Emergency news: Kanata fire, murder suspect turns self in and more

KANATA – A Kanata fire yesterday night has left two dogs dead.

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a 911 call from a neighbor reporting smoke showing at 426 Meadowbreeze Dr. on Nov. 13 at 12:55 a.m. 

“Upon arrival fire fighters confirmed a kitchen fire in a middle unit of a four-door two-story row home complex and declared a working fire,” the OFS released in a statement yesterday. “Firefighters rescued the sole occupant who was transported to hospital by paramedics. Two adult dogs and a litter of five puppies were in the home. Two of the dogs did not survive the fire.”

Ottawa bylaw officers are responding to care for the remaining dogs. The fire was contained to the middle unit and under control at 1:06 a.m. Loss stopped was declared at 1:33 a.m. 

Damage estimates and cause are not currently available. An OFS Investigator is responding.

Murray Street homicide suspect turns self in

OTTAWA – A man suspected of murder on Murray Street turned himself in to police yesterday (Nov. 12).

“The Major Crime Unit would like to advise the public that Brandon Longo turned himself in (yesterday),” the OPS released in a statement Nov. 12 “Longo is charged with manslaughter.”

A nationwide arrest warrant was issued for Longo on Nov. 8 after the 24-year-old Ottawa resident was charged in relation to the Hallowe’en murder of Austin Simon, 39 of Ottawa, on Murray Street.

Ignace Kayiranga, 33-years-old of Ottawa, was charged Nov. 3 with second degree murder in the case but that charge has now been upgraded to first degree murder. Kayiranga remains in custody.

Frontline officers attended the 200 block of Murray Street on Hallowe’en around 10:25 p.m. in regards to a stabbing. The police located Simon suffering from serious injuries. The man was transported to hospital by Ottawa paramedics but later succumbed to his injuries.

Longo is scheduled to appear in court today.

Charges laid in relation to June 5 Killaloe crash

RENFREW COUNTY – A 43-year-old man is facing one count of careless driving causing death following a three-vehicle crash on Round Lake Road, near Jack’s Lake on June 5.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers say a northbound pickup truck hit two southbound vehicles on Round Lake Road on June 5, around 5 p.m.

Randy Neff, 54, of Golden Lake was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 42-year-old driver of the pickup truck, from Laurentian Valley, the 43-year-old passenger in the pickup truck, from Pembroke, and the 55-year-old driver of one of the southbound cars, from Round Lake, were taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

Police have charged William Wagner, 42, of Laurentian Valley Township. He is expected to appear in a Killaloe courtroom on Dec. 19, at 9 a.m.

Two dead in Hwy. 7 crash south of Carleton Place

LANARK COUNTY – Two died in a two-car crash on Hwy. 7 Nov. 10 while a 68-year-old man remains in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The OPP is looking into what caused a two-vehicle collision on Hwy. 7, between Carleton Place and Perth, which left two people dead.

Officers from the Lanark County OPP Detachment responded to the crash, between Drummond Concession 9A and Paul’s Road, just before 2 p.m. on Nov. 10.

Police were assisted by members of the Drummond-North Elmsley Fire Department, Lanark County Paramedics and the OPP Traffic Reconstruction Unit.

Hwy. 7 was shut down until around 9 p.m. that evening.

The occupants of one vehicle, D’Thea Webster, 63, and Maureen O’Neill, 81, both of Northbrook, Ontario died as result of injuries suffered in the collision. 

St. Laurent Boulevard B&E suspect charged

ORLEANS — The police have arrested a suspect in a Sept. 15 Orleans break and enter.

“At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, a suspect broke the window of a business located in the 1900 block of St. Laurent Blvd.,” the OPS released in a statement yesterday (Nov. 12). “The suspect then grabbed items that were accessible and fled the area.”

Following its investigation, the Ottawa Police Break and Enter section charged Ronald Gauthier, 51 of Ottawa, with breaking and entering.

Gauthier appeared in court on Nov. 9.

Lowertown traffic stop leads to gun charge

LOWERTOWN – A routine traffic stop has led to gun charges for three Ottawa men.

“Ottawa police PIVOT officers stopped a vehicle after observing a Highway Traffic Act violation at the intersection of Beausoleil Drive and York Street Thursday, Nov. 7 at approximately 7:40 p.m.” the OPS released in a statement last Friday (Nov. 8). “One of the occupants was arrested and the vehicle was searched. As a result, a loaded handgun was located and seized and the other two occupants were also arrested.”

The Ottawa Police Guns and Gangs Unit jointly charged the three males following its investigation.

Hassan Albboudy, 21 of Ottawa; Ali Al-Rubeii, 20 of Ottawa; and Achmed Dachass, 26 of Ottawa are charged with:
•       Pointing a firearm
•       Possession of a weapon
•       Possession of a restricted weapon other than place shown on registration
•       Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
•       Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
•       Common nuisance
•       Possession of a scheduled substance
•       Possession of property obtained by crime

Dachass is facing an additional charge of Possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

All three men appeared in court Nov. 8.

Two men charged following month-long investigation into trafficking

OTTAWA – A month-long investigation has led to two arrests following searches in residences in Centretown and Barrhaven.

“In September, the Ottawa Police Guns and Gangs Unit commenced an investigation into drug trafficking in the Ottawa area that resulted in the execution of two search warrants (Nov. 7), at residences in Centretown and in Barrhaven,” the OPS released in a statement.

Seized items included:
•       cocaine,
•       crack cocaine
•       crystal meth
•       a 2012 Audi SUV

Charges were laid as follows:

Christopher Uniat, 26 of Ottawa:
•       Possession for purposes of trafficking Schedule 1 per S. 5(2) CDSA x3
•       Possession of cannabis for the purposes of distributing per S. 9(5) Cannabis Act
•       Possession of proceeds of Crime under $5000.00 per S. 355(b) CC
•       Breach of Probation (Firearms related) per S. 733.1(1) CC

Mohamed Mohamed, 35 of Ottawa:
•       Breach of Recognizance per S. 145(3) CC x8
•       Possession of proceeds of Crime under $5000.00 per S. 355(b) CC

Both men were also charged with Conspiring to traffic Schedule I Substance. They were both scheduled to appear in court Nov. 7.

Missing 15-year-old Indigenous teenager

OTTAWA – (UPDATE: located safe at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 13) The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is asking for assistance to locate missing 15-year-old Zak Simeonie from Ottawa.  Zak was reported missing on Nov. 4 and last seen on Nov. 11 at the Rideau Centre area OC Transpo Station. There are concerns for his safety.

“Zak is described as an Indigenous male, 5’8” (173 cm), 155 lbs (70 kg) with dark hair and brown eyes,” the OPS released in a statement today (Nov. 13) “He was last seen wearing jeans, a peach coloured hoodie and a black jacket.”

Anyone with information about the current whereabouts of Zak is asked to call the Ottawa police at 613-236-1222. If you have information that could assist investigators, but do not know where he is currently, please contact the Missing Persons Unit 613-236-1222, ext. 2355, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.