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UPDATE: Missing person

UPDATE: Broadcast News – Canadian Press Reports : Ontario Provincial Police say the body of an adult male has been found near the area where the car of a missing journalist was located Tuesday night.

Police say the identity of the victim will not be released until the next of kin have been notified and a post-morten examination has been completed.

Steve Pettibone, 39, was last seen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday when he left his home in Belleville, Ont., to go to work at the Brockville Recorder and Times, where he is the sports editor.

His car was found abandoned in a field off a rural road in the township of Elizabethtown.

Steven Pettibone

We’re learning more details about a missing Belleville man.

Some progress may have been made in the search for missing Belleville man, Steve Pettibone.

A SunMedia report says police discovered his vehicle in the community of Lyn, west of Brockville, early last evening.

Police were said to be searching a wooded area nearby as darkness fell.

Pettibone, a sports reporter at a newspaper in Brockville, was last seen early Monday morning at his home in Belleville.

If you have information, all the Belleville Police, or Quinte Crimestoppers.

New funding formula for OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police have been busy the last couple of days informing communities about their new funding formula.

Quinte West councillor Jim Harrison heard what they had to say at the Association of Municipalities conference this week and he says it looks like good news for Quinte West taxpayers.

If communities have been paying too much for OPP policing, the overages will be reimbursed over several years.

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There will be communities that will see an increase in OPP costs because of the new formula.

First Build Belleville project completed

Director of Engineering Ray Ford, Councillor Garnet Thompson, Jack Miller, Constable Scott Tinsley, Taso Christopher, and Mayor Neil Ellis opening the new entrance to West Riverside Park (photo: Quinte News/ Tim Durkin)

From the left: Director of Engineering Ray Ford, Councillors Garnet Thompson and Jack Miller, Constable Scott Tinsley, Councillor Taso Christopher, and Mayor Neil Ellis opening the new entrance to West Riverside Park (photo: Quinte News/ Tim Durkin)

A project in Riverside Park has finally been completed and today was the official opening.

The reconstructed North park Gardens project began in March and was just finished.

The Build Belleville project features news roads, curbs, gutters and side walks, along with water and waste water piping and a new entrance to the west portion of Riverside Park.

Councillor Garnet Thompson says the roads in the area needed work for a few years.


The price tag for the project was 3.2 million.

Belleville eyes provinical $$$

Belleville is hoping to cash in on some of the new provincial government funding announced for municipalities this week.

The $100 million in funding is split in half; some under a formula and some for projects in “dire need.”

Mayor Neil Ellis, just back from the Associaton of Municipalities conference, says the $7 million Zwicks Island bridge over the CPR line is one of those.


Mayor Ellis says infrastructure rehabilitation needs a partnership with both senior governments and the municipalities.


City staff will make some recommendations to city council for the grant applications.

Call for auxiliary police

If you are interested in volunteering with a police service and live in Centre Hastings, this message is for you.

Central Hastings OPP are starting up an auxiliary police unit and are looking for volunteers to join.

Auxiliary officers help regular police with community policing, special events, and regular patrol.

If you are interested, the OPP website or visit the Central Hastings OPP detachment in Madoc.

Belleville b and e

Belleville police have made an arrest after break ins to vehicles and to a residence in the city.

Police arrested and charged a 22 year old man from Marmora after investigating a home break in on Taylor Court yesterday.

He was also charged with stealing from five vehicles in the city.

The unidentified man has a September court date.

Two missing from Belleville

UPDATE: Ainsley Murdoch has been located.

Belleville police are also asking for the public’s help in locating two missing people.

They are 26 year old Ainsley Murdoch and 32 year old Brandan Comerford.

Ainsley Murdoch has not been seen since Saturday.

Brandan Comerford has been missing for a few days and was last seen in east end Belleville.

Call Belleville police if you have information on their whereabouts.

Fires in northern Quinte region

Centre Hastings volunteer firefighters were on the move early last night.

Some hay bales on a wagon being towed by a tractor down the Moira Road caught fire just after 6:00 p.m.

The smoldering bales were doused quickly.

The incident occurred on the Moira Road, near Phillipston Road.

Meantime, up northeast of Gilmore, Limerick Township firefighters are putting out hot spots at the scene of a house fire at 2296 Weslemkoon Lake Road.

No one was injured.

Plowing match begins today

The 26th annual farm show and plowing match gets geared up today in Stirling Rawdon today.

With 300 agricultural exhibits the two day event features activities for the whole family from
machinery demos and plowing competitions to antique machinery displays.

The event is at Forestell Hay Farms at 809 Salem Road in Stirling Rawdon.

Astoria arguments continue

The provincial Ministry of the Environment is continuing technical discussions with the company that wants to build a composting facility on Philipston Road in Thurlow Ward.

Talks are on going at the ministry’s Kingston office.

Many residents in the area oppose the plan and the city has concerns about the effect of heavy trucks on the condition of the roadway.

Public comment on air and waste issues have closed, but the public can still comment on storm water issues until this Friday.

Foster parent Fildey going to prison

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A former Bloomfield foster parent is going to prison, after abusing a young girl more than a decade ago.

Forty-six year-old Richard Fildey was sentenced to two and a half years, for sexually assaulting a young girl, in 2003 and 2004.

Justice Wolf Tausendfreund handed down the sentence at the Quinte Regional Courthouse earlier today.

Tausendfreund also added a 10-year weapons prohibition and Fildey will be put on the national sex offender registry for life.

The victim impact statement that was read, showed a victim with serious depression, trust issues and difficulty with relationships.

Defense attorney David Hobson says his client claims his innocence, and has been fired by his employer because of the guilty verdict.

Federal $$$ for Napanee business academy

A special facility in Napanee, aimed at helping entrepreneurs, received a major financial boost today.

The federal government has provided $100,000 towards creation of the Napanee Innovation Academy, with 10 offices for new and growing businesses.

Spokesman Craig Desjardin says he hopes to attract young people.


Desjardin says it includes state of the art 3-D printers for 3-D modelling and design.


Desjardin says he is already talking with two entrepreneurs interested in the facility.

Learning to ride the bus

Young children in Northumberland County, riding the bus for the first time this September, can take a “test ride” and learn safety rules, before that first day of school.

The Kawartha Pine Ridge school board is offering the First Rider program for Northumberland County children this Friday and Saturday at Northumberland Mall in Cobourg .

Administrative officer Joel Sloggett.


Sloggett says learning to leave the bus is very important.


Meanwhile the local Tri-Board Transportation Service holds First Rider programs at the request of individual schools.

Unusual accident in the County

An unusual accident in Prince Edward County this afternoon.

A piece of equipment came loose and fell off a construction-type trailer causing a single vehicle accident.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. on County Road 10, just south of Cherry Valley.

No one was injured. There was a little damage to the road.

It’s unknown if any charges will be laid.

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Belleville is accident central

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Belleville takes building owner to court

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Raycroft to make mayoral announcement

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Denyes running again

Veteran councillor Jackie Denyes has thrown her hat in the ring for Belleville’s Thurlow Ward in this fall’s municipal election. Councillor ...

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Fishers gone fishin’?

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UPDATE: Plane crash

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Northumberland Quinte West MP to retire

Photo: A local MP will not run for re election in next years federal election. Northumberland Quinte West MP, Conservative Rick ...

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Concert raises $6,000 for boy battling cancer

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Cleanup focuses on the waterways

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It’s the time that counts: O’Donnell

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Weapons, driving, liquor charges near Cobourg

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Golf cash for TMH

Golf is good for the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. The annual Foundation Golf Classic last Friday raised $80,000. The money will help ...


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