OPP Beat – December 12th

On the afternoon of December 6, 2017, Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a residence in Killaloe after receiving a concerning call from the wife of a 52-year-old man. When officers arrived at the home, they located the man sitting inside some brush while holding a shotgun. While officers attempted to speak with him, the man raised his shotgun. When an officer discharged his conducted energy weapon at the man to incapacitate him, the man simultaneously shot himself. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP officer in relation to the man’s death.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

During the week of December 3, 2018 to December 10, 2018 there were 121 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment.
There were 24 motor vehicle collisions, fourteen were animal related.
There was one domestic dispute, no criminal charges laid.

On December 4, 2018, at approximately 8:34 a.m., Killaloe OPP Constable Glenn Yaraskavitch responded to a single vehicle roll over collision involving a passenger car on Dovetail Road, Madawaska Valley Twp. The driver was uninjured. The vehicle was towed. No charges were laid.
On December 6, 2018 at approximately 9:31 a.m., Killaloe OPP Constable Jesse Kisters responded to a two vehicle collision involving a municipal plow truck and a passenger car on Combermere Road inMadawaska Valley Twp. No injuries and no charges were laid. The passenger car was towed.

On December 6, 2018 at approximately 4:22 p.m., Killaloe OPP Constable Mike Recoskie responded to break and enter on Highway 60, North Algona Wilberforce Twp. A Sea container was entered and various tools were stolen. The OPP Scenes of Crimes Officer attended to process the scene for evidence. This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Killaloe OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- TIPS.

During the past week, the Killaloe OPP have responded to two fraud complaints involving the sharing of personal information. The OPP wants the community to become “Fraud Savvy”. Never give personal information by phone unless you have initiated the contact. Don’t try, don’t buy, and don’t reply to spam or banking requests. Carry only the identification you need. Put other important identification documents in a safe place. Shred unneeded documents with personal information. For more information  please visit, www.opp.ca or the Canadian Anti – Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

The Ontario Provincial Police have officially launched the Festive RIDE program. Festive RIDE commenced on November 23, 2018 and will continue until January 2, 2019. The OPP are reminding drivers that they are prepared to deal with those drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Please drive responsibly.
In the event you are reporting an occurrence that does not require immediate police assistance please call 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to speak to someone at the Killaloe Detachment contact 613-757-2600.

Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) need your help to solve a shoplifting incident in the City of Pembroke.
Just before 4 p.m. on December 8, 2018 a male suspect stole a black and yellow Epiphone Les Paul Special acoustic guitar from Bob’s Music in downtown Pembroke. The suspect fled on foot and was briefly followed by other customers. The suspect was last observed in the area of the Pembroke Marina. The suspect is described as follows:
– Approx. 5ft 9in with a heavy build
– Short brown hair – buzz cut style
– Wearing a dark jacket, dark jeans and work boots
Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 735-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. The telephones are answered 24 hours a day.  Please visit the website www.valleytips.ca.

A candlelight vigil was held December 6 at the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Headquarters, paying tribute to the 14 women who were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montreal, as well as each and every woman in Ontario whose life has been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.
Attendees heard from guest speaker Glen Canning. Glen Canning is an advocate for victims of sexual assault. He is the father of Rehtaeh Anne Parsons, a Nova Scotia teenager who was sexually assaulted by four males at a home near Halifax in November 2011. Rehtaeh ended her life April 4, 2013, following months of cyber-abuse and victim blaming. Mr. Canning has spoken about Rehtaeh’s case internationally and across Canada.
The OPP encourages members of the public to watch the video of Glen Canning’s presentation on Facebook (@ontarioprovincialpolice).
Gender-based violence facts:

  • Women are at a 20 per cent higher risk of violent victimization than men when all other risk factors are taken into account.
  • Young women between the ages of 15 and 24 experience the highest rates of violence.
  • Indigenous women are more than three times as likely to report being a victim of spousal violence as non-Indigenous women.
  • Women living in the territories are victimized at a rate eight times higher than those living in the provinces.

“The OPP is committed to working with our community partners to provide a trauma-informed approach to service for those who experience violence, and to provide a continuum of support,” said Interim Commissioner B.W. (Brad) Blair.
“It is not just violence against women; it is actually men’s violence against women. The best way to honour victims is to engage young men to make change and start speaking up,” said Glen Canning.