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From the OPP

Hit-and-run tips sought

The Rainy River District OPP is asking for help from the public.

Yesterday at 3:30 p.m., officers were advised that a pick-up truck had struck a car on the 600 block of Thompson Avenue and failed to remain at the scene.

The truck is described as a dark blue Ford extended cab truck with a male driver.

Festive R.I.D.E. blitz begins

Police know the approaching holiday season brings an increase in the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on Ontario roadways.

This means there likely is to be more tragedy on our roads in the days ahead.

The OPP is setting up traffic stops around the province—and around the clock—as it kicks off the 2015 Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign.

Heed calendar parking: OPP

The Rainy River District OPP is joining forces with the Town of Fort Frances to facilitate winter snow removal and to keep area roads safe.

The public is reminded that calendar parking is in effect all year long.

Violators may be issued a municipal bylaw parking ticket or have their vehicle towed.

The vehicle owner is responsible for towing and storage fees.

Death probed

The Sioux Lookout OPP is investigating the death of a 47-year-old man from there.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, officers were conducting foot patrol in the bush area at the north end of Fourth Avenue when they discovered the deceased male.

SIU probing injury

Yesterday around 12:30 p.m., Rainy River District OPP officers located a male, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant within the Town of Fort Frances.

The male was taken to Fort Frances detachment.

A short time after arriving there, he sustained an injury and was transported to hospital.

Drivers facing charges

On Tuesday at 4:50 p.m., Rainy River District OPP officers responded to the report of a motor-vehicle collision near the intersection of Shortreed Road and King’s Highway 11 in Watten Township.

After speaking with the driver, it was determined she had been drinking.

The 51-year-old Fort Frances woman subsequently was arrested.

Inmate being sought

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as result of her breach of parole.

Michelle Stephanie Morris is described as a 33-year-old First Nations’ female, standing 5’6” and weighing 137 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

She also has a scar on her right wrist.

Arson charges

In the early-morning hours of Saturday, the Rainy River District OPP was called to investigate three suspicious fires in Fort Frances.

A 22-year-old man from Fort Frances subsequently was charged with four counts of arson.

The Fort Frances OPP Crime Unit and the OPP’s Forensic Identification Services are continuing the investigation.

Stop for school buses

The OPP has been receiving an increased number of complaints from local bus drivers and concerned citizens regarding vehicles not stopping for school buses that are stopped with their overhead red signal lights flashing.

It is important for drivers to remember the Ontario Highway Traffic Act section 175(11) states:

Two teens nabbed

The Rainy River District OPP officers responded to a mischief on the 1200 block of Second Street East around 9:30 p.m. yesterday.

Several residences and motor vehicles in the area were “egged.”

Police obtained descriptions of those involved and located two youths in the area.