The name of the person who perished in a Laurentian Valley barn fire in late October has been identified. Marion Turcotte … age 77 … lost her life on October 30th. Her body was found in the fire scene by firefighters who were on scene to extinguish the Zanders Road blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office with assistance from the OPP’s Forensic Identification Services unit.
Sometimes it only takes a few seconds for a thief to make his move and that’s exactly what happened on December 15th when a man parked his truck and left it running just to slip into Mac’s Milk in Arnprior. As soon as he walked into the convenience store on Madawaska Street another man hopped in the truck and just drove away. Police spotted the truck travelling west on Highway 17 and the driver refused to stop. Police didn’t pursue any further and the stolen truck was found a short time later abandoned in the McLean Street area in Renfrew. The suspect was found a short distance away and arrested. Thirty-six-year-old Jessie Laundrie of Ottawa was charged with a number of charges including theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, driving while disqualified and breach of probation. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing. The OPP want to remind people that leaving your vehicle running … or even unlocked with the keys in the ignition … can be an invitation to thieves. So lock your vehicle … and pocket the keys. Lock or lose it … say police.
Police were out in full force in the Renfrew and Arnprior areas last week as part of the Festive RIDE campaign. Officers set up 31 RIDE spot check around the region and no impaired drivers were caught.
But area police aren’t just looking for impaired drivers who are drinking or impaired … as the Renfrew OPP took part in a province-wide enforcement blitz … with the focus on large commercial vehicles. The Operation Safe Trucking initiative ran from Monday, December 11th … through the 15th … and officers from the Renfrew detachment stopped 28 large trucks and charged seven drivers for following too closely, two for speeding, two for not wearing a seatbelt, one for an unsafe lane change and two other moving violations. Across Ontario this year … the OPP has responded to more than 6,200 large commercial vehicle collisions so far this year and 72 of the incidents were fatal with 87 people losing their lives. The safe trucking initiative is designed to improve road safety for everyone.
The Valley’s final blood donor clinic of the year is taking place today at the Germania Club in Pembroke. If you want to donate … the clinic runs from 1 to 4 … and again from 5:30 to 7:30.
AND IN SPORTS …
After four straight weeks as the top-ranked Jr A hockey team in the country … the Carleton Place Canadians have slipped to second spot in the nation. After suffering only their third loss in regulation last week to Kanata, Carleton Place bounced back with two big wins and now lead the CCHL standings by 10 points. The only other CCHL team in the national top-20 rankings is the Ottawa Jr Senators … who slipped two spots … and check in at #9 in Canada.
AND … in high school senior boys’ basketball yesterday … Fellowes topped RCI 81-21 … and Bishop Smith beat Mackenzie 31-27. In junior action … Fellowes downed RCI 69-37 … and Arnprior beat Opeongo 67-23. Ty Letourneau led the Rapids with 27 points.