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Sudbury Mother Charged by OPP arrested at a hockey game in Espanola

Sudbury Mother Charged by OPP arrested at a hockey game in Espanola

Another Hockey Mum targeted by OPP

SUDBURY, ONTARIO ~~~  October 11, 2021  (LSNews)  A Sudbury police officer has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $7,000 to help pay for the legal fees she and her partner face after they were arrested at a hockey game in Espanola last month.by OPP 

On September 26th, 2021 Melisa and Dana Rancourt attended a local arena to support and protect their 5 year old son Maverik, while he went to his first hockey practice of the season. Mel and Dana have attended this same arena hundreds of times, but this time wasn't like any of the other times they went there. This time they were asked to disclose their medical information, which was declined. A short time later Police arrived, and they were both arrested. Mel was accused of "resisting arrest" and charged criminally. It's hard to imagine that such extreme measures could result from attending a children's hockey practice, but it did.

Mel was then slandered in the media, which made its way throughout the province, simply because of her profession. This is not the Canada that we have protected and defended for over 20 years, and certainly not the Canada we all want to live in.

Melisa Rancourt, a Greater Sudbury Police constable, wrote on the GoFundMe page that on Sept. 26, she and Dana Rancourt “attended a local arena to support and protect their (five-year-old son) Maverik, while he went to his first hockey practice of the season.

“A short time later (OPP) arrived, and they were both arrested. Mel was accused of ‘resisting arrest’ and charged criminally. It’s hard to imagine that such extreme measures could result from attending a children’s hockey practice, but it did.

As a result of this incident, Mel and Dana now have significant legal fees and other financial burdens and need your help!

As for the incident that led to the charges, Manitoulin OPP said officers responded to a situation at the Espanola Recreational Centre regarding two individuals who flaunted a requirement for entry.

“OPP had attended earlier in the day and requested the individuals leave,” the service said in a release. “The individuals returned to the property a short time later.”

Const. Rancourt, 47, “was arrested and charged with resisting a peace officer and entering premises when entry prohibited, contrary to the Trespass to Property Act,” the OPP said.

She was the  second individual, Dana Rancourt, was also charged with trespassing.

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