East Algoma OPP Lays Charges

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East Algoma OPP Lays Robbery Charges

(ELLIOT LAKE, ON) – On May 16, 2021, shortly after 10:30 p.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a theft of a mobile phone on East Cul de Sac in the City of Elliot Lake.

Investigation determined, an accused reached through a vehicle window and grabbed the phone from the rear passenger and ran into a residence. The complainant attended the residence to retrieve the phone and was met by another individual who threatened to harm the complainant and was told to get off the property.

As a result of the investigation, Tamara MRSNIK, 26 years-of-age from Elliot Lake, was arrested on May 24, 2021 and charged with:

Robbery with Theft, contrary to section 334(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC)

Robert COPPENS, 49 years-of-age, from Elliot Lake, was arrested on May 24, 2021 and charge with:

Robbery with Theft, contrary to section 334(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC)

Both accused are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on July 6, 2021.

 

East Algoma OPP Lays Multiple Charges in Domestic Related Incident

(SPANISH, ON) – On May 27, 2021, shortly after 5:30 a.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a domestic dispute related call. The victim reported being threatened and proceeded to leave a camp on foot, then later flagged down a passerby on Highway 17 in the Town of Spanish.

Investigation determined the camp on Beckerton Shooting Range Road where the couple were staying had been set on fire after the victim had left. Police located the vehicle of the accused at the intersection of Front Street (Highway 17) and Trunk Road where it failed to negotiate a right turn.

As a result of the investigation, a 32 year-old from Spanish, was arrested and charged with:

Assault-Spousal, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code (CC)
Uttering Threats- Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the CC
Break, Enter a Place-Commit Indictable Offence, contrary to section 348(1)(b) of the CC
Arson-Damage to Property, contrary to section 434 of the CC
Failure to Comply with Undertaking, contrary to section 145(4)(a) of the CC
Fail to Remain, contrary to section 200(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
Fail to Report Accident, contrary to section 199(1) of the HTA
Careless Driving, contrary to section 130(1) of the HTA

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Video Bail in Blind River on May 28, 2021 and was remanded into custody.

 

East Algoma OPP Lays Probihited Drive Charge

(BLIND RIVER, ON) – On May 29, 2021, shortly after 1:30 p.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint of a westbound vehicle driving erratically on Highway 17 within the Township of the North Shore.

Police observed the vehicle at a local gas station in the Town of Blind River and the car left the parking lot in a westbound direction onto Causley Street. The vehicle then  proceeded to turn into a convenience store parking lot where police interacted with the driver. A query revealed the driver was suspended.

As a result of the investigation, Tyree GABRIEL, 41 years-of-age from Blind River, was charged with:

Operation While Prohibited Under the Criminal Code, contrary to section 320.18(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
Driving While Suspended, contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (two counts)

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on July 8, 2021 and the vehicle was impounded for 45 days.

 

East Algoma OPP Lays Assault Charge

(SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION, ON) – On May 29, 2021, shortly after 7:45 p.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with the assistance of Manitoulin Crime Unit, the OPP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Mississauga First Nation Police service responded to a family dispute on Village Road in the community of Serpent River First Nation.

After police investigation, it was determined a person was threatened and physically assaulted by a sibling that was allegedly intoxicated by alcohol and non-prescription drugs. Family members feared for their safety and subsequently departed the residence to wait for police.

Police arrived shortly after to find the accused barricaded in the residence. Police attempted to contact the person numerous times with negative results. After speaking to family members, police learned there were firearms in the home.

OPP ERT members contained the residence and shortly after 5:00 a.m., on May 30, 2021, the person was arrested without incident.

As a result of the investigation, Zachery PELLETIER, 25 years-of-age from Elliot Lake, was charged with:

Assault with a Weapon, contrary to section 267(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
Uttering Threats- Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the CC

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on July 8, 2021.