Investigation leads to drug-related charges

A Barrie man and woman face a number of drug-related charges following a lengthy investigation, police report.
On Saturday, July 28, investigators from the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit arrested and charged a man and woman from Barrie in relation to drug trafficking. A Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant was executed at a Barrie residence, resulting in police seizing ½ kilogram of cocaine, 1.5 kilograms of marijuana, 44 grams of ecstasy, 60 grams of psilocybin (magic mushrooms), approximately $20,000 in oxycodone pills, and a quantity of cash as well as a motor vehicle, in relation to proceeds of crime.
A 46-year-old Barrie man has been arrested and charged with five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of an Unauthorized Weapon (Taser). He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie, on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
A 40-year-old Barrie woman has been arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. She will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.
Anyone with information on illegal drug related activity can contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online anonymously at www.p3tips.com

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Program lets city buskers get paid digitally

Residents being entertained by buskers in the downtown core now have the option of tossing some digital currency into the hat, as part of the Emerging Musicians Program.
The program features 15 local musicians animating downtown Barrie this summer.  The City of Barrie is partnering with the Downtown Barrie (BIA) and the Ontario Musicians Co-Operative (OMCI) on the program, which is an evolution of the former Street Performers Program and capitalizes on its successful record in launching musical careers. New this summer, audiences will have the option of tipping performers using digital currency.
The following musicians are performing throughout downtown Barrie during scheduled shifts from Tuesday to Sunday each week until September: Melina Hanke, Kasey Kohring, Brandon Pellatt, John Anderson, Madison Mueller, Karyssa Enick, Tori Hathaway, Sheldon Forget, Ian Haworth, Molly McNulty, David Fyffe, Emma Duffy, Amariah Faulkner, Kalliszta Zorgo, Alyssa Tess.
“The Emerging Musicians Program helps these local artists launch their careers while adding vibrancy and energy to downtown Barrie,” Karen Dubeau, Director of the Creative Economy, is quoted saying. “Working with our partners at the BIA and OMCI, the program provides the artists with increased marketing support and training that focuses on the music business, giving them a platform to showcase their talent and helping to set them up for future success.”
One of the challenges faced by street performers today is that many people only carry credit and debit cards, which can present barriers to audiences who want to tip performers. To reduce these barriers, the Emerging Musicians Program is partnering with local technology innovators on a pilot project that allows people to tip musicians digitally using the cryptocurrency PIVX. Those wishing to tip using PIVX can scan a QR code displayed on signs carried by each musician. For more information on PIVX including how to download and use their virtual wallet, visitwww.PIVX.org.
|“Connecting PIVX with the Emerging Musicians program offers the perfect opportunity to educate citizens about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology while supporting local arts initiatives in our downtown,” Chad Ballantyne, Marketing and Community Manager of PIVX, is quoted saying. “The PIVX community is excited to see how this small integration could be a catalyst for transforming our downtown economy, helping citizens embrace this technology and further elevating Barrie as an innovative city.”
For more information about Barrie’s Emerging Musicians, visit www.barrie.ca/EmergingMusicians.

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Charges follow series of collisions

A series of collisions at Fairview and Essa roads on Wednesday afternoon resulted in a number of charges, police report.
Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday police report being called to the area to deal with a string of collisions. The investigation determined a commercial motor vehicle transporting water was travelling southbound on Fairview Road when a mechanical issue caused the driver to lose power and subsequently control of the vehicle. It then began to roll backwards causing three collisions with other vehicles until it came to a rest against another car in the intersection.
The cascading collisions caused damage to multiple vehicle with no serious physical injuries reported.
The driver of the water truck, a 19-year-old male, was charged with: Operate Unsafe Commercial Motor Vehicle, Drive Commercial Motor Vehicle with Major Defect, Fail to Complete an Accurate Daily Inspection Report.
The owner of the vehicle, a 44-year-old male who was in the passenger seat, was charged with: Permit Driving Commercial Motor Vehicle- Not in Accordance with Permit Limitations, Permit Operation of an Unsafe Commercial Motor Vehicle, Fail to Ensure Performance Standards Are Met, Operate Commercial Motor Vehicle- No Valid CVOR Certificate.

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Fake truck-sale scam nets Barrie victims

A fraud going around has claimed a couple of Barrie residents, report police who have issued a public caution about the scam.
The scam involves a Kijiji ad selling a Chevrolet pick up truck where the owner chats back and forth with the buyer for a short time in regards to the vehicle, police report. Before seeing the vehicle, a $1,000 payment is requested to hold the vehicle. A fraudulent address is provided for the buyer to go see the vehicle, however when the buyer shows up, the owner of the home has no knowledge of any vehicle being sold.
Police want to remind the public to be cautious when requested to send money ahead of time to hold or use as a deposit on any item for sale on such sites as Kijiji, letgo or Facebook Marketplace. Anyone who believes they have found a fraudulent ad or seller should contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 as well as report the information to the corresponding website for prompt investigation and removal.
If you have fallen victim to a scam and have a suffered a financial loss, contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 to report the incident. For more information on how to protect yourself from computer scams or other financial frauds, check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center resources HERE and take a look at The Little Black Book of Scams.

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Crashed truck leads to charges for couple

A Barrie couple faces charges following the crash of a stolen vehicle, police report.
Investigators with the Barrie Police Traffic Services have arrested and charged a Barrie man, 29, and woman, 31, following a motor vehicle collision on Hurst Drive. On Friday, July 20, just before 7:30 a.m. a U-Haul truck left the roadway crashing into a home on Hurst Drive. The driver and passenger of the vehicle fled the scene on foot, although were located a short time later by police and canine.
Further investigation into the collision revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen from the Barrie area on July 11. The male driver of the truck was not injured and has been charged with impaired driving – by drug, dangerous driving, and possession of property obtained by crime – over $5,000. Further charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act for Fail to Remain and Drive No Licence. He was later released from custody and will appear in court in August.
The female passenger was not injured and has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime – over $5,000, and held in custody. She had been wanted on an outstanding warrant for unrelated charges by South Simcoe Police Service.

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Fraudsters using Terry Fox’s name: police

The name and reputation of the renowned Terry Fox is being appropriated by fraudsters working the streets of Barrie, police report.
The Barrie Police Service is warning local residents after being alerted that scammers are going to door-to-door and asking for pledges in the name of Terry Fox. Police have received reports of individuals canvassing local neighborhoods throughout the city under the façade of collecting cash donations on behalf of the annual run, which raises funds for cancer research.
The suspects, described as white males, have been reported using expired health cards for identification purposes, and pledge forms, which have been downloaded from the internet.
“We (Terry Fox – Barrie) do not ask volunteers/participants to seek out cash donations by going door- to-door. The majority of the participants in the annual run seek pledges online or approach people they know when seeking donations,” Michael F. McDougall, Chairman of Terry Fox – Barrie, is quoted saying. Anyone wishing to make donations to the Terry Fox Run can do so, securely, online at www.terryfox.org
At this time there have been no victims identified as a result of this charitable door-to-door scam. Anyone who suspects they may have been a victim of fraud is asked to contact Police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501.

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RIDE check results in drug charges

During a routine RIDE check on Thursday, Barrie police officers stopped a vehicle with two occupants, resulting in drug-related charges being laid.
The vehicle was stopped about 10 p.m. Immediately the investigating officer could detect the strong odour of marijuana within the car and a partially concealed bag could be seen beside the driver. At this time the 45-year-old Barrie male was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
The bag beside the driver contained over 17g of marijuana, a scale and over $500 in cash, police report. Also located in the vehicle were three more large bags of suspected marijuana bringing the total seized amount to 551 grams.
The driver was additionally charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and held at the Barrie Police Service overnight for a bail hearing Monday morning. It was determined the passenger was not involved in the criminal activity and was released unconditionally. The vehicle was towed off the roadway and all currency was seized as proceeds to crime.

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Police seek fourth suspect in shooting

Barrie police continue to seek the fourth suspect in a daytime shooting, June 3, outside an apartment complex on Edgehill Drive.
The location of Jesse Breese, 21, of Barrie continues to be of interest to police as he is wanted for attempted murder and is considered to be armed and dangerous, police report.
He is described as: male, white, thin build, 6’0″, brown hair, full beard, green eyes and wears black rimmed glasses. The three men arrested and charged remain in custody and will appear in bail court via video remand early August.
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Fragrant thief found, two others still sought

Barrie police have apprehended one fragrant thief but continue to seek two others.
After receiving multiple tips as to the identity of the suspect responsible for the theft of cologne from Shoppers Drug Mart on Thursday, May 24th, a Barrie, 24, has been charged with Theft Under $5,000 and will attend court next month to answer to his charge.
Originally police believed this theft was linked to two other fragrance thefts in the region, however further investigation revealed they were not related. Information on the two outstanding suspects involved in the theft of over $6,500 worth of fragrances can be found here: Duo Distracting and Dashing with Cologne.

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Police seize drugs, cash after executing warrant

Executing a warrant at a Barrie address on Monday, police seized a quantity of cash and drugs.
As a result of community complaints, members of the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit commenced an investigation into a city residence. As a result of the search warrant, police seized 9.1 grams of cocaine, 1 gram of heroin, 5.4 grams of cannabis marijuana, various pills and a quantity of cash. An estimated street value of $1300 was seized.
A 23-year-old Barrie woman has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance – cocaine, heroin, marijuana – and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. She will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie, Aug. 27, police report.
A 30-year-old Barrie man has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance – cocaine, heroin, marijuana – and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He will appear Tuesday morning in bail court at the Ontario Court of Justice.
Anyone with information on illegal drug related activity can contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online anonymously at www.p3tips.com 

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