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The RCMP launch their PV Mackenzie, a 2002 Zodiac Hurricane 920, in Hay River on July 7 as part of Operation Gateway. The annual maritime patrol of the Mackenzie River, delta and coastal waters of the Beaufort Sea, is scheduled to last 17 days, concluding in Tuktoyaktuk. The sovereignty, community engagement and training exercise is running concurrently with Canadian Armed Forces Operation Nunakput. As of Monday evening, the PV Mackenzie had reached Tsiigehtchic and is set to leave for Inuvik July 16.Photo: courtesy of RCMP.

Briefs include: police arrest man in connection with indecent act in Yellowknife, man accidentally shoots child while trying to scare bear away, and Fort Smith man sentence to federal prison for 2013 stabbing.

Police arrest man in connection with indecent act in Yellowknife

Yellowknife RCMP have arrested a man in connection with an indecent act committed on the McMahon Frame Lake Trail on July 2. Mitchell Thomas Modeste, 26, was arrested on July 7 following an investigation into an intoxicated male exposing his genitals to a passing cyclist. Modeste was identified using video surveillance and has been charged with committing an indecent act and failing to comply with a probation order. His first appearance in court took place on July 10, 2015, after he was remanded to custody.

Man accidentally shoots child while trying to scare bear away

A man who unintentionally shot a youth in the arm with a handgun is facing multiple charges as a result of the accident, which took place on July 9. Philip Wolfe, 31, has been charged with careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and obstruction of a peace officer. The shots were allegedly meant to scare off a black bear near Little Buffalo Territorial Campground, but hit a child when the gun misfired. The youth was taken to hospital and is in stable condition.

Fort Smith man sentenced to federal prison for 2013 stabbing

A man from Fort Smith has been sentenced to just over two years in federal prison for aggravated assault charges. Lars Vogt faces 30 months in jail, less four and a half months remand for time already spent in holding. The charges stem from an August 2013 stabbing outside of The Landing, a bar in Fort Smith now under a new name and management.

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