Erik Pindera, Winnipeg Free Press

Erik Pindera

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Recent articles by Erik:

Winnipeg pedestrian killed in hit, run

A pedestrian has died and a cyclist is in critical condition after two collisions in less than six hours on Winnipeg streets. City police had not yet identified the drivers in either of the apparent hit-and-runs, nor the woman who died, as of late Wednesday afternoon. → Read More

Groups gear up for Ukrainians’ arrival in Winnipeg

Almost 700 Ukrainians have found refuge in Winnipeg since Russia invaded their country in February, and community workers are busily preparing for 350 who are set to fly to the city in a federal government charter flight Monday.A reception centre has been set up near the airport. → Read More

Highway noise drives River Park South petition for barrier

A group of River Park South residents want the province to put up a noise barrier along a stretch of the south Perimeter Highway, saying heavy truck traffic has hampered the use of their yards. → Read More

RCMP traffic stop puts spotlight on officer’s behaviour

What began as a routine police traffic stop in West St. Paul quickly became a profanity-laced scolding captured on video and racking up tens of thousands of views online. Now, the recent exchange has raised questions about an officer’s decorum, the use of cellphones to record police and a potential complaint with the independent Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP. → Read More

Red River Valley sees strong winds, little rain

Little rain fell over the Red River Valley Friday and early Saturday — a good sign for southern Manitoba’s flood fight — but high winds throughout the area created challenges. The highest wind speed was recorded in Richer, northeast of Steinbach, at 99 kilometres per hour. → Read More

Senior saves beloved dog from wily coyote

An elderly Winnipeg man frantically rescued his small dog from a pack of coyotes after one of them snatched the beloved pet from his yard Tuesday night. “It was pretty scary… She’s 11. I’ve had her since she was small and if we lost her, we wouldn’t be too happy,” Cliff Reykdal, 83, told the Free Press. → Read More

Police seek suspect in Smith Street slaying

The alleged gunman wanted in connection to a fatal shooting in a downtown hotel bar earlier this month is an admitted Manitoba Warriors gang member with a lengthy record of violent offences. Winnipeg Police Service homicide detectives have identified Christopher Curtis Bone, 31, as their suspect in the slaying of Ryan Mitchell Spence. → Read More

Aid from Winnipeggers ready for Ukraine

From diapers and wet wipes to flip-flops and canned fish: a 12-metre freight container has been packed with goods headed to war-torn Ukraine from big-hearted Winnipeggers.Staff at Sts. Vladimir & Olga Cathedral helped to gather the humanitarian aid, which will be shipped to Gdynia, Poland, on Friday. → Read More

Best in Canadian newspaper journalism honoured

Canada’s newspaper journalists were lauded for their outstanding work in 2021 on topics that included the national reckoning over residential schools, domestic violence in Quebec and Toronto investment scandals, at the annual National Newspaper Awards Friday. The Globe and Mail was the top winner, earning 10 of the 22 prizes handed out during a virtual event Friday. → Read More

Winnipeg adds two cases to escalated homicide pace

Winnipeg police are investigating two separate killings that occurred less than 24 hours apart this week — the city’s 17th and 18th homicides, respectively, of 2022. → Read More

Many keep careful eye on water from behind dike walls

MUNICIPALITY OF RITCHOT — As far as one can drive past the closure sign on Provincial Road 200, where the Red River has become a lake, Don Clark stopped Wednesday with supplies to shore up a dike. The 74-year-old carpenter from Treherne brought the last package of oakum — a tarred fibre rope meant to plug gaps — at a local hardware store, as well as sealant, to his doctor. → Read More

Peguis residents regroup after fleeing ‘worst ever’ flooding

Christopher Sinclair and Arlene Spence had about a half-hour to pack what they could in the back of the car as the waters rose around their Peguis First Nation home. Describing it as the worst flooding they’ve seen, the husband and wife drove the highway out of their community Saturday, with the bulging Fisher River’s water reaching about 1 1/2 feet up Spence’s silver sedan. → Read More

Construction advocate pushes potholes as election issue

The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association is targeting frustrated drivers via radio ads as part of a campaign to make more consistent spending on road infrastructure a ballot issue. “Hit a pothole lately? Brutal. → Read More

More charges against ex-coach

A Winnipeg man who coached high school football for more than three decades before he was accused of sexually assaulting teen students has been charged with more offences. → Read More

Pair of lawsuits claim CFS didn’t act against abuse

Two Indigenous brothers have filed separate lawsuits against the province and Child and Family Services, in which they claim they were abused and neglected decades ago. Winnipeg lawyer Norman Rosenbaum of Merchant Law Group filed the suits on behalf of the siblings, who allege their placements after being seized by social workers caused lasting damage. → Read More

Body found at Manitoba Avenue home

A body bag was wheeled from a Manitoba Avenue home Thursday afternoon, as the Winnipeg police forensics unit and plainclothes officers stood by. Police had not yet said what occurred at the home on the 900 block near Sgt. Tommy Prince Street, nor what the law enforcement response was. → Read More

Shaftesbury student hits teacher with hammer

A student at Shaftesbury High School hit a teacher Tuesday with a hammer and reportedly chased her as she fled from the classroom.Sources told the Free Press the student was restrained by other staff during the morning incident. → Read More

Project to allow police to collect evidence digitally

A new pilot project paid for by the province will have police in Manitoba collect and manage evidence digitally via cellphone. The $750,000 program, dubbed “connected officer,” will kit up to 300 police members across the province with cellphones equipped with encrypted applications, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen told reporters Monday at Winnipeg Police Service headquarters. → Read More

Man charged in sex assaults of children in unlicensed daycare

Winnipeg police have charged a man accused of sexually assaulting two children under the age of 10 in an unlicensed family daycare in the North End — and for allegedly making images of the abuse that were shared online. The Winnipeg Police Service’s child abuse unit began an investigation last September into a sexual assault by a “known adult. → Read More

Police investigate North End suspicious death

Winnipeg police homicide detectives are investigating after firefighters found a man dead in suspicious circumstances Wednesday.At about 6:30 a.m., Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service members responded to a fire at 669 Flora Ave., where they discovered a body in the grey, two-storey house. → Read More