A Sunday evening collision on Highway 17 east of Renfrew sent one man to hospital in critical condition. Just before 6:30 on February 11th … Renfrew OPP were called to the area around Goshen Road and the highway in response to a three-vehicle crash. The driver of one of the vehicles was extricated and transported by paramedics to hospital where his condition was later upgraded to stable. The highway was closed and detours set up until after 10 p.m. until the scene was cleaned up. The investigation into the collision remains open.
It seems that weekly the police are reporting a scam where people are trying to steal your hard-earned money. Well … it looks like another new one has surfaced. The OPP is putting people on alert after five people in Toronto were recently defrauded of millions of dollars in a telephone scam. Nothing local has been reported yet but police want you to know the latest scheme involves you receiving a phone call from someone posing as a retailer telling you your credit card account has been compromised. You’re then told to call 911 … as well as your bank to report the fraud. But when they hang up the call is not actually disconnected. Police say you’re led to believe you’re making an outgoing call and are speaking to authorities … but … in fact … you’re still speaking to the original caller. You’re then told to go to your bank and transfer funds into a different account which will protect your money. Again, you’re being told this by the fraudster. And your money will soon no longer be yours. The OPP say to NEVER give out personal financial details or information over the phone … and always verify that you’re speaking to your bank or credit card company. Don’t become a victim.
The Upper Ottawa Valley and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for the public’s help in solving a fail-to-remain motor vehicle collision in Laurentian Valley. On February 1st … around 2 in the afternoon … a passenger car was northbound on Jean Avenue when it stopped at the intersection of Jean Avenue and Boundary Road. While stopped at the stop sign the car was rear-ended by a large, beige early 2000’s model GMC SUV. That vehicle fled the scene and may have sustained front-end damage. No one was injured. But police believe that someone may have information that could help them solve this crime. If you do … call the OPP … or Crime Stoppers.
If you live in the Pembroke area and are a blood donor, there is a clinic set for today at the Germania Club. If you want to roll up your sleeve you can do so from 1 to 4 p.m. … and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
The weekly Canadian Junior Hockey League national Jr A rankings are in for this week and the Carleton Place Canadians are holding on to the #1 spot. After two more wins this past weekend … the Canadians remain in top spot for the fifth straight week and for the ninth time this season. And the only other CCHL team in the national top-20 … the Ottawa Jr Senators are holding steady this week and check in at #6 in the country. Both teams have been the class of the CCHL this season as Carleton Place currently sits in first place with 96 points and Ottawa has 86. The next closest team is Hawkesbury who are 20 points behind the Jr Senators in the standings.
Two rivals meet tonight at Ma-te-way as the Renfrew Timberwolves host the Perth Blue Wings. Renfrew sits 10 points back of Perth in the standings but the ‘Wolves have been playing better hockey as of late while the Blue Wings are five points out of third place in the division. Puck drop tonight in Renfrew is 8 o’clock.