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Saskatoon police arrest '31-year-old escape artist' after break-in

Saskatoon police have arrested a man who they describe as a "31 year old escape artist".

The incident started when a concerned citizen called police about a possible break-in on the 3700 block of Diefenbaker Drive. The report said the man was brandishing a shovel.

Officers arrived just in time to see the suspect leaving the side-door of the house with an armful of electronics, jewelery, and other items.

GALLERY: Cosplay couples cavort at Saskatoon Blitz

In the packed space of Hall A at Prairieland Park, Casie Chang and Matthew Pechey stop and pose for what must be the hundredth photo of the day.

Pechey, sporting a white lab coat and bushy beard, and Chang, in a white wedding dress with a pink wig and flower headpiece were dressed as Doctor Krieger and his virtual girlfriend from the popular adult cartoon, Archer.

"Legal first name is Doctor. I'm not actually a doctor," Pechey, 20, quips as he strokes his fake beard.

Three men enter Saskatoon home, two leave with stab wounds

A stabbing in Saskatoon's King George neighbourhood Saturday afternoon has police searching for a motive.

Officers were called to a home on the 800 block of Avenue I South at around 2:00 p.m. Saturday. 

Police say three men entered the home, and confronted a 36 year old woman living there.

After an altercation, two of the men, (aged 20 and 37,) had to be taken to hospital with stab wounds. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Truck theft leads to early morning police chase in Saskatoon

Saskatoon police say they chased down a pair of alleged truck thieves just as the sun came up Saturday morning.

Police say they received a report of a stolen pickup with a jet ski in the box from the 700 block of Avenue L North at around 3 a.m.

It took about 45 minutes for them to find a vehicle matching that description driving on 22nd Street. 

Memory of Shellbrook teen cherished by family

A Shellbrook family is treasuring their memories of a young woman they believes was taken too soon.

Ted Naber said he'll always remember his niece, Johanna Naber, as a very positive person.

The 18-year-old was one of four people who died in a plane crash in northern Arizona on Sunday, July 20.

“Johanna was probably one of the bubbliest, happiest people I know. I know we all have people like that in our life but that was Johanna to our family and to everybody that knew her,” he said.

Food Council looks to fill Saskatoon pantries

A local organization continues to work towards the perfect recipe to bring better food to Saskatoon residents.

The Saskatoon Food Council will host an official launch party on Aug. 15 at Osler School, about 25 minutes north of Saskatoon.

The group, which began to form in early March, wants to encourage collaboration and conversation about making healthy food more accessible in the city.

Pro-Palestinian rally held in Regina

Victoria Park in downtown Regina was full of Palestinian flags and protest signs early Friday evening.
 
Around 30 people gathered to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
 
Rally organizer Syed Shah says the people in Gaza need a cease fire that lasts longer than a few hours. 
 
"They need medicine, they need food, they need water. Everything should be allowed to go inside for helping the people."
 
Palestinians weren't the only ones at the rally.
 

Producers still feeling pinch of grain backlog

The grain backlog that plagued the country's producers this winter is getting better.

But, Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), said there's still about 20,000 railcars waiting to move.

"It's a hell of a lot better than back in March, when they were 70,000 cars behind," he said.

Hall said the majority of those cars are in Saskatchewan, as rail companies took the path of least resistance when the federal government started hitting them with fines for not shipping enough grain.

New regulatory body to oversee teacher discipline, certification

Saskatchewan teachers will soon be certified and disciplined by a new regulatory body.

The government is creating an eight-person transition committee that will consult with parents, teachers, students and the public before creating bylaws and structure for the new body.

“There was complaints before that teachers were not being appropriately disciplined or adequately disciplined,” Minister of Education Don Morgan said.

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