Rainy River District OPP celebrating first responders in Police Week

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is joining police services across Ontario and Canada in kicking off Police Week (#PoliceWeekON), which honours and celebrates the work front- line police officers, 9-1-1 communicators, civilian staff, and all members of our police service do to keep our citizens safe and healthy, especially during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, Police Week runs from May 9 to 15, 2021. The theme for the week is “Working Together to Keep our Communities Safe,” which highlights the commitment of police services to develop partnerships that enhance the safety and well-being of everyone in our communities.

“Police Week was first observed in 1970 and coincides with the Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is recognized internationally on May 15. This year, we honour our police officers and personnel for the extraordinary work they do every day in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting Inspector Dereck McLean. The current lockdown means that police personnel will not be able to engage with community members as they have traditionally done during Police Week. This year we are inviting the public to reach out through social media or other means that use appropriate social distancing should they wish to extend messages of gratitude to front-line police officers, 9-1- 1 communicators, civilian staff, and all members of our police service for all they do to keep our communities safe.”

Rainy River District OPP Detachment would like to acknowledge and extend a thank you to all the health care professionals and other first responders who work hard to protect our citizens during this pandemic.

The annual Police Week in Ontario is sponsored by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General. It is part of the National Police Week led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

COVID CHARGES

(Atikokan, ON) – On Sunday May 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Members of the Atikokan Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an anti-lockdown demonstration outside the Atikokan arena.

OPP members observed a male that was previously educated and warned for not abiding by the current Ontario stay at home order.

As a result of the investigation a 60 year old Atikokan man has been charged with failing to comply with an order made during a declared emergency, contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This offence comes with a fine of $880.

The OPP would like to re- mind everyone to take the public health measures seriously. Legislation is in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public by mitigating risk of exposure.

For more information, please go to the Government of Ontario website https://covid-19.ontario.ca/ or to the Northwestern Health Unit’s website at https://www.nwhu.on.ca/covid19/Pages/home.aspx .

VICTIM DIES

(MISHKEEGOGAMANG FIRST NATION, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has confirmed that the victim of a serious assault has died as a result of injuries sustained in the assault.

The victim has been identified as 17 year old Lynnora Mikenak also known as Lynorra Lawson) of Mishkeegogamang First Nation.

The investigation is now considered a homicide. The accused, a 32 year old Mishkeegogamang First Nation man, remains in custody awaiting his next court appearance. Additional charges are pending.

Shortly after 7:00 a.m. on May 1, 2021, the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) responded to an assault at a Henry Street residence, requesting assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The victim was air-lifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing with the collaboration of NAPS, the OPP’s Northwest Region Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Services (FIS), under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Members of the public with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the OPP at or can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 or 1-888-310-1122. Online information can be provided at ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

FIRE

(RED LAKE, ON) – On May 12, around 11:00 a.m., officers from the Red Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information regarding a fire near Detta Road, Balmertown, within the Municipality of Red Lake.

The fire was observed to be approximately 15.5 hectares in size, and was controlled & contained by Red Lake Municipal Fire Fighters & Ministry of Natural Recourse & Forestry.

The investigation into the cause of the fire remains ongoing and police are asking any- one with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP toll free at 1-888-310-1122.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

SCAM ALERT

The OPP have received several reports of recent telephone frauds targeting seniors. In most cases, the victims did not trans- fer any funds to the callers.

The fraud referred to as the “Emergency Scam” or “Grandparent Scam” has been around for years, but has recently been reported in the Greenstone Area again. In the typical scenario, a person receives a phone call from a con-artist claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren or children. The caller will then claim they are in some type of trouble and need money immediately. Typically they claim to have been in a car accident or in trouble with police in a foreign country and need money.

Wanting to help their grandchild the victim sends money by credit card or a money transfer such as Money Gram or Western Union.

This scam has different variations, but is predominantly directed towards seniors.

To guard against becoming a victim, police advise you to first check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information BEFORE sending money or providing credit card information by phone or e-mail. Members of the public can visit www.opp.ca for tips on protecting yourself and your family from fraud.

Anyone who receives a call like this is asked to report it to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:

On-line: https://www.anti-fraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501

Toll Free Fax: 1-888-654- 9426

Email: info@antifraudcentre. ca.