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Cellphone privacy takes back seat in school division lawsuit

Guardianship is the principal point of a lawsuit that brought up the issue of cellphone privacy, according to closing arguments made by the plaintiff’s lawyer.

On Thursday, both sides closed their case in a lawsuit trial revolving around a March 2010 incident where a sixth grader’s cellphone was confiscated and his texts read.

For the past three years that student’s grandparents have claimed damages by the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division and Riverside Community School’s then-vice principal Dwayne Tournier.

Union, province review prison overcrowding study

Following the release of a study into overcrowded correctional facilities in Saskatchewan, the province and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) said this is validation of their concerns.

Barry Nowoselsky, chair of the public service negotiating committee, said over the past 10 years there has been a steady increase of inmates with not enough facility space.  This leads to dangerous situations for the correctional centre staff.

School bus driver to be charged after Prince Albert crash

A Prince Albert school bus driver is being charged after a collision involving his bus and a car Thursday morning.

The car hit the school bus an at intersection where, police say, the bus ran a stop sign.

Children were on the bus at the time of the crash. A police officer at the scene said no one on the bus was hurt.

A five-year-old boy was the passenger in the car at the time.. He was being assessed at the scene.

Officers at the scene say the bus driver will be charged with undue care and attention.

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Sandy Bay woman dies in police custody

A 39-year-old woman died while being held in custody at Sandy Bay.

The woman, who lived in the community, was found unresponsive in a prison cell at the Sandy Bay RCMP detachment Monday night. Paramedics were called but the woman was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Saskatoon Police Service Major Crime Unit is handling the investigation. It will report the results of their investigation to the Ministry of Justice.

Man dies after truck rolls on Highway 35

A truck drifted off Highway 35 Monday morning while travelling around a curve leaving the 65-year-old driver dead.

RCMP were first called to the scene around 8 a.m. after getting reports of a truck in a ditch. Officers say the truck rolled several times before coming to a stop on its side.

Charlie Machiskinic of the Yellow Quill First Nation was pronounced dead on the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

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Assaulted woman attends alleged attacker’s hearing

For the first time since her brutal assault in Prince Albert, Marlene Bird attended her alleged attacker’s court appearance.

Seated in a wheelchar with a bandage over one of her eyes, a somber-looking Bird attended a scheduled hearing for Leslie Black at Prince Albert Provincial Court on Wednesday.

On June 1, Bird, 47, was discovered in a parking lot in downtown Prince Albert, burned and badly wounded.

13-year-old boy charged after northern school put on lockdown

 An elementary school in northern Saskatchewan was on lockdown Monday after a 13-year-old boy allegedly pointed an air pistol at a five-year-old boy.

It happened just after noon outside of the Bell’s Point Elementary School in Air Ronge.

As soon as staff knew about the situation, students were hurried inside and the school was put on lockdown, said Director of Education for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Gerry Guillet.

Crash sidelines Sask. jiu jitsu athlete

Even though a Prince Albert man's life has been flipped upside down, jiu jitsu athlete Cody Bowman remains positive.

Bowman is still recovering from injuries he sustained on July 9 after being hit head-on by another vehicle. He said he was driving in his car alone down a grid road to see his girlfriend when his car was hit.

"I was back on my reserve at Ahtahkakoop [First Nation] and I was nicely driving and some drunk drivers hit me head on and I broke both the bones in my left leg,” Bowman said.

Prince Albert family example of housing woes

A Prince Albert family remains in limbo after Habitat for Humanity took steps to terminate their housing agreement.

Last month, Darlene Alexson received a letter from the charity saying she no longer qualified for a home, because a member of her family had repeated encounters with police and that did not meet their “vision of a Habitat partner family.”

Missing girl last seen at Prince Albert Super 8

A missing girl has police asking for the public's help.

Madison MacIntyre, 13, was last seen at the Super 8 motel on Friday at around 2 a.m.

According to the Prince Albert Police Service, she was reported missing a short time later.

MacIntyre is described as around five feet, five inches, 120 pounds and was last seen wearing black Saskatchewan Roughrider shorts and a grey Metallica T-shirt.

Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the Prince Albert Police Service at 953-4222 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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