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Harassment charge laid by OPP following complaint

On October 7 at approximately 11:10 am, the Manitoulin detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a complaint at a business on Meredith Street in Gore Bay.

The complainant reported being followed through the store by a person who was yelling at them. Police attended the location. Following the investigation, a person was arrested and charged.

Perry Armstrong, 60-years-old, from Robinson Township was charged with criminal harassment-threatening conduct, contrary to section 264(2)(d) of the Criminal Code.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on December 14.

Make safety a priority this year

As Hallowe’en approaches, the Manitoulin detachment of the OPP is reminding everyone to think about safety.

Keep these tips in mind while preparing for a fun evening of trick-or-treating.

Children and Youth: Be seen. Carry a flashlight and wear a costume with bright and reflective colours so people can see you. Be aware. Remember to stop, look and listen before crossing the street. Stay in familiar neighbourhoods and only go to homes that are well lit. Be creative. Use makeup instead of wearing a mask. Masks can make it hard to see hazards, other people and vehicles. Be smart. Go trick or treating with your parents or in a group with friends and never go into a stranger’s home or vehicle.

Parents and Guardians: start trick-or-treating early before it becomes too dark. Make sure costumes fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Visit the houses on one side of the street before crossing to the other side. Plan a route and set a curfew with your trick-or-treaters. Young children should always be with a trusted adult. Remind trick-or-treaters to wait for an adult to check treats before they are eaten.

Drivers: Drive slowly, especially in residential areas and always give pedestrians the right of way when exiting or entering a driveway. Watch for excited children who may not follow all road safety precautions. Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“Safety is everyone’s business. Hallowe’en is a fun and exciting time for kids and they may not always remember to look both directions before crossing the street. Adults should keep a close eye on children and immediately report any suspicious activities to police,” said Inspector Megan Moriarity, detachment commander, Manitoulin OPP.

Officers from the Manitoulin detachment will be out on patrol helping to ensure this Hallowe’en is a fun, memorable and safe experience for everyone.