Record Carfentanil Bust
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/17/2017 8:13:00 AM.
Police have confirmed that the largest carfentanil seizure in Canadian history was conducted at a residence in Pickering. It happened on September 20th, when fire crews responded to a carbon monoxide alarm alert on Liatris Dr., near Brock and Taunton Roads. A suspicious substance was found in  the basement and police were alerted. Officers executed a search warrant and found 42 kilograms of carfentanil, and 33 guns and other prohibited devices. 33-year old Maisum Ansari faces over 330 charges. Police said the total seizure equals about 420,000 doses of carfentanil, with an estimated street value of $13 million. 

College Faculty Members on Strike
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/16/2017 8:55:00 AM.
The 12:01am deadline for OPSEU and the College Employer Council to reach a deal was not met this morning, which means that classes are cancelled for more than 500,000 students today, including at Durham College. All classes at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the Pickering learning centre, including apprenticeships, are cancelled, while the continuing education courses will continue to run. Picket lines will be set up until 6pm today, with security present at the entrances to each building. The school has ensured students that it will do everything possible to provide opportunities for them to achieve their learning goals while they look to resolve the labour disruption. 

Hardware Store Evacuated in Pickering
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/13/2017 8:09:00 AM.
A suspicious package prompting a large police response turned out to be a prank yesterday morning. It was discovered just before 8:30 at Lowe's on Brock Rd. and Kingston Rd. The package resembled an explosive device, and a perimeter was immediately set up by police. The store was evacuated along with several others in the area. Pickering Fire along with the DRPS Tactical Support and K-9 units eventually determined that the package was safe, and that an employee was playing a prank. No harm was intended, and charges are not expected to be laid.

Unsafe Water at Kinsmen Beach
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/12/2017 11:04:00 AM.
The Durham Regional Health Department has confirmed that blue-green algae is still present at Kinsmen Beach on Lake Scugog. Water samples taken on September 20th by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change indicate that the toxins are at higher levels than earlier in the summer. Although it is no longer beach season, "Do Not Enter" signs have been posted, and they are expected to remain in place for the next few weeks.

Suspects Wanted in Bowmanville Stabbing
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/11/2017 8:04:00 AM.
Police are looking for suspects after a man was stabbed early Saturday morning. Units responded to a call from a bar on King St. E. at around 2:30am, where a 28-year old victim was found with injuries and treated in hospital. Three men are wanted in connection with the incident. 

Fatal Collision in Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/10/2017 7:58:00 AM.
Police are investigating a crash that occurred last night at around 9pm. A male driver collided with a parked pickup truck near Harmony Rd. and Beatrice St. Police say the man lost control of his vehicle and rolled several times after the collision. He was taken to hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries. A female passenger also suffered serious injuries but she is expected to survive. Officers said that alcohol and speed were not considered to be factors. 

Track Maintenance in Claremont
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/6/2017 7:44:00 AM.
Rail crossing maintenance will force the closure of a section of Brock Rd. next week; the road will be open to local traffic only between Central St./Myrtle Rd and Goodwood Rd. on Wednesday and Thursday. Detours will be posted for all through traffic. If weather conditions are unfavourable, the duration of the closure could be extended. Motorists are thanked in advance for using extra caution around construction workers, pedestrians, and cyclists. 

UAV Coming to Durham Region
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/5/2017 7:16:00 AM.
Durham Regional Police Services is launching a new tool to assist with police investigations: an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The UAV will be used by the Traffic Services Unit to assist officers in investigating collisions. Using software and on-board cameras, the UAV can take images of a scene and generate detailed maps for analysis. The new tool will not only help further investigations, but it is also expected to reduce the length of some road closures.  

Suicidal Woman Rescued
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/4/2017 7:11:00 AM.
A Mental Health Unit officer is being credited with saving the life of a suicidal woman who threatened to jump off a tall building in Oshawa. It happened on Monday evening at around 5:00, when police were called to discover a 27-year old woman on the edge of the top deck of a parking structure. She was about 70 feet off the ground and had a rope tied around her neck. The officer talked to her for about an hour before she decided to come down off the ledge. She was taken for an assessment. 

Teen Suffers Leg Injury
Posted by Samantha Casais on 10/3/2017 7:12:00 AM.
A 19-year old driver from Kawartha Lakes suffered a serious leg injury after his vehicle collided with a parked car on Water St. in Port Perry. Durham Regional Police were notified that the driver was leaving a bar and responded at the time of the incident. The teen was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving while exceeding the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08.

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