Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thefts from Macklin to Wilkie — trucks, fuel and more stolen

After two weeks of thefts in the Unity, Macklin and Wilkie area, the RCMP are asking the public to immediately take the following steps to reduce their risk of loss of property:

  • Remove keys from vehicles when not driving them, even when parked in a garage or shop.
  • Lock the doors on vehicles and do not leave valuables inside.
  • Do not leave firearms unattended in vehicles.
  • Should they observe suspicious persons/ vehicles on their property to call 911 and not confront the persons.

If you have information about any of the crimes described below or any other crime, please contact the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin RCMP at 306-228-6300 or you may call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through SaskTel at *8477, or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

November 19 RCMP media release

The Unity/Wilkie/Macklin RCMP are seeking assistance from the public in solving a series of thefts in the area between Nov. 17 and 19.

On Nov. 17, between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., a series of farmyards were entered north of Macklin, Saskatchewan, near Highway 17. Fuel and other items were stolen from unlocked outbuildings and vehicles and a Chevrolet pickup truck was stolen and later recovered rolled in a ditch east of Wilkie.

On Nov. 19, during the early morning hours, at least two suspects entered a farmyard just north of Wilkie, Saskatchewan and stole a 2008 Ford F450 dually pickup truck, white in colour with a large black slip tank and checker-plate toolbox in the back. The pickup truck is a crew-cab truck and had Saskatchewan Licence plate 124 IAC on it when stolen. RCMP are still searching for the stolen truck which is very distinctive in its appearance.

Residents in the area are reminded to lock their outbuildings and vehicles and not to leave keys in their vehicles to prevent theft.

November 25 RCMP media release

Unity RCMP were contacted by a Denzil area farmer at approximately 10:45 p.m. Nov. 24. The farmer advised he had discovered three trucks in his yard. The farmer went over to confront the occupants of the vehicles whereupon the vehicles fled the farmyard. During the course of the vehicles fleeing the yard, the farmer’s foot was driven over by one of the vehicles.

Minutes later the vehicles were reported driving erratically in Macklin, and were next sighted east of Macklin, near Evesham along Highway 14.  At approximately the same time. there was a report of a quad being stolen from a farmyard near Highway 14 near Evesham.

Unity RCMP members located the vehicles near Evesham and attempted to stop them. The drivers of the vehicles briefly stopped their vehicles before taking off, with their lights off, on Highway 14. They headed east at a high rate of speed before heading in separate directions, all of which posed a risk to other traffic on the highway.

Battleford Police Dog Service and the surrounding detachments were notified, with Battlefords rural members locating the suspect vehicles as they entered the Red Pheasant Cree Nation. The vehicles fled the Battlefords members’ attempts to stop them.

One of the trucks was abandoned and recovered on the Red Pheasant Cree Nation minutes later. The vehicle was determined to have been stolen from a farmyard in the Unity district along Highway 14, west of Unity, Saskatchewan. A Remington model 750 .270  calibre hunting rifle was in the vehicle when it was stolen but was not in the vehicle when it was recovered.

A 2012 white  Chevrolet SLT 1500 was stolen and recovered west of Unity. The recovered 2012 SLT had bullet holes in the windshield, believed to have been from the stolen hunting rifle.

Latest update

(For more complete information on steps taken by the RCMP to investigate these matters, please see the upcoming December 1 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald.)

An adult male and a young offender have been arrested and more arrests are expected. Some of the stolen vehicles have been recovered but police are still looking for the following:

  • a white 2006 Ford F350 with a chrome push bumper on the front, Saskatchewan licence 895 GRY, stolen from a farmyard west of Unity along Highway 14; and
  • a brown Chevrolet 2014 Silverado, Duck Dynasty edition, with camo flares and box accents, Saskatchewan licence 770 JMR, stolen from a yard east of Unity on Highway 14.

RCMP Report November 4 to 10

WILKIE SK REPORTS for November 4 to 10, 2014

RCMP received a call about a grain fire at West Central Pelleting. The Wilkie fire department extinguished the fire which was not suspicious in nature.

There was a complaint of criminal harassment but it was unfounded.

Member initiated a traffic stop and noted that the driver of the vehicle was on conditions not to be in contact with the vehicle passenger. The 46-year-old male driver from Wilkie was charged with failing to comply with an undertaking. The passenger, a 23-year-old Wilkie female, was also charged with obstructing a peace officer as she provided a false name to police during the traffic stop.

Police received a report of an injured moose in a field. The moose had been shot. The complaint was referred to Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management.

RCMP received a report that an individual had run out of fuel and was cold. Member attended and offered transient aid but the individual refused and asked a good Samaritan to purchase some fuel for her.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Temporary helipad built at Wilkie

Representatives from the Town of Wilkie, the Wilkie Health Foundation, Heartland Health District EMS, Wilkie volunteer firefighters and STARS gathered November 7 to have a look at the newly completed temporary landing pad built especially for use by STARS helicopters. The landing pad is located behind the Wilkie and District Health Centre building.

Temporary landing site for STARS helicopters at Wilkie, Saskatchewan

Terry Kosolofski, Wilkie EMS and volunteer firefighter; Jackie Gerein, Wilkie EMS; Margaret Skinner, Wilkie and District Health Foundation; Julie Brooks, Wilkie and District Health Foundation; Barry Tolmie, Saskatoon STARS base manager; Craig Sittler, volunteer firefighter and deputy fire chief; and Wilkie Mayor David Zeigler pose on the brand new temporary landing pad for STARS, constructed right behind the Wilkie and District Health Centre.

Cpt. Barry Tolmie, Saskatchewan STARS pilot and aviation base manager at Saskatoon, explained the temporary landing site allows STARS to come straight to the hospital, in many cases avoiding an extra transfer of the patient. The less transfers, the easier it is to stabilize a patient and the better chances of a positive outcome.

Tolmie also described the site as “a nice, safe place to come” for the pilots flying the helicopters.

Wilkie Mayor David Ziegler concurred, saying, “That’s why I pushed it.”

After the tragic loss of their son Wesley earlier this year, the Zieglers designated memorial donations to the Wilkie Health Foundation for the specific purpose of building a place close to the hospital for STARS’ use. Ziegler was active in helping plan the construction and even planned to work on the landscaping around the cement pad, together with Ed Jaindl. However, winter intervened and the landscaping will have to wait until spring.

Health foundation chair Margaret Skinner recognized not every project they fund “has the mayor so involved.” Once started, the project moved forward quickly with the actual construction being done in two weeks. The foundation designated $35,000 towards the landing pad, which is 17 metres across and five inches thick.

Ziegler commended the contractors who worked on the project – Wangler Construction who did the earthwork and Jaindl Construction/Ed Jaindl who did the cement work with the assistance of Blaine Heitt of Unity. A crew of six were in action when the cement was poured, and Ziegler said the contractors came on very short notice. “We (only) just beat the winter,” he said.

STARS’ procedure

Tolmie explained the procedure when STARS is called. There are two types of calls – scene calls, such as a vehicle rollover, and inter-facility calls.

In a scene call, local EMS and firefighters as well as STARS are notified. Sometimes the helicopter with its medical team will head out but turn back – for example, perhaps the first responders at the scene advise there are no serious injuries. Sometimes the pilot changes route, heading to the nearest hospital to meet the ambulance, for example, rather than trying to touch down by a busy highway.

With an inter-facility call, the STARS transport physician will decide, based on consultation with the local doctor and the waiting specialist, whether to send ground ambulance, fixed wing or a chopper.

Tolmie said pilots and medical staff prepare for a flight in separate areas. That way, the pilots are not influenced by any medical details or personal information pertaining to the patient if they need to make a decision as to, for example, whether to continue a flight in bad weather. The pilots make those decisions based solely on flight safety considerations.

“Safety,” said Tolmie, “is paramount for the crews, the people on the ground and for the patient.”

STARS has made approximately 350 flights out of the Saskatoon base so far this year. It costs about $20 million a year to operate STARS in Saskatchewan. The government provides half of the operating budget and the organization has to fundraise the other half.

Tolmie said, “It’s great to see the community embracing the service we provide. Ultimately it’s good for the patient.”

Firefighters’ role

Firefighters are called out to all STARS landings. They keep spectators out of the way and remove any debris or other impediments to a safe landing. They also report wind direction and anything unusual to the pilot on route. At night, firefighters use lights to mark the four corners of the site where it would be safe for the helicopter to land.

With “an identified area that we know is safe to land,” such as the one now in Wilkie, Tolmie said they would not need the firefighters to light the corners on the designated site. Firefighters will still have to attend to take care of spectators, debris, etc.

Wilkie Health Foundation

Skinner said, the Wilkie Health Foundation was formed in 1998 and, with this latest capital expenditure, is approaching $490,000 in the improvements it has provided for patient care in Wilkie.

Last paper of November, 2014

Yup … already we’re looking at November’s last Unity Wilkie Press-Herald and yes, there are Christmas ads in it! Christmas ads and some interesting news stories, such as:

  • details on the final court appearance by the Blairs regarding the horses that starved to death near Scott, SK last winter;
  • the announcement that Unity will be hosting a World Junior A hockey game in December – Russia vs. Canada East;
  • a new type of energy-efficient construction taking place in Luseland; and
  • some details on a a bicyclist who came through Unity and Wilkie, Saskatchewan, earlier this year, Charles Bauman, who bicycled from Ontario to Alaska and back, raising funds and awareness for the plight of children in Third World countries.

Then we have the police report, hockey reports, Faith Matters and those Christmas ads we mentioned. Check them out to see what’s available in the local area for your Christmas shopping.

Have you seen this truck?

RCMP are looking for a white 2008 Ford F450 dually pickup truck, with a large black slip tank and checker-plate toolbox in the back. The truck is a crew-cab and had Saskatchewan Licence plate 124 IAC on it when stolen from a farmyard north of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, November 19, sometime during the early morning hours.

RCMP are still searching for the stolen truck which is very distinctive in its appearance.

The Unity/Wilkie/Macklin RCMP are also seeking assistance from the public in solving a series of other thefts in the area between Nov. 17 and 19.

Earlier in the week, Nov. 17, between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., a series of farmyards were entered north of Macklin near Highway 17. Fuel and other items were stolen from unlocked outbuildings and vehicles and a Chevrolet pickup truck was stolen and later recovered rolled in a ditch east of Wilkie.

Residents in the area are reminded to lock their outbuildings and vehicles and not to leave keys in their vehicles to prevent theft.

If you have information about this or any other crime, please contact the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin RCMP at 306-228-6300 or you may call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through SaskTel at *8477, or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

RCMP Reports for October 28 to November 3, 2014

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS for October 28 to November 3, 2014

RCMP received a complaint of an unwanted person in a residence. The unwanted individual had left by the time members spoke to the complainant.

Police received a request to locate an individual. The individual was located in his residence and was fine.

There was a complaint of cattle in the ditch by the highway. Members contacted the owner of the cattle and requested that the cattle be corralled.

RCMP received a non-reportable complaint of a vehicle collision with a deer.

There was a request to locate two people who had been travelling on bad road conditions. The complainant called back and said she had contacted them.

Police issued a three-day suspension to an individual who blew a warning when members were checking for impaired driving.

Members received a complaint of impaired driving but it was unfounded.

RCMP received a report of a vehicle stolen, damaged and returned to the same parking spot. This matter is still under investigation.

There was also one false 911 call and one false alarm.

38-year-old Michael Manuel Thieseen of Victoria , B.C., 38 years old, was sentenced to two years in a federal penitentiary after being arrested Oct. 28 for breaching an undertaking by consuming alcohol in Macklin, Saskatchewan. He had just been released for auto theft, impaired driving and refusal of a breath test Oct. 20. Further investigation revealed Thiessen had stolen a tip jar from a local drinking establishment Oct. 28, and had stolen VLT money from another Macklin liquor establishment Sept. 7.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Next week’s paper

Another week has come and gone and the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for next week, the November 17th issue, has been prepared. In it, you will find:

  • wrap-up of Remembrance Day coverage, including elementary school winners of the Legion’s annual Poster Contest;
  • a report on the completion of the temporary landing site built for STARS helicopters at the Wilkie Health Centre;
  • how the Unity Community Resource Centre is remembering Shirley Parkinson; and
  • the list of winners in the Suffern Lake lottery early bird draw.

Of course, there are new ads to peruse and the RCMP Report, a new Faith Matters column and hockey reports to catch up on too.

And remember, if you’re not already a subscriber to the print paper, call 306-228-2267 and get your subscription this week for a chance to be entered into a draw for a free year’s subscription and two free tickets to the Louisiana Hayride Christmas show!

Outlaws top SWHL standings

With four games under their belt in the Sask West Hockey League, the Wilkie Outlaws are undefeated. They have beat the Biggar Nationals twice, Unity and Macklin.

The Kindersley Red Lions also remain undefeated but have only played one game to date. The only other team to have played four games is Biggar, who has a 0-4 win-loss record, the exact opposite to the Wilkie team’s 4-0.

Brett Harrison and Rick Cey lead the scoring race for the Outlaws, with 13 and 11 points respectively. Harrison has three goals and 10 assists, while Cey has five goals and six assists. Kyle Wagner is in third place with six points, just head of Mike Sittler, Brett Schell, Rory Gregoire, Derek Keller, and Brock Harrison, all of whom have five points.

The depth of the Outlaws’ bench is revealed by the fact that, in only four games, a total of 16 players already have one or more goals and/or assists.

The Outlaws host the Luseland/Dodsland Mallards for the first time this evening, November 14. Game time at the SaskCan arena is at 8:30 pm.

Below, the Outlaws come out on the ice in their second game of the season, at Unity SK.

Wilkie Outlaws senior men's hockey

RCMP Reports for October 21 to 27, 2014

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS for October 21 to 27, 

RCMP attended a single tractor rollover in a ditch. The driver of the tractor sustained minor injuries and was transported to Wilkie Health Centre by ambulance.

There was a complaint of a dead deer lying on the side of the highway.  Member was unable to attend due to a priority call and the matter was referred to the Ministry of Highways.

Members spoke to an individual regarding a custody order.

Police attended a two-vehicle collision on Highway 14, west of Landis, Saskatchewan.  The driver of one vehicle sustained minor injuries and was transported to Wilkie Health Centre for assessment. The driver of the other vehicle was issued three traffic tickets.

There was a complaint of a vehicle collision with a deer. This collision was non-reportable.

RCMP received a report of a vehicle hitting a slough. The occupants of the vehicle were gone on arrival and the vehicle was submerged in the water. This matter is still under investigation

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Are Saskatchewan’s small town Legion branches going to disappear?

Legion members are worried. As an active committee member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #90 in Unity, Saskatchewan, puts it, they are “in dire need.”

At Wilkie Branch #139, secretary Dave Martin says their membership is now at about 40, whereas it used to be as high as 70. While they will still occasionally get as many as 12 out to a meeting, more often attendance hovers around seven or eight.

While branches and members appreciate communities supporting their fundraising efforts, what they need more than ever before is new members and, especially, new members who are willing to take on an active role.

Unity and Luseland Legion branches have the same issues with declining membership lists and less than 10 people coming to meetings.

Any membership drive will have to focus on people willing not only to become a Legion member, but also to attend meetings and take a turn on the executive. The only qualification to be a Legion member is being a Canadian citizen.

The Wilkie, Unity and Luseland branches all meet only once a month, and take the summer off. Both Martin and Wilkie Legion president Andrew Winterhalt, as well as any other active Legion members in the area, would be more than happy to hear from you if you have any questions about Legion membership and/or where you might be able to assist, whether it is locally, provincially or nationally.