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Canadian Armed Forces personnel battled it out with Fort Smith youth last week in a fun slo-pitch game while in town for sovereignty exercise Operation Nanook. Above, Jacob Steed looks to hit it out of the park while M.Cpl. Colin Dober of Newfoundland plays catcher.Photos: Paul Bannister

A sex offender breaks is arrested hours after being released, a patient is airlifted from Fort Providence to Yellowknife following a violent assault, and Randy Sibbeston announces his candidacy in Nahendeh.

‘Violent’ sex offender arrested in Yellowknife

Police arrested a convicted sexual offender living in Yellowknife last Friday, shortly after issuing a public safety warning. Jonah Keyuajuk, 44, was arrested in downtown Yellowknife in the early hours of Aug. 28 for breaching the conditions of his release. The RCMP said charges are pending. Police said Keyuajuk is considered to be a violent sexual predator who poses “a risk of significant harm to the public.” Police issued the warning after “careful deliberation of all related issues, including privacy concerns.” Keyuajuk has been convicted of aggravated sexual assault, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

Serious assault in Fort Providence

A man was medevac’d to Yellowknife with serious injuries after an assault in Fort Providence Aug. 24. According to the RCMP, officers responded to a report of a badly injured male laying on the ground outside a home. He was airlifted to Stanton Territorial Hospital. The RCMP forensic identification unit is assisting with the ongoing investigation, and you can too. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Fort Providence RCMP at 867-699-1111 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, nwtnutips.com, click on “submit a web tip” text: nwtnutips to 274637.

Sibbeston to run in Nahendeh

Randy Sibbeston of Fort Simpson announced on social media last week he’s entered the race to for MLA in Nahendeh, taking on incumbent regular member Kevin Menicoche. The two-term incumbent defeated Bertha Norwegian in 2011. “Wow, the race for Nahendeh is on,” Sibbeston posted on Facebook. “I’m throwing my name in the hat this year, along with a number of great contenders, I’m sure. May the best MLA win!” Broadcaster Dëneze Nakehk’o also announced his candidacy for the district last week. The deadline for nominations for the Nov. 19 election is Oct. 30.

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