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Muskoday teen sentenced after being caught with homemade taser, machete, and over $3K in cocaine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:22

The homemade conducted energy weapon (taser) seized after Bear’s January arrest. Photo courtesy Prince Albert RCMP.

A Muskoday First Nation teen received a jail sentence of two years less a day on Wednesday after he was caught with cocaine valued between $3,700 and $4,600 in January.

Justin Glen Bear, 19, appeared by video in Prince Albert court to receive the sentence, which was accepted by Judge Daunt after lawyers presented a joint submission in relation to guilty pleas he entered for a number of different incidents from late 2016.

The first incident occurred in November when Bear attempted to evade police in Prince Albert, court heard, and the second a few months later on Muskoday.

Among the pleas entered, Bear admitted guilt to breaching court-ordered conditions while driving an unlicensed vehicle and resisting arrest during a traffic stop on reserve at 11 p.m. on January 1, according to a Crown prosecutor.

The arrest did not come easy, with Bear’s mother coming out of their nearby home and yelling at the officers. Also, Bear attempted to kick an officer in the face, the prosecutor said.

The most serious charges came after police searched the vehicle Bear had been in.

Mounties found a machete under the passenger seat, homemade taser in the console, and what appeared to be crack cocaine in the glove box, court heard.

Police also got ahold of a cellphone containing messages relating to drug trafficking, and Bear later admitted to selling drugs.

Bear’s guilty pleas covered possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Bear's lawyer Dale Blenner-Hassett conceded Bear committed an "obviously very troubling pattern of crimes" and has a substance abuse problem that should be addressed while in jail, but added Bear is a young person with a minimal criminal record.

Bear had previously been attending a Prince Albert high school to pass grade 10, and Blenner-Hassett said he does indicate remorse and wants to start fresh once he has served his time; that’s a sentiment shared verbally by Bear when he addressed court and his mother when MBC spoke to her outside court.

Judge Daunt wished Bear the best of luck with his addictions and his "tendency to carry weapons, which isn’t a good thing."

Bear also received a 10-year firearms ban, DNA order, and time-and-a-half credit for the 128 days already served.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:15
Ban on alcohol and drugs on Piapot First Nation approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:08

Piapot First Nation. Photo courtesy of piapotfn.ca

The band council on the Piapot First Nation, about 45 kilometres northeast of Regina, is following the lead set by youth on the First Nation.

The junior chief and council presented the band council with a resolution to ban drugs and alcohol on the First Nation. That resolution was passed yesterday.

Chief Jeremy Fourhorns says the band council will be walking with the student body tomorrow to celebrate and support the resolution during a sober walk, which will end at the school at noon.

He says there is a need to strengthen the community against drug and alcohol abuse, adding the resolution will provide youth with direction and opportunity to make this vision a reality.

The chief, all band council members, the school principal, staff and students will take part in tomorrow’s sober walk.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:14
La Ronge’s Amber Merriman suiting up for Valkyries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Braden Malsbury   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:13

Amber Merriman. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

La Ronge’s Amber Merriman will be playing football this season for the Saskatoon Valkyries of the Western Women’s Canadian Football League.

Merriman will be playing on the offensive line. Amber admits, she’s excited to start the season, but she is feeling a bit nervous.

"My first game is this weekend, don’t know if I’m going to be a benchwarmer or not, hoping not, but we’ll see," said Merriman.

Merriman says she heard about the team and decided to give it a go.

"I’ve always liked throwing people around, so I thought I’d give it a try," said Merriman. "Now, I actually have an excuse to throw people around."

The Valkyries are scheduled to play their first game of the season on Saturday at home versus the Edmonton Storm. Since the league’s inception in 2011, Saskatoon has captured five championships.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:42
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