Local News

OPP release update on fatal collision in Pembroke

Posted By: Brian Burton · 10/28/2014 3:36:00 PM

The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is continuing to investigate a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on Hwy 17 just west of Hwy 41.  The collison was reported at approximately 7:00 am on the 27th of October 2014.

Investigation indicates that three passenger vehicles were westbound on Hwy 17 and a log truck was east bound.  The log truck was carrying logs.  A collison occurred between the log truck pup trailer, and one of the westbound vehicles.


The driver of this passenger vehicle, the lone occupant, 51 year old Andrew Gribbon of Pembroke was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The other two passenger vehicles were indirectly involved.  No other injuries were reported.  A 43 year old male of Desbarats, Ontario was the driver of the log truck. 


Hwy 17 was closed between Hwy 41 and “B” Line Road in Laurentian Valley Twp.  ...

RBC Donation To The Renfrew County United Way Campaign

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 10/28/2014 10:55:00 AM

The United Way accepted a major donation from the RBC Foundation this morning.  United Way 2014 Honorary Campaign Chair Peter Emon and United Way Executive Director Gail Logan were presented with a cheque for $5000 at the downtown Pembroke Royal Bank branch.  RBC Regional Vice President Glen Kelsey said the money was raised through Royal Bank's annual Employee Giving Campaign and an RBC corporate donation. This year's United Way Campaign goal is 400-thousand dollars.

-Pictured in Photo are RBC Regional Vice President Glen Kelsey, Branch Manager for Pembroke and Petawawa Pam Etmanskie, Royal Bank's Brigette Blais,  United Way Executive Director Gail Logan & United Way 2014 Honorary Campaign Chair and Warden of Renfrew County Peter Emon.

Election Results

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 10/28/2014 5:32:00 AM

Unofficial Election Results


Mayor - Mike Lemay

Council - Ron Gervais

Pat Lafreniere

Les Scott

John McCann 

Andrew Plummer

Christine Reavie



Mayor – Bob Sweet

Council -  Tom Mohns

James Carmody

Treena LeMay

Murray Rutz

Theresa Sabourin

Gary Serviss



Mayor – Don Eady

Reeve – Peter Emon



Mayor – David Reid

Reeve – Walter Stack

Council – Tom Burnette

Frank Dugal

Lynn Grinstead

Dan Lynch

Ted Strike


Township of Laurentian Valley

Mayor – Steve Bennett

Reeve – Debbie Robinson

Council – Jennifer Gauthier

Brian Hugli

James Sheedy

Keith Watt

Allan Wren



Township Of Madawaska Valley

Mayor – Kim Love

Council – Ernie Peplinski

Carl Bromwich

Shelley Maika

Elser Lee Faith Archer


Township of Whitewater Region

Mayor – Hal Johnson

Reeve – Terry Millar

Council – Charlene Jackson

Dave MacKay

Daryl McLaughlin

Cathy Regier

Chris Olmstead


Township Of Admaston ...

ID Checks At Garrison Petawawa

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 10/23/2014 5:42:00 AM

Following the events in Ottawa yesterday, Garrison Petawawa closed Montgomery Gate and McCurry gate from 6 last night until 6 this morning.  Public Affairs says that as of this morning there will be a 100 percent ID check for people coming on to base.  Expect that there will be traffic delays.

4 Year Old Boy Seriously Injured, Renfrew Father Charged

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 10/22/2014 5:44:00 AM

A Renfrew father is facing charges after a child was seriously injured and admitted to hospital.  Hospital officials alerted Family and Children’s Services after an injured child was admitted to hospital and the injuries were inconsistent with the explanation of the injuries.  The 4-year-old boy was admitted to hospital on Sunday, and police were notified the next day.  Following the investigation the child’s father, a 30-year-old man, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.  He will not be identified to protect the identity of the boy.

School Cancelled For Valour High & Pinecrest Public School Students

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 10/21/2014 5:33:00 AM

It's a day off for some Petawawa students today.  Both Pinecrest Public School and General Panet High School (Valour) will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 21 due to a heating issue. Renfrew County District School Board staff are working diligently to correct the situation.

Pembroke Man Arrested In Online Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 10/17/2014 2:22:00 PM

A Pembroke man has been arrested and charged following an online child sexual exploitation investigation by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Detachment and the United States Department of Homeland Security. On October 10, 2014, OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit received information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that an unknown individual was attempting to make arrangements via the Internet to sexually abuse a child.  Further OPP investigation lead to the execution of a search warrant at a Pembroke residence on October 12, 2014 in which electronic devices were seized containing images of child sexual abuse.  On October 12, 2014, police arrested 37 year old Derek Clayton JOYCE, of Pembroke and charged him with one count of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Making Arrangement or Agreement to Commit a Sexual Offence Against a Child.  He will appear in Pembroke ...

Petawawa Man Charged In Child Pornography Investigation

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 10/17/2014 10:57:00 AM

A Petawawa man is facing child pornography charges.  Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit,  Technological Crime Unit, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Detachment and Military Police Garrison Petawawa  arrested and charged the man following a child pornography investigation. Police executed a search warrant at a Petawawa residence yesterday after receiving information that an individual was accessing and in possession of Child Pornography.  A computer and related computer equipment pertinent to the investigation was seized which contained images and movies of child sexual abuse.
32 year old Olivier Andre Larouche of Petawawa has been charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Accessing Child Pornography. He's scheduled to appear in Pembroke court today.
The investigation is continuing.

Man Charged After $50,000 Worth of Coins Stolen

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 10/11/2014 7:28:00 AM

An Admaston Bromley Township man is facing several charges after more than 50 thousand dollars in silver coins and bars were stolen from a garage outside Renfrew on May 9th.

Renfrew OPP officers have charged 41 year old Marty Brownlee with break, enter, theft over $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and two counts of trafficking in stolen property under $5,000. 

Operation Impact Underway

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 10/11/2014 7:23:00 AM

Renfrew OPP are taking part in a National road safety campaign this Thanksgiving weekend.

Operation Impact will focus on enforcement and education of the four main casual factors in motor vehicle deaths: distracted driving, speeding, impaired driving and not wearing a seat belt.

Passengers are also encouraged to speak up if a driver endangers their life through any dangerous driving behaviour.