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From the OPP

Pair of drivers nabbed

On Friday at 11:30 p.m., Rainy River District OPP officers stopped a motor vehicle for a Highway Traffic Act infraction.

After speaking with a 17-year-old driver, he subsequently was arrested for an alcohol/drug-related offence.

He was taken to the Fort Frances detachment and released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 28.

Man facing arson charge

On Jan. 6 around 4:05 p.m., the Kenora OPP was advised of an out building on fire at a residence on Highway 596.

The OPP, along with the Pellatt Fire Department, attended a short time later and were able to extinguish the blaze.

As a result of the investigation, a 28-year-old Kenora man was arrested and charged with arson.

Police seek tips in theft

Members of the Rainy River District OPP are investigating a theft from a vehicle.

On Jan. 3 between 1 and 3 p.m., about $700 was stolen from a vehicle parked in the downtown area of Atikokan.

If you have any information about this theft, contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

New drunk driving laws take effect

With Part 2 of Bill C-46 coming into effect yesterday (Dec. 18), the OPP has begun to exercise new authority for investigating impaired drivers on Ontario roads.

Police officers now will be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully-stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in their body without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking.