Toronto man obstructs police, breaches court order

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On June 23, 2018, at 11:40 p.m, officers conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle driving suspiciously in a north end industrial area in Belleville. Two male occupants were spoken to by police; however, they were unable to provide any identifying documentation in order to confirm their identities. Both were taken into custody and held until their identities could be confirmed. The Belleville Police Service Forensic Identification Unit was able to confirm the identity of the passenger who had originally provided a false name to police. As a result, 33-year-old Zoltan Farkas  of Toronto has been charged with Obstructing Police and Breaching court-ordered curfew condition. Farkas is scheduled to appear in Belleville court in July. The driver of the vehicle was issued Provincial Offence notices for driving without a licence.

There were no other significant calls for service.

Win and a draw for local girls soccer teams

(Photo/Michael Brethour)

Solid results for local girls soccer teams Thursday.

The QWPFFA Local 1328/Welch LLP U13 girls Quinte West Wolverines defeated Kingston United GU14 Blue 5-1 in SOSA League action.

Claire Hills led the way for the Wolverines with two goals. Kelsey Littlejohn, Regan Fournier and Mackenzie Rees also scored for Quinte West.

Next game for the Wolverines is Sunday June 24 vs Belleville SC GU13.

Meantime, the Belleville Dish Salon U18 girls team played to a scoreless draw with the Kingston Clippers.

Tess Whitney notched the shutout.

Two hole-in-ones for local golfers


A pair of local golfers have wielded lucky clubs this week.

Eighty–year-old Joe Degenova earned his first ever hole-in-one on Thursday at Bayview Golfing Centre.

He used a driver to hit it on the fourth hole.

Also, Benny Brock of Ameliasburgh knocked in his hole-in-one on Hole 8 at Murray Hills Golf Course.

He did it while playing seniors, using a 5-iron to whack the ball 107 yards for the accomplishment.

Generosity of community celebrated by BGHF

BGHF Chair Peter Knudsen says the new equipment that has been purchased with help from the community will be more convenient for staff and patients. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

It takes a whole community to support people in need and that’s exactly what the people of Belleville have done to help an important medical cause over the past four years.

The success of the Belleville General Hospital Foundation’s recently completed Together, We’re Better Campaign was celebrated Thursday evening.

The campaign, which ran from September 2013 to December 2017, saw $13 million raised through the generosity of over 13,400 community donors and volunteers at the hospital. That surpassed the original goal of $12 million.

With that money, BGH was able to purchase essential new technology, including a CT scanner, refurbishment of the MRI machine, x-ray equipment and other life-saving medical equipment like scopes and vital signs machines.

Quinte Health Care President and CEO Mary Clare Egberts says the generosity of the Quinte community in coming together to supporting local health care is greatly appreciated. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

Quinte Health Care President and CEO Mary Clare Egberts says it speaks to the kindness and generosity of the Quinte community that they would help assist in providing the best up-to-date tools for local health care.

Mary Clare Egberts

Bob Leonard, a local cancer survivor, talked about his journey and the positive experiences he has had with Belleville General Hospital. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

The evening featured a speech from Bob Leonard, a Belleville resident and cancer survivor who spoke about his positive experiences with staff and volunteers at BGH and the importance of supporting the hospital.

Leonard made a special point of mentioning Dr. Richard Levesque, who he considered “the captain” of BGH’s oncology department.

Egberts says it was inspiring to hear someone like Leonard talk about his journey.

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BGHF Board Chair Peter Knudsen says these machines are more expensive, but are much more capable and convenient for staff and patients.

Peter Knudsen

Head of Oncology at Quinte Health Care Dr. Richard Levesque showcases a carving one of his patients made to show how important giving back to local care really is. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

Another highlight of the celebration featured Dr. Levesque showcasing a carving of a previous cancer patient’s to do list to inspire people to continue giving back to local health care.

Next on the docket for the BGH Foundation is the reveal of their 2018 Gala theme, fund-a-need goal and the introduction of this year’s board committee, which will all commence on Monday, June 25.

Busy Father’s Day weekend for Central Hastings OPP

Central Hastings OPP were active on Father’s Day weekend with two separate incidents.

Early Saturday morning, at 1 a.m., Central Hastings OPP were called to a residence in Madoc Township for a report of a driver revving their engine in a rural resident’s driveway. A short time later the driver was located southbound on Highway 62 and was stopped near Bonjour Boulevard in Madoc Township.

Charged is 47-year-old Christopher Ramsey of Stirling-Rawdon with impaired driving, driving with more than 80mgs of alcohol in the blood, and failing to comply with recognizance. He received a 90-day Drivers Licence Suspension.

Then on Sunday morning around 2, officers were called to a rural residence in Marmora and Lake Township, where an intoxicated male adult was trying to physically fight with family members.

Twenty-seven-year-old Luke Crawford of Marmora was arrested and charged with Breach of Probation.

Both men will appear in Belleville Court today.

Unknown Belleville resident $7 million richer

There’s a lucky person somewhere in Belleville.

The winning ticket for Saturday night’s $7 million Lotto 649 jackpot was sold in the area.

The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on June 20 will be approximately $5 million.

Multiple vehicles involved in Tyendinaga Township crash

The Napanee Fire Department, EMS and OPP all put in work to help people involved in a crash in Tyendinaga Township late Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened at the intersection of Deseronto Road and County Road 1.

Multiple people were injured in the four-vehicle collision, with some transported to KGH and others sent to Lennox and Addington Hospital. The injuries are reported to be non-life threatening.

One vehicle was reportedly on fire immediately following the crash.

The scene was cleared around 5 p.m. Saturday.

No other details available.

Three-vehicle crash in downtown Belleville

A three vehicle collision stalled traffic in Belleville’s downtown early Saturday evening.

(Photo: Dickie Buckshot/Twitter)

Belleville’s downtown was a messy and chaotic scene Saturday evening.

A three vehicle collision stalled traffic at Bridge and Pinnacle Streets shortly after 6:00 p.m. for about an hour. A westbound vehicle on Bridge Street collided with a southbound vehicle on Pinnacle Street within the intersection. Both of those vehicles then crashed into another vehicle which was stopped in the eastbound lane of Bridge Street.

Belleville Police determined through witnesses that the southbound vehicle entered the intersection against the red light and the driver was subsequently charged with disobeying a red light.

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported at the time of the accident.

Early morning scuffle in Quinte West

There were injuries after a fight in Trenton early Sunday morning.

Around 12:30 Quinte West OPP were called to break up a fight involving a group of males and females in Centennial Park near the arena.

Two of the combatants were taken to Trenton Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Crown questions accused in second-degree murder trial

Elizabeth Nugent.(Photo: Facebook).

The second-degree murder trial of a man accused of killing Belleville native Elizabeth Nugent continued with contentiousness on Thursday.

Malcolm Copeland was cross-examined and questioned by Crown Attorney Arish Khoorshed on day 8 of his trial for the murder of Nugent, who was his girlfriend, on October 27, 2014.

According to, Khoorshed hammered Copeland about his testimony surrounding Nugent’s attack on him that day.

One area he questioned was about Copeland’s assertion that he had cut Nugent’s leg inadvertently in a struggle with a knife and that he was acting in self defence.

Khoorshed noted that it would be unnatural for someone to inflict the lethal wounds that Copeland did on Nugent if he was simply trying to defend himself.

Copeland also admitted that he had revealed numerous problems regarding his relationship with Nugent in a written note the day before her murder.

When questioned, Copeland testified that he had noticed some things in Nugent’s search history on her computer that upset him and made him write the note.

The trial continues Monday.

Belleville man arrested in separate assault incidents

A 22-year-old Belleville man is heading to court next month as a result of an assault incident.

Just after 7 a.m. Thursday morning, Belleville Police officers responded to a complaint of an assault at a residence on William Street

A woman had been assaulted and the man was arrested.

Further investigation revealed a second incident of assault had occurred in the summer of 2017.

The man was charged with two counts of assault and breach of probation.

He will appear in court on July 9.

The victim suffered minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

New home benefits TMHF and Quinte West community

Chair of Our TMH and realtor with Royal Lepage Mike Cowan (far left) hands the keys of the newest Home Build for Health Care to Nick and Sharifa Mohammed Yar (middle) Thursday afternoon. To the right is Sarah McDonald of McDonald Homes and Gerald Draaistra, TMHF Director and owner of Vanderlaan Building Products in Brighton. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

Everybody is benefiting from a new home build project in Quinte West.

On Thursday afternoon, as part of the Home Build for Healthcare project, members of TMHF and McDonald Homes were on hand to transfer keys and ownership to new home buyers Nick and Sharifa Mohammed Yar, who own Imperial Tailoring in Trenton.

The proceeds from the sale of this home, located at 145 Bay Street in Trenton, will go towards the #CareforTomorrow campaign, which raises funds for new, essential medical equipment for TMH. This is the fourth Home Build for Health Care House for the TMH Foundation, with the previous three donated by Staikos Homes, Geertsma Homes and West Side Developers.

TMH Foundation Director and owner of Vanderlaan Building Products Gerald Draaistra was the lead on this project.

The fourth Home Build for Healthcare for the TMH Foundation, located at 145 Bay Street in Trenton. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

Chair of Our TMH and realtor Mike Cowan says the housing market was “crazy” last year and realized there was a need for sufficient homes for people who live and work in Quinte West, along with the needs of people who use hospital resources on a regular basis in the community. This allowed them to work out a system to get as many as 54 local labourers, suppliers and businesses on board to help with this initiative.

Cowan adds the most important aspect of this build is the benefits the community as a whole will receive.

Mike Cowan

Sarah McDonald of McDonald Homes says it’s always nice to give back to your home community.

Sarah MacDonald

The TMH Foundation’s funding goal for this year is close to $2.9 million. Just some of the equipment they are aiming to get include; a new CT Scanner, replacing of four acute care and complex beds and numerous pieces of orthopedic equipment, among others. TMH Foundation Executive Director Wendy Warner says it’s not certain yet exactly how much money the build raised.

To learn more about the TMH Foundation and their initiatives, click HERE.

A view of the back of the home. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)


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