Dumped canola kills cattle

HARRIS, Sask. — Bill Laing has never seen anything like it in his 40 years of farming. “It’s just something that doesn’t happen,” he said. A pile of treated canola seed that he discovered lying on the ground in a pasture Oct. 24 killed his Black Angus bull and two pregnant Charolais cows. “When I […] Read more

Sask. rancher pleads guilty to possessing stolen machines

A Saskatchewan rancher has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of possessing stolen property, including numerous pieces of farm machinery that disappeared from farms and equipment dealerships. Iain Stables, 39, from Donovan, Sask., was charged with 29 criminal code offences in February 2016. Those charges included 16 counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, seven […] Read more

Team takes aim against rural crime

Rural organizations say the establishment of a new response team is a first step toward curbing crime in rural Saskatchewan. Justice minister Gordon Wyant last week announced a Protection and Response Team comprised of 258 armed officers to improve response time and enhance visibility. The team will include 120 police officers, 98 conservation officers from […] Read more

Sask. launches new rural crime reduction team

Saskatchewan conservation officers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers will be able to arrest and detain suspects as part of a new Protection and Response Team designed to reduce crime in rural areas. Justice minister Gordon Wyant announced the team Aug. 22 in response to recommendations from a caucus committee on crime. Expanding the powers of […] Read more

Grain bins vandalized

Indian Head RCMP are investigating after two empty steel grain bins were reported damaged July 30 southeast of Indian Head, Sask. The bins’ owner suspects the damage was done in late June. Police say the bins were empty at the time they were damaged, and they believe the vehicle used to damage them was a […] Read more

Sask. farmers fight to protect property

More cops, more cameras or more common sense? What’s the best way to fight crime in rural Saskatchewan? Questions related to rural crime generated plenty of discussion during the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities’ annual convention in Saskatoon last week, and some controversy as well. SARM is one of the best barometers of public sentiment […] Read more

RCMP urges calm amid ‘limited resources’

Rural crime rates are continuing to climb even while policing resources are being stretched, said RCMP officials during a Sept. 29 news conference in Saskatoon. “We know Saskatchewan (has) one of the highest crime rates in the country and it’s increasing. Rural crime is a component of that,” said Supt. Mike Gibbs, commander of the […] Read more