Four local men are facing a number of charges including robbery and assault with a weapon after police executed two search warrants in Pembroke on November 8th. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP obtained the warrants during an investigation following a complaint that someone was assaulted threatened and robbed at their Pembroke home earlier this month. When police raided homes on Pembroke Street West and Bronx Street last week they seized a firearm imitation firearms drugs and cell phones. Two Pembroke men one age 28 and the other 43 have each been charged with Assault with a Weapon and Uttering Threats. A 41-year-old Laurentian Valley man is also facing those two charges along with Assault and Robbery with Violence. A third Pembroke man, age 23, has been charged with Using a Firearm While Committing and Offence Pointing a Firearm Assault with a Weapon and Uttering Threats. All four men remain in custody and will be in Pembroke Court Nov 14th.
With water levels now stabilized and slowly receding the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority wants the public to know the Flood Watch for Dalhousie Lake has been terminated. But water levels will remain high for the next three to four weeks as water from the upper lakes makes its way through the system. And with no significant rainfall in the forecast, flows along the Clyde River and Carp River are expected to decrease steadily over the next week. No significant flooding on the remainder of the main Mississippi River or larger tributaries is anticipated however, all areas of the watershed are higher than normal for this time of year. Residents are strongly advised to remind children to stay away from these fast-flowing dangerous areas.
Beginning this week Ontario Power Generation will begin to lower water levels around three Valley generating stations in order to protect frogs and turtles this winter. The initiative which is also supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will see water levels dropped at the Calabogie and Stewartville generating stations on the Madawaska River and the Chenaux station on the Ottawa. This is to encourage the frogs and turtles to find their home for the winter a bit deeper in the water column so it’s less likely they’ll be disturbed by winter water level changes. Residents and businesses along these rivers are advised to take all necessary precautions to ensure the lower waters do not have an impact on their properties.
With cold and flu season upon us the Renfrew County & District Health Unit is once again offering their annual flu shot clinics. This week there will be a Wednesday clinic at the Arnprior Legion from 3 to 6 p.m. and another on Thursday in Petawawa at the Legion from 3 to 6 o’clock. No appointments are necessary. Clinics will continue around the Valley throughout the month. For more information or to find out when the flu clinic closest to you is happening visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666.
There’s a blood donor clinic at Garrison Petawawa this week. If you’re interested, you can roll up your sleeve on Tuesday from 1 to 4 and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations. Drop-ins are always accepted but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or calling 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL on the weekend something happened that hasn’t taken place in a long time. The first-place Carleton Place Canadians lost a hockey game. After reeling off 14 straight victories dating back to October 1st the Canadians fell 3-2 to Nepean in a shootout. But they rebounded in a big way Sunday hammering Kanata 7-2. Against Nepean, Carleton Place threw all they could at goalie Liam Souliere who stopped 53 shots and three more in the shootout in being named the game’s first star. On Sunday, Jason Cmunt (smunt) led the way with a goal and three assists. Jeremie Forget picked up the win turning aside 18 shots for the Canadians.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings split their weekend games beating Navan 4-1 on Friday before falling 5-4 in overtime to Rockland on Sunday. Matt Barnaby led all Lumber Kings with a hat-trick on Sunday and a single goal on Friday. He added two assists for a six-point weekend. Jakbo Kamps scored twice and had four points in the two games.
It was an emotional night in Renfrew on Friday as it was standing-room only at the Mat-te-way Activity Centre as the Timberwolves played their first game since a fatal car crash last month that claimed the lives of two players and left two others hospitalized. Prior to the game the team honoured the memory of Brandon Hanniman and Alex Paquette by retiring their jerseys #88 and #65. All proceeds of the night in excess of $10,000 was donated to the Sheuneman family as Ben remains in hospital. The fourth player Jake McGrimmon has been released from hospital.
And on the ice the Timberwolves showed no signs of rust and came away with a 5-2 win. Luka Marinic had a hat-trick and Andrew McIntyre scored once and assisted on four others to lead the team. Ethan Lapenskie stopped 30 shots for the win.
Arnprior split their weekend games beating Brockville 4-2 and falling 3-2 to Athens in overtime. And the Whitewater Kings came up empty in their two games dropping a 6-3 decision to Ottawa West … and losing 5-3 to Casselman.