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Major drug bust in La Ronge PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Friday, 16 June 2017 15:06

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Twelve people have been charged after a month long investigation in La Ronge by numerous law enforcement groups from around the province in regard to drug trafficking in the northern Saskatchewan town.

In total, the investigation resulted in the seizure of ninety five grams of cocaine, one hundred and fifty three grams of marihuana, forty two grams of cannabis resin, $3550 in cash, two sets of brass knuckles, a conducted energy weapon, three rifles, and one shotgun. Two vehicles were also seized.

People charged in relation to the investigation include:

Trevor McCallum            Elena Mirasty

Nicole Daignault             Karri Roberts

Kevin Olson                    Deborah McKenzie

Cody McKenzie              Cheryl McKenzie

Brent Reitberger             Sheldon Charles

Davis Miller                     Marc Savidan

All twelve will be appearing in La Ronge court on various dates within the next three weeks.

The investigation included the Prince Albert Integrated Street Enforcement Team (PA ISET) and Prince Albert Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (PA CFSEU), La Ronge RCMP, Waskesiu RCMP, Meadow Lake RCMP, Regina CFSEU, Prince Albert Integrated Intelligence Unit, Prince Albert Police Service, RCMP Crime Reduction/Strategic Response Team, and Prince Albert RCMP Police Dog Services.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 June 2017 15:39
Good year for SIGA casinos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Friday, 16 June 2017 14:46

Photo courtesy of SIGA

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority announced today revenues of $253.7 million, with net earnings of $81.1 million for the 2016–2017 fiscal year.

Profits generated from SIGA's operations are administered by the province of Saskatchewan in three ways:

Fifty per cent is shared with the First Nations Trust, which is distributed to Saskatchewan First Nation communities. Twenty five per cent is shared with regional Community Development Corporations, which are situated in the casino locations and fund local initiatives and the other twenty five per cent is shared with the provincial government's General Revenue Fund.

SIGA is owned by Saskatchewan’s 74 First Nations and fully reports its financial and operational performance to our shareholders and the public. As a non-profit corporation, 100 per cent of SIGA’s profits are distributed to its beneficiaries in Saskatchewan.

SIGA President and CEO Zane Hansen says after 21 years in operation, SIGA continues to be a leading First Nation organization and a first class gaming operator.

"We have demonstrated our ability to serve and develop regional casino markets as good as or better than any other operator in Canada," he said.

Hansen says that it has been the hard work of SIGA’s employees which has allowed the company to share its success with Saskatchewan communities.

"This is reflected in the continuous improvement of our operations – the facilities we build, our gaming product and entertainment offerings, and most importantly the investments we make in our people," he said.

In October of 2016, SIGA announced it had generated more than $1 billion net income for communities and charitable organizations in the province.

As one of the largest First Nation organizations in the country, SIGA employs a workforce of close to 1800 individuals – 65 per cent of which are First Nation.

SIGA operates six casinos in the province and just recently announced plans for a seventh in Lloydminster.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 June 2017 14:56
La Loche shooter makes emotional statement in court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Friday, 16 June 2017 13:51


La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre outside Meadow Lake Provincial Court on Friday afternoon. Photo by Chelsea Laskowski.

An emotional Meadow Lake courtroom has heard from the La Loche shooter, who said repeatedly “I’m sorry I ruined your life” and “you were not a target” in a statement addressing his 11 victims and their families.

Hands shaking, the 19-year-old, who cannot be named because he was a youth at the time of his offences, looked downwards as he quietly read from a letter he had prepared. He remained largely expressionless until he reached his remarks on teen brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, who he killed in a La Loche home on Jan. 22, 2016 before opening fire in the high school.

He said both Fontaine brothers were his friends, pausing for about a minute as he rubbed his eyes and was offered a box of tissue while he cried. Judge McIvor told him “take your time.” Dozens of La Loche community members in court consoled each other as he spoke, audibly sobbing.

“Dayne was my best friend growing up. We did everything together,” the offender said, recalling going up north with the Fontaine brothers and their grandfather to go hunting and camping.

He said he misses them and sometimes pretends they’re still alive, talking to them in his cell.

The offender started his statement by addressing the victims he injured, some of whom cannot be named because they were youths when he shot them in the La Loche high school Dene Building. He too had been a student back then, retaking his Grade 10 for the third time.

He addressed one of the youths, saying “I’m sorry I shot at you. I don’t know what I was thinking that day. You didn’t deserve to get shot. Nobody did. I wish I could take back what I did.”

Referring to one girl who can no longer play volleyball he apologized for taking that away from her, saying “all that happened in just one second. You were not a target and I’m sorry I ruined your life.”

To a cousin he injured, he said “I’m not sure why you were hit and I’m sorry. I didn’t even know you were one of the victims that day.”

To a student, he said “I’m sorry I shot you outside the school when you were coming inside to learn” and “you were not a target. You just happened to be there, at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

He recalled many of the victims as good people, including teacher Adam Wood who he only knew because he’d been a new teacher that year. Wood was killed.

“If he was here right now I would say to him I didn’t really know you but I heard you were a good person,” he said.

He apologized to the mother of Marie Janvier, who was present in court, saying “I am sorry I ruined your life and took your daughter away. All she wanted to do was help students be like her and graduate. I’m sorry I took that away from her.”

Janvier’s mother was surrounded by people who comforted her and rubbed her back during the emotional address.

Outside court, La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre, who has a niece who was injured in the shooting, commented on the tearful statement.

"It takes me back to that terrible day that some lives were taken other lives have been affected for the rest of their lives, and the community is distraught," he said.

St. Pierre said he is "mixed up" about his thoughts on whether or not the offender's comment were genuine, noting that throughout the hearing court consistently heard many except for one witness describe the offender as remorseful only for the loss of the Fontaine brothers.

As expected, the shooter did not give a clear motive, instead saying to people he wasn’t specifically sure why he shot them.

Sentencing arguments will be heard on Aug. 25.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 June 2017 09:28
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