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Highway 2 headache eased

Just in time for the long weekend traffic, Highway 2 north of Prince Albert is open again.

The barricades and detour signs were taken down Tuesday morning. A 15-kilometre stretch had been blocked off for more than three months due to flooding, but there is still some water on the road.

"People driving there will have to slow to 10 kilometres per hour and obey any flag people or signs present," said Joel Cherry with the Department of Highways.

Alvin Buckwold, accused in father's murder, will go to trial

A man accused of murdering his father will be tried by judge alone at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Prince Albert.

Alvin Buckwold, 31, appeared in Prince Albert Provincial Court Tuesday to face a second-degree murder charge in relation to the killing of his father, Ian Buckwold.

The defense waived the preliminary hearing which means the matter will go directly to trial, said defense council Amanda Neudorf. Buckwold will likely make one more court appearance during which a date for his trial will be set.

Transwest Air pilot still missing following crash

A Transwest Air pilot is still missing as of Monday night after the flight took off from Scott Lake, Sask. last week.

The plane crashed into Ivanhoe Lakein the North West Territories. It was reported missing at 1 a.m. last Thursday when it failed to show up at its destination.

Archeological project could unveil long-lost Métis gravesites

An archeological project is underway to discover unmarked gravesites north of Duck Lake near the South Saskatchewan River.

Monday several volunteers completed the field component of the endeavour at the Our Lady of Lourdes St. Laurent Cemetery. They organized the cemetery into sections and then used ground-penetrating radar to locate possible grave locations.

Centenarians share secrets to long life

After living and retiring in Prince Albert for the past 40 years, Floyd Trusty sat down to enjoy music, cake and flowers with his friends Monday for a very special birthday celebration.

“I feel 101 years old,” the centenarian chuckled, glancing towards a beaming window of sunlight.

“I’m healthy [and] very fortunate I’m very healthy," the former farmer said. "God is good to me. I don’t buy any pills or take any medication. I’m just, I’m very fortunate.”

Another animal abuse case appears in PA

The Prince Albert SPCA is reporting yet another animal cruelty case, this one coming from the Nordale area.

On Saturday a two-year-old male tabby cat was brought into the shelter as a stray, but upon a brief examination of the feline, staff found something unexpected.

Psychology prof examines mentality of animal abuse

In the wake of the recent killing of 11 cats, which were dumped on a property in the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert, members of the community have been left to wonder what might lead a person to kill or torture animals.

Dr. Steve Wormith, a psychology professor at the U of S, said when it comes to cases like this it often has a lot to do with the age of the perpetrator.

Man accused of pouring alcohol on baby handed suspended sentence

A 22-year-old man from Weyburn who willfully damaged his ex-girlfriend’s house in December received a suspended sentence and 10-month probation on Tuesday.

Judge Stephen Carter handed Justin Ballantyne the sentence after Ballanytne pleaded guilty Tuesday morning at the Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Prince Albert to a charge of mischief.

The two assault charges he faced in relation to the December incident were withdrawn.

The sentence was agreed to by the Crown and defence counsel, who had entered a joint submission.

Cats killed and dumped in woman's yard near Prince Albert

A shocking case of animal cruelty in the Prince Albert area has been reported to the local SPCA.

On July 27, a woman living in the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert, found that 18 cats had been dumped on her property. Ten of the cats were dead.

"Some of them appeared to have been drowned, they were very wet, and there was one that one of our staff felt had its back broken," said Debbie Lehner, manager of the Prince Albert SPCA.

The other dead cats appeared to have been stomped on. The following day another four cats were dumped at the same location.

UPDATE: Fatal crash in Tim Hortons parking lot in Prince Albert

An accident in a Tim Hortons parking lot at the corner of 15th Street West and Second Avenue West has killed one person on Thursday morning in Prince Albert.

A police officer at the scene told one of the bystanders that a person on a bicycle was riding through the parking lot when a truck came along and struck them.

Parkland Ambulance and police have confirmed that a person has died.

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