OPP investigate Kijiji fraudster claiming Casselman connection

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CASSELMAN — Russell County OPP are trying to catch an online Kijiji fraudster posing as somebody with pick-up trucks, winter tires and snow plows for sale in Casselman.

A “string of frauds” have been perpetrated by the culprit with no actual connection to the village, according to the detachment. After making contact over the popular buy-and-sell website, victims send deposits via Interac e-transfer for goods the scammer requests they pick up at an address in Casselman — only to find nothing — or offers to deliver and never shows up.

Russell County OPP are asking any other victims to come forward, or anyone else with information. Contact Detective Constable Vincent Oickle at  vincent.oickle@opp.ca or 613-443-4499 or toll free at 1-888-310-1122. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Domestic dispute leads to assault charges 

EMBRUN — A 25-year-old man from the Nation Municipality was charged last week with spousal assault and assaulting his young child, according to Russell County OPP. The charges arise from an investigation into a domestic dispute.

In all, the detachment responded to four domestic disputes in the area of its jurisdiction between Jan. 4 and Jan. 14.

Alcohol-related arrest                  

ROCKLAND —Shawn Brennan, 45, of Rockland faces charges related to impaired driving, according to the Russell County OPP. The accused was arrested at one of six R.I.D.E. checks officers carried out last week.  The accused is scheduled to attend L’Orignal court on Jan. 31.

Drivers charged with excess blood alcohol are also subject to an automatic 90 day driver’s license suspension and their vehicles are impounded for seven days.

Three mischief offences, five thefts, 35 motor vehicle collisions and one drug offence also kept Russell County OPP officers busy last week — out of 284 calls for service. Six males and two females wound up being charged with 14 various offences.





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