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Missing man in Red Lake and multiple impaired drivers this week

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Missing man

(RED LAKE, ON) - The Red Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is looking for assistance in locating a male who was believed to be hitch-hiking from Red Lake to Kenora on June 18.

Mitchell Frederick Wickman, 29 years of age of Pellatt Township (Kenora area) was reported missing by family on June 18.

He was last seen on the morning of June 18 within the Municipality of Red Lake. He is described as 5’10” (177 cm), 185 lbs (84 kg), Medium build with short dirty blonde hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a black sweater, black pants and grey shoes.

The OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in finding him and ensuring his safety.

Any person with information regarding this missing person investigation should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or the Red Lake OPP Detachment at 1-807-727-2418.

Needle charges

(FORT FRANCES, ON) On June 19, officers of the Fort Frances Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to the report of a suspicious male person at the 300 block of Scott Street in Fort Frances, ON. The male was quickly located in a back alley of the same block acting erratically.

Upon arrival, officers observed the male discard an uncapped used syringe needle onto the ground. A 29 year old Fort Frances male was charged with disposing of needle in public place contrary to Section 4(2) of the Safe Streets Act.

Prior to departure, officers ensured the needle was safety disposed and no other needles were observed in the area.

If a needle is found, there is no need to panic. The public is reminded the Northwestern Health Unit has resources available including safety guidelines explaining how to safely pick up and discard needles.

Please check out:

https://www.nwhu.on.ca/ourservices/DrugAndAlcoholUse/Pages/SafeNeedleDis...

If you are unsure or uncomfortable with picking up a needle, call the local health unit at 1-800-468-7109 or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 for assistance

Collision leads to

impaired charge

(ATIKOKAN, ON) - On June 20 at 4:04 pm, officers of the Atikokan Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a collision on Bergman road. Officers conducted an investigation and suspected one of the drivers to be under the influence of alcohol. An officer made a demand for an approved screening device breath sample. The driver failed, was placed under arrest & returned to the Atikokan detachment for further tests.

As a result, a 63-year-old Niobe Lake man has been charged with: Operation while impaired-alcohol

He was released to appear in court.

Boating fatality

(MANITOUWADGE, ON) -On Thursday June 18 at approximately 02:10 pm, members of the Manitouwadge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment responded to a report of a canoer that had capsized in Manitouwadge Lake near the Pumphouse Road. Family members noticed the canoe was flipped and that the canoer was in the water. They contacted some people that were on the lake with Sea Doos and had them check the canoe. After a short time the canoer was located under the water and was retrieved and brought to shore.

CPR was preformed until Paramedics arrive but unfortunately the male, Paul Wielgosch, age 61 of Manitouwadge, passed away. The OPP ask that anyone using a boat, canoe, or even a paddle boat, follow all the safety information that is available to them by visiting www.boatingsafety.gc.ca

Please wear your PFD and have all safety equipment needed, and don’t use drugs or alcohol while boating.

Complaint leads to

impaired charge

(ATIKOKAN, ON) On June 14 at 7:48 p.m., officers of the Atikokan Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a complaint of an impaired driver on Mackenzie Avenue. Officers located the described vehicle and spoke to the male driver. The driver was arrested for impaired operation of a conveyance. It was suspected that the driver was under the influence of a drug. The driver was transported to the Atikokan Detachment where a Drug Recognition Expert conducted a 12 step systematic evaluation.

As a result, a 62-year-old Atikokan man has been charged with;

Impaired Operation of a Conveyance - Drug or Alcohol and Driving while under suspension. He was released to appear in court in Atikokan on July 15 to answer to the charges.

Aggressive driver leads to impaired charge

(ATIKOKAN, ON) - On June 2 at 9:07 p.m., officers of the Atikokan Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a complaint of an aggressive driver on O’Brian Street. Officers located the described vehicle at a residence and spoke with the female driver. The driver failed an approved screening device breath sample, was placed under arrest and returned to the Atikokan detachment for further tests.

As a result, a 21-year-old Atikokan woman has been charged with: Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

She was released to appear in court.

Impaired driver on

stolen ATV

(ATIKOKAN, ON) - On May 28 at 4:54 a.m., officers of the Atikokan Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a complaint of a stolen ATV in Atikokan. Officers located the described vehicle parked at a residence and began their investigation. Upon speaking with the male driver officers determined that he had alcohol in his body. He was subsequently arrested.

As a result a 29-year-old Atikokan man has been charged with;Operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and Theft of a motor vehicle. He was released to appear in court.

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