The following are some of the files that were opened with the Winkler Police Service during this time period.
July 29 – A bystander reported that on July 20th she witnessed a male take an inappropriate photograph of a female without the female’s knowledge or consent. The witness then notified the victim of what had taken place. Police were unable to locate the victim, and the adult male was issued a written caution for his behaviour. The male was also warned of the seriousness of the offence and the potential consequences if he continued this behavior.
August 1 – A complaint was received regarding a large fire in the backyard of a residence, and the complainant believed the homeowner was burning garbage. Police attended the residence and advised the homeowner of the city by-law which prohibits the burning of garbage and other refuse.
August 2 – A resident of Roblin Boulevard reported that his wallet was stolen from his unlocked vehicle sometime during the night, and he later discovered his debit card had been used at several different locations. Police later located the male suspects, who were recognized by police through video surveillance, and both were arrested for Using a Stolen Debit Card and Possession of Goods Obtained by Crime. The males were each released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle as part of a methamphetamine trafficking investigation. An adult female passenger was arrested and found to be in possession of small quantities of methamphetamine and hydromorphone. The female was also found to be wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. She was released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
August 5 – At approximately 8:00 a.m., police were dispatched to the complaint of a male walking along Main Street who appeared to be intoxicated and was cursing at vehicles as they drove by. Police located the male suspect, who appeared to be under the influence of a drug, and arrested him under the Mental Health Act and Intoxicated Persons Detention Act. The male was later transported to the hospital where he was assessed and medically released, and he was subsequently released from police custody.
Police received a report of a dispute between a male and female, and the caller advised that the female had since departed the residence. Police attended and spoke with the male, who advised that a verbal argument had taken place and no physical assault had occurred. Police located the female at a separate residence who also stated that the argument was verbal and no physical assault took place.
August 6 – Shortly before 8:00 a.m., police received a report from a resident of Redwood Drive regarding an unlocked vehicle that was stolen from the residence’s driveway. Several tools and a wallet were stolen from inside the vehicle, and the wallet was later recovered at a separate location. This investigation is ongoing.
A bicycle was reported stolen from a residence on Linden Drive sometime during the night. The bicycle was later located the same day on a nearby street and returned to its owner by police.
Police received a report regarding an intoxicated male who was refusing to leave the premises of a local business. Police located the male, who was highly intoxicated, and arrested him for Breaching the Peace. The male was transported to the Winkler Police Service, during which time he was uncooperative and belligerent with police. The male was released once sober with a ticket for Disorderly conduct in a licensed premises, which carried a fine of $672.
August 7 – Police were dispatched to a local store after receiving a report of an employee who had been inaccurately scanning merchandise she was purchasing for herself. Police arrested the employee for Theft Under $5000 and transported her to the Winkler Police Service, where she was later released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
Police observed a male walking along Pembina Avenue who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. The male was arrested, and a search of the male’s property resulted in the discovery of a substance believed to be morphine and other drug related paraphernalia. The male was subsequently charged with Possession of a Schedule I Substance and Breaching an Undertaking, and remanded into custody to appear in Winnipeg Provincial Court on August 8th, 2019.
August 9 – Police conducted a traffic stop after hearing a vehicle squeal its tires in the area of Main Street and Mountain Avenue. Police issued the driver a written warning for squealing his tires and for not having a proper muffler. The driver was given a set period of time to replace the muffler.
While on patrol at the Harvest Festival grounds, police observed a male who appeared to be intoxicated and in a verbal argument with a female. Police spoke with the male, who had the strong odour of liquor on his breath and slurred speech, and arrested him under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act. The male was transported to the Winkler Police Service and lodged until sober.
August 10 – A complaint was received regarding a loud party at a residence on 3rd Street South. Police attended and advised the homeowner to shut down the party.
Police observed a vehicle travelling on Grandeur Avenue which matched the description of a vehicle previously reported for having a suspected impaired driver. Police observed the vehicle veer across the center line of the roadway and then back to the shoulder. A traffic stop was conducted and upon speaking with the driver police noted the strong odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. The driver was arrested for Impaired Driving and transported to the Winkler Police Service, where he provided two breath samples resulting in readings of 100 mg%. The driver was later released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
A complaint was received regarding two males at the intersection of Main Street and Roblin Boulevard who were impeding traffic in a dangerous manner. Police attended and observed one of the males stopping vehicles which had a green light and yelling for them to race. Police observed the male to be heavily intoxicated and arrested him under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act. During this time the male was argumentative with police and resisted arrest. The second male was also arrested under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act, and they were transported to the Winkler Police Service. Both males were released once sober without charges, and the first male received a written caution for resisting arrest.
Police arrested a male after observing him in the presence of a female with whom he was under conditions to have no contact. After arriving at the Winkler Police Service, police also noted the odour of liquor on the male’s breath and were aware the male was under conditions to abstain from the consumption of alcohol. During this time, the male became resistant and belligerent with police. The male was charged with Failing to Comply with a Recognizance (x2) and Obstructing a Police Officer, and was remanded into custody to appear in Portage la Prairie Provincial Court on August 12th, 2019.
August 11 – A complaint was received regarding an intoxicated female at the Harvest Festival grounds. Police located the female and arrested her under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act, during which time she was uncooperative with police. The female was lodged at the Winkler Police Service and later released once sober.
During this time period, police also received numerous reports of break and enters that occurred to unlocked garages and vehicles, along with several reports of stolen bicycles. Police would like to remind citizens to lock their doors and property, and to not keep valuables visible inside their vehicles at any time.
During the month of July, officers not on regularly scheduled shifts conducted a Manitoba Public Insurance sponsored Distracted Driving Campaign in the City of Winkler. Officers patrolled the city, keeping an eye out for cellphone use while driving and other infractions. As a result of the campaign, 35 tickets were issued, several of which were for using a cellphone or electronic device while driving. Police would like to remind the public of the dangers of using a cellphone while driving and that it is against the law.
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