You can help save a life today at the Barrie Blood Clinic located on Bayview Drive. The Canadian Blood services are holding a blood drive Saturday from 8 until noon and are in desperate need of public support. Long weekends frequently mean people are busy or out of town. But what most people don’t know is that this is when blood is often needed most.
An ill advised prank has led to two Orangeville men being arrested and charged in the GTA. Police say officers became suspicious after a caller reported seeing a man with a sign that read “Help me – He has a gun.”and assumed a kidnapping was in progress. Police then tracked down the vehicle, but found no gun. The two men, aged 41 and 43 were charged with public mischief and will have to appear in court in the near future.
Two 26 year old Barrie men met at Essa Road and Veterans Drive in matching vehicles Friday afternoon. The strangers had a quick chat then raced each other along Essa Road.
Barrie Police Officers were patrolling the area and saw the suspects fly by them, even passing an Ambulance using the centre turning lane.
The offices got the drivers to stop after a bit of a chase.
Both suspects were charged with street racing and face a future court date. Their driver’s licence have also been suspended and their vehicles impounded for a week.
Several roads remain closed this morning in Springwater and Ramara Townships as well as Bracebridge and and Huntsville due to heavy flooding.
•Glengarry Landing Road South is closed from Highway 26 to Ronald Road
•Bluebird Street from Sheba Drive to Airport Road is closed until further notice.
•Carol Ann Avenue and the south end of Stephanie Drive (at Carol Ann). Local traffic only – Use at your own risk.
•McMillan Sideroad is closed at the bridge due to high water levels.
•Concession Road F-G, east of County Road 169. Local traffic only.
•Kings River Road from Coopers Falls Road until further notice. Partial access available from Concession M-N.
•Cedar Beach Rd – 1048 Cedar Beach Rd to 1073 Cedar Beach Rd . Road undermining. Road Closed.
•Thompson Rd – Highway 118 East to End of road. Road Closed due to flooding.
•Vankoughnet Rd – North of Lambert Road Northerly 300 metres. Road Closed due to flooding.
•Germania Rd – 1389 Germania Rd to Flynn’s Rd. Seasonal Road Flooding.
Use at own risk.
•Fraserburg Rd – 2490 Fraserburg Rd to 2586 Fraserburg Rd. Seasonal Road Flooding. Use at own risk.
•Campbell’s Rd – 1030 Campbell’s Rd to 1088 Campbell’s Rd. Seasonal Road Flooding. Use at own risk.
•Germania Rd – Flynn’s Rd to 1507 Germania Rd. Road Closed due to flooding.
•Miriam Dr – 1040 Miriam Drive to End of road. Seasonal Road Flooding.
Use at own risk.
•Old North Road between Old School House Road and Highway 11
•Kitchen Road South near Deer Run Apartments – down to one lane
• Bowyer Rd, near the back side – down to one lane
• Longs Point Rd near the Entrance – down to one lane
•Ena Drive near the back end – down to one lane
There will be a heavy OPP presence on Ontario’s highways this Easter Long Weekend. As of midnight cops are diligently watching for drivers who are impaired, distracted, aggressive and they’ll also be watching to ensure everyone uses their seatbelt. The Big Four blitz will continue until midnight on Monday.
The 33rd Annual Orillia Perch Festival kicks off Saturday! But they still need perch to tag!
Anybody wishing to enter the contest to catch 10 perch around 10 inches long must turn their catch into the Blue Beacon Marina by 3pm this afternoon to get free registration and be eligible to win over a hundred dollars worth of fishing gear!
The opening ceremonies for the perch festival are tonight at 7pm at ODAS park with lots of great raffle prizes and draws.
Barrie Police, Fire and Emergency Services were called to an east end home overnight for a house fire.
When police arrived, they found out that a man, not known to the residents had set the fire with gasoline and took off. Luckily no one was in the home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
A 25 year old male was arrested at his home in Angus and brought back to Barrie. He has been charged with arson and disregard for human life.
There will be a lot of people travelling this Easter long weekend and they’ll be paying a very high price to gas up for those trips.
Gas prices have sky rocketed and are near record highs!Other fuels are also expensive right now, and this could mean other costs could also rise.
In the past week and a half the price of gas has gone up by about eight cents a litre. The record high gas price in Barrie in Barrie for gas is 138.6 a litre – that was set back in May of 2011.
Gas price experts don’t expect that record to be broken this weekend. In fact, gas prices are expected to go down on Saturday but they are predicting those prices will jump back up again on Tuesday.
Easter long weekend has arrived and here is a reminder of what is closed this weekend.
CLOSED Good Friday and Easter Sunday
•MOST grocery stores; see OPEN below
•SOME drug stores: see OPEN below
GARBAGE: There will be no curbside collection today in Barrie or Orillia. Collection will take place tomorrow. It is a regular garbage collection day for areas serviced by Simcoe County
PUBLIC TRANSIT: (Friady and Sunday)There will be no service today in Barrie, Orillia or Midland.
Good Friday: GO transit will operate on a Sunday schedule.
Eater Sunday: Go transit will operate on regular Sunday schedule
COLLTRANS:(Friday and Sunday) No Colltrans service; the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach link and the Collingwood/Blue Mountains link will be running as usual.
•Most government offices
•MOST Liquor stores, select stores will be open
•BARRIE: Regular collection
•ORILLIA: NO Collection (one day late this week)
•SIMCOE COUNTY: Regular collection
•BARRI,ORILLIA and MIDLAND : Regular service
•GO TRANSIT: Regular service
•COLLTRANS: Colltrans, the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach link and the Collingwood/Blue Mountains link will be running as usual
Flood watches and warnings remain in effect right across Simcoe County and Muskoka, with many streams and rivers cresting their banks, threatening roads and homes along the shoreline. One of those areas is Wasaga Beach. Stephanie Durocher of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation authority says areas downstream of Angus remain under a warning
Areas upstream of Angus remain in a flood watch.