Police briefs


(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Shortly after 3:00 pm on February 14, 2021 members of the Rainy River District Crime Unit conducted a traffic stop for a Highway Traffic Act violation. Further investigation at the traffic stop lead to grounds to arrest the driver and passenger for possession of a controlled substance.

A search incident to arrest was conducted and officers located and seized evidence of trafficking of controlled substances.

Officers seized: more than four grams of Fentanyl; 16 Hydromorphone pills; and 18 Morphine pills.

As a result of the investigation, a 27 year old Fort Frances man was charged with: two counts of Possession of a controlled substance – Schedule I for the purpose of Trafficking; drive motor vehicle with cannabis readily available and drive motor vehicle, failure to display two plates.

The accused is being held for bail.

Also arrested is a 20 year old Fort Frances woman, who faces two counts of Possession of a controlled substance – Schedule I for the purpose of Trafficking.

The accused will attend Fort Frances Provincial Court on March 15, 2021 to answer to these charges.

For more information regarding the dangers of Fentanyl, visit the Government of Canada Website.

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(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Shortly after 8:00 pm on February 12, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to an assault at a business on Scott Street in Fort Frances. Officers attended the business and identified evidence of a robbery that had taken place. Robbery is the use of violence while engaged in a theft. The subject had used a needle previously used for intravenous drug use to threaten an employee of the business.  Officers were familiar with the subject and set out to locate him.

At shortly after 11:00 pm officers located the subject starting a fire in an enclosed area, close to an apartment building. The male was arrested without further incident and the officers extinguished the fire.

As a result of this investigation, a 25-year old Fort Frances man was charged with: Robbery; Indecent Act; Arson; Mischief under $5000.00; and Possession of break-in tools.

The accused was held for bail.


(MARATHON, ON) -On Saturday February 13, 2021 approximately 07:21pm, officers of the Marathon Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision (MVC), involving a pickup truck and Tractor Trailer unit (TTU) on Highway 17, approximately 30km west of Marathon near the Little Pic River Bridge.

Officers arrived on scene to find a blue TTU in the eastbound ditch and a grey GMC pickup truck approximately 150mts west in the westbound lane against the guard rails.

The only occupant of the pickup truck, 69 year old David Hamilton of Schreiber, ON was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the TTU were transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries and later released.

Highway 17 was closed from Terrace Bay to Marathon for approximately 14 hours while OPP Technical Traffic Control Investigators (TTCI) conduct their investigation. The investigation is ongoing at this time with possible charges pending in this incident.

The Marathon Fire Department (MFD), Anishinabek Police Service (APS), Marathon and Terrace Bay Emergency Medical Services (EMS), responded to the call to assist.