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Woman pleads guilty in Saskatoon to making bomb threats, mailing white powder


SASKATOON – A woman who sent white powder packages and issued bomb threats to schools and businesses in Saskatoon has pleaded guilty.

Alexa Emerson, formerly known as Amanda Totchek, faced 83 criminal charges related to the string of deliveries and threats between November 2016 and April 2017. Emerson sent white powder to four businesses in 2016.

She was arrested a day later, released on bail and ordered to live with family in Alberta.

The deliveries continued, including one to her then-lawyer Brian Pfefferle.

Bomb threats were made to several schools and the University of Saskatchewan Cancer Centre.

She surrendered to police after a Canada-wide warrant was put out for her arrest in early April.

Crown prosecutors claim the emergency response and lost business due to evacuations and investigations cost in excess of $200,000.

Emerson changed her name from Amanda Totchek after previously pleading guilty to a harassment campaign against an ex-boyfriend.

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