Person injured after car smashes into storefront


At least one person was injured when a car rammed into the front of the Shoppers Drug Mart store on Brookdale Avenue shortly after noon on Saturday. A burgundy Chevy Cavalier jumped the sidewalk in front of the store striking one shopping basket with such force that its crumpled undercarriage was driven under- neath the cement blocks at the base of the store’s façade. The violence of the collision was evi- denced by shattered glass littering the sidewalk and blood stains on the sidewalk near the front wheel at the drivers’-side of the car. Police confirmed that at least one person was taken to Cornwall Community Hospital. Officers from the Cornwall police’s forensics and traffic units were investigating. A distraught woman stood at the back of a police cruiser with a city police offi- cer as members of the traffic and forsenics unit took photos and measurements at the scene. No more information was available as of press time Monday. The South Nation Conservation’s Water Response Team has lifted the Level 1 Low Water Condition for the entire South Na- tion Conservation jurisdiction. South Nation Conservation staff reviewed rainfall, streamflow, and water level condi- tions, and in conjunction with theWater Re- sponse Team, made the decision to lift Level I LowWater Condition, according to a press release from SNC. The Water Response Team, created under the Ontario Low Water Response program, includes representatives from provincial and municipal governments, agriculture, business, and other special interest groups. Over the past five months, stream flows throughout the watershed showed signs of potential water supply problems. SNC’s Water Response Team was respon- sible for encouraging voluntary water con- servation. Normal rainfall over the past couple of months have increased stream flows in the watershed, allowing SNC to lift the condi- tion. But the SNC continues to encourage residents to use water wisely. The South Nation River begins at its head- water streams near Brockville and gathers water from as far away as Maxville to the east, and the city of Ottawa to the west, be- fore it empties into the Ottawa River near Plantagenet. SNC team lifts low water condition

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An officer with the Cornwall Community Police Serviceès traffic investigation unit takes notes at the scene of a crash at Shoppers DrugMart shortly after noon on Saturday. One person was taken to hospital with injuries after a car jumped up over the sidewalk and rammed into the storefront, pinning a shopping car in concrete blocks lining the front of the store.

Fire department unveils new aerial truck By Greg Kielec

The latest addition to the Cornwall Fire Department looks like a million dollars. In fact, that is also the price tag for a new aerial ladder truck purchased by the city. Fire officials, along with Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger, were on hand to show off im- pressive piece of firefighting equipment Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of St. Peter’s Church on Second Street East. “This new truck supports our efforts to build a safer community by equipping our firefighters with the necessary tools to help keep us safe,”said Kilger, who got a lift in the bucket of the new ladder truck. The truck features an all-aluminum lad- der which stretches 100 feet, five feet more than the department’s 2006 model, said acting fire chief Richard McCullough. “It will reach any building in Cornwall.” The truck’s body is also fabricated from lightweight aluminum which is also rust re- sistant. The base truck was priced at $925,000. Additional options totaling $75,000 bring the total cost to $1 million, McCullough said. The purchase is being financed over 10 years. “The purchase of this new aerial fire truck

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From left, acting fire chief Richard McCullough, Mayor Bob Kilger, and fire depart- ment mechanic Capt. Chuck Morrissette, stand in the bucket of a new aerial truck purchased by the Cornwall Fire Department.

truck to bring the department up to its ideal complement of seven vehicles, McCullough said. The acting chief, along with department mechanic, Capt. Chuck Morrissette are go- ing South Dakota to inspect the trucks to ensure they meet all the required specifica- tions before delivery.

enhances our ability to successfully fight large fires,” said McCullough. “As we’ve seen in recent years with the fires in the Cotton Mills area, The Barn apartments and others, large fires do occur.” The fire department now has two E-ONE aerial ladder trucks in its fleet and it will be receiving a new pumper truck and rescue

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