Renfrew OPP officers investigated two residential break-ins last week. On Halloween morning, just after 11:30 police were called to a call on Renfrew Avenue West and found a man had entered and stayed in an apartment without permission. A 35-year-old Renfrew man was arrested and charged with break and enter, unauthorized possession of a firearm , and careless storage of a firearm. He will be in Renfrew Court on December 6th to face the charges. In a separate incident on October 30th a Massey Crescent homeowner discovered the front door to the house has been damaged and forced open. Nothing had been reported stolen. Both investigations continue.
Police are looking for the public’s help in solving a break, enter and theft in Petawawa. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP say that in the early morning hours of October 28th someone gained entry to the Unlimited Dollar Store on Petawawa Boulevard. Once inside, the suspect stole a quantity of cash and fled the scene. If you have information on this crime, you are asked to contact the OPP or Crime Stoppers. If your tip leads to charges being laid, you may qualify for a cash reward.
Legitimate salespeople still go door-to-door but so do scam artists. And that’s why police want people to be aware and diligent if someone arrives on your doorstep and tries to sell you something. There has recently been door-to-door sales activity in the Upper Ottawa Valley and the OPP want to remind people that before you hear a sales pitch and open your door to a stranger you should go through a mental checklist. That list includes asking for photo ID and getting the name of the person and the business or charity they represent. You should also never share personal information and this includes showing an electricity or gas bill. Never feel pressured to sign any type of contract on the spot. Do your homework first and always ask questions. AND … if you ask a salesperson to leave, they must do so right away. If you feel unsafe, call the police with a description of the person and their vehicle.
If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet and you live near Eganville, then today is your lucky day. A clinic has been set up today at Grace Lutheran Church in Eganville from 3 to 6 p.m. There is no charge. It’s one of a number of flu shot clinics set up around the Valley by the Renfrew County & District Health Unit 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.
AND … even though Christmas is still six weeks away you may want to consider giving a gift this week. The Gift of Life. It’s as easy as sitting back … and rolling up your sleeve … as there are two blood donor clinics in the area this week including one today in Arnprior. You can donate this afternoon from 1:30 until 4 and again from 5 to 7:30 at the Nick Smith Centre. Then tomorrow you can also give the gift of blood at a clinic in Almonte at the Civitan Club. That one runs from 3 to 7 p.m.
AND IN SPORTS …
In CCHL-2 action last night the Arnprior Packers were in Ottawa to face the first-place Canadians but they came up on the short end of a 5-2 score. Things started off well for Arnprior as Colin Baggio gave the Packers a 1-0 lead on the power play but it was all Ottawa after that as they took a 4-1 lead en route to the win. Ty Power also scored for the Packers while goalie Patrick Kealey turned aside 42 shots but took the loss. Arnprior’s record now slips two games below 500 while Ottawa improves to 18 wins in 21 games this season.
Still with the CCHL-2, there’s one game on the schedule tonight as the Carleton Place Jr Canadians are in Brockville to face the Tikis.
For more on the CCHL and CCHL-2 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. Tonight’s guests will be hockey author and journalist Todd Smith and Whitewater Kings sharpshooter Peter White.