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Media Release. Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Stolen Auto

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police are requesting the assistance of the public in a stolen vehicle investigation. A Barrie man reported that on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, he parked his beige 2004 Jeep Wrangler in the 88/400 commuter lot in Bradford around 5:30 p.m. When he returned at 11:30 p.m., he found the vehicle missing and broken glass on the ground. The keys were left in the glove box. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call South Simcoe Police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Citizens are reminded to support our #LockItOrLoseIt program by securing valuables and locking their vehicles.


Suspended Driver

(Innisfil, ON) On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, a South Simcoe Police constable operating a cruiser equipped with an Automated Licence Plate Reader was alerted to a passing car in Stroud. When he stopped the car, he found the licence plate validation expired, and the driver under suspension. An 85 year old Innisfil man is facing charges of Drive Under Suspension, No Validation On Plate and Fail To Carry Proof of Insurance.


Homicide Investigation Update-Sentencing

Homicide Investigation-UPDATE 

(Innisfil, ON) On Friday, May 30, 2014, South Simcoe Police were called to 7 Recreation Drive in the Sandy Cove Acres neighbourhood of Innisfil. When officers arrived on scene, they found an 81 year old woman suffering from fatal injuries. A 54 year old Innisfil man located at the scene was arrested and later charged with Murder. 

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Richard William DOWDELL pled guilty to Second Degree Murder in the death of Yvonne Brooks.  

On August 16, 2016, DOWDELL was sentenced to life in prison, with no parole eligibility for 12 years. 

The family of Yvonne Brooks expressed their appreciation to the members of the South Simcoe Police for their support during this investigation and trial process. 

The South Simcoe Police would like to acknowledge the assistance of the community, our media partners and especially our policing partners with York Regional Police, Niagara Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police in this investigation. 

Fatal Collision

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the Town of Innisfil 

(Innisfil, ON)  On Tuesday, July 12th at approximately 10:30 a.m., South Simcoe Police, Innisfil Fire & Rescue Services and Simcoe County Paramedics were called to the intersection of Yonge Street and County Road #89 for a motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car. 

The motorcycle with two occupants was travelling southbound on Yonge Street and came into contact with a southbound Chrysler Pacifica within the intersection. The two occupants were thrown from the motorcycle to the ground. 

The driver, a 16 year old Innisfil teen was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His passenger, a 15 year old Peterborough area teen was taken to a local hospital and he was later transported to a Toronto Trauma Centre with serious injuries. The driver of the Chrysler Pacifica, a 85 year old Alliston man received minor injuries. 

Officers from the Traffic & Marine Unit were called to investigate and reconstruct the collision. Police are asking anyone with information regarding this crash to contact them at (705) 436-2141 extension 2030.  

Both Yonge Street and County Road #89 have now been reopened for traffic. 

Media Release. Friday, July 15th, 2016.

Motorcycle Collision with Injuries. 

(Innisfil, ON)   On Friday July 15 at 2:10 am a 36 year old Innisfil man riding a motorcycle was south bound on 10 Sideroad near the 9th Line. The man was being followed by a 17 year old from Innisfil in a Honda Civic. The youth reports falling asleep while driving and rear ending the motorcycle.  The man was ejected from the motorcycle and landed on the roadway. The man suffered leg and ankle injuries and was taken to a local hospital.  

The 17 year old was not injured and has been charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act. 

Police remind all motorists that if you are tired or fatigued do not continue to drive.  Find a parking lot, a restaurant, or anywhere that is safe to pull off the roadway.  Do not put yourself or others at risk.

Media Release. Monday, July 11th, 2016.

Domestic Dispute 

(Bradford, ON)  On Sunday July 10, 2016 10:50 PM officers were called to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Bradford.  Upon arrival, officers found a couple arguing over money and other issues in the relationship. Neither complained of being assaulted, however, officers did locate a crack pipe and cocaine in the possession of the 36 year old male. 

He was arrested and taken into custody.  He was later released with a future court date to answer to the charges of possession of a controlled substance. 


R.I.D.E. programs in Innisfil and Bradford 

On Sunday night patrol officers in Innisfil and Bradford set up R.I.D.E. programs in both communities to check drivers for sobriety. Officers stopped approximately 100 cars in the early morning hours and are pleased to report that no driver was given a road side test. Officers will be setting up random R.I.D.E. programs throughout our communities at all hours of the day and night to detect those drivers that still get behind the wheel after drinking. 

Please remember, if you drink don't drive. 


Marine checks on Lake Simcoe 

Marine officers are out responding to calls for assistance from other boaters as well as checking for compliance with equipment regulations. Officers are still finding boaters on Lake Simcoe that do not have a personal floatation device (PFD) aboard their vessel. On Sunday, officers conducting a random equipment check on a kayak operated by a 54 year old Innisfil man, and found the man did not have any safety equipment nor a PFD.  The man was escorted off the Lake and given $235 fine.   

Please make sure you have all safety equipment on board and wear your PFD at all times on the water. 

If you have questions about what equipment is needed, call the South Simcoe Police Marine unit or go on line at Transport Canada 0ffice of Boating Safety at https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety 


Overdue Kayaker found safe 

(Innisfil, On)  On Saturday July 9, 2016 two brothers in their forties,  from Richmond Hill, set out for a day on the water in their kayaks. The men got separated when a rain storm rolled up at 4:30 PM. One man made it back to shore but then realized he had lost sight of his brother and could not locate him. 

Police were called by the man, approximately four hours later, and a search was started by Marine officers from South Simcoe Police, York Regional Police and a helicopter from Durham Regional Police.  

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was also involved in the search.  

Just before midnight, the missing brother was found after swimming to shore in Gilford. Police credit the personal flotation device  (PFD) he was wearing the whole time, with saving his life. The man was in good condition and did not need any medical attention. 

Police remind anyone who goes out on the water to always wear your PFD, carry all emergency equipment, including a flashlight or flares that can be used to signal where you are, and carry a cell phone with you at all times.


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