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South Simcoe police out Thursday night

INNISFIL – A Barrie man stopped at a RIDE check Thursday night faces an impaired driving charge.

South Simcoe police stopped a car at 11:20 p.m. at Mapleview Drive and 20 Sideroad.

Police say its 34-year-old driver admitted he had been drinking. The man failed a roadside breath test, police said, and further testing at the police station led to the charge.

He has an April court date, his car was impounded for a week and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days.

Police also stopped a 19-year-old novice driver Thursday night who has his driver’s licence suspended for 24 hours. Tests showed he had a blood/alcohol concentration greater than zero.

By law, novice drivers must not operate a vehicle with any level of alcohol in their system.

Police also had RIDE spot checks in Bradford, where 54 sober drivers were stopped Thursday. 

Churchill buildings recognized by Innisfil’s heritage committee

Innisfil’s heritage committee has recognized two historic buildings in Churchill.

The Lucas Store at 6272 Yonge Street and the Halfway House at 6273 Yonge Street have both been placed on the town’s heritage registry list.

That means owners must give 60 days notice of demolition, giving council time to decide if the buildings should be permanently protected through a designation.

The Halfway House, on the northeast corner of Yonge and Killarney Beach Road, was built in 1860 and has undergone many changes over the years, according to a heritage committee report.

“The “Halfway House” is a classic example of a storey and a half, wood frame structure with ample room for drinking and dining on the ground floor with dormitories above.”

The Churchill Curling Club had its founding meeting in the Halfway House bar room in 1878.

Larry Cotton, the author of Whiskey and Wickedness: Yonge Street: 100 Taverns in 100 miles, Toronto to Penetanguishene, told the Innisfil Historical Society the building should be designated.

“It is not so much for its architectural features as its significance in the developmental history of Churchill and the area that this building is most important,” the committee report says. “This Hotel/Inn is the last surviving habitable example of about 100 other similar inns that once lined the old “Penetang Road” between Penetanguishene and Toronto catering to the needs of travellers in the horse and buggy age.”

Across the street is the Lucas General Store, which was built in 1869 and remains a Churchill landmark.

“In approximately 1880, this whole building, except for the stone wall was then

bricked with red and buff bricks to make an impressive structure.”

The building has contained several businesses over the years, including a butcher shop and convenience store. It is now uses as an apartment complex.

Convicted Clearview sex offender asks for segreation in custody, concerned for safety

A convicted sex offender asked a judge to be segregated while in custody over fears for his safety.


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Brenden Sarginson, 29, made the request through his lawyer during a court appearance in Collingwood on Tuesday, where he is facing two counts of breach of probation. He was charged on Feb. 2 and has been in custody ever since.

He will be back in court on April 7 for a judicial pre-trial in the matter.

Huronia West OPP issued a warning about Sarginson last January, after the man moved into the community.

He had been convicted in 2010 of a 2008 sexual assault on a six-year-old girl, and was charged again after his release that year with breaching his probation. Huronia West OPP charged him last year with breaching the terms of his probation, for which he served one day in jail, along with 25 days of pre-trial custody. He was also given an additional three years of probation.

Sarginson was subject to wearing an electronic monitoring device under his previous probation conditions, and was ordered to remain in the electronic monitoring program. According to his latest probation order, obtained by Simcoe.com, Sarginson is also required to receive injections of a drug intended to repress sexual urges in pedophiles.

His previous probation order included a 24-hour curfew unless accompanied by a designated adult; keeping the peace and being of good behaviour; not to enter any residence of children under the age of 18; and not to volunteer in a capacity that involves being in a position of trust or authority over any person under 18.

– With files from Ian Adams.

Fire electrical in nature at Barrie walk-in clinic

A Yonge Street medical office fire could have been much worse if passersby hadn’t alerted emergency services.

A fire that began in a second floor dental office at 505 Yonge St. shortly after 7 p.m. Monday is still under investigation, but Barrie’s fire prevention officer, Samantha Hoffmann, is impressed with the couple who alerted occupants who were in the building at Dr. Scott Macpherson’s dental office, the Barrie Family Medicine Clinic and Guardian Drugs, to the fire.

“People saw him pull the fire alarm and then he left the building to call 911,” she said. “But when they (the couple) saw people weren’t coming out, they ran back in and told people to get out.

“I’d like to get the message out that if someone pulls an alarm, leave the building. Don’t wait to see if there’s smoke or fire first.”

Pic From Structure Fire on Yonge st at Medical Building #Barrie , Photo thanks to Vanessa Partridge pic.twitter.com/Njq7QvUp1o

— Barrie 411 (@Barrie411) March 21, 2016

Fire at 505 Yonge St is out. Crews doing overhaul. @BarriePFFA Investigator called in to determine cause.

— Barrie Fire (@Barrie_Fire) March 22, 2016

Both the dental office and walk-in clinic were closed Tuesday morning and Barrie firefighters are questioning whether a neon window sign is to blame, said Hoffmann.

“Investigators are on-scene, still digging it out,” Hoffmann said late Tuesday afternoon.

Insurance adjusters estimate the damage to the building to be in the neighbourhood of $250,000, but that doesn’t include dental and medical office equipment, Hoffmann said.

One Barrie firefighter was taken to hospital with a minor shoulder injury; he was checked and released.

Dr Macpherson dental office patients asked to call 705-739-7856 for info after office fire Monday night. pic.twitter.com/cRHUvHFeFp

— Cheryl Browne (@cherylbrowne1) March 22, 2016

Temporary signs affixed to the main door facing Yonge Street advised patrons to visit a second location of the Barrie Family Medicine Clinic at 121 Wellington St. West for treatment.

“We’ll be closed until we can determine the extent of the damage. We’ll wait to see when it will be safe for patients and staff to return,” said Carla Robertson at the walk-in clinic, adding she’ll post updates on the clinic’s website at barriewalkinclinics.ca.

Guardian Drug pharmacist, Albert Bebawy, said he can’t close his doors to patients who need drugs.

Pointing to the wet ceiling tiles that had fallen to the floor in the aisles, Bebawy’s shop is directly beneath the dental office where the fire began.

He said he was waiting for his insurance adjuster to advise him on repair details.

“At most, we’d close for only one day,” Bebawy said.

Patients of the dental clinic who showed up for their appointments Tuesday were surprised at the soot marks on the stairs and stench of smoke as they made their way to the MacPherson’s clinic.

A note taped to the front door advised patients to call Sam at 705-739-7856 to reschedule their appointments.

A local dentist was available in case of emergency, said Sam, who didn’t want to give her last name.

However, because they couldn’t get into their office to access their computers, they didn’t know who to call and cancel appointments for – and didn’t have the phone numbers if she did – she said.

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Amici Pizzeria and Restaurant opens in Meaford

Meaford’s newest restaurant – Amici Pizzeria and Restaurant – is open and offering a new dining experience to local residents.

The restaurant opened for take out orders a few weeks ago and last week extensive renovations to the kitchen and dining room were completed.

Amici – Italian for “friends” – is a joint project between Daryl Johnson and Mike Belluomini. Located at the site of the former Pizza Delight restaurant, the new restaurant is locally owned and operated and will feature an extensive menu – including breakfast.

“Mike has been talking about coming up for years to do a breakfast place and I’ve always wanted my own place,” said Johnson. “When this place came available it took about 60 seconds to decide.”

Amici employs 15 – 17 people, mostly full-time. Johnson and Belluomini both have extensive experience in the restaurant business. Belluomini has been a breakfast cook for 51 years. He has lived full-time in Meaford for 20 years, but commuted to the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto to work. He retired from that position in March 2015.

Johnson worked in Meaford at Pizza Delight, at the Grandview in Tobermory and worked and went to school in Italy. Both are excited to be in Meaford permanently.

“I’ve done a grand tour and made it back to town,” said Johnson.

Belluomini will be handling the breakfast part of the operation, while Johnson will look after lunch/dinner.

“I’m not going to do anything too fancy. It will be a good, basic, hearty and good tasting breakfast,” said Belluomini.

Lunch and dinner will feature a number of menu items including chicken parmesan, hot beef sandwiches, Philly cheesesteak, meat loaf, authentic deep fried panzerottis and a number of other dishes. Dinner will feature pork chops, stuffed chicken, fish and steaks.

And, there will be pizza. Lots of pizza.

“The pizza is homemade and it’s fresh,” said Johnson.

The sauce is an authentic Italian recipe.

“It’s not sauce heavy or sauce first, you can taste everything on the pizza,” said Johnson.

The restaurant has seen significant renovations in the dining room and kitchen. An entire new line was added to the kitchen including a hood fan, fryers, range, grill and flattop. The dining room has also seen major changes. Amici now has a total seating capacity of 41. It will be open at six a.m. for breakfast during the week and at 7 a.m. on the weekends.

Well-known local restaurateur Cathy Martin is managing Amici and kitchen and serving staff are experienced and looking forward to serving customers.

“Everybody lives in Meaford. We have a really strong crew,” said Johnson.

Barrie MPP recognizes local women who’ve made a difference

Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth handed out the province’s Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award to two women who exemplify community leadership, volunteerism and advocacy.

Hoggarth said Shannon Murree and Suzy Kies have become mentors to many through their dedication to improving the lives of local women and girls.

As advocates for aboriginals, children and women affected by domestic violence, they have championed better support programs, fundraising efforts and skill development.

“These extraordinary women have demonstrated leadership in fostering positive changes within our communities,” Hoggarth said. “I thank both of them for continuing to be an inspiration to us all.”

Also recognized during Saturday’s event were Kelly Scaglione, founder of Restoring Dignity and Hope; Stroke Recovery Association volunteer Darlene Graves; and Dorothy Ramsay, a volunteer in the Barrie Labour Council.

Celebrating the achievements of women and girls is part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Shannon Murree

Real estate investment salesperson and consultant for more than a decade

 Organized events for One Billion Rising, an organization that denounces violence against women, as well as The Shoe Box Project

 Participated in Fighters for Fighters, which supports the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie

  Head of MOMpreneurs

  On the board of directors for Dress for Success and The Prom Blitz project, which was created as a way to help young women attend their prom who would not be able to finance the experience on their own.

  Founder/activist for Warriors for a Cause, raising money to fight the battle against domestic abuse and violence

  Recipient of the Order of the Spirit Catcher in 2013

  Women in Business award nominee

Suzy Kies

 President of the Aboriginal People’s Commission of Ontario.

 Works for the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre developing and facilitating culture-based programs, this includes working directly with school-aged children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), creating opportunities for women to develop employment skills and a positive employment identity with a focus on the native population.

Volunteer work over the past several years includes serving on various boards of directors or associated committees with the Aboriginal People’s Commission of Ontario; Barrie Native Friendship Centre; Orillia Native women’s Group; Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle; Child Welfare Advisory Circle; Aboriginal Education and Training Circle (Georgian College); Muskoka Centre for the Arts; and Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.

Known for going above and beyond to build up her community.

Large mobile crane that will be lifting equipment

Lakeshore Drive will be closed in both directions Tuesday, March 29 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., from Victoria to Tiffin streets.

The closure is required to accommodate a large mobile crane that will be lifting equipment into the Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The mobile crane needs to occupy the southbound lane of Lakeshore Drive to do the work. In order to ensure public safety in the work zone, it’s necessary to close the northbound lane of Lakeshore Drive as well.

The Centennial Beach south parking lot and the Tiffin Boat Launch parking lot will also be closed.

The detour route will be along Bradford Street, via Tiffin Street and Simcoe Street/Victoria Street.

Signs have already been posted.