Weekend Occurrences

Weekend Occurrences

Over the long weekend, the North Bay Police Service responded to 242 calls for service and arrested and charged 12 people with the following offences:

  • One person was charged with one count of voyeurism, one count of make child pornography and one count of possess child pornography;
  • One person was charged with one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of uttering threats, one count of theft under $5000; one count of possession of marijuana and five counts of breach of probation;
  • One person was charged with one count of theft under $5000 and one count of possession of Fentanyl;
  • Two people were charged with one count of possession of morphine for the purpose of trafficking;
  • One person was charged with one count of assault, one count of mischief and one count of uttering threats related to a domestic occurrence;
  • One person was charged with uttering threats;
  • One person was charged with theft under $5000;
  • One person was charged with three counts of theft under $5000;
  • One person was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of breach of probation;
  • One person was charged with public intoxication; and
  • One person was charged with two counts of breach of probation.

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North Bay man faces voyeurism and child pornography charges

Following an investigation into a voyeurism complainant, North Bay Police arrested a 49-year old North Bay man at police headquarters on Friday, February 12th, 2016 and charged him with:

  • One count of voyeurism;
  • One count of make child pornography; and
  • One count of possession of child pornography.

It is alleged that the accused concealed a video camera in the bathroom of his residence and captured footage of a visiting female teenager while she was in his care during the daytime on July 10th, 2015.

The accused, whose name the North Bay Police Service is withholding in the interest of protecting the identity of the child, was held in custody for bail.

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Man accused of theft, uttering threats and possession of a dangerous weapon

Following an investigation into a theft and threat complainant reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Friday, North Bay Police arrested and charged John Visca, age 29, of North Bay with:

  • One count of theft under $5000;
  • Two counts of uttering threats;
  • One count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose;
  • One count of possession of marijuana; and
  • Five counts of breach of probation.

It is alleged that on February 12th, 2016, at approximately 7:20 p.m., a grocery store employee witnessed the accused take food items from the store without paying for them. When two employees confronted him about the theft outside the store, the accused pulled out a knife and threatened them before he fled the scene on foot. In response to a 911 call about the incident, North Bay Police located the accused on foot a short time later at Maplewood and Algonquin, where he was arrested. A search after the arrest revealed that he was in possession of a pocket knife, one gram of suspected marijuana and food items.

The accused was held in custody for a bail.

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Woman faces charged for theft of Fentanyl patch

Following an investigation into a complaint regarding a suspected counterfeit Fentanyl patch turned in to a local pharmacy, North Bay Police arrested:

A 24-year woman at her North Bay residence on Monday February 15th and charged her with:

  • One count of theft under $5000; and
  • One count of possession of a 25 microgram Fentanyl patch without prescription and authority to do so.

It is alleged that on the morning of January 26th, 2016, the accused, who was employed as a personal support worker at a retirement home at the time, removed a used Fentanyl patch from a 91-year old resident, replaced it with a suspected non-medicated counterfeit patch and took a new patch from her. When the victim returned the suspected counterfeit Fentanyl patch to her pharmacy to renew her prescription, in accordance with the Fentanyl Patch-4-Patch program, the pharmacist recognized it as a possible fake patch and reported the findings to police.

The accused was released from custody with a court date scheduled for March 29th, 2016.

About the Patch-4-Patch Program
Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid prescribed for the treatment of chronic pain. In December 2013, in response to the alarming number of Fentanyl-related deaths (14 in North Bay from 2007 to 2013) and crimes related to Fentanyl misuse and abuse in our community, the North Bay Police Service, as a member of the North Bay Drug Strategy Committee, tackled the problem head on.

By working in partnership with local physicians, nurses and pharmacists, the Committee launched the Patch-4-Patch program, a practice whereby clients must return their used Fentanyl patches to their prescribing pharmacy in order to get a new prescription. Since the launch of the program, our community has seen a significant reduction in Fentanyl-related abuse, crime and deaths.

In December 2015, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli’s private member’s bill, the Safeguarding Our Communities Act, which incorporates the Patch-4-Patch program, received all-party support in the Ontario Legislature and will soon become law.

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Four face drug charges

Four people face drug-related charges, following an ongoing Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) investigation by the North Bay Police Service’s Street Crime unit, which included a traffic stop and the execution of two CDSA search warrants.

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday February 11th, 2016, North Bay Police arrested Jeremy Meikle, age 27 of North Bay following a traffic stop conducted at Algonquin Avenue and Hwy 17. He faces:

  • One count of trafficking cocaine;
  • One count of possession of property (cash) obtained by crime; and
  • One count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday February 11th, 2016, Nishnawbe-Aski Police arrested Laura Naismith, age 30, following a CDSA search warrant executed at her Sundown Ridge residence. She faces:

  • One count of possession of cannabis resin;
  • One count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; and
  • One count of possession of property (cash) obtained by crime.

Shortly after midnight on Friday February 12th, 2016, North Bay Police arrested Marc Andrew Gelinas, age 45, at his North Bay home. Following a CDSA search warrant executed at his Justin Street residence, police charged him with:

  • One count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;
  • One count of possession of morphine for the purpose of trafficking; and
  • One count of possession of property (cash) obtained by crime.

At the same time mentioned above, North Bay Police arrested Patricia Krystal Jean, age 28, of North Bay, at the same Justin Street home where she also resides. Following the investigation, police charged her with:

  • One count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;
  • One count of possession of morphine for the purpose of trafficking; and
  • One count of possession of property (cash) obtained by crime.

As a result of the searches conducted during this investigation, North Bay Police seized:

  • Approximately $20,000 in Canadian currency;
  • Approximately 49 grams of suspected cocaine;
  • 40 grams of suspected morphine;
  • 4 grams cannabis resin; and
  • one motor vehicle.

The total street value of the drugs seized is estimated at $7,000.

All four accused were released from custody with court dates scheduled for March 29th, 2016.