429 Bison Squadron Commanding Officer reassigned

A 429 Squadron C-17 Globemaster sits on the tarmac at CFB Trenton, on June 16, 2016. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

The commanding officer of CFB Trenton’s 429 Bison Squadron has left his post early.

Officials at 8 Wing Trenton tell Quinte News Lieutenant-Colonel Bill Church has been reassigned, pending an investigation by the Royal Canadian Air Force Flight Safety Division, into professional misconduct during performance of flying operations.

Exact details of what happened weren’t released but 8 Wing communications say Church has been replaced by “a capable deputy”, until a change of command ceremony next month.

Church was originally set to hand over the reigns of 429 Squadron, which operates the CFB Trenton fleet of Globemaster aircraft, on July 12th.

That ceremony will go ahead as scheduled with a new CO taking over.

Woman charged in April bomb threat in Kingston

A Toronto woman has been charged in connection with a bomb threat in Kingston earlier this year.

Kingston Police responded to a bomb threat, left on a government employee’s voicemail, at 279 Wellington Street on April 27 and evacuated close to 300 people.

After determining the threat was a hoax, an arrest warrant was issued and police say during the course of the investigation, the woman also made a direct threat to kill a judge.

The 54 year-old, whose name wasn’t released, is charged with mischief and uttering death threats.

Train hits SUV near Norwood

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An OPP investigation is ongoing in Asphodel-Norwood after a train hit a car on Tuesday evening.

It happened at a crossing on the Third Line, north of Highway 7, just before 6:00 p.m.

Investigators say an SUV was travelling northbound and didn’t stop at the uncontrolled crossing and was hit by an eastbound freight train.

Four people in the SUV were taken to hospital, with injuries ranging from serious to minor.

OPP say none of the injuries is life-threatening, but are reminding all drivers to come to a complete stop at all uncontrolled crossings and to only proceed when the crossing is clear.

PEC could take part in economic development program in South Africa

Director of Community Development Neil Carbone. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Prince Edward County staff will be applying to be part of a good-will and professional development program, to help improve economic development in parts of rural South Africa.

The County was identified as a perfect participant by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, to take part in the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities Program and council approved the application process by an 8-7 vote Tuesday night.

Director of Community Development Neil Carbone tells Quinte News the program involves sending staff overseas and having visitors from South Africa, a couple of times a year, to share knowledge and best practices.

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If accepted, PEC would be one of six towns to take part in the program over three years.

While not all councillors agreed on the idea, Mayor Robert Quaiff says The County has seen benefits from similar programs in the past and being part of the program casts a positive light on the municipality.

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The program won’t cost the municipality any extra money, other than paying staff time while they’re out of the country.

No surprise, County water rates are on the rise

As expected, water and sewer rates will rise in Prince Edward County, effective Saturday, after council officially passed the new charges Tuesday night.

The rates are based on metre size and will start at an average monthly base charge of $28.36 this year, with a $2.12 per cubic metre consumption charge, rising 5% per year through 2021.

CAO James Hepburn tells Quinte News, while residents may not be pleased with the spike, plenty of work went into making the decision and the increases are much-needed to upgrade and maintain the systems.

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Hepburn added that PEC hasn’t upped its water/sewer rates in more than a year.

Meanwhile, County Mayor Robert Quaiff says despite those increases, work will be done to help out those residents who are having trouble handling high water and hydro bills.

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The County operates and maintains a total of six water systems and two sewer systems.

You can see the full water and wastewater rate chart below.


 

Local school boards getting provincial cash

Three local school boards will benefit from some provincial funding this year.

MPP Lou Rinaldi announced a total of more than $6.4 million for projects at schools in Northumberland-Quinte West, today.

The Hastings Prince Edward Board will get about $2.6 million, the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board is getting about $2.1 million, just over $1.1 million is being allocated to the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic Board, with the Peterborough-area catholic board getting about $528,000.

Rinaldi says it’s all part of a provincial commitment of $1.4 billion for school renewal and repair projects across Ontario this year.

Belleville Police arrest two people, clearing eight break-in cases

Belleville Police say they’ve arrested two people, believed to be responsible for close to ten break and enters around the city, in recent months.

Most recently, officers began investigating an afternoon break-in at an east-end Belleville home on June 16th, where suspects got in through a rear door and took various property.

After arresting two suspects, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division and Forensics Units executed a search warrant at their home and found numerous other items from previous break-ins, including assorted jewellery, musical instruments, cameras, cell phones, passports, wallets and other ID.

Officers also seized a number of prescription medications and other controlled substances.

32 year-old Ashley Christine Hubmann and 34 year-old Ronald Kevin Joseph McCloskey, both of Belleville, are charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering, possession of property obtained by crime and drug possession.

Hubmann was released with conditions and has a court date on July 6th, while McCloskey is being held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 29th.

Here is the full list of charges:

32-year old Ashley Christine Hubmann of Belleville, Ontario has been charged with;
– 9 counts of Breaking, Entering and Committing Theft
– 9 counts of Possessing Property Obtained by Crime
– 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

34-year old Ronald Kevin Joseph McCloskey of Belleville, Ontario has been charged with;
– 10 counts of Breaking, Entering and Committing Theft
– 10 counts of Possessing Property Obtained by Crime
– 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Time to make plans for Canada Day in the Quinte Region

Trenton Fireworks display on July 1, 2016. (Facebook photo courtesy Duncan Armstrong and Christel Lassardo)

There’s no shortage of family-friendly events happening across the Quinte Region, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, on July 1st.

Here’s a full round-up with links to more information:

Belleville

In Belleville, the festivities start with a movie under the stars on Thursday June 29th, featuring the Lego Batman Movie.
That’s followed up Friday night with a show by “Canada’s Party Band” Trooper, on the Mix 97/Rock107/CJBQ Main Stage at Zwick’s Park.
Local band the Remedy will be the opening act.
Then on Saturday, the Belleville Canada Day Festival returns to Zwick’s, with various free games, entertainment and vendors throughout the day, starting at 11:00 a.m.
The official opening is at noon where two giant cupcakes will be unveiled for festival-goers to share.
Parking on site is $5 with proceeds going to the Canada Day Committee and a local charity.
Visit the Belleville Canada Day Website for more information.

Quinte West

Quinte West will hold a big Canada 150 celebration on Saturday July 1, at Centennial Park in Trenton, starting at 11:00 a.m.
The “Canada Day Eh?” parade kicks off at 11:00 a.m. from the Duncan McDonald Arena, over to the amphitheatre, with prizes in various age groups for best expressed Canadian spirit.
The rest of the day features free cake from Smylie’s Independent Grocer, plenty of activities for kids and families and a spectacular fireworks display from a barge on the Bay of Quinte, at 9:30 p.m.
There’s also an outdoor movie that evening.
More details are available on the Quinte West Canada Day website.

Prince Edward County

Canada Day Celebrations in Prince Edward County are so big this year, they’ll be held in two different locations.
It starts in Wellington on Friday June 30 with a street dance, BBQ and fireworks at the beach.
Then on Wellington Saturday there’s a pancake breakfast at the town hall, Canada Day Parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Rotary Club’s ribs in the park event, live entertainment and more.
Also Saturday in Picton, Main Street will be closed for a massive street festival which includes street performers, live music, giant inflatables and other activities.
More information on those events can be found by visiting the PEC Canada Day website.

Centre Hastings

Canada Day celebrations are already underway in Centre Hastings, where a walk-through exhibit has already opened in downtown Madoc.
The 150th Historical Centre features archives and information from across Hastings County, dating from the 1800s to now and is open 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through to August.
Three days worth of activities continue in Madoc with a children’s festival and games starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by live music including Freddy Vette in the evening and a boat parade and fireworks on Moira Lake at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday includes screenings of Canadian movies all day and pro wrestling at the Madoc Arena, with a family fun day at Whytock Park on Monday.
The family fun day also includes demonstrations from the fire department, a junior firefighters’ competition, free swimming and more.
All of those details are available on the Centre Hastings Canada 150 Facebook page.

Tweed

Tweed’s Canada 150 celebrations include a parade at 12:30 with plenty of entertainment through the day on Saturday.
Included in the festivities are kids’ crafts and games, demos from the Tweed Fire Department and boat rides on Stoco Lake.
The day wraps up with fireworks at Dusk.
You can click here for more on Tweed’s Canada Day celebrations.

Trent Hills

The Municipality of Trent Hills is going big for Canada 150 celebrations, with a trio of festivals around the area.
Campbellford’s event goes at Old MIll Park, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featuring a pancake breakfast, the Teddy Bear Parade with Winnie the Pooh, face painting, vendors and even a show from Jungle Cat World.
Similar activities are happening at Centennial Mill Creek Pond Park in Warkworth from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the “world famous Warkworth Canada Day cupcakes”.
And in Hastings, events run from 1:00 p.m. to dusk on the banks of the Trent River.
There’s plenty of live music, kids’ activities and vendors to keep you entertained right up until the end of the night, when the award winning fireworks display takes place.
That’s put on by the Trent Hills Firefighters who will also be “passing the boot” for donations in support of the display.
A full rundown of Canada Day celebrations in Trent Hills is available here.

SIU: Police not charged after 2016 Belleville high rise incident

The province’s Special Investigations Unit says no charges will be laid against Belleville Police, after a 30 year-old man jumped to his death, from a Sidney Street apartment building last year.

Officers responded to the Albert Park building in the city’s west end on the evening of February 26, 2016 after reports of an assault and were met by the occupants of the 9th floor unit outside.

SIU investigators say police entered the apartment and noted numerous signs an assault had taken place and that the suspect may have violated a number of bail conditions.

The SIU report says when officers asked him to come out into the hall, the man stepped onto a chair and jumped out the window and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Along with numerous pieces of physical evidence, including blunt force injuries consistent with a fall from height, witnesses told investigators that at no point was there ever any physical contact between responding officers and the victim.

The SIU is called to investigate any incident of injury or death during a police investigation.

You can click here to read the full SIU investigative report on the incident.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Extended detour in place at Wooler Road 401 on ramps

A reminder to drivers that the 401 on ramps at Wooler Road are going to be closed for a while.

The closures are needed so rehabilitation work can be done on the Wooler Road Bridge and are expected to be in place until the start of December this year.

“D-1” detour signs are in place and drivers are asked to follow that route, as it’s the safest and quickest to get you onto the highway.

That route takes you on County Road 40 south, then east on Telephone Road and north on County Road 33, back to the highway.

Children’s Safety Village event postponed due to rain

Rain has put a bit of a damper on an event at the Children’s Safety Village in Belleville tonight.

Organizers have had to cancel the “Schools Out For Summer” event, since the village is slightly waterlogged and it would be unsafe to have kids running around it this evening.

Plans to reschedule are in the works, for some time in September, as a back to school event.

Meanwhile all sports fields in Quinte West will be closed tonight due to the rain.

Belleville Relay for Life goes rain or shine tonight

Despite the rain Belleville’s Relay for Life event will go ahead tonight at Loyalist College.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Lola McMurter tells Quinte News they’ve had to move the walk from the track, to the parking lot, since some areas of the campus are slightly waterlogged, but everything else goes on as scheduled.

The relay begins at 7:00 p.m. and runs right through to 7:00 a.m. tomorrow.

If you haven’t registered, but still want to take part, you can just show up at Loyalist tonight before the relay begins.