News briefs for Friday, August 19, 2022


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A collection of breaking news briefs filed on Friday, August 19, 2022

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A collection of breaking news briefs filed on Friday, August 19, 2022

9:05 AM

Bricks of cocaine found in truck crossing border

Two Winnipeg men are facing charges after border services officers found about 30 kg of “suspected cocaine” inside a truck.

The incident took place at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., on Aug. 1. Officers found 28 bricks of cocaine in a duffel bag during a secondary examination of the commercial truck, according to a news release issued today by the Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The men, ages 50 and 31, have been charged with importation and possession of cocaine.

9:56 AM

Missing Portage la Prairie teenager found safe

A 14-year-old girl the RCMP requested public assistance in locating earlier this week has been found safe.

Luisa Alvarenga had last been seen at about 3 a.m. on Saturday when she left a home on 6th Street NE in Portage la Prairie. She was reported missing that afternoon and the RCMP sent a release about her on Tuesday.

She was reported safe by the RCMP Friday.

1:11 PM

First case of monkeypox in Manitoba

Manitoba has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the province.

Dr. Jazz Atwal, the province’s deputy chief public health officer, announced the case at a news conference today.

The infected person acquired monkeypox outside Manitoba, Atwal said. Manitoba Health is not releasing any other information about the person.

1:16 PM

Winnipeg police identify Higgins hotel homicide victim

Winnipeg police homicide investigators have identified the victim of a fatal stabbing that took place outside of a Higgins Avenue hotel early Wednesday morning.

Police raced to the Mount Royal hotel at 3:05 a.m. Wednesday for the reported stabbing, where they found the victim seriously injured. They gave him medical care before he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Friday, police released the victim’s name, Brian Edward Anderson, 40, of Winnipeg, publicly.

Homicide investigators have not yet announced any arrests in the slaying, the 32nd killing in Winnipeg this year. Detectives ask anyone with information to call the unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

1:24 PM

RCMP seize brick of suspected cocaine at Winnipeg airport

RCMP officers at Winnipeg’s airport have seized a nearly 1.2-kg brick of what’s believed to be cocaine that was destined for Toronto.

Mounties were called to the screening area at the international airport at 5:20 a.m. Thursday for a report of possible drugs within a suitcase.

The officers looked inside the luggage, and the brick of suspected cocaine, before arresting identifying the suitcase’s owner in the departure area.

Mounties cuffed a 25-year-old Saskatoon man, who was heading to Toronto. He’s been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, and is facing charges of obstruction and identity fraud because he allegedly gave the officers fake ID.

He appeared in court in Winnipeg on Friday.

RCMP HANDOUT A brick of what’s believed to be cocaine seized at Winnipeg’s airport on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022.
2:07 PM

Four teenage boys intentionally struck with ATV in Oxford House: RCMP

Four teenage boys were intentionally struck by a suspect driving an all-terrain vehicle in Bunibonibee Cree Nation Thursday morning, RCMP allege.

Oxford House RCMP officers were called to an assault near the band office in the northern Indigenous community at about 6:10 a.m. Thursday.

One of the victims, 14, was badly hurt and unable to move, while the other three boys, all between 14-16, ran to safety. The suspect got off the ATV and started to assault the badly-injured boy by punching and kicking him, Mounties allege, before fleeing. RCMP say the attack was captured on video surveillance.

The 14 year old was taken to the local nursing station then transported out of the community for further treatment. A 16-year-old boy was also treated at the nursing station.

A 28-year-old man has been charged with three counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and one count of aggravated assault. He was remanded into custody.

2:31 PM

No one hurt in Main Street hotel fire

No one was hurt after a fire broke out in a three-storey Main Street hotel Friday morning.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service was called to the fire on the 700 block of Main Street at 11:04 a.m., where crews found smoke coming from the building.

Firefighters quickly got the blaze under control, aided by the building’s sprinkler system, the fire department said.

The building’s occupants got out by themselves and no one reported injuries. The fire department said the fire only damaged the suite it started in while other parts of the hotel were damaged from water and smoke. Most residents were able to return to their suites. The fire’s cause is still under investigation.

3:25 PM

Man shot near Furby Street and Sargent Avenue

Winnipeg police are searching for suspects after a man in his 20s was shot in the city’s Spence neighbourhood Thursday night.

Police arrived to the scene near Furby Street and Sargent Avenue around 8:45 p.m., where officers found the victim suffering a “serious gunshot wound,” police said. Officers gave him CPR until paramedics arrived, taking him to hospital in critical condition, where he has since been stabilized.

Witnesses said suspects fled the area. The major crimes unit has taken over the investigation but has not made any arrests. Police ask anyone with information to call the unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

4:07 PM

Man’s rib broken during arrest: police watchdog

The province’s police watchdog is investigating after a man’s rib was broken while Winnipeg police officers were arresting him.

The Winnipeg Police Service notified the Independent Investigation Unit of the June 10 incident on Thursday. Police had been called to Holborn Place, where officers found a suspect and told him he was under arrest, when a “use of force encounter” occurred. The IIU has not released further details of the initial incident or of the use of force.

The man was treated at the scene by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, who medically cleared him, before he was taken to police headquarters, where he was processed and released. Winnipeg police said they were contacted by the Law Enforcement Review Agency Thursday, which said they had medical evidence indicating the man’s rib had been fractured.

The watchdog asks any witnesses or others who have information or video footage that could assist the investigation to call 1-844-667-6060.

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