Bombers sign OL Bryant to one-year extension

01/17/2019 11:38 AM

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Thursday they have signed offensive lineman Stanley Bryant to a one-year extension.

Bryant is the reigning CFL’s most outstanding lineman, winning the prestigious award in back-to-back seasons as the Bombers’ left tackle. The 32-year-old is entering his 10th season in the CFL and fifth in Winnipeg. Bryant’s deal was already agreed to “in principal” but the announcement makes it official that he will be in blue and gold for the 2019 season.

The Bombers now have three of their starting five offensive linemen – Bryant, guard Patrick Neufeld and right tackle Jermarcus Hardrick – now under contract. Still in need of a deal is right guard Sukh Chungh and centre Matthias Goossen. Both become free agents on Feb. 12.

Stanley Bryant is the reigning CFL’s most outstanding lineman. (Jason Franson / Canadian Press files)

RCMP investigate gun thefts

01/17/2019 8:59 AM

RCMP were investigating separate thefts of firearms Thursday from two incidents in different parts of southern Manitoba.

Oakbank RCMP were called to a garage break-in in the Rural Municipality of Springfield on the eastern outskirts of Winnipeg Monday about 3 a.m. Suspects had broken in and stolen 12 handguns from a locked gun safe in the garage.

Later the same morning, about 10:20 a.m., RCMP in southwestern Manitoba were called to a theft of 41 long guns from a Souris residence. Souris RCMP said it appeared the theft had occurred sometime within the last month.

RCMP called in the forensic unit to help detachments with the investigations, which were not believed to be related.

Power outage means classes cancelled at École Tuxedo Park

01/17/2019 8:28 AM

Due to a power outage, classes at Ecole Tuxedo Park were cancelled Thursday, a statement from the school division said.

Pembina Trails School Division said the outage affected only one school. École Tuxedo Park is an elementary school located at 2300 Corydon Ave.

Meanwhile, Manitoba Hydro tweeted out Thursday morning that an outage in the Charleswood/Tuxedo area of the city was due to a pole fire on Roblin Boulevard. 

Crews were en route to work at the location to make repairs and restore electricity shortly after 8 a.m.



Kenora men facing firearm charges after fishing shacks shot up

01/16/2019 1:54 PM

Two men from Kenora are facing firearms charges after ice fishing shacks were shot up in Kenora on Lake of the Woods.

Ontario Provincial Police were notified that four ice fishing shacks had been damaged on Jan. 6. The damage was caused by a firearm.

Terry Roen, 24, and Austin Holmstrom, 18, both of Kenora, are scheduled to appear in provincial court Jan. 31.

The two men were each charged with five offences Jan. 15.

Moose defenceman Cam Schilling to join Jets on two-game road trip

01/16/2019 1:53 PM

Cam Schilling will join the Winnipeg Jets for stops in Nashville and Dallas this week.

The Manitoba Moose defenceman was called up by the NHL squad today to provide some insurance on the blue line.

Ben Chiarot, injured Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks, missed Tuesday's game against the Vegas Golden Knights. His status for the two-game road trip against a pair of Central Division rivals is unclear.

Even if Chiarot remains sidelined, Schilling would be the extra blue-liner. The Jets have Josh Morrissey paired with Jacob Trouba, Dmitry Kulikov partnered with Tyler Myers and youngster Sami Niku alongside Joe Morrow.

Schilling, 30, made his Jets debut and played in four games for the club earlier this season. He recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Nov. 29 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

He's suited up fpr 27 games for the Moose this season and has 10 points (1G, 9A) and 16 penalty minutes. 

Man, children hit by bear spray during home invasion

01/16/2019 1:40 PM

Two men have been charged following a home invasion Tuesday night in which a man and several young children were hit with bear spray.

Police say a number of suspects forced their way inside a home on the 200 block of Powers Street at about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday. They allegedly pointed a firearm at a man in his 20s before he was shot with bear spray, which affected a number of people inside the house including children aged three, five and seven, police said.

One suspect confronted a woman and her daughter with a hatchet and threatened to assault the mother.

An undisclosed amount of property was stolen and the male suspects fled. Officers took three suspects into custody a short time later at a home on the 500 block of College Avenue. Police said it wasn't a random home invasion.

Winnipeg residents Brandon David Thomas Richard, 25, and Jarrett Michael Stevens, 22, face many criminal charges and are in police custody. One suspect was released without charges. The investigation continues.  

Einarson top seed at provincial Scotties

01/16/2019 12:13 PM

Gimli's Kerri Einarson has been named the No. 1 seed for the Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts to be held at the Gimli Recreation Centre, Jan. 23-27.

East St. Paul's Tracy Fleury, Assiniboine Memorial's Darcy Robertson, Granite's Allison Flaxey and Beth Peterson of Assiniboine Memorial are seeded Nos. 2 through 5, respectively.

Arrest made in social-media threats against local school

01/16/2019 10:51 AM

Normal classes resumed at Arthur Day Middle School following the arrest of a minor in connection with threats posted to social media earlier this week, the school’s principal told parents Wednesday.

“Last night the Winnipeg Police Service arrested a minor in relation to the threats... (they) have told us they do not believe the minor had intentions to act on the threats and no other individuals were involved,” Wendy Walder wrote parents in an email.

She added that while classes are returning to normal, the River East School Division continued to have a strong presence of staff, division support and police in place as appropriate.

School staff searched student backpacks and bags for two days in a row this week and exterior doors were kept locked after threats surfaced on social media against the school.

The grades 6 to 8 facility at 43 Whitehall Blvd. also released letters to parents both days, as police and school authorities took precautionary safety measures.


Power back on in Sturgeon Creek Park

01/16/2019 9:22 AM

Power was restored in Sturgeon Creek Park as of 9:45 a.m., Manitoba Hydro said.

Hydro had advised on its Twitter account that there was a power outage in Sturgeon Creek Park on Wednesday morning, which affected about 200 customers.

The outage began at approximately 6 a.m.

Hydro did not say what caused the outage.

Lifeflight doctors back on board two flights

01/15/2019 5:49 PM

Lifeflight doctors will be able to fill two scheduling gaps this week, after news broke about five shift vacancies for the month of January. 

Renate Singh, the associate medical director for Lifeflight, said Tuesday that doctors will now be able to staff the Lifeflight shifts for Wednesday and Thursday. 

The Manitoba Government and General Employees Union raised concerns about Lifeflight nurses flying without doctors on board air ambulances Monday, advising their members not to take such a risk.

There are apparently still three shifts requiring Lifeflight doctors for the rest of the month. 

A spokesperson for Health Minister Cameron Friesen confirmed late Tuesday that all the Lifeflight shifts were filled this week and “work is continuing to ensure all shifts are appropriately staffed for the remainder of the month.”

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