Monthly Archives: October 2015

Next week’s paper

Time for a preview of the first November, 2015 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald already!! Check out your local community newspaper next week for:

  • the final Crop Report of the year;
  • Kaare Askildt explains how someone who was born and raised in Norway wound up in Wilkie, Saskatchewan; and
  • a profile of a new journeyman carpenter working in the area.

Add in some hockey news,  report on the Lazer AA Midgets, the police report and more and there’s is something for everyone in next week’s paper.

And remember, today’s the last day to pop into the office on Main Street in Unity to enter our free subscriber draws!BOO!

RCMP Reports for October 6 to 12

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS For October 6 to 12, 2015

RCMP received a report of a lost wallet.

A member spoke to a youth about destructive behaviour at the request of a parent.

Police received a complaint of disturbing the peace. Members warned the subject of complaint. The complainant declined to lay charges.

Members received a Mental Health Act complaint and transported an individual to Battlefords Union Hospital for assessment.

There was a complaint of hunters shooting on property near a rural residence. This is not a police issue as the hunters were a safe distance from the residence and had permission from the owner of the property to hunt on the land.

RCMP received a complaint of theft. This matter is still under investigation.

Police received a report of damage to a vehicle. There are no suspects.

Members are investigating a fire at Wilkie arena. There were no injuries.

There was a complaint of fraud. Information was sent to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

A resident requested increased patrols in her neighbourhood.

Police received a noise complaint. The subject of complaint was issued a verbal warning.

RCMP issued a 72-hour roadside suspension during a traffic stop.

Members acted as mediators in a family dispute.

There were also two false 911 calls and one false alarm.

Persons with information about crimes being committed 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 at1-800-222-8477, 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

Thanks to freelance contributor Sherri Solomko, the October 26th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald has a terrific feature on a number of local athletes who are playing sports elsewhere. Be sure to check it out to see who you know!

Also in next week’s paper:

  • A summary of election results;
  • Photos and a report on Pink Night; and
  • An interview with Dr. David Torr on flu shots.

All that along with the RCMP report, Warriors football update, a Halloween Top 10 and more. Lots of specials and events to check out in the ads too!

Below – selling 50/50s at the CWL’s 15th annual Pink Night October 13. See next week’s paper for the story and more photos.

CWL Pink Night 2015

RCMP Report for September 29 to October 5

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS for September 29 to October 5, 201

RCMP received a complaint of theft. Complainant later contacted members and stated police assistance is no longer required

There was a barking dog complaint. Members warned the animal owner.

A 34-year-old male from Provost, Alberta was charged with possession of cannabis marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime during a traffic stop.

Member acted as a mediator in a neighbour dispute.

Police received a report of criminal harassment but the complainant declined to lay charges.

There was a complaint of harassing communications. Reported for information purposes.

There was also one traffic complaint and two false alarms.

Persons with information about crimes being committed 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 at1-800-222-8477, 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.

Town of Wilkie news release, Oct. 13

Full text of the news release from the Town of Wilkie, issued Oct. 13

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015, the Wilkie & District Fire Department was dispatched to what was reported as an electrical fire at the Saskcan Community Centre in Wilkie, SK. Town of Wilkie personnel safely evacuated the building before the fire department’s arrival and there were no injuries reported. The advance polls for the federal election had to be moved to the Wilkie Town Office as a result of the fire.

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined and an investigation will be conducted by the Office of the Fire Commissioner. The fire department remained on scene until approximately 11:30 p.m. and conducted patrols of the building throughout the night.

The extent of the damage to the facility will take some time to be fully determined. The Saskcan Community Centre is home to the only indoor skating rink and curling rink in the community as well as a dance hall. The centre is the main source of activity for the community during the winter and any interruption of services is a devastating loss to the community.

The Town of Wilkie will keep the public and all the clubs and organizations that use the community centre informed as things move forward.

Next week’s paper

Look for lots of details on the Saskcan Community Centre fire in the October 19th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald, along with additional photos from the scene. There is also information on where various events will be held as  a result of the fire.

In next week’s community newspaper, you will also find:

  • a story on how Wilkie Minor Hockey teams will proceed now, in light of the closed arena;
  • which two athletes from McLurg were heading to cross-country provincials;
  • information on what parents should do during a school lockdown, in recognition of National School Safety Week; and
  • the latest RCMP report, a story on singing group The Travelling Mabels and the latest Saskatchewan Crop Report.

Below – a Wilkie SK firefighter sets down a framed photo he retrieved from the arena lobby at the Saskcan Community Centre during firefighting efforts Oct. 9. 2015.

Wilkie arena fire

RCMP Report for September 22 to 28

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS for September 22 to 28, 2015

RCMP received a report of a fraudulent phone call where the resident was told he won one million pounds. No personal information was given. The RCMP urges residents no to respond to this type of phone call.

Members assisted an individual attempting to purchase a vehicle to check if the vehicle was stolen.

A 31-year-old male from Onion Lake, Saskatchewan, was charged with failing to comply with condition of undertaking during a traffic stop.

There was a complaint of harassment.This matter is still under investigation.

Police received a complaint of theft from a motor vehicle. This matter is still under investigation.

RCMP received a complaint of a break and enter into a trailer and a garage as well as the theft of a white 2012 Ford F150 Harley Davidson truck. This matter is still under investigation.

There was a complaint of three people walking and looking in vehicle windows at night. This matter is still under investigation.

Members received a report of a stolen jerry can of fuel. This matter is still under investigation.

Police received a complaint of the theft of two bicycles and one children’s scooter. This matter is still under investigation.

An individual found a black duffel bag that contained survival items and turned it into the Detachment.

There was a complaint of a stolen car which was later located in Battleford, SK. This matter is still under investigation.

RCMP received a complaint of a stolen truck which was later discovered to have been involved in a roll over near North Battleford. This matter is still under investigation.

Police received a report of an individual entering a vehicle during the night and going through the contents of the vehicle. Nothing was stolen and there are no suspects at this time.

There was a complaint of cattle in the ditch north of Wilkie.

Members transported an individual to North Battleford Hospital after receiving a report of mental health issues.

RCMP spoke with an individual regarding family violence.

Police received a report of an abandoned vehicle. This matter is still under investigation.

There were also two traffic complaints.

Persons with information about crimes being committed 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 at1-800-222-8477, 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.

Wilkie’s Saskcan Community Centre on fire October 9

The heart of Wilkie, Saskatchewan – its hockey rink, curling rink and community hall – caught fire yesterday afternoon, October 9, 2015. The building is still standing but the full extent of the damage and how long it will take for repairs and any rebuilding is as yet unknown. It is virtually certain there will be no Outlaws skating in their home rink nor any little ones learning to skate or playing their first hockey games in Wilkie for at least a couple of months, if not longer.

Mixed with sadness at the loss is relief and gratitude that no one was injured, even though there were people working in the building, as well as a federal election 2015 advance poll in progress in the hall.

Town administration will post information on the Town of Wilkie Facebook page as they themselves learn more. This weekend’s advance polls have been moved to the town office.

Below are some photos of the scene yesterday afternoon. Additional photos will be in the local community newspaper, the Press-Herald October 19, hopefully along with more information on the extent of damages and the outlook for this winter’s skating and curling seasons.

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Next week’s paper

A jam-packed 20-page Press-Herald next week. There was too much stuff going on to fit it into 16 pages! Look for:

  • a report from the all-candidates’ forum in Unity held Oct. 6;
  • a letter to the editor that outlines what you need to vote;
  • A former Wilkie girl volunteers in Peru; and
  • a suicide survivor shares her story in hopes of helping others.

Then there’s a story on local companies making the Saskatchewan top 100 list, the RCMP report, photos from the firefighters’ open house and more. You’ll even want to read the ads because there are a lot of fall specials and upcoming events, including the start of the fall supper circuit.

Federal election candidates in the Battlefords-Lloydminster riding attending the Unity Chamber sponsored all-candidates’ forum Oct. 6:

Conservative Gerry Ritz

Conservative Gerry Ritz (Incumbent)

 

Independent Doug Anguish

Independent Doug Anguish

Liberal Larry Ingram

Liberal Larry Ingram

New Democrat Glenn Tait

New Democrat Glenn Tait

RCMP Reports for September 15 to 21

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS for September 15 to 21, 2015

RCMP received a complaint of a damaged golf cart. Complainant discovered who damaged the cart and the subject of complaint agreed to pay for the damages. Complainant declined to lay charges.

There was a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver. Members patrolled but could not locate the vehicle.

Police received two complaints of a suspicious male selling something. Member located the subject of complaint who had a legitimate business licence.

A 47-year-old female from Wilkie was charged with disturbing the peace and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking when police received a complaint she was intoxicated in public.

Members spoke to a child about conflict and safety at the request of the child’s guardian.

RCMP received a complaint of theft of fuel from a rural farmyard. This matter is still under investigation.

There was a complaint of a possible impaired driver. The suspect vehicle was located by a member during patrol and was associated to a break and enter at Wilkie Pharmacy.

Members received a complaint of an attempted theft of golf clubs. The homeowner confronted the thief who then left the residence without the golf clubs.

Police received a complaint of a break and enter at Wilkie Pharmacy. When members arrived on scene they discovered some Wilkie residents were holding one suspect and had blocked the back door of the pharmacy so the other suspect could not escape from inside the building.  Members apprehended the third suspect in a vehicle that had been taken without the consent of the owner. Richard David Bear, 26, from Cochin, Saskatchewan, was charged with breaking, entering and committing; breaking and entering with intent, disguised with intent to commit an offence, mischief, possession of break-in instruments and two counts of theft over $5,000. Joshua Roy Tucker, 24, also from Cochin, was charged with breaking, entering and committing; disguised with intent to commit an offence, possession of break-in instruments, mischief and theft over $5,000. Angel Lee Bear, 25, from North Battleford, was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit an offence, and mischief.

There was also one false 911 call and one traffic complaint.

Persons with information about crimes being committed 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 at1-800-222-8477, 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.