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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.

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.

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