Media Release. Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Impaired Driving, Assault Police, Among Charges Following Single Vehicle Crash

(Bradford, ON) A 23-year-old Alliston man was charged with numerous offences including impaired driving and assaulting police following a single vehicle collision in Bradford. On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at approximately 2:25 p.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to a report of a vehicle driving erratically on Sideroad 10 near Line 11 that had subsequently entered a ditch and rolled on its hood. The driver was arrested for impaired driving. As officers attempted to place the suspect into custody, he resisted arrest and spat on first responders.

As a result of the investigation, 23-year-old Ryan Gagnon of Alliston was charged with Aggravated Assault, two counts Assault Peace Officer, Operation While Impaired, Utter Threats, Driving While Under Suspension and Novice Driver BAC Above Zero.

The accused was held for a bail hearing.

Buyers Beware of Online Animal Scams

(Innisfil/Bradford, ON) The South Simcoe Police Service is reminding citizens to be wary of buying animals online after we received a recent report of a fraud involving the purchase a of Maine Coon kitten.

What typically happens is a buyer goes online to a website that appears legitimate. The would-be pet owner sends initial payment expecting to receive a pet that never arrives. In many cases, the price escalates as the fraudster asks for transport fees, custom fees or medical costs before the pet is delivered.

South Simcoe Police Service is offering these tips for people shopping for animals online:

– See the pet in person before buying
– Research the seller and website to see if they are the subject of complaints
– If the URL is different than the actual website name, it’s probably fake
– Think twice if the asking price is very low for the breed
– If the sellers request money in US dollars, it’s probably a scam
– Do a reverse-image search on the animal image to see if it is linked to scams and other websites
– Contact local reputable breeders and shelters
– Adopt locally instead of online

The public is encouraged to report these incidents to police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. Check the fraud centre website for recent scams and further resources

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, the South Simcoe Police Service responded to 73 calls for service.