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No Frills Set To Open In Pembroke

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 2/11/2016 7:37:00 AM

The much anticipated No Frills grocery store will open in Pembroke next Friday, February 19th.  Tony & Jill's No Frills  store will open at 1200 Pembroke St. W. in the former Moncion's Riverside Market location in the West End Mall.  Store owners Jill Ridge and Tony McLaughlin have a total of more than 25 years in grocery retail and both got their start at No Frills stores. Tony began his career 14 years ago as a part-time grocery clerk, while Jill started as a cashier 11 years ago. The 26,000 square foot store will officially open at 8am on February 19th.  The regular hours of operation will be Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

OPP Traffic stop leads to Drug & Criminal Code charges

Posted By: Brian Burton · 2/11/2016 7:31:00 AM

On February 8, 2016 the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop in the City of Pembroke. 

The driver, who was the only occupant of the motor vehicle, was arrested after being found in possession of a quantity of drugs. 

As a result 33 year old Michael David James Kohoko of Golden Lake was charged with Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Hydromorphone contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). 

He was also charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Fail to Comply with Probation – 2 counts

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

He was held for a bail hearing on February 9, 2016 at the Ontario Court of Justice in the City of Pembroke.

Man Exposes Himself In Arnprior Drive-Thru

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 2/9/2016 6:53:00 AM

Police are investigating after a man drove through a fast food drive-thru and exposed himself to staff.  It happened in Arnprior on Sunday February 7 at 11:14 pm.  Officers are viewing surveillance footage in attempts to identify the vehicle and male driver. Police say this type of action is the criminal offence of committing an indecent act and charges can be laid when people do this. 


Deep River Man Charged With Stunt Driving

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 2/9/2016 6:48:00 AM

On Thursday February 4 OPP were conducting radar speed enforcement on Highway 17 near Renfrew.  Police say a pick-up truck was observed travelling westbound near Bruce St.  The vehicle was speeding and caught on radar in excess of 50 km/hr over the 90km/hr posted speed limit.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it turned onto Storyland Road and continued travelling at a high rate of speed.  Once the licence plate was obtained the officers stopped.  As a result of the ensuing investigation 29 year old Justin Sullivan of Deep River was arrested on February 6 in Chalk River.  He was held in custody for a bail hearing on February 8 charged with racing a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, and flight from police while being pursued. 

First Class of Chinook Pilots Graduate In Petawawa

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 2/9/2016 6:33:00 AM

Members of 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron formally recognized the first class of graduates to train and qualify on the CH-147F Chinook helicopter in Canada on Monday.  A total of ten aircrew – six pilots, two flight engineers and two loadmasters – successfully completed the 24-week course.  The flight engineers also had the privilege of being presented their wing.  This is the first course on-type that was conducted exclusively in Canada and is the next step in 450 THS reaching full operational capability. 450 THS will now be providing operational on-type training for all of its aircrew.  The training carried out by 450 THS for its aircrew consists of computer-based classroom and academics, flight simulator training and actual flying.  The Squadron’s history can be traced back to 1968 and was deactivated on January 1, 1998.  450 THS was re-established on May 2, 2012 to fly the CH-147F Chinook and is equipped ...

Mayor of Head, Clara and Maria Feels Province Should Take Over Emergency Services On Hwy 17

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 2/5/2016 6:34:00 AM

The Mayor of the Township of Head, Clara and Maria wants the province to assume responsibility for emergency services on provincial highways.  The Township has never had a proper fire department.  An agreement with two neighbouring towns to cover highway emergencies wasn't renewed last fall, meaning emergency crews covering a 20-kilometer stretch of Highway 17 have no access to extrication equipment like the Jaws of Life.  Mayor Jim Gibson said the township, with a population of about 250 people, simply can't afford the cost of staffing a fire department.  Gibson said, as it stands now, people who may be trapped in their vehicles in a crash in their area will remain trapped, until the OPP and paramedics can figure out a way to get them out.  Gibson says he thinks the province should step up and look after their own roadways.

OPP Continue To Investigate 2005 Hit & Run Death

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 2/3/2016 5:43:00 AM

The Killaloe OPP is appealling to the public for information in a 2005 fatal hit and run that left 78 year old Bernice Billings dead.  Investigators believe someone has information that will assist in finding the person responsible for the crime.

On February 5, 2005 Billings was last seen walking home from church.  Between 8:05 pm and 8:30 pm Bernice Billings was struck by a vehicle while walking on Inglis Street in Barry’s Bay.  Billings body was found by an off duty paramedic who contacted the Emergency Services to attend the scene.  Billings was transported to Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Authorities believe her fatal injuries are consistent with having been struck by a vehicle. Police are asking anyone who may have information, no matter how small it may be, to contact Killaloe OPP or Crime Stoppers.

OPP Arrest Pembroke man on outstanding warrant and further charges are laid.

Posted By: Brian Burton · 2/2/2016 10:43:00 AM

On the evening of February 01, 2016 an Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was on patrol in the City of Pembroke when the officer observed a male pedestrian who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. 

The male was arrested by police and found to be in possession of drugs and a quantity of cash. 

As a result 46 year old Michael Jeremy Leonard ST PIERRE of Pembroke now faces a charge of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamines, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). 

He was also charged under the Criminal Code with one count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5000. 

He was held for a bail hearing on February 02, 2016 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke. 

Life Sentence For Man Convicted In Fatal Petawawa Attack

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 1/29/2016 6:20:00 AM

A Pembroke man convicted of killing a Petawawa man and blinding his wife in a home invasion has been sentenced to life in prison.  28-year-old Bryan Goddard killed 56-year-old Danny Pietersma in his Petawawa home during a drug fueled rampage in June of 2013 .  Pietersma was stabbed to death in front of his two young grand children.  Pietersma's 55-year-old wife Sharlene was left blind after she was attacked.  Before that, a 17-year-old girl who lived next door was assaulted as well.  In her victim impact statement Sharlene said she wouldn't let the attack "take her joy and hope in humanity."  Goddard is not eligible for parole for at least 18 years.  On top of the life sentence for murder Goddard was given 14 years for Attempted Murder and 6 years for Aggravated Assault, all concurrent terms.

Diamond Ring stolen from People's Jewellers

Posted By: Brian Burton · 1/26/2016 10:00:00 AM

The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a theft that occurred just before 2 pm on Monday January 25th at People’s Jewellers in the Pembroke Mall. 

The lone male suspect stole a diamond ring that was shown to him by a store employee.  He then exited the mall and fled the mall parking lot in a black 4 door vehicle, possibly a Volkswagen.    

The suspect is described as:

  • English speaking white male in his mid to late 20’s

  •  5ft 7in. tall, slim build, clean shaven

  • Wearing a white baggy winter jacket with the letter “P” on it, a red baseball hat and beige pants

OPP’s Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) is assisting with the investigation.  Police are looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this event, including anyone who may have been in the Pembroke Mall or mall parking lot at that time.  Anyone with ...