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Prince Albert hotel owner appealing taxicab lawsuit dismissal

The owner of Prince Albert's National Hotel is appealing a Court of Queen’s Bench judge’s decision to dismiss his lawsuit seeking to overturn a city bylaw barring taxicabs from using off-sale liquor store drive thrus.

On Monday, Rahim Basaria said his lawyer would be filing an appeal with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal that day. Last Tuesday, Justice R.S. Smith dismissed his filing.

Bittersweet first birthday for Prince Albert baby

One Prince Albert family has to bear a celebration in the midst of a very somber memory.

Exactly one year ago, Brandi Lepine and Taylor Litwin were killed in a crash. The driver who hit them is currently facing charges of impaired driving causing death.  Lepine was pregnant at the time, but her baby, later named Aurora, was saved.

RCMP investigate Lac La Ronge death as homicide

La Ronge RCMP are now investigating a Lac La Ronge man’s death on Monday as a homicide.

RCMP officers were called to a home at Morin’s Hill, a community within the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. A man was then taken to the La Ronge Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was conducted on Wednesday on 53-year-old McIvor McKenzie. As a result of the autopsy, La Ronge RCMP along with the Saskatoon Major Crimes unit, are treating the death as a homicide.

Owners at Emma, Christopher Lakes warned about flooding

Landowners at Emma and Christopher Lakes should be on flood alert.

The Water Security Agency (WSA) said the lakes are above normal operating ranges because of rain.

As of Wednesday, Emma Lake is sitting at 516.04 metres which is 0.47 m above normal operating range. Christopher Lake is at 515.12 m which is 0.31 m above the normal operating range.

Those high water levels are expected into August. The WSA said landowners at Emma and Christopher Lakes and Spruce River should prepare for flooding in the event the area is impacted by more rain.

Flooding brings concerns about anthrax

As many communities around Saskatchewan deal with flooding issues, one concern has been raised: anthrax.

Anthrax is a bacteria that creates spores that can persist in the soil for decades and can be found really anywhere on the Prairies. That’s according to Betty Althouse, chief veterinary officer for Saskatchewan for the Ministry of Agriculture.

She said it’s when the anthrax comes into contact with the air that spores can develop.

Heavy rain forces James Smith Cree Nation evacuation

Around 50 people were evacuated from the James Smith Cree Nation following the declaration of a state of emergency on Tuesday morning due to the flooding of an important access route.

Rain over the last three weekends raised water levels high, pooling in one area like a bowl, said Justin Burns, chief of the James Smith Cree Nation.

Highway crash splits truck in two, sends four people to hospital

A crash just east of Shellbrook early Monday evening sent four people to hospital and totalled two pickup trucks.

RCMP said it happened on Highway 3 near the town of Holbein at 5:14 p.m.

Their preliminary investigation indicates that a red Dodge pickup was travelling eastbound on Highway 3 when a blue GMC pickup crossed into its path at the intersection of Highway 693.

The Dodge had its front smashed off and wound up sitting on its roof in the ditch. The GMC was split in half.

Man arrested in Prince Albert after leaving child in hot car

A recent arrest in Prince Albert may get people thinking more about the decisions they make when it comes to their children’s safety.

Lately the temperature has been increasing and with that comes increased danger because of the heat.

Police arrest man sought for alleged kidnapping

Prince Albert police arrested a local 30-year-old man accused of kidnapping and trying to kill a Montreal Lake Cree Nation woman.

According to the Prince Albert Police and RCMP, Kevin Henderson was arrested early Saturday morning. A Prince Albert Police staff sergeant on duty said Henderson was caught in the 1200 block of 28th Street East without incident.

The staff sergeant said police had been following up on a residence for a couple of days where Henderson was known to have been at before. He is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

Publication ban on assault victim's identity questioned

A publication ban on the identity of the 47-year-old victim of a brutal assault unleashed a wave of criticism online.

The ban prevents the media from naming the woman, as well as publishing or broadcasting anything that could lead to her identification. Judge F.M. Daunt approved a request for the publication ban on Wednesday. Such bans are often used to protect the identity of sexual assault or child victims.

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