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Police arrest four more trespassers at property north of Listowel

The former Midwestern Regional Centre property on Perth Road 164 (Highway 23) north of Listowel has been the site of three separate unlawful entry incidents in the past six weeks. (Mike Wilson Photo)

Former Midwestern Regional Centre property has been site of three separate unlawful entry incidents in past six weeks

NORTH PERTH – The former Midwestern Regional Centre property north of Listowel continues to attract trespassers.

The latest incident took place on May 17 shortly after 5:30 p.m. Perth County OPP say they received a call from citizens who saw a white pickup truck and a small ATV pulling a trailer on Line 90. The suspect vehicle was last seen at the former Midwestern Regional Centre property on Road 164 (Highway 23).

When police arrived, the white truck was not located, but a blue pickup truck was attempting to flee the scene. Officers were able to stop the vehicle and arrest four people.

Facing charges are 38-year-old Bradley Martin, 29-year-old Alexandra Gross, 31-year-old Joseph Potter and a 16-year-old youth, all of North Perth.

Martin has been charged with resist a peace officer, possession of a Schedule I substance – methamphetamine, possession of break-in instruments, and two counts of failure to comply with a release order.

Both Gross and Potter have been charged with enter premises when entry prohibited.

The 16-year-old youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with enter premises when entry prohibited and person under 19 years – possess cannabis.

The accused parties have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges.

In a separate incident at the same location, Perth County OPP found two vehicles and four people at the property on May 7 shortly after midnight. The four people were charged with entering premises when entry prohibited, contrary to the Trespass to Property Act.

The accused are 21-year-old Tony McWatch of Wiarton, 19-year-old Roberto McWatch of Owen Sound, 18-year-old William Pollock of Owen Sound, and a 17-year-old Owen Sound youth.

The first incident in the last six weeks occurred on April 11. In that case, a black Dodge pick-up truck fled the scene through a field when police arrived.

One person was arrested at the scene – 26-year-old Chantel Gibson of Listowel – and charged with entering premises when entry prohibited, contrary to the Trespass to Property Act.

The driver of the Dodge, 45-year-old Joseph McNichol of Arran-Elderslie, was later identified and arrested. McNichol is facing charges of flight from police and enter premises when entry prohibited, contrary to the Trespass to Property Act.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding any of these incidents to call 1-888-310-1122 or report online at www.opp.ca/reporting. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at http://hc-cs.ca.

The former Midwestern Regional Centre property was most recently used as a temple by Cham Shan Temple, a Buddhist organization that has various locations across the province. The building, which sits on 160 acres of land, has since been abandoned for an extended period of time.