Police News – Long Victoria Day weekend for police
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.