Police Blotter

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Written by Robin Begin, Sgt Cate Welsh, Sgt Ron Lord; Compiled By Adam A. Donaldson

Here is this week’s rap sheet. Remember: anyone with information is asked to call Guelph Police at 519-824-1212 or Crimestoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477).

On Campus

On Saturday at approximately 11:20 p.m. on the first floor of East Residence a female student was physically assaulted by an unknown male who followed her into the building through the main entrance. The suspect is described as a white male, 19 to 20 years of age, 5’9”-6’, muscular build, short brown hair, clean shaven, no glasses, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

In Town

Vehicle Fire – At approximately 3:30 am on Thursday Guelph Police and Fire responded to a fire on York Rd. A 1992 Ford Explorer was found fully engulfed in flames. The fire was contained and put out. The vehicle was destroyed, valued at approximately $1000. The owner was located unharmed at his residence and no injuries occurred as a result of the fire. Police are still investigating this incident and anyone with information is asked to contact Mark Pettapiece at ext. 7215.

Motor Vehicle Collision – occurred at approximately 2:25 pm on Wednesday on Elizabeth St at Duke St. A 2000 Dodge van driven by a 33-year-old Guelph female was westbound on Elizabeth St, slowing to turn. A 1994 Chrysler driven by a 42-year-old Guelph male stopped behind the Dodge. He was struck from behind by a 2006 Chev van driven by a 35-year-old Guelph male and the first vehicle was then struck from behind by the Chrysler. All three drivers sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention. The driver of the van was charged under the Highway Traffic Act.

Pedestrian Struck – occurred at approximately 6:00 pm Wednesday on Bronwyn Pl. A 51-year-old Guelph male was backing a 1995 Ford van out of a private drive when he struck a 32-year-old Guelph female walking south on Bronwyn. The pedestrian received minor injuries and did not require any medical attention. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Robin Clark of the Traffic Division.

Arrest – Guelph Police have laid charges in a stabbing that occurred on the 30th of November 2006 on Hadati Rd. At the time a 19-year-old female was stabbed in the head and arm with a screwdriver. Her injuries were not life threatening. Khatera Amale, a 20-year-old Guelph female has been charged with Assault with a Weapon, Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Disobey Court Order. Any one with information about this incident should contact Cst. Tim Griffiths at ext. 330.

Drug Arrest – Two Guelph women face charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act after police observed them acting suspiciously on Wyndham St at approximately 2:20 pm on Thursday. 23-year-old Ashley RIDDELL is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and 22-year-old Krista HOLTON is charged with Trafficking and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. Approximately 5 grams of marijuana were seized with a street value of approximately $50.

Motor Vehicle Collision – occurred at approximately 4:45 pm on Monday Eramosa Rd. A 2007 GMC Sierra truck white was westbound on Eramosa Rd just west of Stevenson St N. A brown 1997 Oldsmobile driven by a 21-year-old Guelph female was stopped in traffic on Eramosa Rd. She was stuck from behind by the truck. She sustained minor injuries to her neck and head. The driver of the truck fled the scene. Two independent witnesses attempted to follow the truck and contacted Guelph Police immediately. With the assistance of the two witnesses and the Brantford Police Service, the driver of the truck was located. A 43-year-old Brantford male faces charges Criminal Code charges of Fail to Remain. The Oldsmobile sustained approximately $2000 in damage.

Stabbing – At approximately 11:30 pm on Thursday Guelph Police responded to a stabbing at a residence on Dawson Rd. The victim, an 18-year-old Guelph male had been in an altercation with another male known to him. The victim sustained stab wounds to his back and chest and was taken to the Guelph General Hospital and admitted. A 19-year-old Guelph resident is charged with Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Weapons Dangerous and Breach of ProbationA second male was located in the area brandishing a knife in relation to the same incident. He was uncooperative with police and resistant upon arrest. A 17-year-old Guelph male faces charges of Weapons Dangerous. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Ben Bair

Arrest – On the 8th of September 2006 at approximately 3:40 pm, the Scotia Bank at 83 Wyndham St N was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect indicated he was armed with a gun however, no gun was seen. The male fled on foot. Joseph Vrbanac, a 34-year-old Kitchener male has been arrested by Peel Regional Police for this robbery and a number of bank robberies across southern Ontario during the past six months. He appeared in Brampton court last Friday.

Motor Vehicle Collision – occurred at approximately 8:10 am on Friday on Kortright Rd W. A 1996 green Ford Contour was westbound on Kortright just west of Yewholme Dr. The vehicle was being operated by a 20-year-old Guelph female who lost control of her motor vehicle and struck a hydro transformer situated on a lawn on Kortright. The collision caused a brief power outage and Guelph Hydro attended and repaired the transformer. Damage to the vehicle is estimated to be in excess of $10, 000. Damage to the transformer is estimated at $5000. The driver of the vehicle was the only occupant and not injured. Anyone who witnessed this collision is asked to contact Cst. Matt Jotham at ext. 7434.

Hit and Run/ Motor Vehicle Collision – occurred on Saturday at approximately 3:40 pm on Stone Rd W. A 1998 Pontiac Bonneville driven by a 20-year-old Guelph female was exiting the Stone Road Mall parking lot when it struck a beige or silver four door automobile. This vehicle fled the scene prior to police arrival. The unknown vehicle may have sustained damage to the driver’s side and/or rear corner bumper. Anyone with any information in regards to this motor vehicle collision is asked to contact Cst. Sherry Hankin

Hit and Run/ Motor Vehicle Collision – On Friday, Guelph Police traffic unit responded to a hit and run collision involving a parked car on Woolwich St, north of the River Run Centre. Sometime between 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm a parked 1999 Ford Winstar was struck from behind resulting in major damage. The vehicle was unoccupied and there were no injuries. A short distance from the collision scene police located an unoccupied 1992 Chev pick up truck that had major damage to its front end. The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Greg Kaut.

Arrest – On Friday at approximately 6:55 pm, Guelph Police responded to a suspicious vehicle call in the area of Stone Rd and Gordon St. A Guelph female reported that she had observed a male driving a 2006 Toyota Corolla grey behaving bizarre, pointing at her and screaming obscenities. He drove aggressively towards her and stopped his vehicle in the middle of the intersection of College Ave and Gordon St, blocking the intersection. A 32-year-old Guelph male will appear in court in February on charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample and Utter Death Threat.

Attempt Break and Enter – occurred sometime overnight on Sunday at a residence on White Pine Way. The rear patio door of the residence was damaged but no entry was gained. A second Break, Enter and Theft occurred overnight at another residence on White Pine. The kitchen window at the rear of the residence was forced open. Some jewelry, two cameras and an undisclosed amount of coins were taken. Anyone with any information about either of these incidents is asked to contact Cst. Fred Beckmann.

Break and Enter – Police responded to an alarm at approximately 10:15 pm on Sunday the at a business on Elmira Rd. The lock to a storage garage had been cut but no theft occurred.

Arrest for Sexual Assault – A 22-year-old Guelph female was working in the capacity of a health care provider for a woman and would attend her Fife Rd address on a regular basis over the past six months. On several different occasions during her shift the victim was sexually touched and harassed by a male at the residence. On Monday, Guelph Police charged a 43-year-old Guelph male with Sexual Assault. He will appear in court in March. Anyone with any information with regard to this incident is asked to contact Cst. Ben Bair.

Break and Enter – occurred sometime overnight on Monday at an apartment on Willow Rd. Locks to a locker area in the basement of the building were forced open. No theft occurred.

Arrest – At approximately 7:00 pm on Monday, Guelph Police responded to a disturbance at an apartment at 2 Quebec St. Upon their arrival, police found two males in the apartment, one of the males approached the officers while brandishing a 6 inch steak knife. A short struggle ensued and the male was taken into police custody. No one was injured as a result of the incident and a 56-year-old Guelph male appears in court today on charges of Assault with a Weapon and Weapons Dangerous.

Drug Arrest – On Tuesday an undercover police officer was in the downtown area and approached by a 19-year-old Guelph male who is known to police for selling drugs and has been convicted of Trafficking to an undercover officer in the past. The officer gave the male cash in exchange for what was believed to be crack cocaine. The male left the scene by cab and was subsequently arrested for Trafficking a Controlled Substance and Breach in Probation. He will appear in bail court today.

Prostitution Arrest – On Tuesday at approximately 9:20 pm, an undercover officer was approached by a female in the downtown and solicited for the purpose of prostitution. A 20-year-old Guelph female will appear in court in March on a charge of Communication for the Purpose of Prostitution.

Speeder of the Week – occurred on Monday on Woodlawn Rd W at approximately 4:00 pm. A 66-year-old Guelph township male faces the charge of speeding – 99 km per hour in a 50 zone. The set fine for this offence is $294 and 4 Demerit points. Guelph Police reminds motorists that being a safe and responsible driver takes a combination of knowledge, skill and attitude. Slow down and be aware of the posted speed signs throughout the city.

The Blotter further salutes these fine officers

Retirement: On January 31st 2007 Staff Sergeant Al Kozak will retire from the Guelph Police Service after more than 30 (thirty) years of policing service. During his career, Staff Sergeant Kozak worked in the Uniform Division, Traffic Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Fraud Division, Tactical Unit and Communications.

Promotions: On February 1st, Sergeant Edward O’Hanlon will be promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Staff Sergeant O’Hanlon is a 25 year veteran of the Guelph Police Service. He has worked in the Uniform Division, Tactical Unit, Fraud Unit and Investigative Support Services Unit. Staff Sergeant O’Hanlon will be assigned to Neighbourhood Services Platoon A. Also, Constable Andrea Ninacs will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Ninacs is a 15 year veteran of the Guelph Police Service. She has worked in the Uniform Division, Fraud Unit and Community Relations Unit. Sergeant Ninacs will be assigned to Neighbourhood Services Platoon ‘D’.

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