Two local suspected charged in McTaggarts Break and Enter

Police Briefs

Officers from the Rainy River District Detachment have made two arrests in connection to a break and enter at McTaggarts.

A 37-year-old Fort Frances man has been charged with one count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

A 36-year-old Fort Frances man has been charged with: Break and Enter; Fail to Comply with release order X3; Possession of break-in instruments; Possession of Methamphetamine; and Possession of Property obtained by crime under $5000.


On Saturday November 28, 2020 officers of the Rainy River District OPP responded to a Break and Enter at McTaggarts Store on Scott Street in Fort Frances. The incident occurred between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

The Rainy River District OPP has been actively engaged in focused patrols of the downtown core area, following the break-in.

The OPP is requesting anyone with information about crimes in our community to contact the Rainy River District Detachment at 807-274-3322 or 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact the police if they observe suspicious activity.

Fake currency

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn local businesses of fake Canadian currency in the Kenora area.

Police were advised that on December 16, 2020 people had used two counterfeit $50 bills in Canadian currency at a local business.

Anyone with information regarding this is asked to call the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 807-548-5534.

Scott Street B&E

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested two persons in connection to a Break and Enter at the old Robin’s Donuts building on Scott Street.

On Thursday December 10, at 5:33 a.m. officers of the Rainy River District OPP received a report of a Break and Enter in progress at 297 Scott Street in Fort Frances. Officers were conducting focused patrols in the area and immediately attended the scene.

An investigation by uniformed members led to the quick identification and arrest of two males who were located at the scene.

As a result, two Fort Frances men, aged 25 and 32, have been charged with: Break and Enter and Possession of break in instruments.

Both have been released on an Undertaking to appear in Court on December 29 in Fort Frances.

Impaired driver

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Shortly after 7:00 am on the morning of December 12, 2020 officer from the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a domestic dispute taking place in a car in the area of Eighth Street West in Fort Frances.

Officers attended the scene and conducted an investigation. The source of the argument was determined to be surrounding the driver’s ability to drive due to alcohol consumption.

As a result of the investigation, a 25 year old Fort Frances man was charged criminally with one count of impaired operation of a conveyance and will appear in Fort Frances criminal court on January 4, to answer to the charge.

As a result of this charge, the accused has been issued a 90 day administrative driver’s licence suspension and the car in question was impounded for a period of 7 days.

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.

Impaired driver

(FORT FRANCES, ON) On December 9, 2020 at 9:05 p.m., officers of the Fort Frances Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a complaint of an impaired driver on Central Avenue. Officers located the described vehicle on Second Street West in Fort Frances. Upon speaking with the male driver officers determined he was impaired. The male was arrested and transported to the Fort Frances Detachment for testing by a Breath Technician and a Drug Recognition Expert who conducted a 12 step systematic evaluation.

As a result a 29 year-old Fort Frances man has been charged with; Operation while Impaired – Blood Drug Concentration; and Driving while under suspension.

He was released to appear in court in Fort Frances on December 29, to answer to the charges.

Weapons charges

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – On November 29, 2020 Members of the Rainy River District Detachment received a complaint of a motor vehicle collision on Mill Road in Fort Frances. Members of Treaty Three Police Service and the Rainy River District Crime Unit were engaged to conduct an investigation based on the observations made at the scene.

As a result of the investigation, a 39 year old Fort Frances man has been charged criminally with: Careless storage of firearm; Failure to comply with release order X3; Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm; Impaired operation of a Conveyance by drugs or alcohol; possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking X3; possession of proceeds of crime over $5000; possession of proceeds of crime under $5000; possession of stolen property under $5000. The accused is being held on bail.

Fatal collision

(ARMSTRONG, ON) – On December 10, members of the Armstrong Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Superior North EMS responded to a report of a single motorized snow vehicle collision near Trail Lake Road in the community of Armstrong.

Police attended the scene and determined the lone MSV had left the trail and struck a tree. The operator was located and pronounced deceased.

The victim has been identified as 23 year old James KWANDEBANCE of Armstrong Ontario.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death has been initiated by the Armstrong OPP in conjunction with the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit.