OPP charges erratic Tillsonburg driver

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Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police arrested an individual on Ontario Street, Tillsonburg, on April 11 after observing an erratic driver while on patrol at approximately 10 p.m.

As a result of the investigation after conducting a traffic stop, 20-year-old Jarred Culver of Tillsonburg, was charged with the following offences: Operation While Impaired; Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus); Drive Vehicle or Boat with Cannabis Readily Available; Novice Driver – Blood Alcohol Concentration Above Zero; Drive Motor Vehicle with Unsealed Container of Liquor; and Stunt Driving.

The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock at a later date.

Three vehicles speeding over 155 km/h on 401

On Tuesday, April 14, between 7:10 a.m. and 10:49 a.m. two London Highway Safety Division Ontario Provincial Police officers on patrol along Highway 401 near Woodstock stopped three vehicles travelling in excess of 155 km/h on Highway 401.

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The drivers – a 32-year-old Tillsonburg resident, a 25-year-old from Mississauga and a 26-year-old from London – were charged with ‘Race a Motor Vehicle’ which includes an immediate seven-day vehicle impoundment.

OPP seek wanted individual

Norfolk County Ontario Provincial Police is seeking help from the public in locating an individual wanted in connection with an incident at a Peel Street, Simcoe address.

The OPP holds an arrest warrant for 36-year-old Nicholas Christopher Sawadski of Norfolk County for the following offences: Escape lawful custody; Theft of motor vehicle; Mischief under $5,000; Dangerous operation; Flight from peace officer; Operation while prohibited; Fail to comply with probation order; and with Fail to comply with release order (two counts).

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’9″, 155 pounds, thin build with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be travelling to Brantford or London, Ont. areas.

Police request anyone with information on this individual’s whereabouts please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority. If you observe him, call 9-1-1 immediately, do not approach or attempt to interact. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Criminals prey on your COVID-19 fears

Ontario Provincial Police Anti-Rackets Branch and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre say as COVID-19 continues to spread across Ontario and Canada, fraudsters are taking advantage of citizens’ fear during uncertain times.

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Fraudsters are exploiting this pandemic to facilitate fraud through cybercrime – and any other means – to obtain your information, and extort money from fearful, trusting victims.

Most scenarios are the typical urgency and time sensitive circumstances that criminals place on individuals in order to receive personal and financial information. Many of the scam reports have medically-related themes, using anxiety to gain information. Some spoof government, healthcare or research companies.

Some of the more popular scams are:

Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19.

Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment.

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.

Offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood.

Public Health Agency of Canada trying to give false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19 or tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription.

Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation.

Government departments sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails, tricking you into opening malicious attachments or tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details.

Financial advisors pressuring people to invest in ‘hot new stocks’ related to the disease or offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shutdowns.

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Private companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale (only health care providers can perform the tests and no other current tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results), or selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease (unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws).

TIPS

If you were using your computer when you were scammed, it’s possible a virus or malicious software was installed on your computer. Run a full system check using reliable security software.

If you do not have security software such as virus scanners and a firewall installed on your computer, a trusted computer professional can help you choose what you need. Scammers may have also gained access to your online passwords or other personal information. Change these using a secure computer. If you paid someone by credit card or through an electronic funds transfer, contact your financial institution or credit card company immediately. They may be able to stop or reverse the transaction.

Learn more from trusted resources – Government of Canada, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, World Health Organization.

Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance benefits questions.

If you or someone you know suspect they’ve been a victim of a COVID-19 related scam or any other scam, contact your local police service. You can file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.

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