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 2018-04-30 and 2018-05-06. During this time period, police responded to 317 calls for service
Traffic violations: 111 Traffic Offences (Highway Traffic Act) 1 Vehicle Collisions, 7 Impaired Drivers, 34 Provincial statutes (Mental Health Act, Child Welfare Act, Coroner’s Act, 911 Act, etc.)
Crimes against person: 13 Assaults, 1 Aggravated Assault, 0 Robbery, 8 Uttering Threats
Crimes against property: 10 Thefts, 2 Theft of Motor Vehicle, 5 Break and Enters, 15 Mischief, 58 Other Criminal Investigations, 52 Other Police Activities (False Alarms, Suspicious Person/Vehicle, Assistance Given, etc.)
April 30th 31 calls for service: At 11:35 p.m. the Portage la Prairie RCMP observed a vehicle running in a parking lot near 2nd Street SW and Saskatchewan Avenue. The vehicle then proceeds to drive away using his turn signals to turn one way but turned the opposite. The RCMP officer then conducted a traffic stop near that area. As the officer approached and began to speak with the male driver, it was apparent that the driver was suffering from consuming too much alcohol. The driver was arrested for impaired operation and brought back to the Portage la Prairie detachment to provide breath samples. The results of the tests were more than double the legal limit. The male driver from Portage la Prairie received a 60-day driving suspension and the vehicle was also impounded for 60 days. The male is to appear in Portage la Prairie provincial court at a later date.
May 1st 37 calls for service: On this day there was nothing of significance to report.
May 2nd 48 calls for service: On this day, a bicycle was stolen from the 300 block of Portage Avenue in Portage la Prairie. With the warmer weather, bicycles are an easy and desired target if not secured. As a reminder, please record your serial number of your bicycle to aid in locating your bicycle if lost or stolen. May 3rd 53 calls for service While patrolling Highway #2 at approximately 8:00 am, Treherne RCMP office observed a Pontiac G6 travelling at a high rate of speed near Holland. The officer noted the speed on the radar od 142 kph in a 100 kph zone. The driver was issued a ticket in the amount of $599.00.
May 4th 52 calls for service: Sometime overnight, a business on the 1600 block of Saskatchewan Avenue West had copper wire stolen from behind the building. RCMP are reviewing video from the location to determine the identity of the suspect. If anyone had seen anything suspicious this early morning to please contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP or Crime Stoppers. While patrolling Crescent Avenue in Portage la Prairie, an RCMP officer conducted a traffic stop of a Ford pick up truck. The driver informed the officer that she had consumed some alcohol earlier. The officer made a breath demand on a roadside screening device of the driver. The 73-year-old female failed to provide an adequate breath sample and therefore charges with Refusal. The vehicle was impounded for 60 days and her driving privileges also suspended for 60 days. The female is to appear in court at a future date.
May 5th 62 calls for service: Portage la Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing youth. Tryli SHORTING, a 16 years old aboriginal female, 5’ 6” tall, approximately 100 pounds with long black hair was last seen at approximately 8:30pm on Cedar Bay in Portage la Prairie. SHORTING left home at this time wearing a white long jacket, blue jeans, and white runners. If anyone has any information that would assist in locating SHORTING, please contact your local police department.
May 6th 34 calls for service: Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to a single motor vehicle rollover on Road 56 North in the RM of North Norfolk. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Portage General Hospital for observation. Through witnesses and police officer’s investigation, it was determined that the driver had been drinking. The driver provided a breath sample in the roadside screening device and failed. The 42-year-old male was taken to the Portage la Prairie RCMP detachment and provide breath samples for analysis. The samples provided by the driver were well over double the legal limit and was charged for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and impaired operation of a motor vehicle while over 80mg%. The driver is to appear in court at a later date.
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 Larry Neufeld