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Battered gang member stays mum

A Winnipeg gang member is giving police little information about a vicious weekend attack that landed him in hospital.

The 17-year-old was found suffering from cuts to his face and a stab wound to the chest Friday night outside an Aberdeen Avenue home.

Sources say the man's injuries include a partially severed nose and a punctured lung. He was originally listed in life-threatening condition but has now been upgraded to stable.

No arrests have been made. A police spokesman said Tuesday they are continuing to investigate but are hampered because the victim has been unco-operative.


Man charged after attempted kidnapping

A Saskatchewan man has been accused of trying to kidnap a 16-year-old Winnipeg girl as she walked down Main Street Monday afternoon.

Police say the teen was approached near Bannerman Avenue by a man in an SUV who "tried to convince her to get into the vehicle." When she refused, the man pulled his vehicle ahead, stopped in her path as she tried to cross St. John's Avenue and grabbed her arm.

The girl managed to break free and run away. Police say the accused struck her with a water bottle as she fled to get help.

Police were called and quickly spotted the vehicle in the area of Salter Street and Magnus Avenue.

Julian Littlechief, 27, was arrested. He is charged with attempted kidnapping and assault with a weapon. Littlechief is being held at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.


Portage teen accused of drunk driving

A 15-year-old Manitoba girl has been arrested after a stolen car was found crashed and burning on the side of a road in Portage la Prairie.

RCMP responded to the report of a single-vehicle collision just after 6 a.m. Tuesday on Stephens Avenue. Officers found the vehicle had burst into flames after striking a hydro pole, which was also on fire.

The young female driver was standing beside the car but began running as soon as police pulled up to the scene. She was caught after a short chase. There were no injuries.

Police say the teen was impaired and had been behind the wheel of the 2006 Nissan Altima, which had been stolen. The accused is now facing several charges, including drunk driving, possession of property obtained by crime and failing to comply with an undertaking.


Former RRC student president cleared

A Red River College Students' Association president who was ousted from office following his arrest during an Occupy Winnipeg demonstration has been granted an absolute discharge for obstruction of a police officer.

Garrett Gorden Meisner, 21, escaped having the blemish of a criminal record Tuesday after a judge ruled his offending conduct during a Sept. 17, 2012, skirmish with police at Portage Avenue near Edmonton Street was not at the "higher end" of the scale.

"I'm satisfied that Mr. Meisner will not reoffend," Associate Chief provincial court Judge Janice leMaistre said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 13, 2013 B3

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