A report on police activity in the Central Plains region between Feb. 26 and March 3
Portage RCMP weekly report
The following is a summary of police activity in the Central Plains Area, including Portage la Prairie, Treherne, Amaranth and the surrounding Rural Municipalities. The reporting dates are between Feb. 26 and March 4. During this time period police responded to 292 calls for service.
February 26 - 37 calls for service
At 5:48 a.m., Portage la Prairie emergency services were called to a motor vehicle collision on Hwy 1, west of the city. A car had struck a piece of heavy equipment and then struck the guardrail at the Portage Diversion bridge. The 71-year-old male driver reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel and struck the front-end loader. The driver was issued a fine in the amount of $672 for careless driving. Luckily, no one involved was seriously injured.
A motorist was observed travelling at 138 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy 1 near Portage la Prairie. The 65-year-old female driver was issued a fine in the amount of $548.
February 27 - 44 calls for service
At 12:56 a.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP observed a vehicle travelling near PR 227 in the RM of Portage la Prairie. Given the late hour, officers pulled the vehicle over to ensure that the driver was sober. In seconds investigators were informed that the vehicle was stolen from Winnipeg. The 25-year-old male driver, and 32-year-old female passenger were arrested for possession of stolen property and taken into police custody. They will both appear before the court at a later date.
Driver hits train
At 8 a.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP were dispatched a vehicle collision involving a train in MacGregor. Police arrived on scene to find a small SUV with considerable damage to its front, and a train stopped at the Victoria Street crossing. The 53-year-old female driver of the vehicle was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was issued a fine in the amount of $298 for failing to stop at a railway crossing when a train is dangerously close.
A motorist was observed travelling at 128 km/h in a 90 km/h zone on PR 350 in the RM of North Norfolk. The 17-year-old male driver was issued a fine in the amount of $548.
Wash Stop collision results in fines
At 2:30 p.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to a motor vehicle collision inside the Wash Stop car wash on 24th Street NW. A vehicle had reportedly struck one of the main doors to the building, causing damage but luckily no injuries. In speaking with the 25-year-old female driver, investigators learned that she had a suspended driver’s license. She was issued a fine in the amount of $672, and the vehicle was towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.
February 28 - 49 calls for service
Early morning bat attack
At 3:28 a.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to the 100 block of 16th Street NW, as they were receiving multiple calls of a disturbance. When officers arrived they discovered that a male victim had reportedly been attacked with a baseball bat by another male in the home. Police arrested the 24-year-old suspect for assault with a weapon and took him into their custody. The victim was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Rodney Lance Spence of Portage la Prairie was held until such time as he could be brought before the court on charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and failing to comply with court imposed conditions.
Incident at Hwy 1 and 16
At 4:07 p.m., Portage la Prairie emergency services were called to a three vehicle collision at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 16 in the RM of Portage la Prairie. A SUV was reportedly turning northbound on to Hwy 16 from Hwy 1 when the vehicle struck the back end of a tractor trailer heading westbound. A first tractor trailer then struck a second which was parked on the shoulder of the highway a short distance from the intersection. Traffic had to be rerouted through the area as the roadway was cleared. Charges are pending further investigation into the cause of the collision.
March 1 - 44 calls for service
A motorist was observed travelling at 126 km/h in a 70 km/h zone on Hwy 2 in the RM of Norfolk Treherne. The 42-year-old male driver was issued a fine in the amount of $783.
At 6:19 a.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP were informed of a vehicle having been stolen from the 900 block of Saskatchewan Avenue W. The vehicle, an older model Ford F-150 pick-up truck, was stolen from outside a residence while it was warming up. The same vehicle would be found later that same morning, rolled over in a ditch near Yellowquill Trail. Police wish to remind motorist of the risks with leaving a running vehicle unattended.
Break and enter
At 3:26 p.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to a break and enter in progress in the 500 block of 8th Street NW. Officers arrived to find a home had been broken into and several items appeared to have been taken. Patrols of the area resulted in the male suspect being found, and after a foot pursuit through several backyards, he was arrested for breaking and entering. Jeremiah Richard Myran of Portage la Prairie would remain in police custody until such time as he could appear before the court on charges of break and enter and theft, mischief to property valued over $5,000, resisting arrest, and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.
March 2 - 34 calls for service
Driver busted for careless firearm storage, drinking
At 12:53 a.m., the Treherne RCMP observed a vehicle on a side road which appeared to be trying to avoid detection. Officers stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver and multiple occupants, discovering a very strong odour of liquor coming from inside the vehicle. In attempting to locate any open alcohol containers, investigators noticed a firearm within the vehicle. As they tried to make the firearm safe to handle, officers discovered that the firearm was loaded. The 18-year-old male driver was arrested for careless storage of a firearm and taken into police custody. Police would also determine that the driver was bound to conditions on his driver’s license to have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0%. The driver would provide a roadside breath sample that was above 0%. He was released from police custody after a short time, set to appear before the court at a later date.
March 3 - 43 calls for service
Police respond to gunshot reports
At 11:14 p.m., Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to the area of 17th Street NW, as several reports were dispatched for gunshots in the area. Police made extensive patrols for a suspect, who was described as wearing a hooded jacket and seen running towards 18th Street NW between apartment buildings. Officers were unable to locate the suspect, but are asking that anyone with knowledge of this incident, or who was involved, contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
At 3:44 a.m., Amaranth RCMP located a running vehicle on Kinosota Road S, where they found a driver asleep behind the wheel. Officers woke the female driver, and quickly learned that she might be under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for impaired care or control of a motor vehicle and taken into police custody. The 34-year-old female driver reportedly refused to provide breath samples to police, and subsequently had her driver’s license suspended for a minimum of three months. The vehicle was towed and impounded for a minimum of 60 days at the owner’s expense. The driver was released from police custody that same day, set to appear before the courts at a later date.
March 4 - 41 calls for service
A motorist was observed travelling at 153 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy 1 in the RM of Portage la Prairie. The 20-year-old male driver was issued a fine in the amount of $744.
If you have any information that could lend assistance in the investigation of these crimes or others, please contact your local RCMP, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and manitobacrimestoppers.com. Tips leading to the identification of suspects or the return of stolen property could receive cash awards.