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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.

Men in dangling semi rescued after driver loses control

Two men in a semi were rescued from and taken to hospital after the vehicle lost control and went over the Highway 16 overpass near North Battleford.

RCMP were called around 4 a.m. to the single-vehicle rollover on the west side of the bypass.

The semi, which was heading eastbound on Highway 16 toward North Battleford, went over the right side of the overpass. The driver and passenger were trapped inside and hanging over the edge of the railing.

North Battleford grain elevator gets long-awaited paint

Once a symbol of Saskatchewan and its role in the world's food system, the wooden grain elevator has become nearly extinct. But one of the few examples left now looks as it did when it was built in 1927.

Standing as a sentry next to the highway entering North Battleford from the east, this elevator was moved from its original home east of the Battlefords at Keatley to the Heritage Farm and Village at the Western Development Museum in 1983. Ever since it was originally restored it's needed a touch-up every decade or so – new paint and other repairs.

Saskatoon man charged with murder in North Battleford stabbing

A Saskatoon man has been charged with second-degree murder in relation to a North Battleford stabbing Monday night.

Thang Sian Mang, 20, was found in a hotel room in the 900 block of 101st Street with multiple stab wounds and later died in hospital.

Nicholas Clifford Giroux, 35, of Saskatoon has been charged with second-degree murder.  He was found in the lobby with non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Battleford Union Hospital.

He appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court Tuesday afternoon. The matter has been adjourned until Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

North Battleford man arrested on child porn charges

A 50-year-old man from North Battleford is facing charges for having child pornography on his computer and making the files available to others.

Brian Simon was arrested Tuesday following a search of his home with the help of members of the Internet Child Exploitation unit. RCMP say the search warrant was executed after investigators were able to download several child pornography files from a computer.

Simon will be in court next month charged with possessing, accessing, and distributing child pornography.

Man shot in North Battleford in serious condition

A man in his twenties is in serious condition after gunfire rung out again in North Battleford.

North Battleford RCMP are investigating the shooting in the 1700 block of St. Laurent Drive which happened around 1 a.m. Monday.

The man was found there to have a gunshot wound to his head. He was airlifted by STARS air ambulance to Saskatoon.

Sergeant Neil Tremblay with the RCMP said people may be concerned about the third shooting in east North Battleford in four months.

Battleford RCMP investigate social media threats of random attacks

The Battlefords RCMP is investigating after social media warned them of possible gang initiations.
The RCMP was notified Friday of a mass text message and Facebook posts that had advised of possible gang initiations involving firearms and targeting random people in North Battleford.

The RCMP are investigating the validity of the messages and taking precaution in the event that there is truth behind them. They are also reassuring the public that the messages should not inhibit people from their normal lives.

Man believed shot in North Battleford, three in custody

Three suspects are in custody in North Battleford after a man was injured, possibly by a gun.

The incident happened in the area of Diefenbaker Drive and St Laurent Drive. The man, in his twenties, was taken to Battleford Union Hospital and then moved to Saskatoon for futher care.

Police don't know the extent of his injuries. They've cordoned off the area of the suspected shooting to gather evidence and speak with witnesses.

Anyone with information in this incident call the Battlefords RCMP at 306.446.1720 or call Crime Stoppers at 800.222.8477.

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