The Glengarry News

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More clout to curb impaired driving

publisher Dec 18, 2018 - 12:56pm

With Part 2 of Bill C-46 coming into effect December 18, the Ontario Provincial Police will begin to exercise new authority for investigating impaired drivers on Ontario roads.

Police officers will now be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in his or her body without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking. Until now, officers had to have a reasonable suspicion that a driver had alcohol in their body before demanding a sample. Drivers need to be aware that it is mandatory for them to comply with this demand and that those who do not can be charged with failing or refusing to provide a breath sample. Under the new legislation, drivers impaired by alcohol will also face higher mandatory minimum fines and some higher maximum penalties.

"The new mandatory alcohol screening serves as an important deterrent to drivers who are impaired by alcohol, including those who believe they can avoid detection by police. So far this year, alcohol and/or drugs have been a factor in the deaths of 41 people on OPP-patrolled roads. Every person who uses our roads has the right to be safe. The OPP fully supports this and any other legislation that enhances our ability to reduce the number of preventable deaths attributed to this deadly driving behaviour."

The OPP has laid more than 7,300 impaired driving charges across the province between January 1 and mid-November.

Fraud warning

publisher Jun 19, 2018 - 10:22am

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Cornwall Detachment is issuing a public notice with respect to fraudulent telephone calls.

The RCMP is warning the general public of fraudulent telephone calls which appear to be coming from the RCMP. The callers impersonate a police officer on the phone and inform the victims that there is a large amount of money owning on their personal taxes, and that an arrest warrant has been issued in their name. The callers then demand that a large amount of money be paid forthwith via money transfer. The fraudsters are using Caller ID spoofing, which the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre describes as disguising telephone numbers appearing on a caller ID display. This popular tool allows scammers to disguise their calls, as the call will appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller.

For more information on Call ID spoofing please check out this link.

Be aware that these fraudsters may use a variety of other scam tactics as well. The scams are designed to create anxiety so that victims respond by sending money quickly in order to fix the problem.

Be aware: the RCMP does not contact individuals via e-mail or telephone for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes.

If you have received similar telephones calls or know of someone who has, please contact your local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or through their online reporting tool

Four days left for gun amnesty

publisher Apr 27, 2018 - 1:52pm

Some 67 firearms have been surrendered to the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment during a gun amnesty that ends at the end of April.

The gun amnesty is for any Ontario resident who wishes to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition.

Interested gun owners are strongly urged to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons. Gun owners can also use the OPP website button -- www.opp.ca/gunamnesty -- or the Citizen Self Reporting tool to notify police.

Under no circumstances should anyone deliver guns or ammunition directly to police facilities.

Huge pot bust

publisher Mar 13, 2018 - 1:11pm

Illegal drugs with an estimated street value of $230,000 were seized by Ontario Provincial Police officers during a March 12 raid at a property on County Road 15, North Stormont Township.

Officers seized 34 pounds of cannabis, 30 pounds of hash cannabis resin and 50 pounds of cannabis shake, speed pills and a firearm.

Gérard Sauvé, 75, of North Stormont, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, and unauthorized possession and careless storage of a firearm.

Police presence

publisher Jun 20, 2017 - 9:59am

June 21 and 22, members from the Cornwall Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment and law enforcement partners in Canada and the United States will be conducting high visibility patrols to promote security along shared borders. Additionally, on the Canadian side, uniformed officers will be visiting and meeting with residents along the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall and Iroquois.

The goal of this surge operation is to provide insight to residents on the importance of border security, to seek their input and to answer any questions they may have. The CRTF can be reached at 1-613-937-2800 or 1-800-387-0020.

Fraud victims sought

publisher May 11, 2017 - 8:07am

Investigators are seeking people who have been victimized by Kingston-based Next Level Investments, the subject of a police investigation that resulted in five people being charged with fraud.

The investigative team, which includes detectives from both the Kingston Police and the OPP, is now in a position to hear from people who may believe that they are a victim of this company or may have invested with them and either received or were promised a return for their investment. This link will provide direction of how to report and provide your information to police.

16-year-old charged with sexual assault

richard Feb 2, 2015 - 1:16pm

A 16-year-old Cornwall male youth faces sexual assault charges after police investigated a report of sexual offences occurring at a residence on County Road 2 in South Glengarry Township.
Police say that June 2013 and January 2015, the accused repeatedly engaged in "sexual related incidents which involved another male and female youths."
More details in the Feb. 4 edition of The Glengarry News.