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More Health Unit building budget discussion

Not everyone is happy with the numbers, but there has been final clarification on the budget and the projected cost of the now under construction headquarters of the Hastings and Prince Edward Health Unit.

Some on the Board of Health have believed that the budget for the new building was the amount of the winning tender, 11.7 million dollars.

Members Jack Miller and Paul Kyte have been particularily adamant that that was the figure.

However, the Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Richard Schabas, made it clear that the board passed a budget of 13 million dollars long ago.

Now, it’s projected the actual cost of the building will be 12.1 million dollars when it’s done, which might be as late as mid February.

Dr. Schabas said the continuing debate on the projects budget had an “Alice in Wonderland” quality about it as the building was close to being complete.

He finished by promising the cost won’t go above 12.1 million dollars, which would be 900 thousand under budget.

Sex charges against Belleville man

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Thu, Jul 31st, '14 - 10:06 am

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Belleville Police are asking for the public’s help in an alleged sexual assault against a minor.

Officers raided a home in the east end and arrested a 39 year old Belleville Man.

Adam Squires is charged with sexual assault and interference, invitation to sexual touching and forcible confinement.

The suspect and victim are said to know one another.

Squires has a bail hearing today.

Police are asking anyone who may have details to contact police or Quinte Crimestoppers.

Country music reunion and jamboree

Quinte West will be home to a whole bunch of classic country musicians this weekend.

The 23rd annual classic Country Music Reunion and Jamboree gets underway today.

It takes place at Centennial Park.

There will be lots of classic country as well as a fiddle jam.

Weekend passes and single tickets are still available.

Click here for more details.

Highway headaches hit the pocketbook

The 401 closures have been a headache for the last three days.

It is not just a problem on the highway, but on local roads and streets.

There was a ten hour closure Monday, a fatality and closure Tuesday and a highway shutdown for 16 hours yesterday between Marysville and Belleville.

Not only does the highway backup, but so do many city streets and country roads.

One caller to our newsroom says hundreds of trucks went through the village of Read Tuesday.

A Belleville city official says tractor trailers ended up bottle necking in the industrial park, bringing College East to a stand still at times yesterday.

There are also the economic factors of a closure.

It can be millions of dollars in losses a daily

Plus who is responsible for paying for road repairs and heavy damage from the trucks?

They are not new questions, but they have come back into the light.

Time for Boots n Hearts

It is just down the 401 and it has quickly become one of North America’s largest country music festivals.

In Bowmanville starting today, the 3rd annual Boots N Hearts music festival gets underway.

Hundreds of country fans from the Quinte region will make the quick drive to take in the big name acts, including Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.

Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Kid Rock have also played the event in the past.

Grocery store assault

A security officer at a grocery store was injured after an assault and theft from a Trenton grocery store.

On Tuesday afternoon, Quinte West OPP were called to a store, where two young people were trying to leave the store without paying for a number of items.

The guard was treated by ambulance officials at the scene, after he tried to stop the youth from leaving.

A 15 year old has been charged with assault and theft under five thousand.

Picton drug raid

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Thu, Jul 31st, '14 - 9:37 am

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There was a drug raid in Prince Edward County yesterday.

Around 9:30 a.m, officers raided a home on Diverbelt Drive and seized $45,000 in marijuana, along with other paraphernalia and cash.

A husband and wife, Jeffrey and Mary Lakomy, have been charged and appear in court next month.

Two others from Ottawa have also been charged.

New bus for Centre Hastings

Central Hastings Public Transit has a new bus.

A brand new 2014, 17 passenger Ford bus joined the fleet this week.

The bus will take part in the twice daily trip between Madoc and Belleville which makes stops in Tweed, Marmora, Stirling and Springbrook.

Bill Davis dead at 82

A man who worked on several famous television shows and began his broadcasting career on CJBQ, has died.

Belleville native, Bill Davis, died recently at his home at Quinte Gardens in Belleville at the age of 82.

He worked at CJBQ in 1950 and eventually became a television director with the CBC.

He worked with the comedy duo Wayne and Schuster and directed the “Hee Haw Show.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.

Highway is back open

So far, so good on the 401 in the Quinte region.

OPP opened the 401 eastbound to traffic last night shortly after 10:00 p.m.

It had been closed around Shannonville after a transport fire that started around 6:00 a.m yesterday morning.

The highway had to be re paved in the area of the accident.

There have been three major shutdowns of the 401 in this area already this week.

Band wins court case

It is another win for the Band council of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in an ongoing property dispute with a Tyendinaga Mohawk businessman.

Yesterday, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its ruling in a matter involving Andrew Clifford Miracle and the Mohawk Band Council.

The Court unanimously upheld a previous court decision that Miracle must transfer the ownership of three properties to the Band Council.

The transfer of the properties would act as a payment of the $870,000 debt Miracle owes to the Band Council.

The ruling also charges Miracle another $25,000 for court costs.

The dispute began a few years ago over the Mohawk Band’s claim that it owned a gas station property on Highway 2 that Miracle had bought from Mohawk activist Shawn Brant.

The Belleville court ruled that Brant had never owned the property.

Miracle could appeal this latest decision to the Supreme Court.

OPP on the water this weekend

The long weekend is just around the corner and some people are getting a jump on holidays in the Quinte region.

Northumberland, Quinte West, Napanee, Central Hastings and Prince Edward OPP are going to be on local waterways and the big target is alcohol.

Sergeant Kristine Rae says the statistics for booze and boating are scary.


Rae says those on the water should play it safe.


Rae says they will also be on roadways watching for what she calls the big four, alcohol, speeding, seatbelt infractions and distracted driving.

Accident closes Highway 401

(photo: Twitter)

(photo: Twitter)

There is another closure of the 401 east of Belleville.

Around 6:00 a.m Wednesday, a tractor trailer carrying furniture hit a bridge on the 401 eastbound and burst into flames.

OPP say the driver received ‘moderate’ injuries.

The accident happened on the 401 east near Shannonville.

Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Greatrix says they now have most of the fire knocked down.


More with Bruce Greatrix.


Police say both eastbound lanes of the highway will need to be repaired prior to the highway reopening, which may take into the evening.

Allsopp is all-in for council seat

Tyler Allsopp (Photo: Facebook)

Tyler Allsopp (Photo: Facebook)

Some younger blood is looking for a seat on Belleville Council.

Twenty-one-year-old Tyler Allsopp has filed his nominations papers.

Allsopp owns Dougs Bicycle Sales and Service on College Street West.

He’ll be running in Belleville Ward. Municipal elections are October 27.

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Canadian Forces member charged

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Constable charged… again

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Bioniche booming, sort of

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ATV crash in county

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Tory talk on replacing Tim

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UPDATE: Another accident closes 401

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Tue, Jul 29th, '14 - 3:10 pm

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Bancroft included in big drug bust

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Avengers to tackle Death Race this weekend

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Council still not talking on station

Belleville council continues to work toward approving a site for a new police station. Mayor Neil Ellis says council held a ...

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McDougall and city talk liability

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Tweed cashing in

Tweed is getting some cash to help with promoting the region as a tourism stop. The municipality announced they received ...

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Assault charges in Picton

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Cascades facing fine

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License suspended, car taken

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Lots of rain, no record

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401 re-opened at Shannonville

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Mon, Jul 28th, '14 - 8:04 am

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Racing on North Front

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Robbery attempt

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Mon, Jul 28th, '14 - 8:02 am

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Minors face numerous charges

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Car slams into pole

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Pump storage on track

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55 + Games to Belleville?

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