A 14-year-old male youth from Pembroke has been identified by police as being responsible for online threats made towards students at Fellowes High School earlier this week. On Wednesday, March 7th … just before 7 a.m. … Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers were made aware of the threat on social media and following an investigation the teenager was found to be responsible. He cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act but will face the consequences of Extra Judicial Measures under the Act. Reports indicate the threat was made through Instagram. Police found there was no immediate threat to public safety and the regular school day proceeded as usual.
A Chalk River man is $100,000 richer after being the big winner on a Crossword scratch ticket. David Grace won the top prize on the Instant Crossword Tripler. He bought the $5 ticket at Shoppers Drug Mart on Civic Centre Road in Petawawa.
The County of Renfrew is in the final phase of updating its Official Plan and members of the public will have a chance to attend special county council meetings and open houses to learn about the proposed changes and to have their say. The first will be held in Eganville on Thursday, March 22nd … at the Eagle’s Nest … and the second will be Wednesday, April 4th … at the Germania Club in Pembroke. On both days … the open house will be from 2 to 4:30 … and residents can drop in, and have a chance to meet one-on-one with county staff. Then … the meeting will follow … each day from 6 to 9 p.m. County staff will the present the Official Plan and major proposed changes after which the public will have the chance to formally address County Council. The only catch is … if you want to address council or make a presentation … you need to sign in prior to the meeting on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more on the Official Plan and the meetings … please visit www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca
With income tax season upon us the OPP want to remind people to be wary of scam artists who may try to take your money posing as members of the Canada Revenue Agency. The scam always resurfaces this time of year and police say that the CRA will never request any personal information through email … texts … or by phone. This includes passport data … credit card … or bank account information. And … the CRA will never collect money through money service businesses or by pre-paid debit or credit cards and will never threaten you. To avoid being a victim police advise that you don’t supply any personal information and you can also just hang up on the call and contact the CRA yourself to verify. Never click on any links in emails or texts and if you do decide to call CRA look up the contact information yourself as fraudsters will give you fake website addresses and phone numbers.
It’s time to “spring ahead” as Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour before you head to bed Saturday night. You’ll lose an hour of sleep but it may be worth it knowing that winter is on its way out and spring is around the corner. Fire officials also want to remind people this is a perfect time of year to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 4th … when we “fall back” an hour.
AND IN SPORTS …
This is the final weekend in the CCHL regular season as the playoffs are on the horizon. After locking down a playoff spot last week the Pembroke Lumber Kings wrap things up with a pair of home games … and a chance to move up in the final standings. Pembroke hosts Kemptville tonight at 7:30 … and Rockland comes to town on Sunday night. Game time in that one is 7 o’clock at the PMC. AND the league-leading Carleton Place Canadians have one game as they are in Navan tonight to face the Grads. The Canadians have nailed down first place overall and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
The CCHL-2 playoffs continue this weekend as the Renfrew Timberwolves are in Carleton Place tonight to face the Junior Canadians in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series. Renfrew won the opener and Carleton Place bounced back to win game two. Game time tonight is 7:45. Game 4 then goes on Sunday night back in Renfrew with puck drop at Mat-te-way set for 7 o’clock. AND … the Perth Blue Wings host Westport tonight for Game 4 of that series. Perth leads 2-1. Game 5 is Saturday night in Westport.