Submitted by Portage la Prairie RCMP —
The following is a summary of police activity in the Central Plains Area (Portage la Prairie, Treherne, Amaranth and the surrounding Rural Municipalities).
The reporting dates are between 2018-04-23 and 2018-04-29. During this time period police responded to:
353 calls for service
- Traffic violations
- 109 Traffic Offences (Highway Traffic Act)
- 3 Vehicle Collisions
- 4 Impaired Drivers
- 38 Provincial statutes (Mental Health Act, Child Welfare Act, Coroner’s Act, 911 Act, etc.)
- Crimes against person
- 6 Assaults
- 1 Aggravated Assault
- 1 Robbery
- 5 Uttering Threats
- Crimes against property
- 13 Thefts
- 6 Theft of Motor Vehicle
- 15 Break and Enters
- 12 Mischief
- 62 Other Criminal Investigations
- 78 Other Police Activities (False Alarms, Suspicious Person/Vehicle, Assistance Given, etc.)
April 23rd 39 calls for service
At 5:15 p.m. the Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to a multiple vehicle collision on Saskatchewan Avenue and 12th Street NW. Officers spoke with the driver of a pick-up truck which had been struck from behind, and the driver of car which had damage to its front end. Investigators would learn that a 26-year-old male driver of the car was distracted when he struck the back end of the truck. The driver was issued a fine in the amount of $672.00 for driving carelessly.
At 9:35 p.m. the Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to a report of debris on the roadway along Hwy 1. Officers patrolled the area near the Days Inn hotel, where they discovered nearly 100 feet of the service road covered in sheet metal. There was no sign of the truck which had been hauling the load, which was hindering traffic from proceeding safely. Witnesses to the incident provided the vehicle information, and investigators were able to track down the 38-year-old male driver. He was issued $1395.00 in fines for various Highway Traffic Act offences, including failing to report a hazardous incident to police, and operating a vehicle with an unsecure load.
April 24th 52 calls for service
Portage la Prairie RCMP received several calls from home owners in the area of Alexander Avenue, and along Wilkinson Crescent, regarding garages and sheds being broken into overnight. Several of the complainants believed that the suspects were operating an ATV in the area, travelling along the wooded area in the south of the city. Investigators would learn that an ATV had been stolen from the Melville Avenue area. The vehicle would be recovered the following day. In each incident garage or shed doors were forced open, and items were either taken to damaged.
April 25th 43 calls for service
For the second day in a row, the Portage la Prairie RCMP would receive calls of break and enters along the south of the city involving an ATV. The first instance was on Yellowquill Trail on Dakota Tipi First Nation, where a green ATV was seen leaving the scene. Officers would see an ATV matching the description on Crescent Road near Bridge Road. Later that same day, emergency services would be called to the scene of an ATV which had been set on fire. Police believe it was likely the vehicle seen earlier.
April 26th 62 calls for service
Break and enters continued for a third day, as Portage la Prairie RCMP received even more reports of an ATV being used by the suspects. Bicycles and small items were taken from garages and sheds across the city. Police would learn mid-morning that the suspect’s ATV had been stolen from a home on Dufferin Avenue. Shortly after this, a motorist observed an ATV matching the description of the one which had been stolen, in the area of Drive-In Road on the west side of the city. The motorist followed the vehicle from a distance, where they observed the vehicle roll over in the grassy area between the CN and CP rail lines near 10th Street NW. The suspects were described as male, with medium builds, with one seen wearing an orange hooded sweater, and the other wearing a darker hooded sweater. Investigators are asking that anyone with knowledge of who is behind this rash of break and enters, please contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445, or your local police detachment.
April 27th 61 calls for service
At 2:10 a.m. the Portage la Prairie RCMP observed a motorist in a running vehicle, which was parked in an odd manner. In speaking with the 27-year-old male driver, officers quickly learned that he had consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. The driver would fail a roadside screening test, and was subsequently arrested for impaired care or control of a motor vehicle and taken into police custody. His subsequent breath samples were over the legal limit, and so his driver’s license was suspended for a minimum of 3 months. The vehicle was towed and impounded for 30 days at the owner’s expense. The driver was released the same day, set to appear before the court at a later date.
At 11:30 p.m. the Treherne RCMP were conducting a traffic stop on Hwy 2, when a pick-up truck passed them at a very high rate of speed. Officers quickly finished their business in order to catch up to this dangerous driver. Once stopped, the 25-year-old male driver displayed several signs that he had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. The driver was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and taken into police custody. His subsequent breath samples were over the legal limit, and so his driver’s license was suspended for a minimum of 3 months. The vehicle was towed and impounded for 30 days at the owner’s expense. The driver was released the same day, set to appear before the court at a later date.
April 28th 67 calls for service
At 7:00 p.m. the Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to a report of break and enter to an apartment on 3rd Street NW. In speaking with witnesses, officers learned that the suspect had reportedly threatened to damage the property and to harm the occupants. Though the male suspect was not found in the area at that time, police were called later that night to a suspicious person at Tim Horton’s near 6th Street NW. When he saw police approaching the restaurant, the suspect quickly attempted to flee on foot, but did not make it too far. He was arrested for break and enter, and held in police custody until such time as he could be brought before the court. Allan Lee Gladue, 40-years-old, has been charged with uttering threats, being unlawfully in a dwelling, mischief under $5000, and for failing to comply with various court imposed conditions.
April 29th 29 calls for service
Shortly after midnight, the Treherne RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 2 near PR 240. The vehicle had reportedly been driving without the use of its lights, and given the late hour, officers wanted to ensure that the driver was sober. In speaking with the 50-year-old male driver however, investigators quickly learned that he had consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. The driver was asked to provide a breath sample to a roadside screening device, which he reportedly failed, and was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The driver’s subsequent breath samples were double the legal limit, and his license was immediately suspended for a minimum of 3 months. The vehicle was towed and impounded for a minimum of 60 days at the owner’s expense. Stephen Trent Dunn, of the RM of Grey, was held in police custody until such time as he could be brought before the court on charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, impaired operation over the legal limit, driving while disqualified, and four counts of failing to comply with a probation order.
While stopping another vehicle for driving into oncoming traffic, the same officer watched as another did the same thing. The officer originally observed a 33-year-old male driver heading South on 3rd Street NW, cross into the oncoming lane of traffic, and then into the parking lot of the Liquor Mart. Within seconds, the officer watched a 25-year-old male driver do the same thing. Both were issued fines in the amount of $672.00 for careless driving, as their actions could have easily caused a collision at one of the busiest intersections in the city.
At 5:14 p.m. the Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to a break and enter in progress on 2nd Street NW. Police arrived on scene to find the front door of the home had been forced open. Officers believed that not only was the suspect still in the residence, but that the residents were also inside. Police would quickly locate the male suspect, who had reportedly locked himself in a bedroom in an attempt to prevent capture. He was arrested for breaking and entering, and taken into police custody without incident. The residents of the home were found safe and sound inside another bedroom, but were definitely rattled by the incident. Jason Dean Asham, 37-years-old, was held in custody until such time as he could be brought before the court on charges of failing to comply with a probation order, two counts of breaking and entering with intent, and two counts of mischief to property.
If you have any information that could lend assistance in the investigation of these crimes or others, please contact your local police detachment. Anonymous tips can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or by visiting www.manitobacrimestoppers.com. Tips leading to the identification of suspects or the return of stolen property could receive cash awards.
Prepared by: Cst. Sean O’Keefe – Portage la Prairie RCMP Media Liaison Officer