Joshua Hawkins – February 5, 2018 Update

Investigators with the Brockville Police Service would like to speak with an anonymous caller, who contacted 911 Communicators the night of Josh’s disappearance.

On Sunday January 28th just before 6:00 p.m. a Brockville Police officer observed a partially clothed man running south bound on Hill Street away from staff from the Brockville General Hospital. Moments later a call was received from an Ormond Street resident that a male had broken into his residence and stole some clothing before fleeing the residence. Witnesses last report seeing this man in the area of Hamilton Street.

Brockville Police then asked for the assistance of the OPP K9 unit to help search the area but were unsuccessful in locating Hawkins. At the time he was wearing a yellow Tommy Hilfiger sweater, a teal polo shirt, and black shoes. He is described as being approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 175lbs, medium build; short straight brown hair and brown eyes.

While searching the area of Hamilton Street near the CN Tracks, the Communication Centre received a phone call from an unidentified male caller who told dispatchers he observed a male of similar description getting out of a back of a truck at McDonald’s on Parkedale. Before dispatchers could get the callers information and a phone number, he hung up and investigators have been unable to track him down.

Officers would urgently like to speak to this caller and anyone else who may have information which may assist in locating Josh Hawkins. Please contact the Brockville Police Service at 613-342-0127 or submit a tip anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000. Brockville is a member of the Kingston 100 Islands Crime Stoppers group and remember to select this when submitting a tip online.

February 3 – 4, 2018 Incidents

Officers experienced a relatively quiet 24 hour period from Saturday through to Sunday morning with police responding to 19 calls for service over that time. Included in the 19 calls were three minor motor vehicle collisions, two calls where an unwanted person had to be removed and eventually left as requested without incident, and a minor fire to an apartment door at a King Street West residence.

Motor Vehicle Collisions

At 8:19 a.m. Saturday morning officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the parking lot of the Canadian Tire Gas Bar at the intersection of Parkedale and Stewart. Both vehicles suffered relatively minor damage and were pulled off to the side when officers arrived, and drivers had already exchanged information. There were no injuries in the accident and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

Yesterday afternoon, Brockville Police were dispatched to a collision near the intersection of Brock and Centre Streets in the city’s west end. A resident in the area was backing out of his driveway when he struck a vehicle travelling down the roadway in the right front fender. Again, damage was minimal, there were no injuries and both vehicles could be driven from the scene.

The intersection of John and Pearl Streets was the scene of the third motor vehicle collision late yesterday afternoon. Shortly after 6:00 p.m. officers were dispatched to the intersection where a white Hyundai had struck a no parking sign and eventually stopped on Pearl Street near Perth Streets. The sign was eventually dislodged from under the vehicle and the driver was able to drive the car home. The Hyundai suffered minor damage and the no parking sign will have to be replaced.


Mischief to Apartment Door

The Brockville Fire Department called police for assistance after they responded to an apartment door that was lit on fire early Sunday morning.

Police and Fire Crews responded to a King Street West apartment at 1:50 a.m. on Sunday morning as suspects had set the front door of an apartment on fire. Fire Crews quickly extinguished the fire and contained the damage to the door. Residents in the apartment were not hurt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigating officer Constable Keith Grace of the Brockville Police Service at 613-342-0127 ext. 6091 or submit a tip anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000. Brockville is a member of the Kingston/1000 Islands Crime Stoppers Group so please select this when submitting a tip online.

February 2 – 3, 2018 Incidents


On the 26th of November Brockville Police investigated a theft of some lottery tickets from a south end convenience store where 2 female suspects were described as attempting to cash in their winnings from the stolen tickets. Brockville Police with the assistance of Kingston Police have identified the females involved in the thefts.

On February 2nd, 2018 a 36 year old women from Kingston was arrested for the offence of possession stolen property, breach of undertaking, and fraud under $5000. Brockville Police special constables attended Belleville where she was arrested and later held for a bail hearing. The second suspect has also been identified and a warrant remains for her arrest.



January 31 – February 1, 2018 Incidents

Woman Wanted for Fraud Arrested

A 20 year old Brockville area woman wanted for several counts of fraud was arrested yesterday in the early afternoon when alert staff at the Bank of Montreal recognized her and called police.

At 12:30 p.m. employees at the Wall Street branch contacted police to report the woman whom police were looking for regarding several counts of fraud was in their bank at the time. Officers quickly responded to the bank and were able to arrest her without incident in the bank.

The woman was taken to the Brockville Police Service and later released with a future court date.


Intoxicated Man Faces Mischief and Breach Charges

At 4:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon officers responded to a downtown restaurant when staff there complained of an intoxicated male who wandered into the restaurant and relived himself on the main floor where patrons were present before exiting.

Officers eventually caught up with the man whom they recognized a short distance away. He showed all the usual signs of intoxication and officers placed him under arrest for mischief. While on scene, police further confirmed he was also on probation and he was also face an additional charge of breaching his probation order.

He was conveyed to the Brockville Police Station and held until sober when he was released on several conditions and given a future court date.


Intoxicated Man falling into traffic arrested

Shortly after midnight last night Brockville Police received a call from a concerned motorist reported a young man walking south on Stewart Boulevard apparently intoxicated and falling into traffic.

Responding officers located the 24 year old Brockville man who was well under the influence of alcohol on Stewart. He was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication for his own safety and conveyed to the Brockville Police Service where he was held overnight until sober.

He was released this morning with a Provincial Offences Notice.

Brockville Police Service Deputy Chief Appointment

The Brockville Police Services Board is happy to announce the appointment of Deputy Chief Mark Noonan.

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Deputy Chief
Mark Noonan

Mark will be replacing Deputy Chief Lee MacArthur who retired today after 33 years of service with the Brockville Police.  Mark started with the Brockville Police Service in July 1992 and has held numerous positions within the organization.  Mark is currently supervising the Criminal Investigation Branch and is a member of the Senior Management team.  The Brockville Police Services Board conducted an internal search for a replacement for Deputy Chief MacArthur when he announced his plans to retire.  “We are fortunate to have a number of qualified individuals within our current organization and we are pleased to be able to promote from within.” – King Yee Jr – Chair of Brockville Police Services Board.

Moving forward, we look forward to working with Deputy Chief Noonan and we wish Deputy Chief MacArthur all the best in his retirement.

Brockville Police Service Retirements

It is a day of mixed emotions for members of the Brockville Police Service family as we say “good-bye” to 3 of our valued members and wish them and their loved one’s the very best for a happy and healthy retirement.

Deputy Chief Lee MacArthur


Deputy Chief Lee MacArthur was hired under Chief Gerry Curtis and throughout his career worked under eight Chiefs and was the Deputy Chief to four of them.

While working his way up through the ranks, Lee became a Detective Constable in 1990, and in 1996 became the first full-time Drugs and Intelligence officer for the service. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant in charge of the detective office. He was again promoted in 2002 to the rank of Inspector and became Deputy Chief in 2007.

Deputy Chief MacArthur is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and of the Executive Management Course at the Rotman School of Business.

A native of New Brunswick, Lee and his wife Connie own a summer home on the Bay of Fundy where they can now spend their summers enjoying the beautiful view.



Constable Robert Ferguson

Constable Robert FergusonConstable Robert Ferguson began his career with the Brockville Police Service in May of 1983 as a general patrol officer, a position he thoroughly enjoyed throughout most of his career. “Fergie” as he was referred to by his colleagues is very much a people person, a gift which made him such a successful patrol officer during his career.

Constable Ferguson was one of the Brockville Police Services training officers during his career and helped train over 10 recruits currently working for the service. For several summers, he and retired Constable Ryan Hayes enjoyed being part of the summer bike patrol in downtown Brockville. Constable Ferguson was also trained as a Drug Recognition Officer (DRE) for detection of drug impaired drivers and early in his career was a member of the Service’s Containment Team.

An avid sportsman, Rob was an accomplished baseball player and now enjoys refereeing basketball and is Vice-President of the Referees Association of Canada.



Support Services Coordinator Deena Shaw

Deena Shaw Support ServicesDeena has been a member of the Brockville Police since 1985 when she was first hired as a 911 dispatcher in our communications centre of the Brockville Police Service.

In 2009, Deena was promoted to the position of Support Services coordinator, a positions which includes supervision of the Communications Centre, being in charge of the Evidence and Property Room, Firearms, and the licensing of taxi and ensuring compliance of the taxi by-law.

During her career with the Brockville Police Service, Deena has worked with 8 Chiefs of Police, volunteered with the Brockville Police Association in a number of positions.

In her personal life, Deena was a big supporter of Canadian Aid for Chernobyl and over the years sponsored 4 children for summers in Canada. One of those children eventually achieved her landed immigrant status in Canada and lived with Deena and her family eventually graduating from BCI and St. Lawrence College in nursing and is currently working as an RPN in Alberta.

Deena has two other children, Jason who is a member of the Canadian Forces, and Mathew who works locally at Hendrix and is a volunteer firefighter.

Lee, Rob and Deena:

From your Brockville Police Service family thank you for almost 100 years of combined service to this community. Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement!

January 29 – 30, 2018 Incidents

Brockville Man turns himself in at HQ

A 54 year old Brockville man attended to the Brockville Police at the police station Monday afternoon after learning there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on Friday January 26th.

The man who is before the courts on fraud related charges failed to appear in court when his name was called and as a result a warrant was issued for his arrest. Just before 5:00 p.m. yesterday he attended the front desk of the police station and turned himself in.

He was charged with failing to attend court and released from custody with a new court date on all of his charges.


Disturbance calls lead to arrest

Brockville Police responded to a couple of complaints of two men fighting and causing a disturbance in the area of Perth and Downey Streets last evening resulting in a 27 year old man being arrested.

Officers were first called around 8:30 p.m. when the caller reported seeing the two men fighting and arguing at an apartment in the area. The caller added the 27 year old man was intoxicated and refusing to leave. When officers were enroute, a second call was received about an intoxicated male walking on Perth Street toward the VIA Station, with a bloodied face.

The young man was located and found to be very intoxicated and as a result he was arrest for his own safety for Public Intoxication and conveyed to the Brockville Police Service and held until sober. He was released in the morning with a Provincial Offences Notice.


Driver Provides False Name Arrested

A 21 year old North Augusta woman is facing charges of personation and breaching her probation today as a result of providing police with a false name during a traffic stop last evening on Parkedale Avenue.

The woman who was travelling with her two children and boyfriend in a green 2006 Pontiac G6 on Parkedale Avenue near California Avenue was stopped for a highway traffic violation by officers. She did not have identification with her but provided officers with her name and particulars. When the officer returned to his car and checked the name provided to him, he realized the woman had provided him with a false name. He returned to the car and spoke with the driver and placed her under arrest for personation and learned the driver’s actual name.

She was conveyed to the Brockville Police Station where she was charged with personation, breach of her probation and a number of Highway Traffic Act offences. The children were left in car of her boyfriend and arrangements were made for the children’s grandparents to pick them up.

The woman was released from custody a short time later with a future court date.


Joshua Hawkins Update

The Brockville Police Service continue to follow up leads and tips being received as a result of yesterday’s public appeal in an attempt to locate 29 year old Joshua Hawkins who ran away from the Brockville General Hospital Sunday around 6:00 p.m.970BECD6-7845-4895-B62F-5528C4B944C3

Hawkins was last seen late Sunday evening in the area of Hamilton Street and the CN tracks wearing a yellow Tommy Hilfiger sweater, a teal polo shirt, and black shoes. No description is available for the pants he was wearing. He is described as being approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 175lbs, medium build; short straight brown hair and brown eyes. A police canine track of the area overnight Sunday failed to locate Josh in the vicinity.

Investigators and family members are very concerned for Josh’s well-being and are asking the public’s assistance in locating him. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brockville Police at 613-342-0127 immediately.




January 28 – 29, 2018 Incidents

Breaching Release Conditions

A 38 year old Ottawa area man and a 40 year old Ottawa woman are wanted this morning as a result of breaching their release conditions by communicating with one another.

The couple were in Brockville for the purpose of supervised visitation with their children who are currently living in the city with another family member. When they arrived for visitation the couple arrived in the same vehicle. The 40 year old woman was the first to exit the vehicle and visit with her children. When she completed her visit the 38 year old male then exited the vehicle and had visitation. The couple then left together and a witness contacted police to report the breach of conditions.

Attempts are being made to contact the couple and have them attend the Brockville Police Service and turn themselves in on these charges.


Unwanted Person leads to Probation Breach

Early this morning Brockville Police were called to a Brock Street residence to remove a 50 year old man from the residence who had been asked to leave.

 At 12:30 a.m. this morning Brockville Police were called to a Brock Street apartment by a female resident of the apartment. She advised police she did not want the man in her apartment and that he had a probation order barring him from being in the unit. Once police confirmed the order he was arrested for breaching his probation and conveyed to Brockville Police Headquarters where he was later released from custody with several conditions and given a future court date.


Thefts from Vehicles

Thieves continue to target unlocked vehicles on Brockville streets overnight.

Overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning three more vehicles were hit in the James Street and Pine Street areas of the city and in all cases vehicles were not locked. In all cases, change, electronics and keys were taken from the vehicles interior.


Busy Sunday Night

Brockville Police were kept busy on Sunday and into Monday morning with 32 calls for service over the 24 hour period.

Officers responded to four calls of suspicious persons, three calls of a mental health nature, three thefts, two unwanted persons, two bail violations and one break and enter.

One person was arrested for breaching his probation order, two people are wanted for violating their bail conditions and one is wanted for a break in and to assess his health and well-being.



Person to Locate

A 29 year old year old Brockville man is being sought by Brockville Police after a pair of incidents late yesterday afternoon and early evening.

While on patrol just before 6:00 p.m. officers observed a male running south on Hill Street in Brockville wearing only black boxer shorts and soon confirmed that he was fleeing the Brockville General Hospital. Shortly after 6:00 p.m. Brockville Police received another call about the man after he broke into a house on Ormond Street.

The resident, who uses a wheel chair, was in the kitchen area when he noticed the man by the front door attempting to steal his shoes. The resident went and confronted the intruder and a struggle ensued before the 29 year old fled the residence. Pedestrians in the area showed police the man fled north on Bethune Street and was last seen on Hamilton Street. Brockville Police asked for the OPP Canine unit to assist but were unable to locate the man.

Brockville Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this man who still has not been located. The 29 year old is described as being approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 175lbs, medium build, short straight brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a yellow Tommy Hilfiger sweater, a teal polo shirt, and black shoes. No description is available for the pants he was wearing. He also may be bleeding from his arm after fleeing treatment at the hospital and may have minor injuries as a result of the altercation with the home owner. He is quite familiar with the downtown area of Brockville and may return to this area.

Should a member of the public see a person fitting this description please do not approach the individual but rather contact the Brockville Police at 613-342-0127.

Additional Information:

The 29 year old man we are looking for is Joshua HAWKINS of Brockville.20180129 Hawkins, Joshua

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Investigating officer Detective Laurie Bennett at 613-342-0127 ext. 4221