Local News

OPP Investigating Damages To Specialized Equipment in Cobden

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/17/2014 10:23:00 AM

Renfrew OPP are currently investigating an incident in Cobden, where someone intentionally damaged equipment used to record water flow data in the Town.

The device known as a portable level water velocity logger, was installed into the sewer system under a manhole cover near the intersection of Astrolabe Road and Bonnechere Street on April 2nd.

On April 6th between 1:15 and 1:30AM someone opened the manhole cover and removed the device.

The damaged unit was thrown in a ditch nearby, missing a cable and sensor.

Renfrew OPP say the Suspect or suspects must have had knowledge where the device was installed, had a special tool to remove the manhole cover and are asking the public to report anything suspicious they may have seen in the early morning hours of April 6th.

Shirley White Officially Joins Pembroke Council

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/17/2014 10:20:00 AM

The City of Pembroke has officially filled the seat left empty following the untimely passing of Councillor Colonel Towriss.

Shirley White took the Declaration of Elected Office this week this week, as well as the Oath and Affirmation of Allegiance.

White, a former Councillor with the City of Pembroke for more than two decades says she was pleased to accept the position...

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White will serve as a Councillor until the end of 2014 and has no plans just yet to run in the upcoming municipal election.

Spring Has Sprung at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/17/2014 9:56:00 AM

Spring has sprung at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre.

The waste recovery centre has new extended hours to accomodate residents who may be working on home renovations, yard work and spring cleaning.

Sue McCrae, the OVWRC General Manager says the nicer weather always brings more people out, motivating them to change their hours...

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There are a few things the OVWRC wants you to keep in mind if you are heading their way, children must remain in your vehicle at all times to keep them safe, wear closed toe shoes, don't smoke anywhere on the property and make sure your loads are secure when traveling to the waste recovery centre.

OPP Looking to Contact More Than 50 Alleged Victims of Cpl Derrick Gallagher. 18 Additional Charges Laid Today

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/17/2014 9:33:00 AM

The Upper Ottawa Crime Unit of the OPP allege there are more than 50 women who have been victimized by Cpl. Derrick Gallagher of Garrison Petawawa.

Today Gallagher has been charged with 18 additional sexual assault (8), voyeurism(9) and assault (1) charges in relation to 10 additional victims.

Gallagher was arrested on March 31st and on April first the 31 year old was charged with 8 counts of sexual assault and 2 of voyeurism.

Sgt Kristine Rae with the OPP says they are pleading with women to come forward who may have had contact with Gallagher across Ontario and Quebec...

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Sgt. Rae adds they are not ruling out the use of drugs in relation to the assaults and there are serious health concerns that need to be shared with the women who may have been put at risk.

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Garrison Petawawa Corporal Derrick Gallagher to Face Dozens More Charges

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/16/2014 4:05:00 PM

Dozens more charges are expected to be laid against 31 year old Garrison Petawawa Corporal Derrick Gallagher tomorrow morning in a Pembroke Court Room.

Gallagher is already facing 8 charges of sexual assault and 2 counts of voyeurism.

Police want to speak with any woman who has ever been alone with Gallagher saying there may be victims from not only the Upper Ottawa Valley, but Ottawa, several other area's of the province and Quebec dating back to 2007.

Police also add that drugs may have been involved in the assaults.

On March 29th Upper Ottawa Valley OPP launched an investigation into a report of sexual assault and Gallagher was arrested on Monday March 31st and remand into custody.

Hike for Hospice

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/16/2014 11:44:00 AM

The Annual Hike for Hospice is taking place early next month.

On May 4th people from across the county are invited to take part in the Hike raising money and awareness for Hospice Renfrew, a free service providing comprehensive end-of-life care to families across Renfrew County.

Connie Legg, Coordinator of Hike for Hospice Renfrew says they are hoping to raise a lot of money with funds staying in Renfrew County...

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This years theme is "It Takes a Team" and Hospice Renfrew is encouraging community service clubs to sign up in teams and to wear their club colours during the walk.

Registration starts at 1PM at Renfrew Presbyterian Church.

Ministry of Natural Resources Downgrades to Flood Watch

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/16/2014 11:41:00 AM

A Flood Watch has been issued for Renfrew County.

The Ministry of Natural Resources downgraded their watershed conditions despite many rivers and streams being at high levels with strong flows.

Although flooding is no longer imminent, residents are asked to keep a close eye on conditions and not let children play near bodies of water.

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OPP Want You to Drive Safe During Long Weekend

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/15/2014 3:20:00 PM

The OPP are out with reminders to slow down heading into the long weekend.

During the Easter Long Weekend there will be increased patrols focusing on distracted driving, speeding and driving under the influence.

Killaloe OPP Constable, Darcy Nicol, says accidents involving animals are also on the rise at this time of year...

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Other reminders from the OPP include buckling up, drivers are responsible for making sure everyone riding in their vehicle are wearing their seatbelts.

TransCanada Pipelines Supports MRI Campaign for PRH

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/15/2014 3:18:00 PM

TransCanada Pipelines has made a significant donation to the MRI: Image Matters Campaign.

They have donated 5 thousand dollars to help bring a new MRI to the Pembroke Regional Hospital.

Carl Ranger of TransCanada says part of their corporate culture is to invest in their employees, their families and their neighbours.

TransCanada Pipelines is planning to covert the existing pipeline that runs through Renfrew County from natural gas to oil connecting the west to eastern Canada.

The Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation has less than a million dollars left to raise to reach their campaign goals to attain an MRI for the region.

School Bus Cancellations

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/15/2014 5:17:00 AM

School Bus Transportation has been cancelled for some areas this morning because of weather conditions.  There will be no buses in Whitney, Maynooth and Bancroft. There are also cancellations for the Madawaska area including Madawaska Valley District High School, Barry’s Bay Satellite School, George Vanier, Killaloe, Madawaska Elementary, Palmer Rapids, St. Andrew's, St. Casimir's, St. John Bosco, St. Mary's (in Wilno) and Sherwood schools.