(GREENSTONE, ON) – Once again, some of the province’s hardest working OPP officers have made a breakthrough in numerous thefts and other crimes committed in the Greenstone area.
On May 12th, 2019, an ATV was stolen and a investigation was started. More items were stolen and damaged from a different location on May 19th, 2019. Then on November 17th, 2019, yet another ATV was stolen during a break and enter that unfolded on a garage.
Officers have arrested a youth in connection with the rash of crime committed. The boy aged 16-years-old was detained at the Greenstone Ontario Provincial Police detachment and appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning.
Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was working the bench today while Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro was fighting for the people. A duty counsel lawyer was also present, advocating for the criminally accused.
The 16-year-old is facing the following charges:
- Assault (March 6th, 2019).
- Assault (April 19th, 2019).
- Failure to appear in court (May 8th, 2019).
- Theft (ATV) (May 12th, 2019).
- Break and enter (garage) and theft (ATV) (May 17th, 2019).
- Theft and mischief (November 17th, 2019).
- Possession of stolen property (ATV) (November 24th, 2019).
Nobody showed up in court for the child. The Crown states that his consent is inextricably intertwined with the boy having a vetted surety in place. If a surety is not present, the Crown submits that the youth will need to be detained. Court hears that a “notice to parent” was sent confirmed at 8:30 am and it is now around 10:30 am. Duty counsel asks to stand the matter down to give time to contact the surety, which is the boys family. Court stands the matter down.
The matter is returned to court shortly before noon and duty counsel informs everyone that the surety should be there. The courtroom reconnects with the Greenstone OPP detachment via video link. The officers are queried on whether the youth’s proposed surety has shown up at the detachment yet. Officers inform the court that nobody has shown up yet. Duty counsel starts pushing for the youth to be released without a surety and argues that youth’s should not be detained. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman highlights that the entire Youth Criminal Justice Act is crafted in such a way that along every step of the way through the justice system, it favours releasing youth’s back into the community.
Silvestro brings down the hammer and repeats that he is not consenting to the release of the youth without a “named surety”, which means a surety that has been screened and vetted by both the Crown and the court. An “unnamed surety” means any joe-blow can lurk up and sign as a surety. Duty counsel asks the matter to be stood down once again, to allow further time for the surety to arrive. Silvestro tells the courts that there are limited officers in Greeenstone and that having them have an officer sit at the detachment to monitor the boy means there is one less officer out on the hard streets of Greenstone, working hard to bring order to the community (paraphrasing).
A query is put forth to the officer working the otherside of the video link in Greenstone about how many officers they have. The officer says that there are 3 constables and 1 Sergeant on duty at the moment. This means that there are only two officers left to lurk-patrol those hard streets until this matter is handled. The officer tells the court that should they detain the boy, that they will need two officers to transport him to Thunder Bay, leaving only one officer to battle the meth and crime crisis Greenstone is clutched by.
An idea is put forth to find the phone number of the proposed surety and have them appear by telephone call from wherever they are. The number is obtained and a bail plan is crafted with the woman on the phone. The boy is released under the following conditions:
- Reside in Longlake #58.
- Report weekly to the Greenstone OPP.
- Not to contact the victims.
- Not to go anywhere the victims may be.
- Not to possess any weapons.
- Not to contact a huge list of people, all criminals of various ages, including known meth traffickers.
The boy is ordered released from jail once his surety makes it to the station to sign the release documents.