Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Break-ins, assaults keeping OPP busy

Break-ins and assaults were among the most prevalent crimes the OPP responded to locally last month.
In Rainy River District, 11 break-and-enters were reported in October—eight of which were in Fort Frances, Insp. Steve Shouldice told the Police Services Board meeting this morning.

In one incident, a shed was broken into. While nothing was taken, a fire was started.
In six other incidents, garages were broken into. In three of these incidents, liquor, cigarettes, and, in one instance, a plastic gun case were taken.
In the other three, nothing was taken.
And in an eighth incident, a residence was entered and medication stolen.
Meanwhile, 19 assaults were reported in the district last month, including 10 in Fort Frances.
These included three domestics, four involving intoxicated people who were not able to assist in the investigation, and three involving students at Fort Frances High School.
One of the latter took place off school property while the other two took place on school property.
Charges were laid in all three incidents.
There also were quite a few motor-vehicle accidents in October.
There was a total of 60 collisions causing property damage in Rainy River District, eight of which occurred in Fort Frances.
Of those, three resulted from following too closely, two were collisions with deer, one vehicle reversed into a pole, one failed to remain at the scene after hitting a parked car, and one made an improper turn.
Meanwhile, there were two personal injury collisions, including one in Fort Frances involving two vehicles.
In that incident, a driver was charged with failing to yield.
In other police news:
•the OPP will host its annual “Stuff-A-Cruiser” event next Saturday (Dec. 8) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Fort Frances and Emo (officers will be outside Canada Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, as well as Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo);
•local OPP officer Greg Beazley was promoted from constable to sergeant as of Nov. 12 (his constable vacancy will be filled in February, when an experienced officer is transferred here); and
•Insp. Shouldice attended the Commissioners Conference in Orillia on Oct. 15-17, where he received the Queen’s Commission from Community Safety and Correctional Services minister Madeleine Meilleur and OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.

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