The OPP are issuing a plea to stop filming collisions and putting your life and the lives of others at risk unnecessarily. Last week police were investigating a multi-vehicle collision during poor weather conditions. Officers say they observed a number of eastbound drivers videotaping the collision using cell phones as they drove past and authorities were surprised that while they were dealing with a collision that other motorists were risking their lives on the other side of the highway by not concentrating on the road ahead of them. It was also noted that even though social media brings with it a sense of immediacy for sharing events … that no family would like to first find out on Facebook or Twitter that a loved one has been seriously injured or killed. OPP are reminding all motorists that the minimum fine upon conviction for Distracted Driving is $490 and 3 demerit points.
With income tax season right around the corner, the Killaloe OPP would like to remind the public that the long-standing Canada Revenue Agency scam continues to surface around the region. Police want you to know that the CRA will not call you and demand payment and they will not ask for personal information over the phone that they already have. Never give out personal information such as account numbers … or your SIN number … over the phone … or through email … and always confirm the source of the call. If you have any questions … the OPP advise you to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 … or visit the website at www.antifraudcentre.ca for more information.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for the public’s help in solving the theft of a vehicle in Pembroke. The morning of January 31st … police began an investigation into the case of a stolen 1996 Ford pickup after it was stolen in the overnight hours from the driveway of a Somerset Street residence. The truck features a lift kit, large tires and a loud exhaust and was recovered by the Surete Du Quebec after it had been flipped on its side and abandoned on Cottage Road on Allumette Island. Although the vehicle was recovered … the suspect remains at large. If you have information … please contact police.
AND IN SPORTS …
The weekly Canadian Junior Hockey League national Jr A rankings are in for this week and the Carleton Place Canadians are holding on to the #1 spot. After back-to-back shutouts this past weekend the Canadians remain in top spot for the fourth straight week and for the eighth time this season. And the only other CCHL team in the national top-20 … the Ottawa Jr Senators … slip one spot this week and check in at #6 in the country. Both teams have been the class of the CCHL this season as Carleton Place currently sits in first place with 92 points and Ottawa has 85. The next closest team is Hawkesbury who are 22 points behind the Jr Senators in the standings.
There’s lot of high school basketball action across the Valley today with five junior-senior doubleheaders on the schedule. Bishop Smith visits Arnprior … Fellowes hosts Jeanne Lajoie … Mackenzie is at Madawaska Valley … RCI is home to Opeongo … and Valour comes to Renfrew to play St. Joe’s. Game times are 3:30 for the seniors with the juniors to follow at 5. All games have playoff implications with the post-season set to open later this week.