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Local briefs: 138 calls to police on weekend

Orillia police kept busy

Orillia OPP responded to 138 calls for service on the weekend.

According to a release, there were a variety of calls including alarms, disturbing the peace, domestic and family disputes, harassment, mischief, collisions, thefts and traffic complaints.

The calls came between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday from Severn Township, Ramara Township and the City of Orillia.


No charges from checks

Orillia OPP conducted three RIDE checks around the city on the weekend.

According to police, more than 200 vehicles were checked and no impaired-driving charges came as a result of checks.


Drunk-driving arrests

Police arrested two men on the weekend in relation to impaired driving.

According to a news release, police saw a vehicle driving erratically on Westmount Drive North at about 3 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle was stopped near Rosemary Road and police said signs of impairment were observed.

Christopher Blair Stephen, 26, of Orillia has been charged with impaired operation of a vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to provide a breath sample.

On Sunday at about 1 a.m., Orillia OPP made a traffic stop after seeing a vehicle swerving on the road in the area of Monarch Drive and Highway 12.

Tajinder Kang, 19, of Severn Township was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams.

Both men will answer to their charges in Orillia court Dec. 18.


County enhances accessibility efforts

Simcoe County Warden Cal Patterson has proclaimed Dec. 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

By observing the day, the county hopes to not only increase the awareness and understanding of the issues facing those with disabilities in our communities, but also promote the inclusion of these persons in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

“Dignity, rights and well-being is a vital component of life for everyone living in Simcoe County,” Patterson said in a press release.

“By proclaiming Dec. 3 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we hope to encourage a growth in understanding and acceptance.”

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