Tuesday April 30, 2019 – Police remain on scene following early morning fire in East City

Ongoing Investigation:

The Peterborough Police Service remains on scene following an early morning structure fire at an East City apartment.

At approximately 4:52 a.m. police received a call regarding a structure fire at a Hunter Street East address. Police, fire and EMS attended. One person was located inside the apartment. The person was initially taken to a local hospital then was flown to a Toronto-based hospital where they remain with serious injuries.

Police remain on scene and at this time are assisting The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal in their investigation.

Hunter Street East remains blocked from the Tim Hortons to Burnham Street. We continue to ask people to avoid the area. Access to the Tim Hortons is still available.

Further details and updates will be provided when available.

April 27 – April 29, 2019 – Weekend Wrap-Up Media Release

Calls for Service:

(April 26 at 8 a.m. to April 27 at 8 a.m.) 61

(April 27 at 8 a.m. to April 28 at 8 a.m.) 64

(April 28 at 8 a.m. to April 29 at 8 a.m.) 66

Sexual assault arrest:

A 43-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges including sexual assault and uttering threats following a weekend incident.

The accused and female victim are known to each other. On April 27, 2019 it was reported that while at a Peterborough residence the accused sexually assaulted the victim. It was also reported that following the incident the accused made threats on social media.

On April 28, 2019 officers attended a Peterborough address where, as a result of the investigation, the accused was placed under arrest.

John Matthew Kelley, 43, of no fixed address, Peterborough, is charged with the following:

  • Sexual assault
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was held in custody and appeared in weekend and stator holiday court on April 28, 2019.

Impaired arrest:

A 9-1-1 call from a concerned citizen on Saturday morning led to the arrest of a 35-year-old Peterborough woman for impaired driving by drug.

On Saturday April 27, 2019 at approximately 10:40 a.m. a concerned citizen called 9-1-1 to report a possible impaired driver in the area of Clonsilla Avenue and Lansdowne Street.

A short time later police located the suspect vehicle parked in front of a Huntington Circle home and located a female occupant in the driver’s seat.

Through the investigation it was determined the driver was operating a motor vehicle while impaired by a drug.

As a result of the investigation Holly Rabishaw, 35, of Huntington Circle, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with operation while impaired by drug.

The accused was issued an automatic 90 day automatic drivers licence suspension and seven day vehicle impoundment.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on May 23, 2019.

Sexual assault arrest:

An 18-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement following an incident.

On April 27, 2019 the accused and female victim were at a Peterborough address. While at the address it was reported that the accused prevented the female victim from leaving a room and sexually assaulted the victim. The accused and victim know each other.

The incident was reported to police and officers investigated. On April 28, 2019 the accused attended the police station where, as a result of the investigation, he was placed under arrest.

As a result of the investigation Adrian Tyrece Mattis, 18, of Peterborough, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Sexual assault
  • Forcible confinement

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on May 22, 2019.

Break and enter Arrest:

The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 32-year-old Peterborough man following a break-in at a local retirement home.

On April 25, 2019 at approximately 11:10 p.m. a male unlawfully entered a Charlotte Street retirement residence and caused damage within the stairwell and main floor bathroom. Police were notified of the incident on April 26, 2019.

As a result of the investigation on April 26, 2019 officers attended a Brock Street address where the accused was placed under arrest.

Dillon Brian Armstrong, 32, of Murray Street, is charged with break and enter and fail to comply with a probation order.

The accused was held in custody and appeared in weekend and statutory holiday court on April 27, 2019.

Public Assistance:

The Peterborough Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward following a fail to remain accident over the weekend.

At approximately 9:40 p.m. on Sunday April 28, 2019 the victim was riding an e-scooter in the area of Kawartha Heights Boulevard and Applewood Crescent when it collided with the rear of an unknown vehicle after the vehicle had slammed on its brakes. The vehicle then fled the scene heading north on Kawartha Heights Boulevard. The vehicle is possible a blue or green vehicle with no trunk. Minor injuries to the driver of the e-scooter were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Morris at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Want to be Chief For A Day?

The Peterborough Police Service is excited to announce its 2019 Chief For A Day contest! The contest theme is, “Celebrating the Different Roles in the Police Service.

The contest is open to all students in Grades 3 to Grades 6 that are served by the Peterborough Police Service.

This year’s contest involves students completing a word search to locate 10 different roles within our police service then write a short essay, poem or draw a picture explaining which role interests you the most and why.

The contest runs from Monday April 29, 2019 to Monday April 6, 2019. Students are asked to please submit your entry to your classroom teacher or to your school liaison officer.

The winner will get to be Chief For A Day which includes a special tour of our police station and lunch with Chief Scott Gilbert and Deputy Chief Tim Farquharson.

Best of luck!

In the word search students are looking for the following 10 roles:

  • Canine
  • Chief
  • Constable
  • Crime Analyst
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Deputy
  • Detective
  • Dispatch
  • Emergency Response
  • Forensics

Contest Poster

Word Search

Short Essay Template

2018 Chief for a Day winner

2018 Chief for a Day winner

Friday April 26, 2019 – Two arrested and charged following drug search warrant at Weller Street home

Calls for Service:

(April 25 at 8 a.m. to April 26 at 8 a.m.) 83

Drug Arrests:
Two Peterborough residents have been arrested and charged following a drug search warrant at a Weller Street home where officers located and seized a large quantity of cannabis, cannabis edibles and magic mushrooms.

As a result of an ongoing investigation on April 25, 2019 members of the Peterborough Police Service’s ICAD (Intelligence, Crime Analyst, Asset Forfeiture and Drug) Unit and Emergency Response Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a Weller Street residence in Peterborough.

Upon entering the residence officers located two males. During the search warrant officers located and seized items including the following:

  • Large quantity of marijuana
  • Large quantity of Psilocybin (Magic mushrooms)
  • Cannabis edibles
  • Drug packaging

As a result of the investigation the following persons were arrested and charged:

Clarke Jacob Shaw, 21, of Talwood Court, is charged with the following:

  • Possession of a schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking (Psilocybin)
  • Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling (Cannabis Act charge)

Jacob Thomas Tobin, 21, of Weller Street, is charged with the following:

  • Possession of a schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking (Psilocybin)
  • Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling (Cannabis Act charge)

The co-accused were held in custody and are scheduled to appear in court later today (April 26).

Cannabis edible seized during April 25, 2019 CDSA search warrant.

Cannabis edible seized during April 25, 2019 CDSA search warrant.

 

Cannabis seized during April 25, 2019 CDSA search warrant.

Cannabis seized during April 25, 2019 CDSA search warrant.

2019 Pedal For Hope Tour – Media Invitation

Our media partners are invited to attend as the 2019 Pedal for Hope team cycles into Peterborough the week of April 29, 2019.

In the past 14 years Pedal for Hope has raised more than $5.1 million for paediatric cancer research. Pedal for Hope has directly funded two research doctors at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and now a doctor at the University of British Columbia. During this year’s tour the team will be making an announcement regarding an exciting project that will be funded through donations raised in 2019.

Pedal for Hope was created right here in our own community by the Peterborough Police Service. Starting in late April for three week the Pedal for Hope team cycles throughout Central Ontario visiting local schools and delivering a message about kids living with cancer. The team members, comprised of officers from the Peterborough Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service and OPP along with many volunteers and members from our Auxiliary Unit, are all volunteering their time to be a part of this team.

The team is currently riding for 21 children living with cancer or in remission.

Schedule for the week of April 29, 2019:

Monday April 29, 2019:

  • 9:10 a.m. Westmount Public School
  • 11:30 a.m. St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School
  • 1:45 a.m. St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School

Tuesday April 30, 2019:

  • 9 a.m. St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School
  • 11:15 a.m. Kawartha Heights Public School
  • 1:45 a.m. St. John Catholic Elementary School

Wednesday May 1, 2019

  • 9 a.m. Monsignor O’Donoghue Catholic Elementary School
  • 11 a.m. Edmison Heights Public School
  • 2 p.m. Highlight Heights Public School

Thursday May 2, 2019

  • 9 a.m. St. Anne Catholic Elementary School

For more information and for a complete listing of tour dates please visit Pedal For Hope 

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Missing Person

The Peterborough Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing female youth from the Peterborough area.  Alexis “Lexi” Davidson, 15 years, was last seen leaving a Monaghan Road area apartment at approximately 3 pm on the 11 April, 2019.

Davidson is described as Caucasian, 5’0″, thin build, short brown hair, last seen wearing grey winter boots, grey track pants, burgundy St. Pete’s hoodie and black back pack.

A photo is attached for assistance.

Anyone with information on the location of Davidson, is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.stopcrimehere.ca

S/Sgt. Peter Sejrup

Phone Number: 705-876-1122 x 275

Wednesday April 24, 2019 – Peterborough man arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine along with numerous Highway Traffic Act offences following Tuesday morning vehicle stop

Calls for Service:

(April 23 at 8 a.m. to April 24 at 8 a.m.) 82

Drug Arrest:

A 39-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine along with numerous Highway Traffic Act offences following a Tuesday morning vehicle stop.

On April 23, 2019 at approximately 10:45 a.m. an officer saw a motorcycle with no licence plate traveling south on George Street and conducted a vehicle stop. Through the investigation it was revealed that the driver was operating the motorcycle while his licence was under suspension and with no insurance or permit.

The accused was initially placed under arrest for drive while under suspension. During the investigation officers located an amount of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, in the accused’s possession.

As a result of the investigation Shane Ernest Hunt, 39, of Waterford Road, Ennismore, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Traffick in schedule I substance (Cocaine)
  • Drive motor vehicle no plates (Highway Traffic Act)
  • Driving while under suspension (Highway Traffic Act)
  • Fail to apply for permit on becoming owner (Highway Traffic Act)
  • Fail to surrender permit for motor vehicle (Highway Traffic Act)
  • Operate a motor vehicle without insurance (Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act)

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (April 24).

Break-in: Monaghan Road school

The Peterborough Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward following a break-in at a local elementary school during the Easter long weekend.

At approximately 8:35 p.m. on April 20, 2019 unknown person(s) broke into a Monaghan Road school. Once inside the person(s) damaged a smartboard and an iPad inside a classroom and stole two iPads.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Domestic assault Arrest:

The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 23-year-old Peterborough man with two counts of domestic assault following an investigation.

On April 14, 2019 the accused and female victim became engaged in a verbal argument. It was reported to police that during the argument the accused assaulted the victim.

Through the investigation it was also revealed that during an argument that occurred between March 24, 2019 and April 6, 2019 the accused had assaulted the victim.

On April 24, 2019 officers attended a Peterborough residence where, as a result of the investigation, the accused was arrested and charged with domestic assault X2 and fail to comply with a probation order X2.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on May 7, 2019.

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

Break-in: Dominion Crescent

The Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a break-in at a City residence.

Sometime between 5:10 p.m. on April 17, 2019 and 9 a.m. on April 18, 2019 unknown person(s) stole a number of tools from a Dominion Crescent residence that is currently under construction.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

April 19 – April 23, 2019 – Weekend wrap-up Media Release

Calls for Service:

(April 19 at 8 a.m. to April 20 at 8 a.m.) 55

(April 20 at 8 a.m. to April 21 at 8 a.m.) 69

(April 21 at 8 a.m. to April 22 at 8 a.m.) 61

(April 22 at 8 a.m. to April 23 at 8 a.m.) 59

Ongoing Investigation:

On Saturday April 20, 2019 at approximately 12:30 p.m. police, fire and EMS attended a Lansdowne Street West gas station for a fire.

During the incident a 34-year-old Peterborough man was injured. The male was initially taken via EMS to a local hospital then subsequently transported to a Toronto-based hospital where he remains.

The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided when available.

Impaired Arrest:

A 59-year-old Bridgenorth, Ontario man has been arrested and charged with impaired driving following a motor vehicle collision.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on April 18, 2019 police received a call for service regarding a motor vehicle that had struck an Otonabee Drive residence. Police also received information that the suspect vehicle had struck another vehicle before colliding with the home.

Police, fire and EMS were dispatched to the scene. While speaking with the male driver of the vehicle officers noted a strong odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath.

A subsequent breath test revealed the driver had more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system while operating a motor vehicle. The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment to any injuries and released.

As a result of the investigation Lawrence Michael Loyst, 59, of Communication Road East, Bridgenorth, is charged with operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80 plus.

The accused was issued an automatic 90 day drivers licence suspension and seven day vehicle impoundment.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on May 15, 2019.

Assault arrest:

A 39-year-old Innisfil, Ontario man is facing several charges including assault and causing a disturbance following an incident.

On April 18, 2019 at approximately 7:30 p.m. police were dispatched to the area of Romaine Street for reports of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance by running up and down the street screaming and attempting to engage numerous other persons in a fight. It was reported that during the incident a female was assaulted.

Officers arrived on scene and located the male. During the investigation the male provided officers with a false identity.

As a result of the investigation Jason Martin Zemitis, 39, of 10th Line, Innisfil, Ontario, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Assault
  • Causing a disturbance
  • Obstruct peace officer
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was held in custody and appeared in court on April 19, 2019.

Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose Arrest:

The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 22-year-old Peterborough man with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose following a weekend incident.

On April 20, 2019 at approximately 11:20 a.m. police attended a Landsowne Street West mall for reports of a male in the food court who had brandished a knife while seated at a table.

Officers attended and located the male who, through the investigation, was found to be in possession of a concealed pocket knife.

As a result of the investigation Evan Taylor Barry, 22, of Murray Street, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Carrying concealed weapon
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on May 7, 2019.

Volunteers raise more than $32,000 during Easter tolls for Special Olympics

The Peterborough Police Service would like to thank the community for their generous donations during the annual Easter Tolls for Special Olympics.

On Saturday April 20, 2019 voluntary exit tolls were held at six locations throughout the City.

Members of the Auxiliary Unit, Special Constables, Torch Run Team members, Canine Unit Constable Cowie and Police Service Dog Isaac, civilians, Fleming College students and family members collected more than $ 32,000 for Special Olympics Ontario.

The tolls have been held the same Saturday for nearly 25 years and the people of Peterborough and area continue to give generously each and every year.

These funds will support special athletes across the province and directly here in Peterborough for sports and other important programs.

Bicycle Safety Information

From the Ontario Ministry of Transportation:

What is a bicycle?

A bicycle, or bike, is a vehicle that:

  • has one, two or three wheels (a unicycle, bicycle or tricycle)
  • has steering handlebars and pedals
  • does not have a motor. For motor-assisted bikes, read about electric bicycles or scooters and mopeds

Licence and registration

Bicycles do not require:

  • registration
  • licence plates
  • vehicle insurance
  • a driver’s licence

People of all ages can ride a bike.

Rules of the road

As a cyclist, you must share the road with others (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc.).

Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is a vehicle, just like a car or truck.

Cyclists:

  • must obey all traffic laws
  • have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers
  • cannot carry passengers – if your bicycle is only meant for one person

Riding on the right

You must stay as close to the right edge of the road whenever possible, especially if you’re slower than other traffic.

Where you can ride

You can ride on most roads, except:

  • controlled access highways, such as Ontario’s 400-series highways
  • across a road within a pedestrian cross-over – you must walk your bike to the other side

Bike helmets

Children and youth

Bicycle helmet

By law, every cyclist under age 18 must wear an approved helmet.

Riders under 16 years old: a parent or guardian must make sure their child wears a helmet.

Adults

Helmets are not compulsory for adults over 18; but a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of permanent injury or death if you fall or collide. It is strongly recommended that all riders wear helmets.

Types of helmets

The best helmets:

  • are made to meet strict safety standards
  • fit properly when worn correctly

Bicycle safety resources

For more information about cycling safety, check out:

Frequently Asked Questions

New Cycling Changes

Q1: What new changes do cyclists need to know about?

Beginning January 1, 2017:

Diagram of a bicycle traffic signal: The diagram shows a bicycle traffic signal. There are three dark circular lenses arranged vertically with a coloured bicycle symbol on each lens. The top lens has a red bicycle symbol, the middle lens has an amber bicycle signal and the lens at the bottom has a green bicycle signal.
  • New bicycle traffic signals can be used to direct bicycle traffic at intersections
  • Cyclists must obey bicycle traffic signals where they are installed
  • Cyclists who do not obey bicycle traffic signals can face a set fine of $85; and, $120 in community safety zones
  • Where both a regular traffic signal and a bicycle traffic signal apply to the same lane, cyclists must obey the bicycle signal
  • If no bicycle traffic signals are present, cyclists must obey standard traffic signals

Q2: Why did the province pass legislation for bicycle signals?

Bicycle traffic signals are expected to improve safety at intersections and help reduce collisions with pedestrians and drivers.


New One-Metre Passing Law

Q1: What is the penalty to drivers for not leaving a minimum of one-metre distance when passing a cyclist?

The penalty for not leaving a minimum one-metre passing distance is a set fine of $85.00 plus a $5 court fee plus a $20 victim surcharge fine for a total payable of $110.00.

Drivers who contest their ticket by going to court may face a fine of up to $500 if found guilty (fine range is $60 to $500). Upon conviction, two demerit points will also be assigned against the individual’s driver record.

Q2: Will cyclists also be required to leave a minimum one-metre distance when passing a vehicle?

Cyclists are not required to leave a specific one-metre space; however, they are required to obey all the rules of the road.   Cyclists who are being overtaken should turn out to the right to allow the vehicle to pass.

Q3: What if there isn’t enough room to allow for a one-metre passing distance?  Can a vehicle cross the centre median line to pass the cyclist?

A motorist may, if done safely, and in compliance with the rules of the road, cross the centre line of a roadway in order to pass a cyclist. If this cannot be done, he or she must wait behind the cyclist until it is safe to pass.


Dooring

Q1. What are the new increased penalties for “dooring” offenses?

The new penalties for improper opening of a vehicle door (for driver or passenger) are a set fine of $300.00 upon conviction and 3 demerit points. The total payable fine is $365.00 ($set fine plus $60 victim fine surcharge and $5 court costs).

The current HTA set fine for “dooring” offence is $85.00 upon conviction and the total payable fine is $110 ($set fine plus $20 victim fine surcharge and $5 court fees). Additionally a conviction results in 2 demerit points being added to the individual’s driver record.

Q2. Does the “dooring” law only apply to cyclists?

Although cyclists may be the most commonly perceived road user affected by this behaviour, the “dooring” law applies to all road users and is not specific to cyclists.

The government is committed to helping ensure the safety of not only cyclists but all road users.


Increasing the Fine for Cyclists for Non-Compliance with Light, Reflector and Reflective Material Requirements

Q1. Why is the government increasing the fines for cyclists with improper light, reflector and reflective tape?

Currently, the fine for non-compliance with bicycle light, reflector and reflective requirements, carries a maximum fine of $20 which is less than the majority of set fines for motorists and cyclists.

Increasing this fine will put this violation in line with all other cycling violations.


Allowing Cyclists to use Intermittent Flashing Red Lights

Q1. Why is the government allowing cyclists to use a red flashing light? Won’t this be distracting to other road users?

Red flashing lights were previously not allowed under the Highway Traffic Act even though the majority of cyclists were already using rear lamps that produce intermittent flashes of red light to make themselves more visible to others.

Considering the safety benefits from the use of these lights, and to prevent cyclists from potentially being charged, the Highway Traffic Act was amended to allow bicycles to use lamps that produce intermittent flashes of red lights.

A motorist may, if done safely, and in compliance with the rules of the road, cross the centre line of a roadway in order to pass a cyclist. If this cannot be done, he or she must wait behind the cyclist until it is safe to pass. 


Bicycle Helmets

Q1: What is the fine for not wearing a bicycle helmet?

All bicycle riders under the age of 18 need to wear an approved bicycle helmet when travelling on any public road. The total fine is $75.

Q2: How do I know which bicycle helmet to buy?

Look for a helmet that fits comfortably and meets safety standards. Check the inside of the helmet for stickers from one or more of the following organizations:

  • Snell Memorial Foundation: Snell B90, Snell B95, Snell B90S, or Snell N94
  • American National Standard Institute: ANSI Z90.4-1984
  • American Society For Testing and Materials: ASTMF1447-94
  • British Standards Institute: BS6863:1989
  • Standards Association of Australia: AS2063.2-1990
  • United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 16 CFR Part 1203