Police continue to investigate a serious crash that happened yesterday morning on Highway 17 in Laurentian Hills. Just after 8 o’clock Wednesday morning, Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers were called to the Miller Road area along the highway in response to a two-vehicle collision. Two people involved were taken to hospital by ambulance and one of them was suffering with life-threatening injuries. The highway was closed most of the day yesterday between Deep River and Chalk River reopening late in the afternoon. The OPP, long with the Technical Collision Investigation Unit … are working together. We’ll bring you more updates once they’re available.
Two Pembroke residents were arrested and charged following a shoplifting complaint from a large retail store in Laurentian Valley Township. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were called to the store on the afternoon of January 24th after staff reported a man and a woman stole a significant quantity of electronics, clothing and grocery items. After leaving the store … the pair fled the scene in an SUV. Later that day, police found and stopped the vehicle in west-end Pembroke. Both were arrested and the stolen goods were recovered. A 47-year-old Pembroke woman and a 39-year-old Pembroke man were each charged with one count of Theft Under $5,000 … and shoplifting. Both will be in Pembroke Court to face the charges on February 19th.
Madawaska Valley Township Mayor Kim Love has taken on a leadership role with the Rural Ontario Municipal Association as she has been elected as a board member to represent Zone 6. Love, who joined municipal leaders from across the province early this week in Toronto at the annual ROMA conference to discuss the goals and objectives of rural Ontario municipalities for the next year. After her election Love said her experience at representing rural municipalities will help her play a part in building a strong voice for rural Ontario. She said that strong voice is critical to the survival and future wellbeing of rural residents and she vowed to help ensure ROMA speaks for rural folks and focus on issues that are of importance to the community.
The annual Bell Let’s Talk Day was another huge success in helping to not only open dialogue about mental health but to also raise a lot of money to help the cause. More than $7 million was raised in the one-day campaign … with that cash earmarked for mental health initiatives. At a nickel for every social media mention of the day there were more than 140-million interactions yesterday. And the $7-million in donations puts the program at more than $100 million since it began in 2011.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL tonight, the Pembroke Lumber Kings are looking for two wins in a row after beating the Ottawa Junior Senators on Sunday night. On tap tonight the Cornwall Colts who sit nine points ahead of the Lumber Kings. Game time tonight in Cornwall is 7:30.
In the CCHL-2 … the Carleton Place Junior Canadians dropped a 2-1 decision to the Brockville Tikis last night failing to pick up ground on the division leaders. With the win Brockville now has a seven-point lead over Carleton Place. Kyle Lightfoot had the lone goal for the Junior Canadians last night … while goalie Owen Bennett turned aside 21 shots but took the loss. Tonight, Carleton Place is back in action visiting Ottawa West. Puck drop tonight is 7:15.