City of Regina
After a routine traffic stop on Wednesday, Regina Police Service ended up getting more than they bargained for.
A broken headlight lead police to pull over 26-year-old Riley Joshua Williams. After investigating the vehicle, 30 ounces of cocaine were found and Williams was booked on trafficking charges.
He made his first court appearance on Thursday.
Williams will also have to pay a fine for an inadequate headlamp.
The City of Regina is looking to expand its borders by taking over several pockets of land currently belonging to the RM of Sherwood.
Mayor Michael Fougere revealed the plan at a news conference at City Hall Friday morning. It will see the city annex large tracts of farmland on all sides of Regina's current borders to accommodate expected future growth and ensure that hundreds of millions of dollars of potential economic development comes to fruition.
"We want to secure land for future growth of about 500,000 (people)," Fougere explained to reporters.
Regina police rounded up six people after a couple break and enters Thursday night.
The call came in at just before midnight. It took police about 30 seconds to get to the home on the 900 block of Rae Street. By then the suspects had run off.
Then a second break in just south of there on the 3200 block of Dewdney Avenue. Police found one man hiding out nearby and arrested him. Another man tried to flee the scene in a cab, but was recognized by police and arrested as well. Two other men and two women were also arrested nearby.
Liquor stores across Regina now have ATM's with user fees going to a good cause.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has now expanded a pilot program which saw them put the ATM's in the stores on North and South Albert Street.
"Very low transaction fees when you compare them to other ATM machines," said MADD CEO Andrew Murie. "Then the money is used by MADD."
That money will be used to fund various programs and campaigns aimed at lowering drinking and driving.
A federally-funded program could help the City of Regina do away with some of those old gas station lots that sit vacant year after year.
A fund administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is putting up $150 million for "brownfield" remediation. That term refers to parcels of land that were once used for commercial purposes—such as gas stations—that have yet to be re-developed. Often those sites are contaminated in some way and need to undergo environmental clean-up before they can be used again.
Lindsey Baiton, co-owner of Drip in Regina, has learned to make the most out of a bad situation.
While construction on Broad Street has made parking in front of her new business nearly impossible, she’s used the persistent traffic jam across the street as a marketing tool. On Thursday morning, she could be seen standing on the sidewalk, passing out free coffees to frustrated motorists.
It's another promise of a bright future for Capital Pointe as the third owner in four years has come on-board.
The proposed condo and hotel project at the corner of Victoria and Albert Street has been talked about for almost four years without a shovel hitting the ground.
A new nightclub just south of downtown Regina could make a bad situation worse.
At Tuesday night's City Council meeting approval was given to an application for a new night club for 2151 Albert Street, near 14th Avenue. A group of investors is hoping to convert the main floor, formerly an insurance office, into a "high-energy lounge" with a maximum capacity of 90 people.
Local restaurant owner Adam Sperling objected.
Regina city councillor Terry Hincks has made his return from fighting cancer three weeks early.
The long-time representative for Ward 9 was diagnosed with colon cancer last month. Speaking before Tuesday night's City Council meeting, he acknowledged undergoing surgery about three weeks prior.