You’ve heard the police say it before … Lock it … or Lose it. It means … lock your car when it’s parked, or you risk losing any valuables you have inside. Recently the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP conducted a check of a number of vehicles parked at several locations in Pembroke and Petawawa as part of the Lock It or Lose It campaign. Of the 282 vehicles checked … 20 were unlocked and insecure … and several of those had valuables in plain sight, including building materials … groceries, keys, and a wallet. And if you found a small note on your vehicle telling you what you had done wrong and offering you some safety tips … well … that was from an OPP officer. Or if your vehicle was secure, safe and sound, you may have also received a notice. Police want to remind motorists and passengers not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership … credit card invoices … or anything with personal information in your car or truck because identity thieves will use that information.
Renfrew OPP officers have been busy the past two weeks investigating incidents of people pumping gas into their vehicles and driving away without paying. Police have looked into six cases recently … and say that one was accidental as there was no intent to steal … but others appear to be deliberate. In one case … the suspects concealed their faces and licence plates from employees and security cameras. Police are reminding people that if you don’t pay for your fuel before you drive away … you could be looking at theft charges.
Slow down. That’s the message from the Renfrew OPP as they have caught three drivers recently who were well above the posted speed limit and are now facing charges of stunt driving. And a fourth was literally performing a stunt doing a catwalk on a motorcycle on Madawaska Boulevard in Arnprior. In that case … a 49-year-old Ottawa man had his bike impounded and earned a day in court. The other drivers were all racing more than 50 km/h above the speed limit and were pinched on Highway 417 near Arnprior and Highway 17 in Horton. If you’re caught for stunt driving, your driver’s licence is suspended on the spot and your vehicle is impounded for one week. Then you must face the charges in court … and could be fined … jailed … or face a long-term licence suspension.
AND … If you are a blood donor … and want to give the Gift of Life … you can do so next Tuesday at a blood donor clinic in Pembroke. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation … you can do so October 9th … from 1 to 7:30 p.m. … at the Germania Club. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is always a need for donations in the fall months. Drop-ins are accepted at the Pembroke clinic but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca
AND IN SPORTS …
In high school girls’ basketball action yesterday … RCI won both their games over St. Joe’s with the juniors coming out on top 29-24 and the seniors winning 64-35. Olivia Smart led the junior Raiders with 11 points while Maggie Scott scored 23 for the RCI seniors.
In the CCHL-2 tonight the division leading Arnprior Packers are on the road in Brockville for a 7:45 puck drop.
AND … a reminder to make sure to 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 the guests will be Carleton Place Canadian Head Coach, GM, and Owner Jason Clarke and former Pembroke Lumber King turned Carleton Raven Jared Steege.