Altercation with police leads to multiple arrests

Police Briefs

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – At approximately 3:30pm on Thursday August 19, 2021 a member of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police was working in the area of the 400 block of Portage Ave in the Town of Fort Frances. While at that location the officer identified a person who was wanted on an arrest warrant. The officer attempted to arrest that individual, and multiple other persons became involved and interfered with that arrest. This interference escalated and the police vehicle was damaged by the multiple persons and the officer was assaulted with a weapon by an individual. The officer and members of the public were not injured in the altercation.

During the investigation officers seized the following items which led to charges under the Criminal Code (CC) and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA): An airsoft look alike handgun; a stun gun (Conductive Energy Weapon); four grams of Methamphetamine; 6.7 grams of Fentanyl; 4 Hydromorphone capsules; and over $8,000.00 in Canadian Currency.

As a result of the investigation completed by the members of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Rainy River District Crime Unit the following persons have been charged.

A 31 year old Fort Frances man faces charges of Obstruct a Peace Officer, Resist Peace Officer, Possession of a Schedule 1 substance, suspected Methamphetamine; Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance, suspected Fentanyl; Failure to comply with release order X2; and Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.00.

The man’s partner, a 23 year old Fort Frances woman, has been charged with: Mischief over $5,000 dollars; Intimidation of a Justice official; Obstruct a Peace Officer; Possession of a Schedule 1 substance, suspected Methamphetamine; Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance, suspected Fentanyl; Possession of a prohibited device; Failure to comply with a release order contrary to X 2; Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.00 dollars; Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance.

A 50 year old woman from Fort Frances has been charged with: Mischief over $5,000 dollars; Intimidation of a Justice official; Obstruct a Peace Officer; Possession of a Schedule 1 substance, suspected Methamphetamine; Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance, suspected Fentanyl; Possession of a prohibited device; Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.00 dollars and Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance.

Three additional individuals, aged 48, 30 and 28, all from Fort Frances, have been charged with: Mischief over $5,000 dollars; Intimidation of a Justice official; Obstruct a Peace Officer. Further to the mentioned persons two young persons were also arrested and charged with offences related to this investigation.

This incident is currently an active investigation and more persons may be arrested in relation to it. The Rainy River District OPP are seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. If anyone has any information; security camera footage; or cell phone footage of the incident, they are being asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.p3tips.com/273 where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

Duct cleaning

Red flags have been raised by the public about duct cleaning services advertising on social media. Although police have not received any complaints regarding the businesses, and there is no proof of any wrongdoing, potential customers should always do due diligence when selecting a service for their homes, said police. Established and reputable companies are generally the safest choice. Chatting with people who have hired the company in the past is a good way to know if they can be trusted. There is a risk to letting an unknown person into your home, they said – criminals can use home improvement businesses as a front to get into homes to discover where valuables are for later break and enter, said police.

Missing man

New Forensic Artist Sketch Available

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Ontario Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (ONCMPUR) shared a video on social media to seek the public’s assistance in a missing person case from Marten River.

Thirty-one-year-old Robert (Robbie) AHO left Land O’Lakes Cottages in Marten River on October 12, 2009. A few days after his disappearance, some of Robbie’s belongings were found along Highway 64 near Pozniak’s Lodge and Arthur’s Road. OPP members conducted a ground and air search along the Marten River area, but were not able to locate him.

Robbie is 5’7″ and about 165 pounds with a medium build. He is Caucasian, has blue eyes and a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a blue and white long-sleeved Toronto Maple Leafs shirt, blue jeans, a black vest and a blue baseball hat. He was carrying a bag of his belongings and he may have changed his clothing. Robbie has epilepsy and had enough medication to last him a few days at the time of his disappearance.

An attached age progression forensic sketch shows what Robbie would look like at present time, 11 years after his disappearance. To view the video, visit Twitter (@OPP_News), Facebook (@ontarioprovincialpolice) or view at youtube.com/watch?v=iGvdq1g9LPU. If you can help, please call your local police, the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).