Police Blotter

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Written by Sgt's Cate Welsh & Ronald Lord; Compiled By Adam A. Donaldson

If you have any information that could lead to a closed case on any of the items below, then please call Guelph Police at 519-824-1212 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Break, Enter and Theft – occurred during the day on Thursday at a residence on Bristol St. The front door was forced open and cash, jewelry and an MP3 player were stolen. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Scott Srigley.

Break, Enter and Theft – occurred during the day on Thursday at a residence on Buckthorn Cres. Entry was gained by breaking a window at the side of the residence. Stereo equipment, jewelry, a computer, a guitar and several amplifiers were stolen. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst Vanden Enden.

Motor Vehicle Collision -On Friday at 11:45 am, a blue Pontiac Montana, driven by a 27-year-old Guelph woman, was heading westbound on Eramosa Rd. This van stopped on Eramosa Rd. to turn into Shoppers Drug Mart. At the same time, a silver Nissan, driven by a 66 year old Alberta male, was westbound on Eramosa Rd. He attempted to slow down for the van and his foot slipped off the brake. The Nissan slammed into the Pontiac at approximately 60 km/h. There were several small children in the minivan. Two 5-year-olds were transported to the Guelph General Hospital with minor injuries to their back and knees. Total damage is estimated at $25,000. The Alberta male was charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

Break and Enter – Occurred on Monday at Seymour Electric parts storage garage on Suffolk St sometime over the weekend. The suspects forced open the front door by breaking the door jam and once inside they took 20-30 rolls of industrial copper strength wire of various gages. The rolls were worth approximately $200 each. Also taken were one large roll of #3 industrial wire valued at $2000, about $10 rolls of residential copper wire valued at $160 each. An unknown number of drills were also taken adding up to a grand total of $10,000 in stolen goods. There are no known suspects or suspect vehicle information at this time.

Arrest – On Monday at 11:40am a high school resource officer with Guelph Police discovered 16 youths in an abandoned pavilion located near Our Lady of Lourdes High School. The youths were all smoking for marihuana. One youth had in his possession a quantity of pre-packaged marihuana, a digital scale, a pipe with marihuana resin and a large quantity of cash. He was arrested for Possession with the Purpose of Trafficking and was later released his parent after a court date of May 30 was set at the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph.

Collision – On Monday at 4:31pm, Guelph Police responded to a four-vehicle collision that had occurred on Woodlawn Road East at the Speed River Bridge. Royal City ambulance and the Guelph Fire department were called to the scene and Woodlawn East was shut down as the accident scene was attended to. Three drivers and one passenger were treated on the scene and released, the fourth driver, an 84-year-old Guelph man was unconscious when emergency services arrived, he was pronounced dead a short time later at Guelph General Hospital despite the efforts of emergency workers. Cause of death will be determined through a post-mortem examination later this week. Woodlwan East remained closed until 11pm as the Traffic Division reconstructed the accident scene. Anyone with information about this accident is asked to call Cst. Jim Gordon at extension #214.

Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Collision and Arrest – Occurred on Tuesday at 9:50 pm on
Kortright Road West and the Hanlon Parkway. A Pontiac Sunfire driven by a 21-year-old Guelph male was heading westbound on Kortright when he mounted a curb and struck a Honda Civic that was stopped for the traffic light at the Hanlon Parkway. The Sunfire then struck the Nissan as it was making a turn onto the Hanlon Parkway. The Sunfire then fled the scene and were last seen heading eastbound on Kortright. The car and driver were located a short distance away and arrested for Impaired Driving. When the male was searched he was found to be in possession of a small amount of cocaine (no weight or street value available). No injuries as a result of the motor vehicle collisions. Alexander Kennedy Baxter will be in court in May charged with Impaired Driving, Drive Over 80 mgs, two (2) counts of Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled A Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking as well as a numerous Highway Traffic Act charges. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cst Matt Drenters at ext #7210 or Cst Frank Kecskemeti at ext #7433.

SPRING SEAT BELT CAMPAIGN - Monday, April 16th to Monday April 30th

The Spring Seat Belt Campaign is upon us once again. This is a Province-wide initiative that will be conducted for the next two weeks throughout Ontario. The focus of this year’s spring campaign is “ONE PERSON, ONE SEAT BELT”. New recent legislation has been passed which requires each person in a motor vehicle to wear a seat belt. In the past, the passengers were only required to wear a seat belt where a seat belt was provided. Thus, in the past, passengers were actually permitted to ride on the back of a pick up truck...

Today however, this no longer holds true. Each person in the vehicle must be provided with a seat belt and is responsible to wear the complete seat belt assembly. Failure to do so will result in a fine of $110 for each occupant not complying and 2 demerit points for the driver that does not comply. Also remember that the driver of the motor vehicle is responsible for all passengers under the age of 16.

In addition to the enforcement, The Guelph Police Service will also be conducting a survey with regard to the compliance rate in Guelph. The province wide compliance rate is 92 per cent. It is our belief that the Guelph rate surpasses the provincial average and hopefully we can confirm this by the survey.


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