BOATERS RESCUED BY OPP MARINE UNIT
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Marine Unit was called into action June 23rd after a 9-1-1 call came in just before noon from a boater in distress on the Ottawa River. The boat’s engine failed and the high winds sent the 10-foot aluminum boat into an uncontrolled drift across the river. The wind and high waves made paddling to safety impossible, and a rescue was needed. The two people in the boat were not injured and were brought to shore safely by the Marine Unit. Police would like to remind boaters to always check the weather forecast prior to venturing out on the waterways, and to anchor your boat and call for help if your motor fails.
CAUGHT DOING 156 KM/H IN A 90 ZONE
Police around the region were out in full force on area roadways June 15th looking for aggressive, impaired, and distracted drivers, as well as those not wearing their seatbelts. The OPP also had their radar guns out along Highway 17 and that led to a stunt driving charge being laid against a 41-year-old Pembroke man who was caught doing 156 km/h in a 90 zone. He had his licence suspended for 7 days and also had his car impounded. He will be in Renfrew court on July 17th. In all, the OPP issued 19 speeding charges that day, as well as 4 seatbelt charges, and tagged one person with having an expired vehicle permit.
JUNE DEADLY MONTH ON ONTARIO ROADS
The OPP are reporting the month of June is proving to be a deadly one on Ontario highways. Twenty-seven people have died on OPP-patrolled roads since the start of the month, the result of 23 collisions. Four of the crashes involved double fatalities and one resulted in the deaths of two motorcyclists. Two other fatal collisions lead to two drivers being charged with impaired causing death. Police are urging drivers to drive safely and obey speed limits, never drink and drive, and avoid distracted driving. And they are also asking people to call 9-1-1 if they suspect someone driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
FENDER BENDER LEADS TO DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES
An Arnprior man is facing impaired driving charges after rear-ending a vehicle at a red light. The 20-year-old was arrested on the accident scene shortly after 8 p.m. on June 18th at the intersection of Bridge Street and Madawaska Boulevard. He later failed breath tests at the police station and has been charged with impaired driving, driving over 80 mgs, and dangerous driving. He was released on a promise to appear with a court date of July 22nd in Renfrew Court.
COPS ON PATROL THROUGH CANADA DAY
The police are out in full force now, and will be right through Canada Day. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP will be focusing on distracted drivers, looking for those not wearing their seatbelts, as well as drunk and aggressive drivers. But they won’t just be on the highways. They’ll also be travelling some backroads, trails, and local waterways to keep an eye on all recreation vehicles and boats. Police are asking people to be mindful of the law and obey the rules as they gear up to celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday on Wednesday.
WEAPONS CHARGES LAID
A 27-year-old man is facing weapons charges following an incident in Petawawa. On June 15th officers from the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP responded to a firearms complaint in connection to a residence on Black Bay Road. Following an investigation, the man now faces charges of unauthorized possession of a weapon, and two charges of careless storage of a weapon.
TOOLS AND TRAILER STOLEN
Police in the Upper Ottawa Valley are reporting that thieves have made off with tools and a utility trailer in two separate incidents. On June 9th the OPP investigated the theft of a 12-foot single-axle red utility trailer was stolen from Newport Drive in Petawawa. There were also tools in the trailer. And on June 11th police responded to a report of the theft of tools from a vehicle parked on Lake Street in Petawawa. The OPP want to remind people to always remove valuables from your car, and make sure to lock unattended vehicles. And if you have information on either crime, you are asked to contact police.
POLICE SEEK HELP TO FIND PERSON WHO DAMAGED CAR
Crime Stoppers and the OPP are looking for help from the public in finding the person, or persons, who damaged a car in Pembroke last week. Sometime between 11 p.m. on June 14th and 6 o’clock the following morning, a Honda Civic that was parked on Norman Street in Pembroke was significantly scratched and dented. If you have any information that could help solve this act of criminal mischief, you are asked to call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 613-735-8477 or 1-800-222-TIPS.