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Hit and run driver arrested

OPP focuses on crime prevention

The Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated a motor vehicle colli- sion that occurred at the intersection of Highway 34 and Greenlane Road in Cham- plainwhere the driver of a vehicle involved had failed to remain at the scene of the collision. On Wednesday, November 4, police were called to investigate a motor vehicle

registered to a black Nissan instead of the black FordMustang involved in the incident. The suspect vehicle was later found by police travelling onHighway 417 at an exces- sive high rate of speed and once again, failed to stop for police. The black Ford Mustang had severe front end damages. Police were on the hunt of the suspect vehicle and its driver. The suspect was later identified as

collision. A vehicle had struck the side wall of a business building and a parked vehicle at the intersection of Highway 34 and Greenlane Road in Champlain. The suspect refused to wait for police and fled the scene of the collision, driving in a dangerous manner and at a high rate of speed with two passengers on board.

18-year-old Samuel Au- ger of St-Jacques Road in Embrun. Auger was arrested and charged the next day under the Criminal Code of Canada with Flight while Pursued by Peace Officer, Dangerous Ope- ration of Motor Vehicle, Assault of a Peace Offi- cer with a weapon, and two counts of Forcible Confinement. He was also charged under the

The Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wishes to remind residents that eve- ryone has a role in crime prevention and in reducing the potential of criminal acts. Whenever a theft is committed, there are always three components present, reminds the OPP: a criminal, an opportunity and a victim. Residents can discourage a thief from victimizing property by taking away opportu- nities or reducing them.This is where people can protect themselves most, adds the OPP. Another means of protecting property is to have good communications with neigh- bours. If something suspicious is seen, it is

important to write down the description of any suspicious persons, as well as themake, model, colour and license number of strange vehicles or vehicles passing by numerous times, suspiciously parked or constantly traveling alleyways. OPP ask people to call the police and other members of your neigh- bourhood immediately. Police remind residents that they can protect themselves by having good lighting, good lock security and let a trusted neigh- bour know when the house will be vacant for an extended period of time.

Direction of travel and description of the suspect vehicle was provided to police. He was then spotted driving dangerously in Hawkesbury. After dropping off both passengers in town, the suspect failed to stop for police and almost collided head on with a police cruiser and then clipped a second cruiser without causing damage before fleeing the scene once again. Policemanaged to obtain the license plate number of the suspect vehicle. The plate was attached to the wrong vehicle as it was

Highway Traffic Act with two counts of Fail to remain at the scene, and use of plates not authorized for vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was not insured. As well as the other charges, Auger was also charged under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act ope- rating a motor vehicle without insurance. The set minimum fine for driving without insurance is $5000. Auger was later released and scheduled to appear in L’Orignal court onDecember 2.

School district and union ready to settle The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federa- tion (OSSTF) have a tentative deal ready for review and possible signing. If approved, the new contract will finish negotiations for the past year between the two sides. Terms of the new contract remain confi- dential until both the OSSTF members for the Upper Canada district and the UCDSB board of trustees have ratified the document. Contract negotiations continue between the UCDSB and the unions representing elementary school teachers, occasional teachers, and support staff. – Gregg Chamberlain

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