Two children killed in car crash near Dauphin

08/17/2019 12:37 PM

A four-year-old girl and a six-year-old girl have died after they were pulled from the wreckage of a car crash three kilometres north of Dauphin Friday night.

Two 24-year-old men in an eastbound Ford F150 pickup truck went through the intersection at Provincial Road 362 and Road 147 North and hit the side of a northbound Dodge Ram carrying the two girls and two women, RCMP said in a news release Saturday. The collision happened around 8 p.m. Friday.

The two women were taken to hospital in Dauphin with non-life-threatening injuries. The men, both from Dauphin, were seriously hurt. One of them suffered life-threatening injuries and was sent to Winnipeg hospital.

RCMP say they are investigating to find out if alcohol was a factor in the crash. No charges have been announced.


Effects of lightning strike send 17 to hospital

08/17/2019 12:12 PM

Seventeen people were taken to hospital Friday night after lightning struck on Ebb and Flow First Nation, where nearly a thousand had gathered for the community's annual powwow. 

No one was directly hit by the lightning, and there were no reported major injuries, but several people felt the ground current after lightning hit a hydro pole on the powwow site. They were transported to the nearest hospital in Sainte Rose du Lac as a precaution, the community's fire chief said, so medical staff could monitor blood pressure and heart rates. The thunderstorm happened after 8 p.m. Friday.

Crews were doing safety checks before restoring power to the powwow site and expected to resume powwow celebrations at 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Homicide investigation launched following Polo Park-area assault

08/17/2019 11:04 AM

A man in his 30s has died and the Winnipeg police homicide unit is investigating after the fatal Friday afternoon assault in the Polo Park area.

Police believe two men who knew each other had a dispute that escalated to violence, according to a news release issued Saturday morning. The Winnipeg Police Service received a report around 5:20 p.m. Friday that a man who had been assaulted earlier was unresponsive near Tylehurst Street and Wolseley Avenue West.

The victim has since died and a 29-year-old man has been arrested. Alexander Agnus McPherson has been charged with aggravated assault. The investigation is ongoing and the death hasn't been deemed a homicide.

If ruled a homicide, it would be the 26th the city has seen this year.

Goldeyes bitten by Dogs

08/16/2019 11:00 PM

The Winnipeg Goldeyes (47-37) lost 5-1 to the Chicago Dogs at Shaw Park on Friday night.

Mitchell Kranson drove in Kelly Dugan with the game’s first run on a ground out to shortstop in the top of the second inning.

Chicago made it 2-0 in the top of the third when Keon Barnum hit a line drive, solo home run to right with two outs.  It was Barnum’s league-leading 27th of the year.
Kyle Martin launched a solo home run to right with one out in the bottom of the fourth to pull the Goldeyes within 2-1.

Transit union rejects city's 'final offer'

08/16/2019 5:48 PM

Winnipeg Transit workers overwhelmingly voted against what city hall had described as its “final offer.”

However ATU Local 1505, in anticipation of such an outcome, had prepared a counter offer that was sent to the city within minutes of the vote results late Friday afternoon.

The transit union has lowered it wage demands and withdrawn a proposal to lower bus speed limits but has remained firm on proposals involving improved route scheduling, rest breaks and other working conditions.


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Second-degree murder charges in fatal Cross Lake fire

08/16/2019 3:46 PM

A Cross Lake woman has been charged with second-degree murder after a fire killed a 93-year-old woman.

RCMP investigators believe the fire was deliberately set. 

Early Aug. 9, officers saw smoke spouting from the windows of a home in Cross Lake, and broke a window to get in. They found the victim lying on the floor. She was taken to hospital but later died. 

This week, Leona Blacksmith, 38, was arrested and charged. She appeared in Thompson provincial court Aug. 12.

Course record set at Player's Cup

08/16/2019 2:10 PM

A new course record has been set at Southwood Golf & County Club.

American pro Will Gordon fired a sizzling 11-under 61 on Friday in his second round of The Player's Cup. Gordon actually stood on the 18th tee box at 12-under for his round, needing a birdie for an elusive 59.

Instead, he hit his drive into the rough, came up just short of the green on his approach, missed his chip-in attempt and two-putted for a bogey.

The previous course record at Southwood was 63, set last year by a pair of Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada pros.

Gordon opened the tournament with a one-over 73 on Thursday. He now sits at 10-under for the event, good for a share of second place with play continuing Friday afternoon.

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Bombers exploring options after Nichols injury

08/16/2019 1:44 PM

The Blue Bombers are weighing the different options on how to handle a potentially serious shoulder injury to No. 1 quarterback Matt Nichols.

Nichols was injured late in Thursday's 32-16 win over the B.C. Lions, after taking a hit from Shawn Lemon with nearly eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Nichols, favouring his right, throwing shoulder, was able to jog to the sideline but lasted less than a minute before making his way to the locker room.

He was expected to have a magnetic resonance image (MRI) taken of his shoulder, with an update by the team scheduled for Monday. It's unclear how much time, if any, Nichols will miss. The 32-year-old has battled injuries the last few years, but has never missed significant time outside of a three-game absence from a knee injury he suffered in training camp last year.

Matt Nichols leaves the field Thursday night. (John Woods / Canadian Press files)

Lil Nas X, Tyga headline UMSU frosh celebrations at arena

08/16/2019 1:08 PM

The man behind the ubiqutious hit Old Town Road is headlining the University of Manitoba's Centennial Frosh party at Bell MTS Place on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.

Georgia-born country rapper Lil Nas X will be joined by American rapper and TV personality Tyga, who released his seventh album, Legendary, this year. 

Also on the bill are powerhouse vocalist Faouzia, the Moroccan-born, Carman-based singer-songwriter who recently appeared on David Guetta's single Battle, and Winnipeg rapper Myazwe.

Student tickets (with valid student ID) are $45, $55, $65; general public tickets are $75 (plus fees). They go on sale online at noon on Monday, Aug. 19, at

Lane closure coming to Empress Street

08/16/2019 12:36 PM

Empress Street’s southbound lane will be shut down between St. Matthews Avenue and Jack Blick Avenue from Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. to Nov. 25 at 3 p.m.

The City of Winnipeg announced the road closure in a press release Friday.

The closure is for roadway construction and maintenance work, the city said.

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