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Racing on North Front

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

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Racing on North Front Street in Belleville has led to impaired driving charges.

Belleville police spotted two vehicles going too fast on North Front before 2:00 a.m this morning.

After stopping the vehicles, both drivers were found to have been drinking.

One failed a roadside breath test, while the other refused to give a sample.

63 year old John Reardon of Belleville faces an impaired charge, while 30 year old Brian Reardon of Montreal was charged with failing to provide a breath sample.

Both men had their vehicles towed away and their licenses suspended for 90 days.


Robbery attempt

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Mon, Jul 28th, '14 - 8:03 am

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People should be careful about giving rides to strangers.

Around 4:00 a.m yesterday, a man picked up another and offered to give him a ride home from a North Front Street, Belleville business.

On the way, the man demanded money from the driver and punched him in the face.

Police caught up to the situation downtown and 25 year old William McInnis of Belleville was charged with attempted robbery.

The victim was treated at Belleville hospital for facial injuries.


Minors face numerous charges

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

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Belleville police are asking people living in the east end of the city to check their vehicles’ contents for anything stolen.

This follows the arrest of three minors after they were stopped in a stolen vehicle yesterday.

Inside the vehicle, police say they discovered numerous items stolen from other vehicles.

Arrested were a 13-year-old girl and two boys, one 12 and the other 15.

All three face numerous charges including theft of a motor vehicle, attempted theft of a motor vehicle, break and enter, and possession of stolen property. The 15 year-old-boy is also charged with an additional count of break and enter.

All three are from Belleville.

Police say the stolen items were likely from vehicles located in the Haig Road area.

Police say the trio is also linked to a home break-in on Janlyn Crescent over the weekend.


Car slams into pole

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

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There was a single car crash this morning on Casey Road in Thurlow this morning.

Emergency crews were called around 5:00 a.m, after the car slammed into a hydro pole.

Thankfully the driver was not injured, however police have charged him with impaired.

The road was closed for about two hours as crews investigated.


Pump storage on track

The company behind the proposed Marmora Pump Storage project says everything is still on track.

A Northland Power spokesperson says the recent provincial election has slowed progress however they expect when the legislature resumes in the Fall things will start to move again.

The same Minister, Bob Chiarelli, is still in charge of the file, which is good news according to the company.

A tourism study is also expected in September.


55 + Games to Belleville?

Preliminary planning is underway that could bring the a major provincial event to the Quinte area in the next few years.

The City of Belleville, the Bay of Quinte Tourist Council and Quinte Living are all working together on the possibility of bringing the “55-plus Games” to the area, possibly in 2017.

Director of Recreation Mark Fluhrer says it could bring lots of visitors to the area.

Fluhrer says money would have to be raised through sponsors, but the “55-plus Games” organization also provides some “seed” funding.


Empire Square Live a hit, again!

Empire Square Live is tearing down for another year, after four nights of music in the downtown.

80′s pop, 90′s alternative, classic rock mega stars and a country power house made up the four nights of tunes.

Owner Mark Rashotte says seeing Sammy Hagar and Friends on stage was one of the main highlights.

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Sammy Hagar, Extreme, The Trews, Huey Lewis and the News, Glass Tiger, George Canyon, Weezer and Chad Brownlee also preformed at the weekend which brought in thousands to the village.

Clean up at Front Street continues today, so there may be a few slowdowns.


Straw trailer fire in Belleville

Fire crews hose down the hay fire that took a long time to put out (photo: Belleville Fire)

Fire crews hose down the hay fire that took a long time to put out (photo: Belleville Fire)

Belleville police and firefighters responded to a straw trailer fire north of Belleville Saturday evening.

It happened at the intersection of Blessington Road and Bronk Road, around 6:30 p.m.

The fire engulfed a straw trailer filled with wheat straw bales that was being pulled by a tractor.

The driver was taking the straw to a nearby farm, when someone passing pointed out that the trailer was on fire.

Belleville Police closed Blessington Road for clean-up, reopening the road at 11:30 p.m.

Damage is estimated at $1,000, only the price of the straw.

The fire is considered accidental.

There were no injuries.


Big acts in town for Country Rocks the Square

Some big names in rock music came out to support Empire Rockfest in downtown Belleville Saturday night.

Mark Raschotte, owner of The Empire Theatre, says those big acts brought some big crowds out too.

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The music festival’s going country for it`s fourth and final day.

Rashotte says some big names are coming to town Sunday night, like Chad Brownlee and George Canyon, for Country Rocks the Square.

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Seats are still available. Click here for ticket information.


Early morning break in on Dundas Street East

Belleville Police are asking for the public`s help in learning more about an early morning break in at a Dundas Street East office.

The call came in around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. It appears that someone pried a window in the office open, breaking in between 1:45 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.

Prescription drugs were stolen. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Belleville Police or Crimestoppers.


Third day of Empire Rockfest

The Trews, along with Weezer, took the Empire Rockfest stage Saturday night in downtown Belleville.  (Photo: Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

The Trews, along with Weezer, took the Empire Rockfest stage in downtown Belleville Saturday night. (Photo: Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

It`s the third day of Rockfest in Belleville.

Reporter Tim Durkin has a rundown of tonight`s live performances.

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Tickets are still available by clicking here.


Unique waterway brings boaters to poker run

If you ask participants in this weekend`s Poker Run in Belleville; the Bay of Quinte is unique.

The event brings boaters together for a good cause, this year supporting the Belleville General Hospital Foundation. It began Friday and runs until Sunday.

Dave Kirkland, an organizer of the event, says there`s a trend this year toward more family-sized cruiser class boats signing up.

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Simon Prevost, a member of the Go Fast energy drink sponsored team, came all the way from Montreal to participate.

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The run kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Missing Belleville man found safe

A 52-year old Belleville man reported missing Friday has since been found.

Belleville Police responded to a call from a Thurlow Ward home, reporting the man as missing just before 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The man was found safe four hours later.


Man in critical condition after ATV collision

A 67-year old man is in critical condition following an ATV collision near Townsend Road Friday morning.

Belleville Police got the call just after 10:30 a.m. The crash took place on private property and the lone rider was not wearing a helmet.

He was taken to Belleville General Hospital with severe injuries, later transported to Kingston General Hospital.

Traffic Services is investigating.



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