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The co-founder of a Regina community group says regular weekend foot patrols have made a difference in the North Central neighbourhood.

Since June, White Pony Lodge co-founder Shawna Oochoo has led over 90 volunteers on patrols on Friday and Saturday nights.

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“I think it’s about rebuilding our community’s pride,” she said.

On Friday night, a Global News crew followed a group of seven volunteers as they patrolled a route covering 5th Avenue, Angus Street and Rae Street in the heart of North Central.

The evening started with a briefing from Oochoo on safety and procedures, followed by an optional smudge ceremony to bless the patrol.

The volunteers then geared up —; armed with bright vests, walkie-talkies, plus tongs and buckets for disposing of hazardous materials.

Once on patrol, the group splits into two crews to cover both sides of the street. Immediately, team leaders on both sides called the patrol to a stop to collect syringes and other paraphernalia that was littering the sidewalks and adjacent lawns.

“A lot of needles and stuff like that. Paraphernalia, weapons, that’s kind of usually what our findings are on a patrol,” Oochoo said.

In late August, the patrol drew attention to an abandoned building on Angus Street where they found “needles all over the place”.

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Upon returning to that property, the group was pleased to find less dangerous material than before.

On top of clearing the streets of potentially dangerous materials, Oochoo believes the weekend patrols are building positive relationships within the community.

Jan Morier is a North Central resident who regularly participates in the patrols. Just months ago, she admitted she was afraid to leave the house at night.

Since volunteering with the group, Morier said she has seen a new side of the neighbourhood.

“It has taken a very short time to build up the confidence in this movement and to feel good about walking beside your neighbours in taking back our streets,” Morier said.

Late into the Friday night patrol, a resident named Lloyd called the volunteers over to his property, asking for help to clear the neighbouring property of syringes and other paraphernalia. Oochoo and her crew happily obliged.

“It’s a good thing these guys come along and they pick [the syringes] up and it’s dealt with,” Lloyd said.

Global's Blake Lough joined seven volunteers on a Friday night North Central patrol.

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After sweeping an empty lot for needles and weapons, volunteers said it was a quiet patrol for a Friday night. The group succeeded in disposing dozens of syringes and had safely collected a small weapon.

But volunteers also succeeded in meeting a handful of new, curious residents —; people who, like Oochoo, want to keep their community safe.

“When we’re out on patrol, we’re not just patrolling the streets. We’re engaging the community, we’re building rapport, we’re building relationships, [and] we’re helping repair relationships too,” Oochoo said.

“There are a lot of labels and a lot of ideas about what North Central is. But when you’re actually here, it’s a completely different story.”

Security surrounding Donald Trump’s election night headquarters in New York City is already high.

NYPD swat team members surround the Midtown Manhattan hotel that will house Trump’s “victory party” Tuesday night, as his campaign calls it.

Both Al Qaeda and ISIS have threatened attacks on election night, prompting the NYPD to be out in full force.

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NYPD vehicles line the streets in preparation for election night.

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This is the first time in 70 years both presidential candidates have been in New York City on election night, and that has elevated terror threat levels.

Both Al Qaeda and ISIS have threatened attacks on election night.

The NYPD has responded with an increased presence. Five thousand officers will be deployed throughout the city which, according to police, is comparable to New Year’s Eve.

Five thousand NYPD officers will be deployed throughout the city which, according to police, is comparable to New Year’s Eve.

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The NYPD has also tripled the capacity of their counterterrorist unit.

Both Trump and Hillary Clinton’s venues will be closed to outside traffic starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. The blocks surrounding Trump Tower in Manhattan will also be closed to traffic whenever Trump is in the building Tuesday.

The Trump venue for election night is small. I mean, really small. It feels smaller than where I was for the Canadian election, at Stephen Harper’s event in Calgary.

Donald Trump’s election night venue being set up.

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When we visited the site, there were a number of American flags being put up and Fox News was playing on the big screens.

While security is intense outside the hotel, it’s so far been pretty minimal inside. We’ve been told that will likely change tomorrow.

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It was a special ceremony to remember Saskatchewan’s fallen heroes as members of the military joined ranks with a local student troop.

Students from St. Margaret’s school came together with members of 15 Wing, and the Moose Jaw Legion, to place a poppy at each headstone at Rosedale cemetery in Moose Jaw, Sask.

A member of the Moose Jaw Legion carries the Canadian Flag.

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Canadian Flag at half-mast at No Stone Left Alone Remembrance Day ceremony.

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Students join members of 15 Wing in No Stone Left Alone campaign.

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Students join members of 15 Wing in No Stone Left Alone campaign.

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A poppy lays at a headstone in Rosedale Cemetery in Moose Jaw, Sask.

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A member of 15 Wing walks past the Rosedale Cemetery in Moose Jaw, Sask.

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Students join members of 15 Wing in No Stone Left Alone campaign.

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Students lay a poppy for fallen Canadian military.

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Students lay a poppy for fallen Canadian military.

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The decoration is part of a Canada-wide tradition, with 25 cities taking part in the coast-to-coast campaign. On Monday, Moose Jaw marked the first Saskatchewan city to participate.

READ MORE: No Stone Left Alone honours fallen Canadian Military

According to 15 Wing Commander Colonel Denis O’Reilly, the movement enables students to connect more with Canada’s history.

“I think it’s a more personal touch. It also allows us to connect that educational piece,” O’Reilly said.

“They’ll probably celebrate with their families on the day that everyone’s off work but this is nice because we can bring it into the classroom,” he said.

It’s a history lesson that goes beyond the classroom. The movement started five years ago in Edmonton, and today acts as a present reminder of past sacrifices.

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“I hope the younger ones will come up and do as good of a job as they did in the past and keep this country as it has been,” veteran Alex Cameron said.

Grade 7 student Rhys Turcott said his great-uncle fought in the second world war. He said it gives him that personal connection —; to help him better understand what many have sacrificed.

“This year, I keep on thinking about Remembrance Day and just thinking about all these families,” Turcott said.

“Remembering everybody who helped us and fought for our freedom and helped other countries. And some even lost their lives, which is kind of crazy,” he said.

Another student, Danamay Maneso echoed those thoughts. She said she hopes the ceremony can help people of her generation learn more about the history of Remembrance Day.

“This ceremony means remembering all the people that helped or saved our country… and bring their stories to our generation and generations to come,” Maneso said.

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WOODRUFF, S.C. – Investigators discovered a third body on the property of a South Carolina man who is now linked to seven deaths and the kidnapping of a woman who was found chained inside a storage container, authorities said Monday.

Todd Kohlhepp, 45, became a suspect after the woman was found Thursday chained by her neck and ankle in a metal storage container on his 95-acre property near rural Woodruff.

The body of her boyfriend was found a day later. The couple had been missing for about two months.

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The other remains were found near one another Sunday and Monday, and authorities are not sure who they are. Investigators were expected back at the property on Tuesday, but Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said he didn’t think there were any more bodies.

“As the coroner, that’s all I have been advised of. That was the total number of bodies I was told was on the property. If I am told there are more, I will be back,” he said.

Following Kohlhepp’s arrest, he confessed to a 2003 quadruple slaying at a motorcycle shop in the small town of Chesnee, said Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright. He was denied bond Sunday on four murder charges for gunning down the motorcycle shop’s owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper.

Wright has said Kohlhepp gave details only the killer would know. His confession came a day before the 13th anniversary of the crime, which many feared would never be solved.

READ MORE: Body discovered on property where woman found chained up ‘like a dog’

Before his confession, authorities granted him three requests, WSPA-TV reported (). One was to transfer money to a girl Kohlhepp says he’s helping raise, to help pay for college. The second was to give his mother a photograph, and the third was to let him talk to his mother.

Kohlhepp is charged with kidnapping the woman, and more criminal counts are expected. He has chosen to represent himself and not hire an attorney, Wright told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Wright, who was first elected about a year after the Superbike Motorsports killings, is now investigating what appears to be a crime spree stretching over more than a decade.

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As a teen, Kohlhepp was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Arizona for binding and raping a 14-year-old neighbour at gunpoint. Released in 2001, he managed to obtain a real estate license in South Carolina in 2006. The search for human remains has now expanded to other properties he owns or used to own, including places outside of South Carolina, Wright said Sunday. He declined to elaborate.

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Kohlhepp showed investigators Saturday where he says he buried two other victims on the property he bought two years ago.

“We’re not even close” to identifying the remains or cause of death, Wright said. “We can’t tell anything.”

Kohlhepp did not tell investigators who was buried there. Removing the remains to “preserve every bit of evidence” is a meticulous, time-consuming process, the coroner said.

The gravesites Kohlhepp pointed to are in addition to the body found Friday in a shallow grave at the site. Authorities identified that victim as the boyfriend of the woman found Thursday. Clevenger said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The Associated Press is not naming the woman because the suspect is a sex offender, though authorities have not said whether she was sexually assaulted.

It’s weather that was desperately needed back in October to harvest the crop but farmers in the province say they’ll take it either way.

A warm spell across parts of Saskatchewan over the weekend shattered records dating back nearly seven decades, bringing renewed hope for some farmers who may get their crop off after all so long as the sun continues to shine.

“Right at the start of October we finished last year,” Saskatoon area farmer Mark Thompson said.

“We were kind of on pace to be there this year too, had a few combine issues things kind of set us back then the snow came and we didn’t move a tire for three weeks.”

READ MORE: Record breaking heat hits Saskatchewan, but how long will it last?

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    Thompson said he and his crew still have five per cent to go after managing to get thousands of dollars in standing quinoa in the bin.

    “It wasn’t pretty want came but you go further north – there’s a lot of people that got a lot more snow and it’s been ugly.”

    So little has happened in the fields since the last crop report was issued on Oct. 24 by the province that officials say no new data has been collected.

    At that time, 82 per cent of the 2016 crop had been combined. The five-year average (2011-15) for this time of year is 99 per cent combined.

    “The furthest behind was the west-central region at only 73 per cent of the crop combined,” Shannon Friesen, acting cropping management specialist for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, said.

    “Typically, in that west-central region they’re one of the first to be done but this year they’re certainly on the lower end.”

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    “It’s not the first time people have combined in November by any means but it’s really wet out there,” Thompson said.

    “We’re fighting, we’re playing in the mud, we’re putting dirt through the combines and it’s slow going.”

    While Thompson still isn’t sure about the quality of the crop, he and his crew are happy they didn’t have to resort to Plan B or Plan C – next spring.

    “This is definitely good news for the farmers they’ve been wanting a really long warm dry spell and that’s what we’re getting now,” Global Saskatoon Meteorologist Peter Quinlan said.

    “It started over the weekend and it’s going to continue right until early next week, it’s looking like not until the middle of November that we’re going to see a major shift in our pattern.”

    The problem, according to Friesen, is October set some farmers back not just days but in some cases a month-and-a-half.

    “There are still some people who are in a lot worse shape and we may be sending our combines to help them after we’re done,” Thompson said.

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