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House Fire in Renfrew

Posted By: Brian Burton · 5/2/2016 5:02:00 AM


The Renfrew Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a residence located at 170 Prince Avenue West.




At 2:52 pm. Seventeen firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and remained on scene until 5:54 PM.




The home suffered extensive smoke and fire damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


2 Valley Men Among 80 Suspects Charged In Ontario Child Online Exploitation Investigation

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/28/2016 3:24:00 PM

2 Ottawa Valley men are included in a list of 80 people that were arrested as part of a sweeping child online exploitation investigation.  29 year old Nicholas Clouthier of Petawawa is charged with Posession of Child Pornography, Make Available Child Pornography and Accessing Child Pornogaphy.   53 year old Daniel Bruce Mitchell of Pembroke is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Make Available Child Pornography.  OPP say the sweep involved participation from 26 municipal police services along with the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency and United States Homeland Security.  The 80 suspects face a total of 274 charges.  Additional arrests are expected. 20 alleged victims have been identified in the investigation.

Break In At The Pembroke Memorial Centre

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/27/2016 7:16:00 AM
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP is investigating a break, enter and theft at the Pembroke Memorial Centre (PMC) on Pembroke Street West in the City of Pembroke.  Sometime between the evening of April 24, 2016 and the morning of April 25, 2016 suspect(s) broke into the PMC.  Once inside the suspect(s) overturned a quantity of oil in a mechanical room and stole a 6ft fiberglass step ladder. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pembroke Detachment of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-732-3332 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

OPP Identify Construction Worker Killed In Hwy 17 Collision

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/26/2016 1:19:00 PM

The Renfrew Detachment of the OPP) continues to investigate a collision on Highway 17 that closed the highway west of Arnprior for several hours on Monday April 25.
OPP officers responded to the collision at 11:42am.  Preliminary investigation shows a black 2010 Jeep Patriot was travelling west bound on Highway 17.  Two construction vehicles were parked on the south shoulder of the Highway facing east.  The first was a white 2004 Intel 94 with an attached trailer and a hydraulic drill and compressor.  The second construction vehicle was a white 2008 Chevrolet Express van.  Two construction workers were out working on the shoulder of the highway in the vicinity of the drill.  The Jeep crossed the centre line and struck the two workers and both construction vehicles.  One worker suffered fatal injuries.  He has been identified as 42 year old William Danniel Milton of Addington Highlands Township.  The other ...

Garrison Petawawa Simulated Crash Exercise

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/26/2016 12:31:00 PM

The public should be advised that Garrison Petawawa is conducting a simulated crash exercise in collaboration with local civilian agencies including Renfrew County Emergency Services and the Pembroke Regional Hospital today (Tuesday April 26, 2016) from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.

Smoke and emergency vehicles  may be visible to the public during this exercise being held between Garrison Petawawa and the City of Pembroke. The simulated exercise will include road and air ambulance transport to the PRH

In collaboration with the civilian agencies and municipalities involved, the necessary measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to the public.  

SIU Investigating death in Bancroft

Posted By: Brian Burton · 4/26/2016 9:36:00 AM

On April 25, 2016 members of the Bancroft detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with the assistance of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) executed a Feeney Warrant to arrest a male wanted in connection with an earlier incident.

When officers entered the Bancroft residence, they located an adult male deceased.

The province's Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was notified by the OPP and has invoked its mandate. Any further inquiries should be directed to SIU Communications at 416-622-2342

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122

OPP Investigate Break & Enter In Laurentian Hills

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/26/2016 8:20:00 AM

OPP are investigating a Break and Enter in Laurentian Hills.  On April 18th the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were called to Reggie’s Garage on Highway 17 in Laurentian Hills after it was discovered that a break, enter and theft had occurred sometime between the evening of April 15th and morning of April 18th.  The unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the business and stole a quantity of Canadian currency.

Anyone with information regarding this break, enter and theft is asked to contact the Petawawa Detachment of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-735-0188 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Fatal Collision -Hwy 17 Closed West of Arnprior

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/25/2016 12:26:00 PM

 The Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) advise Highway 17 is closed from Campbell Drive to Calabogie Road west of Arnprior.  A detour is in place, follow the detour signs.   At least two vehicles are involved in a collision that happened in a construction zone on the highway.   One person has died and several people have suffered injuries.  The deceased person was a construction worker at the scene.


Posted By: Brian Burton · 4/25/2016 9:33:00 AM

On April 21, 2016 members of the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the OPP’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Tactical Response Unit (TRU), Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) and Canine Unit executed a Criminal Code (CC) search warrant and a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a residence in the Town of Petawawa.

As a result 25 year old Kaylie Dawn LEAHY and 25 year old Erric VOISIN, both of Petawawa, are both facing the following CDSA and CC charges:

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamines

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Morphine

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Hydromorphone

  • Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon

Both were held for a bail hearing and they are ...


Posted By: Brian Burton · 4/25/2016 8:03:00 AM

John McGregor of Renfrew is all smiles after winning a $100,000 top prize with INSTANT 7-11-21 (Game #1868).

“After I scratched the ticket I realized I won $100,000 but I thought to myself, ‘It can’t be,’” recalled John while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where he picked up his winnings. “I went to the store and scanned my ticket at the ticket checker. That’s when it started to feel real. I got pretty excited!”

The married father of three didn’t want to validate the ticket without his wife. “I called her up and said, ‘You know that ring you always wanted that I couldn’t get for you? Now I can.’ I didn’t say more than that. I just told her to meet me.”

John shared a special moment with his wife and one of their kids. “Everyone was so happy.”

John is planning to use some of his ...