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Charges laid in Cote First Nation incident PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 14:48

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Kamsack RCMP have charged a 19-year-old man from the Cote First Nation in relation to an incident on May 10 at the Chief Gabriel School in that community.

Lloyd Norman Straightnose is facing one count of assault with a weapon and one count of uttering threats.

The charges come after an investigation by RCMP, where a man was seen brandishing a knife at the school and was located on the roof.

He was later taken into custody without incident.

Straightnose was released on conditions and will appear in Kamsack court on July 18.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 14:49
Death of inmate at Prince Albert Penitentiary PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:46

A no trespassing sign heading towards the Prince Albert Penitentiary grounds. Photo by Chelsea Laskowski.

There's been an inmate death at the Prince Albert Penitentiary.

Correctional services say Curtis Robert Cozart died Wednesday night while in custody, officially pronounced at 11 p.M. after being taken to hospital by ambulance. The nature of his death has not been revealed.

The 30-year-old man had been seven months into serving a two-year, four month sentence.

Cozart's offences includes assault with a weapon, assault use of force, and theft under $5,000. Based on a past Moose Jaw Police report, a man of the same age and name, from Moose Jaw, was arrested for similar charges in Sept. 2016 after encountering officers. At the time, he was wanted for a number of other charges and police said he ran away, but then stopped and confronted officers with a knife. A Taser was deployed twice but did not work, and the man then got onto a roof for around two hours “until Police negotiators convinced him to surrender peacefully,” police said.

The coroner and police have been notified and Correctonal Services Canada says it's reviewing the circumstances of the death. CSC also says Cozart’s family has been notified of his death.

The last reported death from the penitentiary came after a riot in December.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:55
Campaign coming to an end in Saskatchewan Metis election PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:01

John Lagimodiere, Publisher of Eagle Feather News. Photo courtesy of eaglefeathernews.com

Saskatchewan’s Metis will be charting their political course for the next four years in a long-anticipated and much delayed general election this weekend.

In all, there are 47 candidates in the running, 21 for executive positions and 26 for regional representatives.

The publisher of Eagle Feather News has been following the race closely, and he predicts big change and a large voter turnout. John Lagimodiere’s newspaper has been providing the candidates with a platform to outline their campaigns and spell out why they should be elected. All of them were invited to provide written responses to a series of very basic questions. The results were published in the paper.

Lagimodiere says most candidates are expressing a desire to put the past behind them and to work together on behalf of all Saskatchewan Metis. He says that has been a common theme, and the type of message voters want to hear.

“People are still jaded, don’t get me wrong, and that’s going to impact a little bit,” he said. “But, because of the importance of this election, and the last three years in turmoil, for sure we are going to beat the last election.”

There are nine people in the running for president and seven for vice president. Lagimodierie says the most interesting race could be that for vice president, where Gerald Morin is seeking re-election.

“That is going to be one of the most interesting races there, around Gerald, because of the work they did or didn’t do in the last three years.”

In the last election in 2012, only about 3,000 people or about seven per cent voted. In this Saturday’s election, about 1,800 ballots have already been cast in advance polls.

There are an estimated 40,000 people eligible to vote in this Saturday’s Metis election. The voting age is 16.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:04
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