmobile at a crossing locally known as the “Hole in the Wall” on Highway 12 near Triple Bay Rd. in the Township of Tay.
The 19-year-old snowmobile rider, who suffered serious injuries, was transported to Georgian Bay General Hospital and was then air-lifted to Toronto . The collision remains under investigation.
OPP Snowmobile Officers Make Trail Side Grab after Crash and Dash
On February 4, 2021 members of the Snowmobile Patrol unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on patrol in Tay Township checking riders for impairment, equipment and trail passes/licencing on the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) “C” trail.
At 12:11 p.m. OPP Provincial Constables Hamilton and Anderson attempted to stop a snowmobiler at a R.I.D.E. check stop on the OFSC “C” trail where it stops at Triple Bay Road in Tay Township. The operator of the snowmobile did not stop for the officers and continued to drive away stopping some distance past the check stop. After returning to the check stop and having a brief conversation with the officers, the operator fled the scene on the snowmobile leaving the officers at the R.I.D.E. check stop. Shortly afterwards, the officers where notified by a citizen of a snowmobile that had crashed into a wire page fence at the intersection of Triple Bay Road and Highway 12.
The officers at the R.I.D.E. check stop attended the scene and located a lone damaged snowmobile with no operator matching the one that had fled from the R.I.D.E. check stop moments before. Another member of the public advised the officers of a person in a snowmobile suit with a helmet in hand running on the OFSC trail towards the Hogg Bay Trestle.
Constable Hamilton was able to catch up and arrest the person and through investigation identify the person as the snowmobile operator involved in the snowmobile crash and the failure to stop for the officers at the R.I.D.E. stop earlier.
Charged is Christopher CONNER 26 years of Tay Township with the following offences contrary to the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act of Ontario.
Fail to stop for police officer
Fail to wear proper helmet
Drive motorized snow vehicle, trail permit not issued
The accused was released from custody to appear before the Ontario Provincial Offences Court in Penetanguishene on April 8, 2021.
Snowmobile operators are reminded that all snowmobile operators shall stop and identify themselves when directed to do so by a police officer.
Snowmobile operators are advised to check trail conditions prior to heading out and the following internet web sites can provide an insight into those conditions and whether the trails are open or still closed; Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Mid Ontario Snowmobile Clubs
If you have to travel out onto an ice surface always remember that “No Ice Is Safe Ice” and you need to be aware of current, past weather conditions and commercial ice breaking activity along with checking with area residents who have “local knowledge of ice conditions”. The following web sites are a must see for those who travel on ice surfaces- Cold Water Boot Camp along with https://twitter.com/OPP_News/status/1342817627077488641
Unlawfully removing trail signs can create some very dangerous situations, if you have knowledge of anyone removing OFSC trail signs please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka www.crimestopperssdm.com on Twitter or Facebook.
Police remind snowmobilers that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, through community partnerships we educate the public about safe driving practices – #Never Drive Impaired https://youtu.be/gSX_LGoNiHw and enfrancais https://youtu.be/0x8yi_98u8s .
The OPP Trail Side Report in North Simcoe Issue # 4
Snowmobile patrol officers from the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were out on patrol of area Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails and open spaces during the January 27 – February 6, 2021 period checking riders for impairment, equipment, speed and trail passes/licencing. Officers logged 1238 kilometers on their snowmobiles while on patrol checking 589 riders and their machines at 22 separate trail side locations including the Penetanguishene Rotary Champlain Wendat Park. Officers provided education to 17 operators in the form of verbal warnings and issued 26 offence notices upon operators under the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act including 11 improper mufflers charges throughout their North Simcoe patrol area.
Officers were also making the rounds checking in on five ice fishing huts checking for compliance under the Liquor Licence Act, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, Environmental Protection Act and other provincial acts.
Snowmobile operators are advised to check on trail conditions prior to heading out on the following internet web sites Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Mid Ontario Snowmobile Clubs .
If you have to travel out onto an ice surface always remember that “No Ice Is Safe Ice” and you need to be aware of current, past weather conditions and of any recent commercial ice breaking activity along with checking with area residents/riders who have “local knowledge of ice conditions”. The following web sites are a must see for those who travel on ice surfaces- Cold Water Boot Camp along with https://twitter.com/OPP_News/status/1342817627077488641 If you don’t know- Don’t go! Is it worth the Risk to yourself and Emergency Services?
Orillia OPP Investigating Theft of ATV
Seeking Public Assistance
The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking the assistance of the public for information regarding the theft of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in the Township of Oro-Medonte.
On January 26, 2021, sometime overnight, a 2008 black Suzuki LTX ATV, with a snowplow attached, was stolen from a residence on Highway 12, Oro-Medonte. The machine was parked outdoors on the property but was not visible from the road. The owner saw it last at approximately 10:30 p.m. and then discovered it missing at 11:30 a.m. the next morning.
If anyone has information regarding this theft or has seen the ATV, you are encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.
The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province, including the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn and the City of Orillia, by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting www.opp.ca/reporting.
Suspect in Impaired Driving Investigation Refuses Breath Test
The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested and charged a driver with refusing to comply with a demand in an impaired driving investigation in the Township of Oro-Medonte.
On February 06, 2021, shortly before 2:00 p.m., officers were on patrol on Highway 400, Oro-Medonte, and stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. An impaired driving investigation was subsequently initiated and the driver was arrested. As part of the investigation, the officer read the driver a demand for a breath test and the driver did not comply.
As a result, Jacob MCCALLEN, age 34, of Seguin Township, has been charged with failure or refusal to comply with demand and has been released on a Form 10 Undertaking with a court date of March 23, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.
How Scalping Bots Rip Off Would-be Buyers
Technology has delivered a new enemy at our doorsteps when we try to buy things that are likely to be in heavy demand — scalping bots.
These are automated computer systems that bombard sales sites for everything from show tickets (not such a big deal right now) through the current kids’ latest craze toys and limited-edition sneakers to the latest video game consoles.
In the past, many of us have encountered those characters who hang around outside sports and show venues offering tickets at outrageous prices. Or the same overpriced deals are offered online on the likes of eBay and Craigslist and, in some cases, by mainstream ticket resellers.
The culprits were mainly people who saw an opportunity to buy and resell and got themselves at the front of the line to buy as much as they could. In past days, retailers and sometimes companies and artists tried to limit how many a single person could buy but with limited success.
Since then, lawmakers have stepped in to thwart sports and entertainment ticket scalpers with the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act. This makes it illegal to “circumvent a security measure, access control system, or other technological control or measure on an Internet website or online service that is used by the ticket issuer to enforce posted event ticket purchasing limits or to maintain the integrity of posted online ticket purchasing order rules.”
Sounds like a bit of gobbledygook but the US Federal Trades Commission (FTC) has already taken its first actions in the past few weeks against firms for using scalping bots to buy up masses of tickets and resell at inflated prices.
So far, so good. But now, thanks to this technology, scalping has entered a whole new marketplace that is causing distress to many genuine would-be purchasers. These people use computer programs that create multiple identities, jump to the head of the line because of their sheer speed, and try to buy up everything, often leaving little or nothing for the rest of us. They’re capable of targeting multiple sellers at once.
Retailers are doing everything they can to stop these hawkers. For example, just before Christmas, Walmart said it had blocked 20 million bot attempts to buy the new PS5 games console in just 30 minutes. Being near to the festive season, Walmart labeled these greedy traders and their artificial intelligence (AI) systems “Grinch bots”!
Xbox consoles and some Nvidia advanced graphics cards used by gamers were also among the targets of those who are politely called “resellers.”
PC Magazine called the whole process the “biggest cash cow” of the current health crisis.
The trouble is that there’s nothing strictly illegal about what the scalpers are doing. In fact, bot software is publicly available for a few hundred dollars. Some operators have joined the fray after losing their jobs and exploring new ways to make money. And most of the new breed of scalpers are young, often under 20.
Experts reckon the level of reselling had increased three-fold during the past year. And even if or when things return to normal in the coming months, shopping habits are likely to have shifted more to online than ever — so the bots will continue to operate.
And the trend is no longer just focused on scarce electronics or footwear. PC Magazine quoted one reseller saying: “Swimming pools … were probably one of the most profitable items on eBay I’ve ever seen. The ones that people get to build out in their backyard. Often flipping for thousands (of dollars) over.”
Prices — and therefore profits — are said to be well over double manufacturers’ recommended levels, with many resellers reported to be buying up as many as 1,000 units of a single item.
Most recently, new communities of scalpers known as “cook groups” have started springing up. These are like chat rooms where members, who pay up to $100 to join, exchange information on what the likely “next big thing” is going to be and which is the latest or best bot software capable of getting around attempts to block them.
What chance have we, the poor end-users, got of standing up to such well-organized activities and to avoid being price-gouged?
“Resellers don’t currently care about what the general public thinks. We aren’t doing anything wrong; we are just all trying to make money and live,” one scalper told reporter Michael Kan.