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Man accused of driving stolen truck in crash that seriously injured police officers addicted to meth, mother says8 minute read 3:50 PM CDT
A 25-year-old man charged in a crash that seriously injured two Winnipeg police officers has been struggling with meth addiction and desperately needs treatment, his mother told the Free Press.
McKae Ledingham was on bail when he was allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen Lincoln Mark LT pickup truck that collided with a police cruiser at Main Street and Belmont Avenue at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.
“My son deals with addiction issues and it breaks my heart that this happened,” his mother Kimberley told the Free Press via Facebook Messenger. “I feel so bad for the officers that were hurt during this whole episode.
“As a family we are all upset that this all happened and we wish the officers a speedy recovery.”
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WAG’s Warhol prints sell for $780,000
Four Andy Warhol silkscreen prints of Queen Elizabeth II that were part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery's permanent collection sold for $780,000 at a fine-art auction in Toronto Thursday afternoon.
Cowley Abbott, the auction house that sold the prints and dozens of other paintings Thursday, had estimated the Warhol works to sell for between $700,000 to $900,000.
The WAG intends to use the funds from the sale to purchase contemporary Indigenous art, in particular works by First Nations and Metis artists, which director and CEO Stephen Borys says is under-represented within the gallery's permanent collection.
Folk Fest’s Skromeda to head Manitoba Film and Music
Lynne Skromeda, the executive director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, will be the new chief executive officer of Manitoba Film and Music and the province's film commissioner.
Skromeda takes over Aug. 8, about a month after the end of the 2023 festival.
She has been at the folk fest helm since 2012, and prior to that spent 13 years in film and television with Frantic Films as a producer and senior executive.
She takes over from Rod Bruinooge, who has been serving in an interim capacity since November 2021.
Gray Academy hold-and-secure lifted: police
Gray Academy went into a precautionary hold-and-secure Thursday afternoon, police say.
The Jewish day school on Doncaster Street entered the lockdown at 2 p.m. because of an investigation in the area, Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Const. Dani McKinnon said.
The hold-and-secure was lifted at 3:14 p.m.
McKinnon did not immediately have details on what the investigation entailed, but stressed that the hold-and-secure was a preventative, precautionary measure because of nearby police work, rather than something involving the school.
Teen accused in Swan River slaying arrested in Winnipeg
RCMP major crimes investigators have arrested a teen accused in the late May slaying of a woman in Swan River.
Mounties were called at about 3 a.m. on May 29 to a home in the town — which is about 500 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, near the Saskatchewan border — where they found the 29-year-old victim dead.
On Wednesday, RCMP said investigators arrested a 15-year-old boy from Swan River, in Winnipeg. He's been charged with manslaughter and remanded in custody. Police said he and the victim knew each other.
First-degree murder suspect arrested in Sandy Bay
A wanted man accused in an apparently targeted fatal shooting in Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation Monday has been arrested.
RCMP say officers located Shawn Owen Spence, 26.
He was wanted on a warrant for first-degree murder and two firearms offences connected to a shooting in the Indigenous community on the shore of Lake Manitoba at about 6:30 a.m. Monday. A 39-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man accused in Main Street crash with police cruiser charged
Winnipeg police have formally charged the man accused of smashing a stolen truck into a cop car early Wednesday morning, hospitalizing two officers.
McKae Ledingham, 25, was allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen Lincoln Mark LT pickup truck that collided with a police cruiser at Main Street and Belmont Avenue in West Kildonan at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.
He was charged with two counts each of dangerous operation and cause bodily harm by criminal negligence, as well as one count each of resist peace officer, possession of property obtained by crime and fail to comply with the condition of a release order. He's been detained.
The Free Press learned Ledingham was out on bail with driving restrictions after being released May 23, after he was charged with fleeing police and other offences north of the city earlier this spring.
Suspect nabbed in Erickson home invasion
An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was seriously injured in a home invasion in Erickson.
RCMP were called to the home on Second Street NW just before 2 a.m., where they found the 30-year-old woman suffering "significant but non-life threatening injuries."
Mounties say she was taken to a local hospital before she was transferred to Winnipeg.
RCMP had issued a news release Wednesday afternoon advising that the suspect was at large; a short time later they announced an arrest had been made.
Erickson is just south of Riding Mountain National Park.
Missing Bunibonibee Cree Nation woman found safe
A 20-year-old woman from Bunibonibee Cree Nation who had gone missing in Winnipeg was found safe.
Family reported Hayley Stinson missing to Oxford House RCMP on Monday. She had left the community, which is about 575 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on May 20 to travel to the city.
RCMP said she was last seen in Winnipeg on May 31 and hadn’t been in contact with her family.
Mounties said Wednesday morning Stinson had been located.
Winnipeg police search for woman, 18, missing since May
Winnipeg police are searching for an 18-year-old woman who has been missing since mid-May.
Cherish Meeches was last seen in the evening of May 13 in the Fort Richmond neighbourhood, police say.
She's 5-7 with a medium build and medium-length brown hair. She was last wearing black pants, a black sweater, a black jacket, with white and pink shoes, and a black winter hat.
Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call missing persons investigators at 204-986-6250.
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