By Chris Carr paNOW Staff

Fire investigators are trying to identify a man who was found dead in a house that burned down in Hanley.

The local fire department said the call came in at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

It only took crews about 10 minutes for crews to arrive, but the house was fully involved by the time they got there.

"It was an older house. It had a couple of additions on it, and now basically, it's a total loss," Hanley Fire Chief Darren Grindheim said.

Saskatoon house fire caused by lightning, homeowner says
By Bre McAdam paNOW Staff

The man who owns a million-dollar home that went up in flames in the Cathedral Bluffs development north of Saskatoon believes the house was struck by lightning in the middle of the night, according to the Saskatoon Fire Department.

Battalion Chief David Nahachewsky said the homeowner actually lives across the street from the empty home in Corman Park, which he had been trying to sell.

Saskatoon councillor eyes seat in federal politics
By François Biber paNOW Staff

Saskatoon city councillor Randy Donauer hopes to make the jump from city hall to parliament hill next year.

The Ward 5 councillor was officially named the Conservative candidate for Saskatoon-West riding for next year’s federal election. Next year's election will be the first federal election with the new boundary lines drawn.

Rain forecast spurs Lakeland water level warning
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Residents around Emma and Christopher Lakes are no strangers to high water levels this year, but they’re now record-breaking.

Emma Lake is currently half a metre above its normal summer operating range and Christopher Lake is a third of a metre higher. These are both record high water levels.

Emma Lake drains into Christopher, and the Water Security Agency (WSA) has been releasing water into Spruce River at full capacity for the past few weeks.

Saskatoon ranks second in Canada for severe crimes
By Francois Biber paNOW Staff

Saskatoon ranked second when it comes to having the most severe crimes last year.

“We don’t want to be number two, we don’t want to be number 10, we’re trying to bring crime down as much as we can and it’s on our shoulders naturally to work on these issues,” Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill said. “We’re down about 47 per cent in the last decade so we’re making real progress, there’s a lot more work to do yet but we’re on the right track.”

Sask. athletes compete at Commonwealth Games
By Megan Lacelle paNOW Staff

The 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games kicked off Wednesday in Scotland, with more than 6,000 athletes representing 71 different areas.

Saskatoon's Anderson Loran is part of the 250-person Canadian team. This is the 23-year-old gymnast's second appearance at the Games. His mom April said a good performance here could help qualify him for the upcoming summer Olympics.

"The Olympics are coming up, 2016, he'd probably be in line if he sticks with it."

By James Bowler paNOW Staff

Are you a millionaire?

Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) is saying that someone in Saskatchewan potentially could be, that is if they turn in their winning ticket on time.

The WCLC announced today that a Lotto Max ticket that was purchased somewhere in Saskatchewan on Dec 20, 2013 is a $1 million winner.

Although officials have ruled out Saskatoon and Regina as the cities that it could have possibly been sold in.

Saskatoon clown to train with Patch Adams in Peru
By Kelly Malone paNOW Staff

The clowning calling is more than red noses, baggy pants, and being under the big top for Alyssa Billingsley.

After clowning around Canada for two years, the Saskatoon-born clown has joined forces with Canadian chapter of Clowns without Borders called Clowns Sans Frontières.

"This will be my first humanitarian clown trip," Billingley explained.

Regina has highest crime severity index ranking in Canada
paNOW Staff

Once again, Saskatchewan has the dubious distinction of having the highest Crime Severity Index (CSI) ranking, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent report.

The CSI measures the volume and severity of crime based on average prison sentences handed down for convictions.

Regina tops the CSI list ranking Canadian cities and Saskatoon is at a close second, for the most reported crime.

The silver lining could be that Regina’s CSI dropped seven per cent.

Worker in hospital after electrical shock at Cory mine
By Kelly Malone paNOW Staff

A man was sent to hospital after suffering an electrical shock while working at the PotashCorp Cory mine.

The 35-year-old man was working underground at the mine, located southwest of Saskatoon, Tuesday morning when he was electrocuted at around 9:30 a.m.

The man was transported to hospital and PotashCorp public relations director Bill Johnson said indications show that the injuries are not life threatening.

Culture and sport celebrated at NAIG
By Brady Knight paNOW Staff

It's a unique combination of culture and sport.

The North American Indigenous Games are in full swing, including the cultural village at First Nations University. More than a dozen teepees dot the lawn, with hundreds of people milling about, taking in all there is to offer.

STARS beefs up fleet, opens new hangar
By François Biber paNOW Staff

STARS Air Ambulance in Saskatoon added a bigger, faster, state-of-the-art helicopter that will fly longer and rescue more people from disaster.

“We can go to places like Nipawin, Lloydminster and Kindersley; we can get from here to those facilities and back without refueling so that’s a big game-changer for us,” Barry Tolmie, who spent 23 years as a search and rescue pilot with the Canadian military, said.

Tim Bozon to return to the ice after battle with meningitis
By Kurtis Doering paNOW Staff

A Western Hockey League (WHL) player who spent four weeks in a Saskatoon hospital with a rare form of meningitis will return to competition this month.

Tim Bozon, 20, had to be rushed to Royal University Hospital after his Kootenay Ice beat the Saskatoon Blades on March 1. He spent part of his stay in a medically-induced coma to reduce the swelling around his brain while an outpouring of support came in from the WHL, its players, and its fans.

Child honouring late toddler with bike ride
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

The tragic death of a family friend left a Nipawin child looking for a way to help.

Hayden Miller, 10, wanted to raise money through cycling when he found out about the death of 13-month-old Will Rattray from Regina. His mother, Tammy, is good friends with Rattray’s mother.

“I just wanted to do that because it’s something really thoughtful and respectful to a lot of people who had died because of what happened. And he was really little too,” Hayden said.

paNOW Staff

The body of a 32-year-old Southend man who apparently fell off of his boat into Reindeer Lake has been found.

According to the RCMP, his body was found on Tuesday afternoon, about 15 kilometres northeast of Southend.

The man had been missing since Sunday.

Volunteers from the community and the RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team took part in Tuesday’s search efforts. On Monday, volunteers from Grandmother’s Bay offered the use of an underwater camera.

Last day of filming for Corner Gas: The Movie
By Jill Smith paNOW Staff

It’s the last day of filming for Corner Gas: The Movie and people are flocking to Dog River to catch a last glimpse of their favourite characters.

“I drove all the way from Montreal and had to stop here. It’s the pilgrimage,” said Gary Katch.

Like many, Katch became a fan after the show finished airing. He was introduced to Corner Gas during a comedy marathon on TV.

“I fell in love with the show and I just thought it would be a nice pilgrimage to go see where they did it.”

Woman happy to see car pulled out of South Saskatchewan River
By Bryn Levy paNOW Staff

The woman whose car plunged into the South Saskatchewan river this winter after hitting snow piled up against the guardrail of the Circle North Bridge is putting the terrifying accident behind her.

Breanna Pegg was glad she got to see the car when it was hauled out of the river on Monday.

"I think it was just like, the final step of closure for me. Just seeing how wrecked [the car] was and I was still here. I have no idea. I was just giddy, pretty much," she said.

Sask. to eastern Ukraine; couple separated by civil war
By Adriana Christianson paNOW Staff

A Saskatchewan man who got married in the middle political chaos in Ukraine is still separated from his wife by an escalating civil war.

RCMP seek suspect in sexual assault of young girl
paNOW Staff

RCMP are asking for the public's help finding a man suspected of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Police first got a report on May 11 from a health-care worker that a female under the age of 16 had been sexually assaulted.

From there, an investigation by the RCMP's Wadena detachment led to charges against 48-year-old Vincent Alex Desjarlais of Kylemore, Sask.

He's accused of two counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual interference of a person under the age of 16, procuring miscarriage and assault.

19 year old from Swift Current swimming English Channel
paNOW Staff

A 19 year old from Swift Current is swimming across the English Channel on Tuesday to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada.

Meghan Chisholm swam competitively for years growing up and now she is a lifeguard, swimming instructor and helps coach the Swift Current Barracudas swim team.

In previous interviews, Chisholm said she has always had a goal to do a major long-distance swim. On her donation website she writes that teaming up with the JDRF gave her the extra motivation to train for a good cause.

Crooked Lake evacuation order lifted
paNOW Staff

Campers will be able to head back to Crooked Lake Provincial Park as soon as Wednesday, as the evacuation order that had been set during the flooding has been lifted.

Seasonal campers will be able to go back to the park on Wednesday. Nightly camping for people with reservations and walk-ups will start back up on Friday.

But the water is still too high, so the boat launch will be out of use.

On Twitter: @princealbertnow

RCMP searching for missing boater near Southend
paNOW Staff

The RCMP is searching for a 32-year-old Southend man who went missing on Sunday after he apparently fell out of a boat on Reindeer Lake.

RCMP officers and a Ministry of the Environment officer responded to the initial report after 7:40 p.m. on Sunday.

Local volunteers, air and ground search rescuers joined the search for the man, which continued into Monday morning.

Volunteers from Grandmother’s Bay also offered the use of an underwater camera.

SGI pulls vehicle out of South Saskatchewan River
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

SGI, along with a towing company and a dive team, recovered the car that went over the Circle Drive North Bridge into the South Saskatchewan last December.

The silver Acura was hoisted up to warm and sunny bridge deck Monday afternoon, a stark contrast to the -24C December day it went in.

SGI communications supervisor Jennifer Leflar said weather and availability pushed back the recovery date.

Vigil at international AIDS conference
By Angela Hill paNOW Staff

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -- Candles lit up a Melbourne city square Tuesday night, for an emotional AIDS vigil at the 20th International AIDS Conference.

Every two years, held in conjunction with the conference, the vigil happens to raise awareness and to remember the approximately 36 million people who have died of HIV and related illnesses since the first cases of the virus were discovered.

Yukon murder suspect may be heading to Saskatchewan
By Andrew Shepherd paNOW Staff

A murder suspect on the run for a week in the Yukon territory might be heading to Saskatchewan.

RCMP in Whitehorse say Michael Macpherson, 32, is wanted for second-degree murder and is considered armed and dangerous.

He has connections in Saskatchewan and British Columbia and according to police, he could be heading to one of those provinces.

Macpherson is also known to use the name Michael Pound or Michael Proud and has a tattoo of a hummingbird on his right forearm.