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Conservation officers locate suspect. Man faces alcohol, weapons charges

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On Nov. 17, 2017, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) conservation officers responded to a weapons complaint on Diamond Lake Road in Johnson Township. 

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., an (allegedly) intoxicated male was walking on Diamond Lake Road with a rifle in hand and not wearing hunter orange colours. Conservation officers located the male and confirmed he had been consuming alcohol and was in possession of several containers of open liquor. Police located the male's rifle in a brushed area where he had hid it prior to police arrival.

As a result of the investigation, Christopher O'Brien, 58 years of age from Sault Ste Marie, Ont. was charged with: 

  • Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, contrary to section 86(1) of the Criminal Code; and with
  • Being intoxicated in public place, contrary to section 31(4) of the Liquor Licence Act.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on Jan. 4, 2018.