Stony inmate's death investigated as homicide
Police are investigating an inmate's death at Stony Mountain Institution as a homicide.
Duane Edward Taylor, 53, was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday evening. Stonewall RCMP said they received a call around 10:15 p.m.
Staff members who found Taylor immediately began performing CPR, but he could not be resuscitated. Taylor had been serving a life sentence since 1982 for first-degree murder.
The peniteniary was locked down in April 2014 after an inmate assault. The last reported death of an inmate was in November 2013, when Devon Sampson was pronounced dead in his cell.
Man dies at Rolling River
MOUNTIES are investigating the death of a man at Rolling River First Nation Saturday.
Elphinstone RCMP responded to the report of a death of an adult male at 11 a.m. Saturday. The circumstances surrounding the death are currently under investigation, police said.
No other information was available from police, and the chief of Rolling River First Nation could not be reached Sunday.
Theft charges for youths
THREE youths have been charged after a series of thefts in St. Vital.
Police found three boys in the area of St. Mary's Road and Warde Avenue at around 6 a.m. on Friday. Officers learned the bikes the boys were riding had allegedly been stolen.
Police say the boys -- ages 12, 13 and 16 -- stole property from vehicles, yards and a garage throughout the night in the St. Vital area.
The areas where thefts from vehicles have been confirmed include the 100 block of Hirt Crescent, the 200 block of Barlow Court, the 600 block of John Forsyth Road, the first 100 block of Yachts Cove and the first 100 block of Paddington Road.
The three youths have been charged with several theft-related offences. All three were detained in custody.
Anyone who was a victim of theft in the St. Vital area Thursday night or early Friday morning is asked to call police at 204-986-2857.
Candidate slams Bill 18
CONTROVERSIAL Louis Riel school board candidate Candace Maxymowich called Sunday for public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution in science class.
In a series of postings on Twitter, the 20-year-old candidate also attacked Bill 18, particularly the section that requires any school receiving government funding to support students who want to form a gay-straight alliance in their schools.
Citing opposition to Bill 18 in southeastern Manitoba -- she grew up in Vita -- Maxymowich urged parents to be on guard to protect their children's moral education and to fight for religious freedom.
She tweeted schools should stick to teaching the basics of reading, writing and math.
Men sought in sex assault
THE Winnipeg police sex crimes unit is investigating after a serious sexual assault in the North End.
A woman was sexually assaulted around 1 a.m. Saturday by two men in the area of King Street and Flora Avenue, police said.
Police are looking for two men described as between 25 to 30 years old and aboriginal in appearance. One of the suspects was on a mountain bike.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 204-986-6245.
STARS saves rescuers
THE STARS rescue helipcopter not only carried a woman with an injured leg out of the bush on the Mantario Trail on Friday -- it also saved rescuers from possible heat stroke.
"I'm pretty sure one of us would have suffered heat stroke if we had tried to carry her out," said Grant Fisette, deputy chief of the South Whiteshell fire department.
The woman in her 30s managed to call for help. STARS took her to hospital in Steinbach.
"The lady was up the Mantario around four kilometres, and due to the terrain of the Mantario Trail and the high temperature, (fearing for) the safety of the rescuers, we called in STARS," Fisette said.
"We had the same call at the same location on June 29, but that time we shortened our walk because we took a boat up the river."
Fisette said the STARS helicopter has handled several rescues on the Mantario Trail and in more remote parts of the Whiteshell.
"How valuable the STARS helicopter is for the people of Manitoba. Our department has used the STARS service a few times, and most of the people were from Winnipeg," Fisette said.