OPP Seeking Public’s Assistance in Solving Downtown Midland Fail to Remain Crash Involving a Pedestrian – Feb. 14, 2023
Surveillance Photo of Suspect Vehicle
Officers investigating this Fail to Remain Collision have obtained a surveillance video of a vehicle suspected to be responsible. Please see the attached photograph of what appears to be a blue full size pickup truck, travelling north on King Street with a timestamp of February 10, 2023 at 1:22a.m.
Anyone who may have witnessed or has video/dash camera footage of the collision and has not spoken with police is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips can also be provided online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca
OPP Concerned for Safety of Missing Male from Midland
There are concerns for the well-being of a 25 year-old Midland male and police are seeking assistance from the public to help locate him. On February 13, 2023, members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were notified of his disappearance. Information was gathered which causes concern and police would like to ensure his well-being.
Nicolaus WILSON was last seen on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, he is described as 6’2” feet tall with a medium build. Please see attached photo. He is likely to be operating a black 2015 Volkswagen Jetta with Ontario license plate #CLPK 548
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips can also be provided online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca
Weekend Traffic Notes from North Simcoe Roadways
Traffic issues over the weekend on North Simcoe roadways kept officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment busy responding to those events. Officers issued 43 traffic violations under the Highway Traffic Act for a variety of offences as motorists drove through the detachment area. Of note, were the speeders travelling through the Highway 93 corridor while numerous construction crews worked to repair Hydro lines along side the highway along with a traffic light control malfunction in Waverley which tasked an officer to manually direct traffic within the intersection.
A 66 year old Penetanguishene man was charged with Careless Driving after he sped through the County Road 93 roundabout and his Toyota rolled into the ditch at approximately 1:00 p.m. February 12, 2023. Further investigation led officers to impound the involved vehicle and issue a 3-Day suspension ADLS as part of a drinking and driving investigation as per the ADLS guidelines.
12 vehicle crash’s were investigated by patrol officers who also conducted 16 Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) check stops, checking drivers for signs of impairment and investigated 19 traffic complaints.
Incident of Impaired Driving
At 2:55 a.m. February 12, 2023 officers were dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch off Highway 400 in the area of Crooked Bay Road, Georgian Bay Township. The lone driver was located and upon exiting the vehicle, the driver was arrested for impaired driving and transported to Orillia Detachment for further investigation by a OPP Drug Recognition Expert.
As a result of this investigation, Cameron BOATMAN 34 years of Shanty Bay has been charged criminally with Operation while impaired – blood drug concentration and further with Operation while impaired – drugs.
The accused was released on an recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on March 2, 2023 and further faces a 90 day drivers licence suspension and a 7 day vehicle impoundment as per the Ministry of Transportation ADLS suspension guidelines.
Educating the public about safe driving practices with our community safety partners is a priority, if you see a possible impaired driver on our roadways, waterways or trails please “Make the Call” and dial 911 as impaired driving never ends well, please make a plan to get home safely.
OPP Seeking Public’s Assistance in Solving Downtown Midland Fail to Remain Crash Involving a Pedestrian
Investigators from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment are asking for the public’s assistance in solving a downtown Midland vehicle vs pedestrian crash which left a Midland man with serious injuries and the involved vehicle fled the scene. Officers were dispatched at 1:22 a.m. February 10, 2023 to a report of an injured male lying on the roadside of King Street between the Scotia Bank and Maple Pub with injuries consistent to that of being struck by a north bound vehicle.
The suspect vehicle is described as being a newer model Dodge Ram crew cab pick up truck, grey or olive in colour with tinted windows. Anyone with any information on the possible vehicle, driver or dashcam video is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org . If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and anonymous tips can also be provided online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca
Door-To-Door Sales/ Liens/Mortgage Fraud
Complex door-to-door sales scams – Avoid further victimization
Ontario’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is shining a light on a multi-layered door-to-door sales scam, which leaves victims with poor renovations, liens or a mortgage on their homes.
Despite rules banning door-to-door sales, criminals have not stopped. Those involved in these frauds are persuasive and persistent. They continue to visit the homes of vulnerable individuals and endear themselves, giving the impression they are a friendly helper.
HOW DOES THIS FRAUD UNFOLD?
Fraudsters approach individuals at the door of their home or by phone and use compelling tactics to persuade the homeowner that a new appliance, contract or service is required; something that was never asked for or needed. These have included: air cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, duct cleaning, furnaces, water filters, water heaters, water treatment devices or even bundles of these goods and services.
After the service has been completed or device installed, a few things can happen to make a bad situation even worse.
Whether by phone or in person:
The victim is contacted by someone claiming to be from a law firm offering assistance to exit previously signed contracts, remove possible liens and consolidate incurred debts. Victims are told they may be eligible to receive a grant for a significant amount of money IF they agree to exit the contract.
If a grant was offered, the victim is contacted by a home renovation company and is persuaded to sign a contract and speak with a finance company on the phone. They are led to believe this is required to comply with the grant, BUT it is actually the process to have a mortgage approved on their home.
The funds are then deposited into the victim’s bank account, leading the victim to believe they have received the grant, but it is actually funds from the home equity mortgage taken out on their home.
The victim is told not to touch the money, as it must go toward renovations, as well as to the payments they were making for installed equipment.
TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF/YOUR LOVED ONES
Answer your door only if you are expecting an invited guest
Do not allow unsolicited visitors into your home
Hang up on unsolicited phone calls
Never share personal information or copies of any bills or financial statements
Do not make a decision on the spot
Do not sign blank documents
Take the time to understand what you are signing and ask questions
Do not answer questions on a phone/video call if you are being told the answers by someone else (if someone is telling you to answer ‘yes’/ ‘no’)
Check regularly on family or others who might be vulnerable to persuasive and persistent individuals
Talk to the bank about a vulnerable loved one to prevent suspicious withdrawals
Understand no renovations are free
Visit Canada.ca to review green grant opportunities
Ask yourself: why has this person offered to help and how do they know your situation
Consider checking your credit history online at TransUnion and Equifax
Look up your property on the Land Registry Ontario website
Install video cameras around your home or video capturing doorbells
The person visiting you says you have won a class-action lawsuit regarding the installation of your equipment and the money can only be used towards renovations to your home
You are told your home is now a ‘green home’ after the installation of some equipment and therefore you qualify for a grant. A condition of the grant is that you can only use the money to do renovations or add more equipment
A financial company approaches you, unsolicited, indicating they can help you get out of payments or to consolidate your debt
If you are told renovations are free
If you do not have input on the renovations a company does or what materials they use
If you are pressured to have renovations started right away
Renovations in these frauds have included: flooring, painting, smart thermostats, vanities, sinks, toilets, showers, kitchens cabinets and insulation. They are often poor quality and are left unfinished