Many people in southeastern Saskatchewan were captivated by some of the bigger law-enforcement stories over the past month.
Police forces in the Estevan area and beyond dealt with a variety of situations; some with tragic endings, and others with more-favourable resolutions.
Here are five of the top police stories that readers in the southeast turned to in August.
A 27-year-old Estevan man surrendered to police on August 5 after a standoff in the central part of the city.
The Weyburn and Estevan Joint Tactical Support Team were called to a residence around 10:30 a.m. along with crisis negotiators and extra patrol members. The man was brought to a police car in handcuffs and taken to the police station shortly after noon.
Children rescued from Sturgis campground after Saskatchewan amber alert
Saskatchewan RCMP issued an amber alert on August 8 for two children believed to be with their mother and a man with a history of sexual offences against children.
Eventually the alert was extended into South Dakota, and by Wednesday morning the children had been located safe and the adults were brought into custody.
Highway 47 crash leaves one driver dead, another injured
One person died following a head-on collision on Highway 47, just south of the Highway 18 turnoff.
That person had been airlifted to Regina by STARS, but succumbed to injuries from the crash.
The other driver was brought to hospital.
Both drivers were the lone occupants of their vehicles. The Estevan Police Service said alcohol was likely involved.
Western Canada crime spree hits Saskatchewan
Video surveillance yielded images of suspects believed to be behind a crime spree spanning much of Saskatchewan.
Vehicle thefts in Kipling and Yorkton, along with flight from police in Yorkton made up the offences in southeastern Saskatchewan.
The alleged crimes also included vehicle thefts in Regina, Tyner and Bethune, flight from police in Whitewood, Foam Lake, Belle Plain, and Swift Current, fuel thefts, and use of a stolen credit card.
Traffic stop leads to firearms charges near Midale
An erratic driver was pulled over near Midale, which led the Estevan RCMP to discover firearms.
A citizen called in a report of the erratic driver. A man was arrested with warrants from the Weyburn RCMP.