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OPP investigates traffic complaint – charges laid
On Jan. 12, at approximately 11:23 a.m. members from the Manitoulin OPP responded to a traffic complaint, in Sables-Spanish Rivers Township.
Police located the vehicle and upon speaking to the driver, believed the driver to be under the influence of a drug. The driver was arrested and brought to Espanola detachment for further investigation.
A drug recognition expert (DRE) investigation was completed and as a result, the driver Jessica Tabachak, 33-years-old, of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation Reserve was charged with: operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; possession of a schedule 1 substance – heroin; possession of a schedule 1 substance – opioid (other than heroin); drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available; two counts of driving while under suspension; drive motor vehicle, no plates; drive motor vehicle, no permit; and operate a motor vehicle without insurance.
The accused was released on an appearance notice and also on several provincial offence summonses and is scheduled to appear in Espanola Court on March 1.
The accused was issued a 90-day administrative driver’s licence suspension (ADLS) and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

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OPP traffic stop yields drugs, cash and a weapon
On Jan. 9, at approximately 12:17 a.m. members from the Manitoulin OPP were conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 17, Sables-Spanish Rivers Township.
Police stopped a motor vehicle for a Highway Traffic Act (HTA) violation. While conducting the investigation, police believed the driver was found to be prohibited from driving, a suspended driver and had outstanding warrants. Police also seized approximately 33 grams of suspected cocaine, approximately 30 grams of suspected purple fentanyl, a weapon (push dagger), and a quantity of Canadian currency all totalling approximately $19,795.
As a result, Jimi Carrine, a 41-year-old, from Spanish was arrested and charged with: two counts of operation while prohibited under the criminal code; possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000 – in Canada; possession of weapon for dangerous purpose; fail to comply with probation order; failure to comply with prohibition order; trafficking in a schedule 1 substance – opioid (other than heroin); possession of a schedule 1 substance – cocaine; speeding 50+ km/hr. over the posted limit; and four counts of driving while under suspension.
The accused has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing.
The vehicle was towed and impounded for 45 days.

East Algoma OPP traffic report
Between Jan. 6 and 8, 2021, members from the East Algoma OPP were patrolling in the Blind River policing area.
– On Jan. 6, shortly after 4 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on Causley Street. A 34-year-old unlicensed driver from Batchewana First Nation, was charged with fail to surrender licence.
– On Jan. 7, shortly after 12:15 p.m., police received a traffic complaint and conducted a traffic stop on Causley Street. A 40-year-old driver from St. Catharines was charged with drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available.
On Jan. 7, shortly after 9 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on Leacock Street. The driver, Justen Pearse, age 30 from Blind River was charged with owner operate motor vehicle on a highway – no insurance.
The accused is schedule to appear in Blind River Court on Feb. 18.
– On Jan. 8, shortly after 1 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on Richard Street in the Town of Spanish. Michael Johnston, age 49 from Serpent River First Nation was charged with: driving while under suspension; drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit; and with fail to have insurance card.
The accused is scheduled to appear in Blind River Court on Feb. 18.

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One arrested for outstanding charges
On Jan. 8, at approximately 9 p.m., members from the East Algoma OPP were patrolling in Blind River when they observed a vehicle being driven by a person that was wanted out of the East Algoma Detachment. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was arrested.
As result, Amanda Soum, age 38 from Algoma Mills, was charged with: three counts of fail to comply with undertaking; and with possession of a schedule I substance-methamphetamine.
The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Video Bail in Blind River on Jan. 9.

Elliot Lake man faces impaired charges
On Jan. 8, East Algoma OPP members received a traffic-related complaint of a possible impaired driver in Elliot Lake.
A vehicle description and location were provided to police. At approximately 6:20 p.m. police located the vehicle on Gillanders Road and a traffic stop was conducted. The approved screening device (ASD) was administered and returned a reading of “Fail”. As a result, the driver was arrested and the vehicle was towed and impounded.
Timothy Tarrant, 62 years of age, from Elliot Lake was charged with: operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); and driving while under suspension.
The accused is scheduled to appear in Elliot Lake Court on Feb. 2.
The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive. Report impaired drivers. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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Winter ice hut rules – COVID-19 Restriction limit to five people, effective Jan. 14, 2021
The East Algoma OPP is reminding lake goers of some important rules when attending an ice hut. Ice fishing and time outdoors is a great way to enjoy the winter season. However, police would like to address the public pertaining to two areas of concern; COVID-19 regulations and alcohol consumption.

Covid-19 Regulations:
More than five people at an ice hut, and including people from different residences is illegal. The ice hut owner can be charged with, “Fail to comply with continued section 7.0.2 order, contrary to section 10(1)(a) of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.” The charge is a fine of $750, plus surcharge totalling $880. Some laws during the lockdown are as follows:
– All reservations for temporary accommodations (including ice huts) had to have been made before Dec. 26, 2020;
– Those staying in an ice hut, whether rented or not, must be from the same residence (exception is that a person who lives alone and who has a different address can join the group); and
– No outdoor gatherings of more than 5 people (effective Jan. 14, 2021).

Alcohol Consumption:
Consuming alcohol in an ice hut is illegal under Regulation 31(2) of the Liquor Licence Act (LLA). The only exemption is if the ice hut contains legitimate sleeping and cooking facilities (i.e. ice bungalows) as per the definition of “Private Place” in the LLA.
There are also concerns about impaired driving after the day of fishing is complete. Whether that be on a snowmobile, all terrain vehicle (ATV) or in a car or truck. The OPP want to ensure public safety is the top priority relating to this issue. And, as such, police will be out on patrol ensuring that these activities are keeping safety in mind.

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Three charged after traffic stop on Highway 108
On Jan. 6, at approximately 1 a.m., members of the East Algoma OPP were patrolling and conducted a traffic stop on Highway 108 near Depot Lake. This vehicle and occupants matched that from a previously reported break and enter occurrence at an apartment on Hirshhorn Avenue in Elliot Lake.
On Jan. 2, 2021 at approximately 8:48 p.m., police were called in relation to three people entering an apartment to collect money and threatening the resident with a handgun. The debt was not paid and the three said they would return another day to collect. A description of the males and the vehicle were provided to police.
On Jan. 6, police observed a similar vehicle and occupants travelling southbound on Highway 108. A subsequent traffic stop was conducted. Three people were arrested, and seized property included a .38 calibre handgun, approximately 16 grams of suspected cocaine, approximately 19 grams of suspected fentanyl, approximately 18 grams of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, numerous knives, numerous cellphones, and more than $700 in cash.
Nicholas Moss, 27 years old, of Sudbury, was 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 – cocaine; two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm; carry concealed weapon; extortion; utter threats – cause death or bodily harm; break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence; and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Mamadou Sidibe, 28 years old, from Sudbury, was 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 – cocaine; two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm; carry concealed weapon; extortion; utter threats – cause death or bodily harm; break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence; and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Jordan Lalonde, 30 years old, from Elliot Lake, was 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 – cocaine; two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm; carry concealed weapon; extortion; utter threats – cause death or bodily harm; break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence; possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court.

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