A Monday afternoon single-vehicle crash on Highway 17 east of Gillan Road near Renfrew has claimed the life of an Arnprior man. Donald Dykens … age 63 … died in hospital on Tuesday … as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. Just after noon on January 29th he was driving his pick-up truck westbound on the highway when for unknown reasons the truck accelerated and left the road … went through the ditch … and struck a tree about 200 metres away. Police suspect a medical emergency may have caused the collision. The investigation is going but if you witnessed the collision or have any information you are asked to contact the Renfrew OPP
If you’re going to be on the roads late this afternoon or early evening … you need to be prepared for some ugly winter weather. Environment Canada has issued a Snow Squall Watch for Petawawa – Pembroke – Cobden – Renfrew – Arnprior and Calabogie. Officials say there could be a brief … but intense … snow squall as a cold front passes through the Ottawa Valley. Visibility may suddenly be reduced because of bursts of heavy snow … along with strong winds and blowing snow. There should only be a few centimetres of accumulation but it’s expected to pass through the area quickly. Be extra careful if you are travelling.
It seems to be a weekly message from the OPP but police continue to warn people to lock their parked cars and remove any valuables. The latest warning follows at least five victims reporting they had their unlocked cars ransacked in Cobden sometime overnight between January 21st and 22nd. Loose change was the only thing stolen. According to police, based on footprints in the snow … it looks like there were two suspects … one acting as a lookout. And Cobden wasn’t the only place hit in the Valley as a quantity of cash was stolen for a vehicle in a parking lot on First Avenue in Arnprior. This happened between 4 and 6 p.m. on January 21st. The OPP not only ask people to lock their vehicles but encourage anyone who sees suspicious people or activities to call police.
The OPP in Leeds County are warning people that an old scam has resurfaced. An area resident was recently defrauded for a substantial amount of money after someone claimed to be their son. They scammers called … posed as the son … and then had a second person call … claiming to be a lawyer … saying the son was in a crash … and charged with impaired driving. Eventually the victims paid $6,000 through iTunes gift cards. The OPP remind residents that if you get a call or email from someone claiming to know you and asking for help check to confirm that it’s legitimate before you send any money. Impostor scams are cleverly designed to play on your fears and it’s hard to avoid falling for them. Police say … don’t send money unless you’re sure it’s the real person you know.
AND IN SPORTS …
One local team is in action tonight in the CCHL-2 … as the Carleton Place Jr Canadians … and the Casselman Vikings meet in the battle of the league’s top two teams. Casselman sits atop the Martin Division … and the CCHL-2 … with 64 points … while Carleton Place leads the Richardson Division … with 62. It shapes up to be a great match-up … as Casselman’s Sebastian Plante and Carleton Place’s Ryland Mosley sit 1-2 in league scoring … and the game also feature’s the league’s top two goalies in goals against average … and save percentage. Game time in Casselman is 7:30.