Halloween Safety Tips!

The Peterborough Police Service wishes everyone a spooky, safe and happy Halloween!

Please remember the following:

Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colours.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

From Safe Kids Worldwide

 

Halloween Safety Tips 2017

Tuesday October 31, 2017- Two men arrested and charged following stabbing

Calls for Service:
(Oct. 30 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 31 at 8 a.m.) 59

Aggravated Assault Arrests:
The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged two men following a stabbing earlier this month.

At approximately 2:20 a.m. on October 13, 2017 officers on patrol in the downtown attended the area of George and Hunter Streets for an injured male. It was reported that the male had become involved in an altercation with two unknown males and during the altercation sustained a stab wound and lacerations. The male victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, treated and released. During the investigation police recovered a weapon (knife) from the scene.

On October 30, 2017 the first male suspect attended the police station where, as a result of the investigation, he was arrested and charged.

Justis Alexander Dignard, 22, of Morrow Road, Trent Hills, is charged with the following:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose

The accused appeared in court on October 30, 2017, was released on a recognizance of bail and is scheduled to appear again in court on November 9, 2017.

On October 30, 2017 a warrant was issued for the arrest of the second male suspect. On the morning of October 31, 2017 the male attended the police station where he was arrested on the warrant.

Nicholas Peever, 21, of County Road 24, Warkworth, is charged with the following:

  • Aggravated assault

The accused is held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Oct. 31).

Robbery with Violence Arrest:
A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged after his mother was robbed and assaulted at her Peterborough apartment Monday night.

On the night of October 30, 2017 the victim was at her Peterborough residence when her 20-year-old son entered the apartment, assaulted her, stole her purse and then fled the home.

A neighbour saw the man fleeing the area and contacted police. EMS and police attended. The victim was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for treatment to her injuries.

Officers located the suspect walking in the area of Water Street where, as a result of the investigation, he was arrested and charged with robbery with violence, assault and fail to comply with a probation order.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Oct. 31).

In order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic-based incident the name of the accused will not be released.

Theft Arrest:
A 27-year-old Peterborough man wanted on warrants is facing numerous charges after being located by Police Service Dog Wolfe during an investigation.

On October 27, 2017 at approximately 1:30 p.m. police and the K9 Unit were dispatched to a Chemong Road store for a person inside the store on conditions to not be there and who is also wanted on outstanding warrants for charges including possession of stolen property, use of credit card and breach of probation.

A short time later officers located the suspect walking outside the store. When the suspect saw officers he began running. Police advised the male to stop running but he continued to flee the area crossing Chemong Road and rolling under an opening at the bottom of a fence. K9 Wolfe was released and followed the male suspect under the fence. A short time later K9 Wolfe located the male suspect hiding in the bushes.

As a result of the investigation Thomas Mark Perdue, 27, of no fixed address, Peterborough, was arrested on the warrants and also charged with the following:

  • Theft under $5,000
  • Resist peace officer
  • Fail to comply with a probation order X2

The accused is also facing the following additional charges stemming from a theft incident that occurred the evening of October 26, 2017 at a Borden Avenue grocery store:

  • Theft under $5,000
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused appeared in weekend and statutory holiday court on October 28, 2017, was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear again in court on November 6, 2017 via video appearance.

Mischief Arrest:
An 18-year-old Peterborough teen is facing mischief charges after paint was thrown onto parked cars outside a George Street North store.

On October 21, 2017 at 3 p.m. the complainant was told by a customer that someone had thrown paint onto cars parked in a lot behind the store. Police arrived on scene at 3:10 p.m. and were provided a description of the suspect.

At 3:20 p.m. officers located the suspect walking in the area of George and Simcoe Streets.

As a result of the investigation Mckenzie Bertin-Smith, 18, of Water Street, was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000 and fail to comply with a probation order.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 9, 2017.

Assault Peace Officer Arrest:
A Peterborough teen has been charged after a police officer was assaulted while investigating an incident.

On October 30, 2017 police were dispatched to a Peterborough residence for a mother and her teenage daughter in a physical confrontation.

When officers arrived they attempted to speak with the teen at which point the teen assaulted the officer.

As a result of the investigation the 16-year-old was arrested and charged with assault a peace officer.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 27, 2017.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act the name of a young person cannot be released.

Oct. 28 – 30, 2017 – Millbrook man charged with assault causing bodily harm

Calls for Service:
(Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 28 at 8 a.m.) 92
(Oct. 28 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 29 at 8 a.m.) 86
(Oct. 29 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 30 at 8 a.m.) 45

Assault Causing Bodily Harm Arrest:
A 44-year-old Millbrook man has been charged with assault causing bodily harm following an investigation.

On the night of October 24, 2017 the accused attended the Peterborough residence of the victim, his female friend. During the visit it was reported that the accused assaulted the victim. EMS was later called and attended the residence where the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment to her injuries.

On October 25, 2017 the accused attended the police station where, as a result of the investigation, he was placed under arrest.

Jeremy John Bates, 44, of County Road 10, Millbrook, is charged with assault causing bodily harm.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 16, 2017.

Impaired Arrest:
A 25-year-old Nepean, Ontario man is facing charges including impaired driving following an investigation.

On October 27, 2017 at approximately 12:15 a.m. police were dispatched to a call regarding a possible impaired driver in the area of Lansdowne Street East.

A short time later officers located the suspect vehicle pulling into a motel parking lot on Lansdowne Street East and saw the male driver attempting to exit the vehicle.

A subsequent breath sample revealed the driver had more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system while operating a motor vehicle. During the investigation officers located an amount of cannabis resin on the accused.

As a result of the investigation Luther Victor Cary, 25, of Banner Road, Nepean, was arrested and charged with impaired driving, operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mg blood alcohol content and possession of a schedule II substance (Cannabis resin over 1 gram).

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 16, 2017.

Friday October 27, 2017 – Peterborough man charged with assault and mischief following domestic incident

Calls for Service:
(Oct. 26 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 27 at 8 a.m.) 90

Assault Arrest:
On October 27, 2017 the Peterborough Police responded to a West end residence regarding a female screaming inside. Investigation revealed that a male and female were in a verbal dispute which turned physical. The accused had forcefully taken a cell phone from the victim and damaged it. The accused then assaulted the female.

As a result a 22 year old male from Peterborough was arrested and charged with assault and mischief under $5,000. The accused appeared before bail court on October 27, 2017.

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident.

Assault Arrest:
On September 30,2017, the victim and his family had attended an event at a Lansdowne St. address. While standing outside after the event the victim was assaulted by the accused.

Investigation revealed that the accused was from out of town and a warrant was subsequently issued for their arrest. On the 26th October 2017 the accused attended the Peterborough Police station and was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant.

Charged with assault is Matthew Thompson, 41, of Connaught Line, Barrie, Ontario. The accused was released from custody and will appear in court on November 23, 2017.

Criminal harassment Arrest:
The Peterborough Police commenced an investigation after a female came forward regarding concerning behaviour form her former partner.

Investigation revealed that the accused had attended the victim’s residence on numerous occasions and would leave items behind. It was also learned that the accused caused damage to a vehicle parked at the residence and to the residence itself.

As a result of the investigation on October 24, 2017 the accused, a 45 year old male from Peterborough, was arrested and charged with criminal harassment and mischief under $5,000 X2. The accused was released from custody and will appear in court on November 16, 2017.

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident.

Thursday October 26, 2017 – Peterborough man charged with domestic assault and sexual assault

Calls for Service:
(Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 26 at 8 a.m.) 70

Domestic Assault/Sexual Arrest:
A 52-year-old Peterborough man is facing assault and sexual assault charges following an investigation into two domestic incidents.

The accused and victim are currently in a domestic relationship. On October 22, 2017 police received information regarding two previous domestic incidents involving the accused and victim.

It was reported that in August of 2017 the accused assaulted the victim, a woman in her 50’s, while at their Peterborough residence and then in September of 2017 sexually assaulted the victim also while at their residence.

On October 24, 2017 police attended a Peterborough address where, as a result of the investigation, the accused was arrested and charged with assault and sexual assault.

The accused was held in custody and appeared in court on October 25, 2017.

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident.

Domestic Assault Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has charged a 45-year-old woman with domestic assault following an investigation.

The accused and the victim were in a previous domestic relationship. On the night of October 25, 2017 the accused and victim became involved in an argument while at a Peterborough address.

During the argument it was reported that the accused struck the victim, a man in 40’s, in the face. Police were called and officers attended the address.

As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Oct. 26).

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident.

Wednesday October 25, 2017 – Peterborough man charged with human trafficking

Calls for Service:
(Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 25 at 7:45 a.m.) 75

Human Trafficking Arrest:
A 35-year-old Peterborough man has been charged with human trafficking following an investigation.

In late August 2017 the Peterborough Police Service began a human trafficking investigation. Through the investigation it was revealed that between March 2017 and August of 2017 the accused created online ads advertising the female victim, a Peterborough teen, for sex and forced the victim to have unwanted sexual relations with other individuals for money, which was handed over to the accused. The victim was 18 years old at the time the offences took place.

Through the investigation it was revealed that the victim in this investigation is the same victim from the previous incident Media Release for October 24, 2017 

As a result of the investigation on September 20, 2017 a warrant was issued for the arrest of the accused. On October 24, 2017 the accused was located in the Durham region by the Durham Regional Police and arrested on the warrant. Peterborough Police officers attended Durham where they continued the arrest and transported the accused back to Peterborough.

Stephan Damian Graham, 35, of Brown Street, Peterborough, is charged with the following:

  • Traffick in persons
  • Procuring
  • Material benefit from sexual services (living off the avails)
  • Fail to comply with a recognizance
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Oct. 25).

FRAUD ALERT: Emergency Scam circulating in Peterborough

The Peterborough Police Service is warning the public that the emergency scam is circulating in our area.

We remind residents when it comes to over-the-phone scams always make your decision based on logic, not on emotions. Before responding to any emergency scam ask yourself if the scam really makes sense and take a minute to call other relatives to verify the story.

From the Competition Bureau of Canada:
Emergency scams target grandparents and play upon their emotions to rob them of their money.

What to look for: 
In the typical scenario of an emergency scam, a grandparent receives a phone call from a scammer claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren. Callers go on to say that they are in some kind of trouble and need money immediately. They claim to have been in a car accident, are having trouble returning from a foreign country or they need bail money.

You may get a call from two people, one pretending to be your grandchild and the other pretending to be either a police officer or a lawyer. Your “grandchild” asks you questions during the call, getting you to volunteer personal information.

Callers say that they don’t want other family members to find out what has happened. You will be asked to wire some money through a money transfer company. Often, victims don’t verify the story until after the money has been sent.

In some cases, scammers pretend to be your old neighbour or a friend of the family, but for the most part, the emergency scam is directed at grandparents.

How to Protect Yourself:

Remember: Scammers are counting on the fact that you will want to act quickly to help your loved ones in an emergency.

Caution: Never send money to anyone you don’t know and trust. Verify the person’s identity before you take any steps to help.

Think: Don’t give out any personal information to the caller.

Investigate: Ask the person questions that only your loved one would be able to answer. Call the child’s parents or friends to verify the story.

Ask yourself: Does the caller’s story make sense?

For more information please visit the Competition Bureau of Canada  or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. 

 

Tuesday October 24, 2017 – Peterborough man charged following break-in at downtown store

Calls for Service:
(Oct. 23 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 24 at 8 a.m.) 74

Break and Enter Arrest:
A 43-year-old Peterborough man has been charged following a break-in at a downtown store.

On October 24, 2017 at approximately 12:34 a.m. witnesses saw a male breaking into a George Street North shop and called police.

Officers attended the scene and at approximately 12:36 a.m. the male that matched the description provided was located in the area of Water and Hunter Streets.

As a result of the investigation Jason Marshall Neely, 43, of no fixed address, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with break and enter and fail to comply with a probation order X3.

Damage to the store front is estimated to be in excess of $1,000.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on October 24, 2017.

Domestic Assault Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has charged a 35-year-old Colborne, Ontario man with domestic assault following a Monday night incident.

The accused and the victim, a woman in her 20’s, are currently in a domestic relationship. On the night of October 23, 2017 police received information from a third party reporting that while at a Peterborough residence the victim had been assaulted by the accused.

Officers attended the residence where they located both the accused and victim. As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

The accused was released from custody on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court on November 23, 2017.

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident.

Criminal Harassment Arrest:
A 27-year-old Peterborough man has been charged with criminal harassment after making unwanted and repeated contact with his ex-partner.

The accused and victim, a woman in her 20’s, were in a previous domestic relationship. The accused was advised by police on October 19, 2017 that he was not to have any further contact with the victim.

Through the investigation it was revealed that between October 20, 2017 and October 23, 2017 the accused made repeated attempts to contact the victim by way of phone call, text message and email.

On October 23, 2017 officers attended the accused’s residence where, as a result of the investigation, he was arrested and charged with criminal harassment.

The accused was released from custody on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court on November 16, 2017.

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident.

Oct. 21 – 21, 2017 – Toronto man charged with human trafficking involving Peterborough teen

Calls for Service:
(Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. to Oct 21 at 8 a.m.) 105
(Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 22 at 8 a.m.) 77
(Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 23 at 8 a.m.) 55

Human Trafficking Arrest:
An 18-year-old Toronto man has been charged with human trafficking following an investigation.

In late August 2017 the Peterborough Police Service began a human trafficking investigation. Through the investigation it was revealed that in August of 2017 the accused created online ads advertising the victim, a Peterborough teen, for sex and forced the victim to have unwanted sexual relations with other individuals for money, which was handed over to the accused. The victim was 18 years old at the time the offences took place.

As a result of the investigation on September 20, 2017 a warrant was issued for the arrest of the accused. On October 20, 2017 the accused was located at a Toronto courthouse where he was appearing on other matters and was arrested on the warrant.

Deandre Dwayne Dudley, 18, of Bloomington Crescent, Toronto is charged with the following:

  • Traffick in persons
  • Procuring
  • Material benefit from sexual services (living off the avails)
  • Fail to comply with a recognizance
  • Fail to comply with a sentence

The accused was transported back to Peterborough and attended weekend and statutory holiday court on October 21, 2017.

Aggravated Assault Arrest:
A 22-year-old Peterborough man has been charged with aggravated assault following a weekend altercation.

On October 22, 2017 at approximately 1:45 a.m. officers on general patrol in the area of Charlotte and Louis Streets saw two parties involved in a physical altercation. During the altercation the officers observed a male kick the victim, a male in his 40’s, to the ground and then continued to kick the victim in the head.

As a result of the investigation officers placed the accused under arrest. EMS also attended the scene where the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries. The two males know each other.

Braiden Joseph Donoghue, 22, of Hunter Street West, Peterborough, is charged with aggravated assault and fail to comply with a probation order.

The accused appeared in weekend and statutory holiday court on October 22, 2017.

Assault Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has charged a 42-year-old man with assault following an incident earlier in October.

On October 13, 2017 the accused, a 42-year-old man, and the victim, a woman in her 20’s, became involved in an argument while at a Peterborough residence. During the argument it was reported that the accused punched the victim in the face then left the residence. Police and EMS attended the residence.

On October 14, 2017 police attended a Cavan-Monaghan address where, as a result of the investigation, the accused was placed under arrest.

Christopher James Renwick, 42, of Carolyn Street, Cavan-Monaghan, is charged with assault.

The accused was released from custody on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court on November 9, 2017.

Causing a Disturbance Arrest:
A 24-year-old Lindsay man has been charged with causing a disturbance following a weekend incident outside a downtown restaurant.

On October 21, 2017 at approximately 3:15 a.m. police received numerous 9-1-1 calls in regards to a fight taking place outside a Charlotte Street restaurant.

When officers arrived on scene they saw a crowd of 15 to 20 people on the sidewalk watching two male parties yelling at each other and attempting to start a fight.

Police separated the two parties and one of the males continued yelling at screaming while at the corner of George and Charlotte Streets while patrons continued to watch.

As a result of the investigation Riley Miller, 24, of Grey Road, Lindsay, is charged with causing a disturbance.

The accused was released from custody on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court on November 9, 2017.