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Melfort murder case heading to P.A. court

After multiple court appearances in Melfort, the man accused of the premeditated killing of an ATM technician has a change of venue.

Daniel Smith, 57, was arrested early last year for the first degree murder of Roger Byer, who disappeared in January of 2010.

Smith, a man from a small town near Biggar, has been in custody over nine months, and moving onto the pre-trial phase will now bring him to Prince Albert’s Court of Queen’s Bench on March 20.

1 dead in Highway 3 collision near Prince Albert

One man is dead after a semi truck and an SUV collided on Highway 3 near Prince Albert Thursday afternoon.

Parkland Ambulance paramedics, Prince Albert RCMP and fire crews responded to the accident five kilometres south of Prince Albert on Highway 3.

RCMP said one man in the SUV was pronounced dead on scene and two passengers were taken to Prince Albert Victoria Hospital.

P.A. man charged in possible fake Oxy case seeking bail again

The Prince Albert man arrested soon after police issued a warning about possible fake Oxycontin pills circulating in the city is seeking bail for the second time this year.

Police charged Gregory Klyne, 44, with possession for the purpose of trafficking after they executed a search warrant and found large quantities of four hard drugs in an East Flat home.

Klyne was arrested before that search and made his first Prince Albert Provincial Court appearance on those charges on Wednesday. Still wearing street clothes, he consented to stay in custody.

Pills seized in P.A. could be counterfeit Oxycontin: police

Police in Prince Albert have seized what they believe to be counterfeit Oxycontin 80 pills during a search of a home in the city.

Members of the Prince Albert Integrated Street Enforcement Team (ISET) conducted the search on Monday at 3:40 a.m. under a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant. ISET is made up of officers from the Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS) and the RCMP.

They arrested a 44-year-old Prince Albert man without incident.

Student's violent death a struggle for Lac La Ronge school

A Lac La Ronge First Nation teen’s locker is empty and the man accused of killing him is still in custody.

Dustin Bird was 17 when he was shot to death in his girlfriend’s home.

Jonas Budd has been charged with the abduction of Bird’s girlfriend and for killing Bird while in a Lac La Ronge home early last Wednesday morning.  

Since then, Bird’s family has been busy dealing with the trauma of losing him, attending court to follow Budd’s case, and picking up the pieces of Bird’s life left behind by his sudden death.

Muskoday woman accused of murder stands before family

A woman accused of second-degree murder made her first court appearance in Prince Albert.

Robyn Laura Ermine, 27, faced a courtroom full of family members of 27-year-old Evan Dylan Bear on Monday.

Bear was discovered with severe injuries that he later died from Saturday morning on the Muskoday First Nation.

Prince Albert RCMP arrested and charged Ermine with charges of second-degree murder on Saturday in relation to the death.

Officials with RCMP stated Bear and Ermine knew each other before the incident that led to his death.

Early court time for Jonas Budd, accused in murder, kidnapping

At least two families are not happy after missing their chance to see in court the man accused of killing one teenager and abducting another last week.

Jonas Budd made a brief first appearance at La Ronge Provincial Court to face several charges.

On Feb. 18, Dustin Bird, 17, was found dead in a home on the Lac La Ronge First Nation.  His girlfriend, 17-year-old Kayla Natomagan, had been allegedly abducted.  An Amber Alert was issued.

Melfort trial set for accused toddler murderer

A four-week trial by judge and jury is set for a man accused of fatally injuring a three-year-old boy in a hamlet near Nipawin. 

Late in 2013, Shane Paschke was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Roudy Bourque, who died in December of 2012.  Bourque was the son of the woman Paschke was living with at the time.

The trial will delve into the tragic details of the toddler’s death.

UPDATE: Man pleads guilty to having sex with 11-year-old girl

A 22-year-old man will spend the next two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

The incident happened in January 2013 at a First Nation in the Melfort area. The man’s name and home community cannot be published to protect the identity of the victim.

The case was heard in Melfort Provincial Court on Jan. 27, 2015. The man pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge.

Trappers holding their line north of La Loche

Despite the absence of provincial politicians, a grand meeting of Dene people north of La Loche who stake claim to northern trapping areas made big decisions in late January.

The group voted to maintain a camp that’s expanded its presence alongside Highway 955 over the course of several months.

The self-proclaimed “humble” camp of the Northern Dene Trappers Alliance was set up more than 70 days ago and started off as a blockade to keep exploration companies like Cenovus away from what the group considers its traditional hunting and trapping land.

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