Archive for November, 2010
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Pundits said it was gonna be a close one….and boy was it ever. A longtime provincial Liberal politician has made the move to the federal stage in the riding of Winnipeg North. Kevin Lamoureux beat out NDP newcomer Kevin Chief in a squeaker of a vote that went down to the wire. The riding had been held by NDP’er Judy Wasylycia-Leis, who stepped down last spring to take a run at the Mayor’s chair.
Meantime…in yesterday’s other by-election in the riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, the Tories have retained their stronghold on the area. Conservative candidate, Robert Sopuck scored an easy win with 57 per cent of the vote.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of sexually assaulting children while working for youth organizations in Brandon, in the 1980’s. Ian Smy was arrested back in October of 2009, and was released on a condition that he would reside in Sarnia, Ontario. But cops say the 48 year old didn’t show up for his court date in Brandon this summer.
The damage was extensive. Police say vandals caused more than 100 thousand dollars worth of damage to the curling rink at Winnipeg’s Wildewood Club. A suspect, or suspects, attached a hose to a tap and ran it to the pool area, causing a flood. Windows got smashed, bathroom fixtures were damaged, and even the furnace was vandalized. There was another break in at the club last October, and now police are investigating to see whether the 2 incidents are linked.
Clifford Olson, one of this country’s most notorious serial killers, appears before a parole board today at a jail north of Montreal. The last time Olson requested parole in 2006, he was quickly turned down. Officials do say it’s unlikely that Olson will ever get to see life without bars….thanks to his killing of 11 kids in B.C. in the early 1980’s.
In another setback to its reputation, Toyota is having to replace pumps that cool the hybrid system in 650 thousand Priuses around the world. The pumps don’t work properly in Priuses from the model years of 2004 through to 2007. Since late last year, Toyota has had to recall more than 11 million vehicles around the world due to various problems.
Veteran Hollywood director, Irvin Kerschner has died of cancer at the of 87. Kerschner directed a long list of movies including, “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Robocop, “ and the James Bond film, “Never say Never Again.”
Robert Latimer has been granted full parole and could be home in Wilkie, Saskatchewan by Christmas. Latimer, a 57 year old farmer, was convicted of 2nd degree murder for the 1993 death of his severely disabled 12 year old daughter. He insists it was a mercy killing, and had to do it to end her pain over complications from cerebral palsy.
The producers of the Academy Awards have announced who will host this year’s Oscars. And the job goes to….James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Oscar officials say both are talented rising stars that will help turn Hollywood’s biggest night in February into a celebration of film.
Monday, November 29th, 2010
City police have charged yet another kid with stealing a vehicle and crashing this weekend. Cops say the 16 year old driver of the ripped off S.U.V., slammed into another vehicle. It’s driver was taken to hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries. The 16 year old kid fled the scene, but was caught a short time later. He’s now awaiting trial at the Manitoba Youth Center.
A Winnipeg company that makes taxi shields says it may have to lay off staff because of the latest government delay in making the shields mandatory in the province. Steve Strong of Custom Plastic Creations says he has a hundred of the protective barriers ready for sale. But on Friday, the province said the deadline for all taxis to have shields would not take effect this month, in order to allow more time for study.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says this country’s national security may be threatened by the release of some classified U.S. documents obtained by Wikileaks. The whistle blowing web site says it has more than 2600 U.S. diplomatic papers related to Canada. It’s believed they refer to such topics as terrorism, intelligence and energy technology. They’re expected to be made public later this week.
Former NHL coach Pat Burns will be laid to rest today in Montreal. Burns died earlier this month at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. Dozens of top figures from the hockey world are expected at the funeral, including the entire roster of the New Jersey Devils.
Immigrants writing tests for Canadian citizenship are having trouble making the grade. New federal documents show that failure rates have skyrocketed since a tougher test was brought in last spring. The old test had a failure rate of between 4 and 8 per cent. But the rate of the new test, jumped to about 30 per cent earlier this year. That prompted officials to do some revisions, and lower the failure rate to about 20 per cent.
Voters are going to the polls today in 3 federal by-elections today…including 2 right here in Manitoba. The NDP will try to hang on to their seat in Winnipeg North, despite a strong challenge from the Liberals. And in the riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, the Conservatives are expected to post an easy win.
Sad news this morning out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida…..Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen has died in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. The Regina born star, started his career back in the 1950’s with serious roles, but everything changed in 1980, when he appeared as a clueless doctor in the movie spoof, “Airplane.” Nielsen then went on to play a bumbling detective in 3 “Naked Gun” movies. Leslie Nielsen was 84.
A country devastated by an earthquake, a cholera epidemic, is now on the brink of political chaos. There are widespread claims of fraud following yesterday’s election in Haiti. 12 of the 19 presidential candidates called for the election to be cancelled, as they accused the existing government of tampering with the vote. Preliminary results are not expected until December 7th.
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If your Christmas list includes every item mentioned in “The 12 Days of Christmas,” be prepared to spend almost 11 per cent more than last year. According to a new survey, trying to buy all the items in the song’s verses would cost ya just over 96,800 dollars. A good part of the price hike is thanks to the price of gold soaring, which has meant the cost of 5 golden rings has jumped up over 30 per cent from last year.
Friday, November 26th, 2010
City police have laid numerous charges against a 13 year old who is accused of firing a gun at a 51 year old postal worker during an attempted robbery. Officers allege the teen started out by pointing a gun at the worker, who turned and continued walking his route. At that point however, the man heard a clicking sound and turned to see a gun being loaded. That’s when the worker took off running, and a shot was fired in his direction.
Health Minister Theresa Oswald says Manitobans should be assured that the province reviews all allegations of abuse in personal care homes. She was responding to accusations by Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard who said the government was indifferent to elder abuse. Gerrard did quote a new report which showed the number of abuse investigations has actually gone down…this despite the number of allegations going up.
For the 2nd time this month, U.S. authorities have found a massive tunnel used to smuggle drugs between Mexico and California. Officials say the tunnel stretches almost a kilometer from a residence in Tijuana to a warehouse in San Diego. Several arrests were made and huge amount of marijuana was seized.
Well the U.S. marks an odd sort of milestone in Afghanistan today….9 years and 50 days of involvement. That’s the same amount of time that Soviet troops spent on their campaign to try and take over the country before giving up back in the 1980’s. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan on October 7th, 2001 in what was supposed to be a quick war to wipe out Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. The first Canadian troops arrived in the country, about 4 months later.
Today is black Friday down in the U.S., but, many Canadian retailers are seeing red at the thought of consumers heading south for bargains. The Canadian Retail Council says there’s a long list of reasons to shop north of the border. For example they say returns and warranty problems are much easier to deal with in this country. And, you don’t have to worry about monster line ups at the border…if ya shop Canadian.
Yet another explosion inside that New Zealand mine where crews are still hoping to recover the bodies of 29 men killed in an earlier blast. High levels of methane gas are causing the explosions and preventing rescuers from retrieving the miner’s bodies.
The feds say they just don’t know how a tax on M-P-3 players would work. Government officials say there’s been a lot of noise about having some kind of copyright levy on the players, but so far, nobody has put forward a proposal that would work. Canadian musicians say they’re losing out on royalties through the copying of M-P-3’s, and are calling on some sort of tax to be put on the players, like the current tax applied to blank c.d.’s and cassettes.
Thursday, November 25th, 2010
A former police chief has been charged with perjury and obstructing justice during the investigation of a deadly car crash. Harry Bakema, also faces charges of criminal breach of trust. Bakema was the police chief in East St. Paul in 2005, when an off duty Winnipeg police officer drove into a car driven by Crystal Taman and killed her. Derek Harvey-Zenk had been out all night, partying with fellow officers, but Bakema never gave him a breathalyzer test or asked him if he’d been drinking.
The Canadian Transporation Agency has ruled against WestJet Airlines for the 2nd time in a week, over its baggage policies. Gabor Lookatch, a math prof from the U of M, filed a complaint about WestJet’s liability rules for luggage. A week ago the agency ruled that the airline’s international baggage liability rules are null and void. Lookatch argued against WestJet’s rule which said the airline would not be liable for expensive items in checked international baggage.
That Winnipeg Beach man savagely beaten by 2 Australian teens, while vacationing there last March, says he’s satisfied with the tough sentence the courts have given the boys. Heath Proden says the Australian courts appear to be tougher on youth crime than those in this province. Last week, the boys are both now 16, were each sentenced to 4 and a half years behind bars. Proden, a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair, was attacked while he waited for a train following a concert in Sydney.
Heads up this morning if ya love your granola bars….but have allergies. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people with peanut allergies to not consume certain Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars value packs. Those bars may have been mispacked with Quaker brand Dipps granola bars which contain peanuts.
Billy Joel is recovering from surgery in which both hips were replaced. The 61 year old piano man underwent the operation last week. There’s no word on when Joel, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will perform again.
And no one had the winning ticked for last night’s 25 million dollar jackpot prize in the Lotto 6/49 draw. That means the jackpot for this weekend’s draw will be an estimated 30 million plus.
Looks like Canadian air travelers won’t have to put up with the kind of security pat downs that have ticked off so many people at U.S. airports. Transport Minister Chuck Strahl says Canadians have a right to be treated properly and with respect. He also says if any passenger at a Canadian airport is singled out for a body pat down, they’ll have the option of being inspected in private.
The House of Commons will debate a Bloc Quebecois motion today which calls on Canada to pull all its soldiers from Afghanistan next July. That’s when our combat mission is supposed to come to an end. The Bloc’s motion is backed by the NDP, who say Canadian soldiers have done enough in that war torn country and should come home. Starting next summer though, Canada will keep up to 950 soldiers in Afghanistan for the next 3 years to train Afghan forces.
Some strong words from Sheldon Kennedy. The former NHL’er says pedophiles should never be pardoned for their crimes because they’re rarely rehabilitated. Speaking to a Commons committee yesterday, Kennedy said the emotional scars pedophiles inflict on their young victims, lasts a lifetime. Kennedy was of course sexually abused by former coach Graham James, who was pardoned back in 2007.
From the strange but true file this morning. A woman is in hospital in Melbourne, Australia today after being run over by her own car….twice ! Police say the woman forgot to pull the handbrake before getting out of the vehicle, which rolled down the driveway and knocked her down. The car then crossed the street, hit a fence on the other side of the road, rolled back and ran over her again.
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
The province’s pharmacists are a step closer this morning when it comes to prescribing some medications directly to patients. Provincial pharmacists voted 84 per cent in support of changes that’ll allow them to prescribe drugs for minor ailments like skin rashes and infections, and even order tests under some circumstances. Officials say this move should help ease the load on overworked physicians.
An illegal work stoppage by letter carriers at a postal depot in south Winnipeg, appeared to be over last night. Canada Post and their union both said employees agreed to return to their jobs. However, union president, Bob Tyre said the issue of unsafe mail delivery had not been resolved. The dispute between the post office and its carriers revolves around the introduction of new sorting equipment at depots on Wilkes Avenue and in Transcona.
Manitoba doesn’t come out so well in a new study of life satisfaction in this country. The province rates as the 3rd least happy, behind only B.C. and Ontario, while Winnipeg ranked 28th out of 33 cities. So, where is the happiest place in the country to live? Well according to this new survey, it’s Sherbrooke, Quebec.
The news isn’t good out of New Zealand this morning. Officials say hope has pretty much run out for those 29 miners who got trapped in a coal mine. The mine was rocked by an explosion last Friday, and now a second explosion has happened which officials say no one could have survived.
The wonders of modern technology, can land ya in big time trouble sometimes. A village in northern India, is banning unmarried women from using cellphones. Authorities fear the women will use the devices to arrange forbidden marriages that are often punishable by death.
It appears that social media is giving the kissoff to kissing. A new Angus Reid survey found that 75 per cent of Canadians who use Facebook and other social media, say the last thing they do at night and the first thing they do in the morning, is reach for an electronic device and check their e-mails. The implication is that kissing their partner gets 2nd priority. The survey also found by the way that 13 per cent of Canadians who use social media, say they feel lonely.
The axe is about to drop in Ireland, where the debt plagued government will table a package today, of deep spending cuts and tax increases. The cuts are needed in order for Ireland to qualify for a massive bailout package from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
Well, most knew sales would be huge. Apple says people snapped up more than 450 thousand copies of Beatles albums and 2 million singles during the Fab Four’s first week on sale through i-Tunes. The best selling Beatles album by the way is “Abbey Road.” And the best selling single is “Here Comes the Sun.”
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
That man from La Broquerie who died after running into his burning home to save his teenaged son, has now been identified as 36 year old Jacob Merkel. Fire officials say the blaze started in the attached garage where electricity built up in an extension cord that had a vehicle parked on it. Merkel’s wife and 3 other younger children made it out of the blaze unharmed. The teenaged son is still in hospital listed in critical condition.
Water levels are dropping near a couple of northern areas threatened with flooding. Provincial officials say river water that got within 5 centimeters of a bridge to the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation has started to subside. Water is also dropping at the Waterhen reserve, where residents and emergency crews have been working hard to build up the town’s dike.
4 children from a Winnipeg family are orphans following a collision on a Saskatchewan highway between a car and a minivan. Police say their parents, both 38 years old, died Sunday when a Honda Civic trying to pass another vehicle crashed into their minivan on the Yellowhead Highway east of Yorkton. The car’s 17 year old female driver from Yorkton was also killed. The RCMP say the road was covered with snow at the time, and visibility was reduced.
The province plans to stop giving out compensation to crime victims who have criminal records themselves. Attorney General Andrew Swan says he wants to make sure those involved in a criminal lifestyle don’t benefit when they themselves fall victim to crimes. Swan tabled a bill in the Leg yesterday that would deny things like counseling, funeral coverage and other items, for those who have a serious conviction within the last 10 years.
A Winnipeg judge threw the book at a former financial adviser who swindled his clients out of more than 1.5 million dollars. 64 year old Gary Palmer got 8 years behind bars, one more year than the Crown requested. Palmer, who plead guilty to 15 counts of fraud, was called a predator by the judge who showed no mercy in his sentence. Court was told Palmer used the stolen cash for things like vacations, car payments, and other family expenses.
Qantas says some of its superjumbo jets will be back in service this weekend. Australia’s national airline grounded its entire fleet of Airbus A-380’s, 3 weeks ago, after the engine of one of them blew apart. Qantas, which by the way has never had a single fatal accident in all of its years flying, have made modifications to the Rolls Royce engines which they say are now safe.
And it’s not just us getting an early shot of winter. Residents out on the west coast are having a hard time believing winter doesn’t officially start for 4 more weeks. Victoria, the usually balmy B.C. capital got nailed with over 10 centimeters of snow yesterday….which is about as much as it gets during an entire winter. Today’s predicted high for Victoria is -4, which is about 14 degrees below the city’s normal for November.
Well the good news is, he’s not talking tax increases….but Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says something has got to be done about our massive deficit. Flaherty says that’ll be priority number one when the next budget comes down in 3 or 4 months. He says all our red ink has got to be eliminated and as a result there will be no major spending programs.
And authorities in New Zealand suggest hope has almost run out for 29 men in a coal mine. The miners have been missing since Friday, when the mine was rocked by a massive explosion. Rescuers have been unable to enter the mine because of high levels of toxic gas, including highly explosive methane.
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Police say a 59 year old man remains in critical condition but stable, after a gun that was being held by another man went off. Investigators say there were 3 men at a shop in the R.M. of Richot and they were apparently just about to butcher some livestock when the incident happened. Police say they’re still investigating and so far, haven’t laid any charges.
Investigators believe an electrical problem may have sparked the blaze that ripped through a family’s home in La Broquerie over the weekend. A 36 year old father tried to rescue his 13 year old son from the basement. Both were rushed to hospital in critical condition, but the Dad died yesterday. The mother and 3 other younger children escaped unharmed.
One expert says this case could have far reaching effects on the country’s marriage laws. The B.C. Supreme court will begin hearings today on whether the country’s polygamy laws are constitutional. The case stems from last year’s dismissal of polygamy charges against 2 leaders of the Morman town of Bountiful, B.C. Both the provincial and federal governments argue polygamy harms women and children, and that men do not have a constitutional right to marry multiple wives.
Those new screening procedures at U.S. airports have got some passengers up in arms, but officials say there won’t be any changes, anytime soon. The head of the agency responsible for airport security says he’ll work to make screening methods as minimally invasive as possible….but, he’s not saying just how he’d do that. Many travelers are ticked off about both the full body scans and the thorough pat downs.
It’s big….and it’s Harry. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” opened at number one at the box office this weekend. The latest escapades of the boy wizard brought in 125 million dollars in North America and the worldwide total is now topping 330 million. The movie “Megamind” fell to 2nd place this weekend, followed by “Unstoppable” and “Due Date.”
This news is a bit of a surprise. What U.S. city is considered to be the most dangerous? Well according to crime data compiled by the FBI last year, it’s St. Louis. That city beat out Camden, New Jersey, which topped the list the year before. Detroit, Flint Michigan, and Oakland California, rounded out the top 5.
So wondering when this cold and snow will go away? Well according to the gang at Environment Canada, it’s gonna be a few days yet before the Prairies warm up. In fact, temperatures from Alberta to Manitoba, are expected to stay well below normal for the entire week. And yes, there is more snow expected for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Friday, November 12th, 2010
A little U.S. style politics coming to Manitoba? The provincial election is still nearly a year away, but the governing NDP has already launched some attack ads on the Opposition Conservatives. The ads are running on t.v. and in the mail, denouncing Tory leader Hugh McFayden’s positions. The election by the way is set for October 2011.
Scientists are sounding the alarm about wildlife being killed by a rising ride of plastic pollution washing up on the shores of lakes in our province. Experts say a growing number of mammals and water fowl are dying from eating plastic bags or getting tangled up in plastic packaging, like those 6 pack rings. Eva Pip, a toxicologist at the University of Winnipeg says so far, such plastic garbage has been found on more than 650 lakes in Manitoba.
A team of counselors are on hand today at a high school in the town of Roblin. They are their to help students cope with the fatal shooting of a 16 year old girl. Meagen Mancheese, was shot and killed at her home on Wednesday. A 17 year old boy was found alive beside her with a self inflicted gunshot wound. It’s thought the boy may have shot Meagen first before turning the gun on himself. He’s still listed in critical condition in a Winnipeg hospital and police continue to investigate.
Experts in the world of the underworld admit it’s quite unusual that a reputed mafia kingpin was killed in his own home. 86 year old Nicolo Rizzuto died Wednesday in Montreal from a gunshot fired from outside his kitchen window. His wife and daughter were home at the time but were not hurt. RCMP officials say when the mafia wants to kill a leader, it’s usually done in public…not at the target’s home, and rarely with family members present. Officers continue to investigate.
The death toll from Indonesia’s volcano has risen to 206. Mount Merapi has been erupting for 2 weeks now, after years of being silent. Experts say it is spewing out less ash today, but it remains very dangerous.
And a new sales record has been hit for a video game. The new “Call of Duty: Black Ops” video game pulled in 360 million dollars in its first 24 hours on the shelf. Activision, the company that puts out the game says, the huge sales have even surprised them.
Looks like alcohol was a factor in a highway crash Wednesday night, just north of the city. RCMP say a 22 year old from West St. Paul was killed on highway 8, after colliding with another vehicle around 9 p.m. A 31 year old man driving the other vehicle involved in the crash, was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries. Officers say it does look like booze was behind the pile up, and they continue to investigate.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Canada Safeway is suing an accused Winnipeg shoplifter in an effort to recoup the costs the company says it paid to catch and detain her. The company is seeking damages from 19 year old Tashina Potter. Court records show Potter is facing a criminal charge of theft under 5 thousand and her next court date is December 8th. A Safeway spokesperson says the company hopes the suit will act as a deterrent to others.
Officers say they feared for their lives when they shot at that 14 year old boy who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle down Portage Avenue on Monday. Constable Jason Michalyshen says officers only shot at the car because they feared for their safety and the lives of others in the area. The teen was treated in hospital for minor injuries and was released to police later the same day. He’s now been charged with theft and assault with a weapon.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has arrived in South Korea. He’ll be attending the G-20 summit that opens in Seoul tomorrow. After this sit down, Harper will then jet off to Japan for the an APEC meeting on the weekend.
Comedian Tina Fey was the toast of Washington last night, as she accepted the United States top humor award. The star of “30 Rock,” was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. And guess what? She credits at least part of her success to Sarah Palin. Fey told the audience last night that her partial resemblance and Palin’s crazy voice are 2 of the luckiest things that have ever happened to her.
A memorial ceremony will be held in Whitefish Point, Michigan today as people remember the day 35 years ago, “when the gales of November came early.” This is the 35th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The ore freighter sank in a massive storm on Lake Superior, November 10th, 1975, taking the lives of 29 men.
Another big grow op was taken down in the city yesterday. Cops arrived at a home in south St. Vital Tuesday morning, only to find some 600 plants being grown inside. 2 adults at the home were taken into custody….so far no charges have been laid though as police continue to investigate.
Well Larry Smith may be leaving the Montreal Alouettes organization at the end of this year, but he may have another gig already lined up. Smith is being courted by the federal Conservatives to run in the next election. He’s currently President of the Alouettes football club, and was also a former CFL commissioner…but apparently does have some interest in joining the political world. The Conservatives by the way don’t hold a single seat in Montreal.
When ya think of the Arctic…..you think cold, snow, ice…maybe polar bears….but do you also think about extreme radicals? A newly declassified document from the country’s intelligence officials say, they do. The report done by the Integrated Threat Assessment Center says the far white north could be a conduit for international or domestic radicals….and a close eye needs to be kept on the area.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in the city today. He’ll be taking part in a roundtable discussion at Muddruckers, a concrete slab and driveway company in Charleswood. He’ll be joined at the roundtable by Alberta MP Ted Menzies. Back in early October, Harper also dropped by another Winnipeg business….that was Bristol Aerospace.
Manitoba’s Labour and Immigration Minister, Jennifer Howard has been appointed house leader. Howard takes on the job as MLA’s prepare to resume sitting on November 16th. Premier Greg Selinger says Howard’s ability to work with all members of the legislature will help keep the everyone on track.
City police officers involved in shooting at a stolen car have now been placed on administrative leave. A 14 year old boy and 2 others are custody after shots were fired at the car yesterday. The chase started when cops spotted a stolen vehicle along Portage Avenue around noon, but when they tried to stop it, the car continued to come and that’s when at least one officer fired and hit the car. None of the occupants in the car were seriously hurt.
So, if you play poker, you may want to think twice about taking Jonathan Duhamel of Montreal. The 23 year old has become the first Canadian to win the World Series of Poker. It happened last night in Las Vegas, where he walked away with a cheque for more than 8.9 million dollars. After the win, Duhamel said this was the most beautiful day of his life.
Canadians going to the United Arab Emirates for business or pleasure, will soon need to carry visas. The requirement takes effect January 2nd. The U.A.E. announced the action as part of its fight with Canada over airport landing rights.
Some said it was just a matter of time. The cholera outbreak in Haiti has now spread to the capital. A 3 year old boy who lives in a tent in Port au Prince has been confirmed to have the disease. Cholera has already killed at least 540 people in Haiti over the past 3 weeks….and now officials say since it’s spread to the capital, another 3 million could be threatened.
Now here’s a study we can all relate to ! Researchers in Britain decided to take a look at how long people stand in line before going ballistic. What did they find? Well, it’s exactly 10 minutes and 42 seconds. Their study says the worst lines are at the grocery store, followed by the post office and airports. The study also found, the older we get…the shorter our fuses and patience gets.
A Winnipeg teen has gotten the maximum youth sentence for beating a stranger to death with an aluminum baseball bat. The boy can’t be named because he was 16 at the time. He plead guilty to 2nd degree murder in the May 2008 attack. 30 year old Paul Cherewick, suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding after the teen smashed him on the head from behind, for no apparent reason.