A trio of fires that could have resulted in more serious consequences attracted the attention of Estevan Fire Rescue Services and the Estevan Police Service (EPS) on May 17 and 18.
The May 18 fire occurred in the early morning hours in the 1200 block of Sixth Street when the back portion of a residence caught fire.
EPS officers were able to wake the residents of the home and get them out of the building as well as those in a neighbouring house.
When the firefighters arrived on the scene, they extinguished the flames in an efficient manner.
Police report that one resident sustained minor injuries due to broken glass that occurred when the heat caused a window pane to burst.
The house sustained major damages and the exact cause of the fire is under investigation. (See related story on front page).
The previous night, EPS and Fire Rescue Services responded to a fire in the west central part of the city. This blaze, which was extinguished quickly, was more minor in scope and the individuals at the scene were warned about local fire regulations.
The third fire occurred at a hotel in the central part of the city that same night.
A man was removed from his room due to a substantial volume of smoke that was resulting from food left unattended in a stove. Firefighters used fans to eliminate the smoke, and it was noted that no injuries were sustained as the incident came to a conclusion.
There was one police enforcement issue to tend to on the night of May 17 when a motorist was handed a 24-hour licence suspension due to the level of alcohol in his blood.
During a day shift on May 18, EPS members responded to a call regarding a seriously injured male who had run into a convenience store at King Street to seek help. The 34-year-old victim was taken in an ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital and later that day was transferred to a Regina hospital for further treatment.
Police opened an investigation into the matter and learned that the man had been assaulted and severely beaten by three other men at a residence in the 900 block of King Street.
A search warrant was executed for the residence and two 33-year-old suspects were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and were remanded in custody until their May 22 court date. A third man is still at large and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
On the night of May 18, police were called to a residence in the central part of the city to follow up on a report of a man who was spotted looking into a basement window. Police were not able to locate the intruder at the time but state that they have a suspect now and he will be interviewed about the incident.
A noise complaint coming from the city's north side on the night of May 18 attracted police attention. The occupant of the residence was warned about the city's noise bylaw and the loud music, which was the subject of the complaint, was reduced in volume.
A report of a possible impaired driver was looked into that same night, but police were unable to locate a suspect.
On May 19, a 19-year-old man was arrested near a local convenience store after police identified him as a person who was not supposed to be out at that hour due to a court imposed curfew. Police spoke to the man and determined that he had also been consuming alcohol which was another breach of the court order, so he was remanded into custody until his May 22 court appearance.
A fight between two patrons at a local nightclub attracted police attention on the night of May 18. The two combatants had left the scene prior to police arrival so no further action was required.
The night time activities on May 18 continued to pile up on police as they were next called to a local hotel after an intoxicated man approached the front desk and created a scene. He was taken into custody and charged with being intoxicated in public.
A fight at a local convenience store led to one person being spoken to by police while the other combatant had left the scene.
Police were then called to a residence in the central part of the city regarding a call about a man trespassing on private property. The man initially did not leave when asked to do so by property owners, but had left prior to police arrival. A search of the area did not turn up any suspect.
A report of a potentially impaired driver leaving a restaurant on the night of May 18 drew police attention. The vehicle that had been described was stopped, but police determined the driver was not impaired, however he was driving an unregistered vehicle so he was issued a ticket to address that matter.
A complaint of criminal harassment was reported to police by a local family that had received numerous phone calls from a known individual. Police contacted the subject and instructed him to cease the calls or face charges.
Police attended to a residence on the north side of the city in response to a call regarding residents of the home harassing a delivery person. The matter had been resolved prior to police arrival, but police noted that a large, noisy party was in full swing so they spoke with the homeowner and the party was broken up with several young people being sent on their way.
Police were then called to a local convenience store following a report of another fight breaking out at that location. Several young people were spoken to and the matter was resolved while police learned that no actual fight had occurred.
A theft of a large amount of cash from a local convenience store was reported to police on the night of May 18. EPS members took control of the surveillance video that will help them with their investigation and are now tracking down the suspects.
Police received a call from a local lounge complaining that a patron had left the bar without paying his tab. The suspect was located a short distance from the lounge, but fled on foot. He was located a short time later and subsequently paid the tab, but that has not ended the matter since police will continue their investigation and charges may be laid.
A noise complaint from the Hillside area of the city was the next call for police on the night of May 18. When police arrived, they noted an insecure residence and a loud stereo being played. A man who did not reside in the home was found passed out inside. Police investigation revealed that the subject did have permission to be there, but warnings were issued regarding the city's noise bylaw.
On the night of May 19, EPS members attended to a domestic disturbance in the central part of the city. The property dispute incident was resolved with no further action required by police.
Police then noted two men walking along Fourth Street on the night of May 19. One of them was seen to be consuming alcohol so police approached the two who became unco-operative. The two were noted to be very intoxicated so were arrested and lodged in cells until sober. During the incident and background investigation, it was noted that one of the men had a warrant out for his arrest from Borden, Sask., so, he was processed accordingly while the second man was charged for consuming alcohol in public and for being intoxicated in public.
A group of young people who were observed doing damage in a local park during the night of May 19 are being investigated by EPS members. Police have been able to determine who the suspects are and have made contact with their parents and other family members.
A noise complaint on the city's east side was looked into by police on May 19. On arrival, police discovered a group of people in a backyard doing a lot of yelling while setting off fireworks. The official occupant of the residence, the host of the party, was charged under the city's noise bylaw.
A disturbance at Ninth Avenue and Third Street on the night of May 19 attracted police attention. A 16-year-old youth was seen to be the cause of the disturbance so he was spoken to and subsequently sent home with his parent. Police noted that alcohol was a factor in the incident.