Manitoba roundup: Sex offender James to get bail on latest charges etc.
Sex offender Graham James to get bail WINNIPEG -- A judge said he will grant bail to disgraced former junior hockey coach Graham James who faces new sex charges in Winnipeg. But final conditions for his release won't be set until Dec. 17 and Jame...
Sex offender Graham James to get bail
WINNIPEG -- A judge said he will grant bail to disgraced former junior hockey coach Graham James who faces new sex charges in Winnipeg.
But final conditions for his release won't be set until Dec. 17 and James is to remain in jail until then.
James faces nine charges stemming from alleged encounters between 1979 and 1994 involving three boys, one of them Theo Fleury who became a National Hockey League star.
James, who is 58, served more than a year in jail in the late 1990s for assaulting three young hockey players, including NHLer Sheldon Kennedy.
He was pardoned and moved to Mexico, but returned to Canada after Winnipeg police issued a warrant on the new charges in October.
A publication ban was imposed on most of what was said at the bail hearing.
Mother grieves for drowned son
WINNIPEG -- The mother of a little boy missing and presumed drowned spent part of Monday on the banks of the cold, dark Red River praying that recovery teams will find his body.
"So I can bury my son," explained Mclaine Flett. "So he can rest in peace."
Nathaniel Thorassie, 6, and his brother, Ralph Chartrand Jr., 10, were playing by the river Saturday when they slipped and fell in.
Kole Devisscher, 16, who just happened to be driving by, saw Ralph struggling to pull himself up on the ice and managed to get him to safety.
But recovery teams have been hampered by the cold and the darkness of the ice-covered river and so far have been unable to find little Nathaniel.
Teen admits to killing man with stolen Hummer
WINNIPEG -- A 19-year-old Winnipeg man has admitted to stealing a Hummer and crashing it into another vehicle, killing a 47-year-old man.
Last December, the male, who was 18, stole the vehicle and sped through a stop sign, smashing into a small car.
Zdzislaw Andrzejczak, a Polish immigrant, died from injuries.
The teen had been charged with manslaughter but pleaded guilty Monday to the lesser charge of criminal negligence causing death.
Sentencing is expected to be handed out in January or February.
Winnipeg often tops the list of cities with the highest per-capita auto-theft rate in the country, according to Statistics Canada annual crime reports.