Police briefs

(FORT FRANCES, ON) On 14 July 2020, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the OPP Northwest Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Royal Canadian Air Force 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron worked together to conduct training scenarios on Rainy Lake. 
The exercise involved a collaborative response to a search and rescue scenario on Rainy Lake in the bay just north of the Noden Causeway. Resources involved a Hercules aircraft deploying Squadron personnel by air with OPP responding by water.
 For more information on the 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron, please check out: https://arc.forces.gc.ca/en/squadron/435-squadron.page.  Also, for more information on OPP Search and Rescue, please check out http://opp.ca/index.php?id=115&lng=en&entryid=5c8fbbd4241f6e282a3ca3f3

(FORT FRANCES, ON) Members of the Fort Frances Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), are investigating a sudden death at 800 Scott Street in Fort Frances. The address is known as the White Pine Inn.
At 9:14 a.m. on Sunday July 5, members of the Fort Frances OPP were conducting a property check and located a deceased male in an outbuilding.
The man who passed away is Thomas Roen, 52, of Fort Frances.
The investigation is continuing at this time with no public safety concerns.
If anyone has any information, please contact the Fort Frances OPP at (807) 274-3322 or 1-888-310-1122, or call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were able to locate 2 lost Blueberry pickers near Reddit.
On Monday July 13, at 9:42 p.m. Kenora OPP were dispatched to two people lost near Armstrong Lake in Reddit. With assistance from locals that know the area, police attended and were able to locate the two at 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday July 14, 2020. Police assisted the two out of the bush with no concerns.
The OPP would like to remind people who are entering the forest to carry a survival pack with them. Food, Water, a signalling device and something to make a shelter could help save your life. Telling someone where you are going and when you will be back is also good practice.

(DRYDEN, ON) – On Tuesday July 14 at approximately 6:40 p.m. officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Community Street Crime Unit, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, and Northwest Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a search warrant at a Rourke Avenue residence in the City of Dryden.
As a result of the investigation and related search police seized a quality of cocaine, morphine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, Canadian currency and drug related paraphernalia.
A 37 year old Dryden woman has been charged with the following offences: Failure to comply with a release order, Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking- Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking- Opioid
The accused has been released from custody and will appear in the Dryden Ontario Court of Justice on the Sept. 14.

(FORT HOPE, ON) – On July 12, 2020 at 9:30 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a request from the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service to assist with an investigation into an aggravated assault against two residents on the Fort Hope First Nation that occurred on July 8, 2020.
As a result of the investigation, a young person within the meaning of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) had been arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and two counts of Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose.
Arlene Wapoose, 26, of Fort Hope First Nation succumbed to her injuries on July 12.
The young person was re-arrested on July 14 and charged with Second Degree Murder. The accused was scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on July 15 and is being held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Members of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and OPP Northwest Region Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.
Police are asking if you have any information about this incident to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at: http://www.p3tips.com/273 where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

(KENORA, ON) A 31-year-old Kenora man is in custody, following the investigation into a firearm incident in the city’s east end.
Police were dispatched to a weapons call on the morning of Thursday June 11, at 1:33 a.m. to a report of an injured male. Members of the OPP, OPP K-9 Unit, Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) attended. The OPP Crime Unit, Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and Organized Crime and Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) are investigating the incident.
The Kenora man was arrested and charged with: Careless Use of a Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 548-5534.

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora OPP, Northwest Canine Unit, Kenora Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Kenora Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and the Forensic Identification Unit are currently investigating an incident that occurred on River Drive, Kenora.
On Tuesday, June 30, at approximately 8:30 a.m, police were advised of a group of unwanted people at a residence. A short time later, five individuals were arrested for Criminal Code Offences.
The investigation is continuing; more details will be released.
 As a result of the investigation Two men and two women in their 30s and a 62-year old man have all been charged with Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking-Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I Substance-Methamphetamine and Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000. Two of the accused were held in custody to attend court on July 3 and the rest were released on a Form 10 to attend court on August 20.

(BELLEVILLE, ON) – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Health Fraud Investigation Unit has charged a former Belleville Ontario nurse, following an investigation into unauthorized use of personal health information.
Members of the Health Fraud Investigation Unit believe that a hospital nurse in the Belleville area accessed personal health information unlawfully while on duty over a six month period in 2018. This was first uncovered by the nurse’s employer who conducted an audit of apparent breaches under the Personal Health Information Protection Act and ultimately the OPP Health Fraud Investigation Unit was called to investigate.
Police have charged a 59-year-old woman of Centre Hastings, with 69 counts of Use personal health information, contrary to section 72(1)(a) of the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). The offences allegedly took place between February 17, 2018 and September 12, 2018.
The defendant has been summoned to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on September 3, 2020.
Personal health information includes identifying information about an individual relating to their physical or mental health. It is an offence to willfully collect, use, or disclose personal health information in oral or written form for any purpose without lawful authority as defined in PHIPA.

(RED LAKE, ON) – On July 11, at approximately 8:48 p.m., officers from the Red Lake OPP observed a possible stolen motor vehicle on Hammell Road, within the Municipality of Red Lake.
Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was located and throughout the investigation, it was determined that the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages. The officer made a demand for an approved screening device breath sample & the driver failed. The driver was placed under arrest & returned to the detachment for further tests.
As a result of the investigation, a 46-year-old Newfoundland man was charged with: Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), Flight from peace officer, two counts Operation while prohibited and Failure to comply with Undertaking.
He remains in custody and is awaiting a bail hearing.
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 Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have charged a person after a marine stop on Laurensons Lake in the City of Kenora.
Police attempted to stop a vessel in Safety Bay on Lake of the Woods. Officers later located the boat on Laurensons Lake. Upon speaking to the driver it was determined that they had been consuming alcohol.
As a result of this investigation, a 27-year-old Kenora man has been charged with: Operation While Impaired, Dangerous Operation and Flight from Peace Officer.
The accused is to appear in court on September 10 to answer to the charges.

(NIPIGON, ON) – On July 9 at 6 p.m., officers from the Nipigon OPP received a report form a motorist advising they had lost two bicycles and a hitch mounted carrier from their vehicle.
The motorist advised that at 4 p.m. they were eastbound approximately 20 kilometers west of Nipigon when the hitch mounted carrier and bicycles detached from their vehicle. The motorist did not notice and continued on. The motorist was advised a short while later by a following motorist that they had observed the bicycles fall off and someone retrieve them. The owner returned to the area but was unable to locate their bicycles.
The bicycles are described as a black and silver Norco Buzz downhill bike and a women’s blue 21 speed mountain bike.
Anyone who located or knows the whereabouts of these bicycles is requested to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 so they can be returned to the owner. Should you wish to remain anonymous, any information regarding this incident can also be reported to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at http://www.p3tips.com/273.