A Pembroke man and woman are facing numerous charges after being arrested in connection to an armed home invasion in Laurentian Valley in November. On January 24th officers from the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP arrested Adam Commanda … age 36 … and 44-year-old Krista Foster was arrested and charged two days later. They are both connected to a B&E on Round Lake Road were two disguised suspects carrying guns … broke into a home and tied up the two homeowners and stole cash, then took the victim’s vehicle. Following an investigation, Commanda is looking at two counts each of robbery using a firearm … forcible confinement … and breach of parole. He’s also charged with break and enter … wearing a disguise … and theft of a motor vehicle. Foster was also nailed with two counts of robbery with a firearm … and two more for forcible confinement along with a few other charges. Both remain in custody until a bail hearing February 6th in Pembroke. Police say they expect to lay charges against a third suspect who is currently in custody on unrelated matters. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the OPP … or Crime Stoppers.
Police are looking for anyone who witnessed a single-vehicle collision on Saturday, January 27th on Highway 17 at Gillan Road. The crash took place between 2:30 and 3:30 in the morning. A Renfrew OPP officer took the call and as he approached the area he stopped to speak to a male pedestrian who was the driver of the vehicle. The 42-year-old Arnprior man was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries and was then arrested for impaired driving and driving under suspension. Police also believe a dark-coloured SUV may have stopped to offer help at the scene and the OPP is looking to speak to that person … or anyone else … who may have information. You are asked to call the Renfrew OPP.
Following last week’s Budget Workshop the County of Renfrew has approved a 3% tax levy for the coming year. Saying the budget meets all the targets set by council for 2018 and with a focus on today and the future the County’s Finance & Administration Committee is recommending to council the 3% increase with 1.7% of that earmarked for operating expenses and the remainder rolling into the capital fund to finance the long-term asset renewal program. This will allow for the continued and necessary investment in vital infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and social housing. The recommendation will be tabled at the January 31st session of county council.
Mississippi Mills council is giving local property owners who may be affected by proposed changes to the town’s Community Official Plan a chance to ask questions and gather more information at a drop-in session today from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Almonte Old Town Hall. If you’d like to see a copy of the current proposed Official Plan amendment you can do so at the Mississippi Town Hall municipal building … or check it out online at www.mississippimills.ca … under Town Hall … Department … Planning Page. Updates are also posted on the Mississippi Mills Facebook page.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL-2 last night … Connor Noonan and Bailey Hein each scored two goals … as the Renfrew Timberwolves downed the Whitewater Kings 5-2. Russell Denney also scored for the Timberwolves … while Peter White and Chad Moore replied for the Kings. Dane Brumm (broom) stopped 25 shots and earned the win for Renfrew … while Kevin Proulx took the loss. Renfrew now trails Whitewater by three points … in the chase for fourth spot in the Richardson Division … and the Timberwolves have one game in hand.
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. The Canadians remain in top spot for the third straight week and for the seventh time this season. And the only other CCHL team in the national top-20 remains ranked #5 as the Ottawa Jr Senators are holding tight. Both teams have been the class of the CCHL this season as Carleton Place currently sits in first place with 88 points and Ottawa has 82. The next closest team is Hawkesbury who are 25 points behind the Jr Senators in the standings.