RENFREW COUNTY – Calls are down during the Christmas season, but The Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is still at work in the Ottawa Valley.

The Renfrew OPP weekly crime beat.
The Renfrew County OPP weekly crime beat.

Between Dec. 21 and Dec. 27 the OPP investigated 165 calls for service.

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

“If you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship help is available,” OPP media relations officer Const. Tina Hunt released in a statement today (Dec. 29). “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 Dec. 23, at approximately 10:30 a.m. officers with the Renfrew OPP, the Canine Unit and the Community Street Crime Unit responded to a two-vehicle collision on Johnston Road in Horton Township. There were no injuries sustained as a result of the collision.  

“When officers arrived on scene it was determined that one driver had fled the collision,” Hunt said. “A firearm was seized from one of the vehicles.”

As a result of the investigation Tommy Leclerc, 29 of Quebec, has been charged with;

  • Three counts of Possession of Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order of the Criminal Code of Canada;
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm;
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order;
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order;
  • Have care and control of vehicle with cannabis readily available;
  • Fail to remain;
  • And Fail to yield from driveway.

The accused was held for a bail hearing on Dec. 24.

On Dec. 27, at approximately 1:40 a.m. officers with the Renfrew OPP responded to a police assistance call at the Arnprior OPP Detachment. 

“Officers attended the location and spoke with the complainant who advised of an unwanted person in their vehicle,” Hunt said. “Officers spoke with the party who was uncooperative with officers.”

As a result of the investigation, Margaret Mulligan, 34 of Gloucester has been charged with;

  • Three counts of Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest;
  • Obstruct Peace Officer;
  • And Resist Peace Officer.

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Renfrew on Jan. 20, 2021.

Festive RIDE results

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) 2020 Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign commenced on Nov. 21 and will continue until Jan. 2, 2021.

“During the week of Dec. 21 to Dec. 27, officers from the Renfrew Detachment of the OPP conducted 23 RIDE checks throughout the detachment area. 

“No impaired driving or over 80 mg charges were reported as a result of the RIDE campaign,” Hunt said. “There was one three-day driver suspension issued and multiple Highway Traffic Act Infractions and warnings.”

More than 400 vehicles were checked during the RIDE checks. 

“Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving these crimes,” Hunt said. “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.”