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Marlene Bird's assault looms large over awareness walk

For 10 years, participants in the Honouring Our Sisters and Brothers Memorial Walk have gathered in Prince Albert to call for more action from senior levels of government against violence affecting First Nations People.

RCMP officer saves woman from burning home

One RCMP officer was in the right place at the right time and a woman is still alive because of it.

On Tuesday around 7 p.m. a Deschambault Lake RCMP officer was conducting a traffic stop in the community when he saw smoke coming from a nearby home.

He said several people outside the home were waving their arms to get his attention. They informed him that they thought one person was still inside. That’s when instincts kicked in for the officer and he entered the home.

Montreal Lake chief speaks out about Marlene Bird assault

While support continues to pour in for Marlene Bird in Prince Albert, residents on Montreal Lake Cree Nation, where she is from, are showing their support as well.

“We’re meeting (Wednesday) with the family and looking at opening a trust, so that any donations that are being put together can be put into,”  Montreal Lake Chief Edward Henderson said.

Henderson said that he has only been passing along information shared in the media with his community.

Sask. mother waits for answers following son's death

Elaine Grace Charles tightly grips a picture of her dead son, 17-year-old Clayton James Bear.

In April, Bear was found shot in Prince Albert. He died of his injuries in hospital.

Charles can still fondly remember the last time she spoke to her son. It was the morning before and she was at home. Her son, who had a tendency to come and go, had stopped by to see her.

Marlene Bird's aunt retraces niece's steps before brutal attack

Family members of 47-year-old Marlene Bird have been retracing her steps and gathering information about the attack that has left her in an Edmonton hospital.

Lorna Thiessen, Bird's aunt, has received texts since the June 1 assault from people offering information. She has been “following up” on leads, and on Friday night, she and a friend hit the streets in Prince Albert.

Thiessen said they walked around and spoke to people they didn’t know.

Police reviewing video footage in Prince Albert woman's attack

Police in Prince Albert are now reviewing hours of video surveillance footage collected from the area where 47-year-old Marlene Bird was assaulted in on June 1.

According to police, they have also spoken to a number of witnesses in connection to the assault. No arrests have been made in connection with the assault.

Bird sustained a number of serious injuries and is being treated at a burn unit at the University of Albert Hospital in Edmonton. Her aunt Lorna Thiessen said she is still undergoing grafting procedures.

Sask. woman to spend weeks in hospital after attack

A homeless woman from Prince Albert will remain in hospital for another five to six weeks as she recovers from a vicious attack.
Marlene Bird, 47, has had both of her legs amputated and still faces more surgery, while police continue to search for a suspect.
"There are three family members staying with her in Edmonton for the duration of her stay there," Prince Albert YWCA executive director Donna Brooks said.

Sask. pet owner says dog stabbed

A Prince Albert woman whose pets have been a constant target for abuse from strangers has had enough.

Judy Bradbury lives in the East Hill area and said she has been facing constant issues with people attacking her dogs.

“I’ve had people going up and down the alley sticking in their arms trying to unlock the gate,” Bradbury said.

Darryl Hickie vows to complete term as MLA

Darryl Hickie will continue to serve as Prince Albert Carlton MLA until the next election, the Saskatchewan Party Caucus said in a statement.

According to the release posted online, Hickie has completed the “most intensive part” of his re-qualification and training ahead of his return to the Prince Albert Police Service after the end of his term.

Prince Albert woman assaulted, burned to the bone

A homeless woman who was seriously assaulted in Prince Albert earlier this month has now been upgraded to stable condition.

Police responded to a reported assault and discovered a badly injured Marlene Darlene Bird, 47, that Sunday morning nearly two weeks ago near the Margo Fournier Center. Bird was taken to Victoria Hospital in critical condition, but was then transferred to Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital.

From there, Bird was transferred to Edmonton’s University of Alberta Hospital.

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