The Glengarry News

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Higher fatality rate

publisher Mar 16, 2021 - 9:23am

During an unprecedented year that saw a significant reduction in traffic on OPP-patrolled roads, collisions in 2020 resulted in a higher fatality rate than in the previous year.

There were 26 per cent fewer collisions in 2020, a total of 55,581 compared to 75,128 in 2019, but the fatality rate was 22 per cent higher when compared to 2019 collisions.

Last year, there were 285 fatal collisions resulting in 305 deaths.

In 2019, there were 304 fatal accidents, claiming 335 lives.

A significant number of the fatalities were preventable and attributed to careless and dangerous driving behaviours.

Among the deaths, 62 were linked to speed, 51 to alcohol/drug use and 45 to driver inattention. Lack of seat belt use contributed to 55 driver/passenger deaths. Transport trucks (or other commercial vehicles) were involved in 6,145 of last year's collisions.

Forty-two motorcyclists were killed, marking a sharp increase over the 27 deaths in 2019. Failing to yield right-of-way and excessive speed were leading factors. In 37 of the incidents, no other vehicles were involved, underscoring the fact that motorcyclists are vulnerable road users who cannot afford to take any unnecessary risks.  

Marine fatalities reached a 12-year high and were almost double over 2019, with 32 people killed in boating incidents. Capsized vessels (17) and falling overboard (12) were leading primary causes, with paddlers accounting for half of those who died. As is the case every year, the majority of the deceased (29) were found not wearing a life jacket.  

Last year's 23 off-road vehicle fatalities marked the highest number of deaths in 14 years. Eight of those who died were not wearing a helmet. Four of the riders were wearing a helmet, but with the chin strap unfastened. Alcohol/drugs was a factor in approximately one third of the deaths.

The OPP has responded to 15 snowmobile fatalities so far this season, surpassing the 13 deaths during the 2019/20 season. Driving too fast for the conditions was a factor in half of the fatalities. To date, three people have died after their snowmobiles broke through the ice or were driven into open water.  

Drugs, weapons seized

publisher May 13, 2019 - 10:39am

Two North Glengarry residents have been charged after Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers seized a quantity of drugs, weapons and currency during a raid May 10.

Robin Rozon, 40, and Melanie Larchevesque, 39, have been charged with possession of a controlled substance for purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime and failing to comply with an undertaking.

Winchester hospital not affected by cancer drug problems

publisher Aug 22, 2018 - 2:28pm

Winchester District Memorial Hospital has completed a full assessment of how chemotherapy drugs are given to cancer patients at the Brian Hough Chemotherapy Unit and has confirmed that all medication has been administered properly.

Cancer Care Ontario asked all 74 Ontario hospitals that deliver cancer drug treatments to review their procedures due to concerns related to three specific cancer drugs - Pembrolizumab, Nivolumab and Panitumumab. In 28 of those hospitals, it was found that some patients didn't receive proper dosing due to small amounts of the drug remaining in the IV tubing.

WDMH is not one of those 28 hospitals. WDMH is the largest satellite cancer centre in the region. Last year, there were 2,373 cancer clinic visits to WDMH.

Huge pot bust

publisher Mar 13, 2018 - 1:11pm

Illegal drugs with an estimated street value of $230,000 were seized by Ontario Provincial Police officers during a March 12 raid at a property on County Road 15, North Stormont Township.

Officers seized 34 pounds of cannabis, 30 pounds of hash cannabis resin and 50 pounds of cannabis shake, speed pills and a firearm.

Gérard Sauvé, 75, of North Stormont, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, and unauthorized possession and careless storage of a firearm.

Details released on drug, weapons seizure

publisher Mar 8, 2018 - 7:16pm

Details about a major seizure of illicit drugs and weapons in Alexandria last week have been released.

Raids on homes and a business resulted in the seizure of

  • 2260 methamphetamine pills (speed)
  • 1064 Hydromorphone pills
  • 27 Fentanyl patches
  • 594 grams of marijuana
  • 66 grams of hash

The estimated street value of drugs seized is $42,540

 This also resulted in the seizure of a quantity of weapons and Canadian currency:

  • 2 handguns
  • 2 Conducted Energy Weapons (Tasers)
  • Nunchucks
  • Over $15,000 cash
  • Multiple Long guns
  • Ammunition
  • 6 replica handguns

The following individuals were arrested and charged.

Pierre Larose, 59, of North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the purpose of Trafficking (11 counts)
  • Unauthorized Possession of a weapon (2 counts)
  • Careless storage of ammunition (3 counts)
  • Public Mischief
  • Fraud over $5,000 (5 counts)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime (2 counts)

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Brigitte Martinson, 49, North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (11 counts)
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon (2 counts)
  • Careless storage of ammunition (2 counts)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime (2 counts)

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Claude Lavigne, 53, North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Production of a controlled substance
  • Fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance
  • Fail to comply with conditions of an undertaking

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Luc Leroux, 52, North Glengarry, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was released and scheduled to appear in Alexandria court April 4.

Christian Seguin, 34, North Glengarry, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was released and scheduled to appear in Alexandria court April 4.

Gordon Hodges, 31, North Glengarry, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was released and scheduled to appear in Alexandria court April 4.

Jonathan Carrierre, 21, North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a controlled substance (2 counts)
  • Fail to comply with conditions of a probation order (2 counts)
  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to probation order (2 counts)

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Rebecca Lacombe, 40, North Glengarry, Ontario was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a controlled substance (2 counts)
  • Fail to comply with conditions of a probation order (4 counts)
  • Fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Maxime Cater, 28, North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon (3 counts)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime

The investigation continues.

 "These arrests will have a significant impact in the small community of Alexandria," states Dean Canham Detective Sergeant of the Ontario Provincial Police Community Street Crime Unit.

seized drugs, weapons

Drugs, cash, firearm, ATV seized

publisher Jan 16, 2018 - 1:00pm

A search warrant executed by Ontario Provincial Police and the Cornwall Community Street Crime in The Nation resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine (speed) pills, marijuana, crack cocaine, psilocybin (mushrooms), hydromorphone tablets, Canadian currency, and drug paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking. OPP also seized one prohibited firearm and a stolen four-wheeler ATV.  

Shawn Leblanc, 33, of Fournier, faces several charges, including possession of illicit drugs for the purpose of trafficking, unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm and careless storage of a weapon.

EOHU warns of presence of carfentanil in local street drugs

publisher Oct 30, 2017 - 8:39am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is warning residents that carfentanil, an extremely dangerous opioid, may have been added to some local street drugs.

A urine sample tested positive for the highly toxic variation on fentanyl, an opioid that has been responsible for a dramatic increase in fatal overdoses across the country.

35 opioid deaths in region

publisher Aug 9, 2017 - 9:51am

Eastern Ontario is not immune to the devastating effects of opioids, stresses the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

"There is a perception among some people that there has never been an opioid-related death in Cornwall, however, this is not accurate at all," states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. "In fact, in the Cornwall area, our ER visit rates related to opioids are higher than the provincial average and are among the highest within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network area."

According to local data, there have been at least 35 opioid-related deaths in the Eastern Counties (including Cornwall) between 2010 and 2015.