Press Release

Mother and son arrested for possessing counterfeit money

On Friday June 24, 2022, at approximately 10:08 a.m., after an ongoing investigation, police located and arrested 48-year-old, Wanetta GENEROUX of Lanark, Ontario, and her son, 29-year-old, Joel CLOSS for being in possession of counterfeit money.  Police later executed a search warrant at a Center Street address and successfully recovered additional counterfeit funds, all in US denominations.

GENEROUX stands charged with the following:  Possession of Counterfeit Money (jointly) and Possession of Counterfeit Money.

CLOSS stands charged with the following:  Possession of Counterfeit Money (jointly), Possession of Counterfeit Money and one count of Failing to comply with Probation Order.

Both were held for a bail hearing to answer to these outstanding charges against them.

Male arrested for theft related and driving offences

On Sunday June 26, 2022 at approximately 12:14 p.m., police located a vehicle and driver in a Lombard Street business parking lot, from a previous gasoline drive off investigation.  Police interacted with the driver, 36-year-old, Michael FERGUS of Perth, Ontario.  During this interaction, police instructed FERGUS to stop his vehicle and park.  FERGUS proceeded to flee the area in an unsafe manner and travelled southbound onto Lombard Street. 

FERGUS was located and subsequently placed under arrest a short time later by police. 

FERGUS was held for a bail hearing and stands charged with the following:  Theft Under $5000.00, Flight from Police, Resist Peace Officer, Dangerous Operation, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000.00 x2.

Female arrested for intimate partner violence

On Monday June 27, 2022, at approximately 7:13 p.m., police received a call to attend an Elm Street West residence, for a report of a male victim being struck by his female partner.  Investigation revealed, that a 59-year-old, female suspect, of Smiths Falls, had engaged in a verbal argument and in anger, struck the victim.  The victim did not suffer any injuries as a result. 

The suspect stands charged with one count of Spousal Assault and was later released by way of an Undertaking with conditions and will appear in court at a future court date to answer to this charge. 

***The charges in these matters have not been proven in court***

The Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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