With income tax season right around the corner, the OPP would like to remind the public that the long-standing Canada Revenue Agency scam continues to surface around the region. Police want you to know that the CRA will not call you and demand payment and they will not ask for personal information over the phone that they already have. Never give out personal information such as account numbers … or your SIN number … over the phone … or through email … and always confirm the source of the call. If you have any questions … the OPP advise you to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit the website at www.antifraudcentre.ca for more information.
The Killaloe OPP are looking for a 40-year-old Madawaska Valley Township woman following a recent domestic disturbance. On February 18th just after 8 p.m., police responded to a call and after an investigation they are looking for the woman who is wanted for assault and breach of probation. The name of the accused has been withheld in order to protect the identity of the victim. The OPP want to remind people that if you … or someone you know … is involved in an abusive relationship … that help is available. You are urged to contact the Bernadette McCann House 24/7 for support … advice … or the safety of a shelter at 1-800-267-4930. The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County is also available 24/7 for information and support and can be reached at 1-800-663-3060. To report a case of domestic violence to the OPP … call 1-888-310-1122 or in emergencies call 9-1-1.
A close call for Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville is being shared as reminder that we all need to be extremely careful when opening suspicious emails while at work or at home. It’s being reported the service was hit with a ransomware attack late last year. It encrypted their systems … locking them out of all files … and demanded $60,000 in order to restore the systems. But the office has good backup systems and IT personnel restored the system in about eight hours. Police say that ransomware usually infects computers after an email attachment is opened, essentially allowing the criminals into your system. In this age of workplace networks, one email can take an entire business or service down instantly. Experts say that if you have the slightest doubt about an email … delete it.
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 31stto 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 you can do so this week at the Carleton Place Civitan Club. This one will be held March 8th from 2 to 8 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 …
The Renfrew Timberwolves have drawn first blood in their CCHL-2 division quarter-final playoff series with the Carleton Place Junior Canadians with a 5-4 win on the road. Jack Rouleau scored twice including the game winner with less than two minutes to play giving Renfrew a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Brandon English Brad Benvenuti and Nych Paquette also scored for Renfrew while Dane Brumm stopped 34 shots. Arnprior native Ryland Mosley led Carleton Place with two goals. Game two of the series is set for Tuesday night in Renfrew. Game time in that one goes at 8 o’clock.
AND … in the CCHL on the weekend the Carleton Place Canadians ran into a hot goalie on Friday night. And that’s putting it mildly. The Canadians fired 68 shots at Nepean Raiders goalie Liam Souliere … and he stopped all but one … in a big 2-1 win over the top-ranked Junior A team in the country. He was particularly sharp in the third period stopping all 25 shots he faced. Tim Theocardis scored the lone Canadians goal while Michael Leach stopped 15 shots but took the loss. The Canadians bounced back with a 3-1 win over Hawkesbury on Sunday with Sam Allison scoring the game winner.
Still with the CCHL the Pembroke Lumber Kings split their weekend games beating Smiths Falls 3-2 in a shootout on Friday before falling 8-5 to Nepean on Sunday night. Jarrad Vroman scored with 18 seconds left in regulation against Smiths Falls to tie the game and Jacob Kamps scored the lone shootout goal for the Pembroke win. Jake Smith stopped 39 shots including both Bears’ shootout attempts in picking up the win. Against Nepean Peter White led the way with a goal and two points.