Jury deliberations will begin today in the triple murder trial of Basil Bortuski. The Crown says Bortuski .who has been charged with first degree murder in the deaths of three Renfrew County women in 2015 .killed them to exact revenge. Closing statements were delivered yesterday with the 60-year-old who elected to represent himself throughout the proceedings refusing to participate. He did not say a word … question the Crown’s evidence … or speak in his own defence. He stands accused in the murders of 66-year-old Carol Culleton … 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk … and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam on September 22nd, 2015. A verdict could be rendered as early as today.
If you are thinking of travelling along Old Perth Road in Mississippi Mills today … you need to know that it will be closed for most of the day. The township reports that hydro trenching will be carried out along a stretch of the road … and it’s now closed … and expected to re-open late this afternoon. Local traffic only will be allowed on the stretch from Ramsay Concession 8 and County Road 29.
November 11th will be a day one Ottawa man will remember for some time as he was arrested and faces a number of charges after an officer stopped to help him and realized the man was impaired. In fact , just after 1 in the morning police pulled over on Highway 17 near Kohlsmith Road to assist after spotting a vehicle parked with its 4-way flashers going. The driver told the officer he’d run out of gas but upon investigation it was discovered he’d been drinking and when the vehicle was searched cocaine was found, along with drug trafficking paraphernalia and ammunition. The 27-year-old man was also currently on a 10-year court order prohibiting him for possessing firearms or ammunition. In addition to drunk driving … drug … and ammunition charges, he was also charged for driving while under suspension and without a currently validated permit.
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 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 …
If you’re a high school football fan … then Beckwith Field is the place to be this afternoon as Arnprior District High School takes on Holy Cross from Kingston to decide the eastern Ontario champion. Kickoff for the EOSSAA title game is set for 3 o’clock.
One local team is in action tonight in the CCHL … as the first-place Carleton Place Canadians are on the road in Nepean to face the Raiders. The Canadians are now the #1 ranked Junior A team in the country with only two losses in 31 games. Game time tonight is 7:30.
Still with the CCHL … six Carleton Place players were among the nine from the league called to Team Canada East’s selection camp in early December. This is ahead of this year’s World Junior A Challenge in Truro, Nova Scotia where 22 of the 40 invitees will make the final roster. Members of the Canadians invited include defencemen Aidan Girduckis, Tim Theocardis and Cade Townend along with forwards Connor Hill, Zach Tupker, and Ben Tupker. Selection camp runs from December 2nd to the 5th.
AND … For more on the CCHL and CCHL-2 … and all things hockey … stay tuned to Valley Heritage Radio this afternoon for Rink Wrapm 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.