Four people from Pembroke were arrested and charged following an armed robbery at a Lake Dore Road residence early Monday morning. Around 1 a.m. on January 15th Killaloe OPP responded to the robbery call and discovered the residents were assaulted by masked assailants who were carrying firearms. A 64-year-old man was assaulted and was taken to hospital with a non-life threatening injury. No other injuries were reported. Police then arrested and charged four Pembroke residents with multiple criminal offences in connection to the case. They are 30-year-old Richard Farr … 25-year-old Celena Heppner … 24-year-old Caleb Wachter … and Zachary Harvey … age 23. All were held in custody pending a bail hearing in Pembroke. Police say there is no risk to public safety. The Renfrew County Crime Unit continues to investigate.
Firefighters were kept busy in the Valley yesterday as they battled two barn fires one in West Carleton and the other in Admaston-Bromley. The first was just after 5 a.m. … at a hobby farm on Stonecrest Road which was used as a day-camp to teach children about animals. No people were injured in the fire but officials say three sheep … three lambs … two goats … a cat … and a miniature pony died in the blaze. The second barn fire was around 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon on Reid Road, just outside of Renfrew. The Mercury is reporting there were cattle inside the barn and some had succumbed to the fire. The exact number was unknown. No people were hurt in the fire.
Officials are asking anyone who is snowmobiling to be extra cautious on the trails. This warning follows an incident just after 1 a.m. on January 11th when police responded to a call of a snowmobile crash on the OFSC trail in Mississippi Mills. The investigation showed the snow machine had struck a tree and a 25-year-old Central Frontenac man sustained major injuries. The OPP paramedics and firefighters responded to the scene about one kilometre south of Timmins Road. The injured driver was taken by sled system to the nearest road … and then transported to hospital in Ottawa.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP and Pembroke/Renfrew Crime Stoppers are hoping the public can offers some information to help solve a fail-to-remain collision in Laurentian Valley. On Tuesday, January 2nd just after 11:30 a.m. … an SUV was northbound on Drive-In Road when it stopped for traffic near Brooklyn Street. It was then rear-ended by an older model black Honda Civic that quickly fled the scene. The SUV sustained damage to the rear end but the people inside were not hurt. The front end of the suspect vehicle was also damaged. If you have any information on this incident … you are asked to call police … or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
AND IN SPORTS …
In high school boys’ basketball yesterday … Renfrew Collegiate Institute picked up wins over Madawaska Valley in both junior and senior action. In senior … Riley Thero led the Raiders with 11 points in the 52-22 win and in junior Carter Sammon hit for 14 as RCI won 49-22. Fellowes picked up a pair of wins over Arnprior with the seniors winning 93-59 and the juniors coming out on top … 69-54. Elijah Morris led the Fellowes seniors with 32 points and Ben Huckabone had 17 for the junior Falcons.
Other high school senior basketball results included Opeongo downing Mackenzie 63-45 … and Bishop Smith beating Valour 57-50. In junior … Mackenzie beat Opeongo 48-27.
The Canadian Junior Hockey League national Jr A rankings are in for this week and the Carleton Place Canadians have once again climbed to the #1 spot. The Canadians were the #1 team in the nation for four weeks just before the Christmas break and jumped one placing after slipping to #2 last week. And the only other CCHL team in the national top-20 is now ranked #4 as the Ottawa Jr Senators jump two spots. Both teams have been the class of the CCHL this season as Carleton Place currently sits in first place with 80 points … while Ottawa has 74. The next closest team is Kanata who are 22 points behind the Jr Senators in the standings.