Impaired driving charges have been laid against a North York man on the morning of January 15th, Upper Ottawa Valley OPP responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver in a tractor-trailer. Officers located and stopped the westbound commercial motor vehicle on Highway 17 just west of Petawawa. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and open alcohol was found in the vehicle. As a result, 54-year-old Steven Vanderheyden of North York, Ontario was arrested and charged with Operation while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of 80mg plus – he was also given notice under the Provincial Offences Act for Driving a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol. His licence was suspended for 90 days – the tractor trailer was towed and impounded for seven days. He was released on a promise to appear and will be in court in Pembroke on February 5th.
The OPP say a resident was recently contacted with someone claiming to be from Microsoft and the person was looking for banking information so the company could send a refund. The person did share some information before realizing it was probably a scam. And in this case, they were lucky there was no loss of money. Police say you need to be aware and always protect yourself if someone is looking for your personal information over the phone. The OPP say … always asking yourself this question … “If I give out that information, am I putting myself at risk?” If the answer is yes or you’re not sure … police say … don’t answer their questions.
Friends of the Late John Levi will have an opportunity to say their final goodbyes at the Pilon Family Funeral Home. Visitation for Levi, who passed away suddenly at the age of 76 Sunday, Jan. 13 while on vacation in Kissimmee, Florida. is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19th from 6 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 20th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A special Masonic service to honour Levi’s time with the Almonte Masonic Lodge where he served as a past master, will take place at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20th as well. And Finally, a tribute to his life and impact on the community will be held in the Pilon Family Chapel at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 with a reception to follow from 3 to 5 p.m.
In an effort to help ensure patients’ needs are met following a busy holiday season – Canadian Blood Services is asking Carleton Place and area blood donors to roll up their sleeves on January 26th. 77 blood donations are needed at the Carleton Place Donor Centre to ensure local patients receive the blood they need. Since blood products have a limited shelf life, the demand for blood never stops; cancer patients, accident victims, and people with blood disorders rely on blood transfusions every day.
You can come out and roll up your sleeve on January 26th from 10 am to 2pm at St. James Anglican Church in Carleton Place. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting blood.ca … or by calling 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL-2 last night, the Arnprior Packers faced the division-leading Brockville Tikis and fell 3-0. The Packers racked up more than 100 penalty minutes and gave up 11 power plays … and if not for the huge effort of goalie Cameron Scott the score could have been much worse. Scott faced 74 shots and turned aside 71. In fact, Brockville fired 30 shots on the Arnprior net in the third period alone. To compare, Arnprior managed only 26 shots in total on the night.
AND … one local team is in action tonight in the CCHL as the Carleton Place Canadians are in Kanata to face the Lasers. The Canadians are tied for top spot in the league with 63 points while Kanata is third in the Robinson Division with 45 points. Puck drop tonight is set for 7:30.