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Emotions "Running High" After La Loche Shooting PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 21:25

Emotions "Running High" After La Loche Shooting

Friday, July 09, 2010 at 14:59



New court dates have been set for two men charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 29-year-old La Loche man.


18-year-old Richie Keanan Herman and 26-year-old Curtis Randall Ecklund are alleged to have shot Matthew St. Pierre.


The incident happened in broad daylight in La Loche on June 5th.


Both men appeared in Battleford Court of Queen's Bench yesterday with their ankles and wrists in shackles.


Herman's case will be back in Battleford on July 29th.


Ecklund will appear by video link in La Loche Provincial Court on August 5th.


Herman and Ecklund have both been remanded in custody until those court appearances.


Lawyer Marcel Simenot of Prince Albert represents both men.


Simenot told Madam Justice A.R. Rothery that there's concern for the safety of all involved -- including the accused -- because feelings in La Loche are "running high".


Simenot added he has had a lot of difficulty finding someone who will agree to house one of the accused if bail is granted.


He said that's because the death is said to be part of a gang war, and virtually everyone involved fears for their safety.

Bear Killed In La Ronge PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 21:25

Bear Killed In La Ronge

Friday, July 09, 2010 at 14:52



Police and conservation officers in La Ronge were forced to put down a bear Wednesday night after it was found rummaging through garbage near Police Point.


The bear had been spotted in the community earlier in the week, but attempts to trap it failed when the animal ran off.


Conservation officer Daryl Minter says when Saskatchewan Environment showed up on the scene the other night, the bear had been shot by police and was caught in a tree wounded.


Officers then took the animal down.


Minter says they don't believe there are other bears in the area.


He says bears should not be a problem in town, but it is still best for residents to cover their garbage and take care.


Former Northern MLA Passes Away PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 21:25

Former Northern MLA Passes Away

Friday, July 09, 2010 at 14:49



Northern Saskatchewan has lost a long-time public servant.


Former MLA Fred Thompson passed away Wednesday in Saskatoon with his wife and family at his side.


He represented the Athabasca constituency on behalf of the NDP from 1975 to 1995.


Born and raised in Big River, he eventually moved to Buffalo Narrows to start a mink ranch.


It's there he met his wife Therese, and started a family.


Current MLA Buckley Belanger says Thompson's hard work and dedication to the north won't be forgotten.


A memorial service for Thompson will be held in Buffalo Narrows on July 24th at 2:00pm at the Lakeview Centre.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Spruce Manor Special Care Home in Dalmeny or the University of Saskatchewan Neurosurgery Department.

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