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Fundraiser for family of woman killed in bus crash near Biggar

Fundraising efforts are underway to help a father and two young boys  after their mother was killed in a tragic crash with a school bus near Biggar.

Last week 40 year old Monica Domes was struck and killed by a school bus on Highway 4 north of Biggar. Her seven-year-old twin sons were on the bus when the crash happened.

RCMP save child from driver speeding near emergency vehicle

Higher fines may not be sending the message to drivers to slow down. RCMP hope a near-miss might.

On Wednesday police had pulled over a vehicle suspected of dangerous driving. A mother in the vehicle had put down her small son for just a second when he ran out into the path of a truck that had not slowed to 60 km/h.

"One of the members jumped out, grabbed the child off the highway, and pulled him back into safety," says Cpl. Michael Benjamin with North West Regional Traffic Services.

UPDATE: RCMP investigating murder on Moosomin First Nation

Saskatchewan RCMP have confirmed they are investigating a murder on the Moosomin First Nation south of the Battlefords.

Officers were called to a house on the First Nation at 4:40 am on Sunday morning to respond to reports of an assault. 24-year-old Bryan Darnell Blackstar from the First Nation died at the scene. There were a number of people at the house when it happened.

RCMP have identified two suspects ages 18 and 19 who were known to the victim. No charges have been laid so far in the case but both suspects are in custody.


Cochin family gets a little help picking up the pieces

A family in Cochin—a town lying half an hour east of Battleford—is getting some help as they put their lives back together after a fire destroyed everything they have just before Christmas.

The Caron family is currently living in a temporary home but has to move out at the end of the month.

And that’s where family friend Lisa Whitford comes in.

She’s started a benefit fund for the Caron’s and is asking for people to donate cash and other items.

Former firefighter rescues family and dog from cabin fire in Cochin

As a fire spread from a shed to a cabin in Cochin, a family was able to get out safely thanks to a former volunteer firefighter.

On Sunday December 22 Brandon Lafreniere was travelling through Cochin north of the Battlefords when he saw a cabin on fire with vehicles in the driveway. As the side of the cabin burned he went to see if anyone was still inside.

Maidstone RCMP detachment commander removed

An officer with more than 20 years service in the RCMP is being removed from his command after senior management learned of alleged "inappropriate workplace behavior."

The mounties began an internal code of conduct investigation Monday morning on the now-former detachment commander for the Maidstone RCMP.

In a release to the media, the force said the sergeant was removed from his command on December 5. His name will not be released during the investigation unless statutory charges are laid.

Sex abuse victim angry over Paul Leroux's 3-year sentence

There was anger, disappointment and tears outside a Battleford courtroom on Thursday over a sentence for a man who sexually abused young boys at a residential school.

Leroux has been sentenced to three years in a federal prison on 10 counts of sexual abuse for molesting young boys when he was a dormitory supervisor at Beauval Residential School in the 1960s. During the sentencing the judge concluded that Leroux has a low chance to re-offend and has previously completed rehabilitation programs for a similar sentence in 1998.

Boy, 9, falls through ice near North Battleford

It was some scary moments for a 9-year-old boy near North Battleford Wednesday.

RCMP was notified that the boy was walking on the ice on the North Saskatchewan River near the city. Police said when they got there the boy had fallen in the water.

Luckily, he was just taken to hospital for precautionary reasons before he released into the care of his parents.

Police are reminding people that the ice on the river is very thin.

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56 year old killed by his own vehicle at side of highway

A Piapot First Nation man died on the side of a highway, apparently hit by his own vehicle.

The RCMP's Battlefords detachment is reporting that a man was found lying on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Highway 16 just east of Denholm. He was dead when police arrived, his vehicle found further up the road in the ditch.

Former residential school supervisor on trial in Battleford

A trial is under way in Battleford, for a former residential school supervisor accused of molesting 13 boys.

72-year-old Paul Leroux faces 17 charges involving the alleged molestation of 13 male students at the Beauval residential school between 1960 and 1967.

Leroux is pleading not guilty to all charges and he is representing himself at the trial which is expected to last three weeks.

Edward Mihalicz was a teacher at the school during the time Leroux was there and says he's unaware of any abuse during the time he taught there.

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