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POLICE: Federal inmate sought; suspicious man in Brockville

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The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad is seeking the public’s help in locating a federal offender, wanted on a Canadawide warrant, as a result of his breach of parole.

Ronald Countryman, 57, is known to frequent the Brockville, Kingston and Sharbot Lake areas, police said in a media release.

He is described as white, five-foot-eight (173cm), 198 lbs. (90 kg) with a shaved head and hazel eyes. Countryman is serving a 10-year, two-month sentence for operating a motor vehicle while disqualified, impaired driving, theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and identity fraud.

Anyone having contact with Countryman or information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Provincial R.O.P.E. Squad at 416-808-5900, or toll-free at 1-866-870-7673 (ROPE) or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or to call 911.

Suspicious man arrested

A suspicious man spotted in the southwestern end of town turned out to be breaching his probation, city police reported.

At 11 p.m. Monday, the Brockville Police Service received reports of a suspicious man in the area of Ann Street, riding his bicycle up and down the road for the past 45 minutes.

Officers located and arrested a 48-year-old man who “is well known to police” and charged him with breaching his recognizance of bail by being out past his curfew, police reported Tuesday.

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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