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Sudbury police briefs: Blown stop sign leads to crash; driver had pot, booze

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Blown stop sign leads to charges, injuries

A 46-year-old man from Kitchener, Ont., has been charged with disobeying a stop sign, while another person is being treated for serious injuries following a two-vehicle collision in Gordon Township, on Manitoulin Island on Saturday.

Officers from the Manitoulin detachment of the OPP, the Sudbury-Manitoulin Emergency Medical Services and the Gore Bay Fire Department responded to the collision at the intersection of Highway 540 and Highway 542 around 5:45 p.m., the OPP said in a release.

A northbound driver failed to stop for a stop sign, according to police, striking a westbound vehicle. The driver of the westbound vehicle was transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Four people in the northbound vehicle were treated for minor injuries.

The intersection was closed for approximately six hours while officers investigated.

Driver caught with pot, booze

A traffic stop led to several charges for a 33-year-old Elliot Lake resident, including one under the Cannabis Act.

Manitoulin OPP responded to a complaint on Highway 6 in Merritt Township on Sunday around 7:12 p.m., according to a release, and conducted a traffic stop. Officers located suspected cannabis within reach of the driver, according to the OPP, and also found an open container of alcohol.

The 33-year-old suspect, who has not been named by police, was issued provincial offences notices for careless driving, driving a vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available, and driving a motor vehicle with an open container of liquor.

The OPP reminded residents that although cannabis is now legal to possess and consume for those 19 years or older, it is not legal to have cannabis in a vehicle or boat, unless the cannabis is in its original packaging and has not been opened, or the cannabis is packed in baggage that is fastened closed or is not otherwise readily available to any person in the vehicle or boat.

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Domestic dispute

A 32-year-old Assiginack Township resident faces an assault charge following a domestic dispute on Friday.

Manitoulin OPP responded to the incident around 9 a.m., according to a release.

The 32-year-old man, who police say was not identified in order to protect the victim’s identity, was arrested and charged with assault. The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay.

Police reminded residents that if they have been assaulted by an intimate partner or know someone that has, there are local resources available. They may visit the Manitoulin Family Resources website at for assistance or call toll free to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511, where information will remain anonymous and confidential. Those in immediate crisis should call dial 9-1-1.

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