A 20-year-old Eganville man is in custody and facing a number of charges following a head-on collision Monday afternoon in Arnprior that resulted in the death of 65-year-old Sheila Welsh. Zachary Wittke has been charged with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death, Flight While Being Pursued by Police, Driving While Disqualified and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. The crash happened on Daniel Street just before 4 o’clock Monday, less than an hour after police were notified a truck had been stolen in Eganville. The same vehicle was then in a collision in Renfrew but the driver fled the scene and was spotted by OPP officers on Highway 17 heading towards Arnprior. After leaving the highway, Wittke raced down Daniel Street where he collided with Welsh who had just pulled out of her driveway. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Wittke is known to police and in 2016 was given a lifetime driving ban and a 10-year weapons ban.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP are alerting people that a door-to-door scam has recently hit Pembroke. On September 23rd police were called after a woman was going to homes and businesses in the east end of the city selling chocolate bars and claiming it was on behalf of the Pembroke Boys and Girls Club. In fact, the club is not involved in this type of fundraiser. The suspect is a woman 45 to 50 years of age 5-foot-4 with shoulder-length blonde hair. She was also wearing a significant amount of make-up. And if a salesperson does visit your home and business police say that before you hear the sales pitch and invite them in ask for photo ID and get the name of the person and the charity they claim to represent. If you ask the person to leave they must leave right away. If you feel unsafe, you should call police.
The Township of Whitewater Region is developing a Master Plan for Recreation Services and they are looking for ratepayers to have their say through a survey. The Township is looking for input on how to invest money and resources over the next 20 years, including a look at recreation and culture facilities, programs and services. If you’re a taxpayer in Whitewater, you can fill out the survey online by visiting the Township website at www.whitewaterregion.ca or if you’d prefer a hard copy to fill out by hand, they can be picked up at the Township’s public libraries in Beachburg ,Cobden, and Foresters Falls. You can also find them at the Municipal Office in Cobden and Kenny’s Store in Westmeath. The survey needs to be completed by October 6th.
The Renfrew OPP have investigated a number of thefts from vehicles over the last seven days including firefighting gear stolen from a locked truck near Arnprior. Between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on September 15th someone broke into a locked pick-up truck bed with a hard tonneau cover and stole a red Ottawa Fire Department bag. In the bag was firefighting gear that included a bunker coat with the name SULLIVAN on it along with bunker pants boots, gloves and a breathing mask. The truck was parked at the boat launch at the Head Pond on Baskin Drive.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoffs continue tonight with a semi-final game on in Fitzroy Harbour with West Carleton Electric hosting the Ottawa Valley A’s. Game time is 8 o’clock. The winner of this game will face the Micksburg Twins in the league championship game.
In high school basketball the RCI Senior Girls defeated the Opeongo Wildcats 45-35 Tuesday in Renfrew. Sydney Smart led the way for the Raiders with 12 points … while Maggie Scott had 11. The Senior Raiders return to the hardcourt next Tuesday as they host the St. Joseph Jaguars. Also in senior action yesterday, Bishop Smith beat Jeanne-Lajoie 52-12 with Tristan Mulvhill scoring 14 points. In junior basketball Jeanne-Lajoie beat Bishop Smith 25-23 and Fellowes beat Valour 24-4.
In the CCHL-2 last night the last of the unbeaten teams fell as the Ottawa Canadians beat Ottawa West 3-2 in the battle of the league’s top-two teams. Tonight there is one game on the schedule as Perth travels to Brockville.
For more on the CCHL and CCHL-2 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 CCHL Commissioner Kevin Abrams and former Pembroke Lumber King and current member of Hartford Wolfpack Eric Levine.