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Suspect in heists held

A 38-year-old Winnipeg man was arrested Thursday evening for his suspected involvement in the robbery of five downtown financial institutions between April 2 and 17.

In each case, a lone man concealing his identity obtained an undisclosed amount of cash after presenting a teller with a note demanding money.

The suspect was located and arrested in downtown Winnipeg about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

He faces five counts of robbery and five counts of using a disguise with intent. He was also wanted on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant of apprehension and suspension.


Saved in fire, charged

Early Thursday morning, emergency personnel helped the occupant of a building in the 500 block of Langside Street escape a fire -- only to charge him later with arson.

The 26-year-old man was not injured in the fire. Damage from the fire was estimated at $70,000.

Later, Division 11 crime unit members arrested him. Police said he was living at the home but is not the owner.


Gun spotted in taxi

A man is in custody after a report of a gun seen in a taxi in Winnipeg's south end Friday morning.

Police said the incident did not involve an attempt at robbery or hijacking the taxi.

"No charges have been laid yet," Const. Eric Hofley said. "It (the investigation) is ongoing."

The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. at Silverstone Avenue and Macalester Bay.


Chase leads to arrests

Headingly RCMP stopped a sedan with B.C. licence plates on the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Headingley around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, but it took off at high speed.

While officers were investigating, the westbound suspect vehicle fled with police in pursuit. Near Poplar Point, they used a spike belt, which flattened the vehicle's tires.

Officers arrested the male driver and two female passengers just north of Fannystelle around 7:30 p.m.

The three suspects are in custody, with charges pending.

Headingley, Stonewall, Carman and Lundar RCMP detachments, Portage traffic services and the Headingley rural detachment assisted in the arrests.


Seine River trail OK'd

People will soon be able to explore the heart of Winnipeg from the banks of the Seine River.

City council's public works committee has authorized the administration to find funds to develop a trail along the Seine, going north from John Bruce Park.

The proposal, from St. Vital Coun. Brian Mayes, aims to recognize the importance of the Seine, which winds through St. Vital and St. Boniface, and the importance of the Riel Mill site to the Métis and French communities.


A speed-limit conflict

A civic committee is backing a proposal to reduce the speed limit on a Transcona street over the objections of the city's public works department.

City council's public works committee Thursday supported a request from area Coun. Russ Wyatt to reduce the speed on Pandora Avenue East between Redonda and Ravenhurst streets from 70 km/h to 50 km/h.

The proposal requires Highway Traffic Board approval, but city staff said they wouldn't support it.

Public works director Brad Sacher said there is no justification for lowering the speed limit on the stretch of Pandora, a regional collector street.

Committee member Coun. Jenny Gerbasi said Wyatt can appear at the board to justify the reduced speed limit. She said councillors have appeared without administrative support in the past.

An administrative report said there have been no accidents on that portion of Pandora for three years, and 70 km/h is the optimal speed for that area.


-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2014 A14

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