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Brighton house goes up in flames

A home under construction in Brighton went up in flames this week.

Brighton fire chief Lloyd Hutchinson says the call, which came in just before 7:30 p.m. Friday, involved a home that was being built at 112 Main St.

The fire was under control in less than an hour and there are no injuries to report. The neighboring house had some heat damage.

Damage to the home, a backhoe and tools on-scene is estimated to be under $200,000.


West-end brawl leads to assault charge

A Belleville man is being held for a bail hearing tomorrow after Belleville Police responded to a fight outside a west-end apartment building overnight.

The call, which came in just after 1 a.m. Sunday, involved some people who were fixing a vehicle outside the building. Police say another person came outside and assaulted someone.

Police arrested the man for assault and breach of probation. There were minor injuries.


Belleville Police looking for missing vehicle

Belleville Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that was stolen overnight.

Police say the locked vehicle was taken from a North Front Street parking lot between 11:30 p.m. yesterday and 1:30 a.m. today. It is described as a beige 4-door 2003 Buick Century car with Ontario licence plates BVJH114.

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


Province tackling homelessness in Quinte

Affordable Housing initiatives in Hastings and Northumberland Counties are getting some big bucks from the province.

Today it was announced Ontario is working to end homelessness by delivering $8.1 million dollars in affordable housing funding over five years to low-and moderate-income households in Hastings County and $4.2 million to Northumberland County.

The investment, cost-shared between the governments of Canada and Ontario, supports the construction of affordable rental housing units, repairs and improvements to existing units, and rental and down-payment assistance to people in need.

A portion of the total program funding will be dedicated to Aboriginal households living off-reserve, and help support other priority groups such as seniors, persons with disabilities and victims of domestic violence.


Cyclist killed in highway collision

Tyendinaga Mohawk police have released the identity of a cyclist struck and killed on Highway 49 in the territory this morning.

Police say 39-year-old Marc Massia of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory died after he was hit by a minivan on highway 49 between Lower Slash Road and York Road this morning at 6:45 a.m.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

If you have information into this incident you’re asked to contact the Tyendinaga Mohawk Police Service at 613-967-3888 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or anonymously online at Tipsubmit.com


Nasty neighbour dispute ends in charges

A dispute between neighbours has resulted in serious charges against a Colborne woman.

On Wednesday evening, Northumberland OPP attended a King Street address in Colborne where it was reported a woman was tearing up her neighbours backyard with her Jeep. She struck a fence dividing the properties and two planters.

Police say the home owner, a man, was at the residence and was almost struck twice  as he tried to avoid the Jeep.

The woman allegedly also drove towards the man’s minivan where his wife, three children and one of their friends were still sitting inside.

The man threw a pipe at the Jeep smashing the rear window as he jumped out of the way a third time to get the woman to stop.

After police left, the woman allegedly returned and tore up the front yard.

OPP came back again and charged 40-year-old Katherin Carriere with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assault with a weapon, mischief under $5,000 and uttering death threats.

Total damage is estimated around $3,000.


RCAF to get 5th Globemaster aircraft

The Honourable Rob Nicholson made the trip to Trenton Friday to announce that the RCAF will be adding a fifth aircraft to its fleet of CC-177 Globemasters.  Photo by: Amanda Lorbetski/Quinte News

The Honourable Rob Nicholson made the trip to Trenton Friday to make a big announcement concerning the RCAF.  Photo: Amanda Lorbetski/Quinte News

The Minister of National Defence was in Trenton this afternoon to announce that the Royal Canadian Airforce will add a fifth aircraft to its C-17 Globemaster fleet.

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, also the member of parliament for Niagara Falls, was introduced by Northumberland-Quinte West MP Rick Norlock at CFB Trenton Friday.

Nicholson says it will make a difference at CFB Trenton.

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He says the aircraft is expected to come from Long Beach, California in the spring of 2015.


Twitter cop investigation closed

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The Belleville Police Service has closed an internal investigation into a series of “inappropriate” posts to a social media site by a member of its police force.

On December 8, police began an investigation after a series of “Tweets” were posted to Twitter by “The Copper” from the account BPS_finest.

Acting inspector Chris Barry says the investigation has determined that the “Tweets” were posted by a Belleville police service officer who was not on duty at the time they were tweeted.

He says the officer did not use their BPS issued Blackberry to post them.

Barry says identity of the officer will not be made public and the issue has been addressed internally.

He says there will be no further comment about this investigation.


Fatality on the Territory

One person has died after a van collided with a bicycle on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

This morning around 6:50 a.m, Mohawk Fire, Tyendinaga Police, and the OPP were called to Highway 49, where a man on a bicycle was struck, sending him into the ditch.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have closed Highway 49, between Slash Road and Highway 2 until further notice.

We expect more details later this morning.


Ribbon cut at new Three Oaks building

Officials cut the ribbon at the official opening of the new Three Oaks building.  Photo: Submitted

Officials cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Three Oaks building. Photo: Submitted

It was a day of celebration for a new site for the Three Oaks Foundation.

A new eight-bedroom housing development was opened yesterday on Evans Street in Belleville, for local women in crisis.

Politicians and officials from the federal, provincial and municipal level were on hand for the official ribbon cutting and tour of the building.

Julia Gosson with Three Oaks says the work is just getting started.

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The second-stage housing gives women an opportunity to live for up to one year, with rent-geared-to-income, to go along with outreach and counselling.

There was a $1.3 million community campaign, to go along with provincial Trillium grants and a grant from the federal government to buy the property just off North Front Street.


Two two-year jail terms

Two-year jail terms have been handed down, in relation to human trafficking charges dating back to the summer in Belleville.

At a preliminary hearing yesterday, 22-year-old Jesse Scullion pleaded guilty to extortion, assault, and possession of cocaine, while 20-year-old Breanna Garrison pleaded to procuring, assault causing bodily harm, and breach of recognizance.

Both were sentenced yesterday, while another man, 23-year-old Kadeem Francis plead guilty in the case and will be sentenced at a later date.

Francis had also been convicted on a manslaughter charge in the beating death of a man at Trudeau Park in Tweed in 2011.

He has also been arrested for possession and trafficking.

Police raided an apartment at 18 Moira Street West this summer, stating a young woman was forced into the sex trade and was held for several days, against her will.


County revitalization project gets a grant

Great news out of Prince Edward County today.

The County is going to receive a provincial grant worth $102,500 to support its regional downtown revitalization project.

The grant awarded through the Rural Economic Development Program Planning stream of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs to support the investment in, and revitalization of The County’s key commercial areas, Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, Consecon and Rossmore.

This pilot project which is currently underway will last just over two years, ending on December 31, 2016.


Fill your tank tonight

For the first time since August 30, 2010, the average cost of a litre of gas has dropped below a loonie.

GasBuddy.com pegs the price just a sliver lower, at 99.9 cents.

And in case you’re keeping track of how much extra money you’ve got in your pocket, GasBuddy says today is the 77th consecutive day that the national average price of gas has fallen.

But prices are expected to rise by up to two cents per litre overnight.


Car hit by train

5 PM UPDATE:

Northumberland OPP are releasing more details into the collision between a CP train and a car west of Quinte West last night.

Police say they were called to Lawson Settlement Road around 5 p.m.

There they say a motorist had turned onto the CN rail mistakenly thinking it was a very bumpy County Road 2.

He had assisted his female passenger out of the vehicle and went to a nearby residence to get assistance.

The female was well away from the vehicle however, the silver Chevy Cruz was stuck on the tracks and struck by an oncoming train.

The female was transported to local hospital by ambulance after sustaining non-life threatening injuries from the car’s debris.

The rail line was closed for approximately two hours while OPP investigated.

Meantime, shortly after the train incident OPP were called to Park Street in Brighton where man was hit be a vehicle.

Officers say a 50-year-old man was struck by a slow moving Dodge Ram truck that was turning into the Rexall parking lot from Prince Edward Street. The man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

OPP continue to investigate both collisions.



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