Police briefs

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a person after a fire in Golf Course Bay in the City of Kenora.
At approximately 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday June 17, the OPP were dispatched to a fire at a boathouse in Golf Course Bay. Police were advised that a male had started a fire and went into the bush.
Frontline OPP, Northwest K-9 Unit, Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Crime Unit attended and a 22 year old person was located nearby and taken into custody.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this occurrence is asked to call the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 807-548-5534

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora OPP have received several complaints of thefts from vehicles and outbuildings over the last week.
Police are reminding the public that these actions are crimes of opportunity, leaving vehicles unlocked and valuables inside place a target on your vehicle and property.
Some steps you can take to avoid thefts include:
– Ensure your home, garage and all out-buildings are locked at all times
– Take steps to identify your property by marking it, engraving it or recording the serial numbers
– Have a trusted neighbour keep an eye on your property if you plan to be away
– Do not announce your absence over social media
– Roll up your vehicles windows, remove all valuables, lock the doors and pocket the keys
– Watch out for suspicious people or activity in your neighbourhood
Lock it or lose it – take the time and protect your property

(FORT FRANCES, ON) As part of a joint investigation, officers of the Fort Frances OPP, Canada Border Services and Public Health Office of Canada have completed an investigation into a violation of the federal Quarantine Act.
On March 25, 2020 the Canadian government ordered that anyone coming to Canada from another country is to quarantine for 14 days. Laws have been imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public.
On June 1, two men, aged 62 and 19, of Fort Frances, returned to Canada from the United States. As a result, the men were ordered to quarantine at their residence in Fort Frances for 14 days. A police investigation ensued after law enforcement officials observed the two men outside of their residence at the Front Street boat launch getting into their boat.
As a result of the investigation, both men have been charged with Section 58 of the federal Quarantine Act – ‘failing to comply with an order prohibition or subjecting to any condition upon entry into Canada’. The offence carries a fine of $1000 plus a $135 victim surcharge. The charges are the first under the Quarantine Act for the Rainy River District.
“When individuals enter Canada from another country, they are ordered to quarantine for 14 days. A plan outlining the quarantine is first established with Canada Border Services. The OPP will support this process by conducting compliance checks, says Sgt. Ann McEwen. Individuals are reminded that while under quarantine order, there is no exception to leave the quarantine until the 14 days are complete. Any goods and services must be delivered to the location of quarantine.”
For more information, please check out https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/covid.html

(ATIKOKAN, ON) – On June 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm, officers of the Atikokan OPP received a complaint of an impaired driver on Highway 11. Officers located the described vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The officer made a demand for an approved screening device breath sample. The driver failed, was placed under arrest & returned to the Atikokan detachment for further tests.
As a result a 46 year old Thunder Bay man has been charged with Operation while impaired-alcohol.
He was released to appear in court in Atikokan on July 15 to answer to the charges.


(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora OPP are looking to the public to assist in identifying a male.
On Sunday, June 14, at 11:06 a.m. members of the Kenora OPP received a report of a person who attended the Kenora Jail, supplied inmates with packages and then ran away. The male was last observed on foot heading West from the jail on River Drive.
The person is described as an indigenous male, 5’8”, skinny, he was wearing black pants with a white stripe down the pant leg, a maroon sweater, white shoes, a black hat with a white visor and a black COVID mask over his face.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (807)548-5534.

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora OPP and Northwest Canine Unit have charged a local in connection to a Break and Enter at a hotel.
On Friday, June 13, shortly after 1:30 a.m, police were advised of a break and enter in progress at a hotel on the south side of Kenora.
The complainant advised police there were two suspects involved and provided police with descriptors. A short time later, one of the suspects was located and arrested. The second male is outstanding.
As a result of this investigation, a 22-year-old from Kenora is charged with Break, Enter a place- commit indictable offence contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused is to appear in Kenora Court on July 2.

(NIPIGON, ON) – On June 13th, 2020 at approximately 3:37 p.m., an officer from the Nipigon OPP stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 11-17.
The officer made a demand for a breath sample and the driver subsequently failed. The driver was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle with Over 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood and returned to the detachment for further tests.
As a result, a 22 year old man, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, was charged with Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), and released by way of Appearance Notice for Nipigon court on July 21st at 10:00 a.m. to answer to the charge.
Later on June 13, at approximately 4:56 p.m., an officer from the Nipigon OPP stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 17.
The officer made a demand for a breath sample and the driver subsequently failed. The driver was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle with Over 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood and returned to the detachment for further tests.
As a result of the investigation, a 40 year-old Sault Ste. Marie man, was charged with Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), Operation While Prohibited, and Stunt Driving, 50 kmh over the posted speed limit. He was released by way of Appearance Notice for Nipigon court on July 21 at 10:00 a.m. to answer to the charges.

(NIPIGON, ON) Members of the Nipigon OPP are looking to the public for information regarding an incident that occurred in Nipigon.
On Thursday June 4, Police were dispatched to a report of a theft from a local business located on Highway 11-17. An unknown male entered the business, accessed the shower area and removed approximately 15 used and clean towels. A review of security video shows the suspect to be a Caucasian male, 50-60 years old, wearing glasses, a blue T-shirt, green shorts, white socks, and dark shoes. The suspect then left the area in a white “Toy Hauler” type motorhome.
Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to call the Nipigon OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 807-887-2637.