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Tuesdays & Thursdays are Criminal Record check days

Posted By: Brian Burton · 9/26/2016 5:31:00 AM

With a new school year already in progress and registration for many fall sports programs already underway the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind local residents of when they can submit and pick up their criminal records checks.  Both the Pembroke OPP Detachment at 77 International Drive in Pembroke and the Petawawa OPP Detachment at 1913 Petawawa Boulevard in Petawawa will only accept and return criminal records checks on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8am and 4pm.  The change to Tuesday and Thursday as criminal record check processing days began in April 2016 as a result of balancing operational needs with the increasing demand for criminal record checks.

The public is reminded that the fee for a criminal record check for employment purposes is $25.   There is no fee for those who require a criminal record check for volunteer purposes but those applicants ...

OPP Execute Search Warrant and lay Drug Charges in Renfrew

Posted By: Brian Burton · 9/22/2016 6:06:00 AM

On September 16, 2016 members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau - Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Tactical Rescue Unit (TRU) and Renfrew OPP Detachment executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a residence on Oak Crescent in Renfrew ON. Police located a small amount of cocaine and 6 ounces of marihuana. Paraphernalia indicative of drug trafficking was also seized.

 Joseph REDPATH (24) of Renfrew ON was arrested and charged with the following:

                               *             Possession of Controlled Scheduled I Substance                                                                                        

                              *             Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking of Controlled Scheduled II substance

                              *             Failing to Comply with Undertaking


 REDPATH was released on a Promise to Appear in Court and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, Renfrew Ontario October 26th, 2016

A Vigil to mark the first anniversary of Wilno killings in Petawawa today

Posted By: Brian Burton · 9/22/2016 5:50:00 AM

Today marks one year since the death of three women in the Ottawa Valley.

On September 22nd 2015 Anastasia Kuzyk, Nathalie Warmerdam and Carol Culleton were murdered during an alleged spree of violence and anger.

Basil Borutski is now facing three counts first degree murder and will stand trial a year from now.

The day's tragic events started in Wilno with the death of Kuzyk, then moved to Foymount and Combermere before Borutski was tracked down in a wooded area in Kinburn.

A vigil will be held at the Renfrew County Women's Monument in Petawawa at noon to honour the women.

Pembroke Woman Arrested and Charged For "Counselling To Commit Murder"

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 9/21/2016 4:29:00 PM

A 34 year old woman from Pembroke is facing a charge of Counselling to Commit Murder and Uttering Threats. 

The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police Crime Unit under the direction of Detective Staff Sergeant Tina Chalk of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch concluded an investigation into an incident involving the offences of counselling to commit murder and uttering threats which occurred in the Petawawa area.

The 34 year old woman was arrested and charged on Tuesday September 20th. She was released from custody and will appear in court in Pembroke at a later date.  The OPP will not identify the accused to protect the identity of the victim.

OPP Auxiliary Recruit from Golden Lake Honored with Award

Posted By: Brian Burton · 9/20/2016 5:08:00 AM

Five new Auxiliary Constables have recently joined ranks at the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment. 

The newest Auxiliary Members of the OPP are Diane Hokum, Kelsey Michaud, Mike Publow, Colton Keuhl and Chelsey Schoenfeldt. 

At a recent meeting on September 14, 2016 Detachment Commander Mark Wolfe welcomed the new members and presented an award to 24 year old Schoenfeldt of Golden Lake who was recognized by OPP Instructors as the Most Outstanding Recruit in the June 2016 Auxiliary Constable Recruit Class. 

In total 51 recruits from all over Ontario successfully completed the training in June 2016 which took place at OPP Headquarters in Orillia. 

“Our newest Auxiliary Members will assist us in continuing to build positive relationships with our community by taking part in many community safety strategies that are proactive and innovative,” stated Inspector Mark Wolfe.

Auxiliary Constables are dedicated civilian volunteers who assist regular OPP ...

OPP Ask For Public's Help In Search For Escaped Inmate

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 9/16/2016 12:25:00 PM

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as result of being Unlawfully at Large.

Mohamed Hersi is described as a Black Male, 29 years of age, 185 cm (6’1”), 95 kg (209lbs), black hair  and wears prescription glasses.

Hersi is serving a 2 year 3 month sentence for Break and Enter, Assault with a Weapon, Robbery (x2), and Forcible Confinement.

The offender is known to frequent the Ottawa and Toronto Areas.

Anyone having contact with this offender or information in regards to their whereabouts is asked to contact the Provincial ROPE Squad at 416-808-5900 or toll free at 1-866-870-ROPE (7673) or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or call 9-1-1.

$3,500 in Fines and One-Year Ban for Hunting Offences

Posted By: Brian Burton · 9/13/2016 9:09:00 AM

A Waterloo man has been fined a total of $3,500 under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act for hunting offences.

 Gavriil Sotiriou pleaded guilty and was fined $1,250 for shooting a bear without a licence, $1,000 for failing to immediately attach his seal to game wildlife, and $250 plus a one-year  hunting licence ban for night hunting. Sotiriou was also fined $1,000 for hunting deer without a licence.

 Court heard that in May 2016, a Bancroft District conservation officer received a complaint that two black bears had been shot under one licence. The officer attended the complaint site and found two untagged black bears hanging from a tree stand. Sotiriou visited the site later in the afternoon and was apprehended by the officer. Further to the investigation, it was found that the bears were shot later than one-half hour after sunset, and that Sotiriou had shot a fawn during the ...


Posted By: Brian Burton · 9/13/2016 9:07:00 AM

The Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated 260 calls for service during the past week.

Domestic Disputes

Officers in Renfrew and Arnprior investigated 18 domestic disputes during the past week.  One male was charged with three counts of uttering threats, assault and criminal harassment; one male was charged with criminal harassment; one investigation is continuing; one female was charged with two counts of failing to comply with a recognizance and possession of cocaine; and one male was charged with unsafe storage of a firearm.

Vehicle Stolen and Recovered

Officers investigated the theft of a vehicle early Sunday morning.  The vehicle, a 2003 Hyundai CTS silver 2 door was stolen from June Street in Renfrew between 1:30-2:00 am.  The vehicle was recovered, damaged in a farm field near the intersection of Russett Drive and Bundy’s Road in the township of McNab Braeside.  The investigation is continuing.

A black ...

Renfrew OPP Execute Search Warrants and lay charges

Posted By: Brian Burton · 9/8/2016 9:42:00 AM

On September 2nd 2016, members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau - Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), Emergency Response Team and Renfrew OPP Detachment executed two Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrants at two residences. One location was on Francis Street and the second on Renfrew Avenue West both in the Town of Renfrew. At Francis Avenue police located small amounts of cannabis marihuana and cocaine, along with methamphetamine were seized. Paraphernalia indicative of trafficking was also seized. At the residence on Renfrew Avenue West, police seized paraphernalia indicative of trafficking.

Robert LANDREAU (49) of Renfrew ON was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of Controlled Scheduled I Substance CDSA 4(1)
  • Possession of Controlled Scheduled II Substance CDSA 4(1)
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking of Controlled Scheduled I

Substance CDSA 5(2)

Daniel JACKSON (39) of Renfrew ON was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Disobey Court Order ...

Renfrew OPP Investigate a Sudden Death

Posted By: Brian Burton · 9/7/2016 8:51:00 AM

On September 6th, 2016 at approximately 6:00pm, officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call that a neighbour located a male deceased on an  island in White Lake McNab Braeside Township.

The investigation indicates that the victim, 60-year-old Michael BURROWS of Ottawa, was located at his seasonal residence in the water. ‎A post mortem examination is taking place on Wednesday the 7th of September 2016. Foul play is not suspected.