Our newsroom abides by the RTNDA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and follows the Canadian Press Stylebook. Meadow Lake (10) and Prince … Family and supporters in the walk for Ashley and Tiki return home to NB Sunday evening. Bail report ordered for Estevan man facing child porn ... More adjournments in case against Saskatoon man facing ... Have the News Optimist delivered to your inbox every Friday! Handguns accounted for most firearm-related homicides (60 per cent), which has been the case since 1995. Katvik Region, Quebec scored the highest on the CSI at 870.59. Soaring Eagle Whitstone and Nicole Cook are both charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, improperly interfering with a human body and theft of a motor vehicle. 1711 100th StreetNorth Battleford, SKS9A 2Z5, Phone: 306-445-2477Newsroom: 306-446-6397. Three people were charged with accessory to murder after the fact. Prosecutor Charlotte Morden is assisting Browne with Sangster’s preliminary hearing, which is being heard before Judge Kevin D. Hill. The biggest crime I have been a victim of was once, someone scratched my car with a shopping cart at walmart. From July 2019 to August 2020, the RCMP made arrests in Saskatchewan and Alberta for Laverdiere’s death. The evidence presented at the hearing, and the names of the witnesses, are protected under a publication ban. North Battleford’s CSI increased by 13.42 per cent in 2019 compared with only a 3.95 per cent increase in 2018. The RCMP previously reported they found Gordon Tucker deceased on May 31, 2018, on a rural property south-east of Cochin. The city saw several other increases, including a 46.87 per cent in violent crime and a much smaller 1.7 per cent in non-violent crime. A total of eight different people are facing charges in connection to the death of 25-year old Tiki Laverdiere. North Battleford senior Crown prosecutor Chris Browne says prosecuting 10 people charged in the 2019 death of Tiki Laverdiere is a complicated matter. Police take cover behind vehicles with guns drawn during standoff in North Battleford in June 2017. Multiple drugs (including cocaine) and weapons were seized in a search by Battlefords RCMP that also resulted in three arrests. Saskatchewan has 10 cities in the top 100 of the list, including six in the top 25. Sangster appears in court each day wearing orange prison clothes and sits in the far corner of the enclosed prisoner’s box. Katvik Region, Quebec scored the highest on the CSI at 870.59. The police-reported crime statistics from 2019 don’t reflect the impacts in Canada by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tiki Laverdiere homicide ‘one of the most complicated matters’ in the province: prosecutor, Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist. Nicole is the mother of Tristen Cook-Buckle, whose funeral Laverdiere attended on April 27 on the Thunderchild First Nation. Sometimes he leans forward as he watches witnesses testify. Samuel Takakenew 10th person charged in Tiki Laverdiere’s death. Human remains were found in a rural area outside North Battleford on July 11 and it was confirmed to be Laverdiere on July 16. Homicide rate for Indigenous peoples 6.5 times higher than for non-Indigenous people. In July, RCMP said they believe North Battleford woman Ashley Morin was the victim of a homicide, after a year-long investigation following her disappearance. 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When it comes to crime, this past year has been a difficult one in the Battlefords area, particularly when referring to the number of homicide investigations. Colonization, residential schools, work camps and forced relocation, have profoundly impacted Indigenous communities and families, Statistics Canada said when releasing the numbers. RCMP charge 8th person in Tiki Laverdiere homicide investigation. Please see our Commenting Policy for more. All three individuals were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in North Battleford Provincial Court on November 9. The province’s non-violent crime, however, dropped by 0.31 per cent, from 140.06 in 2018 to 139.63 in 2019. Joshua Tucker is currently in the pre-trial stage at Queen’s Bench Court in Battleford. North Battleford, which has held one of the highest crime rates in the country in recent years, saw an index score of 437.70 in 2019, the highest score for the community since 2004. Sentences handed down in Tiki Laverdiere homicide case. The huge rise and severity of incidents of child pornography made child pornography the second leading offence driving the national increase in the CSI in 2019. Police reported more than 140,200 incidents of shoplifting (373 incidents per 100,000 population) in 2019, up 11 per cent from 2018. Effects of COVID-19 on crime to be determined. North Battleford dropped to number four in CSI ranking in communities of 10,000 or more. Yes, on Thursday, the Augusta Invitational... Jamie Nye: Ready to settle in for a tradition unlike any other. North Battleford senior Crown prosecutor Chris Browne says prosecuting 10 people charged in the 2019 death of Tiki Laverdiere is a complicated matter. More offences related to harassing and threatening behaviours. Obviously there are two other co-accused that are still in provincial court. Police reported 174 Indigenous homicide victims in 2019, 33 more than in 2018. Uttering threats was the largest contributor to the national increase in the Violent Crime Severity Index in 2019. Canada’s crime rate lower than decade ago. The first sign of spring will, for one year only, be the last sign of autumn. Also in 2019, Ryan John Gatzke, 27, was found with serious injuries around 1 Ave. and 26 St. in Battleford around 1 a.m. on Oct. 18. In particular, criminal harassment (+17 per cent in the rate per 100,000 population, +3,634 incidents), uttering threats (+20 per cent rate, +14,555 incidents), indecent or harassing communications (+29 per cent rate, +5,517 incidents), and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images (+31 per cent rate, +489 incidents) all increased from a year earlier. The court ordered a ban on publication on their sentencing hearings until the trials of all the co-accused are finished. On Dec. 20, one of the accused, Brent Checkosis, 19, pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact to the murder of Laverdiere on May 1 in North Battleford. Police reported 8,815 incidents in 2019, 2,881 more than in 2018. The latest numbers for the Crime Severity Index and weighted clearance rates across Canada are now available and North Battleford is outside of the top three municipalities in the nation, despite another increase in overall crime. North Battleford Mayor Ryan Bater says a recent crime ranking by Maclean's magazine only paints a small picture of life in Saskatchewan's seventh largest city. Tiki Laverdiere’s mother Carol also took part, walking beside Morin’s mother Diane. The crime rate for North Battleford sees little change as the city once again sits at the top of the Crime Severity Index, according to Police Reported Crime statistics released by Statistics Canada. Meadow Lake (10) and Prince Albert (20) were the next two Saskatchewan municipalities. Maclean’s Magazine once again listed North Battleford among cities with the worst crime rates. Canada’s Criminal Code allows for a case to be sent directly to trial without a preliminary hearing. Saskatchewan's death-by-overdose count is reaching totals that have never been seen before in our province. The next-highest Saskatchewan cities on the list are Prince Albert (No. The largest increases in the CSI were recorded in the CMAs of Kelowna (+20 per cent), Victoria (+16 per cent), Belleville (+13 per cent) and Vancouver (+11 per cent). As a result, many Indigenous peoples experience challenging social and economic circumstances. Mark Douglas Jonson, 61, was found dead in a home on 15 Ave. and 100 St. on July 5. The types of offences driving increases in the CSI across the provinces and territories varied from fraud, child pornography, homicide, and breaking and entering. Mark Douglas Jonson, 61, was found dead in a home on 15 Ave. and 100 St. on July 5. Over the course of its investigation, the North Battleford CRT was assisted by the Saskatchewan RCMP Gang Task Force in the city, and local RCMP. He has not pleaded to remaining charges of improperly interfering with a human body and theft of a motor vehicle. (Stock photo), Bail report ordered for Estevan man facing child porn charges, More adjournments in case against Saskatoon man facing child porn charges. The RCMP reported four homicides for the Battlefords in 2019. Police shared an image of a two-tone van that is lighter on top and darker on the bottom and appears to have no windows. Thompson, Manitoba and Lintuguj, Quebec were second and third respectively. Sangster is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, and improper interference with a human body. Nationally, the rate of police-reported fraud (including identity theft and identity fraud) increased for the eighth year in a row, up 10 per cent from 2018 and 64 per cent higher than the rate recorded a decade earlier. “I would say it is one of the most complicated matters we had in the province, just the nature, the number of people involved makes it that,” said Browne outside of the court house Oct. 8. It can be used to avoid multiple proceedings where one person charged has been ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing and others are charged with the same offence. Kyle Caron, 40, Dean Lafreniere, 48, and Amanda Wahobin, 31, all face charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine and hydromorphone and multiple weapons’ offences. Lethbridge had the highest CSI, followed by Winnipeg. It’s a 13.42 per cent increase from 2018. North Battleford had a whopping 46.87 per cent increase in its Violent Crime Severity Index (VCSI) jumping from 377.77 in 2018 to 554.83 in 2019.