A Petawawa man is now facing charges after a drug lab exploded inside a private home in Pembroke. On March 8th the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP responded to the call of a house explosion on D’arcy Street and after an investigation by the Fire Marshal and the crime unitm it was determined the explosion was the result of a drug lab. Police say that a man and a three-month-old baby were inside the residence at the time and they were transported to hospital, as a precaution. Police have since charged 32-year-old Kurt DeHaan with three counts each of possession and trafficking along with a charge of arson by negligence and possession of counterfeit money. The accused will be in Pembroke court for an appearance on April 24th. The investigation is continuing.
The Renfrew OPP and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for the public’s help to solve a theft of gas in Renfrew. On February 11th … around 6:30 p.m. … a suspect pulled up to the pumps at the No Frills Gas Bar driving an older red 4-door Ford pickup truck with a flashing amber beacon light on the roof. The licence plates were covered in snow and not visible. In addition to filling the vehicle the suspect filled a portable gas can making off with more than $170 in fuel. If you have any information on this crime you’re asked to call the OPP or Crime Stoppers.
If you know a business leaderm whether it be an individual or a company that should be recognized for their great work in the community, then you should consider nominating them for an Ottawa Valley Tourism Award. Presented annually by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association to participating members they are awarded to people … organizations … and events that stress the importance of working together for the growth of the region’s tourism industry as well as offering exceptional visitor experiences. To find information … and nomination forms … you can visit www.ottawavalley.travel. You can put someone’s name forward until Friday March 16th and the winners will be announced at the OVTA’s Annual General Meeting in Renfrew on Monday, April 30th.
If you live in the Upper Valley and are a blood donor there is a clinic set for today at Garrison Petawawa. If you want to roll up your sleeve you can do so from 1 to 4 p.m. … and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Then tomorrow there’s a clinic in Arnprior at the St. John Chrysostom (krizz-awe-stum) Parish Hall from 1:30 to 4 and from 5 to 7:30. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
On the ice … the CCHL playoffs are set to get underway as the Pembroke Lumber Kings open things up on the road tomorrow night in Ottawa … against the Junior Senators. Pembroke finished 7th in the standings and will face the 2nd ranked Jr Sens in the best-of-seven series. Game time tomorrow at the Jim Durrell Arena is 7:30. Game 2 will be in Pembroke Friday night at the same time while Game 3 will be St. Patrick’s day. Back in Ottawa. That one also gets underway at 7:30.
And the Carleton Place Canadians will face Rockland in Round 1 with Game 1 in Carleton Place Friday night at 7:45 with Game 2 in Rockland Sunday at 2:30.
The CCHL-2 playoffs continue tonight and it’s a must-win game for the Renfrew Timberwolves as they’re in Carleton Place to take on the Junior Canadians. Renfrew trails the series 3 games to 1 and need a win to stay alive. Puck drop tonight is 7:15.
The season’s final Canadian Junior Hockey League national Jr A rankings are in and the Carleton Place Canadians will wrap up the year as the #2 ranked team in the country. After 7 straight weeks atop the standings and having top spot 11 times this year they slide one placing. The Canadians finished the season as the only CCHL team to break the 100-point barrier winding up with 110 points and only five losses in regulation in 62 games. The only other CCHL team in the rankings is the Ottawa Junior Senators who slide two spots to land in 7th in the country. They finished in second place in the league standings, with 99 points.