Male Arrested for Assault and Possession of Drugs
On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. the Stratford Police Service was contacted regarding an assault that occurred in the back parking lot of the Video 99 in the Town of St Marys. Police attended and spoke with the owner of Video 99 who advised that he had attempted to speak with a male who was urinating in the parking lot when another male, who is known to the owner, uttered threats toward him and forcefully pushed him. The subject male, who can only be identified as a 40 year old male resident of St Marys could not be located at that time. Police continued to search for the male and eventually located him shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The subject male was unconscious when he was located and was transported to hospital by Perth County Paramedics. A search of the male found him to be in possession of cocaine and he was treated at hospital for a possible overdose. The male was later released from custody with a court date of May 13, 2019 after he was charged with Assault, Uttering Threats, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Rollover Collision in County
On Saturday, March 30th, 2019 shortly after 5:00 a.m. the Stratford Police Service was notified by a passerby that a vehicle was upside down in the ditch along Line 16 in the Township of Perth South. Police attended and located the vehicle. The airbags within the vehicle had been deployed, however; nobody was found within the vehicle or anywhere in the surrounding area. Police eventually located the driver of the vehicle at a residence in Stratford. The driver can only be identified as a 35 year old resident of Ingersoll at this time. The male had apparently exited the vehicle and walked to a friend’s house after the collision occurred. The male was found to have only suffered minor injuries and no medical attention was required. As a result of this incident, the male driver was charged with Careless Driving under the Highway to Traffic Act.
Narcan Saves Life in Overdose Incident
On Saturday, March 30th, 2019 shortly before 7:00 p.m. the Stratford Police Service was contacted by Perth County Paramedics who were requesting assistance with a possible overdose at a residence in Perth South involving a 60 year old male. The male was initially found to have no vital signs and Narcan was administered. Shortly after the Narcan was given, the male was revived and he came to consciousness. As Narcan is only a temporary fix for a drug overdose, the male was transported to Stratford General Hospital for further assistance and observation. At this time the drug involved in this incident is unknown, however; due to the effectiveness of the Narcan it is believed that the male had been using some type of Opioid drug. This incident once again brings awareness to the dangers of Opioids such as Fentanyl. These drugs can be extremely potent and lethal even when used in very small amounts. It is important that people use harm-prevention strategies and are very cautious when consuming any type of illegal substance. It is encouraged that you have a safety plan in place with a Narcan kit available to you, with someone who can help you administer it. And please never be afraid to call 911 should you have any concerns for you safety or well-being.
Fraud Prevention Month Ending on a Positive!
As of the morning of Friday, March 29th, 2019 there have been zero fraud incidents reported to the Stratford Police Service throughout this previous week. The month of March was designated as Fraud Prevention Month and prior to this week the Stratford Police had been receiving near daily reports of frauds, mostly in the form of what is referred to as scams. Although there were no reports made over this week the Stratford Police would like everyone within our community to remain diligent and aware of the various types of scams that are affecting people. Most importantly, be skeptical; if something sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Also, do some research, and don’t allow people to pressure you into making an immediate decision. Romance frauds are reported to be having the most significant financial effect on Canadians at this time, and are mostly targeted toward seniors. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbours and encourage them not to become involved in a relationship with someone they have never personally met, and again, be skeptical of someone you have only met online who quickly starts to adorn you with praise. The Stratford Police would like to thank all of its media partners for helping us get this important message out to the public. By creating awareness on what is happening, we believe, without a doubt, that we have helped prevent many other people from becoming victims as well and your assistance has been appreciated.