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Former bar owners going to trial

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The former owners of the now defunct Angry Beaver bar and restaurant will stand trial on several liquor license charges in April.

Thirty-three-year-old Phillip Sztejnmiler and 34 year old David Stoll face several charges, including encouraging heavy drinking, permitting drunkenness, permitting the use of narcotics, and selling and giving away liquor after hours.

The charges were laid after an all night, after hours party at the Angry Beaver on the Super Bowl night of 2012. After that party, in the daylight hours of the morning, a waitress employed at the bar left and drove the wrong way on the 401, causing a head on collision, killing herself, and the young Oshawa area woman driving the other vehicle.

Stoll and Sztejnmiler had been charged with manslaughter, but those charges were dropped for lack of evidence.

Their trial on the liquor license charges is April 16 in Belleville.


City crunches $17.2 million capital budget

Belleville City Hall.  (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Belleville City Hall. (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Belleville City council are deliberating 109 proposed capital budget items with a price tag of $17.2 million.

Council has approved the list of three projects eligible for a $744,000 special provincial infrastructure grant.

$350,000 will go to the resurfacing of Foster Avenue Road.

$185,000 Alban’s Garden and $245,000 for asset management planning.

Council also heard a number of deputations including one from 2 Parks, Potter’s Creek and Settlers Ridge.

The multimillion Bay Bridge overpass Dundas Street West project is still under consideration.


Another round for “Raise a Glass to Ontario”

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith met with local winery and cider company owners at Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards and Estate Winery in Hillier to talk about the “Raise a Glass to Ontario Act,” on May 2, 2014. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith met with local winery and cider company owners at Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards and Estate Winery in Hillier to talk about the “Raise a Glass to Ontario Act,” on May 2, 2014. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Alcoholic beverage producers in Prince Edward County and across Ontario will be toasting if the “Raise a Glass to Ontario Act” is passed.

Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith reintroduced the bill today in the legislature aiming to improve access to the marketplace for homegrown brew, wines and cider produced in the province.

If passed the bill would eliminate transportation regulations, cut warehousing red tape and help wineries and breweries sell their products in restaurants, thus creating more jobs in the County.

The private members bill was stopped dead in its tracks with the call of the June election.


OPP boost presence to stop traffic offences

Speeding, intersection and pedestrian related offences have been the focus of a month long campaign in Quinte West.

Throughout the month of February, OPP have increased its presence along Dundas Street West near Trenton High School.

Officers report 17 provincial offence notices were issues to drivers for speeding, distracted driving and other intersection related offences.

Only one collision was reported.

Officers will continue to monitor the Dundas between Farley Crescent and Dufferin Avenue. Motorists are reminded to drive with caution and obey speed signs.


Leadership change in Northumberland County

Northumberland County Council announced today that it has released Chief Administrative Officer Elizabeth Savill from her duties with the organization.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Savill for her service to Northumberland, and to wish her the very best in her future pursuits,” stated County Warden Marc Coombs.

Council has appointed Jennifer Moore, Director of Finance/Treasurer, to assume the duties of Acting CAO.

“The County has a skilled management team and dedicated, professional staff. Council is confident that all County programs and services will continue to be delivered with the utmost quality and efficiency during this transition,” added Warden Coombs.


Bus taking kids to school slides in the ditch

Some scary moments for a children on their way to school this morning.

Northumberland OPP says a school bus transporting 10 children ranging in age 5 to 11 years old bus slid off the roadway into a ditch around 7:50 a.m. on Community Centre Road near Northumberland Heights Road in Alnwick Haldimand Township.

The bus also contained an 11 month old infant, the child of the driver.

Two children aged 9 & 11 years were transported to a local area hospital by Emergency Medical Services with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Officers concluded icy road conditions were a factor.

The investigation is ongoing.


401 fatal update: victim identified

Napanee OPP have identified the woman who died following a collision involving a tractor trailer and an SUV in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 east of Highway 37 yesterday morning.

OPP say 54-year-old Holly Jean of Mississauga, a passenger in the SUV succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

Five other occupants of the SUV were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation continues.


Passports ready for processing

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The new passport office in Belleville is open and ready for business.

Daryl Kramp’s office says the site will be a full service location, where you can submit and pay for your passport.

Officials at the office, at 1 North Front Street will also go over your paperwork to make sure it’s ready for submission.

Daryl Kramp says it will be similar to the passport office in Whitby; the only difference is the Belleville site will not be able to do it in as quick a turn around.


Body cameras for Belleville cops?

The discussion over whether or not to outfit police forces with body cameras has become a national topic of discussion especially now that several police forces in Canada are testing the technology.

The body cameras have been publicly suggested following incidents in which police shot to death teenagers in Toronto and in Ferguson Mossuri last year.

Belleville Police Chief Cory MacKay says they would have to look at the safety and financial implications before it would brought forth as a budget proposal.

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She says there are also privacy concerns and additional areas that need to be looked into.

Cities such as Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, are launching pilot tests this month.


Foxboro fire in wood shed

Not many details are known about a shed fire in Foxboro this morning.

Crews were called to the Ashley Street location around 2:30 a.m. to fight the blaze.

They were been on scene for several hours.

The shed was used to store wood.

No cause or damage amount is known at this time.


Infrastructure $$$ to Hastings County

Hastings County is getting a cash infusion to help install signal lights in Shannonville.

As part of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, the county will receive $953,000 for the Highway 2 and Shannonville Road intersection.

New lanes and signal lights will be installed.

The cash will fund close to 90 percent of the project.


More county solar talks

Prince Edward County continues to be a popular location for the construction of solar power projects.

Today, County councils Committee of the Whole will hear from the company SkyPower which hopes to win contracts from the province to build five new solar panel installations in the County.

All of them would be on privately owned land.

As part of the approvals process, SkyPower is holding public information meetings this coming Wednesday and Thursday at the hall in Milford, from 6:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m.


Picton gets $2 million for infrastructure

Canada Day celebration in downtown Picton.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quitne News)

Canada Day celebration in downtown Picton. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quitne News)

Prince Edward County is getting some big dollars from the province.

Today it was announced the County will be receiving up to $2 million dollars to improve the infrastructure of Picton’s Main Street.

Mayor Robert Quaiff is thrilled that the County’s application to the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund was approved.

Robert Quaiff

The total project came in at $2.7 million


United Way commits funding to local services

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(United Way of Quinte)

United Way of Quinte’s Board of Directors has approved $1.28 million in funding to local social programming and local health and social service agencies throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties for 2015.

Today, the organization announced it is financially supporting 72 programs with 45 agencies, such as Gleaners Food Bank, Community Development Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Amy Watkins, Director of Community Resources, says one in three people have used a service that United Way has funded.

Amy Watkins

In addition $490,000 will be going to United Way-led programs like The Good Backpack Program, 211, Day of Caring and many others.

The Prince Edward Learning Centre and the Military Family Resource Centre have been added to the United Way umbrella this year.

In 2014, the community helped United Way raise $2.09 million for the programs and services.


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