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Court rejects appeals for ex-teacher convicted of sexual exploitation

The sentence will stand for a former Prince Albert school teacher convicted of sexual exploitation for having sexual relationship with a former student.

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has rejected both a defense appeal of Bonnie McLachlan’s conviction and a Crown appeal of the sentence.

Sask. woman searches for answers after dogs kill her cat

Karen McLeod says her cat was killed by two dogs and the culprits are on the loose.

Last Monday morning, two dogs, one black and the other one white, came into McLeod's yard, ran up onto the deck, and tore apart one of her cats.

"They took her out in the yard and then a maroon car with a fella in it drove through our yard towards my brother's and the dogs followed them out onto the Buckland Road," McLeod, of Buckland, said.

Accused murderer makes court appearance in Melfort

Almost a week after he was arrested, the man accused of murdering Roger Byer in 2010 returned to the area where Byer’s body was found.

Daniel Smith, 57, was in Melfort Provincial Court Tuesday. The bearded, white-haired man stood in the prisoner’s box as his representation asked the court to adjourn his case until June 24.

PHOTOS: Stanley Mission fire crews begin to gain control

Things appear to be starting to turn around for the community of Stanley Mission.

Firefighters worked through Sunday afternoon laying down preventative measures to keep the Stanley Mission Fire from reaching the road and community, said Steve Roberts, executive director of wildfire management for the ministry of environment.

“We actually did some aerial ignition operations which basically burns out sections of the forest that could carry fire towards the community, if it was to be pushed by the wind,” Roberts said.

VIDEO: Facebook shaming returns thief to Prince Albert gun shop

Some public shaming on social media helped a Prince Albert gun shop recover a stolen scope worth more than $1,000.

A couple walked in to Arnie's Guns and Archery on Tuesday and gave off a couple of warning signs, says operations manager James Brake.

"I smelled alcohol, and that was a red flag. So I was kind of like, ‘keep an eye on those people.’”

Alcohol factor in over half of Sask. drowning fatalities: report

A recent tragedy involving a 24-year-old woman who drowned after her canoe capsized on Sunday is an unfortunate reminder that drinking alcohol around water isn’t a good mix, according to the Saskatchewan branch of the Lifesaving Society.

In a recent report by the society, over the last 10 years in the province, alcohol and drugs were a factor in more than 60 per cent of drowning fatalities while boating. In 80 per cent of the fatalities, people weren’t wearing a life jacket.

Woman dies after kayak capsizes west of Prince Albert

A 24-year old woman has died after her kayak capsized on Round Lake Sunday.

According to the RCMP, the woman was kayaking with another woman in separate crafts. One of the kayaks overturned when they were halfway across the lake and the woman.

“The second kayak then capsized and the two females attempted to swim to shore,” said RCMP spokesperson Mandy Maier. The 24-year-old woman, who has not been identified by the RCMP, did not make it to shore.

Prince Albert woman reflects on near-death experience

Prince Albert's Carol Soles is no stranger to helping people but on Saturday, it was her that was in need of help.

She was involved in a quadding accident just north of MacDowall. Gripping her quad tightly, she would begin to drift down the river. Her family would come to her rescue and pull her back to safety, but it may have been the longest 20 minutes of her life.

"It all happened so fast, like one minute we were splashing around in shallow water and the next minute I'm tumbling down the river," Soles said.

Co-accused in spouse murder conspiracy committed to trial

A Melfort woman and Wakaw man accused of conspiring to kill their respective spouses will go to trial.

At an appearance in Melfort’s Provincial Court on Thursday, the charges against Angela Nicholson and Curtis Vey were committed to trial over at the Court of Queen’s Bench.

Those charges were laid by RCMP in July of last year after an investigation that police say revealed an extramarital affair and a secret plot.

Sask. farmers' tensions remain after stolen cow ruling upheld

Four years after an incident that left a Shellbrook-area farmer without 10 heifers, tensions remain between himself and a neighbour.

Legal disputes between Glenn Strube and the man who sold his cattle, Kelly Deck, have drawn out over the years. It started with a Court of Queen’s Bench case in Prince Albert that was heard in 2012.  It continued in April as Deck appealed that ruling, which found him guilty of knowingly selling cattle that were not his.

It started in the fall of 2009, when Glen Strube noticed 10 heifers missing from his herd.

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