L AW AND ORDER
A Montreal man charged with second- degree murder after an Ottawa man was dropped off at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital under mysterious circumstances in June will appear in Cornwall court September 8 via video.
Tri Minh Hoang, 61, of Montreal, was apprehended by the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP on Highway 34 in South Glengarry on the evening of June 5 – shortly after he and Anh Quang-Nguyen, 29, allegedly left the dying victim, 29year-old Khanh Nguyen, at the hospital and sped away.
A judicial pre-trial is currently underway for Mr. Quang-Nguyen, who has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
He is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court, via video, September 7.
Both suspects – currently being held in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre in Gloucester – also face charges of marijuana production.
NY men charged
The Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) recently charged two Hogansburg, N.Y. men with possession of unstamped tobacco, thanks in part to a community tip.
“Once again with the assistance of the public we were able to stop organized crime activity in our area,” said Sgt. Garry Belair, acting Operational NCO with the CRTF, said in a press release.
“Following our June surge operation, community members have a better understanding of the importance in reporting sus- picious activities, and it’s working.”
Tylor Armstrong and Blaze White, both 18, were arrested on Aug. 28 after CRTF officers spotted several suspects unloading a cargo of garbage bags from a boat to a pair of pickup trucks on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, along Chevrier Road, in Summerstown.
As police approached the area, two suspects fled on the boat and managed to escape.
However, Mr. Armstrong and Mr. White, still ashore, were apprehended and charged accordingly after an investigation revealed that the garbage bags contained 516 kg of illegal fine cut tobacco.
Besides the contraband, police also seized two pickup trucks, a 2007 GMC Canyon and a 2017 GMC Sierra, as well as five electronic devices.
Both suspects were later released and are scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on October 24.
Charges are pending against the unidentified driver of a tractor-trailer that spilled a load of lumber on Highway 401 in Lancaster last Tuesday (August 29).
The incident occurred in the westbound lanes of the highway, near Exit 814, around 12:30 p.m.
The driver sustained minor injuries, and no other vehicles were involved.
Westbound lanes of the 401 were closed for approximately five hours and traffic was detoured while police investigated and the area was cleaned up.