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Jim Pankiw found guilty on DUI charges

Former MP and Saskatoon mayoral candidate Jim Pankiw has been found guilty of driving with a blood alcohol over the legal limit stemming from an incident in July 2011.

Pankiw received the minimum punishment of a $1,000 fine and a one year driving suspension for driving while over .08.

The trial began in March 2013 after numerous delays. The court had heard that on July 25, 2011 Pankiw had a few beers at his acreage in Corman Park before falling asleep on the couch. He woke up to see a light in his yard and eventually pursued a vehicle in his truck.

Saskatoon theatre reacts to criticism of liquor sales

Saskatoon's Broadway Theatre has no plans to beef up security as it prepares to start selling beer and wine at late night screeenings starting Friday.

Executive Director Kirby Wirchenko laughed at suggestions made by critics on social media that allowing cinemagoers the option to have a drink or two would somehow lead to drunken brawls at the venue.

"You know, we sometimes play movies that are rated R. We don't end up with orgies in the aisles," he said.

Drugs, weapons and cash seized in Saskatoon drug bust

Five people are facing over 60 drug and firearm charges after a week-long drug investigation in Saskatoon.

The investigation lead Saskatoon's Drug Enforcement Street Team (SIDEST) to search a home in the 1400 Block of Avenue B North Wednesday night.

Aided by the emergency response team (ERT), patrol officers and both the special investigations and integrated organized crime units, officers also conducted several "high risk" vehicle stops of people leaving the residence.

Saskatoon businesses cleaning up after gale force winds

At Westeel in Saskatoon, the wind blew away profits on Wednesday when it damaged 12 large grain bins ready to be delivered to customers.

"It has put us so far behind now, so we have to re-do them all and we have these expensive units that are trashed," said Glen Miller with Westeel, adding each bin retails for between $18,000-$25,000 each.

Miller said the bins have three concrete blocks attached to each of them weighing 300 pounds a piece. He said those acted like skates once the wind caught the empty bins.

Update: Woman hospitalized after collision with police car

A woman is in hospital following a collision just outside of Saskatoon.

Warman RCMP were called to the scene on Highway 11 near Warman Road at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

A car being driven by a 21-year-old woman hit a Corman Park Police Service cruiser.  In a media release, RCMP said preliminary investigation and talking to witnesses indicate that the police vehicle was headed north when the woman tried to cross the highway off a grid road.

Saskatoon surveying damage after windy Wednesday

Better weather is projected for Thursday after a brutally windy Wednesday in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon's Emergency Planning Director Ray Unrau said he got a call from Environment Canada warning him about the wind the day before it hit.

"I don't really think we were surprised by the damage that we received. But we were surprised by the time of year that the wind came in," Unrau said.  

A window on a downtown high rise came crashing down several stories onto a sidewalk. Fortunately no one was hurt.

Saskatoon boy throws Buffalo Sabres captain out of ceremonial faceoff

A near sellout crowd of 18,500 laughed and cheered as Braden Nienaber waved his arm and threw NHL captain Steve Ott out of a ceremonial face-off with Alex Ovechkin.

"Braden's little buddy Hunter texted him the night before and he said 'Braden, wouldn't it be funny if you threw the Sabres captain out of the circle. And so he did," Braden's mother Tammy Nienaber said with a laugh.

Two more drop-in flu clinics in Saskatoon Health Region

Saskatoon Health Region announced two more drop-in flu clinics for high risk residents.

The clinics run Friday Jan. 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church (107 McWillie Avenue) and 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Conexus Boardroom in the Humboldt District Health Complex.

Like the clinic last Saturday, Friday’s clinics are only for pregnant women and children aged six months to 59 months. Rural residents who fall into those two categories can book an appointment through their local public health office.

PHOTOS: Wind gusts continue to hammer Saskatoon

High winds caused widespread power outages across the city on Wednesday.

The winds were also responsible for downing tree branches, bending a temporary cell tower and tearing a portion of roof off a housing complex in the Stonebridge Bridge neighbourhood.

Downtown, police say they’re lucky no one was walking in the area when an 8th floor window came loose and smashed into the sidewalk along 22nd Street between 4th and 5th Avenue.

Man who shot neighbour's dog says he was protecting his animals

The man who shot his neighbour’s dog after he wandered into his pasture said he did it to protect his animals, despite the dog’s owner crying and begging him not to kill her pet. 
Eugene Krawchuk, 59, testified during his trial at Saskatoon Provincial Court on Wednesday. His charges relate to the shooting of Bentley, his neighbour’s 11-month-old St. Bernard, on a rural property near the community of St. Denis on April 11, 2013.

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