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Two more people have been arrested and charged with trafficking “ghost guns” in Manitoba.
Investigators believe a “criminal network” manufacturing and distributing firearms made with plastic receivers and assembled with factory-made working parts solicited a legitimate 3D-printing service to cobble together so-called “ghost guns,” as they do not have serial numbers and can’t be traced.
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HazMat spill injures two people in Winnipeg
A hazardous material spill at an industrial building on Scurfield Boulevard sent two people to the hospital Wednesday morning.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of the spill around 10:46 a.m. Members of a specially trained HazMat unit used specialized equipment to protect themselves, enter the building and ensure it was safe, WFPS said in a release.
Both people injured during the spill were assessed by paramedics and transported to the hospital in stable condition.
Workplace Health and Safety is investigating the incident.
Missing girl, 12, found
A 12-year-old girl who was missing from Little Saskatchewan First Nation has been found and is safe, RCMP said Wednesday.
RCMP said last week that Zoe Shorting had last been seen leaving her home on the night of Jan. 23 and that she might be in Winnipeg.
Armed stand-off after stabbing ends with arrest in Peguis First Nation
A man is in custody after a person was stabbed, a home was set on fire, and an armed stand-off with police ended with an arrest in Peguis First Nation.
A 53-year-old man in Peguis First Nation was sent to hospital with serious injuries after he was stabbed Sunday night. Fisher Branch RCMP believe the 46-year-old suspect was known to the victim.
The next day, RCMP found the suspect in a home on Peguis First Nation at around 4 p.m. He was armed and barricaded himself inside the home. Not long after, officers noticed the home was on fire and crews were called.
Officers then noticed the man lying on the ground just outside of the resident and he was arrested without incident. He was hospitalized but released shortly after.
The man has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, arson, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and theft of a motor vehicle. He remains in custody.
Two charged with trafficking 3D-printed “ghost guns”
Two men already in prison have been charged with trafficking 3D-printed "ghost guns" as part of a criminal network.
Investigators, including the Canada Border Services Agency, say legitimate 3D printing services were solicited to manufacture handgun frames, which were allegedly assembled into functioning guns and sold between June and December 2022.
Jashon Anthony Fernando, 23, was arrested at the Winnipeg Remand Centre on Dec. 21. On Monday, 24-year-old Blake James Ellison-Crate was arrested at the Headingley Correctional Centre.
Both face weapons trafficking charges and remain in custody.
Flair Airlines adds Winnipeg routes
Flair Airlines announced new and more frequent routes through Winnipeg Wednesday.
Beginning in June, the low-cost airliner will fly from Winnipeg to Victoria, Kelowna and London, Ont.
Flair is also adding six weekly flights to Toronto, five weekly flights to Calgary and four weekly flights to Vancouver.
Fares to Kelowna and Victoria will start at $49. Tickets to London, Ont. will begin at $69.
IIU investigating police officer accused of uttering threats
The province's police oversight agency is investigating a Manitoba First Nations Police Service officer who allegedly threatened a person while on duty.
RCMP reported the incident, which occurred Nov. 4, to the Independent Investigation Unit on Dec. 9. According to that report, the MFNP officer threatened a person, who then reported it to their local RCMP detachment.
The IIU told RCMP it would monitor their investigation, before the watchdog reviewed RCMP's investigation and told Mounties it would take over the probe on Monday.
It's unclear what the threat was or where it occurred. MFNP has detachments in eight First Nations, mostly in southwest Manitoba.
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation man dies in snowmobile collision
A 27-year-old man was found dead after a snowmobile collision outside of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation on Monday.
Nelson House RCMP were called at about 3:30 p.m. about the man who had gone out on his snowmobile on Sunday and failed to return home. He was believed to be headed toward a camp north of the First Nation, which is about 88 kilometres west of Thompson.
Mounties were then told the man's body was found on a trail to the camp. Officers snowmobiled to the scene and determined the victim had been traveling fast along the shore of Footprint Lake when he hit a tree.
The victim, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Missing boy, 14, found
A missing 14-year-old boy has been found and is safe.
The Winnipeg Police Service asked for the public's help in finding Ayub Askar, who had last been seen at about 3:30 p.m. Monday in Elmwood, at about 6:05 p.m. that evening.
Police announced shortly before 8 p.m. Monday that the boy had been found.
Another fire at vacant Stella Avenue home
Fire struck a vacant home on Stella Avenue for the second time in months.
Firefighters were sent to the two-and-a-half-storey house in the 400 block of Stella at 9:46 p.m. Monday. Crews went inside to battle the blaze and declared it under control at 10:31 p.m.
A cat was found and taken to safety, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service said in a news release Tuesday morning.
The home was previously damaged by a fire on the afternoon of May 28, the WPFS said. No one was inside the house when fire crews extinguished that fire.
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