The Thompson Local News

Youth faces multiple charges following break and enter on Grass River Dr.

A youth is under arrest after breaking into a home while intoxicated.


On Sunday, Jan. 26 at around 3:15, Thompson police were informed of a break and enter in progress on Grass River Drive.


RCMP arrived on the scene, and were notified by residents in the area at a 14-year-old boy was the culprit.


This youth was arrested and faces a number of charges, including Break and Enter, Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace, Mischief under $5,000, Possession of Break-in tools or instruments, in addition to a breach of a court order.


The suspect was taken into custody, and was later released when sober to appear in court at a later date.

RCMP recognize 'brave' community members who helped people trapped in fire

A body has been recovered from the remains of a fire in Thompson after police say “brave and selfless community members” rushed towards the burning home within the first few minutes to help people in danger.


Thompson RCMP say that they responded to multiple reports early Friday at Centennial Drive East about a home that was burning in the community, and that people might still be inside.


Officers assisted neighbours pull an 89-year-old woman to safety from a first-floor window, and a 61-year-old man was able to escape the home by jumping from a window.


A 21-year-old man who lived in the home was able to flee through the flames, and police say he remains in hospital in critical condition.


A 20-year-old woman remained unaccounted for, and police say a female's body whose identity has not yet been confirmed was found in the home on Saturday.


Four RCMP officers were treated for smoke inhalation sustained during their attempts to rescue the residents.

Fire and EMS and RCMP respond to house fire on Centennial Drive East

Thompson Fire and Emergency Services and RCMP were busy this morning responding to a house fire.


A statement from Fire Chief Mike Bourgon says the fire occurred on 165 Centennial Drive East, and local authorities responded at roughly 6:15 a.m on Jan. 24.


The cause of the fire is unknown, and there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities at this point.


The investigation is ongoing.

16-year-old arrested and charged with arson after breaking into vehicles on Princeton Drive

One youth is in custody after breaking into vehicles on Princeton Drive.


Early yesterday morning at around 1:18 AM, the Thompson RCMP was notified that two males were breaking into vehicles, as well as throwing rocks and smashing their windows and mirrors.


On their way to the scene, officers saw a vehicle engulfed in flames and one person running away from the fire.


Police pursued the suspect on foot, and arrested a 16-year-old near McGill Place. The youth faces multiple charges, namely arson.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Flight from Thompson to Shamattawa crashes into snowbank after veering off runway

A flight from Thompson to  Shamattawa First Nation crashed into a snow bank yesterday evening after it veered off the runway.


According to a statement by Perimeter Aviation, the flight left Thompson without any issues, and had a safe landing at around 5 p.m.


During the landing rollout as the plane as slowing down, the aircraft veered into the right side of the runway and into a snow bank.


The eleven passengers and two crew members were not injured in the crash.


Perimeter says it’s planning to visit Shamattawa as soon as possible to provide an update to the community, its leadership, and the passengers.

RCMP searching for two suspects in aggravated assault

Thompson RCMP is looking for two suspects following an aggravated assault which took place on Princeton Drive last month.


On Dec. 6, local authorities were informed that a unresponsive man was discovered outside the Forest View Suites South Tower.


The victim, a 50-year-old man from Selkirk, was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries, and remains in hospital with serious injuries.


On Jan. 7, RCMP arrested and charged Thompson residents 32-year Donald Timothy Massan with robbery and aggravated assault, and 42-year-old Mariah Martha Baker with robbery.


Police are still searching for two suspects: 30-year-old Patrick Shamus Jackson of Thompson for robbery, and 23-year-old Jerome Montgomery Cook of Pikwitonei First Nation for robbery and aggravated assault.


Anyone with information their whereabouts are asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a secure tip at










Local authorities looking for wanted woman

The Thompson RCMP are looking for a woman wanted on a Manitoba-wide warrant.


33-year-old Sabrina Isabel Bussidor is wanted for four charges, including failing to comply with a probation order, failing to attend court, and obstruction of a peace officer.


Anyone with information on Bussidor's whereabouts is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at

RCMP searching for cash till thief

The Thompson RCMP are seeking the public's help in finding a cash till thief.


On Jan. 14 just before 7 p.m, police were dispatched to Mark's Work Wearhouse as an unidentified man stole a till from the store. The suspect subsequently fled the store with the till.


Anyone with information pertaining to the suspect's identity is asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a secure tip at

Winterfest will be held Feb. 21-23

Winterfest is back this year, and is set to take place from February 21-23rd.


The planning committee for the event will be having its first meeting this evening at 6 p.m. in the TRCC Mary Fenske Boardroom.


The city says Winterfest is the best when there is plenty of involvement from businesses and volunteers, and encourage everyone to come out and pitch ideas or help out.


If you’d like to help out but can’t make the first meeting, or would like more information, call the city’s Special Events Coordinator at 204-677-7969.

2 suspects wanted in separate incidents involving taxi drivers

The Thompson RCMP is looking for two suspect in two separate incidents concerning taxi drivers.


The first incident took place Sunday morning just after 2 a.m, when police were notified that a taxi driver was almost stabbed by an unknown male youth at the Burntwood Hotel. The driver was not injured.


The youth was located by hotel security, but fled before police arrived. The suspect was described as wearing camouflage pants, a gray sweater, and black vest jacket, and was around three feet tall and 100 pounds.


The second incident occurred later that evening after 6 p.m.


The Thompson RCMP received a complaint that a man jumped on top of a taxi while the taxi was parked at a residence on Westwood Drive.


This man then smashed the windshield of the taxi. The driver was not injured.


The suspect is described as wearing a white jacket and black pants. Anyone with information on these incident is asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at

Finance Minister Scott Fielding to hold budget consultation meeting in Thompson

Thompsonites will have an opportunity to share their ideas for the upcoming provincial budget.


Finance Minister Scott Fielding will be holding a budget consultation meeting, as the province says they welcome suggestions on how government spending and revenue should be prioritized.


They add that they’re looking for innovative ideas to save money while ensuring services are available.


The meeting will be this Monday, Jan.13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Best Western Thompson.


Those who aren’t able to make the meeting can also contribute to the discussion by filling out an online survey at

RCMP searching for suspects in armed robbery

UPDATE #1: Keathan Bradburn has been arrested, and will be remanded into custody later today. Police are still searching for Brayden Charlette. A photo of Charlette is available below the article.



Thompson RCMP are searching for two suspects involved in an armed robbery.


Police were notified of the armed robbery near Princeton Tower South. An investigation determined a man was robbed of his belongings by youths in possession of a machete.


Law enforcement determined 18-year-old Keathen Caillou Bradburn and 16-year-old Brayden Thomas Charlette commited this armed robbery, and both are currently wanted by Thompson RCMP.


Bradburn is described as being 5'8' and 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.


Charlette is described as being 5'10" and 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.


Anything with information pertaining to their whereabouts is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a secure tip at




Four youths arrested following vehicle theft at Mystery Lake Hotel

Four youths were arrested following an auto theft at a local hotel.


On Wednesday, Jan. 8  at approximately 9:25 p.m, local police were notified of a vehicle stolen from the Mystery Lake Hotel.


Officers were able to locate the vehicle on Thompson Drive near Oak Street.


The driver, a 15-year-old youth from Thompson, along with two twelve-year-olds and a 13-year-old were all taken into custody.


The 15-year-old faces motor vehicle theft charge as well as breaches of a court order. The youth was also found possessing dog spray and faces additional weapons charges.

Bylaw amendment to re-zone land with ski trails passes 2nd reading

City council took the public’s advice to heart, and had a public hearing for a zoning bylaw amendment that was later passed on Monday night.


The amendment pertained to a piece of land north of the Burntwood River, which the city initially wanted to change from an Urban Hold Zone  to Residential Neighbourhood Zone for residential development.


However, during a public hearing in late October, many of the residents who attended opposed the proposal, saying the re-designation could endanger the cross country ski trails.


The city later re-worked the proposal to re-zone the land from Urban Hold to Public Recreation.


During Monday night’s hearing, all residents who spoke were in favour of it, stating the ski trails are a legacy of Thompson that should be preserved for the next generations.


The city will send an information package pertaining to the public hearing and the second reading of the bylaw amendment to the province for review, before the city can proceed with the third and final reading.

Leaf Rapids man arrested, charged with manslaughter following stabbing death on Princeton Drive

Thompson RCMP has made an arrest in a stabbing death that took place over the weekend.


On Jan. 4 at around 9 p.m, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at an apartment building on Princeton Drive.


A 30-year-old man from Leaf Rapids was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries.


26-year-old Ronald Dysart from Leaf Rapids was arrested on Jan 5, and has been charged with manslaughter.


Dysart has been taken into custody, and will be appearing in court later today.

RCMP looking for Baaco's mischief suspect

Thompson RCMP are seeking the public's help in locating a suspect in a mischief case.


On Jan. 3 at approximately 8:51 PM, the Thompson RCMP received a report from Baaco's Bar and Grill that a urinal toilet had been ripped from the wall in the men's washroom.


Police are seeking to confirm the identity of the man in the middle of the photo.


Police are looking for any witnesses to this act of mischief. Anyone who may have witnessed this mischief or knows the identity of this man is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP at (204) 677-6911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at

Operation Red Nose an overall success this holiday season

Operation Red Nose has released their final numbers for the holiday season.


In Thompson, the free-ride-home service gave 355 rides and had 195 people volunteer their time to help residents get to their destination safely.


Those numbers are up from last year, where Thompson gave 339 rides and had 146 volunteers.


Additionally, the Thompson committee raised over $8, 000, compared to $6, 000 from last year.


Provincially, Operation Red Nose gave over 44 hundred rides, had nearly 24 hundred people volunteer, and raised $95, 000.

Thompson RCMP received 33 calls for service between midnight and 5 a.m. on New Year's Day

The Thompson RCMP had a hectic New Years.


During a 24-hour period between noon on New Year’s Eve and New Years Day, police had 75 calls of service, with 70 of the calls coming from the city.


The detachment says 33 of the calls were received between midnight and 5 a.m. on Wednesday.


Over the past year, the Thompson Detachment responded to over 20,800 calls of service.

Police investigating New Year's Day stabbing in Thicket Portage

A 31-year-old woman from Thicket Portage is in custody following a stabbing on New Year’s Day.


The Thompson Rural RCMP detachment was dispatched to the community on Wednesday morning after 5 a.m.


The stabbing resulted in the victim being taken to Thompson General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


The suspect faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault and multiple breaches of a court order.


The investigation is ongoing.

More details emerge from temporary City Centre Mall shutdown on Jan. 2

City Centre Mall was shut down for a period of time yesterday morning, following a suspected gas leak.


A statement from Thompson's Deputy Fire Chief Steve Molloy says management staff at our local Walmart smelled what they believed to be a gas leak, and contacted Thompson Fire and Emergency Services to investigate.


A Walmart spokesperson says the building was closed just before 10 a.m.


The entire mall was evacuated as a precautionary measure. Both the fire department and propane supplier Stittco Utilities responded to the call with monitoring equipment as a part of their regular procedure.


Molloy went on to say a sweep of the building did not detect any dangerous gasses or fumes in the building.


The fire department was reported to have left the mall at approximately 10:30 yesterday morning, and mall staff and customers were allowed to re-enter the mall at around the same time.


Walmart's spokesperson apologized for any inconvenience this incident caused for customers.

Local RCMP seeking witnesses in two separate stabbing, robbery cases

Thompson RCMP is investigating two separate weapons-related incidents, including one stabbing.


At around 10:19 p.m. on Monday, police responded to a report that multiple people carrying weapons were chasing another person near Highland Towers.


As police were responding, they received an update that someone was stabbed on Princeton Drive past Station Road.


The victim was found by officers with non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Thompson General Hospital.


Earlier on Monday afternoon after 3 p.m, police received a report of a man who had a knife pulled on him outside Princeton Tower South.


The report indicated two youth stole the man’s jacket and phone, and no injuries were reported. One of the youth was seen wearing a black jacket and orange hat.


Anyone with any information on either of these incidents are asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-3905 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a tip online at

More details emerge from Portage La Prairie train derailment

More details have emerged regarding Tuesday morning's train derailment near Portage La Prairie.


The train involved in the accident was a Via Rail train traveling from Churchill to Winnipeg.


The train was traveling about 100 kilometres per hour before derailing at around 6:45 a.m.


Emergency crews attended to the train’s occupants, and no one appeared to be seriously injured.


The train’s two locomotives and one car came off the line.


The exact cause of the derailment is not known at this time.

Thompson RCMP respond to a number of unwanted persons, break and enter calls this past week

The Thompson RCMP had their hands full last week dealing with a couple of unwanted persons calls, as well as a break and enter.


On Boxing Day night just before 11 p.m, police received a complaint that someone broke into a home on Lynx Cresecent and passed out inside.


Officers found the intoxicated 17-year-old male youth and took him into custody. The youth faces multiple charges, namely break and enter and breaches of a court order.


Another incident on Boxing Day occurred just before 7:30 p.m, where RCMP responded to a complaint of an unwanted person at a Wolf Street residence.


Once they arrived, police found an intoxicated 28-year-old man who gave them a false name.


After officers determined his real name, further inquiries revealed the name had a warrant for his arrest and was in a breach of a court order. The man is currently in police custody.


Another unwanted person report was filed Dec. 28 just before 4:30 a.m, this time at a home on Martin Bay.


When police found the suspect, they identified the unwanted person as a 22-year-old man from Winnipeg.


The man also had a warrant for his arrest and was bound to court release conditions to reside in a residence in Winnipeg.


The man was arrested and taken into custody.

Thompson Fire and EMS and RCMP respond to 2 fires on Fox Bay and Cree Road

Thompson Fire and Emergency Services and RCMP had a busy 24 hours respondong to two fires.


The fire department first responded to a residential fire on Cree Road yesterday evening at approximately 6:35.


While the fire was contained, the residence is a total loss. Both tenants were able to escape the residence with injury, but the building sustained significant damage.


Then just after midnight, the fire department and local police were called to another fire, this time on 35 Fox Bay.


The building was being evacuated when Fire and EMS and the RCMP arrived.


RCMP says one person was reported to have jumped from the second story of the apartment, and was later located by police uninjured.


The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported, and was believed to have started in the kitchen area of the building.


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