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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wasaga Long Weekend Roundup

Wasaga Beach | by Mariane McLeod  

More than 400 calls for the OPP at Wasaga Beach, including two about guns

Perfect Victoria Day weekend weather brought out a lot of holiday makers at Wasaga Beach, and some trouble-makers, too.

While there's no way to count just how many visitors spent time on Wasaga's beaches -- Huronia West OPP say they were in contact with more people this year than last year.

Between 6 PM Friday and Midnight on Monday night -- Police were called a total of 407 times.

Fifteen of those calls were about assaults, 18 were because of thefts, and 35 were about motor vehicle crashes of vehicles on streets in Wasaga Beach.

Eight drivers in the area were charged with impaired in Wasaga over the holiday weekend, and four drivers were handed three day suspensions.

365 people were handed tickets for provincial offences, including 166 for liquor violations.

And 36 people spent time behind bars at the detachment in Wasaga beach, more than half of them for alcohol over-use.

One of the more serious calls was about a man thought to have wielded a gun during a fight outside a public washroom near first and sprice streets at about 3 AM on Monday.

A 22 year old man from Brampton was found to have a 40-calibre glock in his possession, loaded and ready to fire. He's facing several charges in connection with that case.

Sunday night, the Walmart was searched for suspects thought to have broken into B&B towing earlier in the evening.

One of those men was thought to have a gun, too.

Three men were arrested outside the store, and no gun was found.

Not all the calls to police this weekend were about trouble -- in one case, police were called about a two year old boy found wandering along Highway 26.

It turned out he'd left his home not far away, and he was quickly returned there, with no harm done after a motorist stayed with the boy until OPP arrived.

This year's call numbers are higher than last year, when Huronia West OPP say they dealt with 333 calls over the holiday weekend.

In total -- seven people were killed in seven separate collisions on OPP patrolled roads and highways over the Victoria Day long weekend.

The OPP also laid about eight thousand charges -- including more than 63 hundred speeding tickets.

Commissioner Chris Lewis says the number of fatalities could have been much higher if police hadn't increased their visibility on the roads.


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