Skip to content. Accessibility info.

Refine Your Search


43 results for all news in the past 25 days

May 2017

Attempted Robbery GO# 17-73105

Police Reports - Yesterday

On Saturday May 20 2017 at approximately 8:55 pm Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery from a person in the 1000 block of Lucknow St in Halifax. The 18 year old man from Halifax reported that he had withdrawn a sum of money from a bank on Spring Garden Road and then walked toward his residence. While he was walking along Lucknow St he was approached from behind by a man that grabbed his arm and demanded his wallet. When the victim hesitated, the suspect produced a knife and pointed it at the victim. The victim put his hands out to stop the knife and the suspect pushed his hands away causing the knife to fall to the ground. The suspect then pushed the victim to the ground and punched him in the head. The victim picked up the knife and began yelling for help. The suspect fled North bound on Lucknow Street The suspect did not take anything from the victim and the victim was not injured in this incident. The suspect is described as a white man, 5’10” tall, clean shaven, having a long face, wearing a gray hooded sweater with the hood up.

Enforcement - Point Pleasant Park

Police Media Releases - 3 days ago

Halifax Regional Police is advising citizens who use Point Pleasant Park to expect an increased police presence in the park on Sunday evenings.

A large number of motorists and car enthusiasts have been gathering in the lower parking lot of Point Pleasant Park on Sunday evenings. Due to the large number of people attending these informal meetings, police increase patrols to ensure the safety of the individuals involved as well as other people who are using the parking lot. Access to the lower parking lot for other park users is also restricted by these activities.

This has been an ongoing issue for a number of years and it starts to ramp up every spring. Officers have been monitoring the situation since mid-April, and over the coming weeks, will continue to patrol the lower parking lot of Point Pleasant Park to prevent illegal and dangerous activities and ensure EHS Life Flight’s mobile critical-care ground-transfer unit can access the roadway from the helipad that is adjacent to the lower parking lot. Officers will monitor activities in the area and issue summary offence tickets should the situation warrant.

Citizens are encouraged to call police at 902-490-5020 to report any suspicious or dangerous activities in the area. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Police request public’s assistance locating wanted man – Walter Madeaus Brooks

Police Media Releases - 3 days ago

Investigators with the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s help locating a man wanted on a Canada-wide Warrant for Witness.

Walter Madeaus Brooks is wanted on a Canada-wide Warrant for Witness in the Supreme Court case against Demarques Shane Beals. Demarques Beals is facing a second degree murder charge in the death of Keya Knita Simon. The homicide trial began in Halifax on May 15, 2017, and Walter Brooks is a witness in the trial. A Warrant for Witness was issued for Walter Brooks on May 12, 2017 when he failed to make arrangements with police or the Crown to attend court.

On January 8, 2011 Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 117 Pinecrest Drive in Dartmouth. Upon arrival, officers found 19-year-old Keya Simon unresponsive inside the front doors of the apartment building. Her 32-year-old sister had also been stabbed. In August 2014, investigators charged Demarques Beals with second degree murder in relation to the death of Keya Simon.

Police believe that Walter Brooks is residing in Orangeville, Ontario, but he is originally from the Halifax area. Police are asking for anyone with information on Walter Brooks’ whereabouts to call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Pets left in parked vehicles

Police Media Releases - May 18, 2017

With the warm weather upon us, Halifax Regional Police reminds citizens to not leave their pets unattended in parked vehicles.

On a sunny day, even with the windows open, a parked vehicle quickly becomes like a furnace and presents potentially fatal conditions for pets left inside. With sunny weather and warm temperatures finally back, we encourage pet owners to not leave their pets unattended in vehicles, even for a few minutes.

If you can’t bear to leave your pet at home, consider some alternatives to leaving him/her in the vehicle:

  • Remember the drive-thru. Your pet can sit comfortably with you in your vehicle while you wait for your meal or service. Many businesses have a drive-thru window; they are not just for fast food.
  • Bring a friend. If you know that you have to make stops where pets are not allowed, bring a friend along who can keep your pet company. Have your friend walk your dog, give him/her water or stay in the shade until you return.
  • Shop pet friendly. More and more stores allow pets inside. If you are unsure about a retailer’s rule on pets, just ask. Most pet stores allow you to bring your pooch with you, as do many other types of businesses. Make sure your dog is on a leash and well-behaved before you take him/her along with you.

If you see a pet in immediate distress, call 911 and take directions from the call taker. A fine of $697.50 can be issued to the owner of the pet.

Man charged following reported break and enter

Police Media Releases - May 18, 2017

Investigators with the Guns and Gangs Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged a man following a reported break and enter in progress yesterday in Dartmouth.

At 10:18 a.m. May 17, Halifax Regional Police responded to a break and enter in-progress in a residential building on Kings Wharf Place. An anonymous caller reported that four men, potentially armed with firearms, were attempting to break into a residence.

Upon arrival, officers determined that the address provided was not valid. Given concern for public safety, patrol officers secured the area and, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team and K-9, searched three residential buildings. Through the course of the investigation, officers identified and entered a suspect condominium unit. A 31-year-old man was located inside along with a quantity of unsecured firearms.

At 11:27 a.m., officers took the man into custody in relation to the unsecured firearms. The Dartmouth man has since been charged with seven counts of unsafe storage of a firearm and one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of MDMA and possession of marihuana. He is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on July 28, 2017.

-30-

17-71082/71357

Robbery GO# 17-71412

Police Reports - May 18, 2017

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, two males were leaving the NSLC on Queen Street in Halifax, with their recent purchase. As they were walking towards Queen Street they were approached by a group of five males and one female who demanded their purchase. When they resisted they were threatened with violence and felt they were in danger so they handed over their goods.

The group of people left the area with their beer and spirits. Police attended the scene, interviewed the victims and obtained a detailed description of one of the men. The description was relayed to other officers in the area and a member of the Central Quick Response Unit noted a man walking in the area of South Park Street matching the description. He approached the male and arrested him for robbery.

The 33-year-old man is currently in police custody and the investigation is continuing at this time.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca  or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

Update: Missing Person Located

Police Media Releases - May 17, 2017

**Update**

Sobhain Horne has been located safe and sound. Thank you for your concern and assistance.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Halifax Regional Police is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 30-year-old Dartmouth woman.

Sobhain Elaine Horne was last heard from on May 13 at 6 p.m. Sobhain is described as a white woman with shoulder-length blonde hair.

There is no information to suggest that Sobhain has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for her well-being. Officers request that Sobhain or anyone with information on her whereabouts call Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

-30-

17-70484

Reported Break and Enter today in Dartmouth

Police Media Releases - May 17, 2017

Police have a man in custody following a reported break and enter in progress in Dartmouth this morning.

At 10:18 a.m. Halifax Regional Police responded to a break and enter in-progress in a residential building on Kings Wharf Place. An anonymous caller reported that four men, potentially armed with firearms, were attempting to break into a residence.

Upon arrival, officers determined that the address provided was not valid. Given concern for public safety, patrol officers secured the area and, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team and K-9, searched three residential buildings. Through the course of the investigation, officers identified and entered a suspect condominium unit. A 31-year-old man was located inside along with a quantity of unsecured firearms.

At 11:27 a.m., officers took the man into custody in relation to the unsecured firearms. The Dartmouth man remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing. A search warrant is being sought to allow officers to search the condo unit.

Police are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

-30-

17-71082

SiRT - HRP Crash at Willow Tree Intersection Under Investigation

Other Agencies News - May 17, 2017

At 5:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon a Halifax Regional Police (HRP) vehicle was responding to a call for assistance. It was driving westerly on Cogswell Street toward the Willow Tree intersection reportedly with emergency equipment activated. As the police vehicle travelled through the intersection toward Quinpool Road it was struck by a vehicle driving south on Robie Street. The 33-year-old female driver of that vehicle suffered a fractured collarbone and was taken to hospital.

As a result of the injuries HRP contacted SiRT Tuesday evening, at which time SiRT assumed responsibility for investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call 902-424-2010, or toll free 1-855-450-2010.

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.

The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.

The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.

Police investigate robbery GO#17-70733

Police Reports - May 16, 2017

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred this afternoon in Halifax.

At approximately 4 p.m. officers responded to a robbery at the Shoppers Drug Mart, 5524 Spring Garden Road in Halifax. A man entered the store and handed the pharmacist a note demanding drugs. The pharmacist turned over an amount of drugs to the man, who then left the store on foot.
Officers were quickly in the area and took a man matching the description of the suspect into custody. The investigation is in its early stages.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

-30-

17-70733

Missing Person – Anthony MacNeil

Police Media Releases - May 16, 2017

Halifax Regional Police is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 63-year-old Halifax man.

Anthony MacNeil was last seen on May 11 in the 2100 block of Barrington Street in Halifax. Anthony uses a walker and is described as a white man with a slim build and salt and pepper hair.

There is no information to suggest that Anthony has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for his well-being. Officers request that Anthony or anyone with information on his whereabouts call Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

 

-30-

17-69077

Police release first quarter crime stats

Police Media Releases - May 16, 2017

As a follow-up to yesterday’s Board of Police Commissioners' meeting, HRP and Halifax District RCMP are releasing the 2017 first quarter crime statistics. Overall, crime is up by 4.61% when comparing the first quarter of 2017 to the same period in 2016. Property offences account for 46% of the total while crimes against persons account for 16% and other criminal offences account for 38%.

Violent crime is up 26%, including an increase in assaults of 29.81%, which account for 92% of the violent crime, and in robberies (5.26%). There were no homicides in the first quarter and attempted murders decreased by 80%. Property crime is down by 6.48%, including decreases in theft of motor vehicles (-19.51%), theft under $5,000 (-2.55%) and frauds (-10.08%); however, break and enters increased by 10.22% and theft over $5,000 increased by 54.84%.

The 2017 first quarter stats are available at http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/HRP_RCMPCombinedCrimeStats20171stQtr.pdf 

SiRT - Investigation into April 16 Arrest Discontinued

Other Agencies News - May 16, 2017

On April 17, 2017 SiRT commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 24-year-old male found leaving the Maritime Centre in Halifax by Halifax Regional Police (HRP) on April 16. The officers had information that the male was connected to a complaint about a person possibly armed with a pipe. During the arrest, there was an interaction with the male in which he suffered an injury to his face.

At the time the matter was referred to SiRT the information was that the male had suffered a fracture near his eye. Such a fracture meets SiRT’s definition of serious injury.

To this date SiRT has carried out various investigative steps in relation to the matter. Those included interviewing the male and a person who worked in the Maritime Centre, and obtaining and reviewing the male’s medical records.

The medical records demonstrate that in fact the male did not suffer a fracture near the eye as initially reported. The male has confirmed this after having the eye x-rayed.

SiRT’s mandate is to investigate actions of police that may have led to serious injury or death, or where those actions may raise a significant public interest.

In this case, there is no evidence of serious injury. In addition, the facts gathered do not disclose any issue of significant public interest.

As the matter does not meet SiRT’s mandate, the investigation has been discontinued.  The case will be referred back to the HRP to be addressed by their Professional Standards process.

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.

The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.

The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.

Man charged following collision

Police Media Releases - May 15, 2017

A man is facing charges after fleeing from police and colliding with two parked vehicles in Halifax early Sunday morning.

At 2:35 a.m. officers observed a red truck with large tires turning from Brunswick Street onto Prince Street, heading the wrong way, and then turning onto Market Street. The driver was described as a white man, wearing a black ball cap and plaid shirt or jacket.

Officers observed the vehicle again, at a distance, on Carmichael Street. The truck turned left onto Argyle Street, heading the wrong way. At Argyle and Duke Streets, officers activated their emergency lights and then siren and proceeded to pursue the vehicle for a short distance before turning off lights and siren at the intersection of Duke and Barrington streets, avoiding a high speed pursuit in the downtown core.

Officers again observed the vehicle toward the end of Granville Street driving over the curb into the park area. The driver exited the vehicle and ran westbound toward Duke Street. Officers arrested the driver, a 44-year-old Halifax man, a short time later at the end of Granville Street.

Through the course of the investigation, officers located two vehicles that had been struck while parked on Granville Street.

The driver of the vehicle has been released from custody and will appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date to face criminal charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police.

-30-

17-69441/456/457/458

Motorcycle Safety May

Police Media Releases - May 15, 2017

The Halifax Regional Police Traffic Unit and Patrol Officers are focusing on motorcycle safety awareness during the month of May in their continued effort to enhance road safety and educate citizens on the rules of the road.

With the weather anticipated to warm up, motorcyclists will be hitting the roads for another season. Police remind all motorcycle enthusiasts to ensure their bikes are in good working order, adhere to the rules of the road and always wear a helmet. Failing to wear adequate protective headgear on a motorcycle carries a fine of $237.50 for a first offence and increases for subsequent offences. Police ask that all drivers drive safely and look out for each other.

As part of the annual Motorcycle riding season, Safety Services Nova Scotia is planning a May Motorcycle Awareness event alongside the Halifax Regional Police Traffic Unit. The event will held Thursday, May 18, 5 – 7 p.m., 201 Brownlow Avenue, Dartmouth, and is focusing on improving driver awareness of increased motorcycle traffic on Nova Scotia roads at this time of year.

The Halifax Regional Police Traffic Unit will be onsite giving safety demonstrations. As well, there will be a BBQ, prizes, motorcycle dealers, exhibitors and networking opportunities. Designating May as Motorcycle Awareness Month is meant to help all drivers realize the importance of being more alert at this time of year.

In April, the focus was on speeding enforcement and aggressive driving and officers issued 1878 tickets during the month for a variety of Motor Vehicle Act violations.

-30-

17-61128

Suspicious circumstance

Police Media Releases - May 12, 2017

**UPDATE**

May 13, 2017 5 a.m.

Officers have identified the man involved in this incident and the investigation is ongoing.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man after he approached a girl this afternoon in Halifax.  

At about 12:14 p.m., a man approached a teenage girl who was with a group of girls and their teacher out running in the 5700 block of Cogswell Street. He asked to take her picture, she declined and he left the area in a SUV driving north on Robie Street. The girl reported this to school authorities who contacted police. 

The man is described as white, 45-50-years-old, unshaven, with glasses and wearing a grey shirt and brown camouflage style pants with white paint splattered on them. The vehicle is described as a black Chevrolet SUV. 

Officers are asking anyone who has any information about this incident to contact police by calling 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

17-68553

Charges laid in theft and fraud investigations

Police Media Releases - May 11, 2017

Halifax Regional Police has charged a Dartmouth man and a Halifax woman in connection with twelve reports of thefts of lottery tickets and proceeding to cash them in at local businesses on May 9 and 10. 

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. on May 10, police were called to a convenience store in the 200 block of St. Margaret’s Bay Road in relation to a man and woman who had stolen lottery tickets from the store the previous day. The pair left in a taxi that was later located in the 3600 block of Dutch Village Road. The man and woman were arrested at the scene without incident by patrol officers and held in police custody overnight. Police searched the taxi and located lotto tickets that the pair had tried to hide. Through the course of the investigation, police were able to link the pair to 11 other investigations.   

Thirty-four-year-old Dwayne Kenneth Wright of Dartmouth has been charged with nine counts of theft under $5000, 11 counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, three  counts of fraud and 53 counts of breach of probation. 

Twenty-three-year-old Hayley Anne Margaret Johnson of Halifax has been charged with six counts of theft under $5000, eight counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, three counts of fraud and 36 counts of breach of probation. 

Both appeared in Halifax Provincial Court today to face these charges.

GO#17-67277

 

 

Police investigate robbery

Police Media Releases - May 11, 2017

Halifax Regional Police is investigating a robbery that occurred this morning in Halifax. 

Just before 5 a.m. on May 11, officers responded to a report of a robbery in the 2100 block of Windsor Street. Police were advised that a 22-year-old man was walking in the 1900 block of Robie Street when he was approached by another man not known to him. The man walked beside the victim and asked for money. The victim did not give the man any money. The man then asked if he could use the victim’s phone to which he declined. The man then assaulted the victim, took his phone and fled on foot north towards Robie Street. The victim was not physically injured. Patrol members contained the area and a K9 track was initiated shortly after the incident but the suspect was not located. 

The suspect is described as a black man, 20-to-30-years-old, 5’6”, thin build with a round face and short black hair. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a grey hoodie sweater and blue jeans. 

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

17-67774

Police continue to investigate murder of Tanya Brooks and Statement from Family

Police Media Releases - May 11, 2017

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the murder of Tanya Brooks and homicide investigators in the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate the case. 

Tanya's body was discovered in a trench along the west side of St. Patrick's-Alexandra School on May 11, 2009 at 2:17 p.m. Investigators were able to trace her movements until approximately 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 10 and urge anyone who witnessed anything around the school after that time to contact police. Investigators believe that Tanya knew her assailant(s) and that there are people who know what happened to her who haven't spoken to police.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this crime to call (902) 490-5016. Anonymous tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. This case is also a part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program which can be reached by calling toll free 1-888-710-9090; callers must provide their name and contact information, and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The amount of the award will be based on the investigative value of the information provided.

 *************************************************************************************

Statement from the Family of Tanya Jean Brooks

Eight years ago today, our family learned that our beloved Tanya was the victim of a homicide. We remember her as a mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was taken from us far too soon and we miss her every day.

People may not know that Tanya’s brain was withheld from us as part of the ongoing investigation. Yesterday, that changed. Our family met with Victim Services, homicide investigators and the Medical Examiner’s Office and the rest of Tanya’s remains were turned over to us. At that time, we also shared a special moment with Victim Services, investigators and the Medical Examiner as we honoured Tanya and our family by participating in a sacred, spiritual smudging ceremony.

In Mi'kmaq culture, in order for our spirits to rest, our whole body needs to be as one. With yesterday’s events, Tanya is whole again, which was our mother’s last wish before her death in September 2015.  On behalf of our mother, it’s an honour to have Tanya complete so that she can return home be laid to rest and our family can begin to heal.

Our family is proof that a strong, respectful relationship can exist between the family of a murdered Indigenous woman, the police and other key players in an investigation into your loved one’s murder or missing person case. We are grateful to the police and the Medical Examiner for understanding and respecting our wishes and returning Tanya to us while at the same time upholding the integrity of the investigation into her murder. We know that they continue to investigate her case.

We hope that laying Tanya to rest in the weeks ahead might also be the motivation needed to give someone the courage to come forward to the police, CrimeStoppers or the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program with information about her murder. We know that people out there have information about her death who have yet to come forward to police and we appeal to them to do the right thing – please, break your silence and allow us to find justice for Tanya.

Wela'lin,

Tanya’s children and siblings

 

Police investigate attempted robbery and stabbing

Police Media Releases - May 10, 2017

Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are looking for two males in connection with an attempted robbery and stabbing that happened in Dartmouth this morning.

At 11:11 a.m., police were called to Jackson Road for a report of a man who had been stabbed. Officers located an 18-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to his arm. The victim advised that he was walking in the area when two males approached him and tried to rob him. He advised the males that he didn’t have anything and was subsequently slashed by one of the suspects. The suspects ran from the area on foot towards Victoria Road. The victim was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

Patrol members contained the area and a K9 track was initiated shortly after the incident but the suspects were not located. The victim and the suspects were not known to each other.

The first suspect is described as a white male, 5’6”, 16- to 20-years-old with a thin build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing black clothing, black sneakers and had his face covered. The second suspect is described as a light complected black male, 6 ft., 16- to 20-years-old with a thin build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing black clothing, white sneakers and had his face covered.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. Police are looking to speak with anyone with information about this incident and ask that they call 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.  

17-67410

Pursuit GO# 17-67237

Police Reports - May 10, 2017

While conducting speed enforcement in the 1700 block of the Bedford Highway at 1:00 a.m. a West Division member noted a black Honda Civic travelling at a high rate of speed. The member activated their emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and was driving in a manner on Dartmouth Road, which was dangerous to the public, and the officer terminated the pursuit. Officers are continuing the investigation and will release more information when it becomes available.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca  or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

Police Day showcase

Police Media Releases - May 9, 2017

Have you ever wondered what's on a police officer's duty belt? Or if Halifax has an Emergency Response Team? And how accurate crime shows on television really are? Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP are inviting the public to find out the answers to these questions and more during a free showcase at Mic Mac Mall on Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The showcase kicks off National Police Week, which runs May 14-20. Police Week is dedicated to increasing community awareness and the recognition of policing services while strengthening police-community ties. 

The showcase features several specialized police units and will include displays, demonstrations and activities. Police officers will be available to answer questions from the public, and a number of police vehicles will be on-site, giving the public a rare chance to jump into the driver's seat of a police cruiser. Displays and booths will be located on the 2nd level near the Bay Court entrance and police vehicles will be parked outside near the Old Navy store. There will also be a FREE Shred-Instead event, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., lower parking lot, Mic Mac Mall. Shredding and recycling personal documents is an excellent way to help protect yourself from identity theft.  

What:  Police Day 2017 

When: Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Where: Mic Mac Mall, 2nd level near the Bay court entrance and parking lot near the Old Navy store 

More info: http://www.halifax.ca/police/PoliceWeek.php

Man facing indecent act charge

Police Media Releases - May 9, 2017

Police have charged a man in connection with an indecent act that recently occurred in Dartmouth. 

At approximately 12:45 p.m. on April 29, Halifax Regional Police received a call regarding a man masturbating while he watched a child playing outside a residence on Ruben Court in Dartmouth. The man had been in the doorway of a nearby residence. Police attended and arrested a man a short time later without incident. He was later released and has since been charged with committing an indecent act. 

Eighty-year-old Eric John Meredith of Dartmouth will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on June 6.

17-61735

Robbery GO#17-66651

Police Reports - May 9, 2017

On May 8th 2017 at 9:30pm police responded to the area of 61 Nelson’s Landing in Bedford for a report of a robbery in progress. A 41 year old female was walking in front of that location when two male suspects approached her from behind and one of the males attempted to steal her purse. A short struggle ensued where the victim managed to keep her purse, however both suspects fled the area taking the victims grocery bag with them. Officers were unable to locate the suspects, however the property belonging to the victim was recovered. The suspects are described as wearing dark clothing. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have any information that may assist investigators to contact Halifax Regional Police at (902) 490-5016.

 

 

 

Injured Person GO#17-66685

Police Reports - May 9, 2017

Shortly before 11 p.m. on May 8th 2017 a 63 year old male was found by a passing motorist lying on the roadway, unconscious and breathing on Norm Newman Drive in Dartmouth.  HRP responded along with EHS and the man was taken to hospital with injuries that were and remain life threatening. At this time it is unknown what caused the man’s injuries. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have any information that may assist investigators to contact Halifax Regional Police at (902) 490-5016.

Traffic stop leads to drugs and weapons charges

Police Media Releases - May 5, 2017

Five men face charges as a result of a traffic stop in Halifax last night.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on May 4, officers from the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team, conducted a traffic stop on two vehicles in a parking lot in the area of the Bedford Highway and Flamingo Drive. Searches of the vehicles were conducted and officers located a shot gun, a quantity of crack cocaine, marihuana and cash. The five male occupants of the vehicles were arrested at the scene without incident.

At 12:30 a.m. on May 5, officers executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 0-100 block of Flamingo Drive. As a result of the search, a quantity of crack cocaine and cocaine were seized along with drug paraphernalia and three rifles and ammunition.

Fifty-four-year-old Anthony Ambrose Frank Budgell and 47-year-old Dean Joseph Rogers, both of Halifax, have each been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine as well as numerous weapons related charges. Both men are scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial court today.

The other three men, a 46-year-old from Halifax and a 27-year-old and 19-year-old, both from Dartmouth have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking marihuana. They were released and are scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial court at a later date. 

GO# 17-64701, 64670 & 64680

Weapons Complaint - GO#17-64565 , West Division

Police Reports - May 4, 2017

At approximately 7 p.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to the area of the Wedgewood Motel at 374 Bedford Highway for a weapons complaint. A citizen called to report that there was a man outside behind the motel target shooting with a rifle. 

HRP patrol members accompanied by members of the HRP Emergency Response Team attended the location and located six people in the back parking lot and were taken into custody without incident. Officers located a rifle as well as a hand gun.  There were no reported injuries. 

The weapons were determined to be pellet guns and no charges will be laid in the matter. All six individuals that had been arrested have been released from custody.

Missing man – police seek public’s help

Police Media Releases - May 4, 2017

Investigators are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Halifax man. 

Forty-eight-year-old Kenneth Colson was last seen on April 18 at approximately 10 a.m. in the 2100 block of Barrington Street in Halifax. He was reported missing on May 1. 

Kenneth is described as a white man, approximately 5’6”, 132 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes and has tattoos on both arms and his right hand. He also has a Newfoundland accent. There is no clothing description.

There is no information to suggest that Kenneth has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for his well-being. Officers request that Kenneth or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5020.

17- 62943

Note: Photos of Kenneth Colson are attached.

March vehicle/pedestrian collision stats

Police Media Releases - May 4, 2017

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and Halifax District RCMP release a monthly vehicle/pedestrian collision report to provide police and citizens with more contextual information on this issue.

During the month of March, there were 20 vehicle/pedestrian collisions in Halifax. Month over month, this represents an increase (+3 incidents) from the 17 incidents reported in February 2017 (this was previously reported as 16 incidents but one additional incident was recorded that wasn’t previously coded as a vehicle/pedestrian collision). Year over year, there was an increase (+9 incidents) from the 11 incidents reported in March of 2016.

For January 1- March 31, 2017, 72 per cent (43 incidents) of vehicle/pedestrian collisions occurred in crosswalks. Of the 62 pedestrians involved:

  • 16 reported no injury
  • 29 experienced minor injuries
  • 6 experienced moderate injuries
  • 11 did not report their injuries to police

The full monthly report, which includes a summary of the vehicle pedestrian collisions, location by HRP division and RCMP area, pedestrian and driver characteristics, and the summary offence tickets issued, is available online at:  http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/March2017VehPedReport.pdf               

Update - Weapons complaint GO#17-64005

Police Reports - May 4, 2017

** Update **

An 18-year-old man from Dartmouth will appear in Dartmouth Provincial court on Thursday May 4 to face charges of robbery and several firearm related offences. An 18-year-old man from Cole Harbour will appear in Dartmouth Provincial court on Thursday May 4 to face charges of robbery and several firearm related offences.

 

_______________

 

At approximately 7:55 p.m. Halifax Regional Police responded to the 0-100 block of Inverary Drive, Dartmouth, in relation to a weapons complaint.

The victim reported to police that he had been physically assaulted, pepper sprayed and had a sawed off shotgun pointed at him‎ while in the garage of his residence. The suspects fled the area on foot with property stolen from the victim. A description of the suspects was provided to 9-1-1 staff. HRP patrol members were previously patrolling in the area at the time of the call and observed 3 men that matched the given description running along Helene Avenue. Members gave pursuit on foot and apprehended all three men in various locations surrounding the Ira Settle sports fields.  An HRP K9 unit assisted and located the stolen property.  The victim was treated at the scene by EHS paramedics.  

Members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division and patrol are continuing the investigation at this time. An update on charges will be released when known. 

Weapons complaint - GO#17-64005, East Division

Police Reports - May 3, 2017

At approximately 7:55 p.m. Halifax Regional Police responded to the 0-100 block of Inverary Drive, Dartmouth, in relation to a weapons complaint.

The victim reported to police that he had been physically assaulted, pepper sprayed and had a sawed off shotgun pointed at him‎ while in the garage of his residence. The suspects fled the area on foot with property stolen from the victim. A description of the suspects was provided to 9-1-1 staff. HRP patrol members were previously patrolling in the area at the time of the call and observed 3 men that matched the given description running along Helene Avenue. Members gave pursuit on foot and apprehended all three men in various locations surrounding the Ira Settle sports fields.  An HRP K9 unit assisted and located the stolen property.  The victim was treated at the scene by EHS paramedics.  

Members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division and patrol are continuing the investigation at this time. An update on charges will be released when known. 

Child pornography charge

Police Media Releases - May 3, 2017

A man faces a child pornography charge after a search of a Halifax residence last week. 

On November 23, 2016, police began an investigation after receiving information regarding online child pornography. At 8:05 a.m. on April 26, 2017, investigators in the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division conducted a search of a residence in the 100 block of Alabaster Way and seized a number of electronic devices for forensic analysis. 

At 9:15 a.m. on April 26, 27-year-old Brandon Daniel Beneteau of Halifax was arrested without incident at a business in the 600 block of Wright Avenue in Dartmouth. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on June 6 to face one count of possession of child pornography. 

16-175610 

 

Update : missing person found deceased

Police Media Releases - May 3, 2017

A man who was reported missing to police on April 25 has been located deceased. 

Forty-year-old Troy Richter was last seen on April 23 at approximately 4:30 p.m. walking in the area of Rocky Lake Drive in Bedford. At 6:30 a.m. on Sunday April 30, police were called to the area of Shore Drive and Hatchery Lane in Bedford to a report of a deceased man found on the shoreline. An autopsy later confirmed this to be Mr. Richter. Foul play is not suspected.

Our thoughts are with Troy’s family and friends at this difficult time. We thank the public and media for your assistance. 

17- 59729 & 62147

*********************************************************

Investigators are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Bedford man. 

Forty-year-old Troy Richter was last seen on April 23 at approximately 4:30 p.m. walking in the area of Rocky Lake Drive in Bedford. He was reported missing on April 25.

Troy is described as a white man, approximately 5’7”, medium build, with chin length brown hair and hazel eyes. There is no clothing description.

There is no information to suggest that Troy has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for his well-being. Officers request that Troy or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5020.

17- 59729

 

Halifax Regional Police Voluntary Surrender Initiative

Police Media Releases - May 1, 2017

Halifax Regional Police held its inaugural Voluntary Surrender event on Saturday, April 29, at the Dartmouth North Community Centre. The event was an opportunity for people with outstanding warrants for non-violent offences to resolve the warrants voluntarily in a neutral environment.

The successful event resulted in 19 warrants being resolved. Twelve people attended Voluntary Surrender, five of whom had more than one outstanding warrant and two of whom thought they had outstanding warrants, but didn’t.

“We’re very pleased with the success of this event. Similar events have been successful in the US, but we believe this is the first of its kind in Canada, and certainly a first for us. We’re proud that we were able to offer the opportunity with the support of Nova Scotia Legal Aid, the Public Prosecution Service and 211 and that people took advantage of it,” says Inspector Don Moser.

Though people with outstanding warrants can turn themselves in at any of HRP’s locations at any time, HRP’s goal was to reduce the number of outstanding warrants in our area by providing a more appealing opportunity for people to surrender voluntarily. Just prior to Voluntary Surrender, there were 684 outstanding warrants on file with HRP.

As a follow up to Voluntary Surrender, HRP will be assessing the outstanding warrants that remain and exploring other ways to continue to reduce the number of warrants on file.

Assault GO#17-62449

Police Reports - May 1, 2017

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 Halifax Regional Police responded to Joseph Young Street in Dartmouth where a 50-year-old male reported being assaulted by two younger males as he was exiting a residence. The victim reported that during the struggle, one of the males attempted to retrieve a knife that was concealed in his clothing. The victim managed to fight off his attackers who fled the area on foot. The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1: White male, early 20’s, 5’7”-5’9”, blond hair wearing blue jeans, red coat with hoody and a red bandana over his face.

Suspect #2: Black male, early 20’s, 5’4”-5’5”, wearing a black ball hat, black hoodie and dark pants.

Halifax Regional Police is requesting anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information that may assist investigators to please contact police at (902) 490-5016.

April 2017

Police investigate deceased person call GO#17-62147

Police Reports - Apr 30, 2017

Update : missing person found deceased

Police Media Releases - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:30am

A man who was reported missing to police on April 25 has been located deceased. 

Forty-year-old Troy Richter was last seen on April 23 at approximately 4:30 p.m. walking in the area of Rocky Lake Drive in Bedford. At 6:30 a.m. on Sunday April 30, police were called to the area of Shore Drive and Hatchery Lane in Bedford to a report of a deceased man found on the shoreline. An autopsy later confirmed this to be Mr. Richter. Foul play is not suspected.

Our thoughts are with Troy’s family and friends at this difficult time. We thank the public and media for your assistance. 

17- 59729 & 62147

********************************************************************

Halifax Regional Police West Division Units were called to the area of Shore Drive and Hatchery Lane in Bedford to a report of a deceased man found on the shoreline at 6:30 am this morning.  

Forensic Identification Units were on scene and processed the area. Police are still attempting to positively identify the person and contact family members‎.   Police are not treating this death as suspicious at this time.  

More information may become available at a later date. 

Injured Person GO#17-62144

Police Reports - Apr 30, 2017

Police are currently on-scene investigating an ‎injured man who was located in the area of 100-200 Block of Joffree Street in Dartmouth.  While conducting the investigation officers have located an apartment on Lakefront Road they believe is related to the injured male. The male was transported to hospital by EHS with non life threatening injuries and the investigation is continuing. The origin of the man's injuries are currently unknown and more information will be released when it is available.

Assault

Police Reports - Apr 29, 2017

Just before 8:00 a.m. on April 29, 2017 Halifax Regional Police were called to the Chebucto Inn on Lady Hammond Road in relation to an injured party. A 39-year-old man told police he was assaulted by men who were not known to him. The man was invited into a room at the Inn and the assault took place inside, with the men leaving in a car shortly thereafter. The file is being investigated by the Integrated General Investigative Section and continues at the time of this report. More information will be released as it becomes available. There are no descriptions at this time of those responsible. Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Death ruled a homicide

Police Media Releases - Apr 28, 2017

The suspicious death that occurred yesterday in Dartmouth has been ruled a homicide. 

At approximately 1:09 p.m. yesterday, Halifax Regional Police responded to a sudden death call at a home on Farquharson Street. Responding officers located a deceased person inside. 

Based on today’s autopsy, the Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide and identified the victim as 58-year-old Lori Katherine Jollimore of Dartmouth. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

The investigation, led by the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division and including Forensic Identification officers, is ongoing and we remain on scene. At this time, we anticipate being on scene overnight and into Saturday.  

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to contact police by calling 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO#17-60719

Canada Revenue Agency scam targeting citizens

Police Media Releases - Apr 28, 2017

In light of tax season, police are warning citizens of a scam involving fraudulent emails and phone calls purporting to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 

This month, the Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division has received numerous reports from citizens who have been contacted by a suspect claiming to be from the CRA. The suspect asks for personal information, tells that they owe the CRA a sum of money, or tries to get them to purchase pre-paid credit cards. In some cases, the suspect threatens the victim with potential jail time or deportation, and uses aggressive and forceful language.  

These emails and phone calls are notlegitimate. If you receive such a call, hang up and contact police. More information on the scam is available from the CRA website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html 

Investigators remind citizens to be wary of any calls or emails asking for money and to make sure the situation is legitimate before sending money or making a donation. You should also refrain from providing personal information, whether the solicitation occurs by telephone, email or in person, unless you have initiated the contact or you are certain of the identification of the person and the legitimacy of the organization they claim to represent. Providing personal information such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and date of birth could lead to identity theft. 

There have been no victims of this scam at this point that police are aware of. If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of this scam, please report the matter to your local police. There is no need to call police to report that you’ve been contacted in relation to this scam if you’re not a victim.

Grace Atkinson Honoured as HRP Volunteer of the Year

Police Media Releases - Apr 28, 2017

Congratulations to Grace Atkinson, HRP Youth Program Adult Leader, who was honoured as HRP’s Volunteer of the Year at last evening’s appreciation dinner. Grace has been a volunteer with the HRP Youth Program since 2014. In this role, she mentors and directs community-minded youth, 14-18 years of age, who are making positive choices and building leadership skills.

Grace is a recent graduate from the Dalhousie Social Work program, and completed her Social Work Placement with HRP’s Victim Services Unit; she remains a dedicated Victim Services mobile patrol volunteer. Grace has also volunteered her time with Metro Turning Point and Out of the Cold Shelter.

The following are excerpts from Grace’s nomination:

“From the day Grace joined the Youth Program she has brought with her a number of positive attributes including her vibrant attitude and a dedication to the program that is unwavering. Grace has demonstrated on a number of occasions that she is a natural leader by proactively taking on tasks that require work both during meeting nights as well as on her own time, and doing them with great organization and perfection.”

“One of the most spectacular things that Grace brings to the Youth Program is her ability to connect with the youth members. This is of such great importance within the program and allows Grace to build relationships with the youth and keep the gap between adult leaders and the youth members close. The youth’s level of comfort with Grace also allows her to have an insight as to what is going on within the program, and/or any issues that a member may have outside of the program. Grace is very astute and notifies the Program Co-ordinators of these issues that she identifies so as to have a discussion about how they can best be handled. Grace’s opinion in these discussions is highly valued.”

Thank you, Grace, for being an inspiring leader!

Police at Scene of Suspicious Death

Police Media Releases - Apr 28, 2017

*****UPDATE*****

Police and paramedics received a 911 call from a person who found the victim.
Forensic Investigators have just left the scene and will be returning in the morning, the scene will remain held until the completion of their work.


Police have determined the victim in this matter is a fifty-eight-year-old women from Dartmouth and we will not be releasing her name pending notification next of kin.

~~~~~~~~

April 27, 2017

Police at scene of suspicious death

Police are currently at the scene of a suspicious death in Dartmouth.

At approximately 1:09 p.m. today, Halifax Regional Police responded to a sudden death call at a home on Farquharson Street. Responding officers located a deceased person inside; the gender and age of the deceased are not being released at this time, pending next of kin notification.

Investigators in the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are in the preliminary stages of the investigation into this suspicious death and Forensic Identification Officers are currently processing the scene.

-30- 

GO#17-60719

Police Charge Female Youth in Relation to Stabbing GO#17-60851

Police Reports - Apr 28, 2017

Police have charged a 16-year-old female from Halifax after stabbing reported .

At 6:27 p.m. on April 27 Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the 3500 Block of Robie Street, Halifax Nova Scotia. The mother of the 16-year-old victim called police to report another 16-year-old girl known to them forced her way into their home and assaulted and stabbed her daughter. The injuries do not appear to be life threatening at this time. Patrol officers located and arrested the 16-year-old suspect at her Halifax residence a short time later, a knife was recovered. The suspect is being held for court and will be appearing tomorrow morning April 28, charged with assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous.