Archives for February, 2014

More police budget

More high tech communications equipment is coming to the rank and file, as well as senior officers, in the Belleville Police Service.

The Police Services Board has given preliminary approval to a 15.7 million dollar budget for this year, a 2.45 percent increase.

Part of the proposed budget is about 250 thousand dollars for Blackberry and other technology so officers can receive information and photos wherever they are and dictate crime reports for automatic reproduction.

20 thousand dollars of the 250 thousand will be set aside to allow the public to be able to text a 9 1 1 call to Belleville police.


Two taken to hospital in accident

Two people are in hospital after a serious head-on collision near Trent Hills.

White out conditions are being reported in some areas.

OPP have responded to a number of accidents in the area. Just after 2, emergency crews responded to County Road 30 for a head on collision between two vehicles. Both drivers are being taken to hospital. No word on their condition.

Traffic is being detoured at County Road 30 and County Road 29 to the south and at Percy Boom Road to the north.  County Road 18 is also closed in Hamilton Township so crews can safely clear the road.


Dog shot in Napanee

Police are investigating after a dog was found shot in Napanee.

In January, the dog owner reported her 10-year-old German Sheppard missing.

Tuesday, the dog owner called OPP to report she had found her dog on the train tracks behind her home shot twice.

OPP were called to a similar incident Sunday in Battersea, north of Kingston, where a Shih Tzu had been shot and killed.


Slow down, says OPP again

It’s starting to sound like a broken record, but OPP are asking everyone to slow down on the 401.

Northumberland OPP say they’ve responded to nine accidents since 3 p.m. Wednesday.

This after a multi-vehicle pileup closed the eastbound lanes near Cobourg for hours Wednesday.

There appears to be no serious injuries in the accidents.


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.

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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.


CANCELLATIONS

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.

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