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Hearst OPP Police Press Releases

Denika TAYLOR – Break & Enter

(HEARST, ON) – One person was arrested near the scene of a break and enter.

On May 5, 2024, shortly before 7:30 p.m., the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call reporting a break and enter on Quirion Street in Hearst. As police were responding to this call, another call came in reporting a person walking into traffic along Highway 11, close to the original call for service.

An investigation determined the person walking along Highway 11 was in possession of items taken from the residence of the break and enter.

As a result of the investigation, Denika TAYLOR, 30 years of age of Constance Lake, was charged with the following:

  • Break and enter a dwelling house – commit indictable offence
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
  • Theft over $5000
  • Mischief – interfere with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property over $5000
  • Mischief under $5000
  • Unlawfully in dwelling house
  • Possession of an identity document

The accused remains in custody and is scheduled to next appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 10, 2024 in Hearst.

The OPP would like to remind the public that locking the doors of your residence and vehicles can deter would-be criminals an easy opportunity to take your belongings or invade your privacy. Lock it up and keep your property safe.

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Repeat Offender Melissa GAUDET Arrested For Assault

(HEARST, ON) – One person was arrested for assault and criminal harassment in Hearst.

On March 26, 2024, shortly before 9:00 p.m., the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a 911 call reporting that the caller had been grabbed and then followed by a person not known to them, on George Street in Hearst.

The suspect had left the scene prior to police arrival, and police were unable to locate them. Police conducted an extensive follow up investigation and were able to identify the suspect.

On April 2, 2024, shortly before 12:00 p.m., police received a call from the same victim, reporting the same suspect had approached them, and had been waiting for them outside of their workplace.

As a result of this investigation, Melissa GAUDET, 34-years-of-age, of Hearst, was arrested and charged with the following:

·        Assault

·        Criminal Harassment – repeatedly follow, watch and beset

·        Fail to comply with probation order (two counts)

The accused was released from a bail hearing and is set to appear before the Ontario Court in Hearst on a May 15, 2024.

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Christine ACHNEEPINESKUM – Drunk Driving

(HEARST, ON) – One person was arrested for impaired driving on a Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV).  

On March 21, 2024, shortly after 12:00 p.m., the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call reporting a suspicious snowmobile driver, that was stuck on the L 164 trail in Hearst.

Police located the driver and determined that they had been consuming an alcohol beverage.  The driver was arrested and transported to the Hearst detachment for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, Christine ACHNEEPINESKUM, 43 years of age of Constance Lake was arrested and charged with the following:

·        Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs

·        Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

·        Operation while prohibited under the criminal code

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 16, 2024 in Hearst.

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Marc FORCIER – Drunk Driving

(HEARST, ON) – A Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program in Hearst led to the arrest of driver for impaired.

On March 10, 2024, shortly before 2:30 p.m., the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began a RIDE program on Highway 583 in Hearst. 

Approximately 15 minutes after starting, a vehicle entered the RIDE program, and police determined that the driver had been consuming an alcohol beverage. The driver was arrested and transported to the Hearst detachment for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, Marc FORCIER, 44 years of age of Hearst, was charged with the following:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Fail to notify change of address
  • Driver fail to surrender licence

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 16, 2024 in Hearst. The accused was also issued a 90-day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS), and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

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