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May 2016

Human trafficking charges

Police Media Releases - 6 hours ago

A man and woman face prostitution and human trafficking charges after an investigation by the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. 

On May 23, investigators commenced an investigation regarding a man and a woman who directed and influenced a 16-year-old girl for the purpose of prostitution. The man and woman were arrested without incident last night at a residence in the 0-100 block of Main Avenue.  

Twenty-seven-year-old Kyle Leslie Pellow and 40-year-old Renee Allison Webber, both of Halifax, were held in custody overnight and will appear in Halifax Provincial Court today. They have both been charged with the following offences:

  • Trafficking a person under the age of 18
  • Procuring a person (underage victim) to offer or provide sexual services for consideration
  • Advertising
  • Assault
  • Material benefit from trafficking a person under the age of 18
  • Sexual assault

Webber has also been charged with obstruction and Pellow has been additionally charged with uttering threats and breach of a recognizance.

Human trafficking is an offence that involves controlling, forcing, intimidating or deceiving a person in order to exploit them through various forms of sexual exploitation or forced labour. This crime can happen in communities of all sizes and unfortunately Halifax is not immune. If you have any information pertaining to this case or other potential human trafficking matters, please call 902-490-5020 or 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.

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Register for AMBER Alert notifications on National Missing Children’s Day

Police Media Releases - 6 hours ago

Would you be in-the-know if a child was abducted and be able to recognize him or her? Today is National Missing Children’s Day and police agencies in Nova Scotia are encouraging citizens to sign-up up for wireless and Facebook notifications so you can help a child or vulnerable person if they are abducted.

AMBER Alerts give the public up-to-date information about an abduction by using widespread media and social media broadcasts and soliciting the public’s help to locate the child or vulnerable person. To qualify as an AMBER Alert, police must be looking for a person under 18 years old or someone with a proven mental or physical disability. Police must believe the person is in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death and there must be information available describing the abducted person, abductor or suspect vehicle. Thankfully, police agencies have never had to issue an AMBER Alert in Nova Scotia.

How to prepare for an AMBER Alert

If a child is abducted, spreading the information quickly is critical. Register at www.wirelessamber.ca to receive AMBER Alerts via text message to your mobile device.

Follow the AMBER Alert Nova Scotia / Alerte AMBER Nouvelle-Écosse Facebook page to receive Alerts via your Facebook feed.

If police issue an AMBER Alert:

Watch for the child, vulnerable person, suspect and vehicle described in the Alert.

Should you have information on the location of the abduction, a description of the victim, suspect or vehicle involved, report it immediately to police by calling 911 or the number listed in the Alert.

Do not call 911 to request information about the abduction as this clogs emergency phone lines.

Background: The Nova Scotia AMBER Alert program launched on National Missing Children’s Day in 2004 as a partnership between law enforcement agencies, media outlets and the public to activate an urgent appeal for information in the most serious child or vulnerable person abduction cases. In May 2015, police launched the AMBER Alert Nova Scotia Facebook page.

Assist Citizen, West Division GO#16-75553

Police Media Releases - 12 hours ago

UPDATE: Marley the dog was located on May 25 at 6:20 a.m. 

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At approximately 8:00 p.m., Halifax Regional Police patrol members responded to the 0-100 block of Stockton Ridge in Bedford, to assist a citizen who was reporting a lost service dog.  The citizen’s son has a therapy service dog that is trained to alert when the child is having a medical emergency.  The family was outside barbequing and playing with the service dog, until  approximately 5:30 p.m. when they noticed the dog was missing.  The family yard is not fenced and they believe that the dog may have run off as they are new to the area. 
 
This service dog is very important to the health and safety of this child, Halifax Regional Police are requesting anyone with information or possible sightings of this service dog to contact 902-490-5020.
The service dog is described as a 2 year old female yellow Labrador Retriever named “Marley”.  She is not believed to be wearing a collar at this time

 

Drug search results in charges

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

Four men and a woman face charges as a result of a drug search executed Friday night in Halifax. 

At  8:15 p.m. on May 20, members of the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the West Quick Response Unit executed a search warrant in a unit at an apartment building in the 1300-block of South Park Street. As a result of the search, a quantity of marihuana along with drug paraphernalia and cash was seized. Officers arrested four men and a woman without incident during the search. 

A 32-year-old man, a 26-year-old man, a 23-year-old man, a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, all of Halifax, each face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in marihuana. They were all released and are scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial court on June 28.   

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Weapons Complaint, East Division GO# 16-74633

Police Reports - 2 days ago

At approximately 1:20 a.m. Halifax Regional Police officers responded to a report of a possible gunshot being heard in the area of Prince Albert Road and Lawrence Street in Dartmouth. 
 
On their arrival, officers obtained information that indicated that one potential gunshot had been heard in the area, however; it had occurred approximately 20 minutes prior to police being called.  Witnesses provided information to police about a suspicious vehicle and man that had been seen in the area at the time the sound was heard, however; no evidence could be located that would indicate a shot had been fired. 
 
Halifax Regional Police officers working dayshift today (Monday) continued to follow up on the information and searched the area in the daylight with the assistance of an RCMP Police Service Dog.  Officers located additional witnesses and evidence that supports the fact that a firearm had been discharged.  HRP is currently on scene canvassing the area and searching for addition evidence.  There is no indication of anyone having been injured and no damage to property.  The investigation will continue and will be conducted by members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.
 
Halifax Regional Police are interested in speaking with anyone that may have information in relation to this incident, in particular the driver of a gray/silver pickup truck that was stopped in the area at approximately 1:00 a.m. this morning and a man seen running toward it described as a black man who was carrying a duffle bag. 
 
Officers are looking to speak with anyone who may have any knowledge of this incident and ask that they contact Halifax Regional 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.

Missing man – police seek public’s help

Police Media Releases - May 21, 2016

UPDATE: Mr. Morse was located safe and sound on May 21. Thanks to the public and members of the media for your assistance.

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Halifax Regional Police is seeking the public’s help locating a missing Dartmouth man. 

Thirty-three-year old Matthew Morse left his home on Fairbanks Street in Dartmouth on May 19 at approximately 9 p.m. He was then seen a day later in the Bible Hill area on May 20 getting into a vehicle. He was reported missing on this day. Matthew Morse is described as a white man, 375 lbs, 6' tall with short brown hair and a goatee. He had stated he was headed to Ontario to see his family. 

There is no information to suggest that Matthew has met with foul play, howeve he has medical conditions and he requires medication. Officers request that anyone with information on his whereabouts call police at 902-490-5020. 

 

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Drug search results in charges

Police Media Releases - May 20, 2016

Two men and a woman face charges as a result of a drug search executed last night in Halifax. 

At 7:40 p.m. on May 19, members of the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the West Quick Response Unit executed a search warrant in a unit at an apartment building on Friesian Court. As a result of the search, a substantial quantity of cocaine was seized along with drug paraphernalia and a sum of cash. Officers arrested two men without incident during the search, and a woman later turned herself in and was arrested without incident at Police Headquarters at 1:26 a.m. 

Forty-one-year-old Robert Souza Walker, 31-year-old Julian Pereira Macario and 26-year-old Kaitlyn Hope Bowen, all of Halifax, each face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine and are scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial court today.  

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Police investigate sexual assault

Police Media Releases - May 20, 2016

Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on May 6 in Halifax and was reported to police on the evening of May 16. 

Investigators with the Sexual Assault Investigation Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division spoke to the 23-year-old victim at length yesterday afternoon and learned that sometime between 2:45-3:15 a.m. on May 6, a man driving a taxi in the area of Argyle and Prince Streets picked her up in a black van with a roof light. The man stopped in the area of Walnut and Cedar Streets and when the woman asked how much the fare was, the man said “no charge” and forcibly put his lips on hers and then touched the victim in a sexual manner without her consent. The victim jumped out of the cab and hid until the man left the area.   

The suspect is described as possibly a Middle Eastern or a light-complected black man with an accent, 35-40 years of age, approximately 5’8” with a medium build, a bald shiny head, a clean shaven face and dark eyes. 

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. 

Sexual assault investigations are very complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation, which includes giving a statement about the incident and providing a description of the suspect if possible. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered; sexual assault investigators have been taking these measures since first speaking with the victim, and we’re now in a position to report this incident to the public. 

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It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet

Police Media Releases - May 20, 2016

Halifax Regional Police, in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax Shopping Centre and the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association, is proud to be supporting the fourth annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day on May 21.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., HRP will be hosting two free drug drop-off booths to provide people with a convenient and easy way to dispose of expired and used medications. You can bring any prescription drugs you want to get rid of to one of the drop off sites list below and we’ll make sure they’re disposed of properly. This service is completely anonymous; to protect your privacy, we ask that you remove any labels containing personal information from packaging or cover your name with a black marker.

The abuse and misuse of prescription drugs is a significant public safety issue. Throughout the year, you can take unwanted prescription drugs back to your local pharmacy. Medications should never be flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage as this may lead to their chemical components entering the water supply or soil system. By properly disposing of prescription medications you no longer need, you’re doing your part to lessen the chances your drugs will fall into the wrong hands and protecting our environment.

National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is sponsored by The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, together with Health Canada, Public Safety Canada, Partnership for a Drug Free Canada, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, and the Canadian Medical Association.

Visit halifax.ca/police/PrescriptionDrugDropOffDay.php for more information.

Site locations:

  • East Division Community Office
    7 Mellor Avenue, Burnside Business Park, Dartmouth
  • Halifax Shopping Centre
    3rd Level, near Zumiez (around the corner from the Apple Store)

Canada Road Safety Week: A Shared Responsibility

Police Media Releases - May 20, 2016

May 17-23 marks Canada Road Safety Week 2016, a national campaign that aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. 

During Canada Road Safety Week, Halifax Regional Police urges all road users to focus on safe driving practices and refrain from behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk. 

Please choose safe behaviours when travelling on our roadways:

  • Don't drink and/or use drugs and drive. Ever.
  • Pay attention to the road at all times. Refrain from the use of mobile hand held devices and other distractions.
  • Ensure youngsters are properly restrained in vehicles according to their age and size.
  • Use seat belts and child restraints every time you travel in a vehicle, no matter how short the trip.
  • Refrain from aggressive driving or high risk driving behaviours which may lead to a collision.
  • Drivers and pedestrians should make eye contact. Drivers are required to stop for pedestrians as long as its safe to do so, and pedestrians should wait until vehicles have come to a complete stop before attempting to cross the road. 

These safe practices are important every day of the year, not just during this special initiative. Shared care and responsibility between all road users will save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. 

Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada and is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2025.

Police investigating indecent act

Police Media Releases - May 20, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is investigating an indecent act that occurred yesterday in Dartmouth. 

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on May 18, a man entered a business in the 100 block of Hector Gate in Dartmouth.   The man was trying on clothes in the dressing room and asked a female employee for assistance. When the employee opened the door to help the man, he had his penis exposed and put his hand on her shoulder. The woman ran to the front of the store. The man exited the changing room, went to the front of the store and briefly spoke with the other staff members before exiting the store and leaving in a blue four-door sedan.   

The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern man, approximately 5’11”, 200-220 lbs., with curly dark hair and a beard. At the time of the incident he was wearing a red baseball type jersey, black gym pants and white sneakers with gold accents. 

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. 

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Motorists reminded to slow down in construction zones

Police Media Releases - May 19, 2016

With the warmer weather finally arriving, so is road construction. Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP encourage citizens to watch their speed and be aware of multiple road construction zones throughout our community and on our highways. Motorists are reminded that the faster you drive, the less time you have to react.   

Police will be monitoring construction zones to protect road crews, motorists and pedestrians. Remember to slow down and obey construction zone signs and traffic-control people and respect their work areas. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled in construction zones and initial fines can go up to $697.50. 

Partners in Policing continue to be encourage citizens to help play a role in community safety for everyone. Police ask that anyone who observes unsafe driving in construction zones to call police at 902-490-5020. 

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

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Police continue to look for two missing men

Police Media Releases - May 18, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is again asking for the public’s help in locating two missing men.

Fifty-one-year-old Reid Ross Chesney of Dartmouth was last seen in the 2100-block of Barrington Street in Halifax at 4 p.m. on April 4. Reid is described as a white man, 5’11”, slim build, with long auburn hair and a long auburn/grey beard. Reid was last seen wearing a blue hat and a navy trench coat.

Sixty-year-old Joseph Stanley Amiro of Halifax was last seen on May 1 at 8:41 p.m. leaving the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Joseph was reported missing to police on the evening of May 8. Joseph is described as a white man, 5’, thin build, with grey hair and grey facial hair on his chin. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and walks with a copper colored cane with black electrical tape on the bottom. 

Police do not believe that the two missing person cases are connected.

There is no information to suggest that Reid or Joseph have met with foul play, however, police are concerned for their well-being. Officers request that either of these men or anyone with information on their whereabouts calls Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

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Note : Two pictures of Reid Ross Chesney below and single picture of Joseph Stanley Amiro at bottom. 

GO# 16-71628 - Home invasion

Police Reports - May 18, 2016

At 11:20 p.m. on May 17, a lone male suspect knocked on the door to a residence in the 1200 block of Edward Street in Halifax looking to speak with a tenant. The suspect kicked the door open and assaulted two tenants with a rock. One victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries to his face. The suspect is described as a white man, 35-45 years of age, 5'11” - 6'2” tall, dirty blond hair, wearing a white t-shirt and faded blue jeans. The incident remains under investigation.  

GO# 16-71517 – Police investigating shooting

Police Media Releases - May 17, 2016

At approximately 7:15 p.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to reports of gun shots being heard in the 5000 block of Drummond Court in Halifax. Additional calls were received from members of the public who provided a description of a vehicle that was seen fleeing from the area shortly after the shots were heard. The vehicle is described as a white Hyundai hatchback with one or more of the windows smashed out. Several HRP vehicles attended the area and located a vehicle matching the description in the area of Gottingen and Charles Streets in Halifax. The driver, a 20-year-old Halifax man, was suffering from gunshot wounds. He was attended to by HRP and EHS paramedics  who transported him to hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries at this time. The investigation is in the preliminary stages. Members of HRP patrol, Forensic Identification Section, Integrated Criminal Investigation Division,  Emergency Response Team and an RCMP Police Service Dog are on scene. At this time, Gottingen Street is closed between North Street and Uniacke Street as HRP Forensic Identification Section members process the vehicle. We anticipate Gottingen Street to reopen within the hour. 

The investigation will be conducted by members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. There have not been any arrests at this time, however, investigators are seeking two suspects described as:  

1) A black male, approximately 5'10”, wearing blue jeans, a long sleeved black shirt and black hood facemask.

2) A light complected black male, wearing blue jeans and a hooded jacket with gray trim. No mask or gloves. 

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have any knowledge of this incident and ask that they contact Halifax Regional 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.

Assault charge leads to breach of conditions and trafficking drugs charges

Police Media Releases - May 17, 2016

A man faces drug charges after an assault charge in Halifax last night and breach of conditions this morning. 

At 9:40 p.m. on May 16, Halifax Regional Police attended a residence on Cork Street in relation to an assault call between two people who are known to each other. A man was arrested without incident and transported to the Prisoner Care Facility in Halifax for processing. He was charged with assault and released on an undertaking to stay away from the victim and the residence. The man was scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on June 22.

At approximately 1 a.m. this morning, police were again called to the residence on Cork Street as the man had returned and he was in violation of his conditions.  

After searching the man, he was found in possession of quantities of hydromorphone pills, marihuana and money, a cell phone, scale and other drug paraphernalia.   

Thirty-year-old Noah Mielnick has been charged assault, breach of an undertaking, possession for the purpose of trafficking in hydromorphone and possession for the purpose of trafficking in marihuana. He appeared in Halifax Provincial Court today.

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Advisory: Thefts from vehicles in Woodside and Portland Hills areas of Dartmouth

Police Media Releases - May 17, 2016

Halifax Regional Police reminds citizens to lock their vehicles, ensure windows are closed and remove valuables when their vehicles are left unattended. 

As part of our Community Response Model of Policing, our Comstat crime analysts have noted an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in Woodside and Portland Hills areas. Between May 3-16, police received nine reports of items stolen from inside unattended vehicles in this area. In some cases, the vehicles were left unlocked with attractive objects left inside. Items that have been stolen include change, an electric tool, phone chargers, a backpack, a GPS and other items. 

Thefts from vehicles are usually crimes of opportunity with visible items tempting would-be thieves. Citizens should remove all items from their vehicles, particularly valuables. They should also close all windows and lock the doors upon exiting. If it is absolutely necessary to leave items in your vehicle, they should be locked in the trunk out of sight before arriving at your destination. 

If you’ve been a victim of a theft and have yet to report the incident to police, please file a report online at halifax.ca/police/OnlineCrimeReporting/OnlineCrimeReporting.php or call 902-490-5016. Police have increased proactive patrols in these areas and ask that anyone who observes suspicious activity in or around parked vehicles call police at 902-490-5020. 

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

Police release first quarter crime stats

Police Media Releases - May 16, 2016

As a follow-up to today’s Board of Police Commissioners' meeting, HRP and Halifax District RCMP are releasing the 2016 first quarter crime statistics. Overall, crime is up almost ten per cent when comparing the first quarter of 2016 to the same period in 2015.

Violent crime is down more than eight per cent, including decreases in assaults (-10.12 per cent) and robberies (-2.63 per cent). Property crime is up over 23 per cent with increases in break and enters (14.72 per cent), theft of motor vehicles (1.23 per cent), theft under $5,000 (73.68), theft over $5,000 (29.14 per cent) and frauds (18.27 per cent).  

We are continuing to stay the course with our crime reduction strategy to address any violent crime. We will continue to focus on identifying areas with higher rates of crime (hot spots), deploying our Quick Response, Street Crime Units and Guns and Gangs Unit by targeting the criminal element and monitoring those who are on court imposed conditions. Officers will continue to be in close contact with the community in order to address crime as well as quality-of-life issues.

The 2016 first quarter stats are available at http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/HRMCombinedCrimeStats20161stQtr150421.pdf

 

Youth charged after fleeing police

Police Media Releases - May 16, 2016

A male youth has been charged after fleeing police Saturday morning in Dartmouth.   

At 1:06 a.m. on May 14, police attempted to stop an SUV that was driving without its headlights on, travelling at a high rate of speed and weaving back and forth on the roadway. The officer stopped the SUV off of Highway 111 going onto Woodland Avenue. As the officer approached the vehicle it sped off at a high rate of speed towards Victoria Road. The SUV made a right-hand turn onto Victoria Road but was travelling too fast causing it to drive up onto the lawn of a church and then hit a tree. The officer pulled in behind the SUV with emergency equipment activated. The driver backed into the police car, pulled forward again hitting the tree and then again reversing hitting the police car. The officer pulled his car ahead further, preventing the SUV from moving. 

The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old male youth of Dartmouth, was arrested at the scene without further incident. It was determined that the male had taken the vehicle, which sustained extensive damage as a result of this incident, without permission.  

The male youth will appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court on June 2, 2016 to face charges of theft of motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, assault with a weapon (by backing into the police car) and two counts of mischief.

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GO# 16-70120 Single Vehicle Crash

Police Reports - May 15, 2016

At approximately 2 a.m. on May 15, residents in the Cranberry Crescent area of Dartmouth called police to report that a grey pick-up truck had ran into and broken a utility pole in the 100-200 block of Cranberry Crescent. Upon arrival, officers discovered a badly damaged utility pole that was on fire and power was knocked out power to the surrounding area. The vehicle was unoccupied upon police arrival, but officers have arrested a 27 year old Dartmouth man for impaired driving and a decision relating to charges will be made upon the completion of the investigation. The investigation is still ongoing at this time and power to the area has yet to be restored.

GO# 16-69910 - Suspicious Circumstances

Police Reports - May 15, 2016

 Halifax Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man after he asked a child to go into the woods with him near the Clayton Park Drive/Lacewood Drive area.

On May 14 at approximately 7 p.m., an 11-year-old girl was in the area of the basketball court near Lacewood Drive and Clayton Park Drive when a man approached her and asked her to come into the woods with him. The young girl ran to her mother who was nearby and they called the police.

The man is described as a medium dark complexion male with a slight accent, 5’7” tall, small build and in his early 20's. He is reported to have short black hair and clean shaven. He was wearing a red t-shirt and light blue jeans that had darker blue knees. The man was also walking a dog at the time of the incident described as standing knee high and having brown curly fur. The dog was wearing a purple collar and possibly named Lucy.

Investigators are asking anyone who has any information on this incident 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.

Traffic stop leads to drugs and weapons charges

Police Media Releases - May 13, 2016

A man face charges as a result of a traffic stop last night in Dartmouth. 

At 10:06 p.m. on May 12, members of the East Quick Response Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Primrose Street. The vehicle was searched and a conducted energy weapon, quantities of marihuana, cash, drug paraphernalia, digital scales and two cell phones were seized. The male driver of the vehicle was arrested without incident and transported to the prisoner care facility in Halifax for processing. A further search of the man at this facility produced quantities of cocaine.  

Thirty-five-year-old Ricardo Angelo Sparks has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking in marihuana. 

Sparks is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today. 

Two youths arrested after rash of incidents in Dartmouth

Police Media Releases - May 13, 2016

Two male youths face multiple charges after a series of property damage, theft and driving offences occurred in the Dartmouth area on the morning of May 12. 

At 4:18 a.m., a taxi driver called police to advise that he was driving outbound on Highway 111 near Burnside Drive when a rock the size of a tennis ball smashed through his front window. The driver was uninjured and advised he didn’t see anybody throw the rock and stated there were no other vehicles travelling on the highway at the time. 

At 4:27 a.m., police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot in the 100-block of Ilsley Avenue. Officers located the vehicle, a 2005 red Pontiac Vibe, and found it to be severely damaged. They then contacted the registered owner and determined that the vehicle, which had been parked behind a business in the 0-100 block of Raddall Drive, had been stolen and damaged. 

Shortly after 5 a.m., an officer was patrolling on Highfield Park Drive near the Highway 111 when he observed two male youths walking in the area. He recognized both of them and realized that one had recently been reported as missing. The youths, both 14-years-old and of Dartmouth, were searched and articles from the stolen vehicle were located in their possession. Both were taken into custody without incident and were transported to police headquarters to be interviewed. It was later determined that the two youths had used the stolen vehicle to commit numerous acts of property damage, estimated at well over $20,000, and led police to discover another two businesses that had been broken into – one in the 100-block of Wright Avenue and one in the 100-block of Ilsley Avenue.

The two youths are being held in custody and will be appearing in Halifax Provincial Youth Court on Friday, May 13 to each face the following charges: one count of break and enter mischief, one count of theft and possession over $5000 (in relation to the vehicle), four counts of theft and possession under $5000, seven counts of property damage, and one count of joyriding.

All of the incidents are being investigated by the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.

High Risk Offender Notification

Police Media Releases - May 12, 2016

In accordance with the Nova Scotia Release of High Risk Offender Information Protocol, Halifax Regional Police is advising all citizens, particularly those in the Halifax Regional Municipality, that a high risk offender is residing in our community. 

Gavin Sean Griffiths, 29, is a High Risk Intensive Supervision Offender and repeat sex offender being monitored by the Ottawa Centre for Probation and Parole. He recently indicated he was coming to Nova Scotia. He has completed a sentence for sexual assaults and has a record of criminal convictions dating back to 2005 that includes convictions for sexual assault and other offences. Griffiths has been assessed as being at a high risk to re-offend. His victims have included adult females with whom he had no previous relationship. 

Griffiths will be on probation for two years and will be required to follow strict conditions including restrictions on contact with several individuals, to not possess weapons, and to participate in counselling. 

This information is provided to alert members of the public of his presence in our community. Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct will not be tolerated. 

Police continue to investigate murder of David Robert Boyko

Police Media Releases - May 12, 2016

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the murder of David Robert Boyko and homicide investigators in the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate the case. 

On May 12, 1996, at 1:24 p.m., police responded to a report of an unresponsive man found on a dirt roadway at the end of Morris Road in the Burnside Business Park in Dartmouth. The man was found by a pedestrian who had been walking in the area. Upon arrival, officers located David Robert Boyko deceased, having suffered from a gunshot wound.

Mr. Boyko was a resident of Manitoba at the time of his death. He was last seen alive on May 12, 1996, at 6 a.m. leaving a hotel in Dartmouth.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked 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.

 This case is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program.

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Man charged after he resists arrest

Police Media Releases - May 12, 2016

A man faces numerous charges following an incident on May 10 in Dartmouth.
 
At 11:14 p.m., officers attended the 0-100 block of Caledonia Road to arrest a man who had breached his court imposed conditions. They located the man at the rear of a building, and while placing him under arrest, the man pulled his hands away and ran from the officers. While the man was running, what appeared to be a gun fell from his waistband. When the man realized this happened, he immediately stopped, put his hands up and advised police that it was a pellet gun. Upon searching the man, officers located and seized a quantity of marihuana.
 
Twenty-year-old Jacob J. Rayburn Bear of Dartmouth has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest, possession of marihuana and three counts of breach of an undertaking. He appeared in Dartmouth Provincial court on May 11.
 
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Police continue to investigate murder of Tanya Brooks

Police Media Releases - May 11, 2016

Today marks the seventh 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. 

Yesterday, our community marked the anniversary of Tanya’s death with a march to stop violence against Aboriginal women. Halifax Regional Police and RCMP officers attended the march, including detectives assigned to the investigation into Tanya’s murder. “It’s our hope that celebrating Tanya’s life will encourage people to do the right thing and come forward with information that could help solve her murder,” said Detective Jason Withrow of the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. 

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Police charge two youths after rash of incidents in Dartmouth

Police Media Releases - May 11, 2016

A male and female youth have been charged following a rash of incidents in Dartmouth Sunday night.    

Between 9:40 p.m. and 10:04 p.m. on May 7 in the area of Dorthea Drive, Cross Road and Carlson Court in Dartmouth, there were four separate incidents which consisted of a suspicious circumstance, a home invasion, an assault of a 23-year-old man and an attempted break and enter. 

Several Halifax Regional Police and Cole Harbour RCMP patrol members responded to the area in an attempt to locate the suspects. A police K-9 team conducted a search of the area and arrested two people in the 300-block of Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour. A 17-year-old male and a 15-year-old female were arrested and interviewed by members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. Please note that the male age was previously stated as 16, but he is 17.

The 17-year old male youth from Dartmouth has been charged with assault causing bodily harm in relation to the assault on the 23-year-old man, and 15-year-old girl from Halifax has been charged with two counts of breach of an undertaking and three counts of breach of a recognizance for an unrelated matter. Both are to appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court today. 

The investigations are ongoing with respect to the other incidents. These incidents occurred within close proximity and time to one another and are believed to be related.  

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Missing man – police seek public’s help

Police Media Releases - May 11, 2016

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

Sixty-year-old Joseph Stanley Amiro was last seen on May 1 at 8:41 p.m. leaving the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Joseph was reported missing to police on the evening of May 8. 

Joseph is described as a white man, 5’, thin build, with grey hair and grey facial hair on his chin. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and walks with a copper colored cane with black electrical tape on the bottom.   

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

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Note: A picture of Joseph Stanley Amiro is attached. Please be advised that the picture is dated but was all that was available

Police ask for public’s assistance – Tyler Richards homicide investigation

Police Media Releases - May 11, 2016

Investigators with the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s assistance in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of Tyler Bradley Richards. 

At 7:55 p.m. on April 17, police responded to a report that a deceased man had been located in a home in the 6900 block of Cook Avenue in Halifax. Officers attended and found Tyler Richards deceased inside the residence and immediately treated his death as suspicious. It was later ruled a homicide on April 18. 

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have seen an older model black Honda car in the area of Cook Avenue and Romans Avenue between 3:30-4:30 p.m. on April 17.  

Anyone who may have seen this vehicle or who has information about this homicide is asked 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.

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Police Reports - May 11, 2016

At 1:20 a.m. on May 11, there was a robbery at the Ultramar located at 219 Pleasant Street in Dartmouth.  The suspect entered the business, produced a needle and demanded money from the employee. He was provided with a sum of money and fled on foot towards the downtown area.  Numerous police units and K9 attended, however, they were not able to locate the suspect.  The suspect is described as a white man in his early 20s, wearing a grey hoodie, a red, black and grey jacket, blue jeans, white sneakers and carrying a red GoodLife kit bag. The incident remains under investigation by the General Investigative Section.  

Partners in Policing to host Police Day showcase

Police Media Releases - May 10, 2016

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 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The showcase kicks off National Police Week, which runs May 15-21. 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. 

What:  Police Day 2016 

When: Saturday, May 14, 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

Police investigating rash of incidents in Dartmouth area

Police Reports - May 10, 2016

Police are investigating after four incidents occurred in Dartmouth on the night of May 9.

At 9:40 p.m., HRP responded to the area of Dorothea Drive and Topsail Boulevard in Dartmouth in relation to a suspicious circumstances complaint. A citizen reported that he was driving along Dorothea Drive when a group of four or five people were standing in the roadway, causing him to slow down.  As the vehicle slowed, the group ran toward his car and one man grabbed toward the driver’s waistband. The driver reversed his car and fled the area. One of the suspects is described as a biracial man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front. This man had his hood up and also had a green bandana or scarf covering his face. The other males were described as wearing hooded sweatshirts with their hoods up. 

At 9:53 p.m., HRP responded to the 0-100 block of Cross Road in Dartmouth where a citizen reported that two men forced open a door and assaulted an 83-year-old man, knocking him to the floor. The suspects were not known to the victim. The suspects fled the scene quickly and the man does not believe that anything was taken from him during this assault. 

At 9:54 p.m., HRP responded to the 0-100 block of Dorothea Drive in Dartmouth to a report of an assault that had just occurred. A 23-year-old man reported that he had arrived home and was entering his residence when two men he didn’t know approached, then punched him and knocked him to the ground. They continued to assault him until a family member scared them off. The suspects were described as: one white man and one black man, both approximately 26-years-old, both had hoods up and one was wearing a backpack. The victim does not believe anything was taken from him during the assault. 

At 10:04 p.m., HRP responded to the 0-100 block of Carlson Court in Dartmouth to a report of an attempted break and enter. A citizen reported that two men had attempted to kick in the front door of a residence before fleeing on foot. One of the suspects was described as being a light complected biracial man in his early 20’s, wearing a black sweatshirt with white writing on it. 

Several HRP and Cole Harbour RCMP patrol members responded to the area in an attempt to locate the suspects. A police K9 team conducted a search of the area and arrested two people in the 300 block of Poplar Drive in Cole Harbour. A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were arrested and are currently being interviewed by members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. The investigation is ongoing and is in the early stages at this time. These incidents occurred within close proximity to one another and police believe they are related.  

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have any knowledge of these incidents and ask that they contact Halifax Regional 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.


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GO# 16-66966 - Motor vehicle head-on collision

Police Reports - May 9, 2016

At approximately 8:25 p.m. on May 9, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a head-on collision near the Barrington Street off-ramp from the MacKay Bridge. HRP has learned that a black Mazda 6 driven by a 25-year-old man with a 23-year-old female passenger had just left the MacKay Bridge and were travelling Southbound on Barrington Street when a Toyota Tercel, that was travelling northbound on Barrington Street, driven by a 75-year-old woman, crossed into the southbound lane and struck the Mazda head-on. The 75-year-old woman was transported to hospital by EHS paramedics with non-life threatening injuries. The 25-year-old man and the 23-year-old woman also attended hospital as a precaution. A decision on charges will be made upon the completion of the investigation. Traffic was re-routed by HRP around the collision scene for a period of time, however, all streets have now been reopened.

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Police Reports - May 8, 2016

HRP responded to a break and enter alarm call at Clayton Park Junior High School at 9:11 p.m. on May 7. A window was forced open and the suspects spray painted the interior walls of the school. Nothing was taken from the school. Two youths were arrested at 4 a.m. this morning and are in custody. This matter is still under investigation. Charges have not been laid at this time.

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Police Reports - May 8, 2016

At 9 p.m. on May 7, HRP arrested a 20-year-old man in the area of 92 Pinecrest Drive in Dartmouth. The accused had a concealed replica hand gun in his possession. He faces a weapons-related offence and will appear in Dartmouth at a later date. 

Enforcement - Point Pleasant Park

Police Media Releases - May 6, 2016

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. HRP has received reports of dangerous driving, alcohol consumption, vandalism, illegal parking and littering. Due to the large number of people attending these informal meetings, police are concerned about 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.

 

Suspicious circumstances

Police Media Releases - May 6, 2016

Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two men after they asked a child to get in their car in Halifax this afternoon. 

At approximately12:20 p.m., a 9-year-old boy was walking in the area of Jubilee Road when two men in a car pulled up beside him. The passenger then asked the boy to get inside the vehicle. The boy ran to a nearby school to notify an adult.   

The driver is described as a biracial man in his late 20s or early 30s, with brown curly hair and brown goatee, wearing a baseball hat and a navy blue sweater with the hood up. The passenger, of the vehicle is described as an Asian man in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing a baseball hat, hooded sweater with grey sleeves, blue body and gray hood, which was pulled up at the time of the incident. The vehicle is described as a black four-door sedan.

Investigators are asking anyone who has any information on this incident 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.

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Break and enter charges

Police Media Releases - May 6, 2016

A man and woman are facing charges after a break and enter yesterday morning in Halifax.

At 10:30 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a break and enter in-progress in the 1300 block of South Park Street. A man and woman entered the rear door of a restaurant and took the keys to the liquor locker.  Staff confronted the man and woman as they tried to exit through the rear door.

Officers responded to the area quickly and located the suspects at the rear of the business. The man and woman were arrested without incident.

A 21-year-old Dartmouth man and a 21-year-old Halifax woman will appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date to face charges of break and enter.

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Police ask for public’s assistance - Joseph Cameron homicide investigation

Police Media Releases - May 6, 2016

Investigators with the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s assistance in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of Joseph Douglas Cameron.

On March 29 at approximately 5:20 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Avenue and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth and found 20-year-old Joseph Cameron of Dartmouth deceased on the sidewalk. 

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have seen a dark blue 2012 Kia Rondo in the area of Spring Avenue and Mount Edward Road between midnight and 5:20 a.m. on March 29. 

Anyone who may have seen this vehicle or who has information about this incident is asked 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.

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GO#16-52730- Update on missing youth

Police Reports - May 6, 2016

On May 6th, 2016 Halifax Regional Police located 13 year old Isaac Reid in North End Dartmouth. Halifax Regional Police wish to thank the public and media for their assistance.

Missing woman – police seek public’s help

Police Media Releases - May 3, 2016

UPDATE: Ms. Peveril was located safe and sound. Thanks to citizens and the media for their assistance in this matter.

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Halifax Regional Police is seeking the public’s help locating a missing Halifax woman.

Forty-year-old Tania Louise Peveril, who also goes by the last name Mackenzie, was last seen on Friday, April 29 in the 2400 block of Barrington Street. She was reported missing to police on April 30.

Tania is described as an aboriginal woman, 5’6”, 135 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. No clothing description is available.

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

 

Police investigating indecent act

Police Media Releases - May 3, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is investigating an indecent act that occurred last night in Dartmouth.

At approximately 7 p.m., a man was seen masturbating in the atrium of the NSCC Waterfront Campus.  Security was immediately notified, however, the man had left the area by the time security arrived. The suspect is described as a white man in his early 20s, 5’5”, 130-150 lbs, slim build with brown medium length hair. At the time of the incident he was wearing red shirt, green khaki pants and was carrying a red back pack.

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.

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Update: Police make arrest in armed robbery

Police Media Releases - May 2, 2016

Halifax Regional Police has arrested a man in connection with robbery that occurred on April 28 in Halifax.

At 8:30 p.m., a 21-year-old man was assaulted with a knife and robbed while in the process of selling a mobile phone in the Thomas Raddall Drive area. The victim was cut on the hand. Several stolen phones were located by police while searching for the suspect. The victim was treated by EHS at the scene and released.

On April 30, officers assigned to the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division arrested a 24-year-old man from Dartmouth in the 200 block of Princess Margaret Boulevard in relation to this incident. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today on charges of robbery with a weapon, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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