Car hits tree in Belleville

A 28 year old woman was charged with impaired driving after her car hit a tree in front of a Belleville apartment building in the supper hour yesterday.

The car was demolished in the collision which occurred on Old Cannifton Road shortly after 6 o’clock.

The driver, Courtney Kaiser of Belleville, was treated at the scene and was charged.

Meanwhile, the snowfall yesterday kept city police busy with other collisions.  There were a total of
12 accidents in Belleville yesterday.

Inmate known to frequent Bancroft region

Heather Bell(Photo: OPP)

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of her breach of parole.

Heather Bell is described as a Caucasion female, 49 years of age, 5’11”, 251 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes.  She has a tattoo on her neck with the word ROD. She also has a rose tattooed on her right shin, and a butterfly on her left shin.

She is serving a two year, seven month sentence for Possession of a Narcotic For the Purpose of Trafficking and Fail To Comply Probation Order.

The offender is known to frequent the cities of Peterborough, Minden, Bancroft and Oshawa.

New business and new jobs

Mayor of Stirling-Rawdon, Rodney Cooney. (Photo: Quinte News)

There could be some good economic news coming up for the Quinte region, and especially for Stirling-Rawdon.

Stirling-Rawdon Mayor Rodney Cooney says a company ranked as one of the top 50 employers in Ontario could be buying property in the village, building a structure, and employing up to 14 people at above average pay.

The Mayor says the municipality has been negotiating with the company for the past 8 months and he hopes to make a good news announcement within the next couple of months.

Hiring climate cautiously optimistic

The hiring outlook for the Quinte region is a little more positive to start the new year than it was at the beginning of this year.

So says national employment company Manpower in its latest survey.

Manpower says 9% of Quinte region employers plan to do some hiring in the first quarter of 2018, while 6% plan cutbacks.

The other 84% plan no change to staffing levels.

More investment coming to combat opioids

Southeast Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors December 2017.(Photo: John Spitters / Quinte News)

Opioid addiction and overdosing are problems across Canada and more money will be invested in the Quinte region to provide more treatment and counselling.

The Ministry of Health has made one million dollars of new money available to the Southeast Local Health Integration Network to deal with opioid addiction.

And,  Addictions and Mental Health Services Hastings and Prince Edward is receiving $450,000 of that total.

The money will be used to increase assessment and treatment services.

Snow and collisions hand in hand

Just like clockwork, it started to snow heavily, and the motor vehicle collisions started happening yesterday evening.

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics were kept hopping dealing with minor issues like vehicles in ditches or more serious collisions, including head on collisions.

There were injuries, but details aren’t available, although Belleville police say they dealt with 10 collisions yesterday, most caused by the snowfall.

In one, a 17 year old pedestrian was hit by a vehicle but was lucky to escape with very minor injuries.  The driver in that mishap was charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Slow down your driving this morning as streets, roads and highways are snow covered and slippery.


R. Don Maracle remains Chief of Mohawks of Bay of Quinte

Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, R. Don Maracle.(Photo: John Spitters / Quintenews).

The results are in from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Band council election held last Saturday.

Longtime incumbent Chief R. Don Maracle will return as head of Band council.

He received 726 votes.

Sitting as councillors will be Josh Hill who received 505 votes, Carl (Ted) Maracle with 396 votes, Deborah Vincent with 379 and Stacia Loft with 371.

A recount of the votes was done last evening (Monday) after a candidate asked for one Sunday.

Charges stayed against Quinte West woman

Quinte Consolidated Courthouse.  File photo / Quinte News

Drug and weapon charges against a Quinte West woman have all been stayed.

Forty-two-year-old Nicole Swan had been charged, along with 15 other adults after a series of drug
raids in Trenton last April by OPP, Belleville and Tyendinaga police officers.

A “stayed” charge is different from one that is “withdrawn” in that it can be brought back in front of a court should the accused be involved in future criminal activity.

Most people arrested in the April roundup have been dealt with, but a couple remain before the courts.

Recount coming in Tyendinaga election

The results of the election for the Tyendinaga Mohawk Band Council aren’t known yet and aren’t likely to be until tomorrow (Tuesday).

According to a post on the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Facebook page, an unnamed candidate has requested a recount and that count will take place starting this afternoon at 5 o’clock.

The election for Band Council took place on Saturday.

Reptiles saved in Cobourg fire

Asian Water Monitor(Photo: Wikipedia)

Fire caused a lot of damage to a Cobourg house yesterday (Sunday) morning, and a big lizard may have been to blame.

According to Northumberland News, the fire broke out in the back of the house on Springbrook Road in east end Cobourg just before 7 o’clock.

The family and two dogs got out but several reptiles were trapped in the basement.  It’s believed firefighters saved all of the reptiles.  One five-foot lizard, an Asian Water Monitor, was discovered running around loose in the house.

It’s believed a heater caused the fire after being knocked over by the reptile.  All of the reptiles are being cared for by the Indian River Reptile Zoo near Peterborough.

Man makes reckless getaway

Belleville police are looking for a driver who sped away from officers early last evening in the city’s east end.

Police were called about an erratic driver at around 7 o’clock  and when he was spotted he wouldn’t pull over for police and instead drove off at a high rate of speed, even crossing into oncoming lanes to avoid police.

Out of concern for public safety, police called off the pursuit quickly.

Police say the driver is a man from Kingston and a warrant is out for his arrest on several charges.

Fatal crash on Highway 7 near Peterborough

Members of the Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and emergency crews were called to assist at a serious collision on Highway 7 near Blezard Line shortly before 2:30 p.m. yesterday (Sunday).

Two vehicles collided in a head-on crash. One of the drivers, a 51-year-old female from the Havelock area, died at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at an area hospital. A 7-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, who were passengers in this vehicle, were airlifted to a Toronto area trauma centre with serious injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and the identity of the victim will not be released until next of kin are notified.

Highway 7 is now open to traffic.


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