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The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP are reporting two recent domestic disputes in the region and two men are now facing charges. The first was on January 6th when police responded to a 911 call from a home in Pembroke. Officers found a domestic dispute in progress and that a historical assault had taken place. A 21-year-old Pembroke man was arrested and charged with domestic assault and forcible confinement from the historical incidents. The second incident was January 10th when officers were called to a domestic dispute at a North Algona-Wilberforce home after a man had forced his way into the residence. Police charged a 31-year-old Carp man with one count of forcible entry. Both men will have court appearances in Pembroke next month. The name of the accused is being withheld in each case to protect the victim’s identity. Police say that if you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship, help is available. You should contact the Bernadette McCann House 24/7 for support, advice or the safety of a shelter. The number is 1-800-267-4930. In emergencies … you should call 911 for police response.
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is advising people to stay off the ice on rivers and streams for the next several days. The milder temperatures this weekend and rain the forecast in the next few days will mean unstable ice conditions in the region. There could even be a shifting in the ice and possible break up in some places thanks to snowmelt and rain runoff. Parents should ensure that children understand the hazards of playing around lakes, rivers and ponds in the winter and to not only stay off the ice but also avoid icy and snow-covered streambanks where footing can be unpredictable.
There’s a saying in Canada that if you don’t like the weather … wait five minutes. Almost every winter we see some sort of extreme fluctuations in temperature normally in a January thawwhich it seems we’ll be hitting this week. But higher than normal daytime highs and nights were the temperature still falls below zero means there may be black ice on area roads and highways. The OPP want to remind everyone to use extra caution as the roads may not be as clear as they look. The sudden thaw leaves roads wet and run-off ensures de-icers are washed away. The overnight lows and cross winds can cause ice to form relatively easy disguising ice as black-top. Police say to be careful and not become another traffic statistic.
If you are a blood donor … and want to give the Gift of Life … you can do so next Tuesday at a blood donor clinic in Renfrew. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation you can do so January 23rd from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Renfrew Legion. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is a critical need for donations. Drop-ins are accepted at the Renfrew clinic but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL last night … the Pembroke Lumber Kings were on the road in Cornwall to face the Colts … but came up on the short end of a 6-2 decision. Connor Warnholtz and Jarrad Vroman scored early in the game to make it 2-2 but the Colts scored two unanswered goals in the second period and added two in the third to put the game out of reach. Jake Smith went the distance in the Pembroke net turning aside 26 shots but took the loss.
The Lumber Kings are back in action tonight as they host Navan at the PMC. Game time in that one is 7:30. Then they’re back home on Sunday night hosting the Ottawa Jr Senators. Puck drop is at 7.
Carleton Place Canadians are on the road for two this weekend as they’re in Smiths Falls tonight and on the road in Navan on Sunday afternoon.
In the CCHL-2 … both local teams came up short last night with the Arnprior Packers losing 7-1 to Ottawa West and the Whitewater Kings dropping a 2-1 decision to the Carleton Place Jr Canadians. Danny Johnson was the lone goal scorer for Arnprior while Nicholas Olmstead scored the only goal for the Kings. Whitewater goalie Kevin Proulx had a big night despite the loss. He stopped 47 shots and was the game’s second star.
This weekend … all the local teams are in action. Tonight … the Renfrew Timberwolves host Ottawa West at 8 o’clock and tomorrow … Westport is in Cobden to face the Whitewater Kings. Puck drop in that one is at 8. Then … on Sunday … Renfrew’s in Perth for a 3 o’clock start and the Arnprior Packers host Athens. Game time at the Nick Smith Centre Sunday night is 7:30.