Basil Borutski has been found guilty in the murder of three Upper Ottawa Valley women and will find out his fate at a sentencing hearing set for Pembroke next week. The jury returned guilty verdicts on two first-degree murder counts and one for second-degree murder connected to the deaths of Anastasia Kuzyk, Nathalie Warmerdam and Carol Culleton on September 22nd, 2015. The 60-year-old will be automatically sentenced to life in prison but how long it will be before he can apply for parole is what will be decided at the sentencing set for December 5th and 6th. It will be a minimum of 25 years before he will be eligible for parole and the decision could also mean he would be up for parole for 75 years. The families of the three women will also have a chance to be heard at the sentencing hearing as will Borutski who has remained virtually silent throughout the entire trial.
In mid-October the Renfrew OPP arrested four people and recovered a large amount of stolen property in connection to a series of break-ins at area homes, cottages, and hunt camps. Late last week the four Renfrew residents were hit with an additional 144 chargesand police have solved 12 break-and-enters after weeks of investigations into the crime spree. Andrew K. MacDonald age 25; Brandon D. Thomson, 29; 22-year-old Jacob N. Thomson and Alisha Thomson age 20 were arrested on November 23rd and all face charges including break and enter and commit an indictable offence wearing a disguise while committing an offence possession of break-in instruments mischief under $5,000 mischief over $5,000 break and enter and steal a firearm and possession of a firearm. The OPP are continuing to process evidence connected to another 31 break-ins.
There are a couple of well-known scams that are once again making the rounds one again. The OPP are advising the public that the CRA Scam continues. That one sees a scammer posing as an agent for the Canada Revenue Agency. They say that taxes are due and if payment isn’t made you could be facing jail time. They then demand payment in several different ways. Another is the lottery scam. The caller identifies themselves as being with an organization wanting to give you a large sum of money. It is a scam and you should hang up right away. If you get a call about either one … you should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud agency and if you are an actual victim of a scam report it to your local police.
AND … don’t forget … the CP Holiday Train will roll into Perth tonight with musical guests Colin James and Emma-Lee providing entertainment starting at 7:40 this evening. The train will stop at the end of Herriott Street at the old train yard. A pre-show will kick off the party at 6:30 with a children’s choir and performances from the Lanark Fiddlers Guild and Matt Dickson. Anyone attending is asked to bring a food or cash donation for the food bank. Before stopping in Perth the Holiday Train will hit Merrickville at 5 and Smiths Falls from 6:30 to 7. The train will arrive … no matter the weather.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Arnprior District High School Rapids are rolling into Hamilton today with their sights set on an all-Ontario senior football title. ADHS will be the first Lanark-Renfrew team to play for an OFSAA football title since Almonte represented the region in 2004. Arnprior will face Nantyr Shores from Innisfil in the National Capital Bowl at Tim Hortons Field. Kick-off is set for 4 o’clock this afternoon and the game will be streamed live on the web if you want to catch the Rapids in action. You can find the game by visiting www.ofsaa.on.ca/boys-football-festival. We’ll have that address for you on our Facebook page and on valleyheritageradio.ca
The CCHL-leading Carleton Place Canadians won their lone game this weekend beating Smiths Falls 4-1. Michael Leach stopped 30 shots in the Canadians net … and Shawn Kennedy scored what proved to be the game winner … late in the first period. Carleton Place picked up their 29th win in 33 games this season and lead Brockville by 23 points in the Robinson Division.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings hold down third spot in the division and they split their weekend games falling 5-2 to Ottawa on Saturday night and bouncing back with a 2-1 shootout win over Cornwall on Sunday night. Pembroke’s Matthew Barnaby scored in the third period to tie the game at one last night then scored the shootout winner to give the Lumber Kings the bonus point. Alex Horawski stopped 26 shots in regulation and overtime then turned aside all three in the shootout for the win. On Saturday James Buckley had a goal and an assist for Pembroke.
In the CCHL-2 … the Whitewater Kings came up empty in their two games falling 6-1 to the Arnprior Packers then dropping a 4-3 decision to Athens on Sunday. On Saturday Peter White gave the hometown Kings a 1-0 lead in the first period but it was all Arnprior after that as the Packers scored four times in the second period and never looked back. Ryan Rivard led Arnprior with a goal and a helper while Mitchell Rukavina stopped 31 shots for the win. Kevin Proulx took the loss for Whitewater. And on Sunday Whitewater fell behind early and despite firing 35 shots at the Athens net in the two periods they still trailed 4-1 heading into the third. Peter White Dylan Kuehl and Michael Karas scored for the Kings while Darian MacTavish stopped 34 shots … but took the loss.
The Renfrew Timberwolves lost their lone weekend game – a 4-3 decision to Char-Lan. Andrew McIntyre, Braden Zvonarich, and Zach Moran scored for the ‘Wolves.