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Lucas YOUNG Was Arrested Again – Sexual Assault

(Perth, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad have located and arrested a wanted individual.

An arrest warrant had been issued earlier for an individual on numerous outstanding offences. Officers from the ROPE Squad and Lanark OPP Detachment had been searching the area and successfully located the accused today in Perth.

Lucas YOUNG, age 34 of Drummond-North Elmsley Township, is charged with:

  • Sexual assault
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Uttering threats to cause damage to property
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Failure to comply with a release order – two counts

The accused will remain in custody, pending bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth.

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Jeffrey BRUNNER & Michael COOPER Arrested

(PERTH COUNTY AND HURON COUNTY, ON) – On June 13, 2024, members of the Huron-Perth Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with the Wellington and Grey-Bruce CSCU teams, and the West Region Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), made two arrests following a drug trafficking investigation in Perth and Huron Counties.

The Huron-Perth CSCU executed two Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrants – one at a residence on Trafalgar St. Mitchell, West Perth, and at a residence on Ainley St., Brussels, Huron East.

As a result of the search warrants, two people were arrested and two were charged. Police seized purple and yellow fentanyl, methamphetamine, psilocybin, Canadian currency, and drug trafficking paraphernalia. Police also seized a Suzuki motorcycle, believed to be stolen.

The total estimated value of the drugs is approximately $25,000. The total estimated value of the seized property is $3700, and currency is just over $1600.

Michael COOPER, 42, of Huron East, has been charged with:

–      Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine

–      Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Opioid (fentanyl)

–      Obstruct Peace Officer

–      Altering/Destroying/Removing a Vehicle Identification Number

–      Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Jeffrey BRUNNER, 50, of West Perth, has been charged with:

–      Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Opioid (fentanyl)

–      Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine

–      Possession of a Schedule III Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking

The accused parties were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing.

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Vance CAMPBELL Was Arrested

(Perth, ON) – The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested and charged an individual, after someone was seen carrying a handgun in Perth.

It happened just before 3:30 p.m. on June 11, 2024, on Gore Street, near Mill Street.

Officers quickly responded, located the male and determined the gun was a replica handgun and not dangerous. Officers also seized a knife.

Vance CAMPBELL, age 24 of Lanark Highlands Township, has been charged with two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth on July 22, 2024.

Replica weapons are considered a weapon if the person uses or intends to use them to commit and offence. Police also face a split-second decision when faced with an individual armed with what looks like a real firearm.

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2 More Impaired Drivers Arrested – Names Released

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – Two drivers were arrested within half an hour of each other in Perth County for impaired driving investigations early Saturday morning.

Just after 2:00 a.m. on June 8,2024, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a driver on Perth Line 55, in the Township of Perth East. The driver was displaying signs of impairment and was arrested at the scene.

Marty SEARLE, 33, of Welland, has been charged with:

–      Operation while Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs

–      Failure or Refusal to Comply with Demand

Approximately a half an hour later, just after 2:30 a.m. on June 8, 2024, a second vehicle was stopped and the driver arrested on Wellington Street, in Mitchell, Municipality of West Perth. During the investigation, a quantity of suspected cocaine was located.   

Gibson MERKEL, 22, of Stratford, has been charged with:

–      Operation while Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs

–      Operation while Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

–      Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine

The Perth County OPP wants to remind the public that if you see anything suspicious or suspect an impaired driver, you should contact the Ontario Provincial Police or your nearest police authority immediately. Anyone with information about this, or any investigation, is asked to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or *677 via cell phone.

Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.P3tips.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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Repeat Offender Joshua BERNICKY Arrested Again – Assaults

(PERTH, ON) – The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid numerous charges in connection with an assault in downtown Perth.

On April 24, 2024, around 8:00 p.m., officers were called to a parking lot on Gore Street where two people had been shot by a pellet gun, resulting in minor injuries. The culprit then fled the scene.

On May 2, 2024, Lanark County OPP officers and the Lanark OPP crime Unit, supported by the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) executed a warrant at an apartment on Gore Street.

Joshua BERNICKY, age 33 of Perth, was arrested without incident and has been charged with:

  • Assault with a weapon – two counts
  • Assault causing bodily harm – two counts
  • Assault – two counts
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Personating a Peace Officer
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order
  • Fail to comply with a probation order – two counts

The accused remains in custody following bail hearing and is scheduled to appear again before the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth on May 6, 2024.

The investigation into this incident is continuing.

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Shawn MERCIER Was Arrested

(PERTH, ON) – A Lanark Highlands resident has been charged after a traffic stop in Perth.

Members of the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a vehicle on Drummond Street on April 28, 2024, shortly after 1:30 a.m.

The officers demanded that the driver submit to a test using the approved roadside alcohol screening device. The driver refused.

Shawn MERCIER, age 32 was charged under the Criminal Code with refusal to comply with demand. The accused was also issued a 90-day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth on May 27, 2024.

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Carl MARSTON Was Arrested Again

(PERTH, ON) – An Ottawa resident faces new charges after being arrested for failing to appear in court.

The individual was arrested April 26, 2024, by members of the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on multiple warrants, including one for failing to appear in court.

When officers attempted to conduct the required fingerprinting and photographing of an accused, the individual resisted and refused officers’ efforts.

Carl MARSTON, age 33, has been charged under the Criminal Code with:

  • Obstruct a Peace officer
  • Failure to attend court

The accused remains in custody with an appearance scheduled before the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth on April 29, 2024.

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Kurtis ST. PIERRE – Criminal Harassment, Threats

(PERTH, ON) – A lengthy investigation has led to multiple harassment charges against a Drummond/North Elmsley Township resident.

An individual contacted the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in February to report incidents that had begun in late December 2023. Incidents are reported to have continued up to April 8, 2024.

On April 8, 2024, Kurtis ST. PIERRE, age 36, was arrested and charged with:

  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm – two counts
  • Criminal Harassment- threatening conduct – three counts

The accused was released with conditions and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth on May 6, 2024.

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OPP Warn They Will Be Enforcing Traffic Laws For Entire Week! Don’t Drive Drunk or Speed Till Next Week

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – As we all prepare for the first long weekend of Spring, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) joins policing partners focused on keeping motorists safe during this holiday. As part of the commitment to the Provincial Traffic Safety Program, Perth OPP members will be participating in the annual Easter Weekend Traffic Campaign. The 2024 Easter Weekend Traffic Initiative will commence at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 29th, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 1st.  

The Easter Weekend Campaign focuses on the need to buckle up to save lives. Perth OPP members will be focusing on awareness through enforcement and public education by stopping vehicles that contain a driver and/or passengers not wearing their seatbelt. 

Officers will also be looking for other unsafe driving behaviours including distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding and other forms of aggressive driving that diminish the safety of our roadways.

The safety of our roadways depends on the motorists traveling upon them. Do your part to keep yourself, your loved ones, and others safe by complying with the rules of the road.

“Our members will be working to keep you safe as you celebrate this long weekend with family and friends. Please help us by doing your part. Wear your seatbelt, drive safely, and don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” Acting Inspector David Sinko. 

Editors Note: Maybe the OPP should “do their part” and enforce the laws every day. It is so rare that they obey or enforce traffic laws, they do a press press whenever they are about to do it.  

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$41,000 Meth Bust – Major TAKHAR Arrested

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Huron-Perth Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Brant-Oxford CSCU, West Region Emergency Response Team, Canine Unit, and the Tactics and Rescue Unit, executed a search warrant following a drug trafficking investigation in Kitchener. 

Major TAKHAR, a 67-year-old resident of Cambridge, has been charged with:

Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Opioid (other than Heroin)

Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Methamphetamine

Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Cocaine

Possession of a Schedule III Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking

The total estimated value of seized drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, and psilocybin is approximately $41,000.00.

The total estimated value of seized property is $1,800.00.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener on April 19, 2024, to answer to the charges.

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