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OPP Marine Unit Results From Civic Holiday Weekend Patrols

(MIDLAND, On)- Uniform Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment Marine Unit are very pleased to report that they did not respond to any drowning or vessel collision incidents on area waterways over the Civic holiday weekend.

Despite the damp conditions, officers during the July 28 – August 2, 2021 period logged 63 hours of patrol time in on area waterways, checking 100 vessels and operators for equipment and sobriety.

While on patrol, officers were able to visit the following marinas to be available for marine safety and equipment related questions.

Wye Heritage Marina

South Bay Cove Marina

Hindson’s Marina

Queens Cove Marina

Starport Marina

Pier 69

Picnic Island

Honey Harbour Boat Club

Patrols were also conducted in the areas of the Tiny Township shoreline, Giant’s Tomb, Trent Severn marine system, Midland Bay and Penetang Bay resulting in 26 operators being warned for minor offences under the Canada Shipping Act. Three operators were cited for violations pertaining to vessel registration, vessel operator card PCOC, and one for failing to have a valid fishing licence.

With the increased number of new boating enthusiasts this year, officers are continuing to educate operators about safe boating on Georgian Bay and the surrounding waterways . The following Weather to Boat app can provide you with marine weather and vessel equipment tips and if you see a possible impaired operator “Make the Call” and dial 911 and help prevent a summer time tragedy.

DRIVER ARRESTED FOR IMPAIRED FOLLOWING NUMEROUS TRAFFIC COMPLAINTS & COLLISION

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) On August 1, 2021, at approximately 1:14 p.m., members of the Huntsville Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to numerous traffic complaints on Highway 60 for an erratic driver, resulting in a collision.  

Huntsville OPP members located the vehicle and with the assistance of witnesses, located the driver. The initial investigation revealed that the driver had consumed alcohol prior to the collision. Four individuals were taken to hospital with injuries.  

As a result of the investigation, Alexander KAMEKA, 32-years-old of Etobicoke, has been charged with:  

– Operation While Impaired – Causing Bodily Harm

– Dangerous Operation

– Dangerous Operation – Causing Bodily Harm 

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on September 15th, 2021.  

If you see a driver you suspect may be impaired by alcohol or drugs, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or *OPP on your mobile phone. If it’s an emergency, call 9-1-1.

SEARCH WARRANT RESULTS IN RECOVERED STOLEN PROPERTY

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) On August 1, 2021, members of the Huntsville Detachment and Muskoka Community Street Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police executed a search warrant on Susan Street West in the Town of Huntsville.  

Once inside the residence, 3 individuals were arrested. As a result of the investigation:

-1 male was charged in relation to break and enter and theft

-1 male was charged in relation to another occurrence; and

-1 male was released unconditionally

Stolen property was recovered inside the residence.  

Anyone having information on this crime or any others is asked to contact the Huntsville OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by going to stopcrimehere.ca and submitting an anonymous tip online.  

The Ontario Provincial Police is committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities.

Orillia OPP Welcomes New Detachment Commander

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has welcomed a new Detachment Commander this week. Effective August 2, 2021, Inspector Coyer Yateman assumed command of the Orillia Detachment, which serves the City of Orillia and the Townships of Severn, Ramara and Oro-Medonte.

Inspector Yateman started his career with the OPP at the Orillia Detachment, where he served on the front line and as a member of the Street Crime Unit and Crime Unit. Inspector Yateman then took his talents to the Regional Support team, where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2013. In 2015, he returned to the Orillia detachment in the role of Area Crime Sergeant from which he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, and later, the Ontario Center for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Unit.

Inspector Yateman has strong roots in the Orillia area. He has coached for Orillia Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) for several years and currently sits on the OMHA Board of Directors as the Director of Risk Management, Trainers, Diversity and Inclusiveness.

“I am honored and excited to be the Orillia Detachment Commander. I was born in Orillia and have always called this area home. I am very fortunate to have long lasting community partners and relationships from working and living in this area. I am a compassionate leader and care deeply about our members, our partnerships and the communities we serve. The members who serve at Orillia Detachment are professional, dedicated and serve with compassion and I am excited to lead these members as we focus on traffic enforcement and awareness, crime reduction, innovative ideas and opportunities through community mobilization, community involvement and continued growth with our partnerships and relationships in the Orillia area. I would like to thank the OPP, the Orillia Police Services Board and my colleagues, professional partners and family for the support and trust they have placed in me with this opportunity.” Inspector Coyer Yateman, Orillia OPP Detachment Commander.

Inspector Yateman was handed the reins by Interim Detachment Commander, Inspector Jason Nickle, who has returned to serve as Unit Commander of the Orillia Provincial Communications Centre.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as the Interim Detachment Commander for the past three months. The patience and cooperation that has been shown to me by the Mayors and Councils as well as the Detachment members is a testament to their dedication and professionalism. I have every confidence that the citizens within the Orillia Detachment area will be well served by Inspector Yateman and I wish him well in his future endeavours.” Inspector Jason Nickle, Unit Commander, Orillia Provincial Communications Centre.

The process of selecting a new Detachment Commander began as a result of the promotion of former Inspector Veronica Eaton to the role of Superintendent, Provincial Traffic Operations.

“I am thrilled for the communities policed by the Orillia OPP Detachment that Inspector Yateman will be assuming the role of Detachment Commander. He brings a wealth of knowledge and is truly dedicated to his community. I wish him all the best as he takes on this new role.” Superintendent Veronica Eaton, Director, Provincial Traffic Operations.

The OPP is committed to building trusting and collaborative relationships with its communities, stakeholders and partners to better serve the community and keep its citizens safe.

“On behalf of Council, I’d like to welcome Inspector Yateman to Orillia. We are pleased to have someone with his experience and familiarity with Orillia taking over the helm of Orillia’s very busy detachment. Orillia has so much to be proud of, but we aren’t without our challenges. I look forward to working with the Inspector to continue making Orillia and area an even safer place to live, work and play.” Orillia Mayor, Steve Clarke.

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. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have information on any 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 Scam-Free Way to Solve Your Rental Home Challenges

Many people are struggling with mortgage and rental payments these days. And, despite a freeze on evictions and some financial aid, troubled renters and buyers apparently are falling for phony offers of help in ever increasing numbers.

Some of the scammers are posing as charitable or financial assistance organizations. The end result of their crime is to deepen the misery of those people who are already struggling, either by landing them with more debt or stealing their personal information for identity theft — sometimes both.

“No matter what kind of help they promise, these scammers always tell you to give them money up front or hand over your personal information first. But those are dead giveaways that it’s a scam,” says a new consumer-watch bulletin.

They approach victims by phone, email, text, fake websites, and even door-to-door callers. In some cases, they offer money to help with rent and utility bills, but in others they pretend to be landlords and threaten victims with eviction unless they make an immediate payment.

Using a different approach, other scammers offer rental homes at rock-bottom rates, luring those who are struggling in their present home to chase after these non-existent rentals, parting with yet more money in the form of advance rent.

For those in need of financial assistance with rent, it’s worthwhile discussing this with your landlord to try to come to some staging payment arrangements. In addition, follow these key tips:

Free help is available, so don’t pay up front for it. For example, try the low-income assistance organization LawHelp.org.

Be very wary of unsolicited offers of help. They’re usually scammers or loan sharks or attach unacceptable conditions to any aid they give.

Do your own research for sources of potential help, but make sure you thoroughly check out names you discover on the Internet.

Visit your state office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). You’ll find links to your state here: https://tinyurl.com/Scambusters-210624-1

Many states have their own emergency rental assistance funds. Conduct an online search on the name of your state plus “emergency rental assistance program.”

Know your rights on eviction. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently extended its moratorium of evictions for certain groups to end July. Some states also have their own rules.

A good source of information in a single place on this issue is a regularly updated page run by the consumer law organization NOLO: https://tinyurl.com/Scambusters-210624-2

Another is your local state and county court system. You can track them down via this link: https://tinyurl.com/Scambusters-210624-3

Avoid Rental Listing Scams

For those searching for a home to rent, here are some red flags to steer you away from scams in which the crook pretends to be offering a home he or she doesn’t own:

The rent is way lower than that for similar properties.

Ads and messages use poor grammar and spelling errors. A common clue is overuse of initial capital letters.

The “agent” offering the property refuses to let you speak to the owner, often making excuses about their non-availability.

You’re asked to sign a rental agreement before you even get to view the home. Never do this.

You’re charged a fee to view the home.

The agent makes an excuse about why you can’t view the inside of a home and asks you to make your decision on a simple outside viewing.

You’re pressured to make a fast decision, usually on the spot.

Whether you’re struggling with an existing rental or viewing a new one, make sure you have a clear understanding of the rental agreement. Would-be renters should never hand over any money until you’ve checked out the agent or owners and read the lease.

Also, keep records of the whole process in case it ends up in the courts.

It’s typical of the mindset of rental home scammers that they choose to target those who are already in trouble or in the most need. They don’t care about you; they just want your money.

Alert of the Week

Don’t be fooled by an email currently doing the rounds, seeming to confirm that you paid for Internet security protection from leading provider McAfee.

It’s poorly executed, using a simple Gmail address, but it could still trick some people because the message carries an activation code and “receipt” for the automatic payment of $400, supposedly a reduction on your previous $500 cover for three years.

The true purpose of the scam is the offer of an opportunity to cancel your subscription via a helpline from where you’ll be directed to fill in a cancelation form. This, of course, is designed to harvest information about your bank account, specifically your debit card details.

If you’re a McAfee subscriber, or thinking of becoming one, avoiding this scam is as simple as starting your quest at Mcafee.com.

That’s all for today — we’ll see you next week.