The Valley Search for a Star contest kicked off last night with 19 singers taking to the Thomas Cavanagh Stage in front of a full house here at Valley Heritage Radio. Audience members and those listening to the live broadcast were treated to an evening of superb music from some talented competitors taking their first step towards the grand prize of $3,500. The judging panel of Gord Barnes, Lauren Hall, and Neville Wells selected 10 singers to advance to the semi-finals later this month. Qualifiers include Jamie Anne Bentz … Karen Butt … Grace Cavanagh … Levi Hart … Laura Jane Nikolakakos … Susan O … Ainsley Phillips … Bailey Rogers … Tiffany Schilkie … and Dave Williams. The next preliminary competition is Wednesday, October 11th back at station and 10 more singers will move on to the semi-finals set for the Horton Community Centre on October 18th. The finals will go on Sunday, October 29th.
Police are investigating a motor vehicle collision east of Carleton Place on Highway 7 at Hazeldean Road and are looking for a vehicle and driver that fled the scene. The crash happened Wednesday morning just after 7 o’clock when the two westbound vehicles collided. One car was pushed into the centre median and rolled several times. The driver of that vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police continue to look for the second vehicle described as a late model four-door car that was silver/blue in colour. It was damaged all along the driver’s side. It was last seen heading towards Carleton Place. If you have information you are asked to call Ottawa Police.
A Pembroke man is now facing charges after damaging the front window at the Subway restaurant on Pembroke Street West. Police were called to an act of mischief in progress and when officers arrived the 21-year-old suspect was being held at the scene by bystanders. The man was arrested and is now facing charges of Mischief Under $5,000 and assault after an altercation with one of the bystanders. He was released on a Promise to Appear and will be in Pembroke Court November 7th.
The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit is looking for a couple who have been scamming area hotels and bed & breakfasts. The suspects have defrauded about 20 establishments in and around Ottawa dating back to August 4th. They either make false complaints about their room in an attempt to avoid payment or leave without making final payments. They have been identified as Teresa and John Moorehouse and also involved are their two teenage sons. She is described as a Caucasian female 42 years of age, 5-foot-7, with a medium build and blonde hair. He is also Caucasian 44 years old, 6-foot-2 with a large build and light brown hair. Both speak with an Irish accent. They are travelling with British and Irish passports. You can find their photo on the Valley Heritage Radio website and Facebook pages. If you have information you are asked to call Ottawa Police or Crime Stoppers.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Renfrew Timberwolves came up with a big win last night beating Brockville 6-1 in CCHL-2 action. Luka Marinic led the way with a hat-trick for Renfrew including a pair of power-play goals. Braden Zvonarich ,Brandon Hanniman and Alex Paquette also scored for the Timberwolves while Austin Scheuneman had four assists. Goalie Bennett Oxborough stopped 37 shots for the win.
Still with CCHL-2 the Whitewater Kings are back in action tonight hosting the Athens Aeros at Astrolabe Arena in Cobden where they are unbeaten this year. And it’s a special night as tomorrow is a PA Day at local schools and the Kings have reduced admission prices. Adults will only have to pay $8 and anyone under 16 will get in for $5. Puck drop tonight in Cobden is 8 o’clock.
The title game in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League is set for tomorrow night. The Micksburg Twins host West Carleton Electric on Friday in the championship game in a match-up of the top two teams in the league. Game time is 8 o’clock.