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Charges laid following Big Island Lake incident PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 11:41

Big Island Lake Cree Nation. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Two people are scheduled to appear in court today after yesterday's disturbance at a home on the Big Island Lake Cree Nation.

Around 5:00 am yesterday, Pierceland RCMP were sent to a possible firearms complaint there.

Police say two people were arrested outside the home. Two other people wanted on outstanding warrants were believed to be still inside.

Investigators say around 1:00 pm, eight adults were arrested without incident at the residence.

Another three adults and two youths were also arrested at a second residence nearby.

In total, 15 people were taken into custody. Eight were released shortly after.

Six children, all under the age of 10, were located unharmed.

A 38-year-old man is charged with several offences stemming from previous investigations, including assault with a weapon.

A 31-year-old also faces several charges, including reckless discharge of a firearm.

Both are scheduled to appear in court in Loon Lake this afternoon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 11:52
 
UPDATE: Big Island Lake Cree Nation RCMP incident ends peacefully PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:50

Big Island Lake Cree Nation. Photo courtesy Facebook, Lyle George.

Pierceland RCMP are saying a confrontation on Big Island Lake Cree Nation ended “without incident” on Wednesday afternoon after a number of people were taken into custody.

That morning, the school was shut down for the day due to what those living in the townsite describe as a standoff. There are about 50 homes in the townsite, and community members say suspects locked themselves into a home near where the school’s teachers live.

Witnesses were willing to speak on a condition of anonymity, saying recent gang activity has them too scared to speak on the record about what they saw.

They say RCMP officers, along with canine officers, were on scene for multiple hours. Eventually the house emptied out, with eight people taken into custody, witnesses say. They say six children were among the last to exit the home.

Community members said lately there has been a greater presence of gangs and use of crystal meth and crack on Big Island Lake, and are concerned this incident is connected. They also cite a delayed response from RCMP and local leadership to these issues.

Late last month, 32-year-old Anthony Mitsuing of Loon Lake was arrested for first-degree murder in the death of man on the reserve. Mitsuing is currently in custody, scheduled to appear in court next week for the murder of Jordan Sandfly.

The RCMP says it will give more details on Thursday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:45
 
Four charged in Buffalo Narrows drug bust PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:33

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Four people were scheduled to appear in court this morning after a drug bust Monday in Buffalo Narrows.

RCMP say the Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a home in the community. Police say they found various drug paraphernalia, cash and crack cocaine.

Mounties arrested 28-year-old Kut Deng and 25-year-old Abdirizak Yussuf, both of no fixed address. The other suspects are 51-year-old George Chartier of Buffalo Narrows and a 17-year-old girl.

The charges include possession of crack cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime and breach of recognizance.

During the operation on Monday afternoon, RCMP had part of the community cordoned off and some people were evacuated from the area.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:35
 
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