The much anticipated twining of highway 17 from Arnprior to Renfrew was announced yesterday at a press conference in Renfrew at the Days Inn. MPP John Yakabuski along with Warden Jennifer Murphy, several members of County Council and other dignitaries….announced the plans saying that the 22.5 km expansion would be from Scheel Drive near Arnprior through to 3km west of Bruce Street near Renfrew. According to Yakabuski – shovels in the ground can be expected anywhere between 2 and 3 years…after surveying and other logistics are put into place. The project – to be completed in phases – will take approximate ten years to complete and will include four new interchanges. Premier Ford expressed during his visit to Renfrew last year that the Province was supportive of the expansion – According to Yakabuski, the expansion of highway 17, will not only reduce congestion and improve quality of life for workers, families and businesses in Ontario – it will make travel easier and prove to be a relief to the people of Renfrew county.
The OPP says that the AMBER Alert program is an instrumental tool in helping the public and police with locating an abducted child who may be in danger. And, the force is reminding the public that calling 911 or any emergency service communication centre is not an appropriate venue to complain about AMBER Alerts. They are issuing the reminder because … once again , people have called 911 to complain about the latest AMBER Alert sent out at night earlier this week. It ended on a happy note as the two boys and elderly man at the centre of the investigation were found safe. Police say they were found as a direct result of the Amber Alert. The CRTC mandated the broadcasting industry to distribute emergency alert messages, which includes AMBER Alerts. As of April 2018, wireless networks were included in this mandate. The only option to not receive these alerts to a mobile device is to have your device turned off completely.
The Renfrew OPP were busy last week when it came to tracking down drunk drivers as officers charged four people with impaired. Two were pinched on July 1st, one the result of a motor vehicle collision on Madawaska Boulevard in Arnprior and the second following a tip from the public. That one was also in Arnprior. Only July 7 … police caught two more people who had been drinking before climbing behind the wheel. One person was charged at a RIDE stop in Arnprior and the other came when police followed up on a complaint from a citizen. Facing impaired charges are a 57-year-old Ottawa woman a 63-year-old Arnprior man … a 28-year-old man from Limerick Township and a 56-year-old McNab-Braeside woman. All four will be in Renfrew court on August 7th to face the charges.
The OPP is reporting there has been an increase in reported extortion scams. The scammer will inform the citizen that a video or picture containing explicit sexual content will be made public if they do not pay a fee immediately. In an attempt to scare the targeted people into believing the scam is real the fraudsters send an email that contains a password that the person is either currently using or previously used as proof that they have hacked their computer while they were visiting a pornographic site. The scammer then says that access to the webcam was gained and all proceedings were recorded. To prevent any humiliation, scammers urge victims to pay a “confidentiality fee” by bitcoin or the video will be shared with all family members, colleagues and friends. If you receive an email or phone call similar to this you are asked to call the OPP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Do not give out any personal information or make payment. This is an extortion scam.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Micksburg Twins won both games in a Thursday night Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader. With the Micksburg diamond double booked … the games were played at the McNab diamonds. The first game of the night saw the Twins beat the Stittsville 56ers 7-0 in five innings. Joran Graham earned the win while Kyle Olson took the loss. This game saw 15-year-old Liam Jessiman make his league debut with his dad Scott and uncle Dan. The nightcap was a 12-5 win for Micksburg over West Carleton Electric in six innings. John Enright got the win while Steve Cavanagh was tagged with the loss. For Micksburg … Graham had two homers … and Riley Hennessy had a solo shot.