At least 50 people have been killed in what is being described as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A gunman opened fire during an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas strip last night with more than 200 people wounded and 50 killed including two off-duty police officers. Country star Jason Aldean was performing on stage when the shots were fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert. The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was killed on scene by police who state there was only one gunman.
The trial for the man charged with murder in the deaths of three Upper Ottawa Valley women is expected to get underway today in Ottawa. Sixty-six-year-old Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, age 36 and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam were killed just hours apart on September 22nd, 2015. Jury selection is expected to begin today and the trial is scheduled to run into January. Fifty-eight-year-old Basil Borutski faces three first-degree murder charges.
Canada’s newest Governor General will be sworn in today as Julie Payette assumes her new role during a ceremony set for Parliament Hill. The 53-year-old Montreal-born astronaut engineer and businesswoman is one of the youngest Canadians to take on the title of Governor General. She will replace David Johnston who has held the position since 2010.
Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations and every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. So if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life there is a clinic at the Germania Club in Pembroke on October 10th from 1 to 4 p.m and again from 5:30 to 7:30 Drop-ins are always accepted but you are encouraged to make an online appointment by visiting www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2-DONATE. This will ensure your place and time so you can make a donation.
Valley Heritage Radio’s Valley Search for a Star contest gets underway this week. Our first evening of preliminaries is set for Wednesday at 7 o’clock right here at the station. Twenty singers will be looking for a berth in the semi-finals and a shot at our grand prize of $3,500. And you’re invited to come and watch in person. Seating is limited so get here early. The doors open at 6. And if you can’t make it we’ll be broadcasting the evening live starting at 7 p.m. sharp!
AND IN SPORTS …
Smiths Falls’ Brooke Henderson has won her second LPGA tournament of the season and the fifth in her young career as she captured the New Zealand Women’s Open earlier today. Rain delayed the final round but the 20-year-old went on for a 5-shot win at 17-under par. It was her first Tour win outside of North America.
In CCHL action on the weekend the Pembroke Lumber Kings split their home-and-home series with the Ottawa Junior Senators. Ottawa won 3-0 on Saturday night but Pembroke bounced back at home last night with a 4-3 shootout win. Pembroke actually held a 3-0 lead in this one on goals from Brendan Browne, Matthew Allen and Mason Emoff. But they let it slip away as Ottawa tied it up in the third period sending it to overtime which solved nothing. Lumber Kings goalie Jake Smith stopped two of the three shooters in the shootout while Matt Barnaby and Casey Rhodes scored for Pembroke.
Still with the CCHL first-place Carleton Place split their two-game set with Hawkesbury dropping the opener 2-1 on Friday and coming back with a big 6-1 win Sunday afternoon. Peyton Francis and Aiden Gurduckis (gurr-duck-kiss) each scored a pair for the Canadians yesterday and Connor Hill scored the lone goal on Friday.
In the CCHL-2 the Whitewater Kings improved their record to 5-and-2 with a pair of wins on the weekend beating Alexandria 8-2 on Saturday and downing Perth 3-2 Sunday. Jacob McIntyre led the way on Saturday with a hat-trick and five points while Peter White scored twice and added two helpers. Darian McTavish stopped 22 shots for the win. And against Perth, McIntyre’s third-period power-play goal was the winner and Kevin Proulx turned aside 36 shots for the win.
The Renfrew Timberwolves also picked up two wins on the weekend downing Athens on Friday and beating Richmond yesterday by identical 5-4 scores. Colby Cochrane led the way with a goal and five points in the two games. Bennett Oxborough and Ethan Lapinskie each picked up a win in goal.
The Arnprior Packers lost both of their games falling 9-3 to Carleton Place and 2-1 to Casselman. Brandon English and Bailey Hein each had two points for lead Arnprior this weekend.