A 19-year-old Petawawa man is now facing charges in connection to a Wednesday morning incident at Valour School where the staff and students were forced into a hold-and-secure mode … after alleged threats were made to a student on social media. Following their investigation … the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP have arrested and charged Colton Blair Clark with mischief and personation. He was held in custody for a bail hearing in Pembroke and police say they are not seeking any further suspects in relation to the incident at this time. The OPP first heard of the threat Wednesday morning just before 7:30 and they responded to Valour and began investigating. As a precaution buses and students were diverted to a safe alternate location. The threat concern has been deemed unsubstantiated by police and there was no known threat to public safety.
A Shawville man is dead after getting involved in a head-on collision on Wednesday while on Highway 148. The Surete du Quebec have identified the 61-year-old man as Charles Argue. The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. when police say that Argue’s minivan crossed the centre line and struck a truck that was hauling logs on the 148 near Clarendon. Police are continuing to investigate as they try to figure out why he veered out of his lane.
Two local hunters have been found guilty of offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act in two separate incidents dating back to early November. Tim Lacourse of Renfrew pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for trespassing to hunt when he shot at a deer on private property off Stones Road near Renfrew on November 11th. He was confronted by property owners and a conservation officer who investigated the incident and discovered Lacourse had fired a single shot at a large buck on the property without having permission to hunt there. Robert Pettigrew of Dacre will have to pay $1,200 in fines for possessing a firearm at night and having a loaded firearm in a vehicle. He was also dinged $250 for having open liquor. On November 11th Pettigrew was stopped nearly 90 minutes after legal hunting time by a game warden on Watson Road. The officer found the man had a loaded rifle out of a case and open beer in his vehicle. He fled the scene on foot and was caught with the help of the OPP a short time later. Both cases were heard in Pembroke Court on February 26th.
Canadian Blood Services has issued an urgent call for Canadians to give blood. They need 2,700 donors in eastern Ontario to book an appointment and give blood by March 31st to ensure all patients continue to have access to the blood and blood products they need. So if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life there are four opportunities around the Ottawa Valley in the next few weeks. The first blood donor clinic is March 8th at the Carleton Place Civitan Club from 2 to 8 p.m. Then on March 13th at Garrison Petawawa from 1 to 4 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Then on March 14th there is a clinic at the St. John Chrysostom (krizz-awe-stum) in Arnprior … where you have a chance to donate from 1:30 to 4 o’clock and from 5 to 7:30. And on March 27th there is a clinic at the Renfrew Legion from 1 to 7 p.m. 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 …
Both local teams have a pair of games this weekend in the CCHL as the Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road tonight travelling to Smiths Falls to face the Bears. Then they’re home on Sunday night as the Nepean Raiders come to town. Game time in that one is 7 o’clock at the PMC. The Lumber Kings are coming off a huge win over nationally ranked Ottawa and have clinched a playoff spot. AND the first-place Carleton Place Canadians are home for a pair this weekend as they host Nepean tonight at 7:45 and Hawkesbury comes to town Sunday afternoon. Puck drop is set for 3 o’clock.
After clinching their best-of-three wildcard series against the Athens Aeros in two straight games, the Renfrew Timberwolves now face the Carleton Place Junior Canadians in the CCHL-2 playoffs. That series opens Sunday night in Carleton Place at 6 o’clock. The only other Valley team alive in the playoffs is the Perth Blue Wings and they will be taking on Westport. That series opens tonight in Westport and returns to Perth on Sunday at 7:30.