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Profanities bring charge

Police have charged a Manitoba teen with a criminal offence for allegedly spewing swear words in school.

Staff at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary school in Brandon called police to report the 17-year-old boy's behaviour on Monday after lunch.

Police say the teen had been screaming and yelling profanities.

He was removed from the building and charged with causing a disturbance by swearing, then released from custody to a parent.

Sgt. Mike Pelechaty said the charge is more typically used when people cause disturbances by fighting or being drunk. "In this case, I guess the officer felt this charge was appropriate."

Pelechaty said he's not aware of what the teen's tirade was about.

A spokeswoman for the Brandon School Division said the student was "in distress" and it became necessary to call police. The youth is to appear in court in April.


Big tax bill unexpected

A Winnipeg woman has been told by the city she owes 10 years worth of unpaid taxes, which she says she thought she had paid.

Kathleen Carpenter is facing an $18,000 bill dating back to 2003.

A clerical error meant another person was charged Carpenter's property taxes on top of their own.

Carpenter has five years to pay the outstanding bill but isn't sure how she can come up with an extra $300 a month on top of her regular payments.

She was laid off in November and has not found work.

The city says it can't comment on specific cases, but adds it's rare for unpaid taxes to go unnoticed.


Street contracts approved

A series of contracts has been approved for the twinning and reconstruction of a major route through North Kildonan and East Kildonan.

A special meeting of the public works committee approved the $6.4 million in contracts with Bayview Construction for a major upgrade to a stretch of Molson Street/Panet Road.

Public works director Brad Sacher said while the city has not yet acquired ownership of several strips of land from adjacent property owners, there is enough city-owned land for Bayview to begin work immediately.

The project has a total budget of $10.1 million.


Reserve on bottled water

About 500 people will have to use bottled water in York Factory First Nation in northern Manitoba following a federal order not to use or drink the local water.

Federal health officials issued a "Do not drink or use" order last week after complaints of a diesel fuel-like smell from water taps among the 124 households in the Cree community, located 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

"Right now, the water from our water plant can only be used for flushing toilets," Chief Louisa Constant said in a statement. Bottled water is used for everything else, she said.

She said the York Factory community is now waiting for results of tests Health Canada is doing on water samples.

Constant said she believes the source of the problem is the water treatment plant itself. For over 20 years, water treatment in York Landing has run into repeated problems due to a malfunction in the automated control panel at the plant. Band officials indicated the plant was never properly repaired after a power surge from a lightning strike there in 1990.


Stabbing victim stable

One man is in stable condition following a stabbing early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at Teasers Burlesque Cabaret in the 600 block of Archibald Street at approximately 1 a.m. It's not known if the stabbing took place inside the bar or outside the establishment.

A 37-year-old man was transported to hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable.

No arrests have been made. Winnipeg police continue to look for a male suspect.

It's believed the two men got into an argument before the stabbing took place.


— Staff, The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 5, 2014 A12

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