Kingston man charged after bizarre behaviour in Napanee

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Napanee OPP have laid a number of charges against a Kingston man, after an incident in Napanee, early Thursday morning.

Just after 3:30 a.m., officers responded to complaints of a suspicious man “acting bizarre” and banging on the door of a Dundas Street West home.

Police say he had also been reported to have trespassed on a number of other homes nearby.

Officers located the suspect and found an amount of cash, crystal meth and an undisclosed weapon.

The 49-year-old, whose name wasn’t released, was charged with trespassing by night, carrying a concealed weapon, trafficking crystal meth and breaching probation.

He had a Friday bail hearing in Napanee.

Quaiff reacts to Hardie allegations

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff. (Photo: Quinte News)

The mayor of Prince Edward County is reacting to allegations of innapropriate conduct against a well-known local vintner.

Norman Hardie was accused in a Globe and Mail article earlier this week of sexual misconduct, related to incidents of inappropriate advances and lewd comments made towards employees.

Mayor Robert Quaiff says he was “saddened and disturbed to read about the allegations” and that that type of behaviour is “unacceptable and runs contrary to the values of Prince Edward County and the local wine industry.”

Quaiff says he commends the local chamber of commerce and wine growers’ association for their “strong and immediate response” of revoking Hardie’s membership.

He says both groups and the municipality remain committed to helping employers understand their responsibilities towards their workers and is encouraging anyone experiencing workplace harassment or unfair compensation, to contact the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Hardie has denied most of the allegations but does admit to “acting unprofessionally at times”.

No criminal charges have been filed against him.

Handful of Friday filings for municipal election

There is another bunch of names to be added to the municipal election candidate lists across the region.

In Belleville, Richard Black has filed to run in Ward 1, while Leslie Roseblade will try to make a return to Quinte West Council, in Trenton Ward.

In Prince Edward County, Roy Pennell has filed to attempt to retain his seat and Mark Bateman has added his name to the list of candidates for Brighton Council.

You can click here for an up to date list of candidates from across the region.

Belleville pair scores massive lotto win

David Wheeler and Wanda Morawski won the guaranteed $1 million prize on the June 13 Lotto 6/49 draw. (Photo: Submitted / OLG)

Two people from Belleville are sharing a million dollar prize from the OLG.

David Wheeler and Wanda Morawski won the guaranteed $1 million prize on the June 13 Lotto 6/49 draw.

They bought the winning ticket at the Circle K on Bridge Street East.

The OLG says it has handed out more than $12.2 billion in prizes from Lotto 6/49 draws since 1982.

436 Squadron adds Afghanistan Battle Honour to colours

The Colour of 436 Transport Squadron, bearing the “Afghanistan” Battle Honour (Theatre Honour) is trooped before members of Squadron during a parade held at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Trenton, Ontario on June 22, 2018. (Photo: OS Paul Green / 8 Wing Imaging)

A squadron at 8 Wing Trenton has been recognized by the RCAF for its work supporting troops in Afghanistan.

436 Transport Squadron was awarded the Afghanistan Theatre Honour in March, to publicly recognize its efforts during the armed conflict in that country and the squadron flew its flag and held a parade at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial today, to mark the achievement.

During the Afghanistan mission, 436 Squadron personnel and aircraft have been involved in transporting soldiers, equipment and supplies, along with tactical air lift duties within Afghanistan.

Between July 2008 and August 2011, 436 Hercules crews flew more than 28,000 passengers and over seven million pounds of freight in support of the Afghanistan mission.

In July 2006, 436 Squadron crews parachuted supplies including ammunition, food and water, to troops on the ground, the first time the RCAF has done an in-combat operation air drop since World War II.

This is the first Battle Honour the squadron will add to its flag since the end of World War II.

The Colour of 436 Transport Squadron, bearing the “Afghanistan” Battle Honour. (Photo: Sgt Jeff Whiting / 436 Transport Squadron)

UPDATE: Detours lifted after car hits house in Campbellford

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m.: OPP say road closures have been lifted and an investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Residents who were evacuated have been allowed to return home as well.

OPP have closed a road in Campbellford after a car hit a house today.

A number of homes around the scene on Queen Street have also been evacuated due to a possible natural gas leak.

Queen Street is closed between the 10th Line West and Church Street.

Traffic is being detoured at 10th Line West, to IXL Road and then back down to County Road 50, past the accident scene, with that detour expected to be in place for a few hours.

Authorities say neither of the two people in the home were injured, while the man driving the car was taken to hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Tweed lifts boil water advisory

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Good news for residents using the Tweed water system.

The municipality says the boil water advisory, in effect since Monday, has been lifted.

The precautionary advisory was put in place after the municipal water system lost pressure on the weekend.

Multiple water tests by Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health have come back clean and the town’s water is safe to drink again.

The municipality is thanking residents for their cooperation and the City of Belleville for sending its Quench Buggy out to help provide water to residents in the meantime.

Thompson and Morrison join race for seats in Belleville Ward

Belleville city hall (File photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Another incumbent Belleville councillor will seek re-election.

Garnet Thompson has announced he’ll try to reclaim a seat in Belleville Ward, after being elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Danny Morrison also recently announced his candidacy for ward one.

In total, there are 10 people running for seats on Belleville Council, 8 of those have filed in Ward 1.

Mitch Panciuk is still the only person to file for the mayor’s job so far.

Jewellery scam with a twist

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OPP say a scam that involves the exchange of false jewellery for money is circulating in the area, but with a twist.

While most reports of this type of scam have been reported along the 401 corridor, a Brighton resident says he was approached in his driveway, by a man who claimed he had lost his wallet and needed $200 to get his family back home to Windsor.

The man gave the victim a ring and necklace in exchange for the cash and asked that it not be sold, saying he would come back for it.

The pair exchanged phone numbers before the suspect left and when trying to call that number later in the evening, the victim found it was fake.

Police say they’re trying to put the word out about the scam so people don’t give away their hard earned money to fraudsters.

If you have any information about the scam, or you’ve been defrauded in a similar fashion, police say you should report that to Crimestoppers.

Hawkins Bay Bridge closed immediately

Tweed municipal office. (Photo: submitted)

Significant structural issues on a bridge near Tweed have caused municipal officials to close the structure immediately.

A study of the Hawkins Bay Bridge shows deterioration of the steel stringers and wooden deck and the bridge will need major rehabilitation work over the next one-to-five years.

The municipality says residents in the area have been provided with alternate routes to access their properties and that council is consulting engineers to see what options they have to resolve the issue.

The town says it owns and maintains 52 bridges and culverts, many of which are in need of repairs or replacements, at costs that far exceed the annual operating budget.

Veridian earns almost $9 million in profits in 2017

Veridian Connections says the company’s 2017 consolidated net earnings totalled almost $9 million in 2017.

A number of the company’s financial highlights were announced to shareholders at its annual general meeting in Pickering on Tuesday.

Those highlights include a total of just over $8 million in dividends and interest payments to shareholders, who have seen their equity increase $15.1 million or 4% per year, since 2013.

Controllable cost per customer was held to an annual average of 1.02% over the past four years and was $229 in 2017.

The company also has a stable “A” credit rating.

Veridian is one of two hydro suppliers to the City of Belleville, with the city holding a 13% stake in the company.

Drug charges in Quinte West, break-in in Marmora

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested after police and EMS were called to the Frankford Tourist Park early yesterday morning.

Around 6:30 a.m. OPP were notified of a woman in distress wandering around the park.

They arrived to find Dessiree Elizabeth Kemp and have charged her with possession of a controlled substance.

Investigators didn’t say what that substance was.

Kemp was released on a promise to appear in Belleville court on July 9.

Elsewhere, a Marmora man has been charged after a break-in and theft at a home on Milk Run Road yesterday.

Police were called around 1:30 p.m. after the home owner saw a man taking items from the home and driving away.

Officers located 43-year-old Jason McBeth and charged him with break and enter, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, having invalid licence plates and possession of marijuana.

He has a bail hearing in Belleville today.

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