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(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) - On July 15, 2020, officers from the Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the Regional Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) executed a Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) warrant at a residence on the west end of Queen Street, in Sioux Lookout.

As a result of this investigation, police located and seized suspected illicit substances including fentanyl, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and suboxone with an estimated street value of approximately $12,000, as well as approximately $1,200 in Canadian currency.

Following investigation, a 41 year old man and and 22 year old woman, both from Sioux Lookout, have been arrested and charged with the following offences: Six counts Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Schedule I Substance, Two counts Possession of Proceeds of Property obtained by Crime Under $5,000.

Also as a result of this investigation, a 49-year-old man from Sioux Lookout, has been arrested and charged with four counts Possession of a Schedule I Substance.

All accused have been released on Undertakings, and will appear in the Sioux Lookout Ontario Court of Justice on August 25, 2020, to answer to these charges.

If you have any information about the trafficking of methamphetamine or other illicit drugs in Sioux Lookout, call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000. You may also report online at: http://www.p3tips.com/273.

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – (Previously reported in the Monday Bulletin) On 16 July 2020, officers of the Fort Frances Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in conjunction with the North West Region Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau conducted a search warrant at a Fort Frances, ON. The investigation stemmed from an investigation into seven suspected Fentanyl related overdoses within the Town of Fort Frances and surrounding First Nation Communities 24 hours leading up to the investigation.

As a result of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act warrant, police seized over 10 grams of Fentanyl (Yellow Down) with a street value of $8,000 CDN. Fentanyl is fatal at levels of 2 mg, according to police. In addition, a quantity of Canadian currency and drug paraphernalia were also seized.

A47-year-old man and a 58 year old woman, both of Fort Frances, were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking and Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000. The man was released by way of an Undertaking before a Justice of the Peace at a bail hearing. His next Fort Frances Ontario Court of Justice appearance will be Sept. 28 at 9:30 am. The woman was released by way of an Undertaking before a Peace Officer. Her next Fort Frances Ontario Court of Justice appearance will be Aug. 17 at 9:30 am.

If you have any information about the trafficking of fentanyl or any other illicit drugs in the Rainy River District, call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000. You may also report online at: http://www.p3tips.com/273.



(FORT FRANCES, ON) - On 20 July 2020, officers were alerted to a suspicious person sitting inside a vehicle outside a Fort Frances residential area. When officers arrived, they located three females sitting inside an idling vehicle. Police investigation revealed the driver had just self-administered an illegal substance within minutes of police arrival causing her to slump over in her driver's seat. 

The driver, a 32 year old woman from Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy) First Nation was arrested and charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Opioid). The vehicle was impounded. The woman is scheduled to appear in Fort Frances Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 17.

If you have any information about the trafficking of fentanyl other illicit drugs in the Rainy River District, call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000. You may also report online at: http://www.p3tips.com/273.



(FORT FRANCES, ON) - On July 11, 2020, approximately 15:17 hrs, a concerned citizen alerted officers of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police that a driver of a yellow minivan had been consuming alcohol most of the morning while seated in her vehicle.

As police responded to the location of the vehicle, officers observed the vehicle pulling away from the parking lot and proceed to drive through a red light. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation commenced.

As a result, a 52 year old Fort Frances woman was charged with Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired. She was released by way of an Undertaking and scheduled to answer to the charge.



(FORT FRANCES, ON) - On July 23, 2020, officers of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a break, enter and theft at a local Fort Frances motel establishment.

The owner of the business contacted police after returning to his workplace and discovered the door to his office had been forced open and cash taken. The amount of cash was significant however, the exact amount is evidentiary in nature and part of the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing. Members of the Fort Frances Crime Unit and the Fort Frances Canine Unit are supporting the investigation.

If you have any information about this crime, call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000. You may also report online at: http://www.p3tips.com/273.



(THUNDER BAY, ON) - On July 19, at approximately 3:45 p.m. officers from the Ontario Provincial Police, Thunder Bay Detachment received a report of a stolen motor vehicle from the Municipality of Shuniah located on Lakeshore Road.

The police need your help in locating a blue, 2012 Chevrolet 2500 HD Silverado bearing Ontario Licence # AB10988. The truck has "Municipality of Shuniah" decals on the driver and passenger doors, a flashing light bar, white fuel "D" tank in the box, steel running boards and the rear passenger quarter panel has a dent in it.

The vehicle was stolen sometime between July 17 -19, 2020 from the Shuniah Township public works yard.

If you have any information about this stolen vehicle, please call the Thunder Bay OPP Detachment at 1-807-939-2133. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS). You can also submit information online at   www.tipshelp.com.  Being anonymous, you will not be required to testify in court and information you provide may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.



(RED LAKE, ON) - On July 25th, 2020 at approximately 10:17 p.m., officers from the Red Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting general patrol. An officer observed a motor vehicle commit a highway traffic act violation and a traffic stop was initiated on Highway 125, within the Municipality of Red Lake.

During the traffic stop, the officer made a demand for a Standard Field Sobriety Test. The driver performed poorly and was placed under arrest & returned to the detachment for further tests.

As a result of the investigation, a 62-year old British Columbia man, was charged with: Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs and Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). He was released by way of Undertaking for Red Lake court on September 17.

Motorists who drive impaired by alcohol or drugs are subject to drivers licence suspensions, fines, vehicle impoundments, criminal records and increased insurance costs. Please drive responsibly, don't drink and drive.

The OPP is committed to safety for all who utilize Ontario's roadways. Members of the public are urged to report Impaired Driving by calling 911 in emergency situations. Complaints of impaired, aggressive or careless driving can also be made by calling 1-888-310-1122.



(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), kenora Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Pellatt Fire attended a rollover of a side by side on Highway 596 at Pickerel Lake Road.

On Monday July 27, 2020 at 12:33 p.m. Police and EMS were dispatched to a Rollover with two occupants that were injured. Both people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Members of the OPP would like to remind citizens of some rules associated with the use of these vehicles.

Some of the requirements to operate an Off Road Vehicle (ORV) on the roadway:

Must operate on the shoulder of the road (wherever possible) in the same direction of traffic

  • Seat belts in a Utility Terrain Vehicle/Side by Side's must be worn

  • Must be 16 years of age and hold a minimum class G2/M2 driver's licence

  • Must wear a helmet and have valid insurance and registration

  • Passengers are only allowed on vehicles designed to carry a passenger

  • Passengers MUST be a minimum of 8 years old

  • If speed limit is 50 km/h or lower - you cannot exceed 20 km/h

  • If speed limit exceeds 50 km/h- you cannot exceed 50 km/hr, including highways





(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On May13, 2020, at approximately 3:00 p.m. officers of the Thunder Bay OPP detachment responded to a report of human remains in the Wasp Road area which is an Unorganized area north of Highway 11/17 and west of Highway 527. The remains were located by a forest area worker and reported to the police.

The scene was secured by police. The Northwest Region Crime Unit, the Forensic Identification unit and a forensic anthropologist from Toronto attended to assist with the investigation.

The human remains have been positively identified as those of Edward Trembley of Thunder Bay. The deceased was last seen on July 7, 2019 and was subject of an extensive search by the Thunder Bay OPP and Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS). The cause of death has not been determined, pending the coroner's examination.



(RED LAKE / EAR FALLS, ON) - On July 20, members of the Red Lake and Ear Falls OPP were advised of an overdue male who left home in the morning to pick blueberries on Tuzyk Road off Highway 105, between the Township of Ear Falls and Municipality of Red Lake.

With the assistance of the Northwest Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), officers located a deceased 67 year-old male from Red Lake.

A black bear was located in the vicinity of the deceased and was dispatched by officers. 

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has been contacted and will be sending the bear to Guelph for testing.

The deceased male has been identified as Peter Franczak, age 67 from Red Lake, Ontario. A post mortem was conducted on July 24th, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario and it was determined that the cause of death was consistent with a 'bear attack'.

We are reminding people to be aware of their surroundings when outdoors. If a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police.

For more information regarding bear safety visit the MNRF website at: www.ontario.ca/bearwise

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