Still with the snow the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP want people to know that the police snow vehicle patrols are now underway across the region. On January 3rd officers checked approximately 150 snowmobilers and laid two charges one for failure to display a registration number and one for using the trail without a permit. Police say drivers must have proof of insurance registration and have either a valid driver’s licence or motorized snow vehicle licence. You’ll also need to produce it upon demand by police … unless you’re on your own property. You’ll also require a valid 2019 trail permit to use Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trails. The OPP patrols which also include radar speed enforcement … will continue throughout the winter. Officers say slow down and ride sober.
The OPP say that it’s not always easy to spot a scam and new ones are popping up every day. There are also longstanding scams that keep resurfacing and you should be aware of them. These comments follow a police investigation after a Whitewater Region Township resident reported providing a credit card number to a scammer pretending to be with Microsoft. The victim reported a virus froze their computer … and they then received a call from the scammer claiming they could fix the computer problem. Approximately $1,200 was stolen from the victim. Police don’t want you to be a victim … so be extra cautious before handing over money or personal or financial information. If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud or if you have already sent funds don’t be embarrassed. Police say you’re not alone. If you want to report a fraud or if you need more information contact the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 … or go to their website www.antifraudcentre.ca If you have lost money to a fraud also report it to your local police service.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL-2 … there are two local teams in action tonight as the Carleton Place Junior Canadians host the Whitewater Kings. Whitewater is coming off a pair of wins on the weekend to open 2019 on a winning streak and Carleton Place is two points out of first place. Puck drop tonight is 7:30.
The national Jr A rankings are in for this week the first for 2019 and there’s been a big shake-up with the CCHL teams in the national top-20. For the first time this season the Carleton Place Canadians are on the outside of the top-20 earning an Honourable Mention while two other area teams the Hawkesbury Hawks and the Brockville Braves re-enter the top-20, sitting at #13 and #15 respectively. One other CCHL team has earned an Honourable Mention as the Rockland Nationals slip from their pre-Christmas ranking of #19.