Weyburn police investigate thefts, fraud

Members of the Weyburn Police Service attended to a local business after receiving a call that a patron was in distress on Sept. 23. It was determined the individual in distress was a victim of a theft. A person of interest has been identified and the investigation into this incident continues.

The Weyburn Police Service received a report of a fraud on Sept. 24. The complainant reported they had agreed to get an online computer company to fix a computer. The complainant ended up losing some money to the online scam. The incident remains under investigation.

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The Weyburn Police Service continues to receive reports of telephone scams regarding the STARS lottery. The typical line used is that the person answering the phone has won a prize, but to get the prize the caller needs personal information. Everyone is again reminded not to supply anyone you do not know with any personal information that could later be used to defraud or access an individual’s bank accounts.

City police in the early morning hours received a call of a report of a vehicle in the ditch of Highway 35 south of the city on Sept. 25. Members attended and determined the vehicle had been stolen from Regina and abandoned. The RCMP attended to the scene and took over the investigation.

Weyburn police attended to a two-vehicle accident at the Co-op parking lot on Sept. 25. There were no injuries and no charges laid, though both vehicles sustained damage.

City police attended to a call for assistance on Sept. 25, and upon arrival they found an individual who was extremely intoxicated. The male was arrested and lodged in cells until sober. He was later released with no charges.

Members of the Weyburn Police Service were called to help mediate a domestic dispute on Wednesday, when one of the parties involved could not get their belongings. Both parties were spoken to and eventually a mutually-agreed solution was found. No criminal charges were laid in the incident.

City police were called to a complaint of an assault, which had occurred between a parent and their daughter during a domestic argument on Thursday. The incident was mediated with the assistance of Social Services. No criminal charges were laid.

Weyburn police received a report of an erratic driver on Thursday who the caller felt was impaired. The vehicle was located and stopped by police, where it was determined the driver was sober but was driving while suspended. The male driver was charged accordingly and will be attending court at a later date.

Members of the Weyburn Police Service were called regarding domestic situation where one of the parties leaving the apartment complex had pulled a fire alarm on Friday. The subsequent investigation determined a 21-year-old female and a 24-year-old male had an altercation during a domestic dispute that resulted in the male receiving minor injuries and damage to property in the apartment, and then while leaving the scene the female pulled the fire alarm. The female was later located and arrested, she was charged with assault causing bodily harm, mischief, and causing a false alarm of fire. The male was also charged with assault. Both individuals were released from custody and will appear in court at a later date.

As part of the National Rail Safety Week, a joint Selective Traffic Enforcement was conducted in and around Weyburn railway crossings on Friday, with members of the Weyburn Police Service, Combined Traffic (CTSS), Moose Jaw CP Rail Police and Saskatchewan Highway Patrol monitoring and enforcing traffic at those locations. The enforcement action resulted in numerous warnings and charges under the Traffic Safety Act, including failure to stop at a stop sign and use of cellular phone. 

Anyone having any information regarding these or other crimes in the area are encouraged to call the Weyburn Police Service or Crime Stoppers.

Meantime, a Saskatchewan employer pleaded guilty to charges under the Occupational Health and Safety regulations this week.

Ronald Creusot of Ceylon, operating as RC Contracting, pleaded guilty to contravening clause 174(1)(e) of the regulations (being an employer fail to ensure that scaffold planks are secured to prevent accidental or inadvertent movement in any direction, causing serious injury to a worker).

Creusot was fined $10,000 plus a $4,000 surcharge in Weyburn Provincial Court on September 25. One additional charge was stayed.

Charges stemmed from an incident that took place on November 6, 2017 near Ceylon. A worker sustained serious head injuries after falling approximately six feet when stepping from one scaffold platform to another.