Belleville downtown to get makeover
The Build Belleville design phase for the downtown could get underway this year.
Mary Thomas has that update……..
Number of firearm charges
A car damaged by bullets has led Prince Edward County provincial police to arrest a Hillier township man.
The OPP, along with the provincial weapons unit, searched a Hillier home and seized firearms related property, ammunition, and an amount of marijuana.
A 26 year-old Hillier man faces a number of charges including having a weapon for a dangerous purpose, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and drug related charges.
Police say no names are being released to protect those involved.
Cleaning up the swamp
Big Island swamp is starting to look very different than it did at the start of 2013.
Quinte Conservation has removed more than five hectares of cat-tails from the waterway between the island and the County mainland.
Quinte Conservation General Manager Terry Murphy says the $4.5 million project will create a much better wildlife area.
Murphy says in more cat-tails will be taken out in phase two.
Hike for Hospice coming up
The Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association is hosting its national “Hike for Hospice” event this Sunday, with local support going to Hospice Prince Edward.
It takes place on May 5th, starting at noon at the Prince Edward Community Centre.
Hospice Prince Edward Design and Development Coordinator Wayne Carruthers says the facility in the County is expanding its services.
To register, either show up on the day of the event, or visit www.hospiceprinceedward.ca.
Registration is $10.00 and includes a BBQ and live local entertainment.
Police pedalling begins
Local police officers are going to do some serious cycling starting this morning.
The second annual Pedal for Hope educational and fundraising campaign starts today, and runs until May 10th.
Fourteen Belleville city and OPP officers will bicycle to 30 schools throughout the Quinte region over the two week period.
Each officer will ride for a local child with cancer and meet the child at the school.
This year’s fundraising goal is $50,000.
Thieves swipe jewelry
There was a break-in and robbery on Belleville’s west hill yesterday afternoon.
City police say a male and female suspect broke into a residence on Palmer Road between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. and stole jewelry.
Anyone with information is asked to call Belleville police or Crimestoppers.
Lou Rinaldi acclaimed as Liberal
There were no challengers and Lou Rinaldi was acclaimed yesterday as the provincial Liberal candidate for Northumberland Quinte West riding.
The former MPP says many people believe the local riding has not received much attention at Queens Park in the last couple of years.
Rinaldi admitted the uproar around the two cancelled gas power plants was a problem for the party and said new leader Kathleen Wynne was brave enough to admit it and address it.
The Liberal government presents a budget later this week and will need the support of the NDP to avoid a snap election.
The Progressive Conservatives have said they will oppose the budget.
Major grass fire
It was a long day for crews at a grass fire north of Marmora yesterday.
Wollaston fire officials were called to Obrien’s Road where they fought the blaze for more than seven hours.
No one was injured
Flooding could be major issue along Trent River
Residents in Trent Hills are being warned to leave their homes at a moments notice due to flood concerns.
According to The Northumberland News, water has washed out portions of backyards in the municipality and is getting very close to people’s homes.
Officials told residents in flood risk areas to have enough food and drink on hand and to find alternate accommodations.
Flooding has been an issue throughout the region, including the Bancroft area and all of the Trent River.
Lower Trent Conservation has the flood watch at its second highest level.
The forecast is calling for rain on and off from tonight until Tuesday night.
Half marathon in Quinte West
The sun is out and the runners are on, in Quinte West.
We get more details with News Director John Spitters.
Brass knuckles, weed and booze in Belleville
It was a busy night for Belleville police who had to respond to numerous calls through the evening.
Two men were arrested at a downtown bar around 6:00 p.m. until more sober heads prevailed. They were released hours later.
Early this morning, officers were called to Bridge Street and Church where they arrested another pair of men for public intoxication.
During the arrest police confiscated brass knuckles and marijuana.
Finally, one man was charged with assault after an incident in the west end of town.
A 27 year-old has a bail hearing tomorrow.
Tourism awareness week
Hastings County tourism attractions will be highlighted during “Tourism Awareness” week in May.
Tourism Development Coordinator Kasey Pollard says the week is meant to get local residents visiting local tourism locations.
Tourism Awareness week begins May 11 and features various categories including wellness, agri-tourism, arts and culture.
A special website for the week will be available at www.visithastings.ca after April 29th.