January 20, 2020 to January 26, 2020

Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday January 20th to Sunday January 26th, were kept busy responding to 490 occurrences and calls for service. Some of the many calls and occurrences include:
26 – Emergency 911 Calls
7 – Alarms
7 – Assist Ambulance
1 – Assist Fire Department
1 – Assist Other Police Service
2 – Bail Violations
1 – Break & Enters
2 – By-Law Complaints
3 – Driving & Traffic Complaints
3 – Frauds
1 – Harassment Complaint
4 – Mental Health Act Matters
2 – Mischiefs
9 – Motor Vehicle Collisions
8 – Suspicious Activity
2 – Thefts
97 -Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks

Below are some highlights.

Coyote Sightings
Recently the LaSalle Police Service Central Communications Centre has received a large number of calls regarding coyote sightings. In certain instances officers were assigned to follow up and investigate further however in most or all recent such cases it was discovered that the caller had simply observed a coyote in a residential area during daylight hours. While the LaSalle Police Service encourages everyone to contact us if they observe a coyote as a means of tracking this information, it is unnecessary and improper to call 911 to make such a report. Unless the coyote is posing an imminent threat please DO NOT call 911. You should contact the LaSalle Police Service at 519 969-5210. It should be noted that coyotes are entering their breeding season which lasts until the end of March. Coyote behaviour during this time may be more bold and protective of their territory. For more information on managing conflicts with coyotes please visit:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/preventing-and-managing-conflicts-coyotes-wolves-and-foxes
Remember the use of 911 is reserved for emergencies.

Jan 20

Mischief
Officers responded to a residence on Matchette Road for a complaint of damage to a motor vehicle. When the officer arrived he saw that the rear window and two of the side windows of the vehicle had been broken. In addition, the interior had been damaged: ripped seats and roof liner, and the dashboard had been smashed. It was believed that the damage occurred during the overnight hours. Anyone with information on this or any other criminal offence is asked to call the LaSalle Police Service or Crimestoppers.

Jan 21
Theft of Motor Vehicle
LaSalle Police Service received a report of a theft of motor vehicle from Reaume Chevrolet. Staff at the dealership discovered that a vehicle was missing from their lot and after examining video surveillance learned that the vehicle was actually stolen on January 4th at approximately 8:00 PM. There was a lone person observed on the video approach the vehicle, enter, and drive off within 17 seconds.

The vehicle is described as a 2017 onyx black, GMC Sierra 1500 AWD, double cab, standard box with a grey interior and chrome grill and tubular running boards.
The individual observed on the video is described as thin, wearing a light coloured shirt, dark pants and appeared to be walking with a limp.
Anyone with information should call LaSalle Police Service 519-969-5210 or Crime Stoppers at https://www.catchcrooks.com/ 519 258-8477.

Perform Stunt – Speeding – Vehicle impounded for 7 days.
At approximately 11:00 am, an officer conducting radar enforcement on Front Road observed a vehicle travelling southbound at a high rate of speed. Radar indicated that the vehicle was travelling at 101 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone. The male driver was charged with a perform stunt for travelling greater than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit. As a result his drivers licence was automatically suspended for 7 days and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days. He now has to appear in court and upon conviction could receive a significant fine.

Traffic- Provincial Statutes
Also, on the morning of January 21st, an officer stopped a vehicle on Laurier Drive to ensure compliance with the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. A search of the licence plate number revealed that the vehicle may have been uninsured. The officer approached the female driver of the vehicle and asked for her driver’s licence, vehicle permit and proof of valid car insurance, the third of which she was unable to provide. The officer contacted the insurance company directly and they confirmed that the car was, in fact, uninsured due to non-payment of premiums back in November 2019. The female was issued a Part III Summons to appear in court to answer to a charge of owner operate a motor vehicle on a highway without insurance. Since the vehicle was not insured, it was towed from the scene at the owner’s expense.

Jan 22
Theft Under $5000
A female reported the theft of a package purchased on Amazon that was received via Canada Post. The female stated that on this date she received a notification from Amazon that her package had been delivered, so she went to her community mailbox to pick it up. Approximately ten minutes after receiving the notification, she picked up the package and noticed that there was a cut along the side of the bubble wrap envelope and that the product that she had ordered was no longer inside. The caller immediately contacted both Canada Post and Amazon to inform them of the incident and then contacted LPS in case this was not an isolated incident. Please report anything similar that may have occurred with yourself and remember to do as the reporting person did and contact the delivery company and the seller to see if they are able to assist in anyway.

Driving while Prohibited
At approximately 4:30 PM and officer had occasion to stop a motor vehicle for a traffic related offence. During their interaction with the driver it was learned that they were prohibited from operating a motor vehicle due to court imposed conditions a previous criminal conviction. Driving while prohibited under the Criminal Code is a criminal offence in and of itself. The male was arrested and his vehicle impounded for a period of 45 days. The male was released on a promise to appear and now has a date in court to answer to this new criminal charge. He will also be responsible to pay the impound fee for his vehicle.

Jan 23
Vehicle vs Deer
Around 7:15 PM, an officer was dispatched to the 6800 block of Malden Road for the report of a vehicle who had struck a deer. Upon arrival the officer observed light damage to driver side front corner, broken headlight, damaged driver side front fender/quarter panel, estimated damage of $4000. The deer was deceased on the roadway from impact. While driving southbound on Malden Road approaching Laurier Drive, the driver indicated that he had observed a single deer running into the roadway from the east and within one tenth of a second, the deer struck his vehicle. The driver advised that there was nothing he could do to avoid the collision. A statement was obtained from the driver and was checked and found to be properly licensed. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene.

With the fluctuating temperatures be sure to following the below tips for safe ice fishing.

Tips for safe ice fishing
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Don’t trust the ice—always be aware of the thickness and quality of ice to reduce risk of breaking through
Where ice is checked for thickness, obey posted signs on when and where ice surface is acceptable for activities.
Avoid any open holes in lakes and rivers, or open ocean water.
Avoid traveling on any ice in non-daylight hours.
Be aware of currents and/or tides as these locations cannot be trusted to have consistent ice thickness.
Fish with a buddy
Avoid going out on the ice alone to ensure rescue is an option. Discuss rescue procedures in advance to ensure all fishers know how to perform a rescue safely.
If your pet falls through the ice, call for help. Resist the temptation to go out onto the ice after them.
Check the ice thickness
Many ice fishers will drive a motor vehicle, snowmobile or ATV to their fishing hut. No activity should be carried out on ice less than 15cm thick. In the presence of snow on ice, the minimum thickness would need to be doubled to 30cm.
Wear a flotation device and cold protection suit, even if you’re fishing from shore or on thick ice.

Carry rescue equipment
This includes ice picks, a rope, a cell phone (in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit. Other safety equipment to be considered includes: flashlight, waterproof matches/lighter, tool kit, candles and survival blanket.
Save the alcohol for when you get home and are telling the fish tales.