Body of deceased male recovered in private Normanby area lake
On Wednesday August 14th 2019, the West Grey Police Service was dispatched to attend a Normanby Township residence for report of a 55 year old male who went missing while canoeing on a private lake. The West Grey Fire Department and the Hanover Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Unit have partnered with the West Grey Police Service in a search of the area and the area waterways for the missing male. An extensive search of the waterways was completed with assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. The body of the deceased male was been recovered from the lake. Police will be working with the Regional Coroners office to determine the circumstances that lead to the death.
Car theft ends with Arson
At approximately 5:39am on Tuesday the 13th day of August 2019, police received reports that a Ford Escape had been stolen overnight from a Concession 2 WGR residence. Later in the day at approximately 1:00pm, it was reported to police that a vehicle was on fire in a field on the South side of Concession 6 about 600 meters East of Sideroad 40 in Glenelg.
The Grey Highlands Fire Department attended to find the vehicle had been completely consumed by fire and extinguished the remaining flames. After the vehicle was safe to approach, police were able to confirm that this was in fact the vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the day. The vehicle was in an area where there were numerous trails wide enough for a vehicle to drive down. It would appear that the occupant(s) drove around the woods on these trail prior to the fire. The West Grey Fire Department attended to assist in the investigation and had the vehicle towed away.
If you have information in relation to this incident, please call the West Grey Police Service at 519-371-6911. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS to provide information anonymously. Crime Stoppers Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.
Bench warrant executed
With the assistance of the Hanover Police, West Grey Police Service officers executed a bench warrant and arrested a 29 year old West Grey man for two counts of Theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of Prowling at night, one count of possessing a schedule 1 substance, two counts of failing to comply with a recognizance, one count of failing to comply with accordance notice (x2); one count of Possession of Property over $5,000, one count of Assault and one count of failing to attend Court. The accused was held for a bail hearing scheduled for August 15th 2019 out of the Walkerton Courthouse.
West Grey Police launch positive ticketing program
Positive Ticketing is a community based initiative where police officers “catch” kids doing good things and reward them with a voucher or coupon to some free treats. Positive Tickets are issued to youth for good safety practices like wearing their bicycle helmets, or for performing good deeds.
The purpose of the Positive Ticketing Program is to build relationships and trust with the youth in our community and to encourage them for good choices that they make. Having positive interactions between police and young persons, is essential to demonstrating to them that the police are people too and are here to help.
The principles of this innovative approach have been proven to have a lasting impact when police are engaging young people for a positive reason. The West Grey Police Service is a community focused police service and will continue to build trust by remaining involved within the Municipality. We hope that receiving a positive ticket will make police officers more approachable and that it will instill a confidence in our officers if we are ever needed in the future. We hope that the program empowers young people and that we build positive relationships by recognizing the contributions they make in the community.
Being a good citizen may not quite get you a “golden ticket” but it does gets you free fries at the “golden arches!” This year, McDonalds Hanover has sponsored the program by providing officers with “Free French-Fry” vouchers to be given out to youths who are “caught doing good things.” So whether you are crossing the road safely or helping pick up some litter, be prepared because you may just be issued a positive ticket.