Worksite fatality at Marathon’s Barrick Gold Mine

Police briefs

To report a crime, online reporting can be accessed at www.opp.ca/reporting. To contact the police by phone, call OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

(MARATHON, ON) – On July 14, 2021 at 9:55 p.m. members of the Marathon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Superior North EMS responded to a report of a possible fatality at the Barrick Gold Mine, located approximately 40 kms east of Marathon on Highway 17.

Police attended the scene and were advised by medical staff that the victim was deceased.

The victim has been identified as 48 year old Troy Cameron of Marathon.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death has been initiated by the Marathon OPP in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

A post mortem will be conducted in Toronto in order to confirm the cause of death.

Any person with information regarding this investigation should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at: ontariocrimestoppers.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

IMPAIRED ON ATV

(ATIKOKAN, ON) – On Sunday July 18, 2021 at approximately 4:00pm members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Atikokan responded to a traffic complainant of a person operating an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) while impaired. Police officers attended the area of the complaint and located a person driving an ATV. In stopping and speaking with the person there were obvious signs of alcohol intoxication and they were arrested. The person provided breath samples which were analyzed to see what the concentration of alcohol in their blood was. The concentration was found to be 5 times the legal limit which is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.  

As a result of this investigation a 30 year old man from the Rainy River District has been charged under the Criminal Code with: operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration over 80; and operation while prohibited.

IMPAIRED DRIVER

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested and charged three people with Impaired Driving offences over the weekend. 

At approximately 8:36 p.m. on Friday July 16, 2021, Police received a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver on Highway 71 near White Moose Road. Fort Frances OPP located the vehicle on Highway 71 at Oak Point Road and a traffic stop was conducted. Upon stopping the vehicle, Police determined the driver had been consuming alcohol. The accused was arrested at the scene, turned over to the Kenora OPP and transported for further tests. As a result of this investigation, a 31 year old man of Narol, Manitoba has been charged with: Operation While Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus) and Operation While Impaired-Alcohol and Drugs.

At 9:04 p.m. on Saturday July 17, 2021, Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle in the ditch on Strecker Road in the City of Kenora. Police attended and after speaking to the driver it was determined they had been consuming alcohol. As a result of this investigation, a 31 year old Kenora woman has been charged with: Operation While Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus) and Operation While Impaired-Alcohol and Drugs.

At 4:03 a.m. on Sunday July 18, 2021 the OPP were dispatched to a possible impaired driver on Transmitter Road in Kenora. Police attended immediately and a traffic stop was conducted. Upon speaking to the driver it was determined that they had been consuming alcohol. As a result of this investigation, a 26 year old Winnipeg woan has been charged with: Operation While Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus) and Operation While Impaired-Alcohol and Drugs.

Motorists who drive impaired by alcohol or drugs are subject to drivers licence suspensions, fines, vehicle impoundments, criminal records and increased insurance costs. Drivers 21 years of age or younger have a Zero blood alcohol rule while driving. 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 or for non-emergent call 1-888-310-1122.

To report a crime, online reporting can be accessed at www. opp.ca/reporting. To contact the police by phone, call OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish

to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

(KENORA, ON) The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and Organized Crime & Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) have executed a search warrant as part of an on-going investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in the North West Region.

On Friday July 9, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Police conducted a traffic stop in the City of Kenora where three people were arrested for Drug Trafficking. Weapons and drugs were seized from the vehicle.

At 8:23 p.m. Police executed a search warrant on a camper at Silver Lake where officers seized a firearm and ammunition.

Two people were charged with the following charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Criminal Code (CC): Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking-Methamphetamine; Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm; Careless Storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition; Possession of a Schedule I Substance-Opioid (other than heroin); and Failure to Comply With Release Order-other than to attend court X2.

A third person was charged with the following offences under the CDSA; Possession of a Schedule I Substance-Opioid (other than heroin), X2; Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking-Methamphetamine.

Two of the accused were held for bail and a third was released to attend the Kenora Courthouse to answer to the charges on August 19, 2021.

DRUG TRAFFICKING

(RED LAKE, ON) – On July 12, 2021, officers from the Red Lake detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) with the assistance of officers from Red Lake detachment and crime unit as well as officers from the Kenora Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and the Kenora CSCU conducted an investigation into drug trafficking. 

As a result of the investigation, a 23-year old Red Lake man, was arrested and charged with: two counts of Trafficking Cocaine; Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking and two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000.

A 22-year-old Red Lake man was arrested and charged with: Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking and Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm.

A quantity of cocaine with a street value of approximately $5000, Canadian currency, evidence of trafficking and a firearm were seized as a result of the investigation. Both males were released by way of an Undertaking to answer to the charges in Red Lake court on August 19, 2021.

DRIVER SAFETY

(ORILLIA) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid 3,300 charges last week as officers joined North American road safety partners for Operation Safe Driver.

The annual, week-long enforcement and education campaign focused on commercial and non-commercial vehicle drivers who failed to share the road safely and engaged in risky driving behaviours.

A total of 2,927 charges were laid against non-commercial drivers, with the balance of the traffic-related offences (403) committed by commercial drivers.

Among non-commercial drivers, speeding far outnumbered all other offence categories with 2,032 speeding charges laid. Seat belt non-compliance accounted for 151 of the charges, with 71 fail to obey traffic control, 64 distracted driving and 33 alcohol/drug-impaired charges being issued.

Among commercial drivers, speeding also accounted for the highest number (101) of charges. Ninety-five (95) offences were related to document non-compliance, with 50 seat belt, 39 speed limiter, 38 defective equipment and 13 distracted driving offences receiving OPP attention. A total of 28 commercial vehicles were taken out of service for various violations.

  The OPP is reminding all motorists that the vast majority of collisions, fatalities and injuries on our roads are preventable through safe, defensive driving practices.

Operation Safe Driver (July 11-17, 2021) was led by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) with enforcement and education initiatives conducted throughout North America.

For more information, visit www.cvsa.org.

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