Stolen motorcycle - Public's assistance sought

Stolen motorcycle – Public’s assistance sought

The North Bay Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in a theft investigation.

Sometime overnight between October 11th and 12th, unknown persons stole a North Bay resident’s red 2012 Kawasaki KLX 250 dual sport motorcycle from the driveway of his Lisgar Street residence.

How to submit a tip
Anyone with information that may assist police with this investigation, is asked to contact Cst. Hughes of the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555. For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.

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Creepy clowns no laughing matter

At 6 p.m. yesterday, October 12th, 2016, a complainant contacted the North Bay Police Service to report that a person dressed as a clown was on the Kate Pace Way crouching in the bushes near the fire station and scaring three children on bicycles. The suspect, who was reported to be wearing a red shirt, black pants and a clown mask, was gone when police arrived at the scene.

At approximately 8:38 p.m. on October 6th, 2016, a complainant contacted the North Bay Police Service to report three people dressed as clowns behind West Ferris School near the sandpit. The complainant was concerned that the people may be trying to scare children, consistent with other “creepy clowns” reported in other jurisdictions. The area was extensively checked by police at the time, but the suspects had left the scene.

Public notice
While dressing up as a clown is not against the law, police can charge a person criminally if there are grounds to believe he or she committed acts of mischief, or threatened, assaulted, or harassed others. Persons can also be charged under Ontario’s Trespass to Property Act or under the City of North Bay Municipal Bylaw as it applies to City parks, which the public is prohibited from accessing after midnight.

How to contact police
Call 9-1-1, if you see a situation where serious injury can occur, or to report a crime in progress or about to occur, or for any suspicious activity where people or property are at risk.

For all other incidents requiring police attention or to communicate information that may assist police with their investigations, call the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555. For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.

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Two face charges for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking

Yesterday, following a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) investigation, North Bay Police Service patrol and Street Crime Unit officers arrested and charged:

Tevin Dimetri Harding, age 24 of Brampton with:

  • one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; and
  • one count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Donnell Travis McCreath, age 25 of Brampton with:

  • one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; and
  • one count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, prior to the execution of a CDSA warrant to enter and search a residence on Massey Drive, police observed the two accused leaving the residence in a vehicle.
Both were arrested following a traffic stop conducted in the 200 block of Lakeshore Drive.

After searching of the residence, police seized:

  • 16.8 grams of crack cocaine;
  • 6.8 grams of powder cocaine;
  • a large amount of Canadian currency estimated at over $5000.00 (yet to be reconciled); and
  • drug paraphernalia

Both accused were held in custody pending show cause bail hearings.

The approximate street value for the cocaine seized within the residence is $2,950.

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Man faces charges for invitation to sexual touching / child luring

Yesterday, following a child luring investigation, North Bay Police arrested:

Sheldon Stefan Metatawabin, age 23, at his North Bay residence, and charged him with:

  • one count of invitation to sexual touching under 16 years of age; and
  • one count of luring a person under 16 years of age by means of telecommunication.

It is alleged that on October 4th, 2016, the accused contacted a female, under 16 and unknown to him, after he found her profile on a social media website. During the course of their online communication, the accused invited her to meet for sexual purposes. The victim then reported the exchange to authorities. The victim and the accused have never met in person.

The accused was released from custody with a court date scheduled for November 15th, 2016.

Cyber Tips
The North Bay Police Service encourages North Bay and Callander parents, guardians, early childhood educators, teachers, coaches, and other adult members of the community who share in the responsibility of keeping our local children safe, to visit Cybertip.ca, to sign up to receive Cyber Alerts and to get informed.

Excellent resources produced by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection include:

  • kidsintheknow.ca, a program that engages students with interactive activities to help build skills that increase their personal safety and reduce their risk of victimization online and in the real world;
  • commit2kids.ca, a step-by-step plan to help prevent sexual abuse from happening within child-serving organizations;
  • smartstrongsafe.ca, a program designed to help children (grade 5 and 6) understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and to learn about the importance of respecting personal boundaries.
  • teatreetells.ca, a child sexual abuse prevention kit designed to help teachers, early childhood educators and parents of children 4 to 6 years of age learn more about the issue of child sexual abuse and how to better protect children from victimization.
  • Safety sheets for tweens and teens, available at cybertip.ca/app/en/internet_safety-for_youth