Ryan Cooke

Ryan Cooke works for CBC out of its bureau in St. John's.

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Philip Butler testifies about brawl with brother before his death

Philip Butler, accused of killing his brother George in 2018, is testifying in his own defence Monday at his second-degree murder trial.

Brad Gushue teams up with 12-year-old daughter for mixed doubles debut

One of the most celebrated curlers in history has started a new chapter in his career, throwing rocks alongside his daughter in mixed doubles competition.

Steve Bragg will seek bail as murder trial bumped to 2021

Steve Bragg has been in jail since his arrest Dec. 23, 2017, when he was charged in the death of Victoria Head. His trial has been hit with a significant delay.

George Butler's autopsy shows evidence of strangulation and fight, says medical examiner

Dr. Simon Avis took the stand at Philip Butler's second-degree murder trial on Monday, saying it's likely George Butler died of manual strangulation.

Emotions reach boiling point in Philip Butler murder trial when brother testifies

Jurors stirred in their seats as they watched Philip Butler's older brother run overwhelmed from the courtroom, before telling the court his younger brother confessed to killing his older brother.

George Butler's death came at the end of a crack-fueled homecoming, jury hears

George and Philip Butler spent a month doing crack and trashing their house. The jury heard Philip was scared of his older brother and slept with a pipe next to his mattress.

'I told you I f--king loved you': Neighbour overhears screaming on morning of homicide

Dany Bennett was sitting down for his breakfast when he overheard screaming from next door. He knew the voice — it was his neighbour, Philip Butler.

Philip Butler killed brother and lay next to body, prosecutor says

The second-degree murder trial for Philip Butler began on Monday afternoon, with Crown prosecutor Scott Hurley giving an overview of what the jury is expected to hear.

K-7 principal heading to trial for alleged assaults on students with disabilities

A man who was once named one of the top elementary school principals in Canada will stand trial for allegedly assaulting four students with special needs.

Chinese students cancel New Year event in St. John's over coronavirus fears

A group of Chinese students at Memorial University has cancelled a Chinese New Year celebration with public health concerns in mind, despite health officials saying coronavirus is a very minor risk in Newfoundland and Labrador.

RCMP investigating teacher at Avondale high school

Police have confirmed an investigation, but other details are scant and the school district is not talking.

Hundreds of people line up in St. John's court after storm fallout

The murder trial for Philip Butler has been delayed due to a state of emergency.

St. John's has received a full Shaquille O'Neal of snow since Christmas Eve

St. John's shattered the record for Jan. 17, and saw the most snow in a single day since the 1800s.

Cabin fever sets in during historic blizzard — but there are tips for how to cope

For some, Newfoundland's massive blizzard has brought people together to bond and have fun. For others, it has caused isolation and anxiety.

Moose gets police escort through St. John's streets during state of emergency

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary have been busy with odd jobs throughout the state of emergency in St. John's, but escorting a moose off city streets might take the cake.