Plans for marijuana grow in Brighton

(Photo/Michael Brethour)

A company planning to grow high quality marijuana is hoping to locate in the Municipality of Brighton.

At its meeting tonight, Brighton council will hear from the Prime Terpene Company.

The firm wants to buy land in Brighton’s Sharp Road Industrial Park.

It proposes to build a state of the art energy efficient 10,000 square foot indoor cannabis growing facility.

The company estimates it would employ between 12 and 16 people, earning between $36,000 and $50,000 a year.

The project’s initial cost would run between 4 and 5 million dollars.

The company is still awaiting final approval from Health Canada, and it  hopes to start building in the spring of next year.

Fundraiser real not fake

A Belleville woman has been charged after someone was accused of sabotaging an effort to raise funds for a sick child.

Belleville police say 33-year-old Lisa Bark was arrested Tuesday night after someone posted comments on social media and contacted media outlets saying that the parents of the child were trying to raise money fraudulently.

Police say the parents’ fundraising efforts were not fake.

Bark was charged with criminal harassment and appears in court next month.

Jail time on historical sexual assault

(Photo: Quinte News File)

A Quinte West man will serve time in a federal prison after being convicted on historical sex charges.

Serge Beaudry was charged in December of 2015 after a man told police he had been assaulted in the past, beginning when he was 10 years old.

Beaudry, who was 52 at the time of the investigation, was charged with one count each of sexual assault, sexual interference with someone under 16 and invitation to sexual touching with someone under 16.

In Napanee court recently, Beaudry was sentenced to 30 months in custody, a 10 year weapons prohibition and will be placed on a sex offender registry.

Appeal planned against industrial port decision

A barge carrying tandem trucks bound for Amherst Island partially sank near Picton Terminals in Picton Bay in March of 2017. (Photo: Dave Tugwood/Facebook- Save Picton Bay)

The organization concerned with the water quality of Picton Bay and the surrounding environment will appeal a recent ruling by the Superior Court.

Save Picton Bay has been fighting Prince Edward County and the owners of the industrial marine port Picton Terminals ever since a barge leaked oil into Picton Bay in March of last year.

Recently, a Superior Court Justice ruled that some of the Picton Terminals property could continue as an industrial site while another part would have to be cleaned up and remediated.

Save Picton Bay is holding an information session on its appeal plans this Saturday (August 18) from 2 to 4 at the former fire hall in downtown Picton.

Fuel spill in busy parking lot

Belleville firefighters and public works staff are working to clean up a significant diesel fuel spill this morning (Monday) in the parking lot of Planet Fitness on Bell Boulevard.

Shortly after 6 o’clock the driver of a tractor trailer pulled into the lot to repair a flat tire and hit a light standard which in turn ruptured a fuel tank.

About 900 litres of diesel fuel is involved with some entering the sanitary sewer system.

No one was injured.

It’s expected crews will finish their cleanup by mid-morning.

Infrastructure issues force evacuation

Residents of a Belleville apartment building were moved by city bus.(Photo/Lisa Cook/Twitter)

Water and sewer problems at a west end Belleville apartment building forced residents to be evacuated late Sunday afternoon.

A city transit bus was called in to move the residents of a small older apartment building at 54 Sidney Street.

Belleville firefighters, public works personnel and Veridian crews responded to make repairs.

It’s not known how long residents will have to remain away from their apartments.

Killer of Belleville native to be sentenced

Elizabeth Nugent.(Photo: Facebook).

The man found guilty of killing a Belleville native in Burlington in the fall of 2014 will be sentenced today Monday).

Elizabeth Nugent’s body was found at her Burlington apartment and 45-year-old Malcolm Copeland was arrested at the scene after a four hour standoff with police.

Copeland and the 32-year-old Nugent had had an on again off again relationship and he had been living with her.

A jury found Copeland guilty of second degree murder on June 20 after five hours of deliberation.

Family feud

Belleville police had to break up a family dispute Sunday night.

Police say there was a disturbance in the Coleman Street area shortly before 8 o’clock.

Officers walked into a heated dispute between a father and son.

An 18-year-old was arrested for breach of the peace and put in custody for a few hours to cool down.

No charges were laid and there were no injuries.

Serious injuries in motorcycle collision

A 35-year-old man was rushed to hospital in Kingston early Saturday afternoon after being thrown from the motorcycle he was driving.

Social media reports on Scan-Quinte, confirmed by the OPP, say the accident occurred on Shannonville Road in the area of Thrasher Road.

Firefighters, OPP and EMS paramedics responded.

Meanwhile, shortly after one o’clock, paramedics were again called to the same location.  This time it was reported a female was suffering from an illness.  Firefighters were still on scene.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether that incident had anything to do with the previous motorcycle mishap.

 

Woman assaulted, drugs stolen

Belleville police are hoping the public can help identify a suspect after a woman was mugged Thursday night.

Police report a man assaulted a woman from behind as she was walking on Everett Street near Catharine
Street around 10:30.

He unsuccessfully tried to steal her purse  but managed to run away with a plastic bag containing prescription medicine.

The suspect  is described as white, in his mid 20s, about 5’9″ tall with a medium build and short dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Belleville Police or Quinte Crime Stoppers.

Attempt robbery, pedestrian hit

The Belleville Police Service responded to 72 calls for service between August 8, 2018 at 5 a.m. and August 9, 2018 at 5 a.m.

Motor vehicle collisions

On August 8, 2018, police attended at five motor vehicle collisions. One occurred in a parking lot which was referred to the Collision Reporting Centre.

At 1:11 p.m. officers attended at a two-car accident on Dundas Street West at Palmer Road. One person was treated for minor injuries. A 36-year-old woman was charged with following too closely.

At 1:41 p.m. officers attended in the intersection of Dundas Street East at MacDonald Avenue as a pedestrian had been struck in the crosswalk by a van. The woman was taken to BGH by paramedics with a fractured knee. The investigation is continuing.

At 3:08 p.m. officers attended on Dundas Street East at Haig Road with regards to a single vehicle in the ditch. It was learned that the tire came off the vehicle and struck another car. There were no injuries.

At 3:19 p.m. officers attended on North Front Street at Earl Street with regards to a two-car accident. Airbags had been deployed and Belleville Fire and EMS attended. One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries. One driver was charged with failing to yield to traffic.

Attempted Robbery

On August 8, 2018, at 11:21 p.m. police attended at a bank ATM on Front Street. A customer advised that a male approached him and demanded his money. The customer refused to turn over any money and the suspect hinted that he had a knife. The suspect then left the bank machine empty-handed. No one was injured.

The male is described as white, 25-30 years of age, tall, skinny, moustache, wearing a black T-shirt and a ball cap. He joined a female outside the bank machine who is described as white, 25-30 years of age, bleached blonde hair, dressed all in a white and wearing a hoodie. They were last seen walking east on Bridge Street East.

Bail Violations

On August 8, 2018, at 11:47 p.m. officers conducted walk-throughs of the bars downtown searching for the suspects of the attempted robbery. The officers recognized a 41-year-old Belleville man who had been released on bail. His conditions contained a ‘no alcohol” clause as well as a curfew. The man was arrested and held for bail on August 9, 2018 on charges of two counts of breaching a recognizance and breaching a probation order.

Stolen vehicle

On August 8, 2018, at 9:42 a.m. police took a report of a stolen vehicle on Cannifton Road. Stolen was an unplated 2005 blue Ford Escape. The vehicle had been stolen some time over the last five days.

Quinte region real estate stats

July was a solid month for the local real estate business.

According to the Quinte District Association of Realtors, dollar sales were up for all property types last month when compared to July of last year.

The 286 residential units sold in July was also up slightly from the 278 units sold in 2017.

The average sale price for a residence last month was $342,000, up 12.5 percent from last year.

Meanwhile, the association reports the Quinte region is one of the most affordable of 18 regions tracked by the Canadian Real Estate Association in Ontario.

Only the Thunder Bay, Sudbury, and Windsor-Essex regions offer a lower average residential price than this area’s price of $326,000.

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