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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.

Lavern Heideman & Sons Purchases Pembroke Lumber Company.

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/14/2014 3:30:00 PM

Eganville foresters "Lavern Heideman and Sons Limited" continue to invest in the Ottawa Valley.

They recently acquired certain assets of Pembroke Lumber Company Limited and International Lumber Company.

Heideman has agreed to purchase all assets at PLC's Pembroke location including land, equipment and inventory.

Vice President of Heideman, Kris Heideman says there won't be too many changes to the PLC...

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"Lavern Heideman and Sons" have been in business in the county for 40 years and add they were looking to grow their business and Pembroke Lumber Company was a perfect fit.


Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/14/2014 2:18:00 PM

Police in Mississauga have cancelled an Amber Alert for a missing eight-year-old boy.

Matthew Zhang was found safe and sound in a vehicle in Vaughan and is being reunited with his father.

It's not clear if his mother will face any charges.


Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/14/2014 11:12:00 AM

Peel Regional Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 8 year-old boy.  Matthew Zhang was last seen by his father at 10:00 a.m. on April 13, 2014,when he was dropped off at an address on Mississauga Valley Blvd, to visit his mother. Just before 5:00 p.m., his father contacted Wei Chen, the victim’s mother, who refused to return him. It is believed she has fled the area with her son.  Matthew is described as 5'0" Thin build with black hair.  Wei Chen drives a 2005 Honda Accord, 4 door grey, Ontario license ‪#‎AVAM 009.  She is described as 5'6" 146lbs thin build, brown eyes black collar length hair.  Wei Chen does not have custody of the victim and is not able to care for him properly. She does not have family in Canada.  Investigators are very concerned for the safety of the victim.

Another MRI Donation Brings PRH Closer to Goal

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/11/2014 9:35:00 AM

The MRI Image Matters Campaign has less than 900 thousand dollars left to raise of their multimillion dollar goal.

The latest donors to the campaign to bring an MRI to Pembroke Regional Hospital is NAPA Autoparts in Pembroke.

They recently donated a thousand dollars to the campaign.