Saturday November 22, 2014


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Damage complaints under investigation


The Estevan Police Service and Crime Stoppers are asking for the public's assistance with a series of recent crimes.

Some time after local bars closed on July 11 and 12, multiple vehicles were damaged when their windows were smashed. One window was broken by a beer bottle.

A fire extinguisher was sprayed in a bus, which also caused damage. And some road equipment had its windows busted out.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the Estevan Police Service or Crime Stoppers.

In other police news:

*Members arrested a male for public intoxication on Sunday. A check was completed, and it was noted that there were warrants for his arrest on several charges. He was held for court on Monday.

*A male driver was stopped for his driving actions. There was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Two males were arrested, and one was charged with possessing under 30 grams of a controlled substance and possessing cannabis resin.

*Police received an accusation of an assault. The matter is under investigation.

*An off-duty police officer was shopping, and noticed a person shoplifting. A call was made, and a female was arrested outside the store. She was charged with theft under $5,000, and released on conditions, including one not to return to the store.

*Police received a report of a vehicle window being shot out as the complainant drove on Sixth Street on Saturday night. A loud noise from something striking the window was heard when it broke out. The matter is under investigation, and police are looking into other possible causes.

*A call from a residence in the Pleasantdale area had police looking for youths knocking on doors and running away. Nobody was located, but the matter is being looked into, as this has become a growing problem in the area.

*Several noise complaints were reported to police. The first was from a residence on the south side of the city. The responsible subjects had left the area when police arrived. The second occurred at a residence on the north end of the city. The responsible persons were warned of the noise bylaw. The third occurrence was in the Westview area. The occupant of the residence was warned of the bylaw, but police were called back a couple of hours later, leading to a charge under the bylaw. Fines for noise infractions start at $250.

*Police were also called when an intoxicated male was seen stumbling around the east area of the city. He was eventually located and arrested. He was lodged for his own safety, and will be released from custody when sober.

*Members received a call about a horse that was on Kensington Avenue. The horse was located behind the Estevan Comprehensive School, and was corralled. The horse’s owner was located and the animal was put back in the fence. The owner is checking on how it got out.

*A concerned vehicle operator called in about a young child that was riding a bike. The child was located, along with one of the parents. They were advised of the concern and advised of some safety rules for the new bike rider.

*Police dealt with a noise complaint of loud music. The homeowner was warned of the bylaw. The public should take note that there is no set time under the bylaw for noise.

*Police received a call of a possible impaired driver entering the city from Highway 39 East on Friday. Reports of beer cans being thrown from the vehicle were reported. Police intercepted the vehicle at Kensington Avenue and Fourth Street Street. The operator of the vehicle, who is from Ontario, blew a warning on the roadside screening device, and his license was subsequently suspended for three days under the province's new drinking and driving regulations. A female passenger also received an offence ticket under the Alcohol Gaming Regulations Act for consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle. A large amount of alcohol was seized from the vehicle. Police also located a firearm in the vehicle, and upon inspection, determined it was loaded with a round in the chamber. The driver and owner of the firearm was charged under the Provincial Wildlife Act for having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. Court dates are set for September 10.

Police arrested and charged a 34-year-old male with impaired driving and driving while over .08. He was observed acting strangely in his vehicle, then seen driving away from a local nightclub just after closing. He will make a court appearance on July 28. The accused had his vehicle seized and license suspended indefinitely, under the province’s new impaired driving regulations.

Police observed a vehicle driving without headlights on a main street on Thursday night. The vehicle was stopped and a 19-year-old Regina male was arrested and charged with impaired driving. He will appear later in August to answer to the charges.






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