Criminals keep OPP on their toes

August 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm  •  Posted in News by  •  0 Comments


A 30-year-old Renfrew man is facing drug and firearms charging following a police raid on a home in town. Members of the Renfrew OPP, along with the Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, executed a warrant on July 29th and seized 3 marijuana plants, a small amount of marijuana bud, and a shotgun. The man was arrested and charged with production and possession of a controlled substance, as well as unauthorized possession and careless storage of a firearm. He was released on a promise to appear, and will have his day in Renfrew Court on September 16th.



A total of 16 people lost their lives on Ontario roads and waterways on what police are calling ‘one of the deadliest Civic Day long weekends in recent history.’ Nine people died on OPP-patrolled roads, with six people drowning on Ontario waters, and one other dying in a boating incident. According to police, investigations into the drowning deaths showed that all six victims were male, and three were youths. In the boating death, the man wasn’t wearing a personal floatation device.



If you are looking for your wallet, the OPP may be looking for you. A man’s brown leather wallet has been turned into the Arnprior detachment after it was found on the side of River Road west of Arnprior on Wednesday, July 29. It contained some Canadian cash and Euros, and the ID in the wallet belongs to a German citizen. Police have been unable to locate the owner in Canada, so they are asking anyone with information to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.



A heavy foot has resulted in charges being laid against a North York man. OPP officers were recently on patrol along Highway 17 in Laurentian Valley when they caught a vehicle doing 164 km/h in a 90 zone.  The vehicle was stopped and the 57-year-old driver from North York was charged with stunt driving.  The man’s license was suspended for 7 days and his vehicle impounded for 7 days.  He will be in Pembroke Court on September 14.



Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the OPP are asking for your help in solving a theft in Laurentian Valley Township on May 28th. According to the report, sometime between the May 25th and 27th a black 2002 TOWM tandem trailer was taken from a yard on Pembroke Street East.  Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime.  If you have information on this or any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000. You can call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at (613) 735-8477 or at 1-800-222-8477, and online at



The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP are investigating some acts of vandalism.  A bench was destroyed at Little Lakes beach in Whitewater Region, and a dock was also damaged.  And two complaints were filed on July 30th in which eggs were thrown, one on a vehicle on Lea Street, and the other to a house on Poirier Street in the City of Pembroke.  If anyone has any information concerning these crimes please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP recently nabbed two people on drug charges. On Friday, police were called to the Wal-Mart parking off Pembroke Street East because of a dispute. As a result, a 30-year-old Campbell’s Bay man is facing a list of charges including assault, uttering threats, two counts of breach of probation, as well as possession and trafficking charges after he was found with a quantity of marijuana. The next day, the OPP pulled over a vehicle on Highway 17 in Laurentian Hills, and an 18-year-old Deep River man was charged with marijuana possession.



Police are reminding people to lock their vehicles, and always remove valuables, or at least hide them from sight. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP received a number of reports last week about thefts from vehicles in the Petawawa and Pembroke areas. A cell phone was stolen from a car on Melton Street in Pembroke, and someone also tried to break into a vehicle on Rosewood Avenue. In Petawawa, someone attempted to enter a vehicle on Albert Street. And on July 29th someone stole gasoline from two vehicles on Russell Street. If anyone has information, they are asked to contact police.



The OPP recently visited the home of a Pembroke man to make sure he was abiding by the conditions of his probation, and after an altercation, the 38-year-old wound up back in jail. When police arrived at the man’s home on July 23rd they found he had been drinking, and that broke the rules of his probation. When officers attempted to arrest him, he assaulted them and fled. He was found next door with neighbours, and was taken into custody. He now faces charges of assaulting a peace officer, escaping lawful custody, and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.



On July 22 the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP went to a Laurentian Valley Township residence to ensure a man was complying with a curfew as set out in his release conditions.  The man was found to be out past his curfew and in breach of his recognizance. He was located and arrested a short time later.  The 40-year-old from was charged with failing to comply with his recognizance contrary to the Criminal Code and held for a bail hearing.



Tuesday members of the OPP East Region Highway Safety Division were conducting enforcement in the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP detachment area.  An officer caught a vehicle travelling at a speed of 164 km/h in a 90 zone on Highway 17 in Laurentian Valley Township.  The vehicle was stopped and as a result, the 57-year old driver from North York has been charged under the stunt driving legislation in the Highway Traffic Act.  The man’s driver’s license was suspended for 7 days and his vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days.  The man is to appear in Pembroke Court on September 14.



The Lanark County OPP have charged a man in relation to a break and enter from last year.  On November 18, OPP received a report of a B&E to a residence on Wellington Street in Almonte.  A residence was entered by the suspect who was observed by one of the occupants.  The suspect left the residence and nothing was taken.  As a result of the investigation, a 30-year-old Mississippi Mills man has been arrested and charged with Break and Enter.  He was held for a bail hearing on the July 23 in Perth Court.



While the OPP in Pembroke were en route to follow up on a complaint about a possible impaired driver in a white SUV, a second call was received that a white SUV was involved in a single-vehicle collision on Pembroke Street West. When police arrived in the early morning hours of July 24th the vehicle was empty, but officers found the driver attempting to hide nearby in some bushes. The man was found to be impaired and was arrested. The 34-year-old from London, Ontario is now facing charges of impaired driving, failure to provide a breath sample, and three counts of breach of recognizance.



Charges have been laid in two separate collisions involving OPP cruisers in a week, one in Arnprior and the other on Highway 17 in Horton Township. Just before noon on July 19th a cruiser was westbound on Madawaska Boulevard in Arnprior when a vehicle exited a parking lot and pulled out in front of the police car. No one was injured in the crash. An 80-year-old Kinburn man was charged with failing to yield. Then, on July 23rd a fully marked cruiser was eastbound on 17 approaching Gillan Road around 9:20 p.m., when a car turned left in front of police and was struck on the driver’s side. Both drivers suffered minor injuries. A 20-year-old Horton Township man was charged with failing to yield.



Police have arrested one male – after property damage was done to a residence on Sullivan Crescent in Arnprior.  According to reports, the homeowner reported a broken window and damage to walls.  Police say the suspect was known to them, and after the investigation, a 15-year-old male youth was arrested and charged with three counts of mischief – and property damage under $5,000.  He was released on a promise to appear in Youth Court in Renfrew on August 26th.



Police are on the lookout for a Red and White 2009 Honda CRF 450 Dirt Bike that was stolen sometime overnight on July 19th and 20th.  According to the report, the suspect(s) broke into a locked trailer on a property in the Township of Whitewater Region and stole the dirt bike.  The owner says that the bike features distinct numbering and decals.   Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact the Petawawa Detachment of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-735-0188 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).



Another motorcycle was stolen on July 13th that the police are also investigating, this time a 2013 Harley Davidson was stolen. The bike which is flat black in color was parked beside a road near Combermere Road and Chapeskie Road after the owner ran out of gas.  When he returned, the bike was gone.  The incident happened sometime on Monday, July 13th, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. If anyone has information contact the Killaloe OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



In the interest of public safety, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP wishes to remind the public of the importance of disposing of used syringes properly.  There are many options for disposing of used syringes, such as obtaining a ‘sharps container’ from any of the local pharmacies.  Those containers can be taken back to the same pharmacy for disposal.  Always wear gloves and use tongs to pick up a used needle, and pick up the needle by the plastic end, pointing the needle tip away from your body.  Syringes and needles should NEVER be thrown in the garbage or recycling, left on the ground or flushed down the toilet. If you find a syringe or needle in a public area, and you are unsure of how to dispose of it properly, you can contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 1-888-310-1122.


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