Former North Stormont treasurer accused of stealing from township


to the missing money after it located dis- crepancies in December 2011 within the township’s treasury. As a result, the Ontario Provincial Police was notified and an investigation was launched. Lajeunesse is charged with theft over $5,000, breach of trust, fraud over $5,000 and providing a false statement in writing. She was released on a promise to appear and officer-in-charge undertaking to appear in Cornwall Provincial court on July 3.

By Greg Kielec

The former treasurer of North Stor- mont Township is accused of stealing money from her employer. Members of the East Region Community Support Team and the SDG Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police charged a 55- year-old Monique Lajeunesse in connection missing money from the township after a six-month investigation. North Stormont Township alerted police

Tip leads to big shoreline bust

By Greg Kielec

A tip about suspicious activity at a Sum- merstown shoreline residence resulted in a big pay off for the Cornwall Regional Task Force on May 17. Police were tipped that contraband was being off loaded from a vessel into an awaiting van. Upon arrival, members stopped a vehicle leaving the scene which contained 422.1 kg of fine cut tobacco and 50 re-sealable, clear plastic bags containing approximately 200 contraband cigarettes each. Police also seized 0.6 grams of marijuana, 43 LSD tablets, pepper spray and $500 of counterfeits $20 bills as well as a 2003 Dodge Caravan. Both, the driver of the vehicle, Clive Nel- son Gabriel, 20, from St. Laurent, Que., and the passenger, Evan Robertson, 21, from Laval, Que., were arrested for the posses- sion of unstamped tobacco. Robertson and Gabriel were charged with offences related to the evidence seized and were held in custody pending their respec- tive bail hearings. In the early morning hours on May 18 while conducting vehicle and vessel patrols along the St. Lawrence River, CRTF mem- bers observed a boat approach the shore- line subdivision, South Glengarry. A short time afterwards, members ob- served an Ontario plated van speeding away from the area where the boat was be- lieved to have attended. DRIVER BAILED As members attempted to stop the vehicle for further investigation, the vehicle came to a stop near Charlottenburgh Park, and the driver fled into the woods. OPP Police Dog Service and Emergency Response Team members attended the scene and located the driver later identified as Daniel Malette, 24, from Cornwall. CRTF members also apprehended a sus- pect who attempted to flee on foot. The suspect was later identified as Claude Menard, 30, from Lancaster. A total of 120 cases of unstamped tobacco were seized along with two older model vans. Malette was held in custody pending a bail hearing and was charged with being in possession of contraband cigarettes, failing to comply with his probation order and two counts of failing to comply with his Re-

Photo by Greg Kiele The Cornwall Girl Guides were cooking up a storm in front of Baxtrom’s Your Inde- pendent Grocer on Saturday to raise money raise money for a trip to London, England next year. Pictured helping serve customers at the barbecue are, from left, Natalie Hebert and Simone Maheau of the Cornwall Girl Guides.


cognizance. Menard was released from custody on a promise to appear. He was also charged with being in possession of contraband cigarettes. On June 5, CRTF members were called to an OPP Highway Traffic stop on the west- bound lanes of Highway 401 near Long Sault.It was believed that the driver, Kevin Smart, 32, from Akwesasne, was transport- ing contraband cigarettes. CRTF members subsequently arrested Smart for being in possession of six cases of contraband cigarettes. The vehicle, along with the contraband cigarettes, was seized. Smart was held in custody pending his bail hearing given he is currently awaiting dis- position on similar charges dating back to November 2010. On June 12 while assisting RCMP Valley- field members in the Bainsville area, CRTF members observed a boat approaching the shoreline. A short time afterwards, a pickup truck was observed departing the suspect loca- tion and a traffic stop was initiated on the eastbound lanes of Highway 401. The truck was found to contain 34 cases of cigars of a variety of flavours. The driver, Tevin Terrance, 19, from Ak- wesasne, N.Y. was arrested, charged and held for his bail hearing for being in pos- session of the contraband cigars. Special photo Fine cut tobacco and cigarettes are pic- tured in a vehicle seized by the Cornwall Regional Task Force.

Photo by Greg Kielec Sylvie Thibert, The Health Nut, poses with some of her naturally healthy and organic food products at the Seaway Valley Growers Farmer’s Market in the parking lot of The Brick along Pit Street North on Saturday morning. About a dozen vendors were on hand peddling a variety of healthy and tasty homemade and homegrown wares.


Special photo St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre held a special Mass on Wednesday, June 13, to rec- ognize Senior’s Month. Rev. Raymond Dumoulin asked a full house to celebrate the many achievements by seniors and to remind us all to honour the seniors in our lives. The Mass was attended by residents, family members, volunteers and staff. Pictured, from left, are Bernice Primeau, family member; Clothilde Bergeron, resident; Rev. Ray- mond Dumoulin, SJCCC pastor; Rev. Cleary Villeneuve, resident; Yvette Laderoute, resident; Martina Anderegg, SJCCC staff; Armand Trottier, resident.

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