CRIME SCENE News in brief from local OPP, Cornwall Community Police Service

tigation followed. She was charged with assault and re- leased to appear in court on July 17. Sexual extortion A 20-year-old Cornwall male has been charged after it is alleged he extorted sex from a 19-year-old woman. The man was arrested on Thursday for sexual assault and extortion. It is alleged that between April and June, the man had un-consensual sex with the 19-year-old female under the threat of playing an inappropriate video on the Internet. The man was charged with sexual as- sault and extortion. His name was not re- leased as it may identify the victim. Traffic stop nets drugs What was to be a speeding ticket ended up being a drug charge for a Scarborough man stopped on Highway 401 by SD&G OPP last Wednesday. The stop resulted in a small quantity of suspected marijuana located and seized from the vehicle’s passenger. Daniel Wylie, 18, of Scarborough, was arrested and is charged with possession of a controlled substance He is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on July 24. Charges in 2011 assaults Last Wednesday, SD&G OPP began an investigation into a domestic situation at a residence in South Glengarry Township. A verbal altercation between a male and his ex-spouse resulted in further informa- tion being revealed of three additional in- cidents which had occurred in 2011, alleging the female had been assaulted and threatened by the male. In the third incident, he caused damage to furniture in the residence. As a result, the 36-year-old man from South Glengarry was arrested and is charged with assault, mischief and utter- ing threats, He is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on July 10. Break-in and theft Sometime overnight on June 5-6, a shed was forcibly entered at a property on Haddo Road, South Dundas Town- ship. Inside five chainsaws -- four Stihl and one Husqvarna -- a Lincoln welder unit and assorted tools were taken. An investigation continues. Criminal harassment A 21-year-old Ottawa man was ar- rested on June 5 after it is alleged that between February 2012 and May 2012 he continuously contacted his 21-year- old ex-common-law wife. Continued on Page 6

Roll-over accident On Thursday at approximately 9 p.m., SD&G OPP officers responded to a re- port of a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 12, South Stormont Township. Investigation revealed the male driver had lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll over. It was determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Simon Lavallee, 65, of South Stormont was arrested and is charged with im- paired operation of a motor vehicle He is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on Aug. 7. In the ditch On Thursday at approximately 10:45 p.m., SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on County Road 2, South Glengarry Town- ship. Investigation revealed the female driver was under the influence of alcohol. Lianne Chaput, 40, of South Glengarry was arrested and is charged with im- paired operation of a motor vehicle and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content. She is scheduled to appear in Alexan- dria court on June 26. Public assault SD&G OPP officers responded to a re- port of a disturbance at an establish- ment on Military Road in the village of Lancaster on Thursday night. Investigation revealed an altercation be- tween a male and his spouse resulted in the female being assaulted. A 44-year-old man from South Glen- garry was arrested and held in custody, pending a court appearance. Got their man It took a few weeks, but Cornwall po- lice ended up getting their man. The Cornwall Community Police Serv- ice Criminal Investigation Division ar- rested Joshua Andre-Carriere, a 20-year old Cornwall native for break and enter and commit theft. It is alleged that on May 20, he broke into a Guy Street residence and stole property and food then fled the area. The Criminal Investigation Division conducted an investigation and as a result a warrant for the arrest of Joshua Andre- Carriere was issued. In the early afternoon on Thursday, the subject was arrested and held for a bail hearing. Girl assaulted at bar Brittaney Charbonneau, 19, of Corn- wall was arrested after a 19-year-old female acquaintance was assaulted while at a west end bar. The victim did not require medical treat- ment. Police were contacted and an inves-

Photo by Greg Kielec Rebecca Sorrell, centre, stands with protesters in a stairwell at city hall, awaiting entry to a May 14 meeting of Cornwall city council after being denied an opportunity to speak at the meeting. Animal instincts Local activist convinces city hall to consider abolishing beaver kill traps in Guindon Park

group of protested in front of city hall and also jammed the council chambers during the May 14 meeting, vowing to return, after being rebuffed by the city. Sorrell never knew about the city beaver trapping until just recently, despite fact she and her young daughter often used the park. “I honestly had no idea until then,” she said. “I was shocked that we were just murder- ing them. That’s our national symbol,” she lamented. It appeared the group may have turned the corner when a high-level politician, be- lieved to be Green Party leader Elizabeth May, contacted the Association for the Pro- tection of Fur-Bearing Animals in Burnaby, B.C. to intervene. The association in turn contacted the city to offer humane alterna- tives to the kill traps being used by the city. “That was huge. That was huge,” Sorrell beamed. “Now it becomes an issue that we have the solution, they are offering it free of charge so how can the city possibly deny this?” All council members, including Mayor Bob Kilger, were sent emails detailing the association’s offer to implement humane methods to control the beaver population in Guindon Park. The association also offered to train city staff on how to use the control methods. But, much the surprise of Sorrell, all of city council -- including the mayor -- rejected the association’s offer for aid. Sorrell, however, was unwilling to con- cede defeat. She contacted city parks and recreation manager Christine Lefebvre to arrange a meeting with she and Walsh, the city, Ontario Power Generation and the On- tario Ministry of Natural Resources. The success of that meeting opened the door to a presentation to council which has directed administration to prepare a report on the feasibility of using other control methods for the beaver population.

By Greg Kielec

Rebecca Sorrell learned much about the role of beavers in our environment since coming to the defense of family of the in- dustrious rodents in Guindon Park re- cently. But how the political process works in Cornwall was as much, if not more of an eye-opener. “I learned it’s not always easy to change the system from the inside – but it’s possi- ble,” said Sorrell, who has become the un- official spokesperson for a loosely knit group of citizens crusading against the in- humane trapping of beavers. Eventually the system did work for Sorrell and her gang. The city pulled its last kill trap out of the beaver pond at Guindon Park recently and is considering more hu- mane methods of dealing with beavers. “This is the win for the little guy in the sense,” said Sorrell, who especially lauded the work of city planner Stephen Alexander on the issue. But still, the system “didn’t quite work the way it is supposed to,” Sorrell said. And there are still no guarantees the city will adopt more humane methods of dealing with beavers being promoted by the group. The conibear kill traps were first discov- ered by Wyatt Walsh, a former Green Party candidate who lives near Guindon Park, who went to the Cornwall Free News to voice concern about traps being placed near areas frequented by park users and their pets. But when the danger of the traps and the inhumane way that they trap and drown beavers was broached with city hall, the beaver defenders were firmly rebuffed. “The city didn’t take any of seriously first,” Sorrell. Moreover, they were initially denied their democratic right to speak to council about the issue at a May 14 meeting. “There was frustration for sure. There was definitely frustration,” said Sorrell, whose

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