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New RCMP police dog has Saskatchewan connection

A group of new RCMP police dogs has a Saskatchewan connection.

The RCMP held a contest to name the 10 new potential service dogs that will be trained by the Mounties this year. The Mounties run their own training centre in Alberta; 93 per cent of the German Shepherds who work as RCMP service dogs are born there as part of the service's breeding program.

RCMP member charged with historic sex assault on child

An RCMP member serving in Alberta has been arrested and charged with a child sex assault dating back to 1982.

At a news conference in Regina, the Mounties revealed that Inspector Ronald Patrick Makar, 53, has been arrested and charged with having sex with a girl under the age of 14 and having sex without consent (those are the criminal code violations that would have applied thirty years ago; the modern equivalent would be sexual assault).

Procrastinators expected to delay after tax deadline extended

The scramble is on for last minute tax filers in Regina as the deadline for filing approaches.

For many of the businesses who file those tax returns this is their busiest time of the year.

“Right now will be our heaviest rush, from the 15th down to the 30th with most people actually showing up in this time frame to get their taxes done,” explained Marla Vervalcke with Meyers Norris Penny, a national chartered accounting and business advisory firm.

Health region tracks source of Hepatitis A in Moose Jaw

The source of a Hepatitis scare in Moose Jaw has been tracked down.

Over the weekend a Hepatitis warning was issued by the Five Hills Health Region, cautioning people who visited Brown's Social House in Moose Jaw on the evening of April 5.

The Health Region has now confirmed an employee at Brown's has Hepatitis A.

"The person involved was under training and had handled cutlery, set tables, and so on," explained Dr. Mark Vooght.

RCMP bust alleged chop-shop near Hafford

An RCMP search has turned up over $100,000 worth of allegedly stolen property.

Blaine Lake RCMP report that they executed a search warrant on an acreage near Hafford, Sask. on Apr. 10 and 11.

They found a semi-truck, a fuel truck, several tools and pieces of construction equipment as well as copper wire, all allegedly stolen. The items were being kept in a machine shop on the property. The trucks were allegedly being stripped down for parts.

Job market continues to flourish in Weyburn area

Saskatchewan may have the lowest unemployement rate in Canada, but people in the south east feel it could be even lower if they could draw more people.

There are currently about 1,700 online job postings for the Estevan and Weyburn region, spanning industries from energy, trades, health care, retail, food service, office administration and more. Jeff Richards with the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce said on any given day there are at least 500 postings within the city alone.

Spending, demand, and debt all grow in SaskPower report

High debt, record demand and record investment made for a tight year for SaskPower in 2013.

The Crown power company released its annual report on Monday, looking back at the previous calendar year. It continues to deal with heavy infrastructure demands and the consequences of Saskatchewan's growing population, which contributed to a rate increase request of 5.5 per cent last year.

Escaped mental hospital patient may be in Saskatoon, PA

He's described as having an unstable mental state, and a history of violence.

Sunday night, Joseph Simon Peter Yaremko, 32, escaped from Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.

RCMP say Yaremko was in secure custody at the mental health facility when he escaped from the forensic unit. Police were called about his escape at 8:43 p.m.

It's thought that Yaremko may have been picked up by an accomplice waiting in a vehicle outside the facility before making his way towards Prince Albert or Saskatoon.

Wildlife boundaries changing in Saskatchewan

The Ministry of Environment has decided to make things easier on hunters by changing wildlife boundaries to be more easily found.

According to the ministry, numerous concerns that the boundaries on 33 of the 78 zones were too difficult to find. They've now been changed to follow numbered highways, municipal roads, and bodies of water. The other 45 zones already had easily identified boundaries so they weren't changed.

“Improved boundary definition will mean a more positive hunting experience in Saskatchewan," said Environment minister Ken Cheveldayoff in a news release.

Ryan Smith heading to Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added another receiver ahead of training camp.

Ryan Smith officially signed with the green and white on Monday. The receiver tweeted Monday afternoon that he had signed with Saskatchewan. His agent also tweeted out a photo of Smith signing said contract.

Ryan Smith signs his contract. Photo courtesy Reed Duchscher

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