Police beat: Burnout fallout

Burnout fallout

ELORA – On June 21 at about 1am a Wellington County OPP officer was on patrol here when he saw a pickup truck do a loud “burnout” on Metcalfe Street.

Jordan Belanger Herwynen, 21, of Guelph-Eramosa, was charged with driving without insurance, making unnecessary noise, operating an unsafe vehicle and using unauthorized plates.

He is to appear in Guelph court on Sept. 4.


Amber Alert complaints

ORILLIA – After an Amber Alert was issued last week, police are reminding people to stop calling 911 to complain about the alerts.

“The Ontario Amber Alert program continues to be an instrumental tool in assisting both the public and police with locating an abducted child who may be in danger,” states an OPP press release. “The [OPP] would like to remind the public that calling 911 or any emergency service communication centre is not an appropriate venue to complain about Amber Alerts.”

Police say issuing an Amber Alert is “based on established criteria, and is not taken lightly.”

This year there have been five alerts issued and, as a  direct result, four helped with the safe return of the child/children and one with the apprehension of a suspect.

“The OPP recognizes the inconvenience the Alert may have caused, but will not apologize for using all of the tools available to help locate a child,” states the release.

Police are reminding compatible wireless network users the only option to not receive the alerts is to turn off their device. However, users will not receive emergency alerts that may contain information of imminent danger in their area.

For more information on Canada’s emergency alert system visit alertready.ca.