Weekly News January 27 - February 2, 2020

Tuesday, 04 February 2020


January 27 – February 3, 2020

(LANARK COUNTY, ON) – Between Monday, January 27, and Monday, February 3, 2020, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 352 calls for service. 

The calls included:

Motor Vehicle Collisions

Total: 24             Including:

Car / Deer: 5

Parking Lots: 8

Single Motor Vehicle off Road (“in ditch”): 3

On January 27, 2020, Lanark County OPP conducted a routine traffic stop on Highway 7 in Tay Valley Township at 3:00 p.m.  The driver, a 59 year old resident of Brantford, Ontario was charged with Drive vehicle/boat with Cannabis in Open Baggage.

On January 31, 2020, just after 8:00 a.m. a vehicle was stopped for speeding on Highway 7 in Beckwith Township.  The driver, a 46 year old resident of Ottawa, Ontario was charged with Stunt Driving for driving 67 kilometres over the posted limit.

On February 1, 2020 just after10:30 a.m., Carleton Place OPP were called to a two-vehicle collision on Franktown Road in Carleton Place.  The investigation into the collision resulted in the arrest and charge of Christopher BERGERON, age 52 of Carleton Place, Ontario for Operation while Prohibited under the Criminal Code as well as Follow too Closely and Fail to Furnish Required Information under the Highway Traffic Act.  The accused was released from custody on an Appearance Notice for a scheduled court date of March 2, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth.

Impaired Drivers – 2

While conducting stationary RADAR along Highway 7 near Appleton Side Road in Beckwith Township around 3:30 p.m. on January 27, 2020, Carleton Place OPP observed a vehicle travelling 50 kilometres over the posted limit and before being stopped travelling almost 72 kilometres over the posted limit.  The subsequent investigation resulted in the driver, a 28 year old resident of Kingston, Ontario being charged with Stunt Driving and Class G2 Licence – B.A.C. above zero.  The driver’s vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days.  The accused is to appear at Provincial Offences Court in Perth on February 24, 2020.

On January 30, 2020 just before 1:30 a.m. a Carleton Place OPP officer was on patrol in the Town of Carleton Place and conducted a traffic stop for no visible rear lights.  The driver, a 16 year old resident of Carp, Ontario was charged with Novice Driver - B.A.C. above zero and their licence suspended for 24 hours.  The passenger, a 17 year old resident of Kanata, Ontario, was also issued a three-day licence suspension because of the driver requiring a sober, licenced driver with them.

While on general patrol in the Town of Perth just before 2:00 a.m. on January 30, 2020, a Lanark County OPP officer stopped a vehicle for not having rear taillights on.  The subsequent investigation resulted in the designated driver, 28 year old, Cole JORDAN of Tay Valley Township being arrested and charged with Operation while Impaired and Operation while Impaired – Over 80.  The driver was further charged under the Highway Traffic Act for Novice Driver – B.A.C. above zero.  The accused was released from custody on an Appearance Notice for a scheduled court date of March 2, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth.

Lanark County OPP were called regarding a vehicle in the ditch and two people running away on February 1, 2020 just after 3:00 p.m.  Officers attended and located the people and conducted their investigation which resulted in the following criminal charges being laid against the driver, Dustin CUTMORE, age 35 of Drummond-North Elmsley Township, Ontario:

  • Operation while Impaired
  • Fail to comply with Probation Order
  • Breach of Recognizance
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Other Drugs

The accused was also charged with various Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act charges and was released from custody on an Appearance Notice for a scheduled court date of February 24, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth.

Domestic Incidents – 8 (no charges laid)

Break and Enters - 1

Thefts – 7

There were two reports of thefts from vehicles in the Town of Perth between January 27 – February 3, 2020 and two reports of gas “drive-offs.”

Mischiefs – 4

Frauds – 8

TIP OF THE WEEK #1:  Fraudsters are very good at getting lots of information about us from public websites and social media platforms which they then utilize in their scams.  This week, a Township employee didn’t get paid because a fraudster sent emails pretending to be the employee to the payroll clerk requesting a switch of bank accounts for direct deposit.  By the time this was realized, the fraudster cleaned out their new account and closed it.  Please take the time to verify the sender’s return email address when you receive messages.  For instance; if the address has the correct name but a different address than yours but they work in the same company, call the person to see if they sent the email (example:  VS or the sender says they are from your bank but the email address has additional words in the company name.  

TIP OF THE WEEK #2:  Fraudsters are always changing their scams because of our diligence to educate the public.  Lately, scammers are calling early in the morning or late at night to advise you of alleged issues with your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or credit card.  They do this because people are caught off guard and tired so provide information they wouldn’t otherwise provide during regular hours.  Remember: “banking hours;” your bank or credit card company won’t phone you at 6:00 a.m. or 11:00 p.m.  And “VISA” isn’t a company; it’s a type of card so if you hear “I’m calling from VISA…” hang up!

TIP OF THE WEEK #3:  Any government agency, court, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and all banks deal with cold, hard cash.  If you get a call from someone saying there are issues with your account and to rectify the situation you must send money via “bitcoin,” HANG UP.  Bitcoin is digital/global money system of currency that allows people to send money via the Internet but it is very hard to trace.  Your bank doesn’t deal with this type of currency just like the CRA doesn’t deal with gift cards.

Liquor Licence Act Charges – 2

While on general patrol in the Town of Perth on January 2, 2020 just after 12:30 a.m. officers from the Lanark County OPP Detachment were flagged down by a concerned citizen regarding an intoxicated person.  Officers spoke with them and learned the person was breaching conditions of their release.  The accused was warned in relation to the breach, arrested and charged for public intoxication and held in custody until sober.

One hour later, officers in the Town of Perth were called regarding two people laying in the middle of the road on North Street.  Police attended and arrested the pair for public intoxication.  Both were held in custody pending sobriety.

Mental Health - 11


Any person with information regarding any criminal activity should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. 

Contact:  Provincial Constable Lori LOBINOWICH

                Community Safety / Media Relations Officer

                (613) 264-7233


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