Weyburn police lay 27 charges, including two for drugs

The Weyburn Police Service received 88 calls for service during the week of Sept 7-13. Of the 88 calls, 19 situations resulted in a total of 27 charges being laid, including nine charges under the Criminal Code for failing to comply with a court order. Most of the remaining charges were under the Traffic Safety Act and City of Weyburn Bylaw for traffic violations, along with four other Criminal Code charges and two charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Officers responded to a suspicious person in a vehicle with a handgun on Sept. 7. The person was spoken to and a pellet gun was seized.

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Officers also responded to a suspicious person believed to be in an individual’s apartment suite on Sept. 7. That person was found to be an acquaintance known to the tenant.

A COVID-19 compliance check was completed on Sept. 7, and the individual was found to be in compliance.

A traffic stop conducted on Sept. 8 saw one motorist arrested and charged for driving while suspended as well as possessing a controlled substance. A passenger in the vehicle was also charged with possessing a controlled substance, possessing a weapon dangerous to the public, and two counts of failing to comply with a court order.

An individual was arrested and charged with mischief following a complaint of a broken window on Sept. 8. Two suspicious person reports were also attended to.

Two separate businesses contacted the WPS on Wednesday with video surveillance of suspicious activity. One business reported a theft and the suspect has been identified, and the other business reported a suspicious person appearing to tamper with a vehicle. Both matters are under investigation.

Several residents also reported receiving scam calls threatening police action unless immediate payment was made to clear a debt owed to the Canada Revenue Agency. These are very popular calls and are completely false. Do not provide any personal or financial information to anyone unless you are absolutely certain of their identity and the reason for the information is legitimate and known to you.

Officers spoke to a business owner who had concerns with a customer. A mutual resolution was reached between the two parties.

WPS received a call forwarded from the RCMP dispatch center early Friday morning advising of an erratic driver near Weyburn. Officers responded and located the vehicle as it was approaching the city. As a result of the traffic stop, the driver was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired as well as refusing to comply with a breath demand.

Also on Friday, officers dealt with three matters involving domestic relations and one matter of an individual failing to comply with a court order.

WPS received 18 calls over the weekend, including one call reporting a suspicious person dressed in dark clothing that exited a vehicle outside a local business and appeared to have a firearm. The suspect vehicle had left the area but officers are hopeful video surveillance from the business will be available to help identify the suspicious person.

Other calls included a reported mischief to fire equipment in an apartment and several matters involving domestic relations.

Anyone with information regarding one of these matters, or any other matter of a criminal nature, is encouraged to contact the Weyburn Police Service at (306) 848-3250, the local RCMP Detachment, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).