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Mid morning flood update

As predicted, water flows and levels are backing off on the Moira River system through Tweed and Foxboro today.

The river peaked sometime last night.

Meanwhile, the Salmon River through Tamworth is still on the rise.

On the Trent River, levels are slowly rising still.

Despite the positive news on the Moira River, water levels will remain very high as the river drops over the next week or so to normal levels.

Foxboro flooding Good Friday morning(photo/Tim Durkin/Quintenews

Foxboro flooding Good Friday morning (photo: Tim Durkin / Quinte News)

Men caught stealing from grocery stores

A pair of shoplifters were arrested in separate incidents in Belleville yesterday.

Police responded to a north end grocery store just after 10 a.m. where store security had chased a suspect to Tracey Street.

A 40-year-old Belleville man was charged with theft under $5000.

Later on around 6:20 p.m. officers were called to a north end grocery store in relation to a disturbance.

There police charged a 38-year-old Belleville man with theft under $5000.

Small truck fire at Ten Acre Truck Stop

A truck caught fire at the Ten Acre Truck Stop in Belleville early this morning.

Belleville fire fighters were quick to put out the blaze with the truck and tractor trailer receiving minimal damage.

Thankfully no one was injured.

It happened around 1 a.m.

Officials comment on flooding in Foxboro

After ten days of flooding, in Foxboro, the water is starting to recede.

Belleville mayor Neil Ellis says next week is about cleaning up what’s left behind.

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Todd Smith, member of provincial parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, says many Foxboro residents are in need of financial support.

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Belleville Fire says the water levels have peaked and if more volunteers are needed for clean-up, calls will be put out on social media.

Lower Trent water levels rising

It has been a wet spring for communities around the region these past few weeks.

Janet Noyes, watershed manager for Lower Trent Conservation, says water levels there are still increasing.

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She adds that with the rate of rise slowing down, water levels should start to level off by next week.


Long weekend starts busy for Belleville Police

Belleville Police have been busy on this long weekend, responding to 47 calls in the past 24-hours.

The Quinte West OPP Street Crime Unit, the Belleville Police Drug Unit and the Belleville Police Emergency Response Team all executed an arrest warrant at a North Front Street motel yesterday.

A 19-year old Trenton man was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Quinte West OPP and further charged by Belleville Police on three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

A 17-year old male from Trenton was also arrested for an outstanding warrant from Quinte West OPP.  He was charged by Belleville Police for possession of a prohibited weapon, failing to comply with a probation order and failing to comply with a weapons prohibition order.

Both males were kept in custody for a show cause hearing.

The drugs that were seized were valued at $560.

Provincial minister tours flooded Foxboro

It has been ten days since floods started in Foxboro. Tim Durkin / Quinte News

It has been ten days since floods started in Foxboro. Tim Durkin / Quinte News

The Minister of Community Safety and Corrections got a tour of the flooded area in and around Foxboro yesterday.

Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis toured the provincial Minister through some of the homes seriously damaged by water, and showed him roads that were partially washed out.

Yasir Naqvi will be taking action.

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Meanwhile, water levels and flows in the Moira River and in Stoco Lake continue to drop.

However, to the west, levels in the Trent River are going up, and will continue to do so for the next few days.

Mayor Ellis to province: We need help

It’s going to be an Easter weekend like none other for the many people affected by very serious flooding in our region, particularily in Foxboro, Tweed, and Actinolite.

The Tweed area is experiencing the worst flooding in over 100 years, and it’s close to being the worst flood event in Foxboro’s history.

The good news is that the experts say the water levels south of highway 7 in the Moira system should have peaked overnight, and they should slowly start dropping.

But, it will take at least a week, if not more, for levels to drop to normal.

Meanwhile, yesterday, Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis took to the air in a helicopter and took several pictures of the devastation caused by the swollen Moira River.

He will be showing them to the Minister of Community Safety and Corrections, Yasir Naqvi, who will visit today.

Mayor Ellis says many homes are badly damaged, and some parts of roads will have to be rebuilt, and he says the bill could run into the millions of dollars.

He’ll be asking the provincial government for financial help.

Bryon Keene of Quinte Conservation says from Napanee, up to highway 7, and down through Foxboro, about 500 homes and businesses have been affected by flooding.

Meanwhile, volunteers are still needed and are asked to report to the Gerry Masterson Community Centre on the Harmony Road in Foxboro today.

Belleville man’s body discovered

A Belleville man, missing since November 8th, has been located.

Sixty-one year-old Roger Pennell’s body was discovered in the Bay of Quinte yesterday.

The body was found on Bayshore Road in Tyendinaga Township.

He was last seen by his family on the morning of November 8, 2013.

A post-mortem will be carried out.

Belleville police do not consider the cause of death to be suspicious.

Flood volunteers can enjoy Easter rest

With water levels dropping now, and after a week of around the clock hard work, it’s been decided that volunteers are no longer needed in Foxboro, at least for the time being.

Hundreds of volunteers have worked tirelessly to make and deliver sandbags, and to build walls with them around flood-threatened homes and businesses in Foxboro.

Once again, no more volunteers are needed in Foxboro, for the time being.

Charges laid against Tweed area man

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From:  Central Hastings OPP                                                                             Date:  April 17, 2014

                                                          SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES LAID

(Centre Hastings, ON) – On April 1, 2014 the Central Hastings Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) launched an investigation into a report of a sexual assault relating to historical incidents that occurred in the Municipality of Centre Hastings.

On April 16, 2014 investigators charged 72 year old Richard Murray BRENNEN of Thomasburg, ON with Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference With a Person Under 16 Years of Age contrary to the Criminal Code.  He was held in custody pending a bail hearing yesterday.

The OPP are encouraging anyone with information to contact Central Hastings Detachment at 613-473-4234 or 1-888-310-1122

County coyote study results

The Old Picton Town Hall was jammed Wednesday night to hear what researchers with Trent University and the Ministry of Natural Resources have learned about the coyote population in Prince Edward County.

Trent University and the Ministry collaborated on a three-year study on coyotes in the County, which ended last year.

One-hundred-and-forty-eight coyotes were trapped and radio-collared.

Around 200 dead animals were handed in for analysis.

Researchers estimate the coyote population to be between 600 and 650 animals in the spring after the pups are born, declining to around 300 in the dead of winter each year.

Most coyotes do not live long in the County.

Only half of the collared coyotes survived the three-year study.

Most animals are killed by humans, mostly by hunters.

Diet analysis showed they mostly eat rodents, rabbits, and lots of fruit and vegetables.

To a lesser extent, coyotes eat deer and livestock, with sheep and chickens being the most popular.

That said, coyotes will eat anything they can get.

Researchers estimate there are around 60 home ranges holding family groups, or packs, in the County, with an average size of 14 square kilometres.

It’s estimated about one third of the population are nomadic, not belonging to a pack and wandering the landscape as they see fit.  Coyotes trapped in the County travelled as far away as Port Hope and Bobcaygeon over the study period.

Well over 90% of coyotes in the County are purebred “eastern coyotes”, with a tiny percentage containing dog DNA, and an even smaller percentage carrying wolf DNA.

The average weight of a female in the study was 33 pounds, with males averaging 39 pounds.

The largest animal weighed in at 48.5 pounds.

Researchers say the chance of there being any wolves in the County is highly unlikely.  Wolves are at least twice the size of coyotes.

Not out of the woods yet

There is light at the end of the tunnel as far as flooding is concerned in the greater Quinte region.

So says Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene of Quinte Conservation.

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Moira Lakes levels are already on the decline, and Stoco Lake will peak today.  However, it’s expected water levels in area rivers and lakes won’t be back to normal for another seven days or so.

Meanwhile, there’s the region’s forecast is calling for the chance of showers.

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The flooding in Tweed and Stoco is the worst it’s been in more than 100 years.

In Foxboro, this flood is the 3rd most serious in the past 100  years.  The worst flooding in the Moira River came in 1981.  The second most serious incident was back in 1936.


Belleville – volunteers needed until further notice. Report to the Gerry Masterson Community Centre from 8-8.

Tweed – as of 4 p.m. Thursday – no longer in need of volunteers for the time being, but if that changes their check-in point is the public works building on Marlbank Road.

Centre Hastings – volunteers are needed for Friday from 10-1 to assist with the filling of sandbags at the sand dome on Slab Street.

Judge hears closing arguments in Jeffery trial

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James Beau Jeffrey, 29 is escorted by Kaladar OPP Cst. Roch Benoit into the Picton Superior Courthouse on Monday January 27, 2011. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber/Quinte News)

James Beau Jeffrey, 29 is escorted by Kaladar OPP Cst. Roch Benoit into the Picton Superior Courthouse on Monday January 27, 2011. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber/Quinte News)

James Beau Jeffery knew what he was doing was morally wrong and he intended to kill his mother Elaine Jeffery, Crown Attorney Jodi Whyte told a Picton courtroom during closing arguments on Thursday.

Jeffery stands accused of second degree murder in Elaine’s death on August 24, 2011.

Whyte went on to say she doesn’t think Jeffery killed her over car keys.

“My theory is he is a very ill young man.  His mother took care of him, she was his caregiver.  She didn’t push him on taking his medication.  His father wanted him to get a job and stop lounging around the house all day.  On the day of her murder Jeffery was hearing the same thing from his mother.  When he says ‘give me the car keys’ and she kept saying ‘no’ he killed her because it was clear his primary care giver was telling him enough and grow up.  His motive is simple – it’s a fellow in need and she said ‘no’.”

Whyte also contested how both the crown and defence’s expert forensic psychologists came to their conclusions recommending Jeffery be found not criminally responsible (NCR).

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