Po­lice News – Long Vic­to­ria Day week­end for po­lice

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The Regie de po­lice Mem­phrem­a­gog (RPM) had to close off route 112 of the North Road in Austin and the in­ter­sec­tion of the 112 and the 141 at the base of Mont Or­ford on Mon­day, May 23rd, around 2:45 pm. A large brush and for­est fire was go­ing on in Austin, close to route 112 and the North Road that re­quired the ser­vices of sev­eral fire de­part­ments as well as a water plane. Three ve­hi­cles from the Trans­port min­istry were sent to the area to main­tain the road clo­sures dur­ing the fire-fight­ing op­er­a­tion. See ar­ti­cle about fire for more de­tails.

The Regie de po­lice Mem­phrem­a­gog (RPM) made four ar­rests over the long week­end for drink­ing and driv­ing. In one in­ci­dent late Sun­day night, early Mon­day, in Ste-Cather­ine-de-Hat­ley on the Ma­gog Road, the po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint about a car parked in the wrong di­rec­tion in a 90 km/hr zone. When they ar­rived, the po­lice ques­tioned the 43 year-old driver and had him take the breath­a­lyzer test, which reg­is­tered zero. The man was ar­rested for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs and taken to the sta­tion where he had to pro­vide a urine sam­ple to be an­a­lyzed. He was re­leased and may be charged, depend­ing on the re­sults of the anal­y­sis.

On Sun­day May 22nd, the RPM was called to a home on Des Tis­serands, in Ma­gog, be­cause of trou­ble be­tween neigh­bours. On site they found a vis­i­bly ine­bri­ated 38 yearold Mon­treal man who was on pro­ba­tion to not con­sume al­co­hol. He was ar­rested for break­ing con­di­tions that were signed in Saint-Hy­acinth in July of 2015. He was kept in cus­tody to ap­pear at the Sher­brooke Court House on Tues­day.

On Mon­day, 12:45 am, on Merry South in Ma­gog, the RPM stopped and ques­tioned two Ma­gog res­i­dents, 17 and 20 years old. The adult was in pos­ses­sion of twelve grams of mar­i­juana and the mi­nor had one gram of mar­i­juana in his pos­ses­sion. The drugs were con­fis­cated and the youth was handed over to his par­ents while the older man was re­leased with a summons.

On the ter­ri­tory of the RPM, dur­ing the long week­end, there were about fif­teen ac­ci­dents with ma­te­rial dam­ages, about thirty com­plaints about ex­ces­sive noise, sev­eral calls re­lated to alarms that went off ac­ci­den­tally, and a few calls for trou­ble be­tween in­di­vid­u­als. Sev­eral tick­ets were given out for speed­ing and us­ing a cell­phone while driv­ing.

There has been a sec­ond rash of tail­gate thefts in the Ma­gog area, this time in the sec­tor of Gos­selin, Tar­rant, Hat­ley, and Belle­vue streets. The po­lice would like to re­mind own­ers of pick-up trucks that there are locks that can be put on tail­gates to pre­vent this kind of theft.

The Sureté du Que­bec is look­ing for a man in his for­ties, driv­ing a dark blue Hyundai Ac­cent, who has been steal­ing gas in East­man, Saint-Li­boire, Granby and Bromont. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call 1 800 659-4264.

A cannabis pro­duc­ing ring was taken down by a team of sev­eral po­lice forces last week, in­clud­ing the Sureté du Que­bec’s ma­jor crime in­ves­ti­ga­tors, the Ser­vice de po­lice Sher­brooke and the ERM Estrie. Five in­di­vid­u­als were ar­rested and searches took place in three lo­ca­tions, no­tably in Sher­brooke where cannabis was be­ing grown in the base­ment of a home, in Stor­n­away and Cook­shire-Ea­ton. Thirty-five of­fi­cers took part in the op­er­a­tion as well as tech­ni­cians with Hy­dro-Que­bec and Hy­dro-Sher­brooke.

Three sus­pects ap­peared in court on Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with the case: a 38 year-old Cook­shire-Ea­ton res­i­dent; a 31 year-old Sher­brooke res­i­dent; and a 59 yearold Stornoway res­i­dent. The SQ found 680 cannabis plants in dif­fer­ent stages of growth, 70 kilo­grams of cannabis buds dry­ing and sev­eral pounds of cannabis ready to be sold. They also found three firearms and four sus­pect ve­hi­cles. Fur­ther­more, elec­tric­ity was be­ing stolen at the barn in Stornoway where the plants were be­ing grown.

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