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2nd man accused of killing Prince Albert's Troy Napope committed for trial PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:26

Braidy Chase Vermette. Photo courtesy Facebook.

The preliminary hearing for the second man accused in a Prince Albert murder has been bypassed and the case is now committed for trial by judge and jury.

Braidy Chase Vermette is charged with first-degree murder in the May 2015 shooting death of Troy Napope, 24. Vermette’s case is now being transferred to Prince Albert Court of Queen’s Bench in a process that will likely take several months before a pre-trial date is set.

Vermette has been a high-profile accused after escaping prison in dramatic fashion, and being recaptured by police in the RM of Buckland while the home he’d been hiding in burned to the ground.

Just last month, Skylar Patrick Bird entered a plea and received a life sentence with no chance of parole of 10 years for second-degree murder in Napope’s death.

At Bird’s sentencing, Crown prosecutor John Morrall detailed much of his office’s case against Vermette, saying he was the man directing the shooting death. The allegations against Vermette have not been proven before the courts.

In the agreed statement of facts for Bird, court heard Bird shot Napope multiple times even after he was shot in the leg and head – allegedly by Vermette.

Morrall alleges money from drug dealing was a motivating factor behind what he calls a gang-related murder. Napope was a member of the Terror Squad at the time of his death, and Bird was a member of an offshoot gang called ‘Tax Set.’ Morrall alleges Vermette had been a high-ranking member of Terror Squad but was also in Tax Set at the time of Napope’s death.

Even though both Vermette and Bird were arrested in March of 2016, Napope’s body wasn’t found until the following month – his remains were in a farm-area slough about ten kilometres west of the penitentiary. The husk of Napope’s car was found torched in June of 2015 near Buckland Fire Hall outside Prince Albert, with Bird and alleged others getting gasoline and throwing their clothes in the car before setting it on fire.

At this time, Vermette's counsel has not responded to interview requests with MBC.

Here’s a timeline of the police investigation and court proceedings in Napope’s murder:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:24
Three people die on Yellow Quill First Nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 07:56

Photo courtesy of yqfn.ca

Victims Services has been called in after the deaths of a woman and two children near Yellow Quill First Nation.

Rose Valley RCMP say the three died Monday morning around 9 a.m.

A vehicle left a grid road north of the main village and rolled into a small body of water.

A 36-year-old woman, a nine-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl were all pronounced dead at the scene. A 10-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl were taken to hospital in Kelvington.

No names have been released.

An RCMP collision reconstructionist was brought in to assist with the investigation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 08:20
Lac La Ronge Indian Band and Cameco sign historic agreement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Monday, 19 June 2017 16:19

Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel and LLRIB Chief Tammy Cook-Searson. Supplied photo.

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) and Cameco Corporation have signed a collaboration agreement.

The agreement reaffirms the band’s support for Cameco’s mines at Key Lake, Rabbit Lake, MacArthur River and Cigar Lake.  It will also address each party’s commitment to protecting the environment and also confirms LLRIB will continue to benefit from jobs, business opportunities and community investment from the company which will go into a trust fund.

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson says the signing means that LLRIB will get contracts whether it be through NRT Trucking or Athabasca Catering and other direct source contracting, for the life of the mines.

“We still have to provide the same top level service that we have been providing," she said.  "It just means we don’t have to go back and re-negotiate those contracts over."

Cook-Searson says the agreement took about four years to negotiate but the two parties now have a more formalized agreement.  She says this agreement will help keep jobs local and will give preference to LLRIB members who are applying for jobs with Cameco.

Cameco president and CEO Tim Gitzel says the company has had a long-standing relationship with the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.  He says Cameco can’t run its business without the support of the LLRIB and the companies it owns.

“By formalizing this agreement, it gives us certainty, transparency going forward and it’s good for the community,” he noted.

Gitzel says the agreement contains evergreen contracts, which will allow companies like NTR Trucking to be Cameco’s trucker for the life of the mines.

An estimate of the value of the deal was not provided, but previous collaboration agreements with other northern communities have been valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:27
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