December 20, 2012 - 6:22amUpdated: December 20, 2012 - 12:42pm
Saskatoon police station. Jared Knoll/News Talk Radio
Clay Mazurkewich, a former Saskatoon mayoral candidate, is being released on conditions after police arrested him at a restaurant on Wednesday.
He appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court Thursday morning on a charge of a possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.
Officers were called to the Coachman restaurant and bar after a call came in about a man holding a firearm and showing another patron on Wednesday.
Staff Sergeant Steve Kaye said officers arrived on scene and confirmed the report.
"We received the initial call at around 2:35 p.m. Reports of a male with a firearm inside the coachman restaurant and our officers went to engage that individual and found that information to be accurate so he was arrested," said Kaye.
Police found that Mazurkewich had a black replica pellet handgun tucked into the front of his jacket. A similar gun was found in a holster he was wearing.
The Crown is agreeing to Mazurkewich's release but on the conditions he abstain from alcohol and bars. He cannot have contact with two people.
Mazurkewich told the courtroom he "only had a pint."
During his run to become mayor this fall, Mazurkewich said he was seeking pardons for an assault conviction stemming from what he calls a “messy” divorce nine years ago.
Court records show the inventory consultant was convicted of three counts of assault in connection to a 2003 domestic altercation.
“When you make a boo-boo, you feel bad about it and you think about it and you say to yourself ‘no, that wasn’t the right way to do what you did,’” he told News Talk Radio in October.
He said he'd since learned from his mistake.
Mazurkewich finished third in this year's civic election, behind current Mayor Don Atchison and Tom Wolf.