Canora/Sturgis RCMP activity report

The Canora/Sturgis RCMP responded to 53 calls during the week of September 10 to September 17, some of which included: two traffic accidents, 13 traffic offences, one impaired driving, six other provincial statutes, one municipal bylaw, three other criminal code offences, one Family Order Act, one drug trafficking, one drug possession, four harassments/threats, one theft over $5,000, three mischiefs, three frauds and 13 other offences.

Methamphetamine complaint

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On September 10, Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a complaint from a resident of Canora who alleged the neighbours were cooking methamphetamine. The investigation led police to believe the allegations were untrue and that alcohol may have been a motivating factor behind the complaint.

Hospital disturbance

Canora/Sturgis RCMP responded to the Canora Hospital on September 10 for a report of a male causing a disturbance. Police attended and found the male had locked himself in a bathroom and had caused damage to hospital property inside the room. Raymond Keepness, 42, was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000 and possession of a controlled substance. Subsequently, Keepness was also on a conditional sentence order with the expectation to adhere to several conditions. He was remanded into custody and made his first appearance in Yorkton Provincial Court on September 11.

Poaching investigation

On September 13 at 1 a.m., Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a poaching complaint which was actively occurring in the RM of Invermay. Members of the Canora Detachment attended the scene and assisted conservation officers with the investigation.

Canora collision

Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a complaint of a motor vehicle collision on First Avenue West in Canora on September 14. Police attended the scene and found the driver responsible for the collision intoxicated. The driver was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and provided two breath samples to police which registered a blood alcohol reading over twice the legal limit. The driver was criminally charged for operation of a motor vehicle while impaired/over .08 with a suspended driver’s licence and the vehicle was impounded for 60 days.

Debit card theft

On September 14 Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a complaint that a debit card was stolen from inside a Preeceville residence. The debit card was used numerous times to withdraw money.  Police continue to investigate.

Highway collision

Canora/Sturgis RCMP responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on September 15 south of Canora on Highway No. 9. Police attended the scene with the Canora Fire Department and Canora Ambulance Service. Police learned a truck travelling northbound on Highway No. 9 had come to a stop at a red light in a construction zone. A minivan that was following behind the truck failed to stop and subsequently rear-ended the truck. The driver of the minivan sustained injuries and was taken to the Canora Hospital. The driver of the minivan was charged under the Traffic Safety Act for driving without due care and attention.

Vehicle ownership dispute

Canora/Sturgis RCMP continue to investigate a complaint that was received on September 15 concerning the theft of a vehicle in the town of Preeceville. Both complainants made claim to the ownership of the same vehicle. Police continue to investigate the matter to ensure no criminal wrongdoing.

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).

Anyone with information about this or any other crime, is asked to please contact Canora RCMP Detachment at 306-563-4700 or contact Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at