Arrest made following break-in at business in Rockland; stolen motorcycle recovered by OPP

An SD&G OPP cruiser. Smith photo, Nation Valley News file

EMBRUN — The Ontario provincial police detachment in Russell County reported today that they received 306 calls between April 19th and April 25th. Most notable of which was a traffic stop conducted by an officer on County Road 17 in Rockland on April 25th, shortly before 8:45 PM.

According to police reports, the driver had been pulled over for speeding and was uncooperative with the officer, ultimately leading to her arrest. Sonja Zierl, 38, from Rockland was charged with:

  • Failure or refusal to comply with a demand
  • Speeding 1-49 km/h over the posted limit

Zierl received a 90-day driver’s license suspension and the vehicle was also impounded for seven days. She is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on May 26th.

Another notable incident took place on April 22nd, shortly after 11:30 AM, at which time Russell County OPP officers responded to a traffic complaint at a local business on Principale Street in Casselman. The subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was wanted in another Ontario jurisdiction. The individual was allegedly uncooperative and became combative with officers at the location.

As a result of the investigation, Blake Horne, 23, from Smiths Falls was charged with:

  • Resist Peace Officer
  • Mischief – destroys or damages property
  • Possession of over 30g dried cannabis (or equivalent) in a public place
  • Possession of a Schedule III Substance

Horne is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on May 19th.

Lastly, on April 23rd shortly before 7:45 AM, police responded to a call about a break-in at a local business on Chamberland Street in Rockland. An initial investigation found that a motorcycle had been stolen, though it was located shortly after and the driver was arrested. As a result, Tyson Wait, 19, from Ottawa was charged with:

  • Dangerous operation
  • Flight from a peace officer
  • Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order
  • Mischief – destroys or damages property
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • Break, Enter a place – commit indictable offence

Wait was held for bail. There is no court date at this time.

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