An Ottawa man is now facing theft charges after he stole from two Renfrew stores last week, only to be apprehended a short time later. On October 28th police were called to two stores on Stewart Street as a man had first pumped gas at Irving’s Fuels, then stole items inside and drove away without paying for the gas. He then crossed the street and stole items from Dahl’s Convenience. Witnesses gave police a description of the man and vehicle and officers pulled him over on Highway 17 near White Lake Road where he was arrested. Marcel Faulkner … age 27 … is looking at two counts of theft under $5,000 and two counts of possession of stolen property. He’ll be in Renfrew Court December 5th.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP, along with the Ministry of Transportation, held a one-day commercial motor vehicle safety blitz last week and a number of chargers were laid against drivers. During the initiative, 17 commercial motor vehicles were pulled over and inspected and 19 charges were handed down including speeding … failure to have speed limiters … possession of speed measuring warning devices … following too closely … and not wearing a seatbelt. Other charges were also laid for not having proper paperwork. The blitz was on October 25th … along the Highway 17 corridor. Officers were paying particular attention to mechanical safety of the vehicles … and unsafe driving.
The OPP has released a list of things parents can do to ensure their kids remain safe on Halloween. Some of the things they’re saying is for adults to make sure each costume has reflective material on it, so trick-or-treaters are more visible. Make sure to tell your kids to walk and don’t run from house to house and they also shouldn’t criss-cross the street. Kids should avoid going inside a house to get candy should always trick or treat with a group or an adult … and wear a short costume to cut down the risk of tripping. Carrying a flashlight is also a good idea. Police also ask that children have their treats checked by an adult before any goodies are eaten. If you’re behind the wheel on Halloween … drive with caution … and be on the lookout for trick or treaters throughout the afternoon and evening.
Just like winter … flu season is almost upon us … and that means the Renfrew County & District Health Unit is rolling out dates for local flu shot clinics. There are many reasons you should get a flu shot … and on Wednesday you can get yours in Renfrew at the Royal Canadian Legion … from 3 to 6 o’clock. Clinics will continue around the Valley 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. Some clinics are by appointment only … so don’t miss out on your spot … and book today.
AND IN SPORTS …
There’s one local team in action tonight in the CCHL-2 … and they’re taking part in the battle of “Junior Canadians” … as the Carleton Place Jr Canadians are on the road … to face the Ottawa Junior Canadians. Carleton Place sits in second in the Richardson Division behind Arnprior … while Ottawa is tops in the Martin Division, aving lost only once in 15 games this year. Game time at the Earl Armstrong Arena is 7:20.
The national Jr A rankings are in for this week and a CCHL team is the #1 ranked squad in the nation with the Brockville Braves climbing into top spot. The Carleton Place Canadians continue to climb in the national top-20 as they jump two spots this week to sit at #14. And there’s one other CCHL team on the list as the Hawkesbury Hawks are holding on to #8 … dipping three spots from last week. Brockville leads the league with a 15-and-2 record … while the Canadians remain hot … with only three losses in 19 games and they lead the league in offence.