Archive for June, 2012
Friday, June 29th, 2012
The Winnipeg Free Press has an exclusive interview with accused serial killer Shawn Lamb. In it, he says he hopes the killers of dozens of women in Manitoba are caught but denies that he could be linked to any unsolved homicides. The 52-year-old suspect was charged this week with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of three Winnipeg women – Lorna Blacksmith, Carolyn Sinclair and Tanya Nepinak.
Around 20 Winnipeg police officers and two canine units searched the areas where two of the murder victims tied to Shawn Lamb were found. They searched yards and bushes, garbage cans and more looking for more evidence in the alleged serial killer case. While police would not specify what they were looking for, the body of Tanya Nepinak still has not been found.
More evidence was released in the sexual harassment case that could see a judge removed from the bench. Personal diary entries from Justice Lori Douglas say she felt anger, resentment and shame when she found out her husband, Jack King, shared sexually explicit photos of her. Douglas denied sexually harassing Alexander Chapman and says her husband acted without her knowledge.
Today is the deadline to pay your City of Winnipeg property taxes. Lots of ways to pay: a tax installment plan, in-person, at your bank, by courier, in-person at city hall or you can also use a drive-by service, if your tax bill and a cheque or money order is in an envelope at the corner of James Avenue and King Street.
A hand sanitizer is being recalled because of a bacterial contamination. Kleenex-brand Luxury Foam Hand Sanitizer, after testing, detected bacteria that may pose serious health risks to people with weakened immune systems – especially those with cystic fibrosis. The affected hand sanitizers come in one-litre and 1.2 litre containers.
There’s a new drunk driving campaign that’s being tried out in Detroit: when a bar customer takes a bathroom break, he’ll hear a message to call a cab or friend for a ride home if needed. The talker: the urinal cake.
Tommy Lee has posted an open letter on Twitter and Facebook complaining how much he hates taking photos with fans. He says fans shouldn’t care if people don’t believe they met him without a photo. He loves his fans but the fastest way to make him leave is whip out a camera.
Bruce Springsteen has been named the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Person of the Year for 2013. Springsteen will be honoured for his music legacy and charity work. There will be a tribute concert for him on February 8th, two days before the Grammys.
Alice Cooper will open the Rock Teen Center in Pheonix, Arizona with a free concert today. He’s spent 11 years raising money for the center through his Solid Rock Foundation. It will teach troubled teens aspects of the music industry like music lessons, dance, staging and lighting.
Aerosmith drummer Joey Krammer is going into the coffee business. The Rockin’ Roastin’ Arabica coffee is forest and farmer friendly. It uses organic, free trade beans from Ethiopia, Guatemala and Sumatra. The best part for fans – there’s a hidden golden ticket in one of the bags that will get you a chance to meet Kramer for a cup of coffee, take home a stash of his coffee and get tickets and passes to an Aerosmith show.
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Drake Moslenko is charged with hiring a friend, Treyvonne Willis, to kill his ex-girlfriend, Kaila Tran, on June 20th. Winnipeg police said Moslenko and Tran had been a couple for four years but broke up recently. Tran was attacked and stabbed on her way to her car in the morning. Moslenko was at the scene following the attack on Tran, sobbing and holding her hand as she lay on the ground bleeding. Both Moslenko and Willis have both been charged with first-degree murder in the June 20 slaying.
Winnipeg Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a body recovered from the Red River two weeks ago. It’s a woman, 35-50 years old, approximately 5’-5″, with a slim build and wearing four pieces of unique jewelry. Anyone with information is asked to call 204-986-4510.
Five construction workers are taking Manitoba Hydro to court for forcing them to join a union if they wanted to be hired — a move they claim strips them of their rights. Hydro spokesman Glenn Schneider said project labour agreements protect Hydro; by outlawing work stoppages or strikes, it allows Hydro to meet its construction deadlines.
An 83-year-old Winnipeg man died Tuesday after river tubing in Asessippi Provincial Park. The Winnipeg man had been tubing with family members around 5:30 p.m. when they lost sight of him. Family members later found him unconscious. He was not wearing a lifejacket.
The property where Canad Inns Stadium stands will soon become the home of a $30.5-million commercial development. Target, an American department chain that recently purchased the Zellers chain, will be an anchor tenant at the new site, which will also include some residential development.
Rescue crews at the site of the Elliot Lake Mall collapse have called off their search, convinced there is nothing more to be done. The verified through searching and through security tapes that everyone that was within the food court at the time of the collapse is accounted for. Lucie Aylwin, 37, who was working in a lotto booth, and Doloris Perizzolo, a senior who had just bought lottery tickets, were both found dead
Mail delivery has returned to a Transcona street after a family of angry crows have calmed down. Manitoba Conservation officials said crows attack once their babies are large enough to leave the nest, then stop once the babies are able to fly, a period that can last between a day and a week. They had to stop door door-to-door mail delivery on a section of Ralph Avenue West for a couple of days because of dive-bombing birds. To start back up, they’ll have two staffers delivering there — one to work the route and the other keeps watch for angry momma crows.
Rolling Stones debut a new tongue logo in honour of their 50th anniversary. The band asked artist Shepard Fairey to update their iconic logo with a sleek new design. Here’s hoping we’ll see the logo onstage later this year.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
About 150 people gathered today at the corner of Young Street and Broadway to remember Lorna Blacksmith and other First Nations women who have lost their lives. Accused Winnipeg serial killer Shawn Lamb is charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of Tanya Nepinak on Sept. 13, Carolyn Sinclair on Dec. 18 and Lorna Blacksmith on Jan. 12. Police have disclosed no apparent motive for the three homicides and, while the bodies of Sinclair and Blacksmith have been found, Nepinak’s remains have not been located.
Many people are now wondering why Shawn Cameron Lamb’s last jail term was cut short by six months. Lamb has been convicted of 99 offenses over the last 30 years, but was released 6 months early on his previous sentence. If he would have served the full term, he would have been released in December, two months after he allegedly killed Tanya Nepinak. The case has been adjourned to July 6, and Lamb hasn’t made a bail application. He is being held at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.
Four people were arrested early yesterday after a break-in at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. With the help of the canine unit, Two teenaged girls, a 16-year-old boy, and a 21-year-old man were charged with break and enter to commit mischief and theft under $5,000.
A fire on Boyd yesterday damaged the sixth North End garage within a day. Five garages– three on Aberdeen Avenue, one on College Avenue and one on Mountain Avenue—were also damaged by fire Monday. Arson is suspected by residents.
A small roof-top fire at Red River College’s Princess campus forced the evacuation of the building Tuesday afternoon. Workers accidentally ignited some wood and Styrofoam with a cutting torch.
Grand Beach’s West Beach has been awarded an environmental blue flag. It’s an eco-label awarded to almost 4,000 beaches and marinas worldwide. The program is based on water quality, environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and other services.
Aerosmith fans have waited 11 years for a new album of original music and they’re going to have to wait a little longer. The band, currently on tour with Cheap Trick, have moved the release date of “Music From Another Dimension” from August 28 to November 6.
There’s a new Free “KISS Videos App” for Android that features nearly 40 KISS videos mostly official videos with some TV appearances. If you have Android, you can download the app here.
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Police released the shocking news yesterday that Winnipeg has a serial killer. The discovery of Lorna Blacksmith’s body on Thursday, reportedly wrapped in a plastic bag, had more than a few similarities to the discovery of Carolyn Sinclair’s body in March, also reportedly wrapped in a plastic bag.
A Canadian drifter who’s spent most of his last 10 years in Winnipeg, Shawn Cameron Lamb, 52, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Sinclair, Blacksmith and Tanya Nepinak, whose body has not been found but police say they have enough evidence to know she’s dead. Police are also investigating whether he is involved in other unsolved cases of murdered or missing women.
Court records show police believe Nepinak was killed Sept. 13, 2011, Sinclair was killed Dec. 18, 2011 and Blacksmith was killed Jan. 12, 2012.
In May 2010, Lamb told the court all of his former crimes helped feed a drug and alcohol addiction he’d been fighting since he was nine. He’d been convicted of 99 different crimes over a 30-year span, including mugging a young mother, flipping over a stroller carrying the victim’s baby in the process, threatening to stab another man for his beer, stealing a car and passing bad cheques. He was on a conditional sentence at the time for a similar robbery in which he attacked a young mother for her bank card. Lamb’s criminal history includes dozens of convictions for robbery, carrying weapons, uttering threats, fraud, forgery, assaulting police officers, possessing stolen property, break-and-enter and breaching numerous court orders.
Lamb was released from jail sometime in early 2011 and is alleged to have killed the three victims in the months that followed.
Bell Media and the CBC have given up a joint effort to land media rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, after their joint bids were rejected by the International Olympic Committee. CBC spokesman said the public broadcaster is taking a step back for now, but may consider making a solo bid in the future. A spokesman for Bell Media, which owns CTV and TSN, said the company will not pursue the Games further. Rogers Communications, which owns Sportsnet, has already passed. We could be without a Canadian broadcaster for the Olympics.
The City of Winnipeg is installing a pedestrian countdown signal at all four points at Portage Avenue and Donald Street. The signal will be installed Wednesday and will count down the number of seconds you have left to cross the street.
There is still a chance to camp at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. A limited number of tickets will be made available Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.ca and by phone. Tickets will not be available in person at Ticketmaster outlets. This year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival takes place July 4-8 at Birds Hill Park.
The Winnipeg Convention Centre will be doubling in size and three levels of government will spend a combined $149 million to do it. We still don’t know what it’s going to look like but the City of Winnipeg will contribute $51 million, Ottawa is in for $46.7 million and the province is in for $51 million. The expansion would see a new 250,000-square-foot addition built on a surface parking lot the provincial government owns on York Avenue, immediately south of the existing 132,000-square-foot facility.
A Selkirk man died while at the Selkirk Park pool and splash pad with his daughter Monday afternoon. The 44-year-old man was visiting the outdoor pool with his five-year-old daughter, when his daughter called for help and lifeguards found him underwater in the deep end. RCMP said an autopsy in the coming days will determine the cause of death.
The folks at Facebook have rolled out some new changes without telling us about them. Everyone’s default email address in the “about” section has been changed to a @facebook.com account. You just need to go edit that section to change it back to whatever email address you’d like.
Monday, June 25th, 2012
Two children were sent to hospital after a play structure collapsed Sunday at the East St Paul Soccer & Baseball Complex. A spinning, merry-go-round-like part came loose while it was spinning, trapping some children beneath it. The two kids taken to hospital had head and arm injuries.
Another can of pepper spray was released in the crowd at The Forks Saturday night during Aboriginal Day celebrations. At least five people were hit by the spray, including a nine-year-old boy. This is the fourth pepper spray incident in Winnipeg over the last two weeks. Last week a 13-year-old boy sprayed a crowded area at the Red River Ex. Wednesday, a man was pepper sprayed by two strangers on Balmoral Street and Ellice Avenue and on Saturday a man was pepper sprayed and stabbed while walking down Portage Avenue near Balmoral Street.
Winnipeggers faced waits in even longer than an hour or two to get to the Red River Ex. Heavy traffic caused long lines of cars down the Perimeter, onto Portage Avenue and almost all the way to Polo Park Shopping Centre. The reason? Probably a combination of the great weather and having pop star Carly Rae Jepsen performing at the Ex. Construction on the Perimeter didn’t help things.
The province is doubling the size of the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, a unique orchid-rich wetland, to 1,240 hectares. The areas, along Highway 59 northeast of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, features 23 species of provincially rare and uncommon plants, eight species of insect-eating (carnivorous) plants and 28 of Manitoba’s 36 native orchid species.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is in hospital recovering from a mild heart attack. The 71-year-old is expected to be back on-set by the time “Jeopardy!” resumes production on it’s new season next month. Some good news – Saturday, while Trebek was in the hospital, “Jeopardy!” won a Daytime Emmy award for best game show.
“Brave”, the first Disney-Pixar animation to have a female lead, opened at the top of the box office. The strong Scottish princess brought in $66.7 million dollars on it’s opening weekend. Another animated film, “Madagascar 3”, drops to second place after two weeks at number one and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” opened in third.
Duff McKagen, former Guns N’ Roses bassist, finally got his high school diploma last week from Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He had dropped out of school in 10th grade and later got his GED.
Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Luka Magnotta opted for trial by judge and jury when he appeared in court yesterday and did not ask to undergo a psychiatric exam. Magnotta has pleaded not-guitly to first-degree murder and four other charges in the killing and dismembering of Jun Lin.
Winnipeg police have now confirmed that the fatal stabbing of a young woman on her way to work was murder, but they don’t believe it was random. Kaila Tran was attacked near her car. Police are looking for a man in his early 20s with a slim built, short dark hair and olive skin.
A Manitoba farmer will be paying a $3 thousand dollar fine and has been ordered to repay the more than $16 thousand dollars it took to fight a grass fire he unintentionally started. In the fall, 73-year-old Jack Vanderploeg thought the fire he built to burn some grass and weeds from a garden was contained so left the farm, but high winds and dry conditions caused the fire to spread.
The man who started the inquiry into a Manitoba judge’s nude photos must repay $25,000. In 2003, Jack King was Alex Chapman’s divorce lawyer and tried to get him to have sex with his wife, also a lawyer at the time, and sent some explicit bondage photos to try and sweeten the pot. Chapman was paid $25,000 to turn over any photos and never speak about it. Since he went public with sexual-harassment allegations nearly two years ago, he has been ordered to repay the money, along with court fees.
Winnipeg rescue divers have found the body of a man who drowned in the Red River, but will not be releasing his name. He and a friend had jumped in the river from the Norwood Bridge, but only the friend surfaced.
Thousands of Manitobans will take part in the largest Canadian study ever done on aging. They will be tracking 50 thousand participants, four thousand of them Manitobans, between the age of 45-85 years for the next 20 years to see what happens to them as they get older. It will look at everything from vision and hearing to genetics and diseases.
If you noticed some co-workers were strangely productive yesterday, Twitter was down for about an hour on Thursday. Twitter outages and the “fail whale” used to be pretty common with the social media site, but it’s been a few years since there’s been any major problems. In August ’09 it was actually hackers that crashed the site, but there doesn’t seem to be any kind of malicious attacks this time.
Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones will get together in July to set their 50th anniversary plans
Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Luka Magnotta is due back in Montreal court today, via video link, charged with first degree murder and defiling Jun Lin’s corpse. Magnotta’s lawyer may ask today for a psychiatric evaluation.
The man accused of killing three fellow armoured-vehicle guards and wounding another during a robbery in Edmonton is expected in court today. 21-year-old Travis Baumgartner will be formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
A Winnipeg police officer who rescued a 15-year-old boy from the Red River this last weekend, had to be rescued himself. Constable Kevin Gibson dove in and started to tow the teenager back to shore when he sank up to his waist in the river bottom. He held the boy out of the water while he was in water up to his neck until a Winnipeg Fire rescue boat got there.
Officials haven’t officially called it a murder just yet, but a 26-year-old woman died after being stabbed in an apartment building parking lot yesterday morning. The assailant fled on foot and there have been no arrests made yet.
Environment Canada has confirmed what we’ve all been experiencing, a very wet spring. Not record breaking, but we still have seen some rain roughly 30 days out of 50 and an average temperature of 17 degrees. The good news, the next few months should be a lot drier and warmer and it looks like it all starts tomorrow.
A man is presumed drowned after apparently jumping off of the Norwood Bridge and into the Red River over a bet with a friend Wednesday. Rescue crews began searching the water just after 6 p.m. but did not find the man.
Parliament is expected to start their summer break today. MPs won’t be back in the House of Commons until September 17th. Nice gig if you can get it!
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Makoon the bear cup has been released into the wild, along with another cub who is six months old. Both cubs are over 30 pounds and showed instinctive foraging skills, according to Manitoba Conservation. The Humane Society disagrees. They say cubs leave their mother at 15-18 months and around 150 pounds. They’re also worried that, even though they were supposedly released in an area with plenty of food sources, the cubs will starve to death, a slow death that takes 30-40 days.
If you ever brought home a D or an F on your report card, you know what your parents thought of those grades. That’s exactly what Manitoba health care was given for key treatments. We were given an F on radiation therapy wait times for prostate cancer and a D for breast cancer. We also got a D for knee and hip replacements and cataract surgery. Waits this spring are longer than they were last year.
Arson is being blamed for a fire that destroyed the MS Lord Selkirk II. While the cruise ship used to be the biggest vessel between the Great Lakes and the Rockies, it was abandoned and left to rust in 1990. They sold it as scrap in 2010 and just last week, the new owners got a permit to cut up the ship and take it apart piece by piece.
Luka Magnotta pleads not guilty to killing, dismembering Chinese student, Jun Lin. Under heavy security since he got back to Canada on Monday, he appeared in court via video link. Magnotta is accused of killing Lin and mailing his body parts to the Conservative Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada and two Vancouver schools.
Joe is not the only one who’s quit smoking this year! Canada’s smoking rate is dropping, but our heavy drinking rate is on the rise, and our obesity rate is about the same, according to Statistics Canada. The biggest age group to show lower smoking rates is teenagers, which is awesome. The biggest decline was in the number of us eating the doctor recommended five or more pieces of fruit and vegetables per day.
Facebook has launched an official London Olympics page to let fans follow their favourite athletes and teams. It’s available in 22 languages and they’re hoping to make this the first Olympics to be “truly social.”
If you think your pet is too cool for the average pet gear, Brett Michaels has released a Pets Rock collection with everything from a doggy sundress to a chewable tour buss. You can also pick up a skull design bed or the Brett Michaels doo-rag for dogs.
The former CFO of Pearl Jam’s management is accused to stealing almost $400 thousand dollars from the band, though Pearl Jam says it’s even more than a half million. Prosecutors say Rickey Goodrich used company accounts to pay off his debts and used band credit cards for things like vacations and wine.
Randy Bachman is one of the six new inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame. The late funnyman Phil Hartman, the highest-ranked Canadian-born player on the CFL’s Top 50 players, Ottawa Rough Rider Russ Jackson and the 1972 members of Team Canada are also on the list.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Luka Magnotta was brought back to Canada from Berlin yesterday, shackled hand and foot and escorted by Montreal police aboard a military plane. He is expected to face charges in the death of Chinese student, Jun Lin, and in the mailing of Lin’s hand and feet to Ottawa and Vancouver. Lin’s head is still missing.
The Manitoba Metis Federation wants to take over operations of the Riel House National Historic Site. Federation president, David Chartrand, says they can help cover the site’s operating costs, but may be looking at saving money by not having costumed interpreters there anymore.
Roger Clemens has been found not guilty on all six charges of lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. That means, come December, voters can decide whether Clemens — one of the best pitchers in baseball history — should be given entry into the Hall of Fame.
Sharp unveiled the new 90-inch AQUOS high definition television yesterday, easily the largest LED television currently available in the United States. That’s almost 8 feet! Operating costs are pretty reasonable: the LED television consumes less power than two 75-watt light bulbs so you’d pay about $28 a year in electricity costs. But you’ll need $11 thousand dollars to buy this extra-large TV in the first place.
Microsoft is not willing to lay down to Apple without a fight, so unveiled their new tablet called “Surface” yesterday. It comes with a kickstand to hold it upright and a keyboard that’s part of the devices cover. The Canadian release date is still unknown.
Tom Cochrane was given the key to the City of Winnipeg Monday, while he was in town to perform at the Red River Ex. He helped raise an ALS Society of Manitoba flag, a group he’d brought awareness to, as part of a ceremony recognizing June as ALS Awareness Month.
Monday, June 18th, 2012
Saturday’s storms had reports of funnel cloud across southern Manitoba and destroyed a metal building in Dryden, Ont. Dale Berrey was in the building when a strong wind, which he thinks was a tornado, took the structure apart.
Two Kenyans, who arrived here together, won the Manitoba Marathon yesterday. Thomas Omwenga won the men’s full with a time of 2:25:13 and Anna Kibor took the women’s full in 2:49:45. Winnipeg represented in the men’s half marathon with Corey Gallagher taking first place and Kate Gustafson of Kenora, Ontario winning the women’s half. Chester Draper of Dryden Ontario, won the men’s full wheelchair marathon for the second straight year.
13 people, including a 5-month-old, were bear sprayed by 3 youths at the Ex Sunday afternoon. No one was seriously hurt.
Police have arrested a man in connection with a sexual assault Saturday and are asking other possible victims to come forward. A woman walking in the 300 block of Selkirk Avenue had a man come up behind her, grope her and try to push her into some nearby bushes. If you were groped by a man on a bike, contact the sex crimes unit or Crime Stoppers.
Travis Brandon Baumgartner, the man accused of killing three armoured truck guards and putting a fourth in critical, was arrested trying to cross the United States border with a bag full of $330 thousand dollars cash. Baumgartner was a security guard for the armoured car company G4S. Police say he was on an overnight crew of five that was reloading an ATM at a University of Alberta. He was arrested without incident when border guards ran his license plates.
Rodney King, whose 1991 police beating incited LA riots, died yesterday at 47. He was pulled, unconscious, from the bottom of his swimming pool early Sunday morning.
The arbitrator has sided with Air Canada in the contract dispute involving machinists. The new five-year deal marks an end to 14 months of negotiations and mediation. There is only one of the airline’s major unions still without a collective agreement, the airline’s 3,000 pilots.
Former MTV reality star and son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne has announced he has multiple sclerosis.
Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson, 33, was killed during the weekend’s stage collapse in Toronto. Along with Radiohead, Scott Johnson worked with Keane and Australian Pink Floyd Show, who called him ‘the best drum tech in the industry.’