Man dies in ATV crash in South Dildo

Whitbourne RCMP are investigating a fatal crash involving ATV on Route 80 in South Dildo.

Police learned of the crash Monday morning and attended the scene. A man in his forties was located dead underneath an ATV in a ditch. The crash happened sometime between March 12, when the man left his residence, and when it was discovered yesterday.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is engaged and the investigation is continuing.

Corner Brook RCMP officer charged with drug possession for trafficking

A police officer on the west coast has been charged for allegedly trafficking in illegal drugs after an eight-month investigation by the province’s serious incident response team.   

Michael Winston Hann is a constable with the RCMP in Corner Brook.

He was arrested last June after the the force became aware of allegations of trafficking of cocaine. The RCMP forwarded the case on to SIRT-NL for further investigation. 

St. Paul’s school in Gander evacuated as precaution during increased police presence

Gander RCMP are advising residents of an increased police presence at St. Paul’s Intermediate school.

As a precaution, students and staff have been evacuated. Buses are currently in operation. Students can also be picked up at Gander Collegiate. There is no risk to public safety.

Man taken into custody after incident in Grand Falls-Windsor

Police say a man has been taken into custody after an incident in Grand Falls-Windsor.

RCMP had asked the public to avoid the area of High Street and Church Road they were responding to an unfolding event. Residents in the area were asked to remain inside with their doors locked. 

But now police say residents can resume normal activities. They can expect to see an increased police presence in the area, but there is no risk to public safety.

Elementary school in Witless Bay closed after overnight vandalism

Ferryland RCMP are investigating extensive damages to St. Bernard’s Elementary late Wednesday night.

At approximately 11:50 p.m., police responded to a commercial alarm at the elementary school in Witless Bay. Upon arrival it was discovered that the school had been broken into and more than 30 exterior windows were smashed. Inside, a number of fire extinguishers were deployed. The damages and required clean-up caused a school closure today.

A male was seen running from the property during the alarm.

The investigation is continuing. 

Anyone having information about this crime or the individual(s) responsible, including available surveillance footage, is asked to contact Ferryland RCMP at 709-432-2440 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers: #SayItHere 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit www.nlcrimestoppers.com or use the P3Tips app.

Police say 40-year-old man who died in Campbellton fire responsible for crimes

The RCMP gave an update Friday on the vehicle crash, arson and a sudden death that took place in Campbellton Jan. 7.

In consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and as a result of other investigative findings, the 40-year-old deceased man, who was located in the residence and died as a result of the fire, was found to have been the only person responsible for these crimes, including the preceding motor vehicle crash, the home invasion and the arson to both the home and a vehicle that was parked in the driveway.

There is no current risk to public safety.

RCMP investigates vehicle crash, home invasion, arson and sudden death in Campbellton

RCMP officers are investigating a single-vehicle crash, a home invasion, an arson of a home and a separate vehicle, as well as a sudden death, that occurred early Saturday morning in Campbellton.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on January 7, 2023, police received a report of a home invasion that occurred at a residence on Route 340 in Campbellton and a single-vehicle crash that had occurred near the residence, shortly before the home invasion. Officers arrived on the scene within the hour to investigate. A man knocked to the door of the home, which was answered, and then forced his way inside and assaulted an occupant. The victim ran from the residence for help and returned to discover that the upper level of the home, as well as a vehicle parked in the driveway, were on fire.

Firefighters extinguished both blazes and found a deceased man, who was not a resident of the home, inside a room on the upper level of the house.

RCMP officers from Lewisporte and Gander detachments, Major Crimes Units East and West, East District General Investigation Section, Forensic Identification Services, Police Dog Services and Traffic Services, attended the scene yesterday. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is engaged and the investigation, which is being led by the RCMP Major Crimes Unit, is continuing.

An increased police presence is expected in the community over the next number of days as the investigation continues. There is no current risk to public safety.

Anyone having information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP Major Crimes Unit West at 709-637-4420 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers: #SayItHere 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit www.nlcrimestoppers.com or use the P3Tips app.

Road reopens in Campbellton as police investigation continues

Lewisporte RCMP are advising that Route 340 in Campbellton has reopened as a police investigation continues.

An increased police presence is expected for the next few das, and a collision reconstructionist with RCMP traffic services has been on the scene. RCMP say there is no concern for public safety. An updated is expected on Sunday.

Bay Roberts RCMP investigating fire at former Lions Club in Shearstown

Bay Roberts RCMP is investigating an early morning fire that occurred on Christmas Eve at the former Lions Club in Shearstown. 

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. on December 24th, police received the report of the fire and attended the scene. The vacated building was engulfed in flames and was completely destroyed by the fire.

The investigation continues, and anyone with information about the incident or any suspicious activity leading up to the fire is asked to contact Bay Roberts RCMP or Crime Stoppers. 

Deep Bight man faces firearms charges after barricading himself inside house

RCMP in Clarenville arrested 32-year-old Dion Avery at a residence in Deep Bight on Monday. He was found in possession of firearms while prohibited and is charged with numerous criminal offences.

Following up on investigations into recent break and enters in Deep Bight, police attended the residence of Dion Avery late Monday afternoon. Avery refused to exit the home, barricaded himself inside and was believed to be in possession of firearms.

A short while later, with some negotiations, Avery surrendered himself to police without further incident. He was taken into custody.

Following his arrest, RCMP East District General Investigation Section (GIS) obtained a warrant to search Avery’s Deep Bight residence. Inside, officers located and seized three stolen firearms, two of which were loaded, a quantity of ammunition and a large quantity of suspected stolen tools. One of the firearms had been modified/sawed off making it prohibited and another firearm was in the process of modification.

Dion Avery is charged with the following criminal offences:

·         Careless use of a firearm

·         Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

·         Unauthorized possession of a firearm

·         Possession of a firearm knowing it is unauthorized

·         Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order

·         Break and entry to steal firearm

·         Break and enter

·         Possession of property obtained by crime

Avery was remanded into custody on Tuesday. His next court appearance will take place on Friday for the purpose of a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing.

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