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Referee assaulted at lacrosse game in Orillia

Male victim was assaulted after verbal dispute at Rotary Place lacrosse game; Upon arrival, police observed male victim bleeding

The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid a charge in relation to an assault on a lacrosse referee in the City of Orillia.

On Friday, June 14, 2019 shortly after 10 p.m., police responded to a call for an assault at Rotary Place in Orillia.

Upon arrival police observed the male victim to be bleeding as a result of a physical altercation. The victim was assaulted after a verbal dispute. 

Police conducted an investigation and formed grounds to charge 47-year-old Dwayne Palomaki with Assault Causing Bodily Harm Contrary to Section 267(b) of the Criminal Code.

On June 15, 2019 the suspect was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on July 23, 2019.

The investigation into this matter is continuing. If anyone has any information to this incident or was a witness they are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 705-326-3536.

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities.

Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).



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