A Renfrew resident has been caught in a phone scam that has been making the rounds across the region for some time. The “Emergency Scam” found a local victim … and police want people to be aware … so no one else has money stolen from them. In this instance … a grandparent got a call from a scammer claiming to be a lawyer … saying a grandchild had been in a car crash. The phony lawyer then asked the person to transfer a quantity of cash via Western Union … which was done. The cash sent to a crook … never to be seen again. The OPP say to protect yourself from this kind of fraud always check with other family members before sending any cash. Scammers will usually insist on privacy and telling the victim not to discuss it with anyone. Don’t fall for this tactic. Always verify the information. And beware of this scam as you just may receive this same type of phone call.
Police officers in Arnprior and Renfrew investigated seven domestic disputes during the past week with charges being laid. One man was charged with assault with a weapon … assault … cruelty to animals and two counts of mischief. In another case, a man is facing charges of forcible confinement, assault, domestic mischief and marijuana possession. Their names are not being released in order to protect the identify of the victims. The OPP want to remind people that if you … or someone you know … is involved in an abusive relationship … that help is available. You are urged to contact the Bernadette McCann House 24/7 for support … advice … or the safety of a shelter at 1-800-267-4930. The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County is also available 24/7 for information and support and can be reached at 1-800-663-3060. To report a case of domestic violence to the OPP … call 1-888-310-1122 or in emergencies call 9-1-1.
The Lanark County OPP are looking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for the theft of a snowmobile last week in Carleton Place. Sometime overnight on Monday, February 5th a snow machine went missing from a Nelson Street West home. It’s a 1988 Polaris Indy 400 and it’s white in colour. If you have any information on this theft you are asked to call the OPP … or Crime Stoppers.
A Smiths Falls woman has thousands of reasons to smile after coming up big thanks to a winning scratch ticket. Natalie Rainville is $100,000 richer after winning the top prize on the Instant Boom Multiplier scratch ticket which cost her $5. She bought the ticket at Quickie on Beckwith Street in Smiths Falls.
AND IN SPORTS …
In high school boys’ basketball … the County finals continue this afternoon in both the junior and senior divisions. In junior, Game 2 of the finals is set for Fellowes High School as the Falcons host Bishop Smith who lead the best-of-three series one game to none. Bishop Smith won the opener 53-40 led by Adam Gdaniec who hit for 16 points. Ben Huckabone led Fellowes with 22.
In senior action Fellowes is on the road in Opeongo this afternoon to take on the Wildcats. Fellowes leads the series 1-0 after a big 72-44 win in the opener. Elijah Morris was the top scorer for the Falconsbthrowing down 32, while Sam Christinck had 12 to lead Opeongo.
In the CCHL last night the Pembroke Lumber Kings rallied to scored two goals in the final five minutes of regulation to tie the game with the Nepean Raiders but lost a 4-3 decision in overtime. Casey Rhodes and Brendan Browne scored late in the third for Pembroke after Nepean scored twice, just 23 seconds apart, early in the period to take a 3-1 lead. Jacob Kamps scored the other goal for Pembroke while Jake Smith stopped 31 shots, but took the loss.
Renfrew Timberwolves forward Connor Noonan has been named the league’s first star of the week. He scored four goals and six points in wins over Whitewater and Alexandria. And the second star was Whitewater forward Dylan Kuehl (keel) who had three goals and seven points in four games, bringing the 16-year-old’s totals to 17 goals and 45 points on the year.
There is one CCHL-2 game tonight as Renfrew is on the road to face Ottawa West. Game time at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena is 7:15.