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April 29, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Arson Awareness Week - May 1st – 7th

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind citizens that with the warmer weather often comes an increase in arson related offences.

Residents can reduce the likelihood of becoming the victim of arson by identifying risk factors associated with fire‐setting behavior and take the proper steps to reduce these risks.  These steps include:

  • Reporting discarded furniture or other large garbage items to 311.
  • Avoid placing bins, garbage or other combustible items against the exterior of your home, garage, shed or fence. These are a ready supply of fuel for an arsonist.
  • Placing your new garbage / recycling containers out in the morning on the day of pickup (before 7:00 A.M. but not the night before). Secure them in a safe place on your property as soon as possible after collection.
  • Cleaning up overgrown shrubs and trees. They also can be a source of fuel for an arsonist.
  • Not leaving flammable liquids in the open. (Ensure proper storage of flammable material. I.E. gas cans, propane tanks)
  • Ensuring that your house, garage and shed are well secured and that exterior lighting be maintained. I.E. motion sensor lights.
  • Removing abandoned vehicles.
  • Organizing or participating in the Citizens on Patrol Program or Neighborhood Watch Programs.
  • Speaking with your neighbors and encourage each other to contact police if anything suspicious is observed.

For more information regarding fire facts and prevention, visit our Arson Prevention webpage.

Search Efforts Continue for Missing Person – Catherine CURTIS – C16-81635

As previously released - The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 60-year-old female, Catherine CURTIS.  CURTIS was last seen on Monday morning, April 25, 2016, in the St. James area of Winnipeg.     

CURTIS is described as Caucasian, 5’4”, thin build, 85 pounds with long white hair worn in a ponytail, and blue eyes.  She may be wearing a navy blue jacket, dark plaid pants, and white sneakers.

Search Efforts Continue for Missing Person – Catherine CURTIS – C16-81635

The Winnipeg Police Service Dive Unit is currently assisting with search efforts by searching the waterways of West Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Police Service acknowledges and appreciates the efforts of the many community volunteers who have taken up the search as well.

Once again we are reminding all residents that they can assist with the search effort. We’re encouraging residents to search their own properties in the event Curtis has suffered a medical emergency.

Members of the public are encouraged to check their personal properties, outbuildings, vehicles, and any green space surrounding their property.  

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit immediately at 204-986-6250.

Arson Investigations – C16-83507 C16-83547

On April 28, 2016 at approximately 3:20 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a fire involving a detached garage associated to a residence in the 500 block of Oakland Avenue.

At this stage of the investigation, it appears that the fire originated when a discarded sofa at the rear of the garage was set on fire. The fire spread causing significant damage to the garage, vehicles and residence. Three occupants fled without injury.

Damage is estimated at approximately $400,000.00.

The fire is suspicious in nature; no arrest(s) have been made at this time. 

The investigation is continuing by members of the Arson Unit.


During a separate incident on April 28, 2016 at approximately 6:00 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a working fire at a residence located in the 1400 block of Pacific Avenue West.

The suspicious fire appears to have initiated in the garage, spreading to the main dwelling and neighbouring homes. Two vehicles parked nearby were also damaged and are considered a complete loss. Two residents were transported to hospital in stable condition.

The total damage is estimated at approximately $500,000.00.

No arrest(s) have been made. The investigation is continuing by members of the Arson Unit.

Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6813 or Crime Stoppers 204-786-TIPS (8477).


12th Annual Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon, 2-Person Relay and 5K race!

On Sunday, May 1st, come cheer on 2,900 runners in this year’s 12th annual Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon, 2-Person Relay and 5K race!

Whether they’re running to beat their time, to honor a loved one or to show cancer whose boss; our runners have their hearts, heads and feet in the right place.

All monies raised from this year’s event will be going to the Canadian Cancer Society in support of brain cancer research.  The money will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by Brain Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund, a public-private partnership established by the Government of Canada.

Brain cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among youth and young adults. The overall survival rate for all cancers is 63%, while the relative survival rate of brain cancer is 25%.  Brain cancer represents some of the most aggressive forms of cancer, making it difficult to destroy.

Come and cheer Joanne Schiewe and Catherine Ledlow, brain cancer patients and two of our top fundraisers as they race to beat cancer.

The event is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. in front of the baseball diamonds in Assiniboine Park. The 5K will take off at 8:20 a.m. Both starts will enjoy an exciting send off with a fly pass of a Canadian Forces C130 Hercules aircraft.

The Winnipeg Police Service’s helicopter, AIR1, will be on site for public viewing.

Members of the public are invited to cheer runners on along the route or at the finish line. Supporters are welcome to join in the pancake breakfast at the race site through a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

1st leg: Runners will head south on Locomotive Drive and Formal Garden Way to make their way out of the park. The runners will then proceed north on Park Boulevard North then east on Wellington Crescent (in the west bound lanes) to Guelph Street (turn-around point) where they will return west on Wellington Crescent and then north over the train footbridge at Empress Street, continue west on the north side of the river on Wolseley Avenue West, under the Route 90 overpass to Riverbend Crescent, Assiniboine Avenue; north on Douglas Park Road then west on Portage Avenue in the east bound traffic curb lane. Relay exchange is set up in the vicinity of Portage Avenue and Overdale Street.

2nd leg: Runners will continue west on Portage Avenue to Olive Street where they will utilize the footpath system to head onto the Charleswood Parkway and turn around at Roblin Boulevard. Runners will head back to the north side of the Assiniboine River via the Charleswood Parkway, looping through Woodhaven (west on Portage Avenue in the east bound traffic curb lane; south on Woodhaven Park; east on Assiniboine Avenue, north on Woodbridge Road, east on Assiniboine Crescent to Portage Avenue) prior to returning east on Portage Avenue to the Assiniboine Park Footpath where they will proceed south over the footpath and east to the finish line located in front of the baseball diamonds.

Visit to view the race route. 

Traffic notes include:

  • West bound Wellington Crescent from Guelph Street to the Assiniboine Park is closed 6:00 am until 11:00 am (no parking on the closed portions of Wellington Crescent)
  • North bound Park Boulevard North to Wellington Crescent is closed from 6:00 am until 11:00 am (no parking on Park Boulevard North, north of Corydon Avenue)
  • No parking is permitted in the two east bound curb lanes of Portage Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard west to Douglas Park Boulevard from 2:00 am to 2:00 pm on race day

Please contact Canadian Cancer Society Media Advisor John Douglas with any questions or media enquiries at 204-227-1846 or via email:


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