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Natsis drunk driving trial won’t resume until November

Andrew Seymour

The Ottawa Citizen

Published on May 3, 2013

OTTAWA — The drunk driving trial of a Pembroke dentist accused of killing a man in a head-on collision is expected to resume in November, nearly a full year after it first began.

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Christy Natsis’s trial will resume Nov. 4 and run for 11 days. The on-again, off-again trial, which was initially supposed to last four weeks, began last November and has already stretched to seven weeks. Lawyers expect they need at least three more weeks to conclude the trial.

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Is your vehicle insured or are you a victim of fraud?((

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Kemptville Advance EMC

Published on March 14, 2013

EMC News - Every vehicle owner is seeking lower auto insurance premiums and scammers know this. To kick off March as Fraud Prevention Month, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch remind you, "if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is." Fraudsters have been offering low automobile insurance premiums in newspaper and online ads, and at trade shows often impersonating legitimate, reputable vehicle insurance brokers. Their various 'offers' guarantee saving you hundreds of dollars in premiums. They may tell you that the lower rates are for a limited time only and that you need act now. 

"Fraudsters target anyone and everyone they can - including the most vulnerable people in society," said Scott Tod, Deputy Commissioner, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime. "The financial impact of fraudulent activities is staggering and continues to grow. The best defence against the many types of fraud is widespread public education and enhancing awareness." (

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Chelsea man driving on rubberless wheel with lights out arrested for impaired

Meghan Hurley

The Ottawa Citizen

Published on May 4, 2013

A 19-year-old Chelsea man is to be charged with impaired driving after police spotted a car “with almost no rubber remaining on the front right wheel” travelling with the lights off.

MRC des Collines officers had stopped to get gas at about 2:55 a.m. when they spotted the vehicle driving north on Rue St-Louis

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How to avoid a St. Patrick’s Day tragedy — drink smarter

Graham Lanktree

Metro News Ottawa

Published on March 14, 2013

Police are doubling their efforts to clamp down on drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this year to avoid tragedies like the death of Erin Vance last year.

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“Despite our best efforts and the collaboration of the RCMP, military police and OPP, a massive joint effort that stopped 800 cars last year” said Sgt. John Kiss of the impaired driving counter measures unit with the Ottawa police, “we still had the Erin Vance tragedy.”

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OPP busy over Easter long weekend

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West Carleton EMC

Published on April 11, 2013

EMC news - Ontario Provincial Police officers were highly visible throughout the province over the Easter long weekend keeping a watchful eye for impaired, distracted or aggressive drivers. 

A particular focus for the OPP was to put the onus for safe driving where it belongs - on drivers and passengers - 16 years of age and older - by enforcing compliance with seat belt laws which is the first line of protection from serious injury or death as a result of collisions.// 

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Beware late winter pot holes

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Arnprior EMC

Published on March 7, 2013

EMC news - With the promise of warmer temperatures lingering in the forecast, people across the province are already turning their thoughts to a season filled with patios, barbecues, road trips with the windows down - and potholes. 

Many road users are all too aware that the harsh winter climate in the region guarantees that potholes are a regular part of spring. To help avoid costly damage that potholes can cause to vehicles, CAA North and East Ontario offers the following tips for motorists to keep in mind this spring:

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Man steals Volvo while woman loads groceries into car

Graham Lanktree

Metro News Ottawa

Published on March 28, 2013

A woman about to load her groceries into her car in a Gatineau Loblaws parking lot got a surprise Thursday afternoon, when a thief made off with her car.

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Around 1:45 pm the woman turned on her new model Volvo and left it running while she moved to load her groceries into the trunk at the store in a suburb near Gatineau Park.

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Busted! Fleeing driver comes to quick halt

Ottawa Citizen

Published on February 25, 2013

OTTAWA — As police chases go, this one, well, didn’t.

Ontario Provincial Police say a driver attempted to flee from a spot check near Lyndhurst, east of Brockville, Saturday night after an officer, smelling alcohol, asked him to pull over.

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