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Guelph Police Reports - March 19, 2014

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Prohibited weapons charges

On February 20, 2014, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) contacted the Ontario Provincial Police, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) West Team to report that a package had been intercepted by their postal section in Vancouver, British Columbia. The package contained two prohibited devices (stun guns) disguised as cellular phones.

The investigation determined that the importer was a male resident of the City of Guelph who has a residence on Janefield Avenue. The items were declared to CBSA as being something other than conducted energy weapons in an attempt to conceal the true contents of the package.

PWEU West, CBSA and the Guelph Police Service- Intelligence Unit commenced a cooperative investigation which culminated in the arrest of the Guelph male on March 18, 2014 when he knowingly took possession of the prohibited weapons.

A subsequent search of the male found that he was also in possession of a canister of an aerosol commonly referred to as "pepper spray", which is also a prohibited weapon. Lucian SIMERIA, 27 years of Guelph has been charged with three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and will appear in court on April 4, 2014.


Train bridge struck

On March 18, 2014 at 10:15 p.m., the Guelph Police went to Wyndham Street South to investigate the report of the train bridge being struck. It is alleged that a tractor trailer, being operated by a 50-year-old male from Courtland, Ontario, was travelling southbound on Wyndham through the downtown.

The driver disobeyed four posted signs indicating a height warning but also no overweight trucks under the Wyndham St S rail bridge. As the driver attempted to travel under the bridge, the top of the trailer struck the crash beam of the bridge causing damage to the sheet metal flashing.

Estimated damage to the trailer is $2,000 and estimated damage to the crash beam is $1,000. The southbound lane of Wyndham was closed for a period of time while police investigated. The driver has been charged for disobeying a sign contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.


Drive over 80 mg arrest

On March 19, 2014 at 12:56 a.m., the Guelph Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle in the area of Stone Road and Hanlon Expressway after observing traffic violations. Police spoke with the male driver and a demand was made for a roadside breath sample. He failed this test and was arrested.

Robert TUTTON-WOOLNOUGH, 29 years of Guelph has been charged criminally with drive over 80 mg. He has also been charged with two offences under the Highway Traffic Act. He will appear in court on April 4, 2014


Single car collision leads to multiple charges

On March 19, 2014 at 3:07 a.m., the Guelph Police came across an unattended vehicle smashed into a pole at Gordon Street and Wellington Street. Police then observed a cab pulling out of a nearby drive a short distance away.

This cab was stopped and police located the male driver and female passenger of the unattended vehicle inside the cab. Further investigation led to the arrest of that male driver.

A 20-year-old Guelph male has been charged criminally with impaired driving, drive over 80 mg and breach probation. He has also been charged with ten offences under the Highway Traffic Act and one offence under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. He will appear in court on April 8, 2014.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Cst. D. McTaggart at 519-824-1212 at extension #7171. Anonymous tips can be left at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at

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