Terriers force Game 7 in MJHL final with late surge against Stampeders

04/18/2019 9:07 PM

The Portage Terriers scored twice in the span of one minute and 40 seconds late in the third period, and then added two empty-net goals for extra measure, to defeat the Swan Valley Stampeders 5-2 and force a Game 7 in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League finals.


Playing from behind 2-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Swan River’s Centennial Arena, the Terriers marched back with a game-tying goal from Reece Henry, before taking the lead courtesy of Chase Brakel, who put Portage up with 4:54 left in the third frame.

Jay Buchholz scored both empty-netters, capping off a surprising turnaround for the visiting Terriers, who will now host Game 7 Monday night.

Stampeders forward Bradly Goethals opened the scoring in the first period, notching his playoff-leading 12th goal to put the home team up 1-0 just 3:20 into the game. The Terriers evened the score late in the second period with a goal from 16-year-old Owen Murray, who pounced on a rebound with 12 seconds left in the frame.

Swan Valley is looking to claim its first Turnbull Cup in the franchise's 20-year history, while Portage can snatch up their fourth league title in the last five years.

IIU to probe complaint police officer assaulted cyclist

04/18/2019 4:57 PM

The province's police watchdog agency has opened an investigation into cyclist's complaint that a Winnipeg police officer pulled him over and assaulted him for no reason.

The man told the Independent Investigation Unit he was cycling home from work about 3 a.m. April 12 when a patrol cruiser pulled up in front of him. He said the officer told the cyclist he matched the description of a wanted man and told him to hand over his backpack.

When the man refused, the officer pepper-sprayed him and threatened him with his baton.

A statement from the agency did not identify the area of the city where the incident was reported to have taken place.

Witnesses to the incident are asked to call IIU investigators toll-free at 844-667-6060. The agency investigates injuries and death in incidents that involve police and peace officers. 

Random gunshot misses two people inside a Portage la Prairie home

04/18/2019 2:22 PM

Police are looking for information on who shot at a home in Portage la Prairie in the early morning hours Tuesday.

Police found a bullet inside the residence when they responded to calls at 4 a.m. from a home located on 18th Street NW. Two people were inside at the time the shot rang out but no one was injured.

"At this point, we believe the bullet was randomly fired at the house from a distant location and we need help from the public to further the investigation," Manitoba RCMP spokesperson Paul Manaigre said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to call Portage RCMP at 204-857-4445 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-222-8477.

Bowman criticizes province’s proposed review

04/18/2019 2:20 PM

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman says he fears the province’s plans to launch a review into the city’s planning, property and development department is a partisan decision being made in bad faith.

Instead, he’s again calling on the province to launch a public inquiry into the controversy surrounding the construction of the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters.

“We’ve been pushing the broom with one hand tied behind our back... If the premier’s intentions are genuine, he would call a public inquiry today,” Bowman said.

Premier Brian Pallister announced the review — which will begin with Winnipeg’s planning, property and development department — Thursday morning.

This comes on the heels of allegations of widespread workplace misconduct — first reported by the Free Press — in Winnipeg’s public works departments.


Arrest made in Ramallah Cafe homicide

04/18/2019 11:19 AM

Police have charged a Winnipeg man with second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the homicide and stabbing at Ramallah Cafe Monday night. 

The Ontario Provincial Police stopped an eastbound vehicle on Highway 17A east of Kenora on Tuesday and arrested a male suspect. He was turned over to the Winnipeg Police Service and transported back to Winnipeg, police said.

Mahfuthmm Assi, 20, of Winnipeg is charged in connection with the stabbing death of Yazan Al Horani, 20,  as well as the attempted murder of another male who remains in hospital in stable condition.

Police say a dispute inside the restaurant and hookah lounge at 325 Pembina Highway escalated to a physical altercation.  

Masked, armed males rob Sandy Bay store

04/18/2019 1:49 PM

Police are looking for information to help apprehend robbers who held up a Sandy Bay store on Monday.

The two clerks on duty at the convenience store weren't injured. They called the police just after 11 p.m. and reported the pair of robbers wore masks and pointed firearms at them, before robbing the store of an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

The robbers escaped on an all-terrain vehicle. Sandy Bay is an Ojibway First Nation located 165 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sandy Bay detachment of the Manitoba First Nation Police at 204-843-7705 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.


O Cannabis: Cheech & Chong celebrate legalization with Canadian tour

04/18/2019 1:06 PM

Smoke 'em if you got 'em: Cheech & Chong are rolling through town on their 14-date O Cannabis tour.

The counter-culture comedy duo will perform at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Oct. 1, just shy of the one-year anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26 at Ticketmaster. Tickets range in price from $39.50 to $125, plus fees. 

Widely considering the godfathers of the stoner comedy, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have been making audiences laugh for over 40 years. The duo was also incredibly prolific, releasing nine comedy albums between 1972 and 1985. Their debut film, Up in Smoke, was the highest grossing comedy of 1978, and remains a classic of the genre.

The O Cannabis tour, which kicks off in Toronto on Sept. 23, is billed as an "all new show featuring 50 years of stories, skits, and songs from two best buds."



Date set for rescheduled Fleetwood Mac concert

04/18/2019 10:58 AM

Fleetwood Mac, which postponed a concert for Winnipeg's Bell MTS Place earlier in April because singer Stevie Nicks had the flu, will instead perform at the downtown arena on Nov. 7.

Tickets originally purchased for the April concert will be honoured for the November show, says a Live Nation press release.

Tickets still available for purchase on Ticketmaster's website range in price from $300 to $894.87 for a platinum package. Those prices include service fees.  

Selkirk Avenue shut down after suspicious death

04/18/2019 6:08 AM

The homicide unit is investigating a suspicious death after an injured man was found near railway tracks in the city’s North End.

Police were called to an area just south of Selkirk Avenue, east of Tommy Prince Street, shortly after 3 a.m. on Thursday.

They found a man who had been seriously assaulted. He was transported to hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead.

Selkirk is closed in both directions between Tommy Prince and Battery streets while police investigate. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Police investigate near train tracks just south of Selkirk Avenue.

Province launches tourism strategy before Manitoba 150

04/18/2019 9:54 AM

The Manitoba government wants to see the provincial tourism industry rake in $2.2 billion by 2022 and boost local visits by 19 per cent.

The province launched a new tourism strategy Thursday, alongside Travel Manitoba and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. The 72-page document contains five main goals:

  • continuing to market and promote Manitoba through branding initiatives; 
  • investing in destination and experience development; 
  • improving transportation and mobile connectivity; 
  • fostering collaboration among all stakeholders; and 
  • building public support for tourism.

Next year's Manitoba 150 celebrations are expected to draw many new faces to the province. The government also wants to encourage Manitobans to explore their own home turf. 

Manitoba's tourism industry currently contributes more than three per cent to the provincial GDP. The province is hoping to attract 12.6 million new visitors by 2022, a 19 per cent increase from 2016.

Bowman to comment on provincial review of city processes

04/18/2019 10:57 AM

The Manitoba government is launching a review of how Winnipeg city hall approves and inspects construction projects and property development.

Premier Brian Pallister told the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce that delays in getting permits and inspections done are stifling economic growth. Pallister also says his government will offer to share the cost of a review of city spending in order to find savings.

Mayor Brian Bowman will address media at city hall this afternoon to respond to news of the review.

It's the latest development in an ongoing battle between the province and city over money issues.

Bowman has said the province has cut its share of transit funding and owes the city millions of dollars for past construction projects that were jointly funded.

Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding has said the city doesn't have a revenue problem, but a spending one.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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