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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.

P.A. doctor’s licence pulled for sex with patient

A well-regarded Prince Albert doctor’s confession to having sex with a patient has led to a more serious penalty than a similar case less than half a year ago.

Dr. Nigel Painter’s doctor’s licence is revoked for a year after he pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with and helping one of his patients provide false information on that relationship.

He was last listed as a physician with Physio Fit Therapy and Fitness.

Sask. school division tests cameras on rural bus routes

Two Saskatchewan Rivers School Division buses have been outfitted with cameras as part of a 90-day trial involving its rural routes.

One bus has cameras mounted externally and the other has cameras installed inside. The aim of the project is to capture possible infractions by other drivers, particularly those who do not stop when the stop arm is extended and flashing.

“We’re starting out cautiously with a pilot,” Donald Lloyd, chief financial officer for the school division, said.

P.A. calling on province to make bike helmets mandatory

Prince Albert plans to put pressure on the Saskatchewan government to enact mandatory bicycle helmet laws, with the help of a provincial association.

On Monday, the executive committee recommended a draft resolution that would see the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) ask the province and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) in particular to change the Highway Traffic Act to make it mandatory for all cyclists to wear a helmet. City council is expected to approve the draft resolution at next week’s meeting.

RCMP investigate northern lodge break-in

The owner of a remote fishing lodge in northern Saskatchewan is filing a formal complaint after he says his property was broken into.

Southend RCMP received the complaint Thursday and are in the early stages of the investigation and do not have any suspects currently, according to Mandy Maier, spokesperson for RCMP.

“At this point, it is just that the investigation is ongoing and they are still in the evidence-gathering phase,” she said.

End-of-life care efforts ramp up in Prince Albert

A group dedicated to helping people with terminal medical conditions die peacefully is stepping up its efforts to build Saskatchewan’s first standalone hospice.

A Thursday ribbon-cutting for Rose Garden Hospice Incorporated’s new development office is a sign of that effort.

The hospice board’s chair Marge Jurgens explained hospitals, especially Prince Albert’s, are often over capacity. On top of the “crunch for beds,” she added terminally ill people face different circumstances than most in hospital.

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