Police continue to deliver essential services to public

March 19, 2020   ·   0 Comments

The Orangeville Police Service (OPS) says it is continuing to receive updates from federal, provincial, county and local agencies regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“Your Orangeville Police Service is, as always, committed to the safety and well-being of everyone in our community and the health and well-being of our members,” the OPS said in a news release. “There has been no disruption in the service we provide to our community, but we are planning for contingencies that may include impacts on our response to non-emergent calls for service.”

The release said changes made to protect staff and members of the public by minimizing potential transmission of the virus include:

√ hen you call the OPS you will be asked to go through a screening process regarding COVID-19 health risks. “We understand that this may cause concerns, but this is for the safety of our members and the public.”

√  request that members of the public avoid going to the OPS station at 390 C Line, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have two or more of the following symptoms: fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please delay your visit and contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800-265-7293, or your primary health care provider.

“Access to the main lobby will be restricted. For police assistance please use the intercom inside the front door which will connect you with our Communications Centre for assistance. If permitted to access the main lobby, you may be subject to a non-intrusive screening process.”

OPS officers may be wearing protective equipment like gloves and masks as a precautionary measure for their own personal safety.

“To minimize the risk to our members and the community as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, some non-emergency calls for service may be processed over the phone instead of having an officer attend in person. This will be managed on a case-by- case basis.”

Search warrant leads to drug charges

Orangeville Police have arrested a 63-year-old woman in connection to an ongoing illicit drug investigation.

On Thursday, March 12, at approximately 6:45 a.m., members of the OPS Criminal Investigation Bureau executed a search warrant at a Bythia Street residence.

The search warrant resulted in the seizure of cocaine, crack cocaine, various drug trafficking paraphernalia, a switchblade knife and $1200 in cash.

Debra Ann Neale, 63, of Orangeville, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and unauthorized possession of a weapon. She was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Orangeville on April 20.

The Dufferin, Nottawasaga and Caledon OPP Street Crime Units assisted with the incident.

Driver charged after SUV strikes house

Orangeville Police have charged a 25-year-old woman with impaired driving after her SUV struck a house.

On Wednesday, March 11 at about 12:35 a.m., a black Volkswagen Tiguan, was eastbound on Madison Avenue when it turned left and went northbound on Dawson Road, veering suddenly to the right, and into a residential driveway narrowly missing a witness standing in the area. The vehicle continued up the driveway and struck the side of a house. There were no injuries as a result of the collision.

Witnesses called police to report the incident. Officers arrived on scene and were directed to a female who was trying to run away. As a result of the police investigation, Melanie Alysa Neil, 25, of Orangeville, was arrested and charged with operation of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration over 80 mg/100 mL and dangerous operation. She is scheduled to appear in court in Orangeville on March 24.


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