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Investigator describes video at death inquest in Prince Albert

The last witness called to the stand in the Coroner’s Inquest into Morris Ermine’s death not only investigated the death, but provided recommendations to police.

The public inquest into the 77-year-old’s death in 2012 is intended to make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS) Staff Sgt. Brent McDonald was internally assigned to investigate what led to Ermine’s heart and breath stopping in a station cell.

Inmate death inquest hears about heart stopping in cell

The search for what caused the death of a man who was in police custody continued on Tuesday at Prince Albert's Court of Queen's Bench.

The public inquest into Morris Ermine’s death is intended to make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

On Monday, the jury heard from officers who arrested 77-year-old Ermine in July of 2012. He died days after he was found unresponsive in a Prince Albert Police cell and was taken to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

Frustration flowing as Birch Hills water issues continue

A boil-water advisory was no surprise to people living in the community of Birth Hills as brown water poured out of the taps in their homes. However, people like Amanda and Patrick Murphy have been surprised at the lack of communication from the town about the quality of the water.

“People have called. my husband (has) called and the response is they don’t know what’s going on and that’s it,” said Amanda.

Issues with the water first began in early July.

Algae triggers Birch Hills water advisory

The Town of Birch Hills issued a precautionary drinking water advisory on Tuesday and is now asking residents to boil their tap water before consuming it.

High algae bloom is discolouring the water. This is the second time in a month the town has dealt with discoloured water.

Sask. 10-year-old reels in 60 pound sturgeon

For the past five years 10-year-old Justen Frohaug has been going fishing with his grandpa Elbert Davidson and this past weekend Justen caught a big one.

On Friday at the mouth of the Shell River, Justen would catch a 60 pound sturgeon.

He said the sturgeon was “pretty heavy” to reel in so his grandpa had to go into the water to “wrestle it in.”

For Justen this isn’t the first time he’s had the catch of the day, “I caught a 45 pounder last year,” he said.

Justen said he really enjoys fishing with his grandpa.

Pulp mill shutting down all production

Prince Albert Pulp Incorporated (PAPI) will be temporarily shutting down its Green Energy Project until a startup date for the main part of the pulp mill is decided.

This would only come with the availability of an on-site fuel source, according to a release from Paper Excellence Canada Inc., owner of PAPI.
The project has run since 2012.

Mayor Greg Dionne said he understands why they made the call they did.

Mother remembers son killed on Muskoday First Nation

A family’s loss has shaken the community of Muskoday First Nation.

Jared Bear, 11, died July 26 after being struck by a car while biking with two friends that evening.

His mother Raelene Adam described her son as an extremely loving boy.

“Every morning I would get a kiss and a hug and an, ‘I love you’ from him. Even if his friends were around he didn’t care he would still hug me and kiss me and tell me that he loved me,” Adam said.

11-year-old Jared Bear killed by alleged drunk driver

A family’s loss has shaken the community of Muskoday First Nation.

Jared Bear, 11, died July 26 after being struck by a car while biking with two friends that evening. paNOW spoke to his mother, Raelene Adam, who described her son as an extremely loving boy.

“Every morning I would get a kiss and a hug and an, ‘I love you’ from him. Even if his friends were around he didn’t care he would still hug me and kiss me and tell me that he loved me,” said Adam.

Adam said her entire family treasured him, and he used to look after his younger cousin.

Two teenagers involved in crash north of Nipawin

A flat deck truck transporting honey bees was one of two vehicles involved in a north of Nipawin Thursday that left one teenager seriously injured.

A car, travelling westbound, crossed the old Highway 35. The driver failed to notice the oncoming truck, travelling southbound. The car was struck on the passenger side causing the flat deck truck to roll once and the car to spin around on the highway and into the ditch.

A 17-year-old boy driving the car was sent to a Saskatoon hospital, and is being treated for serious head injuries.

New cameras detecting wildfires in northern SK

New technology at the Provincial Wildfire Centre may mean faster identification of wildfires, and even enhanced fire prediction based on weather.

This comes after the introduction of cameras on wildfire detection towers. The 42 towers, located in the forests of northern Saskatchewan, used to be manned by actual people.

These 28 workers were laid off in favour of the new technology in order to save resources. Although the new cameras came at a cost of $1.54 million dollars, yearly operational cost cuts are expected to be in the $200,000 range.

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