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Car crash knocks out power to 1,300 Sutherland homes, businesses

Power has been restored for most Sutherland residents after a car took out a power pole.

Around 7:45 a.m. a vehicle driving down a back alley on the 100 block of 111th Street West struck a power pole, knocking it over.

Police said that there were no injuries and they are still investigating. Meanwhile crews are working to replace the damaged pole.

As many as 1,300 homes and businesses were without power for four hours.

Unconfirmed wolf sighting near Warman

Warman residents are being asked to keep pets indoors and kids in sight after an unconfirmed wolf sighting in the area.

Reports of a wolf sighting just north of the city came in around noon on Friday but bylaw officials have been unable to confirm the sighting.

If residents see the animal they're told not to approach it and call the Bylaw Officer at 306-229-8901

Stay off the river; fire crews warn of winter thaw dangers

As old man winter’s icy grip begins to give way to the spring melt, the Saskatoon Fire Department is reminding people to stay off the river ice.

While fire crews say people should never walk in the ice, the warmer weather means more people will be out enjoying a stroll along the banks.

“In Saskatoon, on the river, the ice is never safe so we just continue to say stay off the ice,” battalion chief David Nahachewsky said.

PHOTOS: Huge power outage in Regina after truck hits power poles

A truck that hit some power poles just north of Regina knocked off power to a large section of the city on Friday afternoon.

It happened in the early afternoon, the truck striking power poles on Industrial Dr. north of city limits, near the Evraz Steel plant. The outage affected all parts of north Regina, reaching as far south as the Lawson Aquatic Centre.

SaskPower said service was restored to a wide area of north central, northwest and north Regina around mid-afternoon.

Edmonton murder victim remembered in Saskatoon

People in Saskatoon are remembering Demetrios Karahalios as someone who left a huge mark on the city's gay community.
 
According to Edmonton police the 48-year-old man, known as "Jimmy" or "Coco", was found dead in his Edmonton home on March 8. Police are investigating it as a homicide.

Before he moved to Edmonton in the late 90s, Karahalios was a well-known drag queen in Saskatoon. He was also the Empress of the Imperial Court System, an LGBT organization that raises money for charity.
 

Ukrainian immigrants concerned about referendum in Crimea

Ukrainian-Canadians are worried about this weekend's referendum in Crimea, which is currently occupied by Russia forces. The vote on Sunday is to decide whether or not Crimea will leave Ukraine and join Russia.

Olena Shyian lives in Regina now and said she hates to even think the Ukrainian peninsula could be separated. She said people there believe they will have a better life if that happens, but she doesn't believe Russia will truly accept them.

Regina moves ahead with multi-unit recycling program

Regina is moving ahead with its plan to have a recycling program in place for condos, apartments and all other multi-family properties.

Thursday afternoon the public works committee passed a recommendation that would require all property owners to contract out a private service provider for pick up. Many of the same materials that single family homes are able to recycle would be included for these properties.

Spring thaw causing problems for Reginan in wheelchair

When Terri Sleeva sat down in her wheelchair 15 years ago, she began to learn how inaccessible the city of Regina is for people with mobility issues.

Sleeva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984. She now fully relies on her husband and other family members to assist her with virtually everything. But when it comes to getting around Regina, Sleeva sometimes finds herself blocked and having to turn back.

Woman named in Raymore suspicious death

RCMP have released the name of a woman who was found dead in Raymore on Monday.

Shauna Maureen Welch, 27, is from Moose Jaw, but RCMP say she was unconscious in a home in the town north of Regina.

They are waiting on autopsy results to find out how she died and are calling her death suspicious.

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Regina has over twice the normal amount of water main breaks

The City of Regina is struggling to fix an exceptional amount of water main breaks for this time of year.

A typical March sees city crews repairing about 40 breaks.

"This month alone we've already repaired 38," said John Ulrich, a manager with the city, "and we have 61 still running."

Speaking on Wednesday morning, Ulrich said it would take city crews the rest of the month to repair all of the already-existing leaks. Ulrich added that the calls about new leaks haven't slowed down yet, although he expects they should soon.

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