Erik Pindera

Erik Pindera

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Erik Pindera reports for the city desk, with a particular focus on crime and justice.

The lifelong Winnipegger managed to snag a few internships at the paper during his journalism studies at Red River College.

Before he rejoined the Free Press fold in 2020 as a web editor, he was a television and radio reporter and before that, a small-town newspaperman.

 

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Police alerted to separate slayings two hours apart

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Police alerted to separate slayings two hours apart

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Yesterday at 11:24 AM CST

The 25-year-old man accused in a slaying outside a Henry Avenue shelter has a history of armed assault while intoxicated.

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Yesterday at 11:24 AM CST

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Winnipeg police said they have arrested a suspect in a slaying outside the Salvation Army shelter Thursday.

City officer cleared in shooting

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City officer cleared in shooting

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

A Winnipeg police officer was justified when he shot a man, armed with knives, in the thigh last fall, the police oversight agency has concluded.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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A police officer who shot a man, armed with knives, in the thigh on Barber Street last fall has been cleared.

Police probe Henry Avenue death

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Police probe Henry Avenue death

Erik Pindera 2 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

One person is dead after an incident outside a Winnipeg shelter Thursday morning.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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Yellow police tape stretched from the Lighthouse Mission on Main Street, around the Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope shelter, down Henry Avenue.

Wholesaler suing restaurateur over non-payment

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Wholesaler suing restaurateur over non-payment

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

A food wholesaler is suing the owner of a Winnipeg restaurant that became a gathering place for COVID-deniers during the pandemic before it closed.

Pratts Ltd. and Pratts Wholesale Food Service Ltd. allege Tuxedo Village Family Restaurant and its owner, Paulina Jojnowicz, owe $11,056.38 plus interest, stemming from a 2018 contract. A statement of claim was filed in the Court of King’s Bench on Jan. 23.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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The owner of Tuxedo Village Family Restaurant, which is listed online as permanently closed, is being sued.

Resign from law society or face disbarment, disgraced city lawyer told

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Resign from law society or face disbarment, disgraced city lawyer told

Erik Pindera 4 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

A Winnipeg lawyer and former property manager who admitted to misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property trust funds has been told he can either resign from the province’s law society or be disbarred.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Jeff Rabb, the former head of Winpark Dorchester Properties, admitted to misappropriating more than $360,000 in trust funds from a number of the company’s properties between 2009 and 2015. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Catalytic converter thefts creep up

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Catalytic converter thefts creep up

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

THE theft of catalytic converters is slowly increasing just months after it plummeted thanks to a new law, enforcement crackdown and tracking program.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Crime Stoppers, has equipped at least 68 auto shops and dealerships in the province with etching equipment to identify catalytic converter. (Ehtan Cairns / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Two charged in series of break-ins

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Two charged in series of break-ins

Erik Pindera 2 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Winnipeg police have arrested two people accused in a lengthy spree of break-and-enters at residences and storage units.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Winnipeg police have arrested two people accused in a lengthy spree of break-and-enters at residences and storage units.

Cold keeps doors closed at Steinbach-area schools

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Cold keeps doors closed at Steinbach-area schools

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

All Steinbach and area schools were closed Monday out of concern for the extreme cold, days after seven of them had been shuttered due to threats.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Circumstances leading to homicides in Winnipeg’s most murderous year tended to follow a familiar narrative

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Circumstances leading to homicides in Winnipeg’s most murderous year tended to follow a familiar narrative

Erik Pindera 20 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Eight evidence markers, lettered A through H, were placed on garbage bins in the backyard of the white two-storey fourplex at 259 McKay Ave., just east of Henderson Highway.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

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Partial human remains were discovered behind apartment building in the 200 block of Edison Ave in May last year. Investigators arrested and since charged Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki, 35, with first degree for the homicide of Rebecca Contois.

Threats close Steinbach-area schools, prompt international probe

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Threats close Steinbach-area schools, prompt international probe

Erik Pindera 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

All Steinbach schools and one in a neighbouring community closed Friday after receiving more threatening phone messages.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

City moving toward Transit security force: mayor

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City moving toward Transit security force: mayor

Erik Pindera 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Winnipeg’s mayor is promising to establish a Transit security force within months, as concerns over violence on its buses and along its routes skyrocket.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

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Mayor Scott Gillingham in his office at City Hall during his year-end interview. See Joyanne Pursaga story 221216 - Friday, December 16, 2022.

Transit adds voice to call for national task force

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Transit adds voice to call for national task force

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

In the latest violence plaguing Winnipeg Transit, police arrested a woman accused of assaulting a bus driver and passengers — and another woman who stepped in to fight her.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

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The local bus driver union wants a national task force to address violence on transit systems across the country.

Police chief asks for $1.8M to hire more 911 staff

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Police chief asks for $1.8M to hire more 911 staff

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Winnipeg’s police chief wants more funding to hire 911 call operators and dispatchers as call volumes increase and staff burn out.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

The 911 call centre received 713,093 calls in 2022 compared to 585,984 calls In 2017, according to Winnipeg police chief Danny Smyth. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Co-accused in bus attack assaulted Mountie in 2021

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Co-accused in bus attack assaulted Mountie in 2021

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

A man accused of attacking a father and child on a city bus last week pleaded guilty two years ago to kicking a RCMP constable and taking a swing at another.

Clifford Mentuck, 31, and Nida Diane Kipling, 37, remain in custody, facing charges in the Jan. 19 assault on a Winnipeg Transit bus.

The father and his 10-year-old son were passengers aboard the vehicle when a male and female began randomly shouting obscenities at them, the Winnipeg Police Service said Jan. 20.

The assault escalated, and the man and boy were punched multiple times before the suspects fled. After exiting the bus, the male suspect returned briefly and slapped the father across the face, police said at the time.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

A man accused of attacking a father and child on a city bus last week pleaded guilty two years ago to kicking a RCMP constable and taking a swing at another.

Clifford Mentuck, 31, and Nida Diane Kipling, 37, remain in custody, facing charges in the Jan. 19 assault on a Winnipeg Transit bus.

The father and his 10-year-old son were passengers aboard the vehicle when a male and female began randomly shouting obscenities at them, the Winnipeg Police Service said Jan. 20.

The assault escalated, and the man and boy were punched multiple times before the suspects fled. After exiting the bus, the male suspect returned briefly and slapped the father across the face, police said at the time.

Police seek man in public choking attack

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Police seek man in public choking attack

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Winnipeg police are searching for a male suspect after a woman was choked unconscious on a Windsor Park-area street early Saturday.

Police were called to Elizabeth Road and De Bourmont Avenue at about 12:30 a.m., where a woman in her 40s reported being assaulted by an unknown man.

The woman said she had walked west on Elizabeth, then north on De Bourmont, when a man came up behind her. He began to choke her and pulled her to the ground where she lost consciousness, police said Monday.

She fought the man off, once she came to. The suspect fled.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

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A woman in her 40s reported being assaulted by a man she didn’t know at around 12:30 am at the intersection of Elizabeth Road and De Bourmont Avenue.

Lawyers in doctor’s sex assault trial to ask for stay of proceedings

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Lawyers in doctor’s sex assault trial to ask for stay of proceedings

Erik Pindera 2 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Defence lawyers for a rural doctor accused of multiple counts of sexual assault intend to apply for a judicial stay of proceedings, court heard Friday.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Dr. Arcel Bissonnette’s lawyers are planning to ask for a judicial stay of proceedings on the grounds of abuse of process and late disclosure. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Manslaughter conviction in 2020 fatal stabbing

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Manslaughter conviction in 2020 fatal stabbing

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

A Winnipeg man has been convicted of manslaughter in a 2020 fatal stabbing precipitated by a verbal exchange over a small amount of cash.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter, admits stabbing victim in 2021 North End group assault

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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter, admits stabbing victim in 2021 North End group assault

Erik Pindera 2 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

A man accused in the stabbing death of a 28-year-old man on North End street in 2021 has pleaded guilty for his involvement.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

The Manitoba Law Courts building is shown in downtown Winnipeg, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Life sentence, no parole for seven years for 2019 Thompson slaying

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Life sentence, no parole for seven years for 2019 Thompson slaying

Erik Pindera 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

The man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the “horrific death” of a vulnerable woman in Thompson has been sentenced to life in prison.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

Bobbie Lynn Moose, 29, was found in an industrial area of Thompson in 2019. (Supplied)

Doctor’s sex assault trial adjourned for third consecutive day

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Doctor’s sex assault trial adjourned for third consecutive day

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

A rural Manitoba doctor’s trial on nearly two dozen sexual assault charges was adjourned for the third consecutive day Wednesday after court heard key notebooks from the lead police investigator appear to be unrecoverable.

The judge-only trial, scheduled for four weeks, will reconvene in front of Court of King’s Bench Justice Anne Turner Friday afternoon, when the Crown and defence lawyers are expected to discuss the plan going forward.

Dr. Arcel Bissonnette is charged with 22 counts of sexual assault for alleged offences against several female patients when he worked in Ste. Anne, a town southeast of Winnipeg, between 2004 and 2017.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

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Dr. Arcel Bissonnette (in white) is charged with 22 counts of sexual assault for alleged offences against several female patients when he worked in Ste. Anne, a town southeast of Winnipeg, between 2004 and 2017.

Former officer gets absolute discharge on fraud charge

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Former officer gets absolute discharge on fraud charge

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

A now-former Winnipeg police officer who was charged with fraud over $5,000 after receiving long-term disability payments while running a private business was granted an absolute discharge Monday.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

Elmer Hanson, seen here in 2006, was operating a business while collecting disability insurance. He paid the entire amount back. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Ste. Anne MD’s sexual assault trial adjourned again to locate missing evidence

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Ste. Anne MD’s sexual assault trial adjourned again to locate missing evidence

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

The trial for a rural doctor charged with sexual assault was adjourned for the second consecutive day Tuesday morning, to give Crown prosecutors time to obtain evidence the defence is seeking from the Sainte-Anne Police Service.

Dr. Arcel Bissonnette is charged with 22 counts of sexual assault for alleged offences against several female patients when he worked in Ste. Anne, a town southeast of Winnipeg, between 2004 and 2017.

He was initially charged in 2020 with six counts, before additional complainants stepped forward and he was charged with 16 more offences in 2021.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba barred him from practising medicine when he was first charged.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

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Dr. Arcel Bissonnette is charged with 22 counts of sexual assault for alleged offences against several female patients when he worked in Ste. Anne, a town southeast of Winnipeg, between 2004 and 2017.

12 months in jail for fatal 2020 hit, run

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12 months in jail for fatal 2020 hit, run

Erik Pindera 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

The widow of a Winnipeg man killed in a 2020 hit-and-run by a driver with a suspended licence cried Monday as she told court of her loss.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

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Winnipeg Police forensics unit are at the scene of an accident on Grey Street between Munroe and Moncton Avenues. That stretch or Grey Street is closed with dozens of evidence markers on the road. A helmet and a bicycle could be seen amongst the evidence markers. 200730 - Wednesday, July 30, 2020.

Interpol request leads to Manitoba man’s arrest

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Interpol request leads to Manitoba man’s arrest

Erik Pindera 2 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

A Russell man has been charged after RCMP were contacted by Interpol about threats made on social media toward law enforcement personnel, government officials and medical professionals.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

A Russell man has been charged after RCMP were contacted by Interpol about threats made on social media toward law enforcement personnel, government officials and medical professionals.