The Eganville man who was driving a stolen truck involved in a fatal collision in Arnprior on September 25th is now facing a first-degree murder charge in addition to his initial list of charges. Twenty-year-old Zachary Wittke was behind the wheel of the vehicle that left Highway 17 and headed into Arnprior via Daniel Street when it crashed into a car driven by 65-year-old Sheila Welsh. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Wittke is also facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death … flight while pursued by police … driving while disqualified … and theft of a motor vehicle over $5,000. Police continue to investigate the events that led to the fatal collision. The accused will be back in court on November 1st in Pembroke.
The body of woman has been found in the aftermath of fire in Laurentian Valley. On Monday, October 30th just before noon the OPP and firefighters were called to a fire on a Zanders Road property which included a burning barn. The Ontario Fire Marshal continues to investigate. The identity of the woman is being withheld until the next-of-kin have been notified.
Police say that alcohol played a factor in the fatal crash that claimed the life of two young men and sent two others to hospital on Friday, October 27th. All four were involved in a single-vehicle crash on Calabogie Road just south of Burnstown. Brandon Thomas Hanniman of Admaston-Bromley Township was pronounced dead at the scene and Alex Paquette of Renfrew died in hospital on Saturday. Ben Scheuneman and Jake McGrimmon were also injured in the crash. According to reports, Scheuneman is in hospital in critical condition while McGrimmon has been released from hospital. All four were 18 years of age. The investigation has revealed the vehicle was travelling northbound towards Burnstown when it left the roadway and struck a rock cut. Hanniman was driving the vehicle at the time. Police are asking anyone who may have information on this investigation including anyone who may have seen or spoken to the males earlier in the evening. Please call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP would like to remind everyone that while Trick or Treating can be a time of excitement – there is also the chance of potential danger . How can you help keep everyone safe ??? – just follow these safety tips….Carry a flashlight and use a costume with bright colours and reflective material to increase visibility to drivers – wear makeup instead of a mask, avoid baggy or long oversized costumes to eliminate tripping hazards…..walk….don’t run and look both ways before crossing the street. Try not to criss-cross streets and stay with a group…..Never go into a house to get treats and ways have your treats check by an adult before eating them.
Motorists you’re reminded to drive with caution and to be on the lookout for trick or treaters tonight.
By following these safety tips and using common sense – will allow you to have a safe and fun Halloween!
AND IN SPORTS …
The Carleton Place Canadians continue to be the class of the CCHL this season and are once again atop the league standings. And they also continue to climb up the top-20 National Jr A rankings. The Canadians who boast an 20-2-and-1 record after 23 games jump up one spot in this week’s rankings to sit at #4 in Canada. Carleton Place is on an 11-game winning streak. The only other CCHL team in the Top-20 is the Ottawa Jr Senators … and they also climbed this week. They are now sitting in 11th spot up 3 placings from last week thanks to a pair of big shutout wins on the weekend.
The high school girls’ Renfrew County rugby championship game will be played today at the Dochart (dock-cart) soccer pitch as Arnprior hosts Bishop Smith for the title. The bronze medal game will be played at Opeongo as Fellowes comes to town. Both games go at 3 o’clock this afternoon.