The Renfrew OPP are investigating an incident at the Bonnechere Manor that happened on New Year’s Day. A nurse reported that one resident suffered injuries and may have been assaulted by another resident. The victim was taken to hospital by paramedics. The investigation is ongoing with the Renfrew County Crime Unit and the OPP forensic team involved.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP and the Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for the public’s help in solving a theft in Laurentian Valley. Sometime overnight between January 4th and 5th … someone stole a quantity of catalytic converters off a number of new vehicles at Pembroke Nissan. Police ask anyone with information to give them a call … or Crime Stoppers … at 1-800-222-8477.
The snowy weather hit the region in a hurry on Monday and high winds coupled with poor road conditions meant the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were busy responding to collisions. Officers were called to 14 incidents mostly in the morning and afternoon and report that no serious injuries were reported. And with more snow in the forecast the police want to remind motorists to slow down and stay in control in bad weather and officers emphasize that drivers need to remove any snow from their vehicle before heading out onto the roads
The annual Festive RIDE program across the province wrapped up on January 2nd and the numbers are in. Throughout Ontario police charged 587 drivers with impaired and an additional 366 were given a warning because they had been drinking but weren’t over the legal limit. Both of these numbers were down over last year’s campaign and the number of RIDE stops went up by more than 2,500. Police say having the numbers drop is a good thing but there is still a long way to go to make the roads safer from impaired drivers. Last year the OPP charged close to 5,000 drivers with drunk driving and 238 were nabbed for being drug-impaired.
There are three clinics around the region this week … including one today at Garrison Petawawa … from 1 to 4 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Then on Wednesday … there is a clinic at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior … where you have a chance to donate from 1:30 to 4 o’clock … and from 5 to 7:30. And on Friday … you can give the Gift of Life at St James Anglican Church in Carleton Place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or by calling
AND IN SPORTS …
The Canadian Junior Hockey League has released its first national Jr A rankings of 2018 … and the Carleton Place Canadians retain their hold on second place. The Canadians were the #1 team in the nation for four weeks … but were ranked second just prior to the holiday break. But the biggest mover this week was the only other CCHL team in the national top-20 … and that’s the Ottawa Jr Senators who jump three spots and sit at #6, largely because of their big win in a head-to-head match-up with Carleton Place last week.
The high school sports season resumes today, following the Christmas break. In boys’ basketball, Bishop Smith hosts Madawaska Valley … Fellowes is at Mackenzie … Arnprior hosts RCI … and St Joe’s plays at Jeanne Lajoie. These are all double headers for junior and senior. And in girls’ junior and senior volleyball today … Opeongo hosts Bishop Smith … Jeanne Lajoie is at St. Joe’s … and Arnprior heads to Valour.