Law & Order

Firearms, guns stolen in Little Current break and enter

On the evening March 26, the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break and enter that occurred at a private residence on Blake Street in Little Current. 

The police investigation revealed the break in had occurred between the afternoon on March 25 and the early evening of March 26. The culprit gained entry to the residence and a detached garage. The interior was ransacked and property stolen.

The stolen items include two laptop computers, a computer router, two hunting knives and five long guns. Descriptions of the stolen firearms are as follows: Winchester model SXP 12 gauge pump shot gun – synthetic camo stock, 28 inch barrel, plugged to 3 shot capacity, drill marks on trigger guard; a Winchester model SXP 12 gauge pump shot gun, tan synthetic stock, 18-20 inch barrel, plugged to 3 shot capacity, Small scratch in the receiver; SKS (Russian) 7.62 x 39mm, semi-auto rifle, light coloured wood stock, five round capacity magazine; Winchester model 94 lever action rifle, wood stock nicked up, front sight cover, barrel and magazine equal length; and a Tikka model T-3 22-250 bolt action rifle, black synthetic stock, bi-pod on stock with a Tasco World Class scope.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information regarding the person responsible for this break and enter should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Little Current man charged following assault

In the early morning hours of March 18, the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a complaint of assault from a man following an altercation at his Little Current residence.

Police transported the 33-year-old victim to hospital to have his injuries treated. 

As a result of the investigation, a 28-year-old of Little Current was arrested and charged with the following: uttering threats, assault and cruelty to animals.

Domestic assault leads to man wanted

On Saturday, March 25, at approximately 8:50 pm, members of the Wikwemikong Tribal Police were dispatched to a report of a domestic assault in progress at a unit on Genevieve Street in Wikwemikong. Information received by the caller, who was eight-years-old, indicated her father was hitting her mother with a chair. Upon arrival police discovered the male had left the residence. Officers were told that the male arrived at the residence intoxicated and when told to leave became angry and began throwing a chair around. The eight-year-old girl received minor injuries and was treated by paramedics on scene.

As a result, a 39-year-old male from Wikwemikong remains at large and is wanted on charges of assault with a weapon and mischief.

Hamilton man remains missing

The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a male subject who left a residence on M’Chigeeng First Nation and has not been seen since.

Derek Thivierge, 36, was last seen on the evening of Monday, March 13 and his direction of travel is unknown. Mr. Thivierge is described as a white male, approximately 6’1” and 130-140 lbs. He has a shaved head with a beard and a moustache, and has multiple tattoos on both arms.

He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with the word ‘MATCO’ on it and a white with brown camouflage hooded jacket. He may have been wearing a toque and was possibly carrying a knapsack with him. Mr. Thivierge is from the Hamilton area and may have been hitchhiking back to Hamilton from Manitoulin Island. The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service and the Espanola North Shore Search and Rescue Unit are actively searching for Mr. Thivierge and are concerned for his safety.

If you may have seen this individual please call the: UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service, 1888-377-7135; Hamilton Police Service, 1-905-546-4925; or Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-8477.

Suspected fentanyl, heroin found in AOK drug arrest

On Saturday, March 18, members of the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Unit, Canine Unit, Emergency Response Unit, Tactical Response Unit and UCCM Anishnaabe Police executed a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act warrant on a residence on Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation. 

As a result, suspected fentanyl powder, suspected heroin and a large quantity of suspected morphine capsules were seized. A 25-year-old male and a 23-year-old female, both of Aundeck Omni Kaning, were arrested at the residence and charged with numerous drug related offenses. Both subjects were released on a Promise to Appear with a court date set for May 9. 

The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service would like to remind the public that if they suspect any drug related activity in their communities to please call the UCCM Police 1-888-377-7135, Ontario Provincial Police 705-368-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on May 9, 2017, at 10:00 am, in Gore Bay, Ontario. 

Little Current shoplifters busted in Espanola

Since March 15, the Espanola Police Service have responded to three separate shoplifting occurrences at a local grocery store, charging four individuals, two of them from Little Current, with theft under $5,000.

On March 24 at 3:55 pm, the Espanola Police Service responded to a complaint of shoplifters, and upon arrival discovered that a 25-year-old male and 23-year-old female from Little Current had attempted to steal $21 in sundry items from the store. The pair were charged with one count of theft under $5,000 and will appear in Espanola Court on May 1.

In addition to receiving a criminal charge, which could result in a criminal record, the four individuals were also trespassed from entering any grocery store, associated to the grocery store chain.