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Brantford Police Charge Teacher with Sexual Assault / Exploitation

Sep 24, 2021

Inc. # 21-14414

The Brantford Police Service are investigating an allegation of an inappropriate relationship occurring between a teacher and student at a local high school.
 
Officers were made aware of the allegations in April 2021.  
 
The Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit are actively investigating the offences, which were alleged to have occurred over two decades ago.
 
Investigators formed grounds to charge an accused with two counts of sexual exploitation and two counts of sexual assault.  The accused was still teaching with a local school board, but has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the court proceedings.
 
Police are not releasing any further details at this time, including the ages or gender of the accused, in order to protect the identity of the victim.
 
Sexual assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon another. Forced or coerced intercourse, grabbing, touching or kissing can be defined as sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant offers a free 24-hour crisis and support line; contact 519-751-3471 or www.sacbrant.ca for more information.
 
Should you need to report an incident, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 or report online at www.brantfordpolice.ca 

 

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Witness Information Requested after Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

Sep 16, 2021

Inc. # 21-36248
 
Officers with the Brantford Police Service are seeking witness information after a fatal motor vehicle collision, involving a motorcycle and a car, that occurred in the area of Henry Street and Rawdon Street at approximately 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021.
 
The driver of the motorcycle, a 55-year-old man from Brantford, succumbed to injuries received as a result of the collision after transfer to Brantford General Hospital. 
 
Members of the public who witnessed the collision or who may have dashboard camera footage are asked to contact Constable Jeremy Morton of the Brantford Police Traffic Unit at 519-756-0113 extention 2869.


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Aggravated Assault Charge Now Manslaughter for 23-year-old

Sep 16, 2021

Inc. # 21-35544
 
Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Patrol Section responded alongside paramedics for a report of a disturbance in the area of Sheridan Street and George Street.
 
Upon arrival, a 37-year-old man from Brantford was located having sustained serious life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported by ambulance to hospital for treatment. Officers arrested and charged a suspect shortly after with aggravated assault. 
 
On September 15, 2021, despite life-saving efforts, the victim succumbed to his injuries. As a result, the investigation is now classified as a homicide. 
 
Because of these developments, the accused, Connor Davison GIBSON, 23, of Brantford, has had the earlier charge of aggravated assault upgraded to a charge of manslaughter. The accused is currently in police custody.     
 
Information received indicates a verbal altercation between the accused and victim is believed to have occurred prior to the assault. Police are not looking for any other suspects at this time.
 
Anyone who may have been in the area of Sheridan Street, between Market Street and George Street, and who may have witnessed a disturbance around the time of the incident, is asked to contact Det. Ryan Groen at 519-756-0113 extension 2206. 
 
Investigators are also asking anyone who may have dashboard camera footage from the area to contact police. A dedicated email has been created for the public to provide information. Tips can be sent to: williamsmithhomicide@police.brantford.on.ca   
 
Information can always be provided anonymously to Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477, or online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 
 
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82-year-old man Facing Manslaughter Charge after Retirement Home Assault

Sep 16, 2021

Inc. # 21-34587

Detectives with the Brantford Police Service have arrested an 82-year-old male in connection with an assault between two residents at a retirement home located on Diana Avenue.
 
Officers responded to an assault related call on September 5, 2021, at approximately 2:50 p.m., after an 89-year-old-female resident was reported to have been struck by an 82-year-old male resident of the same facility.
 
Investigation revealed the assault caused the woman to fall and strike her head.
 
Emergency Medical Services transported the woman to hospital where, despite life-saving efforts, she succumbed to her injuries.
 
As a result of the investigation, police have charged the involved man with manslaughter. 
 
The accused was held in police custody and will appear before the court on September 16, 2021.
 
As charges are now before the courts, investigators cannot discuss evidence as it pertains to the case.
 
The Brantford Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance related to this investigation.
 
The Brantford Police Service Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate this incident. If you have any information, please contact Detective Sergeant Charles Wheeler at 519-756-7050. Information can also be provided anonymously to Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/

  

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WORLD’S LARGEST TRUCK CONVOY AND LOCAL TORCH RUN ARE BACK IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES

Sep 15, 2021

Private event, closed for public, media encouraged to attend.

Brantford, Ontario – On Saturday, September 18, 2021 the 17th Annual Truck Convoy and the local Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) both in support of Special Olympics, will be coming together at the Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, Ontario. 
 
The Truck Convoy is a unique event in which members of law enforcement take part and escort a convoy of trucks across Ontario highways to raise awareness for their support of Special Olympics athletes. This year, the LETR will kick off the day with a Torch Run within the Paris Fairgrounds. The
 
Torch Run will consist of members from the Brantford Police Service and Brant County OPP who will carry the Flame of Hope, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities. 
 
"Our local Torch Run was not able to take place in the community last year due to COVID and we are happy to be back out, seeing familiar faces, fueling our passion for giving back to Special Olympics,” says Detective, Constable, Christine McCallum, Brantford Police Service. 
 
The Ontario Truck Convoy is part of an international event that has grown since the first Convoy with the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department in 2001. The Convoy is also part of the LETR family of events. "This event has developed friendships that go beyond this one day,” said Tammy Blackwell, event coordinator, Truck Convoy.  "Over the past 17 years we have seen friendships form from athletes, to truckers, to members of law enforcement – it’s wonderful to see.” 
 
Schedule of Events: 
 
7:00 a.m.              Trucks start to arrive at Paris Fairgrounds
8:30 a.m.              Live Music: Erick Traplin performs
9:00 a.m.              Law Enforcement Torch Run members begin to arrive
9:15 a.m.              Top 12 Fundraisers Announcement
9:30 a.m.              Law Enforcement Torch Run to take place on fairground tracks
11:00 a.m.            Truck Convoy departs Paris Fairgrounds

Interview opportunities available for media upon request.

About the Truck Convoy


The Truck Convoy is a celebration of the trucking industry and its support for Special Olympics. What started as a local event in United States, Florida in 2001, has evolved into an International movement with convoy’s in over 40 states and five provinces that occur annually. The Ontario Truck Convoy began in Paris in 2005.

This year’s route: 
1.Exit Paris Fairgrounds, Silver Street/Keg Lane. Turn right.
2.Travel 3.3km to County Road 136/Puttown Road. Turn left.
3.Travel 3.0km to Highway 2/King Street. Turn right at the T-intersection.
4.Travel 7.3km to Middletown Road/Highway 25. Turn left.
5.Travel 3.3km to Highway 403. Turn left onto Highway 403.
6.Travel 17km to Highway 401 West (exit 0). Merge left onto Highway 401.
7.Travel 25.9km to Putnam Road (exit 208).

 
From there, choose your own route home and we hope to see everyone again next year!

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run


The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics.  Known honourably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the "Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.  Worldwide annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the "Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
 
The LETR for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms to include Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, NHL Alumni Games, Torch Rides, Truck Convoys, Endurance Series and more.  Since inception, the LETR has raised more than $35,000,000 and changed millions of attitudes.

For more information, please visit www.torchrunontario.com  


About Special Olympics Ontario

Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

Special Olympics Ontario has optimized the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the well-being of individuals with an intellectual disability.

We continue to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of sport to individuals with an intellectual disability. Along with this, we strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the community in regards to Special Olympics Ontario and those involved with us. As an organization, we work to ensure our volunteers are strongly committed to acting locally while thinking globally. Through these steps, we hope to continue to build upon the past success of the organization.
For more information, visit specialolympicsontario.com. 

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For more information about the Truck Convoy, please contact: 
Cody Jansma
Director, Business Development, Special Olympics Ontario
Tel: 1-888-333-55115 ext. 260         

 
For more information about the involvement of Brantford Police Service, please contact: 
Robin Matthews-Osmond 
Manager, Corporate Communications, Brantford Police Service


Assault Investigation

Sep 12, 2021

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Patrol Section responded alongside paramedics to the area of Sheridan Street and George Street in Brantford for a report of a disturbance.
 
Upon arrival, an adult male victim was located with serious injuries.  The victim was transported to a nearby medical facility, where he remains in life threatening condition.  A 23-year-old Brantford man was arrested shortly thereafter.  The accused currently faces charges of aggravated assault.  He is being held in custody pending a bail hearing.
 
The victim and accused are believed to have engaged in an altercation prior to the alleged assault taking place.  Police are not looking for any other suspects at this time.
 
Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area of Sheridan Street, between Market Street and George Street and who may have witnessed a disturbance around the time of the incident to contact Det. Ryan Groen at 519-756-0113 extension 2206.  
Additionally, information can be provided anonymously to Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/  


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Citizen Art Donation Provided to Brantford Police Service

Sep 10, 2021


At the September 9, 2021 meeting of the Brantford Police Services Board, Chief Rob Davis and Chair Mark Littell accepted a donation from local citizen, Mr. Steven Lloyd who graciously presented a folk-art wood carving which was handmade by his late father, Mr. Joe Lloyd.   


Mr. Lloyd was a dedicated husband and father who was proud to call Brantford home. His diligent work ethics and steadfast dedication to his family, friends and neighbours was an asset to this community. 
 
He took great joy in assisting others, applying his various skills, accumulated resources and knowledge to conquering any task at hand. 
 
Mr. Lloyd took great satisfaction of utilizing his artwork to bring recognition to the people, places and ideals that he embodied. Despite his dedication as a working family man, he often made time for various works of art such as this folk-art depiction of the officers who choose to protect and serve this community with steadfast integrity and genuine sincerity for its citizens. 
 
For his thoughtfulness and generosity in these unique creative pursuits, both the Brantford Police Service and the Brantford Police Services Board wish to recognize Mr. Joe Lloyd of Branford, Ontario. (1937-2011) and thank Mr. Steven Lloyd for the generous donation.
 
Mr. Lloyd’s artwork will be displayed at the Brantford Police Service located at 344 Elgin Street, Brantford.


 Photo Donation of Art to Police Services Board

Above: Chair, Mark Littell, Steven Lloyd, Chief Rob Davis

 Artwork

Above: Folk-Art depiction of a Brantford Police Officer, created by Mr. Joe Lloyd

Below: Mr. Joe Lloyd
 Photo of Mr. Joe Lloyd
 

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Vehicle Theft Awareness

Sep 9, 2021

Brantford Police Service are warning the public regarding a new trend involving vehicle thefts in the City of Brantford.
 
Upon further investigation, police have determined that six vehicles within the last week have been stolen with the use of Relay and Reprogramming technology.
 
Sometime overnight between Saturday, September 4, and Sunday, September 5, 2021, unknown suspect(s) attended four separate addresses in Brantford and stole vehicles that were parked in driveways and parking lots.
·       Two Lexus RX5’s were stolen from Tom Thompson Court and Warner Lane
·       Three Toyota 4Runner’s were stolen from Varley Crescent and 5 Woodyatt Drive
·       One Toyota Highlander was stolen from 5 Woodyatt Drive
 
Reports indicate that the vehicles involved are newer model, high-end vehicles with keyless entry and push start technology. The thefts have typically occurred in the overnight hours.
 
How does relay vehicle theft work?
 
The suspect will approach a residence and use technology to find a key fob signal from inside a residence.  The technology allows the suspects to remain outside the residence to amplify and transfer the key fob signal in order to unlock, start and steal the vehicle.
 
The theft of the vehicle will typically be undetected until the morning when the owner discovers their vehicle has been stolen and they are still in possession of their key fob.
 
How does reprogramming vehicle theft work?
 
The suspects will approach the vehicle and force entry inside. Once inside the vehicle an electronic device is used to access the vehicles diagnostics. The suspects then reprogram a blank key fob so the vehicle can be started and steal the vehicle.
 
How to protect your vehicle from a Relay or Reprogramming Theft?
 
Make your vehicle more secure with the following theft prevention tips:
  • Park your vehicle inside a locked and secure garage.
  • Block the access to the onboard diagnostic port to prevent thieves from reprograming the vehicle’s key fob. (A simple device can be purchased online).
  • Use a steering wheel locking device to deter theft.
  • Place the vehicle key fob inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals when not in use. Inside your residence and in a purse or pocket.
  • Consider equipping your vehicle with an aftermarket global positioning system (GPS) tracker. The tracker may assist police in locating the vehicle and/or suspects.
  • Ensure all keys are accounted for and never left in the vehicle or unattended.
  • Lock your vehicle at all times.
  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
  • Consider purchasing a surveillance system and ensure the quality and function will capture any suspicious activity for a 24 hour period.
 
If you observe suspicious people in your neighborhood, looking into vehicles, we encourage you to report this to police immediately. Doing so will assist investigators to track patterns of criminal behavior and potentially identify suspects.
 
A crime in-progress can be reported by calling 9-1-1. Any non-emergency incidents can be reported on-line at Brantfordpolice.ca or by calling 519-756-7050.
 
Additionally, information can be provided anonymously to Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

 

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CRIME BRIEF: September 9, 2021

Sep 9, 2021

Type:                                  Impaired – Drug, Possession
Incident:                           21-34132
Location:                         Mohawk Street
 
On Thursday, September 2, 2021 at approximately 2:20 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a motor vehicle collision at a location on Mohawk Street. 
 
Officers arrived on scene and located the accused in the driver seat of a motor vehicle, situated off the roadway, under a chain-linked fence.
 
Speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of intoxication and the accused was arrested for impaired operation.
 
Search incident to arrest revealed the following:
  • Approx. 8.07 grams of suspected fentanyl 
  • Approx. 0.95 grams of suspected heroin 
  • Approx. 26.13 grams of suspected crack cocaine 
  • Approx. 0.51 grams of suspected cocaine 
  • Multiple cell phones
  • A digital scale
  • Canadian Currency
  • Metal baton
 
Information received indicated that the licence plates attached were not authorized for this vehicle. Additionally, the vehicle failed to have valid insurance as required by law.
 
The accused was transported to complete a drug recognition evaluation. The evaluation determined the accused's ability to operate a vehicle was impaired by drugs.
 
Further investigation revealed the accused is in violation of a valid release order.
 
As a result, Nathan Samuel Daryn MITCHELL, 36, of Brantford, stands charged with the following charges: 

  • Operation While Impaired contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure to Comply with Judicial Release contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Laundering Proceeds of Crime contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule I – Heroin contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule I – Crack Cocaine contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule I – Cocaine contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule I – Fentanyl contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Operate a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Automobile Insurance Act
  • Use Plate Not Authorized for Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
 
Additionally, a licence suspension was issued and the vehicle impounded as per law.


 

Type:                    Possession                       
Incident:             21-34455
Location:            Colborne Street
 
On Saturday, September 4, 2021, at approximately 4:05 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service observed and arrested a male at a Colborne Street motel for failing to appear at a required court date. Officers arrested the accused without incident. 
 
Search incident to arrest located two bags containing approximately 0.7 grams of suspected crack cocaine in possession of the accused. 
 
As a result, a 45-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with: 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance x 2 contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
 

 

Type:                       Impaired – Hit and Run                  
Incident:                21-34526
Location:               Queen Street and Dalhousie Street
 
On Sunday, September 5, 2021 at approximately 3:47 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a call for service in regards to a single motor vehicle hit and run located on Queen Street near Dalhousie Street.

Officers attended the scene and in speaking with the driver observed signs of impairment.

Investigation revealed the details of the accident were falsely reported to officers by the accused. It was determined that while operating his vehicle, the accused had collided with an unoccupied vehicle that was parked at the side of the roadway before leaving the scene. 

The accused was arrested and transported to provide suitable samples of his breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over twice the legal limit.

As a result, a 41-year-old male from Burford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Operation While Impaired 
  • 80 and Over
  • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Fail to Stop after Accident
 
Additionally, a licence suspension was issued and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 


Type:                      Stunt Driving                     
Incident:               21-34609
Location:              King George Road
 
On Sunday, September 5, 2021 at approximately 8:03 p.m., Traffic Patrol Officers with the Brantford Police Service conducted a traffic stop at King George Road North near Powerline Road for the offence of Stunt Driving.

Prior to the traffic stop, officers were conducting road safety enforcement for speeding violations for north and southbound traffic on King George Road between the intersection of Governors Road and Powerline Road, which is a posted 80 km per hour zone in both directions.

Officers observed the subject vehicle travelling northbound at a dangerously high rate of speed, passing other motor vehicles with disregard to safety. 

Utilizing radar, the vehicle was verified to be travelling at 140 km per hour in a posted 80 km per hour zone.

As a result, an 18-year-old female of St. George, stands charged with the offence of Stunt Driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

As required by law, the motor vehicle was impounded for 14 days and a seven-day driver’s license suspension has been issued.




Type:              Break and Enter               
Incident:       21-34780
Location:      Bruce Street
 
On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at approximately 3:57 a.m., officers responded to a break and enter call at a residence located on Bruce Street.
 
Information was received to advise that a female was alleged to have smashed the victim's front window before crawling thru to gain entry of the residence. Once inside the residence, the accused created a disturbance. When confronted by the victim, the accused physically assaulted the resident then left the home. Officers do not believe this to be a random incident as the accused and victim are known to each other.
 
Officers attended the scene and located the accused. The accused resisted arrest, attempting to strike officers.
 
As a result of the investigation, a 33-year-old female from Brantford stands accused of the following Criminal Code offences: 
  • Mischief Under $5000 
  • Assault 
  • Break and Enter - commit 
  • Resist Arrest 
 

The accused will be held for bail. 

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