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Police 'not convinced' death was natural

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ABOVE: Firefighters spent much of Saturday battling a garage fire on  Chalmers Avenue in Elmwood.

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TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ABOVE: Firefighters spent much of Saturday battling a garage fire on Chalmers Avenue in Elmwood.

Winnipeg police are investigating the death of a 69-year-old man found in an apartment in St. Vital.

On Friday afternoon, police were called to check on the well-being of a resident of an apartment block on Fernwood Avenue, in St. Vital's Alpine Place neighbourhood.

The man was found dead and police consider the death suspicious. Police were awaiting results of an autopsy on Saturday.

"We're not entirely convinced it was due to natural causes, but we are not prepared to call it a homicide," Const. Jason Michalyshen.

Police investigators remained at the block on Saturday afternoon.

Mounties seek help locating Flin Flon man

RCMP are asking for the public's help in locating a Flin Flon man after a morning house fire in the northern Manitoba city.

A fire reported at 5 a.m. on Saturday completely destroyed a home where 59-year-old David Grange Preston was the lone occupant, RCMP said in a statement.

Preston was not found and police are concerned for his well-being. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Flin Flon RCMP at 204-687-1423.

Two busted for cocaine in Thompson

RCMP in Thompson have charged two people after seizing cocaine during a search.

On Friday, the Mounties executed a search warrant at a home in the northern Manitoba city and found 45 grams of cocaine as well as money, the RCMP said Saturday in a statement.

A 36-year-old woman is charged with possessing cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, possessing the proceeds of crime and breaching bail conditions. She's being held in custody and will appear in court next week.

A 27-year-old man is charged with possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possessing the proceeds of crime. He was released and has a February court date.

Garage fire in Elmwood

MEMBERS of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service spent Saturday morning battling a garage fire in Elmwood.

At about 4:45 a.m., a fire was reported at a two-storey structure on Chalmers Avenue, police said.

Fire crews spent much of the day extinguishing the blaze. There were no reports of injuries.

- Bartley Kives

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 5, 2014 A5

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