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Six Arrested, Firearms and Over $213,000 in Illicit Drugs Seized in Project CHALLENGER

Aug 15, 2022

22-24410

Through funding provided by the Government of Ontario, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario supported Project CHALLENGER which was a Brantford Police Services joint investigation with the Ontario Provincial Police and further assisted by the Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit. 

A two-month long drug investigation commenced mid-June 2022, involving several suspected drug dealers engaged in trafficking cocaine and fentanyl within the City of Brantford and throughout Southwestern Ontario.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, August 11, 2022, the Brantford Police Service executed four Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrants. 

Brantford Police Service executed a Search Warrant at a residence located on Osborn Avenue, Brantford. Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit and K9 unit assisted. Upon search of the residence, police seized the following items:
  • 1,257 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine with an estimated street value of $125,768
  • 297 grams (approx.) of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $44,600
  • 693 grams (approx.) of suspected Psilocybin, with an estimated street value of $6,936
  • Canadian currency
 
Search Warrants were executed on two vehicles. Inside one of the vehicles police located:
  • 125 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine, with an estimated street value of $12,500.

Brantford police simultaneously executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a residence located at Henrietta Street, Brantford. Members of the Brantford Police Tactical Intelligence Generated and Enforcement Response Unit, Criminal Intelligence Unit, Emergency Response Unit, K9 Unit and Patrol Unit all assisted with entry. Upon search of the residence, police located and seized:
  • 35 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $8,700
  • 152 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine, with an estimated street value of $15,200
  • Canadian currency
 
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), County of Brant Community Street Crime Unit, assisted by OPP West and Central Region Tactics and Rescue Units, OPP West Region Emergency Response Team and OPP West Region Canine Unit, simultaneously executed an additional search at a residence located on Jenkins Road, Brant County. As a result of this Search Warrant, police seized:
  • 23 firearms, all long guns
  • 3 cross bows
  • 3 compound bows
  • Stolen vehicles (a trailer, ride-on lawnmower, and pick-up truck; all previously reported as stolen)
 Image of evidence
 
As a result of Project CHALLENGER, an estimated total street value of $213,704 of illicit drugs were seized and the following individuals have been charged:

Stephanie MARSHALL, 30, of Brantford, stands charged with:
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Crystal Methamphetamine
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Psilocybin
 
Kyle DASILVA, 30, of Brantford, stands charged with:
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Crystal Methamphetamine
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Psilocybin
 
Sarah MARSHALL, 30, of Brantford, stands charged with:
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Cocaine
 
Odinga SAM, 31, of Toronto, stands charged with:
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Fentanyl,

Jessica HIGGINS, 23, of Brantford, stands charged with:
  • Possession for the purpose to traffic, to wit: Fentanyl, and

Steven SAULT, 32, of Brant County, stands charged with a number of Criminal Code offences related to several break and enters, possession of stolen property, and multiple firearms related violations.
 
Project Challenger is another successful joint project helping to minimize the threat to our communities caused by the distribution of controlled substances, including firearms. By disrupting the operation of criminal networks, our goal is to assist our communities by reducing the violence surrounding the trade of illicit substances. 

"The success of this operation can be attributed to the outstanding collaboration of policing partners and agencies, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario, Brantford Police Services, Ontario Provincial Police, and Guelph Police Service. Removing firearms and illicit drugs from our streets helps to also reduce the violence surrounding the trade of these substances, further improving community safety,” stated Chief Rob Davis, Brantford Police Services.

In support of the search warrants and arrests related to Project Challenger, the Brantford Police Service would like to recognize the Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit and K9 Unit, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), County of Brant Community Street Crime Unit, OPP West and Central Region Tactics and Rescue Units, OPP West Region Emergency Response Team and OPP West Region Canine Unit for their assistance. 

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact 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.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 


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CRIME BRIEF: August 8, 2022

Aug 8, 2022

Type:                 Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:          22-31847
Location:         Brunswick Street 

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, at approximately 9:05 p.m., the Brantford Police Service responded to a call for service regarding a possible impaired driver.
 
Information was received to advise that an unresponsive man was in a motor vehicle outside a Brunswick Street residence.

Police arrived on scene and located the vehicle. The vehicle was running, and keys were in the ignition. 

Officers observed a man slouched over in the driver’s seat. The man appeared to be unconscious.

After several attempts, officers were able to wake the man and observed signs of impairment. The man was arrested for impaired operation and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law.

Both samples provided were over twice the legal limit.

As a result of the investigation, a 27-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Operation while Impaired
  • Operation while Impaired - Plus 80

Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 


Type:                 Break and Enter
Incident:          22-31739
Location:         Cayuga Street

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, at approximately 2:40 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a break and enter call for service, occurring at a Cayuga Street residence.

It was reported that a witness observed two men attempting to gain entry to a residence by kicking in the rear door. 

Police arrived on scene, located both suspects and, after a brief foot pursuit both accused were subsequently arrested without incident. 

As a result of the investigation, a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old man, both of Brantford, each stand charged with one count of Attempt Break and Enter with Intent to Commit Indictable Offence contrary to the Criminal Code.


 
Type:                 Impaired- Drug
Incident:          22-31527
Location:         Erie Avenue and Salisbury Avenue

On Friday, August 5, 2022, at approximately 4:15 p.m., police were dispatched to the intersection of Erie Avenue and Salisbury Avenue after receiving a report of possible impaired driver.

Officers attended and located the suspect vehicle stopped at the intersection. The vehicle was running and occupied by a man who appeared to be unconscious. Officers observed drug paraphernalia in view. 

After several attempts, officers were able to wake to man and observed signs of impairment.

The accused completed a drug recognition evaluation where it was determined that the accused's ability to operate a conveyance was impaired. 

As a result, a 54-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with: 
  • Operation while Impaired, Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to the Criminal Code

Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:                 Break and Enter
Incident:          22-31250
Location:         Nelson Street

On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at approximately 7:15 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a Nelson Street apartment building for a Break and Enter call for service. 

Investigation revealed that the accused had gained entry to the building and was located within the elevator control room of the building.

Additionally, information was received to indicate that the accused was determined to be in violation of a valid probation order.

As a result, a 42-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Break and Entering with Intent
  • Breach of Probation Order

The accused was held for bail. 
 


Type:                 Weapons
Incident:          22-31219
Location:         Market Street

On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at approximately 3:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a weapons related call for service at a Market Street location.

Information was received to advise that a man was allegedly observed defecating behind a Market Street building before pointing a firearm at an unknown citizen. 

Officers attended and located the suspect and the firearm, which was determined to be a replica, concealed on his person.

As a result, a 23-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Point Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon

CRIME BRIEF: August 3, 2022

Aug 3, 2022

Type:                 Impaired- Alcohol
Incident:          22-30677
Location:         Colborne Street West

On Sunday, July 31, 2022, at approximately 8:15 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a vehicle travelling west bound on Dalhousie Street near King Street at a high rate of speed. 

A traffic stop was conducted near the Lorne Bridge, at Colborne Street West. When speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment.  

An Approved Screening Device was administered, which was failed. 
At this point, the accused was arrested, and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law.

Both samples provided were over the legal limit.

As a result, a 22-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Operation While Impaired 
  • 80 Plus 

Additionally, the licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

 
Type:                 Assault 
Incident:          22-30543
Location:         Market Street and Icomm Drive
 
On Saturday, July 30, 2022, at approximately 12:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a retail store located at Market Street and Icomm Drive for an assault related call for service. 

Prior to police arrival, the accused, attended the store and attempted to commit a theft by leaving with unpaid items. The accused was observed by a store employee who attempted to stop the accused from leaving.

At this time, a shopper who was entering the store and observed the confrontation attempted to assist the employee. During this altercation, the victim, a 38-year-old female, was allegedly bitten by the accused who then fled on foot out of the store. 

Police attended and the accused was located nearby and arrested.

As a result, a 24-year-old female from Brantford stands charged with: 
  • Assault, contrary to the Criminal Code 
 


Type:                 Impaired- Alcohol
Incident:          22-30481          
Location:         Lynden Road

On Saturday July 30, 2022, at approximately 12:30 a.m. patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a motor vehicle exiting from the east bound Highway 403 off-ramp, turning northbound on Wayne Gretzky Parkway, erratically and at a significantly slow rate of speed.

In an effort to determine sobriety of the driver, a traffic stop was conducted.

While speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment, and was subsequently arrested for impaired operation and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law.

Both samples were nearly three times the legal limit.

Information was received to identify the accused as an unlicensed driver.

As a result of the investigation, a 52-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation While Impaired - Alcohol & Drugs, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive Motor Vehicle - No Licence, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 

Additionally, the vehicle was impounded.


 
Type:                 Break and Enter
Incident:          22-30155
Location:         Grey Street

On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a report regarding an attempted break and enter at a residence located on Grey Street.

Investigation revealed that the accused attempted to gain entry to the residence by allegedly kicking in the front door, causing damage. The accused was unsuccessful in gaining entry to the unit, at which time the accused departed. 

As a result, a 27-year-old male from Hamilton stands charged with the following: 
  • Break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence, contrary to the Criminal Code
 


Type:                 Impaired - Drug
Incident:          22-29867
Location:         Colborne Street         
   
On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Brantford Police were dispatched to attend a report regarding a possible impaired driver at a location near Colborne Street and Clarence Street.

A concerned citizen called to report that a female appeared to be unconscious behind the wheel of a motor vehicle that was stopped at a Colborne Street gas station pump for an extended period of time.

Officers attended and successfully woke the woman. Items related to drug usage were observed in view. Speaking with the suspect, officers observed signs of impairment.

Search incident to arrest located a variety of prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The accused was read a demand to be examined by a drug recognition expert and transported for a drug recognition expert evaluation to be performed. The evaluating officer formed the opinion that the subject's ability to operate a conveyance was impaired by drug

As a result of the incident, a 36-year-old female from Brantford stands charged with the following:
  • Impaired Operation – Drug, contrary to the Criminal Code

The motor vehicle was impounded, and the licence was suspended.
 


CRIME BRIEF: July 26, 2022

Jul 26, 2022

Type:                 Assault
Incident:          22-29839
Location:         Morrell Street and Webster Street
 
On Monday, July 25, 2022, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a call to report an assault in the area of Morrell Street and Webster Street.

Between 10:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., a 47-year-old woman reported that while she was waiting for the bus, an unknown man riding a bicycle approached her and attempted to steal her backpack.  

During this interaction, the woman was physically assaulted by the man and sustained minor physical injuries.

The accused fled the area, travelling towards Grand River Avenue on his bicycle. 

Suspect Description:

Caucasian male, approximately 5'7”, late teen to early 20’s, slim build, wearing dark t-shirt (black or blue) with red and white baggy basketball shorts, no facial hair, short brown hair, and dark running shoes. 

This investigation remains ongoing. 

Anyone with information or video related to this incident is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. 

Additionally, information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - 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  
 


Type:                  Assault
Incident:          22-29830
Location:         West Street

On Monday, July 25, 2022, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of an assault that had occurred at a West Street location.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., a 57-year-old woman observed an unknown man sleeping outdoors at a West Street location.
 
The woman was concerned that the man may be in need of medical attention.

The victim approached the accused. After the man awoke, he became agitated, and physically assaulted the victim who sustained minor physical injuries.

The victim fled the scene and contacted police.

Officers attended the scene, located the accused and, as a result, a 57-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with Assault, contrary to the Criminal Code. 
 


Type:                  Stolen Vehicles
Incident:          22-29466
Location:         Colborne Street

On Saturday, July 23, 2022, at approximately 6:45 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed two vehicles in a Colborne Street parking lot that had previously been reported as stolen from other jurisdictions.

Through investigation, officers located two male suspects within a nearby motel.

Both men were advised of reasonable and probable grounds for their arrest for possession of property obtained by crime. Search incident to arrest located the keys for both vehicles. 

Both vehicles were recovered.

Additionally, information received indicated one of the accused men was in violation of a probation order, valid police undertaking and recognizance.

As a result of the investigation, a 41-year-old male from Brantford, was held for bail and stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime 
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking 
  • Breach of Recognizance 
 
And, a 23-year-old male from Port Alberni, British Columbia, was held for bail and stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime x 2




ARRESTED: 1st Degree Murder

Jul 25, 2022

Incident # 22-29385
 
UPDATE: 
 
On Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Rorey HILL, 38, and Jessica POERBA, 41, were arrested without incident for the offence of Murder - 1st Degree.
 
As this investigation remains active and ongoing, additional details including the identity of the deceased and manner of death will not be released at this time.
 

 
July 25, 2022

Detectives with the Branford Police Service have issued warrants for the arrest of two individuals for the offence of Murder – 1st Degree and are seeking information from the public.

On Friday, July 22, 2022, at approximately 5:00 p.m. members of the Brantford Police Patrol responded to a death investigation at a Colborne Street address.

Upon police arrival, a 68-year-old male victim was located deceased. Circumstances of the investigation led police to having grounds to issue warrants for the arrest of: Jessica POREBA, 41 and Rorey HILL, 38, for the offence of 1st Degree Murder. 

The victim and accused parties were known to each other.

The identity of the deceased and manner of death will not be released at this time.

Jessica Elizabeth POREBA, 41                      
Suspect Photo      suspect photo                                             
DESCRIPTION:                                           
  • 5’4”                                          
  • 115 lbs
  • Thin build
  • Blue eyes
  • Black hair that is shaved on the sides - may have blonde hair now
  • Flower tattoo upper right arm
  • Butterfly tattoo upper chest
  • Black cat tattoo right bicep
  • Caucasian 


Rorey Grant Tyler HILL, 38
 suspect photo    suspect photo
DESCRIPTION:
  • 5’5”
  • 160 lbs
  • Medium build
  • Hazel eyes
  • Brown hair or short shaved hair
  • Spider web tattoo right elbow
  • Tattoos on left forearm / upper arm
  • Scar upper lip
  • Indigenous
 
If observed, please do not approach and contact police.

Officers would like to speak with anyone who may have information regarding this investigation.

Anyone who has any information related to this incident or to the location of the wanted parties are asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. 

Additionally, information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - 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: July 22, 2022

Jul 22, 2022

Type:                 Possession
Incident:          22-29190
Location:         Icomm Drive
 
On Thursday, July 21, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a woman in the process of using illicit drugs in the area of Icomm Drive and Wharfe Street.
 
Officers interrupted this process. The woman was in possession of suspected fentanyl. The accused was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance. 
 
Approximately 1.2 grams of suspected fentanyl was seized. 
 
Further investigation determined that the accused is in violation of a valid probation order.
 
As a result, a 34-year-old female from Brantford stands charged with the following:
  • Possession of a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 
  • Failure to comply probation order, contrary to the Criminal Code
 


Type:                 Impaired - Drug
Incident:          22-29150
Location:         Icomm Drive

On Thursday July 21, 2022, at approximately 9:00 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a call regarding a driving complaint in the area of Icomm Drive and Market Street South.

A description of both the suspect and vehicle was provided.

Officers attended and located the suspect and vehicle at an Icomm Drive location. 

Investigation revealed the vehicle had previously been reported as stolen to the Brantford Police Service and the suspect was found to be in violation of a valid recognizance.

While speaking with the suspect, officers observed signs of impairment.
 
The accused was read his demand to be examined by a drug recognition expert and transported for a drug recognition expert evaluation to be performed. The evaluating officer formed the opinion that the subject's ability to operate a conveyance was impaired by drug.

Search incident to arrest located identification in possession of the accused which was not in his name. 

As a result, a 19-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Operation While Impaired – Drugs
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
  • Breach of Recognizance
 
The accused was held for a bail hearing and the involved vehicle was returned to the registered owner. 
 


Type:                 Impaired - Drug
Incident:          22-29010
Location:         Garden Ave and Lynden Road

On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at approximately 12:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched after a concerned citizen called to report that an elderly man was driving erratically in the area of Lynden Road and Garden Avenue.

Police arrived on scene and observed the vehicle traveling eastbound on Sinclair Boulevard. 

Officers conducted a traffic stop.

In speaking with the driver, signs of impairment were observed.

Information was received to identify the accused as a prohibited driver.

A standardized field sobriety test was completed roadside. The accused performed poorly and was subsequently arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle by drug and was transported to complete a drug recognition evaluation. 

A drug recognition expert evaluation was performed, and it was determined that the subject’s ability to operate a conveyance was impaired by a drugs. 

As a result of this investigation, a 57-year-old man from Brechin stands charged with the following: 
  • Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Operation while Impaired- Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive while under suspension, contrary to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act x 2 

Additionally, a license suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law.

BPS continue to investigate indecent incident

Jul 20, 2022

Incident #22-26140

Brantford police are continuing to investigate an indecent incident and are seeking information from the public.
 
On Thursday, June 30, 2022, at approximately 8:45 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a report of a male who engaged in an indecent incident at a retail location within the Lynden Park Mall located at Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Lynden Road.
 
The male fled prior to police arrival.
 
Investigators are looking to identify and speak to the individual in these photographs.
 
  
suspect photo  suspect photo
 

 
Anyone with information is asked to please contact Detective Constable Megan Russell with the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 ext. 2816 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/  
 
 
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CRIME BRIEF: July 19, 2022

Jul 19, 2022

Type:                Drugs
Incident:          22-28667
Location:         Icomm Drive

On Monday, July 18, 2022, at approximately 12:15 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a man preparing to inject a substance believed to be fentanyl while within a parking facility located at Icomm Drive.

Police interrupted this process and took the accused into custody for possession of controlled substance. 

On further investigation it was learned that the accused was in violation of a valid probation order.

As a result, a 40-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
  • Possession of Schedule I Substance (Fentanyl), contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Breach of Probation Order, contrary to the Criminal Code
 


Type:                 Impaired- Alcohol
Incident:          22-28598
Location:         Mintern Avenue

On Sunday, July 17, 2022, at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Brantford Police Service received a call from a concerned citizen to advise of a possible impaired driver involved in a hit and run in the area of Mintern Avenue and Tom Street.

Officers were dispatched and located the suspect vehicle and the accused at a Colborne Street location.

In speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of intoxication. 
The accused was placed under arrest and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over twice the legal limit.

Information was received that the accused is a prohibited driver and that the plates affixed to the vehicle, were not registered to this vehicle. The plates were seized by police. 

As a result, a 42-year-old man from Ohsweken stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
  • Operation While Impaired
  • Over 80
  • Operation While Prohibited 
 
The accused also stands charged with the following Highway Traffic Act offences: 
  • Drive While Under Suspension 
  • Use Plates not Authorized
  • Fail to Remain
 
Additionally, a license suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 


Type:                 Impaired- Alcohol
Incident:          22-28486
Location:         Stanley Street

On Sunday, July 17, 2022, at approximately 12:50 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a call regarding a possible impaired driver at a Stanley Street fast-food restaurant.

Officers attended and located the vehicle stationed in the drive thru. The vehicle was running, and the driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, appeared to be unconscious.

After several attempts, officers woke the accused and observed signs of impairment.

The accused was placed under arrest and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples were over three times the legal limit.

As a result, a 38-year-old man from Simcoe stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Operation While Impaired 
  • Operation While Impaired- Blood Alcohol Concentration/80+
 
Additionally, a license suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law.


 

Type:                 Assault
Incident:          22-28315
Location:         Erie Avenue

On Saturday, July 16, 2022, at approximately 12:15 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched in regard to a disturbance involving several people, occurring in the area of Erie Avenue and Strathcona Avenue.

Through investigation, officers determined that a man was confronted by three other individuals for allegedly prowling in resident’s yards and attempting to enter vehicles. A verbal confrontation occurred, which escalated to a physical altercation involving all four persons.

As a result of the altercation all four parties received for minor / non-life-threatening injuries. 

Officers attended, located all four persons, and requested Emergency Medical Services. 

The man who had been confronted by the others for prowling, was uncooperative with police and emergency medical services, assaulting one of the police officers by striking him in the face.

As a result of the investigation, the following individuals stand charged:
  • A 27-year-old man, a 23-year-old man, and a 20-year-old woman, all from Brantford, each stand charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, contrary to the Criminal Code, and
  • A 22-year-old man from Ohsweken, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
    • Assault x 3
    • Assault a Peace Officer 
    • Trespass/Prowl near Dwelling House 
     


Type:                 Assault
Incident:          22-28119
Location:         Icomm Drive
 
On Thursday, July 14, 2022, at approximately 10:45 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a location on Icomm Drive after receiving a report of a man threatening another man with a knife.

The accused is alleged to have been asked to leave the property by an employee when he brandished a knife and made a threatening gesture towards the victim.

No physical injuries were sustained as a result of the incident.

Officers attended, located, and arrested the accused.

Investigation revealed that the accused was in violation of a valid police undertaking.

As a result of this investigation, a 52-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following offences: 
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Failure to Comply with an Undertaking
The accused was held for bail.
 


Type:                 Assault
Incident:          22-28073
Location:         Darling Street

On Thursday, July 14, 2022, at approximately 5:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to attend a dispute involving two men in the area of Darling Street.

The accused, a 54-year-old man, and the victim, a 27-year-old man, were involved in a verbal dispute when the accused struck the victim several times.

The two men were known to each other. Minor physical injuries were sustained by both parties.

As a result, a 54-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with Assault, contrary to the Criminal Code.
 

 
Type:                 Drugs
Incident:          22-27869
Location:         Market Street

On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at approximately 12:00 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a man and a woman in the process of using illicit drugs in the area of Dalhousie Street and Market Square.

Officers interrupted this process. The male was in possession of suspected fentanyl and a pipe with suspected crystal methamphetamine. The accused was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance. 

Further investigation determined that the accused is in violation of a valid release order.

As a result, a 45-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following:
  • Possession of a controlled substance (fentanyl/crystal methamphetamine), contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 
  • Breach of release order, contrary to the Criminal Code
 


Type:                 Stolen Vehicle
Incident:          22-27828
Location:         Colborne Street

On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at approximately 7:00 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a vehicle that had previously been reported as stolen from another jurisdiction. The vehicle was located in a Colborne Street parking lot. 

Investigation revealed that the vehicle, which had out-of-province licence plates, was rented by the accused and was to be returned in May, 2022.   

Officers located the accused nearby. The vehicle was recovered.

As a result of this investigation, a 49-year-old female from Alliston stands charged with Possession of Stolen Goods Over $5,000, contrary to the Criminal Code.
 


Type:                 Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:          22-27663
Location:         Mintern Avenue

On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at approximately 3:20 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a 911 call to advise of a possible impaired driver who had been involved in a collision in the area of Mintern Avenue.

Officers attended and through investigation determined that the accused had been involved in two motor vehicle collisions which resulted in damages to a parked vehicle, a hydro pole, and a road sign. 
In speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of intoxication. 
The accused was arrested and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were in excess of the legal limit.

As a result of the investigation, a 33-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
  • Operation While Impaired 
  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration of 80 plus
  • Failure to stop after accident x 2 

Additionally, a license suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law.


Public Advisory – Thumbtacks located on trail

Jul 14, 2022

The Brantford Police Service is issuing a public advisory after responding to a property damage report where a quantity of thumbtacks were located on the T.H. & B. Rail Trail bike path in the Shellard Lane / Conklin Road area of the City of Brantford.

On Thursday, July 14, 2022, at approximately 7:50 a.m., roughly 50 brass-coloured thumbtacks were located and removed from the trail.

As a result of this incident, damage has been reported to several bicycles. No physical injuries have been reported as a result of this vandalism.

Discovery of these items pose significant safety risks to everyone who is utilizing the trail system. 

In addition to the safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists, the tacks could also pose a risk of injury to young children and pet owners who may walk dogs along the trail.

At this time, we would like to remind dog owners of the requirement to ensure dogs are leashed when utilizing the trails. Proper use of a leash will also provide control of a pet’s actions and help to prevent injury to canine companions should an object be found on the trails.
 
The Brantford Police Service is reminding all trail users – pedestrians and cyclists to be mindful of your surroundings.

Please report any occurrences of this nature to the Brantford Police Service Non-Emergency line 519-756-7050, or alternately, a report can be made online at https://www.brantfordpolice.ca/online-reporting   
 
The City of Brantford is home to more than 70km of natural trails flanked by the serene Grand River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. Part of the Hub of Ontario Trails, our trail system connects our community to Hamilton, Port Dover, Cambridge, and beyond, and is thoroughly enjoyed by walking, hiking and cycling enthusiasts alike. Please respect these natural assets that we are so fortunate to have access to. 
  
Public Safety in Partnership with the Community

Release of High-Risk Offender: William Michael SMITH, 62

Jul 13, 2022

PUBLIC ADVISORY

Image of William Michael SMITH
 
In the interest of public safety, the Brantford Police Service are issuing a public advisory regarding the release of a high-risk offender to the community.

William Michael SMITH, 62, was convicted in 2016 for the following offences:
  • Sexual Interference x 15
  • Invite Sexual Touching x 4
  • Print/Publish Child Pornography x 4
  • Possess Child Pornography x 3
  • Access Child Pornography
  • Indecent Assault Female
  • Sexual Assault
  • Mischief x 3

Described as 6’1, 225 lbs., with green eyes and grey hair, SMITH was released on statutory release June 28, 2022, with conditions to reside in Brantford.

Current terms of his release include the following:
  • Follow treatment plan/program to be arranged by parole supervisor to address all outstanding domain areas
  • To participate in counselling with a mental health professional to address sexual deviancy
  • No direct or indirect contact with all victims and family members of those victims unless communications are necessary for any or all of the following purposes: judicial proceedings, mediation sessions, CSC's Restorative Opportunities program, or other such requirements, with prior written permission from parole supervisor
  • Abide by a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., except for work-related reasons with parole supervisor’s written agreement
  • Not permitted to consume alcohol or drugs
  • Not to own, use, or possess any technological device that would allow access to the internet, unless previously approved in writing by parole supervisor
  • Not to use the internet or other digital networks unless for the purposes of seeking employment, or while engaged in lawful employment and with parole officer's advanced approval
  • Immediately report all sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with females and males and any changes to the status of the relationships/friendships to parole supervisor. This includes any attempts to initiate the above. This includes disclosing whether those above have parental responsibilities for children under the age of 18 years.
  • Not to reside with another person without the prior knowledge and the written approval of parole supervisor
  • Must reside at a specific place approved by Correctional Service of Canada
  • Not to reside with another person without the prior knowledge and the written approval of parole supervisor
  • Do not associate or communicate with any person you know or have reason to believe is involved in criminal activity.
  • Not to be in the presence of any male or female children under the age of 18 years unless under the supervision of a person who has been deemed appropriate by the court and has been deemed a responsible adult who knows your criminal history and has been previously approved in writing by your parole supervisor.
  • Not to communicate directly or indirectly by any means with any male or female children under the age of 18 years unless you do so under the supervision of a person who has been deemed appropriate by the court and has been deemed a responsible adult who knows your criminal history and has been previously approved in writing by your parole supervisor.
  • Not to be in, near, or around places where children under the age of 16 years are likely to congregate such as daycares, elementary and secondary schools, parks, and playgrounds, swimming pools and recreational centres.

The Brantford Police Service is working closely with Correctional Service of Canada to monitor the terms of SMITH’s release.

If members of the public observe SMITH breaching any of the terms of his release, please do not approach, but call 9-1-1.

The victims involved in prior incidents have been notified of his release. 

The Brantford Police Service is issuing this information and public advisory after careful consideration of all related issues, including privacy concerns, in the belief that it is clearly in the public interest to inform members of the community of the release of SMITH.

This public safety advisory has been issued under the authority of Regulation 265/98 of the Police Services Act, which allows for disclosure of personal information about an individual if it is reasonably believed that the individual poses a significant risk of harm to other persons or property and believes that such disclosure would reduce that risk.

Public Safety in Partnership with our Community

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