Fights, injuries, trigger lockdown, investigations, at Saskatoon jail

SASKATOON — A lockdown is in place at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre after four inmates were injured in separate fights earlier this week.

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing says the injuries occurred Monday during a fight in the prison yard and another encounter in one of the prison's units.

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All four inmates needed treatment for their injuries.

Saskatoon police are investigating while the ministry is doing its own review.

The violence follows a stabbing at the same jail last Thursday which seriously injured an 18-year-old inmate being held on remand.

The prisoner, Brent Checkosis, is one of eight people charged in the death of Tiki Laverdiere, the Edmonton woman whose body was found near North Battleford, Sask., in July after she attended a funeral in that city in April.

Checkosis, along with Jesse Sangster and Mavis Takakenew, are charged with accessory after the fact to murder in Laverdiere's death.

Nikita Cook, Shayla Orthner, Danita Thomas, Soaring Eagle Whitstone and Nicole Cook are charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Two correctional centre inmates accused of stabbing Checkosis with a homemade knife appeared in court Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. (CKOM, CJWW, CTV Saskatoon)

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