Category Archives: Police, Fire & Paramedics

Vandalism at Community Bible Church on Stittsville Main

The Community Bible Church on Stittsville Main Street next to the post office was vandalized sometime overnight on Tuesday.  It’s the latest in a string of property damage incidents this summer in the community.

Vandals spray painted an offensive message in large orange letters on one of the outside walls of the building.  (We’ve decided not to share a photo of the offensive vandalism.) Continue reading


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Ottawa police issue back-to-school safety reminder, step up enforcement

(Photo: Speed sign on Hobin Street,  near A. Lorne Cassidy school. Photo by Barry Gray.)

(via Ottawa Police)

Over the next few days children will be returning to school and many will be busing, walking and riding their bikes to their destinations.

The Ottawa Police Service reminds motorists and pedestrians to be aware of the increase of children and youth on city streets. As school begins, please consider the following safety tips:

  • Reduce speeds in school zones and be ready to stop at any time. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
  • Obey school bus signals.
  • Walk on available sidewalks.
  • Always cross at intersections, looking and listening for traffic and walk across only when road is clear and safe to do so.
  • Follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols and school bus operator’s signals.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike and walk your bike across a roadway.

For more safety tips, go to Back to School Safety.

Meanwhile, The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on school bus and school zones safety as well as vehicle occupant restraints during the month of September.

School Bus / School Zone Safety:

Between 2009 and 2013, there were 29 collisions resulting in 5 injuries involving school buses or occurring in school zones.

Vehicle Occupant Restraint:

Between 2009 and 2013, there were 183 collisions involving the lack of, or improper use of, vehicle occupant restraints resulting in 18 fatalities and 183 injuries.

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

Also participating in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sureté du Québec, Department of National Defence’s Military Police and Gatineau Police Service to improve road safety for all residents of the national capital region.

Ottawa residents have identified traffic safety as a top priority. The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents.


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Three-vehicle collision at Fallowfield and Eagleson

(Above: Photo via Ottawa Paramedic Services.)

Ottawa fire extricated two people from a three-vehicle collision at Fallowfield and Eagleson on Thursday afternoon. They were  treated by Ottawa Paramedics, who said they were in stable condition.


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Police issue arrest warrant in Hazeldean Mall jewellery heist

UPDATE (August 17): Second suspect arrested in Montreal

The Ottawa Police Service has returned the second suspect wanted in this matter, Robert Webb, to Ottawa following his arrest by Montreal Police (SPVM) early on August 16, 2015.

Mr. Webb will appear in Ottawa court on August 17, 2015.

Anyone with information with respect to this investigation is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.

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(press release via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit has laid charges against one suspect in connection to a recent robbery of a west end jewellery store.  An arrest warrant has been issued for a second suspect. Continue reading


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Ottawa Fire responds to industrial fire on Willowlea Road

(Photo via Ed Brown.)

Ottawa Fire responded to a two-alarm fire in at 106 Willowlea Road, just north of Westbrook on Monday afternoon. The building is in an industrial park and is home to Mevex Corporation. Firefighters arrived to find a fire in a boarded up large garage complex. The fire appeared to be under control by about 3:15pm.

Ottawa Fire says damage is estimated at $400,000 and one firefighter was transported to hospital for a minor foot injury. Cause has not been determined but an investigator was on the scene as of late Monday afternoon. Continue reading


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Permits are required for all open air fires

(via the City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa wants to remind residents that open air fires of any kind are prohibited without an Open Air Fire Permit.

An open air fire refers to the burning of untreated wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not wholly contained. The City’s Open Air Fire By-law prohibits the use of campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces within City limits. Barbecues are permitted.

Definitions for all these terms, and further details about Open Air Fire Permits, can be found on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

While open air burning may seem to be harmless, it has the potential to cause visible haze, health problems, air pollution and nuisance concerns.

Even residents who possess a permit are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.


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Tartan Kitchen is the latest victim to food truck break-ins

The Tartan Kitchen food truck. Photo by Jordan Mady.
The Tartan Kitchen food truck. Photo by Jordan Mady.

Someone broke into the Tartan Kitchen Food Truck on Hazeldean Road overnight on Saturday, but nothing was taken, and nothing was broken.

It’s at least the third food truck to be broken into over the past few weeks. ‘Wiches Cauldron and Pong’s Poutine were broken into earlier in July.


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Charges laid following sexual assaults at Kanata wave pool

(Press release from Ottawa Police.)

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section (SACA) has charged an Ottawa man for sex assault offences in relation to incidents with two young girls at the Kanata Wave Pool on July 23, 2015.

A 30-year-old Ottawa man is facing two counts of Sexual Interference and two counts of Sexual Assault. He will appear in court this morning.

SACA investigators believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944.   Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app. 


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“Finding Holly” trail cam damaged… and the culprits are caught on camera

UPDATE – JULY 14: Volunteer Lisa Gallant tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that as of this afternoon, volunteers believe that they’ve identified three of the four people in the photos, thanks to tips from social media. It’s still unclear if charges can or will be laid.

“We would like to see restitution for the cam as well as some labour,” she says, such as clean up services or providing help to an animal rescue organization.

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Posted today to the Finding Holly Facebook page:

We have a couple of trail cams up in different locations hoping to get a glimpse of the elusive Holly. One of those cams was located on private property belonging to Sunset Farms. They have graciously allowed us to place the cam there, leave a food cage, and periodically check it. Continue reading


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Fires nearby in Katimavik, Richardson Side Road

Ottawa Fire responded to two calls near Stittsville this afternoon:

  • A fire at a two-storey home at 8 Forbes Avenue in Katimavik was called in just after 2:00pm.    The homeowner got out safely along with a pet dog and birds. Damage is estimated at $225,000 to the structure and $25,000 to the contents.
  • Also this afternoon, a fire at 2173 Richardson Side Road, just east of Carp Road.  Ottawa Fire Services responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a fire in a three-sided, 2,000 square foot recycling shed.  Upon arrival fire fighters confirmed the fire in rubble in the large shed. The main body of the fire was under control by 2:30pm. 

     


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Major fire at vehicle scrap yard on Flewellyn Road

(Photo via Ottawa Fire.)

Firefighters from several stations responded to a major fire at the Cash for Trash vehicle scrap yard on Flewellyn Road.

Several cars caught fire at the yard, located just east of Munster Road.  Flewellyn remained closed from Munster to Conley as of about 5:00pm. No injuries have been reported.

Ottawa fire received a call just before noon today and Station 81 from Stittsville was the first to respond.  A large plume of smoke could be seen from Stittsville and Kanata and there were still fire vehicles responding nearly an hour later.  Police and paramedics are also on the scene.

CBC Ottawa reported that workers were baling scrap metal when a spark started a very small fire that quickly grew out of control.

Ottawa Fire described the fire as a “large scrap vehicle fire”.  Cash for Trash buys and disposes of old and unwanted vehicles.

Ottawa Public Health is advising residents who are bothered by the smoke to stay indoors and close windows and doors.


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‘Wiches Cauldron closed Tuesday after break-in

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the ‘Wiches Cauldron food truck. First their web site was hacked, and now they’re closed for the day after an overnight break-in.

Another Stittsville food truck, Pong’s Poutine on Carp Road, was also broken into last night.  Some pop and change was stolen, and Pong’s was open for business today.

(UPDATE: The Carp Sweet Potato truck was also broken into. They reported limited damage and nothing of value lost.)

 


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Quarry parties a balancing act for owners and police

(Above: Photo by Jordan Mady.)

QUARRY PARTIES USUALLY START OFF WITH A TEXT.  “Let’s hit the quarry tonight”. Young people – usually students of high school or university age – then get together at one of the local quarries or sandpits, jump into the water basins and maybe even crack a cold one or two.

Sometimes under-age, they’re technically trespassing on industrial properties owned by Thomas Cavanagh Construction or R.W. Tomlinson.

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Fireworks by-law will be enforced for Canada Day week, says City

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, the City reminds anyone planning to use fireworks to celebrate Canada Day do so in a safe and courteous manner and to comply with the City’s Fireworks By-law.

The Fireworks By-law outlines the rules around fireworks use.

The City recommends that you not attempt family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays, but rather plan to attend fireworks displays hosted by municipalities and operated by professionals who are trained to handle and discharge fireworks safely.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged on the day of, day before or the day after Canada Day — Wednesday, July 1. They must be discharged by someone 18 or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner. Minimum safety distances as indicated on the fireworks product must be maintained from spectators, buildings and vehicles. The fireworks display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.

The sale of consumer fireworks, except on Canada Day and the seven business days immediately preceding Canada Day, is prohibited in the City of Ottawa.

Display fireworks, such as those on Parliament Hill, and smaller-scale versions at public parks on holiday weekends, may only be discharged by someone over 18 who holds a permit issued by the Ottawa Fire Chief. Applications for these permits must be submitted 30 days before the intended display.

Firecrackers are prohibited from being used or sold in the City of Ottawa or Province of Ontario. Anyone selling, purchasing or using firecrackers within the City of Ottawa is in violation of the Fireworks By-law as well as provincial law.

Please review Ottawa’s Fireworks By-law on ottawa.ca for further details. Violations of the Fireworks By-law may be reported to 3-1-1.


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Vandals torch play structure in Glen Cairn

UPDATE – JUNE 26: Ottawa Police and Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information on the vandalism that leads to an arrest.  Police say this fire was set around 10:30pm, and received reports of another play structure with burn marks nearby at Glen Cairn Public School.  If you have information regarding the identity of the suspects responsible or witness any suspicious or criminal  activity in the parks call Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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A small fire on a play structure in Rickey Place Park in Glen Cairn has left behind a big bill for the City and a big inconvenience for kids.

Late last night, neighbours noticed flames coming from the play structure.  Damage was limited to a hole burned through a plastic tunnel on the structure, but the whole tunnel has to be replaced. Continue reading


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SIU closes investigation into Stittsville collision

(Press release from the Ontario SIU.)

Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) review of an incident that occurred in Ottawa earlier this month, SIU Director Tony Loparco has terminated the investigation.

The SIU review determined that at approximately 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015, an officer was responding to a call with his emergency lights and siren activated. At the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Huntmar Drive, the officer’s cruiser was involved in a collision with another vehicle. The officer and the 52-year-old woman driver from the other vehicle were transported for treatment to the Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus. Due to the fact that medical reports revealed there was no evidence of serious injury in this case, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

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