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Counties donate to Fort MacMurray relief area almost 230,000 hectares in size. That is twice the size of Calgary. More than 2000 homes in Fort MacMurray’s southern and southeastern residential sectors are gone. The latest insurance damage estimates for the havoc left behind by the fire is more than $9 billion.


and ground support.The latest report is that fire fighters are now seeing some success in bringing the situation under control with hope that a change in the weather, including cooler temperatures and some rain, will help the situation even more. Many local businesses have donation boxes set up to collect loose change for the relief fund. Those wishing to pledge even more to the Fort MacMurray Relief can go to for more infor- mation. threatening suicide, someone impersona- ting a police officer, and people alleged to be injured. The Ottawa Police Services’ West District Investigation Unit led the investigation and identified onemember of the trio through an audio sample. Continuing investigation, in partnership with the OPP, led to the identi- fication and arrest of the other two suspects. Police have filed more than 100 charges against the three, including publicmischief, impersonating a police officer, mischief to property, breach of probation, providing false information, and possession of a pro- hibited weapon. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the West District Investigations Unit at 613-236-1222, extension 2666,the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The United Counties of Prescott-Russell will contribute $20,000 to the relief fund aimed at helping residents of Fort MacMurray, Alberta, burned out of their homes by a massive wildfire. During itsMay 11 committee of the whole session, Counties council approved a pro- posal for the donation on behalf of its eight member municipalities. The counties join other municipal governments, the Alberta provincial government, and Ottawa in pled- ging funds for relief. Warden Guy Desjardins brought the issue up just before council went in-camera to discuss a legal item. He received unanimous support for the proposal to pledge a donation to the relief effort. Council members spent about 10 minutes discussing how large the donation would be. Themost recent media reports state that more than 80,000 people, including families with children, have fled their homes in Fort MacMurray, since the evacuation order was made for the northern Alberta town. They took refuge north and south, in various loca- tions throughout the City of Edmonton, or in the work camps of the Alberta oil sands project. Many of those who fled north to shelter in the work camps have since been relocated to relief centres in the southern part of the province. The massive wildfire has so far razed an

Alberta forest fire crews, backed by crews flow in from nearby British Columbia and also fromOntario and Quebec and as far east as the Maritimes, have battled the inferno for the past two weeks using water bombers

Local man charged in phony SWAT calls case known to the general public through a TV police drama of the same name and through various television shows, movies, and novels which followed afterwards. Canadian police forces may have different names for their tactical units.


A resident of Russell County is part of trio charged with a series of “swatting” calls that have plagued police inOttawa and the surrounding areas since last fall. Darren Graham, 26, of Russell, Vincent Pucci, 37, of Toronto, and Tiffany King, 27, of Etobicoke, all face multiple charges fol- lowing a joint investigation, by the Ottawa Police Service and the OPP, of a series of “swatting calls” that began in October 2015. “Swatting” is a false alarmcall for alleged critical event cases whichmight require the police tactical unit. “Swatting” refers to the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit which is part of many American urban police departments. The acronym became well-

The charges against the trio concern 28 “swatting calls” to police from the beginning of October 2015 up and including the end of March to mid-April 2016. Most of the calls occurred after March 28. Almost all the calls were about alleged “critical incidents” in Ottawa and the sur- rounding area. Gatineau Police also received one false alert call.The various calls concer- ned phony reports about break-ins, shooting incidents and situations involving firearms, domestic assaults, forcible confinement, robberies, alleged bomb threats, people

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