Thieves continue to target unlocked parked vehicles this time in Petawawa. Sometime overnight between February 4th and 5th several items were taken from vehicles parked at residences. But in one of the cases, things turned violent. Early on February 5th , one of the homeowners confronted two suspicious looking men believed to be entering unlocked vehicles in the neighbourhood. One of the men assaulted the homeowner, then both suspects fled on foot. The affected areas in Petawawa include Russell … Selkirk … Edith … Herman … and Spruce streets … along with Briarwood Drive … Woodland Crescent … and Murphy Road. The OPP say that have recovered a significant number of items believed to have been taken from vehicles including electronics and military equipment. Police have identified suspects and the investigation is ongoing. If you’ve been a victim … and haven’t reported the theft … you are asked to call the Petawawa detachment of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP.
Yesterday we reported that OPP officers in the Renfrew area were undertaking a massive investigation after hundreds of mailboxes were smashed or stolen last weekend. Police are now reporting that six males … all age 17 … were arrested in connection to the crimes. They will not face charges but will have to complete the Extra Judicial Measures Program, which police are saying is an effective and timely response to offending behaviour outside the formal court system. Charges may still be laid … if the young person doesn’t complete the program. A seventh person … an 18-year-old male was released and will complete a similar program or face charges. If you were a victim and have not yet reported, you are asked to call the OPP.
Mississippi Mills council heard from a number of delegations at this week’s meeting as the effects and management of Wild Parsnip were the topics of discussion. The presentations centred on public health and agriculture and how to battle the noxious weed. After a thorough discussion, council chose a blended approach with the use of mechanical means for less affected areas and herbicide control boom and spot spraying for agricultural areas. Council said more information will be made available to public in the near future outlining the parameters for boom and spot spraying.
A traffic stop in Pembroke on January 30th has resulted in drug and weapon charges against a 17-year-old male from Petawawa. When Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers pulled over a vehicle on Pembroke Street East, the passenger was found to be in possession of cocaine and a replica firearm. The youth was arrested and changed with cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to attend Youth Court in Pembroke on March 15th. His name can’t be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
AND IN SPORTS …
In high school boys’ basketball … the playoffs get underway today with two senior games and one in junior. Arnprior will visit Bishop Smith this afternoon in one of the senior matchups while St. Joe’s will host Mackenzie in the other senior game. In junior action today RCI travels to Fellowes. The other junior quarter-final game is tomorrow when Arnprior hosts Valour.
In the CCHL … Carleton Place Canadians goalie Jeremie Forget was given an Honourable Mention as the league’s Player of the Week. Forget pitched back-to-back shutouts in the Canadians net blanking Pembroke and Cornwall and keeping the Canadians atop the league standings and in the #1 spot in the national Jr A rankings.
There’s only one local team in action tonight in the CCHL-2 as the first-place Carleton Place Junior Canadians are on the road to face the Ottawa West Golden Knights. Puck drop at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena is 7:15.