The regular monthly meeting of the Police Service Board
The regular monthly meeting of the Police Service Board
Over the past few days the Brockville Police Service has received multiple reports of thefts and tampering with property from residences, particularly in the South end of the City. These include entry into sheds, yards, vehicles and storage lockers. This is a reminder to everyone to ensure your items on your property are secure and vehicles are locked. Further, if you notice something or someone suspicious please notify the Brockville Police promptly. Be diligent in attempting to document or remember the details of potential suspect’s identity and actions. These details are crucial in helping us, help you!
On the 10th of November 11, 2018 at approximately 11:00pm, officers of the Brockville Police Service observed multiple individuals (details are not being divulged) leaving the area of a known residence which is involved in the sale of narcotics. During the investigation it was revealed that the subjects were in possession of small quantities of both crack cocaine and methamphetamine. They were arrested and released shortly after with a future court dates for possession of controlled substances.
On the 11th of November, 2018 at approximately 2:30am, officers of the Brockville Police Service observed three males in the downtown area of the City. The males were observed leaving the downtown area at a high rate of speed in a vehicle. Officers followed the vehicle due to the driving actions. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop immediately and within seconds was involved in a collision. Two of the occupants fled from the vehicle and were located shortly after. The third male remained. Investigation revealed the identity of the driver. He was a 19 year old male from North Augusta. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and later gave breath samples of just under two times the legal limit. He was released with a future court date and a second court date for other traffic related offences. The other two males involved were released unconditionally. Luckily, no one was injured in the event. His vehicle was impounded for 7 days and his licence suspended for 90 days.
Breach of Conditions
On November 6th at 3:30 pm officers were at a 125 Stewart Blvd. when they observed a 13 year old male and a 14 year old male that were associating contrary to their court ordered conditions. The males were arrested without incident. One male was held in custody for a bail hearing and one male was released with a future court date.
On the 4th of November 2018 at 8:37 am the Brockville Police Service responded to a domestic dispute on Abbott St. The complainant reported that she had come home to her residence and discovered damage to her vehicle and front door. The suspect was inside the residence, but left the area prior to police attending.
On the 6th of November the accused was located by police and arrested for the offences of mischief and failing to comply with an officer in charge undertaking.
Damian Sobieraj Investigation
As a result of the arrest of a 15-year old Brockville youth last Tuesday, and subsequent court appearance of the youth, the Justice of the Peace has ordered a Publication Ban on all evidence and anything which may identify the youth arrested. This Publication Ban extends not only to members of the media, but to publications on social media as well.
The Brockville Police Service understands and is sympathetic to the concerns expressed by members of the community, and is doing our best to address them. Nonetheless we must remind the public that ignoring a Publication Ban may result in an offence under Section 127 (1) of the Criminal Code, breaching of a court order, and could affect the present matters before the court.
We thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
Disturb the Peace
Police were called to a disturbance in a downtown residence on the 5th of November at 8:00 am. It was reported that the 23 year old male was “out of control” within the residence. Once located by officers he was arrested for possession of drugs and breaching a probation order.
A disturbance in the west end of the City led to the arrest of a 20 year old Brockville man Friday evening. Police were called to the area after several 911 calls were received regarding an altercation. The man, who had been drinking, was found to be on conditions not to consume alcohol. As a result he was placed under arrest for failing to comply with his officer in charge undertaking and released with a future Court date.
A 52 year old Brockville woman was arrested early Saturday evening after fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle collision in the City’s south end. Just before 5:00 pm the woman was observed by witnesses striking a garbage can and a vehicle while attempting to leave an address on King Street. After the collision, the female parked her vehicle and began to walk away. Witnesses were able to identify the driver to Police as they arrived on scene. As a result of the investigation, the female was arrested for Impaired Driving, Drive Over .08 and Failing to Remain at the scene of an accident. Her blood alcohol concentration was found to be almost three times the legal limit. She was released with a future Court date, her Driver’s Licence was suspended for 90 days and her motor vehicle has been impounded for 7 days.
A 40 year old Brockville man was arrested on outstanding warrants in the City’s south end late Sunday evening. While on general patrol, police located the male, who was wanted in another jurisdiction for numerous offences. As a result, he was placed under arrest and turned over to the Ontario Provincial Police.
On the 1st of November at 11:34 pm, a 47-year-old male was observed operating his vehicle on King St. at Victoria St. The male was observed exiting his vehicle and stagger away. The driver was approached by police who detected an odour of alcohol emitting from his breath. The male failed a roadside screening device that detects the presence of alcohol. He was transported to the Brockville Police Service where it was discovered that his blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit. He has been charged with driving over 80 mgs of alcohol and impaired driving. His vehicle has been impounded for seven days.
Conviction on Charges
On the 29th of December 2015 the Brockville Police Service conducted an investigation where they formed reasonable grounds to believe that the accused, Trevor Mellon, would be in possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Officers arrested the accused on that date and searched the male incident to arrest. The accused had on his person 222 grams of cocaine, 1.01 kilograms of fentanyl and 504 grams of marijuana.
On November 1st, 2018 Trevor Mellon convicted of trafficking fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana. Sentencing will be on January 11, 2019.
On November 5th at 11 am members of the Brockville Police and Staff and Volunteers from Interval House raised the flag on the Shine the Light Campaign. The month of November is awareness month for violence against women and children. Our hope is to turn the City Purple with lights and decorations as purple is the colour of this campaign. This also kicks off Crime Prevention Week and we are happy to share this moment with Interval House. The flag will fly for the month of November and together we can all make a difference. Let’s do our part to put an end to domestic violence!
Officers, along with community members were out in full force monitoring the city’s streets and parks during the prime time Halloween trick or treating hours. I am pleased to report that very few incidents were reported during this time.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Officers responded to four motor vehicle collisions in a four hour span. Two of the collisions occurred at the same intersection. None of the accidents resulted in any personal injury.
An intoxicated 35 year old male entered the “Quickie” on William St. last night around 11:00 pm and attempted to steal a brownie. The male was confronted by staff and brief struggle ensued. A passerby contacted police to report a fight. Officers attended and arrested the male. He was held in custody and released when sober.
On Sunday October 28th at 4:00 pm, a 51 year old male was observed by an off duty officer. This male was previously charged with a domestic incident and released with a court date. He had failed to attend court as required and a warrant of arrest was issued. The officer contacted the Brockville Police Service who attended and arrested the accused.
On Sunday October 28th at 4:30 pm, a 58 year old male was arrested for assault in relation to a domestic occurrence. The male was involved in a heated argument with his common law spouse that escalated to the assault. Police were contacted and the male was arrested for assault without incident. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
On Monday October 29th at 2:00 pm, a 37 year old male was arrested and charged for mischief. The male broke a window to the front entrance of a building after being evicted.
On October 29th at 11:01 pm the Brockville Police Service responded to a complaint of a domestic incident at a north end apartment building. The complainant reported to police that her ex-common law spouse had broken into the apartment, assaulted her and took some property. He then left the premise and police were contacted.
On the 30th of October the 21 year old male attended the Brockville Police Service and was arrested for assault, break and enter to commit theft and theft. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Damian Sobieraj death investigation
A 15-year old Brockville youth has been arrested this morning in relation to the September 13, 2018 death of 33-year old Damian Sobieraj at Hardy Park.
The youth, who cannot be named, will appear in Bail Court later this afternoon facing charges of Manslaughter, Criminal Negligence Causing Death, Obstruct Police, and Assault.
On the evening of Thursday, September 13, 2018, shortly after 10:30 p.m., Brockville Police received a 911 call from an unidentified male indicating he was in an altercation at Hardy Park with a group of youths. Before 911 Communicators could get the caller’s name and location, the call was dropped and communication lost. Officers responding to the scene stopped persons leaving the park, who indicated they knew nothing of the call. Officers were later able to identify the caller by obtaining subscriber information from the caller’s phone. With the assistance of Brockville Police K9 Unit the entire park was searched and no other persons were located in the park. All officers were able to locate was Sobieraj’s dog, Rosie.
The following day, with the assistance of the OPP Underwater Search & Rescue Unit, the body of Damian Sobieraj was located in the river a short distance from the shoreline of Hardy Park. Since that time, four members of the Detective office of the Brockville Police Service have been working full time on the investigation, resulting in today’s arrest.
From the beginning of the investigation, Damian’s family has been in constant contact with the investigative team and updated on the progress of the investigation. At this time, the family is dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one, and police ask that their privacy be respected.