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. 30: Stolen vehicle recovered and theft

A vehicle blocking the ability of city crews to clear snow on the 1200 block of 10th Street Friday afternoon was discovered to be stolen from Boissevain, Man. sometime the day before. Brandon Police Service members had the vehicle towed for forensic testing. Their investigation is continuing.

A 34-year-old Souris, Man. man was arrested for stealing items from a south-Brandon grocery store at about 2 p.m. He was held in the Brandon Correctional Centre (BCC) until sober then released for a court date in January.

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Two others were also arrested under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and released once sober.

Dec. 1: Poacher apprehended and arrest warrants executed

BPS members arrested a 30-year-old Virden man Saturday morning one week after he was allegedly attempting to poach deer. Police were called to the area of the Brandon Experimental Farm on Grand Valley Road to help Manitoba Conservation Officers with the report of a poacher on Nov. 24. The suspect fled the area, beginning a short pursuit that ended once the man entered the city due to safety concerns.

The suspect was seen by police last Saturday morning and apprehended without incident. A loaded hunting rifle with ammunition and a partial deer carcass were found in the man’s vehicle. He was charged with dangerous driving, flight from police, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle and theft.

The suspect was released after a court date was scheduled in January.

In the afternoon, police responded to an assault in south Brandon where two men attempted to flee the area, but were found a short distance away. A 17-year-old Brandon man was arrested for an unendorsed warrant for failing to comply with release conditions. He was scheduled to appear in court Sunday morning. The assault complainant withdrew his charge.

BPS members also executed arrest warrants early Saturday morning, apprehending a 21-year-old man from Keeseekoowenin First Nation after responded to a disturbance in the city’s east end. The man was arrested on a warrant for failing to attend court and held at BCC until sober. His court date has been set for February.

A 33-year-old Brandon woman was arrested on the 600 block of 13th Street at about 3:30 a.m. after BPS members found she was wanted for breaching her probation. She was also held at BCC for a court appearance later that morning.

Dec. 2: Break and enter, robbery with violence, assault with a weapon

Police responded to a call in west Brandon at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday where a homeowner wanted two intoxicated people removed from their home. A 28-year-old Brandon woman was arrested on a warrant for breach of probation, while a 26-year-old Long Plains man was arrested on multiple warrants for breach of recognizance and assault. The woman was released to a sober adult with a court appearance set in January. The man, whose conditions of recognizance included a curfew and an order not to enter Brandon, was held at BCC to appear in court that morning.

Three hours later, BPS members saw what turned out to be a 42-year-old man of no fixed address carrying a 50-inch television along the 1000 block of 18th Street. The man was known to police and had a warrant for his arrest. He was apprehended for breach of recognizance and searched. Police found tools and keys on his person, which they believed were stolen, along with a small amount of methamphetamine.

The man was held in BCC to appear in court later that morning on charges of possession of meth, two counts of breach of recognizance, break and enter to commit theft, and possession of property obtained by crime.

A woman entered BPS at 10:23 a.m. to lodge a complaint of assault and forcible confinement against her boyfriend for an incident that occurred Oct. 5 to 10. The woman said the suspect – a 28-year-old Brandon man – assaulted her and held her in his residence against her will.

The suspect turned himself in to BPS where he was arrested and released to appear in court on Jan. 3.

BPS responded to a call of a possibly impaired driver on 1st Street just south of the Trans Canada Highway at about 11 a.m. Sunday morning. The suspect and his vehicle were found in a snow bank on Knowlton Drive. The 28-year-old Brandon man who was driving the vehicle appeared intoxicated and was transported to BPS to provide two breath samples. Both were over the legal blood-alcohol limit. The man was arrested for impaired driving and driving while over .08 per cent. He was released to appear in court on Dec. 10.

An intoxicated man was causing a disturbance at a residence on the 600 block of Victoria Avenue East at about 3:45 p.m. Police were called and found the 33-year-old Brandon man was bound by a court order to abstain from consuming alcohol. He was arrested and released with a Jan. 21 court date.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call just after 6 p.m. from a female who had earlier been told by her ex-boyfriend by telephone request aid from law enforcement. BPS members attended his residence on the 3500 block of Willowdale Crescent where they could hear someone yelling for help. Officers forced themselves through the door and found the victim being held in a chokehold by a suspect demanding to know where his cash was hidden.

Police arrested three individuals – a 30-year-old woman, a 26-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, all of Canupawakpa First Nation – for break and enter, and committing a robbery with violence. The 31-year-old man also had a warrant for forcible confinement, mischief and two counts of failing to appear in court. He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday. The other two suspects were released and will appear in court on Jan. 31.

Just before 10 p.m., police received a report of several suspects entering a residence on the 800 block of 13th Street and a woman being bear sprayed. Upon arrival, police learned that the suspects were asked to leave the premises, one female got upset and sprayed the victim. The woman with the bear spray was reported at a residence on the 200 block of McDiarmid Drive, where police located her and found she was wanted on warrants of possession of property obtained by crime, fraud, public mischief, two counts of breach of recognizance and failure to appear for prints. The 22-year-old was also arrested for assault with a weapon and held at BCC for a court appearance the next day.

Police arrested a 26-year-old Brandon man for theft after $40 in meat was stolen from a  business on the 900 block of Victoria Avenue on Saturday. The man was identified with the help of surveillance video and arrested Sunday to appear in court on Feb. 4.

Dec. 3: Mischief and domestic assault

Police stopped a vehicle at about 5 p.m. Monday on the 100 block of 4th Street. Upon checking on a 28-year-old Brandon woman, they found that she was wanted for breach of probation. She was arrested and released for a court date scheduled for Jan. 4.

Meanwhile, a man also found in the vehicle gave a false name. Once police got his real name, they found the 36-year-old Brandon man had a warrant of arrest for failure to appear for prints, failure to appear in court as a witness, failure to appear in court and breach of probation. The man was arrested and held in the BCC for a court appearance on Tuesday.

At about the same time, police responded to a call to check on a female at a residence on the 1600 block of Stickney Avenue. There, they found a female with injuries to her arm and face. A 31-year-old Brandon man was arrested for domestic assault and held him at BCC for a court appearance on Tuesday.

Police made two arrests at the Brandon Correctional Centre, both relating to the breach of a court order to not contact a female from late November. Both were already in custody at the time of the arrests. A 29-year-old man and a 46-year-old man were scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday regarding the incidents.

A 15-year-old girl from Winnipeg and a 31-year-old woman from Brandon were both arrested on warrants in separate incidents on Monday. The younger female was arrested on a warrant for assault and will appear in court Jan. 8. The Brandon woman was wanted for breach of probation, four counts of failure to appear in court, two counts of mischief and failure to appear for prints. The woman was held and scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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