The four people arrested on October 17th in Renfrew are now facing a number of charges in connection to various break and enter investigations around the region. On Tuesday police executed a search warrant in town and three Renfrew men ages 29, 25 and 22 along with a 20-year-old Renfrew woman were taken into custody. All are looking at charges of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence break and enter AND commit an indictable offence wearing a disguise while committing an offence possession of break-in instruments and mischief. Two of the four are also facing drug charges. The woman was released and will be in court on December 18th while the three men have a bail hearing today. The OPP are continuing to process recovered property. If you were the victim of a theft and did not report a description of your property to the OPP please speak to the investigating officer and provide as much information as possible.
The Renfrew OPP are looking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted for breaching his recognizance conditions. Michael P. Vitello age 47, was last seen on October 12th in Ottawa. He is facing a number of charges including conspiracy to commit murder. He is known to drive a black 2015 Ford F-250with Ontario licence A-N-3-7-1-7-6. Anyone with information on Vitello’s whereabout is asked to call 9-1-1.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for information that can help solve a theft in Pembroke. Sometime between 8 p.m. on June 26th and 7:30 a.m. on June 27th a gas-powered construction packer was stolen from a job site on Supple Street. The Mikasa brand packer is orange and black in colour. The packer model number is GX160 and it is powered by a Honda engine. If you have any info that can help police you are asked to call the OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The town of Carleton Place will soon have to pay a little more for police services. In a recent meeting of the Planning and Protection Committee an amendment to the OPP billing model was discussed. Based on stakeholder input, the new model sees properties such as passive renewable energy structures communications towers, billboards and bridges becoming exempt from the billing calculation formula. These types of properties are more commonly found in rural areas, thus increasing the cost of police services in town by about $12,000 for an estimated total cost of around $280,000 in the 2018 budget. The previous version of this billing model was introduced as a way of rebalancing the goal being for municipalities to no longer pay too much, or too little. It caused some contention in the region as it saw towns like Perth have their police costs slashed in half while townships like Tay Valley had their costs double.
This Sunday right here on Valley Heritage Radio we have the annual Reach for the Rainbow radiothon with all proceeds going to support The Sunshine Coach. Phone lines will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and you can make your donation by calling 613-432-7299 dropping by the Sunshine Coach offices in Renfrew or by swinging by the radio station where there will be live music all afternoon. The day will be hosted by Art Jamieson. We hope you can find time to support this essential Ottawa Valley service.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Whitewater Kings hosted the Embrun Panthers last night and the home team looked sharp posting a 6-3 win. Jacob McIntyre led the way with two goals for Whitewater while Quinn Vanhoof and Dylan Kuehl (keel) each had a goal and three points. Other Kings goals came from Matteas Derraugh and Conrad Cybulski. Darian McTavish stopped 25 shots and picked up the win.
Still with the CCHL-2 the Renfrew Timberwolves are on the road for two games this weekend, tonight in Winchester and Sunday in Richmond. Whitewater is home on Saturday night when Brockville comes to town at 7 o’clock and they’re on the road Sunday in Athens. And also on Sunday the Arnprior Packers see their only action of the weekend as they host the Perth Blue Wings. Puck drop Sunday at the Nick Smith Centre is 7:30.
In the CCHL this weekend Carleton Place and Pembroke both have home games on Sunday. The Canadians host Smiths Falls in a Battle of Highway 15. Game time in that one is 3 o’clock. And the Lumber Kings welcome Kemptville to the PMC. Puck drop in that one is 7 p.m.