When you fail to stop at a school bus with its lights flashing … you put lives in danger. That’s exactly what happened on March 22nd when a driver didn’t stop for the bus, which was unloading children in Arnprior. Police say a tragedy was narrowly avoided when an 88-year-old Arnprior man didn’t even slow down for the stopped bus even though the lights were flashing and the stop arm was out. Kids were stepping off the bus when the man drove close to the bus … almost striking a parent. When he realized what he’d done he started to back up almost hitting kids as they crossed the road. He then drove off. The driver was identified as Elmer Leeck and he was caught by police who issued him a notice for failure to stop for the school bus when lights activated.
Police are looking for the public’s help in finding a driver who pulled over at a RIDE stop on Saturday night then fled the scene. On March 24th ,around 9:15 p.m., OPP officers were conducting a spot check on Bruce Street at Maloney Road in Renfrew when a man driving a 4-door black Pontiac Grand Am … or G6 … briefly stopped … then drove off when police directed him to pull off the road. Open alcohol was seen in the vehicle. Patrols were conducted … but officers were unable to find the vehicle. If you have information on either the car … or the driver … you’re asked to call the Renfrew OPP … or Crime Stoppers. The investigation is ongoing.
A credit card scam has resurfaced in our area. It sees a scammer call you and claim that a large amount of money has been charged to a credit card. They ask if you have made the purchase. When you say no … you’re asked to press the pound key on your phone then dial the 1-800 number on the back of your card. The scammer hopes you won’t realize that you never disconnected from the initial call. If you continue … the conversation isn’t with their credit card company at all but, rather the scammer. They then ask for private information, which can lead to a big financial loss. Pressing the pound key does not disconnect your phone. If you get such a call, hang up. You can then call your credit card company yourself to reassure yourself that it was an attempted scam. If you do become a victim, call police.
If you’re currently looking for a job then Pembroke is the place to be this afternoon as the first Renfrew County Career Fair runs from 2 until 7:30. Hundreds of employers in Renfrew County are looking to hire new talent in a variety of career … business … and organizational sectors. If you’re in the market for a new job bring your resume and be ready to sell yourself. Employers are not only looking for full-time help, but some will be looking for summer and seasonal workers. There’s no charge to attend. The career fair is being held at the Best Western Pembroke Inn and Conference Centre.
AND IN SPORTS …
The CCHL-2 semifinals continue tonight as the Carleton Place Junior Canadians are on the road to face the Ottawa Canadians in Game 4 of that series. Ottawa leads 2-1 as Carleton Place won Game 3 when Reece Bolton scored in double overtime to get his team back into the series. Puck drop in Game 4 tonight is 7:20 at the Earl Armstrong Arena.
Still with the CCHL-2 the Perth Blue Wings lead their series with Casselman 3 games to 2 with Game 6 set for Wednesday night in Perth. Puck drop in that one is 8 p.m.
AND … in the CCHL … one semifinal series has been determined as the Ottawa Junior Senators will face Brockville. Ottawa best Pembroke in six games while Brockville swept Kanata. The regular season champion Carleton Place Canadians will play the winner of the Hawkesbury and Cornwall series which is tied at three games apiece. Game 7 is tonight in Hawkesbury.