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OPP AND OFSC REVEAL SNOWMOBILERS’ GREATEST ENEMY DATE: January 13, 2023

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and its Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) partners are cautioning snowmobilers about the increased risks posed by a milder winter and reminding them of the common sense approach needed to avoid a tragic outcome to their riding season.

The late onset of cold temperatures and lack of snow in many parts of Ontario have set a particularly dangerous stage for snowmobilers, especially those who are considering riding on frozen waterways. Close to 40 per cent of OPP-investigated snowmobile fatalities have occurred on frozen lakes and rivers over the past 10 years. Snowmobilers are therefore urged to avoid all frozen waterways at all times.

The majority of OFSC trails are currently unavailable and snowmobilers need to stay off all OFSC trails except those that are open. Check for trail status updates on the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide when planning your ride.

With speeding, driving too fast for the conditions and alcohol/drug-impairment the leading causes in snowmobile fatalities, snowmobilers are reminded that the conscious choice to include these (and other) risks in their ride – more so than the risks themselves – make snowmobilers their own worst enemy when tragedy strikes.

With Snowmobile Safety Week kicking off across the province this weekend, make every ride a safe one so that you can enjoy the world-class snowmobiling Ontario has to offer and, more importantly, so that you can get home safely to your family.

ORILLIA OPP ARREST A FOURTH FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING IN LESS THEN 24 HOURS

the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested and charged a male driver with impaired operation and other Criminal Code (CC) offences.

On January 15, 2023, just before 10:00 p.m., officers from Orillia OPP responded to reports of a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 12 in Ramara Township. Officers attended the scene determined who the driver was and observed the driver showing signs of alcohol consumption.

As a result, Yayanthan PARARASASINGAM, 41-year-old, from Mississauga has been charged with:

Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the CC

Operation while impaired- alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the CC

Operation While Prohibited under the CC contrary to section 320.18(1)(a) of the CC

Fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC

Operation While Prohibited under the CC contrary to section 320.18(1)(a) of the CC

Operation While Prohibited under the CC contrary to section 320.18(1)(a) of the CC

Operation While Prohibited under the CC contrary to section 320.18(1)(a) of the CC

Dangerous operation contrary to section 320.13(1) of the CC

Driving while under suspension contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

Driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available contrary to section 42(1)(b) of the Liquor Licence and Control Act.

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing. Their driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days, and their vehicles impounded for a period of 7 days.

Members of Orillia OPP are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you suspect someone is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol call 9-1-1. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.crimestopperssdm.com.

DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES LAID AFTER TRAFFIC STOP IN WASAGA BEACH

Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have made two arrests and laid numerous charges as a result of a traffic stop in Wasaga Beach.

On the 14th of January 2023, at 9:20 am police stopped a vehicle on Old Mosley Street. Upon identifying the occupants police entered into a criminal investigation.

As a result of the investigation two parties were arrested and charged.

Jeffrey PARENT, age 49, of Wasaga Beach has been charged with:

  • Fail to comply with release order
  • Resist peace officer

Sherese EDWARDS, age 38, of Wasaga Beach has been charged with:

  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon x 2
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Fail to comply with undertaking x 5
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of a schedule I substance – Opioid

Both parties were held for a bail hearing and scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on the 15th of January 2023.

Anyone with any information is asked to please contact the Huronia West OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

ORILLIA OPP ARREST THREE FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING IN LESS THEN 24 HOURS

The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested and charged three drivers with impaired operation related charges in less then 24 hours.

On January 15, 2023, just after 2:00 a.m., officers from Orillia OPP responded to a call for a vehicle that had collided with a guardrail on Highway 11 N in Oro-Medonte Township. When officers arrived, the driver was showing signs of alcohol consumption.

As a result, Dalton BOUCHARD, 26-year-old, from the City of Orillia has been charged with:

Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Operation while impaired-alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

On January 15, 2023, just before 4:00 p.m.., Orillia OPP officers received a report of a vehicle all over the road in Oro-Medonte Township. When officers arrived, a civilian on scene had taken the keys from the driver of the vehicle. The driver was showing signs of alcohol consumption.

As a result, Iryna ROMANOVSKA, 60-year-old, from Oro-Medonte Township has been charged with:

Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Operation while impaired-alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

On January 15, 2023, just before 8:00 p.m., Orillia OPP officers received a report of a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 169 in Ramara Township. Officers arrived on scene and located the involved vehicle well into the ditch. Officers spoke with the driver who was displaying signs of alcohol consumption.

As a result, David YOUNG, 56-year-old, from the City of Orillia has been charged with:

Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Operation while impaired-alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

All accused are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia, to answer to the charges at a later date in February 2023. Their driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days, and their vehicles impounded for a period of 7 days.

OPP Search Warrant Executed in Midland,  Nets Weapons and Drugs

A search warrant on an Everton Drive, Midland residence has resulted in the seizure of several tasers, stun guns, rifles with ammunition, along with a quantity of Ketamine, Methamphetamine, and associated drug paraphernalia. (See attached photographs)

The execution of the warrant in the afternoon hours of January 11, 2023 is the result of an ongoing illegal weapons investigation led by members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) attached to the Southern Georgian Bay and Orillia Detachments and members of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Officers at the scene were assisted by uniform detachment members as well as additional OPP Central Region Units- Emergency Response Team (ERT), Canine Unit, Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Clandestine Laboratory Investigative Response Team along with members from The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM) and Health Canada.

Charged with the following offences in connection to this investigation is Shane GENIS 40 years of Midland.

– Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm – two counts

– Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon – nine counts

– Importing a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition knowing it is unauthorized – eight counts

Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

And further with

– Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine

– Possession of a Schedule I Substance- Other Drugs

Contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act And

– Smuggling – seven counts

–  Possession of Illegally Imported Goods- two counts Contrary to the Customs Act

The accused currently remains in police custody awaiting a bail hearing and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a future date.

 

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