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AN 18-year-old woman found dead Saturday died from natural causes, police said Sunday.
Police were called to a home in the 100 block of Lorne Avenue at 1:10 a.m. Saturday for an unresponsive woman. Investigators learned there had been an altercation and occupants of the home had helped the woman and called 911. She was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died.
Homicide investigators were called in until an autopsy showed there was nothing criminal about the death.
No charges will be laid, police said.
A pickup truck that ran a red light Saturday and collided with an ambulance crashed into a jewelry store, police said Sunday.
Witnesses told police the ambulance was headed west through a green light at Isabel Street when it crossed paths with the pickup headed north on Isabel. The two collided and the pickup crashed into Independent Jewellers in the 400 block of Notre Dame. Damage to the building was substantial.
The four occupants of the truck and the two in the ambulance were not seriously injured, police said.
BRANDON -- Residents in the southwest corner of Manitoba face a looming doctor shortage.
Officials from Melita and the RM of Two Border are hosting a Feb. 6 meeting to discuss the issue.
Melita Coun. Alby Morris said the community currently has two full-time doctors and one semi-retired doctor who works half-time.
In March, one of the full-time doctors is resigning. Her colleague is set to be gone for about six months in March, leaving the hospital with one semi-retired physician.
Morris said Prairie Mountain Healthàmanagementàis doing its best to handle the lack of doctors across the health region, but said the community is starting to feel neglected.
"Everyone is really concerned and we don't want to lose our medical services here."
Nurses have told Morris they believe the emergency room will have to be shut down when the doctors leave.
"The community feels the RHAàisn't trying hard enough to fill these positions and they'd rather fill centres like Virden, Killarney or Russell -- the bigger communities,"àMorris said. "If this place closes down we're going to be in a quandary."
Complicating matters is the oil boom, which has been tempered more recently by the fall in prices.
"This is a farming community and that's a high-risk venue with many people often getting hurt on the farm," Morris said.
"We're also in the middle of an oil boom and Melita and Virden is where the bulk of where those workers go. Pierson is a long way from Deloraine or Virden. It's almost an hour-long drive."
Melita's volunteer ambulance crew has almost disappeared.
"We had a very good volunteer service and then the government stepped in,"àMorris said. "Now we have a shortage of ambulance people."
Morris blames new regulations that he said are onerous, requiring unrealistic and expensive training.
In 2013, an independent review of the Emergency Medical Services program in the province called for the "phase out" of emergency medical responders and a move toward a "paramedics only"àmodel.
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