The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for the public’s help in solving a couple of recent crimes in Pembroke. The first was a break, enter and theft that took place sometime between 4 p.m. on April 3rd … and 8 a.m. on April 4th … where a black and silver HP laptop computer was stolen from the Mental Health Services office on Albert Street. The suspect made forced entry to a locked filing cabinet in the office where the laptop had been stored. The charging cord and mouse for the computer were also stolen. The other incident occurred on the morning of April 9th when police were called to Cassidy’s Transfer and Storage on MacKay Street. A maintenance garage was broken into overnight and a significant quantity of tools and tool boxes were stolen. Police will release more details on this as they become available. If you have any information on either of these incidents you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.
The Renfrew OPP is reminding residents to lock their vehicles when they are parked and to remove any valuables so thieves aren’t tempted to steal your property. Last week officers investigated two thefts from unlocked vehicles and in both cases sunglasses were the only things stolen. But police also say six other residents in the White Lake area say their vehicles were rummaged through but nothing was stolen. The OPP want you to remember lock it, or lose it.
There’s another scam that you need to be aware of. Police have received a complaint about two men approaching another person asking for gas money. The men offered to exchange gold jewelry for cash in a story where they say their vehicle is either out of gas or has broken down on the highway. In this case the victim purchased rings and necklaces but when they were later evaluated … it was found the jewelry was imitation gold. If you have been approached in similar incident or have information related to this case you’re asked to contact your local OPP detachment.
If you are a blood donor and want to give the Gift of Life you can do so tomorrow at a blood donor clinic in Carleton Place. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation … you can do so April 11th … from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. … at the Carleton Place Arena. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is always a need for donations this time of year. Drop-ins are accepted at the clinic … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca
AND IN SPORTS …
Perth’s Sultana Frizell just missed the podium at the Commonwealth Games in Suncoast Australia. Sultana placed fourth in the hammer throw final falling just short of a career third medal at the games. Sultana went into the Games as the two-time defending champion having won gold in Dehli in 2010 then again in Glasgow, Scotland. She also served as Canada’s flagbearer for the closing ceremonies of those Games.
Jeff Hunt has announced that he will be stepping aside as president of the Ottawa RedBlacks at the end of the year. Hunt has been credited as one of the key players in bringing the CFL back to Ottawa … as well as revamping and breathing new life into Lansdowne Park. He will still have his hand in the football club … as he’ll remain on the Board of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group … but will turn over the day-to-day operations of the RedBlacks … Ottawa 67’s … and the Fury FC soccer club to others within the organization. As president Hunt enjoyed success with the RedBlacks earning a spot in two Grey Cups winning the title in their third year. He also led the 67’s to three Memorial Cup tournaments … with the hockey team winning the national championship in 1999.