Police officer assaulted


A Niagara Regional Police officer was assaulted after responding to a theft complaint in Welland Saturday evening.
Police said the officer was in the area of Lincoln and Wellington Sts. to meet with complainant Shaun St. Denis about the theft.
“During the course of this investigation, ST DENIS became aggressive with the officer and subsequently assaulted him.  As a result of this incident, St. Denis, 34, was charged with several offences, including assault police,” police said in a release.
St. Denis was held in custody pending a bail hearing Sunday in St. Catharines. 
The officer was treated and released at Welland Hospital with minor injuries. 
During the officer’s altercation with St. Denis, several good Samaritans stopped and offered to render assistance. 
Police said they are interested in speaking with those individuals. They are asked to contact investigating officer Det. Sgt. Debbie Smart at 905-735-7811 ext. 3321.

Disabled boat towed to shore

The Canadian Coast Guard towed a disabled boat towed to shore in St. Catharines Saturday night after a passerby heard a male and female yelling for help at the pier in Port Dalhousie.
Niagara Regional Police said the couple was in a small vessel that had become disabled, and was drifting in Lake Ontario about three kilometres from shore.
Police, St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Services and Niagara EMS paramedics all responded to the call. The rescue coordination centre in Trenton was also alerted to the call.
The fire service launched two of its boats to join in the search, as the call had originally come in as two people reported to be in the water.
Police said only one call was made to 911 requesting assistance for the couple in distress, and they wanted to thank the person that made the call.



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