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Boy hospitalized in northern mauling

A little boy mauled by a pack of dogs Monday in Shamattawa was flown to hospital in Winnipeg in critical condition.

At about 9 a.m., Shamattawa RCMP heard a six-year-old boy had been attacked by three stray dogs.

The boy was treated at the local nursing station and was later flown to Winnipeg for further treatment, RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish said.

Band officials located and destroyed the dogs with the assistance of the RCMP, she said.

Shamattawa mom Henrida Thomas said Monday night the boy was outside with other children when he was mauled. He was reportedly on his way to school.

Thomas said the dogs bit the boy's head and neck. RCMP in the remote community 750 kilometres north of Winnipeg were called to help, she said.

"The police were telling all the kids to go inside the house," said Thomas.

Vicious stray dogs are a menace to the community, said the mom, who doesn't let her five-year-old son go outside their home to play.

"There's a dog out here that bites," Thomas said Monday night. "That dog attacked me before."

Ernie Redhead, a resident in the community of 984, said people are waiting to hear how the injured child is doing.

Karpish said hospital staff will not provide the police with any additional information on the boy's status unless his health takes a turn for the worse.

Death of inmate at Stony probed

AN inmate's death is under investigation at Stony Mountain Institution, prison officials say. They're trying to contact the next of kin and will not release the inmate's name or any further information until then, said media spokesman Guy Langlois.

"The family is relocated," he said. "We're doing our best to contact them."

Langlois said the medical examiner has been to the prison to confirm the cause of death, but he couldn't say Monday how the man died.

RCMP said the 21-year-old man's body was found just before midnight and his death was not suspicious.

An inmate who contacted the Free Press said it was a suicide.

The man, who did not identify himself, said the deceased was found by guards between 1 a.m. and 2 am. on Monday.

The inmate said the death doesn't surprise him because he has heard through other prisoners the man allegedly was living with mental-health issues while being incarcerated in the isolation area.

"We know what that means -- 23 hours of isolation. You're only allowed to shower once every two days. And there's limited or no access to psychiatrists for guys with mental-health issues. Guys like him should be considered patients and not prisoners," said the inmate.

Saskatchewan flood situation worsens

SASKATCHEWAN flood fighters updated their spring flooding forecast Monday calling for above-normal runoff for most of that province -- and it's not good news for Manitoba.

Ken Cheveldayoff, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, said the new numbers are due to greater-than-normal amounts of precipitation in certain areas of the province.

"With the additional snowfall in March, the areas in the Souris River and Qu'Appelle River basins have been the most affected," Cheveldayoff said in a statement.

Saskatchewan's revised forecast will likely affect Manitoba's as both the Souris River and the Qu'Appelle River flow into the province. Manitoba is expected to release a revised spring-flooding forecast later this week.

Officials in Manitoba have already said depending on the weather, the province could see a flood along the Red River on par with the flood of 2009, one of the worst on record. North Dakotans are also preparing for flooding on the Red and Souris rivers.

Hearing begins in murder trial

A court hearing is underway for a Winnipeg man accused of randomly killing a senior and stuffing her body in the trunk of her stolen car.

Anthony Joseph Brine, 27, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder for the February 2011 attack on 73-year-old Elizabeth Lafantaisie. He appeared in court Monday for the start of a preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial. A court-ordered publication ban prevents specific details and evidence in the hearing from being published.

Justice sources previously told the Free Press the slaying was being viewed as a possible carjacking that ended in her death. Brine was arrested five days after police found Lafantaisie's abandoned 2006 Grand Prix with her body wrapped inside the trunk. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled.

First-degree murder implies the killing was planned or premeditated, but it can also be used in cases in which a person is killed in the course of a confinement and/or robbery. A conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.

Police said the break in the case came from forensic evidence.

Girl, firefighter hospitalized in blaze

A 14-year-old girl and a firefighter were taken to hospital with minor injuries Monday morning following a house fire on Bernier Bay in St. Boniface.

The fire, which began about 7:40 a.m., appeared to start in the basement and is under investigation.

A neighbour said she called the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service after the teen came to her home for help.

Damage is estimated at $300,000, said a fire department spokesman.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 9, 2013 A11

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