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Criminal Negligence Causing Death Charges Laid

Feb 18, 2021

Incident 21-5074

On Friday, February 12, 2021 Brantford Police entered into an investigation relating to the death of a young child inside a city residence.  Due to the circumstances surrounding the death, members with the Brantford Police Service Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Services were called in to lead the investigation. 
 
Officers worked with the Coroner’s Office and Center of Forensic Sciences to assist in determining the cause of death.  As a result of the investigation, police have charged two relatives of the child with Criminal Negligence Causing Death.
 
Due to a publication ban, police are unable to release further details at this time.

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Public Safety - Drug Awareness

Feb 15, 2021

From February 12 to 15, 2021, the Brantford Police Service have assisted Emergency Medical Services in regards to three suspected drug overdose fatalities, which are believed to be as a result of drugs being mixed with suspected Fentanyl. In the three separate incidents; a 37-year-old female, a 60-year-old-female and a 32-year-old male have all tragically lost their lives.
The Brantford Police Service is asking that the community be made aware of these occurrences and risks of drug use. Please use caution when using any type of drug that is not prescribed to you. If you are a new drug user you are particularly at risk should you use drugs that may be cut with or contain Fentanyl.
 
If you think someone is suffering from a drug overdose, call 9-1-1- immediately. If available give the person Naloxone. Naloxone is an emergency medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, methadone, morphine. You can give naloxone while you wait for emergency services to arrive. Remember naloxone can temporarily reverse an overdose but it can wear off before the person has completely recovered. Always call 9-1-1 and be treated by Emergency Medical Services. If you yourself have taken drugs or have drugs on you, the Good Samaritan Law can protect you.

 

While the BPS advises against using illicit drugs, people who choose to use them should:

  • Never use alone
  • Start with a small amount
  • Do not mix substances, including alcohol, as it increases risk of overdose
  • Call 911 right away if they think someone is overdosing
  • Make a plan and know how to respond in case of an overdose
  • Use where help is easily available
  • Be prepared to give breaths and/or administer Naloxone until help arrives. Have a kit accessible at all times and KNOW how to use it.

Know the signs of an overdose:

  • Can’t stay awake
  • No strength or energy
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Gurgling or snoring sounds
  • Lips and/or fingernails blue or purple
  • Non-responsive to shouting

For more information please visit www.FentanylCanKill.ca

If you have information about suspected drug activity please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519- 756-7050.  Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

BPS Warn Residents about CRA Phone Scam

Feb 10, 2021

Incident 21-4769

Brantford Police Service are issuing a warning to residents after receiving a report from a victim who had been fraudulently contacted by callers falsely identifying themselves as from the Canadian Revenue Agency and the Brantford Police Service.

On February 9, 2021, a local woman received a call believed to be from the Canada Revenue Agency demanding payment of a fictitious debt to avoid arrest. In an attempt to verify the legitimacy of the demands, the victim also received a call from an individual who falsely identified himself as a Brantford Police Officer. These calls utilized "spoofing” technology, which caused the phone display to appear as though the call had originated from the Brantford Police Service. 

In this incident, the victim was instructed that she was required to withdraw cash from her bank and deposit the funds into a Bitcoin machine to avoid arrest. The victim deposited $15,600 to the Bitcoin machine before reporting the incident to the Brantford Police Service. 

BPS would like the public to be alert regarding this type of scam as the suspects were able to successfully clone the Brantford Police Station phone number and when calling, identified themselves as Brantford Police Officers.

Spoofing scams such as these can appear legitimate as they often involve the use of technology, which can cause a phone display to show a local telephone number, or a Brantford Police Service registered phone number. Caller ID spoofing allows fraudsters to disguise their calls and make them appear to represent a legitimate organization. Do not trust what is showing on your phone’s caller ID display. If you suspect a company or government agency is seeking personal information or money fraudulently, contact them directly to verify the validity of the request.

Residents are advised to be cautious of such scams and to be advised that no such calls are being made from any phone number associated with the Brantford Police Service.

Members of the Canadian Revenue Agency and the Brantford Police Service will not call you and ask for your banking information while threatening your arrest.  The Canadian Revenue Agency does not accept e-transfers, gift cards, crypto-currency or wire payments for any fees or services. The CRA never uses text messages or instant messaging such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to communicate with taxpayers. Any text or instant message claiming to be from the CRA is a scam.

The Canadian Revenue Agency can be reached at 1-800-959-8281, or you can monitor "My Account” online at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html 

The Brantford Police Service wish to remind residents of the importance of fraud education and protecting oneself from becoming a victim.  Please see below for tips on how to protect yourself from fraud. We also encourage spreading the word to those, such as the elderly, who may be particularly vulnerable to these fraudsters and may be targets of these high-pressure scams.

TIPS:

  • DO NOT provide personal information (e.g. Social Insurance Number, passport number, banking information or credit card numbers) over the phone unless you placed the call and you know for certain who you are speaking to.
  • Accredited businesses and Government Agencies will never ask for payment using gift cards or bitcoin.
  • If you suspect it is a scam, it may be - just hang up. Conduct your own research to determine validity.
  • Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially overseas.
  • Resist the pressure to act quickly, if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Consider adding your phone number to the Nation Do Not Call List: www.Innte-dncl.gc.ca/index-eng 
  • Consult with someone you trust before agreeing to provide large sums of money to anyone.
  • DO NOT write down passwords and carry them with you.
 
If you have already sent funds and/or your personal information, contact the police and your financial institution immediately. If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud and reside in the City of Brantford, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or 519-756-0113. You can also report online at: https://www.brantfordpolice.ca/online-reporting 

If you have not experienced a financial loss but have received a fraudulent call, such as the CRA scam, please report the incident by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraud.ca/index-eng.htm 
               
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BPS Investigate Gunshot Wound From Overnight Incident

Feb 10, 2021

Incident 21-4820

On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at approximately 3:00 a.m., members of the Brantford Police Patrol Section responded to an incident after a 17-year-old female victim attended the Brantford General Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.
 
The victim has since been transferred to a regional trauma center.  Injuries are considered serious; however, she is in stable condition.
 
Members of the Brantford Police Service Major Crime Section, along with Forensic Services entered into an investigation, which led police to the area of Waterloo Street and Pearl Street, Brantford. 
 
There continues to be a police presence in the area, and officers will likely be on scene for the next few hours.
Additional information will be released once available.
 
Anyone who has information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Matt Roberts at 519-756-0113 x2273 or Detective Sergeant Charles Wheeler at 519-756-0113 x2405. 
 
Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

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Brantford Man Arrested for Luring and Child Pornography Related Charges

Feb 8, 2021

Incident 21-0600

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Service, executed a search warrant at a residence on Erie Avenue, where a 40-year-old male was arrested and several computers, electronic devices, and a prohibited weapon were seized.

The arrest and seizure are the result of a month long investigation by members of the Brantford Police ICE Unit (Internet Child Exploitation). The accused had engaged in online conversations that resulted in the investigation into luring a child as well as several child pornography offences.

Police believe that the accused used several social media sites, with the user name of Nickysix16, and that there may be other victims.

As a result of the investigation, Nicholas BALOG, 40, of Brantford is charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Luring a child under 14 yrs old
  • Making Child Pornography x 5
  • Possession of Child Pornography x 2
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon

Anyone with information relating to internet sexual crimes against children is urged to call Detective Michael Korda or Detective Balbir Singh of the Brantford Police Service ICE Section at 519-756-0113.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 

Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet

On March 29, 2007, alongside the OPP Child Exploitation Section and 26 other municipal police services, the Brantford Police Service joined the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.

The online exploitation of children continues to be a challenge for investigators due to its sheer volume, global reach and anonymity; however, these police partners and the Provincial Government are committed to making a difference in our communities.

The Brantford Police Service supports this strategy, and has recognized that images of children and child abuse placed on the internet lead to perpetual victimization.

This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

Internet Safety Tips

Brantford Police Service is committed to ensuring the safety of our community’s children and taking action against online sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.

The following information is provided to assist parents and caregivers to understand internet safety.

These simple tips can help the youngest members of your family stay safe online:     

  • Consider creating an internet contract with your child and have all parties sign it.
  • Let your child know that you will be monitoring their online activities.
  • Reinforce the fact that not everyone is who they say they are online.
  • Discuss how pictures should not be sent or posted online without parental permission.
  • Discuss sharing personal information online; never share their password with anyone other than their parents. Review the risks of personal information being misused online.
  • Use only child-safe search engines such as: www.askkids.com www.kidsyahoo.com or www.kidsclick.org
  • Encourage your child to trust in their instincts and stop, block, and tell if they are uncomfortable.
  • Talk to your child about the consequences of being involved in any incidents that include cyberbullying, sexting, etc.
  • Make sure your child understands that they can talk to you about anything on the internet.

 As a parent, what can you do?  

  • Place your child’s computer in a common area. Set expectations for your child’s online and cell phone activities.
  • Monitor your child’s activities online. Ask your child to show you what they are doing online, and be aware of whom they are talking to.
  • Retrieve your child’s login information, e-mail addresses and password.
  • If your child joins any social networking or gaming sites, help them create their online profile. Remember to only fill in information that is necessary and leave out any revealing information.
  • Monitor ALL webcam use, and any posting or exchanging of pictures online.
  • Do not allow your child to communicate in chat rooms.
  • Use filtering software on computers.
  • Communicate openly with your child. Encourage them to report any situation or information that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Be aware of signs that your child may be in trouble:
    • They quickly turn the computer or phone off when you walk into the room.
    • Your child seems worried, withdrawn or depressed.
    • Your child contacts, or is contacted by a person you do not know.
    • If your child is being harassed or threatened, save the evidence and contact the police.

 Additional Online Safety Resources

  • Safe Kids Canada                                 www.safekidscanada.com
  • Cyber Tip                                              www.cybertip.com
  • Be Web Aware                                      www.bewebaware.ca
  • Kids in the Know                                   www.kidsintheknow.ca
  • Canadian Centre of Child Protection       www.protectchildren.ca

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Street Crime Unit Arrest and Weapons Charges

Feb 8, 2021

21-4419
 
On Saturday, February 6, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Street Crime Unit entered into an investigation after the attempted sale of a firearm through an online platform. The investigation led to the seizure of a .22 Caliber Rifle, ammunition and other weapons during the execution of a search warrant at a residence located near Grey Street and Lynden Avenue.
 
As a result of the investigation, a 22-year-old-male from Brantford has been arrested and stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Weapons trafficking
  • Possession of firearm for purpose of trafficking
  • Fail to comply with release order –Police issued release
  • Careless use or storage of a firearm, weapon, ammunition
 Image of Gun Seized

Anyone with information pertaining to firearm or drug-related activities is asked to contact the Street Crime Unit of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2286.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

BPS Arrest Brantford Male for Drug Trafficking

Feb 5, 2021

Incident # 21-4074

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at approximately 10:24 p.m. community patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Gladstone Avenue. Investigation by the officers revealed that a male, who was observed exiting the vehicle, was bound by conditions through an Undertaking to not attend this location. 
  
Brantford police attended to the accused and subsequently placed him under arrest. A search incident to arrest revealed the following: 
  • 34.1 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl (blue) - which has an estimated street value of $8,525
  • 9.37 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl (green) - which has an estimated street value of $2,342 
  • 6.94 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl (yellow) - which has an estimated street value of $1,735 
  • 4.08 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl (purple/yellow) - which has an estimated street value of $1,020 
  • 4.26 grams (approx.) of suspected Methamphetamine - which has an estimated street value of $639
  • 67 pills (approx.) of suspected Hydromorphone - which has an estimated street value of $1,005
  • 19.4 grams (approx.) of suspected Hashish - which has an estimated street value of $388
  • 78 grams (approx.) of suspected dried Cannabis flower - which has an estimated street value of $780 
  • Various product infused with (suspected) Tetrahydrocannabinol with an unknown street value 
  • Drug paraphernalia commonly used by drug traffickers (scale, phone, dime bags) 

Additionally, several identification cards were located concealed on the accused which investigation revealed belonged to a victim who recently had her wallet stolen. 
 
As a result of the investigation, a 40 year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following: 
  • Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking – contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act x 3
  • Possession of Stolen Goods Under $5000 – contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking – contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession for the Purpose of Distribution – contrary to the Cannabis Act
  • Possession of over 30g Dried Cannabis – contrary to the Cannabis Act

The accused has been held for a bail hearing. 

Image of drugs seized 

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

Crime Brief - February 3, 2021

Feb 3, 2021

Type:                    Motor Vehicle Accident
Incident:             21-3193
Location:           Stanley Street

On Thursday, January 27, 2021 at approximately 5:40 p.m., a 9-1-1 call was received to report a motor vehicle collision had occurred on Stanley Street at Colborne Street. A transport truck was observed colliding with a hydro pole and immediately fled the area, travelling eastbound on Colborne Street.
 
Officers with the Brantford Police Service attended the scene. Members from the Brantford Fire Department and Brantford Hydro were on scene to assist, as the collision knocked the hydro pole into the roadway. A low-voltage wire fell onto the roadway and onto a motor vehicle which had been stopped. This vehicle had a single occupant who was assisted from her vehicle by Brantford Fire.  Brantford Hydro quickly secured the wire. No injuries were sustained.
 
The transport truck is described as red in colour, towing a white trailer with a globe type symbol on the front third of the trailer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113.
 

 
Type:                   Uttering Threats
Incident:             21-3419
Location:           Erie Avenue
 
On Friday, January 29, 2021 at approximately 12:34 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a convenience store located on Erie Avenue in regards to a male who had threatened an employee.
 
The accused was advised by the store employee that he was unwelcome due to previous behaviour and asked to leave. An argument occurred between the two individuals, resulting in the accused threatening the employee before departing the store.

As a result of this investigation, a 31-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with Uttering Threats- Contrary to the Criminal Code.


 
Type:                    Theft from Motor Vehicle
Incident:             21-3495
Location:           Bruce Street and Rawdon Street
 
On Saturday, January 30, 2021 at approximately 4:33 a.m., Community Patrol Officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a male laying on the sidewalk at the intersection of Bruce Street and Rawdon Street.
 
Police observed a purse beside the male, who was identified and was unable to advise police who the purse belonged to or where he got it from.
 
Upon inspecting the purse, police located identification cards and attended to the owner’s residence where it was observed her motor vehicle had been entered. It was confirmed that the purse had been stolen from the vehicle.
 
As a result, the accused was placed under arrest.
 
A search incident to arrest found the accused in possession of a flashlight and a folding knife.

As a result of the investigation, a 41-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Theft Under $5,000 from a Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
  • Possession of Break In Instruments
 

 
Type:                    Impaired Driving
Incident:             21-3520
Location:           Murray Street / Grey Street
 
On Saturday, January 30, 2021 at approximately 11:59 p.m., the Brantford Police Service were advised of a male who had been refused service for alcohol sales at a retail location on Murray Street as he had displayed obvious signs of impairment when attempting to make the purchase.
 
After being refused service, the accused left the location and was observed driving his motor vehicle to a nearby residence on Grey Street.
 
Officers attended the residence, and upon locating the male, observed signs of impairment.
 
The accused provided a suitable sample of breath, which resulted in a "Fail”.  The accused was transported to the Brantford Police Station where he provided two samples of breath, as required by law. Both samples provided were over three times the legal limit.
 
As a result of the investigation, a 56 year-old male from Brantford stands charged with 80 Plus contrary to the Criminal Code. The driver’s licence of the accused was suspended and the vehicle impounded.
 
Type:                    Impaired Driving- Alcohol
Incident:             21-3683
Location:           Melrose Street
 
On Sunday, January 31, 2021 at approximately 6:54 p.m., Brantford Police Service received multiple calls from witnesses to advise of a motor vehicle which was being operated while missing a tire.
 
The motor vehicle was observed by witnesses travelling first on Dalhousie Street, then from West Street to Dundas Street and lastly to a parking lot on Melrose Street.
 
Officers located and observed the motor vehicle enter the lot on Melrose Street. The accused exited the driver seat and was met by officers. The motor vehicle had sustained significant damage. While speaking with the driver, obvious signs of impairment were observed.
 
The accused was arrested for Operation While Impaired and transported to provide samples of his breath as required by law. Both samples provided were double the legal limit.
 
As a result of the investigation, a 78 year-old male from Brantford was also charged with 80 Plus contrary to the Criminal Code. The driver’s licence of the accused was suspended and the vehicle impounded.
 
Type:                    Impaired Driving - Drugs 
Incident:             21-3707
Location:           Park Avenue and Colborne Street              
 
On Monday, February 01, 2021 at approximately 12:42 a.m., Brantford Police observed a motor vehicle travelling northbound on Park Avenue towards Colborne Street and a conducted traffic stop. Investigation revealed that the vehicle was registered to a female however, a lone male was observed operating the motor vehicle.
 
Officers spoke with the male, and investigation revealed that the male was currently wanted on a federal warrant out of Brant Ontario Provincial Police detachment. Furthermore, investigation revealed that the accused is currently bound by one valid driver’s licence suspension for unpaid fines.
 
At approximately 12:46 a.m., the accused was placed under arrest. A search incident to arrest revealed the accused was in possession of drug paraphernalia, approximately 2.5 grams of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $250, and approximately 2.5 grams of suspected fentanyl with an estimated street value of $626.
 
As a result of the investigation, a 48-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act x 2
  • Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
 

 

 

 

 

BPS Street Crime Unit Arrest

Feb 2, 2021

Inc # 21-3298, 21-3777
 
As previously reported, on Thursday, January 28, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Street Crime Unit commenced a drug investigation which led to the arrest of a 21-year-old male from the City of Guelph. The arrest occurred on Colborne Street, near Charlotte Street in the City of Brantford.

At this time, police seized an estimated 19.16 grams of suspected fentanyl with an approximate street value of $5,170 along with a quantity of Canadian currency. The accused was charged with Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking and was held for a bail hearing. The male was released from custody on Monday, February 1, 2021   

Members of the Brantford Police Service Street Crime Unit continued the investigation and, as a result, the same male was arrested on Monday, February 1, 2021 for another drug related offence. On this occasion, police seized an estimated 28 grams of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $1600 and a quantity of Canadian currency. 

The accused, Brayden FERRALL, 21, from Guelph, was held for a bail hearing and faces an additional charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. 
Seized items
 

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact the Street Crime Unit of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2286.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

BPS Street Crime Unit Arrest

Feb 1, 2021

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Street Crime Unit commenced a drug investigation which led to the arrest of a 21-year-old male from Guelph. The arrest occurred on Colborne Street, near Charlotte Street, Brantford.

As a result of the investigation, police seized approximately 19.16 grams of suspected fentanyl with an estimated street value of $5,170. A quantity of cash was also seized. The accused male is charged with Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking and has been held for bail.

 Image of seized evidence

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact the Street Crime Unit of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2286.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

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