The man who was found guilty of murdering three Upper Ottawa Valley women in 2015 is back in a courtroom today as the sentence hearing of Basil Borutski gets underway. On November 24th he was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree in connection to the deaths of Anastasia Kuzyk … Nathalie Warmerdam … and Carol Culleton on September 22nd, 2015. The 60-year-old will be automatically sentenced to life in prison and now he’ll find out how long it will be before he can apply for parole. It will be a minimum of 25 years up to a maximum of 75 years before he is eligible. The families of the three women will also have a chance to be heard at the sentencing hearing … as will Borutski … who has remained virtually silent throughout the entire trial. The hearing begins today and is expected to wrap up tomorrow.
Police are looking for three men who assaulted and robbed a man in Renfrew after he withdrew money from a bank machine on Raglan Street. Around 3:30 on Thursday morning November 30th the victim was walking away from the ATM with a quantity of cash heading southbound on Raglan near Opeongo Road when he was approached by three men who demanded the money. When he refused he was struck by one of the men and knocked to the ground. At that point he handed over the cash to avoid being further assaulted. The three assailants were described as white men all wearing dark clothing. They fled on foot northbound on Raglan. Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact the OPP … or Crime Stoppers.
The OPP continue to investigate a break, enter and theft in Pembroke and among the items stolen is a rifle and ammunition. The theft took place on Moffat Street sometime between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on November 22nd. Stolen was a Remington .308 pump action model 7600 rifle with a Bushnell scope. Also taken was a partial box of .308 Hornady brand shells a Sony PlayStation 3, several packs of Players Rich Regular cigarettes and a quantity of cash. The OPP Forensic Identification Services is helping with the investigation. If you have any information you are asked to contact police.
AND … the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP want to thank everyone who helped to make their 10th annual ‘Stuff a Cruiser’ event a success. Held on December 2nd … the fundraiser brought in more than $3,500 in cash … and close to $10,000 in food and toy donations to help those in need. Auxiliary officers were set up at five stores in Petawawa on Saturday to collect donations which went directly to the Salvation Army in Pembroke St Joseph’s Food Bank in Pembroke and the Petawawa Food Pantry.
AND IN SPORTS …
For the third week in a row … the Carleton Place Canadians … are the number one ranked Junior A hockey team in the country. The Canadians have been on top of the CCHL all season … with only two regulation losses in 35 games … and they are riding an impressive streak. Carleton Place hasn’t lost a game in regulation since September 29th … reeling off 21 wins and two shootout losses. They now hold a six-point lead in the league standings over the Ottawa Jr Senators … the only other CCHL team ranked in the national top-20. The Jr Sens are up two spots this week … checking in at #5 team in Canada.
AND … still with hockey … there is one local CCHL-2 team in action tonight as the Renfrew Timberwolves are on the road to face the league’s #1 team the Ottawa Jr Canadians. Renfrew is coming off a pair of wins on the weekend while the Canadians own the top power-play and penalty-killing in the league and have only lost 4 times in 28 games this season. Game time tonight is 7:20.