Neighbourhood Watch Items

Our neighbourhood watch volunteer Sarah has forwarded a couple of items that may be of interest:

From: Dawn Neilly <>
Date: June 18, 2015 at 11:41:39 AM EDT
Subject: Don’t leave packages of any kind unattended at police stations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:15 am

(Ottawa) –The Ottawa Police is cautioning the public about leaving bags, boxes and parcels unattended at local police stations, after a suspicious package incident yesterday at 245 Greenbank Road caused a service disruption.

“We have to err on the side of caution,” said Duty Inspector John Medeiros. “We are required to treat any unattended parcel or bag as a suspicious package.”

Officers noticed a cardboard box that was left unattended at the front entrance when Front Desk Services opened at 10a.m. The box appeared to contain clothing and included a note stating, “I found this in my yard.”

The package was examined using an x-ray machine and deemed to be safe. During this time, public services at the building were disrupted and resources had to be deployed to examine the package.

“If you have something that needs to be turned over to police, it’s always best to call first, to get instructions on what to do,” said Insp. Medeiros.

Anyone wishing to turn an item in to police, whether it is a bicycle, a firearm or a box the contents of which are unknown, call police at 613-230-6211.

“This will enable police to determine the best way to handle the item, concluded Insp. Medeiros. “The best response may be for an officer to attend where you are or for our property services section to pick it up, rather than for you to bring it to a police station.”

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From: Dawn Neilly <>
Date: June 18, 2015 at 9:13:47 AM EDT
Subject: Ottawa Police Investigate Bad Drugs Downtown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 22:00 hrs

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service and Ottawa Paramedic Service responded to the area of George Street in the city’s downtown area at approximately 8pm tonight. At that time, five victims were reported to have suffered serious medical complications from ingesting a drug being sold as crack cocaine. Unidentified chemicals have been reportedly added to the drug and are causing major medical complications.

The Ottawa Police Service currently has six related reported cases. One male is in custody, however it is believed that other suspects may still be distributing the drug. The investigation is ongoing and will include the analysis of the drug to determine its contents.

“This clearly shows that ingesting illegal drugs poses a huge risk,” said Acting Duty Inspector Mark Patterson.

Anyone believing to be at risk from ingesting this substance, including experiencing problems breathing, should call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5080. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.

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