Police have charged a pair of senior citizens with numerous drug trafficking and firearms offenses after a search in the Vankleek Hill area. Police say the value of the drugs and guns that were seized is estimated at over $44,300. 70-year-old Jacques Duval and 68-year-old Penny Duval are charged with four different counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, one count of trafficking contraband tobacco, one count of possession of property obtained by crime, and three counts each of carless storage of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm. They have both been released and are expected to be in court by the end of the month.
Fire crews responded to a 911 for a fire in a single-family ranch style home Phoenix Cres in Orleans at 2:30 am this morning. The fire was under control by 3 a.m. One person was treated for smoke inhalation. There is no word on a cause or damage estimate.
The Russell County OPP is currently investigating a string of frauds via the web site “Kijiji“. The suspect offers for sale items such as pick-up trucks, winter tires and snow plows. He only communicates via text message and always convinces the victims to provide deposits via Interac e-Transfers. He offers to deliver the item or requests pick up at an address in the Village of Casselman. The suspect has no ties to the Casselman address and never delivers the item. If you have been a victim or have any information regarding this matter, you are asked to please contact police.
Skaters should be able to return to part of the Rideau Canal today. The popular Ottawa skateway was closed last week due to a brief January thaw but the weekend saw frigid weather return. The National Capital Commission says crews have been working hard to get the surface ready so skating can resume.