RENFREW – Driving offences and domestic disputes make up a big part of the Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) work the first week of February.

Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 7 the OPP investigated 179 calls for service.

“In recent weeks the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Renfrew OPP have responded to a number of incidents involving found debris on Highway 17,” OPP media relations officer Const. Shawn Peever released in a statement today (Feb. 9). “The incidents, which have occurred between the Pembroke area and Renfrew, have involved rocks and vehicle rims being placed on the travelled portion of the highway. ”

As a result of the danger posed to public safety by these incidents the UOVOPP and Renfrew OPP have jointly initiated a focused patrol in an effort to deter these incidents and to apprehend the person(s) responsible. The UOVOPP Crime Unit has been engaged to assist along with an OPP Regional Operational Analyst (ROA) and OPP’s Forensic Identification Services (FIS).       

“Motorists are advised to be alert and watch for debris, especially in the early morning hours on Highway 17,” Peever said. “Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-735-0188 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at www.valleytips.ca.”

The Renfrew OPP weekly crime beat.
The Renfrew County OPP weekly round-up.

Arnprior and Renfrew officers investigated eight domestic disputes during the past week.

“One accused was charged with two  counts of uttering threats, two counts of obstructing a peace officer and three counts of breach of probation,” OPP media relations officer Const. Amanada Carruthers released in a statement yesterday (Feb. 8). “If you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship help is available.”

Contact Bernadette McCann House 24/7 for support, advice or the safety of a shelter at 1-800-267-4930. The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County is also available 24/7 for information and support at 1-800-663-3060. You could also attend the emergency department of any hospital in Renfrew County and ask to speak to a member of the Assault Response Team. Victim Services of Renfrew County is also available to provide emotional and practical assistance to people who have experienced domestic violence. They can be reached at 613-649-2852 or toll free at 1-877-568-5730. In emergencies call 911.

“On Feb. 2, at approximately 12:15 p.m., a Renfrew OPP officer was conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 60 in Admaston-Bromley Township,” Carruthers said. “The officer initiated a traffic stop and as a result of the investigation, Laszlo Radics, 36 of Pembroke, was charged with driving while prohibited, two counts of driving while under suspension, permit use of plate not authorized for vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with cannabis readily available.”

The vehicle was impounded for 45 days. The accused is scheduled to appear in front of the Ontario Court of Justice in Renfrew on March 3.

Renfrew OPP officers conducted 19 Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) checks over the week.

“On Feb. 3, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Renfrew OPP officers were conducting a RIDE check on Pucker Street in Admaston-Bromley Township,” Carruthers said. “A 51-year-old driver was issued a three-day suspension.”

On Feb. 4, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Renfrew OPP officers were conducting a RIDE check on Highway 60 in Admaston-Bromley Township. 

“The officer approached a driver and as a result, Cody Cardinal, 29 of Clarence-Rockland, ON was charged with two counts of driving while prohibited, obstructing a peace officer, personation to avoid arrest and suspended driving.”

The vehicle was impounded for 45 days. The accused is scheduled to appear in front of the Ontario Court of Justice in Renfrew on March 17.

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving these crimes. If you have information that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 613-735-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. The telephones are answered 24 hours a day.  Please visit the website www.valleytips.ca.