(EMO, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be closing one of its detachments in the Rainy River District. The OPP detachment in Emo is officially closing on August 5, 2020. This will not impact the level of service provided to Emo or the surrounding townships.
According to the OPP, the station has largely been used for computer access in the past decade. Officers who serve Emo have been reporting to either Fort Frances or Rainy River. However, with officers now having computer access in the cruisers, having a building for computer access is no longer necessary.
If anyone has to self-report an incident, members of the public can attend the Rainy River District Detachment at 320 Portage Ave in Fort Frances or the Rainy River Detachment located at 622 Atwood Avenue in Rainy River.
The OPP can also be reached at 1-888-310-1122 or 911 in the case of an emergency.
(ORILLIA, ON) - Tragedy struck a number of families who lost loved ones in road, boating and drowning incidents over the Civic Holiday Long Weekend.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to three separate drownings. Two other people died in boating/paddling incidents and motor vehicle collisions also resulted in the loss of two other lives.
OPP officers laid numerous charges while targeting drivers who were not in compliance with Ontario's Move Over law and who engaged in other risky driving behaviours during one of the year's busiest weekends on Ontario's roads.
The OPP laid more than 6,600 traffic-related charges throughout the province between Friday and Monday (July 31- August 3, 2020). Among the charges were close to 4,200 speeding charges and more than 120 separate charges laid for stunt driving and racing. Officers laid close to 200 charges against drivers who failed to move over a lane for roadside emergency vehicles when it was safe to do so.
The OPP thanks everyone who observed traffic laws to help keep roads, waterways and trails safe over the Civic Holiday Long Weekend by avoiding poor behaviours that place themselves and others at risk on and off the road.
(ORILLIA, ON) - With roads getting busier for summer, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will have its sights set on drivers who do not slow down and safely move over a lane for roadside emergency vehicles.
So far this year, the OPP has laid more than 400 charges against drivers who failed to move over one lane when able to help create safe space for police, other emergency personnel and tow truck drivers to conduct their work. There were 1,708 such charges laid last year and more than 9,300 charges over the last five-year period.
The OPP is counting on drivers to avoid other poor behaviours that place all road users at risk.
So far this year, the OPP has responded to 123 fatal motor vehicle collisions in which 132 people lost their lives. Among the fatalities, 29 deaths were linked to speed, 26 were seat belt-related, 22 involved alcohol/drugs and 20 were linked to an inattentive driver.
Drivers are also reminded to watch out for pedestrians and motorcyclists. To date, 22 pedestrians and 19 motorcyclists have died in OPP jurisdictions in 2020.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ontario's Move Over law requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle or tow truck parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated. If the highway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle or tow truck if it can be done safely.
The law carries a $490 to $2,000 fine plus three demerit points upon conviction.
Subsequent offences (within five years) carry a $1,000 to $4,000 fine, possible jail time of up to six months and possible suspension of your driver's licence for up to two years.
(KENORA, ON) The OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Organized Crime & Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and Kenora OPP Detachment members have executed a search warrant at a Heenan Place residence in the City of Kenora.
On July 28, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. Police executed a search warrant as part of an on- going investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in the North West region. As a result, officers seized drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia.
Police have charged a A 50-year old man a 19-year old man and a 44 -year-old woman each with the following charges under the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition, Possession Device to Intercept Private Communication, three counts of Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose. All of the accused were released on Appearance Notices to attend the Kenora Courthouse on September 24 to answer to the charges.