By Marianne Curtis
The otherwise quiet community of Sprague was stunned after a forty-seven year old woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to blow up her common-law husband.
Just before midnight on August 26 Sprague RCMP received a complaint from a 51-year-old man from the Rural Municipality of Piney who says he awoke to the smell of propane gas in his residence.
Upon further inspection, he noticed that the smell was coming from a stove. While trying to get rid of the gas, a small explosion took place and the male received minor non-life threatening injuries. No medical treatment was required. He also noticed that his common-law wife and all the pets were gone, along with one of the family vehicles.
Subsequent investigation by the RCMP Steinbach/Sprague Detachment, the RCMP Steinbach General Investigation Services with the assistance of the RCMP Winnipeg Major Crime Services resulted in the August 27 arrest of the alleged victim’s common law wife in the Sprague Hotel.
Several eyewitnesses were on hand when RCMP made the collar at the Sprague Hotel. One witness says that several people were in the lounge when a woman came into the bar looking nervous and distraught. Soon afterwards, police officers entered the business and requested that everyone leave the building. While patrons waited in the parking lot, officers came outside with the woman.
“Before putting her in the car, we overheard the officer tell her she was charged with attempted murder – we were shocked,” stated the witness. “This doesn’t happen in our community.”
The victim’s common-law wife was charged with Attempted Murder and remanded into custody until her court appearance.