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Volume 133 Issue 34


Friday, November 6, 2015

Local Man Charged
In Relation To
Rossburn Assault


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Bright Future Possibilities



hortly after midnight on October 27th RCMP officers
from both the Russell and Rossburn detachments responded to a violent home invasion at a rural residence
north of Rossburn. An elderly male was tied up and assaulted by three masked men carrying weapons. The
cowardly thugs viciously beat and choked the elderly victim sending him to the hospital. We can thankfully report
he is recovering now. Investigators believe this horrible,
senseless act of violence was deliberate and targeted.
On October 30th, thanks to the release of an appeal
for public assistance, some tips were received that led investigators to the identification and subsequent capture
of the first suspect Robert Ashley Ward, a 42-year-old resident of Minnedosa.
Shortly after Ward’s arrest investigators quickly
worked to obtain more information about the other suspects. Unfortunately for the second thug, his trick or treat
bag was filled with charges when he discovered the police
were not handing out candy Halloween night… Fabian
Lucas Pendl, a 21-year-old man, was arrested and taken
into custody near Strathclair.
As of November 2nd, both Ward and Pendl remain
behind bars and are facing a lengthy list of charges which
include, Break and Enter to Commit Robbery with Violence, Assault causing Bodily Harm, Unlawfully in a
Dwelling, Wearing a Disguise, Possession of a Weapon for
a Dangerous Purpose, Unlawful Confinement and Choking to Overcome Resistance.
Th e third suspect is believed to be evading arrest and
remains at large. Police have issued a Canada Wide Warrant for the arrest of Julian James Johnston, a 41-year-old
male of the RM of Yellowhead. Johnston, who faces the
same slough of charges, is considered dangerous and
may be armed, the public is advised not to approach him
and call 911 immediately if you see him.
RCMP are asking anyone with information to contact
the Russell RCMP at 204-773-3051 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure
tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text
“TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637), if you
have any information on this horrific act of deliberate violence.

Photo by Jeff Pearson

Cheyenne Gervais, a grade 11 student decided to take her placement
at the business she is apprenticing at, M&M Autobody.
Grade 11 MCI
Career Prep Student


tudents are all searching for the answer, to
what seems like a repetitive question they continually get drilled on, “What
do you want to be when
you grow up?” Every year
as an essential part of their
curriculum, grades 9 to 11

participate in the Career
Placement Program. This
unique program has been
around for over 20 years,
giving students an opportunity to gain experience
and knowledge in a career
of their choice. They are
sent off to ‘work’ for two
full days allowing them to
experience firsthand what
it takes to work in their desired occupation.

Mrs. Jessica Raupers,
the Career Preparation
and Exploration Co-ordinator and High School Apprenticeship Co-ordinator
for the Minnedosa Collegiate and the Erickson
Collegiate, is responsible
for setting up the placements for every student,
not just in Minnedosa,
but Erickson as well. Mrs.
Raupers has a long to-


do list which seems to
be never ending, setting
up Career Placements,
Take Your Kid to Work
Day, Post-Secondary Day,
along with many other informative programs which
assist students in navigating their future through a
sea of choices.
on Page 8