Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/13/2018 8:09:00 AM.

Investigators are searching for a third suspect after an armed robbery at a bank in Courtice yesterday. The incident occurred at about 1:00 when two suspects armed with handguns, entered the ScotiaBank branch on Highway 2. The suspects made a demand for cash then fled the scene. None of the employees or customers were physically injured. Officers pursued the suspect's vehicle to the 401 on ramp at Stevenson Road in Oshawa. Police were able to stop the vehicle and box it in, however the suspect attempted to flee from police by striking their cruisers. At one point an officer discharged his firearm as the suspect drove towards him. The suspect managed to break free, and continued westbound on the 401 before losing control, and ended up in a ditch just east of the Salem Rd. off ramp in Ajax. The three suspects then fled on foot into a wooded area. At about 4:30, two suspects hiding in a residential neighbourhood near Miles Dr. and Wicks Dr. in Ajax were located. An 18-year old and a 17-year old were both arrested; the third suspect was not located.  Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Regional Police.


Stolen Taxi Leads To Charges
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/12/2018 7:19:00 AM.
A robbery in Ajax led to charges against at 32-year old man after a taxi was stolen at knife point. Police say the suspect was a passenger in the taxi when he threatened the driver with a knife and stole the vehicle. The incident occurred in Ajax on Wednesday last week in the Salem Rd. and Kingston Rd. area; both the taxi and the suspect were found in Peterborough early Saturday morning. He was arrested after a standoff with police; charges include robbery, possession of a weapon, and uttering threats, none of which have been proven in court. The suspect is being held for a bail hearing. 

Sanctions For Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/9/2018 7:14:00 AM.
Whitchurch-Stouffville’s town council has slapped a number of tough sanctions on embattled Mayor Justin Altmann following two reports by the town’s integrity commissioner. In addition to losing up to six months of pay, Altmann will be removed from all committees, may only communicate with staff via email outside of council meetings, and will have limited access to municipal buildings, including his office. The measures were adopted in a 5-1 vote by council Tuesday after the integrity commissioner found Altmann refused to apologize for a strange wall discovered in his office washroom that contained pictures of councillors, private citizens and former staff; she also found that he disclosed confidential council information during a November radio interview.

Durham's Policing Costs Among Lowest In Province
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/8/2018 7:18:00 AM.

A staff report once again confirmed the cost of policing in Durham Region is among the lowest of similar-sized services. Durham ranked the third lowest in operating cost per capita at $280 for 2016. Durham’s cost per capita is 8.4% lower than the average of other comparable police services in Ontario. The DRPS compared groups including the police services in Halton, York, Waterloo, Hamilton, Niagara, and Toronto.


Apartment Robbery In Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/7/2018 7:15:00 AM.
Police are trying to identify suspects after a 23-year old man was robbed inside his apartment in Oshawa on Monday evening. It happened just after 9:30 on Simcoe St. N. south of Niagara Dr. Once inside, two men demanded the victims cell phone, and a quantity of drugs were stolen. The suspects fled the scene and were able to evade police. Anyone with information is asked to come forward. Descriptions can be found at

Suspect Arrested After School Break-In
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/6/2018 7:17:00 AM.
Durham Regional Police have arrested a suspect in connection with Sunday's break-in at a school in Oshawa. 21-year old David Martin of Camelot Court has been charged with break-and-enter, mischief/property damage under $5,000, and failure to comply with probation. The incident occurred at about 4:30am at Sir Albert Love Catholic School on Wilson Road North. The suspect was arrested by security, and held by police for a bail hearing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau. None of the allegations against the accused have been proven in court. 

Transit Plan Complete
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/5/2018 7:20:00 AM.
Durham Region's Transportation Master Plan has been completed, and a 30-day period for open comments is now underway. The strategic document is designed to define the policies, programs, and infrastructure required to meet the Region's transportation needs to the year 2031 and beyond. Planned future growth is addressed through the recommendation of a transportation system that balances strategic road network expansion with transit services and active transportation opportunities such as cycling and walking. Enhancements to safety and accessibility are also addressed; the promotion of sustainability, reduction of environmental impacts, and support of economic development are also priorities. You can read the plan at 

“Move Over” Initiative Conducted In Orono
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/2/2018 8:41:00 AM.

Members from Durham Regional Police Service's East Division partnered with the Ministry of Transportation to conduct a “Move Over” initiative in Orono this week. The goal was to educate drivers on the requirement for them to move over to the left lane when they drive by an emergency vehicle or tow truck stopped at the side of the road with its emergency lights or flashing lights activated. Inspections were conducted on Tuesday along Hwy 35/115 between Hwy 2 and the 35/115 cut-off, where officers stopped drivers who failed to move over. A total of 25 vehicles were stopped by police. Drivers are reminded that when an emergency vehicle or a tow truck is seen with its lights flashing stopped on your side of the road, you must slow down, pass with caution and move over to provide a lane of space between your vehicle and the emergency vehicle.

Fire At Townhouse Complex In Pickering
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/1/2018 7:19:00 AM.
Officers from West Division are investigating a fire at a townhouse complex in Pickering. It happened yesterday morning just after 2:30am on Valley Farm Rd. Officers assisted Pickering Fire by evacuating residents affected by the fire, and all occupants were accounted for. Investigators say the fire looks to be suspicious in nature, possibly originating from a parked vehicle at the complex. Anyone with surveillance video footage is asked to come forward. 

Culvert Project Meeting Tonight
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/28/2018 7:17:00 AM.
A special information meeting will be held at the Seniors Centre in Uxbridge tonight at 7pm to provide the latest on the downtown culvert construction project. The town recently received some grant money from the province for beautification, and Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor says there will be meetings in the future to get public input on putting the finishing touches on the area. Preparations for the project will begin this spring with major construction slated to start in late June or early July.

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