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Multiple highway accidents leave two dead

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Scene of the collision caused by freezing rain on Highway 17 on Wednesday, January 11 near Dogtooth Lake, Kenora area. Photos submitted

Transport collision causes death

Members of Kenora OPP were investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 17 in the area of Dogtooth Lake, Kenora.

At 1 a.m., January 11, a westbound tractor trailer unit jackknifed on the highway and was struck by an eastbound tractor trailer unit. The driver of the eastbound tractor trailer was fatally injured as a result of the collision.

Another westbound tractor trailer and an eastbound passenger vehicle were involved when they could not avoid the collision ahead of them. The vehicles were damaged although drivers were not injured.

The OPP Technical Traffic Investigation Unit was on scene to assist with the investigation into the collision. Longbow Lake Fire department was also on the scene to assist police.

Highway accident causes death of teen

On January 14, 2012 The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Dryden detachment received a report just before 3 p.m. of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian and a tractor trailer unit on Highway 17, Wainwright Township, near Glengoland Road.   As a result, the Trans Canada Highway was closed just West of Dryden for approximately 4 hours.

The Technical Traffic Collision Investigators were called in to assist in the investigation along with Highway Safety division, and the Northwest crime unit.  The pedestrian was transported to the Dryden Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead.  The driver of the tractor trailer unit was not injured and no charges are pending at this time, however the investigation is ongoing.

The identity of the deceased has been confirmed of 14-year old, Tristen Wise of Dryden. Wise was also a member of the newly established Dryden Youth Council and was helping draft a ‘Child and Youth Strategic’ plan for the City.

Kathy McConnachie, Principal of Dryden High School said, “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the tragic death of one of our Dryden High School students, Tristen Wise.  Grief counsellors are available at the school for any student or staff member wishing to speak with them, and will remain at the school for as long as they are needed.  Our flag is flying at half-mast in Tristen’s memory and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Dryden and Area POLICE BRIEFS

Mystery shopper fraud

The Dryden Police have been alerted to a money fraud operating in our area. A job has been advertised locally, looking for Mystery Shoppers.

Two people have responded to this ad and have come to the Dryden Police with correspondence and a cheque they have received as a result. The cheque is in the amount of almost $4,000 with a breakdown as follows:

Probationary training pay $450.00

Funds needed for shopping $100.00

Funds for transaction at Moneygram or Western Union $3,198.62

Service Charge (Moneygram or Western Union) $240.00

What this employer wants the new employee to do is cash the cheque (which will turn out to be fraudulent), shop for an item for under $100 at a specified retailer and report their experience. Then they are to make a transaction at Moneygram or Western Union, sending $2,198.62 and report back to their employer on that experience.

What will happen is that the new employee will cash the cheque and find out later that it is no good, leaving them on the hook for this cash. If it seems too good to be true, it likely is, no one is going to send you $4,000 in the mail for doing nothing.

A copy of the letter and report form can be found on the Dryden Police Service portion of the City of Dryden website under “Press Releases”.

Theft and assault

Dryden Police Service arrested a 34-year old man at a local retailer on January 11, after receiving a call that he had been caught stealing from the store.

Officers learned that he had been observed concealing a blue ray player under his jacket and exiting the store. When stopped by staff, he attempted to leave, and in doing so, became combative, assaulting the staff member.

Consequently, he has been charged with theft under $5,000 and assault.

Impaired driving

On January 8, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Dryden Police received a call from a local resident, who was following a vehicle on Highway 610, and they believed the driver was impaired.

Officers located the vehicle on Van Horne Avenue, where it was pulled over, and the driver, a 24-year old male of Eagle River, was arrested for impaired driving.

He was returned to the Dryden Police office, where he refused to provide a sample of his breath, and was subsequently charged with failing to provide a breath sample as well as impaired driving.

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