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Battleford considering criminal record checks for municipal election

With civic elections only a few months away, Battleford town council is pondering the idea of making potential candidates submit criminal record checks.

Changes in the Municipalities Act made in 2010 allow council to do just that by passing a bylaw.

Having a criminal record would not prevent someone from running in the municipal election. A copy of the record check would simply be attached to the nomination paper.

Wildfire put out in RM of Frenchman Butte

A state of emergency has been lifted in the RM of Frenchman Butte north of Lloydminster.

Fire crews were finally able to put out a wildfire on the west side of the municipality. At one point last week, over 100 residents had to be evacuated from their homes to a nearby community center.

It took crews from three different fire departments nearly a week to finally extinguish the blaze.

Edited by News Talk Radio staff

Wildfires spark evacuations in Frenchman Butte and Onion Lake First Nation

About 130 people have been evacuated from their homes in the RM of Frenchman Butte and the Onion Lake First Nation as fire crews try to contain a wildfire which has been burning since Sunday.

The evacuation order is precautionary for people on the Onion Lake First Nation and in the rural municipality north of Lloydminster.

RM northeast of Lloydminster under state of emergency

Officials from the RM of Frenchman Butte northeast of Lloydminster are keeping a close eye on a wildfire that caused them to declare a state of emergency on Monday.

Firefighters from Paradise Hill and Onion Lake, as well as Rural Municipality and Saskatchewan environment representatives toured the fire area Monday afternoon, after it was contained.

Officials are keeping the state of emergency order in place for now because they worry that changes in weather and wind conditions could cause the fire to flare up again.

Casino dealer who helped card players cheat back in court

A former Gold Eagle casino dealer who pled guilty to helping card players cheat was back in court Wednesday.

Christopher Stone Spyglass payed another thousand dollars in restitution to Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.

The court allowed Spyglass to pay over $12 thousand that he owes in installments. He still has over $10 thousand to go.

The case will be back in court in a couple weeks when Spyglass will pay another piece of his restitution.

Reported by News Talk Radio's Kurtis Doering

Man missing from Humboldt since April 14

Police in Humboldt are looking out for a missing man who went missing more than ten days ago and may be trying to hitchike to Edmonton.

42-year-old Vincent Spyglass can't speak but can read and write. He has a history of walking away from where he lives.

Spyglass is five foot five inches and only weighs about 100 pounds.

On Saturday April 14, RCMP say he caught a ride from North Battleford to just outside town on the way to Edmonton. At the time he was wearing a grey leather jacket, blue shirt, black jeans, and black cowboy boots.

PHOTOS: Yard filled with vehicles burns west of Battlefords

You could hear a distinct popping sound as a yard filled with vehicles burned just west of the Battlefords.

Starting sometime around 7:00 p.m. Sunday night a plume of black smoke could be seen for miles. Battleford firefighters were aided by water tanker trucks and their drivers. RCMP and SaskPower were also on the scene.

A long line of vehicles were parked along Highway 16 as drivers and others stopped to see what was going on.

The house and other buildings on the property were upwind from the fire Sunday night and appeared to be safe.

Woman charged in Lloydminster landfill baby death

A woman has been charged in connection to a baby being found in the Lloydminster landfill in the fall.

RCMP say the 26-year-old woman has been charged with disposing of evidence related to the death of a child during childbirth.

Late last November, police were called to a Lloydminster home, after a woman had difficulty during childbirth. When the child couldn't be accounted for, police spent five days searching the landfill, eventually finding the remains of a baby.

The woman is not identified in the RCMP news release.

Eight Poundmaker First Nation members plead guilty to theft

Poundmaker First Nation chief Duane Antoine and seven others pled guilty Tuesday, to stealing reserve funds.

A total of nine members of the First Nation faced a total of 47 charges of theft, fraud and breach of trust relating to misspending of Treaty Land Entitlement funds back in 2004.

While Antoine was charged with theft and fraud over $5,000, he pled guilty to one count of theft under $5,000.

Seven others made the same, or a similar deal.

With the lesser charges, some Poundmaker residents aren`t satisfied that justice is being served

Fire on Sweetgrass First Nation destroyed two houses

The fire that claimed two homes on the Sweetgrass First Nation Tuesday started the day before.

The blaze started on Monday, and jumped over Highway 40 before members of the First Nation and the provincial fire fighting team brought it under control.

They thought they had put it out completely, but it flared up again in the middle of the night.

The flames first claimed an empty house, then spread to an occupied home next door.

Chief Laurie Whitecalf with the Sweetgrass First Nation said it likely started with a controlled grass fire.

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