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Christopher Cloutier, 24

Camper missing since Saturday

RCMP in Lac du Bonnet are looking for a camper who went missing over the weekend.

Christopher Cloutier, 24, was camping with friends at Shoe Lake in Nopiming Provincial Park when he was separated from the group. He was last seen at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday.

It's believed Cloutier has food and supplies in his backpack.

Cloutier is described as 6-foot-one, approximately 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing white shorts, but he has other clothes (jeans, sweater and a hoodie) in his backpack.

Manitoba Conservation officers, Search and Rescue Manitoba, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association are assisting with the search, which is being conducted by foot, boat and helicopter.

If you have any information on Cloutier, please contact the Lac du Bonnet RCMP at (204) 345-6311 or call Crime Stoppers (800) 222-8477.

Habitat for Humanity sites burgled

A PAIR of thefts at construction sites has left Habitat for Humanity folks wondering where the compassion is.

The first break-in occurred on Aug. 10 at the Nairn Avenue site, where suspects broke into a trailer and took 18 DeWalt cordless drills before fleeing.

A week later, on Aug. 17, suspects broke into a trailer at the Riverton Avenue site and stole the entire contents valued at more than $5,000 -- including generators, a Bosch mitre saw, Paslode nailers and a DeWalt reciprocating saw.

Loss of the tools has set back the construction schedule for the non-profit organization.

Officials at Habitat for Humanity are asking the community to be on the lookout for out of the ordinary activity at the building sites during off-hours and to call police if they see any suspicious behaviour.

Police hunt for men taking kids' photos

WINNIPEG police are looking for a pair of men who were taking pictures of children last week.

The incident occurred at a community water park in the 1400 block of Rothesay Street on Aug. 20 at approximately 4:20 p.m. A woman and her two grandchildren were at the park, when the woman noticed two men taking pictures of the children with a cell phone.

Neither man attempted to speak to the children.

The first suspect is described as black, 45 years old, six feet tall with short, black hair. He was wearing a blue long-sleeve shirt, dark pants and black flip flops.

The second suspect is described as Asian in appearance, 45 years old, 5-foot-7, 165 pounds with shaved, dark hair. He was wearing a light-coloured shirt, dark pants, white runners and sunglasses.

If you have any information, please contact police at (204) 986-2857 or Crime Stoppers at (204)786-TIPS (8477).

Seine River area to see improvements

RESIDENTS who frequent the Seine River area see will some new changes along the St. Vital tributary this fall.

The province and city announced new trail access points and a new granular pathway Monday, as part of the Manitoba/Winnipeg Building Communities Initiative partnership.

Improvements to the area include a new park entry point at Marlene Street with a new planting bed and waste receptacle, four bench nodes, a pathway and signage.

Work on the enhancements is expected to begin in September and the $107,000 project should be completed before winter.

Chilly weather delays butterfly release

IT was a little too wet and a little too chilly for the butterflies Monday.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo, in partnership with Monarch Watch, the Monarch Teachers Network and Nature Conservancy of Canada, will tag and release a collection of monarch butterflies from the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden today at 1 p.m.

The release was originally scheduled for Monday afternoon.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 26, 2014 A6

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