Closing statements are expected to be heard today in the trial of the man charged in the triple murder of three Upper Ottawa Valley women. The trial of Basil Borutski is almost wrapped up as the Crown will address the jury and then the defendant who has chosen to represent himself will have the opportunity to make a statement. To this point in the trial he has chosen not to say a single word. He stands accused of murdering 66-year-old Carol Culleton 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam on September 22nd, 2015.
An Arnprior man is now facing a number of charges after police say he fired a shotgun in a Carleton Place parking lot in the early morning hours of November 17th. No one was injured. When police arrived on the scene on Bell Street they stopped a Chevy pickup that was racing away at high speed. When they pulled him over the 27-year-old man was charged with careless use of a firearm unauthorized possession of a firearm as well as impaired driving and driving over 80 mgs. Police also charged him with stunt driving. He was released on a promise to appear in Perth court to face the charges.
The Killaloe OPP were conducting a ride program on Sunday night along Water Street in Bonnechere Valley when officers spoke to a driver they’d stopped. The man then sped away from the checkpoint and police caught him a short while later. After the investigation a 28-year-old man from Laurentian Valley was arrested and faces a number of charges including flight from police dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, obstructing police, failure to provide breath sample being in a dwelling unlawfully occupying a motor vehicle knowing a firearm is present. impaired driving and driving with a suspended licence. The investigation is ongoing.
A 70-year-old man who was headed for his hunting watch was killed on the weekend after a single-vehicle collision. Gerald Scott Irvine of Georgetown was driving an ATV when the collision occurred in Carlow-Mayo Township, south of Combermere , and west of Palmer Rapids. The crash took place early Saturday morning November 18th.
If you want to get a flu shot, this is the final week the Renfrew County & District Health Unit is offering free clinics across the region. Today you can get your shot at the Killaloe Lions Club from 3 until 6. On Wednesday you can get inoculated at Real Hope Christian Assembly in Deep River from 3 to 6 … and on Friday the clinics wrap up with a final one at the health unit office in Pembroke. That one runs from 2 to 6 p.m. For information … visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Carleton Place Canadians have been the class of the CCHL all season with 27 wins in 29 games and a nine-point cushion atop the league standings. And now they have been recognized as the top team in Canada according to the latest national Jr A rankings. The Canadians now own the #1 spot in the country slipping past Thief River Falls into top spot. The other CCHL team in the top-20 is the Ottawa Jr Senators who made a big jump this week climbing five spots to hold down #8.
Last week was very successful for Ottawa Valley high school teams at various Eastern Ontario championships. Mackenzie from Deep River won EOSSAA gold in senior boys volleyball; Opeongo brought home silver in Jr Girls single-A basketball; RCI won silver in senior girls’ single-A basketball; and the Arnprior girls’ hoops teams each won silver in junior and senior double-A. And still with ADHS, this week the senior boys’ football team continues its quest for an all-Ontario title as they face the Kingston champs from Holy Cross in the EOSSAA title game Wednesday afternoon at Beckwith Field. Kickoff in that one is set for 3 o’clock.