Racing leads to collision

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Racing leads to North Walsingham collision

Ontario Provincial Police Norfolk County detachment charged a 20-year-old male after investigating a motor vehicle collision at West Quarter Line Road, North Walsingham.

On Sunday, February 21, at approximately 8:49 p.m., OPP, Norfolk County Fire Services, and Norfolk County Paramedics were called to a motor vehicle collision.

Through the course of investigation it was determined that three motor vehicles were observed racing down the roadway when one of the vehicles left the roadway, entered a ditch and rolled several times.

The 20-year-old driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries, however a 20-year-old passenger was air lifted to a London area hospital for pre-cautionary measures.

As a result of investigation, police charged 20-year-old Johan Braun of Norfolk County with racing a motor vehicle and young driver – blood alcohol concentration above zero.

He was scheduled to appear in Provincial Court, Simcoe at a later date to answer to the charges.

The investigation is continuing.

The OPP remind all motorists there will be zero tolerance for motorists driving aggressively, impaired by drugs or alcohol, distracted drivers or those who fail to buckle up. Driving safety is everyone’s responsibility and it starts before the vehicle is put into “drive,” said Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP in a media release.


Paint poured on Port Rowan vehicle

Norfolk OPP responded to an incident Sunday at Church Street, Port Rowan. In the early morning hours, Feb. 21, unknowns poured a quantity of paint on a vehicle parked on the roadway.

The OPP want to remind all residents that if they see anything suspicious to please contact the police. If anyone is found committing acts of Mischief, appropriate charges will be laid.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 - 888 - 310 - 1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1 - 800 - 222 - 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


Charges laid on Mall Road

Ontario Provincial Police Norfolk County detachment charged a 19-year-old male Saturday after police stopped a vehicle on Mall Road.

On Saturday, February 20, at approximately 5 p.m., police were conducting patrols in the area of Highway 59, when a vehicle attracted the officer’s attention. The vehicle was subsequently stopped and investigated.

19-year-old Sjaak Peterus Koop of Norfolk County was charged with careless driving; disobey stop sign x2; young driver – blood alcohol concentration above zero; and driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available.

Koop was scheduled to appear in Provincial Court, Simcoe at a later date to answer to the charges.


'Sexting' complaint

On Friday, February 19, at approximately 12:51 p.m., police received a complaint after sexually explicit photos were shared between three youths.

Police are urging all parents and caregivers to speak their children and remind them of the ramifications of sending inappropriate images.

There has been a marked increase in the number of reports involving youth being requested to send sexually explicit images or videos of themselves over the internet to peers. This is called self-peer exploitation. It is also known as sexting.

Concerned about the safety of those involved, the OPP wants to create a greater awareness about the issue and what can be done if a teen finds themselves overwhelmed with the reality of their actions.

Teens need to realize the long and short term dangers of sending out photographs of themselves. Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal ramifications of doing so.

Porn culture is becoming pop culture, and often parents do not know that their kids are involved, and it can be difficult to determine. Parents are encouraged to have honest and frank discussions with their kids about what self-peer exploitation is, and explain the images can often end up somewhere they may not want them to be. Be prepared to offer them some information about who they can turn to if they need help.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of children, with a goal to reduce child victimization. They are a great resource, and have many links to information that is helpful to parents, educators and teens themselves. The Centre also has a tip line to report online sexual exploitation called is developing and disseminating effective intervention and prevention practices to reach a variety of stakeholders.

“Everyone needs to realize the long and short term dangers when requests are made to send out sexually explicit photographs," said Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP in a media release.

"Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal ramifications of doing so. Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back and you should not be embarrassed to speak to police about your concerns.”


Racing on Ostrander Road

On Thursday, February 18, at approximately 2:50 a.m. Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed (approximately 136 kmh) on Ostrander Road in South-West Oxford Township.

A traffic stop was initiated on Broadway in Tillsonburg. Based on observations and investigative steps taken by police, the male driver, 23-year-old Michael Ribeiro of Norfolk County was charged with the following: Race a motor vehicle - Highway Traffic Act; and Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle - Criminal Code of Canada.

His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and the vehicle was impounded for the prescribed seven-day period.

Drivers who engage in high risk driving behavior put everyone at risk. Speeding makes it difficult for drivers to react to change, stop suddenly and control a vehicle. In the case of a collision, the higher the speed the more severe the collision and the more likely that serious injury or death will occur.


Detached wheels

On Thursday, Feb. 18 at approximately 9:49 a.m. members of Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police received report of tires coming off the rig of a semi-tractor trailer as it exited Highway 401 westbound and then again as it turned southbound onto Plank Line, in South-West Oxford.

OPP, the Ministry of Ontario, along with Forensic Identification Services, attended to assist with the scene. There were no injuries.

As a result of investigation the male driver, 55 year-old Michael Bozzo of Innisfil was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with the following: Drive commercial motor vehicle wheel detached; and Drive commercial motor vehicle with major defect.



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