Apsley drug sentence

A man from Apsley, southwest of Bancroft, has been given a 90-day conditional sentence for having over three-hundred marijuana plants on his property.

Fifty-seven-year-old Elroy Trimble was sentenced in Peterborough Court for production of marijuana, unauthorized possession of a handgun, careless use of a 12-gauge double-barrelled shotgun and possession of a loaded restricted firearm without a proper licence.

The O-P-P found 317 marijuana plants, 149 grams of marijuana and some guns and ammunition at a home northwest of Apsley on September 22nd . They estimated the value of the drugs at 319-thousand dollars.

Assault charges against two Belleville women

Belleville Police have charged two women over an incident involving a man trying to leave with some of his belongings.

Officers were dispatched to an Albion Street residence on Tuesday and determined a male and female were having an ongoing dispute over property. The man was attempting to take some of his belongings and was allegedly assaulted by two females.

Charged with one count of assault each are 37-year-old Kimberley Bailey and 20-year-old Sierra Bailey. Both were released and are expected to appear in court in June.

Colonel’s Case Remanded to June

Colonel Russell Williams appeared in good health during a video remand this morning in Belleville Court. On the Quinte Detention Centre video-link…the now 47-year old…wearing an orange prison jumpsuit…. frowned throughout most of his 3-minutes on screen…shrugging his shoulders but showing no signs of a reported hunger strike or suicide attempt. He spoke only his name when asked….and thanked the Justice of the Peace at the end of his appearance. His case was remanded to June 24th.

Outside the court Williams’ friend of nine years, Lieutenant Colonel Tony O’Keefe…..acting as a liaison between Williams and the military was pressed by a throng of media about the state of mind of the former CFB Trenton base commander. He says Williams doesn’t talk about the case with him and as far as he could tell he looks okay to him adding he’s never spoken with him about the news reports of a hunger strike or suicide attempt.

Williams is charged with the first degree murders of Jessica Lloyd and Marie France Comeau and two sexual assaults in the Tweed area….today….the OPP announced another 82 charges have been laid in connection with break-and-enters….mostly in the Tweed and Ottawa area areas and two others in Belleville.

Third try for Stanley Jones

Belleville man Stanley Jones hopes his third try is the charm in getting elected to City Council.

Jones, an electrical engineering professional, ran unsuccessfully as a councillor candidate in the 2003 and ’06 elections. He is also involved in volunteer activities in the community.

Jones filed his nomination papers for councillor in Belleville Ward at City Hall yesterday, joining Jodie Jenkins and incumbent Pat Culhane.. There are no Thurlow Ward councillor candidates, and no one has filed papers to run for Mayor in this October’s election.

Napanee cigarettes seized

Napanee O-P-P have seized three-thousand cigarettes which appeared to be targeted for illegal sales.

A car was pulled over on Tuesday afternoon on Centre Street and an officer found two-thousand loose smokes. A 41- year-old man from Centre Hastings was charged.

An officer stopped a car on Highway 4-0-1 near Shannonville Road that evening and discovered one-thousand unstamped cigarettes. There is no information on whether any charges were laid against the driver, a Quinte West woman, in that incident.

Assault charges against Belleville women

Belleville Police have charged two women over an incident involved a man trying to leave with some of his belonging.

Officers were dispatched to an Albion Street residence on Tuesday and determined a male and female were having an ongoing dispute over property. The man was attempting to take some of his belongings and was allegedly assaulted by two females.

Charged with one count of assault each are 37-year-old Kimberley Bailey and 20-year-old Sierra Bailey. Both were released and are expected to appear in court in June. saulted by the two females.

Picton travel agency fraud

The owner of a former Picton travel agency has been charged with 13 counts of fraud.

Prince Edward O-P-P began an investigation last July into complaints World Class Travel, on Main Street, closed two weeks earlier after taking money from customers in exchange for trips that were never booked.

Thirty-eight-year-old Christine Saunders of Athol was charged with eleven counts of fraud under five thousand dollars and two counts of fraud over five thousand. She will appear in Picton Court on May nineteenth. About 40-thousand dollars was involved.

New Charges Against Colonel

More charges have been laid against former C-F-B Trenton base commander Russell Williams. The Major Case Management Team involving the O-P-P and other police services laid the charges against the 46-year-old after police reviewed unsolved crimes in Ottawa, Belleville and Tweed. Williams is further charged with two counts of break, enter and theft in Belleville, 23 counts of break, enter and theft, three counts of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, and eight counts of attempted break and enter, all in Ottawa. He is also charged with 36 counts of break, enter and theft, seven counts of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence and three counts of attempted break and enter, all in Tweed. Police say the charges, laid today, represent the known offences linked to Williams to date.

Illegal Smokes Seized in Napanee

Napanee O-P-P have seized three-thousand cigarettes which appeared to be targeted for illegal sales. A car was pulled over on Tuesday afternoon on Centre Street and an officer found two-thousand loose smokes. A 41- year-old man from Centre Hastings was charged.

An officer stopped a car on Highway 4-0-1 near Shannonville Road that evening and discovered one-thousand unstamped cigarettes. There is no information on whether any charges were laid in that incident.

Organizational Review in Centre Hastings

The organizational review for the municipality of Center Hastings is well underway. A report from the consultants is expected by the end of May, or in early June. Center Hastings Reeve, Tom Deline, says members of Council, as well as staff, have had lots of input. Meanwhile, the Center Hastings Ratepayers Association would like to provide input to the organization review consultants. Reeve Deline said that taxpayer input was not part of the project description, but that the Ratepayers were welcome to contact the consultant if they wished.

New Staff in Centre Hastings

Center Hastings has been operating without a municipal clerk for almost a year, but that situation is no more. Last night, Center Hastings Reeve, Tom Deline, announced the hiring of a new clerk. He is Matt McDonald…whose hometown is Belleville. Matt McDonald will start as clerk immediately. His most recent position was with the provincial government, but has worked for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, and Prince Edward County as well.
Center Hastings former Clerk, Doug Parks, became seriously ill last June, and has been unable to return to work.

Kingston Parking Garage Collapse

At least 20 cars were damaged when a downtown Kingston hotel parking lot floor collapsed. A section of the concrete floor collapsed into the basement and some cars slipped down into the crater left behind by the collapse.
Guests at the Confederation Place hotel were evacuated after hearing a loud boom followed by fire alarms at about 8:30 last night. A structural engineer has been called in to determine the integrity of the building so firefighters could complete their search. A fire official says it could take days to determine the cause of the collapse.
Evacuated guests were given a free night’s stay at a nearby hotel.

Colonel Williams Court Appearance

Colonel Russell Williams, the alleged multiple murderer, is due to make an appearance in a Belleville court today via video. The former commander of C-F-B Trenton, who has been locked up at the Quinte Detention Centre since his arrest in February, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Corporal Marie-France Comeau of Brighton, an air force flight attendant, and Jessica Lloyd of Belleville. He also is charged with home-invasion sex attacks on two women in the Tweed-area in September. There were news reports that Williams had attempted suicide in jail and had been on a hunger strike.

60 new jobs coming to Belleville

A new industry coming to Belleville…this spring.

It’s what the city of Belleville has been waiting for…a chance to announce a new business coming to town.  There’s been talk of two companies moving in…but nothing definite.  Now Mayor Neil Ellis says one company is ready to make it official.  Ellis says it manufactures a product we all use but declined to say what it is.  He says it’s a new sector for the city which is important if times get tough again.    President of the unidentified company is in town and ready to go public as soon as senior government grants are in place…expected  next week.

OMB Hearing Planned for Warkworth

An Ontario Municipal Board Hearing will be held next month into plans for a residential hospice in Warkworth. Neighbour Don Dudley filed his objection to the project on Old Hastings Road. He says he was denied the right to develop five building lots in the same area because of an inadequate water supply, and doesn’t believe the infrastructure could support the facility proposed by The Bridge Hospice Foundation. The O-M-B meeting is scheduled for May 26th at the Trent Hills Municipal Office in Campbellford.

Weapons Stolen in Madoc Area

Firearms and bows have been stolen from a house north of Madoc. Central Hastings O-P-P say the doors on the home and a shed, on Kellers Bridge Road, were pried open between last Thursday and Monday.
Three rifles, two shotguns, a crossbow, a compound bow, jewelry, electric tools and an A-T-V were taken. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police or Crimestoppers.

Breakins Continue in Belleville

A Tweed man faces charges after a breakin at a Belleville businesses overnight. Police were called to Jumbo Video on North Front Street at midnight, after a man was seen smashing a window at the store. He was last seen running near the Pioneer Gas Bar. Officers searched and arrested 24-year old Jeremy Kellar nearby. He’s charged with mischief.

Meanwhile, City Police also arrested a prowler, at 4:30 this morning, after the man was seen looking into vehicles on the west hill. The suspect fled on Gordon Street but was was quickly apprehended by police. 25-year old Brian Morrison faces numerous theft related charges.

Tyendinaga Township Taxes Set

Tyendinaga Township residents will pay about 2.3 per cent more in property taxes this year.
Township Council approved a 3.5-million dollar budget last night, with the major projects being work on Shannon and McCullough Roads, and improvements to a bridge on Daley Road. C-A-O Steve Mercer describes the average homeowner with a residence assessed at 185-thousand dollars will pay 2,471 dollars in taxes this year, up by 55 dollars from last year. He says Tyendinaga Township Council will also build a new maintenance utility facility at the recreation centre, at a cost of about 40-thousand dollars.

Stolen Licence Plates Recovered

Charges have been laid following an investigation by Belleville Police into stolen licence plates. A city resident reported her front and rear licence plates had been stolen from her vehicle approximately six months ago….but, hadn’t reported it to police until she received a ticket that had come back to her old plates. Yesterday an officer on patrol checked a vehicle in the east end of Belleville and discovered the stolen plates. 32-year old Stacy Little is facing charges.

Belleville Police Fetus Update

Last week’s discovery of a fetus at Belleville’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was the result of a tragic medical event…and, city police say their investigation is over. Police responded to the sewage facility, last Thursday afternoon, following the discovery by staff. As a result the remains were sent to the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto for an autopsy and it was determined this was the result of a mid trimester miscarriage. No further information will be released as to protect the privacy of the family involved in this incident.

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