Law & Order

Serious assault at weekend EDM festival

Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) confirmed with The Expositor that it is investigating a serious assault with a weapon that took place at the FREC.ME music festival in Little Current in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 11. According to police, OPP was called to the festival regarding the assault that sent two people to hospital, one in reportedly serious condition. No charges have yet been laid.

Seeking information in M’Chigeeng sexual assault

UCCM Anishnaabe Police are investigating an incident of a sexual assault that was reported on June 30. The incident is reported to have occurred on June 15.

Police are seeking information from witnesses that may have noticed any suspicious activity or suspicious persons in the area of the Catholic church on the M’Chigeeng First Nation during the late afternoon or early evening of Monday, June 15.

UCCM Anishnaabe Police are also advising community members to let someone know where you are going, be aware of your surroundings, don’t walk alone and be alert.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time. Police are asking anyone with information to please contact the UCCM Anishnaabe Police at 1-888-377-7135 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Focussed patrol addressing traffic concerns in Kagawong

The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has implemented a new program to see OPP officers involved with ‘focussed patrols.’ When complaints are received by the public on a traffic issue or concern, officers will now be engaged in community safety to address these concerns. This is done in various ways: by canvassing and speaking with the public in the community to discuss the concern; having the Community Services Officer Constable Allan Boyd educate the public through multi-media; develop a strategy to address the concern; having front-line officers provide enforcement action; and collect statistics of the plan and report back to the community.

On Highway 540, in Billings Township in the village of Kagawong near Bridal Vail Falls, complaints have come forward to the OPP that the motoring public are not slowing down in the 50 km/h zone while travelling down the hill. With the amount of pedestrians walking in the area and vehicles parked along the highway the potential of a very serious collision or tragedy could occur. The Manitoulin OPP will be implementing a focussed patrol at this location to address the concerns.

The OPP speed radar sign will be set up at strategic times to track the number of vehicles travelling through the area and average speeds. Once the data is collected officers with radar units will replace the sign and charges of speeding will be laid. This can result in large fines and demerit points depending on the speed of vehicles.

RIDE check results in drug seizure

On Wednesday, July 8 at 11 pm, the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting a RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Enforcement) stop check at the Swing Bridge on Highway 6 in Little Current.

A black Chevrolet vehicle entered the check and upon the officer talking with the driver a strong odour of marijuana was detected. This led to further investigation and search of the vehicle which produced a quantity of marijuana and a large amount of cash being seized.

As a result of this investigation, the driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old woman of Sudbury, has been arrested and charged with the following offense: possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

She was later released on a Promise to Appear to the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on the August 31, 2015.