Picton Pirates can put it away tonight

The Picton Pirates can punch their ticket to the Empire Junior “C” Hockey League finals with a win over the Campbellford Rebels tonight.

Picton leads the best of 7 series 3-1.  Game time tonight at the Prince Edward Community Centre is 7:30.

Brant warns of demonstrations

Well-known protester Shawn Brant is giving the federal government one last chance to call an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Brant says they will be setting up information checkpoints soon.


He says there’s a parliamentary report due out next week on violence against aboriginal women and he’s hoping that will help spur an inquiry.


401 slowdown

The highway is slow going on the 401 eastbound (photo: Jay Dafoe)

There is a slowdown on the 401 eastbound between the Shannnville and Highway 37 exits.

Traffic is down to a crawl.

Two dead in Tamworth after rampage

An OPP cruiser parked outside of the Tamworth post office, one of the six crime scenes. (Photo: Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

Two men are dead and a man and a woman are in hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a series of incidents in and around Tamworth that began around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were called to the quiet village north of Napanee after reports of a gunman on a rampage.

OPP say there are six separate crime scenes including the post office, fire hall, two homes and two other locations on County Road 15.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) confirms it is investigating the death of a 59-year-old man, who is also the suspect in the shootings.

“At approximately 5:20 pm, about 16 kilometres north of Tamworth on Highway 15, an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police located a vehicle apparently connected to a male individual who was wanted by police,” says a release from the SIU. “The officer exited his cruiser and was approaching the vehicle when a gunshot was heard. A tactical unit was summoned to the scene and found a man dead in the bushes a short distance away from the vehicle.”

The SIU is called to investigate whenever there is a death or injury involving police officers.

No names have been confirmed by police or the SIU, however people in Tamworth tell our newsroom the alleged gunman was Morton Lewis from Erinsville.

Ken Kirkpatrick says his daughter is one of the injured.

He says she was driving when the gunman rammed her car head-on, attempted to forcibly remove her from the car,  and choked her. She’s in hospital with a broken leg.

The Globe and Mail reports the second injured person is a local volunteer firefighter.

Apparently the man was shot in the arm and is in hospital.



Buses into Prince Edward County are cancelled today

Mohawk bus lines not running

Sunrise Christian Academy closed today

Catholic elementary basketball tournament at St Paul and St Mary’s school postponed until next week

Full list of cancelled buses at the Tri Board website

Consistent issues brought up at conference

Quinte West Councillor Jim Harrison says there was a consistent message from participating municipalities at the Rural Ontario Municipality Association conference that took place in Toronto this week.

He says money for infrastructure, policing costs, and hydro rates were the top concerns.


He says they didn’t come away from the meeting with any promises from the federal transportation minister who was also in attendance.

Owner says it wasn’t his truck

The owner of a trucking company near Prescott says there is no way his truck was involved in a hit and run in Belleville.

Wayne Riddell owns Iron Horse Transportation and says the only thing his driver has done is go by a security camera.

Police released security camera footage of an Iron Horse tractor trailer allegedly involved in damaging the car wash on Sunday night.

Riddell says they’ve got the wrong truck.


A truck hit the building just before 8 p.m. Sunday,  damaging the gas meter in the process.

The tractor cab is described as silver with burgundy fenders.



No Big Music Fest for 2014?

Bleeker Ridge preforms at Big Music Fest 2013 in Belleville (photo: facebook)

Big Music Fest may not be in the calendar for Belleville in 2014.

According to their website, organizers have decided to bring a three-day festival to a city in Canada, but they say it is a new location.

The website also says 2014 will be the largest three-day festival in the country.

Since 2008, Big Music Fest has brought acts like The Hip, Z-Z Top, Collective Soul, Three Days Grace, Hedley and Burton Cummings to East Zwicks Park in Belleville.

In 2011, officials cancelled the concert, however, returned in 2012.

Quinte News will provide an update when more details are available.

Pile ups mounting in Northumberland-Quinte West

One of the many accidents that have taken place this year in the Quinte region

MPP Rob Milligan says his concern continues to grow with the rising number of highway pileups through his riding of Northumberland-Quinte West.

He says highway 401 has seen way too many accidents, which are not only hurting the economy, but also injuring and killing drivers.


Each accident also costs millions of dollars according to Milligan.


The 401 has had several shutdowns recently because of pileups and the stretch from Napanee to Port Hope is one of the worst on the highway.


Mugging in Belleville

A woman was mugged last night in Belleville.

The woman was walking on College Street West, when she was knocked down by three attackers who kicked and punched her.

One of the suspects is said to be a female.

They were last seen running away on Gilbert Street.

The incident happened at just after 9:00 p.m.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

Domestic charges laid

A 26-year-old Belleville woman faces an assault charge.

City police say a man and woman were arguing at a Sidney Street residence last night when the woman hit the man in the face.

He suffered minor injuries.

Movie right on the mark

A special “water ceremony” will be held in downtown Belleville on Sunday morning to highlight the DocFest  film “Watermark.”

Spokesperson for Occupy Our Hearts Belleville group, Evelyn Wolf, says the idea is to encourage people to treat water with respect .


The ceremony will be held at the Riverside Trail at the north end of downtown Front Street, at 11:00 a.m. and will include chanting, prayers and native singing.

The film Watermark runs at the DocFest Sunday afternoon.


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