Police beat: Rockwood residents face cocaine, opioid charges

ROCKWOOD – A man and woman from Rockwood face cocaine and opioid charges after a drug bust here last week.

On Nov. 21 Wellington County OPP officers executed a search warrant at a house on Princess Street in Rockwood.

Police say officers seized a quantity of suspected drugs, drug trafficking equipment and currency.

Richard Piotta, 43, and Susanne Hepburn, 44, both of Rockwood, were each charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine and opioids). Both are to appear in Guelph court on Dec. 24.

Not so fleet of foot?

CENTRE WELLINGTON –  A Guelph man faces numerous charges after he tried to evade police here last week.

On Nov. 16 at about 12:50am a Wellington County OPP officer monitoring traffic on Mill Street East in Elora observed a motor vehicle travelling erratically at a high rate of speed.

Police say the officer tried to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to stop and proceeded through a red light and a stop sign.

“The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed through a restaurant parking lot that was open and serving customers,” police stated in a press release.

The vehicle turned onto Wellington Road 7 and continued south at a high rate of speed. Due to public safety concerns, the officer discontinued following the vehicle.

“A short while later another officer observed the same vehicle travelling on a closed road until it was forced to stop,” police stated.

“The driver attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody without incident. Officers seized a partially full can of beer from the front … console.”

Kristopher Finora, 31, of Guelph, was charged with dangerous driving, flight from a peace officer, driving while prohibited, failing to comply with an undertaking, driving with an open container of and three counts of driving while suspended. He was held for a bail hearing.

OPP: report minor crimes online

ORILLIA – The OPP is now inviting the public to report minor crimes online.

Police say increased use of the OPP “Online Reporting” tool will allow frontline officers to focus on urgent calls and crime prevention.

In 2018, OPP communications centres received over two million non-emergency and administrative 9-1-1 calls, with officers dispatched to about half those calls.

Crimes that can be reported online include: theft under $5,000, mischief/damage to property or vehicles under $5,000, theft from vehicles, lost or missing property under $5,000, stolen license plates, and driving complaints (after the occurrence).

To access the system, visit opp.ca/reporting, choose a location, click on “start a report” and follow the  instructions on how to fill out the report.