In The News For Clarence Rockland — April 11, 2018

Police say two teens face charges including attempted murder in connection with a pair of violent assaults in Kingston. Investigators say a man was found severely beaten in an alley on Monday evening and that he remains in hospital in critical condition. Another male was violently assaulted at a home early yesterday and police say the same suspects are believed responsible for both incidents. Nineteen-year-old Josh Owen Simpson and a 17-year-old youth were arrested separately yesterday and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery.

The Township of Russell is opening a book of condolences for Jonathan Pitre, the 17-year-old boy who died after a long but inspirational battle with a rare skin disease.  Jonathan died last Wednesday in a Minnesota hospital . Members of the public will be able to sign the book of condolences at the Embrun town hall and at the Russell Public Library in Russell and at the Embrun Public Libary. The book will be available at both libraries Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After two weeks, the books will be presented to the Pitre family. ​


Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane reworked the lyrics of his song “Big League” to honour the Humboldt Broncos. Appearing on T-S-N to help kick off the network’s N-H-L playoff preview special, Cochrane played an acoustic version of his song infront of a green and yellow backdrop. Many Canadians have associated the song with the 15 people who were killed last week’s highway collision between the Humboldt Broncos’ bus and a truck in Saskatchewan.


Eighty-seven more grocery stores in Ontario are now allowed to sell beer and cider. The province began allowing the first grocery stores to sell beer in December of 2015 and has since expanded the options to include beer and wine. There are now more than 350 grocery stores in the province that are authorized to sell beer and cider, of which up to 70 can also sell wine. Ultimately, beer and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores across Ontario, including 300 that also sell wine.


The  Champlain Township is buying a moose for L’Orignal… a perfect mascot for  the town (whose name means  moose, in French).  The price tag is $5,000.

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