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Trial set for Prince Albert man accused of killing son

A series of meetings before a judge have finally led to a trial date for a man accused of killing his son and shooting at others on his farm outside Prince Albert last year.

Larry McDougald, 67, was arrested after a confrontation on Oct. 29, 2013. It allegedly involved his son Terry McDougald, 45, and two other men.

Three pre-trial dates at Prince Albert’s Court of Queen’s Bench have led to a two-week long trial starting Sept. 28, 2015.

2 missing after house fire on Ahtahkakoop First Nation

A search is on to find two people that could be inside an Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation house that was engulfed in flames Monday.

According to RCMP spokesperson Mandy Maier, Shellbrook RCMP was called out to the home after initial reports said four people were possibly trapped inside.

P.A. Hospital diverts patients after CT scanner catches fire

The Prince Albert Victoria hospital is down a computerized tomography (CT) scanner after the device caught fire Saturday morning.

Lab techs and hospital staff found reported smelling melting plastic and smoke.

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region vice president of operations John Piggott said when he arrived at the hospital, he knew something was wrong with the equipment.

"I could certainly smell it...they say that when that plastic starts to melt it does make a pretty powerful smell," he said.

Prince Albert man threatened with needle and robbed

Police in Prince Albert are looking for a 40-year-old man who allegedly held up someone he knew with a used needle.

Police were called out to the 400 block of 21st Street East for a robbery call. A 38-year-old man told told police a man approached him while he was walking home. He apparently knew the man.

The man was wielding a dirty needle and demanded money. The victim complied, handing over an undisclosed amount of cash and his mittens. The man left the scene on foot.

The victim was not hurt.

UPDATE: SUV dragged by train in Prince Albert crash

Flashing lights and the train whistle at a train crossing in Prince Albert weren't enough warning for a driver on slippery streets this weekend.

More details have come out about a Sunday afternoon crash in that city. Just before 5 p.m., a SUV slowly slid into the path of an oncoming train “just due to icy winter conditions and a little bit of inattention,” according to police media liaison Sgt. Brandon Mudry.

SUV narrowly misses train in Prince Albert crash

A Sunday afternoon collision in Prince Albert could have been a lot worse due to the icy streets.

A SUV was coming to a stop at a rail crossing at 16th Street and 2nd Avenue West around 4 p.m. The driver narrowly missed crashing into a train, instead colliding head-on with a pole.

Parkland Ambulance says no one was hurt. There's no word if charges will be laid.
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Trial by judge or jury undecided for accused in Marlene Bird assault

The question of whether the man accused of a brutal sexual assault will opt for trial by judge or jury remains unanswered.

Leslie Ivan Roderick Black’s attendance has been waived at multiple court appearances over the past few months. At the three court dates, his representation, Terra Lennox-Zepp, has requested an adjournment on choosing judge or jury – also known as an election.

Black, 29, is charged with aggravated sexual assault and attempted murder in connection to an assault against Marlene Bird in June.

National TV show puts Prince Albert Raiders’ mascot in spotlight

The controversy stemming from Raiders’ mascot, Boston Raider, has caught the attention of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

“It was all over the news,”  Abdul Butt, the correspondent for the segment, said. “It was everywhere, everyone was talking about it.”

Butt said the crew discussed the topic during a meeting and thought it was something that stood out.  They decided almost right away it was something worth travelling to Prince Albert to film. 

Inked models attract attention in school bullying project

A project that began as a school assignment is attracting a lot of attention on social media.

Miranda Ewashko and Christine Tarry, who attend Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Prince Albert, were asked in their women gender studies class to focus on a problem in society.

Ewashko’s personal experience being bullied as a teen led her to choose bullying as the theme.

P.A. doctor disciplined for relationship apologizes

A Prince Albert doctor who lost his medical licence for having a consensual sexual relationship with a patient is apologizing to his patients and colleagues.

Dr. Nigel Painter pleaded guilty to the having relationship and helping the patient provide false information about that relationship. He was a general practitioner at West Hill Medical Clinic and he is listed as the Prince Albert Raiders’ club physician in the 2014-2015 WHL official guide.

Painter’s lawyer, David Stack, reiterated the apology from his client on Monday afternoon via telephone.

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