Young students learn about “tricky people” at Safety Village
A kindergarten class from St. Gregory School got a lesson in “people safety” at the Children’s Safety Village in Belleville today.
The children had the help of Belleville Deputy Police Chief Mike Callahan to learn about different child luring techniques and how to avoid those types of situations while biking or walking home from school, or to the store.
Statistics show that’s when the majority of those types of incidents happen.
Students learned how to identify potentially dangerous situations, or people in the community, through age-appropriate methods and were able to practice their new skills inside the safe confines of the safety village which replicates a town setting.
Program administrators say the lesson is meant to empower kids with the skills to stay safe, rather than needlessly instilling fear.
Traffic delays in east end Belleville and eastbound 401
Expect some delays this afternoon if you’re travelling on Dundas Street East in Belleville and the eastbound 401, just outside of the city.
Our newsroom has received multiple reports of a CP Rail train blocking the crossing at Dundas Street East and Haig Road, causing significant backups in both directions.
We have reached out to CP and will update the story as soon as we have more information.
Meanwhile, there are also reports of construction causing a heavy backlog of traffic just east of Shannonville Road, to almost the Wyman’s Road overpass.
If you can, use an alternate route to get around either of those delays.
Trash Bash numbers in from Prince Edward County
Officials in Prince Edward County are calling last weekend’s trash bash a “smashing success”.
Residents in Picton and Ameliasburgh banded together to fill close to 20 yard waste disposal bins, 50 bags of garbage and another 30 bags of recycling, picked up off the ground in various areas.
In Milford, the yard waste bin was about half full, with 10 bags of garbage and recycling being dropped off there.
A number of groups took part in the event this year as well, including the Friends of Millennium Trail, who covered all 49 kilometres of the trail.
The 851 Prince Edward Air Cadet Squadron had about 25 of its members taking part in the cleanup on County Road 22 and the Recreation Outreach Centre cleaned up around downtown Picton.
Trash Bash results from Belleville, Quinte West and Tyendinaga haven’t been released yet.
PEC gives another $4,000 through Feed The Meter
The Prince Edward Learning Foundation has received a delicious donation from the people of Prince Edward County.
Mayor Robert Quaiff presented a cheque for just over $4,000 this morning to the Food For Learning Program, from the Feed the Meter Campaign.
The campaign typically runs through the holidays with any change dropped into parking meters donated to the program, but this year The County decided to extend the program to March.
That brings the total donated by all three municipalities to about $25,500.
The Food for Learning program helps to provide over one million meals and snacks to students across the Quinte Region each year.
Transport clips overhead lines in Belleville
There was a minor incident that caused some major problems for TV and phone providers in Belleville today.
Belleville Police say a transport with a tall load caught the Bell and Cogeco cable lines near College and North Front Street, causing them to come down.
There were no reports of any injuries or charges and the scene was cleared just before 2:00 this afternoon.
Brighton man found with drugs in stolen car
OPP stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 2 on Sunday morning and found an amount of crack cocaine in the vehicle.
The driver had lied to police about his identity and when investigators looked into it, they found that Durham Police had an open investigation into him for breaking into a house in Uxbridge and stealing a vehicle.
He allegedly also took things from other vehicles in Uxbridge before heading back to Quinte West and police say all of the stolen items were found in the car.
Thirty-year-old Jesse Fraser of Brighton is charged with possession of crack cocaine, obstructing police, break and enter, driving while suspended and speeding.
He’s also charged with two counts each of theft of a vehicle and theft under $5,000, along with three counts of breaching probation.
He was held in custody with a bail hearing on Monday.
Youths arrested on Loyalist Parkway
A pair of young people have been charged after police found them rummaging through a car on Loyalist Parkway.
OPP were called about the pair allegedly destroying the inside of a vehicle and responded to find a young man and woman, who had walked away from a group home in Prince Edward County. They had been at a home on Loyalist Parkway before entering the vehicle.
Investigators say the pair had stolen multiple items from the car before damaging the inside.
Both were arrested and charged with theft and mischief, with the young man also being charged with breaching a court order.
The young woman was released on a promise to appear, while the other suspect was held in custody for a May 1 bail hearing.
Drugs offered to off duty officers
A 22-year-old man from Highlands East has been charged after allegedly offering drugs to the wrong person.
Bancroft OPP say an off duty officer was offered drugs inside a Bancroft business last Saturday and notified the officers on duty, who stopped the suspect on Hastings Street North.
Police say he was found in possession of meth and is now facing charges related to that.
Blake Hillson will appear in court on May 15.
Navan nabs Abrams as new head coach and GM
After ending his lengthy tenure with the Wellington Dukes and his shorter term with the Trenton Golden Hawks recently, Marty Abrams is headed east, to continue his career.
The Navan Grads of the Central Canada Hockey League have announced, they’ve hired Abrams as their new head coach and general manager.
Abrams will take over the role ahead of the 2018/19 season.
During his time in Wellington and Trenton, Abrams coached more than 1,000 games and won more than 700 of them, while also representing Canada as a coach seven times.
OLG makes fourth quarter casino hosting payment to Belleville
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has issued the fourth-quarter payment to the City of Belleville for hosting the Shorelines Casino.
The payment, of almost $735,000 brings the total over the gambling facility’s first fiscal year, which runs April to March, to more than $3.5 million.
It’s the fifth payment received by the city and is about $200,000 higher than the payment for the same quarter in 2017.
The money is split into various city reserve funds, with 65% going to infrastructure maintenance, 10% to economic development, and 5% each to land acquisition, vehicle and equipment replacements, social infrastructure, disaster mitigation and a general contingency fund.
Council also recently used $500,000 from the casino fund to help bring down the tax rate during recent budget debate.
Belleville staff warn of flood risks
The City of Belleville is joining local conservation authorities and warning about the risks OF potential rising water levels.
While no major flooding is expected, smaller streams, ponds and properties in low lying areas could be susceptible to flooding, because of the amount of rain, freezing rain and melting snow over the past week.
The City of Belleville says it is continuing to monitor conditions and if needed, will take action to mitigate any disruption or damage caused by water levels.
City staff also echo the sentiment that you should stay away from river banks and shoreline areas as they can be come slippery and dangerous this time of year.
Central Hastings OPP looking for info on suspicious man
Police in the Tweed area are looking for information on a reported suspicious man Wednesday afternoon.
Central Hastings OPP say a young girl reported an older man following her home from school.
No other details were released, except for the photo above.
Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to call Central Hasting OPP at 613-473-4234 or 1-888-310-1122.