UPDATE: Westbound 401 opened following tractor trailer fire

A tractor trailer fire closed a portion of the 401 westbound between Marysville Road and Shannonville Road Saturday evening. (Photo: Robyn Levac/Twitter)

Update (6 a.m.): The westbound 401 between Marysville Road and Shannonville Road has now officially been opened after an 11-hour closure.

A tractor trailer fire caused the westbound 401 between Marysville Road and Shannonville Road to be closed early Saturday evening.

Tyendinaga Fire, along with tanker support from Mohawk Fire was called in to put out the flames on the westbound 401 at Marysville Road. They were eventually able to get the fire under control. Heavy smoke was also visible when firefighters arrived.

According to social media reports, traffic was backed up for several hours.

The Ministry of Environment and police also attended the scene.

Stolen bike parts and car in Belleville

Police investigating after a bike was stripped of some major parts while locked up at a secure rack in the east end of Belleville.

The theft is believed to have occurred early Thursday afternoon.

A woman left work following her shift and found her bicycle stripped of the handlebar, brake grips and seat.

The bike is described as a white 18-speed “Louis Garneau,” worth about $300.

Police are also looking for a stolen car that was taken from an east parking lot between 11:30 Wednesday night and 10 a.m. Thursday.

It’s a 2007 grey Chrysler 300 with Ontario plates BTNE-781.

Anyone with information about either theft is asked to contact Belleville Police.

Charges in two Belleville crashes

Belleville Police responded to five motor vehicle collisions on Thursday, two of which resulted in charges.

A three vehicle collision occurred just before 4 p.m. in the Dundas Street East and Pinnacle Street area.

One female was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A 20-year-old man was charged with careless driving.

Around 5:45 p.m., police were called to a collision between two vehicles at Wallbridge Loyalist Road and Dundas Street West.

EMS treated some minor injuries at the scene.

One driver was charged for failing to signal for a turn.

Witnesses to either collision are asked to contact Belleville Police.

Heat warning issued for Quinte area

Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for:

Belleville – Quinte West – Eastern Northumberland County
Cobourg – Colborne – Western Northumberland County

A heat event continues through Monday.

Daytime maximum values of 31 Celsius or higher are expected today and on Monday with humidex values near 40C. Overnight minimum temperatures will only fall to near 20C, providing little relief from the heat.

A cold front is expected to to move through the area Tuesday bringing an end to this event.

Environment Canada says extreme heat affects everyone.

The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Stolen vehicle in Belleville

Belleville Police are looking for the public’s help in locating a stolen vehicle.

Around 1 p.m Saturday, police received a call regarding a stolen vehicle that occurred in the city’s west end.

Video from the parking lot of the apartment building where the theft took place revealed that it was taken shortly before 5:30 a.m. that same morning.

Stolen is a 1994 green Dodge Caravan bearing license plate AHSE 787.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have information with regards to the theft or the whereabouts of the van to call The Belleville Police Service at 613-962-3456 or Crime Stoppers.

HPE Public Health issues heat warning

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is issuing a heat warning to advise residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties of the predicted prolonged hot and humid weather starting on the Civic Holiday long weekend. According to Environment Canada, the hot weather conditions will start Sunday, August 5, 2018 and persist until Tuesday August 7, 2018. Daytime high temperatures are anticipated to be in the low to mid-30s; overnight low temperatures may not go below 20 degrees Celsius.

An extreme heat event can lead to adverse health effects. Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps).

Environment and Climate Change Canada issues a heat warning in Southern Ontario when there will be 2 consecutive days of: 31°C or more (day time) and 20°C or more (night time) or humidex values of 40°C or more.  Humidex values describe how the hot and humid weather feels to the average person. It combines the temperature and humidity readings into one number to reflect the perceived temperature. The higher the humidex, the harder it is for perspiration to evaporate to cool the body.
Heat events put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, but health risks are greatest for:

older adults;
infants and young children;
people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties or heart conditions;
people who work or exercise in the heat;
homeless people; and
people without access to air conditioning.
Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include:

dizziness, headache or fainting;
nausea or vomiting;
rapid breathing and heartbeat;
extreme thirst; and
decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.
If you experience any of these symptoms during a heat event, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best.

Heat illnesses are preventable. During extreme heat, the most important thing is to keep cool and hydrated. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health recommends taking the following actions:

stay well hydrated, drink before feeling thirsty (plain water is best);
stay in an air-conditioned place (home, shopping mall, recreational facilities);
avoid sun exposure (stay in the shade, wear SPF30+ sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, UVA & UVB protective sunglasses, and loose-fitting long shirts and pants);
take cool showers or baths;
block the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day;
reschedule strenuous outdoor activities or plan them for cooler times of the day; and
never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle or direct sunlight.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health encourages people to visit neighbours, friends, and older family members frequently, especially those at higher risk, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.


Milestone year for local fishing event

The Blair Smith Memorial Fishing with Kids Event has hit its milestone 10th year.

The free fishing tournament is held each year for kids up to 13 years old, with participants joining in a variety of activities.

Organizer Tammy Smith says as part of the event’s 10th anniversary, participants will be able to meet Canadian fishing professionals like Bob Izumi from Real Fishing Show and Mike Miller from Angler Hunter TV.

The event is held each year in honour of Smith’s late husband Blair Smith, who was a big supporter of fishing in the area.

The event is set for Saturday, August 18 at Riverfront Square in Trenton. Crafts, games, draw prizes, a live band and a drive-by, weigh-in from Fishing League Worldwide are just some of the activities that will be featured through the day.

10 Belleville athletes set to compete at Ontario 55+ Summer Games


10 Belleville athletes will be on the provincial stage next week at the Ontario 55+ Summer Games in Mississauga.

The Games, running from August 10-12, will feature a total of 1400 participants aged 55-93 competing in a number of events, including darts, lawn bowling, floor shuffleboard, pickleball, swimming, cribbage and much more.

The competition runs every two years and is held in support of healthy active living for older adults in Ontario.

The list of participants from Belleville, plus the events they’re competing in is as follows:

Sager, Shirley- DARTS
Rohrback, Leverne- DARTS
Phoenix, Mary- LAWN BOWLING
Reid, Elizabeth- LAWN BOWLING
Pidduck, Tim- LAWN BOWLING
Mumford, Cheryl- PICKLEBALL
Tesluk, Andy- PICKLEBALL
Courtney, Dale Anne- PICKLEBALL
Drummond, Joe- CRIBBAGE
Southwell, Karen- PICKLEBALL

For more information on the event, visit the Ontario 55+ Summer Games website

One charged in two-vehicle crash

Two people were taken to hospital following a crash Wednesday night in Belleville.

Around 7:15 p.m., EMS, police, and fire were called to the crash on Bridge Street East, where two vehicles collided.

Twenty-one-year-old Noah Hachey was charged with careless driving, and over 80 milligrams of alcohol in his blood.

Anyone who may have seen the collision is asked to contact Belleville Police or Crimestoppers.

Missing Madoc woman found using new tracking program

The use of a new tracking program helped Centre Hastings OPP locate a missing woman in Madoc.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the report of the missing 83-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s, who is involved in the Project Lifesaver program in Centre Hastings.

Because of the program, members of the OPP were able to quickly track the female using a radio frequency antenna and receiver.

The woman was found about kilometre away from her home approximately 16 minutes after officers arrived.

She was located lying down in a dense wooded area south of the village.

Project Lifesaver is designed to assist families that have family members in the home suffering from cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and Down syndrome who have a propensity to wander.

Assault charges laid in Belleville

Charges have been laid after a late Monday night skirmish at an apartment building in Belleville.

At 11 p.m. on July 30, 2018, police received multiple calls about 10 people fighting on the third floor of 180 Haig Road.

Based on witness accounts and cell phone videos, police charged two women, age 24 and 26 and a 33-year-old man with assault and being unlawfully in a dwelling house.

A 47-year-old man was also charged with assault.

All parties are from Belleville.

All four will appear in court on August 30, 2018.

There were three adult victims who sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

Habitat, Mohawks unite to support local families

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory resident Amy Maracle and her daughter Kayla (left) and April Green and her family (right) have purchased the two new homes currently in construction by Habitat for Humanity and are set to get the keys to them about October 1. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

A partnership between Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Hastings and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte is allowing two local Indigenous families have homes to call their own.

On Monday morning, the public was invited to check out the progress being made on the two houses on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory from when shovels went into the ground in the spring and to meet the families that will be moving into the homes.

Amy Maracle and her two children, as well as April Green and her daughter have bought the homes and are expected to move in near completion time on October 1.

Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Hastings Bob Clute says it’s an emotional time for families to purchase homes that have so much community spirit put into them. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

The build project was put into motion three years ago when Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Chief R. Donald Maracle and the Mohawk Council assigned a parcel of land for Habitat to build the two homes, following consultations with Habitat executives.

From there, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity PEH Bob Clute says, they made a commitment to the band council to create affordable housing for people on the land.

Bob Clute

Clute adds it’s an emotional event all around for the families.

Bob Clute 2

At Monday’s event, many people and organizations were honoured for their charitable donations and support for the project, including Habitat Canada, the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and RBC among others.

To help volunteer or to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity PEH, click HERE

A message to the families moving into the new homes on the Tyendinga Mohawk Territory. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)


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