Police seeking assistance with two break and enters

Police Briefs

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is looking for assistance from the public.

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 is continuing to investigate the incident with the assistance of the Rainy River District Crime Unit.


The OPP is requesting anyone with information about this occurrence 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.

Break and enter

(Rainy River District, ON) On Saturday November 28, 2020 Members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial (OPP) received a complaint of two cabins that were broken into on Big Sawbill Road.

Members of the Rainy River District OPP attended the scene and learned that the suspect had forced entry into the cabins located on the properties. Upon further investigation, it was determined that multiple firearms, along with other items including hunting equipment, knives and fishing rods were stolen from the property.

The Rainy River District OPP is continuing to investigate the incident with the assistance of the Rainy River District Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Unit.

The OPP is requesting anyone with information about this occurrence 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.

The OPP suggests that anyone with a seasonal property in the Rainy River District make efforts to have it checked on and report any suspicious activity.

For safety and crime prevention tips, please visit our website at www.opp.ca.

Fatal house fire

(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – At approximately 6:00 am on November 19, 2020, the Sioux Lookout detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sioux Lookout Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a house fire at an apartment on First Avenue, in the Municipality of Sioux Lookout. Two individuals were extracted from the building and neighboring units were safely evacuated. A third individual was located by firefighters, deceased.

The Sioux Lookout OPP are continuing to investigate the cause of this fire under the direction of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) with the assistance of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM). The deceased has been identified as 37 year old Clara Ash of Sioux Lookout. The cause of death has been determined as smoke inhalation.

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

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at http://www.p3tips.com/273.1-800-222-8478

Drug charges

(NIPIGON, ON) – On December 1 at approximately 1 p.m, officers from the Nipigon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) check on First Street in the Town of Nipigon.

Officers conducting the RIDE check had an opportunity to stop a driver. The officers conducted an investigation that lead to the seizure of a quantity of marihuana.

A 57 year old Red Rock man is charged with Possession of over 30g dried cannabis in a public place.

Illegal cigarettes

(NIPIGON, ON) – On November 29 at approximately 3:34 PM officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Nipigon Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Highway 11-17, Shuniah Township.

As a result of the traffic stop, officers located and seized 12,750 cartons of unmarked cigarettes. Officers also seized a quantity of Canadian currency.

A 46 year old Winnipeg man has been charged with the following offences: Trafficking in Contraband Tobacco and Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000.

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear in the Nipigon Ontario Court of Justice on March 2, 2021.

New APP

Mobile app helps first responders find 9-1-1 callers who don’t know their location

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is announcing that, as of today, it will be using the mobile application what3words in its Provincial Communications Centres (PCCs). In an emergency situation, if a caller contacts an OPP PCC and doesn’t know where they are, the app will help call-takers pinpoint the caller’s location so that OPP officers can quickly respond and more accurately know where to find the person(s) in need.

Use of the app will benefit both frontline OPP officers and PCC staff. Through its global mapping system, the app labels every three squared metres with a unique three-word location tag. The PCC call taker is able to enter the three words into the system, which converts the tag into latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates. With the proper coordinates in hand, the PCC can direct officers to the precise location of the person in need.

When a member of the public contacts an OPP PCC, the call-taker will ask them if they are familiar with the app and if they have it downloaded onto their device. If they don’t have the app already downloaded on their phone, the call-taker can send callers a link that will automatically show them their three-word location tag. This process requires minimal cellular and data signals for the caller’s phone to first receive the link and then for them to open and load their location tag from it. If a caller already has the app downloaded on their device, it works without internet or data, so they can still provide the PCC with their location code even in locations without a cellular signal.

The process will assist OPP officers in locating parties in remote and forested areas where signal is limited and on vast waterways. The use of technology can offer many benefits and the OPP is proud to incorporate progressive tools such as this one to assist with its goal of a safer Ontario for everyone. The OPP is encouraging members of the public to download the free app in case of emergency.