Two men have been charged with sexually assaulting two boys between 1992 and 1995 in Alexandria. A 56-year-old North Glengarry man faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference while a 41-year-old Cornwall man has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and uttering threats.
They were arrested by Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers after investigating reports that several sexual assaults at residences in Alexandria.
Both were released and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria March 8.
The names of the accused persons are being withheld in order to protect the identity of the victims.
A 17-year-old male has been charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm after the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment's investigation of threats being made at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute.
After receiving information shortly after midnight January 25, police ordered a lockdown at the high school.
The school remained closed for approximately one hour this morning while the Hawkesbury OPP, assisted by the East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP Canine Unit, conducted a search of the premises.
The accused has been detained pending a bail hearing today in L'Orignal court.
"A safety concern" at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute forced a temporary lockdown at the high school this morning. Students have returned to the school after the Ontario Provincial Police requested that buses be redirected to Pleasant Corners Public School.
At 8:35 a.m., police informed administrators with the Upper Canada District School Board that it was safe for staff and students to return to VCI.
Counselling has been made available at the school for staff and students who may require support.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has seen a significant decrease in the amount of losses attributed to the CRA scam, following a large number of arrests conducted by authorities at a number of "call centres" in India. The fraudsters are attempting to re-engage victims who have previously lost money to the CRA scam.
The following is an actual quote from an email sent to a victim: "We are happy to help you with our services. As you have already paid a huge amount of money to various scammers. Based on your background verification and as per your discussion with our senior management personnel Mr. David Carter, we are pleased to pay you CAD 97000 dollars. This is to inform you that the above amount will be given to you in four equal installments on the payment of nominal documentation fees which is 4.9% of CAD 97000$ which is equal to CAD 4753 dollar. This is a one time payment of the documentation charges which shall be collected at your door step by our representative. On receiving the said fees, we shall release your first installment cheque worth CAD 24250 dollars within 48 hours. If you have any queries you can reach us via email or you can call our management personnel whose details are as under. Mr David Carter".
Many victims never report these incidents to the police. If you or a family member has fallen victim to this fraud, please report to your local police service, as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You have two ways to make a report to the CAFC: either by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) or through their online reporting tool at http://www.antifraudcentre- centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerin…/index-eng.htm
Speak up to save your schools.
MPP Jim McDonell encourages all residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to visit the Upper Canada District School Board's accommodation review page at www.ucdsb.on.ca/programs/accomodationreview and click through to the online survey to provide their feedback on the proposed closure of many schools in our area.
"Community and school groups have raised their voices throughout the riding on the issue and every resident can contribute their voice to the conversation and show the broad concern throughout the community," he commented. "Completing the online survey will give the Board a tangible measure of the scale of local involvement in discussing the planned closures. Without sufficient responses, the Ministry of Education may conclude that the community is not interested or concerned about the plan – this can’t be the message we send."
The survey, which closes February 1, is accessible at www.ucdsb.on.ca/programs/accomodationreview
On the night of January 16-17, several vehicles were entered as they were parked at residences on Saphire Drive, Randy Street and Wendy Street in South Glengarry Township. Cash, wallets, GPS, sunglasses and gift cards were stolen. The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment is investigating.
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Monday Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at General Vanier, 1500 Cumberland St., Cornwall, is the final public Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) meeting to discuss the proposed closure of Glengarry District High School.
The Glengarry SOS committee "can't overstate the importance of a strong GDHS presence at this meeting. If there is one public event to go to, this is the one. We'd ask you to wear red Gaels colours, or red Gaels clothing. Doors open at 6!"
Glengarry SOS is providing busing from the Glengarry Sports Palace parking lot, free of charge. Buses will leave at 5. For more information, or to reserve a spot on one of the buses, please contact a committee member:
Alyson Graham (email@example.com)
Natasha Boucher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mandy Duval (email@example.com)
Dean MacGillivray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Krissi Pacaud (email@example.com)
Glengarry High School students, speak to Marshall Wilson.
You can also register for a spot on the bus on our website, www.glengarrysos.ca
The Cornwall Community Hospital's occupancy rate is at 138 per cent.
To accommodate this overflow, patients are being admitted to the hallway, in off-service units, others are being transferred and as a last resort, some surgeries may be postponed.
The public can help by avoid visiting loved ones in the hospital if feeling unwell.
Keep the emergency department for true emergencies. Symptoms of the flu or gastro are manageable at home with plenty of rest, liquid and over the counter medication, unless complications arise or symptoms are severe.
Respect the other patients who require the bed by ensuring timely transportation when patients are discharged.
For the last six weeks, the acute care occupancy rate at CCH has been well over 100 per cent.
About 150,000 Hydro One customers have been affected by outages caused by high winds. Alexandria and Casselman were particularly hard hit Wednesday, with service being interrupted in the early morning and not being restored until late afternoon.
The current outage in Alexandria is scheduled to be resolved by 11:15 a.m.
"Crews have worked tirelessly to restore power to the majority of customers in less than 24 hours, after a storm event, for the second time in one week," said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. "Our dedicated staff will continue working until every customer is restored."
Customers looking for information on power outages can call 1-800-434-1235 or download the Hydro One power outage app. Customers can also register to receive proactive personalized text or email alerts about power outages. Customers can register for Outage Alerts online at HydroOne.com/MyAccount.
If the power system in your area is affected by bad weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235. Safety is at the core of everything Hydro One employees do. Not only are our crews trained in First Aid, every Hydro One vehicle is equipped with a First Aid kit.