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Search and Rescue Exercises Held in La Ronge PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Monday, 14 August 2017 07:46

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Aircraft from across western Canada were in La Ronge this weekend for an annual exercise organized by the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.

An RCAF Hercules aircraft made a stop at the airport Sunday morning to train CASARA volunteers.

Two groups of people were taken on flights around the region to receive training and experience on how to be a spotter during an aerial search operation.

One of the organizers of the annual Sarex event is Paul Ricklefs of La Ronge.

He says part of the event also included a competition among pilots and spotters to find targets in the area.

"All around La Ronge and as far west at Beauval, down to Candle Lake there will be targets laid out on the ground or there will be an emergency locator transponder on the ground and we hone in on those signals."

Ricklefs says members of the local Canadian Rangers group were also a part of the weekend events which will included simulated rescues from northern lakes.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017 07:49
Deadly street drug confirmed in Saskatchewan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Friday, 11 August 2017 14:56

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RCMP have confirmed the presence of a deadly street drug connected with mass overdoses in the United States in Saskatchewan.

Mounties says the drug carfentanil (a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) was present in a substance tested by Health Canada after an incident at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert in July 2017.

Officials say at 9:00 a.m. on July 15, 2017, a 22-year-old male inmate was located unresponsive. Naloxone was administered and the male was transported to hospital. RCMP say the incident was not fatal.

Carfentanil is an opioid drug and an amount weighing less than a grain of salt can kill a human. It is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, and because of its potency, a single dose of naloxone, the opioid antidote, may not be enough to help an overdose victim.

RCMP say carfentanil is often used/mixed with other drugs to make them more potent, and they say it is unknown how much, or what chemicals or other substances may be added to dilute/contaminate drug purity.

"There are severe consequences to being exposed to, possessing or using synthetic opioid drugs. All it can take is being in the presence of carfentanil to put yourself at serious risk of injury or death," said Superintendent, Rob Cameron.

RCMP continue to investigate this incident and say there is no further information available at this time.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 August 2017 16:40
Man charged in Cumberland House death PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Friday, 11 August 2017 14:23

Photo courtesy of johncochrane.ca

A 21-year-old man from Cumberland House has been charged with second-degree murder after an incident on Thursday in Cumberland House.

Acea Dorian has been charged with second-degree murder after RCMP responded to a complaint of an unresponsive female on Deschambeault Avenue in Cumberland House.

When Mounties arrived, they found an injured 21-year-old female, who was receiving medical treatment from local EMS. She was declared deceased by EMS a short time after RCMP members arrived at the scene. She has been identified as Carissa Ballantyne from Cumberland House.

RCMP members quickly identified a suspect and arrested an adult male. Dorian will make is first court appearance in La Ronge Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on August 14.

RCMP say the accused and the deceased were known to each other.

An investigation will be conducted by the RCMP Major Crimes Unit South, Prince Albert RCMP Forensic Identification Section and the Office of the Chief Coroner.


Last Updated on Friday, 11 August 2017 14:31
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