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Alarm results in standoff

A police standoff in the West End ended Friday afternoon with a man taken into custody.

The incident began just after noon Friday, when a break-and-enter alarm sounded at a residence on Simcoe Street.

A source familiar with the incident said the alarm company sent a staff representative to 537 Simcoe St., where a man could be seen inside the home carrying a hammer.

Police were notified and the homeowner arrived and confirmed he did not know the individual inside.

Police set up positions around the house but the man refused to come out.

Firefighters were called to the scene when a fire broke out inside the home.

Police said the situation ended at 2:20 p.m. when the man was taken into custody.

Radar worker threatened

A North End man is facing charges after the operator of a mobile photo radar unit was allegedly threatened last month.

Winnipeg Police said the unit was parked Jan. 19 in a school zone near McGregor Street and Anderson Avenue when the operator was repeatedly threatened by a man driving a large pickup truck.

Police said the man first confronted the operator by backing up his truck, a modified Ford F-250, until it touched the operator's vehicle, and making contact with the photo radar equipment mounted on the outside.

The man stepped out of his truck, confronted the operator, yelling obscenities at him, and taking photos of him using a cellphone, police allege.

The man got back into his truck and left. The operator, fearing for his safety, prepared to leave, but before he could, the man returned, this time driving into opposing traffic and pulled up close beside the operator's vehicle and trapped him inside.

Police said no physical contact was made but the man continued to make threats to the operator and yell obscenities at him before driving off again.

WPS spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said a 49-year-old man, who lives near the scene of the confrontation, was arrested Thursday morning. He is facing charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, driving imprudently and having an obscured licence plate.

Michalyshen said photo radar operators have been subjected to abuse in the past, but said such behaviour is not acceptable.

Pot bust on St. Mary's

A 49-year-old man is facing several drug-related charges after police found 656 marijuana plants in a home in the 1900 block of St. Mary's Road.

Police said officers executed a search warrant Thursday on the home.

The man was arrested following a traffic stop nearby. Marijuana was also found in the vehicle.

Police said the marijuana plants have an estimated street value of about $735,000.

The man was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 2, 2013 B2

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