Police beat: Spousal assault charge

CENTRE WELLINGTON – On April 13 at about 9:30pm, Wellington County OPP officers responded to reports of a disturbance at a Centre Wellington address.

A 34-year-old from Centre Wellington has been charged with spousal assault and is to appear in Guelph court at a later date.

Threats, assault

WELLINGTON NORTH – On April 13, Wellington County OPP officers responded to a house here and initiated an intimate partner violence investigation.

A 37-year-old from Wellington North was charged with harassing communications, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm (spousal) and failing to comply with an undertaking.

The accused is scheduled to appear in Guelph court at a later date. 

Trailer, mowers stolen

MOUNT FOREST – Wellington County OPP officials are investigating two break-ins and thefts at separate businesses here.

Sometime overnight between April 11 and 12, a black 14-foot enclosed trailer with “Weber Lane” on the top of it and with Ontario license plate R3873T was stolen from a business in Mount Forest.   

Between April 11 at 11:30pm and April 12 at 1am, two zero-turn lawn mowers were stolen from a second business in Mount Forest. 

“A dark-coloured pick-up truck pulling a trailer that matched the description of the stolen trailer was observed on the property,” police stated in a press release.

A “person of interest” is described as a white man with a medium build, wearing jeans, a blue and black/grey coat, a black balaclava, black and red gloves and brown footwear. 

Three charged after stolen vehicle spotted by OPP

GUELPH/ERAMOSA – Three Cambridge residents face theft and drug charges after OPP officers had to use a spike belt to stop a vehicle that did not pull over for police.

On April 15 at about 3:30am, a Wellington County OPP officer patrolling on Wellington Road 39 in Guelph-Eramosa was alerted to a stolen vehicle by the automated license plate recognition system now used in all county OPP cruisers. 

Dusty Sharpe, 42, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and flight from a peace officer. 

Natalie Anne Parsons, 45, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Samantha Smith, 33, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of a Schedule I substance (methamphetamine).

All three Cambridge residents are to appear in Guelph court on June 9.

Distracted driver rolls through stop sign

WELLINGTON NORTH – On March 31 at about 3:15pm  a Wellington County OPP offcier was monitoring traffic on Highway 89 here.

Police say the officer saw a white freight van commit an alleged driving offence.

“Further, the driver was also observed with a cell pone propped in the instrument cluster while a digital game was active,” police stated in a press release.

A 48-year-old driver from Conn was charged with disobeying a stop sign and driving with a display screen visible to the driver.

Fake threats

CENTRE WELLINGTON – A local teenager has been charged with public mischief after lying to police about being threatened via social media. On Jan. 2, Wellington County OPP responded to an address in Centre Wellington for reports of a youth that was receiving threatening messages on Instagram. 

“The youth claimed the messages were coming from a person known to them,” police stated in a press release.

“After an extensive investigation spanning several months, officers determined that the complainant had in fact sent the threatening messages to themselves and had misled officers conducting the investigation.” 

A 16-year-old resident of Centre Wellington was charged with public mischief and is to appear in Guelph  court at a later date.  

Campfire sticks stolen

MOUNT FOREST – On March 31, Wellington County OPP officers responded to a report of a break-in at a business on Perth Street here.

Police say “sometime overnight, a trailer on the property was entered and approximately $500 worth of steel campfire sticks were stolen.”


FERGUS – Wellington County OPP officers are investigating after approximately $6,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from a business on Tower Street South here.

Police say the suspect,  captured on surveillance on March 23 at about 4:30pm, is described as a woman with long dark hair wearing dark-coloured clothing. 

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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 csgw.tips.