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West Hawk Lake Hotel Burns in Massive Blaze

The West Hawk Inn burns on Friday, August 29, 2014. (RCMP/HANDOUT)

The West Hawk Inn burns on Friday, August 29, 2014. (RCMP/HANDOUT)

Falcon Lake RCMP say a hotel in Whiteshell Provincial Park has gone up in flames.

West Hawk Inn in West Hawk Lake caught fire around 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning. There was no one inside the hotel and no one was seriously injured, although one camper in the campground behind the hotel was treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire was still burning as of 1 p.m.and RCMP called it “fully involved.” The cause of the fire is unknown.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner will be assisting with the investigation, said RCMP.


Attacker Arrested After Winnipeg Police Find Him Assaulting Pair on Henry Avenue

Winnipeg Police CrestA young man is in custody after Winnipeg police found him assaulting two people early Friday.

Police said they were called to the 100 block of Henry Avenue at about 2:50 a.m. where they found a man kicking and punching a 41 year old woman and a 46 year old man. The man was taken into custody and the victims were transported to hospital. While the woman is in stable condition, the man is listed as in guarded condition.

A man, 20, is facing charges of aggravated assault, robbery, assault causing bodily harm, public mischief, possession of marihuana and prescription drugs and failure to comply with a probation order.

He remains in custody.


North Side of Narin Overpass to Open, South Side to Close

City of Winnipeg logoThe Narin Overpass has reached a milestone, says the City of Winnipeg, and traffic is about to be re-routed on the bridge because of it.

The north portion of the overpass is nearly completed and therefore, traffic will be fully re-routed onto the north portion of the overpass beginning on Tuesday. Rehabilitation work on the south side of the overpass will then be completed.

The overpass is on schedule to fully open in November, said the City of Winnipeg.


Several Arrested as Winnipeg Police Raid Gang-Related House

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police said four people have gone to jail after a home was raided in Transcona on Wednesday.

Police said they started a drug investigation into the African Mafia street gang in July and on Wednesday, they raided a house in the 300 block of Regent Avenue West at about 6:45 p.m. Inside, they arrested two men and two women and found:

Six ounces of crack cocaine worth $10,800
Three ounces of marihuana worth $840
Fourteen rocks of crack cocaine worth $280.00
$2275 in Canadian cash, and $55 USD

Ahmed Eyale, 23, Sabrin Mahmue Jemei, 21, Mourad Mohamed, 20, and Ruta Tesfalidet, 24 have all been arrested and charged with numerous drug-related offenses. They have been detained.


Man Arrested in Rooming House Homicide on Austin Street North

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police have arrested a man in the death of Jeffery Campbell.

Police said Campbell, 25, and the accused were both in a rooming house on Austin Street North when they got into a fight early Monday morning. The accused, who police said had been consuming drugs, armed himself with a knife and stabbed Campbell several times.

Emergency personnel were called to the house at 5 a.m and Campbell was taken to hospital where he later died.

Police caught up with the suspect just before midnight on Tuesday near Bannatyne Avenue and Lydia Street.

Michael Tyler John Boubard, 21, has been charged with second degree murder.


What’s Open and Closed on Labour Day in Winnipeg

Cottage Life - Labour Day

For Labour Day, Monday, September 1, 2014:

*All civic offices are closed.

Shopping Centres
Kildonan Place: Closed
St. Vital Centre: Closed
Polo Park Shopping Centre: Closed

Liquor Marts
All Manitoba Liquor Marts will be closed on Monday, September 1, but are operating on extended hours Friday and Saturday. Most Winnipeg locations are open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Prairie Barge Fest Coming Together

Prairie Barge Festival

Audio technicians and other crew were loading equipment down to The Forks’ historic port on Thursday. The preparations are for this weekend’s Prairie Barge Festival, where three days of music will include acts from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and art and culture showcasing the diverse talent found on the prairies. The festival runs today through Sunday. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Lighthouse Mission Celebrates Newly-Installed Kitchen

Lighthouse MissionA new kitchen means one of Winnipeg’s shelters will be able to better serve some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

Lighthouse Mission on Main Street will be celebrating the installation of their new kitchen over the summer, and will provide free Booster Juice and homemade baking for all their patrons.

The kitchen was made possible through partnerships with Project Echo, various fundraisers and local tradespeople donating their time and materials. The kitchen was installed at the mission over the summer.

About 200 people use the soup kitchen at the mission daily.


Dauphin RCMP Bust Grow Op in Town, Find Gun, Crossbow

Dauphin RCMP busted a small grow op on August 22, 2014. (RCMP/HANDOUT)

Dauphin RCMP busted a small grow op on August 22, 2014. (RCMP/HANDOUT)

Dauphin RCMP busted a grow op last week and netted themselves a gun and a crossbow, to boot.

RCMP said they raided a home in the town on August 22 and found a small grow op in the basement. They found about a pound of pot buds, bags of cut marihuana, 10 plants and about 10 grams of cocaine.

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Former University of Manitoba Bisons Player Suspended for Steroid Use

University of Manitoba BisonsA former University of Manitoba football player has been suspended after testing positive for Oxandrolone, a prohibited steroid.

Ranji Atwall was given a four-year sanction from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports after a sample collected in March tested positive.

The university’s Bison Sports called Atwall’s actions disappointing.

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