A Highland Grove man is now before the courts in connection with a Christmas Eve incident in Haliburton Village.
OPP said Jan. 12 that they arrested and charged a 36-year-old.
They said that on Dec. 24, 2020, at approximately 3:01 p.m., members of the public called police to report an individual who had committed an indecent act inside their blue sedan in a parking lot of a business on Highland Street.
The suspect had travelled throughout the village and once stopped by police, rolled his vehicle into a number of parked cars, coming to rest at the Cenotaph.
The man is charged with: Indecent Act – Public Place; Flight from Peace Officer; Operation while Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs; and Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus).
The accused was held for a bail hearing and will appear in Court on a later date to answer to the charges, OPP said.
The OPP added it is continuing to look for additional witnesses or victim(s) and encourages people to contact 705-286-1431 or toll-free 1-888-310-1122. You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at stopcrimehere.ca. When you contact Crime Stoppers you stay anonymous, you never have to testify, and you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon an arrest.
Crime Stoppers month
Kawartha-Haliburton Crime Stoppers has kicked off January’s Crime Stoppers Month with a theme of ‘Helping All Communities Stay Safe.’
President Garry Burns said, “January recognizes our organization’s efforts to help law enforcement solve crimes. It is also a time to show appreciation for the team of members that makes the work possible.”
The organization opened its doors in 1989 as ‘Lindsay Crime Stoppers’. In 1991, it expanded to Kawartha-Haliburton Crime Stoppers. Thirty years later, it has maintained the original principle of helping law enforcement agencies solve crimes and make communities safe, Burns said.
KH Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the community, the Ontario Provincial Police, Kawartha Lakes Police Service and the media, said board member Keith Kirkpatrick. He added that Crime Stoppers Month looks to highlight those important community partnerships.
Kawartha-Haliburton Crime Stoppers is run by a volunteer board of directors which recently appealed to the public for financial assistance to save the future of the organization. Board member Steve Green said they’ve secured some donations and assistance from individuals, which will allow them to operate through 2021, but “they are not out of the woods yet.”
The public can donate online at khcrimestoppers.com/donate, by cheque made payable to “Kawartha-Haliburton Crime Stoppers Inc” mailed to PO BOX 155, Lindsay, ON K9V 4R8 or for sponsorship or other inquiries email email@example.com.
Warning about scam email
The OPP say they’ve received numerous complaints from across the province about unsolicited emails which, when opened, contain links to images of child sexual abuse.
The emails, received from firstname.lastname@example.org contain directions, that when followed unknowingly, exposed the recipient to child sexual abuse imagery, OPP said.
Recipients are asked to contact their local police and to abstain from opening the emails.
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or internet child exploitation, to call Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477, ontariocrimestoppers.ca or cybertip.ca and 1-888-310-1122.
(OPP news compiled by Lisa Gervais)