Liquor, fights and even a dangerous fire were just a few matters that were brought to the attention of the Estevan Police Service (EPS) during the past week.
On the night of April 20, EPS members broke up a fight between two patrons at a local lounge. The matter was resolved.
A 49-year-old man was charged under a City bylaw for burning material other than seasoned wood or charcoal when police responded to a call coming from Willow Park Greens. Upon arrival at the site EPS members noted the accused had lit a fire in a firepit and was burning a large amount of paper and garbage materials. Due to high winds that prevailed at the time, the debris from the fire was spreading throughout his yard as well as adjacent properties, creating a serious hazard.
Estevan Fire Rescue Services were called to extinguish the fire and the incident remains under investigation since further charges may be laid.
A call to a local convenience store on the night of April 20 resulted in police intervening in a matter that involved four young people causing a disturbance inside the store and refusing to leave when asked to do so. Police sent them on their way after discussing their actions with them.
Another group of young people causing some problems after climbing onto the roof at Spectra Place were spoken to by police and also sent on their way.
After those two incidents had been resolved, police received a call to attend to a local hotel in response to a fight that had broken out between roommates. The matter was defused when one of them left for awhile. Police noted that both parties are now being evicted.
A man who entered a residential yard on the east side of the city caused a disturbance which led to a phone call to police who noted that he had departed the scene before they arrived and they were unable to relocate him.
On the night of April 21, a 20-year-old man was charged with resisting arrest, impaired driving and driving while his blood-alcohol level was over .08 per cent.
Police said they noticed the accused operating his vehicle in an aggressive manner. When they attempted to make a routine traffic stop, he fled from his vehicle into a nearby residence. It was learned that the accused did not live at this home when police made contact with the occupant of the house who indicated he had no knowledge of the accused even being inside. The fleeing driver was eventually taken into custody for the evening and released after gaining sobriety. He also now has a June 4 court date.
A 19-year-old man was arrested for breaching the peace and public intoxication as a result of a disturbance at a local convenience store on the night of April 21. He was lodged in cells until sober and has been charged for public intoxication.
A disturbance at a local lounge led to a call for police intervention that same night. The two people involved in the disturbance left the premises without incident once police arrived.
A fight that broke out among a group of people on George Street and Souris Avenue while they were returning home following an evening out at a local lounge required police attention April 21. The matter was resolved and all parties were sent on their way.
A noise complaint was registered with police that same night. The complaint focused on a residence on the south side of the city. The host was informed that the party had become too loud and it was subsequently shut down before charges were laid under the City's noise bylaw.
A disturbance around the Hillside playpark on the night of April 21 resulted in police attendance where several youths were spoken to and sent on their way with no further action required.
During the day shift on April 23, EPS members learned that a garage had been broken into in the north central part of the city. It was believed the garage had been entered around April 16. No damage had been inflicted on the building, but a set of golf clubs and a number of tools were missing. The matter remains under investigation.
A grey Intrepid vehicle that was being driven in an erratic fashion in the central part of the city became the focus of police attention later that day. The vehicle was noticed weaving in and out of traffic and cutting off a number of motorists. The vehicle departed the area prior to police arrival, but they are continuing their investigation into the incidents.
Police also received a report of suspicious fundraising activities in the central part of the city on April 23. This matter remains under investigation.
A local focus on vehicle seat belt use was undertaken by EPS members on April 23 and as a result a number of seat belt violations were detected with those who were in violation being charged.
On the night of April 24, a 50-year-old man was charged with having open liquor in a vehicle and was arrested for an outstanding warrant and being intoxicated in public.
That same night, a 39-year-old man was arrested for impaired driving and driving while over .08. He was also charged for having open liquor in a vehicle. A further check revealed this man had several outstanding warrants against him from other jurisdictions.
On that same night, two other charges were laid for traffic violations.