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Police blotter: Assault charge in Simcoe

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A Norfolk man was charged last week following an altercation in Simcoe.

An assault on Norfolk Street North was reported to Norfolk OPP over the noon hour Tuesday.

Police report two men got into an argument that escalated into physical violence.

A 30-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with assault and failure to comply with a probation order.

Mischief near Langton

Windows were vandalized at a home on Forestry Farm Road in North Walsingham last week. The damage is believed to have occurred between Sept. 1 and Sept. 4.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Renter scammed in Delhi

A person looking for a place to live in Delhi has been bilked out of $1,400 in a phony apartment rental scam.

On Sept. 1, the victim entered into correspondence with a bogus landlord on the internet for an apartment that was allegedly available on Ann Street.

The victim wired $1,400 but received no rental agreement in return.

Norfolk OPP were alerted to the fraud on Tuesday.

“Police remind all residents to be vigilant at all times when responding to ads on various web sites,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said this week in a news release.

“No matter whether you are renting or buying, it is important that you protect yourself from frauds and scams. In general, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Bad summer for road fatalities

Another long weekend has come and gone and again the OPP were called out to investigate preventable fatalities on Ontario roadways.

A collision in French River Sept. 1 claimed the life of a 25-year-old woman. On Monday, a two-vehicle collision in Schomberg claimed the life of a 59-year-old man riding a motorcycle.

The OPP have made distracted driving a priority since it began to rival impaired driving as the No. 1 cause of fatal collisions on Ontario roads.

Over the Labour Day holiday weekend, the OPP issued 444 tickets to motorists who were caught driving down the highway with their attention distracted by cell phones and other hand-held devices.

So far in 2017, the provincial force has laid nearly 9,000 charges for distracted driving, the OPP said Friday in a news release.

The OPP are especially concerned about Ontario motorists driving habits following an unusually high number of fatalities through July and August.

A total of 92 people died on OPP-patrolled roads from July 1 through Aug. 31. This is the highest death toll for July and August since 2010.

A total of 208 people have died in crashes on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year. There have also been 24 boating fatalities and 13 fatalities involving off-road vehicles.