Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:32

OPP - Break and Enter - Kaladar

On Friday, February 15, 2019 at approximately 5:25pm, officers with the Napanee Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a break and enter at a residence on Myers Cave Rd., in Addington Highlands Township that occurred sometime between February 3 and 15, 2019.

The owner reported arriving home to find that unknown suspect(s) had been broken into the garage. Several items were stolen including: a 2017 Green Artic Cat with an Ontario plate attached, 9JE38 and plow attached ; a homemade trailer described as homemade 1998 black plated P7361R ; two helmets.

Anyone with information relating to this break and enter is asked to contact the Napanee OPP 613-354-3369 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or anonymously online at

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:32

OPP - Youth charged after taking a motor vehicle

On February 8, 2019 at 3:00pm, officers from the Frontenac Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended an address in the Harrowsmith, ON area after receiving a report of a 14-year-old who took a family member's vehicle without consent.

As a result of the investigation, a 14-year-old male youth of Harrowsmith has been arrested and charged with taking a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.

The youth was released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on March 5, 2019.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:32

OPP - Ice fishing incident

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Frontenac Detachment is investigating a collision on Sand Lake, west of Frontenac Provincial Park.

Frontenac OPP officers responded at approximately 1:00am. on February 17, 2019.

A pick-up truck had been driven onto the ice where it struck two small, individual shelters. One of the males was knocked unconscious in the incident. The second male, who wasn't seriously injured, drove the victim to hospital. Both were treated for minor injuries and were later released.

Investigators are looking for a light-coloured pick-up truck which fled the scene.

Any person with information regarding the investigation is requested to contact the Frontenac OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.


“Selling edibles isn’t legal yet, but if you want to make your own, it’s OK,” SSgt. Sharon Brown told the SALT lunch Friday at the Grace Centre in Sydenham. “So no bake sale brownies, OK?”

In fact, Brown used humour to make many of her important points during her presentation on what cannabis now being legal means in Ontario from a policing perspective.

“You can smoke cannabis in a private residence or anywhere it’s legal to smoke a cigarette or vape,” she said. “When you’re walking down the sidewalk in downtown Sydenham, don’t crack open a beer, but you can smoke a joint.”

Brown wasn’t being flippant, she was just making a point that one is governed by the Liquor Licensing Act and the other by the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and her audience certainly seemed to appreciate her candor.

“In vehicles and boats, you can’t have cannabis available to the driver, which means passengers can’t be smoking it either,” she said. “Now, in the case of an RV, it can’t be available while the RV is moving, but once you’ve stopped for the night, it becomes your residence and then it’s OK.

“There’s no charges applicable if you’re riding a bicycle because a bicycle is not considered a motor vehicle.”

She did say that passengers in a motor vehicle can consume edibles if they’re in the passenger seat.

She said people 19 and over are allowed to have .30 grams of dried leaf in public but more than that can get you into trouble in varying degrees depending on the amount.

You can’t have products that have been made with solvents such as butane but you can grow your own plants (maximum four plants per residence, regardless of how many people live there.)

“If I come into your house and see four plants, it’s OK,” she said. “More than that and you’re likely getting charged.”

She said that Oct. 17, the day cannabis became legal in Canada “came and went and it was pretty non-descript” in this area at any rate.

She said the best thing about legalization is the effect it should have in cutting down on the illicit drug trade, helping to make marijuana laced with things like cocaine and fentanyl less available.

“Right now, the only legal way to get cannabis is at the online government store,” she said.

When asked about all the ‘pot shops’ in Deseronto, she said: “I’m going to do a Gretzky-like pass and not talk about that.”

She did say that police are concerned about drivers impaired by cannabis and they are sending more officers for training in how to spot in and conduct roadside testing.

But, they aren’t going to be using anything like a Breathalyzer just yet.

“The OPP are not going with screening devices right now,” she said. “I don’t want a machine that ‘might’ work.”

There is another SALT talk on cannabis scheduled for Jan. 25 in the Verona Free Methodist Church at 11:30 a.m.

There is no charge for SALT talks admission and lunch is provided. The lunch at the Grace Centre was particularlly good.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:18

SIU clears officers in death of Debra Hill

This Sunday (January 13th) will mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Debra Hill, outside of her home near Tichborne, after being dropped off by OPP officers.

The case generated a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) investigation because of the involvement of the OPP, and it took over 11 months for the SIU to report back. The report, which is dated December 3, was released on December 20th, and concluded that charges are not warranted against the two officers who dropped her off at her home.

“I am unable to find that the subject officers showed a wanton or reckless disregard for the life of the Complainant, nor am I able to find that their conduct amounted to a marked departure from the standard of a police officer,” wrote SIU Director Tony Loparco.

The SIU report included a chronology of police communications from that evening, as well as a narrative based on interviews with the two police officers who were involved, as well as 5 other police and 12 civilian witnesses.

A set of unusual circumstances form the backdrop for Hill’s death: The weather that night was extreme. A rain, freezing rain, and snow event followed by a sudden temperature drop and high winds resulted in a cold, icy night. Police were on the rural side-road late on a Saturday night to investigate a series of break-ins at cottage properties at the far end of the road. Hill and her husband, Kevin Teal, were at a relative’s house, and as they were pulling out of the driveway to go drive a short distance to their home, a police cruiser spotted them. The car pulled into a neighbouring driveway, and Teal exited the vehicle and ran off.

Here is how the SIU report describes what happened next.

“An officer called out to him, but he did not stop. The subject officers investigated the truck and noticed the Complainant crouched next to the passenger side of the truck. The officers yelled at her to not move and drew their service pistols. The officers re-holstered their pistols when it became apparent that the Complainant was not a threat.”

They did take her into custody, handcuffed her and placed her in the back of the cruiser, and reported to the Communications centre that she was “heavily impaired”.

Eventually police took her back to the relative’s house, and talked to family members there. They were told her husband was not there, but had been, and a discussion took place about whether she should stay there overnight, but she said she needed to go home to feed her wood stove, so the police officers decided to drive her home. When they got to her house, they were aware that she did not have her key, but she told them she would be ok.

Here is how the report describes that final interaction.

“Before the officers left, the Complainant realized that she did not have the keys to her house. SO#2 asked the Complainant if she could get into her home and she replied matter-of-fact and with confidence, ‘Don’t worry, I can get into my own house.’ She hugged and thanked the officers.” (SO#2 refers to Subject Officer #2, one of the two police officers who were the subject of the investigation)

The SIU report then says “SO#2 believed she was capable of getting into her home, and the officers returned to their vehicles and drove away. The Complainant walked toward the porch and was last seen by the officers standing next to her front door.” This was at 1:20am, 80 minutes after they found her at the truck.

She was found on the front porch of her house early the next morning. Paramedics arrived at 5:37, reported “vital signs absent” and transported her to Perth hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Cause of death was listed as hypothermia. She had injuries that were consistent with a fall, but “there were no injuries to indicate an attack by a 3rd party. Her blood ethanol level was 232mg/100ml, enough for severe impairment but not enough to cause her death. Alcohol use is known to accelerate the onset of hypothermia, and the report concludes; “Death was due to hypothermia with alcohol intoxication as a contributory factor.”

The main question for the investigation relates to the decision made by the two officers to leave the scene before ensuring that Debra Hill had made it into her house.

The investigator looked into whether leaving the scene at that time constituted a “wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons” to use the language in the law.

Citing case law, which “sets out the test for criminal negligence as requiring ‘a marked and substantial departure from the standard of a reasonable person in circumstances’, the investigator said he is “unable to find that the subject officers showed a wanton or reckless disregard for the life of the Complainant, nor am I able to find that their conduct amounted to a marked departure from the standard of a police officer.”

At the very end of the report, SIU Director Loparco is a bit harsher. He noted that Debra Hill’s death has been heartbreaking for her family and has deeply affected the officers who were involved. He said the officers “made a very unfortunate decision by not ensuring that the Complainant had entered her home after leaving her on her porch, before reiterating his finding that “the Complainant’s death was unforeseeable and the officers’ conduct does not amount to criminal negligence in the circumstances.”


It was billed as a Special Council meeting to establish North Frontenac’s ‘Goals’ for 2019-2022’s Strategic Plan, but Coun. John Inglis opened up another topic — Mayor Ron Higgins’ interview on Lake 88 (available as a podcast on the radio station’s website) in which Higgins talked about the Township, his role as Frontenac County Warden and then his plans for One Small Township, a multi-faceted plan for economic development that Council has yet to buy into.

Inglis said it sounded like Higgins was talking about Township involvement in the project when he used the term ‘we’ in that part of the interview.

“You should have mentioned that the Township doesn’t support it,” Inglis said. “We agreed you would no longer imply the Township was behind this project.”

“You said ‘North Frontenac is the first Township to initiate the concept of contributionism,’” said Coun. Vernon Hermer.

Higgins apologized saying he was referring to the management team of One Small Township.

And then, Higgins said that financing is imminent.

“I’ll be getting a cheque in mid-February,” he said. “I’m expecting to break ground on some projects in early spring.”

Higgins said he couldn’t name his backers at this time, but urged Council to support them.

“Part of it is that the people (putting up the money) would like to be recognized with a plaque in the Township office,” Higgins said. “There’s going to be up to 50 jobs created and people moving into the community.”

“I’m trying to look at scenarios,” said Inglis. “I think we have a certain amount of responsibility to do that.”

“If Council doesn’t want any part of it, then we’ll go the co-op route,” said Higgins.

He said he had asked Township treasurer Kelly Watkins about the possibilities of setting up a trust fund to put the money in.

Higgins said the plan is to set up something like similar properties in British Columbia.

“I’m concerned about the true source of the money,” said Coun. Gerry Martin. “I’ve heard about money laundering schemes.”

“This reminds me of the advice the OPP gives seniors,” said Hermer. “If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.”


• • •

Council did establish its goals for the 2019-2022 term:

Economic/Community Development

Investigate incentives for business

Tourism Expansion

Volunteer Recognition

Support initiatives for Seniors to remain in the Community for as long as possible

Proceed with a multi-unit affordable residence for senior

Explore opportunities for Seniors to remain in their homes

Enhance and Sustain Capital Assets/Infrastructure

Maintain Asset Management Plan to ensure long term sustainability

Maintain Reserves/Reserve Funds

Enhance Communications Plan

Train Council on Social Media

Enhance communications mechanisms and information to reach all of the public

Attract a diverse Council.

Much of the discussion was focused on potential economic development but several members of Council were resigned to the fact that there really wasn’t a lot any Council could do.

“The Municipal Act says we can’t get into competition with other municipalities by offering tax incentives,” said Coun. John Inglis. “I personally don’t see a lot of opportunities for us.”

When it came to development, Inglis pointed out the “competing interests” of the municipality being a desire to expand the tax base while maintaining the “pristine nature” of North Frontenac.

Mayor Ron Higgins pointed out the lack of overnight accommodation available (most lodges and trailer parks get booked for the season) and suggested the Township might get involved in a small cabins project similar to what Bon Echo Provincial Park is trying.

“The cabins can pay for themselves in one season,” he said.

“But does the Township want to get into the accommodation business?” said Inglis.

“You have to find the land first,” said Dep. Mayor Fred Perry.

When it came to job creation, Coun. Gerry Martin had this to say: “Most people who come here are in the second stage of their lives. They’re not looking for jobs.”

In several cases, the wording of the goals was influenced by staff members Corey Klatt, manager of community development and Darwyn Sproule, public works manager, who said they use such things when applying for grants.



• • •

Council also passed a couple of other resolutions.

One was to get 24-hour ambulance service (particularly at Robertsville) and a potential septic waste disposal site on the agenda for the next Frontenac County Council meeting.

The other was a Gerry Martin request to look into changing the Township logo.

“I just don’t like it,” Martin said.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:16

Snowmobile fatality

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in conjunction with Traffic Collision Investigators are assisting the Office of the Coroner in investigating a fatal, single Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV) collision in the bush area near Little Silver Lake in Tay Valley Township.

On December 27th, 2018, at approximately 11:23 pm, Lanark County OPP officers attended the collision location along with Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Life-saving measures were taken but the male, a 36-year-old resident of Tay Valley Township succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Although the male had been riding with a friend on separate MSV's at the time of the collision, no other vehicle was involved and no one else was injured. The investigation is still active and on-going.

Published in Lanark County
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:15

Lock it or lose it - thefts in South Frontenac

Frontenac Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind members of the public that regardless of where you live; to lock your home, garage and vehicle. 

On 6 January 2019, the OPP responded to 12 reports of unlocked vehicles that were entered and items were stolen in the town of Verona, South Frontenac Township. The thefts occurred sometime overnight and into the early morning on the 6th of January, 2019. Items reported stolen include a purse, wallet, laptop, tools, sunglasses and loose change.

The OPP would like to remind everyone to make these suggestions a habit:

At home, lock the doors, garage and shed.

Park in the garage and lock the garage door as well as your vehicle.

Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area.

Always roll up the windows in your vehicle, lock the doors and pocket the key. Always put valuable objects in the trunk.

Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.

If anyone that has been effected by these thefts and would like to report it to the Frontenac OPP, the public can either make a report on-line on the website under Report a Crime for just reporting the incident or call 1-888-310-1122 to make a more detailed complaint to the Frontenac OPP detachment.

Please do your part and take precautions, because locking it up is your best decision.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:46

Thief hits dollar store

(SHARBOT LAKE, ON) - The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public to identify a male who is a suspect in a theft. The incident occurred at The Amazing Dollar Store in Sharbot Lake on Saturday the 8th of December, 2018 after 3:00 p.m.

Video footage captured images of the male who is described as: male white with short dark hair with grey on the sides, scruffy grey beard, blue jacket, dark blue pants and dark coloured shoes. 

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is requested to contact the Frontenac Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police (Sharbot Lake Office) at 613-279-2195. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:46

Theft suspect sought

(BATTERSEA, ON) - On the 10th of December, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Frontenac Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended an address in the Battersea area for a break and enter to a garage.

The vehicle owner was away for the weekend and parked at the Hwy 15 car park in Kingston. The vehicle was broken into and the automatic garage door opener remote was stolen. The home owner's garage was opened by the remote and a generator was stolen.

The OPP would like to remind home owners that it is best not to keep an automatic garage door opener remote in a vehicle as most drivers have an insurance and vehicle ownership card in their vehicle that has the home address. With your address and garage door remote, your home can be entered and valuables taken before you leave where you are shopping. 

Some precautions to consider:

Carry the remote in a purse or a pocket.

If the remote is stolen, disable and then reprogram other remotes by following the instructions from the manufacturer.

If you are unsure about reprogramming, unplug the garage door opener and manually open and close the door. You will need to pull the emergency release cord (generally red) to disconnect the door from the track.

You will need to reengage the original lock in the garage door handle to secure the door if operating it manually. Or install a lock on the garage door, usually at the height of the second panel.

Contact the manufacturer for help with the remote.

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