News – July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019 at 9:55 am  •  Posted in News by

Maya Mirota
Marta Malek

The OPP continue to search for two missing girls in Algonquin Park. Marta Malek … and Maya Mirota … both 16 years of age … were reported missing at around 10 p.m. on Friday, July 12th. The girls were supposed to rendezvous with the rest of their group that day … and when they didn’t arrive at the meeting point … the police were called. Both girls are from Kitchener, Ontario. The last confirmed sighting of the girls was on July 11th … on the Western Uplands Trail … between Rainbow Lake and Susan Lake. They did have a tent … other camping equipment … and limited supplies. An OPP helicopter and a float plane from the Ministry of natural Resources and Forests are searching from above the dense forest canopy. While offers to assist with the search are appreciated … the OPP is requesting that people not come to the area to assist. All of the searchers are specially trained and all are GPS tracked. Having additional people could hinder potential tracking efforts by the dogs … and increase the possibility of someone else getting lost. If you believe you may have seen the girls or have any information … please call 1-888-310-1122 immediately. If you are camping in the area or passing through … please be on the lookout for them. You can find photos of the girls at

If you live in the Arnprior area … there is good news on the medical front … as there is a new physician at the Arnprior and District Family Health Team. Dr. Christian Montgomery will be returning home to the Ottawa Valley … after growing up in the Pembroke area. He’ll begin his family practice next month … and he’ll also be providing in-patient care at Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital … and will be an anesthesiologist in the operating room. Montgomery said his dream has been to become a rural family physician … and he will begin that dream with his wife Jessica at his side … as both will be calling the Valley home … and becoming active in the community. Arnprior will now have 16 family physicians.

Police in Lanark County are looking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for a theft … and acts of vandalism involving an ice cream truck parked at a residence on Highway 15 in Beckwith Township. On Sunday, June 30th … between 2:50 and 3:10 a.m. … two males entered the property … breaking a passenger-side window.  Once inside … they caused extensive damage to the equipment contained in the truck … and stole various items. If you have any information on this incident … you are asked to contact Lanark County Crime Stoppers.

AND … tragic news out of Lanark County … as the OPP are investigating the apparent drowning of a two-year-old girl. Shortly after 2 in the afternoon on Friday, July 12th … officers responded to a residence with a swimming pool in Tay Valley Township … after being contacted by Lanark County Ambulance Dispatch. Police provided an escort for the ambulance to hospital … but tragically, the child was pronounced dead at hospital. The OPP is assisting the Office of The Chief Coroner of Ontario. The Investigation continues. No further details have been provided.


The West Carleton Electric U12 boys team finished second of nine teams at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association East Qualifier in Cobourg this weekend. West Carleton opened things up with a big 10-5 win over the Springbrook Royals. They then lost to the Napanee Express 15-5 … but rebounded with an 18-5 victory over the Oshawa Double Bs. On to Sunday … West Carleton defeated Springbrook again … this time 12-6. A 12-4 win over the Bracebridge Bandits put the Electric in the final … once again facing Napanee. The Electric got out to a 6-2 lead in the fourth … but couldn’t hold on had to settle for silver … losing 11-7. The second-place finish means that West Carleton will be in the Provincial A division in Ponsonby … on the August 11th and 12th weekend.