Laird OPP Police Press Releases

Armed Robbery – NICHOLSON & TORRANCE Arrested

(LAIRD, ON) – On March 9, 2024, shortly before 7:00 p.m., the Sault Ste. Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an unwanted person at a residence on Neebish Road in Laird Township. Investigation revealed an individual entered the victim’s property and attempted to steal a vehicle, then returned a short time later with a second individual, and left with items belonging to the victim. The accused individuals fled the scene prior to police arrival.  

On March 13, 2024, police completed their investigation and arrested both accused individuals. As a result, Leslie NICHOLSON, 34 years-of-age, of Garden River First Nation was charged with:

  • Robbery with Weapon
  • Using Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm
  • Uttering Threats – Injure Animal
  • Theft Over $5,000
  • Mischief Under $5,000

The accused was held for a bail hearing, and subsequently released by the Ontario Court of Justice.

Lucas TORRANCE, 36 years-of-age, of Sault Ste. Marie was charged with:

  • Robbery with Weapon
  • Theft Over $5,000

The accused remains in custody, following a bail hearing. 

Sault Ste. Marie OPP officers were assisted by Batchewana First Nation Police, Anishinabek Police Service, East Algoma OPP, North East Region Canine Unit, and Sault Ste. Marie Crime Unit.

Laird OPP Police Press Releases

Suspended Driver With Cocaine Arrested – Name Released

(LAIRD, ON) – A traffic stop has resulted in multiple charges for one individual. On March 13, 2024, shortly before 9:00 p.m., the Batchewana First Nation Police was conducting general patrol on Neebish Road in Laird Township, when they observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed.  

When officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, it fled the scene. It was located shortly after and a traffic stop was conducted. Investigation revealed that the driver’s licence was suspended. A subsequent search of the individual yielded a small amount of suspected cocaine.

As a result, Isaiah SCHIELE, 24 years-of-age, of Sault Ste. Marie was arrested and charged with:

  • Failing to Stop for Police
  • Driving While Under Suspension
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 22, 2024 in Sault Ste. Marie.

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