Police appealing to the public for information on suspicious death

Police briefs

(COUCHICHING FIRST NATION, ON) – On December 25, 2020, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted by Treaty Three Police in regards to a suspicious death on Couchiching First Nation. Police along with Rainy River District EMS responded to a residence on Rainy Lake Boulevard for a report of a domestic assault with a weapon. Police attended the scene and located three victims with superficial injuries as well as an unresponsive 41 year-old. The 41 year old was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The deceased has been identified as Randall Morrison of Big Grassy First Nation.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death has been initiated by the Treaty Three Police with the assistance of the Rainy River District OPP under the guidance of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch. Also working in conjunction with the investigation include the OPP Forensic Identification Services, North West Region Crime Unit, North West Region Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) and the Office of the Chief Coroner.


A post-mortem is scheduled to be conducted this week in Toronto to help identify the cause of death.

Any person with information regarding this investigation should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or access their website at: www.p3tips.com/273 where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

DRUG CHARGES

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Shortly after 3:30 am on December 21, 2020 members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police we patrolling and noticed a suspicious vehicle and an abandoned property. Officers investigated the suspicious vehicle, established the grounds to search the vehicle and located several items that were in the unlawful possession of the occupants.

As a result of the investigation, a 41 year old woman and 42 year old man, both of Fort Frances, have been charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Schedule I – for the purpose of trafficking X2; and Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime.

Both parties will attend Fort Frances Criminal Court on January 13, 2020 at 9:30 am to answer to these charges.

If you would like to report suspicious activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. You can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Crime Stoppers tips can also be submitted on-line at https://www.tipshelp.com/contact/ .

IMPAIRED DRIVER

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Shortly before 3:00 pm on December 20, 2020 members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called upon to investigate a complaint of an aggressive driver. Officers were able to locate the vehicle in question and stopped the vehicle to conduct an investigation.

As a result of the investigation, a 48 year old Fort Frances man has been charged criminally with: Operate Conveyance while ability impaired – alcohol.

The accused will appear in Fort Frances Provincial Court on January 18, 2021 at 9:30 am to answer to this charge.

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.

For more information on the consequences of drinking and driving, check out: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired-driving.shtml

SUDDEN DEATH

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the OPP Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Unit are investigating a sudden death in the City of Kenora.

At 7:00 a.m. on Monday December 21, 2020, the OPP were dispatched to a report of a possible sudden death in the 400 block on Second Street South by Kenora Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

A post mortem examination was conducted in Kenora on December 22, 2020. The male has been identified as 23 year old Ethan Harper of Kenora. Foul play is not suspected at this time but the investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or (807)548-5534, or call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

FATAL COLLISION

(NIPIGON, ON) – On December 20, 2020 at approximately 1:00 pm officers from the Greenstone and Nipigon Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 11, Greenstone Municipality, near Postagoni River.

Initial investigation indicates an eastbound tractor trailer and westbound tractor trailer collided. The driver of one tractor trailer, Jagmohan Dhillon, 48 years old of Surrey, British Columbia was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Beardmore and Geraldton Fire Departments along with Superior North Emergency Medical Services (EMS) from both Greenstone and Nipigon were on scene to assist.

The OPP Technical Collision Investigator (TCI) unit attended to conduct their investigation. Highway 11 was closed for several hours before re opening at 2:00 a.m.

Police investigation into the cause of the collision is continuing.

ARSON CHARGES

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a person with Arson after a fire on Second Street in the City of Kenora.

At 11:55 p.m. on Sunday December 20, 2020, the OPP were dispatched to assist Kenora Fire in the downtown core. Police attended a short time later and were able to ensure all occupants were evacuated from the building safely. Two people were taken to the hospital by Kenora Emergency Medical Services with non-life threatening injuries.

As a result of the investigation a 51-year old Kenora man has been charged with one count of Arson-Disregard for Human Life.

The accused was released on a Form 10 to attend the Kenora Courthouse on January 21, 2021 to answer to the charges.

Anyone with information about this occurrence is asked to call the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

ACCESS LIMITED

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is taking action to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by restricting the access to its facilities, including detachments, across the province.

The OPP is limiting the processing of routine criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks and finger printing to essential workers/volunteers only. Anyone seeking entry to OPP Kenora Detachment must make an appointment first. Individuals will be pre-screened and are required to have proper personal protective equipment prior to entering the detachment.

If you require any detachment-based service, including criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks, please call 1-807-548-5534 in advance for an appointment. Our operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For all other police matters, please call 1-888-310-1122 or your local detachment. Report online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.

The OPP thanks the public for helping us to keep our communities safe by using the means listed above to avoid unnecessary contact.