Today will be the day the man found guilty of murdering three Upper Ottawa Valley in 2015 will find out how long he will be in jail. Basil Borustski was found guilty last month in the first-degree murders of Anastasia Kuzyk … and Nathalie Warmerdam … and the second-degree murder of Carol Culleton. He will automatically be sentenced to life in prison but the Court heard arguments yesterday at a sentence hearing regarding how long it should be before the 60-year-old is eligible for parole. Family members of the women also had a chance to give their impact statements yesterday and a decision will be rendered today in Pembroke Court. The Crown is asking that Borutski get a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 70 years saying he will be a clear danger to society for the rest of his life.
Lanark County councillors elected a new Warden Tuesday morning and Perth Mayor John Fenik is their choice to lead their Council in 2018. Two candidates were vying for the position Fenik and Mississippi Mills Councillor Jane Torrance. Fenik will serve as Warden for the second time, having held the position in 2010. Among the priorities he highlighted for the coming year are the completion of the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail Project and increasing connectivity in the region. Fenik replaces outgoing Warden Bill Dobson the Reeve of Montague Township who served his second term in the role this year. Committee chairpersons were also selected at Tuesday’s meeting including Dobson who will head Corporate Services Lanark Highlands Mayor Brian Stewart for Community Services, Beckwith Reeve Richard Kidd who will chair Economic Development and Tay Valley Deputy Reeve Brian Campbell, who will head up Public Works.
Lanark County OPP are looking for the public’s help to identify whoever is responsible for a break, enter and theft on Tatlock Road in Lanark Highlands Township. Police say that sometime between midnight and 6:30 a.m. this past Sunday … someone broke into a garage and stole a quantity of cash … a cellphone … and a VISA credit card.
AND … the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP are hoping someone has information about a recent theft in Pembroke. Sometime between November 23rd and 24th … someone stole an “OOKPIK” brand winter jacket from the Town and Country Men’s Shop. It’s a men’s size large … and black in colour … with fur around the hood. It’s valued at $825.
If you have any information on either incident … you’re asked to call the OPP or Crime Stoppers.
AND IN SPORTS …
The high school boys’ basketball season is underway and Bishop Smith and Mackenzie picked up wins over the two Renfrew teams to open the year on the senior circuit. Bishop Smith beat St Joe’s 44-41 while Deep River stopped RCI 65-27. Liam Retty was the stop scorer for St Joe’s with 14 and Cody Mackin threw down 8 for RCI.
In junior RCI opened with a 41-31 win over Mackenzie and Jon Roach led the Raiders with 14 points.
The Renfrew Timberwolves made a statement last night … that they are primed for better results on the ice in the second half of the CCHL-2 season. After two wins on the weekend … the ‘Wolves headed to Ottawa last night to face the league-leading Canadians and posted a big 3-0 win. Ethan Lapenskie stopped all 28 shots that he faced the Renfrew net picking up the shutout and was named the game’s first star. Andrew McIntyre … Brandon English … and Bailey Hein scored for the Timberwolves … and Jack Rouleau chipped in a pair of assists. Renfrew is now only one game below 500 and a single point behind the Whitewater Kings for sixth place in the Division and two points behind Perth and Arnprior for fourth spot.
Arnprior will be in action tonight as they’re in Brockville to face the Tikis.
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 will be Commissioner Kevin Abrams … and Jacob McIntyre of the Whitewater Kings.