A 42-year-old Arnprior man is now facing numerous charges including two counts of sexual assault following an investigation last week. OPP officers were given information from two teenaged females who said they were sexually assaulted by a man known to them. In addition to the assault charges the man is looking at two counts of breach of probation two counts of trafficking a controlled substance and one count of causing injury to a dog. Police continue to look into an allegation the man was in possession of child pornography. He was held in custody for a bail hearing this week.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for the public’s help in solving a recent theft in Pembroke. Sometime between 8 o’clock in the morning … and 3:30 in the afternoon on March 26th an expensive bicycle was stolen from the property at the Pembroke Regional Hospital. It’s described as a turquoise Devinci Milano hybrid and the bike has a rear-view mirror … wireless odometer … and a hitch attached to the seat post. The bicycle which was purchased new in 2017 is valued at $750. If you have any information you are asked to call the OPP … or Crime Stoppers.
A White Lake photojournalist has been nominated for a National Newspaper Award for her work with the Ottawa Citizen. Ashley Fraser’s photo of a man surfer in the fog near Bate Island on the Ottawa River caught the judges’ attention and garnered her a nomination in the Feature Photo category. This is the second time she has been nominated for a national award as her photo of a man in a Santa suit who is sitting in the back of a police truck after being arrested in front of the Prime Minister’s house was among the finalists for Feature Photo in 2007. Winners will be announced May 4th.
Area OPP detachments laid a number of charges for various violations during their recent Easter long weekend spring seat belt campaign. During the weekend … officers targeted motorists who weren’t buckled in but were also looking for distracted drivers anyone who was impaired … and those driving aggressively. The Upper Ottawa Valley officers laid 18 seatbelt charges … nabbed two drunk drivers caught 152 people for speeding … and nailed 10 others for distracted driving. The Killaloe OPP held 8 RIDE checks during Easter weekend caught 76 speeders and charged one person for failing to wear their seatbelt. Police say they are always on the lookout for anyone who isn’t following the rules of the road while behind the wheel.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL-2 … the Arnprior Packers have a new owner and general manager. Michael Couvrette and his son Matthew are the new owners as they’ve bought the team from Macro Scapillati (scap-pill-latt-tee). After the purchase, Packers GM Brent Sylvester resigned and Matthew will now take over the GM’s role. He was previously a goalie with the Packers … and served as an assistant coach last season. One of his first jobs will be to find a head coach … then fill other key spots including an assistant, an equipment manager and some scouts. Reports indicate the Couvrettes are emphatic the team will remain in Arnprior and for now at least run independent of an affiliation with any CCHL teams.
In CCHL action last night … the Carleton Place Canadians are now within a single game of a spot in the league finals … after a 4-1 win over Hawkesbury. Haydn Hopkins scored twice for the Canadians … and Samuel Knoblauch assisted on all four goals to lead the attack while goalie Michael Leach stopped 18 shots and picked up the win. Carleton Place can clinch the best-of-seven series tonight on the road … with Game 4 in Hawkesbury at 7:30.
AND … for more on the CCHL and CCHL-2 … and all things hockey … stay tuned to Valley Heritage Radio this afternoon for Rink Wrap our hockey talk show. Hosts Geoff Patterson and Adam Noack will bring you up to speed on everything happening on rinks around the Valley and beyond. The show begins right after the 5 o’clock news and runs until 6 p.m. Tonight’s guests CCHL Commissioner Kevin Abrams … and Pembroke Lumber Kings sharpshooter Matthew Barnaby..