Two men have been arrested and are now facing charges for human trafficking offences in Renfrew after a teenaged female came forward to report that attempts were made to lure her into prostitution. The incident occurred in March and was reported to the Renfrew OPP in April. Following a police investigation … Liam Coyne of Renfrew … and Logan O’Brien of Ottawa … are each charged with attempting to procure a person under the age of 18 to provide sexual services. Both men are 18. They were both released with a promise to appear in Renfrew Court on May 30th. Police say that human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery … in which traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will. If you, or someone you know, is being exploited, contact your local police service … or call 9-1-1.
Three men and a woman, all from Ottawa, are now facing robbery and firearms charges following a home invasion in Renfrew last Thursday evening. Just before 10:30 p.m. on May 17th … Renfrew OPP officers responded to the break-in to an Allan Avenue home after the victim said she and another occupant in the home were robbed by several people wearing masks … and brandishing a gun. She told police the suspects fled in a white car and officers located the vehicle heading westbound on Highway 17. It was stopped just east of Campbell Drive … and arrests were made. Charges include robbery using a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, break and enter, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon … and wearing a disguise. All four were held in custody pending a bail hearing. The Renfrew County Crime Unit is leading the investigation.
Police say that online threats made against Carleton University on the weekend are not credible and there is no known risk to public safety. Posts were circulating on Facebook and other social media sites on the weekend that lives would be taken at the university on Sunday. In a statement from the University early Monday morning, it was confirmed that a bomb threat had been made but officials said it has been investigated and that it is safe to attend campus.
Safe Boating Week is now underway … and the OPP is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council to promote safety on the water. Police report that boating fatalities on Ontario waterways reached an eight-year high in 2017 … with 31 people dying last year … compared to 23 deaths in 2016. They also say that the outcome could have been different for the 42 victims who were found not wearing a personal floatation device over the two-year period. Officers say there are a number of things to consider before heading out on the water … including wearing a personal floatation device … don’t drink and boat … make sure you have all the required safety equipment … and ensure your watercraft is water-ready. For more information about how to remain safe on the water all summer long … visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council website.
AND IN SPORTS …
It’s a busy week in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League with five games on the schedule. The action kicks off Wednesday night with three games including a double-header in Manotick with West Carleton facing Kars. The first game in that one goes at 7. Also on Wednesday, Stittsville is in Kemptville to face the Kemptville Black Sox, an affiliate team, that will face each of the league’s seven teams once this season. On Thursday, Micksburg is in Quyon to face the Flyers at 7:30 and Carp faces the Ottawa Valley A’s at the Carp Fairgrounds. First pitch in that one goes at 8:30.
AND … there will be a Game 7 in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final … as the Washington Capitals beat Tampa Bay 3-0 last night in Game 6 … to force the deciding game. That game will go tomorrow night in Tampa at 8 o’clock. The winner will meet Vegas in the Stanley Cup Finals … after the Golden Knights bounced Winnipeg in five games to win the West title.