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Man accused of setting up gate to keep people off Crown land

The Crown has now arrested this man
keep out sign wood stock

On July 5, 2018, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police and a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Conservation Officer attended a gated area on William Lake Road where a gate was erected denying access to Williamson Lake, Smoky Lake and a logging area north of the Village of Iron Bridge. A male was told that he had 48 hours to remove the fence as the fence posts were located on Crown Land and he could not prevent people from accessing the roadway.

 On Aug. 4, 2018, shortly before 10 a.m., members from East Algoma OPP responded to two complaints where a there was a gate re-erected across a Crown road denying access to the same area. 

Police attended the area and were met by a male who claimed that he could deny people access to the Crown road by erecting a gate. The male became agitated with police and was arrested.

As a result of the investigation, Robert Parker, 66 years of age from Iron Bridge, Ontario was charged with: Mischief-obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property, contrary to section 430(1)(c) of the Criminal Code.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on Aug. 30, 2018.