Police Beat: Teen faces weapon charges in connection with firearm discharge near schools

ERIN – A teenager has been charged in connection with an incident last week that triggered a hold and secure precaution at two Erin schools.

On Dec. 3 just after noon, Wellington County OPP responded to a weapons call at a residence on Erindale Drive in the village of Erin.

Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot in the neighbourhood.

“Wellington OPP detained multiple people and the situation was defused,” said OPP spokesperson Josh Cunningham.

A 17-year-old boy from Erin was later charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, careless use of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

He is to appear in Guelph court on Jan. 2.

Cannabis charges

PUSLINCH – On Dec. 1 at about 2:50pm Wellington County OPP officers investigated the occupants of a blue sedan at a RIDE program on Gore Road and Maddaugh Road.

Police say officers detected a strong odour of suspected marijuana in the vehicle.

“A male passenger surrendered three baggies of marijuana to the officers,” police stated in a press release.

“Cannabis resin was also located during a search following the arrest”

Michael Davson, 26, of Havelock Township, was charged with unlawful purchase of cannabis and possession of cannabis resin. He is to appear in Guelph court on Jan. 8.

Wrong way

ORILLIA – A rash of incidents involving vehicles travelling the wrong way on a highway or road has the OPP raising awareness about what drivers should do when this happens.

Between Oct. 5 and Nov. 5 the OPP responded to 25 reports of a vehicle travelling the wrong way.

A collision occurred in five of the incidents and two people lost their lives in two of the crashes. Twelve charges have been laid so far in five of the incidents, two of which are driving while impaired by alcohol/drugs.

There were 182 wrong-way vehicle incidents on OPP-patrolled roads last year and 207 so far in 2018.

“When drivers encounter a vehicle travelling the wrong way towards oncoming traffic, they should immediately and safely pull over to the side of the road, call 9-1-1 and provide their location, a description of the vehicle and the licence plate number if possible,” police stated in a  press release.