A Pembroke man has been arrested and charged in connection to the theft of money from poppy sales boxes at two Mac’s Convenience stores earlier this month. He’s also facing charges of theft from the Staples store in the Pembroke Mall. Cory Grant Albert Lapierre … age 30 … has been charged with four counts of Theft Under $5,000 and nine counts of breach of probation. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance with this investigation.
A South Algonquin Township man has died after drowning in the family pond. Paramedics and police were called around 5 p.m. on November 27th after family members of 83-year-old John Johnson found his hat on the ice and were concerned he’d fallen through the ice. He was found in the water a short time later and CPR was performed. He was pronounced dead at hospital a short time later. The cause of death has been ruled an accidental drowning.
Some thieves will try anything to part people from their money including posing as police. Recently, several OPP detachments have received calls from concerned citizens asking about police-related organizations calling to solicit cash for teddy bears. While many OPP officers are involved in worthy charities on their personal time the OPP is advising the public that it does not solicit funds from members of the public for its Community Bear Program or any other OPP program. Please verify the legitimacy of any organization that calls to ask for money. For more information on how to spot a scam and avoid becoming a victim … you can visit www.opp.ca
The Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation has received an early Christmas gift. Yesterday, BMO Financial Group made a $40,000 donation towards the hospital’s “Put Yourself In The Picture” campaign. The goal is to raise $4 million with 1.3 raised so far which has gone towards the purchase of a new digital X-ray suite two new digital ultrasound machines and a new portable digital X-ray machine. The fundraising continues as a new CT scan machine is on the purchase list. But there is still some work to do before that plan can fall into place as the price tag is $2.2 million. Almonte General Hospital relies 100% on the Foundation and community support to ensure the staff has access to the best in diagnostic imaging equipment.
AND IN SPORTS …
There’s one game on the CCHL schedule tonight as the Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road in Kemptville to face the 73’s. Pembroke sits in third spot in the Robinson Division with 16 wins in 28 games while Kemptville toils in the league basement with only 6 victories on the season. Game time tonight at the North Grenville Municipal Centre is 7:30.
For more on the CCHL and CCHL-2 and all things hockey stay tuned to Valley Heritage Radio this afternoon for Rink Wrap our hockey talk show. Hosts Geoff Patterson and Adam Noack will bring you up to speed on everything happening on rinks around the Valley and beyond. The show begins right after the 5 o’clock news and runs until 6 p.m.