The Canora/Sturgis RCMP responded to 30 calls during the week of November 5 to November 12, some of which included: two traffic accidents, five traffic offences, one impaired driver, four other provincial statutes, one other criminal code, one other federal statute, one harassing communications, one assault, one theft under $5,000, one theft over $5,000, two mischiefs, three frauds, one break and enter, and six other incidents.
On November 6, Canora/Sturgis RCMP stopped a vehicle in front of the Co-Op parking lot in Canora for a motor vehicle violation. Through investigation it was determined that the driver was impaired by alcohol. The driver was arrested for impaired operation and breath samples were obtained. The driver was charged with impaired operation and received tickets for traffic violations. The driver was released on an undertaking and charges are before the courts.
Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a complaint of a male victim who was assaulted in Canora on November 8. RCMP attended, and the victim was taken to Yorkton hospital with minor injuries. Patrols were made for the suspect who fled the scene. RCMP followed up with the victim who declined to provide a statement and press charges.
Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a complaint on November 9 of theft from a rural farm property in the RM of Good Lake where several vehicle parts were stolen. The investigation is still ongoing.
On November 11, Canora/Sturgis RCMP and Canora Fire Department responded to a deer versus truck collision on Highway No. 9 south of Canora. The driver of the truck was not injured and the vehicle was towed due to damages rendering the vehicle inoperable. The deer was mortally wounded.
Canora/Sturgis RCMP will be increasing patrols in the winter months to prevent snowmobiles or any other powered vehicles on public roads or property. RCMP would like to remind the public that, if caught, drivers could face fines and have their vehicle impounded. The RCMP would like to update the community about the laws in the Snowmobile Act that will be enforced surrounding snowmobiles:
- operate an unregistered snowmobile, fine $100;
- operate a snowmobile on or near a highway without authorization, fine $150; and
- operate a snowmobile without a helmet, fine $125.
The Canora/ Sturgis RCMP would also like to advise the public that all Criminal Code provisions regulating automobile drivers apply to snowmobile operators. A license suspension resulting from a conviction of any of the following offences affects all driving privileges:
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs;
- Refusing to provide a breath sample;
- Dangerous driving;
- Driving while prohibited; and
- Leaving the scene of a collision.
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 www.saskcrimestoppers.com.