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Suspect Identified in 1983 Disappearance of Mary Hammond

Jun 8, 2022

 Mary Hammond Photo

Thirty-nine years after the disappearance of Mary Hammond, detectives with the Brantford Police Service have identified a man believed to be responsible.
 
On September 8, 1983, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Mary Emma Hammond (nee Bisenthal) left her townhouse on Elgin St., to walk to work. Mary was scheduled to work the early morning shift at the former Buns Master Bakery, at 110 Morton Avenue, where she had worked for approximately one year.
 
Walking north on Park Road North (now Wayne Gretzky Parkway) she passed the Massey-Ferguson factory and cut across the field towards the rear of the bakery.
 
At approximately 4:00 a.m., a co-worker called Mary's husband asking why she had not arrived at work. Mary’s footprints were followed to the property line at the rear of the bakery and to a point where Mary cut across a field. They then disappeared.
 
Police were notified. Evidence at the scene included some items from her lunch: a cup, a dish, and a half-eaten apple. One of Mary's white sockettes and a small quantity of blood were located in an area of the field.

At the time of her disappearance, Mary Hammond was 25 years old, 5'10", 140 lbs., with long straight reddish-brown hair, brown eyes, and a fair complexion. Mary was last seen wearing a blue, mauve, and red lumber jacket, blue jeans, a yellow t-shirt, and white Adidas running shoes with a silver stripe.
 
Through continued investigation, police were able to identify evidence in Mary Hammond’s disappearance. This evidence has helped investigators over the years to identify people who may have been involved in Mary’s disappearance.
 
On September 11, 1983, during the initial stages of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at a Memorial Drive residence. Evidence seized at this time was examined and remained in police custody. 
 
Through this historical evidence seized and with advancements in mitochondrial DNA analysis, investigators were able to forensically link Mary Hammond to a man believed to be responsible for her abduction and murder. 
 
Mitochondrial DNA analysis is an investigative tool that is relatively new to policing. Thru additional investigation, research, and interviews, utilizing this tool can lead to the identification of persons of interest in historical cases such as this. 

As a result of the ongoing investigation, detectives with the Brantford Police Service have identified Stephen MUDKO as the individual believed to be responsible for the abduction and murder of Mary Hammond. 
 
At the time of Mary’s disappearance, MUDKO was 36-years-of-age and resided in a home on Memorial Drive in Brantford.
 
Stephen MUDKO died on June 16, 2010. However, if he were alive today and able to stand trial, he would face the following charges:
  • Abduction
  • Murder – 1st Degree

The Brantford Police Service are releasing a historical photograph of Stephen MUDKO in the hopes that it may provide additional information which could help further this investigation.
 
Photo of Stephen Mudko 


The whereabouts of Mary Hammond are still unknown. Although a suspect has been identified, detectives believe that additional individuals may still have information or knowledge related to the disappearance of Mary Hammond. This investigation is ongoing. 
 
As a result of the advancements in technology and forensic sciences, the continued dedication of our officers, and information from our community, the Brantford Police Service is one step closer to being able to determine what happened to Mary Hammond and bring closure to her family. 
 
Anyone with information regarding Mary Hammond’s disappearance is asked to contact the Mary HAMMOND tip line to leave a voicemail for investigators at 519-756-0113 ext. 2592, or email HammondDisappearance@police.brantford.on.ca
 
Anonymous information can be provided by contacting 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/ 


MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION:

Robin Matthews-Osmond
Corporate Communications Manager
Brantford Police Service
Rmatthews-osmond@police.brantford.on.ca 
519-756-0113 ext. 3004

Twitter: @BrantfordPolice 
 
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CRIME BRIEF: June 7, 2022

Jun 7, 2022

Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-21899
Location:          Cedarland Park, Ashgrove Avenue

On Sunday June 5, 2022, at approximately 2:45 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of a possible impaired driver within Cedarland Park, Ashgrove Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle was reported to have been observed consuming alcohol while in his vehicle. Witnesses observed the accused driving recklessly at a high rate of speed within the park, across the soccer field. 

Many young children and families were using the park at this time.  
Thankfully, no physical injuries were reported to have occurred as a result of this incident.

Officers attended and located the vehicle in question in the basketball court. The vehicle was running, with the accused occupying the driver’s seat.
 
Officers were able to stop the vehicle and advised the accused that he was under arrest.

The accused refused to comply with officers, resisting arrest.

The accused was arrested by officers. When speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment.
 
The accused was transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over double the legal limit.

Officers would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information they have not previously provided to police. Please contact Constable Shannon Parks at sparks@police.brantford.on.ca with any information you may have.

As a result, a 29-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Obstruct Police Officer 
  • Dangerous Operation 
  • Impaired Operation
  • Impaired Operation - Plus 80
  • Mischief under $5000 
Additionally, the vehicle was impounded for seven days, and the drivers’ licence of the accused was suspended for 90-days. 
 

Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-21757
Location:          King George Road

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, at approximately 5:00 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service conducted a traffic stop on King George Road near Powerline Road after observing a vehicle travelling at an excessively high rate of speed.
 
The subject vehicle was recorded travelling at a speed of 108 km/hr in a posted 80 km/hr zone.
 
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment. An open alcohol container was visible within the vehicle and accessible to the driver.
 
The accused was transported to provide samples of his breath as required by law. Both samples provided were almost four times the legal limit.
 
The accused failed to provide valid proof of insurance as required by law. Information received indicated that the accused was operating the vehicle with a suspended licence.
 
As a result, a 38-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following:
  • Impaired operation, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • 80 plus, contrary to the Criminal Code  
  • Suspended driver, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
  • Speeding, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
  • Having care or control of a motor vehicle with liquor ready available, contrary to the Liquor License Control Act
  • Operate motor vehicle without insurance, contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
 
Additionally, the vehicle was impounded.
 


Type:                  Break and Enter
Incident:           22-21289
Location:          Darling Street   

Officers with the Brantford Police Service received a report that a break and enter had occurred at a home on Darling Street on May 22, 2022.

The accused allegedly entered the home through an unlocked door and proceeded to take items before fleeing with the items in a waiting vehicle.

Investigation occurred and as a result, Ashley Mae Blasdell, 39, of Brantford stands charged with Break, Enter, dwelling house - commit indictable offence contrary to the Criminal Code. 
 


Type:                  Break and Enter
Incident:           22-21243
Location:          Darling Street    

Officers with the Brantford Police Service received a report that a break and enter had occurred at a home on Darling Street, on May 24, 2022.
 
Through investigation, it was determined that two individuals entered the home through an unlocked door and took various items before fleeing with the items in a waiting vehicle.
 
As a result of the investigation, Cheryl Obediah, 33, and Brandon Blasdell, 32, both of Brantford, each stand charged with Break, Enter, dwelling house - commit indictable offence contrary to the Criminal Code.
 


Type:                  Assault
Incident:           22-20902
Location:          North Park Street

On Monday May 30, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded after receiving a 911 call regarding a physical altercation where one man was reported to possibly have been stabbed at a residence on North Park Street. 
 
Officers attended and located the 61-year-old male victim suffering from what appeared to be a laceration to the arm.
 
The victim was transported to hospital to receive medical treatment for his injuries.

Officers located the accused, who was attempting to hide from police. Several weapons, including a crossbow and multiple firearms were located within reach of the suspect.

The accused was taken into police custody.

Information received indicated the accused was in violation of two valid probation orders.

As a result of the investigation, Dameon Austin HUNTER, 37, of Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose 
  • Aggravated Assault  
  • Breach of Probation Order x 2
 
The accused was held for bail.
 

32-year-old man arrested and charged with assault and numerous firearms offences

Jun 6, 2022

22-21681

A 32-year-old Brantford man has been charged with numerous firearms related offences after police responded to a report of an assault in progress. 

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, at approximately 6:00 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service attended the area the of Charing Cross and West Street after receiving a call from a concerned citizen to report an assault.

Police were advised by the citizen that a male was observed to have punched a female multiple times before leaving the area on foot.

The male and female were located by police nearby. As officers approached, the male was observed to strike the female. 
 
As officers exited their vehicle to intervene and arrest the male, he fled on foot, travelling southbound on Harris Ave. While attempting to flee from police, the accused was observed by officers to throw a bag over a fence. 

Officers arrested the male and retrieved the bag. Search of the bag incident to arrest located a loaded 9mm firearm. 

Information received indicated that the accused is currently bound by, and in violation of, two firearm prohibitions from neighbouring police services.

The accused was also determined to in violation of a release order which stipulates that the accused is not to have any weapons as per the Criminal Code of Canada. 

As a result, Andrew Steven KREKO, 32, of Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
  • Assault
  • Possession contrary to order x2 
  • Fail to comply with release order 
  • Carry in unsafe manner
  • Carrying concealed 
  • Unauthorized possession 
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession 
  • Prohibited weapon with ammunition 

The accused was held for bail.   
          
Anyone that would like to report criminal activity within the community is asked to 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.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

BPS TIGER Unit arrest 25-year-old man, seize firearm and over $16,000 in illegal drugs

Jun 6, 2022

22-21198

On Thursday, June 2, 2022, members of the Brantford Police Service Tactical Intelligence Generated Enforcement and Response (T.I.G.E.R) Unit completed a firearms investigation. 

As a result of the investigation, a Search Warrant had been obtained and executed at an address on Colborne Street. The warrant was executed with the assistance of the Brantford Police Service Emergency Response Team. 

As a result of the search, officers seized the following:
  • 12-gauge shotgun
  • Armoured vest
  • Cell phones
  • Canadian currency
  • Approximately 18.2 grams of suspected Fentanyl
  • Approximately 14 grams of suspected Cocaine
  • Approximately 29.9 grams of suspected Methamphetamine
 
The seized illicit drugs have a total approximate street value of $16,2155.  

Evidence Photo                    
As a result of the investigation, Colton ETMANSKI, 25, of Brantford, stands charged with the following:
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking X 3, contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Careless storage of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession contrary to prohibition order contrary to the Criminal Code
 
The accused was held for bail.

Anyone that would like to report criminal activity within the community is asked to 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.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 


72-year-old male charged in Hit and Run

Jun 2, 2022

Incident 22-20700
 
UPDATE
 

Incident 22-20700


On June 2, 2022, as a result of the investigation, a 72-year-year-old man from Paris was arrested and stands charged with Fail to Remain, contrary to the Criminal Code.

The Brantford Police Service would like to thank the public for information related to this investigation.

 

 
UPDATE: 
May 29, 2022
 
 suspect photo
 
 
UPDATE:A surveillance video still photograph of the suspected vehicle is now available and attached.

The Brantford Police Service is seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed a collision, which occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday, May 29, 2022, in the area of Market Street and Chatham Street, Brantford. 

An unidentified vehicle, described as a grey Sport Utility Vehicle, occupied by a male driver and female passenger, is alleged to have struck a 21-year-old female pedestrian before fleeing the scene. The female was transported to hospital with serious injury. The involved vehicle is believed to have front-end damage, including a broken headlight. 
 
Failing to remain at the scene of a collision is a serious offence.  The Brantford police urge the driver and passenger to come forward, and anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have footage of the incident is asked to contact Constable B. Lee at 519-756-7050 ext. 2820. 


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CRIME BRIEF: May 30, 2022

May 30, 2022

Type:                 Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-20696
Location:          Brant Avenue

On Monday, May 29, 2022, at approximately 2:00 a.m. officers with the Brantford Police service received a call from an alert citizen to advise of a possible impaired driver. 

Police located the vehicle travelling southbound on Brant Avenue and conducted a traffic stop.

In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment and a roadside test was conducted, which the driver failed.

The accused was subsequently arrested and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were in excess of the legal limit.

Search incident to arrest located approximately 1.2 grams of suspected cocaine in possession of the accused. 

As a result, a 27-year-old man from Hagersville stands charged with the following violations: 
  • 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 

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

 

Type:                 Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:        22-20553
Location:       Brant Avenue and Ava Road

On Saturday, May 28, 2022, at approximately 12:45 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Brant Avenue and Ava Bridge Road, for a motorcycle crash. 

Police received a report from a concerned citizen of a motorcycle that had crashed into the train bridge located at Brant Avenue and Ava Road. The driver was observed to have fled the scene on foot.

Officers located the accused nearby and observed signs of impairment. The accused was arrested for flight from police.

The accused had sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to hospital for treatment.

The accused was required to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were in excess of the legal limit.

Information received confirmed the motorcycle did not have a valid licence plate and was being operated without valid insurance.

Additionally, the accused was operating the motorcycle without a valid driver’s licence as he was determined to be a suspended driver.

Witness information provided to police indicated that the accused was driving at an excessive and dangerous rate of speed on Brant Avenue.

As a result, a 33-year-old man from Paris, stands charged with following: 
  • Operation While Impaired, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Dangerous Operation, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive Prohibited, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Flight from Police, contrary to the Criminal Code  
  • Fail to Remain, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Drive Motor Vehicle- Improper Licence, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Owner Operate Motor Vehicle on Highway- No Insurance, contrary to the Compulsory Auto Insurance Act 
  • Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Contravene Licence Condition- Driving Ability, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
 


Type:                  Stunt Driving
Incident:           22-20533
Location:          King George Road (near Powerline Road)

Friday, May 27, 2022, at approximately 10:15 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service who were conducting road safety enforcement for speed violations in the area of King George Road between Powerline Road and Governor’s Road observed a vehicle travelling at an excessively high rate of speed.
 
A male driver was recorded travelling at a registered speed of 153 km/hr in a posted 80 km/hr zone.
 
As a result, a 28-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Highway Traffic Act violations:
  • Speeding: 153 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone
  • Drive motor vehicle - perform stunt speeding by 50 or more km/hr per hour in the 80 km/hr zone
 
Additionally, the accused was served a 30-day administrative driver’s license suspension and his motor vehicle was impounded for 14 days.
 


Type:                  Impaired- Alcohol
Incident:           22-20060
Location:          Grand River Avenue

On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at approximately 11:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were conducting targeted speed enforcement on Grand River Avenue as a result of a recent serious motor vehicle collision and several public driving complaints. 

Officers observed a vehicle driving at a recorded speed of 77km/hr. in a posted 40km/hr. zone.

A traffic stop occurred and when speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment. 

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

As a result, a 49-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Operation while Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs 
  • Operation while Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentratio

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

TIGER Unit arrest two, seize $11,450 in illegal drugs

May 27, 2022

22-19852

On Thursday May 26, 2022, members of the Brantford Police Service Tactical Intelligence Generated Enforcement and Response (T.I.G.E.R) Unit completed a drug trafficking investigation. 

As a result of the investigation, a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant had been obtained and executed at locations on Charlotte Street. The warrant was executed with the assistance of the Brantford Police Service Emergency Response Team. 

As a result of the search, officers seized the following:
  • Approximately 27.5 grams of suspected Fentanyl
  • Approximately 3 grams of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine
  • Canadian currency 
  • .45 caliber ammunition 
  • Digital scale and multiple cellphones
 
The seized illicit drugs have a total approximate street value of $11,450.  

As a result of the investigation, Aaron Austin DOYLE, 39, of Brantford, stands charged with the following:
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking X 2, contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
  • Breach of Probation contrary the Criminal Code
  • Breach of conditional sentence order contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession contrary to prohibition order contrary to the Criminal Code
 
And Megan Ashley VOS, 29, of Brantford, stands charged with:
  • Possession for the Purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act 
The accused parties have been held for bail.

Anyone that would like to report criminal activity within the community is asked to 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.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

CRIME BRIEF: May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-19904
Location:          Grand River Avenue

On Monday, May 23, 2022, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched after receiving a report of a serious motor vehicle collision in the area of Grand River Avenue.

Investigation revealed that a single motor vehicle was travelling at an excessive rate of speed along Grand River Avenue when the vehicle left the roadway, striking a residence.  The collision resulted in significant damage to both the residence and vehicle.

The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side in the roadway.

Emergency services attended and extricated both the male driver and a male passenger.
Officers on scene observed signs of impairment when speaking with the accused. 

Both the driver and the passenger were transported to hospital for medical treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

No injuries were reported from within the residence.

As a result of the incident, a 45-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
Impaired Operation Causing Bodily Harm 
Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm 

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


Type:                  Theft / Drug Charges
Incident:           22-19751
Location:          King George Road

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a report related to a shoplifting offence which had occurred at a retail location near Powerline Road and King George Road.

It was reported that a man and a woman entered the store and allegedly proceeded to steal a duffle bag, placing various other items inside the bag. The accused parties then left the store, paying only for some of the items. Loss prevention officers who observed the offence, contacted police.

Police attended and located the accused male and female occupying a van in the parking lot. 

In speaking with the accused, it was found that the accused male provided a false identity to officers and was subsequently arrested for obstructing a peace officer.

Additional information received indicated an endorsed warrant existed for his arrest. The accused was also found to be operating a motor vehicle without a valid licence.

When speaking with the co-accused, it was determined that an endorsed warrant for her arrest existed as well. 

Search incident to arrest located the stolen items, several pieces of identification not belonging to the accused, drug paraphernalia as well as several small baggies with a variety of drugs portioned out containing a total of the following:
Approximately 3.6 grams of suspected Fentanyl
Approximately 1.9 grams of suspected Crack Cocaine
Approximately 4.2 grams of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine
A quantity of pills; suspected Dilaudid

The stolen items were recovered, and the drugs seized.

As a result, a 40-year-old male from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
Theft Under $5000
Possession of Identity Document 
Obstruct Peace Officer 

Additionally, the co-accused, a 39-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with the following violations:
Theft Under $5000 contrary to the Criminal Code  
5 counts of Possession of Schedule I, and II contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act


 

Type:                  Assault
Incident:           22-19582
Location:          West Street

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, at approximately 7:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to an assault related call for service which had occurred at a property located on West Street near Sycamore Street.

It was reported that a man was allegedly residing within an abandoned shed located near the victim’s residence. After hearing noise from within the shed, the victim allegedly confronted the accused male and a verbal argument escalated.

The accused is then reported to have assaulted the 37-year-old male victim, striking him with a metal construction tool. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Information received indicates that the accused is currently in violation of a valid release order.

As a result of this investigation, a 37-year-old male from Brantford (no fixed address), stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
Assault with a Weapon
Possession of Weapons Dangerous 
Fail to Comply with Judicial Release- Release Order

 


Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-19457
Location:          King George Road

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched after receiving a report of a possible impaired driver from an alert employee of a fast-food restaurant located on King George Road.

Officers arrived on scene and located the accused in the driver's seat of her running motor vehicle. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed a can of beer in the hand of the accused. Upon speaking with the female, officers observed signs of impairment.

The accused was subsequently arrested for Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs. The accused was transported to provide samples of her breath as required by law.

The accused refused to comply with the request and as a result of the refusal, a 38-year-old female from Oshawa stands charged with the following: 
Failure or refusal to comply with demand contrary to the Criminal Code 
Operation while impaired - alcohol or drugs contrary to the Criminal Code 
Having care or control of a motor vehicle with liquor readily available contrary to the Liquor Licence Control Act of Ontario 
Novice driver - B.A.C. above zero contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 

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

 


Type:                  Property Damage
Incident:           22-1170
Location:          Fifth Avenue and Erie Avenue

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of a male who had damaged a telephone utility box at a location near Fifth Avenue and Erie Avenue.


Officers attended the scene and located the accused who was in possession of a number of wires that appeared to have been removed from the telephone utility box.

The damage to the utility box resulted in significant disruption to the phone service of a nearby apartment building.

Information received indicated the accused was in violation of a valid probation order.

As a result, a 52-year-old man from Brantford (no fixed address) stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Mischief
Breach of Probation

BPS seek information from public related to trailer thefts; one man arrested

May 24, 2022

Incident # 22-18747

Officers with the Brantford Police Service, with assistance of Six Nations Police Service, have arrested a Branford man and recovered one trailer stolen from the City of Brantford.

Police investigation revealed that between Monday, April 12, 2021, and Monday, May 16, 2022, there have been nineteen trailer thefts reported in the City of Brantford. 

The types of trailers reported stolen include utility trailers, dump trailers, enclosed trailers, flatbed trailers, and camper trailers. To date, police have recovered two of the stolen trailers, leaving seventeen trailers currently outstanding. 

On Monday, May 16, 2022, at approximately 6:30 a.m., a dump trailer, was reported stolen from an Icomm Drive the parking lot.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, at approximately 1:20 p.m., members of the Brantford Police Service and Six Nations Police Service located the trailer at a location on Sour Springs Road, Ohsweken. A search warrant was executed, and the trailer recovered.

As a result of this investigation, Mathew COWAN, 25, of Ohsweken, stands charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code.

Officers are seeking information from the public related to the thefts and are advising members of the public to store their recreational or utility trailers in well-lit, secure locations and to contact police to report any instances of property theft.

Anyone who has any information related to the theft of a trailer 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/ 


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CRIME BRIEF: May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

Type:                  Impaired - Drugs
Incident:           22-18967
Location:          Gordon Street

On Wednesday May 18, 2022, at approximately 12:00 a.m. officers with the Brantford Police Service received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a possible impaired driver in the area of Gordon Street.
Officers attended the location and observed a man slouched over the steering wheel of a running motor vehicle. The man appeared to be unconscious.

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

The accused was subsequently arrested for drug-related impaired operation of a motor vehicle. 

The accused was then transported in order to submit to a Drug Recognition Expert for further testing. 

Testing found the accused to be impaired by drug.

As a result, a 32-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Operation While Impaired - Drugs, Section 
  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Drug Concentration 
 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.



Type:                  Assault
Incident:           22-18952
Location:          South Street / Darling Street

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to an assault related call for service which had occurred at two separate locations: a residence on South Street and a residence on Darling Street.

It was reported that at approximately 4:00 p.m., while a man was working in his yard at a residence on South Street, he was confronted by another man (the accused) regarding a dispute over alleged stolen property.

The accused is reported to have assaulted the 39-year-old male victim, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The accused then left the scene.

At approximately 8:40 p.m., the accused attended a location on Darling Street where he allegedly forced his way into the residence, pushing his way past an 18-year-old female victim, in search of the male victim from earlier in the day.  

The accused is also reported to have uttered threats against the two victims. 

As a result, a 52-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Assault x 2
  • Breaking and Entering 
  • Uttering Threats


Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-18669
Location:          Dunsdon Street

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched regarding a possible impaired driver in the area of Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway.

It was reported that a man had been refused service at a local restaurant due to intoxication and was then observed driving a vehicle.
 
A vehicle description was provided which assisted officers in locating the accused.

Officers located the motor vehicle travelling westbound on Dunsdon Street. The vehicle was travelling at a slow rate of speed, weaving within the lane, impeding the flow of traffic and did not have the vehicle’s lights on. As a result, a traffic stop was conducted. 

In speaking with the driver, signs of impairment were observed. The accused was placed under arrest for Impaired Operation.

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

As a result, a 36-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Impaired Operation - Alcohol 
  • 80 Plus 

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


Type:                  Impaired – Drug / Trafficking
Incident:           22-18593
Location:          Iroquois Street

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at approximately 11:30 a.m., multiple calls were received from concerned citizens to alert police to a possible impaired driver, who was reported to have struck two cars parked on Iroquois Street with his motor vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended and located the accused nearby. Signs of impairment were observed by officers when speaking with the accused.

As a result, the accused was arrested for Operation While Impaired- Drugs. 

Search incident to arrest located approximately 4.3 grams of suspected crack and approximately 0.8 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine. A scale and quantity of currency was also located in possession of the accused.

The controlled substances were packaged in such a way that grounds were formed for the charge of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
The accused was transported to complete a Drug Recognition Evaluation, where it was determined he was impaired.

Additionally, at the time of the occurrence, the accused was determined to be in violation of a valid probation order and two valid driver’s licence suspensions.

The controlled substances, currency, and drug paraphernalia were seized. 

As a result of this incident, Michael Ross SHARKEY, 43, of Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation while Impaired- Drugs- Contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking- Contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 
  • Breach of Probation- Contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive While Under Suspension x 2- Contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 


Type:                  Robbery with a Weapon
Incident:           22-18512
Location:          Colborne Street

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, at approximately 8:50 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a robbery related call at a convenience store located on Colborne Street.

It was reported that a female (accused) attended the store with the 21-year-old female victim and allegedly forced her to withdraw funds from a bank machine. 

The accused is reported to have threatened to stab the victim and was believed to be in possession of a knife.
 
Officers attended and observed the exchange between the two females and what appeared to be the handle of a knife visible from a bag the accused was in possession of.

Additionally, information was received to advise that the accused was in violation of an undertaking.

Search incident to arrest found the accused to be in possession of a knife.
 
As a result, a 34-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Robbery with weapon 
  • Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose 
  • Fail to comply with undertaking 
 
The accused was held for bail. 
 


Type:                  Arson – Vehicle Fire
Incident:           22-18384
Location:          Dalhousie Street

On Friday, May 13, 2022, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers of the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a location on Dalhousie Street in regard to an arson investigation. 
 
Officers attended and observed the Brantford Fire Department on scene actively extinguishing two vehicles which were fully engulfed in flames. 
 
The vehicles were located parked underneath the overhang of an apartment building.
 
Firefighters successfully extinguished the fire without any extensive damage to the apartment building however, the fire caused immense damage to both vehicles. 
 
Investigation revealed that the accused is alleged to have purposefully set fire to the vehicles.
 
At approximately 1:15 a.m., officers located the accused nearby who was arrested without incident. 
 
As a result of the investigation, Bryan Michael HENRY, 33, of Brantford (no fixed address), stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
  • Arson - Damage to Property x 2 
  • Arson - Disregard for Human Life 
 
The accused was held for a bail hearing. 
 


Type:                 Assault with a Weapon
Incident:           22-18321
Location:          Helen Avenue
 
On Friday, May 13, 2022, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the accused attended a residence located on Helen Avenue, and after a dispute, the accused sprayed the victim, a 23-year-old female, with dog spray.
 
The victim suffered minor physical injuries as a result of the spray.
 
The accused and the victim were known to each other.

As a result, the accused, a 21-year-old female from Woodstock, stands charged with Assault with a weapon, contrary to the Criminal Code.
 


Type:                  Assault
Incident:           22-18195
Location:          Park Road North and Brier Park Road
 

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Park Road North and Brier Park Road regarding an assault.

It was reported that a 19-year-old male physically assaulted an unsuspecting victim, a 48-year-old male. The accused and the victim were not known to each other.

The victim sustained minor physical injuries and was transported to the hospital by emergency medical services for treatment.

Officers attended, located, and subsequently arrested the accused.

As a result of the incident, a 19-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with one count of assault, contrary to the Criminal Code. 

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