Police beat: More than two dozen “intimate partner violence” charges laid in January

‘Intimate partner violence’ charges

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Local police laid over two dozen charges last month in incidents across the county involving “intimate partner violence.”

Wellington County OPP officials did not provide any information about whether or not the January statistics mark an increase over other months. 

Information about intimate partner violence incidents/charges is not regularly provided to the Advertiser.

In a Feb. 8 press release, the OPP listed the following incidents and charges for the month of January:

– Jan. 1 incident in Centre Wellington, 38-year-old male from Centre Wellington charged with spousal assault;

– Jan. 2, Town of Minto, 39-year-old male from South Bruce charged with spousal assault with a weapon;

– Jan. 4, Guelph/Eramosa, 27-year-old male from Dorchester charged with failure to comply with release order;

– Jan. 12, Centre Wellington, 32-year-old male from Brampton charged with spousal assault and forcible confinement;

– Jan. 13, Wellington North, a 26-year-old male from Brampton charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, uttering threats to damage or injure an animal and three counts of assault causing bodily harm;

– Jan. 17, Wellington North, 33-year-old male from Wellington North charged with spousal assault with a weapon, spousal assault, disobeying a court order, and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm;

– Jan. 18, Erin, 34-year-old male from Mississauga charged with assault causing bodily harm, attempting to choke/suffocate/strangle another person, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm (spousal) and three counts of spousal assault;

– Jan. 20, Minto, 43-year-old male from Minto charged with spousal assault;

– Jan. 20, Guelph/Eramosa, 60-year-old male from Guelph/Eramosa charged with spousal assault causing bodily harm;

– Jan. 25, Mapleton, 36-year-old female from Mapleton charged with spousal assault;

– Jan. 26, Wellington North, 32-year-old male from Wellington North charged with failing to comply with an undertaking; and

– Jan. 26, Centre Wellington, 54-year-old male from Caledon East charged with three counts of Failing to Comply with an undertaking.

“Victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault are not alone,” police stated in the press release.

“If you, or someone you know, needs support, there are local resources listed below that are available to help: Victim Services Wellington, 519-824-1212;  Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care and Treatment Centre, 519-837-6440; and Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, 519-836-1110 or 1-800-265-7233.”

Driving charges

MAPLETON – On Jan. 27 at about 8:15pm, a Wellington County OPP officer monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 7 stopped the driver of an orange sedan.

A 30-year-old driver from Hamilton was charged with driving without insurance, using unauthorized plates, driving without a valid permit and being a G1 driver unaccompanied by a qualified driver.

The defendant is to appear in Guelph court on May 15.

Police: smart watch calls for emergency help

GUELPH – Police say a senior citizen’s smart watch helped emergency services find him after a fall last week.

At about 7:45am on Jan. 24, Guelph Police Service “received an automated 911 call from an Apple watch, indicating it had detected a hard fall by its wearer and providing his location in a commercial parking lot,” police stated in a Jan. 25 press release.

“The communicator was able to establish voice contact with the wearer, a male in his late 70s who was having difficulty speaking. Police officers were dispatched to the area and within minutes located the male who had fallen on ice. 

“An ambulance was then dispatched and the male was left in the care of paramedics.”

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Anyone with information about any of the above incidents can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.csgw.tips. Tip providers may be eligible for a cash reward.