Five individuals arrested on weapons charges back in court

The five individuals arrested following a pursuit this week for various firearms and other charges were back in North Battleford provincial court Thursday morning.

Charged are Riley Gopher, Dimitry Gopher, Kelly Muskwa, Justice Katcheech and Madison Dorion. They appeared in court Wednesday, but on Thursday the Crown withdrew the original informations and filed a new joint information covering all five individuals.

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According to the new information filed Thursday, the five are charged with occupying a motor vehicle knowing there was a prohibited weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon with readily accessible ammunition, and possession of a stolen firearm. In addition, Muskwa faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm while prohibited, while Riley Gopher also faces charges of assaulting a constable, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

The charges stem from Sept. 4 in North Battleford when   Battlefords RCMP, on patrol in the city of North Battleford, entered into pursuit with a stolen vehicle around 10:25 pm.

According to the news release from the RCMP, two firearms were seized: one that had been altered and another stolen from another community. Police say altered firearm ammunition, break and enter tools, and other items were also seized.

On Thursday morning the Crown consented to the release of Dorion, Katcheech and Dimitry Gopher, under the usual terms and conditions. All three are due to appear again in provincial court Sept. 20 at 11 am.

The Crown continues to oppose the release of Riley Gopher and Kelly Muskwa. Bail supervision reports have been ordered for both individuals, which will canvass the possibility of electronic monitoring. Both are remanded to appear again Sept. 20 by closed-circuit TV at 11 am for a bail hearing.

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