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Winnipeg church's statue left headless; scrap dealers possible saving grace

Winnipeg church's statue left headless; scrap dealers possible saving graceWINNIPEG — A Winnipeg church's bronze statue of a prominent saint that was once blessed by a pope has been decapitated.The work depicting St. Volodymyr outside the Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga in the city's north end was stolen early Tuesday morning.A cross-like symbol seen on the Ukrainian coat of arms that's included in the statue was also stolen.Right Rev. Michael Buyachok says the church hopes the head is sold for scrap metal so it can be retrieved and fixed.The statue — created by Winnipeg sculptor Leo Mol — was blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1984.Police are investigating but no one has been arrested."It’s a catastrophe to say the least," said Buyachok. "It’s all sad you know. To have somebody come and do such vandalism without any rhyme or reason.""They’re very good people in this cathedral and to have this done to them, it’s just a painful experience."He also said if the missing pieces are not returned, then another artist will have to be found to fix the statue.Buyachok said St. Volodymyr is significant for Ukrainian Catholics because of his acceptance of Christianity in Ukraine in 988 when he was a prince. (CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)The Canadian Press


Supreme Court of Canada won't hear Alberta murder appeals

Supreme Court of Canada won't hear Alberta murder appealsOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada won't hear the appeals of an Alberta couple convicted of first-degree murder.Sheena Cuthill and her husband Timothy Rempel were found guilty three years ago of killing Ryan Lane, who had a child with Cuthill before the two parted ways.Cuthill's brother-in-law was also convicted in the murder plot, and all three guilty parties were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.Testimony at the trial indicated Cuthill and her husband were unhappy that Lane wanted visitation rights with the child he fathered with Cuthill.Lane's remains were found in a burn barrel about 70 kilometres northeast of Calgary months after he was last seen going to meet someone who said they could help with the custody dispute.The Supreme Court, following its usual custom, gave no reason for refusing to hear the appeals of Cuthill and Rempel.The Canadian Press


Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick deathVAL-D'AMOUR, N.B. — A 42-year-old man living in British Columbia has been charged with second-degree murder and arson in connection with the death of a woman in northern New Brunswick in 2016.On October 22, 2016, firefighters discovered the body of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais inside a home in Val-d'Amour.The investigation determined that the fire had been deliberately set, and her death was deemed a homicide.The RCMP has continued to investigate the fire and death, and on Wednesday officers arrested a man in British Columbia in connection with the investigation.Charged is 42-year-old Charles Alex Maltais, who is originally from Val-d'Amour but had recently been living in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.He is being held in custody and will be brought before a New Brunswick court within the coming days.The Canadian Press


N.L. man found not guilty of possessing child pornography in sex doll trial

N.L. man found not guilty of possessing child pornography in sex doll trialST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A Newfoundland man has been found not guilty of possessing child pornography after a judge determined it was not proven he knew the sex doll he ordered was child-sized. A provincial court judge said Thursday that the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Kenneth Harrisson knew what was in the box delivered to his St. John's home in 2013.Judge Mark Pike said he accepted expert testimony that the doll was child pornography, and he said the reasons Harrisson gave for ordering the doll did not ring true. But he concluded the Crown did not meet the burden of proof for a criminal conviction. During the trial, Harrisson testified that he meant to order an adult-sized doll for companionship to replace his son, who died in infancy decades earlier. The unusual case has been working its way through the courts for years. It is believed to be the first trial in Canada dealing with child pornography charges involving a sex doll. Thursday's decision found Harrisson, 54, not guilty of possessing child pornography and mailing obscene material. He was also acquitted on two charges under the federal Customs Act of smuggling and possession of prohibited goods.The Canadian Press


Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta townHIGH LEVEL, Alta. — A fire-threatened town in northern Alberta says a successful controlled burn has been carried out to help keep a raging nearby wildfire at bay.A statement on High Level's website says the burn — to eliminate fuel the blaze could feed on — was done Wednesday afternoon south and west of the community as part of efforts to contain the out-of-control Chuckegg Creek fire.It says more of these operations will be done when conditions allow.The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres and remains about three kilometres southwest of the town.It continues to keep approximately 5,000 residents of High Level and region out of their homes following an evacuation order issued over the long weekend.Provincial fire authorities say rising temperatures, a gusting wind and no significant rain have pushed the wildfire danger around High Level into the extreme range.High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer told a news conference Wednesday that firefighting is going well, but everyone is at the mercy of the weather."I want to stress the importance to everyone, especially evacuees, that the danger has not passed nor has it diminished," McAteer said. "We know based on recent experiences of Slave Lake and of Fort McMurray that wildfires are highly unpredictable and can change at any moment."I am pleading with everyone to be patient and that the evacuation of High Level will continue into the foreseeable future."The Canadian Press


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