NEWS – May 14, 2018

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May 14, 2018 at 11:55 am  •  Posted in News by  •  0 Comments

The results are in regarding the month-long gun amnesty that was recently conducted by the OPP across the province. The program was a chance for people to turn over any unwanted guns or ammunition they had lying around. During the month of April, a total of 1,503 guns were voluntarily surrendered in non-OPP jurisdictions. They also collected more than 12,000 pieces of ammunition. Police say they’ll most likely destroy most of the guns, however some will be kept for historical, educational or training purposes.


A flood warning remains in effect for residents along the Madawaska River and the Ottawa River in Renfrew County. The MNR in Pembroke is advising area residents that water levels and flows on the Madawaska River from Kamaniskeg Lake to Griffith and the Ottawa River from Westmeath to Arnprior remain high and are still above minor flooding thresholds.  For safety, all residents should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages. Any residents in areas prone to flooding should take appropriate action to protect their property.   Water levels in the Madawaska River and Ottawa River remain high; however, with no precipitation forecast, levels are expected to slowly decline over the next week. Ice has melted off lakes and rivers so there is no longer the potential for ice jams. Water levels elsewhere in the County have reached their peak and are starting to decline.


The OPP are warning residents of a gift card scam that has recently surfaced in the area. Police say that a scam has been uncovered where someone placed false barcodes on gift cards. The barcodes are stuck onto the back of gift cards so that when one is activated, the money is deposited into a scammer’s account instead of the buyer’s gift card. The OPP say that Before you buy a gift card, give the barcode a scratch to make sure it’s the real thing. If your gift card balance is not what you expect it to be, contact the card issuer immediately. Quick action will greatly improve your chances of retrieving your money. The false barcode isn’t easily noticeable, and buyers should check their purchases carefully to see if the card was tampered with.  If you think you’ve been the victim of a gift card scam, report it to your local police service.


And this time of year is prime for Collisions with wildlife.  These collisions can result in vehicle damage, serious personal injury or death. The Killaloe OPP reports that there have recently been a number of motor vehicle collisions with wildlife, primarily deer. In an effort to help reduce the chances of being involved in a collision involving wildlife, the OPP say to be vigilant during morning and evening commutes when wildlife are more active.  Reduce your speed and deer crossing signs.  The also say to drive defensively; anticipate unpredictable behaviour from wildlife, by scanning for wildlife on the road, in the ditch or shoulder and when you see one…there are more than likely more…..if you need to avoid a deer, brake firmly and stay in your lane.  For more tips on how to be road savvy with wildlife, you can visit the OPP’s website or the MNR website


AND IN SPORTS …

The second week of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League is ready to roll … and things kick off Tuesday night in Fitzroy … as West Carleton Electric hosts Carp at 8:30. There are two games on Wednesday … as Micksburg is in Manotick to face Kars … and Quyon is on the road in Stittsville. On Thursday … the Ottawa Valley A’s are home to Kars. That one goes in Carp at 8:30.

The Winnipeg Jets are back in action tonight as they host Vegas in Game 2 of the West Final. Winnipeg won the opener 4-2 and lead the series 1-0. Game time tonight is 8 o’clock.

The Washington Capitals grabbed a 2-0 series lead over Tampa Bay with a 6-2 win on the road.

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