Two arrested in Dungannon incident

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By Josh Howald

A 29-year-old Perth County man went on the run for four days, but turned himself in at the Huron OPP Detachment.

The man walked into the Huron County OPP Detachment and turned himself in early Thursday morning. He had been wanted in relation to a weapons-related incident that took place Sept. 28 on River Mill Line.

He becomes the second to be charged in regards to this incident, which took place near Dungannon. Police said last week that the owner of a side-by-side utility vehicle (UTV) had the machine stolen, and learned it was being stored at a River Mill Line property. With that information, the owner and a friend went to the property with the intention of recovering the UTV. However, they were met with resistance and a confrontation ensued. Ultimately, the men retreated from the property. As they were driving off, a 29-year-old man fired a shot from a rifle in the direction of the vehicle.

Police were called to the scene, but the man fled in a vehicle and evaded police. Cops later recovered a firearm used in the incident, along with the getaway vehicle. Police launched a large-scale hunt that included members of the West Region OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, Emergency Response Team, OPP Canine Unit, Huron OPP Community Street Crimes Unit and the Huron OPP. They executed a search warrant at the River Mill residence and found a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition and a quantity of marijuana. As a result, a 44-year-old woman was charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a prohibited firearm, careless storage of a firearm, possession of a schedule II substance (marijuana) and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. She remained in custody and had a court appearance scheduled for Friday in Goderich.

Police said the 29-year-old has known ties to Huron, Perth and Bruce Counties. He turned himself in during the early hours of Oct. 5.  He was charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm, careless storage of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a Schedule II substance (cannabis resin and cannabis marijuana), assault, mischief and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order. For those counting at home, that is a total of 11 criminal charges.

He made a court appearance Friday afternoon in Goderich, and remains in custody. He has another court appearance scheduled for Oct. 23.