• Early morning garage fires deemed suspicious

    The Saskatoon Fire Department says a series of early morning blazes were deliberately set.
     
    Crews were called out to 13 Maxwell Crescent around 4:35 a.m.
     
    Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames pouring out of a two-car garage.
     
    The fire was brought under control within 18 minutes, according to a fire department news release.
     
    The blaze also involved a fence and a shed at 15 Maxwell Crescent.
     
    Crews also found a small fire smoldering
  • Bees delay flight at Saskatoon airport

    An Ontario man is back home after a bizarre incident at the Saskatoon International Airport over the weekend.
    Kitchener's Jeremy Doorten said he and his son were in Saskatoon Sunday waiting to catch a flight to Edmonton when they were delayed by a swarm of bees.
    He said it was hard to figure out at first why they weren't being allowed to board the plane.
    But eventually, Doorten said they were able to determine what the issue was as they watched the response unfold from behind the
  • Former patient reacts to delayed mental health unit at RUH

    Two years ago, Crystal Stenersons learned first hand how difficult a place Royal University Hospital can be for those dealing with a mental health crisis.
     
    She came into the emergency room feeling suicidal after suffering a breakdown at work.
     
    On Tuesday, she told Saskatchewan Afternoon host David Kirton that she ended up waiting 24 hours without seeing a doctor.
     
    "I had nobody there. I didn't know what to do. I wanted to leave, I was frustrated," she said.
     
    Stenerso
  • Doctor sounds alarm over delayed mental health unit

    A Saskatoon psychiatrist is speaking out over a decision to hold off on opening a mental health area at the Royal University Hospital (RUH) emergency unit.
    Dr. Tamara Hinz is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who teaches at the University of Saskatchewan.
    Speaking Monday on Gormley, she explained the current set-up at RUH leaves mental health patients poorly served.
    "Up until now, we've just had these patients wait – often for several hours – in some fold-up chair in
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  • Suspect demands cash for hostage release via text: police

    A 39-year-old woman is facing charges of unlawful confinement and extortion following a police investigation over the weekend.
    Saskatoon police said a woman reportedly got a text message Saturday afternoon demanding money for the safe release of a family member.
    Officers were able to identify the suspect and located her in the 600 block of 20th Street West.
    The victim, who had been assaulted without serious injury, was also found safe.
    A 39-year-old woman is charged with two counts of uttering t
  • Search underway for missing swimmer in South Saskatchewan

    A search is underway for a 17-year-old boy who went swimming in the South Saskatchewan River Sunday.
    Witnesses confirmed the youth went missing from the beach at Fred Heal canoe launch, around 12 kilometres south of Saskatoon.
    In a news release, RCMP said they were notified at 8:45 p.m. July 16.
    RCMP, Saskatoon police and the city fire department all have resources on scene and are continuing to search the water and surrounding area.
    Search Manager Kim Audette told 650 CKOM that 60 search-and-re
  • Hometown heroes show strong at FIBA event in Saskatoon

    Three-on-three basketball didn't disappoint in Saskatoon.
     
    The area in front of the Delta Bessborough hotel served as the stage for the first International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Masters 3x3 tour event ever held in Canada.
     
    Hometown fans got to see Saskatoon's Michael Linklater, Michael Lieffers, Nolan Brudehl and Steve Sir advance to the final, where they fell  21-14 to Slovenia's Team Lubiyana
     
    The Saskatoon squad was in tough aga
  • B.C. forest fire smoke pours into Saskatchewan

    Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia has made its way to Saskatchewan.
    Several communities in southwest and central Saskatchewan woke up Monday morning to hazy conditions.
    Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement shortly after 6 a.m. warning people may experience coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.
    Children, seniors and those with lung or cardiovascular conditions were listed as being particularly at-risk.
    B.C. remained under a provinc
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  • Saskatoon opens FIBA 3x3 Worlds with 2 and 0 record

    Team Saskatoon won both of its games on opening day Saturday of the FIBA 3x3 World Masters basketball tournament.
    The day started with a 15-11 win over Winnipeg before edging Hamilton 14-13 in overtime.
    "I didn't feel we ever found our rhythm, but we were able to make enough scrappy tough plays to find a way to win," said Steve Sir with Team Saskatoon, after the overtime win.
    21st Street and 4th Avenue in downtown Saskatoon has transformed into a half-basketball court with bleachers from SaskTel
  • Taste of Sask. expects to crush attendance record this year

    Deep fried Mars bars and alligator is just some of the options at the 22nd annual Taste of Saskatchewan.
    The six-day event, which features 30 restaurants, started beating attendance records on day one Tuesday at Kiwanis Park in downtown Saskatoon.
     
    "There's an awesome assortment of many types of food," said Scott Ford, who's in charge of the event put on by SaskTel Centre. "It's a great shopping experience to try so many different items."
    Ford said more than 80,000 people came the first fo
  • RCMP investigate Vanscoy car fire

    A 1993 Buick LeSabre is more ash than car after a fire early Sunday morning in the Vanscoy area.
    Saskatoon fire crews responded from Valley Road to reports of a vehicle fire at 1:53 a.m.
    When they arrived at the scene on Hodgson Road they found the car fully engulfed in flames.
    The fire was brought under control and extinguished within a few minutes.
    Firefighters verified there was no one inside the car and no fire hazards left before turning the investigation over to RCMP.
    No word on the cause
  • FIBA 3x3 tournament gets underway in downtown Saskatoon

    A busy part of downtown Saskatoon looks more like a gym than a street this weekend as the FIBA 3x3 world tour makes a stop in the bridge city.
    Bleachers from SaskTel Centre were trucked in for the Saskatoon Masters just outside the Bessborough Hotel.
    "It took six and a half hours to bring all these bleachers down here to stage on 21st Street," local organizer Kent Hartshorn told 650 CKOM.
    "Each time they'd bring one bleacher down, they'd have to change the tires and go back up (to SaskTel Centre
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  • Minor injuries in watercraft collision on S Sask. River

    A mid-water collision sent two men to hospital with minor injuries Friday night.
    According to police, the men were riding on watercrafts around 8 p.m. when they collided on the South Saskatchewan River near University Bridge, it's not clear what type of watercraft they were on.
    Investigators don't believe alcohol was a factor, but they continue to look into it.
  • Province gathers for 50th anniversary of Gardiner Dam

    Saskatchewan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Gardiner Dam.
    The province hosted a tour of the facility Friday, busing attendees to the site on the northern edge of Diefenbaker Lake near Outlook.
    Nearly 1,000 people came to the celebration including family members of the dam's namesake, Saskatchewan's fourth Premier James Gardiner.
    Several people who helped build the dam attended as well.
    Friends Bert Lukey and Dennis Matthews were hired right out of university to work on the project.
    M
  • Missing Martensville teen located

    Martensville RCMP say a teen who went missing Thursday evening has been found safe.
    They thank the public for their assistance.
  • Comedians Colin Mochrie and Wayne Jones playing Saskatoon

    Colin Mochrie will be making people in Saskatoon laugh this Saturday night.
     
    The 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' improv comedian will be performing alongside Saskatoon-born Wayne Jones, in a show also featuring Pat Thornton and Saskatoon Soaps Improv Comedy. 
     
    "I'm just living the good life. Going out in front of people who have paid money to see a show that we don't actually have at that point," said Mochrie.
     
    Although Mochrie says he's been doing the best job ever f
  • RCMP looking for suspects after Hwy 11 snowmobile heist​

    The Saskatoon RCMP detachment is asking for the public's help after five snowmobiles and a trailer were stolen from Axxis Motorsports Sunday night.
     
    Police reported Friday that two men broke into the business near midnight, damaging a gate in the process.
     
    The two men loaded up five Polaris snowmobiles and the trailer, then drove away in a dark-coloured four-door Dodge Ram truck.
     
    A staff member at the dealership, located along Highway 11
  • Crews handle blaze at construction site

    The Saskatoon Fire Department was called out to a blaze at a construction site early Friday morning.
    Firefighters arrived at 115 Veltkamp Crescent around 3:40 a.m. to find flames pouring out of the structure, an unfinished mutli-unit residential complex.
    Crews got the  fire was under control within about 45 minutes, with one team left behind to deal with any potential hotspots.
    People living in a nearby home had to be evacuated briefly.  Two neighbouring buildings and a vehicle parked
  • Taste of Sask. sets new Wednesday attendance record

    The Taste of Saskatchewan festival is celebrating after setting a new record for Wednesday attendance this week. 
    Show manager and SaskTel Centre CEO Scott Ford said over 22,000 people came out to  Kiwanis Park to sample dishes like fried alligator, chicken poutine and fried pickles.
    "It's by far the best Wednesday we've ever had," he said.
    He added by saying those numbers are usually only seen on weekends.
    Ford said sunny skies and warm temperatures Wednesday helped and, if the weathe
  • Wray Morrison: Back to the action

    I applaud Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the NFL for trying to speed up the pace of games in their repsective leagues.
    In this new digital, on demand world fans can watch whatever they want. With more TV options than ever before, sponsors want to make sure that eyes are staying on the sports they pay money to advertise in.
    If professional sports leagues want to maintain or increase viewership for a two-and-a-half hour period, those leagues need to improve game flow.
    The NFL has taken a look
  • Location, plans revealed for Saskatoon World Trade Center

    An internationally-branded office tower coming to Saskatoon now has a location and a concept plan.
    The Saskatoon World Trade Center (WTC), originally announced in March, will be built at the corner of 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue, replacing the former Credit Union office. 
    The location and plans for the nine-storey building were revealed at a news conference Wednesday morning by Canwest Commercial and Land Corporation.
    It's set to feature a main floor restaurant, with a total of 118
  • Sask. taxi group calls for 'Flex Fleet' to address high demand

    A group representing Saskatoon's cab industry is putting forward a proposal aimed squarely at cutting out ride-sharing services like Uber.
    The Saskatchewan Taxi Association (STA) wants city council and the province to allow for what they're calling a Flex Fleet, meant to handle demand for rides at peak hours.
    The idea is to have private cars with trained cab drivers running under the same rules as regular taxis, but these would only be licensed and insured to operate at specific times&
  • Wray Morrison: All-in on All-Star Game

    It's easy to complain about all-star games in any sport.
    The competition level will never rival the intensity of a regular season game.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the game and the television broadcast from the 2017 baseball mid-summer classic in Miami on Tuesday night.
    Players such as Bryce Harper and George Springer were interviewed while playing the game.
    Harper took time to talk about the NFL with the FOX broadcast crew. Springer was also mic'd up to give viewers some insights as the game was being
  • SGI sees hail, water damage claims begin following storm

    Claims are beginning to roll in at SGI following Monday night's storm in Saskatoon.
     
    By late Tuesday afternoon, the  company reported getting about 68 property claims with 50 of those for hail damage and 18 for water-related damages.
     
    The company also got 20 auto claims, with most of those coming from vehicles in the Confederation area, which was one of the worst-hit parts of the city.
     
    A spokesperson for SGI pointed out in an email that while SGI is the insurer
  • 'Happy day:' Sask. couple in their 80's find love and marry

    A Saskatoon couple is proving it’s never too late to fall in love. 
    Jim Davidson and Mina Gronzell were both in their 80s when they met at the Preston Park retirement home by Market Mall. 
    "I met Mina and we fell in love. She loved me and I loved her, that's all there is to it," Jim said. 
    Jim, 89, had just moved in when he decided to help decorate for the All Seniors Care Winter Games.
    "Mina saw me fumbling around with scissors and pictures and glue and tape and so she said
  • Saskatoon cleans up after heavy storm

    Many people in and around Saskatoon spent Tuesday tidying up and assessing damage after Monday's hailstorm and heavy rains.
    Carol Whitecalf said the siding on her home in the RM of Corman Park was shredded by loonie-sized hailstones.
    "The best I can describe it, it looked like it was bullet holes right from one end of the house to the other on the north side," she said.
    Along with the damage to her home, Whitecalf said she was horrified when she inspected her yard in the aftermath of the st
  • A Taste of Saskatchewan kicks off in Saskatoon

    A Taste of Saskatchewan is getting underway in Saskatoon.
    The 2017 edition of the annual summer event gets underway at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Kiwanis Memorial Park.
    The festival showcases food from 30 Saskatchewan restaurants, alongside free performances by over 50 Saskatchewan bands.
    "Each restaurant is limited to serving three items, and we make sure that there's no duplication in any of the menu items," explained festival manager Scott Ford.
    Ford said this year sees 25 restaurants returning to
  • Saskatoon streets flood after heavy rain, hail hits city

    People in Saskatoon were sent scrambling after a brief storm caused some streets to flood Monday evening.
    Heavy rain swept through the city starting around 5 p.m. Some areas received hail.
    “We had reports of hail up to the size of quarters, but it seems the more wide-spread is lots of little hail,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Brad Vrolijk.
    Vrolijk said the concern for Saskatoon and area overnight is more rain, given how slow the system is moving from the region. 
    Saska
  • Motorcycle rider killed in crash on Gordie Howe Bridge

    A wooden cross adorned with flowers now stands at the scene of  Sunday night's deadly crash on the Gordie Howe Bridge.
    The cross bears the name Chance Volk, and places his age at 21.
    Police confirmed a motorcycle rider of the same age died Monday.
     
    According to police, a motorcycle apparently ran into the rear end of a car in the westbound lanes of the Gordie Howe Bridge, near the Valley Road exit., around 11 p.m. July 9.
    The rider was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries
  • Motorcycle rider injured in crash on Gordie Howe Bridge

    A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car on the Gordie Howe Bridge late Sunday night.
     
    Emergency workers arrived at the scene shortly before 11 p.m. after a motorcycle apparently ran into the rear end of a car in the westbound lanes of the bridge, near the Valley Road exit.
    Police reported Monday morning that the motorcycle rider, 21, was in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
    The 17-year-old driver of the car reportedly suffered minor injuries.
    Police
  • Pooches and pals flood Kiwanis Park for Pets in the Park

    Kiwanis Park was turned into a dog sanctuary as barks rang out during the 12th Annual Pets in the Park fundraiser.
    The event raises money for New Hope Dog Rescue, the Saskatoon SPCA, and SCAT Street Cat Rescue.
     
    "I like getting my dogs used to other dogs," said Crystal Cherneske, who has eight dogs. "This is definitely a big-time distraction and really helps."
    Tessa Hayward brought her pit bull Larry to the event for the first time.
    "We heard about it on the radio and have h
  • Stolen asphalt packer slams into building

    The Saskatoon Fire Department was called in to assist after someone reportedly stole an asphalt packer.
     
    Police reported that the stolen piece of construction equipment had been driven into the side of a building at 1502 Quebec Avenue North around 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a fire department media release.
     
    Firefighters arrived to find flames coming out of the machine's engine compartment.
     
    Crews were able to extinguish the blaze within a few minutes. They then checked th
  • Prince Albert man treated for gunshot wound in Saskatoon

    Saskatoon Police are investigating after a man from Prince Albert showed up at St. Paul's Hospital with a gunshot wound.
     
    The man walked into the hospital around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon with a wound in his leg.
     
    Police believe the man was shot Sunday morning in the Prince Albert area but he has not been cooperative with investigators.
     
    Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers. 
     
  • Shakespeare on the Sask. has strong opening weekend

    Hot temperatures didn't stop more than 500 people from going to the big white tent for the opening weekend of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan.
    Richard III drew a near sell-out crowd of 250 people Saturday night, while the bluegrass style of Twelfth Night sold out Friday night.
    "A lot of the actors really managed to amp everything up a little more for opening night," said Artistic Producer Will Brooks, after the show on Saturday. "It's a great opening weekend for us."
    Liz Quinlan has been coming
  • Saskatoon fire crews battle landfill blaze

    A fire at the Saskatoon landfill off Valley Road kept crews busy for hours Saturday night.
    It started around 9:30 p.m.
    Two engine companies, one tanker truck, one brush truck and 12 firefighters worked to contain the blaze.
    Eventually, landfill personnel were called in to help.
    Once the blaze was under control fire crews spent more than two hours putting out hot spots.
    Landfill workers monitored the situation overnight.
    There's no word what caused the fire.
  • Police seek missing Saskatoon girl

    Saskatoon police are asking for help to find a missing 13-year-old girl.
    Jordyn Johnson left the 200 block of Cartier Crescent in the Confederation Park neighbourhood around 10 a.m. Friday and was last seen at Confederation Mall at 4:30 p.m.
    According to police, she is five-feet-two-inches tall, weighs between 120 and 130 pounds with shoulder length blonde hair, green eyes and wears glasses.
    There are no details about what she was wearing when she was last seen.
    Anyone with information is asked
  • Police find missing Saskatoon girl

    Saskatoon have located a missing 13-year-old girl.
    Jordyn Johnson has found safe and sound Saturday evening after being last seen on Thursday.
     
  • Free fishing weekend on in Sask.

    Saskatchewan residents get to enjoy free fishing this weekend.
    For Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, people can fish without a license in bodies of water across the province.
    Since 1989, one weekend is designated each summer for free fishing.
    You will still need a license to take fish out of the province or to fish in national parks.
  • Police hope new registry will curb bike thefts in Saskatoon

    Saskatoon police are hoping citizens will help them catch bike thieves with a new database.
    Bicycle owners will be invited to enter their bike's information into a new online registry, which police can check.
    Sgt. Keith Meckelborg of the police bike unit told 650 CKOM it could dramatically increase how many stolen bikes are returned to their owners.
    "The hope is with the collection of precise information ... that moving forward if the unfortunate day comes when a bike does get stolen, we now hav
  • Saskatoon SPCA at capacity for cats, surrenders on hold

    The Saskatoon SPCA has so many cats looking for homes – there’s no more room at the shelter.
    The SPCA announced Friday it’s at capacity for cats and has put a temporary hold on accepting felines surrendered by owners.
    "Transferring out cats isn't an option for us right now since so many of our neighbouring communities are facing a similar cat over-population problem," said Cathy Brin, public relations co-ordinator.
    Owners who need to surrender their cats can be placed on a wait
  • Over 300 bicycles stolen in Saskatoon in 2 months

    Bicycle owners in Saskatoon are being reminded to record their serial numbers and keep their rides locked up when they're not being used.
    Saskatoon police said in a Thursday release 303 bikes have been reported stolen since the beginning of May.
    They noted many of the thefts are linked to break and enters, prompting a reminder for people to ensure their garages and sheds are locked and secured.
    Police are also recommending bicycle owners never leave their bikes unlocked outside overnight.
    Owners
  • Rider Express Transportation to pick up where STC left off

    Some passengers left stranded following the demise of STC now have another way of getting around.
    Rider Express Transportation launches its new service Thursday, running a route between Saskatoon and Regina in 15-seat vans.
     
    The company's owner said there's been a lot of interest in the lead up to their launch.
    "We are getting phone calls from people and Facebook, they are messaging us," said Owner Firat Uray.
     
    Additional routes will bring passengers to and from Saskatoon and Regina
  • Man charged after break-in at Saskatoon hospital

    A man has been charged in connection with a break and enter at Saskatoon City Hospital.
    Patrol and canine officers responded to the hospital around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.
    Police said the suspect got in after smashing a glass door to the emergency department, which was closed and locked.
     
    Police believe the accused, who was arrested without incident, was intoxicated at the time.
    No one was injured.
     
  • City defends anti-racism billboard over 'divisive' concerns

    An anti-racism billboard along Saskatoon’s Circle Drive is being defended by the city after complaints on social media.
    The billboard, part of the city's "I am the bridge" anti-racism campaign, is located just north of 33rd Street and faces drivers travelling north on Circle Drive.
    It shows a white man with the accompanying text, "I have to acknowledge my own privilege and racist attitudes."
    The billboard has sparked accusations the city is funding a divisive campaign, aimed at calling whi
  • Woman says stranger entered home, groped her while sleeping

    Police are investigating after a woman said she woke up to find a stranger touching her inappropriately.
    The woman reported a man entered her home on the 1400 block of Avenue H North through an unlocked window around 4:30 a.m. Monday.
    He inappropriately touched her before fleeing out the same window.
    The suspect is described as Indigenous, in his late teens or early 20's, around 120-130 pounds with a "brush cut" and a scar by his right eyebrow.
    He was last seen wearing blue jeans, black hightop
  • Police search for suspect after 2 west Saskatoon stabbings

    Two stabbings on the same block in west Saskatoon have police looking for one suspect.
    Police said in a release the stabbings took place on Avenue R south near 20th Street Monday evening.
    It started around 7:40 p.m. when a 31-year-old man was transported to Royal University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being attacked.
    Moments after, police received another report of another man who had shown up at St. Paul's Hospital with non-life threatening stab wounds.
    Both victims descri
  • Train-semi collision derails 3 locomotives

    A semi truck driver is facing charges after his unit was struck by a Canadian Pacific train Monday.
    Saskatoon RCMP said in a release the driver was attempting to cross the tracks at a fertilizer plant in Elstow, Sask. southeast of Saskatoon when he was struck around 11:50 a.m.
    The train was pulling 75 mixed cars with four locomotives.
    Three of the locomotives derailed along with four cars carrying canola oil. One of the locomotives leaked diesel fuel from the collision, but not canola oil was sp
  • Syrian folktale comes to Saskatoon’s Theatre in the Park

    Sounds of Syrian culture will soon be heard around Saskatoon.
    A joint effort between Sum Theatre and Syrian immigrant Rana Mustafa brings folktale, “The Woodcutter and the Lion,” to Theatre in the Park this summer.
    "When we try to interpret that story, we need to give the real feeling of Syrian culture," Mustafa said.
    "We hear about Syria related to the war and the people who die every day, the horrible situation there. While for this play, we try to show how it's beautiful &nda
  • Canada announces new astronauts: Sask. pilot cut

    For the last year, Bruno raised Jason Leuschen went through intense training and screening for a chance to become one of Canada's next astronauts.
    On Canada Day we learned he didn't make the cut.
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the winners, Jen Sidey and Josh Kutryk both from Alberta, during Canada 150 celebrations at Parliament Hill.
    Leuschen told 650 CKOM Monday it's tough to adapt to the news, but he has a good support system.
    "I got a lot of support from friends back home and family
  • Police investigating after woman trapped in portable toilet

    Saskatoon Police are trying to find who tipped over a portable toilet in Diefenbaker Park.
    A 57-year-old woman was trapped in the washroom on Canada Day after someone knocked it on its door. 
    The woman was freed by passers by and required medical care after the incident. 
    Anyone with information is asked to call Saskatoon Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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