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With the recent warm weather in the South Slave, the red-sided garter snakes of Wood Buffalo National Park have begun slithering out of their hibernaculum, a sure-fire sign that spring has arrived. This nest of snakes is believed to be the most northern-living group of reptiles in the hemisphere. Soon they will start to pile into mating balls, creating a new generation of neonates.Photo: Dali Carmichael.

Briefs include: NWT senator draws attention as red chamber's top spender, man charged with murder, attempted murder in Sunridge Place incident, and Fort Good Hope man faces charges for sword handling.

NWT senator draws attention as red chamber’s top spender

Eyes across the country have been watching the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy play out in the courts, but for a brief moment, those eyes were trained North when a list of the senate’s biggest spenders was revealed. Duffy’s lawyer Don Bayne submitted a list of senator’s expenses and at the very top was NWT Sen. Nick Sibbeston with $988,114 in total expenses between 2009 and 2012. By comparison, Duffy sits at 23rd on the list with expenses totaling $711,114.

Man charged with murder, attempted murder in Sunridge Place incident

Yellowknife RCMP have arrested and charged one male in connection to a murder and assault that took place last December. The Northwest Territories RCMP major crimes unit apprehended Denecho Noel King, 22, on May 1. He faces charges for the murder of John Wifladt and the attempted murder of Colin Digness, which took place at the Sunridge Place apartments in Yellowknife. King was held in custody after the arrest.

Fort Good Hope man faces charges for sword handling 

A male from Fort Good Hope is facing multiple charges after attacking a victim with a sword early in the morning of Apr. 25. Troy Lennie, 32, has been charged with assault, assault with a weapon, three counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon. He has also been charged under the NWT Liquor Act with possessing liquor at an unlawful place. Lennie faced his first court appearance on Apr. 29.

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