Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in the Prairies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in the Prairies

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What's making news in the Prairies

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FAMILY RELIEVED ACCUSED KILLER FOUND UNFIT TO STAND TRIAL

Those close to an 85-year-old Alberta man accused of murdering his wife of 56 years say they are relieved that he's been deemed unfit to stand trial.

They say Siegfried van Zuiden has long suffered from dementia and they want to know where he'll spend the rest of his life and what kind of care he'll receive.

The senior was charged with second-degree murder in October after police responding to his 911 call found his 80-year-old wife Audrey dead in their Calgary home.

The case is due back in court on Dec. 13 but Vince Walker, the van Zuidens' godson, says he'd like to see the Crown drop the charge.

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RAIL CARS CARRYING POTASH DERAILS IN SASKATCHEWAN, NO INJURIES, NO SAFETY CONCERNS

A train carrying potash has come off the rails in Saskatchewan near Craven.

A spokesman with Canadian Pacific Rail confirms a freight train carrying potash derailed Friday morning near the rural municipality of Longlaketon.

CPR says 26 cars came off the track.

There were no injuries to the crew and there are no public safety concerns. (CJME)

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ANOTHER DELAY IN CASE OF MAN ACCUSED IN VIOLENT SEX ASSAULT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA

There's been another adjournment in the case of a southern Alberta man accused in the violent sexual assault of a young Lethbridge woman.

Twenty-year-old Denzel Bird is charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault, stemming from the Sept. 30 incident in which the 25-year-old victim was allegedly attacked while walking to work.

An agent appearing on behalf of Bird's lawyer told the court they still need more time to review disclosure.

Bird remains in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre and will be back in court Dec. 20.

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MISSING HIKER FOUND WITH MILD HYPOTHERMIA

Mounties say an overdue hiker has been found in eastern Manitoba, with a mild case of hypothermia.

The 33-year-old Winnipeg woman did not return yesterday as expected from a hike to Mantario Lake in the Whiteshell area, where she had planned to camp overnight.

R-C-M-P say the woman is an experienced hiker and was well prepared for the elements with food and shelter. …

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