The Ottawa Citizen has a report about Franco Vigile and his plans for a chain of Magna Terra marijuana dispensaries, including one on Iber Road in Stittsville.
Franco Vigile wanted the world and then some. But just as proposed legislation might open up the promised land of a recreational marijuana market, a legal spat, drug and gun charges against his family, and a connection to the Hells Angels all threaten to send Vigile’s dispensary dreams up in smoke.
Vigile, 29, once operated two pot dispensaries in the city, with a third location “coming soon.” But those two locations are now closed. A sign on the door Sunday at the Stittsville store reads: “To our valued customers. We are closed indefinitely. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
At the beginning of 2016, however, with one dispensary open, Vigile was looking to expand.
The Ottawa Police Break & Enter Unit has started to see an increase in reports of break & enters into insecure sheds & garages.
With the arrival of warmer weather, the Ottawa Police Service Break & Enter Unit has started to see an increase in the number of break & enters to insecure sheds and garages across the City. It takes moments to enter a garage or shed and make off with commonly stored items within, such as powered yard equipment and bikes. Continue reading →
(Ottawa Fire Services reported a fire early Monday morning at the Kanata Montessori School in Kanata South. It’s on Michael Cowpland Drive near the Trans Canada Trail, just east of Terry Fox.)
UPDATE: Police have opened an arson investigation.
Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call reporting trees on fire near Terrence Matthews Drive on April 24, 2017 at 00:17 hours.Upon arrival fire fighters confirmed fire in a portable building with exposures at 355 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata Montessori School. A working fire was declared at 00:23 hours and fire fighters immediately began suppression operations.
Ottawa Fire Services is placing a city-wide fire ban into effect immediately to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass. Continue reading →
UPDATE: Neighbours have set up a fundraising page to help the family displaced by the fire: “The Purdy family from Richmond ON suffered a devastating loss yesterday when a fire completely destroyed their home. My son attends school with one of their children and I have reached out to the family to see where assistance is most needed. They are extremely appreciative and a little overwhelmed at the outpouring of community spirit. They are currently figuring out the logistics of where they will live, etc so although donations of clothing and furniture are thoughtful, at this point in time the family has nowhere to store anything. This page has been set up so that those who wish to help can provide some financial relief to the family during a very difficult time. There may be other ways to donate/help in the future, this is just a starter so that they can purchase the basic necessities for their family for the time being.”
(via Ottawa Fire Services)
Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call from a resident at 3:02 p.m. indicating that there was thick black smoke coming from their home at 27 Fowler Street in Richmond. The caller confirmed that there were no persons inside the residence. Continue reading →
Police vehicles including vans and a trailer, along with an ambulance, were on the scene at Sacred Heart High School from late Friday afternoon into the evening. The photo above was taken just before 7pm and shows the parking lot on the west side of the school. Continue reading →
Ottawa police raided two more marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, this time targeting a locally owned chain that was the first to open shop in town.
Police executed search warrants at the Magna Terra Health Services shops on Carling Avenue and on Iber Road in Stittsville.
They carted away bags of dried weed, edible cannabis products and oils. No information had been released on arrests by late afternoon.
It was the 13th raid on a dispensary in Ottawa since last November.
Police have warned that the shops are operating illegally and drug laws against trafficking are still on the books. Dispensaries have been opening across the country in advance of the federal government’s promise to legalize recreational pot this spring.
The Ottawa Police Service, Safer Roads Ottawa and Ottawa Fire Services remind snowmobilers of the importance of making smart choices, like riding sober, avoiding lakes and rivers and using established snowmobile trails.
UPDATE, FEB 1: The Ottawa Citizen reports: “…a barricaded man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his roommates. Police believe the man was intoxicated and had access.”
UPDATE, 10:00pm: Police released the following statement to the media: “The Ottawa Police Service responded the area of Elm St and Cypress regarding a public safety concern, the situation was successfully concluded and one male was taken into custody and no further information is being provided at this time. The matter is being investigated and charges pending.”
Ottawa Police tactical squads descended in the area of Elm Crescent Tuesday night and arrested one man, which police said was because of public safety concerns.
The incident started around the supper hour and wrapped up before 9 p.m.
Police said there was no immediate threat to the public, although their reaction was warranted. The police response included a SWAT team, armoured vehicles and police dogs. Paramedics were also on the scene.
“The response was appropriate,” said police inspector Sandra Mclaren, who added there was no immediate threat to the public. She said the suspect was arrested without incident.
Fallowfield Road is closed between Eagleson and Shea after a car crash early Friday evening. Here’s info from the Ottawa Police and Ottawa Fire Services:
Ottawa Police: “The Ottawa Police Service would like to advise that Fallowfield Road is closed at this time between Eagleson Road and Shea Road due to a two motor vehicle collision that occurred at approximately 7pm this evening. Ottawa Fire is on-scene.”
Ottawa Fire: “Fire fighters received notification from Police at 18:57 that there was an accident at the intersection of Fallowfield Rd and Eagleson Rd. On arrival, a chief officer notified dispatch that one of the vehicles was on it’s side and there was extrication required for victims in both vehicles. Fire fighters are actively working to free the occupants of the vehicles on scene with specialized equipment.”
On January 23, 2017, the Ottawa Police Service will be adjusting the hours at the Elgin, Huntmar, and 10th Line Front Desks so they are the same across the city and more in line with public demand. The new hours for all three Front Desks will be 7:00am-7:30pm, seven days a week. Continue reading →
The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is hosting a series of public information sessions for residents to learn more about changes to its service delivery model.
These changes are part of a strategy called the Service Initiative (SI) Program, which is designed to improve how the OPS serves the community.
At the information sessions, residents will learn about their Community Police Officers, how to access policing services, where to direct concerns about safety in their neighbourhood, and more.
Three sessions are being hosted across the city. Spaces are limited (100 spots per session) so residents are asked to register online, starting today.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Nepean Sportsplex, Hall C and D
1701 Woodroffe Ave, K2G 1W2
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Kanata Recreation Complex, Upper Hall A
100 Charlie Rogers Place, K2V 1A2
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, Hiawatha Park Room
1490 Youville Drive, K1C 2X8
A number of changes have already been made to the OPS service delivery model – such as a new organizational structure for investigative units and the Strategic Operations Centre, a hub for frontline, day-to-day operations and acts as a virtual back-up for officers on the road.
Effective January 23, 2017, the OPS will be launching the last of the major SI restructurings, the new Frontline Deployment Model, which is aimed at improving community safety by making it easier to move resources across the city to where they are needed. The new model will also have more streamlined processes for partners and the public to access services.
Paramedics responded to a call for pedestrian struck by a snowplough that occurred in the parking lot of a commercial shopping area on Stittsville Main. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call just before 9:30am today Continue reading →
Via Ottawa Fire: “Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call reporting fire in an attached garage at a single detached residence at 31 Wintergreen Drive on December 12 at 7:35pm. Upon arrival fire fighters gained entry to the garage and reported heavy smoke conditions. The vehicle in the garage was not involved. A small fire which had self extinguished was determined accidental. Damage is estimated at $5,000 for contents and $5,000 for building. No one will be displaced and there were no injuries.” Continue reading →
The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating the robberies of several marijuana dispensaries and charges have been laid in connection to three incidents.
Year to date in 2016, the Robbery Unit has received seven reports related to the robbery of marijuana dispensaries. Six of those incidents have been in October-November and investigations have been ongoing. Continue reading →