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Bean-bag gun helps Saskatoon police disarm man

A man armed with a knife and allegedly uttering threats to people in a home was safely disarmed by police using a bean-bag gun.

Saskatoon police got a call about the man around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning. They were called to a home on Trident Crescent, which is in the Exhibition neighbourhood.

The man was reportedly inside the home with a knife or knives and threatening other people. When police arrived the man came out of the house.

When he turned to go back in, an officer on the Emergency Response Team used a bean-bag gun to stop and disarm him.

Accused child killer has history of mental illness, alleged threats

A Saskatoon woman accused of killing a five-year-old boy over the weekend appeared calm and collected during her first court appearance Monday morning.

City councillor wants better communication during blackouts

People need to be better informed regarding the details of a power outage according to a Saskatoon city councillor.

Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Clark said this became apparent during Sunday night’s power outage. Clark, whose power was also out, was able to get updates from some colleagues after not getting through the phone lines or finding enough information on the city website.

Flu season in full swing

The Saskatoon Health Region is urging people who have not received the flu shot that it is not too late.

"All I can definitely say is that flu is here. Right now we are reassessing our numbers on a daily basis," Dr. Shovita Padhi, deputy medical health officer with the Saskatoon Health Region, said.

"As of mid last week we started seeing the upswing."

Padhi said that since November they have had around 14 hospitalizations from the flu from the Saskatoon Health Region but they also receive individuals from elsewhere in the province.

Suspects sought after armed robbery at Saskatoon restaurant

The Saskatoon Police Service is looking for a pair of suspects following an armed robbery.

Officers responded to a call at a restaurant on the 100 block of 33rd Street West at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Two men were reported to have entered the business with their faces covered. Police were told that one man was wearing a white jacket and the other a black one. The man in the black jacket is alleged to have been holding what appeared to be a shotgun.

Blackout grips city on frigid night

As the temperature outside dipped below -30 C, several hundred Saskatoon residents felt the chill indoors when the power went out Sunday evening.

The Haultain, Nutana and Varsity View neighbourhoods lost their lights around dinner time, with outages continuing into the night until the power was restored shortly after 10 p.m.

On the city website, Saskatoon Light and Power said they were investigating problems with the Main Street substation.

Grey Cup makes an appearance at the Saskatoon Blades game

The bleachers during a Saskatoon Blades game are usually filled with blue but Saturday night they were covered in green.

The Grey Cup toured Saskatoon throughout the day stopping at the Credit Union Centre as the Saskatoon Blades take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Fans lined up around the CUC to take a picture with the Cup and get signatures with their favourite players.

"We've been waiting since 4:30 p.m.," said Amanda Bryksa at just after 6 p.m.

She was dressed entirely in green along with her husband Mika and two children, Izibella and Ajay.

PHOTOS: Grey Cup makes a stop at the Ronald McDonald House

It is usually much quieter at the Ronald McDonald house in Saskatoon but Saturday afternoon it was an excited sea of green.

Rider players and the Grey Cup itself made their first stop during the Saskatoon tour at the house which provides accommodation for families of sick children traveling to Saskatoon to receive medical care.

"We have had a long standing relationship with the Riders which is awesome. Probably 28 years of friendship," said director of family and volunteer services Marceline Zimmer.

2013 construction numbers reflect Saskatoon's continued growth

Saskatoon has broken its record for building permit values once again.

2013 saw the 5,020 permits issued, which is just shy of the record set in 2012. However, the value of those permits is nearly $1.1 billion.

"Which is basically the third year in a row that we've been hovering about the one billion dollar mark," said the city's Director of Building Standards Bob Baran, "which indicates that the economy in Saskatoon is fairly strong right now."

Saskatoon Police looking for suspect after taxi robbed at knife point

Saskatoon Police are looking for a suspect after a taxi was robbed Saturday night.

The taxi driver had picked up the suspect as a fare. When they pulled into the west alley of the 100 block of Avenue L North the suspect pulled a knife.

The suspect showed the 8 inch blade and demanded money before he fled on foot.

The police were called and brought out the K-9 Unit to track the suspect but it was no successful .

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