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From the OPP

Pot bust

Yesterday at 3:20 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted by members of the Rainy River District OPP on Highway 11 at Couchiching as a result of an ongoing investigation.

A 19-year-old male from Emo subsequently was arrested after 5.5 pounds of marijuana was located and seized.

Driver charged

A charge has been laid in connection with a collision involving a school bus and a motor vehicle yesterday morning in Chapple Township.

An investigation determined the bus was carrying six students at the time of the collision around 8:20 a.m. but no injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained damage.

Drugs seized

On Feb. 5 at 1:30 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted by members of the Rainy River District OPP in the Town of Fort Frances as a result of an on-going investigation.

Three people subsequently were arrested.

Roughly 33 grams of cocaine and a quantity of cash also was located and seized.

Safer Internet Day supported

The OPP is supporting International Safer Internet Day and cyber safety awareness by encouraging young people and their families to T.H.I.N.K b4 U Send to ensure their safety in the online world.

International Safer Internet Day is Feb. 9.

It was created to promote safer and more responsible use of technology, especially among children and young people around the world.

Driver facing charges

On Feb. 4 around at 12:50 p.m., Rainy River District OPP officers received a complaint of a possible impaired driver on Highway 11 east of Fort Frances.

Officers located the motor vehicle within the Town of Fort Frances.

The driver, a 31-year-old Thunder Bay man, was showing signs of impairment.

Stop for school buses

The OPP has been receiving an increasing 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.

There also are complaints about drivers failing to wait until pedestrians fully cross at crosswalks before driving on.

Driver charged

Shortly after 3 a.m. yesterday, Rainy River District OPP officers were notified of an motor vehicle in the ditch on Highway 11 about 20 km east of Atikokan.

Officers later located the vehicle near Highway 11 and 11B in the Township of Atikokan.

The driver, a 50-year-old Couchiching First Nation man, was showing signs of impairment.

Alberta driver nabbed

The Rainy River District OPP charged an Alberta male with impaired driving on Saturday around 1:15 a.m.

During routine patrol, officers stopped a pick-up truck on the 800 block of King’s Highway here after observing a male driving erratically.

The driver, a 32-year-old from Edmonton, was arrested at the scene and taken to the OPP detachment for breath tests.

Woman still missing

The Pickle Lake OPP continues to search for a missing woman from there.

The OPP is seeking the assistance of the public in locating her.

Charnelle Masakeyash, 26, is a First Nation female described as 5’7” and 130 pounds, with a medium build, straight, shoulder-length black hair (usually worn in a pony-tail), and brown eyes.

She was reported missing on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Driver nabbed

On Jan. 1 around 2:40 a.m., the Rainy River District OPP conducted a traffic stop near Portage Avenue and First Street East.

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

The driver, 31-year-old woman from Naicatchewenin First Nation, failed the roadside test and subsequently was arrested.