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Amanda Totchek 'surprised' by arrest warrant over white-powder packages, plans to turn self in: Lawyer

Dave Deibert, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Amanda Totchek, aka Alexa Emerson, in connection with suspicious package deliveries in Saskatoon. (HO)

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Amanda Totchek, aka Alexa Emerson, in connection with suspicious package deliveries in Saskatoon. (HO)

SASKATOON — The woman wanted on a Canada-wide warrant in connection with the delivery of several suspicious packages containing white powder is arranging to turn herself in to Saskatoon police this weekend, her lawyer said.

A warrant was issued Friday for Amanda May Totchek, also known as Alexa Amanda May Emerson, after packages were sent in recent weeks to local businesses, the Saskatoon Cancer Centre and Buena Vista school. Two additional incidents this week involving packages sent to local businesses remain under investigation, police said.

Defence lawyer Brian Pfefferle said he called Totcheck Friday afternoon to advise her immediately after learning of the arrest warrant.

“She was surprised by it,” Pfefferle said. “As a result, she will be arranging to return to Saskatoon to turn herself in.”

Totchek is set to stand trial in May on charges, dating back to November, of public mischief and uttering threats to cause bodily harm. She is accused of sending packages containing white powder to five Saskatoon businesses on Nov. 29, 2016, while she was in custody on separate criminal harassment charges.

Saskatoon’s hazardous materials unit, along with fire, police and emergency crews have responded in recent weeks to eight reports of suspicious packages containing white powder. The warrant has been issued in connection with incidents at the KPMG office building, Buena Vista school, the Airline Hotels and Resorts office, the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, Saskatoon Square and the law office on 21st St. E. of Pfefferle.

A pair of white-powder incidents on Thursday, at Saskatoon Square and Saskatoon Inn and Suites, are still under investigation, according to police.

Police confirmed last month that investigators were looking into whether the delivery of powder-filled packages was connected to the similar incident last November involving five businesses, two of which were targeted in recent weeks.

In each instance, the white powder was declared non-hazardous. Each response, on average, cost the Saskatoon department about $15,000 in resources.

— With files from Alex MacPherson, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix