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Arrests in lodge stabbing

A man and teenage girl are in custody after a stabbing at Siloam Mission's Madison Lodge on Thursday night.

Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley said Friday police and emergency crews rushed to the 200 block of Evanson Street after the stabbing was reported.

Hofley said he doesn't know if charges have been laid.

A 29-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl have been arrested.

Hofley said a 41-year-old man is in stable condition in hospital.

Floyd Perras, Siloam's executive director, said in a statement none of the three were residents of Madison Lodge.

"The safety of our residents is our utmost priority and we do everything we can to provide the appropriate supports for people using our services," Perras said.

"We are praying for the victim and hope he makes a full recovery. Incidents like these show that there is such a great need in our city, and remind us why we partner with the community every day -- to serve people who are struggling and often in desperate situations."

Siloam Mission's transition services department will give trauma counseling and support for any lodge residents who need it.

The lodge provides 85 supportive suites for men and women who had been homeless.

Charges in eatery killing

TWO people have been arrested in connection with last month's slaying at Johnny G's Main Street restaurant.

Police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley said Friday Akech Dut Ajak, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder. Ajak was arrested on Wednesday.

Hofley said a 15-year-old boy has also been arrested in connection with the homicide. Investigators had to travel to Calgary to arrest him.

William Edward Moar, 24, died from a single gunshot wound on Feb. 15.

People who were in the eatery at the time said a man dressed in black entered the bar at about 2 a.m., and fired a shot at Moar while he was returning to his table.

The gunman missed Moar with the first shot, but hit him with the second.

Police said at the time Moar was known to them and he had gang ties.

Anyone with any information is being asked to call investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Arson destroys rural home

NO one was injured but a house was completely destroyed by arson in the RM of Springfield last month.

Oakbank RCMP said on Friday that the fire, which broke out on Feb. 27 at about 2 a.m., caused concerned officers to break in to the home to see if anyone was inside until smoke and heat forced them back.

RCMP said while firefighters fought the blaze, officers spotted footsteps in the snow and tracked them with a service dog. A man was found nearby hiding in a forest.

Michael Ian Strachan, 52, of North Battleford, Sask., has been charged with several offences, including arson damage to property. Strachan is still in custody.

RCMP do not have a damage estimate for the fire, which is still under investigation by police and the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 9, 2013 A10

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