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Court & Crime Catchup: Recent stories

Man charged in 2019 killing still has another year to go before trial.
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Man facing child porn charges now has assault charges

An Estevan man facing child porn charges has been additionally charged with four counts of assaulting a peace officer. Kyle Mansil Fiddler, 31, has a show cause hearing set for June 2 in Saskatoon Provincial Court on the assault charges. Fiddler also has multiple child porn charges that haven’t been dealt with yet in the court system.

Two murders Saturday in Prince Albert

Prince Albert Police Service is investigating two murders in different areas of the city Saturday. It's not known if they are connected, but the city's police chief issued a statement in response to the two incidents.

Another year before trial for 2019 killing

One of four people charged in the killing of 27-year-old Ryan John Gatzke of Battleford in 2019 will go to trial a year from now. The trial for Jacob Joseph Ballantyne, now 27, is scheduled to start in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench in June 2023.

Even more charges for Lloydminster man

Jason Krysta, 31, who is out on bail for weapons and violence-related charges in two provinces, now faces several more charges — three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of the proceeds of crime and two counts of failing to comply with release conditions.The charges were laid after Lloydminster Alberta RCMP Dog Services and the Lloydminster RCMP General Investigation Section executed what they described as multiple search warrants and enforcement actions on homes and vehicles between May 17 and 18, seizing suspected cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, MDMA, prescription pills and an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency. On these additional charges, Krysta is scheduled to appear in Lloydminster, Alta., court on June 14.

Krysta also has charges out of Lloydminster, Sask., and Red Deer. Alta., ranging from assault and theft to robbery with a firearm and threatening to cause death.

Three arrested after nearly two-year investigation into death at Shellbrook hospital

Evan Ledoux, Curtis Ledoux and Tyson Lachance were all in custody for other reasons when they were arrested and charged in relation to the 2020 death of 20-year-old Wesley Custer.

On the evening of Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, Wesley Custer was brought to the Shellbrook Hospital in Shellbrook with serious injuries. He died shortly afterwards and his death was determined to be suspicious.

Lachance is charged with second-degree murder, Evan Ledoux is charged with manslaughter and Curtis Ledoux is charged with accessory after the fact.

Public helped out in Weyburn

As the result of an on-going investigation, and with the assistance of community residents, the Weyburn Police Service successfully obtained and executed a search warrant on two locations in the city on May 24, which yielded several items of stolen property and the arrest of a man and woman.

Both individuals were remanded in custody pending a court appearance.