Renfrew OPP are reminding residents to keep their doors locked, whether your house, garage or vehicles in an effort to deter would-be criminals. Last week … officers responded to a call on Landrigan Street in Arnprior where someone entered an unlocked garage and stole a carton of cigarettes … a cooler … and several outdoor garden lights. Other investigations in the area last week included stolen licence plates, a GPS from an unlocked vehicle on Coronation Street in Renfrew and three stolen bikes in Arnprior, one from Edward Street South, one from McLachlin Street South and a third from Huyck Drive. Officers say take the time to lock it … or risk losing it.
As the Ontario Provincial Police gears up for its Operation Safe Trucking campaign … it is dismayed at fatal transport truck collisions being up in all but two of the OPP’s six regions. And this includes its North East Region marking the highest increase this year at 800% with nine fatalities already this year, compared to one a year ago. Officers have responded to 33 transport truck-related collisions so far this year … marking a 38% increase when compared to this time last year. Forty-one people have died in the crashes. During Operation Safe Trucking … the OPP will be on the lookout for speeding and other forms of aggressive driving … distracted drivers, those who are impaired while behind the wheel, seatbelts, along with hours of service and equipment violations.
Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations and every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. So, if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life there is an opportunity to do just that in Renfrew on Thursday … from 1 to 7 p.m. This clinic will be held at the Bonnechere Manor. Drop-ins are always accepted but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting … or 1-888-2-DONATE. Your donation could save a live.
Friday the 13th is considered to be unlucky by many but it will certainly be remembered as the luckiest day in the life of one person. Did you have a ticket on Friday’s LottoMax draw and did you happen to buy your ticket in Ottawa? If so, make sure to check it … because according to OLG … the sole winning ticket for the $60-million jackpot was sold in Ottawa. No one has come forward yet to claim the prize. You can check your numbers by visiting olg.ca
AND IN SPORTS …
Smiths Falls’ Brooke Henderson narrowly missed her seventh LPGA victory on the weekend with two bogies late in Sunday’s final round to lose by one shot at the Marathon Classic in Ohio. The 20-year-old led by one stroke heading into the last day … but had bogies on holes 15 and 16 and saw her lead slip away. Henderson has six victories on the pro tour, two shy of the Canadian record of 8 set by Sandra Post.
A sad day for the hockey world yesterday as former Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Police say he went for an early morning swim, however its not known at this time if he went alone or with friends. Police received a call just after 6 a.m. that an adult swimmer did not surface and that the Niagara Police assisted in the recovery effort. He drowned in the Hamilton Harbour. Ray Emery was 35.