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A family in Limoges escaped what could have been a personal tragedy for the start of their new year. Firefighters, police and paramedics were called to an early-morning house fire onDec. 29 in the Village of Limoges. The fire was at a residence on Limoges Road. An OPP incident report states that eve- ryone inside the house got out without harm and that police have no cause to think the cause of the fire was anything other than an accident. In another case located within Russell County, a 79-year-old man is charged with assault causing bodily harm against his 74-year-old wife. No further details are given in the police incident brief. Domestic disputes Police investigated close to two dozen domestic dispute reports during the Yuletide

court appearances in L’Orignal in January. Burglary attempt OPP in the Clarence-Rockland area answered a call Dec. 23 about an attemp- ted break-and-enter incident that was in progress that afternoon.They arrested aman found near the scene of the break-in report. Nicholas Mills 18, of Hammond is char- ged with one count of break-and-enter with intent to commit an indicatable offence, two counts of break-and-enter and committing an indictable offence, and one count of pos- session of marijuana in an amount under 30 grams weight. His case came up for first appearance in provincial court in L’Orignal just before the end of December. 911 «ghosts» Russell County had several misdialled 911 calls come in during the Christmas holiday period. Cellphone users are reminded to make sure their cellphones are turned off when not in use and also to avoid placing them in a back pocket when not in use. Sitting on a cellphone can sometimes trigger an accidental 911 call.

Impaired driving Bradley Kelly, 27, of Osgoode, Enzo Franchi, 65, of Cheney, and Robert Purdy Mcleod, 66, of Russell, are each charged with impaired driving, driving with blood- alcohol readings exceeding 80 milligrams, and with having care and control of a vehicle while their ability to do so was impaired. Each of the accused were charged following separate checkstops during the OPP Christ- mas R.I.D.E. counterattack programagainst impaired driving. They are all now scheduled for provincial

season before the end of 2015. One domes- tic complaint case in the City of Clarence- Rockland has resulted in charges against a man and a woman covering spousal assault, domestic mischief, and careless storage of a firearm.

Quiet Yuletide for police Even with the heavy dump of snow to create at least a white New Year’s Eve before the end of 2015, the past Christmas break was more or less quiet for the police as far as their traffic patrols were concerned. Superintendent Pietro di Rinaldo of the Russell County OPP reported no major problems on the roads during the past week. He noted that a winter storm situation like the one that blew in last week following the Christmas weekend makes drivers more cautious for the most part when they are on the road, slowing down to avoid skidding or going into the ditch. More winter accidents, he observed, occur when the temperature drops fast but roads are clear because some drivers try to go at their usual speed without considering the risk of black ice conditions. – Gregg Chamberlain Phone scam still calling around April may be still weeks away but con artists are calling ahead to try and trick residents in Eastern Ontario with a phony tax man scam. An OPP report warns that several homeowners have received threatening calls from someone claiming to be a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employee and war- ning the target of the call that they were arrears and could see their bank accounts frozen and a lien placed on their homes if they did not pay off their alleged debt. The caller always tries to get personal or financial identification information from the victim, including bank account numbers and access codes. The CRA does not phone or email people about their income tax files or ask for personal information over the phone or through an email. The CRA already has all the information it requires in its own income tax data files. Anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be with the CRA should refuse to provide any information and hang up. They should report the incident to the police, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and also the CRA. – Gregg Chamberlain

Tucker House Renewal Centre is looking for volunteers Interested in volunteering at Tucker House Renewal Centre? An information meeting and potluck will be organized on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at the eco-retreat centre located at 1731 Tucker Road in Rockland. Attendees will discover how they can get involved with Tucker House whose mission is to inspire sustainable living. Those interested are invited to RSVP at volunteer@ or by phone at 613-446-2117, extension 5. Student support partner The Upper Canada District School Board has a new position to help school staff deal with the social and emotional support needs of students. The Student Support Partner (SSP) program includes 23 designated SSPs for the district, with each person assigned a cluster of three to five schools to visit during their rounds. The task of an SSP is to help students develop their socializing skills and also work with school teams on social and mental health support for students. – Gregg Chamberlain

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