OPP investigating overnight grass fires

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue called on the assistance of members of Prince Edward OPP Sunday night as a number of grass fires that required attention were most likely set by fireworks.

Local firefighters responded to three calls in the overnight including locations at County Rd. 5, County Rd. 4 and Kingsley Crossroad south of the Picton Airport.

According to the OPP , spent fireworks casings were found.

“Fireworks can and will start fires. Be extremely cautious when dealing with them and avoid setting fireworks off on property other than yours,“ said Robert Rutter, Prince Edward County Deputy Fire Chief.

The investigation remains ongoing.

The Prince Edward County Detachment of the OPP are asking anyone who may know anything about this incident to contact police at 1.888.310.1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Also on Sunday night, just after 11:30 p.m., a member of The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Conley Road in Wellington. 

As a result, a 40 year old male from Prince Edward County had his driving privileges suspended for 30 days due to an “Alert” reading on the approved screening device. The reading was the fourth such warning occurrence for the driver.

In other OPP Police reports:

•On Saturday June 27, 2020 just after 1:30 a.m. the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment received a report of an erratic driver. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on County Road 24 in Athol Ward. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing.

James Holmes, 37, from Prince Edward, Ontario has been charged with the following offences:

  • Operation While Impaired – 320.14(1)(a)
  • Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date in Picton. He was also given a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

•The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment is reminding the public to ask questions when responding to rental advertisements.

On Thursday an individual reported to have responded to an online ad for a rental property. The correspondence was primarily through e-mail. Approximately $4,680 was sent via e-transfer. The instructions were that a key and further information would be sent to them by courier prior to moving day. When the rental property was visited, someone was already living there full time and the property was not for rent.

To help prevent yourself from being a victim of this type of fraudulent activities be aware of the following:

·Demand to meet the landlord or representative in person

·Always ask for a tour prior to giving deposits

·Be alert to emails that contain poor spelling and grammar

·Don’t supply any personal information or deposits prior to confirming the property is actually for rent

Before sending money digitally, always remember to pump the brakes, ask questions and conduct research. If it’s too good to be true, it likely is.