The Glengarry News

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Deadly snowmobile season

publisher Apr 21, 2017 - 3:16pm

With the data just in for the entire 2016/2017 season, the OPP is reporting 26 snowmobile deaths, which is the highest number of lives lost since the 2003/2004 season.  There were 12 deaths in February alone. Speeding, driver inattention and losing control were primary causes in half of these deaths. Notably, 17 of the 26 victims were between 45 and 64 years old.

"Our traffic data is compelling evidence that poor, careless behaviour is at the core of the majority of the fatal collisions and incidents we investigate on roads, waterways and trails. Despite the hard facts, some people fail to grasp the magnitude of their role in preventing these senseless deaths. The OPP remains committed to changing these costly behaviours through robust enforcement and education campaigns. The rest is up to Ontarians." - OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

Human remains found in Wendover

publisher Apr 21, 2017 - 2:20pm

The Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment seeks the public's help in identifying a man whose remains were found April 18 on the shore of the Ottawa River, off Division Road, in Wendover.

The man was 40-50 years old, about six feet tall, with a shaved head and facial hair described as stubble or unshaven.

He was wearing size 11, black "Airwalk" running shoes, with a distinctive fluorescent yellow/green sole and tongue, an olive coloured jacket with zipper up the front, a quilted liner and velcro wrist cuffs, a dark long sleeved shirt with a knitted greyish/blue sweater over top, black nylon track pants with a two-tone grey strip on the side of the leg, and white or grey long underwear and maroon thick wool socks.

If you have any information that can assist in identifying the man, call 613-446-5124 or 1-888-310-1122.

135 speeding charges

publisher Apr 21, 2017 - 12:43pm

Over the past Easter holiday weekend, Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry OPP officers charged 135 drivers with speeding.

Five motorists were charged with stunt driving, travelling more than 50 kilometres over the speed limit, while 20 people were not wearing seatbelts and two were distracted.

"With the return of warmer weather and summer activities comes an increase in traffic population on roadways - it is imperative that everyone focuses on safe driving," states SD&G OPP Detachment Commander, Inspector Mike Mulhearn. "The lives of so many people depend on it - please do your part!"

Driver seriously injured

publisher Apr 18, 2017 - 1:51pm

A man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision which occurred at about 11:30 a.m on Highway 138 north of Sand Road, closing a section of 138 between County Roads 43 (Monkland) and 15 (Moose Creek.)

Police say a southbound passenger vehicle crossed into the north lane and collided head-on with a transport truck. The driver and lone occupant of the passenger vehicle was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The truck driver was not hurt.

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Offender arrested

publisher Apr 6, 2017 - 9:25am

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad reports that Patrick St-Denis, a federal offender who went unlawfully at large on March 31, has been apprehended in the City of Ottawa.

The Provincial ROPE Squad would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this investigation.

Wanted

publisher Apr 5, 2017 - 3:54pm

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public's assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as a result of his breach of parole.

Patrick St-Denis is Indigenous, 33 years of age, 5'10 tall, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has visible tattoos on his face specifically an "arrow" surrounded by dots on his right cheek, a spade/arrow on his chin surrounded by black lines, and "FAST LIFE" written on his neck.

The offender is known to frequent Ottawa.

Anyone having contact with this offender or information in regards to their whereabouts is asked to contact the Provincial ROPE Squad at 416-808-5900 or toll free at 1-866-870-ROPE (7673) or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or call 9-1-1.

Visit www.www.opp.ca/Investigative/ROPE/index.htm

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Get off the phone

publisher Mar 10, 2017 - 9:45am

The Ontario Provincial Police is conducting a Distracted Driving Campaign over March Break (March 13-19) to deal with the prime cause of fatal highway accidents. Last year marked the fourth consecutive year that inattentive drivers were behind the highest number of lives lost on OPP-patrolled roads over the other main causal factors in road fatalities.

In total, 65 people died in OPP-investigated collisions last year in which an inattentive driver was either a contributing factor or the primary cause of the death. In comparison to the other Big Four categories, 2016 ended with 55 speed-related, 53 seatbelt-related and 45 alcohol-related deaths.

143 on 43

publisher Mar 6, 2017 - 3:34pm

A 19-year-old driver was flagged down travelling at a speed of 143 kilometres an hour, or 63 kilometres per hour over the limit, on County Road 43 in North Glengarry, on March 1. The man's permit was seized and his vehicle impounded for seven days.