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(TOWN OF WASAGA BEACH, CLEARVIEW AND SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIPS, ON) – Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are preparing for visitors and residents to have a safe and enjoyable labour day long weekend in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

As the long weekend approaches, the Huronia West OPP would like to remind all visitors and residents of the following important messages.

The OPP is working together with the Town of Wasaga Beach, Municipal By-Law, Wasaga Beach Fire Department, Ontario Parks, and the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

All responsible, respectful, and lawful visitors/motorists are welcomed to the Town of Wasaga Beach.

Speeding, racing, stunt driving, following too closely, unsafe lane changes and road rage are among the aggressive driving behaviours that place drivers, passengers, and other road users at risk. The OPP will respond to unlawful events in an appropriate and professional manner.

All visitors/participants are reminded to respect our communities and not to jeopardize the safety of our citizens or our neighbourhoods with risky, illegal, or dangerous actions.

The Huronia West OPP is committed to serving our province, including the Town of Wasaga Beach and the Townships of Springwater and Clearview. If you have any information about crime in our community, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call 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. You will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

OPP Investigate Impaired Drivers and Numerous Vehicle Crashes Over the Weekend

(MIDLAND, ON)- Officers of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment were kept busy with numerous calls for service which included eleven vehicle crashes and two impaired driving investigations over the weekend.

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle into the trees off of Wood Road at the intersection of McMann Side Road in Tay Township near 6:21 a.m. August 27, 2023. Investigators were unable to locate any occupants near the vehicle which had rolled numerous times as it entered the ditch and came to rest in the nearby trees. Investigation is continuing with a Barrie resident who apparently owns what is left of the vehicle and did not wish to speak with the police at the time as to what may have caused the crash.

A 911 call to the OPP Communication Centre near 7:15 a.m. August 26, 2023, caused officers to attend an area near the intersection of Fuller Avenue and Robert Street East for a two vehicle crash including a utility pole at that location. Scene investigation led officers to believe a gray car heading north bound on Fuller Avenue went off the road striking a utility pole and rolled, striking a red vehicle turning onto Robert Street East from Fuller Avenue. Officers spoke with the operator of the gray car and entered into a drinking and driving investigation which resulted in a 17-year-old of North Simcoe to be charged with the following offences as a young person as defined by the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

Operation while impaired – alcohol

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

Dangerous operation

Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent

And Further

Novice driver – B.A.C. above zero Contrary to the Highway Traffic Act

Driver fail to surrender licence Contrary to the Highway Traffic Act

Fail to surrender insurance card Contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act

Person under 19 years consuming liquor Contrary to the Liquor Licence and Control Act

The accused was released from custody and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice  on September 6, 2023. The accused also faces a 90 day drivers licence suspensions as per the Ministry of Transportation (ADLS) guidelines as well the vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days. Both drivers were treated by Emergency Services for minor injuries at the scene.

Near 7:35 a.m. August 24, 2023, a community member reported to the OPP Communications Centre a possible impaired driver in the area of the retail stores on Simcoe County Road 93, Midland. The suspect vehicle was located in the Mountain View Mall parking lot and the lone driver fled from the officer on foot through a store then headed into the bush, west of the mall. Approximately 8:24 a.m. August 24, 2023, the driver was located by police at a Glen Eagles, Midland residence and was arrested. An investigation was commenced resulting in Michael Gregory MARCHILDON 26 years of Midland being charged with the following criminal code offences.

Failure or refusal to comply with demand

Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs

Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent

And Further

Driving while under suspension Contrary to the Highway Traffic Act

The accused was released from custody and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice  on September 7, 2023. The accused also faces a 90 day drivers licence suspensions as per the Ministry of of Transportation (ADLS) guidelines as well the vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days.

OPP officers on patrol also participated in ten R.I.D.E. check stop programs set up in various locations in the Detachment area over the weekend checking 100 vehicles and drivers checking for signs of impaired driving.

Educating the public about safe driving, boating and ORV practices with our community safety partners is a priority, if you see a possible impaired operator 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 Assistance with Midland Mischief Investigations

(MIDLAND, On)-  Members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment are seeking the assistance of the public in their investigation into a series of early morning mischiefs on Norman Crescent, Midland of late.

Officers responded to reports at 3:21 a.m. and 3:29 a.m. August 27, 2023, from two home owners of stones being thrown at their large glass bay style windows causing significant damage to the windows. Officers had previously responded at 3:06 a.m. July 29, 2023, to another Norman Crescent home with a similar occurrence.

Investigators are asking area residents to check their video surveillance systems for any suspicious activity during these dates and times.


Victim Succumbs to Injuries; Investigation Upgraded to Homicide

(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) – An incident involving a firearm in Victoria Harbour, east of Midland, has been upgraded to a homicide after the victim succumbed to injuries.

Just after 2:00 p.m. on August 17, 2023, members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Simcoe County Paramedics and Tay Township Fire Department responded to reports of gunshots outside of a residence on Maple Street in the Township of Tay. Officers located one person suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. That person was transported by Ornge air ambulance to a Toronto-area trauma centre with life-threatening injuries.

The victim succumbed to their injuries in hospital on August 25, 2023, and as a result, the investigation has been upgraded to a homicide.

Investigators believe this is an isolated incident. If you see a suspicious person or vehicle that may be linked to this incident, call 9-1-1 and do not approach as the suspect(s) may be armed.

The Southern Georgian Bay OPP Major Crime Unit is continuing the investigation under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch and with the assistance of the OPP Forensic Identification Services.

Anyone who may have surveillance or dashcam video, or any information in relation to this investigation, is asked to contact the Southern Georgian Bay OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or opp.southern.georgian.bay@opp.ca. Information can also be submitted online at bit.ly/3QOb98i.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka on Twitter or Facebook and by visiting crimestopperssdm.com.

OPP Investigating Afternoon Car & ATV Crash on Baseline Road Tiny Township

23-Aug-2023 (TINY TOWNSHIP, On)-  A crash between an ATV and a car on Baseline Road in Tiny Township near 1:00 p.m. August 21, 2023 has caused an investigation to be commenced by members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment. Simcoe County Paramedics and Tiny Township Fire Services triaged a 16-year-old male ATV operator of Tiny Township at the scene, transported to an area hospital, then onward by ORNGE to a GTA trauma hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators are of the belief the ATV was crossing Baseline Road when the ATV was struck by a north bound vehicle and investigators continue to investigate if the ATV operator was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The roadway was closed for investigative purposes until 3:40 p.m. August 23, 2023, when it was reopened.

Officers stress that wearing all of the required safety equipment and being in control at all times while operating any off-road vehicle (ORV) is the key to reducing the chance of injury or worse. For more information on ORV operation please view the following site – https://ofatv.org/regulations/

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