CANORA- The Canora/Sturgis RCMP responded to 32 calls from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12, some of which included: two 911 Act calls, two Child Welfare Act calls, one failure to appear, two harassing communications, one Mental Health Act call, two mischiefs, three traffic collisions, 15 traffic offences, five other provincial calls, one suspicious person, and one wellbeing check.
Sex offender sentenced
In September 2021, the Canora/Sturgis RCMP investigated a complaint that a male sexually assaulted two youths. The male was charged with sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference, and sexual exploitation of a young person. The male was convicted for both counts of sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching. He was sentenced to four years in jail, is prohibited from being in contact with children for 10 years, was given a lifetime firearms prohibition order and he was ordered to provide a sample of his DNA to the National DNA Databank.
Consequences of not showing up
On Jan. 5, a female failed to attend Canora Provincial Court. A warrant was issued for the woman’s arrest.
The Canora/Sturgis RCMP investigated a complaint on Jan. 6 that children were left home alone inside a residence in Canora. Police continue to investigate.
The Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a report of an Amazon phone scam on Jan. 6. The caller reported they received numerus calls from someone who claimed to be from Amazon and that they owed money.
On Jan. 6, the Canora/Sturgis RCMP were dispatched to a report that a male was drinking and gambling in Preeceville and had left children in a vehicle that was not running. Police located the vehicle and determined no children were with the male and no offence had occurred.
Online extortion attempt
The Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a report from a male on Jan. 8 that he received an email in his junk mail explaining that the people behind the email had access to his device’s cameras, microphones and files including his browsing history in an attempt to extort money. The male was told not to reply to the email or send any money. For further information on scams and fraud prevention please contact the Canadian Antifraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
Deer and vehicle collisions
The Canora/Sturgis RCMP were dispatched to a two-vehicle motor vehicle collision on highway 9 by Preeceville on Jan. 11. A red GMC Acadia struck a deer and was parked on the highway. Passing motorists stopped on the side of the road to assist with their hazard lights flashing. A Chevrolet Cruze approached the collision scene and struck the Acadia from behind. Both vehicles were severely damaged. The driver of the Chevrolet Cruz received minor injuries from the collision.
On Jan. 11, the town of Preeceville speed sign located on Highway 49 entering town from the west was vandalized at around 2:30 a.m. Three people were observed standing around the sign. Police are looking for assistance from anyone with further information.
The Canora/Sturgis RCMP would like to remind the public that snowmobilers must obey traffic rules including:
- traffic signs and lights regulating traffic on, approaching or leaving highways;
- trail signs, markers and directional signs;
- following at a reasonable and safe distance;
- driving with due care and attention with consideration for other people and property;
- never driving faster than 80 km/h or the posted speed limit, including the speed limit posted on designated snowmobile trails;
- never riding after drinking alcohol or taking drugs;
- yielding the right of way;
- keep to the right when approaching other vehicles, including snowmobiles;
- yield to all vehicles when approaching from the right;
- keep clear of the other vehicle when passing;
- no person is permitted to operate a snowmobile on public property without a certificate of registration issued by SGI;
- the licence plate must be displayed on the snowmobile and the registration permit carried by the rider;
- any person who operates a snowmobile on public property must possess a valid driver licence to do so; and
- please respect private property – don’t ride without permission; don’t trespass.
Remember safety first: all snowmobile operators and passengers must wear a helmet. It's also important to wear proper gear and clothing so you can handle the cold. And never ride alone!
Navigating in the dark: make sure all your lights are in working order. Reduce your speed. Avoid unfamiliar areas and terrain. Carry a flashlight and/or flare. Ride in the same direction as nearby traffic. Wear reflective clothing.
Report tips and information
If you have any information about these or any other crimes, please contact the Canora RCMP at 306-563-4700, or you can also report anonymously via Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.
Call the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Turn In Poachers & Polluters (TIPP) Line, toll-free, at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 from a SaskTel cellphone (phone calls only, no text messages).