BPS Blotter: The latest from the Brandon Police Service files

The "BPS Blotter" is a new feature from the Westman Journal. The periodically published column will include highlights of the latest law enforcement activities through the previous few days.

Nov. 17: Residential B & E and impaired driving

Three Brandon men are facing impaired driving charges after being stopped by Brandon Police Service members on Saturday.

A 47-year-old male showed signs of impairment when he was stopped on the 700 block of 1st Street. Besides the impairment charge, he also refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was released and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

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Meanwhile, a 39-year-old, allegedly intoxicated man was located in a stopped vehicle at a green light on 26th Street. He was also released with a court date set for Monday.

Finally, a 45-year-old man was charged with impaired driving after leaving a downtown bar in his vehicle. Breath samples taken from the suspect were well over the legal limit. He was released and scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, BPS officers were on the look out for a white 2009 GMC Sierra 3500 with “J & M Industries” decals and marked “Unit 1.” The vehicle, which has Manitoba license plates CFK 005, was stolen from an area near 10th Street and Victoria Avenue. The truck was later recovered by Winnipeg Police on Tuesday.

A 42-year-old man under the influence of methamphetamine was arrested after a break and enter was reported at a residence on Evergreen Place. The man was found with items stolen from the residence. He appeared in court the same day.

In another case of break and enter, police responded to a call on the 1000 block of 1st Street after someone unlawfully entered an unlocked garage. A blue Classic Cruiser-style bicycle was stolen, but no other damage to the property was found.

BPS officers arrested a 22-year-old man as part of an investigation into a case of theft and uttering threats at a Brandon business. The suspect has been accused of shoplifting from the business on several occasions and responded to the accusations with threats to the business’s staff.

Also, a 44-year-old Brandon man was charged with three counts of fraud under $5000, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime and three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card following an investigation by members of the BPS. The suspect allegedly obtained $1100 worth of gift cards from a local business in a fraudulent manner. The man was released with a court date set for Jan. 10, 2019.

Nov. 18: Domestic assault and weapons charges

Brandon Regional Health Centre security requested assistance from the police to remove a 34-year-old Brandon man from the premises at about 2 p.m. The man, who was intoxicated and acting aggressively, was found to have warrants for his arrest on charges of assault with a weapon and failing to attend court. When placed under arrest, he resisted and was found to be carrying a large, machete-style knife under a large winter jacket. The knife dropped to the ground during the struggle.

The man was scheduled to appear in court Monday after being lodged in the Brandon Correctional Centre. He faced charges from the arrest warrants alongside possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

Two hours earlier, officers discovered about $35,000 in possession of the sole occupant of a vehicle stopped along the Trans-Canada Highway. A 50-year-old man was charged with possessing proceeds of crime over $5000 after he was unable to explain why he was carrying the large amount of money. The cash was seized by the BPS.

Police were called to a residence on the 1400 block of 22nd Street at about 1:45 p.m. where a 31-year-old Brandon man was arrested for domestic related assault and related charges from a warrant for previous charges of assault on the same victim. The victim was treated for minor injuries to her upper body at the time of the arrest.

The suspect was taken to the Brandon Correctional Centre to appear in court on Monday facing the charges related to the warrant, new domestic assault charges, and failing to comply with a probationary order.

In another case of assault, a 9-1-1 caller reported at about 9:40 p.m. that her daughter had been assaulted by the young woman’s boyfriend. The incident occurred at a residence on the 3500 block of Willowdale Crescent. The 28-year-old man was found at the scene intoxicated and belligerent. He was taken to the Brandon Correctional Centre, where he was scheduled for release on police-imposed conditions once sober. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17.

BPS officers also dealt with an alleged impaired driver who was involved in a vehicular collision in August. The 22-year-old man turned himself in after laboratory results showed he had a blood alcohol content about one and a half times over the legal limit at the time of the incident. The man was released with a court appearance scheduled for this Monday.

Nov. 19: Arrest warrants and intoxicated individuals

A 27-year-old man from Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation turned himself in to the BPS based on warrants for his arrest on charges of failing to appear in court, carrying a concealed weapon, contempt of court, failing to comply with a probation order and possession of property obtained by crime. The man was placed in the Brandon Correctional Centre and was scheduled to appear in court the following day.

A second man, an 18-year-old resident of Brandon, also turned himself in to BPS officers based on a warrant for his arrest for failing to comply with a probation order. He was released and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17.

Elsewhere, two men were taken to the Brandon Correctional Centre after being found intoxicated. At about 7:20 p.m., a 55-year-old man was found sleeping in a business vestibule intoxicated on “non-potable” substances. Early Tuesday morning, a 23-year-old Winnipeg man was found passed out in a business on the 800 block of 18th Street. Both men were scheduled for release when sober.

BPS members also attended to seven reports of youth having either run-away or returning home. One of the youth was located by her care providers at about 4:50 p.m., then left again at about 9 p.m.

Nov. 20: Thefts and executed warrants

An Alberta man reported his firearm stolen from his vehicle sometime between Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 while it was parked at a business on the 1900 block of Queens Avenue.

The gun, a black Chiappa Little Badger 17 HMR with a wire stock, was recovered on Nov. 3 at about 2 a.m. A 16-year-old youth from Brandon was arrested at that time and charged with possession of a firearm. The investigation into the matter continues and more charges may be pending.

A business on the 1500 block of Frederick Street reported a white, 2009, 18-foot, Interstate trailer stolen sometime during the past two months. The trailer, which contained road signs and traffic cones, had “Direct Traffic” decaling and plate number CLN 232.

A 19-year-old Brandon man with an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault turned himself in Tuesday morning. He was released with a court date scheduled for Dec. 17.

In the afternoon, a 40-year-old woman from the Brandon area who was wanted on a warrant for failing to attend court also turned herself in with a court date scheduled for Dec. 17.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old female and a 27-year-old male were arrested by members of the Neepawa RCMP Detachment based on warrants established by the BPS. The woman was wanted for theft under $5000, while the male was arrested for possession of property obtained by crime and resisting arrest.

The woman will appear in court Dec. 27, while the man was held at the Brandon Correctional Centre to appear on court on Wednesday.

Nov. 21: Trafficking cocaine

BPS officers stopped a vehicle on the 000 block of 9th Street containing a 22-year-old Brandon man in possession of about eight grams of cocaine and $9830 in cash. The man was arrested for the purposes of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime, and released to appear in court on Jan. 19, 2019.

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