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Iqaluit man charged with kidnapping

RCMP received a complaint last Wednesday, April 10, that a man was taken from his Iqaluit residence by another man, then held against his will. RCMP state they arrested an Iqaluit man. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. Gabriel Choquette, 23, was charged with kidnapping with a firearm, as well as...

EDITORIAL: Info train dead on the tracks

When it comes to access to information legislation it would appear the RCMP has a punctuality problem. Parliament passed the Access to Information Act in 1983 to give reporters, academics and everyday citizens the right to obtain documents from federal agencies in a timely manner. Provinces and territories, including the Northwest Territories in 1994, followed...

Police take 30 months to process information request

The federal government touts that there are methods of transparency for getting access to information in Canada, but apparent backlogs have slowed the ATIPP process at the RCMP to a near halt. Yellowknifer is seeing this issue firsthand. In August 2016 Shane Magee, a now former reporter with Yellowknifer, was hoping to obtain management review...

RCMP in active search and rescue

Yellowknife RCMP have initiated a search and rescue operation for one or more people in the Mackay Lake area. Helicopters have been deployed and a group of travellers have been located. RCMP and are currently in...

UPDATED: RCMP found missing teen

The missing teen has located been located. The RCMP thank the public for their assistance. The RCMP were seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old female who went missing in the downtown Yellowknife area of 51 Ave and 52nd Street. She was found one day after the initial search began.
Inspector Alex LaPorte delivered a list of crime statistics to council from the month of January. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

RCMP provide crime stats for Jan. 2019

Inspector Alex LaPorte came before city council on Feb. 18 to deliver crime stats for the month of January. According to the statistic, thefts are up in Yellowknife from this time last year. Motor vehicle theft is up to 11 instances from two in Jan. 2018. Theft under $5,000 has almost doubled at 47 instances...

Police accuse driver of deliberately ramming truck into police vehicles

On Monday, RCMP turned to  Yellowknife residents to help find 38-year-old Gary Taylor, who was wanted on multiple arrest warrants. Thanks to a tip from the public, Mounties found Taylor on Wednesday afternoon, along with other passengers inside a blue pick-up truck outside an apartment building on School Draw Ave. Taylor then tried to “evade...

Updated: RCMP respond to weekend incident in Yellowknife

The RCMP G Division responded to an ‘incident’ leaving one person needing medical attention over the weekend.  In a news release RCMP stated they received a call at 8:40 am on Saturday Dec. 22 in the Gitzel area. A male in his 30’s was transported to the hospital shortly after. “RCMP contained a perimeter around...
Headshot of Black provided by RCMP

RCMP asks for help locating Yellowknife Woman

Yellowknife RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Tina Black. Black, 39, is described as 5’4”, 180 lbs, medium build, long black hair with bangs and brown eyes. She was last seen in the area around Forrest Drive and 51a Avenue. “RCMP received a call at approximately 12:33 Thursday afternoon stating no one...

Desire-Tesar, two others, arrested in connection to gun thefts

Beau Desire-Tesar was placed into custody in Westlock, Alta. and transported back to Yellowknife, stated an RCMP news release issued Thursday morning. A warrant for the arrest of Desire-Tesar was issued following the theft of firearms and jewellery at a Rivett Crescent home over the Thanksgiving weekend. Earlier this week RCMP said their search for...
Guns and drugs were seized in a traffic stop in Fort Providence last weekend. Photo courtesy of RCMP G division

Gun, drugs and money seized in Fort Providence

Police have charged two men from Edmonton, Alta.  with multiple drug and weapon charges after a traffic stop and search warrant were conducted in Fort Providence. Cassiuis Paradis, 30, and a male youth who cannot be named due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act were arrested on October 20 after Fort Providence RCMP performed a...

RCMP to use drones in 2010 cold case

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced that they will be conducting UAV flights this Friday to assist in a disappearance case from 2010. In a news release issued Thursday, the RCMP stated the  UAV flights, better known as drones, will be used to assist in the 2010 disappearance case of Angela Meyer. The flights...

Beer, credit card reader stolen from Inuvik golf course

In its second break-in of the summer, 150 bottles of beer and a Square credit card reader were allegedly stolen from the Road’s End Golf Course sometime between the evenings of September 2 and September 4. According to a media release from the RCMP, shortly after 7 p.m. on September 4, Inuvik RCMP received a...

New top Mountie could bring real change

Brenda Lucki said all the right things while being sworn in as the first female commissioner of the RCMP in history this past Thursday, Sept. 6, at Regina, Sask.’s, F Division. Lucki comes aboard during one of the darker periods in the RCMP’s fabled history, with public distrust in the force at an all-time high,...

Safety first at Inuvik bike rodeo

East Three Elementary School students learned the importance of wearing a helmet while riding a bike last week – and received a new helmet for free if they didn’t have one. The three-day bike rodeo, organized by municipal enforcement constables TJ Moore and Matt Hogan and RCMP Const. Stephanie Leduc, took place May 30 to June...

Mini Mountie program connects Inuvik youth and RCMP

RCMP Const. Stephanie Leduc introduced her Mini Mountie program at East Three Elementary School in September 2017 and it is set to launch in Aklavik in the fall. “The Mini Mountie program is something I developed myself in Drayton Valley, Alberta, to help get police and municipal enforcement involved in the schools,” said Leduc. “We’re...

Corner Store armed robbery suspect arrested

Inuvik RCMP arrested a suspect in relation to the alleged armed robbery of the Corner Store April 5. A youth faces a charge of robbery, according to RCMP news releases. The Youth Criminal Justice Act forbids the publication of the youth’s name. The alleged crime happened at approximately 10:40 p.m. on April 3, when Inuvik...

Town council meeting discusses pride parade, RCMP report

RCMP reports impaired driving and domestic violence charges, increased youth involvement Staff Sgt. Dustin Ward of the Inuvik RCMP Detachment presented the monthly mayor’s/chief’s policing report for December 2017. The report states the RCMP responded to nine impaired driving incidents in Inuvik in December, three of which resulted in arrests and impaired driving charges in...

RCMP spread awareness about impaired driving during Candy Cane Checkstop

The RCMP stopped about 50 vehicles and gave each a pamphlet with facts about impaired driving and a candy cane, during its second Candy Cane Checkstop of the month. The Candy Cane Checkstop is a joint initiative between the Yellowknife RCMP and Ecole St. Patrick’s Students Against Drunk Driving. It is meant to spread awareness...

RCMP investigating suspicious death near Hay River

Police are investigating a suspicious sudden death Hay River, in the area close to Sandy Creek and a road known as the Wilderness Lodge Road on the K’atlodeeche First Nation. RCMP on Thursday responded to a report of a vehicle on the side of the road to Sandy Creek. Upon arrival, they found a deceased...

(UPDATE) Missing woman in Inuvik located

Inuvik RCMP have located 29-year-old Patricia Gordon, who was reported as missing to the police on November 25, 2017. The RCMP thank the public for the assistance.

Sharpe foils suspected dope dealer

Vince Sharpe’s curiosity and sense of duty helped foil a presumed drug dealer in town. The town councillor had been at the Nova Inn Monday, Nov. 6, after his polar bear skin had been stolen during the night. He was also doing some work in the building to help set it up for a new...

Reporter witnesses drug sting at hotel

The Inuvik Drum had a ringside seat to a dramatic scene Nov. 6 as an apparent undercover drug investigation unfolded at the Nova Inn. Two criminal events appeared to take place in one day but it wasn’t clear at press time if they were related. Around 1 a.m., a hotel guest asked the one Nova...

Fort Liard votes for chief and council Monday amid much controversy

ACHO DENE KOE/FORT LIARD – Acho Dene Koe First Nation members head to the polls May 15 to select a chief and council, capping a contentious election. Gene Hope, Cathy Kotchea, Frank Kotchea Sr. and Herbie Berreault were running for chief while 16 were running for five council seats. Among the council candidates was Harry Deneron,...