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Young offender escapes Paul Dojack Youth Centre

Regina police are looking for a young offender who escaped from the Paul Dojack Youth Centre on Sunday after allegedly becoming violent. Seventeen-year-old Steven Albert McCauley was last seen walking east from the centre. Police weren't able to locate him. Officers came to the centre after being called at about 3 a.m. on Sunday when they learned an inmate had used violence to get away from the facility. The Regina Police Service was authorized by a provincial youth court judge to release McCauley's photo.

Body found in Saskatchewan River

A grisly discovery on the river north of Saskatoon.

The Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services Water Rescue Team was called, this morning, to downstream from the Clarks Borough Ferry on the South Saskatchewan.

"There was a sighting of a body and our water team recovered the body and then took it to the closest shoreline and transfered that body to the RCMP," explained Battalion Chief, Dave Rumpel.

So far there's no word on the gender or identity of the victim nor whether foul play was involved in their death.

Two missing after house fire in Timber Bay

Two people remain unaccounted for following a house fire in northern Saskatchewan. The fire broke out early Wednesday morning in Timber Bay, leaving the small home in a smoldering pile of wood and ash. A spokesperson with the RCMP said they will continue to dig through the rubble today. The cause remains under investigation. Timber Bay is located just outside Montreal Lake, about an hours drive north of Prince Albert.

Fur prices are going up

For the first time in years, fur prices are showing signs of rebounding. According to Don Gordon, president of the Saskatchewan Trappers Association, prices for coyote, marten and Lynx are showing the biggest promise. "It gives a guy a bit of incentive to know there's a bit of profit at the end of it," said Gordon. "Fur trapping is a short season to begin with, when the pelts are prime and with the price of fuel going up...you have to see a profit in it of some sort to make it worth your while." Gordon attributed some of the increases to strong markets in Europe.

Turtleford loses a doctor

The North Saskatchewan River Municipal Health Holdings has lost one of its doctors. Dr. Van den Heever was working in Turtleford up until last month when he resigned and returned to South Africa. Chair Red Pearce believes Van den Heever was lonely and didn't like living here in Canada. He says they are currently in negotiations with two other doctors. "We are working with two doctors, in South Africa, and hopefully they will be here to start their training in Saskatoon for the May assessment," said Pearce.

Arenas in east Regina to go up for sale

The Twin Arenas east of Regina are slated to close at the end of the summer. Joey St. Aubin with Canlan Ice Sports says the opening of the city's six ice surface area, the co-operator's center is to blame. "We, being private, are mandated to be profitable so with six additional ice pads on the marketplace it's going to make it really difficult for us to remain profitable," said St. Aubin. Thirty-five full and part time staff will lose their jobs because of the closure. The last day will be August 31, to accomodate the hockey season. The site will be put up for sale.

Officers pursue stolen truck on Highway 16

RCMP say they pursued a vehicle on Highway 16 early Tuesday morning because the driver matched the description of a suspect in a North Battleford stabbing.

An officer tried to pull over a suspected stolen truck on Highway 16 westbound towards Lloydminster, and police say it turned into a pursuit.

The suspect driver allegedly reached a speed of 150 kilometres, and police ended the chase. Officers further down the highway used a spike belt to stop the vehicle.

RCMP say they later ruled out any involvement by the driver in the stabbing.

Regina city council breaks pension bylaw, refuses to increase plan contribution rates

Regina's City Council believes the state of the Civic Employees Pension Plan is so dire it's willing to break the law to try to fix it.

The plan is facing a mammoth $238 million dollar deficit, a state the pension board insists is approaching a crisis. City Council could have voted Tuesday night to increase the amount employers and the enrolled employees contribute each pay cheque. But Council chose not to do that.

Students react to Saskatchewan teachers one day strike happening Thursday

High school students in Saskatoon are reacting to news that their teachers won't be coming to school on Thursday because of a one-day strike across Saskatchewan to pressure the government for better wages. While students at Saskatoon's Aden Bowman Collegiate are pretty happy about getting a day off, one teen says he's still fed up with the feud and is concerned the strike will last more than one day. "They're doing it now and they're just doing it to show that they will do it. They're obviously not going to get what they want if they've been fighting about it for this long."

Teachers set to walk off the job for a day Thursday

Parents may be trying to line up a baby sitter very soon, as Saskatchewan teachers confirm they are set to walk off the job for one full day this week. Recently teachers voted 95 per cent in favour of taking some form action. Teachers are hoping the "study day" will apply pressure to the government to bring more resources to the table. The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation has been campaigning for a 12 per cent raise over one year. The province has countered with a five per cent raise over three years, leading to the talks breaking down.
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