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Tiny Township Resident Charged in Midland Area Shoplifting Investigation

(MIDLAND, ON)- A call at approximately 7:41 p.m. September 10, 2023 to the Ontario Provincial Police Communication Centre for a shoplifting offence from the Midland Food Basics Grocery store has resulted in the arrest of a Tiny Township resident. Steven GALLANT 43 years was arrested and charged criminally with Theft Under $5000- SHOPLIFTING and Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 – in Canada after being identified as the individual who was observed by store security security leaving with unpaid merchandise.

Officers observed the accused on foot on Yonge Street, Midland after the occurrence and made an arrest, seizing the stolen property.

The accused was released from custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on November 2, 2023.

Vessel Check in Penetang Bay Nets Impaired Boating Charges for Tiny Township Resident

(PENETANGUISHENE, ON)- Members of the marine unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment were conducting general patrol on Penetang Bay in the evening hours of September 10, 2023, ensuring vessels were properly equipped with safety equipment and checking for impaired operators.

At approximately 8:32p.m. officers stopped a vessel and while checking the vessel they entered into a drinking and driving investigation with the vessel operator which resulted in Raymond ZABEL 58 years of Tiny Township being charged criminally with the following offences.

Operation while impaired – alcohol

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

And Further

fail to have sufficient lifejackets on board for all occupants

Contrary to the Canada Shipping Act

Operate vessel underway with open alcohol

Contrary to the Liquor Licence and Control Act

The accused was released from police custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice  on September 21, 2023. The accused also faces a 90 day drivers licence suspensions as per the Ministry of Transportation (ADLS) guidelines.


(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a serious motor vehicle collision overnight in the Township of Ramara that left one male deceased.

On September 5th, 2023, around 11:30 p.m., Orillia OPP, Simcoe County Paramedic Services, and Township of Ramara Fire Department, were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 12 and Ramara Road 46 in Ramara. A motorcycle and pick-up truck were involved in a collision. A 17-year-old male was pronounced deceased after being transported to a local area trauma center.

The OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) team along with The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario are assisting with the investigation. The area has since been re-opened.

OPP Marine Unit Members Still Finding Boaters Without Lifejackets Over the Labour Day Weekend

(MIDLAND, On)- Labour Day holiday weekend patrol by members of the Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment checked seventy vessels and operators, still managing to find twelve boaters who failed to have sufficient lifejackets aboard their vessels when checked during their forty-six hours of patrol. Six of those operators received tickets and six were educated by the officers. Officers also charged four operators and warned fourteen others for violations contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.

One operator received a Provincial Offences ticket for a liquor violation along with officers administering three roadside screening tests which resulted in two operators having their Ontario Drivers Licence suspended for three days. The Safe and Sober Awareness Committee of North Simcoe in partnership with the OPP ask that all operators and drivers make the right decision when getting behind the wheel to have a designated driver or safe ride home. https://twitter.com/OPP_CR/status/1696936694094647440

The popular “I Got Caught Wearing My Lifejacket Program” continues, thanks to the generous support of Maple Leaf Marina’s in partnership with Graffiti Art, rewarding youth who are “caught” by marine officers wearing their lifejackets.


(MIDLAND, ON) – The Big Yellow School Buses have returned to area roads here in North Simcoe. Members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment along with area school bus drivers would like to remind all drivers that flashing yellow overhead lights indicate a warning that the school bus stopping and soon to activate its red overhead red flashing lights and extended stop arm which requires all approaching drivers to stop and not pass by the bus. Drivers should also adjust their speed and be aware of extra vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic during school times in school areas and zones.

For more information please view the following Ministry of Transportation link –



A Safety Message from Behind the School Bus Steering Wheel – please view the following link – https://twitter.com/OPP_CR/status/1699083027337396715

Points to Remember

Focus 100 per cent of your attention on the road and put away unnecessary distractions.

Slowdown in school zones and respect the posted speed limit. There will be a high volume of students traveling between home and school by bus, on foot and by bicycle.

Be aware of school buses with their yellow then red flashing lights activated. The fine for passing a school bus with its red lights activated is $490 minimum and six demerit points.

“Failing to stop for a School Bus” comes with a price tag of $490.00 and six demerit points upon conviction. I STOP YOU STOP. Failing to stop for a school bus and having a crash may have life long consequences, please focus on your driving especially near stopped or moving school buses during this 2023/24 school year.

Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities.


(TOWN OF WASAGA BEACH, CLEARVIEW AND SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIPS, ON) – Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid over 250 charges so far this Labour Day long weekend.

The Huronia West OPP has had heightened police presence, enforcement, and patrols throughout the Town of Wasaga Beach, Clearview and Springwater Townships this long weekend. As a result, numerous Highway Traffic Act (HTA), Liquor Licence and Control Act (LLA) and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA) have been laid. The approximate numbers are over 250 for the first two days of the long weekend.

Preliminary numbers show that on Friday, September 1, police laid approximately 97 charges and on Saturday, September 2, another 160 charges were laid. Some of the charges include speeding, licence plate violations, vehicle tire violations and driver’s licence offences.

Multiple vehicles have been impounded and several R.I.D.E programs have been conducted.

The Huronia West OPP would like to thank most road users that obey laws and assist in keeping our roads safe. Additionally, we would like to thank all law-abiding citizens who respect others property and do not put others safety at risk.

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.


(ORILLIA, ON) – Officers from the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating a serious collision that occurred on Horseshoe Valley Road near Penetanguishene Road in Oro-Medonte Township.

On September 3, 2023, shortly after 3:00 a.m., Orillia OPP and emergency crews responded to reports of a single motor vehicle collision just east of the intersection or Horseshoe Valley Road and Penetanguishene Road in Oro-Medonte Township.

A 22-year-old male from the City of Barrie has been transported to a Toronto area trauma center.

The intersection is currently closed and will remain closed for several hours.

The OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) team along with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCCO) are assisting with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed or has camera footage of the collision and has not spoken with police is asked to contact the Orillia OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.


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